Tsue ~ That's What She Said: 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pamper Your Hair ~ Salon Naturals Review & Giveaway

natural hair care, eco friendly beauty products

hair, hair care products, premium hair products,



With all this pampering going on, it's absolutely essential to not forget about your tresses!
My daughter and I both have fairly long hair and lots of it - but it's fine in texture.  Finding the right products has always been a challenge.  

Thanks to Lorrie of Salon Naturals, we were given the chance to try a fabulous assortment of products made especially for our hair type, from the Salon Naturals organic line!

Before trying the products, I did a bit of research on the Salon Naturals line and I was quite pleased with what I discovered, especially availing myself to the plethora of information found on the Salon Naturals website,  on facebook and on the Salon Natural's blog. 

Salon Naturals, natural hair products

 We've been label watching food products for some time and added household products to the watch recently, as well.  Are you watching 
what's in your hair care and cosmetic products?  If not, you should be!

You can pamper yourself without fear or concern with Salon Naturals!

At Salon Naturals, we are committed to creating luxurious, high performance shampoos, conditioners and styling products using healthy, environmentally conscious formulations.  We use only the finest ingredients, which include: 
  • Naturals
  • Botanicals
  • Organics
  • Essential Oils
We take pride in our "Perfect Balance" hair care line.  We are proud of our commitment to "truth in labeling," "cruelty-free" products,  "superior ingredients" and "outstanding products."  We are honored to share these products, our company and our philosophies with you.

New to the search for safe personal products?  Not sure what to watch for?  You can learn more about organic, natural and safe ingredients and products from the Salon Naturals website.

 
So pamper away with Salon Naturals!  They have achieved a glorious line of hair care products that offer "perfect balance".
  • Products that are geniunely healthy for the hair, safe for the body and respectful of the environment
  • Products that are luxurious and exceedingly effective at creating strong, healthy, beautiful hair
You'll find natural, quality ingredients in all of the Salon Naturals products, such as aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mango butter.  Find a complete list of the products used in the Salon Natural's line.

Put to the test:

Salon Naturals, eco firendly hair products
At Lorrie's recommendation, my daughter and I tried the Sleek and Shiny shampoo and conditioner formula.  This formula is appropriate for a variety of hair types and is designed to "nourish, strengthen, add shine and lock in moisture".  

Whatever you need for your locks, Salon Naturals has a special formula for you!
You can learn about the full line and find your perfect match via the product descriptions on the Salon Natural site.

I tested the Sleek & Shiny formula for a full month and it exceeded my expectations!  I found the texture of the product to be just right and easy to work into my hair.  The after wash result was as promised: sleek, shiny and healthy looking hair with a light fresh, clean scent.

I did encounter two unexpected results.  

The lather, oh, the luxurious lather.
Often, even with top of line products, with my longer hair, I often need to use a significant amount of product to achieve a lather that I can work through the length of my hair.  With Salon Naturals, I needed to only use a modest amount.  Just after working into my hair, as soon as the water hit my head, I experienced an incredible, blossoming lather.  I can only compare it as a spa for my head!

The second unexpected result was fabulous "day after" hair. I almost always wash my hair daily.  Truly, the only time I tend to skip a wash is on a rare, lazy weekend when I can get away without leaving the house!  After starting my test of Salon Naturals, I found that my "day after" hair was fantastic!  Although I couldn't call my hair sleek, it was still clean and fresh, but with a lively lift and body!

I've tried a number of top end hair products and Salon Naturals is by far my pick for quality ingredients, responsible production and phenomenal results.
Salon Naturals, natural hair conditioner

My teenage daughter took the lead on testing the Salon Naturals Ultra Hold Styling Gel.  Again, we both have long, fine hair, but lots of it.  We are able to curl, scrunch and style our hair so it looks fabulous for the, say, first 15 - 30 minutes, but gravity conspires against us and not long after styling, we end up with dull, coated, limp hair.

Both my daughter and I were astounded with the results from the Salon Naturals Styling Gel.  Granted, gravity was not to be put off forever, but upon returning from school, my daughter's hair still looked shiny, healthy and styled!  Kudos, Salon Naturals!  Thank you on behalf of fine-haired gals who crave some variety in their look!


natural beauty products, hair care, eco friendly beauty solutions
Whether you are looking for a high quality hair product (at surprisingly reasonable prices) or whether you are expanding your safe product search, Salon Naturals is not a product line to miss!




Stay in the know about the healthy, pampering offerings from Salon Naturals' Website.




***SPECIAL OFFER***
I know...you just have to try Salon Naturals!  Thanks to Lorrie of Salon Naturals, my readers can take advantage of a generous 15% discount on all purchases from the Salon Naturals website from now until December 31, 2010.  Just use special discount code TWSS810 at checkout!  Feel free to share this special code with your friends, too!

***GIVEAWAY***
Lorrie of Salon Naturals is also giving my readers a chance to win a $55 Salon Naturals gift certificate to try their choice of pampering products!

This giveaway will end on November 6, 2010 at midnight, EST and is open to residents of US & Canada, 18+.  The winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries and will be notified by email  The winner will be required to respond within 48 hours or I'll have to move on to a runner-up.  Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you, if you are the winner!

MANDATORY ENTRY
 To enter, you must be a follower of this blog via Google Friend Connect.  Please visit Salon Naturals website and tell me in a comment which products you would most like to try or what you find the most intriguing or inspired about the Salon Naturals line.


BONUS ENTRIES 

Please leave comments for all entry methods below, leaving applicable names and links within comments.

* Like Salon Naturals on Facebook and write on their wall, 5 entries
* Subscribe to the Salon Naturals website newsletter, 5 entries
* Subscribe to the Salon Natural's blog, 5 entries
* Join the Salon Natural's fan club on Squidoo, 5 entries
* Follow Salon Naturals on twitter, 3 entries
* Subscribe to  That's What She Said by email or RSS feed, 3 entries each method
* Follow me (tsue1136) on twitter, 3 entries
* Put my button on your blog, 5 entries
* Enter any of my other active giveaways, 5 entries
* Share this contest in some fashion, whether it be by blogging, stumbling, technorati, adding it to a giveaway linky, 5 entries per method  Handy share button at bottom of post.
* Tweet about this contest, can be done once per hour for one entry each, include @tsue1136 and @SalonNaturals in the tweet, as well as a direct link to the contest. 
* Make a purchase from Salon Naturals, leave comment with name under which you purchases and items you selected, 10 entries.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.   CONGRATULATIONS TO PEG 42, COMMENT #77, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG!

I was provided with Salon Naturals products to test for the purposes of creating this review.  Salon Naturals is sponsoring the prize for the giveaway.  Information and images taken from various Salon Natural's websites.  The opinions expressed above are honest and my own.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Homecoming ~ Pampering All Around

Prom, High School Formals, Teen Celebrations, Teens, Dances 

This photo by Sean McGrath illustrates exactly how I feel about fall, football games and ...

Homecoming!

This is my daughter's sophomore year, so our second go around for formal and semi-formal dances.  LOVE IT!

Admittedly, we could shave an hour or twelve off the "perfect dress" hunt without hurting my feelings, but I relish the opportunity to pamper my daughter and don't mind the built in excuse to pamper myself while we're at it!  Not to mention the chance to admire (well...okay...maybe a little purchasing, too)
some gorgeous shoes!

Manolo Blanik, Silver Dress Shoes, Formal Shoes, Silver Heels


















Manolo Blahnik
Rhine-stone Buckle Sandal
@ http://www.neimanmarcus.com/

With our busy schedules, it seems increasingly difficult to find quality time together.  So I enjoy the excuse for a pampering day together ~ nails, hair, facials ~ to recuperate from the shopping!
Not to mention, plenty of "girl talk".


Homecoming Game, Football, high school sports, teen celebrations













So, hooray for Homecoming!
And, Go Warriors!

What tickles your fancy in the fall?
Let me know in a comment below and give yourself five bonus entries in any of my active giveaways!
After commenting below, leave your bonus entries on the applicable giveaway post, just include the term "Homecoming" in your bonus comment!

Images cited above.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Orglamix ~ Pamper Yourself With Color ~ Review & Giveaway

Orglamix ~ Pure Mineral Makeup

Orglamix, cosmetics, Etsy





I crave color.







Adding splashes of my favorite vibrant hues
in my wardrobe, 
in my home,
and especially, 
on ME
makes me feel vivacious and alive!

In fact, the very first project, 
once we moved into our new home,
was painting our entrance door
Peacock Blue.

That being said, 
it's easy to understand
why I became enamored of
 Orglamix after discovering it this year!

Orglamix Pure Mineral Makeup is formulated free of any synthetic materials and
offers a full line of high quality mineral makeup at extremely reasonable prices.

What you WON'T find in Orglamix products:
parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals or phthalates!

What you WILL find from Orglamix products:
the highest quality ingredients, PETA friendly,100% pure and effective makeup
in the widest array of vivid colors!


eyeshadow, Orglamix, mineral makeup, cosmetics

I know...
the colors are so YUMMY you just want to dive in!

Although I'm naturally drawn to the Orglamix eyeshadow, you can find a full line of beauty products at the Orglamix Etsy Shop:  
Organic Foundation 
Organic Blush & Bronzer
as well as 
Kits, complete with Eco-brushes

Helping you get colorful looks you'll love ~

Most of us gals get "stuck" sometime in our 20's, maintaining (or not) the same fashions, hair and make-up styles.  Sound like you?  Let Orglamix guide you into a new look and pamper yourself with quality and color!

Not only is the Orglamix Etsy shop inspiring but you'll find fantastic information on the latest trends, 1 minute fixes and How-To's on the Orglamix blog, Haute Beauty.

You'll also not want to miss out on the exciting happenings for Orglamix facebook fans and Twitter followers!  Cheri, the creator of Orglamix, always has something interesting going on!

So whether you're in need of a new look or looking for quality, safe mineral makeup
Orglamix is a must have for celebrating YOU!

I was thrilled to have an opportunity to test the Orglamix eyeshadow first hand.  I found the products to be true to color, steadfast and luxurious. 

I was a bit nervous, having never used loose mineral makeup before.  Application was a breeze, especially with the tips I found from the Haute Beauty blog and the results superior.  I'm a complete convert!  The only challenge is in picking out your favorites hues, as each is more stunning than the last.

Fortunately, you can find incredible bargains in the Weekly Specials at the Orglamix Etsy shop, as well as collections that offer both value and coordination.

Orglamix is available for sale on Etsy and at upscale apothecaries,
specialty stores and boutiques as well as spas and resorts nationwide.

***GIVEAWAY***
Cheri is graciously offering my readers a chance to try three products from the Orglamix line!  The winner of this giveaway will be able to select three colors from any of the following lines: Pure Organic Mineral Eye, Blush, Glow, Foundation or Color Corrector.

***MANDATORY ENTRY***
NOTE:  You must follow my blog via Google Friend Connect to enter this giveaway.
PLEASE:  Leave your email address in your comments so I can contact you if you are the winner.

For your mandatory entry, like Orglamix on Facebook and write on their wall, letting them know what you love about the Orglamix line and that Terri from That's What She Said sent you.  Leave me a comment letting me know you did so and please include your facebook name.

***BONUS ENTRIES***
Leave a comment for each bonus entry, including links and applicable names

* Follow Orglamix on Twitter (Haute Beauty) for 3 entries

* Follow me on Twitter (tsue1136) for 3 entries

* "Heart" (favorite) the Orglamix shop on Etsy for 3 entries

* Subscribe to the Orglamix Blog (Haute Beauty) for 3 entries

* Follow the Orglamix Blog (Haute Beauty) on google friend connect for 3 entries

* Follow my blog via RSS Feed for 3 entries

* Subscribe to my blog via email for 3 entries

* Tweet about this contest and include @tsue1136  @hautebeauty and #orglamix in your tweet
   One tweet per hour.  Include tweet link in your comment. One entry per tweet.

*  Share this giveaway in another manner, whether it be by blogging, adding to a giveaway linky, technorati, 
    stumbling.  Easy share button at the bottom of this post.  3 entries per method.

* Enter any of my other active giveaways for 5 entries per giveaway.

* Put my button on your blog and leave a link so I can find it.  5 entries.


This giveaway will end on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at midnight, EST and is open to those 18+, world wide.  The winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries, using Random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before I move on to a runner-up.  The prize will be shipped by the sponsor.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO 409cope, COMMENT #83, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG!

I was priviledged to test Orglamix products for the purposes of creating this review.  Images and information taken from various Orglamix sites.  I ADORE ORGLAMIX!  The opinions above are honest and my own.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CSN Giveaway! Time for some shopping!

We've finally finished painting on the first floor.  Whew!

Now it's time to decorate!  I was holding off getting all those things, big and small that finish off a room and tie everything together.  Right now, I'm looking for tables for the living room and a console for the foyer.

Where am I looking?  You guessed it, CSN!  I could browse CSN literally all day.  They have EVERYTHING.  Which coffee table should I get?

Tell me in a comment for your chance to win a $45 gift certificate to do your own shopping at CSN!

home decor, furniture, CSN, modern design table



















This Sitcom Allison Coffee Table in Cosmo, on sale for $279?  Simple and clean lines and looks fantastic!


rustic coffee table, furniture, home decor, CSN


















I also like this Butler Metalworks table with Stone Inset top.  The legs would nicely compliment my dining room chandelier which is visible from the living room.  This table is on sale, only $369.

coffee table, home decor, furniture, CSN



















Of course, one can NEVER have enough storage space and I love the ability to have somewhere to stash all those things that invariably end up in the living room.  Especially when expecting company!  This Wildon Home Berkeley table in black, at the discounted price of $416 would be perfect for that purpose!


***GIVEAWAY***
**MANDATORY ENTRY**
YOU MUST FOLLOW MY BLOG VIA GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT TO ENTER THIS CONTEST.
To enter for your chance to win a $45 gift certificate to CSN, tell me which of the tables above you think I should choose.  You also need to let me know how much I'll save by buying the table you recommend at CSN.  Just follow the link to CSN to find the savings.  You can also select a different table for me from their wide selection.  If you pick a different table, leave the link to it in your comment.  Please also leave me your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!

This giveaway will run until Saturday, October 23rd at midnight, EST.  The winner will be selected randomly from eligible entries and will be notified by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I move on to a runner up.  Open to residents of US and Canada, 18+.

**BONUS ENTRIES**

* Follow me in a new fashion, whether by email or RSS subscription or via twitter.  3 entries per method.  If you already follow, you earn 3 entries for each.

*  Like CSN on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know what you love about their stores,  3 entries

* Follow CSN on twitter and tweet about this contest including @CSN and @tsue1136 in your tweet, leaving me a comment with link to your tweet and your twitter name, for 3 entries.  You can tweet unlimited times per day, with an hour in between tweets for an additional entry.

*  Share this giveaway in some fashion, whether it be by blogging, posting on a giveaway linky, technorati, stumble upon for 3 entries per method.  Leave the link and your applicable name in your entry comments.  Handy button at the bottom of this post for sharing.

*  Put my button on your blog and leave me the link so I can find it, for 3 entries.

* Tell me which room you can't wait to redecorate and why, for 3 entries.

* Enter any of my other active giveaways, leave a comment letting me know which you entered, for 5 bonus entries per contest.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO THE CRAVE TO $AVE, COMMENT #390, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG!

The prize for this contest was provided by CSN.  Images sourced from CSN.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hearthsong ~ Review & Giveaway

backyard fun, pool, staycation, outdoor living





 VACATIONING IN OUR OWN BACKYARD

This year my family has been taking advantage of what we have right in our own backyard and saving a ton of money that we would normally spend on vacations.

Granted, we are fortunate to have an inground pool.
Of course, that is sometimes as much a challenge as it is a blessing.
lake, ocean, driftwood, shoreline











And, admittedly, it is not the same as getting away to the beach....
but it's pretty darn close!  Especially when you take into account how much money we're saving!

*No hassle or expense of boarding the pets and they "vacation" with us!
*No wasted time or fuel expense traveling!
*No junk food or eating out expenses beyond buying food for our own BBQ!
*No whining from the kids because they want their friends to come along (with the  pool, their friends are over all summer anyway)
While the weather has been favorable, we've designated most weekends to "vacation time".  The whole family pitches in to get housework and shopping out of the way at the end of the week and once "vacation time" begins, its time for family fun and relaxation.

The teens like to swim and lounge in the sun, volleyball and  taking advantage of the fire pit in the evenings.  My son's friends like to make more of an adventure, pitching a tent in the backyard.  My husband and I, when not on lifeguard duty, enjoy sitting on the screened porch, the hammock and all the quality time we've had with the kids.

outdoor toys, kid toys, backyard fun, summer fun, Hearthsong
Of course, no backyard vacation is complete without the proper equipment.  Various floaties galore for the pool, plenty of lounge chairs, and, most importantly, cool pool and outdoor toys!

I am always on the prowl for outdoor toys to help keep our backyard adventures fun and new.  I've been a big fan of online shopping for the last couple of years and usually find a much larger selection, and often better prices, online than in the local retail stores.

This year I discovered Hearthsong  and was fortunate to be given the opportunity to review some of their products!



Hearthsong offers a wide variety of toys, games as well as arts and crafts that are certain to be well received by your own children and that make fantastic gifts for others!  Hearthsong offers top rated toys, over 100 of which are exclusive offerings!  Shoppers can take advantage of Deals of the Week and find fantastic bargains, saving over 60% in the Clearance Center.

The Hearthsong website is easy to navigate and it's a breeze finding the perfect addition to your backyard collection or gift, with their shop by interest and shop by age searches.  Looking for fun for the whole family, be certain to visit their collection of items, just right for Family Fun!

toys for kids, water fun, summer fun, camping toys, Heathsong






We had the chance to review some items that fit right in with our "backyard vacations".  My son's favorite were the Water Stix!
We tested two large stix and they were a huge hit with all the kids!
In fact, they are a "must get" for my nephews for the holidays who admired them on a recent visit.

True to description, the Water Stix are easy to use, by putting the squirting end into any source of water - pool, lake, bucket - you load them by pulling out the inner tube of the stix.  By pushing the inner tube back into the main tube, an impressive blast of water shoots out.  Hearthsong cites a possible 50' blast.  We didn't actually measure, but it was significant!
The Water Stix are only $9.98 for medium length and $10.98 for the longer length.  I found them very sturdy and a much better quality, not to mention better price, than anything I've found locally!

water toys, in ground swimming pool, pool toys, kid toys, Heatthsong
Being big fans of splashing, we also tested the Geyser Gusher Water Cannon.   The Geyser Gusher was amazing.  Such a simple design yet the source of many competitions in the pool to see who could make the tallest geyser, the most horizontal geyser.  All accomplished by grabbing the handles at the base and pulling it down into the water!  In no time at all, my 3 year old nephew was a pro!  Per the hubby, goggles are recommended as he found many geysers were released in his direction!  Colorful and fun, the Geyser Gusher is only $9.98!


water balloon toys, water toys, backyard fun, summer fun, water toys
The teens had a blast with the Splashy Catch. A new twist on the old favorite game of water balloon toss.  Put a water balloon inside the Splashy Catch and the fun begins.  Toss it around your group while the internal timer is ticking away.  When the timer goes off, the lucky player holding the Splashy Catch gets...pretty wet!  If you remember that familiar jolt from the Perfection Game, just imagine it plus lots of water.  I was pleased that the Splashy Catch came with a generous supply of water balloons as the kids couldn't put it down.  Get your own for only $12.98!

The items I reviewed represent only a small selection of Hearthsong's Water and Beach Toy collection and certainly don't even put a dent into their full selection of offerings.  I strongly recommend that you visit the Hearthsong website and put them on your list of first stops for all of your gift shopping for kids of all ages.


Impressed with Hearthsong?  Find even more at Magic Cabin, another site in the Hearthsong family with great ideas for gift giving and putting a smile on their faces.


Looking for a great site for your outdoor decorating needs?  Visit Hearthsong's sister site, Plow and Hearth!  An impressive assortment of offerings, including eco-friendly products!




Toys for adults?  Wind and Weather has just what you need when looking for gifts for the one who has everything.

***SPECIAL OFFER***
Hearthsong is sponsoring a special monthly giveaway on their site!  Each month, a winner will be selected to win a $200 gift certificate!

***GIVEAWAY***
Hearthsong has generously offered my readers a chance to win their own set of  two Water Stix!
To enter, you must follow my blog in some fashion and visit Hearthsong's website.


This giveaway will end on Saturday, Oct 9th at midnight EST and is open to all residents of US and Canada, 18+.  The winner will be selected randomly from eligible entries and notified by email, so please be certain to leave your email address in your comment.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond before I'll need to move on to a runner up.

***MANDATORY ENTRY***

For your mandatory entry, please leave me a comment letting me know how you follow That's What She Said and your favorite item from Hearthsong.

***BONUS ENTRIES***
* Visit the Hearthsong blog and tell me in a comment something interesting you learned there, 5 entries.

* Like Hearthsong on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know that Terri from That's What She Said sent you.  Leave a comment with your facebook name, letting me know you did so, 5 entries.
 
* Spread the word about this contest using twitter, facebook, stumble, technorati, blog post with a direct link back here.  Handy button at bottom of post for sharing. Leave a comment for each method with your applicable name, 5 entries each.  Feel free to tweet daily for an additional 5 entries per day.

*  Follow my blog in a new fashion, whether it be via Google Friend Connect, email, RSS feed, twitter and leave me a comment letting me know how you're following,  5 entries for each method.

* Enter any other current giveaway and leave a comment, letting me know which one, 5 entries per giveaway

* Put my button on your blog and leave me a comment with a link so I can find it, 5 entries.

* Visit Magic Cabin, Plow and Hearth or Wind and Weather and let me know what you like about each site or a favorite product in a comment, 5 entries for each site.
HINT: Be certain to keep your eyes open for sweepstakes opportunities at each of those websites, similar or identical to the giveaway hosted at Hearthsong! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO ABBI, COMMENT #56, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG!

I was provided with a set of Water Stix, a Geyser Gusher and a Splashy Catch for the purposes of creating this review.  Some information and the product specific images were taken from the Hearthsong website.  The opinions expressed above are honest and my own.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

ECOVER ~ Green Solutions for your home ~ Review & Giveaway

green cleaning products, ecofriendly, Mom tips




This summer has been a season of exploration for me.  Not only have I been exploring to re-discover myself, I've also been challenging my family to go more GREEN.  Our newest endeavor is to convert our household cleaning products to green alternatives.  Needless to say, I was excited to test an ECOVER product!

powered by nature, green products, ecofriendly cleaners

ECOVER, originally founded in Belgium in 1980, has been a fore runner in the push to offer green products.  They initially developed and marketed a phosphate-free washing powder and have grown to become the world's largest producer of green cleaning products.  ECOVER promotes ecological responsibility in all facets of it's organization, from the products it markets to the ECOVER production facilities.

To celebrate their thirty year anniversary, ECOVER is launching a contest this fall to find and recognize individuals who share their passion for protecting the environment and living responsibly.  You can find out more about the contest and how you can nominate deserving individual at the ECOVER website.

green cleaning, ecofriendly household products
ECOVER offers a full line of green products, from dishwashing to laundry products, household cleaners and even a line of personal care products.  Need a green solution for washing your car or boat?  ECOVER has you covered!


I was given the opportunity to test ECOVER's All-purpose cleaner.
My home has a tremendous amount of tile.  Tremendous.  Combine that with one dog, two cats and two kids, and you have a Mom who is constantly fighting the clean floor battle. After my first test, I was left wondering what on earth took me so long to make the switch!

ECOVER, lemon scented floor cleaner, green products


When you use traditional floor cleaner, even when the manufacturer's try to disguise the horrible chemical aroma with various floral or citrus scents, you're left reeling from the fumes.  You know the eye twitching, watering, scrunched up face, inevitable headache producing smell I'm talking about.  None of that with ECOVER!  Quite to the contrary, fresh, lemonly and clean!  No eye watering or face scrunching necessary.

The clean from ECOVER's All-purpose cleaner was top-notch!  No residue, no streaks...just a nice, fresh clean.  I highly recommend it!



***GIVEAWAY***
Ready to get the green in your cleaning routine?  ECOVER is generously offering a bottle of ECOVER All-purpose cleaner to one of my readers!

This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents, ages 18+ and will end on Saturday, Sept 18, 2010 at midnight, EST.  The winner will be selected via Random.org, will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before I move onto a second drawing.  Please leave you email address in your comments so I can notify you if you are the winner!

***MANDATORY ENTRY***
You must be a follower of my blog in some fashion to enter this giveaway, whether via Google Friend Connect, email or RSS feed subscription or via twitter.  To enter, please visit the ECOVER's blog and let me know in a comment something you appreciate about ECOVER that you learned from their blog and also the method that you follow That's What She Said.

***BONUS ENTIRES***
*  Like ECOVER on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know that Tsue of That's What She Said sent you.  Leave a comment here with your facebook name, 3 entries

* Visit ECOVER's website and let me know which product you'd most like to try, 3 entries

* Follow ECOVER on twitter and let me know in a comment, leaving your twitter name, 3 entries

* Subscribe to the ECOVER blog newsletter by email or RSS feed, leave a comment with applicable name, 3 entries for each method

*  Share this giveaway in some fashion with a direct link, whether you blog about it, tweet it, post on facebook, technorati, stumble upon...3 entries for each method, handy button at bottom of this post

*  Follow That's What She Said in a new fashion or place my button on your blog and leave a comment letting me know how with applicable name, email, RSS, GFC and twitter links available on side bar, 3 entries each method

*  Enter any of my other active giveaways and leave a comment letting me know which, 3 entries for each additional contest

*  Comment on any non giveaway post and leave a comment letting me know which, 3 entries for each

* Share with me how your family is going more green, 5 entries

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
CONGRATS TO BRIAN PIERO, COMMENT #83, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG.

I received a bottle of ECOVER's All-purpose Cleaner and a reusable tote to test for the purposes of creating this review.  Information and graphic were taken from ECOVER's various sites.  The opinions above are honest and my own.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Evoraplus ~ Probiotic Dental Care Mints ~ Review & Giveaway


dental mints, dental care





As a Mom working on finding more "Me" time, and taking better care of myself, one area I want to improve upon is oral hygiene.  I would love to, for once in my life, be able to tell my hygienist, "YES!  As a matter of fact, I DO floss every day!"

Admittedly, I'm not there yet, but I have recently discovered a fantastic product that not only helps me take care of my pearly-ish whites, but also fits into my crazy, hectic schedule!  Evoraplus! 

Evoraplus is the first name in oral probiotics and is the result of over three decades of research into controlling the balance of good bacteria in dental plaque and is offered by Oragenics, Inc.

dental care products, good bacteria


EvoraPlus™ is a unique probiotic mint that contains the patented beneficial bacteria blend, ProBiora3™. EvoraPlus™ represents a whole new level of oral care, one in which good oral health is supported and maintained with good bacteria – just the way nature intended.

EvoraPlus, dental health
EvoraPlus™ is a revolutionary new application of probiotics, which have traditionally been used to support digestive and immune health. EvoraPlus™ is the first probiotic mint specifically designed for complete oral care. This all-in-one product supports gum and tooth health and naturally freshens breath while gently whitening teeth.

Both my teen daughter and I tried Evoraplus probiotic mints.   They taste fantastic!  We are both continuously on the go and usually don't have time for a mid-day brush up.  I often resort to minty gum to help keep my breath fresh throughout the day.  After two weeks or so, I found that I wasn't needing to reach for my gum as often.  Further, my mouth felt fresher, cleaner.  Similar to that fabulous feeling you have post a trip to the dentist.  My daughter reported similar results.



Daily use of EvoraPlus™ is a fast, easy and effective way to naturally promote oral health and economically replace mouthwashes, tooth whiteners and breath fresheners.

Within 30 days of using EvoraPlus™ twice daily, the natural healthy oral balance of good bacteria will be greatly restored and you will begin to notice a whiter, brighter smile and long-lasting fresh breath.

EvoraPlus for Kids, Dental Care
EvoraKids™ is a tasty, fun new product that includes the ProBiora3 blend of probiotics specifically formulated to meet the unique oral care needs of children. A product that not only tastes GREAT, but can also reach where toothbrushes and floss can’t... for brighter, happier smiles!

Although I suffer from tooth stains, sourced from some antibiotic I was given as a child and no over-the-counter remedies can budge them, my daughter did feel that her smile was brighter, after putting Evoraplus to the test.
EvoraPlus, dental care products


Learn more about oral care and post your related questions to Oragenic's

Linda the Probiotic Tooth Fairy

***GIVEAWAY***
Can wait to give Evoraplus a try?  Oragenics is generously offering
my readers a chance to win a 30 day supply of Evoraplus!  To enter, you must follow my blog in some fashion, whether it be via Google Friend Connect, email or RSS feed subscription or via twitter.

This contest is open to all US and Canadian resident, 18+ and will end on Friday, Sept 10. 2010 at midnight, EST.  Winner will be selected via Random.org, will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before I move to a second random drawing.  Please leave your email address in your comments so I can reach you, in the event that you are the winner.

***MANDATORY ENTRY***
Visit the Evora website and then leave me a comment, telling me something you learned.  In your comment, please also let me know how you follow my blog.

***BONUS ENTRIES***
* Like Evora on facebook, write on their wall letting them know that Tsue of That's What She Said sent you and that you've entered this contest, leave me a comment with your FB name, 3 entries

* Follow Evora on Twitter and tweet about this contest with a link, leave your twitter name and link to your tweet in your comment, 3 entries, can be done daily

* Subscribe to the Linda the Probiotic Fairy blog via email or RSS feed and leave me a comment with your applicable name, 3 entries

* Share this giveaway in some fashion, such on Stumble Upon, Technorati, or other site, leave a comment for each site, 3 entries each, handy button at the bottom of this post

* Enter any of my other active giveaways, leaving comment letting me know which you entered, 3 entries per additional giveaway

* Follow my blog in a new fashion, one you didn't list in your mandatory entry, leave a comment with your applicable name and the method you follow, 3 entries

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO HEATHER, COMMENT #32, WHO WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.

I was provided a 30day sample from Oragenics and SSA Public Relations for the purposes of testing for this review.  Information and images about Evora have been taken from various Evora websites.  The opinions in this review are honest and my own.  Others may have experiences with Evora that differ from my own.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Snikiddy All Natural Snacks Review & Giveaway

Baked Snacks, Wholesome Snacks

Looking for new, healthy treats for the kids?  With school creeping around the corner, I know I am.  If you haven't yet tried Snikiddy, I wholly recommend you do!

Snikiddy's line of snacks are all natural snacks
  • made from potato and corn
  • baked, not fried
  • no preservatives
  • gluten and wheat free!
  • no corn syrup
  • 50% less fat than potato chips 

Snacks for Kids, Snikiddy All Natural Snacks
 Learn more about Snikiddy on Facebook!  You can even enter weekly drawing for a Snikiddy Gift Box!


Snikiddy baked snacks are available in a wide selection of flavors, sure to please every snacker:
  • Grilled Cheese Puffs
  • Pizza Pie Puffs
  • Mac n' Cheese Puffs
  • Nacho Cheese Puffs
  • Cheddar Cheese Fries
  • Original Baked Fries
  • Parmesan Garlic Baked Fries
  • Classic Ketchup Baked Fries
My snackers loved the sample we received from Snikiddy, the Cheddar Cheese Fries.  They were crunchy, light, non-greasy with distinct cheddar cheese flavor.  We were even left with LESS cheesy residue on the fingers than some from some similar products on the market!  That's a big plus for me, as it means I can send a pack in my son's lunch and not worry that he's walking around with an orange face all day!

***GIVEAWAY***
Ready to try Snikiddy out with your snackers?  Courtesy of Snikiddy and Smile.ly, three of my readers can win a sample pack!  Giveaway is open to residents of US & Canada, ages 18+ and will end on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at midnight EST.

Winners will be selected via Random.org and notified by email, so please leave your email address!  Winners will have 48 hours to respond. To enter, you must follow my blog in some fashion, whether it be via Google Friend Connect, email or RSS feed subscription or via twitter.

***MANDATORY ENTRY***
Like Snikiddy on Facebook, write on their wall, letting them know that you heard about Snikiddy from Tsue at That's What She Said.  Come back and leave me a comment letting me know you did so and leaving your FB name.

***BONUS ENTRIES***
* Tell me in a comment which flavor of Snikiddy snacks you think your family would like the best
* Put my button on your blog and leave me a link so I can find it, 5 entries
* Enter any of my active giveaways or comment on any non-giveaway post, 2 entries each
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
CONGRATS TO VICKY S, COMMENT #1; SABLE, COMMENT #4 AND SUSAN, COMMENT #30, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG!

I received a sample of Snikiddy Cheddar Cheese Fries Snack from Snikiddy and Smile.ly to review for this post.  The images and information about Snikiddy are taken from various Snikiddy sites.  The opinions stated above are honest and my own.


Trix Swirls & Penguins of Madagascar DVD Prize Pack Giveaway


Add some comedic intrigue and fruitalicious color to your breakfast routine with this fantastic offer from General Mills and Nickelodeon!
 Trix, Fun Breakfast, Penguins of Madagascar DVD

















In celebration of the launch of the newest zany escapades of The Penguins of Madagascar
Operation: DVD Premiere from Nickelodeon, General Mills is introducing specially marked packages that include collectible Penguin Launchers inside!

Each special package contains one of five character launchers, along with special mission details on the rear panel of the box.  Mission participants include:  Skipper, Rico, Kowalski, Private and King Julien.

Your mission:  to collect each of the five, zany characters to complete your team!  

As a member of MyBlogSpark, I was given an opportunity to review a package of General Mills Trix Fruitalicious Swirls cereal, complete with two penguin launchers, as well as the new Penguins of Madagascar DVD.

Our family has long been fans of General Mills cereals, but we have never tried the Trix Swirl before.  My son loves it!  He asks for it each time we compile a grocery list now!  That's okay with me as I appreciate that Trix is made with whole grains and calcium!

Of course, the Penguins antics on the DVD were also positively received!  As a family, we've thoroughly enjoyed the Madagascar feature films and I was pleased by this newest installment.  Often disappointed with other "adventures" beyond original films, I found Operation: DVD Premiere to be fresh, funny and entertaining.  I was pleased that King Julien, my favorite character, was included in the cast.Kudos to Nickelodeon! 

My son enjoyed carrying out the penguin launcher missions, which are Mom (no mess) friendly and appropriate for a range of ages.
Some examples are:

  • Dive In, Soldier - Set an empty plastic cereal bowl on the table and try to pop your launcher into it. Wear a helmet or you´ll be squid bait.

  • Longest Propulsion Launcher - Challenge your troops to see who can launch their character the furthest. Go long or go back to the zoo.

  • Target Practice - Create a landing zone with a spoon and try to strategically drop your character into the sweet spot. Hit the target or go back to the drawing board.

  • Clear the Wall - Do you have enough projectile pop to push your launcher over the top of the box? Proceed launchin´ troops, earn those wings!

Penguins of Madagascar, Kid Favorite DVDs



***GIVEAWAY***



General Mills, Nickelodeon and MyBlogSpark are generously offering one of my readers a chance to add some zing to their breakfast! The same prize pack I received, as shown above. Winner will be selected via Random.org, will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  Contest is open to those 18+ up in US and Canada and will end on Friday, Sept 10, 2010 at midnight EST.

***MANDATORY ENTRY***
To enter the contest, you must follow my blog in some fashion, whether it be via Google Friend Connect, email or RSS feed subscription or twitter.  Leave a comment letting me know how you follow and also share with me your favorite General Mills Cereal and which Madagascar character is a favorite in your home. 

***BONUS ENTRIES***
* Like General Mills on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know that Tsue of That's What She Said sent you and you have entered this contest, leave a comment here with your FB name, 3 entries

* Like Nickelodeon on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know that Tsue of That's What She Said sent you and you have entered this contest, leave a comment here with your FB name,  3 entries

*Like MyBlogSpark on facebook and write on their wall, letting them know that Tsue of That's What She Said sent you and you have entered this contest, leave a comment here with your FB name, 3 entries 

* Share this giveaway in some fashion, blog about it, stumble it, tweet about it, and leave me a link with your name and link to your share, handy button for this at bottom of post, 3 entries for each method

* Put my button on your blog and leave a link so I can find it, 3 entries

* Enter any of my other active giveaways and leave a comment letting me know which, 3 entries for each

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
CONGRATS TO TAYLORBAGELS, COMMENT #75, RANDOMLY SELECTED COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG.
I was provided with the prize pack shown at the top of this post by General Mills, Nickelodeon and My Blog Spark for purposes of review.  The opinions above are honest and my own.  These sponsors are providing the prize and shipping for this giveaway.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Wedding Ring Giveaway from David Tishbi

by dtishbi

Multi tone gold designer spinner rings, David Tishbi, handcrafted wedding rings
David Tishbi is Giving Back! 
Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2010)—

Engaged to be married?
Tough economic times pushing back the big date?

The chance has come to have your everlasting
moment come to fruition
with beautiful wedding bands
to keep you close forever!

For the first time ever, David Tishbi Handcrafted Jewelry
is sponsoring its own Wedding Ring Giveaway!
Celebrating his twelve years in business
and the launch of his NEW Eternity Collection,
David Tishbi will give away
12 sterling silver and gold wedding bands to 6 lucky couples truly in need.
During the month of August,
David Tishbi Handcrafted Jewelry,
the brand that is in style forever™, will review hundreds
of submissions letters from couples and draw
from those most in need.

Winners will get the wedding ring of their choice
from the Eternity Collection.

The campaign is open for submissions beginning
If you are interested in submitting your story,
please visit the David Tishbi website.

You will need to provide a brief description
of your situation and copy of marriage license.
We request that submissions be honest and fair.
Please, only one submission per couple.
David Tishbi Handcrafted Jewelry urges you to give
back to the community.

You can preview David Tishbi’s handcrafted collections at our website,
www.davidtishbi.com,
accompanied by a lifetime guarantee.

David Tishbi Jewelry is carried in retail establishments
worldwide.
David Tishbi designer wedding bands
I have previously reviewed the work of David Tishbi via product review.   Images sourced from various David Tishbi sites.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Who does the cooking?

Attractive Kitchen Aprons, Pink Apron











I'd love to say that I do.
But I don't.




My wonderful husband does, almost all of the time.
Not to mention he does all the grocery shopping and vacuums, too. What a gem!

It's not that I don't LIKE to cook and bake.
I actually really enjoy it.

The easy excuse is that my husband gets home from work much earlier than I do.

But the real reason he's charged with the daily meals...

I hate to rush through cooking meals. In fact, I'm have some OCD like tendencies when it comes to the kitchen.

The kitchen has to be spotlessly clean before I start on my project.
I have to get all my ingredients gathered.

Although I own a stand mixer, a hand mixer and a cuisinart, they never see any use by me.

Just my good ol' wooden spoon for mixing and I hand chop, slice and dice everything.

I only enjoy creating meals and goodies when I can take my time.

I'm also very picky about the pieces I use, from the good ol' wooden spoon to my baking dishes.

I recently found some wonderful Le Creuset cookware at CSN!

Caribbean Blue Cookware, Quality Cookware, Quality Casserole Dish
















Like this gorgeous rectangular baking dish in Caribbean Blue!

Caribbean Blue Pitcher, Le Creuset serving dishes


In fact, they have an entire line of products in that gorgeous hue!









This 2 quart pitcher for serving hot or cold beverages.



Le Creuset cookware, blue skillet













Or this square skillet that not only comes with a lifetime warranty, but is also ON SALE!
(my two favorite words!)



caribbean blue serving bowl, stoneware kitchen serving dishes


















I've really fallen for this
oval-shaped Stoneware serving bowl.
Gotta have it. Guess what?!
It's ON SALE, too!

Stay tuned for an upcoming review of a fabulous item I will receive from CSN, with over 200 stores, they offer the ultimate in online shopping!
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