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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

derma e Skin, Hair and Nail Oil

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.
derma e Skin, Hair and Nail Oil
Multi-purpose products are all the rage.  Who wants a product that does only one thing when you can have something that takes care of a wide range of beauty issues in one small package?!  Well derma e has done just that in their Skin, Hair and Nail Oil.
  The Oil is a concentrated, multi-benefit beauty treatment with Organic Argan, Organic Jojoba, and Kukui Oils.  As with all other derma e products this one is also cruelty-free and 100% vegan. 
  You can use the oil on your skin to help replenish moisture, on your hair for taming frizz and boosting shine, and on your nails for conditioning. 
  Mommy in GA: we have done a lot with derma e poducts and have yet to be dissappointed! This product is the same! I tried it on my hair on the ends (the oil helps with frizziness and if you have ever dyed or bleached your hair before a much needed cut you know the frizz im talking about!)  i put a drop of oil in my hair and the frizz instantly subsided it doesnt even look super oily!
Next i tried my nails.... This was different because it leaves a glaze, i am typing on my phone after re applying and i can see everywhere my hands have been! Might need to clean the screen after this! The bright side being my nails look better!!

Last but not least my skin...... I know you are all probably thinking good god why doesn't mommy in GA just go get a pedicure already!!! But again I used this on my cracked dry heels. I don't know why I won't get a pedicure, it's a luxury and takes time I guess lol. I notice a difference in my heels it seems to help hold the moisture a little better.
It comes in a cute bottle with it's own dropper and it smells different but not stinky different.
  Mommy in PA:  Just like Mommy in GA and her dry heels, I tried this oil on my worst problem skin hands.  I love how it instantly helped soothe them and made them feel a lot less tight, dry skin is just so irritating and this was a quick fix.  I also love how it made my nails shiny and it made my cuticles look healthier too. 
  I personally did not use this in my hair because my daughter stole it before I had a chance too...LOL.  What she used it for was her face.  During the winter she had some problem areas where her skin got dry and flaky, this helped her quite a bit and she even said she noticed her face wasn't breaking out as much either. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fresh Cab

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Fresh Cab

  Most of us have had to deal with a rodent problem from time to time.  But who likes the thought of having to use scary chemicals to get rid of the problem rodents?  Well the company earthkind has the solution.  

  Fresh Cab is a non-toxic, green product made for repelling rodents.  Just place the pouches anywhere you see signs of rodent activity.  Be sure to place one near your dryer vent close to fall as those little buggers are always looking for a nice warm place to get out of the weather. 

Mommy in GA: I am not sure if i had any issues with mice before i tried this product or not,but I can tell you i definitely didn't after i used it!!

I have 4 relatively small children and their safety is the front and center of my concerns.....I was able to sit this out and not worry too much about them getting ahold of it. I stuck one in my laundry room and one outside in my carport (i will be honest and tell you their are enough crawling critters out there and i do NOT need mice too!!) i have not noticed any mice or nesting supplies or even those lovely pellets they like to leave us��.

Overall i am pretty impressed....... We have enough to worry about without those little buggers moving in!!

Mommy in PA:  Unlike Mommy in GA, I know we have rodent issues from time to time...yuck!  You would think that having cats would totally get rid of the mice but it doesn't.  I have actually watched a mouse steal some of my cat's food before.  

  I was so excited to try out the Fresh Cab because sometimes it just isn't safe to sit a mousetrap or mouse poison where we are having the mouse near the cat's food.  But with the Fresh Cab I didn't have to worry about it : )  And guess mice since I put it out YAY! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Let's Visit Maui"

disclaimer:  We received the book below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

"The Adventures of Bella & Harry:  Let's Visit Maui!"

Written by Lisa Manzione
Illustrations by Kristine Lucco

  This is actually book twelve in the series of "The Adventures of Bella & Harry".  Bella and Harry are sister and brother Chihuahuas that, along with their family,  take kids on adventures to different locations around the world and show them the different cultures, customs, traditions, and landmarks.

To find out more and give your children a chance to interact with Bella & Harry you can head over to their site here where there are online study guides, coloring print outs, and games. 

Mommy in GA: my 10 year old said she loved this book, it is a really great way to teach children as far as teaching differant islands and they used some hawiian language. It was good because they used pictures and maps and showed examples of the things they were talking about so it was a good way to learn!

My 9 year old said " i like it but there is too much learning about stuff i can learn at school."
She obviously only wants to read for fun not too absorb anything real lol.

My 6 year old says "nothing" 
He is big on description!!

Mommy in PA:  This was a great learning adventure for me and the kids though my youngest said he already knew most of the stuff in the book (He is a tad bit of an overachiever...LOL).  He kept interrupting my reading with other facts he knew which made the book that much more special. 

 My daughter and I both agreed that the pictures were gorgeous (and that's something coming from a 17 year old).  Every page is completely covered with beautiful art. 

I also love that they use a good selection of the native languages although I would really have loved it if they would have included a page in the front or back that had word pronunciations for the tricky words.  The page with all the island names had my kids looking at me a little goofy because I didn't know how to pronounce them all : )

These would make great books to have available in the classroom for learning geography and about native languages and cultures.

  You can pick up your own copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


Friday, June 26, 2015

ToiletTree Products - Portable Oral Irrigator

disclaimer:  We received the following product for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.
ToiletTree Products - Portable Oral Irrigator
  Keeping your teeth clean and healthy, especially when on the go can be daunting at times.  Especially when you hate to floss.  Well ToiletTree Products has a solution that will not only make oral health easier but also more convenient...the Portable Oral Irrigator.
  The Portable Oral Irrigator helps you get a deep down clean in all those hard to reach places using an adjustable pulsating stream of water.  Great for people with bridges and braces where normal flossing just won't cut it.
  The nozzle (they include 2 so you don't have to share the same nozzle) rotates a full 360 degrees allowing you to reach every corner of your mouth, and it even folds down for easy storage.  The irrigator itself even folds down to half its normal size when done using so that you can take it with you wherever you go.  Great for business trips, lunch breaks, etc.  It also features two different operating modes (normal and soft) allowing you choose which works the best for your dental situation.  And the unit is even rechargeable.
  Mommy in GA: Okay so the Oral Irrigator I was a little hesitant to use, and now I am furious I missed out that time!!! This is great........ I am probably about to overshare but here it goes! I used this for the first time when I still had the morning bed fuzzies (meaning before brushing my teeth !Eww I know) I used it then so that I could see how well it was really going to work and let me tell yall I was really impressed!!

I had to brush my teeth to get the fresh feeling only brushing gives you but, the irrigator is a nice thing to have to keep your teeth feeling clean between meals or on the go!
I used the low setting because my teeth are a little sensitive, I also tried the normal setting and it wasn't unbearable, but that is he nice thing is you get an option not just one setting!! 
  Mommy in PA:  As soon as this arrived I handed it to my teenage daughter.  She has had tons of dental issues the past couple of years, the most recent being a bunch of small cavities between her teeth...obviously due to a non-diligent job of flossing : ( 
  She filled it up and decided to try it out on her hand first to see just how hard the water shot out.  Well needless to say, she was a little scared to try it in her mouth.  After a few minutes she decided to try it out and ended up handing it back to me saying she was just too afraid it might pop out her fillings. 
  Well that left me to try it out and I just wanna say that if you've never tried an oral irrigator before be very careful as to not totally drench yourself and all of your surroundings like I did...LOL!  This does take some practice : )  But I will say that it is great for getting out all of those tiny food particles and for removing plaque.  I just wish I would have had one of these when my daughter was younger and maybe we could have avoided a lot of the issues she is dealing with now. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Essenza Luxury Hand Soap

disclaimer:  I received the products below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
Essenza Luxury Hand Soap

Essenza is a new line of hand soap. The soap is available in various scents such as :French Lavender, Rosemary Mint, Pomegranate Acai, Pear Glace, South Pacific Waters and Mango Agave.
The Essenza line is available nationwide at Target, select Bed Bath & Beyonds, Walgreens and . A 12 oz. bottle will run around $3.99 and a 16.9 oz. bottle is around $4.99.  Can you say luxury on a budget?!?!
The soaps are made from a blend of essential oils, shea butter, and aloe.  They are all free of artificial dyes and colorings, making them great for those with more sensitive skin. 

Mommy in GA:  No, you're not experiencing dejavu, I did indeed review these soaps awhile ago but the company was kind enough to allow me to review again.

This time I received the Pomegranate Acai and the South Pacific Waters.  My favorite being the Pomegranate Acai. 

I still totally love the packaging of these soaps.  It's a little bit of added luxury in the bathroom or the kitchen and they don't cost a fortune. 

Also they smell amazing!!!  It's also nice to know that these soaps are available in a lot of locations so no need to wait to have them shipped. 

Balanced Guru

disclaimer:  We received the following products for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.
Balanced Guru

  Are you looking to add a little more balance to your life (balance in your skincare routine that is) then Balanced Guru has you covered.  Balanced Guru carries a full line of certified organic products for your skin, body, and hair to help everyone find their own balance. 

  Mommy in GA and Mommy in PA each received samples of Balm Me Up and Soothe Me Slowly and here is what we thought:

  Mommy in GA:  These both had equal effectiveness on my nasty, dried out heels.  I noticed that they both left an oily residue but that's ok because my heels feel smoother now and that was the point.  It was amazing how quickly these products relieved my dry skin.  And they even smell good, the Balanced Guru products that is, not my feet. 

  Mommy in PA:  The Balm Me Up was a great product for relieving my dry skin issues.  My hands tend to dry out a lot, especially in the winter and this product actually made the dryness go away instantly.  It did leave my hands feeling on the oily side but it wasn't the kind of oiliness that leaves a residue on other surfaces (which is a huge plus, especially when you are typing a lot). 

  I really like the smell of the Soothe Me Slowly.  It really does give you a soothing feeling.  This is great for spraying on your skin before bedtime.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dakota Vox Light Up Mascara

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.
Dakota Vox Light Up Mascara
  Ok, I know what you are thinking...light up mean it lights up on my lashes?  Well the answer is no.  What it means is that the actual applicator end of the case lights up.  Not only does it have the LED light up end but also a mirror on the other part of the case so you can see what you are doing even in the poorest lit conditions. 
  The lights are activated by simply pushing the button located on the end of the cap.  How simple!
  Now you are probably wondering about the mascara itself.  Well it is rich black, flake free pigment that is designed to lengthen your lashes.  And the applicator is silicone to give your eyelashes an even coating without clumping. 
  You can pick up your very own Dakota Vox Light Up Mascara by going here.  Retails for $12.99. 
  Mommy in GA: I opened this and.......fell in love!!!!  This is awesome, the Dakota Vox Light Up mascara is great!! It not only makes my eyelashes look longer and fuller but, they are also still light like I haven't put two coats of mascara on!!! The mascara doesn't clump your lashes together either, unless you are like me and tend to recycle your makeup with a few touchups, I know it is a horrible habbit but those are the hardest ones to break right?!?!
I LOVE that the case lights up also, you never know when you might need to apply your makeup in the pitch dark!!
  Mommy in PA:  I wish all mascaras were like this!  Not only do they have the awesome light and mirror so you can see what you are doing but the case actually makes a clicking sound when you screw the end in so that you know it is fully closed.  No more dried up mascara or possible messes in your purse due to hurriedly throwing the cap on and just hoping it is closed : ) 
  The mascara did indeed make my lashes appear longer and didn't overcoat them like some of the other mascaras I have.  This would be a great everyday mascara for when you are going for a less dramatic look. 
  The only thing I think they could do to improve upon this product is to make replacement cartridges that slip in and out of the base so that there is no need to purchase the whole product repeatedly if your case and lights are still working, I just think that would be awesome : )


Monday, April 27, 2015

"Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

"Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania"



by Erik Larson

  So we all know of the tragedy of the Titanic, but did you ever hear of the Lusitania?  If the name sounds familiar then you probably remember hearing that it was a ship that had been torpedoed during World War I.  But did you know that it too was a passenger ship, one that was fully loaded with men, women, and children all on their way to England?  Well that is what Erik Larson sets out to tell us about in this book.

  Passengers knew of the danger of submarines before even setting out for the journey but many believed that a ship as big as the Lusitania would have nothing to fear.  Besides, they believed that once they reached the more dangerous waters that they would be being escorted with military ships from England to protect them.  Little did they know that there would be no such escort and that fate would bring them to the right place at the wrong time that fateful May day. 

  The English had acquired code books of the German's and had organized a group of specialists to work on deciphering them in a room called "Room 40".  The specialists had deciphered multiple messages regarding submarine activity in the general area that the Lusitania was headed but yet no escort was sent.  They had actually been deciphering messages from the submarine that would in a weeks time be the one who would sink the Lusitania with just one torpedo, the submarine known as U-20.

  Captain Turner had a couple delays at the beginning of his voyage that could have affected the outcome, along with some fog which if it had stayed for just a half hour longer may also have saved so many lives. 

  Learn about the folks who perished and those who were saved, find out how just one submarine torpedo took down this mighty ship, how will President Wilson respond to the disaster.  Find out all of this and more in "Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania"

  Mommy in PA:  This was one of those reviews where I could have just typed and typed until my fingers fell off.  So much information, but in a very enjoyable format.  I never knew history could be so fun. 

  You can tell that Mr. Larson spent a lot of time researching personal artifacts, letters, books, etc. to get the feeling that you really know these passengers.  His way of writing really puts you on that deck with those folks the very second they see the torpedo coming through the water.  You can feel the fear they had while they are trying to decide whether to attempt to get on a life boat or wait it out to see if she will stay afloat.  You even feel their sadness when the survivors are searching for their loved ones in the make-shift morgues. 

  I was amazed by the fact that there were so many who didn't know how to even put on their life vests properly (what a terrible way to die), it was also shocking that there were so many people who were never claimed by their loved ones.  And the haunting part about others that were never found.

  It's sad to know that we learned so much about the Titanic disaster but so little about the Lusitania.  So many lives lost and in the case of the Lusitania there were ways it could have been avoided.
  This is the type of book that makes you want to go out and do some more research yourself.  He cites so many wonderful sources that he used to get his information, it is totally amazing the amount of research he did and all the places he had to go to do so. 

  There is just so much information in this book that I have no idea what to touch on next so I will just leave the reading to you, you will not be disappointed. 


Monday, April 13, 2015


disclaimer:  we received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Nodorsil Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Multipack (12 towels in 6 varieties)

Product Manufacturer:  Stadler Form
Product Use: cleaning cloths
Product Features:  Guarantees 99% fewer germs, eco-friendly, silver ionic technology prevents odor and bacteria growth, machine washable, and reusable.  Safe around kids and pets.
Price:  $59.99 
Misc:  Can be washed 300+ times and still retain 90% of their antimicrobial properties.  Multipack contains 2 Antimicrobial Universal All Purpose Cloths, 2 Antimicrobial All Purpose Cloths with Activated Carbon, 1 Antimicrobial Floor Cloth with Scrubbing Stripes, 3 Antimicrobial Viscose Cloths, and 2 Microfiber Window Cloths. 
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Here is what Mommy in GA and Mommy in PA thought of the various cleaning cloths:

Microfiber All Purpose Cloths with Strips

Mommy in GA: These are fantastic!!!  I used mine everywhere from the kitchen (all surfaces, especially great for stubborn messes in the fridge or on the floor!!) to the worries the bathroom has its very own! They work for dusting in a pinch too! Best part is you use them, wash the, repeat!!!!!

Mommy in PA:  I LOVE these ones!  I use them for anything and everything.  The strips really help make it easier to clean up stuck on dirt.  I've used these for cleaning my stovetop, dusting, washing windows, etc.  They are a great multi-purpose cleaning cloth.

Microfiber All Purpose Cloths with Activated Carbon

Mommy in GA: These work better for dusting lol! These would be great for any surface that is more likely to scratch :)

Mommy in PA:  These too were great!  I used these inside my house for dusting and outside for buffing the wax off of our truck.  It was great because they are super soft so you don't have to worry about them scratching anything and they clean up wonderfully.

Microfiber Sponge Cloths

Mommy in GA:  These I actually didn't use for cleaning I used these to collect water from my wet dishes as a drying towel.... not my best idea :(  Haha the brain was on delay that day.

Mommy in PA:  I just really don't care for the feel of these ones.  I don't know about all of you but I have a hard time cleaning with something if I can't stand the way it feels in my hand.

Antibacterial Viscose Cloths

Mommy in GA: These I only used in the kitchen and I also used one in my bathroom, great for countertops and door knobs :)

Mommy in PA:  These were ok for wiping down my countertops and the added antibacterial factor just made me feel better about using them instead of a regular cloth. 

Microfiber Window Cloths

Mommy in GA: I am not a fan of these ones they do have a strange feeling and also streaked the bathroom mirror.  They might be good for cleaning the outside windows??? Maybe I will try that the weather is starting to get nice here :)

Mommy in PA:  My husband tried these on our truck windows and he did not like them.  They didn't really do anything but smear the water around.  I personally just haven't used them for anything because they feel weird.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Duck Commander Devotions for Kids"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
"Duck Commander Devotions for Kids"

by Korie Robertson & Chrys Howard
illustrated by Holli Conger
  If you are looking for a fun, new way to get your kids involved religion then this book is right up your alley.
  Just read a page a day to your kiddos to instill values, encourage individuality, remind them that they are loved, etc.  Every day is a new lesson to be learned or reinforced. 
  Each page (devotion) includes a scripture, a prayer, a personal story about the Robertson family, and Duck Commander applications which encourage the children to use what they've learned that day.
  Mommy in PA:  This book is not only very useful but also very beautiful.  The first thing I noticed was the wonderful illustrations.  This in itself was enough to make me want to keep picking up the book : )
  I love how they incorporate their own life stories into the pages so that it is easier to explain to your kids what the scriptures mean.  Also it is way more exciting than how we typically try to teach our kids about the Bible.  The stories are also enough to keep even the adults interested.
  Also this book isn't just for younger kids either.  I found that a lot of the information in the pages pertained to my teenager as well.  I just read those sections aloud and waited for the glaring looks from across the : ) 
  I think that this book is best used by reading one page each day and focusing on one lesson at a time.  That gives the kids a whole day to incorporate what they've learned before moving on to something new. 

They even include a ribbon bookmark to keep track of where you are, how cool is that ?!?!
  This would be a great gift for any little "Duck Commander" fans out there : )

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb"

disclaimer:  I received the following items from Vocalpoint in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
"Night at the Museum:  Secret of the Tomb"
  Join the all familiar cast from the others along with a few new friends (a Neanderthal who believes that Larry is his father, a new security guard in London, and the pharaoh prince's parents) to save the magic that brings the museum to life. 
  In this movie we find out what makes the golden tablet so special and who is the one who actually discovered it in Egypt in the first place.  Will Larry and the characters from the museum figure things out in time before the museum goes to sleep forever?  You will just have to watch and see.
  Mommy in PA:  Vocalpoint not only sent us the movie to watch but also two bags of popcorn and the little popcorn baggies like they use at some theatres.  It was an awesome touch to make this one of the best movie nights ever. 
  They also included a link to print out some character props to use, I got to be Teddy, my son was Larry, and my daughter was Augustus.  We had a lot of fun dressing up : ) 
  We've been wanting to see this movie for awhile now but missed it when it was in the theatre.  We were hoping that it would be as good as the other two and believe us it totally was.  Laugh, oh my did we laugh : )  We especially like the new character (the Neanderthal who believes that Larry is his father) he was hilarious!!!
  If you haven't seen it already then you should really get out there and get a copy so that you too can have an awesome family movie night : )  #VPMovieNight

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
  "This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?"
From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products
By Patrick Di Justo
  Have you ever wondered what makes up all of those things that we eat everyday.  Well of course, we can look at the list of ingredients, but does that really tell you what is in there?  Not really.
  Patrick Di Justo was on a mission to find out exactly what makes up all of these everyday edible products including Red Bull, Slim Jim, Easy Cheese, coffee, etc.  Not only that but he also looks into what makes up these other everyday non-edible products like gasoline, play-doh, Tide Pods, Febreze, and Flu shots. 
  Mommy in PA:  I just want to start out saying that this publication really isn't as scary as I thought it would be.  I really don't think many of you would stop using most of these products based on just what the ingredients are : )  It is really just a very well researched book about things we just didn't realize are used on a daily basis to make things that we consume more colorful, flavorful, or help them keep a longer shelf life.
  I also learned things about products that I probably never would have taken the time to try to find myself.  Example, Easy Cheese really does have cheese in it LOL, there is fat in some fabric softeners, and play-doh comes in 43 colors (who knew?). 
  There are also a lot of interesting facts in the book about the ingredients themselves, information about the companies, information about the different things on the food labels and what they mean, etc. 
  All in all I really did like this book but it isn't one to sit and read cover to cover.  It's the type where you pick it up from time to time to read a section or two and then leave it sit for awhile.  A great coffee table appropriate with the coffee cup on the cover and all : ) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paper House Puzzles

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.
Paper House Puzzles

  Are you looking for a unique gift idea that would work well for a child or an adult.  How about a nice gift you can give to the entire family?
  Paper House Puzzles aren't just ordinary puzzles.  These puzzles offer a unique challenge for children and adults alike.  Not only are the puzzles shaped like the subject but then there are actual pieces that are shaped like that too. 
  Mommy in GA and mommy in PA each received a sampling of these puzzles to review and here are our thoughts:
  Mommy in GA: These are GREAT for family fun quality time!!!  They are better quality than your average puzzle :)

The kids' had a blast and didn't lose interest in the middle of it like they sometimes do when we do stuff lol.

I love that the puzzle itself is a replica of the item like the flip flop is shaped like a flip flop when you put it together!!!
  Mommy in PA:  We received the Baseball Glove, the Butterflies, and the Flip Flops.  I had my son help me choose which one we were going to make first...he picked the Butterflies : ) 
  Now right away we realized that it's not just the shapes of the puzzles and pieces that make Paper House Puzzles unique.  They also have the best box design that I have seen for puzzles yet.  As you can see in the photo below the box actually folds in at the end instead of just having the cover come off like regular puzzles do (and no more paper shreds lying in the puzzle pieces because you had to cut the lid off with a knife).  Also note the extra copy of the finished puzzle that is provided.  It is so much easier than having to pass around the box so everyone can see : )
  The puzzle itself is great quality, sturdy pieces, no paper tearing.  We had a blast making it too.  Talk about a challenge.  We actually ended up separating out the pieces for each individual butterfly as that seemed to be the easiest way to do it.  We worked on it off and on for a whole weekend, what a fun family project : )
So if you are puzzle lovers like we are and you're looking for more of a challenge you should definitely check out Paper House Puzzles : )

Friday, March 6, 2015

"Your Quantum Breakthrough Code"

disclaimer:  I received the following book for free from Hay House, Inc. in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.
"Your Quantum Breakthrough Code:  The Simple Technique That Brings Everlasting Joy and Success"
by Sandra Anne Taylor
  If you are looking for something more to add to your positive thinking routine then trying the techniques in Sandra's book is definitely something to look into. 
  Sandra shows you how to use a simple technique involving chakras to decode and code certain messages into our minds.  She primarily focuses on using the chakra located in the middle of the forehead (also known as the third eye).  The technique itself is super simple and is something that anyone can do in just a few minutes a day, but according to Sandra the results are amazing.
  Decoding is simply removing a negative response and coding is simply enforcing a positive response in its place. 
  Sandra gives a lot of examples about how this decoding and coding technique has helped many people change how they react to a lot of different situations.  She even gives techniques for people who cannot do the technique how it is actually supposed to be done due to physical limitations (she thinks of everything).
  The first and most important part of the book is to determine where our weaknesses are whether it be shyness, insecurity, procrastination (mommy in Pa and mommy in Ga both need to work on, boredom, worry, unworthiness, etc. and turn them around and use them to better ourselves.  Often times it is our own hang ups that prevent us from living a more fulfilling life. 
  Sandra also is kind enough to include illustrations depicting how to perform the technique so that it is easy for anyone to accomplish.
  Even though the book itself doesn't focus much on the other chakras, Sandra does include some charts at the back of the book that indicate which chakra works best for each decoding/coding statement.
  Mommy in PA:  What a great book to pick up to add more usefulness to all of my positive thinking techniques! 
  I have to admit the first couple of chapters took me awhile to read due to it having a lot of the same information that I already read elsewhere just written differently.  But once I got to the part about using the chakra and how to decode and code I was hooked : )
  I haven't really took a lot of time to try out the technique due to trying to get this review written but with it only taking a few minutes a day I definitely plan on incorporating it with my other positive thinking techniques like my affirmations to kick it up a notch. 
  I love how Sandra explains how working on just a few decoding/coding messages helps free up other issues due to a lot of them being linked in some way.  This could really make a huge difference for me.  I really can't wait to work on my procrastination one.  Mommy in GA and I are always talking about how great we are at procrastinating : )
  I even learned a new thing or two about being too needy with my affirmations and that it can actually put a block up and prevent things from being able to happen.  Also we have to watch how we envision ourselves, most of us don't even think of how we think of ourselves but this too can put a damper on our progress.  And always try to get over saying things like "I will be happy when..." and embrace being happy now.
  So if you are working on bettering yourself, your life, and your future this is definitely worth looking into. = Great Customer Service!

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  Ok, so I know that this isn't our typical type of post but something happened to me recently that made me want to spread the word about some great customer service. 
  I had received a promotional code from a website for $20 off my purchase from so I decided to use the credit towards making my son some special valentines for his classmates.  We had done this before and they always get rave reviews : )  Well I ordered the valentines so that they would be here in plenty of time for the party and eagerly awaited their arrival. 
  A little over a week before my son's Valentine's Day party I wandered out to the mailbox and there inside was my order with a plastic sleeve wrapped around their normal cardboard mailer.  I saw right away that it was wrapped up by the post office and hurried inside to see what was wrong.  I practically cried as I opened the packaging and realized that my son's valentines had become mutilated, dirty, and not all there (about half of them were totally missing).  Of course, the envelopes were all ok...LOL.
  Well after my initial shock of thinking I'd have to send my son to school with regular store-bought valentines, I called the number that the post office had included in the package about who to contact regarding missing merchandise, etc.  Well that in itself was another disappointment, I didn't get to speak to anyone and found out I needed to know if the package had insurance on it before I could even proceed.
  Not knowing if has insurance on their packages or not I decided to contact customer service.  I just figured I'd maybe get my money back eventually after they were able to file the insurance claim through the postal service.  But lo and behold they took action...a woman contacted me the next day wanting to confirm my order number so that they could get a new shipment sent out to me and that yes, even though it was only a few days until my son's party that they would make it to me by the day before.  Amazing! 
  And guess what?  They did! 
  Moral of the story:  There are a lot of great companies out there that are focused on making sure that their customers are happy...and is one of those companies : )  Thanks!!!!