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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tasty Tuesday - Bare Snacks

Bare Snacks

Are you looking for a healthy snack for your family?  Are you trying to eat more organic foods?  Are you trying to avoid gluten or preservatives?  If you answered yes to any of these questions than you may want to try Bare Snacks brand dried fruit. 
Bare Fruit specializes in dried fruit with just the most basic of ingredients that are also 100% USDA certified organic.  They also carry dried apricots, mangos, and pears.
Mommy in GA and Mommy in PA each received a bag of the Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips and here is what we thought:
Mommy in GA: Would like to start by saying I was skeptical, I am not a huge fan of dried fruit, that being said: I really enjoyed the Bare Fruit Cinnamon Apple Chips flavor, not a huge fan of the texture!
This is an awesome snack for people with allergies because, It is ONLY Organic Apples and Organic Cinnamon, If you are not allergic to either of these it is the perfect snack, as they also operate in a nut free facility!  
I shared these with a friend and she literally told me to move the bag or she was going to eat them all!!! She LOVED these!!!!
Last but not least I want to share with yall they are kind enough to put in the warning label you may run into bits of core, seed or stem not bad for you but, possibly surprising if you are not expecting it!!!
Mommy in PA:  I love the fact that the ingredient list only had two ingredients (organic apples and organic cinnamon).  I also think the resealable bags are an awesome idea.  I personally thought these were delicious!!!!  My daughter on the other hand just thought they were ok.  My son wouldn't even try them but I don't think he really cares for hard foods.  I also think it is really cool that it says there are 30 apples in every bag and that they are from Washington state.
For a chance to win your very own case of Bare Snacks brand Apple Chips enter the giveaway found here.  Or for those of you with smartphones you can scan the QR code below.

Good Luck Everybody!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Storytime Sunday Part 1

Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book from Hay House inc in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.

A Tenzing Norbu Mystery
Written by: Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay

I would just like to start by telling you that I LOVE a good mystery or drama!!  I looked at the description of this book and it sounded okay but, I was not totally sure I was going to be able to get into it!  I love to read and I will give almost anything a chance so, that is how I ended up with the book in front of me!

I am going to give you some of the brief details ( I don't wan to ruin the good parts for those of you who are excited about purchasing!!) It Starts out by telling you a little bit a bout Tenzing Norbu, who prefers to go by the name Ten, he is a Robbery/homicide detective but his career is a long way from where he started!

Ten grew up in a monastery for monks, He was a practicing monk (one who broke the rules) when he decided that he was not fulfilling his desires career wise, He moved to Topanga Canyon, California from Dharamshala, India to teach meditation. Instead of teaching meditation he chose to follow his dream of becoming a modern day Sherlock Holmes.  He had put some rules back into his life (his own rules, not the ones he learned in the monastery)Rule number 1 being:"Don't Ignore Intuitive Tickles Lest They Reappear As Sledgehammers" So with the briefing he is a ex-monk, soon to be ex-cop, and lands his first gig as a private detective!

In this book you will find a lot of action, some drama, a little romance and a lot of friendship.  It was a great book! I found myself laughing and crying right along with the story line and knowing that it is a series I could not wait to read   The Second Rule Of Ten (which I have finished reading and will do a review as part 2!!!) 

So I read 1 and 2 and I am hoping that I will be able to get my hands (and eyes!!!) on the rest of the series because now that I started reading I can not wait to see how it ends!!!!

I hope this was helpful and makes you want to go out and buy these books, I personally think they were great so far!! That is saying a lot because if you recall the beginning of my post I was A skeptic :)

Please take a moment to check out the links I provided in the post and the short video below to get a little extra info!!

Storytime Sunday (Part 2)

Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of this book from Hay House Inc in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.

A Tenzing Norbu Mystery
Written By: Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay

I know,  I apologize for doing these reviews back to back but, the second I finished reading the First Rule Of ten I was dying to see what happened in The Second Rule of Ten!!  It was such an engrossing story and I couldn't wait to dive into the Second Rule of Ten and I have to say I was NOT disappointed!!!  The Second Rule of Ten was just as good as the First!! You get to learn a little more of Ten's past and what makes him tick not to mention go on the adventure of not only his second (which twists into his third) Private Detective missions!! 

You get to meet new characters in The Second Rule of Ten but, no worries they remembered to bring the characters you already knew back into the story also(HUGE highlight for me, I can't stand to read a series that forgets to bring back some of the existing characters!)  

Onto the actual review lol!

The Second Rule Of Ten is:
Be on the lookout for unconscious beliefs. They are blinders that prevent you from understanding what is actually happening.

OK so now the man who is an EX-monk, EX-Cop and is finally a Private Detective (almost) he has paying customers, but is still awaiting the legalities to go through.  He catches a paying case that was pretty easy to get to the bottom of and a few months later gets him a second paying gig but, this one is a little more complicated!!!  

The series has kept me on my toes and I will tell you what, I can not wait to get my hands on the Third Rule of Ten.  They have peaked my interest and I really can't wait to see how this all ends!! 

 I know I was not super detailed in the events but, I hate to give anything away!!!  I hope this has been helpful and please check out the link in the title for more info on the book!!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spa Time Saturday (a few days late) - Mama Mio Skincare

Mama Mio Skincare
Disclaimer:  We each received one of the OMG mini kits in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

So who better to create a skin care line for women than women right?  Well that's what Mama Mio is based on.  Four women with 20+ years of beauty experience and 9 children between the four of them they set out on a mission to solve women's skin care issues.  They have created products for every woman in every stage of her life (pregnancy, first signs of aging, weight loss, cellulite, dry skin, etc.).

The Mama Mio skin care products are also free of all the "Nasties" as they call them.  Some examples of "Nasties" that you will not find in these products are petrolatum, parabens, SLS, xenoestrogens, pthlalates, synthetic fragrances, or artificial colourants. 

Mama Mio also works with a charity called Look Good... Feel Better.  This charity is all about going into cancer centers and helping women who are going through cancer treatments Look Good (helping them learn how to wear a wig, and use makeup and skincare products) so that they can Feel Better.

Mama Mio sells a huge assortment of products for your skin for every stage of your life.  They have products that are for your face, for your body,  and for pregnancy.  To find out what products would be best for you use the handy "help me choose" option.  Oh, and if you happen to notice that the prices seem a little steep, just realize that they are using the best ingredients in the largest amounts recommended to get the best results : ) 

We could just go on and on about all of the products we thought about trying before we settled on the mini kits to get our readers a better idea of what the products are like...but we don't have time for all now on with the review...

We Have Winners...

The winners of the Soft Scrub Coupons are....
Linda L.
Kara P.
Congrats!  Please reply to the email we sent you within 48 hours or forfeit your prize.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Something For Fun!

  Enter here for your chance to win your share of $25,000 worth of prizes.  All you need to do in order to win is sign up for a free Eversave account. 
Good Luck Everyone!  Let us know if you win!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Free Sample of Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Chips for Live Better America Members!

If you are a Live Better America Member login here to claim your free sample of Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Chips! 

Free Fiber One Kids Chewy Bar for Box Tops for Education Members!


If you are a Box Tops for Education member click here and login to get your free Fiber One Kids Chewy Bar.   Hurry as these free samples are limited to the first 10,000!

We Have Winners...

Congratulations! to the following people for winning our most recent giveaways...
Conscious Box
Breanne T.
Newman's Own Organics
Amber C.
Winners must reply to the email sent to their inbox within 48 hours so as to not forfeit their prize.

Washing Wednesday - Soft Scrub 4-in-1

disclaimer: I received a free product and chose to do a review for Soft Scrub 4-in-1.  All opinions are my own. Thank you to Purex insiders' and Soft Scrub

Dry Idea

Soft Scrub 4-in-1 toilet care
I just want to say I LOVE being a Purex insider!! This time I have been allowed to try the Soft Scrub 4-in-1 toilet care  I would like to start by telling yall, I HATE cleaning the bathroom!! I have an almost 4 year old and boy is his aim off!!
On top of having a little boy I also have 3 girls' and without being taught they decided if it is yellow that stuff should mellow until mommy flushes the potty.  So you can imagine my dread and the buildup that could occur!
I have to SCRUB my toilets at least once a week to keep them smelling fresh and looking good. 

Now enough about the potty habits in the house, let's get into the good stuff!!  I received the Soft Scrub 4-in 1 about a month ago, and am just now getting to where I have to replace it.  I am one of those people who likes my cleaner to smell good but,  I do not like overly strong odors and am not a huge fan of the bleach smell, and the Soft Scrub 4-in-1 had the perfect scent, just strong enough to make it smell clean but, not overly strong.

Another great thing about the Soft Scrub 4-in-1 is that you barely have to do anything to maintain the clean look of your toilet!! It works really great and these are definately a product I will be stocking up on!!!!
SPEAKING OF STOCKING UP!!! Who can guess what time it is?? Oh I will just go ahead and tell you:



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Disclaimer:  We will be receiving a free pack of decals for informing our readers about this product. 


So if ya'll have kiddos that are in school or daycare you probably know what we're talking about when we say that kids are great at losing things.  Mommy in PA is always having to send her son to school with snow pants, snow boots, hats, gloves, etc. in the winter months and sometimes not everything seems to make it back home.  Now writing on the tags with marker would seem to be a good idea but with everything getting wet from the snow sometimes it doesn't last very long.  That's where the kidecals would come in very handy. 

Mommy in Ga says that these will be awesome due to the fact that I have 3 girls close in age and we do a lot of handing down!!  To write the names on tags' in marker would be difficult!!! On top of that my kids' like to stick stickers or anything else sticky on the...... well anywhere they can!
The decals seem like a very easy and great way to change your habits of marking all your belongings with marker! Weather it is your favorite cake carrier or plastic containers' for sweet treats to send to the kiddos' class rooms or label their jackets' so they don't get lost!!
Just a few other details to share with yall before we hope you will be happy to use your 15 % discount!!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Momtacular Mixer Winners!

And the Winners Are...
2 Movie Tickets
Krissy D.
Karen M.
CollageIt Pro Software
Michelle H.
Kara U-P.
Wendy W-Z.
Gina C.
Dawn P.
Congratulations!  Keep an eye on your inbox for an email from us.  Be sure to respond within 48 hours so that you do not forfeit your prize. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spa Time Saturday - Black Rock Mud mudpot

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  My opinions are not influenced by receiving the product for free.
Mommy in PA recently got a chance to try a product from Black Rock Mud Company called MudPot.  MudPot is an all natural mud straight from the Earth with nothing added to be used for purifying the skin.  It is harvested from the Black Rock Desert and is actually an illite clay rich in minerals and is 100% natural.
Mommy in PA says:  I was really excited to get the chance to try this product.  And must say that I wasn't disappointed at all from the time I opened the package.  The first thing I noticed before even opening the box was that the packaging is actually a plantable box that has wildflower seeds embedded in the paper so when you are done with it you just simply put it in the soil, water, and wait for your flowers to grow.  Oh, and the container that the mud is in is actually recyclable too!
The MudPot I received was from the Spring 2013 harvest which means it is one of a set number that was harvested this year.  There is only so much of the mud to be harvested every year and some years are better than others.  This makes you feel really special to be one of the ones who gets to use it. 
I was really surprised by the look and feel of the mud.  It is a greenish tone (like military camo green), the consistency is just right (not too runny but not too thick either) which makes for easy and smooth application.  I also like the fact that it doesn't really have a smell to it (maybe just a slight earthly scent if you sniff hard enough). 
 All you do is apply it and leave on your skin for 5-20 minutes, spritz occasionally when you feel it drying out, and wipe off when you are done. 
I was really impressed at how it absorbed all the nasty oils from my face (I even noticed my face seemed to stay oil-free for a couple of days after).  My face actually seemed almost sparkly after wiping off the mask (may be some of the trace minerals) and it is definitely smoother!  Also it doesn't take very much product to cover your face so I see this MudPot lasting for quite awhile.
I am very happy with the MudPot and hope that all of you who have been looking for an all natural skin care product will go check out their site here
For your chance to win your very own MudPot head over to our giveaway here.  Good luck everyone!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mothers Day Momtacular Mixer with @checkitoutdawn and Money Saving Mommies X 2 Giveaway Hop!

  Disclaimer:  We received one or more of the products below for free.  But all opinions are our own.

  Enter the drawings below for your chance to win some great prizes!  Also head on over to Check it Out! with Dawn for more chances to win!
Prize #1 - 
  Need an evening away from the kiddos?  Want a chance to just sit back and relax?  Well then this is the prize for you...

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Prize #2 -
Feel like being pampered?  Want a spa-like experience in your own home?  Then this prize is for you...

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Prize #3 -
Do you enjoy taking photos?  Do you have trouble figuring out exactly what to do with them all?   Then this prize is for you...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Free Breakfast at Subway for residents in select areas of PA!

Go here and sign up to get your free breakfast at Subway.  You have to go to the site and select your store location and set up your reservation to receive a free 3 inch flat bread sandwich and a small coffee.  Sounds great to us!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Washing Wednesday - Roux Maison

disclaimer: I received a free bottle of Roux Maison Laundry Detergent in exchange for an honest review about the product.

Roux Maison

Roux Maison is guided by Southern Heritage and Hospitality!

CAUTION: Keep out of reach from children (As your children will not do your laundry this should not be a problem!!! LOL) also do not consume and avoid contact with eyes.

 Okay well the picture above was supposed to show you how little of the detergent you need to use but, you can not tell very well :(  Anyway moral of the picture being: You do not have to use a lot to get a great result!

I LOVE the bottle the detergent comes in, it is prettier than most of the detergents get! I washed several loads of clothes (you know the average , dirty clothes, muddy clothes, oh and the average stomach!!!) and the Roux Maison held up very well and left everything clean!  It is fragrance-free but, they still smelled clean which is a big deal!!

I received the: Sport Laundry Detergent in the Fragrance-Free it is Highly concentrated and in a 16 oz. bottle you should get around *40 loads(to maximize measure 2.4 teaspoons of detergent per full load for the 40 loads OR use 1.2 teaspoons and hand wash and you can get 80 loads)  and is compatible in a standard washer or your h.e washer!

Now to tell yall a little bit about the company:

"Roux Maison blends basic, natural ingredients with cutting-edge science and technology to eliminate the chemicals, toxins, and irritants that can shorten the life span of your garments and expose you-and the environment-to unnecessary harm.  Our fragrance- free Sport Detergent allows even the most sensitive among us to live by our motto, "Love Your Laundry!"  Roux Maison Sport detergent maintains the elasticity of your performance fabrics, as well as the waterproofing qualities of your athletic and outdoor gear.  It removes all of the odor and bacteria that can live in the dirtiest and sweatiest of items" 

Ingredients: Purified water, non hazardous biodegradable surfactants, non-hazardous biodegradable salts. (no fragrances, additives or dyes.) Color and consistency may vary. 

Roux Maison comes in a few scents and a lot of specialties!!

Our Top 12 - Newman's Own Organics Review + Giveaway!

disclaimer:  We received the products below in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are our own and receiving the products does not influence our opinions.
  So we just got done celebrating our first year as bloggers so we decided that we should come up with a great way to spread the word about our favorite products from the past year...hence, Our Top 12!  This month we bring to you Newman's Own Organics...
Here is what mommy in GA and mommy in PA received for the review

  Newman's Own Organics was one of the very first companies that we had the pleasure of blogging about.  We were so happy to get a chance to try all of the products and let yall know what we thought about them.  For those of you who haven't seen it yet, or for those who need a refresher, you can find our original post here.
  This time Newman's Own Organics sent us another great variety of products that we have listed below:

Enter the My Gym Fit & Healthy Family Sweepstakes + 30% off My Gym Classes!

disclaimer:  We will be receiving a My Gym Gift Pack for sharing this post with our readers. 
Thanks to US Family Guide we are able to share this great offer with yall.
Read Below to see the offer we were sent:

Throughout 2013, My Gym locations across North America will celebrate thirty years of providing fitness and fun to families by offering money saving membership and class discounts, conducting a search to crown My Gym’s Fit & Healthy Family and hosting fun and fitness-filled My Gym 30th Birthday party/ Open Houses.

  • Offered April 1 through June 30, the My Gym discounts include free membership to families signing on for the first time and 30% off for four weeks of classes at participating locations.
  • Also taking place April 1 through June 30, My Gym’s 30th anniversary Fit & Healthy Family Contest is a initiative designed to encourage families to demonstrate how they have made fitness a key part of their family’s lifestyle and share their own family fitness tips with families everywhere through the My Gym contest’s social media.
  • In August, participating My Gym locations throughout the North America will open their doors for free-to-the-public 30th birthday party/open houses – My Gym style.

Open to families in North America, the My Gym Fit & Healthy Family Contest invites families with at least two members in the same household (and one member a child under the age of ten) to enter by submitting a photo of their family engaged in physical activity along with 100-200 words sharing their favorite family fitness tip(s). The photos and accompanying tips will be posted on My Gym’s Official Facebook Page for the public to vote for their favorite entry. Families receiving the most votes will become among the 30 semi-finalists from which the Grand Prize winner will be chosen. Semi-finalists will win prizes from My Gym's official cleaning sponsor BabyGanics (, the leading provider of household and personal care products for every touch point in a baby's life; DVD’s of the popular children’s animated series Chuggington (; a prestigious Recognition Certificate from the President's Council on Fitness Sports and Nutrition (; and a specially-designed My Gym prize pack. The grand prize family will win the acclaimed sports activity toy line from Little Tikes ( along with a year free of My Gym classes and a birthday party

To download the discount coupon, to electronically enter the contest and for all details and rules, please visit


Thank you,


Michael Marston
America's Family Network