Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years! (My Goals for the New Year)

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Happy New Year!







I am really looking forward to 2010, I have a feeling it is going to be a great year. 2009 was not really good to me between money problems, weight gain, health problems and my husband not being home much(due to working out of state) I can not wait for it to be over.

I have been thinking a lot about New Years resolutions.. I tend to set unrealistic goals for myself and by mid- January they kind of go out the window. This year I truly want things to go differently, I have decided that instead of dwelling on my past failures, I am going to concentrate on the future.

By setting realistic goals and sharing them here, maybe just maybe... I will hold myself accountable and stay on track.

Personal Goal #1 Spend more quality time with family.

Sure I spend time with my husband and kids but is that time really quality. We watch movies, play games and like to have fun but I can not remember the last time we have all sit down to talk. I never really had that time with my own parents and now that they have both passed, I never will. I do not want that for my kids.

Personal Goal #2 Living healthier and shedding a few unwanted nor needed pounds.

Diets do not work for me, I always end up feeling deprived and give in. This year I am going to go about it differently.. I will  start by making small changes in my eating and physical activity habits that I can actually keep up with. I usually say I want to lose a set number of pounds a month. This year I am not going to do that instead my goal is to weigh less than what I did the month before.. even if it is just a pound or two.


Personal Goal #3 Cutting cost and saving money

For years, I have clipped coupons and such to save money. This year not so much, we splurged a lot on things that were not needed or that we could have made ourselves for less. This year, I will drag out my old coupon binder and put it to use.

Personal goal #4 continue my education

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, I am not getting any younger and it is time to stop playing around. This is probably the most unrealistic goal I have set, We will be moving in August and have not really decided where. Even if I do not make it back into school this year, I need to do something.



Now that I have covered my personal goals it is time to move on to my blogging goals. While I may never have the best looking, most interesting blog in the blogosphere I can do my best.


Blogging Goal #1 Write at least one personal post per week (starting with this one)

Sure ...I have done my share of reviews, where I give you a small glimpse into my life,that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the details, who we are as a family, what I believe in. Now I am not talking every little detail, I am really not that interesting.. I will not bore you with what I had for breakfast (else it was really yummy and worth sharing) nor what color shirt I may be wearing etc.

Blogging goal #2  Posting at least 3 times a week

I have been horrible at updating my blog especially lately. I started a new job and the time that I have to spend online has dramatically decreased. I need to do some adjusting and get myself back on track.

Blogging goal #3 Establishing readership and friendships

This goal really goes hand in hand with my last two goals. I do not just want to just write reviews, host contests and such. I want you to know that I appreciate all of you and if ever you need a someone to talk to.. I am just an email away. 


What are your New Years resolutions? I would love to hear!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Grateful Body Skin Care Review

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"Since 1998, Grateful Body's mission has been to bring you 100% natural skin care that is nourishing, effective and luxurious while supporting the health of your skin, your body, and your planet."

I recently had the opportunity to review Grateful Body's Custom Blends Cleanser, Aquative and Moisturizer.


"All Grateful Body Custom Blends are 100% pure & natural. They are powerfully vital, each Booster is full of rare and well-known botanicals for the health & beauty of your skin."




Facial Cleanser



"Why "boost" your cleanser? As you massage your skin while washing, your customized cleanser can be doing double duty! After selecting which of the three "Pure & Simple" Cleanser Bases suits you best, simply choose up to 2 Cleanser Boosters - you'll be creating a special formula that nourishes and supports your complexion as it cleanses. They then mix your Custom Cleanser according to your specific "recipe."

• Anti-Bacterial (for acne breakouts and congested skin)
• Skin Detox (detoxification support for difficult and distressing skin problems)
• Skin Fitness (a daily nutrient supplement for maintaining healthy skin)
• Seriously Sensitive I (healing and balancing for very sensitive skin)

Additionally, you can leave your cleanser "unscented" or add one of 4 exquisite pure-essential-oil blends. (Helios, Mamai, Yemanja, or the current Limited Edition blend.)


Aquative™ Treatment





THE GRATEFUL BODY AQUATIVE™

"The Aquative is a revolutionary, rapid-absorption, cellular nutrient delivery system."

"• The Aquative weightlessly infuses the skin with advanced aqueous blends of trace minerals and

phytochemicals for optimum skin health.

• When the Aquative is further potentized with a variety of powerfully Therapeutic Boosters, it

becomes a uniquely targeted medicinal therapy to treat highly specific skin conditions.

• The 'Pure and Simple' Aquative is what we call the Aquative before it is custom boosted.

The Pure and Simple AQUATIVE™

The Pure & Simple Aquative™ is a universal supplement for all skin types to enhance cell hydration and firm the complexion by encouraging the skin membranes to tighten and interweave. It delivers all these benefits in a formula that is perfectly gentle and healing for even the most sensitive skin. (Unscented)"


"The "Pure & Simple" Aquative is an advanced aqueous blend of trace minerals and phytochemicals which is applied by misting or patting into the skin. To enhance the healing power of the Aquative, they can blend in up to 4 of the following Aquative Boosters:"

• Acne/Rx (for blemish-prone skin)
• Adaptogenic (to energize & support circulation)
• Anti-Glycation (to counterbalance the effects of eating sugar)
• Collagen Matrix (to stimulate natural collagen synthesis and foster younger-looking skin)
• Hormone Balance (to minimize the effects of hormone fluctuations)
• Hyperpigmentation (for skin discoloration)
• Juliette Levy (for general health and beauty of the skin)
• Probiotic Health (a "dietary supplement" for all skin types)
• Seriously Sensitive II (to strengthen sensitive skin over time)

Facial Moisturizer


You select your desired hydration level, based on whether your skin feels generally dry, normal, or oily. Then you Choose up to 3 of the following Moisturizer Boosters:

• Antioxidant Defense (to protect your complexion from environmental and internal stressors)
• Graceful Aging (to firm, smooth, and revitalize - now and for the future)
• Rosacea/Redness (to minimize flushing & irritation)
• Seriously Sensitive III (to strengthen and protect very sensitive skin)
• Sun Sense (helps assimilate solar benefits while reducing damage potential -- this is not a sunscreen)
• Ultra-Rich Hydration (intensive moisturization for very dry skin)
• Veins/Rx (for broken capillaries or "spider veins")

Your moisturizer can remain unscented or be enhanced with one of 4 completely natural scents. To experience the sublime mood-enhancing and skin health benefits of truly pure essential oils, choose Ondine, Noe Lani, Cara, or our current Limited Edition blend.


My Review


I have been exclusively using these products over the last month, when I first started using them I experienced a major reaction. I'm not sure if it was directly caused by the products or not but it was not pretty... but after using them for about a week and a half my skin was showing major improvements in clarity and texture. I can not remember a time that my face has felt as soft as it is right now... I am very happy with the results!

My favorite product is the moisturizer, my skin gets very dry in the winter and I have to cake on the moisturizer. Not with this product tho, you only need a very small amount and it is very light,absorbs quickly and completely. I can wear it alone or under make-up and not feel like I am wearing a mask.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Holiday Card Courtesy of Cards with Care



Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Twitter Giveaway! Winning tweet #200 is...MissingLynxx

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Dilmah Tea Twitter Giveaway!!



Premium Single Origin Pure Ceylon Black Tea. These offer finely balanced richness, flavor, strength and aroma. From the central highlands of Sri Lanka, these black teas are perfect for everyday drinking and are reputed for their brightness and medium strength.



  1. Ceylon Supreme – The ultimate in unblended tea, Ceylon Supreme has a perfectly rounded living character and aroma. 
  2. English Breakfast – The essence of Ceylon, a strong tea with a gentleness that is bordered by a firm character. Deep reddish brown in color.
  3. Irish Breakfast – The deep color of this tea is indicative of it’s extra strong flavor.
  4. Earl Grey – This full-bodied Ceylon tea features just a slight earthy character, beautifully balanced by the sweet floral bergamot flavor with just a hint of citrus.


To Enter Tweet the following: Follow @angelasbits and RT to win Four varieties of @Dilmah Tea. 200th RT wins max 1 RT per hour.Details Here: http://tinyurl.com/yf4lw36




Disclosure: I am holding this giveaway due to the original and alternative winner never responding to win notification. I was not compensated in any form, I however, received free products from this company since the original posting. In order to post a seperate review.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Late July Review and Giveaway!

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Is eating healthier one of your New Year's resolutions?


It's  about that time of year again...when we make  resolutions for the upcoming year, with great intentions to improve our diets, lose weight, eat less junk food and live better. For a variety of reasons, some of us will fail. Most often it is because we go about it wrong, either in the choice of diet or in trying to change our lifestyle in a way that does not work for us.

Willpower is not always the issue, depriving ourselves is. Depriving yourself can be depressing and often lead to binging. But depriving yourself of your favorite foods does not have to be part of the plan. Indulging in some healthy snacks  can actually help keep you on the right track without making you fell deprived.

That is why I am truly happy to introduce you to Late July Organic Snacks. Click Here to see what the author of Eat This Not That, David Zinczenko has to say about their products. 






Late July Organic Snacks is a family owned and operated company that cares deeply about family and the integrity of their products. Not only are all of their products certified USDA organic and but on any given day you can find three generations at work including six-year-old Stephen and two-year-old Benjamin.







Late July sent us a box each of their Mini Endangered Animal Sandwich Cookies in Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate and other assorted goodies. The Mini Endangered Animal Sandwich Cookies are very delicious. I enjoyed both of the flavors. The Milk Chocolate is a vanilla cookie with a milk chocolate filling; They are certified USDA Organic. They are the perfect size for snacking and taste pretty good. My favorite of the two is the White Chocolate, it is a chocolate cookie with a white chocolate filling.  I'm not a big fan of organic cookies normally but they were very good.




Organic Mini Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Ingredients: Organic whole wheat flour, organic wheat flour,
organic evaporated cane juice, organic powdered evaporated
cane juice with organic cornstarch, organic palm oil, organic
oleic sunflower oil and/or organic oleic safflower oil, organic
cocoa butter, organic powdered milk, organic chocolate liquor,
organic brown rice syrup, organic cocoa processed with alkali,
calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sea salt, cream of tartar,
soy lecithin, natural flavors, organic vanilla extract.
Allergens: Contains wheat, milk and soy.

Organic Mini White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Ingredients: Organic whole wheat flour, organic evaporated
cane juice, organic powdered evaporated cane juice with organic
cornstarch, organic wheat flour, organic oleic sunflower oil
and/or organic oleic safflower oil, organic palm oil, organic
cocoa butter, organic chocolate liquor, organic cocoa processed
with alkali, organic brown rice syrup, organic powdered milk,
calcium carbonate, organic vanilla extract, natural flavors,
sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, sea salt.
Allergens: Contains wheat, milk and soy.


Like I said, I am not a big fan of organic cookies nor am I of crackers but I loved the Organic Vanilla Bean with Green Tea Sandwich Cookies . Organic Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies and the Organic Bite Size Cheddar Cheese Crackers, that were also in the package I received. 

I really did not think I would like the Vanilla Bean with green tea, it seemed like a odd combination... But they taste so good!  The Bite Sized Cheddar cheese crackers taste like a similar National Brand but so much lighter and cheesier and the kids really liked the Cracker Sandwiches, especially the Peanut butter. 

Overall the whole family enjoyed the Late July family of products, and have already purchase some of our favorites from the Grocery. 



Giveaway!


One lucky reader will win a package of Late July similar to the one I received !


To Enter: Leave a comment with which Late July snack product you are most interested in trying.

Extra Entries: Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

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4. Blog about this giveaway +3
5. Comment on any post (giveaway or other.) (can only be done once) +1


Giveaway open to U.S and Canadian residents only. This giveaway will conclude on 12/31/09 at 11:59 pm est.





Disclosure: I received the above items free of charge,to review and post my honest review. I am not a weight loss expert, the opinions are that of my own.




Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kidorable Review and Giveaway!

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The weather here in Indiana is really unpredictable, one minute it will be raining and the next it will snowing. No matter what the weather, it’s important to have fun and functional  apparel for the kiddos. That's why I was really excited to come across Kidorable and their absolutely adorable line of rain gear for just for kids!





"Kidorable delights both children and the adults who love them by transforming everyday, functional kids accessories into objects that excite their imaginations and enrich their lives at play.
From rainwear to backpacks to knitwear and towels, Kidorable speaks to the precious spirit of childhood"




We received the Fireman  rain coat, Umbrella, backpack and rain boots to review. If you have a little  one, I am sure you are aware of the fascination to step in any little puddle that they see, the boots are adorable and perfect for any little puddle lover.


"More than just a pair of boots, these playful puddle magnets make a wonderful gift. Made of natural rubber, they are guaranteed to be the cutest boots in your neighborhood."

The details on these boots are so cute, I love the little wheels on the soles! As soon as my nephew seen these boots, he was trying to shove his little tootsies in... with his shoes on and all.





"Irresistible and eye-grabbing, our stylish, upscale coats are the core of the Kidorable ensemble. All styles are PVC with a comfortable polyester lining"

I love, love this raincoat it is not only adorable, but very well made. It even comes with it's own little matching hanger!



"For the beach, the park, a picnic, or school, Kidorable’s toddler-sized backpacks are perfect for everyday adventures. Our easy to wash PVC backpacks have both inside and outside pockets for child-sized outings."

This backpack is the perfect size for a little one, with a pocket on both sides for a little extra storage.



Have you ever seen anything so adorable?  Kidorable carries everything from umbrellas, rain coats, towels, knit hats and gloves, scarves, and bookends. With several great designs for both boys and girls to choose from, ranging from butterflies, dinosaurs, Fairies, ladybug, space heroes and many more.  










I know you can not tell by the picture but my nephew loves his new rain wear. He isn't very fond of the umbrella however, hence the tears. He has been walking around in the boots with his backpack on all day!






"Kidorable has taken the idea of the humble umbrella and transformed it into an imagination tent. We are proud to offer the most popular assortment of whimsical umbrellas ever created. Made of 100% nylon, Kidorable umbrellas are child-sized for those little hands."

While my nephew was terrified of this umbrella, my 8 year old loved it and swiped it for himself. He really likes it, I thought that it was a little to babyish for him but he does not seem to mind.





For special offers and exciting giveaways follow Kidorable on facebook! If they get 2,000 fans by Dec 25 Kidorable will donate 250 umbrellas to Toys for Tot's!




Giveaway Alert!








One lucky reader will win a Kidorable Umbrella of their choice!



To Enter: You must visit Kidorable and tell me the umbrella you would choose if you were the lucky winner.

Extra Entries: Please leave a seperate comment for each entry.


1. Follow Kidorable on Twitter +1
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5. Blog about this giveaway+3



Giveaway open to U.S residents only. This giveaway will conclude on 12/25/09 at 11:59 pm est.


Disclosure: Kidorable provided me with products to review,  I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free products. Furthermore, the experiences/ opinions  posted above are that of my own, your experience with these products my vary.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Piggy Paint Review and Coupon Code

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Little princesses everywhere love getting their hair and nails done, My niece Erin is no exception. Up until yesterday she had never had her nails done, due to asthma.
"Most nail polishes contain Formaldehyde, which is used as a preservative. Breathing in formaldehyde fumes often leads to coughing and wheezing, and can trigger an asthma attack."


When given the opportunity to try Piggy Paint we were excited because it was something that would be safe enough for her to use. That is because Piggy Paint  polishes are  water based, hypoallergenic, non-flammable and made of natural ingredients.





  • Non-toxic
  • Low Odor
  • Water-based formula
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fun, vibrant colors
  • Dries to a hard, durable finish
"Piggy Paint™ is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone". 



  • Low Odor
  • Made from natural ingredients
  • No Acetone
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biodegradable
"Put harmful, smelly polish removers behind you with Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish Remover, a remover that works quickly on all polishes, especially Piggy Paint™ Nail Polish. Our remover is safe to use and contains none of the solvents that could offend your nose or harm our atmosphere. Aloe Vera and Vitamin E are added to supplement the natural oils that protect little one’s nails and cuticles. Ingredients - Corn alcohol, butyl diglycol, Aloe Vera extract, Vitamin E, embittering agent."




We received Piggy Paint Nail Polish in Girls Rule to review, it is a shimmery magenta purple, which she loved. The applicator was the perfect size for her little nails, and the polish itself dried really quick.




If you have a little princess that would love to have her nails painted, Piggy Paint would be the perfect nail polish for her.


You can Purchase Piggy Paint online at PiggyPaint.com !

Special Savings!


Enter the promo code BITS15L  at checkout to receive 15% off of anything on their website including sale items.expires; January 31, 2010.
Spend over $25 and domestic shipping is FREE! They ship worldwide!  www.piggypaint.com  


Monday, December 7, 2009

ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone Giveaway

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ecoTOOLS renowned for its environmentally-friendly cosmetic brushes, bath accessories, and new bath & body care collection, has collaborated with Hollywood actress and environmentalist  Alicia Silverstone to produce a new cosmetic bag collection, ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverston. This collection is launching this month,  at Walgreens and Target stores.


"As ecoTOOLS(tm) continued to grow, parent company Paris Presents, Inc. aspired to extend its reach further. Not only were they looking to inspireconsumers by taking small, but smart, steps towards making the world a greener place, but they were also searching for a voice to exemplify that message. The solution was simple: cultivate a relationship with a solidspokesperson and develop products that would be accessible, affordable andbeautiful. As an avid fan of ecoTOOLS(tm) and notable environmental activist, Alicia Silverstone was a natural choice."


With ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone, it's never been easier to be green and gorgeous, the line includes a complete set of five cosmetic bags,  Each bag is produced with a natural hemp material and uses a recycled PET lining.  These environmentally-friendly bags are printed with some of her favorite flowers: lavender, rose, chrysanthemum, cosmo and thyme,with non-toxic inks. They would make a stylish present under the tree, this holiday season.






  5 piece brush set not shown.








About the products
 

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone 5 Piece Brush Set and Bag (SRP $15.99):
This limited edition brush set and bag features four of Alicia's must-have brushes and directions to help you create her natural look. One of Alicia's favorite brushes is the Finishing Brush, a feathery soft brush that gives a flawless finish. Also included in the set are the ecoTOOLS(tm) Blush Brush, Angled Eye Shadow Brush, and Lash & Brow Groomer. The packaging of the set is made from 30% post-consumer recycled content.

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Brush Bag (SRP $12.99): 

Perfect for tossing in a purse for touch-ups throughout the day, this cosmetic brush bag also contains a limited edition blush brush. It is large enough for additional cosmetic storage and has a separate compartment for your brushes in order to keep them clean. A great addition to the collection, the brush bag and brush will carry you from day to night, seamlessly.

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Train Case (SRP $14.99): 

Designed with convenience in mind, the Train Case has a handy zip top, allowing for easyaccess and organization. With a clear removable compartment inside, you can keep organized anywhere -- whether you're on vacation, or sitting at your own vanity!

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Overnight Bag (SRP $19.99):

This large bag is sturdy and durable and features easy-to-grip handles that make it ideal for travel. The two interior compartments are removable and versatileto help keep contents clean and tidy.

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Bag (SRP $8.99): 

A staple in any makeup bag collection, this compact case is perfectly sized to fit all the essentials, and is great for the girl-on-the-go. The feminine floral design stands out in any handbag, making it easy to find for quick touch ups.





Giveaway!

Two lucky Angela's Bits readers will win the same four bags shown above.

To Enter:  The sponsor has requested that you Tweet about EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone, if you do not have a twitter account, tell me which bag you are most interested in trying.


EXTRA ENTRIES: Leave a comment for each.

1. leave a comment on any non-giveaway review post. +1
2.Follow my blog on friend connect +1
3.Subscribe to my blog via RSS feed +1
4.Grab my new button or my birthday bash button +1 each
5.Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post +3 entries
6.Follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway +1 (You may tweet daily)



 Giveaway open to U.S and Canadian residents only. Deadline to enter  12/18/09




Disclosure: ecoTOOLS  provided me with products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. Furthermore, the experiences/ opinions  posted above are that of my own, your experience with this product my vary.






ecoTOOLS by Alicia Silverstone

ecoTOOLS renowned for its environmentally-friendly cosmetic brushes, bath accessories, and new bath & body care collection, has collaborated with Hollywood actress and environmentalist  Alicia Silverstone to produce a new cosmetic bag collection, ecoTOOLS™ by Alicia Silverston. This collection is launching this month,  at Walgreens and Target stores.

"As ecoTOOLS(tm) continued to grow, parent company Paris Presents, Inc. aspired to extend its reach further. Not only were they looking to inspireconsumers by taking small, but smart, steps towards making the world a greener place, but they were also searching for a voice to exemplify that message. The solution was simple: cultivate a relationship with a solidspokesperson and develop products that would be accessible, affordable andbeautiful. As an avid fan of ecoTOOLS(tm) and notable environmental activist, Alicia Silverstone was a natural choice."


With ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone, it's never been easier to be green and gorgeous, the line includes a complete set of five cosmetic bags,  Each bag is produced with a natural hemp material and uses a recycled PET lining.  These environmentally-friendly bags are printed with some of her favorite flowers: lavender, rose, chrysanthemum, cosmo and thyme,with non-toxic inks. They would make a stylish present under the tree, this holiday season.






  5 piece brush set not shown.








About the products
 

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone 5 Piece Brush Set and Bag (SRP $15.99):
This limited edition brush set and bag features four of Alicia's must-have brushes and directions to help you create her natural look. One of Alicia's favorite brushes is the Finishing Brush, a feathery soft brush that gives a flawless finish. Also included in the set are the ecoTOOLS(tm) Blush Brush, Angled Eye Shadow Brush, and Lash & Brow Groomer. The packaging of the set is made from 30% post-consumer recycled content.

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Brush Bag (SRP $12.99): 

Perfect for tossing in a purse for touch-ups throughout the day, this cosmetic brush bag also contains a limited edition blush brush. It is large enough for additional cosmetic storage and has a separate compartment for your brushes in order to keep them clean. A great addition to the collection, the brush bag and brush will carry you from day to night, seamlessly.

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Train Case (SRP $14.99): 

Designed with convenience in mind, the Train Case has a handy zip top, allowing for easyaccess and organization. With a clear removable compartment inside, you can keep organized anywhere -- whether you're on vacation, or sitting at your own vanity!

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Overnight Bag (SRP $19.99):

This large bag is sturdy and durable and features easy-to-grip handles that make it ideal for travel. The two interior compartments are removable and versatileto help keep contents clean and tidy.

ecoTOOLS(tm) by Alicia Silverstone Cosmetic Bag (SRP $8.99): 

A staple in any makeup bag collection, this compact case is perfectly sized to fit all the essentials, and is great for the girl-on-the-go. The feminine floral design stands out in any handbag, making it easy to find for quick touch ups.




I received the four bags in the picture above to review, they are all pretty ,durable and functional, I have a feeling they will last a long time. My favorites are the train case, it is the perfect size to hold all my make-up at home and the make-up bag fits perfectly in my purse, for when I need a touch-up, now I just need to buy the 5 Piece Brush Set and Bag to finish this great collection!

Dancing Dingo Luxury Soaps Giveaway.

 


 Still not finished Christmas Shopping?


Don't fret there is still time to grab those last few presents at Dancing dingo. Not only,  do they offer botanical soaps, but they have a large bath and natural skin care product line for the entire family, including a line of baby products and even a natural dog care line.

About Dancing Dingo

Dancing Dingo Luxury Soap was created in Austin, Texas, by Kathy Cumberland Goodwin. Kathy had been in the engineering field for over 20 years, and one day began to notice that her life seemed to be passing by at a greater rate of speed than in previous days. Kathy was secretly burning to discover what in life would make her feel truly happy and fulfilled; what was her passion?

While searching for answers one beautifully starlit Texas night, Kathy was momentarily distracted by Margaret, the Dancing Dingo dog. Margaret happens to be a dog who would rather hop around on her hind legs checking out the world above the floor, than walking on all fours. Looking into Margaret's happy and smiling eyes, Kathy realized her answer: happiness lies in doing what feeds your soul, like Margaret's dog dancing. For Kathy, happiness would be found in having a company that encourages women to treat themselves well and have fun with products that are both natural and good for you!


Today that's what Dancing Dingo Luxury Soap is all about: treating yourself well, both physically and mentally, with natural and good-for-you products. Whether it's soaking in a soothing botanical Bath Tea, or stretching out for a cat nap in crisp cool linen sheets scented with French Lavender Linen Spray, Dancing Dingo is committed to creating scrumptious products that make you feel pampered and glad to be woman. Celebrating our 'Sophistication Unleashed!' motto, Dancing Dingo boasts of products that are good for you and lusciously scented.





Kathy has generously offered to give one lucky Angela' Bits Reader a $25 gift certificate to be used at DancingDingo.com.







To enter: Browse the  Dancing Dingo website  then leave a comment with what a item from their shop that would make a great present  for someone on your list. (or for yourself)


EXTRA ENTRIES: Leave a comment for each.

1. leave a comment on any non-giveaway review post. +1
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4.Grab my new button or my birthday bash button +1 each
5.Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post +3 entries
6.Follow me on twitter and tweetabout the giveaway (You may tweet daily)

This Giveaway is open to everyone, excluding Nigeria .

Deadline to enter 12/14/09 at 11:59 pm est.




ECOBAGS Review






 About EcoBags

Eco-Bags Products, Inc. opened for business in 1989 with a simple goal; to produce quality bags at great prices so that "Reusable becomes a way of life." We started with the ECOBAGS® Brand Classic String Bag, a simple lightweight, expandable daily tote used in Europe for generations, long before paper and plastic bags.

We introduced our bags at the 1990 Earth Day celebration on Sixth Avenue in New York City. The bags were a hit. We sold out in four hours. Now, we carry a complete line of ECOBAGS
® Brand bags in natural and certified organic cotton, recycled cotton and hemp/cotton blends. 




We are all aware of the need to take better care of our planet, by using less and recycling more... Now, I am not the greenest  person by far, but I am a firm believer that every little bits helps; By using reusable bags we can do our part. 








I was recently given the opportunity to review a Classic String bag from ECOBAGS, similar to the ones pictured above.  I am fairly impressed by the sturdiness of the product, I was able to stuff it full with items with no worries on it breaking.  

I think that this would be a great bag to take to the beach, you could safely fit a couple towels, swimsuit, sunblock and bottle water into this bag. With its string design you would not have to worry about bringing the sand home with you, because it would simply fall out.





Not a fan of the string design? No worries they carry a large variety of products on their website, I am sure you could find one to suit your taste.









ECOBAGS
® Brand products can be found in many natural foods, gourmet, eco, grocery and drug stores or online at ECOBAGS.COM

Special savings, from now until 12/31/09 you can save 20% of your entire purchase at EcoBags.com 
by using the promo code.   FF09 at check out! 

Curious Chef





If you have kids like me, you know that they often want to help in the kitchen. Cooking is fun for kids! But it’s also can be potentially dangerous!  With Curious Chef we can enjoy the fun of cooking with our children knowing that we have made the experience  safer, while also teaching them valuable life skills.
(Never leave Children in the kitchen unattended while cooking )

Curious Chef has created the first line of real cooking utensils just for kids. "When adult size cooking utensils are too big and toy utensils too small, Curious Chef comes to the rescue with utensils and gadgets that are just the right size for kids to cook up all their favorite recipes." All of the  uniquely designed kitchen gadgets and kits from Curious Chef are geared specifically for kids ages 3-10 and are dish-washer safe.


We received a Nylon Pizza Cutter to review, as we were waiting on the pizza to cook the youngest fell asleep, so you will see my oldest demonstrate.








 


 The Nylon Pizza Cutter cut through the pizza quickly and easily, even better than our sharp, old cutter and without the added danger of cutting yourself. It is also more reasonably priced at only $3.99



When my youngest woke up he was really upset that he missed the fun,We will have to do it again real soon!






You can purchase this product and much more at CuriousChef.com.



Enter to win your very own Nylon Pizza Cutter from Curious Chef.


To Enter: Tell me another product you would like from Curious Chef!

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Deadline to enter : 12/16/09 U.S only.


Disclosure: Curious Chef  provided me with a sample to review,  I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. Furthermore, the experiences/ opinions  posted above are that of my own, your experience with this product my vary.


WAT-AAH Challenge






WAT-AAH, is a premium water that contains no sugar and is made specifically for kids. It’s available in four unflavored varieties -brain, body, energy, and bones. 


My oldest son loves water where my youngest will only drink it when he has no other choice. So, I thought it would be fun to take the WAT-AAH Challenge. In the WAT-AAH Challenge you place bottles of WAT-AAH alongside soda or other sugary drinks. and see which drink your child chooses.







The box of water was sitting on our front porch when the kids got home from school, I was not able to put them in the fridge. Both of the kids were very excited by the cool bottles and immediately begin arguing over the colors. The kids couldn't wait to try them two bottles never even made it into the fridge at all.

The following day they had walking club after school, they brought the two remaining bottles with them. I tried getting a picture of there natural reactions but as soon as my little camera hog seen the camera come out he stopped to pose.





When asked if they prefer WAT-AAH  over juice or soda, they both chose WAT-AAH.




Enter to win a WAT-AAH! Backpack filled w/ fun back-to-school goodies (pencils, erasers, stickers etc...) Along w/ WAT-AAH! samples as well! This giveaway is open to U.S residents only. Ends 12/16/09
 


Mandatory  Entry:
Which variety of water interests you most brain, body, energy, or bones, and why.




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Disclosure: I received samples to review, the above post is our experience, your may vary.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

ReBinder Review and Giveaway!

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I've been writing short stories in notebooks since I was probably 11. For some reason its easier for me to write them all out by hand than on a computer,  especially when I am trying to come up with ideas.

As you can imagine I consume way more paper than I should, and that is why I am so excited to have the opportunity to review some great sustainable and green Office Products from ReBinder.


What I received


RePocketA two pocket folder that is thicker and more rigid than traditional folders. Made from 100% Recycled 20 point FSC Certified bending chipboard.

They are quite heavier than the folders I am used to, and hold up great.

1" ReBinder: A 3 Ring Binder with a removable and recyclable cover. Made from rigid recycled corrugated cardboard.

I remember back in high school doodling all over my trapper keeper and binders, these binders would be great for that. You have a blank slate to decorate however you wish.


RePouch -- A large pouch that goes in the binders with a slot for a c.d,  Made from 20 point recycled bending chipboard, it holds up to continuous page turning.

This pouch is pretty deep and will hold quite a bit of papers.

ReTab --   5 tab Dividers that are made from rigid 18 point FSC Certified bending chipboard in a five-cut tab configuration. (They also carry an eight-tab version.)

1.5" ReBinder: The 1.5" ReBinder is made from 100 point solid FSC Certified recycled chipboard and contains a unique removable ring metal assembly, that you simply unscrew and attach to a new cover.

The Rebinders are recyclable and reusable, with a removable ring metal assembly that you simply unscrew and screw into replacement covers.

ReSleeve: A Recycled CD jewel case...making plastic cases a thing of the past. ReSleeves are made from 16 point rigid FSC Certified bending chipboard to protect your CD/DVD .

RePlay: RePlay comes with two open pockets that fit a single disc and a small booklet or two discs. Looks like a traditional jewel case but made from 18 point recycled FSC Certified bending chipboard.

They are slightly thinner than an actual plastic jewel case,  making them more compact to store C.Ds.

ReBadge: A badge that is made from plants and not from plastic!  Comes with a sample of 100% recycled perforated brown cardstock.


ReBound:  ReBound's clear cover looks, feels and performs like plastic but it's made from plants! ReBound can be used with any comb or coil binding system and comes with a clear PLA cover and a 20 point recycled FSC Certified chipboard back.

ReWrite mini -- LINED:  5" x 8" recycled notebook that comes with 40 pages of 100% Recycled / FSC Certified paper and a recycled FSC Certified bending chipboard cover. I received the college ruled (lined) version but ReWrite  minis are available in case quantities in  blank or quad ruled graph paper.

ReWrite Full Size- quad ruled graph paper 8" x 10" Recycled Brown Notebook that are also available in  ruled or blank printed with soy based inks.

The ReWrite notebooks are  very nice, the cover can take a beating and still look nice. My only complaint would be that they only contain 40 sheets of paper.

         ReMark The Eco Pen The true eco friendly pen -  


ReMark pens contain no petroleum plastic, they look and feel like plastic but they are made from plant resins from sustainably harvested wood and organic cotton. Send them back to ReBinder and they will "upcycle" them and make new pens.






About the products

* Rebinder's Chipboard/Bending Chip: 100% Recycled / Minimum of 85%   Post Consumer Recycled Fibers, FSC Certified and fully recyclable end of life.

* Rebinder's Corrugated Cardboard: 70% Recycled (at least 40% Post Consumer Recycled) and fully recyclable end of life.

* Rebinder's PLA (Poly Lactic Acid): Clear sheet made from plants, not from plastic. Certified Compostable by ASTM D6400 Standards.

These office products cost slightly more, but are more eco-friendly than the typical products we see in the stores. They are also very sturdy and, and I consider that worth the investment.


About the company taken from ReBinder.com



Today, Rebinder makes the world’s only FSC Certified line of binders (the ReBinder). In addition to being FSC Certified, the ReBinder is assembled by a local, AbilityOne certified disabled workforce. Our binders, CD sleeves, journals and presentation/event materials are all made from post-consumer recycled materials. Many companies and organizations have standardized on our products for internal use, as well as the products being used as branding tools, for conferences and events around the world. Additionally, designers and graphic artists use our products because many pieces can be customized with Rebinder’s in-house custom printing services using water-based inks.As a privately owned business in Seattle, Washington, our philosophy embraces a balanced approach to providing great products at a great value to our customers and products that reduce the environmental footprint of our industry and our customers.

 You can purchase all of these products online at ReBinder.com.





Enter to win: You very own set of these great products!

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Open to continental U.S  residents only, Giveaway Starts 12/07/09 and ends 12/17/09 at 11:59 pm est.





Disclosure: Rebinder provided me with samples to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. Furthermore, the experiences/ opinions  posted above are that of my own, your experience with this product my vary.








 
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