May 17, 2015

Computer crash lifesaver! #HDDS1BSUSB30SuperSpeed

Raise your hand if you've never had computer problems.

Unless your computer is brand spanking new, I'd be willing to bet every single one of you has had computer problems at one time or another.

Now, how many of you have had computer crashes where you lost data from an old hard drive?

Mm-hmm...that's what I thought. Just about everybody who's had a computer for any length of time has experienced data loss.

If you're a writer or store your other creative work on your hard drive, this can be devastating. You'll be just about desperate to retrieve that old data from the hard drive of the broken computer you just replaced.

What to do?

Until now, you had to pay dearly to a data retrieval service. Or cross your fingers and hope your brother or nephew or cousin is computer-savvy enough to finagle a way to get those files for you.

But you don't have to be at the mercy of outside help anymore. What you need is a portable SATA / USB hard drive reader. Luckily, these are now affordable and easily available at a number of online retailers like
I recently had the chance to try the Liztek #HDDS1BSUSB30SuperSpeed single bay hard drive reader. Man, is this thing fast! When portable hard disk readers first became available, they were slow because they were governed by the USB port speed. But now with USB3, that's no longer a problem.
This gadget couldn't be easier to use. If you're even a little bit familiar with computer "innards" and know what a hard disk drive looks like, you're in business. Just remove the old hard drive from the dead desktop or laptop, pop it into this reader, attach to your new desktop or laptop via USB, and voila! You are able to read the old hard drive and retrieve data you thought you'd lost forever.
Liztek HDDS1BS USB 3.0 Super Speed to SATA Single Bay has a side-loading design that supports standard 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA hard drives. Easily connects to computer with Super Speed USB 3.0 with transfer rate up to 5 Gbps (pending devices). Portable and easy to use Plug & Play, Hot Swap, no tools and no drivers needed. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, & Mac OS X with USB Port. You get the Liztek USB 3.0 Single Bay HDD Docking Station, USB 3.0 data cable, power adapter cable, user's manual, plus a no-hassle 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
And the price? Right now it's only $22.95.

Wow. Data retrieval services can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. But for the price of a meal, you can have peace of mind knowing that if your computer dies (or should I say when, because It's. Going. To. Happen.) you'll be able to retrieve manuscripts, projects, priceless photos etc. from your old hard drive. And you'll be able to do it yourself.
The times really are a-changin'...

{Disclaimer: I received a sample product to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved, and my opinions are my own.}

Feel like a makeup pro with Xtava #makeupbrushes

If you're like me, you've got tons of makeup products. Foundation. Mascara. Eyeshadow. Eyeliner. Blush. Concealer. And brushes.

Oh yes. Brushes.

It seems every makeup item needs its own brush, doesn't it? That huge brush that works so well for applying finishing powder to your face is absurdly big for applying eyeshadow. And vice versa.

So you need all those brushes. But how many do you actually use?

When I'm prowling through my makeup collection, I skip right over all the odd brushes because there are only a couple I actually use. So why do I have all the rest? Because you never know when you'll need a particular brush for a particular makeup effect.

But scattered haphazardly in my collection is really hard on brushes, so even though I'm hanging on to them, they really should be tossed out because the bristles are probably bent into deformed shapes by now.

Enter Xtava #makeupbrushes! I love the neat case that comes with these brushes. Keeps everything handy, but saves the bristles from becoming deformed or damaged. And so easy to pop into your luggage for travel.

But what I really love is the versatility of these #makeupbrushes. I can safely throw out some of those old brushes I've been hoarding over the years, because there's a brush for every need in this Xtava collection.

And so easy to handle and control! I feel like a real makeup professional when I use Xtava #makeupbrushes. If you're tired of sorting through old brushes you probably will never use or need again, treat yourself to an update. Try the Xtava makeup brushes set.

And you'll feel like a makeup pro too!

{Disclaimer: I received a sample product to facilitate my review. No other monetary consideration was involved, and my opinions are my own.}

May 3, 2015

CushionCare Memory Foam Coccyx seat cushion is a lifesaver! #CushionCarePromotion

I am amazed at the difference this product has made! My office chair is comfortable when I first sit in it, but after a little while it feels like I'm sitting on a hard bleacher seat at a ball game or something. Not comfortable at all. I keep shifting and twisting, trying to get comfortable, to no avail.

But when I received this cushion I put it right to work, and I could tell almost immediately that this was what had been missing from my normal office chair. See that little groove at the back? You'll want to make sure that groove is situated over your tailbone as you sit on the cushion because that's what alleviates pressure on your spine, which is what causes muscle fatigue and aches and pains.
I have to position the cushion so that it just hits the backs of my knees as I sit down, which puts the groove right where it's supposed to be. But that's all the adjustment needed. After that, I'm good for hours of sitting at my desk without discomfort. If I get up for more coffee or something, I have to reposition it again, otherwise my tailbone won't hit the right spot, but that's a small price to pay in extra effort for the marvelous benefits gained. I'm sold on this cushion! Only wish I'd found it years ago!

It's a great investment if you spend a lot of time in your chair. It's portable too, so take it along for seminars and meetings. You'll be the envy of all your associates!
And another feature I love is the removable washable cover. Now coffee spills are not a problem. I simply replace the soiled cover with the included free cover, and toss the dirty one in the wash. Easy peasy!
{Disclosure: I was provided a sample product to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved, and my opinions are my own.}

#purevitamins Daily Multicaps

I've been taking a daily multi-vitamin for years and never thought much about them. But recently it's come to my attention that not all brands of multi-vitamins are created equal. So I was glad to find Pure Vitamin Club Daily Multicaps. With a name like Pure Vitamin Club, you know you're getting the best quality at a great price. I've experienced no unpleasant side effects at all. Sometimes vitamins cause stomach upset for me, but that hasn't happened with this product. Very happy with it!

Many multivitamins on the market do one of two things wrong: they bulk up with so many vitamins in a single serving that you run the risk of getting too much--which your body spits out without ever using--or they don't have enough of the vitamins and minerals in a single cap, which means you need to take up to four pills a day to get the vitamins your body needs.

Pure Vitamin Club Daily Multicaps contain no fillers, no binders, no artificial colors, sweeteners, or added ingredients that many other vitamins on the market include. There are no grains or preservatives, fillers such as silica (aka sand), flow agents like magnesium stearate, or mineral whiteners such as titanium dioxide, which means you're getting more of the vitamins you need without all the junk! Yep, that means they're also gluten free, soy, and dairy free. In fact, the only part of the capsule that isn't a vitamin or mineral is the capsule, which is made from vegetable-based cellulose. Simply the perfect blend of vitamins and minerals to supplement a balanced diet.

The Pure Vitamin Club formula is designed to function as a once-a-day vitamin, and has been specifically developed to provide the optimum supplementation for active adults in combination with a healthy balanced diet. Pure Vitamin Club Daily Multicaps fill in gaps that can still occur even when you're eating your best. Just pop one with breakfast and you're good to go for the day. If you're not up to swallowing a pill, you can also open the capsule and add the vitamins to a glass of water or a smoothie.

Taking a daily multivitamin supplement is just one thing we can do to help our bodies stay healthy. By choosing a multivitamin supplement that is all-natural and made from only the good stuff, that's an extra step in the right direction.
{Disclosure: I received a sample product to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved, and my opinions are my own.}

Cutis Vita all-natural moisturizer #CutisVita

I'm sold on the wonderful benefits of aloe. I keep a bottle of aloe gel handy at all times. There's nothing like it for sunburn, insect bites, scrapes, bruises (yes, it even lessens the impact of bruising, at least for me). So whenever I find a product that has aloe as one of its main ingredients, I'm gonna check it out.

Cutis Vita is an awesome moisturizing cream! Made from the highest quality all-natural ingredients, like aloe barbadensis, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, rosemary leaf oil, rose hips oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, and extracts of comfrey leaf, ginseng root, fennel fruit, chamomile, and green tea. Whew! The Cutis Vita folks know their natural moisturizing ingredients!

This is not a lotion, it's a thick cream. Usually I don't care for thick creams because they tend to just sit on my skin and not absorb quickly enough. But not Cutis Vita. The first thing I did was open the jar and rub some on my horrible elbows. I have very rough, dry patches on my elbows that nothing seems to help. Well, nothing until now. Within moments the skin of my elbows was softer, less abrasive, and soothed. Perfect for both men and women.

I'm sold on Cutis Vita Advanced Skin Revitalizing Cream. There are so many skin products out there, it's hard to know which ones work. I can tell you from my own experience THIS ONE WORKS!

{Disclosure: I received a sample product to facilitate my review. No other monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.}

Adding Upbiotics to your daily regimen #AdvancedProbiotic

Gastrointestinal health is more important than you realize. Did you know:

(1) Bacterial cells in the normal human flora outnumber the human cells in our bodies by about 10 to 1
(2) Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is responsible for 80% of the immune system health
(3) Overdosing probiotic bacteria can be as bad as lacking sufficient probiotic bacteria in the GI track and causes gas, bloating, cramp, constipation, lethargy, and depression

Bringing balance to the intestinal flora can:
(a) Promote daily relief from allergies, gas, bloating and constipation
(b) Improve digestive health
(c) Improve immune system
(d) Help control weight
(e) Improve mood and energy level

What I love about this product is I experienced no unpleasant side effects. By now we all know the benefits of adding probiotics to our daily supplement regimen, and "results" can be hard to quantify, so it really comes down to finding a product that suits you. This one suits me. I want products that do what they claim to do, and in the most non-intrusive or obvious way. And that's what I get with this product.
{Disclosure: I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was involved and my opinions are my own.}

Amara Retinol Serum for fine lines and wrinkles #amaraorganicsretinolserum

If you're finally serious about stopping signs of aging, it's time to try retinol serum. Amara Retinol Serum with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E may give you the results you desire. Hyaluronic acid helps activate the production of collagen, which is the "fountain of youth" responsible for soft, supple, dewy skin. As we get older, the body slows down collagen production, and guess what...sagging skin, loss of elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles.

You can fight back!

Cleanse and tone facial skin as usual, then apply a thin film of Amara Retinol Serum over entire face and neck area. Let it dry for a few minutes, then apply moisturizer as usual. If you are going to be outside, it is recommended that you use sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer, since retinol increases sun sensitivity.

That's it. Use it morning and night for best results. I love how this product makes my skin feel. Fresh, clean, rejuvenated, and like I just did something good for myself. I've been using it daily for a couple of weeks now and I can tell the difference already. My skin feels more supple, more resilient. And I've noticed I don't have as many acne outbreaks, so it must be doing some good for my pores too.

It's good to know I'm doing what I can to fight the signs of aging!

{Disclosure: I received a sample product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was involved, and my opinions are my own.}