October 2, 2018

Product Review Sampling Programs You Can Sign Up For

Here is a list of programs that are OPEN. You can go to each and sign up. Some will notify you via email when products are available for sampling. Some you'll need to check the website periodically. Each of them expects a product review after you have thoroughly tested the product. Be aware that because they are open to the general public, it can be harder to get products from them because thousands of people apply but supplies are limited.

One of the best OPEN programs is Viewpoints. Sign up here https://powerreviews.typeform.com/to/ne9EFc and this will put you on their mailing list, which means you'll get email notifications when products are available. There will be a link in the email for signing up if you are interested in trying and reviewing the product. If you make it to the next stage, you'll get an email asking you to confirm your shipping address. This does not mean you'll be getting the product. They send out a bunch of these, then they narrow it down again to a select few out of that group. So stage three means you've been selected and you'll get an email saying your product is being shipped to you. After you've had it for a week or so, you'll get another email with a link to a place where you can write your review. Always use that link so that they know you followed through and you remain eligible for future campaigns.

The rest of these open programs all have different instructions, so read carefully and follow directions. Some require social media sharing, some require in-home product parties, some start out with surveys that may lead to product tests, etc.















Here is a list of programs that are CLOSED at the moment. They open for new members from time to time, but no one ever knows in advance when that will be. Also, they are only open for a short period of time, until they've reached the limit of new members, and then they close again. There is no other way to sign up. You cannot be invited. Current members cannot invite you. Everyone who is a member got in while the program was temporarily open. That's the only way. The wording is confusing, since they use the word "invite" or "invitation", but that simply means "don't call us, we'll call you". :-) YOU CANNOT BE INVITED. You must wait for open membership just like everyone else did. If you are a member of certain review sample program groups on Facebook or follow certain blogs, you will probably see a notification along the way that a program has opened temporarily. If you do, DO NOT WAIT, go immediately to sign up, since that program could close again in mere minutes.

















I'm sure I missed a few. This list will be updated as needed.

Questions? Comments? tnshadylady@gmail.com

October 16, 2015

#ImpressManicure Salon Quality for Busy Moms

Can I let you in on a little secret? Come closer, I don't want everyone to know this because it's kind of embarrassing. But the truth is...

...I've never had a salon manicure.

I know, right? I may be the only woman on the planet who has never had her nails professionally done.

Since gel nails are all the rage now, I've been tempted a few times...but simply couldn't justify the expense. When you're a retired Baby Boomer on a fixed income, you have to be careful about where your money goes. And salon manicures just aren't a priority for me.

That doesn't mean I don't love my nails! I'm lucky that my nails grow really fast. Since I do a lot of work on my computer, I must keep my nails fairly short for the keyboard, but now and then I'll let them grow out and polish and buff and they look like a million bucks. :)

But I still am envious of those with perfect gel manicures.

That's why I was so excited to try new Impress Salon Quality temporary nails.
These nails are absolutely awesome!! Not only do the nails themselves look superb, but the glue that holds them to your fingernails is outstanding. It really makes a tight bond that lasts for days and days.

When they said these nails will last up to a week, I said "no way".

Well, guess what? Way.

I've had mine on for five days as of today and they are just now starting to show signs of weakening. The bond is so strong you can literally trim, file, and shape the artificial nails after you've applied them. I'm bad about using my fingernails as tools. I didn't think about the chance of breaking one off until after I'd opened a couple of cans of cat food. You know, the ones with the ring pull thingie. I just shoved my nail right under it like always, and pulled the lid off. And then I remembered my false nails. But what do you know...it didn't seem to faze them a bit.

Which is just a testimonial to how strong Impress nails are, and how well they bond to your natural nails. Impress-ive, to be sure!
- Simply peel backing and press on
- No drying time and no mess
- Safe on natural nails
- Mega gel shine
- UltraHold Technology keeps nails on
- $7.99 / Walgreens
- www.imPRESSmanicure.com

They come in a variety of sizes and styles and colors. I was lucky to get the French manicure set (which I love!). You can't tell from the photo, but the white tips are quite large and very squared-off. I'm not a fan of squared-off nails, so after applying them, I trimmed them about half, and gave the edges a soft rounding. Perfect! They don't interfere with my keyboard computer work at all, and the smaller white tip looks so much more natural than the larger white tip. Round instead of square looks more feminine, too, in my opinion.
I would suggest trimming the nails to your desired length before applying them, though. I didn't have any trouble doing it after the fact, but it does take about thirty minutes for the glue to completely set, so you risk damaging the bond if you're not careful. And should you accidentally mess one up, there are extras in each set. Twenty-four pieces in all, which means you're likely to find just the right size for your nails.

They do come in different sizes, so be careful what size you purchase. For teens and women with tiny hands, the small size works fine. For "mature" women with average hands, medium is better. And for large hands/nails, there's a large size as well. At first I tried the small size and found only three or four nails that actually fit me. So I moved up to medium size and was able to find eight that fit perfectly. The other two left just a bit of my natural nail showing on the edge--not noticeable with French manicure, but possibly noticeable if you're wearing colored nails.

But at $7.99 retail, you could easily buy two or three sets, in each size, and then you're sure to find ten that fit your nails perfectly. Since these are temporary and only last about a week, they won't replace salon gel manicures. But at $7.99--about one-fifth the cost of a salon job--it's definitely a bargain. Got an important date or engagement coming up, and no time to get to the salon? Grab a set of Impress Salon Quality nails and you'll have gorgeous nails in about thirty minutes!

{Disclosure: I received samples gratis courtesy of Impress and BrandBacker to facilitate my review, but my opinions are my own.}

September 26, 2015

Organic India Offers "Queen of Herbs" as Tulsi Tea #momsmeet

Let me introduce you to a company called Organic India.

Organic India's mission is to provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic pure and natural products. Organic India also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops. Organic India makes their trademark product, Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea, in over 20 delicious flavors, as well as a variety of organically grown herbal supplements.

Organic India offers a variety of products you can incorporate into your "a healthier me" regimen. Tulsi, also called Holy Basil, is revered throughout India as one of the most sacred herbs. Infused with healing power, tulsi is considered to be the "Queen of Herbs" for more than 5,000 years. Abundant in antioxidants, certified organic Tulsi Tea is not only great tasting, but it offers stress relief, increased energy, and a boost to your natural immune system.

Organic India's Tulsi - Holy Basil Formula and certified organic Tulsi Teas include three varieties of Tulsi leaves: Rama, Vana, and Krishna. Each variety has a slightly different look, taste, and smell, and when combined can create a perfectly balanced herbal infusion with an array of health benefits.

I loved all the varieties I tried, but especially the Green Tea and Cinnamon Rose. In recent years I've come to appreciate green tea more than ever before
but I still like the comforting taste of rose hip tea too. Cinnamon Rose has a touch of cinnamon and a touch of sweetness that are perfectly balanced. Add the healing power of holy basil (tulsi) and you've got a go-to cup of comfort whenever you need it.

Modern research has classified Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body's natural immune system while relieving the body's negative reaction to stress. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicines for thousands of years to promote and maintain wellness. Many adaptogenic herbs have been referred to by herbalists as rejuvenate herbs, qi tonic herbs, rasayanas or restorative herbs. They help the body adapt to environmental, physical, and emotional stressors, support normal functions, and restore balance.

Organic India Tulsi Tea is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan. One box of Tulsi Tea retails for $5.99. And that's a very reasonable price for a product that gives so many health benefits while helping to support family farmers in India. But you can save 20% on Organic India products by using the code kiwi20 when ordering online. This code is for one-time use only, so stock up on Organic India Tulsi Tea and other organic all-natural products and supplements.

Connect with Organic India online -
organicindiausa.com website
OrganicIndiaUSA on Facebook
OrganicIndiaUSA on Twitter

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

August 4, 2015

Join the Dial Rewards program

I've been a member of Purex Insiders for a few years now and I love the chance to try new Purex products and share with my readers. If you have a blog, love trying new products and sharing on social media, you can join Purex Insiders too!

Sometimes being a Purex Insider means I get access to not just new Purex products, but other features like the new Dial Rewards program. Just for purchasing Dial products (which I already do) I can earn points toward prizes and other goodies. It's free and easy to join. Just click here then enter your invitation code which is D60C3 and that's all there is to it. Easy!

Hope to see you in the Dial Rewards program! Use invitation code D60C3 please!

{Disclosure: By joining Dial Rewards and using the personal invitation code I provided, that puts me in the running for prizes. Just wanted you to know that. :) }

June 12, 2015

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub is like a personal spa treatment at home

I've used salt and sugar scrubs for years, and believe me, they are NOT all created equal. Some are just plain better than others at what they do, and Adovia Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub is in that category.

The salt is grainy enough to really scrub away dead skin cells, while the oil seems to be very high quality and softened and moisturized my skin. Two functions with one effort! And it smells wonderful.

Feels like a spa treatment at a fraction of the cost.

If you're a fan of salt or sugar scrubs, or just want moisturized skin and to feel a bit pampered, try Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub.

{Disclosure: I received a sample product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are my own.}

May 28, 2015

My favorite new brand of natural products - Xlear

It's one thing to talk about natural products and how they help the environment. It's another thing to see a company actually doing something.

Meet my favorite new brand of natural products - Xlear
Xlear, Inc. is committed to providing consumers with the health benefits of xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener, by manufacturing all-natural, health-enhancing products. Some of these include: Xlear® Nasal Spray, an award-winning, patented saline and xylitol solution; a complete line of dental health products under the Spry Dental Defense System® brand; XyloSweet®, raw xylitol crystals used as a sugar substitute in cooking, baking, and general consumption; and Spry Gems, a growing line of healthy, xylitol-based mints with leading pH values.

I received an Xlear oral care kit to try out through my association with #momsmeet.

I'll be honest, I'd never heard of Xylitol until I tried the Spry Gems. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from natural sources. It is also produced in the human body as a by-product of a normal metabolism. Xlear xylitol is of the highest quality possible. It is a pharmaceutical grade, meaning it must be more than 99.95% pure, and is made from non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism) corn fibers. It does not contain any of the corn grain, and it is tested to ensure that no corn allergens, mycotoxins, or corn proteins of any type are in the product.

This fantastic natural ingredient has so many benefits for us. The addition of xylitol to saline nasal sprays, neti pots, and positive pressure bottles has been shown to make them more effective at helping to prevent ear infections in children, sinus infections in adults, and asthma and allergies in people of all ages. Xylitol helps the body's natural cleansing process to clear away allergens, asthmatic triggers, and other harmful bacteria. Xylitol is also one of the newest, easiest, and tastiest ways that people can improve oral health. Research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use may reduce tooth decay.

How does it do that? Because products sweetened with xylitol create an unwelcome environment for bacteria. Study after study continues to show that bacteria simply don't stick well to teeth in a xylitol-rich environment and that it may reduce the risk of decay in the tooth enamel. Xylitol is recommended by dentists, periodontists, pediatricians, and many health organizations and health professionals worldwide as a sweetener for anyone concerned with dental health.

Wow. Who knew?? Well, YOU do now, and so do I. So if you're looking to add natural products to every area of your life, don't forget oral health. Don't forget Spry and Xlear!

Spry Oral Rinse is one of my favorite Xlear products. It doesn't sting like many mouth rinses. Alcohol is a good germicide but it burns and can dry out mouth tissue. Spry Oral Rinse takes a more natural approach to oral health by using a xylitol-rich, low-alcohol, and pH-neutral formula. It also uses a mix of natural flavorings and herbal extracts such as aloe vera, chamomile, and echinacea to help soothe irritated mouth tissues. Spry Oral Rinse is available in Cool Mint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, and Cinnamon flavors, and retails for $6.99 each.

Another favorite product is Spry toothpaste. I love the taste, not too sweet, just right. And my mouth feels so fresh and clean after brushing. Spry Toothpaste consists of 1/3 xylitol, which provides 20-25% of the recommended dosage per day. Xylitol also increases mineral absorption into the enamel of the teeth, resulting in greater protection with a clean, fresh feeling that really lasts. Spry Toothpaste retails for $5.99 each.
I really love love LOVE the bamboo toothbrush! Talk about sustainability! One of the most-used household items in any home is an individual's toothbrush. Dental experts report that toothbrushes should be replaced at least 4 times a year, if not more frequently. With over 320 million Americans, that's a lot of toothbrushes in the trash. Worldwide, people add billions of toothbrushes, and the environment-harming materials they are made of, to landfills across the globe. The Spry Dental Defense bamboo toothbrush was developed to address this problem. Organically grown bamboo makes an excellent toothbrush for a number of reasons. No pesticides or chemicals are used in its cultivation, making it an all-natural, sustainable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly alternative to the more-common materials that will take thousands of years to break down. Naturally anti-microbial, bamboo also helps protect the mouth from unfriendly bacteria and other microbes so you can brush with confidence. Retail price $3.89.

If you're adding xylitol to your daily defense regimen, might as well add gum and mints too, right? Xlear Spry Gum has a flavor profile that exceeds regular chewing gum with the added benefit of xylitol. Spry Gum is available in four natural flavors: Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, and Peppermint. 12-piece pack of Spry Gum retails for $2.29.

Xlear Spry Gems are naturally sweetened with 100% xylitol. Spry Gems combine the benefits of xylitol with natural flavorings and calcium to create a pH-balanced formula for advanced oral health. Spry Gems are available in Berry, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Lemon Cream varieties. 40-count Spry Gems retail for $2.19.

Xlear is a soothing nasal spray that helps to alleviate congestion due to allergies, cold, flu, and sinusitis. It does this by being much more hyper-osmotic than a traditional saline nasal spray, meaning it draws moisture in and keeps the nasal passages and sinuses more moist and clean than saline alone. It also incorporates xylitol, a natural product that has been shown to decrease bacterial adherence in the nose. This health-promoting combination is designed to aid in the relief of irritation caused by pollutants, allergens, and germs in the nasal passages. Not only does this solution enhance the body’s natural defenses, but it also increases the amount of water, which enables our immune system to be more effective. When used twice a day, Xlear nasal spray not only hydrates the sinuses and nasal passages but it also helps to wash away airborne contaminants and pollutants that lead to many common upper respiratory problems. Unlike many prescription or medicated sprays with unwanted side effects, daily usage of Xlear Nasal Spray is non-addictive and will not damage tissues. One 1.5 oz. container of Xlear Nasal Spray retails for $14.99 and will last 2-3 months with daily use. The Xlear Nasal Spray Economy Pack contains three .75 oz. squeeze bottles and retails for $18.99.

I'm completely sold on all the Xlear and Spry products! If you'd like to try some of these for yourself, for a limited time you can purchase the Xlear Care Kit at a greatly reduced price. The kit contains 1 1.5 fl. oz. Xlear Nasal Spray, 1 3-pack 1.75 fl. oz. Xlear Nasal Spray, 1 tube Non-Fluoride Peppermint Toothpaste, 1 bottle Spearmint Oral Rinse, 1 40-ct Lemon Creme Gems Mints, 1 40-ct Cinnamon Gems Mints, 3 packs 12-ct Peppermint Stronger Longer Gum, and 3 packs 12-ct Spearmint Stronger Longer Gum. That's a $65 value, for only $25! (plus s&h) Use coupon code SAVE50 at checkout to get this amazing deal, but hurry, it's only good until June 30.

Learn more about Xlear, Spry, and xylitol at Xlear.com. Visit them on Facebook and Twitter too.

{Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.}

#DesignYourAir with new Renuzit Pearls!

You know the brand name Renuzit means long-lasting fresh scent for your home. Now that long-lasting fresh scent comes in beautiful new containers of pearls!

Renuzit Pearl Scents act as an odor neutralizer and air freshener, but they also add another depth of beauty to your home. This new look was designed to accent and highlight your home decor as well as provide long-lasting freshness.

I found the perfect place for my sample of Renuzit Pearl Scents. The bathroom, of course!
It looks so elegant sitting on the counter, don't you agree? And the smell is heavenly!

I can't get over how lovely the "pearls" look. The top screws on and off and is perforated in a beautiful design to allow air to flow freely. But the pearls are so pretty I want to show them off.
Of course it goes without saying that you'll want to keep these out of reach of children. Little fingers might find the pearls too hard to resist!

Anywhere in your home is the perfect spot for Renuzit Pearl Scents. Try one of the five brand new scents today!
- Blue Sky Breeze
- Serenity
- Sparkling Rain
- Tranquil
- Seductive Pineapple

Visit Renuzit on Facebook
Beautiful Air By Design - #PearlScents

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