September 27, 2010

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I don't know about you, but contacts are expensive and I would sure love to win this!!

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September 25, 2010

Which girl? THAT GIRL! Marlo goes digital!


You know and trust Marlo Thomas as a successful actress, author, and philanthropist. For decades, she has been inspiring women, making people laugh, and acting as a role model. I know her best as the face of St. Jude Hospital, helping thousands of families and their children each year.

Now Marlo Thomas is going digital. Join Marlo at the just-launched MarloThomas.com in partnership with AOL -- a new site where Marlo will connect with and inspire women, sharing a laugh, and, most important, building a community of support so we can all keep dreaming and achieving!

And she wants to hear from you and tell your story - with video series such as Hero Next Door. Marlo will find and profile amazing women - just like you. Watch the first feature - about Lu Picard of Torrington, Conn. - and then tell Marlo about a fabulous woman you know. Nominate a Hero now by emailing heroes@marlothomas.com!

In addition to launching MarloThomas.com, Marlo's now on social media, too. Follow her Twitter account at @Marlo_Thomas and become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/MarloThomas.

Her active, personal participation on social platforms and her new site provides a great opportunity for two-way communication between Marlo and the community of people she has inspired over the years.

What can you expect from Marlo on MarloThomas.com, Twitter and Facebook?

· original content - stories, posts, videos, and photos
· great conversations, laughs and inspiration
· observations on popular culture and news
· entertaining clips of "Free to Be You and Me" and "That Girl"
· galleries of celebrity images
· family photos
· ...and a lot more

You can also subscribe to Marlo on YouTube at youtube.com/marlothomas to see new videos each week from Marlo where she will give advice, inspiration, laughs, and more.

When asked why she's going digital, Marlo says the answer is easy. "I want to step out from behind the one-way mirror of television and have a real conversation with women," says Marlo. "I haven't stopped dreaming; you shouldn't either! It's your turn: What should we talk about together?"

This digital effort coincides with the upcoming release of Marlo's newest book, Growing Up Laughing (available Sept. 28).

September 24, 2010

Aladdin's Do The Reuse Challenge - is your family up to the challenge?



This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.


In my refrigerator you'll find lots of chilled water. But not in those environmentally-unfriendly disposable plastic bottles. Oh no. What you will find is reusable metal water bottles, filled with filtered water from a reusable filter water pitcher.


You see, I'm doing my part to help the environment. I'm Doing The Reuse. And this was before Aladdin challenged me to do it.


What are you doing to save the planet? Did you know that using reusable containers is the easiest no-brainer way to do your part?


Aladdin is the leader in reusable products that make your life and your commitment to saving the environment easier than ever before. So it's no surprise that Aladdin is sponsoring the Do The Reuse Challenge, a 30-day commitment to give up disposable paper cups, water bottles, or food containers. Everyone’s welcome to participate (the more, the better!) and 9 families will be blogging about their experiences on Aladdin's website.


Why Aladdin? Because a few months ago they made the commitment to give up disposables. They quickly discovered all the perks: a hot cup of coffee in their favorite mug; a fresh, healthy lunch made just the way they like it; a sip of water whenever they wanted it. The Aladdin products they make made it easy to reuse because they actually liked using them (and they look pretty cool, too). And they were all saving money!


Who are the 9 featured families that will be blogging about their Do The Reuse Challenge? They’re people just like me and you. Aladdin asked if they’d accept the Do the Reuse Challenge, and they said yes!


But if you don’t have a reusable water bottle, or a decent coffee mug... No problem. By accepting one of the Do the Reuse Challenges you’ll be able to get discounts and free shipping on selected Aladdin products through their website, www.shopaladdin-pmi.com. That way you can save a little on Aladdin mugs, bottles and snack containers, which will help you save even more. Pretty neat, huh?


Don't think one person can help change the world? Consider these facts:


● Seven million barrels of oil are used to produce the disposable bottles Americans go through in one year.
● In the United States, 50 billion disposable water bottles are consumed per year; 137,000 per day; 1,585 per second.
● It costs about $165 a year to make drip coffee at home versus $636 to buy drip coffee at your local café.
● Unless we change our habits, 23 billion paper coffee cups will be thrown out in 2010.
● Nine dollars will generally cover a decent lunch out. If you buy rather than pack a lunch five days a week, you shell out about $2,350 a year.


Save the planet, and save your money too! Accept The Challenge! Join the Do The Reuse Challenge on their website and start making an impact over your morning coffee, at the gym, in the car, at lunch... everywhere.


This weekend, I'll be conserving energy by doing a week's worth of cooking all at once and having plenty of leftovers for lunch this week. I'll be taking my lunch to work every day in reusable Aladdin containers and I'll have plenty of chilled filtered drinking water to drink without throwing away one single plastic bottle. What will YOU do to help reuse and save?


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September 21, 2010

Move over, Wii - the new Playstation MOVE is here!



This post brought to you by PlayStation(R) Move. All opinions are 100% mine.



From a built-in Blu-ray player to stereoscopic 3D gaming to storage space for movies, music, games and photos, the PS3™ system has something for everyone. And now there's a new way for you and your family to enjoy the PS3 - the new PlayStation(R)MOVE!


PlayStation®Move redefines motion gaming with the most immersive and realistic gaming experience only possible on the PlayStation®3 system. The simple, easy-to-use controller captures a full range of motion giving you ultimate control over how you play the game. With a diverse selection of games and new ones launching all the time, you can enjoy hours of fun with friends and family.


PlayStation(R)MOVE brings motion gaming exclusively to your PlayStation®3 system. In addition to the PlayStation®3 system, PlayStation®Move requires both the PlayStation®Move motion controller and the PlayStation®Eye camera to track your every move and put you in the game.


You can buy different bundles depending on your needs. Don't have a PS3? Get the PlayStation®3 Sports Champion Move Bundle which comes with: a PS3 system, 1 PlayStation®Move motion controller, a PlayStation®Eye Camera, the Sports Champions Blu-ray game and a PlayStation®Move game demo disc. (retail $399.99)


Or you can get the PlayStation®Move Bundle which comes with: 1 PlayStation®Move motion controller, a PlayStation®Eye camera, the Sports Champions blu-ray disc game and a PlayStation®Move demo disc. (retail $99.99)


Already have a PS3 and Eye Camera? Then just get the PlayStation®Move Motion Controller by itself (retail $49.99) and with a game or two that is compatible with the Move system, you're all set!


This sounds like just what my family needs to enhance family game night! Too often "game night" degenerates into only two players going head to head with some racing or action game, leaving everyone else on the sidelines to cheer or yawn. :)


With the new Move, the whole family could have fun! And with the wide selection of games being released that are compatible with Move, there's something for everyone. Archery, anyone?


Whether you’re an experienced, casual, or somewhere in between gamer, PlayStation®Move has a wide variety of games including sports, action, party, family, and shooters. The games are addictively fun and the outcome of every move is all under your control.


Here's just a sample of the games coming out in 2010:


  • Start the Party™
  • The Shoot™
  • EyePet™
  • Kung Fu Riders™
  • Sports Champions™
  • The Fight: Lights Out™
  • TV Superstars™
  • Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour ‘11
  • Brunswick Bowling

Most PlayStation®Move games only require one motion controller but some games may require two controllers for multiplayer mode. Some games will even accommodate up to seven players with four motion controllers! Family gaming night just got more competitive!


And the PlayStation®Move redefines motion gaming with a more immersive and realistic gaming experience. The sleek, ergonomically designed controller captures a full range of movement giving you ultimate control over how you play the game.


This would be great exercise too. No longer are players just sitting around thumbing controllers mindlessly. The Move will have you... well, moving! You can bring motion gaming exclusively to your existing PlayStation®3 for only $99 with the MOVE bundle package! That's a great investment in quality family time.


I'm anxious to try The Shoot, because archery has always been a favorite hobby with me. MOVE over and let Mama show you how it's done! And then when the kids are asleep, I just might take my turn at Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest. I'm a sucker for an epic adventure. :)


So check out the new Playstation Move. It just hit stores September 17th, so you'll be seeing and hearing a lot about it. Be a hero at home and get it before every other kid in school has it. Your kids (and your whole family) will thank you!


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September 20, 2010

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) - misconceptions and misinformation

Unless you've been under a rock lately, you've heard lots about how high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad for you. Like for instance that it practically singlehandedly is responsible for obesity.

That, if you'll pardon the expression, is baloney.

I just watched a very informative webinar about HFCS and it cleared up a lot of misconceptions and misinformation. Take for example: HFCS and table sugar are equal to the body metabolically speaking. During digestion, the body can't tell the difference between beet sugar, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, or molasses. They are all metabolized the same way.

Nor is there much difference in calories. Honestly, I don't get why HFCS has taken such a beating in the marketplace (key word: market) except that it created a mild scare among consumers to attempt to ditch HFCS from their diets in favor of more "natural" sugars.

HFCS is natural. It should really be called "corn sugar". It is virtually indistinguishable from table sugar, except in form. Table sugar is crystallized and must be dissolved in liquid. High Fructose Corn Syrup (not to be confused with corn syrup that you buy on the shelf to make your pecan pies!) comes in a liquid form that is more easily utilized in manufacturing food products that we see on our supermarket shelves.

HFCS is the "liquid sweetener alternative to sugar". HFCS is used to manufacture food products because it promotes browning, retains moisture and delays staleness, provides microbial stability, provides texture, is fermentable (think breads), protects frozen fruit, and the list goes on. Being in a liquid form makes it more easily used in food manufacturing.

HFCS is a mix of fructose and glucose. Table sugar is pure sucrose. Replacing HFCS with table sugar will not reduce obesity or improve health. They are the same to the body.

So forget what you've heard about HFCS being "bad for you". That's simply not true. It's no more "bad" than table sugar. Both are clinically virtually identical.

The American Medical Association and the American Diabetic Association both say that HFCS and sucrose (sugar) are indistinguishable to the human body.

Harvard Medical School calls the recent brouhaha over HFCS "overreaction".

The Children's Hospital of Boston says "The decision to switch from HFCS to cane sugar is 100% marketing and 0% science."

And the USDA says "This is a marketing issue, not a metabolic issue. The real issue is not HFCS. It's that we've forgotten what a real serving size is. We have to eat less of everything."

Pretty eye-opening, wouldn't you agree?

The name HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) is confusing, therefore not clearly understood. There is nothing "high" about the level of fructose. In fact, it is on the same par with honey and molasses. The Corn Refiners Association believes that "corn sugar" is a more apt name than "high fructose corn syrup" and more accurately describes this ingredient. HFCS and table sugar have the same amount of calories and equal sweetness. There is no metabolic or health issue - no reason to dodge HFCS except caloric issues for maintaining proper weight.

HFCS doesn't lead to obesity. Overeating leads to obesity. Sugar and HFCS have the same calories, same sweetness, and are absorbed by the body in the same way. There is no difference between them. There is nothing unique about HFCS regarding obesity or health.

So now that we've cleared up some misinformation and misconceptions, find out more by going to http://www.cornsugar.com or ask questions on the HFCS blog at http://www.blog.sweetsurprise.com and you can find them on Twitter at @Sweetfacts.

You owe it to yourself and your family to have the facts at your disposal so that you can make rational and informed decisions about the foods your family consumes. Don't be misled by marketing hype or hysteria. Educate yourself and then make up your own mind based on the facts.

As for me, I no longer get that gut reaction when I see "high fructose corn syrup" as an ingredient in so many food products that I purchase. It is no worse than plain table sugar. Cutting down all sugars, though, can help counteract obesity.

And that's a goal we should all work toward to lead healthier lives, don't you agree?

The information shared was provided by the Corn Refiners Association. I have been compensated for writing this blog post. All opinions are my own.

September 18, 2010

CSN is my go-to online shopping source!

I've been blogging for a few months now and I'm becoming quite familiar with a lot of the blog sponsors. One blog sponsor that I keep seeing over and over is CSN stores.

CSN has got to be hands down the most generous blog sponsor I've ever seen! But not only are they generous with their blog reviews and giveaways, they also have the best selection of products at the best prices. Whenever I am looking for anything for my home, I always check CSN first. And just about ten times out of ten, they have the lowest prices. And usually free shipping too!

Take for instance when I was recently looking for cheap bedroom furniture. Now, if money were no object, sure, I would be drooling all over my computer screen at some of the absolutely fabulous bedroom suites they offer! But unfortunately money is an object, so I have to stay within my budget.

But guess what? CSN's store called www.bedroomfurniture.com has a wide range of delightful cheap bedroom furniture!

Take a look at some of the goodies I found:

South Shore Copley Collection Set includes headboard and night stand for only $159.98 and FREE SHIPPING!

Brookhaven Home Ashland Set in Brown Cherry includes headboard and night stand for only $278.00 and FREE IN-HOME DELIVERY!

South Shore Huntington Collection headboard only for $229.98 and FREE SHIPPING!


There's no doubt about it, CSN offers the widest variety of products and the greatest prices. So the next time you are thinking of purchasing something, check CSN first. You just might find that CSN is now your go-to online shopping source too!

Hellmann's virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share is back!

Back-to-school time is here, and for most Moms that means back to car-pooling, homework monitoring, and of course packing lunches. It can be hard to come up with lunches made with real, simple ingredients that kids will eat and actually enjoy. Luckily, Hellmann's® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise are putting the fun back into lunch this September with their virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share program.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay and actress/mom Lori Loughlin are teaming up with Hellmann's® to help re-launch Hellmann's® virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share on the Facebook® application (Facebook.com/Hellmanns). This virtual version of the beloved school lunch ritual of swapping sandwiches will benefit Share Our Strength®, the leading non-profit organization ending childhood hunger in America.

When people visit Hellmann's® Page on Facebook®, they'll have the opportunity to create a sandwich on the application and, for every sandwich built, Hellmann's® will make a donation to Share Our Strength®. What's more, when they share a sandwich with a friend, an additional donation will be made as part of Hellmann's® $75,000 commitment to support Share Our Strength®.

Disclosure: For posting, I have been entered for a chance to win a gift as part of the Hellmann's® program.

September 13, 2010

Ragu "Feed Our Kids Well"

If you're having trouble finding time to prepare nutritious meals for your family while adjusting to new back to school schedules, relax, you're not alone. According to a recent "Feed our Kids Well" survey conducted by Ragú®, half of moms say that during the back-to-school season they have less time to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals for their kids. Fear not, Mom; Help is on the way!

To help make sure your kids get the veggies they need (and the meals they love) Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce now has 2 servings of veggies in every half cup! Available soon in major retailers nationwide, the healthy, great tasting Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional pasta sauce that is already a kitchen staple has a new, naturally thicker recipe.
Healthy, delicious and now with a naturally thicker taste the whole family will love, Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce is a perfect component to pulling together quick and tasty meals during this busy time. And Ragú® wants you to be among the first to try out their great new recipe! To be one of the first to taste Ragú® with 2 servings of veggies in every half-cup visit them on facebook.com/ragusauce for more details.

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Ragú® prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

National Seat Check Saturday - Child Passenger Safety Week

Each year, thousands of children are tragically injured and killed in automobile accidents. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and older.

The reason? Most parents and caregivers don't realize that their children aren't properly restrained in their car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 3 out of 4 car seats are not used correctly.

We're aiming to change that with National Seat Check Saturday on September 25. As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25), communities nationwide will have certified technicians available to provide hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice - for free!

Additionally, the Child Passenger Safety Twitter account (@childseatsafety) will be hosting a Twitter party on Wednesday, September 22 at 2 pm EST. NHTSA experts will be available to offer information and insight on car seats and how to travel safely with children. Just use the hashtag #CPSweek to follow along and ask your questions.

For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week and to find your local car seat inspection station visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS or http://www.facebook.com/childpassengersafety. 

September 11, 2010

Weight Watchers Lose-A-Palooza Sept 14! Don't miss it!

World hunger is at an all time high.

More than a billion people worldwide are hungry.

Hundreds of millions are children.

On September 14th, you can help just by lifting a few fingers.

Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day social media event created to encourage participation in the Lose For Good® campaign to benefit Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

As part of the Lose For Good campaign, Weight Watchers will donate $1, up to a maximum of $60,000, to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger for each approved mention, acknowledgment, or action related to "Lose For Good" made on September 14th through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and check-in via foursquare.

This is a one day only event to raise awareness and money for the Lose for Good campaign. I urge you to participate in Lose-A-Palooza on September 14th using your favorite social media tool.

Here are some ways you can participate --

If you're a blogger:
* Post include the phrase "Lose For Good" in a post about the Lose For Good campaign, and encourage your readers to get involved by visiting WeightWatchers.com/LoseForGood.
* Comment on a blog post about Lose For Good. Also, ask your friends to show their support by commenting on your post. Don’t forget to include "Lose For Good" in your comment.

On Facebook:
* "Like" Weight Watchers, Share Our Strength and/or Action Against Hunger pages
* Comment or "Like" any of the Weight Watchers "Lose-A-Palooza" updates posted throughout the day Sept. 14th
* Accessorize: add a Lose-A-Palooza twibbon to your profile picture (available 9/14)

On Twitter:
* Follow @WeightWatchers, @sharestrength and/or @acfusa
* Tweet or Retweet using the hashtag #LoseforGood. Let people know how they can join you in the fight against hunger [here is a sample tweet you can copy and use on Sept. 14: Today Only! Lose-A-Palooza -Weight Watchers donates up to $1 for each #LoseForGood social media mention http://bit.ly/LoseAPalooza]
* Accessorize: add a Lose-A-Palooza twibbon to your profile picture (available 9/14)

On Foursquare:
* Check-in to a Weight Watchers meeting room to help contribute to the good.
Note: foursquare check-in is not considered a weekly meeting attendance and you will not receive Program materials, unless you decide to stay and attend a meeting and, if applicable, pay the fees then in effect. Only one check-in per user will be counted.

Easy. Fun. And for a great cause! So don't forget to mark your calendar now to participate in this worthwhile campaign on Tuesday September 14th and together we can feed the hungry.

Win one of 3 necklaces from Glitterize.com! 3 winners! {giveaway}

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - PENDING WINNERS VERIFICATION


Glitterize.com is known for unique crystal components perfect for DIYers, jewelry designers and event planners. However, they also have a large selection of finished fashion jewelry already glitterized for you!

I'm excited to host a giveaway for Glitterize.com! 3 lucky winners will have the opportunity to win a unique glitterized fashion jewelry piece of their choice.

Here are your options:
Paris Love Necklace
Rock and Roll Necklace
Gold Peace Out Necklace



~~GIVEAWAY~~
Glitterize.com is giving THREE lucky Shady Lady readers a necklace of their choice of the 3 pictured above! Lucky you!! This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents.

Entering is easy! Just tell me in a comment below which one you want to win! How simple is that! :)

Winners will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winners are contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.

Extra entries - please leave separate comments for each:

FIVE ENTRIES if you follow my blog with Google Friend Connect. (see left sidebar) Be sure to make five separate comments to get all the entries.

FIVE ENTRIES if you visit Glitterize.com and tell me another piece of jewelry (other than the 3 necklaces already mentioned) that you like or a project you'd love to do and what Glitterize.com materials would help you with that project.

THREE ENTRIES if you follow me on Twitter @tnshadylady Leave your Twitter id. Be sure to leave three separate comments.

DAILY ENTRY - Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste:

#Giveaway #Win your choice of 3 sparkly fashion necklaces from Glitterize.com 3 WINNERS! @tnshadylady Pls RT http://bit.ly/a2gp00 ends 9/17

FIVE ENTRIES if you follow me with Networked Blogs. (see right sidebar) Be sure to leave five separate comments.

THREE ENTRIES each if you subscribe to my email updates and/or rss feed. (see left sidebar) Tell me what email address and/or reader you use. Three entries for each one, so leave three separate comments, or six comments if you do both.

TEN ENTRIES - Help me spread the word! Post this giveaway on your own blog or giveaway site or linky or other social networking site. Leave me a link so I can verify. Be sure to leave ten separate comments.

Giveaway closes midnight CST Friday September 17, 2010. Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only please. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! For instance, if you follow me on Twitter, leave THREE comments with your Twitter ID. This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries.

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample from Glitterize.com gratis in exchange for promoting this giveaway. (Thanks Sarah!) No other monetary consideration was involved.


"Diamond" Earrings! Just pay $3.77 postage! {giveaway}

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - PENDING WINNER VERIFICATION

Bet that got your attention, didn't it! Of course these aren't real diamonds...but they sure look real! At a distance they would fool just about anybody.

And all you pay is a small shipping and handling fee of $3.77. That's quite a bargain for a pair of earrings that looks like it costs much more. And these would make a great gift too.

Did you ever think you'd be able to buy diamond earrings for only $3.77? Check out the details here. It's easy to get your very own "diamond earrings".

I received a pair to review and they are very sparkly and delightful! Set in Sterling Silver too! They are appropriate for almost any occasion and they look almost like the real thing. But there's no worry that you'll accidentally lose one of your expensive diamond earrings if you wear these eye-catchers instead!


~~GIVEAWAY~~
DiamondEarrings.org is giving one lucky Shady Lady reader her very own pair of these lovely earrings! Lucky you!! This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.



~~Mandatory~~
Post about DiamondEarrings.org on any social networking site (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.). That's it! They are trying to spread the word about this incredible offer and by helping them do that you qualify to win a free pair! Just be sure to leave a link so that I can verify that you did this. This step is required before extra entries will count.

Extra entries - please leave separate comments for each:

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect. (see left sidebar) Be sure to make five separate comments to get all the entries.

THREE ENTRIES if you are a follower on Twitter @tnshadylady Leave your Twitter id. Be sure to leave three separate comments.

DAILY ENTRY - Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste:

#Giveaway #Win Fabulous fake "diamond" earrings set in Sterling Silver from DiamondEarrings.org! @tnshadylady http://bit.ly/bOXOHi ends 9/15

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower with Networked Blogs. (see right sidebar) Be sure to leave five separate comments.

THREE ENTRIES each if you are a subscriber to my email updates and/or rss feed. (see left sidebar) Tell me what email address and/or reader you use. Three entries for each one, so leave three separate comments, or six comments if you do both.

TEN ENTRIES - Help me spread the word! Post this giveaway on your own blog or giveaway site or linky or other social networking site. Leave me a link so I can verify. Be sure to leave ten separate comments.

Giveaway closes midnight CST Wednesday September 15, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only please. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! For instance, if you follow me on Twitter, leave THREE comments with your Twitter ID. This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries. And if you are already a subscriber or follower, you still get those entries! So be sure to get all the entries you are entitled to.

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample from DiamondEarrings.org gratis in exchange for providing an unbiased review of the product. No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.

Country Bob's sauce is da bomb! {giveaway}

Sponsored by Tomoson.com
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Move over, A1 and Heinz 57. There's a new kid on the block and his name is Country Bob.

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce is absolutely delicious on everything from steak to hamburgers to chicken to fries to barbecue to brownies.

Okay, maybe not brownies.

But then again...why not?

Personally I love a good steak with nothing but sea salt and cracked peppercorns. But many times I want a sauce. I tend to alternate between A1 and Heinz 57 because, well, let's be honest, they are both good but you get tired of each one, so it's nice to have an alternative.

Guess what? Now there's another alternative. Country Bob's sauce is exceptional and has a flavor you won't get tired of. And it's all-natural!

"In 1968, Country Bob Edson perfected the sauce of his dreams. After years of giving the sauce to friends and family, he began to sell it in 1977. The reaction was overwhelming, just as it is today. People who try Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce become lifelong users. And why not, it is the perfect complement to practically any meal set on your table."

Even brownies. :)

I received two bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce to try for myself and boy, let me tell ya, this is some good stuff!! Love it on just about everything. It's also great with fries, although what I usually do is mix it with ketchup for dipping the fries. It really gives plain old ketchup quite a kick.

Once you try Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce, you'll agree that it's a very high quality, all-natural product that deserves a spot in your kitchen. I love trying new products, especially ones I might not otherwise be tempted to try. Country Bob's is definitely on my shopping list from now on. One taste and I know you'll agree!






~~GIVEAWAY~~
Country Bob's is giving one lucky Shady Lady reader two bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce! Lucky you!! This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.





~~Mandatory~~
Visit CountryBobs.com and tell me another Country Bob's product you'd like to try, or a recipe you'd like to make. This step is required before extra entries will count.

Extra entries - please leave separate comments for each:

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect. (see left sidebar) Be sure to make five separate comments to get all the entries.

THREE ENTRIES if you are a follower on Twitter @tnshadylady Leave your Twitter id. Be sure to leave three separate comments.

DAILY ENTRY - Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste:

#Giveaway #Win 2 bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce! @tnshadylady Pls RT http://bit.ly/bc4u9o ends 9/14

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower with Networked Blogs. (see right sidebar) Be sure to leave five separate comments.

THREE ENTRIES each if you are a subscriber to my email updates and/or rss feed. (see left sidebar) Tell me what email address and/or reader you use. Three entries for each one, so leave three separate comments, or six comments if you do both.

TEN ENTRIES - Help me spread the word! Post this giveaway on your own blog or giveaway site or linky or other social networking site. Leave me a link so I can verify. Be sure to leave ten separate comments.

Giveaway closes midnight CST Tuesday September 14, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only please. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! For instance, if you follow me on Twitter, leave THREE comments with your Twitter ID. This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries. And if you are already a subscriber or follower, you still get those entries! So be sure to get all the entries you are entitled to.

Disclaimer: I was provided samples from Country Bob's gratis in exchange for providing an unbiased review of the product. No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.
This Product Was a Free Giveaway



Purely Products make your world healthier! {review}

Do you ever...

Put your purse on the movie theater floor?
Jump on the elliptical at the gym?
Grocery shop in flu season?
Slice raw chicken on your cutting board?
Use the computer everyone has access to?
Carpool kids?
Throw half-eaten snacks back in your backpack?
Use an airplane bathroom?
Lay a gym bag on a locker room floor?
Pick up the baby's pacifier off the ground?
Use a hotel remote control?
Let someone use your cell phone?

Clean, healthy living can be like running a germ gauntlet. Pocket Purifier™ puts a wall of defense in your hands with its handheld germicidal light.

Lightweight and convenient, Pocket Purifier sanitizes surfaces and objects with the same UV-C light that sterilizes surgical instruments. Ultraviolet light and nanotechnology eliminate 99.9% of germs that cause colds and flu, plus e-coli, salmonella, mold, fungus and MRSA (staph).

At home, at work, in public, for all high-touch surfaces, Pocket Purifier is the most environmentally responsible way to kill germs without chemicals - hands-down.


That was taken directly from the Purely Products website because I couldn't have said it better myself. :)

I don't have small children at home so I'm not picking up pacifiers off the floor, but I do work a day job doing technical support for public computers in public libraries.

Talk about germs! Did you ever stop to think how many germs may be on that keyboard or mouse? Well, I did... and it is a little scary to think of all the germs and bacteria I come into contact with on a day to day basis.

Not just saliva or snot. Those pretty much go with any public job. But what about more harmful germs? Bacteria? Viruses? And even diseases?

It's a wonder I stay pretty healthy most of the time. I guess my body just builds up my immune system because of all this constant exposure to other people's germs.

But now I don't have to worry so much about that, because I carry the Pocket Purifier from Purely Products. (try saying that ten times fast! :)
The Pocket Purifier is the handiest tool I've run across in ages and it's perfect for my job. I just throw it into my work satchel and off I go, knowing that within seconds I can eliminate virtually all of the germs that are just lying in wait on those public computers.

And it couldn't be easier to use. Just pop in 4 AA batteries and it's ready to go. Flip the switch to "Purifier" (it also has a built-in flashlight!) and hold it 1/2 to 1" from the surface you want to purify. It will affect about a 1" x 4" area. Keep the purifier directed for about 10 to 15 seconds and that's it! For a computer keyboard, I just move it slowly across then back a couple of times.

Does it work? I don't know. I'm not in any position to validate the results. It would take a controlled environment and scientific testing equipment to do so. But answer me this: What can it hurt? If it works at all, it's definitely worth it!

The Pocket Purifier is a wonderful gadget to keep handy. And it makes a great gift! Think of all the people in your life who could benefit from the Pocket Purifier. It runs on batteries, so no electricity needed. The bulb is replaceable. It comes in pink or black. And it's only $29.95 - a small price indeed for such peace of mind.
Purely Products sells other great products too, like the Sun Mate, which gives you a reading on the sun's UV intensity so you never have to guess if your sunblock protection is sufficient. Use it on a cloudy or overcast day and it'll open your eyes to just how much harmful UV rays are bombarding you or your children's skin, even when you think it's safe. Definitely a great item for the backpack, camping equipment, beach bag, etc. The Sun Mate is only $19.95. What a great gift idea!
Purely Products also sent me the Healthy CFL compact flourescent ionizing light bulbs to try. I couldn't wait to replace my old traditional incandescent bulbs with these energy efficient compact flourescent bulbs. I keep a small desk lamp right next to my computer keyboard, and on the other side there's also a small table lamp right next to my computer desk. I like having a lot of light when I work at the computer.

With the Healthy CFL bulbs, now I'm not only saving energy, I'm also transforming my space into a healthier environment because these bulbs also emit negative ions! It's a win-win situation. I love the feeling of negative ions emitted into the air. It just feels so cool and crisp, like standing next to a waterfall or something. And it has the added benefit of countering the harmful positive ions emitted by computers, televisions, telephones, etc. Having these on each side of my computer desk definitely made a difference for me!

A 15 watt bulb (replaces conventional 60 watt bulb) is only $13.99 and lasts for a long time. Add in the ionizing effect and it's a real bargain!
Negative ions also help remove pet dander from the air, so if this is a problem in your home, you owe it to yourself to look into Pet CFL. Pet CFL uses the same compact flourescent energy-saving ionizing technology as the Healthy CFL bulbs, designed to rid your space of pet dander and other allergens. At only $13.99 per bulb, a real bargain for you allergy sufferers. And if you buy 4 bulbs or more, get them for only $9.99 each!

Purely Products is a Knoxville, Tennessee based company that also gives back. Purely Products donates a percentage of all company sales to support diaperLove™, a non-profit organization founded to provide diapers and hygiene products to children in need. I think that's pretty awesome! And I'm proud of a company based in my home state of Tennessee that donates to such a worthy cause.
This is Purely: We are curious and discerning consumers looking for products for cleaner, healthier living. So, we develop the kind of products we want to use. We excel at translating proven technology (technology too cool to ignore, actually) into every day applications that make life better for everyone.

Living responsibly is a balancing act. We can help each other gain our footing. Purely puts products in your hands to make eco-friendly decisions for clean, healthy living easier, hopefully with the kind of compelling innovation, sterling quality and outright affordability that makes Purely Products an obviously smart choice.


Couldn't have said it better myself. :)

Disclaimer: I was provided samples from Purely Products gratis in exchange for providing unbiased reviews of the products. (Thanks Patti!) No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.

Pure Pearls are pure luxury! {giveaway}

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - PENDING WINNER VERIFICATION

I love pearls. There's just something so classic about them. Real pearls have a patina that can't be duplicated by artificial means. To think that once upon a time pearls were more precious than diamonds!

Nowadays cultured freshwater pearls have made owning pearls affordable for everyone. Pure Pearls has some of the most beautiful selections I've ever seen.

Ashley at PurePearls.com sent me a pair of pearl earrings and I cannot tell you how gorgeous they are!! My camera just doesn't do them justice -

so here's a photo from the PurePearls.com website so you can see these beauties clearly:
Aren't they gorgeous!!
I am just in love with these earrings! They are dainty and very feminine and yet the dangly pearls give them a casual look too, so these would be perfect with everything from a little black dress to jeans! As their website says:

This beautiful pair of 7.0-8.0mm Freshwater pearl dangle earrings add a touch of fun flair to any ensemble. Each pair of AAA quality freshwater pearls is perfectly round, with flawless surface quality and subtle iridescence.

The pearls are set on 1 3/4 inch sterling silver chain with 14K gold posts and backs. Earrings are available in your choice of natural color pink, lavender or white pearls. Earrings arrive in our Signature Little Black Gift Box, accompanied by a GIA Graduate Prepared Appraisal.


Here's another not-so-great photo but at least you can see how the earrings swing so gracefully from the ears -

These genuine pearl earrings are appraised at $440 but the PurePearls.com price is only $88! What a fabulous gift these would be for some lucky lady! Love 'em!! Love everything about Pure Pearls!! Check out some of their other fabulous products -
Everything is absolutely stunning and the prices are far below retail price. If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime gift for someone, or if you just want to treat yourself to some pure luxury, you can't go wrong with Pure Pearls. And they offer free shipping too!

Wouldn't these classy AAA quality freshwater pearl stud earrings make a great gift for someone you know?
They retail for $225.00 but PurePearls.com has them for only $45.00! They are available in white, pink, lavender or black (black is treated, all the other colors are natural), in either white or yellow gold. Definitely an heirloom gift!

So take a look at PurePearls.com and I know you'll find something you just can't live without. Or you'll find the perfect gift for someone you love. Birthday or anniversary coming up? Print out the webpage with your "wish list" and leave it lying around somewhere. Nothing like a subtle hint for getting what you truly want! :)




~~GIVEAWAY~~
PurePearls.com is giving one lucky Shady Lady reader a pair of AAA quality 7.0-8.0mm freshwater pearl stud earrings just like in the photo above! Lucky you!! You can have your choice of white, pink, lavender or black in either white or yellow gold. This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.




~~Mandatory~~
Visit PurePearls.com and sign up for their quarterly newsletter (see bottom of page). Please provide the email address that you signed up with so I can verify that you are a newsletter subscriber. This step is required before extra entries will count.

Extra entries - please leave separate comments for each:

THREE ENTRIES if you like Pure Pearls on Facebook. Then come back here and leave three comments as your entries. Be sure to tell me your Facebook name so I can verify.

TWO EXTRA ENTRIES if you leave a comment on the Pure Pearls Facebook page that you entered the giveaway at Shady Lady.

THREE ENTRIES if you follow Pure Pearls on Twitter. Leave your Twitter ID so I can verify.

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect. (see left sidebar) Be sure to make five separate comments to get all the entries.

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DAILY ENTRY - Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste:

#Giveaway #Win AAA quality freshwater pearl stud earrings @PurePearls @tnshadylady Pls RT http://bit.ly/c5hVNf ends 9/20

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower with Networked Blogs. (see right sidebar) Be sure to leave five separate comments.

THREE ENTRIES each if you are a subscriber to my email updates and/or rss feed. (see left sidebar) Tell me what email address and/or reader you use. Three entries for each one, so leave three separate comments, or six comments if you do both.

TEN ENTRIES - Help me spread the word! Post this giveaway on your own blog or giveaway site or linky or other social networking site. Leave me a link so I can verify. Be sure to leave ten separate comments.

Giveaway closes midnight CST Monday September 20, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only please. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! For instance, if you follow me on Twitter, leave THREE comments with your Twitter ID. This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries. And if you are already a subscriber or follower, you still get those entries! So be sure to get all the entries you are entitled to.

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample from PurePearls.com gratis in exchange for providing an unbiased review of the product. (Thanks Ashley!) No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.


Have sensitive skin? Try Alabu goat milk soap! {giveaway}

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - PENDING WINNER VERIFICATION


My good friend Patrick has been plagued all his life with a bad case of eczema. His back and arms are covered with dry, scaly, itchy patches and he's so self-conscious about it that he only wears long-sleeved shirts.

Even in the heat of summer.

I feel for him. My skin is oily and I'm lucky I've never had a problem with dry or sensitive skin. But even "oily" skin needs moisturizing.

So I was very happy when Alabu agreed to supply some of their marvelous products for me to review. What? You've never heard of Alabu? Well, let me introduce you!

Alabu Inc. makes soap and skin products using only all-natural ingredients like goat milk, shea butter, oats, olive oil, and honey. These natural ingredients gently cleanse your skin while leaving it soft and nourished. Goat milk is especially good for you - it is loaded with milk protein and vitamins A, B6, C, and E, which all promote healthy skin.

Did you know that commercial soaps are mostly detergent? They leave your skin feeling itchy and dry. Commercial soap manufacturers might include moisturizers in their formulas in order to combat this dryness. But the soap is still overly harsh for regular skin use, especially for sensitive skin.

Alabu soaps are completely different. You can safely use these soaps and skin products on even the most sensitive skin. There's nothing harsh about them, no added chemicals, nothing that doesn't occur naturally in nature.

I received a very generous sampling of Alabu products and the first thing I tried was the ultra-moisturizing cleansing bar called "Baby Me". The goat milk and shea butter ingredients assured me that I would be doing something gentle but beneficial for my skin.

Wow! My first shower with the Baby Me bar of soap was incredible! The box says "unscented", but when I held the bar to my nose, I could smell it. What the...? But when I started lathering my body with it, there was no scent to the lather at all. And it's hard to describe just how soft it made my skin feel! I felt like I'd just used a very rich moisturizer on my whole body, but I still felt clean. That is the way a soap should perform!

So Baby Me is definitely on my list for future purchases. It is gentle enough for a baby's skin, and in fact that's what my skin felt like after my first shower - like a baby's soft skin. This is Alabu's top seller and it's easy to understand why. And it's only $5.15 per bar - quite a bargain!

The Oat & Honey cleansing bar has the added ingredients of oats and honey that really soften your skin while the goat milk and natural oils moisturize. This was a great all-around soap, especially for those problem areas like heels, elbows, knees, etc. that tend to have rough skin. My skin felt softer and more pliant. This soap is also unscented and also only $5.15 per bar.

But if you're like me and love fragrance, you might like the Almond cleansing bar. The fragrance of almonds is one of my all-time favorites, and this soap is simply wonderful! Alabu uses Fair Trade Bitter Almond Essential Oil in this soap and it is a scent that both men and women will appreciate. And at only $4.55 per bar, it would make a splendid gift!

I also was given the opportunity to try Alabu's classic Lip Balm in mint which I can say without a doubt is head and shoulders above all other lip balms I've tried. There's nothing "waxy" or greasy about this lip balm. It literally seems to melt into your skin while making your lips incredibly smooth and soft. Alabu hit a home run with this product! Only $3.50 per tube.

Alabu's Replenish roll-on facial moisturizer is fabulous for keeping in your purse to combat those small dry, scaly, tight, itchy spots that sometimes pop up on your face and neck and maybe other areas as well. Ladies, don't look at me like that - you know what I'm talking about! This roll-on moisturizer is made of 100% Squalane. Squalane (a naturally occurring substance found in the olive) is very similar to Vitamin A and resembles the skin's own natural oil. At only $5.75, it's definitely preferable to those outlandishly expensive department store products!

Alabu's Shea Body Butter is awesome for overall moisturizing right where you need it (knees, elbows, heels, etc.) because it comes in a convenient roll-up container that fits in your purse or pocket. This is concentrated shea butter, so a little goes a long way. Only $4.90 for a very generous supply.

Most of Alabu's products are unscented. But if you go with a scented product, you can rest assured that Alabu uses only essential oils. Nothing artificial at all. And they use Fair Trade ingredients whenever possible. Everything is handcrafted right here in the good ol' U. S. of A.

Alabu Inc. is a family-owned and operated US business that began from founder Maryclaire's love of making her own soap. She imparted this enthusiasm to her children and now the whole family is involved and dedicated to Alabu's mission. This dedication to quality and innovation is your guarantee that everything you purchase from Alabu has been produced under the most rigorous quality control conditions and with the loving care only a family-owned business can impart.

The folks at Alabu use their products on a daily basis. They won't sell anything they wouldn't use on their own bodies. Alabu is so sure you'll love their soaps and other products that they offer a money-back guarantee! They offer so much more than soap. Check out their very informative website for more fabulous Alabu products and a wealth of information.

I can't wait to share these soaps and products with my friend Patrick. He's tried everything under the sun to combat his eczema problem and nothing has worked for him. But I bet he hasn't tried Alabu! I have high hopes that these products will at least provide him some much needed relief.

And maybe he will finally be able to ditch the long sleeves in summer!


~~GIVEAWAY~~

Alabu Inc. is giving one lucky Shady Lady reader a gift certificate for $25.00 to use on their website! Lucky you!! You can really stock up with this - all of the products I received (3 bars of soap, lip balm, shea butter, and facial moisturizer) came to a total of only $29.00!! This giveaway is open to US residents only please.

Entering is easy. Please do the mandatory first step before doing the extra entries. Winner will be determined by using Random.org. Entries will be verified before winner is contacted, so please make sure you use the same username, name, and/or email address for each entry, or tell me how to identify you. And PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if it is not publicly visible on your blog! Thank you for adhering to these giveaway rules.


~~Mandatory~~
Visit Alabu and tell me what you would purchase with your gift certificate. Please don't copy from someone else's post! :)

Extra entries - please leave separate comments for each:

FIVE ENTRIES if you sign up for the Alabu newsletter. Then come back here and leave five comments as your entries. Be sure to tell me the email you used to sign up with so I can verify.

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THREE ENTRIES if you are a follower on Twitter @tnshadylady Leave your Twitter id. Be sure to leave three separate comments.

DAILY ENTRY - Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet. Feel free to copy and paste:

#Giveaway #Win $25 GC to Alabu all-natural goat milk soaps & body products! @tnshadylady Pls RT http://bit.ly/aVlN8K ends 9/19

FIVE ENTRIES if you are a follower with Networked Blogs. (see right sidebar) Be sure to leave five separate comments.

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TEN ENTRIES - Help me spread the word! Post this giveaway on your own blog or giveaway site or linky or other social networking site. Leave me a link so I can verify. Be sure to leave ten separate comments.

Giveaway closes midnight CST Sunday September 19, 2010. Giveaway open to US residents only please. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

Remember to leave separate comments for each method of entry! For instance, if you follow me on Twitter, leave THREE comments with your Twitter ID. This is the only way to be sure that you get all your entries. And if you are already a subscriber or follower, you still get those entries! So be sure to get all the entries you are entitled to.

Disclaimer: I was provided samples from Alabu Inc. gratis in exchange for providing an unbiased review of the products. (Thanks Hal!) No other monetary consideration was involved, and my review was not influenced in any way.