February 26, 2012

Kroger Cartbuster Event #MyBlogSpark {#giveaway}

It's time once again for the Kroger Cartbuster Sale Event!
You already shop at one of the Kroger Family of Stores because you know you'll get the freshest products at the best prices. But now you can save even more during Kroger's Cartbuster Event!

The Cartbuster event features outstanding savings on products you buy every day. Products from brands like Pepsi, Kraft, Nestle, General Mills and many more. It's the perfect time to stock up on your grocery needs and save money too!

Check with your local Kroger Family of Stores to see when their Cartbuster event takes place. Most stores started their event today, so the sooner you take advantage of the savings, the more you'll save!

Also check out the "Deal of the Day" special on the sidebar of this blog. Every day from February 29th through March 3rd, Kroger features a very special deal of the day, with discounts up to 50%...and some are even FREE! Yes, that's right. So be sure to check daily to see the special deal of the day.

Kroger's participating family of stores includes:
King Soopers
City Market
Jay C Food Stores
Pay Less Super Markets
Scott’s Food & Pharmacy

Some of the brands you'll find on special sale:
Lucky Charms
Betty Crocker
Hamburger Helper
Green Giant
Cascadian Farm
Old Spice
Rice A Roni
Mountain Dew

This is one savings event you won't want to miss!

And to help you save even more, Kroger and MyBlogSpark have allowed me to share a giveaway with you. One lucky Shady Lady reader will win a $25 Kroger gift card! Woo-hoo! That should help you stretch your grocery dollars even more during the Cartbuster Sales Event!

Just use the Rafflecopter entry method for your entries. Give it a minute or two to load. If Rafflecopter still isn't working for you, leave a blog comment with your entries and I'll take them into consideration when choosing a winner. US only please. Giveaway ends midnight CST Wednesday, February 29th. Good luck!

Ghirardelli Milk & Truffle Squares = chocolate heaven! {review}

Did you get chocolates for Valentine's Day? No? Me neither. :(

But that's okay. Really, it is. Because I'd probably have been given some off-brand that just didn't make my taste buds tingle.

Chocolate is chocolate, you say? No way! There are certain brands of chocolate that are just miles above the rest.

Ghirardelli Chocolate, for example.

Oh yeah.... Ghirardelli makes some of the BEST chocolate ever to tempt my taste buds!

And now they have a new addition to their fabulous line of products that just makes me want to purr like a kitten.

Introducing new Ghirardelli Milk & Truffle Squares!

This is one decidedly delicious treat. Rich slow-melting milk and dark chocolate surrounds a sumptuous truffle filling. The mix of milk and dark chocolate and the creamy chocolate truffle filling just melts on your tongue and satisfies not just a chocolate craving but the desire for something decadent and gourmet.

I've always loved the variety of Ghirardelli Squares, and appreciate that they are individually wrapped so you can eat as many or as few as you desire. But these new Milk & Truffle Squares are going to the top of my favorites list. They are THAT good!!

Try some today. You can find them at Target, Supercenters, and Walgreens nationwide. At a retail price of $3.75 per bag, this is one chocolate indulgence you can purchase for yourself.

And you don't have to wait for Valentine's Day. :)

(Disclosure: I was provided a product sample via my membership with She Speaks to help facilitate this review. However my opinions are my own and I received no monetary compensation.)

February 25, 2012

MacVoil for your hair AND skin! {review}

I love long hair. Always have. It's a lot of trouble, I must admit. Takes forever to dry, and then styling takes forever too. But the few times I've cut it and tried a shorter hairdo, I hated it. Wanted my long hair back. So I just get it trimmed now and then, but basically I have always had and hopefully will always have long hair, several inches past my shoulders.

I love the versatility of long hair. Love being able to wear a ponytail, or braids, or curl it and fluff it out, or just straight and healthy-looking. So many ways to wear long hair.

But long hair does take a beating that shorter hairstyles do not. If you have short hair, you probably get it trimmed a lot more often to maintain your cut. So any damaged hair is trimmed away. With longer hair, the damage is more significant because it's been a process of time, and my hair certainly shows the damage.

My hair is also naturally wavy, almost curly in fact. But that leads to frizz, and I HATE frizz!! My hair will curl easily, but I really have to put the heat to it to tame the frizz by smoothing the cuticle.

That's why I was very interested in trying a new product called MacVoil. This extraordinary combination of Macademia oil, Moroccan Argan oil and Cypress oil really helps tame the frizzies and makes my hair so soft and manageable I can hardly believe it. Oh, and it's also great for your skin! If you're like me, the winter months really take a toll not just on your hair but your skin too. I rubbed some of this oil on my hands and the "alligator skin" virtually disappeared. It's non-greasy too, which is a blessing if you consider all the "oils" in MacVoil!

MACVOIL™ is an ultra light therapeutic treatment for all hair types. Moisturizes, nourishes, and detangles for frizz-free, smooth, shiny hair. MACVOIL™ Oil with UV protection extends the life of color-treated hair, reduces drying time by 35% and rejuvenates dry/brittle hair back to health. Great for skin, scalp, nails, and cuticles.

I wanted to take some pictures to show you the dramatic difference in my long hair before and after using MacVoil, but no one was available to help take the photos and I never have any luck taking pics of myself in a mirror. :) So you'll just have to take my word for it.... THIS STUFF WORKS GREAT!!

And it doesn't take a lot. I simply poured some MacVoil in my palm about the size of a quarter, then rubbed my palms together and gently smoothed it into the bottom part of my hair. I didn't use it up close to the crown or scalp, since my long hair generally tends to weigh down top hair anyway, but next time I may try massaging it into my scalp as well since the oils in the product are so beneficial to skin and scalp.

My hair was instantly and noticeably softer. And yes, it took a lot less time to dry than normal. That's a big plus for me, especially on workday mornings when I'm already rushed for time! My hair was so easy to comb too. The oils act as a detangler, and I noticed I didn't yank out nearly as many hairs as I usually do when combing after shampooing.

But the best part to me was how easily I was able to smooth the hair cuticle with heat styling tools to eliminate frizzing. Huzzah! It works! My hair was soft, straight, yet still bouncy and vibrant. Just the way I like it!

This is definitely a product you want to try for yourself if you have trouble with damaged hair. Dry, frizzy, lifeless hair instantly responds to this intensive treatment without becoming oily in the process. I'm so used to thinking of something like baby oil when I hear the word "oil" in regards to hair and skin products. But macadamia oil, Moroccan argan oil, and cypress oil are nothing like baby oil. They are lightweight and easily absorbed into hair and skin, leaving a non-greasy feeling.

I'm sold! I will be adding MacVoil to my hair routine. You should give it a try, even if you don't have long hair. I think you'll be suitably impressed, just like I was. :)

The Essential Oils collection is just one of the product lines that MacVoil carries. They also have an anti-aging hair line of products and a Keratin Smoothing Treatment system that can last up to three months! These are professional salon quality products. You can find out more about MacVoil products at their website here: http://macvoil.com

(Disclosure: I was provided a product to help facilitate this review. However my opinions are my own and I received no monetary compensation.)

February 16, 2012

General Mills Whole Grain #giveaway #MyBlogSpark

Ringing in the New Year often means new eating habits. Whole grain is important to you, and the Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing products with a whole grain listed as the first ingredient. Now every cereal with the white check has more whole grain than any other single ingredient with the same great taste. You will see "whole grain" as a part of the first ingredient on the ingredient list, indicating that whole grain is the first and most prevalent ingredient.

According to Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of "The Doctors", identifying whole grain products can be challenging. Shoppers can look for nutritional cues on the front of the box, but they need to read the ingredient list to know if they are getting enough whole grain. Ingredient lists detail ingredients in order of prevalence, and if the words "whole grain" are followed by a grain like wheat or oats, it means the food contains more whole grain than any other single ingredient.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which will have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.

To help with choosing products with whole grain, General Mills developed "Fast Lane for Whole Grain", an online educational game. Consumers can navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient, with the option to enter a sweepstakes to win one of each of the 50 cereals with the white check.

Make a commitment to add more whole grain to your diet by simply pouring a bowl of cereal with the white check including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios® and Total®.

For more information on the importance of whole grain and a chance to enter the "Fast Lane for Whole Grain" sweepstakes, visit www.WholeGrainNation.com.

Want to win 5 boxes of General Mills cereals with the whole grain white check? Just use the Rafflecopter entry method for your entries. Give it a minute or two to load. If Rafflecopter still isn't working for you, leave a blog comment with your entries and I'll take them into consideration when choosing a winner.

US only please. Giveaway ends midnight CST Monday February 20. Good luck!

Progresso “Souper You” #giveaway #MyBlogSpark

Are you ready for a new look this New Year? Progresso® is excited to announce the return of their Souper You® Contest giving you the chance to win an incredible makeover! By telling Progresso why you deserve a makeover and what you love about their soup, you could have the chance to win an ultimate makeover experience in Hollywood this Spring!

Now that the ball has dropped and the confetti has settled, it's time to consider how you will stick to your resolution for the New Year and maintain your weight management plan, without sacrificing on variety or the taste of foods you love. Thanks to Progresso®, you can have your soup and eat it too!

With 40 delicious soups with 100 calories or less per serving, Progresso Soup has a variety of offerings that help you beat diet boredom and satisfy your taste cravings, while helping you stick to your weight management calorie goals. Progresso soups are packed with hearty ingredients like pasta, beans, rice, meat and vegetables that suit your taste buds and make you feel good about including it in your meal choices.

This year, the Souper You® Contest will provide three lucky winners with an ultimate makeover experience in Hollywood; this includes a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, California where the winner will receive a head-to-toe makeover including hair and makeup, guided shopping spree with a $1,000 fashion retailer gift card, $1,000 spending money and 2 tickets to this season's live finale of NBC's The Biggest Loser.

Progresso is asking fans to visit www.SouperYou.com and submit their photo with a brief essay about why they love Progresso soups and why they deserve a makeover, by no later than February 22nd. Fans can check back on March 12th for the announcement of the top ten finalists, and to vote for their favorite finalist until March 25th. And be sure to tune in to The Biggest Loser on NBC Tuesdays at 8/7CST.

Want to win 2 VIP coupons for Progresso Soup and The Biggest Loser Workout DVD? Just use the Rafflecopter entry method for your entries. Give it a minute or two to load. If Rafflecopter still isn't working for you, leave a blog comment with your entries and I'll take them into consideration when choosing a winner.

US only please. Giveaway ends midnight CST Monday February 20. Good luck!