March 20, 2013

Purex detergent + fabric softener with Crystals fragrance = a winner!

Purex, you've done it again!

New Purex laundry detergent plus fabric softener with Crystals fragrance is perfect for me. I love fragrance. Fragrance, fragrance, everywhere. Even in my washing machine. And I fell in love with Crystals when they first came out, because the wonderful scents are so longlasting and just...well...pleasant!

So now Purex has added the pleasant Fresh Spring Waters scent from Crystals, along with fabric softener, to a new detergent that also includes Dirt Lift technology. Clean clothes, longlasting fresh scent, and saving money -- what's not to love?

The first time I tried this new detergent, I couldn't wait to smell the goodness on my laundry. No, I mean I couldn't wait. Usually I wait until I've taken things out of the dryer before checking out the scent, but this time I buried my nose in a pile of wet laundry fresh from the washer.

And was in love!

Even after going through the dryer cycle, the scent was still amazing. The next load I washed was towels, and I used Purex with Crystals fragrance and I also added some Crystals product as well, for a double dose of scent.

Wow!! After washing and drying the towels, I folded them and stacked them on the bathroom shelf. Even days later they were still scenting my whole bathroom! Not overpowering, just subtle but definitely there, and so so pleasant.

I'm hooked. The Fresh Spring Waters scent is just perfect with its line-dried laundry and clean florals smell, but I can't wait until Purex surprises us with detergents featuring the other fabulous Crystals fragrances as well.

Purex, you've done it again!

Purex is also sponsoring a sweepstakes in honor of this new product. You can enter the Experience the Enchantment Sweepstakes and get a chance to win $1,000 and a year's supply of Purex plus Fabric Softener! 500 additional winners will win a coupon for a free bottle of Purex detergent. And all you have to do to be eligible to win is click here! Good luck!

{Disclosure: Purex provided a product sample gratis to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved, and my opinions are my own.}

Want whiter teeth? SmileBrilliant review & #giveaway #SBwhitening

There's nothing more beautiful and friendly-looking than a great big beautiful smile!

But after 40 years of smoking and 50 years of drinking cola, tea, and coffee, my teeth are so not-white that I'm embarrassed to smile anymore. And that's really sad, when you think about it. A grin just isn't the same thing at all.

My teeth are so bad, in fact, that I thought about taking a before and after photo of my teeth to show you how well the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system works, but... well, I was just too embarrassed.

If yellow, stained teeth are holding you back socially, then you owe it to yourself to look into getting your teeth whitened. You can talk to your dentist about it - but be prepared for a shock. Dental whitening is VERY expensive.

Prepare yourself for another shock - you can get the same products your dentist charges outrageously for and perform your own teeth whitening at home for a fraction of the cost of going to the dentist.

Smile Brilliant genuinely works! You get the same tooth whitening gel dentists use, but by using the LED light along with the gel, your results are dramatically increased at a dramatically faster rate. Believe it or not, I could noticeably tell a difference after just one use. Really! My teeth were at least 3 or 4 shades whiter than before I tried Smile Brilliant!

I was so excited about the results, I used the product again the very next day. Still got good results, but my teeth were feeling a bit sensitive to the bleaching gel by then. So I skipped a couple of days and then used it again with no sensitivity at all.

This product truly is amazing. Since they use the same whitening gel that other systems use, I have to think it's the LED light that makes the difference, since it seems to accelerate the whitening process very dramatically. It is a bit awkward to use, however, since you must carefully paint the whitening gel onto your teeth first, avoiding lips and gums, then put the clear tray in place (this helps keep the gel on your teeth where it belongs). Finally, wrap your lips around the LED light device, turn it on, and relax for about 30 minutes or so.

Sounds easy enough. But make sure you've got 30 minutes of uninterrupted time for this. If you have to answer the phone, for instance, you'll have to start all over with the process. And I'd advise you not to answer the door, either, while using Smile Brilliant...unless you want to frighten the paper boy. :)

But those are really minor inconveniences when you consider the fantastic results you get. Smile Brilliant stands by their product with a money-back guarantee, and I can tell you from my own experience that my teeth are now dramatically whiter than they were before using Smile Brilliant.

So if you are plagued with not-white teeth too, or you simply want to keep your brilliant white smile between dental visits, give Smile Brilliant a try. I know you'll be as impressed as I was with the results.

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{Disclosure: Smile Brilliant provided a product sample gratis to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.)

March 18, 2013

Nicomate e-cigarette review & #giveaway #nicomate_com

I'm a smoker.

Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking. I know what everyone thinks about smoking. But believe me when I tell you I'm the kind of person who couldn't care less what other people think of me, and particularly what they think about my smoking habit.

Of course I try to be considerate and respect the rights of non-smokers. But by golly, they should respect my rights as well. So I'll smoke if I want to, especially in the privacy and sanctity of my own home.

I've always known that cigarette smoke lingers -- on everything: clothing, hair, furniture, skin. But being a smoker, it never bothered me before. I guess I was just used to it. But after going out of town for a few days and returning to my closed-up apartment... well, I am ashamed to admit that as soon as I opened the door, I could smell the lingering effects of smoking indoors in the winter.

And it literally stank.

Like I said, I couldn't care less what people think of my smoking. But walking back into my stinky apartment was just embarrassing. You don't really notice a smell that you've got used to - even such an obnoxious one - until you've been away from it for a day or so. Then it can knock you down, it's so powerful.

And I had to wonder - if this was what my apartment smelled like even when I had been gone for a couple of days, what on earth must I smell like when I've been smoking constantly for the last thirty or so years? Is my shampoo stripping the smoke smell from my hair or not? And what about my skin? Is soap and water sufficient to rid myself of the stink of cigarette smoke? And what about my clothes? I opened my closet and instantly realized that all my clothes stink too.

Enough is enough. Even though I don't care what others think, it's beginning to bother me.

Not to mention the fact that the price of cigarettes just keeps going up and up and up... When you smoke a pack or more every day, that can really add up in no time. But quitting smoking is one of the hardest things in the world. Ask any smoker who's tried to quit. It's almost impossible.

I've even tried prescription drugs to help me stop smoking. And they worked...for a while. But I went right back to smoking as if I'd never stopped. There is just something so addictive about not just nicotine but the whole cigarette-smoking experience. Having something in your hand. Putting something to your lips and inhaling. When you've been a habitual smoker for many years, those habits are really really hard to break.

So when I received some Nicomate electronic cigarettes to review, the timing was perfect. I was finally getting into the "quitting for real and for good" mindset. Because that's the first obstacle to quitting smoking - you have to want to quit.

But quitting cold turkey is so very very hard for most smokers. Smoking is not just a habit like biting your nails. It's a pleasure. It's something you enjoy. Making the decision to quit involves weighing the good/bad factors and finding that the bad outweighs the good. This is a must. If the good still outweighs the bad, you probably won't be able to quit successfully. Or if you do, you'll resent the fact that something you enjoy has been taken away from you.

So I'll be honest - I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to quit just yet, but I'm getting there. These Nicomate disposable e-cigarettes have helped me be smoke-free for the past four days. Yep. I smoked my last cigarette four days ago, and then decided to give Nicomate a try.

I am very pleased with the results so far. The Nicomate electronic cigarette system delivers a small amount of nicotine in a vaporized state, which is inhaled from a tube device designed to look just like a real cigarette. The whole thing is designed to be as realistic as possible. You exhale "smoke" which is just harmless vapor. The end of the "cigarette" glows red (from a tiny LED bulb inside it) when you puff. I even heard a slight crackling sound when inhaling. All of this is designed to replace your real cigarettes in a gentle manner. For many, smoking just gives them something to do with their hands. These Nicomate "cigarettes" are a little heavier than a normal cigarette, but that added heft helps you know your hands are occupied. The nicotine delivers a cigarette "fix", but the electronic cigarette eliminates smoke, secondhand smoke, smell, fire hazard, and ashes.

So far I have been able to resist the temptation to run to the store and pick up another pack of cigarettes. Nicomate has been quite effective for me...and I've been smoking a pack a day for thirty years. My only concern is that the disposable e-cigarettes are rather expensive and don't last very long. I think I may have to invest in the full outfit if I'm to be successful at quitting smoking. The disposables have limited "puffs" (equal to roughly one pack of cigarettes) while the regular unit is refillable. Plus you can get different tobacco flavors - normal, menthol, apple, strawberry, vanilla, and mint. I think the apple sounds nice to try.

If you are a smoker wanting to quit, or if you know someone who needs a little help to quit, Nicomate might be the solution. I'm really impressed with the design of these things. I can imagine that most men would disdain to use something like an "electronic cigarette" because it isn't...well, manly. But these things look quite real, especially in low lighting when the end lights red as you puff. Plus blowing out vapor "smoke" helps with the fantasy too. In a club, or in the backyard around the grill, a guy could substitute an e-cigarette for the real thing and no one would be the wiser. Plus there's no smell, no ashes, nothing to dispose of afterward, no stained teeth, no bad breath. Just take a puff or two and stick it back in your pocket. It never gets hot, never leaks, made of sturdy stuff so it's not fragile.

In short, this just might be perfect for the person who's finding it hard to go cold turkey. Isn't it worth a try?

Want more information? Nicomate's website has it. Here's an explanation of how e-cigarettes work. Here's some info on the safety of e-cigarettes.

You can get 30% off your first starter kit of Nicomate by using coupon code "GIVEAWAY" at checkout. You can also try out the Nicomate system for 14 days simply by paying the shipping and handling. If after 14 days you decide Nicomate isn't for you, simply return the electronic cigarette free trial system and owe nothing. But if you, like me, realize that this just might be the product that finally allows you to gradually wean yourself away from cigarettes, then you'll just pay the remaining $89.95 for the kit. That's a heck of a deal, because for the price of about three packs of cigarettes, you can see for yourself if Nicomate is right for you.

Not ready to take that step yet? Then maybe you'll want to enter my giveaway for two Nicomate disposable e-cigarettes. The disposables don't last as long as the regular refillables, but at least they will give you an idea of what the Nicomate system is all about and a chance to try it out before committing to the full kit - and committing to finally quitting smoking for good.

Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. Please allow a minute or two for Rafflecopter to load. Winner selected randomly and will be notified by email, but must respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be selected. Giveaway open to US residents only please. Ends midnight CST Monday March 25th. Good luck!

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{Disclosure: Nicomate provided product samples gratis to facilitate my review. No monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.)

March 17, 2013

New Soft Scrub product & chance to win SWEEPS!

Do you love the scent of lemon & cleaning with lemon? Love a lemon kitchen cleanser? Lemon bathroom cleaner? Then listen up, because there's a new Soft Scrub product on the market that belongs in your arsenal of cleaning products at home. New Soft Scrub Total All Purpose cleaner can handle just about any cleaning job you've got.

New Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath & Kitchen Cleanser is tough on stains, yet gentle on surfaces. The new and improved formula has more whitening power and less residue, for better rinsing. That means better cleaning and faster rinsing for your tile, grout, sinks, and tubs. The all-new bottle and cap design improve dispensing, preventing spills and making for a more efficient cleaning experience. From sinks and showers to bathtubs and faucets, this cleanser will blow you away with its versatility and fresh lemon scent.

The first thing I tried this new Soft Scrub on was my bathroom sink. Soft Scrub had it sparkling in no time, with a minimum of elbow grease. I love how this new improved product rinses away faster, leaving no gritty residue behind. And the smell! I've always been a big fan of lemon scent, so this is right up my aromatherapy alley! :)

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Now that you know about the new Soft Scrub product, let me tell you about a sweepstakes you should enter right now while you're thinking about it. How would you like your chance to WIN $1,000 and a 1-year supply of Soft Scrub coupons? Wow!! Also, an additional 250 entrants will win coupons for one Soft Scrub product. This is a great way to possibly win a free product coupon to try out new Soft Scrub -- and maybe even WIN $1,000! Just click here to go enter! Sweepstakes ends Friday, March 29, so don't delay. Good luck!

{Disclaimer: Soft Scrub provided a sample of their product gratis to facilitate my review. However, no monetary consideration was involved and my opinions are my own.}

March 12, 2013

Love Honey Bunches of Oats? Try new Tropical Blends!

Cereal is a staple in my house. Not just for breakfast, but any time I need a quick bite to eat that isn't junk food. I try to buy cereals that are high in fiber and low in sugar so that they are healthier for me. But some of those high fiber cereals taste more like... well, like shredded cardboard. Yuck.

When I found Honey Bunches of Oats, I was hooked! This cereal is high in fiber but also HIGH in flavor! I'd have to say it's my favorite cereal and I always keep some on hand.

So imagine my delight to learn about a new variety of Honey Bunches of Oats called Tropical Blends. I tried the new mango/coconut variety and WOW!!

Can you say yummy?!?

You not only get the goodness you know and love with regular Honey Bunches of Oats, but the new Tropical Blends mango/coconut has added mango-flavored flakes and real coconut shavings for a flavor blast that is out of this world. Sweet, crunchy goodness! I've always loved fruit in my cereal and now I've got TROPICAL fruits right from the box!

But wait, there's more...

Have you ever wanted to visit Hawaii? How about Waikiki Beach? Wouldn't that be awesome! A dream vacation!

Well, you might be able to stop dreaming and start experiencing because now you've got a chance to enter the 2013 Tropical Trio Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will be sent on a tropical paradise vacation to Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach! Enter to win a chance to spend your days relaxing underneath the warm Hawaiian sun and your nights exploring Waikiki’s never-ending nightlife.

So try new Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends and send your taste buds on a trip to the tropics! And be sure to enter the Sweepstakes! Who knows, YOU may be sunning on Waikiki Beach! Good luck!

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