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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lola Granola Bars Giveaway

Lola Granola Bars Giveaway

Lola Granola Bars Giveaway

Sponsored by Lola Granola Bar

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness



Lola Granola Bars are delicious gluten-free snack bars, packed with natural proteins and omega 3’s, but low in sodium and contains no GMOs. Most of their ingredients are sourced in the USA, and some come from there in the North East like Massachusetts Cranberries, Jersey Blueberries, New York Honey and Gluten Free Oats. Emilee at Pea of Sweetness had a chance to try these delicious gluten-free granola bars.

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Even without having any special diet requirements, it is becoming more important to know what is in our foods and where they come from.
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One winner will receive an assortment of Lola Granola Bars. This giveaway begins on 9/18 at and ends on 10/2 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to Continental US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

GOOD LUCK!



Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

BakeitFun Baking Mat Review Review


#bakingmat

The BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat
is a very cool baking accessory! I had never used anything like this until I received this one to review and I love it. I don't know I baked so long without something like this.


It is much easier to use than I thought it would be. I was worried it would have complex directions or specifications for it to work correctly. It was none of that! Instead it was simply a matter of washing in warm water and applying a thin layer of cooking oil. 

For a special treat, we baked some monster cookies on the mat! They cooked up great! They were just like we like them - soft in the middle with crispy edges. YUM! Mine was a sugar cookie and the Mini Man's was a chocolate chip.
What truly surprised us was the cookies slid right off the mat without any trouble at all. 

I am excited thinking about the things I can use the mat for, cookies, cookie bars, biscuits, rolls... with the holidays approaching, this is going to make baking much easier!




When we were finished, I simply rinsed the mat off and dried it. It's already ready to use again! 

The BakeIt Fun Baking Mat is non-toxic and BPA free. It is made with food grade silicone and is certified by the FDA. It can be used in the oven, microwave and even the freezer. It can withstand temperatures from -40 to 450 Fahrenheit. Food flavors and odors will not penetrate the baking mat so you have no worries that you'll taste or smell the last thing you baked. 

I love this so much I am planning to get a couple to give for Christmas gifts to the bakers and foodies in the family. I know they'll appreciate it as much as I do!


#bakingmat

You can get this great BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat on Amazon today! As of the time of this post, it was on sale too! It is regularly $29.99, but right now it is just $14.77. 


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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  This post contains affiliate links.
 

Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups Review


#bestsiliconebakingcups

It has finally happened! I was able to make cupcakes without tearing them up trying to get them out of the liners! I received a set of these Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups to aid this review and I am super pleased with them! 
I make cupcakes or muffins for us once in awhile. And I am embarrassed when I have to scrape them out of the pan or they come apart in chunks when we peel the liner off. And yes my guys tease me about it! I have tried tips and tricks and nothing ever really worked.
I was nervous as I started getting ready to pour the cupcake batter into the cups. I knew I would just cry if I was trying to get them out and they came apart or stuck to the liners! 
They looked nice and normal after baking......

But would they come out of the liners still looking like that?

Holy moly! It slid right out! With no effort! I literally turned the cup over and the cupcake slip out. In one piece. I actually squealed with delight! And look.....
Every one of the cups looked like this when I was done. Not a crumb left in the bottoms! I am delighted and fascinated by this! 

I never make muffins or cupcakes for get togethers or events because I know what they'll look like if I do. I'll finally be able to make cupcakes and muffins without having to apologize for how they look after they come out of the liner!
The Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups are super easy to use. Simply wash with warm soapy water before first use and if you wish, you can lightly spray with non-stick cooking oil. I put a little oil on a balled up paper towel and swirled through the cups. You can use these in a muffin tin like I did or you can place them on a baking sheet. Fill the cups about 2/3 full and bake according to the recipe directions. Let them cool for a few minute before removing and Wa La! Magnificent muffins or cupcakes! 

These are food grade silicone that is oven, microwave and freezer safe. Can be used in the -40 to 446 degree Fahrenheit temperature range. They are also BPA free. And re-usable! With these you'll always have baking cups on hand because they don't get thrown away after you bake in them.


#bestsiliconebakingcups

You too can own a set of these wonderful Silicone Baking Cups By Galley Essentials by going to Amazon.com.  They're only $10.99 and at the time of this posting, there was a $2 OFF code mentioned on the page!


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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post contains affiliate links

Friday, September 19, 2014

E-Cloth Car Cleaning Kit Giveaway

e-cloth car cleaning kit giveaway September 18 - October 2

E-Cloth Car Cleaning Kit Giveaway!

Sponsored by: e-cloth

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Chemicals surround us in every aspect of our lives and when you get into close spaces with them (like your car!) your exposure can be more acute! So why not clean without the chemicals? e-cloth offers a revolutionary new way to clean with their chemical-free cleaning products like the e-auto car cleaning kit that Krista over at Savory Savings recently was able to review!

Rhyme to Read Giveaway

Rhyme to Read - Reading App Giveaway

Rhyme to Read Giveaway

Sponsored by Rhyme to Read

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness



Rhyme to Read is an effective program for beginning readers available on iOS (Apple). The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. It's a great way to learn to read. 

Are you homeschooling and have beginning readers that need additional encouragement? Or are you a teacher with a classroom of beginning readers? Whether you are a homeschooler, teacher, or a parent that wants to encourage reading, you can appreciate Rhyme to Read!

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness uses the Rhyme to Read app with their three children. Their preschooler just recently showed interest in reading and their 6 and 8 year old are are both homeschooled in the 2nd grade level except in reading. Both have had struggles with reading due to their special needs. See how Rhyme to Read has helped them in her Rhyme to Read reading app review.

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To learn to read opens up a whole new world and lets the imagination come alive
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Three winners will receive each receive the full version of Rhyme to Read for iPad. This giveaway begins on 9/17 at and ends on 10/1 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.



Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received a free app download in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway

Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness




Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness recently celebrated her birthday as well as her 20K Facebook Fan Milestone on Pea of Sweetness and 5K Facebook Fan Milestone on Deals of Sweetness! So many reasons to celebrate!

To spread the excitement and celebration, she has partnered with some amazing sponsors to put together a prize pack any woman would love to receive for their birthday (or any occasion!). To learn more about each sponsor and prize be sure to visit the product links as well as the reviews on Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness!

Anna Naturals

Anna Naturals Review
Anna Naturals offers all natural products for women from every day to pregnancy and postpartum. They are products you can enjoy without all the questionable ingredients! Anna Naturals is graciously offering all of the products Emilee reviewed on Pea of Sweetness: Energize Tea, Cycle-Ease Tea, Goat's Milk Soap, and Glowing Mama Face & Body Scrub. Total Value: $44.96

See what Emilee thought of Anna Naturals all natural products on Pea of Sweetness!

Stylegirl

Stylegirl Dress
Stylegirl offers gorgeous apparel hand-selected from around the globe. They add new products daily!

This Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress must-have for your wardrobe, this maxi dress transitions beautifully from casual to dressy events. Throw on to lounge around the house or dress up with a pretty kimono, chunky wedge sandals and jewelry! Winner will get to choose size and color! Total Value: $24.99

See what Emilee thought of the Ribbed Sleeveless Maxi Dress on Deals of Sweetness!


Alisha Dunsford’s South Hill Designs Lockets

Gold Locket
South Hill Designs offers a variety of jewelry that can be personalized to fit your style! They offer a variety of lockets you can customize with screens, coins, and charms! The winner will receive a Gold Locket! Total Value: $20.00

See what Emilee thought of her Gold Locket on Pea of Sweetness!



The Green Daisy

The Green Daisy Prize
The Green Daisy is one of the only online retailers where eco-conscious consumers can find exclusively eco-friendly gift wrap, gift wrapping supplies and stationery all in one place! They have a variety of beautiful products! The winner will receive the following: Peach Berries Gift Wrap, Kraft Paper Ribbon, and Gold Dot Washi Tape. Total Value: $11.00

See what Emilee thought of The Green Daisy eco-friendly products on Pea of Sweetness!

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Treasure each birthday. You have not marked time. You have made memories!
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*Giveaway!!*

On to the giveaway! One winner will receive all the prizes listed above - a retail value of over $100! This giveaway begins on 9/16 and ends on 9/30 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your "Safe List" as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.



Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness did receive a sample of products in exchange for honest reviews and posts. I received no compensation for this post. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

100% Natural Konjac Facial Sponge with Activated Bamboo Review


I had never heard of a Konjac Facial Sponge  until I received the chance to review this one. I will admit, when I first opened the shipping packaging and saw this little sponge, I wasn't sure what to think. It looked so small! I expected something larger. It was also hard as stone and looked like a piece a lava rock! Whaaa..?!?! I thought who in their right mind would rub rough lava rock-like material on their face?
#pureKonjacSponge
I read the directions, still not fully convinced. Later that evening when I took it to my bathroom, I did as instructed and began running water over "the rock". It very quickly began softening and  grew a little bit larger. Amazingly, that lump coal got nice and soft. The instructions state that the sponge can be used with or without your regular facial cleanser so the first few times I used only the sponge. I LOVE it! It was super soft and gentle, yet my face felt clean. I then tried it with a facial cleanser. It worked fabulously that way too! 
I usually have a break out once a month - girls, you know what I mean! Hormones and what not. That time came and passed in the midst of my review of the sponge and... nothing. My face remained clear and feeling good! Most nights I don't use my cleanser, just the sponge. My skin feels great. Not dry or tight.
Care of the Konjac Sponge is super easy too. Simply rinse it, press it between your hands to remove excess water and hang it on the included hook to air dry. The hook has a suction cup so you can keep in near the sink or in the shower. It is recommended that you replace the sponge every 2 - 3 months.

So what is this wonderful thing made of? It is a 100% natural sponge made from the konjac root plant by steaming the fibers. There are no chemicals added. It is ideal for cleansing, detoxifying and hydrating while it balances skin's pH levels. It is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. It is naturally sustainable, completely biodegradable and can be composted. 


#pureKonjacSponge

You too can experience this wonderful natural way to clean your face! The
PureSol Konjac Facial Sponge  is available on Amazon.com.

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post contains affiliate links.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

FabKids Fall Outfit Giveaway

FabKids Fall Outfit Giveaway September 14 - 28

FabKids Fall Outfit Giveaway!

Sponsored by: FabKids

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: On the Scene with Mrs. Kathy King, Ramblings of Mama, & Michigan Saving & More

The weather is changing and that means wardrobes for the household are, too! FabKids offers fun, durable and fashionable clothes for kids at a fraction of the department store price! You can even sign up for their monthly subscription and save even more! Krista over at Savory Savings loves FabKids for her girls and shared her thoughts on an adorable chevron dress and legging set that she received for her daughter!

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Spring feels like renewal and rebirth, Fall, to me feels much the same way, just with a different palette of colors to marvel at with wonder.
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How would you like to win a FabKids clothing credit for a FREE outfit? If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a FabKids giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from September 14 through September 28, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!


Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Canyon Bakehouse Giveaway

Canyon Bakehouse Giveaway

Canyon Bakehouse Giveaway

Sponsored by Canyon Bakehouse

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness



Canyon Bakehouse has a mission that is simple. They want people to LOVE BREAD AGAIN. Their family is gluten-free and they are passionate about making real food with wholesome, clean ingredients. They bake bread the old fashioned way and use only 100% whole grains. From their family bakehouse in the Colorado Rocky Mountains to your kitchen, enjoy eating without compromise. 

Emilee at Deals of Sweetness has been trying to eat more gluten-free foods but finds gluten-free breads that are enjoyable are harder to find. See what she thought of the Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free breads and muffins!


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Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.

James A. Garfield

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Would you like to try some gluten-free baked goods? One winner will receive a variety of 4 gluten-free baked goods - 7-Grain, Cinnamon Raisin, and Mountain White Gluten-Free Breads and Cranberry Crunch Muffins. This giveaway begins on 9/13 and ends on 9/27 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email dealsofsweetness@gmail.com (consider adding this email to your "Safe List" as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.



Disclosure: Emilee at Deals of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) to facilitate her honest review. I received no compensation for this post. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Petunia Skin Care Derma Roller


Now that I've used this, I'm pretty excited about receiving the Petunia Skincare Derma Roller to review. I was initially scared of it, I mean it's NEEDLES! And needles poke, hurt and make HOLES! But hey, I'm willing to try something new.
I'm not going to kid you, it is not like rubbing rose petals on your skin (why would you do that anyway?) The very first time it feels weird and even a little bit painful and you learn quickly... VERY quickly, that it does not require much pressure at all. You also learn not to go too quickly. You simply roll it over your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to test is a small area first. At first, there is pain in more sensitive ares like the forehead.
After one use
I have been using it on my face, one arm and hand, my knees and a spot on my right leg. I use it once a day. I started out using it in the morning, but have switch to a nighttime routine. There is a few minutes where my skin feels ....slightly irritated. It fades away pretty quickly and I then apply my regular moisturizer. My face feels really good since I started using the Derma Roller. It feels tighter and the lines are less noticeable. 

My forearms have sun damaged areas from years ago. Sometimes it isn't as noticeable, but when I am outside or my skin gets hot, the damage shows up more readily. I have using the roller on my left arm, but not the right so I could compare them. I tried to get photos, but it was very difficult. The damage on my left arm appears to be lighter and not as noticeable as the right arm. The usually white splotches are less noticeable! Even the surface of the back of my left hand looks better than the right. 

My knees. I was cursed with something I rarely see on others: dark patches on my knees. My mom has them, her mom has them. I have scrubbed, moisturized and done almost everything I could think of to lighten them. I rarely kneel without having a pillow or something under my knees. It took a long time, but I finally managed to get rid of the dark patches.... until we worked on the friend's house last month. There was lots of kneeling and propping up on my knees. By the time we were done, the brown patches were back. The derma roller has helped minimize the brown in a very short time. YEA! 

The spot on the back of my right leg is a mystery. When I first noticed it, I assumed it was something silly, like an ingrown hair from shaving or a pimple type bump. But then it didn't go away. And I hit it with the razor and it bled. My mom has psoriasis pretty badly. It is on the backs of her legs and her her forearms and I was afraid this was the beginning of that for me. With the short time I have been using the roller, the spot has been reduced and appears to be shrinking.  

If you have the following things, Derma Roller can help:
~ Superficial acne scarring
~ Deep scars and stretch marks
~ Sagging skin
~ Wrinkles and fine lines
~ Bumpy dimply skin


With continued use you'll get:
~ Firmer and thicker skin
~ Help smooth facial scars
~ Stimulate collagen and elastin production
~ Help with scar removal and stretch marks
~ Stimulate hair growth
~ Diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
~ Save money from surgical and laser treatments
~ Can be used on any part of the skin
~ Creates multi micro-channels in the skin, allowing products more able to penetrate the skin at a deeper level than just surface application

The Derma Roller is a quality device that contains 540 very fine medical grade stainless steel tiny needles with 8 per row – the perfect balance to achieve safe optimal results.

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From the short time I have been using it, I can see and feel a difference and I will continue to use it! I hear about people getting things like laser treatments, derma abrasion, injections and even prescription medications, all pricey and even more painful than the Derma Roller! This helps with common problems, you can use it in the privacy of your own home and it doesn't cost and arm and a leg. 


If you want to give the Petunia Skincare Derma Roller a try, you can find it on Amazon.com


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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post contains affiliate links