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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#TBT - Throw Back Thursday - Childhood Toys

We all had toys that stuck with us. I have some that REALLY stuck with me. Some of my most loved have been with me through childhood, through several moves to different states, even across the country. Meet my Strawberry Shortcake. She was a Christmas gift in the 80's when the original Kenner Strawberry Shortcake first came out. My sister and I both had a bunch of the little figures and toys. All of them smelled so wonderful! I loved my Strawberry Shortcake doll. I still love her! 

What was your favorite toy? Do you still have it?


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Grazia® 24 Pack Baking Cups Review


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Other than a few silicone spatulas, measuring cups and some odds and ends, I am fairly new to using silicone baking supplies. My parents bake cakes and cupcakes all the time for elderly and people on hospice. They had tried some shaped silicone pans in the past and they didn't get the desired results so knowing that, I just didn't consider silicone that much. Until now.
I received a set of these Grazia® Silicone Baking Cups to review and they arrived not a moment too soon. We had a family get together and I needed to take something. I was short on time so I decided on some cupcakes so people wouldn't have to worry about slicing, utensils and such. 

I love that this pack has 24 cups compared to the usual twelve. The silicone cups stand up without being in a cupcake pan or muffin tin so you can line them up on a cookie sheet and cook all 24 at once. That is a huge convenience factor! 
I washed them and rubbed each with just a little bit of vegetable oil and they were were ready to use. I was able to bake all I needed in one batch, get myself ready for our get together and was actually ready to go on time. 
I left the cupcakes in the cups for transporting... and because the cups are so bright and colorful! I just had to warn everyone not to throw away my wonderful cups! Silicone baking cups was new to most of those at our get together and they were both amazed and delighted by them! They couldn't believe how easily the cupcakes slide right out hardly even leaving any crumbs behind. 
When I got home, clean up was just as easy. Warm soapy water is all it takes. Paper liners may seem quicker, but to me the little bit of effort required to wash these silicone cups is so worth it.
There are several reasons I find these so much better. They will always be available. Since they are reusable, I won't find myself without baking cups when I need them. Reusable also means I'm not spending money on liners that are just going to get thrown away. Less trash is better. They are non-stick. My cupcakes slide right out, all in one piece, compared to HOPING the paper cups don't tear off chunks and leave my cupcakes looking like meteors that have broken up in the atmosphere. 

Additionally, unlike paper cups, these are oven, microwave, freezer AND dishwasher safe.

If you bake even a little bit, these are a wonderful tool to help you get better results. If you bake a lot, these are great because they have double the amount so you get the job done quicker. 

#graziabaking

Grazia® 24 Pack Silicone Baking Cups can be purchased on Amazon.com. Treat yourself or the baker in your life to easy baking!



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Disclosure: I received a set of Grazia Baking Cups in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of this product. You opinion and experience may differ. This post contains affiliate links.

Botticelli Gift Basket Giveaway



Hosted by:  Savory Savings


Sponsored by: Botticelli


Co-hosted by: Joy Makin' Mamas








Making a meal from scratch is all the more rewarding when you have incredible ingredients.  Botticelli wants to help you with that and have generously sponsored a gift basket full of wonderful ingredients to make a tasty Italian meal for your family!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently reviewed their organic olive oil and shared a spicy and fun roasted cauliflower recipe - be sure to check that out!


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Join hands, break bread, connect as family
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Would you like to win a gift basket from Botticelli filled with delicious ingredients to make a wonderful Italian meal?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a giveaway from Botticelli from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win.  The giveaway will run from December 16 through January 6, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents (excluding HI/AK), 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!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Air Comfy - The Ultimate Travel Pillow Review


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Will you be traveling for the holidays? A frequent traveler who sleep in a different place every week? The Air Comfy Pillow is just what you need.

I received a pillow to review and I have made some good use of it! Not that I get to travel a lot, but it sure is nice to be able to lay my head down no matter where I end up. I'm resting on it as I type this, sitting at my mother in law's house waiting for my husband to come back from a job. 
 This pillow is great for so many moments. Since it deflates into a small little pack, you can keep it in your bag or a diaper bag. Ever shopped or been on the go with a toddler who gets tired before you're finished? Yeah, you know! They get cranky and if they could just lay their head down.... Keep this pillow in you diaper bag and pull it out when that happens and your little one has an soft place to rest.

The pillow self inflates, but also allows you to adjust the amount of air by blowing a little more into it or letting some out. The butterfly shape is a departure from the usual U-shaped pillows that make you feel imprisoned while still not giving great support. 
The soft fabric covering is comfortable on your skin. An elastic strap on the back allows you to keep it in place on a head rest or airline seat. 
This is a great gift for the traveler on your gift list, for the busy mom who has to run her errands with small kids in tow or just for yourself to have a handy pillow to rest your head comfortably with support. This is the best travel pillow I have ever used. I am in love with all the features and benefits it offers.


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You can get this Ultimate Travel Pillow for yourself or someone you care about right over at Amazon.com.


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Disclosure: I received one of the items mentioned above in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage and experience with the product. Your opinion and experience may differ. This post contains affiliate links. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chocolate Indulgence Bath Set Giveaway

Sage Goddess Chocolate Indulgence Bath Set Giveaway December 10 - 24Hosted by:  Savory Savings


Sponsored by: Sage Goddess





As women, it can be hard to find a little "me" time.  For Krista over at Savory Savings, that usually means telling her husband she is running to Target "quick" and spending two hours sipping on an overpriced mocha and strolling each and every aisle.  But when that doesn't work, she likes to combine two of her favorite things: bubble baths and chocolate.  Sage Goddess has a beautiful chocolate indulgence bath set and you will want to see the review and learn some ways you might relax as a busy woman, too!

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Don't wait until you're at your breaking point before you take care of yourself. Take care of you before the chaos hits and you'll be more effective at helping others
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Would you like to win a chocolate indulgence bath set from the Sage Goddess?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a giveaway from the Sage Goddess from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win.  The giveaway will run from December 10 through December 24, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents (excluding HI/AK), 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!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Liztek JSS-100 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker Review


#ShowerSpeaker

Okay, show of hands..... who else sings in the shower? Come on, be honest. I won't tell! I KNOW it's not just me! :) I received a Liztek Water Resistant Bluetooth Shower Speaker to try out and it makes the shower fun! 

The first two times I tried to use it, the sound was cutting out so bad it was irritating. I couldn't tell if it was the speaker or the app I was using. After asking some friends that I know use the same app, I found out they had had trouble on multiple devices. So I knew I had to give it another try. I gave it a few days before using it again and made sure the radio app was working correctly. The third time was a charm! It worked beautifully!
The sound is great. The operation is simple, yet does a variety of functions. This speaker has high definition bluetooth 3.0 audio wireless connectivity with seamless streaming and 6 hours of playtime. 6 HOURS! So long after you're a wet, wrinkled prune, the music will still be jammin'!
The speaker has universal compatibility with Android and iPhone tablets, smartphones, iPods, MP3, MP4 and other Bluetooth enabled digital players. I have been using it with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. I love that I can leave my tablet in the bedroom while still being able to listen and not have my tablet exposed to excessive moisture. 
It's great for more than just the shower too. It is for indoor or outdoor use so you can use this anyplace that is damp or wet and not risk getting your tablet or phone wet.
There's no worries about missing a call either. This speaker allows you to take a call with the push of a button and the mic allows for hands-free conversations.  

You also have full control with buttons that control the power, volume up, volume down, play, pause, skip forward and skip back (when available).
With the Liztek Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker, it's easy to let the music play whether you are showering, washing dishes, playing in the pool or anything else involving water. This is a great item for anyone that loves music, especially if they spend time in or near water. It could save you from having to replace an expensive tablet or phone!
#ShowerSpeaker

This Awesome Liztek Bluetooth Speaker can be found at Amazon.com.





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Disclosure: I received the product mentioned above in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of this product. You experience and opinion may differ. This post contains affiliate links.

Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit Review


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FINALLY!! A Teeth whitening system that actually works! I received the Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit to review and I will admit to being very skeptical.

I have tried several different kinds of "paint-on" whiteners, numerous brands of whitening toothpaste and strips that stick to teeth. I saw little to no improvement no matter how long I used them. 
This Dr Song kit is everything you want a whitening system to be! Well almost everything. It doesn't taste like sunshine and rainbows, but even this is much preferable to some of the gag-inducing tastes of others I have tried. 
The instructions might scare you at first because it seems like a lot of steps, but this kit is beyond easy. Simply take a few moments and follow the directions to mold the teeth trays to your teeth for a custom fit that will ensure the whitening gel stays where it is supposed to and then every time you use it after that it is a breeze. 
I usually do my whitening in the evening. I brush my teeth, put on the gel and trays, sometimes I use the light for s few minutes and then sit and write or watch Netflix while the magic gel does it's thing. 

Dr Song Medical's products were originally produced for professionals, doctors and medical facilities. Now the maximum strength teeth whitening, the same used by dentists, is available for convenient at-home treatments (but not if you have sensitive teeth). The products are made in the USA and are FDA compliant.
This kit has enough for 50 applications. I can tell this, it does NOT take as much as you might think so don't get all punchy and squeeze out a whole syringe of gel. And don't toss the little caps. You'll need them to recap the syringes. It took me a couple weeks to use up a single syringe! 

I am very happy with the results I have seen with this kit. It has more than exceeded my expectations. After years of trying other kits and products, I am finally seeing a difference! A difference I can smile about!

#drsong

If you're ready to invest in a whiter smile, the Dr Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit
is available from Amazon.com



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Disclosure: I was provided the product mentioned above in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my usage of the product. Your experience and opinion my differ.


SunLabz Ultra-Efficient Portable Solar Charger Review



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A few years ago some really nasty tornadoes tore through our area. We live in a rural area and our house was without power for more than two weeks. This SunLabz Portable Solar Charger
could have been a helpful device to many during those days of scrambling to connect let family and friends know they were okay or get  information about what was happening in our community amid dead or dying cell phones.


I received a Solar Charger to review and I can easily see the benefit of having one of these handy.
We enjoy camping and hiking and while we like to unplug and go out to enjoy nature, we don't like being totally cut off from civilization. It is reassuring to know we can call for help in the event of a breakdown or other emergency. 
As with any outing, there is always room for the unexpected. Finding you have a dead battery is one of many things that can go off plan, but being prepared makes all the difference. 
This is an awesome charger. Whether you are an on-the-go kind of person or a rugged adventurer that is never near electricity, this is a nifty item to have stashed in your home, in your gear or in your car. All you need is some good sunshine and you have an eco-friendly way to charge your device anywhere you go. 
The two panel charger folds into a thin folio that is easily stored, packed or carried. Behind one of the panels is the direct plug to connect your phone or device using the included USB transfer cable. You can also keep your device in there or other accessories. There is a zippered mesh pocket to store your cables in so they don't get lost and you ensure they stay with the charger.
About the only improvement I can think of that would make it even more awesome, would be an attached flip out kickstand that would allow the charger to be set up anywhere at the recommended 45 degree angle. It is awesome without it, but that would just add some sparkle to to the shine!

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This is one piece of equipment that I'll ensure we keep handy whether we have tornadoes in the forecast or we just want to get out and soak up some nature. You can be prepared by getting the SunLabz Portable Solar Charger on Amazon.com


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Disclosure: I received a product for review purposes. The opinions expressed are 100% my own, based on my usage of the product. You experience and opinion may differ. This post contains affiliate links.