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Monday, July 28, 2014

Get Grounded Footwear Giveaway

Get Grounded Footwear Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Get Grounded

Hosted by:  Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Swanky POV

Get Grounded Earthing Sandals Giveaway July 29 - August 8


Studies are showing that connection with the ground will make you feel happier and give you a better sense of well being!  Earthing or grounding footwear can help you feel that connectedness to the Earth when you are not able to be barefoot!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had a chance to review groundals from Get Grounded and shared her thoughts in a review!


How would you like to a win a pair of Groundals from Get Grounded?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won Get Grounded giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from July 29 through August 8, 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.

Spicy Skincare Giveaway

Spicy Skincare Organic India Giveaway July 28 - August 11

Sponsored by: Organic India


Hosted by:  Savory Savings


Taking care of your skin starts from the inside!  Organic India offers organic products that are good for your health and your beauty routine.  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had the chance to try the Organic India Tumeric Formula supplement and the organic Tulsi tea. Both of these products helped improve her skin, as well as energy level!


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I'm guilty of not caring for my skin as well as I should. I get busy doing things and don't make it a priority until the effects of my neglect are visibly making an impact. Then I have to try to repair. It then occurs to me that it would be so much easier if I was taking care of it all the time....then life happens again. <Sigh>
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How would you like to a win a bottle of Tumeric Formula supplements and Organic Tulsi Tea from Organic India?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won an Organic India giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from July 28 through August 11, 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.

Eco Emi Giveaway

Eco Emi Giveaway

Sponsored by Eco Emi

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness



Eco Emi is the first eco friendly sampling service. They offer the opportunity to review five to ten samples of natural, organic, green, eco-friendly products sent right to your door wrapped in chic earth friendly material made from 100% recycled bottles. All of this for only $15 per month! All of their packages are adorned with 100% organic or vintage ribbons or they will often use 100% bamboo yarns. Part of the fun is that the package will look a little different every month. You will have the luxury of trying out an array of green products in the comfort of your own home or over a cup of herbal tea with close friends. 

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A sample service is a great way to try products so you can see if you like them and they work for you. If you like something you know what you want to buy. If you don't like a product, you haven't spent a lot of money on something you won't use. 

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Emilee from Deals of Sweetness has been loving Eco Emi boxes and shared her thoughts on the June Eco Emi Box in her eco-friendly subscription box review.


Would you like to try great eco-friendly products? One winner will receive a July Eco Emi Box! (Products vary from those pictured.) This giveaway begins on 7/27 and ends on 8/9 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.




Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

The Internet Makes it Easy To Steal, But It's Still Not Right

We have access to SO much thanks to the internet. The world is opened up to us with just a click! Art, books, information, entertainment, news, games, recipes and much, much more. What a lot of people don't realize is the age old rules about stealing have not changed and there are laws against using someone else's material. I was witness to one such person last night and into today. She had apparently just created a recipe sharing page on Facebook. She didn't have many likes yet. However it quickly came to the attention of others that most all her posts consisted of photos and recipes directly lifted from people's blogs. In many of the photos the owner's watermarks were still present. They called her on it and told her it was stealing. Instead of trying to find out if she was in fact in the wrong, she got very defensive, immediately began calling those people "haters", greedy, comparing them to Nazis and using foul language. She mentioned that she had spoke to her boyfriend and a good friend and they agreed that what she was doing was fine and to ignore the "haters". She then began posting threats of legal ramifications. Right before she took down her page, she made a threat of filing restraining orders against people. Unfortunately, the advice she is being given is not only incorrect, it could lead to her getting into serious trouble.

I do not pretend to be any kind of expert and I am certainly not a lawyer, but over the course of my life I have learned a few things. One being if it isn't yours, don't touch it. This particular girl claimed to have a "very educated brain" and knowing how to use it. If that were true she would know that you don't copy anyone else's work word-for-word. Ever. Basic school lessons. 

She is under the mistaken idea that because she wasn't selling the material or making money off it, that it was okay. The reality is that using anyone's material without permission is illegal and you are liable. Photos and writings are protected the same way an artist's painting's, an author's books or a songwriter's songs are protected. To be fair, she was doing recipes, but there are specific rules and protections there as well. The ingredient list is not protected but the directions/instructions, notes and of course the photos are. 

That poor girl in all her defiance and ignorance, does not realize the trouble she could get into even now that she has pulled her page down. If even one of the owners of that material decides to pursue it and has grabbed a screenshot of a post, they can still file against her and chances are good she would be required to pay the owner. Ignorance of the law, does not absolve one from obeying it. And just because you see others doing it or someone tells you it's okay, doesn't make it right or true. 

With all the wonder of the internet, the ease of sharing things, and sites like Facebook and Pinterest make it seem like it is okay to just share or copy and paste, but when you do, you are the one assuming the risks, whether you are aware of it or not, because you agreed to the Terms of Service on these sites when you joined. Buried in there are words and phrases that state by posting, you agree that you are the owner and creator of the material with legal right to post it. Yikes! Makes me want to re-think using Pinterest!

Many people like our poor, unfortunate "very educated" brainiac, think that if it is found on the internet it is theirs for the taking. She even made comments to the effect that if you wanted to protect you material, it shouldn't be on the internet. I was going to send her a link that explains much of this and serves as a terrific example of what can happen when you steal other people's material. 

Author/blogger Roni Loren experienced this very situation in 2012 and afterward wrote a terrific post about what happened and the lessons she learned from the experience. I encourage you to read Roni's post. It is as relevant today as it was the day she wrote it. Perhaps even more so with new young people joining internet life every day. (And in case you are wondering, Yes, I asked Roni for permission to link her post for you to read! :)
 
The moral is: look, enjoy, appreciate even share whole links, but do not steal someone else's material. If you're not sure whether material is copyrighted, don't use it without getting permission first. The court costs aren't worth it!

#BalanceShapeUp Giveaway

#BalanceShapeUp Giveaway July 27 - August 10

#BalanceShapeUp Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Balance Bar & Walmart

Hosted by:  Savory Savings


 Do you have goals to increase your fitness level and getting better eating habits?  Balance Bar and Walmart have joined forces to help you with that goal!  Now available at Walmart - Balance Bar nutrition bars bring you a smarter way to snack - helping you to acheive your fitness goals and go longer!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently got to check out the Cookie Dough and Balance Bar flavors - check out her full Balance Bar review!

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Cookie Dough and healthy eating are not usually mentioned in the same sentence! I need to try some of these!
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How would you like to a win a variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10 Walmart gift card?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Balance Bar or Walmart giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from July 27 through August 10, 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.

Havit Portable Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway

Havit Bluetooth portable speaker giveaway July 26 - August 16

Sponsored by:  Havit

Hosted by:  Gloriously Green Gal & Savory Savings


It's likely that your family has different tastes in music - so why not give them each a way to listen to their music in their own space?  Havit offers an amazing line of portable bluetooth speakers that can fit your budget and give everyone their personal freedom for music!  Krista over at Gloriously Green Gal recently had the chance to review a portable bluetooth speaker from Havit and shared her thoughts on this affordable and portable bluetooth speaker!


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I have so many times that I pull out my iPod Shuffle and a portable speaker to listen to my music! I love being able to pull it out of my bag anytime. When working around the house, especially outside I like being able to clip it on and move around
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How would you like to have a Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Havit?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Havit giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from July 26 through August 16, 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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Febreze Noseblind Review and Giveaway

*Nurse Mommy Superwoman received the below mentioned item in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.*

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Have you ever noticed how other people's homes smell? You can identify the smell almost immediately weather it be good or bad. You know if they just finished cooking, if they have pets, if they are burning a scented candle etc. But do you notice how your own home smells? I rarely do unless I have been away for an extended period of time. This is what Febreze has named noseblind! Noseblind is the gradual acclimation to the smells in one’s home, car or their belongings, which the affected do not notice but their guests do.
I have always liked Febreze products because they smell great and are affordable. But I never realized how much more they did than other air fresheners. Febreze really does eliminate odors instead of just covering them up. I liked them before and now I love them! I will not be going back to any other air products!

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Scents can delight or assault us. Good scents can make us remember happy memories, make us feel good, calm or excite our mood. Bad smells just make us want to run the other way! No one want the space their in to smell bad! 
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~*~ GIVEAWAY TIME! ~*~

I am giving away the same Noseblind package I received. This package includes:
1 Febreze Air Effects
1 Febreze Fabric Refresher
1 Febreze Noticeables with refill
1 Febreze Candle
$60 AMEX gift card



DISCLOSURE: The Happy Clown With A Frown was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for shipment of prize.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Dazzling Darkness Book Review




The Dazzling Darkness is a story that opens all nice and cozy and just when you settle in for a comfortable read, it grabs you by the throat and yells that you're going for one heck of a ride! I received the Kindle edition of this book for review. It winds it's way through various twists and turns, exposing a little more of each character and just when you think you know what is going to happen or you know where it is headed, you turn the page and find that you've spun around and are going in a completely different direction. The emotions each paragraph evokes are at once intriguing, yet heart-stopping. An event that could happen in reality to most anyone is twined artfully with supernatural forces. 
Paula Cappa has conjured characters you care about and as they face each obstacle thrown into their paths you alternately hold your breath, sigh in relief, feel their pain, or rejoice in their triumphs. 
The pace quickens, along with your heartbeat, as the mystery deepens and the secrets bubble to the surface. Reality merges with the spirit world as the Brooke family first tries to "follow the rules" and then realizes they must go against the grain and trust their instincts in the effort to reunite their family. In their determination, they come to find they are forced to face powerful forces and beliefs that are contrary to what they have known all their lives. They are also forced to make decisions that will forever alter their lives. 
#TheDazzlingDarkness is a good read that kept me up long after I should have gone to sleep! I enjoyed the range of emotions and adventure that kept me turning another page. Check out The Dazzling Darkness on Amazon. It is available in both paperback and Kindle editions.



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.

Success Creations Masquerade Giveway

Success Creations Giveaway

Sponsored by Success Creations

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness



Success Creations is a mask company proudly operating in Lakewood, NJ for over 25 years. They are one of the only companies in the entire USA that specializes only in designing some of the most gorgeous handmade masquerade masks ever created. Masquerade masks are all they do, and you will surely see that difference in the quality of their designs. 

Emilee from Deals of Sweetness loves that Success Creations puts so much care in their designs and are handcrafted in the USA. See what she thought in her masquerade masks review.


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Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.


James A. Baldwin
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Is there a mask (or masks) you love? One winner will receive a $50 Gift Card to Success Creations! This giveaway begins on 7/24 and ends on 8/6 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.




Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Discover Natural Solutions Giveaway

DoTerra Discover Natural Solutions Giveaway July 25 - August 15

Win a doTERRA introductory essential oil pack from

Discover Natural Solutions!

Hosted by: Savory Savings & Gloriously Green Gal

Co-hosted by: My MisMatched World



With so many medications on the market and the worry about introducing unnecessary chemicals into our lives, it is nice to know that we can rely on natural products, such as essential oils to help aid us in getting to or maintaining good health.  doTERRA offers a wonderful line of essential oils that can help with everything from headaches to stomachaches and even things like cleaning!  Krista over at Savory Savings shared her thoughts on this doTERRA essential oil starter pack!


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There are so many uses for essential oils. I am learning that so many harmful chemicals and ingredients can be replaced with oils. I strive to not use harmful products in our home and around my family and have replaced most all cleaners with natural products.
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How would you like to a doTERRA introductory kit (featuring three essential oils!) from Discover Natural Solutions?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Discover Natural Solutions giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from July 25 through August 15, 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.