Saturday, July 22, 2017

Perfectly Delicious Tea Every Time with Adagio Teas!

Tea is the perfect beverage because it’s just as delicious whether it’s served hot or cold. It keeps us warm on cold winter days and cools us off on hot summer days. And there’s a variety of tea for every taste, whether it’s black, green or herbal! This summer has been extremely hot in south Florida, so I’m really glad I discovered the iced teas from Adagio Teas! Tea has never been easier to make, nor more delicious to drink. This brief video explains what I mean:

When I first saw this video, I thought, This is too good to be true! I have to try this for myself! So, I went to and purchased some Wild Strawberry Iced Tea and some Berry Blast Iced Tea, along with Adagio’s glass pitcher, which is the perfect size for making iced tea with Adagio’s special tea pouches. I placed one of the pouches in the pitcher, filled it with cold water, and put it in the refrigerator for several hours. (See picture at right.) Then I poured myself a glass of the best tea I’ve ever had! It was so refreshing and tasty. My husband loves it so much that he’s been making pitcher after pitcher of tea. We’ll have to place another order soon!

And the prices at Adagio Teas are incredibly affordable. The 40-ounce pitcher is only $19! (Of course, you can make tea in your own pitcher, too.) The iced tea pouches are only $24 for 25 pouches -- that’s less than $1 per pitcher! And I was so thrilled with my new iced-tea obsession that I even bought some adorable little tea glasses on their site -- only $19 for 6 glasses!

I hope you’ll look around the Adagio Teas website because they have so many wonderful things to choose from. You’ll find iced teas (Black, White, Oolong, Green, Herbal, and Chai), hot teas (too many varieties to list here!), teaware, gift sets, snacks (like tea cookies and chocolate), and you can even create your own blend! You can buy as you go or sign up for a subscription. There’s even a Tea of the Month Club! (I think my mother-in-law will be getting that for her upcoming birthday.)

Honestly, I always considered myself more of a coffee drinker -- until I discovered Adagio Teas. Now I’m crazy about tea, and I can’t wait to try all of the different varieties from Adagio Teas. I hope you’ll join me!


Disclosure: I received a gift card from Adagio Teas to facilitate the purchase of products for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 22-28, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to include them in the linky below and share this page on your social media sites. If you're hoping to win great prizes, you've come to the right place! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what giveaways have been added to the linky, as well as to my right sidebar. Good luck, and have a great week!

Delectables Lickable Treats: Healthy and Delicious Treats for Your Cat ~ Plus Enter to Win Free Treats!

If you have pets, you probably know that pets -- like people -- love their treats! As soon as they hear you lift up that package, they’re on the run and begging for treats! But not all treats are alike. If you’re going to offer treats to your pet, it’s best to get ones that are healthy but still tasty. We’ve bought supposedly “healthy” treats for our cats before, but they didn’t like them. That all changed, however, when we found Delectables Lickable Treats from Hartz Mountain Corporation!

Delectables Lickable Treats, available in 1.4 ounce pouches, come in three delicious textures: stews, bisques and chowders. These treats were launched in January 2015 and have been so popular with kitties that they recently announced five new flavors: Bisque Kitten with Tuna, Bisque Kitten with Tuna & Chicken, Stew with Chicken & Veggies, Bisque with Tuna & Veggies, and Chowder with Tuna & Veggies.

Delectables Lickable Treats are made with real chicken, tuna and vegetables and are available in several varieties: regular, life stage (for cats 10+ and 15+ years old, and now for kittens up to 12 months old) and in 5- and 12-pack variety packs.

Watch the and Hartz Delectables videos below!

Our cats, Jack and Bella, are 7 years old, so I offer them the regular treats since they’re between the kitten and senior ages. My cats love these treats! Check them out below. Bella is even licking her lips! Her favorite texture is the Bisque. Jack isn’t particular -- he likes them all!

Enter to Win Delectables Lickable Treats in the “Empty Bowl” Contest!

Delectables Lickable Treats is also excited to announce "Empty Bowl," a national advertising campaign for the second half of 2017. On Hartz's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, you are invited to share photos and videos of how crazy fast your cats lick up Delectables using hashtags #lickitloveit, #emptybowl, and #catsgocrazy4Delectables. When you do, you’ll be entered into weekly drawings for a chance to win Delectables Lickable Treats!

If you like to pamper your cats, be sure to pick up Delectables Lickable Treats. They’re made of good ingredients that your feline friend will love!

Disclosure: My cats and I received complimentary treats (and fun cat toys) to facilitate my honest review.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid: Now with Even More Cleaning Power!

When I think about Palmolive dish soap, the first thing that comes to mind is grease-fighting power while being gentle on the hands. For years, people have known that Palmolive does a great job of cleaning your dishes, but won't give your hands a harsh workout. So, while Palmolive dish soap was always great, Palmolive has actually managed to make their product even better with 20% more active ingredients to battle grease, while still leaving your hands soft.

We have a dishwasher, so I naturally put many of our dishes in there to be cleaned, but none of our greasy pots and pans are allowed in the dishwasher. Therefore, our family needs a product that makes the dreaded chore of cleaning cookware as easy as possible. Thanks to new Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid, clean-up is a breeze after making a delicious dinner. All of our greasy pots and pans clean up beautifully with Palmolive, and it dissolves the grease quickly and easily.

Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid comes in five sizes, so it's perfect for anyone, from the single apartment dweller to the large family. It's certainly been perfect for our family! If you haven't tried Palmolive Dish Liquid for a while, or if you're already a fan, I hope you'll pick up the new Palmolive Ultra Strength Dish Liquid and give it a try! I think you'll be impressed by its cleaning power!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 15-21, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to share them with us in the linky and post a link to this page on your social media sites. If you're hoping to find ways to win great prizes, you've come to the right place! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what giveaways have been added to the linky, as well as to my right sidebar. Good luck, and have a great week!

Cool Science Experiments for Kids Book Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Children’s Learning and Education
Date Published: June 2017

With this book, all you need to do is gather a few household items, and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. Meant for kids between ages six to ten, it is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for children. It introduces kids to the magic of motion, energy, chemistry, art, games, math fun; understanding basic scientific principles; and, most importantly, having a blast making them. Inside this book, you will find projects that burst, glow, erupt, spin, run, tick and more!

There is also a BONUS: a FREE, downloadable book on young kid inventors and their inventions.

About the Author

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM-certified leader and children’s book author. She has been fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children's imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.

Her website, WizKids.Club, was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Celebrate the Day of Joy with 5 Tips for Finding Joy in Your Life and a Giveaway for a Joy Book Basket!

Today, we are celebrating the Day of Joy in conjunction with the publication of The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman! Read on for ways to bring joy into your life today, and every day, and enter for a chance to win a Joy Book Basket.

5 Tips to Finding Joy in Your Life, and How to Start Today!

A few years ago, my business crashed, and my self-esteem hit an all-time low. Although there are far worse fates than the failure of a business, it felt like the last straw in a long string of failures in my life that all pointed to my inability to do anything right.

As I sunk into depression, my friend Niko suggested that if I focused on making joy my top priority for one month, my entire life would turn around. With no job, no plan, and no other ideas, I decided to give it a try.

For 30 days, I went after joy from all angles—from the scientific to the spiritual, and everything in between. I tried every tool and trick that was recommended in every self-help book I could get my hands on. It was remarkable to see what worked and what didn’t.

And yes, Niko was right. After 30 days, I had experienced enough changes in my life that I was able to not only continue my Joy Plan, but to write a book about the extraordinary events that took place in the six months that followed (The Joy Plan, Sourcebooks, available here).

The Joy Plan has become a way of life for me now, and the discoveries I made during my experiment are now my everyday practices. The good news is, you don’t need to take 30 days or make major changes in your life to do these things—they are simple enough that you can start today!

1. Embrace Mindfulness
Today, I teach a research-based Mindfulness curriculum to elementary school children. Because I’m a total science geek, to me, mindfulness is all about physiology. It’s about doing whatever it takes to bring your attention to the present moment, into your body, and out of your chattering mind. And it’s been shown to have multiple health and brain benefits.

2. Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
I start each day with 10-15 minutes of gratitude, either by writing in my gratitude notebook or simply reciting in my mind what I’m grateful for. This helps me get into the right headspace for whatever the day will bring. It is impossible for our brains to be in a state of appreciation and fear simultaneously, so I do my best to appreciate like crazy as often as possible.

3. Practice Acts of Kindness
Being kind to others feels good. In fact, it releases dopamine in the brain. It helps take our attention off of our own troubles, and also creates a feeling of interconnectedness. I try to do something kind every day, whether that’s as small as smiling to everyone I see or a big as making a donation to my favorite charity.

4. Focus on Solutions Rather than Problems
It took me some time to break the ingrained habit I had of frequently complaining, but making this shift has had a huge effect on my mental state. Instead of complaining now, whenever there’s something I’m unhappy about, I use my urge to complain as a springboard to create something new—to focus on a solution rather than a problem.

5. When in Doubt, Laugh
Laughter really is the best medicine, but the truth is, I’m a pretty serious person. I like scientific research, philosophical discussions, and big ideas. So I have to make an effort to create more laughter in my life. I make it a goal to laugh (by myself or with others) at least a few times a day, and I use whatever means necessary! (Smiling works, too.)

Unfortunately, joy doesn’t come easily for everyone. But with practice and repetition, joy is a habit that anyone can cultivate. As we shift our mental habits, we change our experience of life.

As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she cofounded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing—and lasted much longer than the initial month-long project.

In The Joy Plan, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Kaia is the author of the new book, The Joy Plan (Sourcebooks, July 2017). She teaches Mindfulness to elementary-school students in Santa Cruz, California, and is a blogger for mindbodygreen and other sites. She writes about how she went fromjoyless and anxious to grateful and optimistic so she can remember how she did it if she forgets.She’s also a communications consultant to some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies. For everyday joy and mindfulness tips, sign up for Kaia’s newsletter at You’ll find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Winners in June 2017

Max 2: White House Hero (Blu-ray)

Congratulations to the winner: Danielle H.!

Columbia Boxer Briefs

Congratulations to the winner: Jae P.!

Stepping on Cheerios, by Betsy Singleton Snyder and $75 Visa Cash Card

Congratulations to the winner: Sharon Extine!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 8-14, 2017)

Welcome to this week's Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to share them with us in the linky and post a link to this page on your social media sites. If you're hoping to find ways to win great prizes, you've come to the right place! Bookmark this page and come back daily to see what giveaways have been added to the linky, as well as to my right sidebar. Good luck, and have a great week!