Sunday, September 29, 2013

Humpfree The Humpless Camel Review


                      The Humpless Camel

                 Let me first just say the cover is sooo cute!  LOL and on to the story...  Beyond the cover we meet Humpfree Camel.  He is unlike all the other camels who have humps, he sports a flat back.  He is sad about this and sets out to find his humps!  He tries on balloons, sandbags, boulders and more, in desperation.  Then he meets a man who changes his outlook....  Julia has quickly became one of my boy's favorite authors, and this latest book does not disappoint! Kids of all ages will fall in love with Humpfree Camel!  This book will be available for sale on beginning October 5th 2013.

* I was provided with an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.  The thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.


Goodreads Page
Julia's Facebook Fan Page 
Amazon Page

Oven Onion Rings

                                                       oven onion rings!

sweet onions sliced, dust with flour, dip in unsweetened almond milk, then rolled in panko seasoned with smoked paprika, salt and pepper. bake on a un-greased baking sheet for 15 min at 450 degrees flip half way through cooking.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Smens Gourmet Scented Pens Review

          I was blessed to have won a giveaway at RecycleScene for a totally awesome set of Smens Gourmet Scented pens.  I received 10 pens all were black ink, however each had a different yummy scent!  Included were: wild berry, blueberry syrup, orange, juicy melon, passion fruit, mocha, tropical, lemon lime fizz, black cherry and cinnamon.  I can not stress enough how fantastic these smell!  But besides smelling great these pens work wonderfully for their intended use as well.  The ink is a nice rich shade of black and they flow very smoothly.  I am a total pen collector and I can honestly say these are a total gem in my collection! 

                                                       Black Cherry my favorite!

          So they are pretty cool but the best thing about these pens is that they are made of recycled materials!! Here is an excerpt from the Smencil Website for a more detailed explanation:
 " We roll sheets of recycled newspaper to form cylinders that serve as the bodies of the pens. Then the cylinders are hardened and soaked in our gourmet liquid scents (made by an award winning fragrance company). Once they’re dry, we assemble the pens- including the pen caps that identify the scent of each Smen. Lastly, we put each Smen into its own corn-based biodegradable Freshness Tube."
 So my advice is if you love pens get you some  Smens!!!
 Links!  :
Smencil website
Buy Smens on Amazon


The site I won these from is Recycle Scene this super cool website is chock full of great Recycling Information !
With lots of how-tos, advice, fun projects and even deals & coupons!  Who could ask for more!  Please check them out!!

Here are the Recycle Scene links:

Recycle Scene Web site
On Facebook
On Twitter
On Pintrest

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pamper me Giveaway!

Welcome to the Pamper Me Giveaway!


Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: 7th Heaven Natural Mud Masques


Do you long for trips to the spa for a relaxing facial where you come out, skin glowing, fresh and clean?  What about smaller pores and clearer skin?  Krista over at Savory Savings dreams of this too, but then that price tag reality of regular spa facials hit her like a ton of bricks and she realized she needed an at-home spa alternative between the splurges at the spa.  7th Heaven sent her two heavenly mud masques to try out and review – check out her Detox Mud Masque review and read how it left her skin silky smooth, super soft and with tighter feeling skin! 

This at home spa experience is relaxing, inexpensive (around $3 for each masque!!) and sure to please.  They offer masques for all skin types and the natural, mostly organic ingredients are safe to use. 

Now is your chance to try not just one, but ALL of the 7th Heaven Mud Masques!  You will receive all six masques AND a loofah to ensure your skin is pampered as it can be!  You just need to use the Giveaway Tool below!  This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18 and older.  It will run from September 27 through October 11, 2013 at 11 PM CST. 

**As an added bonus – 7th Heaven will sponsor up to an additional three winners based on the level of participation!  So be sure to share this with your friends and family to increase your odds of winning!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bare Bones Body Care Review

I won the Bare Bones give away through Eco-Vegan Gal's Blog!  So I thought I would let you know how I liked the products I received.  I was a little nervous as I am any time I try new products since I have very sensitive skin and rosacea.  However my worries were unfounded!  I recieved cleanser, toner, moisturizer and lip moisturizers, and they are all FANTASTIC!  And packaged in Glass not crummy plastic with awesome skull labels!  My favorites was the witch hazel & lemon toner and the peppermint lip moisturizer!  My skin felt so clean and fresh after using this line and my rosacea has even improved.  Also the products are made of all natural, vegan, cruelty free ingredients which make me feel great about using and recommending them to others!  I will definitely order more products from Bare Bones!
Here is an excerpt from Bare Bones Body Care's website:


Bare Bones Body Care was born from years of sensitive skin and allergic reactions. When I was younger, my skin started to react to the mainstream skin care brands and I was forced to switch to the "all natural" options available. Every time I read the label of a skin care product my brain went on ingredient overload. I never knew what I was putting on my body until I did the research when I quickly realized that an "all natural" label doesn't usually refer to most the ingredients inside; in fact, the labels tend to mention just one or two of them. Bare Bones is about using only ingredients that will make your skin the happiest skin in all the land. Some elements are made from scratch, and others are sourced from organic and/or local suppliers. All products are vegan and not tested on animals. No dirty secrets or skeletons on our closet, just the good stuff.
All I wanted were skin care products that had as few ingredients as possible, did what they were supposed to and weren't harmful to me in any I started making my own. I make cleanser, toner, moisturizer and lip balm in my kitchen. Try some?
- Monica
If you want to learn more check out these great links to Bare Bones!
On Facebook
On the Web
Eco-Vegan Gal Blog for more awesome Eco-Vegan inspiration!

Immortal Herbs Total Nutrition Powder Review

* From the website:
"Health From the Inside Out"

  • Packed with superfoods
  • Increases concentration and memory
  • Promotes all over wellness
  • All natural nutritional supplement
  • Rich in antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, nutrients, vitamins, and phytonutrients
  • Neutral flavored green powder – great for adding to your favorite juice or creating your own superfood smoothie!
  • One scoop daily"

I was sent a sample pack of the Total Nutrition Formula.   I made a smoothie out of it with cherries, peaches and almond milk.  I was really afraid to try it since I usually hate green shakes.  However the taste was pretty neutral like they promised.  I also did feel a bit of an energy boost after using it.  Over all it is a great product one I will use again for sure.

You can purchase this product as well
as many other great products here:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Review Intimate Surrender

Intimate Surrender by: Laura Landon

          I am a lover of historical romances so I was super eager to get my hands on this book An Author Laura Landon did not disappoint! Laura introduces you to Miss. Hannah Bartlet a stunning woman who has rose above a horrific childhood and terrible rape by of all people a man of the cloth to become a successful London business woman. While visiting her friends in the countryside with her friends Caroline and Grace, she meets Rafe Waterford. He is charming, funny and handsome! Hannah immediately feels drawn to him even though she thinks herself incapable of love and undeserving of such emotions. Rafe shares the same feelings but to a much stronger degree and sets forth to woo and court Hannah. Sounds great right? Well problem is Hannah is not only Hannah but also the famous Madame Genovieve and her successful business happens to be a high end bordello. And Rafe is not only Rafe but a Vicar and man of faith, obviously God has a sense of humor. Will Hannah be able to see passed Rafe's calling? Will Rafe understand and see Hannah's incredible good works and tender heart? Will true love conquer all?
I read this book in one setting as it was addicting, beautiful and very well written! I would recommend it to any historical romance fans!
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This is my honest thoughts and opinions.

You can purchase this book here :  Intimate Surrender @

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Children's Oxylent Giveaway

Children's Oxylent Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Vitalah


With many kids now back in school or starting up fall activities again germs start to spread. It's important to keep their immune systems strong! Children's Oxylent can help!

Children’s Oxylent delivers essential nutrients and offers a fun, great tasting, nutritious drink, sweetened with Stevia only.

Specifically, Children’s Oxylent:

Nurtures: A balance of the highest-quality nutrients supports your child's development and well-being. Vitamin A supports growth, vitamins E and B support developing nervous systems, and zinc supports brain function.

Strengthens: Vitamin D3, calcium, and magnesium support the health of growing bones and muscles.9–11 Recent research shows that even kids in sunny climates don't get enough vitamin D.

Protects: Vitamins A, C, and D, and the mineral zinc promote the health and function of your child's immune system. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, is important to replenish daily.

Head over to Pea of Sweetness to read her full Children's Oxylent review.

About the prize: One winner will receive a box of Children's Oxylent.

About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 9/14 and ends on 9/28 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. Crunchy Green Adventures is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

The wonder that is Bio Bags

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway through Juliann's Mommy Blog for a set of Biobags!

From the website  "BioBag is a world leader in providing bags and films for the collection of organic waste for the purpose of composting. Unlike regular plastic, BioBags are made from plants, vegetable oils & Mater-Bi and can be consumed by micro-organisms that live in our soils. Because of this, our bags can also be readily composted along with organic waste in municipal composting facilities. BioBag isn’t a large petroleum- based plastic bag company that now conveniently dabbles in the new business of compostable bags. We are, instead, a small company of dedicated employees, who are fully committed to ONLY producing certified compostable bags and films."

 I have to say these are awesome!  The cling wrap is better than name brand, it sticks great and keeps food really fresh.  The baggies work fantastic, they are shaped perfectly and hold op good.  I also tried the food waste bags which also held up good to produce collection.  I think it is fantastic that they are made of sustainable, compostable material!!

Check them out!

Bio Bag USA


Juliann's Mommy Blog
Juliann's Mommy Blog

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pic the Gift Giveaway!

Welcome to the Pic The Gift Custom Glass Cutting Board Giveaway


Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Pic The Gift


If you love to give unique gifts that you can be sure that the recipient has not received before, a custom gift might be the right avenue.  Krista from Savory Savings had a chance to review a custom glass cutting board that she designed!  This fun addition to her kitchen is functional and now a conversation starter.  A mix of her favorite colors, designs and a touch of personality.  With products from pillows to shirts, glasses, mugs and more – Pic The Gift has got you covered. 


Pic The Gift has generously offered to give three lucky winners a custom glass cutting board!  You will fully design a cutting board to keep for yourself, or to give as a unique gift sure to please!

HylandsHealth Gift Basket of homeopathic goodies ($75+)

Do you have stress in your life? Hyland's Homeopathy wants to help!

Starting Monday, September 30th Hyland’s will be hosting a 5-Day Stress Challenge on their Facebook  page that will challenge you to stress less. The challenge will include tips and tricks that should help you manage the stress of your daily routine. To promote the challenge, Hyland’s is offering our readers the chance to win a Hyland’s Gift Basket valued at over $75 and including the following goodies:
  • Hyland’s Calms Forte, 100 ct.; Approximate Retail Value (ARV) - $9.59
  • Hyland’s Nerve Tonic, 32 ct.; (ARV) - $7.99
  • Arnica 30X, 50 ct.; (ARV) - $7.49
  • Muscle Therapy Gel, 3 oz.; (ARV) - $ 8.59
  • Bioplasma, 500 ct.; (ARV) - $12.79
  • Bioplasma Sport, 12 pack; (ARV) - $11.99
  • Leg Cramps, 50 ct.; (ARV) - $9.19
  • Restful Legs, 50 ct.; (ARV) - $8.99
Total Prize ARV:  $76.62

To win, please enter in the form below (Giveaway Tools) between Friday, September 13th at 12:00 AM EST and Tuesday, September 17th at 1pm EST. Registration for the challenge will start on Wednesday, September 18th at 1pm EST on the Hyland’s Homeopathy fan page or directly at this link:  The first 1,000 users to register and fill out the entry form will receive a free full-size Hyland's Nerve Tonic. Stay tuned to the Hyland’s Homeopathy page for more details. 

Disclosure: I have not been compensated for hosting this giveaway. Hyland's is responsible for prize fullfulment. Thanks to Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro for organizing this giveaway.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fizzion Giveaway

Fizzion Eco-Friendly Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Fizzion

Fizzion Giveaway

Fizzion's award-winning formula is the most powerful cleaning solution on the market to spot-treat pet mess on carpets and most hard surfaces in your home or store. Fizzion's non-toxic, environmentally friendly solution, instantly goes to the root of the stain and the odor, and forms a shield around the stain while it works on it which immediately reduces odors. Unlike enzymatic cleaners that require long waiting periods to activate, Fizzion works instantly on contact. There is no waiting time - just spray, wipe and watch your stain disappear permanently.

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness had a chance to review the Pet Stain & Odor Remover and the Drop & Mop Home. Read her full review of the eco-friendly cleaners to see what she thought.

Special!! Get 50% off your order by using the code PEAOFSWEETNESS at checkout! Order now!

About the prize: 3 winners will each receive a Fizzion 23oz bottle w/tablets, Fizzion 2pk refill tablet, and a Fizzion Microfiber towel.

About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 9/12 and ends on 9/26 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.


Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. YOUR BLOG NAME HERE is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Alpha- Phonics Giveaway

Alpha-Phonics Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by ABC Creative Learning

Sponsored by Alpha-Phonics


Alpha-Phonics is an effective, step-by-step program that has taught countless children to read, including older struggling readers, dyslexic students, and others. As a stand-alone program or supplement, Alpha-Phonics’ systematic phonetic approach will help students build a logical framework for English reading.

Students begin by learning short vowels and consonants, before moving on to consonant blends that teach final blends first, and then initial blends. Finally, students learn long vowels along with the many forms in which they occur. Moving from simple to complex through practice and drill exercises, students will build competency and skill, increasing self-confidence.

The alphabet is taught visually and orally through having children repeat the letters as the teacher points to them, as well as through the integration of kinesthetic activities. The black-and-white hand-lettered pages are designed to teach children with minimal distraction.

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness has been using Alpha-Phonics in her homeschool curriculum. Read her full Alpha-Phonics review to see what they thought.

About the prize: One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive the Alpha-Phonics textbook and CD-Rom.

About the giveaway: This giveaway begins on 9/10 and ends on 9/24 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.


Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may be different than yours. Crunchy Green Adventures is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Yes you can make Vegan knock off Cheddar Biscuits !!!!!!!!!

So my fave indulgence has always been the garlicky, cheddar filled lumps from Red Lobster!   Upon going Vegan I was afraid I would never be able to have that joy again  but, with a little tweaking I have to offer you something quite similar and Vegan!!!!!

Vegan Garlicky Dayia Biscuits!

2c Bisquiick mix
1c Daiya cheese or your fave cheese substitute (sometimes I use a little more than a cup)
1/2 tsp garlic powder

a tiny dash of salt
2/3 c Alternative milk I used unsweetened Almond milk (Blue Diamond)

Mix all ingredients together


Preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray cookie sheet with cooking spray
drop mixture on to sheet , bake for 10-13 min


Remove from oven and brush on the topping 
Topping: 2tbs melted vegan margarine, I used Earth Balance.
2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp garlic salt
brush on top biscuits when the come out of the oven

Then try to share, though I might be hard!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

blogger opp



Halloween Giveaway

This giveaway is hosted by Empowered Mommy and Joys Of Life

FREE blogger opportunity with paid options. OPEN WW.

Prize: $200 Amazon Gift Card
Event Dates: October 1 - October 30
Sign-ups: September 28

Get 1 Free link (Facebook or Twitter) with announcement post. ($5 waiver fee without announcement post)
Additional links for $3 each
Co-host for $20- Get up-to 3 free additional links and a back-link to your blog on the final giveaway post.
Host pages/Comment pages $10 each

The blog who refers the most bloggers will get free co-host spot. (If you paid for co-host and wins referral prize, your payment will be refunded)

Questions? Email me:



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

From Like to Love

Book Review:

  "From Like to Love"- For young people with   Asperger's syndrome.  (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
           By: Tony Attwood, PHD  & Michelle Garnett, PHD

        Autism is commonly misunderstood, when I learned of it I did not know that it was a spectrum disorder. I had only been exposed to the the severe and debilitating side of the spectrum. "From Like to Love" introduced me to Asperger's syndrome, a more mild form of autism, one that comes with it's own unique challenges.
        Most notable of these the difficulty when confronted with affection and dealing with empathy. Unlike the typical response to physical displays of affection ie. hugging, kissing; the ASD child may shy away or even stiffen under the touch of a loving parent. This reaction can continue throughout the ASD child's life into adulthood, making forming bonds and attachments to others quite difficult.
Dr.s' Attwood and Garnett set forth that with support, loving guidance and a set program the ASD child can develop a stronger understanding of emotions, affection and empathy towards others. The authors have not only gave parents a tool to greater understanding of their ASD child; but has also given them the gift of a fantastic program within the pages of "From Like to Love". 
       The activities included are thought provoking and meant to facilitate deep thought and understanding within the ASD child. I believe that this book will be a blessing to many people and open up the dialog between parents and ASD children.

* I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.