Win a $25 Whole Foods Gift Card - School's Cool Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the School's Cool Giveaway Hop!
and Passport to Frugal (now LeahSay's Views)

From September 7 at 12:01 am to
September 21 at 11:59 pm,
you can visit all the participating blogs listed below
and enter to win a prize at each blog.
Prizes are all school-themed and worth at least $25.
Have fun and good luck!

To help you reduce your school lunch costs, 
I'm giving away a
$25 Gift Card to Whole Foods Market!
Open to US residents, ages 18+.
Giveaway ends at midnight 9/21/2013.
Good luck!

Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel - Review

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Now that I'm sticking to my daily exercise routine of walking and biking, I'm discovering muscles in my legs and back that apparently I haven't used enough recently. My old knees and lower back are creaking as much as my bike frame. Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel is a whole new experience in pain relief for back pain, stiff neck, joint pain, and muscle soreness. It's a clear, non-greasy gel that absorbs quickly and works lightening-fast. Each bottle of Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel includes three powerful pain fighters - camphor (3.1%), menthol (10%), and methyl salicylate (15%) - that work for up to eight full hours.
I can feel Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel start to work the second I put it on my skin. The first time I used it, it came out of the bottle a bit faster than I expected, so I rubbed it all the way up my arm so I wouldn't waste any. Let me stress to you that you only need a LITTLE BIT of this gel to get relief; seriously, don't overdo it, I mean it. It works fabulous at relieving my workout pain for hours, and I definitely recommend it! Visit www.salonpas.us for more information and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Stunner of the Month Club - Review

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It seems like I lose a pair of sunglasses every month. It's so frustrating! With the Stunner of the Month club, I get a new high-quality pair of stunning sunglasses every month shipped right to my front door for just $9 a month with free shipping! How awesome is that?
Stunner of the Month searches the entire world for each stylish pair so that you get the trendiest looks. Your new glasses will arrive in its own soft drawstring bag so you can store them safely when you're not wearing them. I love the soft bags because I can throw them in my purse and not worry about my keys scratching the lenses.
I've received two shipments and the Stunner of the Month sunglasses are great quality and very fashionable, plus they fit great! I love having more than one style to choose from when I go out for the day, and it's so nice knowing that even if I happen to misplace them, I've got a new one coming soon in my mailbox.
This would be such a great gift for someone! You can purchase a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription. To get a FREE first month trial subscription, visit www.stunnerofthemonth.com and use promo code: trystunner.
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Bloggers Wanted - Great Gifts Giveaway Hop

Join us for the 
Great Gifts Giveaway Hop
from November 7-17, 2013

By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
Post a dedicated giveaway for this event, from November 7, 2013 at 12:01a.m. until November 17, 2013 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. Giveaway prize must be worth at least $25.00 and be something that is a great gift for someone. Blogs without giveaways posted by noon on November 7 will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on November 5.

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Ecofabrik Bamboo Clothing - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received products at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
There are few things in life more wonderful that clothing that is so comfortable it feels like a second skin. This golf shirt from Ecofabrik is more than comfortable. There are little details in the shirt that make it one of the softest and most comfy shirts I've ever worn.
The inside seam of the collar line has a thin, soft, fuzzy fabric covering it so there is absolutely no rub on my skin at all. The golf applique is stitched right onto the shirt, with backing on the inside of the shirt to eliminate any chance of itchy clothing at all. This shirt is made from organic bamboo and it's soft enough that even a newborn would love it.
Ecofabrik makes more than just golf shirts, though, and this bamboo golf towel is just as luxurious as the shirt. I'm amazed at the softness and the attached towel loop means it can hook onto a golf bag, belt or pocket for each access. I've found myself using it even while working in the yard!
The line of Ecofabrik products includes men's and women's organic graphic t-shirts, bamboo golf shirts, bamboo golf towels, bamboo sports towels, reusable shopping bags, jute beach bags, jute market bags and organic cotton eco-bags and totes for school and library. Their uncompromising commitment to green living means organic fair trade clothing and earth friendly clothing clothing is desirable and affordable for the average consumer. Use this code - LWP25 - during checkout for 25% savings from September 1 through October 15. Plus, they offer free US shipping for purchases over $60.
Visit their website at www.ecofabrik.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Then enter below to win an Ecofabrik Prize Pack including two bamboo golf shirts (His and Hers) and two golf towels! Winner can even choose the colors! You must be at least 18 years old and reside in the USA. Giveaway ends at midnight on 10/6/2013. Good luck!


Old Family Portrait - Throwback Thursday #tbt

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Here is the first family portrait our family had made.
This is probably about twelve years ago.
Looking at old photographs is so much fun!

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Ozone Can Do Good Things for the Environment

Ozone is commonly referred to as being a supercharged form of oxygen. The chemical formula for ozone is O3 as opposed to O2, which the chemical formula for oxygen. Oxygen actually is transformed into ozone through such events as lightening and through exposure to ultra violate light emitting from the sun. Ultimately, and within a relatively short period of time, ozone reverts back to oxygen. No residue is left in the process.

Ozone is used commercially for a number of different purposes, including purification. For example, ozone commonly is injected in bottle water. It is also used as means of purifying air in rooms and buildings. For example, if a hotel desires to change a room from one designated for smokers to one designated for non-smokers, an ozone generator commonly is used to clean up the air. A growing number of public venues, like bars and restaurants, now use odor free ozone generators of the type offered by Odor Free Professional Ozone Generators.

At the Odor Free Professional Ozone Generators website, a person or business can find a wide selection of different products. There are individual ozone generators that meet the specific needs in a wide range of different industries and for a variety of different applications.

Improve Your Home's Air Quality

Your home is your castle. It's where you spend a large part of your life. You eat in your home, you sleep in your home, and you make memories in your home. Did you realize that the air quality IN your home could be up to 100 times dirtier than the air outside your home? As homeowners, we try to seal up all the cracks so the air conditioning stays in during the summer and the heat stays in during the winter. By sealing up our homes, we reduce our energy costs and help to keep unwanted pests out.

This also means that the quality of the air in our homes stays pretty constant, including toxins, chemicals, molds, and bacteria. Irritants like pollen, mold spores, dust mites, dust, dander, pet hair, and viruses can accumulate in your home. These can cause substantial damage to your lungs and airways. Indoor air pollution is included in the TOP FIVE environmental hazards to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If someone in your home is a smoker, your air quality is even more compromised.

Here are some tips to help you keep your home's indoor air quality healthier:
  1. Keep floors clean. Vacuum, sweep, and mop regularly. Don't wear shoes in the house unless they are indoor-use only shoes. 
  2. Reduce the humidity in your home. Water can cause mold, so make sure you have no water leaks or condensation building up. Use the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms.
  3. Don't allow smoking inside your home under any circumstances.
  4. Open several windows to air out your home every week. If it's cold outside, even just a few minutes helps.
  5. Put green plants in your house (caution: over-watering can cause mold). Plants naturally help clean toxins from the air.
  6. Have your HVAC system cleaned and serviced at least once a year. Companies like Aramendia Plumbing Heating and Air in Houston hire technicians who receive extensive training in the process of air quality repair.
  7. Change the air filter in your HVAC every 1-3 months. Consider spending a bit more for a more expensive, higher quality filter.
  8. Window air conditioners need to be cleaned regularly. Be sure you empty drip pans.
  9. Reduce the number of aerosol cans you use in your home. Opt instead for natural cleaners, natural air fresheners, and pump-style hair spray.
  10. Regularly remove surface dust from the heating and air conditioning vents in your home. Keep exhaust fans and ceiling fans clean of dust as well.
  11. Use a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home.
  12. Ventilate any room where you are painting or using strong chemicals. Always look for low-chemical or natural products when possible.
  13. Reduce dust mites by replacing old mattresses and steam clean your soft furniture.
Although there is no fool-proof way to completely eliminate air pollution in your home, it's important to make even small changes. If you have family members with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory issues, the more changes you can make, the safer your air quality. 

Pork Rinds Crusty Veggies #Recipe

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for this post.
Pork Rinds from Southern Recipe are not just for snacking. With a bit of imagination and creativity, they also make fabulous seasonings and toppings. In our never-ending quest to eat healthy while still enjoying what we eat, I created a recipe called Pork Rinds Crusty Veggies and they turned out so delicious, I decided to share with you!
Take one bag of Sweet BBQ Pork Rinds and dump the entire bag into a plastic zipper bag. Make sure it zips closed completely! 
 Take a rolling pin and smash all the pork rinds into a crispy, crunchy, chunky mess.
 Add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and toss in some
fresh or frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix. (I used frozen.)
Mix all the ingredients in the plastic zipper bag until the veggies are coated.
 Bake uncovered in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
 It's a delicious and tricky way to get your family to eat more vegetables!
You could probably do this with just about any veggie.
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OMG Nail Strips - Review

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I've been a nail-biter my entire life. The only thing that keeps me from biting my nails is not wanting to mess up a nice nail polish. I'm not very good at painting my own nails and getting a manicure is just too expensive for me. I was so excited to try OMG Nail Polish Strips because they look easy to use. The package comes with two strips of nail wraps, or nail stickers, each with seven nail tabs for optimum sizing and minimized trimming. Then I just followed the easy directions on omgnailstrips.com for application!
To apply OMG Nail Strips: 
Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes.
Dry hands, then gently push back cuticles.
Carefully remove any excess skin around the nail bed.
Moisturize your hands with lotion, and wait 1 minute.
Using a Q-tip, remove any leftover lotion from the nail bed, paying special attention to the sidewalls, cuticle area and tip of the fingernail.
Select the appropriate sized nail strip for each nail to ensure the nail will be covered from sidewall to sidewall. Using a nail strip that is too large for a particular nail is not recommended; rather, trim the strip the scissors to the appropriate width.
Peel off the clear coating, and then carefully remove the nail polish strip from the sticker backing, Start by placing whichever end on the nail strip that works better for your nails at the cuticle and apply it by smoother the strip towards the tip and your nail, smoothing out and bumps and ensuring the strip is tucked neatly into the sidewalls.
File away any excess nail strip by holding your nail file parallel to the surface you are working on, as filing the nail perpendicularly will cause tearing along the tip.
After you have applied all ten polish strips, take a cotton ball the has been dipped in polish removed with the excess remover wrung out, and swipe each nail 1-3 times, paying special attention to the sidewalls, tips and cuticle area. This step is especially important, as it melts the strip to your nails, allowing for longer lasting wear.
Apply a finishing topcoat, and wait 5 minutes for it to dry completely.
I like the way my nails look and I've managed to not bite my nails off with OMG Nail Strips. They were pretty quick to apply and they are a very affordable alternative to an expensive manicure. Check out www.omgnailstrips.com to get this Zebra design or one of their many other classy, trendy and just plain fun designs. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

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A Good-Lookin' Man Book Blast - $50 #Giveaway

A Good-Lookin' Man by Marcia Lynn McClure (novella)

However, in an instant—in less than a breath or the bat of an eyelid—the elusive pepper spray hiding somewhere in her purse was all but forgotten. For standing before her—right there before her, not three feet away—was the best-looking, most gorgeous, handsomest man she had ever seen in all her life! “No, seriously,” she thought out loud with lingering bewilderment at how perfectly stunning the man standing before her was, wearing a worn pair of Levi’s, dusty cowboy boots, and a short-sleeved, plaid-print, snap-up shirt that hung open, revealing a bronzed, perfectly sculpted torso that was simply a mass of muscles. She was so unsettled by the man’s appearance that she wasn’t sure whether she was whispering aloud to herself or her car. Either way, the man asked, “Beg your pardon, ma’am?” “Oh…oh, nothing,” Fairlee said as she began rummaging in her purse again. But the man’s presence and appearance had entirely rattled her. As her awe-inspired brain obviously quit sending out instructions to the rest of her body, Fairlee felt her purse slip from her hands—watched in humiliated dismay as its contents tumbled out and scattered over the shoulder of the road.
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Peanut Butter Nookie Cookies #Recipe with PB Crave Cookie Nookie

Peanut Butter Nookie Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of PB Crave Cookie Nookie,
2 eggs, 2 cups of sugar, and 2 tsp of baking soda.
Make 1 inch peanut butter balls and place on cookie sheet.
Using a fork, criss-cross the top of each cookie to flatten.
Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Simple and delicious!

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Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa and Milk

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Yes, the name of this product is long and complicated, so let me say this to you..."It's a gourmet chocolate spread to top off just about anything!" Rigoni Di Asiago Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa and Milk is amazingly delectable, velvety smooth, and guaranteed nutritious. Your day can't possibly go wrong if it begins with something chocolate, right?
Made from top quality raw organic ingredients, Nocciolata is USDA Organic Certified. It contains no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, and no artificial aromas. It's gluten-free and contain no palm oil or hydrogenated fat. A serving size has less than 100 calories so I can include it in my weight-loss diet without guilt. It's delicious on top of warm toast and makes a fabulous dip for apple slices and celery sticks. I've tried lots of "chocolate spreads" and Nicciolata is at the top of my list!
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US National Debt Clock

What would happen to you if you started borrowing money to pay your debts? How much debt do you think you could (and would) rack up if you had no limit? Would you just keep spending? According to the United States National Debt Clock, that's exactly what the government is doing. Our government is currently in debt over 16 Trillion Dollars. If every person in the US were to be held responsible for an equal portion of that debt, you would have to pay over $53,000. Is your own personal debt even that high? Each family would have to chip in over $138,000. Does your family owe that much in debt? The government debt in America is the highest in the entire world, coming in above Greece, Japan, China, United Kingdom and Canada.

It doesn't take a genius to understand the mathematics of living within means. Simply put, the amount of money that you bring in must be higher than the amount of money you spend. If you cannot afford something you must either save up for it or borrow it. Saving money for what you want is a great lesson in self-control, self-discipline, and delayed gratification. Borrowing money for what you want will only put your future in debt because there is no guarantee that you will have the money later. Therefore, if you don't have the cash for it, don't buy it. Teach your children the value of money early. Teach them the word "no" and show them how to save up money they earn. You can do this by assigning each child jobs around the house each day and have them keep track of their chores on a piece of paper, which they turn in to you to get paid for the work they do. Be a good example for your family by watching your own spending and keeping to a budget. Hopefully the government will someday learn these simple guidelines!

How Sweet It Is

Sweet Things That Bring Joy to My Life
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Diet Coke is a favorite for its unique taste and just the right amount of sweetness which is only possible because of aspartame. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar so only a very small amount is used to give Diet Coke the great taste you love. Aspartame is enjoyed by millions in low-calorie products, like yogurt, chewing gum and soft drinks. In fact, it has been extensively tested for safety by the World Health Organization, US Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Agency. While the safety and benefits of ingredients like aspartame are supported by more than 200 studies spanning 40 years, The Coca-Cola Company understands that people may still have questions. They are making it a priority to address these questions and provide information and education to reinforce aspartame is an ingredient people can feel good about. Check out this informative infographic from The Coca-Cola Company Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness.