Friday, February 27, 2015

Smiley 360

Smiley 360 is a great place to get freebies to test. Its all free, all you do is fill out surveys, qualify for missions and get free stuff. What have you got to lose? And its free you know? F R E E Click on this link and find out about it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Something Moms can relate to

Today's blog isn't going to be about anything I've sampled lately. No pitch to buy this or try that. Today's blog is about kids, specifically my kids. I haven't really talked about them here at all other than to say in my bio that I am the mother of three grown children. So forgive my motherly ramblings for this one post and see if my post either resonates with you now, or remember it for the future because it will definitely come back to you in later years.

I'm not young, hey I'm not old but I am 53 so lets call it what it is, I am older. My kids are all grown and out of the house and I left my ex husband and all his baggage six years ago. (That is a story for another fifty entries). I relocated from a very busy city, San Francisco, California and moved to what is called a census designated area. In other words, the sticks. Its beautiful here, lots of pine trees, lots of nature and not a lot of people. Talk about a huge culture shock! But I regress, I started this off to talk about my kids.

I started having kids at a  young age. I was 22 years old and only married  4 months when Giovanni, who we call Jon, made his appearance. By the time I was 30 I had given birth to 4 kids, and sadly buried 1 of them.
When you are young parents, you are so busy with life. There is working full time ( at least for me) and trying to get everyone fed, diapered, settling fights, finding that special stuffed animal so Stefani will stop screaming. You know what I am talking about. And it can be so stressful trying to balance work, home, and a relationship with your other half. Then as they grow older, its school and activities like soccer or basketball and ballet. Or they are in two different schools and one has to be here by 8 and the others have to be clear cross town by 8:10. Its truly a balancing act to be a parent these days.

Then one day, the first one is an adult at 18 and ready to take on the world. He decides no college and gets a job. You start wondering what your life is going to be like when the chaos of the kids finally slows down. And soon 6 years later, and those years zoom believe me, the second one is 18 and then a scant 2 years later the third. I can't stress how fast those years fly when you look back at it. I mean here they are grown, working or in college with steady girlfriends and boyfriends and you are remembering them toddling around in diapers learning to talk. Then you start to realize that they don't need you like they used to. Oh, they will always need you for something lol a lot of times its a shoulder to cry on or money, but its not like it was when one of them fell and scraped their knee. They have someone else to kiss their boo boo's and feed them soup when they are sick. Its a scary feeling when you realize that those babies you gave birth to are grown.

So, as any good mom  would, you let them go into the world armed with the knowledge and good sense that you gave them. You worry and you know they will make mistakes as they make their way. You did the same thing when you were young it just felt like you were more mature than these children are. Some days you are so proud of what they have done and other's you still want to thump their heads and say "What the hell were you thinking?". But all you can do is be there for them and love them unconditionally.

Anyway, I was just thinking about my kids this morning and how much I love each of them. How I wish I could change things for one but he has to figure out his life on his own. He is 31 and has a son of his own. This just made me want to write down all the things that were going through this old ladies head. I hope I haven't bored you and maybe like I said in the beginning, either struck a chord with you or will in the future.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jewel Scent Strawberry Moroccan Argan Oil Soap

I received a sample of Strawberry Sorbet Moroccan Argan Oil Soap from JewelScent by Natasha as part of their Scent of the Month Club. The first thing I noticed when I unwrapped it, is the wonderful smell. This smelled like strawberry ice cream. Its such a shame you can't eat it because you will be tempted to try. The soap is not harsh in any way and it lathers up very nicely. After I rinsed there was no residue left and my skin feels very soft and smells wonderful. I would highly recommend that anyone that loves the smell of strawberry pick this up before its gone. Thank you Natasha for letting me sample this wonderful soap.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Smiley 360 Truly Radiant Reviews

I have two videos uploaded to my youtube channel showing the Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant products that I received for free from Smiley360. You can find them by clicking on the youtube link at the top of my blog.

Smiley360 is a website that gives out samples of products for consumers to try and then review for them. The more  reviews and shares you do, the more opportunities you will have to try products.

You can access Smiley360 and join up by clicking on the link at the top of my blog page.

Enjoy my reviews


I have been a member of Crowdtap since November 2014. Crowdtap is a website that allows you to voice your opinion about different brands and test products for review. Each brand rewards you with points for answering questions and doing missions and challenges. Putting effort into your answers can reward you with stars. Stars will give you additional points and each 100 points will gain you an entry into a gift card drawing at  the end of the month. They have drawings in each brand category.

This past month I received $30.00 in Amazon gift cards and $25.00 from Walmart. I have had the opportunity to sample products like Brookside Chocolate and Scott Tubeless Toilet Paper. This month so far I am waiting for my Splenda samples to arrive so I can host a Splenda party and review their product for them. When you do different challenges, whether text, photo, or test products you have the opportunity to share with friends and family on social media. This allows the companies to get the word spread about their product.

Its easy to sign up for crowdtap. I have a link to their site at the top of my blog page so all you have to do is click on it. You fill out your demographics and they tailor the brand offerings to you. There is something to do every day. You can either do the challenges daily as I do, or just on the weekends. It is up to you how much time you want to invest in it.

I hope you have gained a little insight into the Crowdtap site and sign up for yourself. If you need any questions answered please feel free to comment and I will try to answer.