Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Ultimate Duri Polish Gift Set Review

Duri polish is a great gift for Valentine's Day!
I received the Valentine's Day Ultimate Duri Polish Gift Set free to facilitate this review.

Are you looking for something unique for Valentine's Day? Look no further than Duri Cosmetics this holiday season! All of their polishes are 3 Free Nail Polish, meaning they have no Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, and Formaldehyde in their products. They have 5 new colors of nail polish that they lovingly call the "I LOVE HUE! Valentine’s Day collection" to brighten up your Valentines and they are the perfect gift to give alongside the traditional box of chocolates and roses. They also have red and metallic embossed Valentine's Day Gift Boxes so that you can choose the perfect 4 colors out of their over 250 hues.

L-R: Everyday is a Valentine, Cupid Rules, Iced Roses, Unexpected Kiss, and Sweetheart

The 5 new colors in the I LOVE HUE! Valentine’s Day collection are EVERY DAY IS A VALENTINE - a pigment rich true red, CUPID RULES - a modern bubblegum pink, ICED ROSES - a pastel pink bouquet, UNEXPECTED KISS - an iridescent orchid pink with sheer blue undertones, and SWEETHEART - a bright red-orange shade. I received 4 out of the 5 new colors, missing CUPID RULES. My favorite shade out of the set is UNEXPECTED KISS! I love purpley-pinkish shades and this has a shimmer to it that I also adore!

My daughter, Zari, painted her nails in alternate ICED ROSES and UNEXPECTED KISS.

My girls love to paint their nails and host mani/pedi parties with their little friends. I shared the Duri polishes with them and I do not feel guilty in using them on their nails because they are non-toxic, safe, and environmentally friendly. They do, however; have a strong odor, so make sure the room you are in is ventilated while painting. Duri's goal is to make your nails healthy and beautiful, so paint on the love!

The Duri nail polish is long lasting and fast drying for a durable, shiny finish. I love that they go on smooth without any bubbling or pocking. I also love that they don't easily chip or peel off. The new colors are great eye-candy and will be the perfect thing to add a little romantic pizazz to your wardrobe for Valentine's Day or as a gift for a loved one!



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Customize four favorite colors in a red and metallic embossed Valentine's Day Gift Box. Individual bottles retail for only $6 each and the Gift Box 4-Pack retails for $24. Available nationwide at www.duri.com.

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received these products for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Camerons Stovetop Smoker Review, Homegating Tips, and Alder Smoked Salmon Spread Recipe

I received the Camerons Stovetop Smoker and Wood Chips free to facilitate this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Homegating, throwing a sports viewing party at home, is becoming more and more popular because of the increased prices of sporting events and bad weather surrounding some games. The cost to attend these events is getting too expensive and then even after you have spent all that money for a ticket there are traveling, boarding, food, drink, parking, and memorabilia costs. Homegating is so much easier than tailgating and your wallet will be a lot happier. There is really no place like home for the big game!


Here are 10 tips to make your Homegating an awesome crowd pleasing experience...
  1. Decorate your home inside and out like a champion with your favorite team's colors and logos. Banners, streamers, balloons, buntings, flags, coasters, wall stickers, lights, throw pillows, throws, etc., make the party more inviting. If you are having a backyard homegate make sure your patio/deck is cleaned, prepared, decorated with seating and patio heater/firepit to keep everyone comfy.
  2. Dress up with your favorite team's jersey and colors. Go all out and let everyone know whose side you are rooting for by painting your face, hair, and/or nails.
  3. Have the big screen and sound system ready for action.
  4. Have enough cozy seating for your you and your guests where all can enjoy the game.
  5. Make sure to have enough yummy, mouthwatering food (smoked or grilled meat, sides, desserts, snacks, dips and sauces, etc.) and beverages (don't forget the non-alcoholic cocktails and soda pop!) on hand and more than enough refrigerator/table/cooler space to store it all before and during the game. 
  6. Keep your food warm with a slow cooker crock and your drinks cool with a ice chest.
  7. Make sure your grill is cleaned, prepped, and in great working order with enough propane or charcoal to get you through before you start grilling.
  8. Go the extra mile with a Camerons Stovetop Smoker and Camerons Wood Chips for fantastic smoked meat and veggies!
  9. Have fun activities ready to occupy your guests during breaks and/or commercials.
  10. Don't forget your camera, tablet, or smartphone. You don't want to miss taking pictures of your guests and spread, or telling your social media outlets scores and play-by-plays of super moves.

About the Camerons Stovetop Smoker:
  • Stainless steel smoker works over any heat source, including open flame, oven, grill, or stovetop. Induction capable. Can smoke large and small items on any heat surface!
  • Smokes meat, fish, poultry, seafood and vegetables.
  • Pan with cover is made of durable stainless-steel; dishwasher-safe.
  • Doubles as a steamer, so you really get two great cookers in one product!
  • Includes samples of two woodchip flavors and recipes.
  • One year manufacturers warranty.
  • Original Standard: $49.99 and Original Mini: $34.99 arv

About the Camerons Stovetop Wood Chips:
  • 100% natural wood chips - kiln dried with no additives.
  • Comes in 9 flavors: alder, apple, bourbon soaked oak, cherry, hickory, maple, mesquite, oak, and pecan.
  • Superfine ground chips perfect for indoor smoking.
  • Can be used in any smoker including the Stovetop Smoker.
  • Starts to smolder quickly and combusts 100% within 20 minutes.
  • 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons create perfect flavor infusion.
  • Packed in resealable plastic tubs.
  • No expiration date.
  • Made in USA.
  • 10-pack (1 pint of each flavor plus two hickory, unless you specify different): $34.00 arv


My Thoughts:
I love Camerons Stovetop Smoker! I've never had an indoor smoker and this makes smoking meat and veggies super easy. Since it is stainless steel it is simple to clean too! We received the smoker and the two samples of wood chips that came with it in the box were Hickory and Oak. I also got a larger tub of Alder wood chips separately. I decided to make an Alder Smoked Salmon according to the directions that came with the Stovetop Smoker and make it into a yummy dip or spread for crackers. I did find that the cooking time was about 55 minutes for a 2 pound fish instead of the 25 they suggest; although, my salmon was thick. I also added foil to the drip plate and sprayed the rack with olive oil for easier cleanup. My house smelled so good while the salmon was being smoked! Make sure you have your overhead stove vent on because it does smoke a little out the corners of the lid. This would be an easy, delicious side to make pre-game so that it can chill in the fridge prior to game day.

Alder Smoked Salmon Spread Recipe
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 12 ounces Alder smoked salmon, flaked
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon squeezed)
Whip the cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Place in fridge to chill about an hour. Serve with crackers.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received these products for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Princess Story: The Real-Life Fairy Tale Found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ Book Review

Cedar Fort Publishing & Media has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

I realize that not all of my readers are of my faith (LDS/Mormon), but regardless of that a lot of you are of Christian faith, the same as me. Yes, the LDS/Mormon church believes in Christ and we base our teachings on Him. This is the reason my church's full name is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. We, as Christians believe in Jesus Christ and that we are all sons and daughters of God. This realization is given to us in Biblical truths and scripture. We are shown in the Bible that we are both literal spirit children of our Heavenly Father because he created us & also sons and daughters of God because of having faith in Him and being born again through the atonement of Christ. In the book A Princess Story: The Real-Life Fairy Tale Found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Jaci Wightman we are enlightened even further of this concept.

A Princess Story: The Real-Life Fairy Tale Found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Jaci Wightman is a wonderful book for girls that shows them their divine potential. It sets the foundation for helping them recognize the princess within and parallels the fairytale princess stories that we have all grown up hearing, with God's plan for us. I love that this book has many scriptural references from both the Bible and Book of Mormon, teachings from the leaders of the Church, and "Additional Study" at the end of most chapters to back up these important concepts. I believe that this book is perfect for older Primary aged girls, Young Women (aged 12-17), mothers of daughters in the LDS Church, LDS Church leaders, and all young women who want to learn of their full potential as a daughter of God.

As an LDS woman that has grown up in the Church I remember being taught from the young age of 3 years old that we were children of God. One of my favorite songs that I was taught at that tender age was "I am a Child of God". It has always been a blessing to know my place here on Earth and I am thankful that my two daughters also know that they are daughters of God. I love A Princess Story and all its insights and I am also excited to share this book with my daughters as well when the time is right.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free to facilitate this review from Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Monday, January 18, 2016

PretendWear Color 'n Wash Ribbon Princess and Deluxe Fairy Princess Dresses Review

My girls coloring their PretendWear dresses with the paint daubers.

My daughters love to pretend all sorts of things and they love craft projects, especially when the craft involves coloring. PretendWear Color 'n Wash are costumes that your kids can color with the washable paint daubers that they come with. These costumes are made of dupont soft structure™ material that won't fray and are a child's one-size-fits-all so kids of all sizes from age 3-8 can wear these. The coloring book type designs on the outfits are outlined in permanent black ink so they won't wash out and so they can be colored, worn, washed, and colored over and over again. They are machine washable or can be washed by hand. These costumes come in all kinds of styles to choose from for both boys and girls. On the PretendWear Website you can find princesses, mermaids, fairies, pirates, superheros, butterflies, etc. They come in whole costumes like: dresses and jumpsuits to partials like: skirts, aprons, and capes.

PretendWear Ribbon Princess and Deluxe Fairy Princess. The backs of the dresses are colorable too!

My daughters got to test out the Ribbon Princess and Deluxe Fairy Princess dresses. These wearable dresses both are very customizable, re-designable, and so adorable! Teela picked the Ribbon Princess and Zari picked the Deluxe Fairy Princess to paint/color. We also received large paint daubers in yellow, pink, purple, and green to use to color the dresses with. The dresses both say on the website that they usually come with 3 paint daubers each. You can also get other washable: daubers, markers, glitter paint, etc. on their website to decorate the costumes with. Both Teela and Zari had so much fun making their dresses colorful. After they had painted one side of the dresses they patiently waited while it dried. It didn't take very long before the front was dry, but my girls wanted to wear them right away. So, before they colored the backside of the dresses I got some cute pictures of them modeling them for me. My favorite dress is the fairy princess because I love the petal sleeves and leaf skirt! They both turned out so nice. My girls are going to have endless fun with these!

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PretendWear Color 'n Wash costumes can be purchased on their website for $14.95-$24.95. You can also get capes for your child's stuffed animals for $6.95 that can also be colored and washed. The paint daubers are $2.49 each.
DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.