Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Harvest Halloween Blog Tour - Win a Yummy Pumpkin Lover's Prize Pack! $45 - US - Ends 10/15


Welcome to the Harvest Halloween Blog Hop organized by Holly at Hollybee Tells. I’m happy to have you here & am very excited to be one of the bloggers giving out some great Halloween prizes!


MY GIVEAWAY

My giveaway is for person who loves everything pumpkin! I've put together some of my favorite treats from Trader Joe's, perfect for a crisp Fall morning!

My Pumpkin Lover's Prize Pack will include:

1 Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Mix
1 Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter
1 Trader Joe's Pumpkin Chai
2 Debbie Mumm Ceramic Coffee Mugs

----and a surprise or two!

Total arv is $45



If you want to enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below! 

Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner will be randomly drawn after winning entry is verified, and emailed.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond to email before another winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only and will end at 11:59pm on October 15, 2014.

Good luck - and don't forget to enter the other giveaways for more chances to win some great prizes!!

xoxo,
Gigi

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Win a $100 Gift Certificate to Salcura Natural Skin Therapy - Cont. US 18+ - Ends 10/31

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Did you know that October is Eczema Awareness Month? Eczema can affect men, women, and children - so we want to get the word out about this condition and also let people know that Salcura Natural Skin Therapy can help soothe your skin irritations. Check out my review HERE. You can learn more about eczema awareness month HERE on The Coupon Chronicles and HERE on Pettie Pages. 

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Salcura Natural Skin Therapy has even more products to help soothe difficult-to-treat skin conditions. Besides eczema they have a section on their site to learn more about the conditions and what products may be able to help.

THE GIVEAWAY

Salcura Natural Skin Therapy is giving the winner a $100 gift certificate to their site. You will be able to get everything you need to take care of your family!

This giveaway begins on 10/1 12:00 am at and ends on 10/31 at 11:59pm (times are Eastern) and is open to Continental US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck!
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For any questions/concerns please EMAIL las930@charter.net Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecoptor Tools. Salcura Naturals is responsible for prize delivery. #SNST1014


A Special Thanks to All The Promoting Blogs
alwaysblabbing, Barbara Platt, Blogger Nicole, Bloggin With NiNi, Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, Desafio In The City, Devastatingly Beautiful Life, Dividing by Zero, Giveaway Moxie, Heart of a Philanthropist (HoaP), Here We Go Again..Ready, Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts, Joan's 5 Star Reviews, Kathy's Kontests, Krazy Kat Freebies, Luker Family Tales, Mama Banana's Adventures, MarksvilleandMe, mom are we there yet, Mommabears Book Blog, Mommy Makes Time, Moms... Check nyo, My Fab Fit Forties, naturalhairlatina, PaulaMS' Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies, SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways, Tales From A Southern Mom, Tays Two Cents, The Coupon Chronicles, The Minister's Wife Stamps and Saves, Voguish Mommy, Savory Savings, Grateful Giveaways, SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways, Cassandra M's Place, Heartbeats~ Soul Stains, and stellar manic mom, beck valley books, Missy's Product Reviews, My Startlight Blessings, Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life, Davids DIY, Lisa-Queen of Random, From Thought to Blog, Pettie Pages, Ramblings of Mama, Mary's Cup of Tea



Disclaimer - My Fab Fit Forties & the participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It Was One of Those Mornings


I shared this on Facebook already, but wanted to give you all a laugh too!!

So the good news was, as I was about to get into the shower this morning, I hear something being dropped off at the front door. I grab a ratty pair of jammie bottoms & a tee, throw them on & head downstairs.

I open the door and keep my foot on door so it doesn't close behind me.....

(you know where this is going....)

The bad news....there is a spider about an inch away from where my hand was reaching for the package....and it startled me....and I jump....foot leaves door. Door locks behind me.

...and if I don't get locked out of my house at least once a year, I just don't feel complete.

The good news....I know a back window is unlocked because I had just cracked it this morning to let some fresh air in.

The bad news is...I have to walk around our block to get access to the back yards...

So...off I trotted...barefoot, no bra, and the lovely pants with the ass blown out of you see in the below photo....and yes, that's Mickey Mouse...and Peace Signs...


Exhibit A

With one hand, I clutched the box over my boobs.... with the other, I reached around and grasped as much material as could fit into it to try and cinch up the gaping hole to stop myself from getting a public nudity citation. 


I'll let you soak that disturbing visual in...and throw in a weird mash-up walk that consisted of part pimp limp, part hunchback...and a pinch of ballerina. I wanted as little skin as possible touching the sidewalks....so I thought a tip toed strut was in order - and it's not like someone's going to see me and say "wow, she really looked like she had it all together...until she walked on her toes...."

So I had all my bits covered, but was still in danger of getting a ticket for "Walking While Appearing Completely Crazy"  <--that's a thing, right? I just walked frantically confidently down the street thinking "Just pretend you're Lady Gaga....just pretend you're wearing the hottest runway look.......just pretend everyone else has it wrong"


"Don't worry, darling - some people have no taste!!"

Okay...the good news - I made it home, climbed up and fell into the house...(locked window)...

The worst news........the package wasn't even for me - wrong address.

The best news....I will not be the strangest thing people see in Philly today - by far!!


I've also incorporated a new "fashion rule".....if I would be embarrassed for a dog to give birth on it, I shouldn't own it.....and definitely shouldn't wear it....even in the privacy of my own home!!

Destroying the evidence


So how was YOUR day?!

xoxo,
Gigi

Shoe Review: The Shipley by Hotter - Smart, Stylish & Sophisticated


If you're from the US,  you may not have heard of Hotter - but over in the UK, they're Britain's biggest shoe manufacturer. So big that they make a pair of shoes every 20 seconds!! Now, they're looking to make the US a little....Hotter.....by branching out across the pond! 

I've receive their catalog in the mail and had several pairs dog-eared since I've been looking for a pair of brown 'preppy' loafers! When I was asked to review a pair of their Shipley shoes, I was more than happy to as they seemed to fit the bill of exactly what I was looking for.

As a matter of fact, the Shipley is featured on the cover of their newest catalog which just arrived today!



These shoes are shipped directly from the UK, so I was a little worried about how long it might take to receive them, but I had them in about two weeks. 

I unpacked them and opened up the green shoe box.  Each shoe was very carefully wrapped - with tissue paper around the toe and wrapped around each tassel so they don't get bent.  They also come with a plastic rod inside of each shoe to help them maintain their shape.  You also receive a shoe horn! 




The Shipley comes in black, tan, and brown/black, which is a very pretty shade of black cherry - I opted for the tan and was really happy with how they looked when I had them unwrapped. The leather was nice and sturdy, without being stiff, and the kiltie (the fringed part) & tassel added just the right amount of 'prep' I had been looking for!



Every pair of Hotter shoes, including the Shipley, are built with their secret Comfort Concept® features (although I'm about to tell you about a few of them, so.....spoiler alert!!!)

* underfoot (insole) cushioning
* flexible, lightweight soles
* soft leathers & nubuck
* fittings to suit you (including standard & extra wide)
* women's sizes 5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11



I ordered the size 10.....I can wear between a 9.5 and a 10, but when I order online, I generally order the 10.  The 10's were a little too big on me when I wore them without socks.  However, with thicker socks & tights, they fit just right, which will be fine with the colder weather coming!

The cushioning was super thick and really was like a pillow for my feet.  The rubber sole had thick grooves for good traction and the 1.25" heel was just the right height. There was plenty of wiggle room for my toes too.



The shoes themselves look like they'd be heavy, but they're very lightweight. I l also liked the stitching and quality of the kiltie & tassels.  They look like shoes you'd find in a custom shoe shop.



The Shipley is very versatile - I can wear them with jeans or with a skirt & tights.  I also think these are only going to look better with age - you know when you have that favorite pair of shoes you've broken in and they've lost that 'brand spanking new' appearance? They're also so well crafted, they're a pair - and a classic enough style - that they will last you years!

Best of all, they're extremely comfortable.  



Founded in 1959, Hotter produces more than 1.6 million pairs of shoes a year - and I'm happy to own one of those pairs! If you're in the market for a great comfortable, quality, pair of shoes that are stylish to boot, I'd definitely suggest you take a peek at Hotter.  In fact, there might not be a better time to do just that - they're currently having a 30% off sale plus free shipping and returns! 

Speaking of returns - Hotter offers a 100% happy guarantee return policy - called their "no quibble" guarantee - where you can exchange or return within 90 days with no hassle! 

You'll find a variety of shoes & boots on Hotter - all with the #ComfortConcept they're known for! From flats, moccasins, & loafers to sports shoes, low heeled pumps, and ankle boots! They even have slippers and sandals! I've got my eye on the Belle & Helsinki boots and the Genie, Erica, & Winsome shoes! (I just donated about 20 pairs of shoes - my closet is going through withdrawal! <--well, that's what I'll tell myself as I'm clicking the 'order' button!!)



They also offer shoe care products to keep your footwear always looking their best!

You can add even more accessories to your wardrobe too with one of their lovely handbags, wallets, umbrellas, travel accessories, and even jackets! I call dibs on the Miriam purse & 

Don't forget the man in your life when shopping - Hotter has a whole section of comfortable, classic styles of shoes & boots for men too!

You can follow Hotter on many social media sites, including:

Facebook
Twitter
Google +
Pinterest
Instagram

I can't think of a thing I don't like about the Shipley shoes I received - except I probably should have researched sizes more and contacted their customer service to see if a 9.5 would  have been a better choice, but that's certainly not their fault!  Oh, also...I liked that even though this is a UK based company, you don't have to worry about size conversions - you simply order your standard US shoe size! 

Please go check out Hotter the next time you're looking for a great pair of comfortable quality shoes that are smart, stylish, and sophisticated! Your feet will thank you!

xoxo,
Gigi













Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The above review is based upon my own opinion of, and experience with, this brand and product - yours may differ.

Let's Shop for the Cure in October!


Did someone say 'shopping'??! Yes - and October is going to be a great time to not only score some great beauty items, but also feel good knowing that part, or all, of the proceeds from the following purchases will go towards the fight against breast cancer! 

Sonia Kashuk® Proudly Pink 5 pc Brush Set
Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink 5 Piece Brush Set $15.99 at Target
(Target will donate 15% to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)


eos Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection $7.99
(A portion of proceeds go toward Breast Cancer Research)

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Collection $60
($12 of proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo $45
(20% of proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Smell the Roses Hydration Spray
Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray $29
(100% of proceeds go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer)

Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection Set
Estee Lauder Dream Collection Set $29.50
(20% of proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Great Skin, Great Cause
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $38
($10 of proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray $12.79
(A proceed of each sale will go to breast cancer research)

Essie - 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Mini Cube
Essie Breast Cancer Mini Cube Collection $17
(A portion of the proceeds go to Living Beyond Cancer)

LIMITED-EDITION hand relief™ moisturizing creme with calming shampure™ aroma
Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme $26
($4 of each purchase goes to cruelty-free research
through the National Breast Cancer Foundation)

Arcona Pink Ice Moisturizing Gel $40
($2 will go to CEW's Foundation 'Cancer and Careers')

Origins Drink Up Hydrating lip balm - Breast Cancer Awareness Limited Edition, Berry Splash
Origins Berry Splash Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm $17
(A portion of proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)


So there you have it - 12 beauty products that will make you look good - while doing good!! 

Do you tend to buy products that support a good cause? Which product above do you like best? (I'd have to say I'd love the Hydration Spray!)

xoxo,
Gigi




Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy National Coffee Day - Facts & Freebies

I enjoy a good cup (or three) of coffee every day, so I was really tickled to find out today is National Coffee Day....and from the looks of these stats, I'm not alone!!

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Infographic from: CoffeeMarvel.com

I wonder if they sell that world's most expensive coffee by the teaspoon....I would love to see what it tastes like!!

In celebration of those delicious little beans, many places are offering free or coffee today at el cheapo prices to help you get through your Monday!  Check and see if there's a place near you participating:

Krispy Kreme - free small coffee or $1 for a latte, iced, or mocha

Chick-Fil-A - free hot or iced coffee (locations may vary)

Dunkin Donuts - free medium hot roast coffee

Tim Horton's - $1 for any size coffee

Peet's - take a friend, it's buy one get one free

It just dawned on me that I have my cup of coffee still sitting under the Keurig!! Arrrgh - I hate when that happens!!

Happy Monday & Happy Coffee Day!

xoxo,
Gigi

Boost Your Sexy Mojo with Booty Parlor - Review & Amazing Giveaway! US/Can Ends 10/18


No matter what our age is, we all want to feel confident, sexy, and desired, but so many things can come into play that seem to whittle away our confidence - stress, body issues, or maybe we've just settled into a comfortable routine and everything is just a little....what's the word I'm looking for....blah? Lackluster? 

Booty Parlor is a company that is devoted to helping women get that confidence back and unleashing that inner vixen!  You may have read about them in Life & Style, In Touch, Woman's Health, Redbook, or Eonline (to name a few!!) where they've been hailed as "A Beauty Breakthrough!!" Their secret weapon is using Pheromones & ingredients known for their aphrodisiac qualities in their products.  Pheromones are those odorless chemicals we emit that trigger a reaction (attraction) from others. 

I was more than happy to try out a couple of products for Booty Parlor and was super excited when the box arrived!!



The first thing I noticed was the beautiful packaging. Pink, silver, black...and the box the products came in was very sturdy - quality made.  I loved the girly feel about it.  I slid the box open and securely nestled in pink tissue paper was a jar of "Flirty Little Secret Pink Caviar Scrub with Pheromones" and a tube of "Skin Honey Kissable Body Topping".



The Pink Caviar Scrub with Pheromones ($26) came in a generous 8oz jar and smells great - berry mixed with a little lemon - it's almost bubble gum scented.  It was light, fluffy, and full of little beads ("caviar") mixed in with sugar, jojoba oil, and shea butter.  A little bit can cover a lot of skin - which I liked - it should last a good long time!  When I first used it in the shower, I was a little worried when it didn't seem like it wanted to rinse off after I had scrubbed it into my skin - it almost felt like a layer of butter...but it did rinse off and any fear I had of being left a greasy mess soon went away.  


I patted myself off and was left with moisturized, ultra smooth skin.  Nothing 'slick' was left behind, but what I was left with was just a hint of an all over shimmer - and the scent was lingering long after my shower.  Not only did my husband comment on it every time I used it, but so did a lady behind me at the Post Office and the bag boy at Shop Rite! Hmm, those pheromones at work perhaps? 



The other item I received was the Skin Honey Kissable Body Topping in Strawberry Kiss ($22). It's also available in Chocolate Honey and Pomegranate Honey. Okay, this was fun. You basically dab it anywhere you'd like to be kissed. It's a water-based gel, so it's not sticky and doesn't make a mess! Other ingredients include Goji Berry, Honey Extract, and Ginsing - so your body will be left hydrated and energized! It is slick, so it's great to use for a massage too! The scent was not overwhelming and you're not left with any strange aftertaste.  This body topping is paraben free and latex safe.  

As far as the products they carry, you'll find body scrubs, shimmers, and lip shimmers & plumpers.  They also carry roll-on perfume, and firming cream <---remember I reviewed the bronzing firming cream not too long ago? For the bedroom, you'll find the kissable body topping like I reviewed above, massage candles (they're great!) and oil, bubble bath, and more! 

They also carry pretty frilly panties and "Love Kits" containing multiple products - perfect for gift giving! I really love that you can design your own Love Kit - you pick the products and they'll package it up beautifully for you. You can even include a personalized gift card!

While these products are all awesome to add to your arsenal of sexy boosters, if you need a guide through your journey of bringing back your mojo, Founder of Booty Parlor, Dana B. Myers, has penned the book Mojo Makeover: Four Weeks to a Sexier You full of tips & exercises all designed to help you get your spark back!

What I think will appeal to everyone about Booty Parlor is they're a very classy line.  I know we don't all have the same level of acceptance, or comfort,  when it comes to "adult" products, so I want to touch on that to let you know that you can confidently go on their site without seeing any nudity or being met by a page of adult toys you might not want to see. 

I was thoroughly impressed with Booty Parlor - from packaging to product - website design to the body positive, confidence affirming mission of the company as a whole. 

You can also follow Booty Parlor socially on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr.  You'll definitely want to stay in touch with them socially as they always seem to be having fun giveaways & contests!!

Speaking of giveaway.......you are about to LOVE what I'm going to tell you!

The generous folks at Booty Parlor would love to give one My Fab Fit Forties reader the chance to win $100 worth of Booty Parlor products of winner's choice and some fun bonus items (think t-shirt, samples, and more "Booty Swag!!!")

If you're ready to enter, just fill out the rafflecopter form below! Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted via email once winning entry is verified.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to both US and Canada, 18+,  and will end at 11:59pm on October 18, 2014.


Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi

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Disclaimer:  I received the above products at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  This review is based on my own experience with, and opinion of, this company and the above products.  Your opinion may differ.