Thursday, December 5, 2013
With the holidays right around the corner, I want to give you one last gift card giveaway!!
...but instead of me picking it out, I'm going to give YOU the chance to pick which one you want!!
If you're the lucky winner, you can pick a $25 gift card from any of the following:
Giveaway rules are the same as always - only one entry per person/IP/household - all entries are verified and winner will be randomly selected & contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on December 17, 2013
Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below & you're in the running!
Good luck and thank you all so much for supporting my blog. I really do appreciate it!
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Disclaimer: This giveaway is not affiliated with any of the above companies - this is a self-sponsored giveaway and My Fab Fit Forties is solely responsible for prize fulfillment & delivery.
Henriette Holst grew up in Denmark interested in all the nature around her and at a very early age began helping her family create natural bath products using rose petals from their own garden. Her career in International Business took her all over the world, including Asia, where she was able to experience exotic flowers and soon developed what would one day be the signature scent of Kō Denmark.
After settling in Seattle with her Husband & having a baby, a hectic life was showing on her skin. She was unable to find an all natural product that helped, so she went back to her families old trusted recipes. Her skin was soon transformed. Friends & family took notice and wanted this product for themselves!
....and Kō Denmark was born!!
Fun fact: "Kō" was taken from a nickname Henriette called her newborn Daughter & means 'little one'!
Right off the bat, I loved seeing that Kō Denmark is 100% natural and Vegan. Made with only the purest ingredients and never tested on or made with any animal byproducts, you'll find these products free of GMO's, Gluten, Parabens, and Sulfates.
I tried the Anti-Aging Rosehip & Evening Primrose Face Serum and when I first opened up the 2oz (30ml) glass bottle, I immediately noticed the sweet fresh scent. It actually reminded me of my Grandmother's garden, which is probably because this serum is made from botanicals you'd find in a garden!
Inside each bottle, you'll find:
*Apricot Kernel Oil
*Sweet Almond Oil
*Evening Primrose Oil
*Neroli Orange Blossom
Did you know it takes 8.000 handpicked blossoms to produce 1 ml of Jasmine, Neroli or Rose Oil?
Now you would think that consisting purely of oils, it would be very greasy - and I have had this issue before trying serums that just sat heavy on my face - but this serum went on and in, meaning it was absorbed in quickly, leaving silky, glowing, moist skin behind without a greasy sheen.
I liked that I only need 2 or 3 drops to do my entire neck & face. I like using it right after I've showered and right before bed after I've washed my face and have patted it dry - leaving it still a little moist. Call me crazy, but I think it has also acted as a relaxing aromatherapy as I've been falling to sleep much easier since I've been using it!
I have also been using about a half a drop on each hand day & night too because I think hands can really show signs of aging and we just don't pay as much attention to them when we think about a skin care regimen.
At $38, I think this is a very moderate price point for an all-natural vegan skin care product that uses such quality ingredients. The shelf-life for Kō Denmark products is at least 12 months if you keep it out of direct sunlight & at room temperature.
I also want to point out how much I appreciated that this product was designed with a curved dropper! How many times have you tried to get the last bit of product out of a bottle, but the straight dropper just doesn't want to cooperate? That curved dropper did not go unnoticed! (sometimes it really is the little things!!)
It also impressed me that this company gives back to the community through donating proceeds to Pediatric Cancer Research, Multiple Sclerosis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and local food banks & pet shelters.
If you're looking for natural products and a company that gives back - Kō Denmark could be just what you're looking for.
If a serum isn't for you, they also have face creams, cleansers, and toners, as well as body oils & roll on perfumes!
Available to purchase directly from Kō Denmark's website and other online beauty retailers
You can also connect with Kō Denmark on Facebook and Twitter
If you're searching for products that make you not only look good, but feel good by using all natural & cruelty free ingredients, Kō Denmark may be the product line for you!
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. My reviews are always 100% my own honest opinion & my experiences with the product may be different than yours.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VinoVinti. All opinions are 100% mine.
Over the years I have learned to really appreciate wine. Long gone are the days of just popping the cork and pouring a glass. I've learned through wine tastings, reading about the subject - and trial & error, not only which wines pair best with what dishes, but how to truly enjoy a wine and get the most out of the experience.
While I enjoy both red & white, my favorite is Gewurztraminer - it's a delicious dry white that goes very well with the meals we mostly prepare & enjoy when we eat out - Thai, Curry, Sushi (I love it when I'm eating anything with Wasabi) - and if you're looking to try a Gewurtz for yourself, or looking for a wine that goes well with spicy food, I really love the Lucien Albrecht Gewurtztraminer Reserve 2010. It's a great wine that runs just about $19.
If you've been to wine tastings or maybe even have taken a course in wine, you have learned the importance of aeration & decanting to let your wine "breathe" - but there is a product on the market that I think will be a new "must have" for you wine lovers!
Faster than decanting and more effective than aerating, the VinoVinti takes wine enjoyment a step further by actually removing the excess Carbon Dioxide in the bottle of wine.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2), as a liquid, is what makes our soda fizzy.....which is great for soda; the fizzier, the better, right? For wine, however - you want that just right balance -- too much CO2 and you will have a harsh wine with a bite - too little and your wine is flat.
The VinoVinti gives you hands on control of the CO2 removal process with its patented ceramic rod & vacuum pump technology. When used, this rod & pump work to bring the CO2 molecules together, forming a bubble which then escapes from the wine.
This process only takes 20-30 seconds. The result is a smooth wine, with a reduced acidic bite, enriched flavor, improved finish, and a difference you can actually feel in your mouth. It's a wonderful way to add years of smoothness to a newer wine & enjoy a taste that you can often only get with a vintage wine.
You can see how easy it is to use in this short video:
If you have a wine lover on your holiday gift list this year, I think they would be thrilled to receive this beautifully packaged gift that will provide them with a lifetime of wine enjoyment! The VinoVinti sells for just $39.95 and you can buy one (or two) right at their online store! They can also be found at select retail locations.
They also sell gift packs of 6 (for all your wine loving friends & family) and you can buy an additional rod (so you'll have one for red wine & one for whites) for just $9.
Socially, you can connect with VinoVinti on Facebook
I know, as a wine lover myself, I'd love to find this under the tree this year (hint hint Husband if you're reading this!!) as I would imagine any wine enthusiast would!
Do you have a favorite type of wine? Do you do anything to prepare your wine prior to serving? Who on your holiday list would this make the perfect gift for?
**Please remember to drink responsibly and only drink if you are at least 21 years of age or older**
I received a notice letting me know that this deal was back and I wanted to share it with you.
I took advantage of this Vistaprint deal the last time I saw it and have to say I ran through the labels fairly quickly (I still mail a lot of letter/cards) and wished I had ordered more! They arrived fast and I have always had good service with Vistaprint, whether for labels or business cards.
Well now the deal is back and so are their cute holiday labels. This time I'm stocking up!!
You can also get 140 labels for just $5.00 which includes free standard shipping (which is 14 days) - if you haven't ordered from them before, just make sure you click through all the extras they will ask if you want (pens, magnets, etc) until you get to the checkout page.
So many cute options!
Ready to order? Check out all the labels & enjoy the deal!
Disclaimer: Post may contain affiliate links
I was going to do a Wordless Wednesday, but let's face it - even my "wordless" Wednesday posts aren't wordless!!
So I'm not even going to pretend! Instead, I wanted to write a post on how we can all do a little something extra, often at no to very low cost, that can really make a difference to someone in need.
During the holidays, it's especially apparent just how many people go without - without gifts, without food, often without the basics we use on any given day. I want to share a couple of things that we've been doing that, while small gestures, can help someone out that you might like to start doing too if you don't already!
For years now, we have had a "One Extra" box in our kitchen. This is a box where we put the (you guessed it) one extra (or two or three) item we buy every time we go to the grocery store. There's always some sort of sale - $.39 can of vegetables or box of mac & cheese - so we pick up a couple extra (always at least one extra) and add them to our box. We probably hit four stores a week during our various shopping runs, so the box fills up by the end of the month. It's a great way to also put those buy one/get one free sales & coupons for a free product to good use!
Then we donate it to our local food pantry. Here's our November donation box:
So really, for the cost of some change that's probably floating in the bottom of your purse, you can buy a 'one extra' that could make the world of difference to a person that is part of the 49 million in this country that live in a food insecure household (and isn't that a horrible, sad statistic for our country - the land of 'plenty' and we have so many that are hungry?)
It's also an easy thing for kids to help out with, maybe you could let them be in charge of picking out the item, giving them a budget - whether it's $.50 or $1.00 and get them involved early in the volunteering/giving spirit - which will surely stick with them as they grow into adults.
I also feel it's so important to give what we can, when we can because you just never know - it could very easily be any of us one day needing help ourselves - one lost job, one major illness, etc...
The next thing I've only started doing in the last few months, but has really brought me joy to do, is make "Helper Bags" for the homeless, which unfortunately is a problem our area & most major cities experience.
How many of us have a stash of those travel size toiletries we have taken from our hotel rooms or received in the mail, etc.? I know I have a giant basket of them - and I never really use any of them unless I grab one or two when I am off for vacation - otherwise they just sit there. So why not put those to good use?
The homeless go without many of the 'luxuries' we use every day and these bags are filled with things that might make someone's day a little nicer & more comfortable.....
- and I like to also include crackers and a protein bar and mini bottle of water
The easiest thing to include, that doesn't cost a penny, but what could mean the most, is a note of encouragement:
I have probably handed out about a dozen bags and at first I was nervous to, even though some of these people I have seen for years & basically know by name - I didn't want to insult them and honestly, I also didn't want to get yelled at if someone asked me for money and I say "sorry, but I have this instead...." -- but that didn't happen even once. Everyone was thankful and grateful and I have to admit that every time I hand one out, I leave with a little lump in my throat.
(mainly because I'm such a sap, I will cry at a good Oreo commercial)
Let's hear some other ways we can help others - I always love reading your ideas & what you all do - do you donate to a particular charity or have any low-cost/free ways of helping others in need??
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
If you've been reading my blog for any period of time, you know that every now and then I must
Here are five more commercials I find irksome!
1.) Martha Stewart pitching Pine Bros Throat Drops. I don't know what it is....I watch this and I'm fairly blasé about it until she crosses the line & says "Pine Brothers - it's not just a throat drop, it's an experience". Then I go from a 2 to a 10 on the irk-scale in .02 seconds!!
Witnessing the miracle of birth is an experience. Surviving in your car for five days in a snowstorm with just half a Club Cracker and a map as a blanket is an experience. If sucking on a Wild Cherry flavored throat drop is an experience, you need to get out more!
It also didn't escape me that she just referred to herself as "Martha" - you know, like Cher or Madonna....
I've also noticed that there's a version of the commercial where they've chopped that 'it's an experience' part out --- kudos for progress!
(ahh, I'm feeling better already just getting it all out!)
2.) "Dancing With The Stars" Cheryl Burke for Depends......."Even though she doesn't need them, Cheryl Burke is dancing in Depends undergarments...." --- a.) I'm sure her people stressed "make sure you say she doesn't have to wear diapers, she's choosing to" --- b.) how is she a great spokesperson for this product? I don't have false teeth, so why would I put Polident on my gums & tell everyone how great it is? "If I wore dentures, I bet they'd stick real well......" - I'd have more respect for this commercial if she stated that she peed throughout her perfect 10 Pasa Doble while wearing Depends and no one ever knew.
3.) Is it the Kindle commercial where the selling point is that there is a setting or app that you can use that will tell your kids their time is up for using it?? "So I don't have to be the bad Uncle??" --- "You mean, I don't have to tell them no?!" --- which really means "you mean, I don't have to parent??!" - like it's a terrible thing to tell your kids time's up, they've been playing too long on the thing - time to do homework or go play outside.....
....now you can pass it off & blame the gadget "Oh honey, Mommy would love to let you play all day on it, but mean Mr. App says no (don't hate me, hate it)"....I see this spreading to other things.....like the refrigerator....you can set it to say 'no' when a kid wants another snack..."Mom, I want another pudding cup....." - "well Susie, go see with the fridge says....." - "it said no, Mom"...."awww sorry baby - if it was up to me, you could pull up a chair & eat right out of the refrigerator all day....but it's not my decision".
I want an update on this kid in 15 years when she's out in the real world and has never been told no before!
(moving right along)
4.) The commercial for the Snuggie dogs - "Your dog needs to go out, but it's a cold winter's night - luckily there's Snuggie for Dogs..." - actually the dog comes with it's own Snuggie - it's called fur - I think the owner staring out the window looking at the dipping temperature on the thermometer with the constipated look on her face tells the truth about who really doesn't want to venture outside!
5.) The "Listen Up" - an "As Seen on TV" product that you wear so you can hear what people across the room are saying about you. First of all - NO ONE wants to know what people are saying about them as they walk by ---- but you wouldn't know it from this commercial because all the things the people are overhearing about themselves are simply wonderful!!
There's the slightly skeevy guy in the gym with his handy 'spy ear' on.....he's working out & you see two hot girls who say something along the lines of "hey, he's really been working out....he looks fantastic!!" -- then he nods & smiles and cranks up his treadmill speed. Seriously!?! That's not happening....it's more like "Ew, there's that guy again just staring at us -- I'm speaking with the Manager today!"
Then there's the lady checking her mail as two other women walk by & she has her 'spy ear' on (because you wouldn't want to miss anything walking outside to get your mail!) and hears them say "Have you met the new neighbor yet"......."No, but they seem awfully nice...".....Yeah, that's not happening.....It would be more like "No, but I did see that horrendous sofa they moved in....ew...."
There is nothing anyone says out of earshot about me that I want to hear. Ever.
Do you have any 'favorite' commercials'.....and 'favorite' can be love it or hate it!! Would you want to hear every little thing people are saying about you??!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Serve with some mushroom gravy or even pasta sauce on top for extra yumminess!
Here's what you'll need -
2 cups water
1 cup lentils
1 cup oats (use quick cooking)
2 small onions (diced)
3/4 cup cheddar cheese (use any cheese you want - we just happened to have some cheddar leftover from our trip to the Amish Market)
5 oz spaghetti sauce (use low sodium)
1 t garlic powder
1 t dried parsley
1 t dried basil
1/2 t seasoning salt (I use Mrs Dash salt-free)
1/4 t black pepper
Preheat oven to 350'
Boil your 2 cups of water (sprinkle a little salt in if you care too - I do not) and then add your lentils once it starts to boil.
Reduce heat & let lentils/water simmer with a cover for about a half an hour - or until the lentils are softened & most of the water is evaporated.
Once your lentils are just right, drain & pour into a bowl and mash them up a bit (if you have a food processor, this would work better than my method of a back of a spoon, which left bigger pieces) - let cool for a little bit....
Once it's cooled down (because you don't want the egg to cook or the cheese to melt yet), add your onion, oats & cheese. Mix that up...
Then add your egg, sauce, garlic, basil, parsley, seasoning salt & pepper. Mix it all up...
You'll tell it's done because it is brown on the top & feels firm to the touch.
Let cool for 7-10 minutes to let things settle & then enjoy!!
This serves about 6 and each serving has:
6.9g of fat (no trans-fat)
111mg of sodium (if you don't use low-sodium or salt-free products, watch this number - it can easily soar into the 2000mg mark)
32.8g of carbs (12.1 of those are fiber carbs)
15.2g of protein
You're getting vitamins A, B6 & C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and good for you fiber.
It's definitely worth a try - and though it may not be the prettiest loaf out there, it really is tasty!! This is also a very versatile recipe - once you've got the base down, it's easy to throw in more veggies (great way to get rid of a little bit of leftover peas/carrots, etc) - so play around with it and find a new delicious way to fix it!