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Monday, June 29, 2015

Treasure Hunt Tuesday Giveaway Link Up - June 30 to July 6, 2015

Time to link up your Treasure of a Giveaway
Dig up some Treasure for yourself!

A few rules:

  1. Linked posts but be linked directly to the giveaway
  2. Giveaways and contests must be Family Friendly! No adult oriented giveaways. Watch those covers of some of those romance books, girls. Please no almost nude covers, thank you.
  3. Please list Geographical restrictions aka US, US/CAN, or WW (World Wide)
  4. Giveaways must include an End Date in Title

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#Review: #CLAComplex Conjugated Linoleic Acid - Helps to Suppress Your Appetite & Reduce Body Fat

Are you looking for a supplement that will help you lose weight and help build you muscles at the same time?  I am one that needs to lose some extra weight, but I don't want to lose muscle mass as well.  So I have been taking CLA.

I had never heard of this before and was curious to try CLA Complex.  CLA stands for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, and it is a fatty acid that is naturally found in grass-fed meats.  CLA Complex is the secret weapon used by exercise enthusiasts and regular people all over the world to achieve their dream physique.

Weight Loss Benefits

Through over 20 clinical trials and animal research, it has been concluded that CLA can benefit your weight loss goals. Studies (which have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration) support that CLA:

• Can improve the lean mass to body fat ratio, decreasing fat deposition,and enhancing muscle growth
• May increase your body's base metabolic rate and suppress appetite
• Can help lower insulin resistance and make it easier to control weight
• Satisfied customers have reported results such as dropping dress sizes and improved athletic performance in as little as 3 weeks

Exactly what is CLA again?
• CLA Complex contains CLA, also known as Conjugated Linoleic Acid, is a fatty acid that is naturally found in grass-fed meats
• It is nearly impossible to get the necessary amount of CLA through diet alone
• Each gram of total fat from grass-fed ground beef provides only 4.3mgs of CLA; that means it takes 4,500 fat calories alone to get the CLA you need
• CLA CANNOT be produced in the human body so you must get it from your diet or via supplementation

Well, it seems that in order to get the CLA from my diet, I would need to eat a lot of red meat.  I wouldn't mind eating more beef, but it can get expensive, and plus, I do love to eat a lot of chicken.  I have been taking the ClA Complex from PureFitNatural for several weeks now, and I have seen a significant decrease in my appetite.  I have also noticed that, even though it does not state it above, I do not crave the carbs as much.

I really haven't lost much weight, but I know that this is mainly my fault.  For the past two weeks I have not bee taking my daily walks due to a fire that is up in the mountains near us here in Southern California - the Lake Fire.  We have been very smokey, and I have been staying indoors so as to not exasperate my sinus allergies.  I just started walking again this morning as the smoke is almost all gone now.

 Would you like to try the PureNaturalFit CLA Complex for yourself?  You do have to take 4 of the softgels daily - 2 with breakfast and again at dinner.  The softgels have no smell, go down easily, and I do not burp them up after I take them.  The CLA comes from GMO-Free Safflower Oil.  One bottle contains 120 softgels which equals out to be a 30 day supply.  Get the CLAComplex at Amazon today for only $20.77.

The product was provided to me in order for me to facilitate an honest review. No other form of compensation was exchanged. Regardless, all thoughts are my own honest opinions!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Serene Sunday for June 28, 2015

Happy Sunday to you all.  Today's music is from composer, Joe Hisaishi.  Included here is over two hours of his beautiful instrumental music.  The first nine songs from the 36 included are from Studio Ghibli soundtracks that he wrote.

If you have never seen any of the films from Studio Ghibli, I urge you to check them out.  Disney distributes them here in the US.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Silly Saturday Jokes - June 27, 2015

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if, after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?...What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old ugly woman, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the woman was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the old woman. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old ugly woman wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend!

Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur.

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the woman answered Arthur’s question thus:

What a woman really wants, she to be in charge of her own life.

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the woman had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared.

And so it was, the neighbouring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the ugly woman had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened.

The young beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared ugly, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day — or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old ugly woman? Or, would he prefer having a hideous woman during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

What Lancelot chose is below.

BUT — make YOUR choice before you scroll down below.


Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now....what is the moral to this story?

The moral is —

If you don’t let a woman have her own way...
Things are going to get ugly..

A plane is on its way to Toronto, when a Blonde in economy class gets up, and moves to the First Class section adn sits down.

The flight attendant watches her do this, and asks to see her ticket.

She then tells the Blonde that she paid for economy class, and that she will have to sit in the back.

The Blonde replies, "I'm blonde, I'm beautiful, I'm going to Toronto and I'm staying right here."

The flight attendant goes into the cockpit and tells the pilot and the co-pilot that there is a blonde sitting in First Class that belongs in economy and won't move back to her seat.

The co-pilot goes back to the blonde and tried to explain that because she only paid for economy, she will have to leave and return to her seat.

The Blonde replies, "I'm blone, I'm beautiful, I'm going to Toronto and I'm staying right here."

The co-pilot tells the pilot that he probably should have the police waiting when they land to arrest this blonde woman who won't listen to reason.

The pilot says, "You say she is a blonde?  I'll handle this, I'm married to a blonde.  I speak blonde."

He goes basck to the blonde and whispers in her ear. and she says, "Oh, I'm sorry," gets up, and goes back to her seat in economy.

The flight attendant and the co-pilot are amazed and asked him what he said to make her move without any fuss.  

"I told her, 'First Class isn't going to Toronto.'"

Friday, June 26, 2015

#Review: Mira Electric #MilkFrother and Cappuccino Maker

What's your favorite?  Chai Tea? Cappuccino?  Latte?  Creamy Hot Cocoa?  Which ever one you choose, you can make it right at home with your own milk frother.  Our personal favorite is hot cocoa.  Making it with warm frothy milk makes this a real treat!

With many thanks to Mira, I have their latest Automatic One Touch Electric Milk Frother, Warmer, and Foam Maker.  I thought the first Mira Electric Milk Frother that I reviewed was great, this one is better.

The minimum and maximum lines inside the non-stick interior are so much more visible and easier for these older eyes to see.  This electric milk frother will froth up to 115ml (3.8oz) of hot or cold milk in under two minutes for sophisticated coffeehouse-style beverages.  It will heat up to 240ml (8.1oz) of milk in under three minutes for perfectly rich and creamy hot chocolate, chai tea, or lattes.

The interchangeable whisks for whipping and stirring have a handhold on the top of them.  It is so much more easier to put in and take out.

I decided to prepare a cup of some hot cocoa using the Mira Automatic One Touch Electric Milk Frother.  I got 6 oz (177ml) of cold milk (that is a 3/4 cup measuring cup I am using).  Since I was not frothing, I used the stirring paddle.

I put the milk in, and with one push of the button, started up heating and stirring my milk.  The stirring action is very strong and frothed the milk up quite a bit.  It automatically shut off when it was done.

Here's the milk now nice warm and frothy ready to be mixed into hot cocoa.

My hot cocoa was perfectly heated.  The Mira Electric Milk Frother warmed and frothed up the milk to make the cocoa taste better than just warming (nuking) the milk in the microwave.  It was simply delicious!  Another way to enjoy your warm milk - this milk frother warms the milk to the perfect temperature for the bedtime treat of warm milk to help you sleep.

Froth and foam up hot or cold milk in just seconds with the MIRA One Touch Automatic Professional Milk Frother. This frother is perfect for creating delicious drinks for both adults and children. Milk frother creates the perfect frothing action by quickly whipping as much air as possible into the milk. Simply add milk to the pitcher, press a button and the frother does all the work for you.

Intelligent heat control and an automatic shut off feature prevent milk from overheating and burning, so there's no barista experience necessary to make a perfect treat! A non-stick interior and easy to disassemble set-up makes clean up a breeze.  This machine is not dishwasher safe, and it must be hand washed after each use.  Whether you're taking a moment to yourself for a midday treat or rushing to prepare your morning coffee before flying out the door, the MIRA milk frother provides a quick and easy way to enjoy a delicious cafĂ© treat every day, without breaking the bank.

The Mira One Touch Automatic Professional Milk Frother comes in a handsome box that can be easily wrapped for gift giving.  Get it NOW on Amazon!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

#ShopletReviews: Write Smoothly With Schneider Pens

Isn't it just horrible that when you are writing with a pen, that it just doesn't want to write well.  That old ink in the pen won't come out and when it does, you have blotchy writing.  I write daily in my notebook to categorize the pictures for my reviews.  One thing I dislike is using a pen that the ink is not flowing consistently nor smoothly on the paper. When I write, I want a writing instrument that will glide smoothly across the paper.

With so many thanks to Shoplet, where you can find all the office supplies you need at discounted prices, I was sent to review some pens from a leading international brand for writing instruments from Germany - Schneider.  Believe me, these are top quality pens that all but one comes with the innovative Viscoglide technology.  Viscoglide ink is a high-performance hybrid ink that combines the best features of traditional ballpoint ink and gel ink with super-smooth writing action while drying super quick.  This ink does just make writing a pleasure.

Here is a set of colorful from Schneider, the Slider Memo XB 1.4 mm Viscoglide Ballpoint Pen 4 Pack Colors.  Not only do these pens have that super smoother Viscoglide ink, but they are ergonomically designed  with a rubber grip to bring comfort to your hands when writing.  The XB means Extra Broad line width.  The cap has a sturdy metal clip and fits neatly on either end of the pen. The wear-resistant stainless steel tip guarantees that the large ink supply can be fully used and does not smear.

This pen set comes in the playful colors of green, orange, purple and pink.  These whimsical bold colors are bright and easily seen.  When you buy pens of different colors, you do want colors that can be seen.  These are not faint on the paper.

I also received a set containing five different Schneider pens that are sold separately at Shoplet.

Along with all of those fun colors that belong to she Slider Memo XB set, I also received a red pen.  The Slider Memo XB 1.4 mm Viscoglide Ballpoint Pen Red has all the great qualities that I described above with the 4-pack.  This one is just has beautiful vibrant red ink.

This is the Slider Rave 1.4 mm Viscoglide Retractable Ballpoint Pen Black.  This pen also has that wonderful waterproof fast-drying Viscoglide ink but without the hassle of a cap.  This is the kind of pen that I like to carry in my purse as I don't have to worry about losing a cap.  It does have a comfortable rubberized, ergonomic barrel with metal accents that offers a good grip and promotes a natural writing movement without hand fatigue. Modern design features a high-grade steel point and solid metal clip to attach to pockets and more. Schneider Rave Ballpoint Pen is refillable with a jumbo refill.

Here's a pen with a fun design.  The Slider Basic XB 1.4mm Viscoglide Ballpoint Pen Black is a wonderful pen.  This is the one that I have in the loop in my notebook.  It's a skinnier ballpoint pen, but writes so smoothly with that Viscoglide waterproof ink.  Under the cap, you will find a rubberized grip that does add to the comfort of the pen while also keeping it in your grip.  It also also features high-grade steel point and removable plastic cap to attach to pockets and more.

Here's another skinnier pen, but this one has a three-edged barrel.  It's the Slider Edge 1.4 mm Viscoglide Ballpoint Pen Black.  The triangular barrel prevents the pen from rolling off the desk or other flat surfaces. Like the other pens, this one, too, has the rubberized surface that offers a good grip and promotes a natural writing movement. Wear-resistant, stainless steel tip delivers clean writing right to the end. Nonrefillable Slider Edge also features PVC-free construction, large ink reservoir and removable plastic cap.  I have always liked a triangular barrel to a pen, and this one is very comfortable to write with.

I did mention at the beginning that one of the pens that I got did not come with the Viscoglide ink.  This is the Schneider Xpress .8 mm Porous Point Pen Black.  This is pen that you will want to have when you need a thin line like when you are measuring and making lines with a ruler or template.  The .8 mm fiber tip delivers smooth writing with the water-based ink.  If you do so happen to forget to put the cap back on this pen, it won't run dry the next day.  This pen can last up to 3 days with the cap off.  The pen is ergonomically designed which makes it feel good in your hand.  The is a nice sturdy metal clip on the cap.

I am very impressed with the great quality of these Schneider pens.  Schneider is a premier German pen manufacturer for over 75 years.  Their entire line of pens are CO2Neutral.  The Viscoglide line, a collection of advanced ballpoint inks, are produced entirely without adding to the carbon footprint.   Schneider was also the first pen manufacturer in the world to be EMAS certified.

is distributed by in the USA

Stride is a woman-owned family-owned business that sells and distributes exceptional office products here in the US, and is the exclusive distributor of Schneider her in the US.  Based in Albuquerque, NM, their workforce is extraordinary as it is composed of 50% of adults that are intellectually and developmentally challenged.  Stride has their employees hand assemble many of the Schneider line of pens for distribution in the US.  I do so much love to get items from companies that hire these people because they deserve to work and feel good about themselves.

Shoplet is my favorite online office superstore.  From promotional products to office stationary, you'll find exactly what you want at  When they say they have everything for your business, they are not kidding.  Why they even have discounted medical supplies!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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