The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: July 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fight the Itch with Lubriderm Lotion + Giveaway!! #FamiliaFirst #lub


It's that time of year when I am out in the garden, beach or just outside. I am also wearing shorts and skirts and trying to get some sun on my legs. This is great because they look great but also bad because sun equals dry and itchy skin.

Luckily, I have some tips from Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas who is a Board certified dermatologist. Dr. Rivas says that itchy dry skin can be a major distraction any time of the year. She recommends using LUBRIDERM Soothing Relief Daily Lotion with cooling menthol to help minimize the discomfort and leave skin feeling smooth with no residue.


Dr. Rivas has some great tips on how to fight itchy skin this summer.

Don't pick at your skin: Scratching or picking a spot will interfere with the skin's healing process. 
Moisturize Daily: Prevent further irritation by applying a soothing moisturizer daily. 
Protect your skin: Wear long, loose layers to help shield your skin from the sun's rays.

These are good tips. I have been moisturizing daily since I got back from my vacation. I got some really good color on my skin but it got dry and itchy. LUBRIDERM lotion has helped me get rid of the itch and because I am taking care of my skin, the color is still there. And let me tell you, I got a great tan this summer!


If you want to win some Lubriderm lotions for your skin care, just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget!!


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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Alouette Le Petite Fromage Review and Giveaway!


Tom has to eat healthy now which means I am eating healthy now as well. I wasn't happy at first but I am getting used to our new low fat, low salt diet. I do cheat every once in a while because I can. I don't get crazy but there is no way I will ever give up some of my favorite foods like cheese.

I have found the perfect snack though. We can have our cheese but not worry about the it being an unhealthy snack. My new snack is Le Petite Fromage from Alouette. I eat Alouette spreads and I love them. So it is not surprising that I love these little pieces of creamy cheesy deliciousness.


Le Petite Fromage comes in little boxes of 8 pieces. It is the perfect snack size. You can eat one or eight but it is a great snack especially if you are trying to eat healthier. Each little piece is only 40 calories. And let me tell you that I get satisfied with just 2 pieces. I eat them alone or on crackers.



Le Petite Fromage is free from additives, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours. It blends indulgent cheese and a touch of yogurt with vegetables picked at peak season and bold spices for a little cheese with big flavor. Le Petite Fromage is available in four flavorful varieties:
• Garlic & Herb – Based on Alouette's original and best-selling spread, filled with herbs picked at the peak of flavor and complemented by subtle peppery notes 
• Garden Salsa – Spicy and garden-fresh, bursting with juicy tomatoes, crunchy peppers, flavorful jalapenos, and bold spices 
• Parmesan & Basil – Perfectly-blended combination of rich, ten-month aged Parmesan and hints of fresh basil 
• Cucumber & Dill – Tzatziki-inspired Mediterranean flavors of refreshing cucumber, dill, and garlic
I love all the flavors. The Garden Salsa is a spicy and fresh. The Parmesan and Basil is herby and savory. The Garlic and Herb is so super duper delicious but let me tell you that I am addicted to the cucumber and dill. I can eat these every day. I took some of these to work and now my co-workers are hooked as well. 



I also took these on lake house vacation and they were the perfect afternoon snack with cracker and a glass of wine or a beer. Besides being delicious, they are are easy to serve and to take anywhere. With four flavors you will find one that you will love!



Alouette products are available for $3.99 to $11.99 at grocery stores nationwide, including Kroger, Target, Walmart, ShopRite, Safeway, Albertsons, and more.

If you want to win a supply of Alouette cheeses (all four flavors) then enter below on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ANT-MAN Activity Sheets!!

I have not seen this movie but it looks amazing! You all know how much I love Marvel Super Heroes! I saw the trailer the other day and it looked like so much fun! I am going to have to see it this weekend for sure! 

And I know how you all love these activity sheets. So I have a few more. Remember to click and print and give them to the kiddos! They are great now during summer when they are home! Don't tell anyone but I actually print out the coloring pages and color them! Even at my age, I Iove coloring!

















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ANT-MAN is now playing in theatres everywhere!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Travel Kit Giveaway!


I have written about Downy Wrinkle Releaser numerous times on my blog. It is one of my favorite products. I love it because I hate ironing. I don;t iron unless it is a special occasion. But I always have to look presentable for work but with Downy Wrinkle Releaser, I am able to do so without turning on the iron.

I also love traveling with Downy Wrinkle Release. When we traveled to Europe two years ago, I had a little travel size bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser with me. It went to London, Paris and Spain. It was really wonderful because when we went out to the theatre and dinner, I was able to unroll my dress and nicer clothes and get the wrinkles out.

With Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus tugs out any visible wrinkles, smooths the fabric, allows the garment to dry and be wrinkle, static and odor free in less than five minutes. Silicones in Downy Wrinkle Release Plus grip the fabric fibers in garments making it possible for them to slide against each other rather than being frozen in a crease.

It is the perfect travel companion. I always keep one in my travel bag. I now keep one in my desk at work and my co-workers come and use it when they need to get the wrinkles out for meetings. I have had to bring extra to the office.

If you don't like ironing Downy Wrinkle Releaser is the perfect product to have on hand. It really works. I can attest to that. It makes my life so much easier and I love that!


And thanks to Downy, I have a wonderful prize to give away. The prize pack includes a travel toiletry bag, hooded neck pillow, travel size bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, a Dreft Stain Remover Pen and other small travel items. Just enter below!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Giveaway!

I was offered some Optimum Nutrition ON GS Whey to review. I don't usually take protein because I get it in my food but I knew hubby probably needed to try some. After his heart bypass we have had to change our eating habits.

I don't think he is getting enough protein and he is losing a lot of weight and probably muscle. So I thought it might be a good idea for him to get some protein. I want to make sure that he is getting enough nutrients since we are on a low salt and low fat meal plan.



Here are some facts about Optimum Nutrition ON GS Whey:

· Whey protein isolates are the primary ingredient in Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™, which delivers 24 grams of high-quality protein in every serving.

· Whey protein isolates are the purest form of whey protein and rate among the best proteins available to consumers.

· Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™ is formulated to mix easily and dissolve quickly in water, milk or milk alternatives like soy or almond milk. ON’s Gold Standard 100% Whey™ is noted for its variety of delicious flavors like Extreme Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla Cream, Chocolate Mint, Salted Caramel and Key Lime Pie.

· Athletes and fitness enthusiasts choose whey protein because it supports muscle size, strength and recovery, provides energy and helps you feel full

· Whey protein is considered a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids, including BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) which help support muscle strength and recovery.
· Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™ has been voted Protein of the Year by consumers for 10 consecutive years and is the world’s best-selling whey protein powder1.

· Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey™ is sold at specialty retail stores across the U.S. and online. To find a retailer that that carries Gold Standard 100% Whey™, check out the retailer location section on Optimumnutrition.com.

Hubby liked the shakes I made him. It's something he has to get used to but he enjoyed the Extreme Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel flavors. I like the chocolate as well.

If you want a chance to win some Optimum Nutrition ON GS Whey, then enter below on the Rafflecopter widget.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Olay Total Effects 7 Products Review and Giveaway!

There are few products I am super loyal to these days. If I buy you time and time again, it is because I know that the product is good. One of those products is Olay. I use all sorts of the products they make and have for years.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try the Olay Total Effects 7 products. I received the Total Effects Featherweight Daily Moisturizer + SPF 15 and Total Effects Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SolaSheer Technology SPF 30.  I am all about SPF nowadays because as I get older, my skin is not as resilient as it used to be.

Plus, there are several family members who have had skin cancer so I have to be extra careful. That's what I love about Olay. Olay knows how important it is to arm women with products that protect against the sun while providing anti-aging and skin benefits.


Olay Principal Scientist, Dr. Frauke Neuser says “any reputable maker of skin care products like Olay tests not only the individual ingredients but also the final formula for efficacy and performance. Adding actives that provide SPF protection does not interfere with other desired product attributes such as moisturization, texture improvement and anti-aging benefits.” Dr. Omar Torres, M.D., Olay Dermatologist says that “wearing a moisturizer with SPF is a must, not only as part of one's beauty routine, but as a precautionary measure against serious skin complications.”


I loved these two products. I loved the Featherweight Moisturizer and used it while I was on vacation. It went on very light and it helped protect my face. After a few days of tanning, I switched over to the anti-aging moisturizer because I was afraid that I was getting a little too much sun. It was a little thicker but it still went on smoothly and kept my skin moist and smooth. I am a big fan of these new Olay products.

They are definitely going to be in my beauty drawer from now on. I especially love the anti-aging moisturizer because I need all the help I can help! If you want to win a set of these great Olay moisturizers, then enter on the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Osteo Bi-Flex ease Giveaway!


Last year I hurt my knee. And it gets better for a while and then it gets worse and so on and so forth. It's time to get it checked out because it seems that as I get older, my joints do not bounce back. This past week when I was on vacation, it got hurt again. We had to climb a lot of stairs to get to the house from the lake and vice versa and it was tough on my joints.




Luckily, Osteo Bi-Flex has helped my joints feel a little better. And now Osteo Bi-Flex has a new product that I am trying. Osteo Bi-Flex ease is an easy to take mini tab that is 80% smaller than the other Osteo Bi-Flex tablet. This is great for me because I hate taking big pills so this is so much easier.

But although it is smaller, it is still strong enough to help my joints. Osteo Bi-Flex is made with UC-II Collagen that provides joint comfort and helps with joint stiffness. I know all about joint stiffness. Besides my knee, I also seem to be having trouble when I sit for a long time. So if this can help the stiffness I feel after sitting at my desk all day, it would be great! It also has Vitamin D3 so I get some extra added Vitamin D.



I know some people are hesitant of supplements but I am of the mind that if it helps my joint pain go away or subside, I will try the product. I know as I get older, it has no been pretty. If I can help support my joints, it’s all good. I am trying to stay active and healthy and I need all the help I can get. And these products are not for people like me who have gotten older. These products can help people younger than me because it supports joint function and mobility at any age. It's particularly useful to Gen-X’ers and Boomers who are looking for extra joints support to move comfortably.

If you would like to win Osteo Bi-Flex ease, then enter on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

Friday, July 10, 2015

My vacation is almost over!

We are still at the lake and we will be back tomorrow. Sigh. We had a fabulous time!! But stay tuned because I will be posting next week!!


Monday, July 6, 2015

Sign up for the Weight Watchers Community and earn Amazon Cards!!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

We have been eating low fat and low salt food. Hubby has lost 30 pounds. Me? 4 pounds? Sigh. It is time to take it up a step and get with a program. I have been eyeballing Weight Watchers.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fresh Summer Look with CoverGirl and Olay + $25 Walmart card GIVEAWAY!!

The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.

I usually don't wear a lot of makeup but I always wear mascara and lip gloss. I also use a moisturizer on my face daily. My favorite moisturizer is Olay Regenerist® Micro-Sculpting Cream™. I love this cream because it keeps my face moisturized plus it reduces those tiny wrinkles and fine lines that I keep seeing every time I look in the mirror! Plus, it leaves my skin feeling smooth. The non-greasy formula is excellent for the summer.

During  the summer, I find we are going out more. There are always picnics, dinners and events. That means I have to make sure I look my best. To do so, I head over to Walmart and stock up on my favorite P&G products. I am a huge fan of P&G beauty products. With brands like CoverGirl® and Olay®, how can I go wrong?


With Walmart's everyday low prices and variety of great products, it is the place to shop for my favorite P&G products. The other day I headed over to stock up on some products for the summer. My favorite brand of mascara has always been CoverGirl®. I never go wrong with CoverGirl®. And my favorite mascara at the moment is the LashBlast Volume Mascara. I have the smallest lashes ever and LashBlast gives me thick, full looking lashes with a swipe of the wand.


I also picked up some CoverGirl® CG Smoothers Pressed Powder. I have used CoverGirl® Pressed Powder for decades! It was the first powder I ever used and I started using it when I was in my 20's and, trust me, that was a long time ago! I have tried other brands but have always come back to CoverGirl®. It takes away the shine and leaves me looking perfectly finished!

These are my favorite products:

·         Olay Regenerist® Micro-Sculpting Cream™ is a moisturizer that penetrates deep into your skin’s surface layers to fight the look of fine lines and wrinkles
o   Reveals brighter, younger-looking skin
o   Gives you visible wrinkle results starting day 1 (reduces the appearance of lines and boost hydration and brightness)
o   Reduces the look of 10 years of wrinkles in 4 weeks (makes skin noticeably firmer and improves skin’s elasticity
·         CoverGirl® LashBlast Volume Mascara is designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look
o   Has a patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula
·         CoverGirl® CG Smoothers Pressed Powder helps minimize the appearance of imperfections for a beautiful, smooth complexion
o   Designed with AquaCurrent Science
o   Is a conditioning formula with chamomile
o   Creates a perfectly finished look that lasts
These are always in my house and I will continue buying them. I also use other CoverGirl® and Olay® products as well. I am one of those people who is a brand loyalist. If I like the product, I will buy it until it is discontinued. And before it is discontinued, I stock up!! I do this because I these products make me look and feel beautiful and why mess with perfection, right?



Of course, I want you to also look and feel beautiful by heading over to Walmart and getting your favorite P&G products. I have a $25 Walmart card to giveaway to one lucky reader!! Just enter below on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.