Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vitacost Blogger Review: Beauty Care, Pet Toys, Soup Mix, Zum Mist and Hazelnut Spread

I recently received this awesome box of Goodies from Vitacost and I am going to each item for you below.  Vitacost sells items at discounted prices, and some things you may not even be able to find in your local stores.  If you're going gluten-free, or have other special dietary needs, Vitacost is a great place to find exactly what you need.  I hope you enjoy my review! 

Kong Ball Large 3.2 IN, 1 Toy

I unpacked the ball and threw it in the hallway for the dog.  She promptly picked it up and took it to her doggie bed. :)  Since we've gotten the ball, we've been out in the back yard playing fetch.  This ball bounces like a giant bouncy ball would and she loves chasing after it.  Plus, it's easily washable and she can't chew it up like regular tennis balls.

Zum Mist® Aromatherapy Room and Body Spray Lemongrass -- 4 fl oz 

This spray is delicious!  It reminds me of lemon drop candy, or maybe it's some other type of candy.  It's sweet and light and great to spray in the bedroom or any room, and of course to spray yourself with.  I have been keeping this bottle at my work desk, and so it gets sprayed quite often to boost my "work-mode" mood.  I am going to have to try other scents of Zum Mist very soon!

Petstages Mightie Mouse Green Magic™ Cat Toy -- 1 Toy

I took this out of it's package so I could check it out and I left the package and toy on the floor.  I then went to get a beverage and came back to my 15 year old cat attacking the toy, which then got hidden under a piece of furniture, and then she started licking the inside of the packaging!  Here's a picture of her on her third attack of said packaging:

Here's my younger male cat posing with his new favorite toy.  I can't believe how much they love this Petstages Mightie Mouse Green Magic™ Cat Toy.  I think these should be a staple for anyone with cats!

Justin's Natural Hazelnut Butter Chocolate -- 16 oz 

I've been a big fan of Justin's Almond butters that I've purchased from Vitacost, so I was really excited to be able to try this hazelnut butter with chocolate.  The packaging says "Do you eat cake frosting for breakfast?  I didn't think so.....", meaning that they've got way less sugar and less "frosting taste" than competing brands.  This stuff tastes super good and isn't at all like frosting.  It's like it's healthy or something!  Will definitely be buying this again.  So far, I've had it on toast and in oatmeal (as I do with most nut butters), and with some vanilla ice cream.

Bob's Red Mill Bean Soup Seasoning Mix -- 2.5 oz

In my 31 years of life, I have never gotten around to making plain ole bean soup.  Well, I got to test seasoning mix from Bob's Red Mill and decided it was time to try!  I soaked the beans overnight, then put everything in a crock pot on low the next day.  Just so you know, you can also buy Bob's Red Mill Bean Soup beans on Vitacost too (along with other awesome Bob's Red Mill items at great discounted prices!).

Here's my finished soup.  I didn't add meat, though next time I think some sausage or ham would be great in it.  Definitely a good seasoning mix.

Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads - Original -- 50 Pads

These pads say to clean face with face wash, then to rub the pads over your face to get excess oil.  they also say to use during the day.  So, what I did is I went out and did some weeding and came back in with a hot face and I used one of these pads to wipe my face down.  WOAH!!  That tea tree oil is so refreshing!  I can see these being a definite staple in my beauty routine, even if it's just for the hot summer nights.  Plus, look at the gunk they got out of my pores.  (Sorry if TMI. hehe)

CSI Amber Honey Exfoliating Scrub -- 2 oz  

Wow, this scrub smells delicious, like sweet and, well, like honey!  The product makes your skin feel so smooth and clean.  A little goes a long way!  I think this product would be great for both teens and adults, and make a great gift for anyone.  I think I might have to add this to my regular Vitacost order.  Just get your fingertips wet and put a little scrub on them, and smooth onto your face in a circular pattern and you'll get all of that icky, dead skin off.


All of the above items were sent to me by Vitacost in an effort to review them for the general public, and to get my blog viewers interested in saving money by buying items at discounted prices from Vitacost.

In an effort to get you readers interested in purchasing from Vitacost, I am also giving you a $10 off $30 referral coupon!  Just click here for the coupon.  Purchases over $49 from Vitacost will get you free shipping.

I've shopped with Vitacost several times over the past couple of years and always blog about them.  I highly recommend their customer service, their products and their fast shipping.  I've bought nut butters, protein powder, gluten free snacks, tahini, chocolate honey, raw honey, quinoa and more from Vitacost.  Everything has arrived safely every time.  Their discounts are wonderful, and a lot of the items they have on the site are unavailable in my local stores.

Again, sign up for the $10 off $30 Vitacost coupon.  Also, go through Shop at Home for any Vitacost purchase and you can earn cash back.

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Thanks Vitacost for your generosity, and thank you readers for making it all the way through this post. I hope you order from Vitacost very soon!  You won't be sorry. :)

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Tax Free Weekend 2013 State List With Dates!

Note, if your state is not listed, legislation has not been approved authorizing a sales tax holiday. Contact your state legislator for more information.

Alabama- 8/2-8/4
Arkansas- 8/3-8/4
Connecticut- 8/14-8/24
Florida- 8/2-8/4
Georgia- 8/9-8/10
Iowa- 8/2-8/3
Louisiana- see schedule for dates
Maryland- 8/11-8/17
Missouri- 8/2-8/4
New Mexico- 8/2-8/4
North Carolina- 8/2-8/4
Oklahoma- 8/2-8/4
South Carolina- 8/2-8/4
Tennessee- 8/2-8/4
Texas- 8/9-8/11
Virginia- 8/2-8/4
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Free Lunch Kit ($9.99 value) WYB a Backpack $12.99 or more

Can you believe school is right around the corner,  just a little over a month left until Sioux City Schools go back.  :( Sad times!
But I wanted to share this awesome deal with you. I buy this deal for all 3 of my kiddos each year.
Right now at Toys R Us you can get a FREE Lunch Kit ($9.99 value) When You Buy a backpack priced at $12.99 or higher.
I haven't found a better deal at any other store, where you get BOTH the backpack and Lunch Kit for just the price of a backpack.  The best thing of all is their backpacks are not overpriced like some stores do when they have this type of sale.

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Sioux City Journal Deal of the Day: $10 Delivery Certificate for $6 from Bob Roe's North End Zone

Sioux City Journal Deal of the Day:  $10 Delivery Certificate for $6 from Bob Roe's North End Zone  Pin It

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Child #TVSafety With Sanus VuePoint F180 Large Full-Motion TV Wall Mount Giveaway ($90 retail)

SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide
Launch TV Safety InitiativeThe times have changed and everything is smaller, lighter, and easier to use.   Which made many american's switch to flat panel tv's for their home.   Have you ever noticed how easily your new TV tips over on its small flimsy base?  I know I have, and that is why we went with a Sanus TV wall mount.  I did not want my children to be playing around the tv and happen to pull it over on themselves or each other.  You can say "if parent's watched their kids that wouldn't happen".  That statement is true, however there are times my children are alone, like when I'm preparing dinner, switching the loads in the laundry, or even letting the dog out to go potty.  What if I was on the couch while my child was playing on the floor and their siblings ran in the room bumping the TV,  the TV comes crashing down, hopefully no one was below it.  So just because your usually there with your children don't mean accident's don't happen.  If your always with your children or not an unmounted tv is an accident waiting to happen.

For many Americans, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment.  However, most parents are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids.  Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.
Bringing this risk to the forefront, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide.  By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:
·         A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
·         Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
·         Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
·         An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
·         Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

SANUS TV Mounting Tips:
·         Easy 1, 2, 3 installation with a wall template to ensure even placement
  • Online video walk through of simple installation available at any time
  • No additional tools necessary – all required installation hardware is included in package
  • Live customer support available 6 days a week
Don’t become a statistic. Visit today and pledge to make your home safer by mounting your TV. You can connect with the SANUS TV Safety initiative online or on Facebook and Twitter (#TVsafety).


Sanus Full Motion Wall Mount F180
available for purchase at for only $90.58

Fits most 47" – 70" flat-panel TVs — extends 14"
The SANUS VuePoint F180 is a versatile full-motion wall mount solution for most 47" – 70" flat-panel TVs up to 130 lbs. Its full range of movement allows smooth extend, tilt, swivel and roll motions up to 14" from the wall without the use of tools. The F180 tilts ±11º with the touch of a finger, making it easy to reduce glare. Cable management tie clips conceal and organize cables the length of the mount for a seamless appearance. Lateral shift ensure perfect TV placement, even with off-center wall studs.

No tools required to extend, tilt, swivel or roll the TV

Post-installation micro-adjustment ensures TV is level

Lateral shift allows TV to slide left and right for perfect TV placement, even with off-center studs

Cable management tie clips protect and organize cables

Includes easy-to-follow installation instructions

UL-listed for quality and safety assurance

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Woot: Buffalo Technology MiniStation Extreme 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $89.99, 47% Off List Price

Woot:  Buffalo Technology HD-PZ1.0U3B MiniStation Extreme 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with MIL-SPEC Shock Protection $89.99, 47% Off List Price Pin It

Sioux City Journal Deal of the Day: Le's Nails $20 Certificate for $10

Sioux City Journal Deal of the Day:  Le's Nails $20 Certificate for $10 Pin It

Monday, July 8, 2013

eBay: Samsung XE303C12-A01US 11.6" Chromebook Computer Wi-Fi $234.99 Shipped (List Price $499)

eBay:  Samsung XE303C12-A01US 11.6" Chromebook Computer Wi-Fi $234.99 Shipped (List Price $499)

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Papa Johns: Any Large Pizza up to 5 Toppings $9.99 Through 7/10/13 (With Code)

Papa Johns:  Any Large Pizza up to 5 Toppings $9.99 Through 7/10/13 (with code 999EWM). Pin It

WOOT: 5-Piece Down Alternative Comforter Set - 3 Sizes - 6 Colors $69.99 (65% Off List Price)

WOOT:  5-Piece Down Alternative Comforter Set - 3 Sizes - 6 Colors $69.99 (65% Off List Price) Pin It

Panda Palace is located in South Sioux City, NE.

Sioux City Journal Deal of the Day:  $20 Panda Palace gift certificate for $10

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Stuffed Zucchini by Mr. Food - It Was Delicious!

Today, I went to my garden and found some zucchini that had gotten too big for a saute, so I made Stuffed Zucchini - Mr. Food style!  Go here for the recipe.  I didn't have mushrooms on hand, so I skipped them.  These came out delicious! Pin It