Saturday, January 29, 2011

Miss Lucy's Monograms Review & $25 Giveaway!!

Miss Lucy's Monograms is a really cute website, and they most kindly offered me their Hounds tooth Large Canvas Tote to review!!
I chose to get my first and middle names monogrammed with the "Melanie" font in hot pink.  I liked how easy the steps were create my bag; there were examples of the different fonts and colors which was very convenient. 

Another thing I enjoy about my tote bag is how large it is- to be exact it is 17w x 14h x 5d in.  I love that I can stuff ALOT of things in there!!  I have used it to take to piano lessons (and I carry a good number of music books when I go:), Church (makes an excellent Bible bag), and just as a normal purse.  

Inside, there is a cute white polka dot pattern against a black background.  I like polka dots:-) Additional features include the little attached coin pouch, Velcro to close the bag, and  black sturdy double shoulder straps.  My friend said that she liked my bag.

All in all, I am very pleased with my new tote bag; it's very cute, stylish, unique, as well as practical.   Miss Lucy's Monograms offers many other neat items such as the 

Light Pink and White Damask Clutch Wallet

10 OZ. Hoodie
Daisy Dog Collar

and much more!

We are an online business dedicated to providing you with top quality, distinctive, and unique monogrammed accessories that scream,"tooo cute " for every age !!

As a teacher of 33 years, I recently made the decision to retire from the occupation I loved dearly, but I turned my focus to starting a business selling items that I have always loved... monogrammed accessories! I have always loved the monogram, and when I started miss lucy's monograms my desire was to offer an opportunity for the monogram customer to take part in the creating and of course, the purchasing of fun-loving, classic, personalized accessories! From polka dots to damask, to solids, to houndstooth, to zebra, to much more, our monogrammed accessories have a creative twist and will certainly be a bright, useful addition to any wardrobe !
With the help and support of my family, miss lucy's monograms became a reality, and our company has had an amazing journey. We are so appreciative to the many customers who have found us and who have referred so many of their friends , and we look forward to an even more exciting year in 2010 ! As you shop with us, we know you will agree with our customers that we are a highly reputable, service oriented, and creative company. We strive to provide you with unique, top quality products and exceptional monogramming service. Our staff is committed to offering outstanding service to all our customers.
Above all, we hope that you find shopping at miss lucy's monograms an enjoyable experience, but most of all, we hope your purchase from miss lucy's monograms will put a smile on your face!

Miss Lucy's Monograms is offering one of my readers  a $25 Gift certificate!!
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THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. The winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be selected.

DISCLAIMER: ALL THOUGHTS ARE MINE. Words in italics are from the Miss Lucy's Monograms website.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lost Island Smugglers Book Review & Interview with Max Elliot Anderson


1) When did you begin your writing career?

I began writing for publication just after 9/11.

2) What motivated you to begin writing?
I grew up hating to read, but I had begun writing earlier than I realized. That’s because for years I wrote proposals and scripts for my client video productions and hundreds of television commercials. But it was the events of 9/11 that caused the career change. Most of my clients also experienced severe changes in their businesses resulting in less need for professional video production. It was at this time that I wanted to understand why I had not been an avid reader. My research uncovered several reasons so I began writing the kinds of action-adventures and mysteries that I would have enjoyed as a child.

It’s ironic that this year, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I’ll have a new book released, When the lights go Out, that is intended to teach children why it’s important that we never forget what happened. It’s interesting because I began writing for publication 10 years ago because of 9/11.

3) Why did you write this book?
I liked the movie, A Perfect Storm with the massive waves and helpless boat and crew. Lost Island Smugglers is about three boys who go out for scuba diving without permission and are unaware that a massive storm is approaching. Their small catamaran is smashed to pieces and they wash up on Lost Island. The story is about doing the right thing and carries an anti-drug theme.

4) Who is your favorite character?
If I had to choose, it’d probably be the main character, Sam Cooper. He’s the hero of the story and, more than likely I see myself in that role. Sam knows the difference between right and wrong, but because of peer pressure, he chooses the wrong thing and has to pay for it. The next book in the series is Captain Jack’s Treasure followed by River Rampage.

5) What feeling or idea do you want readers to come away with after completing Lost Island Smugglers?
I’d like kids to know, very early in life, that using drugs is pretty stupid. But I show it in ways that don’t preach in any way. It’s also important for kids to respect their parents and to choose what’s right, even though that might be difficult at the time.

6) How can readers contact you?
Books for Boys Blog
Author Web Site
I’m also active on Facebook, Twitter, ShoutLife, Linkedin, and others.

7) Do you have any advice for writers?
Writers need to come to grips very early with the concept that writing and publishing is a business. It can be hard work at times, and your success may take several years. I believe the days are gone when a writer can function without an agent, even though I understand that some people have figured out how to do that. And writing will be the easiest part. New writers need to be prepared for what comes next because that’s where the hard work truly begins. Having said that, I’m at total peace when I’m writing and it’s the most enjoyable creative activity I’ve ever experienced.


Lost Island Smugglers is a softcover book containing 255 pages, and is the first in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series.  I gave Lost Island Smugglers to my younger brother as a holiday present, and he really enjoyed reading it!  It grabbed his attention, and he was finished reading it in a little over a week.  He just came up to me while I was typing and said, "That was a good book."  :)

Lost Island Smugglers is about three boys- Sam Cooper, Tony and Tyler.  The exciting and frightening adventure begins when the boys venture out onto the ocean without the consent of their parents, and end up getting caught in a nasty storm and more dangerous yet...discovering the hideout of the smugglers.

My brothers have also really enjoyed reading Legend of the White Wolf and Reckless Runaway.  Books by Max Elliot Anderson are especially suitable for boys ages 8-13, though girls can enjoy them as well.  If you have a son or brother who doesn't enjoy reading, I recommend that you share a Max Elliot Anderson book with them!  They'll soon be a bookworm:)

Other Titles by Max Elliot Anderson:

Disclaimer: Thank you to Mr. Anderson for sending me a copy of Lost Island Smugglers.  Review thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And the Winners Are...


The giveaway results for the two latest giveaways (using are:

Charm Factory: Shirley {comment #30}

Beachtowels4U: Marci H {comment 30}

Thanks alot for entering & be sure to enter the Reviva Labs giveaway- ends on Jan 28!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Reviva Labs Review & Giveaway!!

Back in September, Reviva Labs gave me a chance to review a few of their lotions, and now they have graciously allowed me to review their Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream!
Along with the Bodycology Hand soap I blogged about earlier, I also gave my mom this day cream.


The back:)

It comes in a little convenient tub as you can see.  Most people would probably think that the seaweed would smell bad, but the Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream has a pleasant, light scent.  I have used this a couple times, and I like how a little bit goes a long way:)  This is a great lotion to use after showering.  Very moisturizing! 

My mom has been using this for a couple weeks, and isn't even making a dent in it:-)  She likes this because it softens her skin and doesn't have an oily consistency like other products she's tried.

"REVIVA LABS© has introduced many groundbreaking concepts Since its inception in 1973...

The first to introduce exfoliation to america...with our European LIGHT SKIN PEEL
(We were explaining the importance of exfoliation years before the cosmetics giants introduced their versions)
The first to introduce elastin to america...Both in skin-care salons and health food stores
No animal testing! Before it was even an issue (way back in 1973), we announced the testing of our products in skin-care salons rather than on animals
And here are several more "FIRSTS" that we are proud to have introduced via Health Food Stores and Skin-Care Salons
INTERCELLULAR DAY CREAM & NIGHT GEL (with hyaluronic acid & glycogen)
-non-drying approach to acne
-unique dark-spot lightening formulas
-collagen fibre masks
-glycolic acid products
-serum for eyelids
-oxygen-via stabilized hydrogen peroxide
-stabilized ascorbic acid & ascorbigen
("C" extract from cabbage for powerful anti-free radical action)
 For over 28 Years Reviva Labs has been producing all natural skin-care products that help leave your skin healthier and more youthful-looking.
 Reviva Labs products are sold in professional skin care salons and health food stores worldwide, which attests to our product's effectiveness and safety.
 Reviva Labs is one of the most unique skin-care brands in the cosmetic industry. Reviva's products are not conventional commercial items. Established in 1973 to serve the newly emerging skin-salon market, the Reviva line is comprised of skin treatments created for skin professionals demand for individualized formulas that meet specific needs.
 Thus in Reviva's broad array, each product is formulated for a specific purpose.
During Reviva's early years, it was known as "The U.N. of skin-care discoveries". With European affiliations Reviva's founder had selected the specialties of 12 different laboratories in 6 different countries, imported them in bulk and repackaged in retail sizes under the Reviva label.
 Years later, Reviva Labs own chemists, experienced with natural extracts, were able to reproduce the treatments, following reviva's exacting standards; adding the latest technological advances.
 Reviva Labs, a small company compared to the cosmetic giants, via it's european affiliations and dermatalogical research, has introduced more skin-care firsts through America's skin salons and health food stores, than most of the cosmetic giants."

Reviva Labs has a huge line of different products like the

 you'll be sure to find one for yourself!
The Prize!
One of my readers will win one Hawaiian Seaweed Day Cream (1.5 oz.)

*Mandatory Entry*:
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THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS Friday, January 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. The winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be selected.

DISCLAIMER: ALL THOUGHTS ARE MINE. Words in quotes are from the Reviva Labs website.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Enter This Giveaway!


Be sure to check out a neat giveaway going on at the Bryant Family Farm blog.  The winner will receive two hand-crocheted washcloths, a Burt's Bees set [includes lotion, soap, creme, and lip balm] , and a stationery notepad from KBR Ministries!!!  Click HERE to enter.  Hurry- it ends January 11!

Monday, January 3, 2011



Here's the latest giveaway results using! 

The Cream Perfume Company (2 Winners): Mommy Trenches & Jennifer Mo

Softlips: Sarah

Scrubz Body Scrub: Jennifer Mo

Sunglass Warehouse:  Mommy Trenches

The Family Daughter book:  Johannah

Smiley Cookie: Dlhaley

Gourmet Orchards: Kim W.

Thanks for entering everybody!  Be sure to check out my latest giveaways:  Beachtowels4U and the Charm Factory!  (Links are on my sidebar.)  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bodycology Review!

Happy New Year 2011, everyone!

I'd like to start the New Year off with reviewing a familiar company... Bodycology!  They graciously sent me their Fresh Waters body cream and Brown Sugar Vanilla  Anti-Bacterial Scrubbing hand soap to review.

After I opened the package, I thought that the Fresh Waters cream would not be that fragrant.  I was sure wrong!! :)  This is some of the most fragrant lotion I have ever used!  It has a very thick, smooth,  and creamy texture, and really moisturizes my dry hands and wrists.  Don't want to be without lotion especially in the wintertime! :-) 

Clean, sparkling water flows with spring flowers to create the scent of freshness and purity.

For Daily Rejuvenation: Smooth over skin, giving special care to dry or rough areas such as hands, elbows, knees and heels – for softening that feels like blissful indulgence
Beneficial Ingredients: Moisturizing Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Nourishing Vitamins E &C

I gave Brown Sugar Vanilla hand soap to my mom as a holiday present.  We put it in our little bathroom.  Like the lotion, this is very sweet-smelling.  The scent lasts a long time- my mom could smell it even after she had washed her hands with a different soap!  The Brown Sugar Vanilla hand soap really does a nice job cleansing our hands, as well as eliminating germs.

The warm scent of vanilla, brown sugar and sensual amber create a cozy, comforting scent.
Bodycology Anti-Bacterial Scrubbing Soap – cleans hands as it kills germs
Beneficial Ingredients:,
Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe Vera, Triclosan to kill germs and gentle scrubbing beads to cleanse deeply.

Bodycology has a wonderful line of products that include body mist, cream, shower gel & foaming bath, scubbing & foaming soap, and also gift sets!!

Founded in 2003, Dallas-based Advanced Beauty Systems, Inc., is one of the fastest-growing health and beauty companies in the U.S. The company’s innovative, spa-quality product lines appeal to women desiring beauty on a budget or an at-home escape. Advanced Beauty Systems’ fragrance-based and aromatherapy products include bodycology® -- America’s fastest-growing beauty brand -- Dr. Teal’s®, Slice of Life™, and Cantu® hair products. Advanced Beauty Systems’ products are available at retail, drug, grocery, and specialty stores nationwide. Advanced Beauty Systems, Inc. does not test the finished products on animals.
 I highly recommend Bodycology's lovely products- be sure to check them out!

Disclaimer: I received free products for this review.  All thoughts are my own.  Italicized words are from the Bodycology website.