Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seeking Sponsors for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

I have decided to have a gift guide once again this year and will begin posting now through the end of the year.  Please check back often to see what great items we have found and enter some awesome giveaways!
I will post reviews in the order they are received and giveaways will be posted at the same time.
Giveaways will run for 2 weeks.
The gift guide will be continuously updated and promoted!

Sponsors: Contact me today to get your product on the review list. Due to overwhelming requests this year, I am only accepting reviews that are relevant to my family's needs/desires.  I am looking for gift ideas for women, men, kids (aged 11+), & pets. Reviews are done free of charge but you are responsible for shipping costs and prize fulfillment if you wish to offer a giveaway prize.  If you do not wish to offer a review but want to be included in the gift guide, please email me for advertising rates at

I can't wait to put the "Rockin seal of approval" on all of these great new items and hope to see some under your tree!
Feel free to email any questions or ideas you have to Rita at

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Straighten Your Hair Professionally at Home at a Fraction of the Cost with a Gurin Flat Iron (Review)

Straighten, flip and curl your hair with the Gurin Professional Salon Model Flat Iron.
It has an adjustable temperature from 240F to 450F (120C - 220C) to suit all hair types.
Ceramic/tourmaline plates create a shinier, silkier finish in less time.
 The1.25 inch plate width is wide enough for any hair length and hair types, yet narrow enough for bangs.
Transform frizzy, dull hair into gorgeous straight, sleek locks.

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Gurin 1.25" Flat Iron.  For the last few months, I have been wearing my hair straight.  This means I have to blow dry and flat-iron my hair everyday since it is naturally curly.  It gets old but my hair looks better straight.  Since I started using this straightener, it looks and feels even better.  It gives it a silky, smooth finish and it completely takes the frizz away. It is small enough to get into the hard to reach sections behind my ears, which is hard to do with the bigger irons without getting burned.  It heats up quickly and doesn't get too hot for my fingers to touch the outside.

To prove how well it works, the photo below is me this morning after blow-drying my hair.  Yikes!  Frizz city!  Please overlook the hair color.  I am in the process of removing the black from the bottom of my hair and gradually going to blonde.  I am trying to save my hair from the ultimate abuse.  I use the iron on a medium setting to prevent further damage and it works very well.

Here I am halfway done straightening my hair with the Gurin flat iron.  Big difference, huh?

And literally after five minutes, I am done!  No frizz, no dry ends!  I have silky soft hair that I can run my fingers through.  I can flip the iron to make my ends curl under or around my face if I want. 

I love how great this iron works and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality flat iron at low price.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Rid of Cellulite With NuElle Triple Action Cellulite Concentrate

NuElle Triple Action Cellulite Concentrate contains a cocktail of 25 well known flub busters that assist in weight loss and cellulite reduction, like caffeine, L'Carnitine, Butcher's Broom, Bladderwrack, Ivy and many others. It is formulated to work both on the surface and in depth.  This revolutionary treatment has multiple performance that can be seen with the naked eye within 2-3 weeks by firming on the surface, detoxifying on the inside, reducing water retention and fat cell clusters, while improving circulation and overall appearance of the skin. 

Directions: Apply in circular motions twice a day, on all affected areas, specially on thighs, buttocks, stomach - to help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. (Preferably two hours after eating or one hour before meal. Your body will only burn fat when it has none in the bloodstream.) This product creates slight "sauna" effect that may cause you to sweat more on the areas where the product was applied. 

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a bottle of NuElle Triple Action Cellulite Concentrate.  I didn't have a ton of cellulite before I started using it but there was enough there to make me self conscious about it.  After using the product for three weeks, I could definitely see results.  My skin was firmer and the cellulite was reduced.  Here are my before and after pictures....

It is hard to see the cellulite in the first picture but it is there.  I didn't even use this every single day or even twice a day as directed.  But I still got results that I was happy with.  Even my skin texture was improved!  I know when spring comes, I will definitely remember this product and order a bottle because I will need it.  I always gain a few extra pounds over the winter and need to work harder to bounce back in the spring.  I would definitely recommend NuElle to anyone looking for a cellulite reducing cream that works quickly.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paradise Coconut Oil is Great for Cooking, Skin, & Hair (Review)

Paradise is a 100% natural coconut oil that can be used for hair, skin, eating, cooking and smoothies!
  Their coconuts are hand-picked by local farmers in Fiji!  They put an incredible amount of care to ensure that EVERY single coconut remains in its natural state and is derived in its most nutritious form. 

--Pure and Unrefined
--Cold Pressed
--Gluten Free
--Low Carb

It has no gross tastes or smells and, no side effects. 

*USDA Certified Organic*

My Review: 

I recently had the chance to review a jar of Paradise Coconut Oil.  There are so many uses for this stuff, I don't know where to start.  I have always preferred coconut oil like this for my skin because it makes it feel amazing.  It also makes a great tan when I have time to lay out.  It does not leave my skin feeling overly greasy like many oils do.  When my hands and feet get dry and cracked, a tiny bit of coconut oil heels them up quickly!  This stuff is literally unscented so you don't have to walk around smelling like a coconut.  You can have great feeling skin and layer it with your favorite perfume.
You can use it as a cooking or frying oil as well.  I have used it in a few recipes and there is no coconut taste.  The recipes turned out great and I like it because they are healthier.  I would definitely recommend Paradise Coconut Oil to anyone.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon in two different sizes.    

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Have your home videos transferred to DVD's!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Have your home videos transferred to DVD with YesVideo! (Review & Giveaway)

YesVideo allows you to preserve and relive your home movies by transferring your videos to DVD's and online.  Simply create a FREE online account, that you can access from anywhere.  Send in your VHS or movie reels and they will ship back your original movies as well as your movies on DVD!  The same copy will be available in your online account for you to order copies, make Hallmark cards with snapshots from your videos, and more!

 I recently had the chance to review the service of YesVideo.  I was so excited when I was asked to send in up to three videos to have made into DVD's.  I have always wanted my high school TV class videos made into a DVD.  Yes, our school has a TV class and we get to make music videos!  I sang "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin and was all decked out in complete hippy attire.  I hadn't seen this video since high school and I graduated in 1999.  I really wanted my kids to see it.  As I was digging through stuff to find it, I found my wedding video that my mom recorded (also back in '99).  I have never even seen it!  Isn't it bad that I have never seen my own own wedding video because I don't have a VCR?  I actually didn't know I had the video until I came across it that day.  It made me happy to find it because I really wanted to see it and show it to my kids as well.  I also found my Senior Memories video that was made right before graduation.  It was a compilation of baby pictures, senior pictures, and just memories that our class of 1999 wanted to share.  It is something to look back at to remember everyone.  I had to send that one too.

When my DVD's arrived, I couldn't wait to watch them.  Each movie had numbered photo frames on the front and back so I could skip to a certain section if I wanted to.  I watched my wedding video first and saw myself walk down the aisle for the first time.  I saw my Godfather cut into our second dance and completely shocked my husband.  It brought tears to my eyes as I relived these memories.  Seeing my Godparents, who are no longer with us, in my wedding video just tore my heart out.  It was difficult to figure out who some people were, especially the kids.  My kids liked watching them to see how much we have changed.  This was fifteen years ago!  My mom had also filmed my son's first Christmas on this same tape, which I had no idea that was on there.  He was only about two weeks old.  As far as I know, this is the only video footage in existence of him when he was a baby.  Nobody I knew had a video camera when he was little except my mom and she lived in Arizona.  She only came to visit once a year.  

Next, I watched my TV videos from my Junior year of 1997/98.  I remember having so much fun in that class.  We learned the basics of TV production but the highlight was getting to make a music video.  It was so hard to choose a song.  I have always been stuck in the 80's but there aren't a lot of girl singers from the era that I like.  I decided to jump back to the 70's and sing Janis.  Here is a clip from our amateur video work...

  It's amazing how much I have changed!  I'm thinner now and don't remember ever making the transition to what I am now.  I don't remember my hair ever being that dark!  

Finally, I watched my Senior Memories.  It's crazy how much we have all changed!  I only see a few of the people I graduated with.  Most of us are married and have kids now.  Some got married right out of high school like I did.  It's fun to look back and see what we used to be like back then.  I couldn't even remember some of the people and had to get out the old yearbooks.  I can't thank YesVideo enough for bringing my memories back to me.  I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to have their home videos transferred to DVD.  Check out their website or follow them on Facebook & Twitter.


One lucky reader will win a $50 YesVideo Gift Card!  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Thank you for entering & good luck!

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Disclosure: " This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo. I received the featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Check out Citrus Lane, the must have monthly subscription box for parents!

Once upon a time, I was a first-time mom. And like many expectant mothers, I spent months planning for every last detail of motherhood. To find the absolute best products for my baby, I emailed all my mom friends and asked which brands they loved the most. Soon my inbox was flooded with advice on everything from breast pumps and strollers to pacifiers and swaddle blankets. Being a parent is an amazing experience! But let's face it, it's not an easy job. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming. How'd I finally make my decisions? I turned to other parents for their sage advice and words of wisdom. And that's why I created Citrus Lane--to help parents discover innovative products, share information, ask questions and find inspiration. I like to think of our monthly boxes as care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journeys. Every product we include has been recommended and reviewed by our advisory board and our community. No marketing gimmicks, no paid placements -- just real recommendations from real parents for products that solve real problems. I hope that you enjoy being here as much as I enjoyed creating it for you. Happy parenting! Mauria Mauria Finley, Founder, CEO and Mother of Two

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prize Candles Have a Surprise Inside Worth Up to $5000!

Prize Candles are an eco-conscious candle line that is sophisticated, elegant, and festive, yet still affordable.  The all natural soy wax candles come in several amazing scents and are beautifully packaged.  The best part is the suspense of the prize inside every candle that is valued up to $5,000!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Prize Candle for the first time.  I was sent a Provence Lavender candle.  To be honest, I despise all things floral scented but this was a scent I could tolerate.  It has a nice fresh scent that filled the room quickly but wasn't overpowering.  I let it burn all day and finally I could see the prize packet tucked into the bottom side.

My kids were going crazy wanting to pick at it since it could be worth $5,000.  I finally got the pliers out and pulled it out.

There was a plastic capsule that contained a pretty ring and a piece of paper with a code on it.  I could go online and find out the value of my ring.  There was also a coupon code for my next purchase!

My ring is valued at $10.00 but it is still cute.  I can't wait to order more candles from Prize Candle because they last so long.  The suspense of what's inside is just an extra perk!  I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants an amazing scented candle with a fun surprise inside.  Check out the website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Disclosure:  I was provided a free product for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles With Azure Naturals Ultimate C Skin Repair Serum (Review)

Azure Naturals provides high quality facial skincare and anti-aging products using natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. We are committed to delivering the finest skin care system and making sure that our clients are 100% satisfied with the results.
Azure Naturals ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Serum is the fastest acting and most effective vitamin C serum available.   It's loaded with powerful anti-aging ingredients, 20% Vitamin C, 11% Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Organic Aloe, & Amino Complex. It is perfect for sun damaged skin, fades sunspots, improves discoloration, and helps protect against future damage.  It also refines skin texture, by visibly plumping and firming skin, stimulates collagen production, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  It is made with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients available: 98% natural, 72% organic, contains no Alcohol, no parabens, plant based, no GMO's, cruelty and gluten free!
  • ONE YEAR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: All Azure Naturals products are backed by a 365-day, 100% Hassle-Free, Money Back Guarantee. If you don't absolutely love the ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Serum they will give you a full refund, including shipping, no matter where you buy the product!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a bottle of Azure Naturals Ultimate C Skin Repair Serum.  I have recently become addicted to Vitamin C serums so I had to try this.  It wasn't was what I was used to.  Other serums I have tried are like pure orange pulp but this is almost white.  It has a fresh scent and absorbs quickly.  It does not feel oily or greasy.  It comes with a dropper and a sprayer.  Since it claims to visibly plump & firm skin, I wanted to see if I would be able to tell if it was working after the first use.  Here is my left eye before and after photos, ten minutes after applying the serum for the first time.


It definitely has a slight instant plumping affect.  I have used it for a couple of weeks now and my fine lines are starting to diminish.  I love the way my whole face feels after applying the serum since it does not leave a residue.  I just have soft, smooth, healthy skin.  I would definitely recommend Azure Naturals to anyone looking for a great skin care product.  You can find it HERE on Amazon or follow Azure Naturals on Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR hits theaters everywhere on November 26, 2014!

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR hits theaters everywhere on November 26, 2014!
Check out the newly released trailer below...

Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then you'll know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jolie Femme 24K Products Helps Repair Damage from the Sun & Revive's Your Skin (Review & Giveaway)

Jolie Femme 24K products are designed to visibly improve the appearance of skin discoloration associated with age spots, acne scarring, and sun damage.  This treatment helps to reveal a more uniform complexion.
Daily use improves skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhances its barrier function, help erase discolorations,  revive skin’s healthy tone and texture,  and speeds new, healthy cell growth. Vitamin E antioxidants neutralize free radicals to prevent further environmental damage.

Benefits & Key Ingredients:
  • Cell communicating / Repairing: 24K Colloidal Gold, Niacinamide,
  • Brightening / Melanin inhibitor : Niacinamide, undecylenoyl phenylalanine
  • Moisturizing / Soothing / Calming: Dimethicone (silicon), Butylene Glycol,
  • Skin identical /Repairing: Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Anti-inflammatory/ Exfoliate /Healing: Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extract
  • Antibacterial/ Healing: Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract
  • Vitamins/Antioxidants BHT, Ascorbic Acid, vitamin C, Vitamin E,  Retiol ( Vitamin A)


    My Review: 

    I recently had the chance to review three products by Jolie Femme 24K.  I received Instant Brightening Cream, Serum & Mask.  After using these for only a couple of weeks, I must say I am quite impressed.  My skin has improved so much.  It looks more radiant, youthful, and is so soft.  My breakouts have even subsided!  I was leary to try something new because of my sensitive skin but it has not affected me at all!  It has done wonders for my skin.  Check out my video below that shows my first reactions and instant results to these products.  Yes, it does work instantly!  After I came out of my bathroom from making the video, my daughter asked me what I did to my face.  I asked her why and she said "you look so pretty".  She could see a difference in ten minutes and I could too.  I would definitely recommend Jolie Femme 24K to anyone looking for an amazing product for their skin.  Check out the website.


One lucky winner will receive some Jolie Femme 24K products.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  All entries will be verified.  U.S. entries only, please.  Thanks for entering and good luck!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Keep Momming

 “I participated in a campaign on behalf of MomCentral Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of her biggest challenges as mom is building and maintaining a close relationship with her teenage daughter, Ryan.

The mother-daughter relationship is a unique one, and that dynamic can be even trickier during the tween years. Yet sometimes, people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub,, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative, and be sure to check out the website at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Give Your Pets a High Quality Pet Food With Against the Grain (Review)

Against the Grain is the name of this company because they are revolutionaries of pet food. Naturally, all of their products are grain-free and gluten-free. They have carefully selected the pinnacle of fresh and sustainable ingredients, and use unique processing methods to carefully serve your pet the smartest food available.  They use no less than 85% meat and 0% grains, and use conscientious, GMO free, environmentally friendly and sustainable ingredients.

My Review:

 I recently had the chance to review a variety of Against the Grain cat food.  Our extremely picky and prissy cat, Nikki, was thrilled to test these out.  We received the following flavors:

Tuna Aubergine with Seabass & Egglant
Tuna Mango Tango with Duck
Tuna & Cucurbita with Lamb
Tuna & Acacia Pennata with Mackerel

I'm not even sure what some of this stuff is so I was kind of leary that Nikki would eat it.  I also noticed the green pieces in the food so I thought for sure she was going to run!  She dove right in and loved every single one!  I watched her pick around the green pieces and ended up eating them last.  I don't know if she was saving the best for last or if they were just different textures.  I have never fed her any kind of food like this before but will definitely be looking for it in the future.  I would highly recommend Against the Grain to anyone looking for a high quality pet food.  Check out the website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure:  I was provided free products for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bring Life & Shine Back To Your Hair With Insta Natural Argan Oil Hair Treatment

Insta Natural Argan Oil Hair Treatment formula is very unique and unlike others in the market.
It can be used as a leave in conditioner or as a heat & damage protectant. There are no chemicals in this formula. It's made from 100% plant oils. Besides argan oil, this unique hair treatment formula is compromised of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil & Grapeseed Oil to name a few.
It's perfect for restoring that shine & luster that's lost over time.

 My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a bottle of Insta Natural Argan Oil Hair Treatment.  I am a huge fan of argan oil since my hair is put through the wringer with bleach, color, blow dryers, & flat irons.  I'm surprised I even have hair, to be honest.  It has definitely been abused.  Thankfully there's amazing products out there like this that brings the worst hair back to life.  I use it every couple of days to help keep my hair smooth, soft, and shiny. 

It is a clear oil and is completely unscented.  I was surprised that it had no scent since it had coconut oil in it, not to mention all the other scents.  I was kind of hoping it had a shea butter scent or coconut scent but no scent is fine with me.  It only takes a tiny bit and it can be used on wet or dry hair.  Usually, I use it before I blow-dry to help protect my hair from more damage.  I also use it on my dry hair on really humid days when my hair gets frizzy.  It tames it down and makes it silky again.  I would highly recommend Insta Natural Argan Oil Hair Treatment to anyone who wants to bring life back to their dry, frizzy hair and make it softer and shiny.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Musewear Flip Flops Have Fun Quotes & Zodiacs (Review & Giveaway)

Fun and funky, with great graphics and catchy quotes, these super comfortable flip flops are unisex, high-quality, made in fair-worker conditions in  Brazil and they're the perfect addition to summer wardrobes, friends and family barbeques and parties and gift bags.  
With uplifting and fun messages, people are invited to "Wear Your Self Out" when they step out in Musewear flip flops.  Quotes and zodiac pairs reveal something fascinating about the wearer.  Each zodiac pair contains 7 descriptive attributes of EACH sun sign, ie, "Enchanting Pisces," Luxuriously Lazy Leo" and "Persuasive Gemini." The Find and Flee section shows which signs you are compatible and who you might want to avoid!  You'll also find quotes from Ella Fitzgerald, Gandhi, Oscar Wilde, Bob Marlely and many others.  Dog lovers will adore the dog quote and C.S. Lewis and old-time dancer Dorothy Powell share words of faith and wisdom.  

Every purchase results in a donation to worthwhile causes.  Musewear ships daily and shipping is FREE.
Products are conceived and designed by Asheville NC designer Diane Curry.

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a pair of Musewear flip flops of my choice.  I chose a pair of "My Dog Thinks" for my son.  The size was perfect for him and they are super comfortable.  He usually goes through regular flip flops like they're going out of style.  These a very durable and show no sign of breaking or coming apart.  They are well worth the $20.00 and I would highly recommend Musewear to anyone looking for a high quality flip flops with fun designs or quotes.  Check out the website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


One lucky winner will receive their choice of Musewear flip flops (not including Bob Marley choices).  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Thank you for entering & good luck!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.