Thursday, October 30, 2014

Get Thicker, Fuller Hair With Sytem Hinoki (Review & Giveaway)

System Hinoki is a set of four haircare products, made in the USA, by Hayashi Worldwide, consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, leave in scalp conditioner, and leave in body booster. The products are meant to be used together regularly (during every hair/scalp cleansing) over the long-term to provide cleansing, healing, and nutrition to both hair and scalp.
Men and women, with any hair texture (curly, straight, thick, or fine), suffering from thinning hair, hair loss, slow-to-grow hair, or dandruff, will all benefit from using System Hinoki products on a regular basis.

My Review:

I had the chance to review System Hinoki over the last three months.  Before I started the system, my hair was very fine and thin.  As you can see above, I could twist all of it up to about the size of a pencil.  I was very excited to get started with these products!

The photo below is my hair on day 1.  I never realized how bad my hair actually was until I saw this picture.  It made me want to go get it all cut off because it looked so thin and straggly. I decided to wait and see how the products worked first.

After a couple weeks of using the Hinoki System, the black in my hair started to change to a reddish color.  I have never had this problem with other shampoos.  I decided to change my hair to all blonde so I could continue to use the products.  Here I am at one month and gradually going to blonde.

I had some issues at the beginning trying to find a balance with my hair being too oily with the leave-in conditioner and body-booster.  I learned that it only takes a tiny bit of each.  I also used a deep conditioner from the salon twice a week along with these products because my hair severely needed it because of the bleach.  Here I am at two months and badly needing a haircut.

Finally, I got a trim and my hair looks healthier.

At three months, my hair is definitely thicker and fuller!

I would say the Hinoki System worked for me and would highly recommend it to anyone with thinning hair.  Check out the website for more info on this product.


One lucky winner will receive a System Hinoki Set just like I reviewed.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. only.  Thank you for entering & good luck!

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

Excavate 3 Real Stones With The Gemstone Dig Kit (Review)

Any 6-12 year old will love this award-winning Gemstone Dig Kit  by Discover with Dr. Cool.  Excavate 3 real gemstone specimens with this incredible hands-on excavation kit. Buried within a gemstone-shaped digging brick, your treasure hunter will dig out a real amethyst crystal, a quartz crystal point and a tiger's eye specimen! This hands-on adventure science kit is a great way to start a rock and mineral collection and includes an excavation tool, brush, and magnifying glass. There’s also a wonderful full-color information guide (written by teachers) so that you can identify and learn about each gemstone. Plus there’s an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to complete. This is a must-have gift for the rock hound or treasure hunter in your family!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Gemstone Dig Kit.  I gave it to my eleven year old daughter, Savanna, who was thrilled to dig into it.  She has always had an interest in collecting rocks and is always looking for treasures so I knew this would be right up her alley.

The instructions were simple.  Use the tools to excavate three stones after you lay down newspaper.  She started chipping away at the large "gem" which was made of plaster of paris type of substance.  I see why they said to put newspaper down because it made a powdery mess all over.  She finally hit her first stone about halfway through.  After digging a little more, the second appeared.  The last one was harder to find since it was the smallest.  But, she finally found it.

After they were all rinsed off, we compared them to the photo on the kit.  The Quartz Crystal looked almost like the photo.  The Tiger's Eye was similar but the Amethyst was much smaller and lacked color.  I don't know if she broke it off somehow or if it was just like that.  She was happy with all of them anyways and thought they were all cool. 

She read about all of the stones in the Adventure Guide and did several activities in the Activity Book.  She even asked for another one of these kits for Christmas!  It took her about an hour to dig out all of the stones so I think it is well worth the price of $11.99.  She really enjoyed it.  I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone who has a child that has an interest in rocks.  Discover with Dr. Cool has several other dig kits as well.  Check out the website or follow them on Facebook, or 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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Find the Perfect Gift Set From Old Factory Candles for Anyone (Review & Giveaway)

 Old Factory Candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. They are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances.  Everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

               Here the list of themes and their related fragrances:

 Fall Harvest           Happy Holidays            Winter Wonderland
Pumpkin Spice            Christmas Tree                      Hot Cocoa
   Cranberry                  Candy Cane                    Roasted Chestnut
Autumn Leaves             Gingerbread                          First Snow

   Romance               Fresh & Clean                   Spa Day
 Rose Petals
                Champagne                          Cucumber
Lemongrass               Olive Blossom                     Lemongrass          
Dark Chocolate           Fresh Linen                          Green Tea

                 Coffee Shop                Man Cave
  Sea Breeze              
Coffee Bean                       Straight Razor
Hawaiian Lei                Hazelnut                                Leather
  Awapuhi                     Chai Tea                              Mahogany

High as a Kite        New Born Baby                50 Shades 
                 Baby Powder                           Leather
                 Baby Shampoo                           Vanilla  
Bag O' Cookies          
First Blanket                     Jasmine Bubbles

 My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a set of Old Factory Candles of my choice.  I was given an Amazon code and asked to get the gift wrap option.  I chose the Fall Harvest Set because it had all the scents that I would normally buy for my home.  When it arrived, I was less than impressed with the gift wrapping.  Not to sound too harsh, but it looked like my kid wrapped it and put a cheap paper card on top.  Not to mention, it got beat up and scraped in the box that had inadequate packing inside.  Needless to say, I would not want to present it as a gift as it came and would not purchase Amazon gift wrapping for this item.

Now the candles, I can highly recommend!  They are each only two inches tall but they smell wonderful!  They seem to burn forever and fill the entire room full of scent.  Literally, within two minutes of lighting the first candle my whole living room was scented.  I have a big house so this was impressive.  When people come to my house when the Pumpkin Spice candle has been burning, they ask me if I am making a Pumpkin Pie.  I love all of the scents and would buy more.  They make great gift ideas as well.  


One lucky winner will receive their choice of an Old Factory Candle set just like I reviewed.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  This is open to U.S. only.  Thank you for entering & 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, October 27, 2014

Marich Premium Chocolates Has Great Gifts For Everyone

Marich is a second-generation California family business following a 60-year tradition of fine confectionary art.  Their premium chocolates are infused with quality, creativity, and diversity.  You will find the most delicious fresh fruits, fresh roasted nuts, and hand crafted toffees and caramels.

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review several items by Marich.  They sent me a lovely gift box with an assortment of their products in it.  Some aren't even available on the website yet!  Oh my goodness!  Caramels, almonds, mints, jelly beans, shortbread, and even a mix were in there!  Where do I start?  Well,  if you know me at all, you know I started with the caramels of course.
Here is what was included...

These aren't your average hard sticky caramel.  They were soft and smooth.  The shell was chocolatey with a light candy cane flavor.  They were simply amazing and could be very addicting.

Christmas Chocolate Almonds
These are amazing almonds enrobed in milk chocolate and a candy shell.  They tasted great but I thought the shell was a bit thick and a little hard to bite through.  It was worth it to get to the delight inside, though.

Peppermint Bark Shortbread
These are crispy shortbread bites coated in dark chocolate and peppermint bark.  The coating is a lot like the Candy Cane Caramels.  It is unique, not overpowering, and delicious.  I could get addicted to these, too.

These are all natural jelly beans.  I am not usually a big fan of jelly beans but these are really good!  The flavors are all great and I could easily get hooked on them.

These are soft creamy mints covered in dark chocolate and a candy shell.  Picture the little mints found at weddings.  Now soften them up, coat them in chocolate and candy coating.  That's what these taste like.  Yum!

Christmas Select Mix
 This is a festive mix of mellocremes, mints, Jordan Almonds, chocolates, & jellies.  Everything was great!  The mellocremes have a texture like candy corn but are different flavors.  Oddly, my kids didn't like them but I loved them.  The chocolates are amazing, melt in your mouth, milk chocolate balls wrapped in foil.  The jellies are are my least favorite of all.  They are an odd gummy coated with sprinkles.  I'm not a sprinkle fan or a gummy fan so that pretty much ended it for me.  The kids like them, though.  The mints and almonds are the same as above.  It is nice to have a mixture of several great items in one bag to keep the taste buds happy.

I would definitely recommend Marich to anyone looking for a great gift idea or for a sweet treat for themselves.  Check out the website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Make Your Own Projects With Rockwell Bladerunner X2 and Sonicrafter F30 (Review & Giveaway)

Rockwell is celebrating Halloween with the launch of the new Rockwell BladeRunner X2 
and Sonicrafter F30; a warp speed oscillating tool that's great for tackling all kinds of DIY 
projects, including carving pumpkins and making signs.
I was sent both of these awesome tools to create my own Halloween decor.  There is so much you can do with these!  After much contemplation, I decided to make this fabulous outdoor sign.  
 I started with a board, orange & black wood safe paint, and wood glue.  Then, I free-hand drew the letters on the board.  Stencils probably would have been better but I wanted a spooky look.

 Next, I set up the BladeRunner X2 and was ready to cut out the letters.  It was easy to set up and took very little time.  The letters took a little while to cut because of all the curves.  It was really fun to do though!  I used the bottom half of my board for the sign base and a small strip for a stake.

I laid everything out and painted them.  When they were dry, I painted the insides of the letters and glued everything with wood glue.  I have a decal machine so I made the zombies and skull out of vinyl to set it off.

Then, I placed it in front of my porch to greet all my guests.  I think if I can use power tools to make a sign like this, anyone can!  I would definitely recommend Rockwell tools to anyone who wants to make their own projects.  Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
More Info... 

Rockwell Sonicrafter F30
Before buying another oscillating tool check out Rockwell's new Sonicrafter F30.  This tool is fast, real fast – up to twice as fast as competing brands -- with an industry-breaking oscillating angle of 4°. 

 The 3.5 amp F30 and 4 amp F50 oscillating tools work harder, too. In fact, they can absorb 30 and 35 lbs. of force, respectively, before stalling out, while competitors drop out at 22 lbs. or less. 

The new Sonicrafter F30 is leaner, with a more tapered body.  Plus, it’s equipped with true Universal Fit to accept other brand's accessories without compromise. Hyperlock locks down accessories with one metric ton of force to eliminate blade slippage during cuts. 

The Rockwell Sonicrafter Sonicrafter F30 (RK5131K, $119) is available at Lowes or other select major retailers.  A hard case is included and features separate bulk storage areas for quick and easy access to the tool’s accessories. 

Rockwell BladeRunner X2

One of the most popular benchtop table saws to ever hit the market was the Rockwell® BladeRunner – the saw that cuts nearly everything, including wood, PVC, plastic, aluminum and ceramic tile, using standard T-shank jigsaw blades.  Now Rockwell has introduced its newest saw, the BladeRunner X2.

BladeRunner X2 accommodates longer and wider workpieces for ripping and crosscutting.  The new blade guard assembly also incorporates a splitter, which helps
keep straight cuts on track.  This saw has a lower profile of 6 ¾ in. high and weighs less than 15 lbs.

What distinguishes BladeRunner X2 from other benchtop saws is its blade.  Instead of a saw blade, it uses standard 4 in., T-shanked jigsaw blades, which are widely available through hardware stores and home centers. 

The innovative 3000 spm saw is powered by a 5.5-amp motor.  The saw’s cutting capacity is 1 ½ in. in wood; 1 ¼ in. in PVC; 3/8 in. in aluminum and ceramic tile, and  1/8 in. in mild steel. 

BladeRunner’s X2 base is impact resistant and constructed for durability.  It’s supported by four, non-marring rubber feet.  The body of the saw features dedicated miter gauge and rip fence storage.  

 One lucky winner will receive their choice of
(1) Rockwell BladeRunner X2 or (1) Rockwell Sonicrafter F30.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. Only.  Thank you for entering and good luck!

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Prepare to be Shocked with Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!

 Reality Shock! is the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bestselling annual series. Crystal-clear photography paired with zany stories and amazing facts and figures, which are undeniably true but incredibly hard to believe, will make this book a must-have for every household.
Reality Shock! brings the weird with new stories, amazing photos from around the world, & odd traditions humans have from the North Pole to Antarctica.  It includes fascinating, yet maybe gross, stories about Animals, Sports, Human Bodies, Feats, Art, Food, and more!

My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a Reality Shock! book.  I have bought several Ripley's Believe It or Not! books for my kids but this one is by far the most shocking!  We all like to read these books to see how weird and fascinating the world is.  (And we thought we were weird!)  This book brings together the most outrageous things Ripley's could find.  You'll find cute, funny, crazy, scary, wild, and some of the grossest stuff you can imagine!  I read the whole book before I gave it to my kids.  After they looked through it, they kept bringing it to me saying "Oh mom, look at this!"  They both enjoyed it a lot.  I would definitely recommend Reality Shock to anyone who enjoys the strange and shocking things that you don't see every day.  It is available at major bookstores nationwide.  Check out the website for more Ripley's books.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! has launched the Reality Shock! Getaway contest, featuring weekly prizes and an unbelievable grand prize.

Here's how it works:
  1. Fill out the entry form on the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Facebook page 
  2. Take the weekly book quiz and pick the "Believe It" story that comes from the pages of Reality Shock!
Players earn points for taking each weekly quiz and are eligible to win weekly prizes, including Ripley's books, toys and tickets. Players who earn enough points to reach the "Unbelievable" level will be entered into the grand prize drawing.
The Reality Shock! Getaway grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Orlando that includes:
  • Two round trip airline tickets
  • 3 day, 2 night hotel stay
  • Transportation
  • $500 spending money
  • Prize pack of Ripley's merchandise
  • A private tour of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Collection
Disclosure:  I was provided a free product for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Best Buy has the perfect camera for everyone on your gift list!

The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to get your gift idea lists out.  Are you ready?   I have an idea that may help you cross a few people off your list already.  You may even get one for yourself.  I know I want one!

Let me introduce you to the brand new GoPro line of cameras available now at Best Buy.
Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

Here's some details about some of the most popular models...
GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.
·         GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

·         GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.
12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates

Best Buy also offers all of the accessories to go along with GoPro cameras so you can capture every exciting moment.

Make sure your friends and loved ones are prepared to capture all of their picture perfect moments.  You wouldn't want to miss this! 
Learn more at the website or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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.