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With the wedding coming up, I am trying really hard to loose the last couple pounds that I have been carrying around.  This is  proving to not be a simple task.  I tried eating right, then I just get back off track  And even when I do eat right, and drink water and get a little extra exercise… The pounds STILL seem to just STAY PUT!  :(  So, I have been trying a few different styles of Supplements.

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A little about the Green Coffee Bean:   Each Trim Energy Green Coffee Bean vegetarian capsule contains 400mg of pure green coffee bean with the branded ingredient Svetol® to support healthy weight loss. Svetol® is not only a green coffee bean extract, but the only green coffee extract with proven weight loss efficacy in several published clinical studies. Our Trim Energy Green Coffee Bean contains  the amount used in the studies on Svetol® as well as an additional 200mgs of green coffee bean extract standardized to 50% chlorogenic acids to provide you with 400mgs of green coffee bean extract per capsule. Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted. The fat burning compound of this bean is Chlorogenic Acid. Chlorogenic Acid inhibits the release of glucose in the body and boosts metabolism.

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I received a bottle of the Trim Energy Green Coffee Bean to try out.  The nice thing about this product,  According to the directions, you only need to take 1 Capsule before meals – twice a day. So a 60 count bottle will last a whole month!  Most other supplements that I have looked at all say 2 capsules 2 to 3 times a day!  So you would need to take multiple bottles per month! which financially is crazy!   I tend to be very skeptical when it comes to how well things work – until I try it.  I tried this for 1 month, and did notice a slight change in weight – Only a couple pounds – but a couple pounds to me is a huge mile stone.  I’m at that point that I Feel as if I have plateaued…and have no where to go.   Hopefully this slight push over the edge is just what I needed to get my work on again. For 20.00 a bottle (currently on sale) I think this is just what i need to keep my hopes high… and with a little extra exercise, I am sure I will get those last 10 pesky pounds gone.   Just a friendly Reminder… Not everyone reacts the same to a supplement.   What works for me may not work for you and vice-versa.

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

Eden Cafe
Valentines never use to be a Holiday that I celebrated   I mean, yeah, when I was in school we’d exchange cards.  But after Growing up – and getting into relationships… It just was another Hallmark Holiday.  This year on the other hand, I am So excited to celebrate this day of Love.  Why is that you say?  Well, because my Fiancee makes me feel special – and I love giving him something a little special.  That’s why I am getting something from EdenFantasys for this Valentines Day!

I promise you, Eden Fantasys is not ONLY and online Sex Toy Store, like many may think.  They have everything from Toys to Books To Clothing to candles and Lotions.  Obviously I will be getting my man a little something for himself from EdenFantasys.  Being a Mechanic, he is always working hard -lifting tools and parts… Beating up all his muscles on a daily basis.  That is why I am looking at getting him some Body Massage Lotion.  I was looking at the Simply sensual body lotion – body moisturizer (in Aloe).   And of course, what kind of girlfriend would I be if I didnt get myself something special for Valentines Day!

Right now EdenFantasys is running a bunch of great Valentines Day Promotions.  Make sure to check them out before you make any purchases.

 

Every morning – for as long as I can remember, there has been a pot of coffee brewing.  Both my parents loved coffee.. I didn’t quite get the concept, but then again I didn’t drink it like they did.  Some people like their coffee really strong… Some only drink Decaf…and others dilute it with cream and sugar…Just to get the taste that is right for them.  And some people cant drink coffee because of the amount of Acid in it.  That’s where Tylers Coffee has changed the world of coffee.  tylers

A little about Tylers Coffee: “Coffee that contains acid is not desirable because it can be attributed to weakening and discoloration of the tooth enamel.  Acid reflux problems can also be decreased by drinking acid free coffee. In addition, the interstitial cystitis network has informed us (www.ic-network.com) that Tylers Coffee could be the answer they have been looking for! By replacing regular coffee with Tylers acid free coffee, people with sensitivities to acid can drink coffee without harming their bodies. Based in  Southern Arizona, Tyler’s Coffee is a small family business run by local business owner, Tyler Ornstein. A coffee bean is very delicate and it must be roasted perfectly right, and the taste and even acidity of the coffee can be altered by just 3 seconds off too much or too little roasting.   More acid is produced the longer the length of the brewing time.   What makes our coffee different is the computerized “Z” roasting system that roasts the coffee beans to perfection, each and every time.” Tylers Coffee

The MI Savings Mama Household doesn’t drink coffee daily, but we love having great tasting and simple to make coffee readily available for when company does come over.  Tylers coffee is simple to make -just open the pack, poor in the filter and hit go!  A full packet will make a full 10 cup pot.  And if you only brew a half pot, then all you need is a half packet.  Simple isnt it!  Having less acid then regular coffees, Tylers is a little easier on the tummy. Making it more enjoyable on many people.  They do offer both decaf and regular, I know I am really wanting to try the Decaf.  It looks like it’ll be the perfect gift for my mom… She only drinks decaff – and you cant try to trick her either!

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

Signs of the Holidays are all around.  And one great thing about the Holidays are being able to share time with Family and Friends!  And what better way to spend a great winter night than with a glass of wine from   California Wine Club.  California Wine Club is a monthly wine club smaller, award-winning wineries whose wines are not typically found in local stores or wine shops.  

A Little From The CA Wine Club Site: For years Pam and I were frustrated trying to find truly great wine. Selecting a decent bottle of wine from thousands of pretty labels with prices ranging from $5-$35 was difficult at the best of times. We were always happiest with wine recommendations from friends.  So, that’s what we wanted to do with The California Wine Club, start a wine of the month club that was just like “one friend recommending a great bottle of wine to another friend”.

I love the Philosophy that the California Wine Club has!  Every holiday We bring our wine of choice to share with the family… Which is just like sharing with friends.  This has brought my family to trying a Variety of different wines.  This month I received 2 bottles from California Wine Club-  a White Wine and a Red wine.  I was sent a Tempranillo (red ) and Sauvingnon Blanc (white)  I personally like White wines better.  To me, from the ones I have tried, are a little sweeter – and it doesn’t seem to  leave my mouth so dry.  By no means am I a Wine Connoisseur…so I cant tell you all the terminology used when it comes to describing a wine.  I will say this – The California Wine Club defiantly know’s what it is like to share wines with friends and family alike!

One lucky reader will be able to get a $50.00 Gift Card to California Wine Club!  Check Back In December for your opportunity!  If you leave a comment on this post, you will be able to get one extra entry on the Giveaway

This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a 2 month Membership to the California Wine Club for the purpose of this review.

Ok, now its starting to get to crunch time. School is going to be starting really soon here in Michigan.  Im trying to get everything in order for lil c’s first day of school.  I got some of the basics, but now I am stressing about what to give him for lunch.  I would love to do sandwiches and snacks. But I hate having a Gazillion baggies in his lunch box.  Thankfully EcoZip had a solution for that!

With the 2 in one technology, you will be saving time and using fewer plastic bags for a single lunch. The EcoZip Company is proud that they are able to produce their bags with 20% less plastic which in turn allows them to use less resources in making their products. There are 3 different sizes of Eco-Zip Bags: Snack/Sandwich, Storage/Quart and Storage/Gallon.

The great people at Eco-Zip has sent me some of their Snack/Sandwich bags to try. i love the idea for this bag.  It is perfect for that back to school lunches. It has just the right size portion for the sandwich. And you will be able to give your child a proportional size snack. There are 3 Zippers – one on each end and one in the middle. Which make for great snack bags for group outings. When I read that it was made with 20% less plastic, I thought it was going to be thin and flimsy. But EcoZip has stood up to the test and the bags feel strong and secure. This also works great if you are traveling.  I took the EcoZip Bag with me to New York, and it kept my liquids (shampoo and conditioners) apart from my toothpaste.  I know im crazy, I just loved knowing that there was more protection for my toothpaste if the shampoo opened in flight!

Check out Ecozip on their website. You can also follow them on Facebook

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This is MY deck!  Can you tell… It’s DIRTY!  I moved into my condo just about a year ago… And this is my first FULL Summer… So I am going all out and trying to make it look the best it can.  And we needed to start with this deck.  I swear – it is Wood!!!  It doesn’t look like it, but it is.  Realizing that it needs to be scrubbed – I now know need to get the right cleaning product. And I did so with Thompson’s WaterSeal Wood Cleaner!

A little about the Thompson Cleaner - Specially designed to remove weathered clear and tinted waterproofers and semi-transparent stains with concentrated cleaning power for decks, fences, siding and other exterior wood surfaces. It also restores the natural color and beauty to severely weathered and discolored wood without bleaching. Unlike many competitive products, Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Wood Cleaner is pH neutral, which means you do not need to apply another solution before waterproofing or staining. Additionally, this cleaner maximizes the performance of waterproofers and stains.

Can you tell which side was cleaned?   It didnt help that When I get motivated to do something – It doesnt matter what time it is … I will be doing it.  So at 10pm I had myself and one of my great friends out there Scrubbing the deck… What did we use?  We used the great products created by Thompsons WaterSeal!   I figured this deck would be the true test.  I have NO clue when it was built.  I have NO clue how well the previous owners took care of it… I just knew that When it got wet, you could use your shoe and scrub off a little layer of dirt!  BLAH! It was disgusting!  But no longer is it that way! So, We grabbed a bucket of HOT water, and some  Kitchen Scrubbing pads and went to work.  It took us about an hour to clean the whole deck. And it was completely worth it!  As you can tell in the picture below – it is a HUGE difference – from what it original looked like! Just like Night and Day.  

No we didn’t leave it half done.  It is Completely Scrubbed down… And Just waiting to be stained!  Check back to see what it looks like when it is completely Stained!
*I received the Stain and Cleaner to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


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I grew up around parents that smoked and relatives that smoked -but thankfully never picked it up myself.  But not everyone is as lucky as myself.  I know many of my friends who Smoke and who have smoked for years before they graduated High School.  Knowing full well the hazards of Cigarettes and all the chemicals that are thrown into the tobacco, but It is such a hard habit to break.  That’s where Revolver Cig is there to help.
(http://revolvercig.com/talon)

A little about an Electronic Cigarette:  An electronic cigarette (or “e-cigarette”) is an alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes. It is a battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized propylene glycol/nicotine solution. In addition to nicotine delivery, this vapor also provides a flavor and physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke, while no tobacco, smoke, or combustion is actually involved in its operation. (Revolver Cig)

Smoking is a Crazy Hard habit to break – especially the older you get.  I have been fortunate enough to not smoke myself, but others around me have not been.  The MI Savings Family had the opportunity to try out the Revolver E-Cigs in our quest to stop smoking.   Mr J. Was a pack a day (plus some ) smoker, until he met me… That’s when his quest to stop smoking began.  He has done very well on his own, cutting it back to now a pack every 2 or 3 days (depending on work), but that still wasn’t his goal.  He wanted to be able to be completely smoke free – especially around me and especially for his daughter.  So he offered to test out the Talon Tank System.   Our favorite part of this particular system is the fact that you can use the eLiquids to refill the cartridges.  The eLiquids are small bottles – but a little goes a long way! They are super easy to store, and there is a HUGE variety of flavors – Everything from Fruity to Soda flavored to tobacco flavored (and the list goes on).  Using an E-Cig to quit is not for everyone.  I have seen first hand, that quitting is still a lot of Mind over Matter -and some times, no matter what they try they can not quit.  But for those – the Revolver E-Cigs are still beneficial.  Sometimes it is just the need of the act of smoking … or just the need of the flavor… or those times where you are around so many NON smokers – that it would be impolite to smoke tobacco in front of them.  The Revolver Cigs are defiantly helpful.  I recommend this to ANYONE who is willing to cut back their smoking or Quit (Especially if you have lil ones in the house and you smoke inside)
Make Sure to follow RevolverCigs on Twitter and On Facebook.    Make sure to like them on Facebook for the opportunity for discount codes.

* We received a Talon e-Cig kit in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Candles and Massages aren’t only for women – they can be the perfect gift for a wife to their husband on Fathers Day (or an anniversary).  Many men work hard – in their field of work… And to come home to their significant other with a candle lit…. Can defiantly add another level to your relationship

How do you use Scandle? “Simply light the Scandle (we recommend for about 30 minutes or until the candle melts to the container’s edge so that the candle will continue to burn evenly with every use). Then, extinguish the flame and apply a small amount on to desired area (we recommend a quarter size to start). When done, allow the candle to cool..the liquid will re-congeal to a solid state permitting additional applications”

I have had the chance to try the Scandle Candles. I was sent the Coconut Kiss Travel Tin.   This is the description of the scent from Scandle’s website “ Tantalizing aroma of sweet coconut milk with warm base notes of rich, creamy vanilla” I was totally amazed by this product. I am not a huge coconut fan, so I was slightly unsure of how I was going to like the scent. But I fell in love upon opening the tin.  When it is lit, it gives off a soft scent. And I was amazed that After the candle was blown out, the “Wax” was warm to the touch, but it wasn’t burning hot. Sandle Candles are perfect for the quality time that you and your significant other spend together.  Not only does it make a good massage lotion – it leaves your skin feeling soft and warm.  You can purchase Scandle online at the Scandles Website.

*I was sent a Travel Tin Candle For review purposes only. I was not financially compensated for my review. All opinions are 100% my own

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A little about Lemons and lavenders:  Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life. Lemons and Lavender is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet. Learn how to ditch your lawn and raise organic vegetables, cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs, and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender. With this guide, families can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime.

Being a newly single mother, I have realized how much it actually costs to run a household.   Thankfully I have been able to do so these past 9 months… But there are a ton of GREAT tips in this book.   Some of my favorite tips  are:
1.  Keeping a Change Jar.  I have always had some type of Change Jar, but Since moving out on my own, I have made sure that any change that I had from my day, went right into the change  jar.  This jar – in 9months – is Almost completely full ( and it was only a quarter full when i moved)
2.  Save a dollar a day.  This is something that I have yet to do, but it is a super great idea.  If you think about it.  1.00 a day … times 365 day  - is a good chunk of change.  You can put this towards bills, or if you have kids, put it towards their college fund.
There are another 200 plus pages of great tips and suggestions.  You can purchase this book online for $15.95.

*I Received this book in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed are 100 %my own.

Are you Looking for a New Surface Cleaner?  What about one that Contains no VOC’s or other harmful chemicals ?  How about one that Naturally digests odors at their source leaving a fresh botanical scent?  If you answered Yes to Any of the questions above, then you defiantly need to check out Natural House – Surfy.

A little about Surfy:  Surfy All Surface Probiotic Cleaner is a revolutionary surface cleaner. Our professional strength formula powers through grease, grime and germs while leaving a streak free sheen. Our probiotics continue to consume germs on the surface after you are done cleaning. Surfy is safe to use on multiple surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, including countertops, appliances, sinks, glass, stainless steel, toilets and tubs.

I have been lucky to receive a sample of Surfy for review.  I love trying new products.  And I am always on the lookout for good cleaning products – especially something that I can use on my kitchen table and counter top.  It never fails, these are the 2 worst places for Gunk and Grime.  I loved the fact that I can also use it on the Bathroom Tub.  It is strong, yet, safe for my family to use.    One of the things about Surfy that I did enjoy – it did have a plesant CLEAN smell to it.

*I received a sample of Surfy for review purposes only.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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I have heard of fish oil – and have taken it in hopes to keep my cholesterol in check.  But then I heard about Krill Oil. not only is it suppose to be like Fish oil, it is suppose to be better!  What other pill can you find that can help improve your mood, lower cholesterol, and make that time of the month a little easier on you?  

What Is Krill Oil:  Krill Oil is the oil harvested from antarctic krill, a shrimp like crustacean that lives deep in the ocean. Scientists and doctors have discovered that ingesting this oil can have amazing affects on your body including a stronger heart, pain-free joints, a better mood, lower cholesterol, easier menstruation and overall better health. Krill oil is a miraculous discovery from the deep pure waters of Antarctica that literally beats the pants off fish oil.  When tested head to head by an independent laboratory our Krill oil was found to be 54x more powerful in antioxidant activity than fish oil! (Everest Nutrition Krill Oil)

I have never heard of KrillOil until I got this in for review.  I have tried Plain old Fish Oil Capsules before, but they have always had a CRAZY after tasted.  That is one thing that I did not notice with Krill Oil. It was a pleasant surprize.  Another HUGE difference – the size of Krill oil is MUCH Smaller than the size of Fish Oil Capsules.   After taking Krill Oil, I have noticed a slight improvement in my mood and overall. I tend to have a little more energy.   KrillOil can be purchased online for 29.99 per bottle or 119.80 for 6 bottles!  What a great deal! :D

*I received a sample of Krill Oil  to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Being a Mom, I have realized what it actually takes to raise a family.  It takes a lot more than just money and love.  It takes a lot of patience and … well understanding.

A little about Stay At Home Moms :  With stories by famous moms, including Jane Green, Melora Hardin, Liz Lange, Jodi Picoult, and Jill Kargman, and stories from other moms who elected to stay at home or work from home. Every stay-at-home and work-from-home mom will view this book as having been written just for her! A reissue of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, this book contains 101 great stories from mothers who have made the choice to stay home or work from home while raising their families. These multi-tasking, high-performing women have become today’s power mom. This is perfect for book groups as it contains a reader guide.

I unfortunatly am not a stay at home mom.  I always though that being a S.A.H.M. was the most simple thing in the world. I mean, you dont have to get up and go to a building to work. You can just stay in your pj’s right?  Well, Sometimes you may be able to. But there are alot more to being a SAHM than most may realize.  Not only are you a mom, but you are an accountant, a maid, a cook, a consular and much much more.
*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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