Thursday, July 28, 2016

Free Products and Ways to Earn Money Online!

Free Products and Ways to Earn Money Online!

There are tons of ways to get free products and even make money online. These are all services that I have personally used and recommend. 

Give them a try, let me know what you think! 

Please note: Your experience may vary, these are my personal experiences.

The links in the post below may be affiliate links

Amazon Reviews:

Did you know you can get free or heavily discounted merchandise on Amazon by agreeing to give an honest review after you receive it? 

You pick out items you would like to review and the websites give you a coupon code that you use directly on Amazon to purchase the products. You do not give any financial information to these sites. Shipping is free with Amazon Prime on MOST items. 

There are MANY websites that help you find products to review online, here are my favorites.

Elite Deal Club 

 I have received many free and very low priced items (under $2) from this company from many different categories beauty, health, home, electronics etc..

Giveaway Service 

On Giveaway service you request to review a product and the company will either approve or deny you, I have been approved for many different reviews. There are many free items and I have paid $1-$3 for some items. 

No Kidding Coupons 

You start with points on No Kidding Coupons, you use these points to order coupons for free and greatly reduced items on Amazon. When you review the product or complete other tasks (such as post on Youtube, Twitter or Instagram) you earn more points which gains you access to more products!

Snag Shout

Snagshout is another one of my favorites. You start with one or two "snags" or items to review and when you review them successfully they increase your limit of items you may order. There are always plenty of free items and pages of discounted ones!


Another good site for free and discounted items! 

Uberzon Club

You sign up for daily e-mails with Uberzon club and you received 3-4 e-mails a day with free and heavily discounted products. You must be quick to answer the e-mails because they tend to run out fast!  

Consumer Testing:

Some Companies will send you free products and even PAY YOU to try them and report back.

Loreal :

Loreal sent me 8 bottles of products to try and paid me to take part in the survey. I believe they pay between $50-$75. You have to be patient and be sure to fill out the pre-qualifying surveys they send. You won't get into all of the studies but you may get in some! 

The Pink Panel: 

I tested products for the pink panel. I was sent face care products and was paid with an Amazon gift card. I believe they pay anywhere from $25-$75. They send out e-mail and post on their Facebook page pre-qualifying surveys that you can fill out and try to get into a study. I have seen them test all kinds of beauty products and even flat irons. 


Opinion Outpost

I have done a ton of survey site and I have only consistently used Opinion Outpost. I usually choose to get an Amazon gift card and I save them up on my Amazon account and use them towards Christmas and Back to School Shopping. I have been using this one for years, it's the simplest one I have found and you can cash out at $5 for an Amazon gift card, which is only 50 points. I have made that much doing one survey before. On occasion I have been sent products to test and have been compensated with additional points, money or gift cards.

Other Product Testing Companies:


Fill out the pre-qualifying surveys on Bzzagent and you will be invited to participate in campaigns to test products, share with your friends and report back to Bzzagent. I have been using this company for years and have received many food items, magazines, health items and more. I have even seen some people receive toys and bigger items. 

**For any suggestions to add to the list or questions please e-mail me at!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Yoga at ANY size

As a plus sized woman or BBW  (big beautiful woman) I have found myself scared to approach yoga. I bought books and would watch these thinner women online doing poses and didn't think I could possibly do that. I found this awesome video on Amazon called "Heavy Weight Yoga: Yoga for the body you have today" This video really is amazing, she explains how to do a pose, shows you how to do it, then she explains ways to make the pose work for you according to your ability. She even shows how to do the moves from a seat if you are unable to get onto the floor. It just feels welcoming and peaceful. I would suggest if you are a BBW or a SSBBW or someone with mobility issues that you check out this video.

click the picture to check it out!

One item that I have found very helpful as a plus sized woman doing yoga is this 8 foot, extended stretch Yoga Strap. When I cannot hold the correct place on my body or when I cannot hold a pose for very long, the yoga strap is a tremendous help. This strap is extra long, which is awesome for larger bodies. I am using the Limm Yoga Strap pictured below (which I happened to get at a discount in exchange for my honest review on Amazon)

click the picture to check it out!

I am just feeling so much better and so much more flexible since starting Yoga. I have found that I feel less pain on the days I have a nice gentle yoga session and end with meditation. I am just learning but I love it already!

Here are a few Youtube channels for plus sized Yoga that are worth checking out!

Curvesome Yoga

Body Positive Yoga

Rainbeau Curves

I found this video INSPIRATIONAL!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Neonatal Puppy Care

I recently unexpectedly found myself caring for a neonatal puppy, which turned out not to be as easy as I thought it would be. 

Here are a few tips that I've learned along the way. I am in no way an expert and I would recommend if at all possible that you seek  professional advice.
A neonatal puppy is completely helpless. They cannot regulate their own temperature and they cannot urinate or defecate on their own. It is important to keep the puppy warm without overheating it I used a heating pad underneath a folded sheet to keep her basket warm without making her too hot. I also use a rice sock that she could snuggle with to keep her warm and makes her feel like she with near a litter mate. Make sure that you don't overheat the rice sock. And rice sock is super easy to make it is exactly as it sounds a sock full of rice that is tied in a knot at the top which you can put in the microwave to warm. Just be very careful about not overheating it. You might also want to wrap the rice sock in a cloth or a towel.

It is very important that you never feed a puppy that is chilled you must first slowly warm the puppy and when the puppy is warm then you may feed them.

We bought a can of powdered puppy milk at a local grocery store and a bottle. Make sure the water used is warm you can test it on the inside of your wrist like you would a baby bottle to make sure that it's not too hot for the puppy. It is key to get the right size hole in the nipple I use a pair of scissors to make a tiny X on the tip of the nipple. If the puppy is not swallowing and is very aggravated while feeding the whole might not be big enough make it a tiny bit bigger and try again. If the hole is too big the puppy will have milk coming out of its mouth and it may come out of its nose which is not good the puppy could aspirate the milk and it could give the puppy pneumonia. If you do notice milk coming out of the puppy's nose take the bottle away immediately wipe the milk off its face and let it sneeze the milk out. If the puppy is crying during this process it can suck on a clean finger until all of the milk has been sneezed out. You can resume feeding but you must use a new nipple. We also had some success using a cosmetic sponge that is dense and latex free such as one you would use to apply makeup. If you choose to do this there are many videos online that can show you exactly how. Also while feeding, keep the inside of the nipple filled with milk by tilting the bottle. This will keep the puppy from sucking in a bunch of air. I also Pat my puppy's back after eating, essentially burping her like you would a baby, to break up any gas bubbles.

After eating it is important that the puppy goes potty. You will need some cotton balls you can dip them in warm water and squeeze out the excess water. I like to have a little bit of toilet paper under my puppy when I do this. The mother would normally lick the puppy to stimulate urination and defecation so you use the cotton ball to simulate the mother's tongue. This should be done every time the puppy eat.
The other day our puppy became constipated. Her tummy seemed bloated, her poop was clay consistency, and she seem to be having a difficult time. She was crying and very agitated. After some research we decided to try using a little bit of warm water with a syringe and putting about a tablespoon of water into her rectum. It is important that the water is not too warm but about the same temperature as the milk that you would feed her. Make sure to use a bit of oil on the syringe so that doesn't hurt her rectum. We used a tiny bit of organic coconut oil. From many puppies degecating happens automatically but for our puppy it took a little longer. It was pretty miserable waiting for her to be able to go she was very uncomfortable but found it comforting to be patted on the back and for her tummy to be rubbed gently. I also believe that rubbing her tummy perhaps helped her to be able to go to the bathroom.

It is important to keep the puppy clean. You can use unscented baby wipes to clean up any message that might happen. It's important to use unscented so that any scents won't bother the puppy.

Puppies sleep most of the time so when you're not feeding her or helping her use the bathroom make sure you're letting her sleep comfortably. We put our puppy in a basket which has slots where we could run the cord to the heating pad out of and we lined the basket in sheets. Not only does she sleep next to a rice sock but she also find it very comforting to sleep on a small stuffed animal. We put a small clean teddy bear in her bed and she often sleeps with her head on the teddy bears arm. She will wake about every 2 hours to be fed and use the bathroom during the first couple of weeks. I found it easier to set an alarm on my phone in case I didn't hear her crying. If the puppy is not in the same room as you it may be a good idea to use a baby monitor if you have one available. If not, is it important to check on her every couple of hours. If you notice the puppy is sleeping longer and does not wake up for their feeding it's okay to wake them up and take care of them.

There are many awesome videos on youtube by breeders, veterinarians, and other professionals that work with animals that can give you more information on specific topics.

Caring for a newborn puppy is difficult and very time consuming but I think she's absolutely adorable so it's definitely worth it. I will keep you updated on her progress.

She does not have a name so if anyone has any ideas please go ahead and leave them in the comments.

If you're caring for a puppy I would love to hear about your experience. I wish you the best!!

Neonatal puppy check list:
  • Bottle
  • Formula
  • Rice sock
  • Heating pad
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Cotton balls
  • Warm sheets, blankets or towels
  • Box or basket
  • Patience 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Holiday Review

I recently ordered this Christmas themed piece of art from, called “Christmas by the fireplace.” This piece, from the Cozy Christmas collection, reminds me so much of Christmases growing up in Maine. We had a brick fireplace and always put the Christmas tree near the fireplace, a safe distance away of course. I loved sitting in front of the fireplace and watching the lights on the Christmas tree, feeling the warmth of the fireplace, sipping hot cocoa. When I saw this picture, I was brought right back to that feeling of warmth and comfort and I knew exactly what piece needed to be hanging in my living room!

Once I selected what print I wanted I then had the option of selecting framing. I selected “Rustic weathered Chocolate brown with antique silver accent” which I think looks awesome with my picture. I also chose Plexiglas because with two teens in the house, lots of roughhousing and such, I thought Plexiglas was the safest way to go.

Framed Art packs each piece really well. My artwork came in a large cardboard box, wrapped in plastic, held with thick plastic straps and secured with more cardboard. There was no way the picture was moving and inch. It was delivered by UPS in perfect condition.

I like the picture even more in real life than I did on the website. I think it goes perfectly with the brick colored walls in my living room. I have never had a holiday themed piece of art before so I am excited to have my first! Because it has Plexiglas it will also be easy to store away when the holiday season is over! I love it!

Do you have any art work that you specifically hang during the Holidays? Please leave a comment below and tell me about it! Which piece would you choose from the Cozy Christmas Collection?

I was provided this piece of art for free for the purpose of review. I selected and ordered this piece and all opinions are my own.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Philosophy Living Grace Review

I received this package in the mail today from a very sweet friend! It came from QVC and was wrapped so beautifully I almost didn't want to open it. 
The snowflake on the front is actually a Christmas tree Ornament. 

Inside was an 8 piece collection from Philosophy called
 "Living Grace"

The Set Includes:
16-fl oz shampoo, bath, and shower gel
16-fl oz olive oil body scrub
8-fl oz whipped body creme
2-fl oz edt spray fragrance
2-fl oz shampoo, bath, and shower gel
2-fl oz olive oil scrub
1-fl oz whipped body creme
0.5-fl oz edt spray fragrance

I love that each large size product comes with a mini version, it makes a perfect Mother-Daughter set for someone with a teen daughter. 

Philosophy describes the Living Grace Scent as:
"living grace spray fragrance was formulated to help center a woman's mood, is deeply sensuous, multi-sensory and truly a heavenly inspiration. living grace is an ethereal, clean fragrance of fresh neroli to create uplifting feelings of vibrancy, soft, clean lily of the valley brings a sense of gratitude and sensuous, warm musk embraces you to the beauty of living in the present moment each day."

It just smells so fresh and clean to me. I tend to love smells like cotton, fresh linen, fresh breeze type scents. If you like that type, you will love Living Grace!

Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel:

This three-in-one product lathers so well. I use it in a bath puff and cleanse my body with it and I always run a cap full under the faucet for a tub full of fluffy bubbles. 
I have used philosophy three-in-one products in my hair before but for me I prefer to use a separate shampoo/conditioner duo. 
The product always leaves my body feeling soft, but when I usedit with the scrub and body skin will felt Amazing!

Olive Oil Scrub:

The Olive Oil scrub is new to me, I used it for the first time today and I really liked it. The scent seemed a bit stronger with the scrub than the three-in-one. It doesn't feel very rough when you are using the creamy scrub, but it does seem to do a really good job of removing dead skin cells and making the skin feel soft. I really like it!

Whipped Body Creme:

The whipped body creme glides on so smoothly. After toweling off, I apply the creme and it feels so light and smooth going on but really moisturizes my skin. I love the fact that it doesn't have a greasy feeling what so ever. I cannot stand the feeling of heavy moisturizer. The smell is present but not overpowering. My skin feels super soft and smells great after using the combination of these three products.

Of course I top it all off with a spritz of Living Grace Perfume on my wrists and neck!

This would make an Awesome Christmas Present !!

***This review was in no way sponsored, products were give to me as a gift from a friend who is in no way affiliated with QVC or Philosophy. All opinions are my own.***

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Alterre Shoe Giveaway

WIN black heel starter kit (VALUE $180) From Alterre!

We are working with Alterre to bring you this awesome giveaway!

Kit Includes: 1 pair black suede mules, 1 black suede Jackie look, 1 evening sky Marilyn look, 1 travel pouch 

 2.5” Heel Genuine Leather Upper, 
Man Made Lining
Made in Brazil with Fair Labor 
Available in Sizes: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (see sizing guide for best fit)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stuffed Pesto Chicken

This is just something I put together the other night and it ended up really good. 
It's low carb and delicious.

Ingredients used:

Boneless chicken breasts (I used 3 but one for each serving)
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella shredded or sliced
1 can of diced Italian seasoned tomatoes
Italian Seasoning
Fresh Basil
Chopped garlic
Olive Oil

Ingredients "to taste" you really can't mess this up. 


I used Shredded Mozzarella, pesto, and chopped garlic and mixed them up in a bowl.

I sliced the chicken breasts nearly in half to create a pocket to stuff. I stuffed with the above stuffing and placed the chicken in a casserole dish with a bit of olive oil to keep chicken from sticking. I sprinkled some fresh basil and Parmesan cheese on top along with Italian seasoning. 

Before Placing the chicken in the oven I poured one can of chopped tomatoes on top (drained) and covered with a piece of foil.

Cook for about 20-30 minutes on 400 degrees, depending on the thickness.