Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Am I the Last Person on Earth to Start Using Ibotta?

You know how it goes--you hear about something, all your friends are using it, but you still don't take the next step to check it out for yourself. I have been hearing about Ibotta for a long time now, especially when I peruse the web for shopping deals. So, I finally decided it was time to check it out. And now... I feel silly for not getting this app sooner.

Ibotta is an app/program that helps you save on groceries, beauty products and a variety of mobile purchases. You can easily unlock deals to get rebates on things you love to buy as well as new products you would like to try. Instead of messing with coupons, Ibotta lets you scan your receipt to verify your purchases and earn rebates (often within just a few hours).

It's Day 12 of using the app now, and I've been able to rack up a total of $18.00 in rebates. Ibotta is different than other similar apps because you can cash out (at $20) for either cash back through payment processors such as PayPal or you can redeem for gift cards (digital gift cards--which is important when you hate waiting!). This is really why I wanted the app. Another program that I used to earn rewards for my precious Starbucks cards has turned upside down. I used to be able to earn a latte a week with that program, now its down to barely a latte a month. Other programs let me earn my writer fuel faster, but I have to wait weeks for the physical gift cards to arrive in the mail. So, since Ibotta is just as easy and I'm earning on the things I already buy, I'm going to be getting a regular supply of writer fuel once again.

And if you're like me and still haven't joined, why not check it out now? It's fast, easy and you'll start saving on your purchases from day 1. You can join now and earn additional rewards for inviting friends and working together as a team to unlock even more bonus cash.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Check it Out: March #PinchMe Samples

Over the weekend I received my latest box from PinchMe and I couldn't be happier about the selection of products I was able to try. Here's the rundown:

N.B.T.F. - Nothing But The Fruit - Real Fruit Bites

To be perfectly honest, I'm more of a veggie person than a fruit person. And in particular, red fruit isn't really my favorite. But these raspberry fruit bites were good--they taste just like a candy gummy, only these bites are made from pure fruit (and in the case of raspberry chia, also chia seeds). I liked them a lot. The packaging was good too, because it had enough to satisfy me without feeling like too much or too little for one sitting.

Pure Leaf Green Tea with Mint

No surprise here--I'm also not a tea person most of the time. But there are occasions when I do indulge, and Pure Leaf has come up with a flavor I truly enjoy. I have always liked green tea, whether cold or hot varieties, but with mint tea, I've never found one that didn't taste like someone swirled a candy cane in a cup of hot water. With this combination, I can enjoy both flavors and the strength of the tea doesn't favor one flavor over the other. I would definitely try this one again.

Sensodyne Deep Clean

After enjoying fruit snacks and tea, it's time to make sure to keep your mouth clean and pain free. Sensodyne Deep Clean is made to keep your teeth clean and healthy while assisting with tooth sensitivity. I have occasional sensitivity, so this is the first time I've tried a toothpaste specifically for that issue. I liked the fresh minty taste, but the product is gel, and I do prefer the texture of paste (or a paste/gel combo). I haven't had sensitivity since using it, but I haven't been eating or drinking a lot of cold products either. Overall, it's a good product for your mouth care routine.

That's it for this box! Check back in soon to see what's coming up next time. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Check it Out: The #ReviveVoxBox

It's that time again to find out what I've received in my latest Vox Box from Influenster. All these products are meant to revive me in some way (hence the name), and they seem to be working! Here's the rundown.

Vitamin Shoppe Protein Powders


I've never seen the appeal of just mixing protein powders in water. They may taste good, but the consistency is always lacking. That's why you don't have to just put water in them. I tried them with almond milk and cashew milk which made these flavors taste really great. And you don't have to stop there--adding fruits and blending it all together makes for a great smoothie.

Brew and Renew Coffees


When K-Cup coffee brewers first came out, I really wanted one. Then I realized that I couldn't use my favorite coffee with it and didn't want to spend a bunch of money trying to find the right flavor. Years have gone by and I switched from being unsure about the cost to completely sure about not wanting to add to landfills with all the waste that K-Cup packaging makes. That's why these Brew and Renew flavors are awesome: the pods work n K-Cup brewers but are made of a compostable material that won't add to the filth we humans try to dispose of every single day. Here's a breakdown of the flavors I received:

Hills Bros.

A classic flavor that I've enjoyed for the past few years.  Hills Bros, is always my go-to brand because I know that it's going to provide the flavor I love and the caffeine I need.

Kauai Coffee Co.

If you've ever had the dream of being in Hawaii, this is the perfect pairing to sway to the tropical breeze. This is another medium roast that hits the spot: great if you like plain black coffee, but even better if you like to dress it up with milk, cream or sugar.

Chock Full o'Nuts

Funny, I was under the impression that Midtown Manhattan would taste like sweltering concrete and broken dreams. Just kidding! This variety of coffee is a smooth and flavorful, which if you close your eyes can take you from your dull surroundings to comfy seat on a fire escape overlooking Broadway, enjoying a piping hot cup o' joe. 

SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo and Crème Rinse

I'm a sucker for a good shampoo and conditioner--especially one that doesn't weigh down my hair after a shower. She Moisture is a brand I've known about for a little while (and have tried their face masks, which are always fun to pamper yourself with), so I had no reservations trying out this shampoo.

Snackwell's Biscuit Thins


A few months ago I bought a box of breakfast biscuits on a whim (different brand) and thought that the product was a good idea. Crunchy, flavorful, multiple pieces so I don't feel like I'm wolfing it down in one bite. I stuck with that first brand that I bought, but this Vox box changed my mind. The Snackwell's Biscuit Thins that arrived were by far the best tasting biscuits I've tried (and it comes with four in a pack, not three like the competitor). I tried French Vanilla latte, and although it doesn't taste like my morning latte per se, it does have a rich, coffee-filled flavor. and to think, just a few years ago I avoided anything remotely flavored liked coffee! I like it so much I've already bought another box to enjoy in the mornings.

Well, that's it! Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear what you think!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Love Your Nails? That's #SoCutex

I don't know about you, but the one thing that I dread when I put on nail polish is having to take it off. What a hassle! You have to get out the bottle of remover, try not to spill it everywhere, and use up a ton of cotton balls to get the job done. No, thanks. But then again, who wants to have to go around with chipped nail polish until it wears off on its own? That's why I'm absolutely LOVING Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads.

Received this product free from Influenster for testing purposes. Thanks Influenster and Cutex!

This takes the hassle out of trying to remove your nail polish by having a pre-loaded pad with the remover already on it (which is GREAT for taking along with you on your summer travels!). A few swipes and you're done! One pad takes care of all ten fingers and all ten toes, so it makes the process really quick and convenient. The pads also contains ingredients such as Black Currant, Flaxseed, and Apricot Kernel botanical oils that help to nourish your nails and keep them healthy. 

Since it's good for my nails and quick to use, I've been changing up my look on a weekly basis. Have you tried these nail polish remover pads yet? What did you think?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's Time to #WearWhatYouWant

Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. It's ninety degrees outside, the sun is shining, you've got your perfect pair of shades on, a fitted tank and your favorite white shorts. Yep, I said white shorts. That's when you lean over and whisper, "I can't. It's that time of the month." And then you realize that you CAN wear those white shorts--as long as you have Always Radiant Infinity to keep you protected.

I was able to try Always Radiant with FlexFoam complimentary from Influenster. And I can tell you, these are some of the best period protection products out there. The foam core of the pad absorbs 10 times its weight which gives you the ultimate protect for up to eight hours. These pads are also thin and flexible, giving you the feeling that you're wearing nothing at all. And let's be honest--packaging usually doesn't mean anything when you are talking about a great product, but with something like pads and tampons that you have to carry around with you, cute packaging is just the icing on your metaphorical cake. And this packaging takes the cake.

So come on, Ladies. With Always at your side, there's no reason you can't wear what you want, all day, every day. With all that confidence, what will YOU be wearing?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Getting a Better Night's Sleep

Looking good, feeling good and doing your best at work each day--we all know that story. And we all know that having all three of those things coincide is practically a miracle! One of the ways that feeling your best is accomplished is by getting the right amount of sleep each night. For most adults, that's six to eight hours. How many of you are getting that kind of sleep? I know that I'm not (especially during Camp NaNoWriMo!).

This ZzzQuil sample was provided by Influenster free for testing purposes.

So what can you do if you aren't able to get to sleep when you need to? A sleep aid can be just what you need for those occasions where sleep just won't come. And I know what you're thinking--I don't want to take sleeping pills. Those could be dangerous! Well, we're not talking about the prescriptions that come from a doctor. What we're talking about here is a product like ZzzQuil--a safe, over-the-counter, non-habit forming product that can be used for occasional sleeplessness.

I've taken it on one or two of those restless evenings, and I can tell you that it works just like it's supposed to. It lets you get to sleep without any of the groggy side effects the next morning. So you'll be ready to go and accomplish life like a boss--or at least get your morning coffee order right. :-)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Exploring the #BloomVoxBox from Influenster

It's tie to explore another great VoxBox I received free from Influenster (for testing purposes). This one is the bloom VoxBox and in contained a whole lot of fun for spring. Check it out:

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
I will admit that I'm not really one for removing nail polish. It flakes off in a week (on my hands, at least) so I never get around to cleaning it off with any type of remover. However, these nail polish remove pads are super easy to to use and the best part--totally portable. I could see me taking these on a road trip this summer.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish

Oh, I've had a love affair with many a nail polish in the past, but this one by far works the best (if combined with the Sinful Colors top coat). Not only does it last, but the scent of the wet polish goes away very quickly. I received a bottle in the color VIP (basically bubblegum pink). Not really my color, but the product itself works great. 

Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy
I've heard nothing but good things about this brand, but this was my first chance to try it. With summer and humidity just around the corner, this is the solution I need when my hair looks limp and flat. Just a quick application and you can give your hair a little oomph.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

Long name, but a good product. This dry oil can be used for your skin and hair, so it's pretty much a go-to product for staying soft and glossy. Although the product works really well, I am not a huge fan of the scent. I would still use it though because it does a great job.

Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid
I change deodorants as often as I change my mind, so trying another new product from Secret was bound to happen. I've noticed that Secret is the most prominent brand in my rotation because they had subtle scents and keep sweat at bay. This one works for 48 hours and keeps you dry and doesn't get all over your clothes.

Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars

You don't have to sell me on these, Influenster--I've been in love with Sunbelt Bakery granola bars for a few years now. The honey and oats is a perfect addition to my morning coffee or a great afternoon snack. I haven't tried all of the flavors yet, but I know I will. I'm just that adventurous. ;-)

Have you tried any of these products yet? Let me know by leaving a comment!

PS: You know you could have a chance to get awesome products like these to try for yourself. Just go and sign up at Influenster today!