Friday, July 27, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 28-August 3, 2018)

August is always a busy month for me. There are lots of birthdays in my family in August. The kids go back to school. And the hurricane season really kicks in here in south Florida! Here's hoping that we'll have a little quieter year in the tropics than last year! But I'll keep my mind off hurricanes by visiting lots of blogs and entering giveaways! I hope you'll join me. Check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky below. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you're giving away some great prizes on your blog or website, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Happy August!







Monday, July 23, 2018

Get that Funky, Sweaty Smell Out of Your Clothes with Defunkify!


Here in south Florida, we get the heat year round. Don’t get me wrong—I love it! I’m definitely a warm-weather person—but I don’t love that I’m often sweaty once I walk out of my air-conditioned house or office. And that sweat works its way into my clothes and often stays there, especially when I’m wearing wicking material. Same for the rest of my family. My boys’ athletic clothing is often made of wicking material, which works great at keeping them cooler but tends to retain that sweaty smell, which is not pleasant. I’ve actually thrown out clothing that has retained too much of that funky odor.

Fortunately, I no longer need to do that since I’ve discovered Defunkify laundry detergent and deodorizer. It is specifically engineered to remove the odor and stains that are present in high-performance active wear. It cleans deeper than normal detergents to tackle body oils and sweat that cause long-lasting odor to stay in our clothes.

As Defunkify explains:
The problem comes down to chemistry. The synthetic fibers that keep us nice and cool in the summer are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water. Laundry detergent can’t get between these fibers, and when it does it often leaves a residue that acts as a collection site for future odor. Defunkify Active Wash Laundry Detergent works differently. It gets deep between these fibers to remove the source of the odor so those shirts or shorts can perform like new.
Defunkify is ideal for anyone, anywhere, who works up a sweat, whether it’s from the heat, a good workout, a day at the beach, or a strenuous day on the job or doing yardwork. And it is safe for families and the environment, using green chemistry principles to reduce the overall environmental impact.

I am so glad I found Defunkify, and I believe you will, too. Head over to Amazon or defunkify.com to try it out and get your family’s clothes smelling clean and fresh again!






Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Movie Review: "I Feel Pretty" Starring Amy Schumer

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About the movie:
Amy Schumer stars as Renee, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis. After suffering a fall, she wakes up believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Watch the trailer:


My thoughts:
Renee is convinced that beautiful people have all the doors opened to them, while she is denied opportunities because of her ordinary appearance. Thus, she lacks self-confidence and never dares to go after the jobs or the boyfriends she desires. But when a knock on the head has her believing that she's one of the beautiful people, she boldly goes after the job and the man she wants -- not realizing that her personality and smarts are what actually earn her the job and the man now that she's not afraid to show them. She soon sees that even the beautiful people get dumped and fail in business, and that by showing her talents and going after her goals, she finds far more success than by just being pretty. The supporting cast is perfect, especially Michelle Williams' turn as the beautiful but squeaky-voiced head of the cosmetics firm that Renee works for. At the end of the film, I really felt that I got the message that I'm perfect just the way I am.

Enjoy these scenes from the movie:



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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Tayst Coffee with Compostable Pods for Your Keurig: Awesome for the Planet… and for Your Taste Buds!


I love using my Keurig coffee maker, but I don’t like the idea of all those plastic pods going in a landfill. That’s why I was excited to hear about a company that has tackled this issue by making delicious coffee for your Keurig that comes in the world’s first 100% compostable pod! That company is called Tayst. Watch this video from the founders to find out why Tayst coffee pods are truly unique and good for the environment:



As you saw from the video, Tayst makes a plastic-free pod! The lid uses a combination of paper and other 100% compostable materials -- even compostable inks! The ring is made from a blend of bioresins from renewable sources and coffee chaff (bean skins). And the innovative bio-based mesh fully composts.


And the Tayst pod works perfectly in my Keurig; it's completely compatible. As you can see below, it is a perfect fit, and has made a perfect cup of coffee every time I’ve used it.


So, by now you’re probably saying, “That’s really awesome, and I want to be environmentally responsible, but I still want my coffee to taste amazing.” Well, your wish has come true. Tayst coffee is to die-for! Seriously, it tastes like heaven. They select their coffee beans from some of the most fertile soil on the planet, and the mesh filter allows brew to flow evenly across the grinds and into your cup for a rich, smooth taste. Check out their selections here. They include:

Bold & Brazen
Bold & Brilliant
Medium & Magnificent
Medium & Heroic
Vintage Vanilla Cream
Defiantly Decaf

We were sent samples of Tayst coffee, and we loved them all. My husband is an especially big fan of the Bold coffees, while my favorite is the Vintage Vanilla Cream. My mom is a decaf drinker, so we’ll definitely keep Tayst Defiantly Decaf on hand for her. Not sure which one you’d like? Order a Tayst Sample Box (shown above)!

So, how can you make sure you have a steady supply of Tayst coffee for your home or office? Sign up for a subscription! The prices are amazing (sorry, I can't stop using that word), and there are plenty of options so you can order exactly the quantity you need each month. You can get one-time gift boxes, too, if you’d like to share the coffee love with someone for a special occasion (shown at left).

So, if you’re ready to get started, check out this introductory deal:



Make the decision to do something good for the planet without sacrificing great coffee taste. Head over to tayst.com today and delight your taste buds!


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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 21-27, 2018)

As you can tell by my lack of posting, this summer has been busy, busy, busy! I can't believe that the kids will be back to school in just three short weeks! I hope you are getting the most out of your summer like I am. And if you do find yourself with a little bit of downtime, be sure to enter some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting. Have a great summer, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Friday, July 13, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 14-20, 2018)

Summer is in full swing! Let's celebrate this season of fun in the sun by entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Spotlight and Giveaway: "Stricken" by C.K. Kelly Martin


Naomi doesn't expect anything unusual from her annual family trip to visit her grandparents in Ireland. What she expects is to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, hang out with her friends Ciara and Shehan, and deal with her gran's Alzheimer's. What she finds is a country hit by an unexpected virus that rapidly infects the majority of the Irish population over the age of twenty-one.

Amnestic-Delirium Syndrome (ADS) starts off with memory loss, but the virus soon turns its victims aggravated, blank, or violent. Naomi and her friends must survive on their own, without lucid adults, cut off from the rest of the world, until a cure is found.

But there are whispers that ADS is not terrestrial, and soon Naomi and her friends learn the frightening truth: we are not alone.

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About the author:
Long before I was an author, I was a fan of books about Winnie-the-Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school, my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major -- not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in film studies, but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree, I headed for Dublin, Ireland, and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always believed I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually, and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then, I'd discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult, but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I'm an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews. I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can while working on novels about young people.

My first young-adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and 2015.

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Prize: Signed copy of Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin (INT)

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 7-13, 2018)

I hope you had a fun holiday week and are enjoying the summer! When you get a little downtime, I hope you'll join me in entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting, and please tell your social media friends about this page!