Zaggora Hot Pants – My Review

With the beginning of the new year came my renewed inspiration to get active. It’s more difficult for me to stay motivated in the cold months but I feel better when I exercise and there’s better way to get warm! I was excited about the opportunity to review Hot Pants by Zaggora. After reading the testimonials I was hopeful I could achieve the results that were stated on their site. After wearing my pair of Hot Pants for 3 weeks, walking/exercising, running errands, I’m sad to say I had no difference in my measurements.

I wore the Hot Pants under my exercise pants and hopped on the treadmill. I experienced more heat on my thighs but no reduction with my thighs size. I attempted to wear the Hot Pants alone but they made a *swooshing* noise that I didn’t really need to hear – no reminders of how much my legs rub together, thank you very much.

I wore my Hot Pants under my jeans. The material is thin enough that it didn’t make my jeans look like they were about to burst. But honestly, it was a pain when it came time to use the restroom. ‘Time to take off my scuba suit’ was a thought going through my head.

One good thing Hot Pants did for me was encourage me to sit up straight and hold in my stomach. I think most of us need that reminder.

While Hot Pants haven’t worked for me yet, I will continue to wear them while I exercise. I won’t give up hope!

(* I was part of a review panel from Mom Bloggers Club. I received a pair of Hot Pants in exchange for this review. My opinions are truthfully my own.*)

Have You Been Pinterest-ed?

While hopping around social media I’m sure you’ve seen mention of the site Pinterest. If you enjoy visiting blogs, and/or sharing information with your family and friends about your latest finds, then you’ll really enjoy spending time in the world of Pinterest.

You will need to receive an “invite” to begin your venture. (I happen to have some invites to share :-> ). Once you have joined Pinterest you will have access to so many wonderful crafting ideas, recipes, thought provoking quotes, and silly quips from fellow Pinterest members. I’m a visual person and that’s a main component of Pinterest. You’ll find images that will guide you to a perfect recipe for dinner, a kids crafting project to fill those rainy days, a funny cartoon that you’ll want to print immediately or how-to’s for household cleaning projects. There’s great stuff everywhere! And the great offerings don’t end!!!

I’m just getting started on Pinterest and I’m loving my experience. If you want to check it out, I highly recommend it.

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American Car Quotes

With the new year looming it’s a good idea to re-evaluate parts of your life. How is your health? Can you do more? How about your home? And/or your car? I’ve been seeing car insurance advertisements for years and perhaps now is the right time to check things out and see how they compare.

A ‘new to me’ site is American Car Quotes. With all of the insurance companies available today this is actually a good thing for the consumer. By supplying some basic information, American Car Quotes can determine which company is right for you and help guide you to what will work best.

I was able to find information regarding our family’s mini van coverage. You can also research information on how to get your student insured with Young Adult coverage. American Car Quotes can provide information on discounts and how to go about finding a policy that fits your needs.

With so many insurance companies available to us today, it’s nice to find a resource that will help guide you through and get you on your way.

Having a wonderful grandson

***Guest post written by my buddy Angelo Cooper

I think my husband and I have the best grandson in the world. He has always been a delightful young boy, but now we love him even more. My husband and I decided we wanted to live somewhere that was warm most of the year. We knew this would mean moving away from family, but we couldn’t take the cold any longer. Our wonderful grandson used all his vacation time to help us move. He moved all of the boxes into the house. He set up all the televisions and even the tvbydirect. He organized our kitchen and made everything within our reach. And best of all, he found a young boy to cut our grass twice a month at a reasonable price. Normally, my husband would love cutting the grass, but he is getting much older and it is much harder to do. We are so lucky to have such a great grandson. I know he is going to miss us and we will undoubtedly miss him as well. As much as we love being close to family, we know this move is for the best and will make us the most happy. At our age, it is important to be happy and we are.

Join Our Fun Blog Photo Project!

Would you like to participate in a photo project that has a little heart-shaped rock hopping around the globe one blog at a time?  Would you like to have your blog highlighted?  Then you need to take part in the Traveling Heart-Shaped Rock Project
While on the Oregon Coast I found this little “gem” and decided I didn’t want its journey to end.  ‘Why not’ I thought ‘share this symbol with my blog pals?’  This project is in its third go-round and we’ve followed our rock around the U.S. to Chile and Canada.  With stops in Scotland and Manilla coming up!  
How can you, you lovely blogging person, take part in the Traveling Heart-Shaped Rock Project you ask? Here’s what you do:
*E-mail your name & address to annharrison@comcast.net. I will add your destination to the list.  Once you receive the little heart-shaped gem…

*Take a picture of it with something that represents you; it could be an object, a place, whatever you like.
 
*Then… post the picture on your blog; let your readers know you are participating in The Traveling Heart-Shaped Rock Project from Ann Again… and again.
 
*Let me know when you receive our little gem; I’ll send you the name & address of the next blogger to mail the rock to.

I know that some bloggers plan on sending the “gem” on it’s way along with a little trinket/souvenir for the next blogger. I love it! Do what feels right, just have fun. And, don’t forget, take pics and post ’em.

I’ll be sharing your pics on my blog as well, you will be the T.H.S.R.P. Spotlight Blogger.  At the end of its journey I’ll create a slideshow of our pics reminiscing about its travels (and wishing it had been me :-> ).

What a fun way to have your blog highlighted.  I hope you take part in the Traveling Heart-Shaped Rock Project!

(*Send questions or comments to annharrison@comcast.net )

Delightful Things Come In Hampers

For my delightful readers who would like to have flowers delivered in the UK please visit a lovely website SerenataFlowers.com.  They have such beautiful floral arrangements and gift baskets and offer a variety of convenient delivery options.

In these uncertain financial times their selection of varying price options is sure to fit in anyone’s price comfort level.  I love their description; “Get more petal for your pound with these great value flowers… they’re thrifty but nifty, tight, not tight-fisted; cheap, but so much more than cheerful.”

Not only do they offer beautiful flowers delivered tomorrow, they have a lovely selection of wines, chocolates and plants.  My favorite plant is the lemon tree, a perfect pick-me-up for these cold winter days.  They can also create Hampers for you.  Don’t know what a “hamper” is? (I didn’t either ;->) It’s the UK’s equivalent to our gift basket.  (You see that?  You never know when you’re going to learn something!)  You can create a wonderful hamper full of chocolates and wine, crackers and cheese. So many items to choose from.

SerentaFlowers.com really is a treat.  Share something bright and beautiful, or sweet and delicious with those you love this holiday season.

Simone France Skincare Review & Giveaway

I have found my new skin care regime!  After a fair 5 week trial of using this product line I don’t think I can say enough positive things about my experience with Simone France.  I’m giddy in fact!  You will want to use these glorious products.

To begin I contacted a representative to clarify if I was the Normal-to-Oily or Normal-to-Dry skin type.  I completed an on-line skin care analysis and was very impressed with their attention to my answers.  This was not a robo-form I was filling out, I was in contact with a true professional.  To be perfectly honest I asked if they were aware I would be writing a product review, their response “As an on-line company,  we work closely with all our customers to make sure they have the right regimen for their individual needs.  Everyone who wants one gets the same in-depth analysis we did for you...”. 

When I received my personal skin care I was so excited, and slightly overwhelmed.  There were enough bottles that it required a card for guidance of use.  *gulp*  The thought of  ‘I don’t think I’m going to do all of this every day!’ went through my mind.  But let me tell ya’, honestly and truthfully, you will get your regime down in no time and it will be a pleasure to take care of your skin.  Every single day I have the same thought, ‘My skin feels so cozy.’  Yes, cozy.  I can’t think of another word to describe it.  Soft, clean, moisturized – cared for.  And I have received compliments on my complexion!  Honestly, this is the most terrific skin care I have ever used, and I have been trying different products since I was 13 years old… that was *ahem* 32 years ago. 

I am thrilled that I get to offer one incredibly lucky Ann Again… and again Reviews reader with a fantastic giveaway.  You will want to win this!  Here’s what’s in the prize pack:

wash cloths & bowls not included.  one bar of soap is in prize pack
Travel Size Complete System ($120 value):
1/2 oz. Light Moisture
1/2 oz. Refining Scrub
4.5 oz. Soap
30 Disposable Cleansing Cloths
2 oz. Light Milk
2 oz. Gentle Toner
1/2 oz. Complexion Perfection
1/2 oz. Instant Radiance

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Finding Something Bright And Shiny At Ice.com

With the arrival of the holidays I see all the bright and shiny lights twinkling on trees and houses and it makes me think, I want something shiny for myself!  I thought I would help my husband with my Christmas gift this year and peruse a website, filled with beautiful jewelry, and leave him some ideas of what’s on my Wish List.  Let’s see what they have at Ice.com:

Everybody sing!  “I’m… dreaming of… 2 1/5 Carat Multi-Gemstone Sterling Silver Floral Earrings“.  

Oh, they are just so beautiful!  I love the delicate design. There are times when I enjoy having a signature piece of jewelry, the kind that defines how I’m feeling for that evening, but more often than not I enjoy wearing pieces that are slightly delicate and bring a friend closer saying, “Oh, how pretty!”  The sale price of $35. is amazing. And, of course, the shine :->

A beautiful sight, I’m happy tonight… because I get to wear… 1/10 Carat Diamond Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet”

Talk about something bright and twinkling!  What a beautiful piece.  I’ve been interested in cuff bracelets lately, maybe it’s my inner Wonder Woman.  I enjoy the width of a cuff bracelet but, again, I like delicate designs.  I feel this bracelet is a beautiful partnering of bold space and gentleness of design.



Ice.com is very clever in helping you share the items that have caught your eye by adding a “Send A Hint” button.  Just click the link and you have options of how you would like to spread the word;  Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc..  There is no reason for you to receive a toaster with this kind of hint dropper. 


And I have such a sweet offer for my readers of Ann Again… and again Reviews:  Receive 20% off jewelry at Ice.com with coupon code FBBOC or by shopping this link: http://www.ice.com/?sourcecode=FBBOC . (Some exclusions apply: This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer is not valid for any clearance or sale items, engagement rings, watches or the Persona Charms Collection. Subject to availability. This offer expires January 15, 2012).

I hope you enjoy a bright and shiny holiday!

(*Disclaimer:  In exchange for this review I have accepted a gift card to Ice.com)

When I Just Need A Laugh

There are times when you just need a good laugh.  The days can get serious, and/or stressful, and you just want something that will take your mind away from reality and help you relax with silliness.  Buzzlol.com totally fits the bill for this need.

It’s fun to check-in with Photoshop Fails.  I’m not into the cleverness of photoshop so I’m not one to point fingers, however it is pretty funny when you see that someone is trying to show that their exercise regime is getting them all buff… while their true arm shape is trying to be tucked behind their back.  Ahem.

And not that I have anything against someone choosing methods to help them remove some wrinkles here and there, or plump up what was once full or perky,  but I have to wonder about the fact that so many of us plump our lips out, kind of like a duckface, when we have our pictures taken. Funny?  Sexy?  I’m not really sure.

I have to say, one of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments comes when I read funny autocorrect fails.  I get that the system is just trying to speed up my writing but I honestly don’t believe we need their help.  I mean, if someone is trying to tell a friend to take Ibuprofen for their headache, changing the spelling to read “Bethlehem” isn’t going to do anyone any good now, is it?

Ah.  It just feels good to laugh when so many things in this world are just so serious.

Trade Your Stuff At Tradze!

Tradze.com is an online marketplace that allows its members the ability to buy and sell their used items in their marketplace without having to use real money or credit cards.  Talk about a great way to spread the love with your gently used items!

Sell your used, unwanted items by bartering in Tradze’s unique online marketplace and earn “T-Bills” that you can use to buy items listed by other members.  Tradze allows you many ways to earn “T-Bills”;  creating a member profile, listing items for sale in the marketplace, inviting your friends to join, reviewing websites and offers from advertisers and by being an active member on the site.

Once you earn enough “T-Bills” it’s time to start acquiring someone else’s gently used items. Because you’re not using real money you can buy without guilt. It’s a great way to get the stuff you want while you barter from the comfort of your home.  And at this time of the year, this is a great way to go about finding something fun for you while helping out a friend.