Win A Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!

 

I’m so happy to be co-hosting this giveaway!  With Spring Break looming and summer vacations on the horizon wouldn’t it be great to have a waterproof camera to capture memorable moments without the worry of ruining your camera if it falls into the pool, lake, river – where ever your fun times take you. Enter now to win a Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!

Welcome to the Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera Giveaway!


Sponsored by: Hamswan 
Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves 
Co-Hosted by: Ann Again and Again Reviews & MyStyleSpot
Hi! Holly from Southern Mom Loves recently got the chance to try out the Hamswan F60 HD Action Camera; A wifi-enabled video and still camera with a huge range of accessories, like a waterproof case and a wide range of mounts. She put it through its paces and she wants to give one of our readers the chance to win one for themselves! Check out her review here, then enter below and good luck!

 

One winner will receive a Hamswan F60 Waterproof HD Action Camera!
unboxed
Giveaway begins on 3/6/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 4/6/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to entrants in the US, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Japan (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner’s List here.

 

 

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Hamswan will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform. 
Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

 

Welcome To The $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Dropprice $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards parents for being social. Essentially, they empower parents to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more parents click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and parents drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power parents have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Target Gift Card Giveaway

In today’s promotion for the Brackitz Inventor 44 Piece Set, it started out at $30.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Target Gift Card Giveaway

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Inventor Set and you will be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 3/14/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER ANOTHER GIVEAWAY: $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD

5 Top Food Brain Boosters to Add To Your Shopping List

 

5 Top Food Brain Boosters - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

The foods you have in your pantry and fridge may be helping or hindering your brain. Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine explains that the foods we choose have a lot to do with how sharp, attentive, alert, focused and happy we feel after they are consumed. Certain foods may taste great have additives in them that literally cloud our brains and leave us sluggish and dull headed. The opposite is also true. We can eat certain foods and feel a charge of mental energy and focus. We spoke to Dr. Calapai and got a quick list of foods that boost the brain. Check out 5 Top Food Brain Boosters to Add To Your Shopping List!

Brain Boosting Foods!

 

1 Nuts/Seeds:

Nuts and seeds are great sources of vitamin E.  Higher levels of vitamin E correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older. Add an ounce a day of walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or flax seed. Also un-hydrogenated nut butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, or tahini. Raw or roasted doesn’t matter, although if you’re on a sodium-restricted diet, buy unsalted nuts. “Adding nuts to your diet can aid in decreasing levels of enzymes that lead to protein plaques from forming and dementia. Nuts can also reduce brain inflammation, keep blood pressure low, a key for preventing stroke,” explains Dr. Calapai.

  1. Blueberries:

“I eat these daily and encourage patients to add blueberries to as many things as possible. They’re great on their own, added to a shake, to oatmeal, or even to a salad,” says Dr. Calapai. Blueberries are tasty and sweet and loaded with antioxidants. They’re packed with vitamin C, K and fiber and pack high levels of gallic acid, making them especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress. “Studies show that eating blueberries can boost focus and memory for up to 5 hours,” adds Dr. Calapai

 

  1. Broccoli:

Broccoli is one of the best brain foods out there. Thanks to its high levels of vitamin K and choline which is a B vitamin know for aiding brain development keeps memory sharp and protects the brain from later decline with age. It’s also loaded with vitamin C. Just one cup provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fiber levels make you feel full quickly, too. “People hear broccoli and roll their eyes thinking it’s bland a boring. Think of broccoli as a canvas ready to be painted with spices and flavors, offers Dr. Calapai. Try stir frying with a bit of olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add a spoonful of orange or lemon juice and it gets this nice sweetness to it.

  1. Fish:

Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and other fish are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA seems to be very important for the normal functioning of neurons in the brain. Eating more fish often means eating less red meat and other forms of protein that are high in artery-clogging saturated fats. “People who are lacking in Omega 3’s can experience mood swings and feel edgy or negative. Omega 3’s have been known to be mood boosters in addition to enhancing focus and memory,” says Dr. Calapai.

  1. Avocado:

This creamy treat is also a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E. Research suggests that foods rich in vitamin E—including avocado, which is also high in the antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C—are associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

 

 

This information is shared by permission.  About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

Like Having A Spa In Your Home – HotelSpa® Shower Head

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a luxurious bathroom?  To feel like you have a spa in your own home would make getting out of bed in the morning a lot easier! (For me, anyway.)  Recently I was able to give our shower a quick update, a super-duper quick little “remodel”, and my family is loving the results.  I installed the HotelSpa® European Designer 36-Setting Luxury 3 Way Chrome Face/Shower Combo Shower Head.  (And my family thanks me.)

HotelSpa® European 36-Setting Luxury Shower Head Review - Ann Again and again Reviews

You can use the two Showers Heads separately or use the shower head and handheld shower at the same time for a choice of 36 full and combined water flow patterns!  Whee!  We are a tall family, therefore we needed to add an extender rod to increase the height of the shower head.  With this addition I was concerned the water pressure might lessen however, there was no change in the water pressure, and the shower head works great.

The features of the HotelSpa® Designer Collection Ultra-Luxury 36-setting French Designer Combo include:

• Designed in France! Use each shower separately or both together
• Choose from 36 full and combined water flow patterns
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Shower Head
• 7 Setting oversize 4.25 inch Chrome Face Hand Shower
• 7 settings include: Rain, Power Spray, Massage, Rain/Spray, Rain/Massage, Eco Rain
• 3-zone Click Lever Dial with Rub-clean Jets
• Soft-Grip Rubber Dial Rim and Handle
• Patented 3-way Water Diverter with Anti-Swivel Lock Nut
• 5′ Super Flexible Stainless Steel Hose with Conical Brass Nuts for easy hand tightening
• Tools-free Installation. Connects in minutes to any standard overhead shower arm, no tools required
• Lifetime Limited Warranty

The mixture of sprays and jets feel great, and I like the fact that it also has a hand-held shower which makes for easier cleaning of the shower walls and tub.You can find the HotelSpa® Designer Shower Combo at Sears.  Recently it was on sale $79.99 29.99 smile for Shopify.

(*Disclosure:  Thank you Giveaway Service for inviting me to participate in the review. I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

New Healthy Brain Aging App CRUSHES Competition

With my last birthday, I became a 'woman of a certain age'. *ahem* I found something to help me stay sharp. Check out a new healthy brain aging app BrainHQ

With my last birthday, I became a ‘woman of a certain age’. *ahem* Now I find myself saying things like ‘When I was your age…’ and trying to remember why I came into the dining room!  With my handy dandy iPhone I decided to download an app that claimed to help with cognitive abilities. (a.k.a. Keeping your brain sharp!)  Last year this app got into trouble with the FTC regarding its claims, so now I’m looking for tools that will really help. Today news was released of a new healthy brain aging app that crushes its competition – BrainHQ by Posit Science. Please read the review below:

The first systematic review of evidence that commercially-available, brain-training programs might help with healthy aging was just published in Neuropsychological Review 1/31/2017. The reviewers found that BrainHQ from Posit Science had by far the most and the highest quality studies.

With my last birthday, I became a 'woman of a certain age'. *ahem* I found something to help me stay sharp. Check out a new healthy brain aging app BrainHQ
Brainhq Eye For Detail

The authors of this first systematic review conclude “current evidence supports that at least some commercially available computerized brain training products can assist in promoting healthy brain aging.”  The reviewers surveyed the brain training market and the academic literature to categorize the quantity and quality of peer-reviewed studies showing effects of brain training in healthy aging.

Reviewers looked at 18 commercially-available, brain-training programs, and found that 11 had no clinical trials or empirical evidence for review. The reviewers found seven companies had studies that were relevant and met the review criteria of being peer-reviewed clinical trials of computerized exercises with formal cognitive outcome measures for healthy adults aged 50 and older.

With my last birthday, I became a 'woman of a certain age'. *ahem* I found something to help me stay sharp. Check out a new healthy brain aging app BrainHQ
BrainHQ Hawkeye

This methodology resulted in 26 studies for review. Of those 26 studies, 10 were trials of Posit Science exercises. Eight of those 10 studies were judged to be of the highest quality. Posit Science far outpaced its nearest competitor, which had three studies of which only one was considered high quality. The reviewers wrote: “Multiple peer-reviewed articles evaluating Posit Science programs have fulfilled the gold standard for clinical trials.” Of the seven companies that the reviewers found had any relevant evidence from trials, Lumosity was found to anchor the lower-end, with what the reviewers described as one randomized controlled trial of “moderate quality.”

The reviewers noted that until five years ago there were relatively few studies of brain-training programs. Even now, the lack of a systematic review has left “clinicians with inadequate information from which to base recommendations for their patients at risk of cognitive decline.” However, with this review, the authors conclude that the evidence behind a majority of the programs evaluated supports “the notion that the human brain is plastic in later life, and can benefit from specifically designed brain training programs.”

“This review marks a first step of treating brain training programs like we treat new pharmaceuticals – carefully evaluating which ones work, and then putting those to work to help people,” Dr. Mahncke concluded. For more information, contact jeffzimman@positscience.com

*Shared with permission from Ericho Communications

Travelers – Add Downy Wrinkle Releaser To Your Bag!

 

Ironing just isn’t my thing.  Of course I like the look of not being all wrinkled however, the task of actually ironing is right up there with going to the dentist – I know it’s necessary but I’d rather not. Now that I’ve discovered Downy Wrinkle Releaser ironing is a task I can cross off my list!  And for you Spring Break travelers I recommend you add Downy Wrinkle Releaser in your bag so you can spend time relaxing and having fun, not ironing.  (Unless you enjoy ironing – I’m not judging wink).

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus in a travel-friendly bottle. The 3-ounce travel size meets airline standards and is a perfect fit in your carry-on or any travel bag, including gym bags, sewing kits and more.  Your clothes can be wrinkle-free, odor-free and static-free in just minutes. Just spray, tug, smooth and hang, then you’re ready to go in no time. No iron necessary.

Travelers - Add Downy Wrinkle Releaser To Your Bag! $1 Off Coupon at Ann Again and again Reviews.com

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is an easy-to-use wrinkle spray that reduces wrinkles and helps keep your clothes looking neat without the hassle of ironing. But it can do so much more.

Try Downy Wrinkle Releaser as:

  • Odor Eliminator
  • Fabric Refresher
  • Static Remover
  • Ironing Aid
  • Wrinkle Remover
  • Great for Travel
  • Try it on curtains, pillow cases, sheets, table cloths and more

And I have a coupon to share with my lovely readers!  Click – Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus – to receive your dollar off coupon.  Also, check out their Travel Tips & Tricks.  I just returned from a weekend in San Francisco (it was a blast!) and their tips are spot on.

To learn more about Downey Wrinkle Releaser, please visit them through their social media channels:

Website: http://www.downywrinklereleaserplus.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downywrinklereleaser

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/DownyWRplus/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DownyWRplus

Remember to click – Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to get your $1.00 off coupon!  Happy travels!

 

(*Disclosure – I was provided product to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Quality Sound With Audiosharp Lightweight Earbuds + Coupon Code!

To listen to your podcast’s and tunes with high quality sound I recommend Audiosharp Bluetooth Earbuds.  The price is terrific, just $24.99, and – my lovely readers – you have a special code that will grant you 30% off!  Pretty cool, huh?

blue tooth earbuds

Highlights of the Audiosharp Sport Bluetooth earbuds:

  • Magnet design allows you wear it like a necklace around your neck.
  • Sweat-, Shock- and Dust-proof Design. Provide durability for sport use.
  • Bluetooth 4.1 Technology. I found it easy to pair with my Bluetooth Connection.
  • More time to play. Standby Time is up to 160 hours, Calling Time is up to 8 hours, Play Music for up to 6 hours.
  • 1 Year Warranty. The AS0849 has been designed and engineered to deliver the highest standard of build and audio quality, that is why it is covered by a comprehensive Audiosharp’s warranty for one year.

These earbuds passed the test for my soon-to-be 15 yrs old (*gulp*).  She prefers to have headphones however, the Audiosharp earbuds were gentle enough for her ears and that surprised me and, made me very happy.  Sensitive ear test?  Check the ‘Yes’ box!

While wearing these earbuds I found myself getting lost in my music.  I look at the time and realize that hours had passed!  Audiosharp has created such lightweight earbuds that you kind of forget your wearing them.  Your ears don’t feel sore, you just continue through out your day, listening to the soundtrack of your life.  (Which, today, was “Nickel Creek Radio” on my Pandora station )love eyes

What’s on your soundtrack today?  Give a listen with AudioSharp Lightweight Sport Bluetooth Earbuds w/ Microphone and Volume Control.  You can purchase at Amazon.com.  And, don’t forget your 30% off coupon code!  Here you are:  6TE5NWK3

 

blue tooth earbuds 2

 

(*Disclosure:   I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for my honest review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: f0e9c4a1c8f1

Keurig 2.0 – Now We’re Brewing!

Ann Again and again Reviews - Keurig 2.0 One Cup and Carafe Brewer

In our house we have coffee drinkers, hot chocolate connoisseurs and tea enthusiasts.  And with all of these preferences it would be great if we had counter space/cupboard room to accommodate all of these tastes.  Well, we have it now with the Keurig 2.0!  Not only can this brewer create individual coffee, hot chocolate and tea options it can also brew a full size carafe of coffee at the touch of a button. (And Keurig has made a massive improvement regarding K-Cups with the 2.0!  *hint = It’s Reusable!* See below!)  Keurig 2.0 – Now We’re Brewing!

 

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews
I’m ready!

I was selected by Influenster to try the Keurig 2.0 Model 550 brewer.  The features of model 550:

K550 FEATURES

•  Extra Large 80 oz Water Reservoir
•  Large Color Touch Display
•  Programmable Clock
•  Hot Water on Demand
•  Customizable Night-Light in Water Reservoir
•  Strength Control
•  Water Filter and Cartridge
•  Starter Carafe Included
•  6 K-Cup® packs and 4 K‑Carafe packs

The first thing I learned from trying to use this new brewer is that it doesn’t accept older K-Cups (those produced before 2014 – I didn’t realize I even had “old” cups.  Hmmm.)  The lovely display screen said “Oops” and showed a number for me to call.  I was told about the old cup situation and was given a code to order newer cups on the house.  Nice.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  A terrific update with the Keurig 2.0 is that it now has a reusable my K-cup Coffee Filter!

Keurig filter

You can brew what ever brand of coffee you want. Perfect! It’s sturdy, easy to fill and can brew 4 oz. to 12 oz. (depending on your brewer). Also, a great solution for those that enjoy tea as well as coffee, with the reusable K-cup you’ll receive what ever amount of hot water you choose, not the 6 oz. that is it’s default setting.  (Which is odd, don’t you think?)

 

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews
Note the ring around the label stating “Keurig Brewed” and “For Use In Keurig 2.0 Brewers”. These are recent K-cups.

 

I think the set-up was easy.  Along with the handy-dandy “How To” book included, the large display screen prompted me to set-up the brewer quickly and gave some pretty fun options as well.  You can choose the color you want in the water reservoir,  choose a color or pattern on the display screen and select an analog clock or digital display.  Change colors to go with the holidays! I like to find any kind of fun where ever I can ;->

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update! Now We're Brewing - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

For carafe use you have the option of using the built-in timer.  This way you can have a carafe holding up to four cups of coffee waiting for you when you wake-up.  (We all have those mornings, don’t we?)  A pot of coffee is welcome at dinner parties and on those hard-to-wake-up mornings too.

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update!  Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

I’m very pleased for the ability to brew more than one cup of coffee at a time.  Fewer K-cups are used which makes me happy, that has always been an issue with my conscience.  I came across a fun list titled “25 Creative Ways To Re-Use Your Keurig’s K-Cup’s“.  Many ideas for kids holiday crafts are included.

The performance of the Keurig 2.0 was is great and I am very glad that I was able to share my experience with you.  So, what do you think of Keurig?

Keurig 2.0 - Great Update!  Now We're Brewing! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

(*Disclosure:  As a member of Influenster I was chosen to participate in this review.  In exchange for my review I received the Keurig 2.0 Model 550 brewer as compensation from Influenster.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

 

Travel To The Napa Valley And Enjoy The Wine Train!

Napa Valley Wine Train - Year Round Fun! Ann Again and again Reviews
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

When Rob and I get a chance we hop a quick flight to visit our heaven on Earth – The Napa Valley. 10 years ago we discovered the glory of the Napa Valley and almost get giddy with each return.  It’s so-o-o beautiful and it’s lovely to take in the gorgeous surroundings, and history, while tasting delicious, well-crafted wines.  With this trip we were treated to a lovely 3-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a staple of Napa Valley history and one of the Nation’s only active historical passenger railroads.

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 1

 

We began our 3 hour trip enjoying a glass of Grgigh Hills Chardonnay.  While waiting for appetizers of bread and cheese, fruit and compote, our waiter gave us the OK to head to the tasting car.  This turned out to be a good arrangement due to the fact that we had the Wine Educator all to ourselves!  The very accommodating staff brought our appetizers to us and we nibbled, listened and learned more about wine.  (While I was describing a wine as “sweet” the correct term is “fruit forward”.  Good to know ;-> )

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 2

You will be steeped in Napa Valley history and surrounded by the glory of the valley while being educated on wine, wine/food pairings and meeting people from all over the world on the Napa Valley Wine Train.  You have your choice of enjoying a lovely lunch, or an elegant dinner.  Price packages range from $124.00 – $199.00 (per person) for a lunch package, dinner selections range from $124.00 – $199.00 per person.  Or, you can choose a dinner plus winery tour package with prices ranging from $179.00 – $234.00.

The experience of a 3 hour ride on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train through the heavenly valley, multi-course meals highlighted with delicious wines and wonderful conversations with new friends.  It was a vacation within a vacation!  Please visit the website http://winetrain.com/ to learn more and book your experience today.  Share that Ann – at Ann Again and again Reviews – recommended it!

 

(*Disclosure:  Our Napa Valley Wine Train experience was provided by management to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

How Did The Instyler Tulip Do? My Review

I’ve loved playing with lotions and potions for the face and body, make-up and hair products since I was oh-let’s-see, maybe since I was 13 and started wearing Maybelline roller ball lip gloss and giving my friends facials at sleepovers.   Now that I’m in the blogging world I’m happy to share with my lovely readers products that will help us spruce up our looks.  Today I’m sharing a hair styling tool from Instyler called The Tulip.  Let’s see how it does, shall we?

First observation, this is a sizable handheld hair styling tool:

Ann Instyler image

It comes with clear instructions and advises you to watch a YouTube tutorial if you’re not comfortable with the written instructions that come with pictures.  Next thing I notice were how many options the machine had.  You can vary your curl from Beachy Waves all the way to Tight, Striking Curls.  Each curl has a different heat setting and time according to hair length.  You also choose which direction you would like the curl to go.  Nice.  On we go to curl!

Ann Instyler Before
Scary! My hair washed, air dried with leave-in conditioner

(The lighting in our bathroom creates a “watercolor” effect on the lens. I need to invest in one of those fancy photographer’s lighting set-up)

I have layered hair that is naturally wavy.  (I’m also growing out my bangs so we’ll see how this curling session goes.)  The Instyler Tulip is quite a machine!  Once you place your hair in the curling chamber you click the button and your hair twirls for the selected time frame.  The timer gives notice with 3 beeps and you release your curl.  To be honest, once a small portion of my hair tangled BUT it stopped automatically and my hair removed easily.  Nice.

My giant hand!

Although the chamber of the Instyler Tulip looks daunting I’m showing this picture to prove that both hands aren’t tied up while using it.  I’m right handed and was curling the left side of my hair while taking a photo with my iPhone in my left hand.   (It can be done!)  It does take some getting used to to place your hair properly in the chamber but honestly, after a couple of curls, I had the process down.

Ann Instyler During

 

At this age I feel like my hair is thinning but I actually have more hair than I thought!  Yes, one half of my hair took me around 12 minutes, but most of that time was in the beginning figuring out the technique of properly placing my hair in the curl chamber.  I was much faster as the process went on.

Ann Instyler After
(Where are my eyebrows going?)

 

 

Here I am.  All curled!  As I said earlier, you have choices in the curl type you want and I chose medium body curls.  (I should have fluffed it out more, but, oh well.)  To note, this machine beeps throughout your use.  About every 2 seconds you’ll hear a *beep* until your chosen curl setting is finished then you hear 3 quick beeps to note it’s time to take your hair out and go to the next section.

The Instyler Tulip gives you so much guidance with proper use that you shouldn’t feel intimidated at all.  The User Manual included with the tool is very clear, with lots of directions and pictures and they also advise checking out their video, tips and tricks at InstylerTulip.com.  This product is good.  I like it!!!

The Instyler Tulip retails between $79.99 to $99.99. You can find the Instyler Tulip at Target, Ulta, Walmart and online at RSVPInstyler.com.  

They offer other fun hair styling tools that I’m sure will be a perfect fit for you, or someone you love this holiday season.  Check out their MAX 2-Way Rotating Iron.  This machine looks like a combo rotating curling iron and hairbrush.  Your thick or curly hair can become smooth and polished while it glides through the bristles.

Instyler MAX
color choices: purple or black

Or how about the Ionic Styler Pro.  This is a round hot brush while closed and a flat iron when opened.  Cool!  This tool creates volume at the roots and creates curl or beachy waves, depending on your hair length.

Instyler Ionic

 

If you’ve used one of these Instyler tools, tell me how they worked for you.

 

(*Disclaimer:  I received product to facilitate my review through my membership with VocalPoint.com.  My opinions are truthfully my own.  I’ve used this product 3 times now and really enjoy it!)

 

Experience The Glory Of The Napa Valley Aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train - Year Round Fun! Ann Again and again Reviews
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

When ever Rob and I get a chance we hop a quick flight and visit our heaven on Earth – The Napa Valley. 10 years ago we discovered the glory of the Napa Valley and almost get giddy with each return trip.  It’s just so-o-o beautiful and... it’s such fun tasting delicious, well-crafted wines.  With this trip we were treated to a lovely 3-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a staple of Napa Valley history and one of the Nation’s only active historical passenger railroads.

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 1

 

We began our 3 hour trip enjoying a glass of Grgigh Hills Chardonnay.  While waiting for our appetizers of bread and cheese, fruit and compote, our waiter gave us the OK to head to the tasting car.  This turned out to be a good arrangement due to the fact that we had the Wine Educator all to ourselves!  The very accommodating staff brought our appetizers to us and we nibbled, listened and learned more about wine.  (What I was describing as “sweet” is actually “fruit forward”.  Good to know ;-> )

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 2

You will be steeped in Napa Valley history and surrounded by the glory of the valley while being educated on wine, wine/food pairings and meeting people from all over the world on the Napa Valley Wine Train.  You have your choice of enjoying a lovely lunch, or an elegant dinner.  Price packages range from $124.00 – $199.00 (per person) for a lunch package, dinner selections range from $124.00 – $199.00 per person.  Or, you can choose a dinner plus winery tour package with prices ranging from $179.00 – $234.00.

The experience of a 3 hour ride on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train through the heavenly valley, multi-course meals highlighted with delicious wines and wonderful conversations with new friends.  It was a vacation within a vacation!  Please visit the website http://winetrain.com/ to learn more and book your experience today.

 

(*Disclosure:  Our Napa Valley Wine Train experience was provided by management to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Checking Out The Chrysler 200 Sedan. Have YOU Had The Chrysler Experience?

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan

I had an opportunity to take part in The Chrysler Experience and test drive the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan.  I was accompanied by my mom who loves cars.  (She could probably be an auto mechanic if she had the time in her busy “retirement” schedule!)  I knew she would appreciate talking with someone who shares her enthusiasm for a well built engine.  I’m pretty much into the bright and shiny “toys” of a car, ‘What does this button do?  What about that one?’   The Chrysler 200 Sedan looked sleek and the functions were fancy and fun!  Rob, I think we need a new car :->

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan - Ann Again and again Reviews

As I closed the door I felt as if I was sitting in a command center.  A bright and cozy command center.  Very comfortable seats with enough head room for this 5’10” – long torso’d person.  When I asked for the key the Rep. directed me to a button. “While in Park, push this button and the car will start”, said the very helpful Meagan.   Nice!  The 2015 Chrysler Sedan is the only car in its class to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission.  The 7-Inch customizable driver information display feature caught my attention with it’s full-color graphics and real time information.  And a personal bonus was a pass-through storage area under the console that’s accessible by the driver and front-seat passenger.  It fit my huge purse perfectly!

Here’s something else that was MUCH appreciated:

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

On this day in particular the latest feature of air-conditioned seats was great!  It was 90 degrees and cool air emanating from the seats was a very welcome surprise.  This sedan comes with a rear-view monitor in the dash, along with guides to help you align with parallel parking which is something I definitely need help with.  (Thank goodness parallel parking wasn’t on my drivers’ test.)  Yay for help with parallel parking!  Check out this short video that will show you all of the interior design features:

 

http://youtu.be/8Xb8JZscMa4?list=PLQ5kXCv_WN_jgstQL55U4GB5IK4bfq0sQ

When I was done with my test drive my mom took a turn behind the wheel.  She was more interested in talking about what the Chrysler 200 Sedan could do then drive it for herself.  No problem!  The very helpful Rep. Megan was more than ready to answer mom’s questions.  The 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® II four-cylinder engine provides up to 36 highway mpg.  the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 has more available horsepower than Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

If you are interested in the Chrysler 200 Sedan visit a dealer near you and take a test drive.  Come back and let me know what you think.

 

(*Disclosure:  I received compensation with my invitation to take a test drive and share my experience.  My opinions are truthfully my own.  Yay for air-conditioned seats!  And parking help! :->.  Some information provided by Chrysler. )

A Week With The Lexus LS 460

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Smooth.  Sleek.  Cozy.  Impressive.

For a delightful week I was able to drive around the town in a 2015 Lexus LS 460.  (16/24 Hwy/City MPG – starting at $72, 520).  The design of this car is gorgeous inside and out.   Want to have some fun with this car online?  Visit Lexus.com and design your own:   Build Your Lexus.

Lexus LS460 steering wheel
Heated steering wheel with hand-carved bamboo accent

From the moment you sit in this sedan you feel like a long drive is a great idea.  And perhaps being stuck in traffic wouldn’t bother you at all!  The leather trimmed driver seat, with heat and air-conditioning capabilities, accommodates to any leg length and torso height and allows you to set 3 different seating preferences.  This is available for the passenger seat as well.

Lexus dash
12.3 inch Wide-Screen Multi-Media Display

With push-button engine start you get mesmerized by the display screen that welcomes you to a Lexus experience.  The menu shows functions that include:  Destination/Map service –  Satellite Radio – Phone – Lexus Enform App Suite, which allows you to connect to popular apps and do so with their enhanced voice recognition technology.  Want to see a movie tonight?  “Fandango, please.  Tickets for 2”.  Done.

Lexus with Gazebo

With enough room to fit four very comfortably the Lexus LS 460 provided a week of incredible driving pleasure for my family.  Getting my daughters out the door and to school on time was never easier!  The quality of good design was felt by all and the feeling of luxury was appreciated.  Please visit Lexus.com and check out the videos to show you more of what the LS 460, and other models, can do.

Lexus at Sauvie Island

Now, back to our regularly scheduled family minivan.

(*Disclosure:  I was provided access to a 2015 Lexus LS 460 for one week to facilitate my review.  My opinions – and tears of having to let it go – are completely my own.)

 

Napa Valley Wine Train – Year Round Fun!

Napa Valley Wine Train - Year Round Fun! Ann Again and again Reviews
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

Recently Rob and I were able to visit one of our most favorite places in America, the Napa Valley in California.  10 years ago we discovered the glory of the Napa Valley and almost get giddy with each return trip.  It’s just so-o-o beautiful and... it’s such fun tasting delicious, well-crafted wines.  With this trip we were treated to a lovely 3-course dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a staple of Napa Valley history and one of the Nation’s only active historical passenger railroads.

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 1

 

 

 

We began our 3 hour trip enjoying a glass of Grgigh Hills Chardonnay.  While waiting for our appetizers of bread and cheese, fruit and compote, our waiter gave us the OK to head to the tasting car.  This turned out to be a good arrangement due to the fact that we had the Wine Educator all to ourselves!  The very accommodating staff brought our appetizers to us and we nibbled, listened and learned more about wine.  (What I was describing as “sweet” is actually “fruit forward”.  Good to know ;-> )

Napa Valley Wine Train pt 2

 

Since this was November the sunset happened before we boarded the train however, it was a clear evening with an almost full moon.  So beautiful.  And though this time of year doesn’t lend itself to sunset dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train they do have special themed lunch and dinner rides year-round that should make every trip delightful.  Some packages include a winery tour along with your meal.  That’s a great package!  The Month of December hosts the Santa Train, a nice hour and a half ride with Santa and some of his friends, a perfect family friendly way to experience this beautiful train and Valley. Click here for full information.

Napa Valley Wine Train Santa
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

This is such an elegant way to experience the Napa Valley and I encourage you to include it in your itinerary to complete a lovely wine tasting visit.  To learn all about the Napa Valley Wine Train please visit:  http://winetrain.com/

 

(*Disclosure:  Our evening was provided by the Napa Valley Wine Train.  My words, opinions and smiles are completely my own.

Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion: SOL Republic Tracks Headphones

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I’ve never been a fan of ear buds and my youngest feels the same about putting things in her ears.  We’re enjoying a headset that is gentle on the ears and provides a clear, rich quality sound – SOL Republic Tracks.  With the holidays upon us one gift that is sure to make those that love to listen to music/podcasts, watch YouTube or concentrate at a Google+ Hangout giddy would be the gift of SOL Republic Tracks headphones.

Headphones By Sol Republic  - Tracks.  Superior sound. Perfect for the kid always on the go. Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion from Ann Again and again Reviews.

When you first place these headphones on you notice the pliable headband which is made of Flex Tech.  This material is bendable and feels soft on the head, a great feature for those that have sensory issues of things being too tight.  I found the sound to be clear with a smooth bass quality.

My youngest can actually concentrate better if she listens to music while studying, or writing a paper.  These SOL Republic Tracks headphones make it so she can plugin to the laptop and do her homework anytime.  We have a little house, and voices and laughter can carry, so it’s great that our family’s conversations won’t get in the way of homework getting done.

You can find SOL Republic Tracks headphones at Target, Walmart and Barnes & Noble.  To learn more about the features of SOL Republic Tracks headphones please visit their site through this link.

Happy Holidays from Ann at Ann Again and again Reviews!

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com. 15% off your first order   FREE shipping!

When the weather begins to chill it’s safe to say Fall is on the way.  Some of you are fortunate to have the leaves in your trees change to glorious colors, while others (like me) mostly have grey skies and know that rain is just weeks away.  To fight off  the rainy day gloom I love to bring as much brightness and light as I can into our home.  My favorite way to do this is with flowers and recently I had the opportunity to check out flowers from The Bouqs Company.  A gorgeous bouquet arrived at my door and the feeling of lightness returned to my spirit.  Check out how pretty they are!

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

 

Visit TheBouqs.com and you’ll see some of the most beautiful bouquets, created with unique flowers in gorgeous shades that will fit every style and season.  I am so impressed with the selections!  Truly beautiful.  And the ordering process is so clean – so easy.  Find what you like *click* Enter your information *click* and there you are, ready to send and/or receive your selection.  The hard part is choosing between these stunning bouquets!   A lovely introduction offer from TheBouqs.com brings you a 15% discount with your first online order.  And your shipping is free!

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com

 

Gorgeous Flowers Delivered To Your Door From TheBouqs.com
Securely packed in a recyclable-friendly cardboard wrap.  No styrofoam!

 

TheBouqs.com has a selection of flowers grown on a farm that’s on the side of a volcano, 10,000 feet above the Equator.  Yes, a volcano.  Visit TheBouqs.com and click “How It Works” from their homepage.  This is a great video from their founder John (just John) and it gives you the vibe of the company that’s working for you.  You’ll also see the stunning arrangements created by Chief Floral Designer Eric Buterbaugh.  Once you’re there you’re on your way to choose blossoms to brighten your home, work space or share a bouquet with a friend.  My blossoms were vibrant and perky for weeks!  Everyday’s a good day to send someone flowers!  Enjoy and let me know what you think :->

 

(*Disclosure:  I was presented a particular selection of bouquets to choose from for my review purposes.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Headphones By SOL Republic – Tracks Giveaway!

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Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Superior sound. Perfect for the kid always on the go. Holiday Gift Guide Suggestion from Ann Again and again Reviews.

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway!

I’d like to share how much we (although my daughter Lily is hogging them ;-> )  are enjoying the new SOL Republic Tracks headphones.  And I have a giveaway for you to win a set for yourself!  Read on!

Now that the school year has started it’s time to get my daughter’s homework stations organized.  And this area isn’t like their Momma’s homework desk, that’s for sure!  All I needed (back in “the day”) was lined notebook paper tucked in my Pee-Chee, the class subject workbook, a pencil and light coming from a flickering candle made by hand.  (Yes, I exaggerate about the light source but if my girls read this I want them to know how lucky they are ;-> )  Now we have laptops, printers and music to help them get motivated.  Their choice of music is different so headphones are in order.  We’re trying a set, Tracks, from SOL Republic and everyone is enjoying the results!

I’ve never been a fan of ear buds and my youngest feels the same about putting things in her ears.  SOL Republic has a headset that is gentle on the ears and provides a clear, good quality sound – SOL Republic Tracks.  The headband is made of FlexTech which makes is pliable, bendable and feels softer on the head, a great feature for those that have sensory issues of things being too tight.  I found the sound to be clear with a slight rich bass quality.  My youngest is so happy with them they became a staple for our outings.  (‘Lily, will you take them off for the picture?’ I ask. “No, they’re comfortable” she says.  Ok then!)

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
We visited the beautiful blue Metolius River in Central Oregon. She needed her SOL Republic headphones.

 

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
We took our first walk over the Detroit Dam on our way back from Central Oregon. She needed her SOL Republic headphones. (Her sister waits her turn way in the background)

 

With regard to helping her focus on homework, she can actually concentrate better is she listens to music while studying, or writing a paper.  These SOL Republic Tracks headphones make it so she can plugin to the laptop and do her homework anywhere.  We have a little house so it’s great that our family’s conversations won’t get in the way of homework getting done.

 

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
This homework looks thrilling!

 

To learn more about the features of SOL Republic Tracks headphones please visit their site through this link.

And… do I have a great giveaway for one of my lucky Ann Again and again Reviews readers!  Enter today to win a set of SOL Republic Tracks headphones!  ($99.99 value).  Enter through Rafflecopter below.  Open to US and Canada.  Good luck!

(*Disclaimer: Yes I know, and SOL Republic knows, that there are lovely fans of this product.  However, if you have won a set in the last 6 months, PLEASE let someone else have a chance to win and discover how great these headphones are. You can only win once in a 6 month period.  Records of giveaway winners are kept by the company and PR firm. Alrighty?  Thanks!)

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(*Disclosure:  I received a set of SOL Republic Tracks headphones to facilitate my review.  My opinions are my own.  I like ’em!)

 

Had The Chrysler Experience? Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan

Recently I had the chance to take part in The Chrysler Experience  and test drive the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan.  I was accompanied by my mom, she loves cars and I knew she would appreciate talking with someone who knows how it all comes together.  (I’m pretty much a ‘Turn-the-key-push-the-pedal-I’m-good’ when it comes to the workings of vehicles.)  This car looked sleek and the functions were pretty fancy and fun!  Rob, I think we need a new car :->

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

As I closed the door I felt as if I was sitting in a command center.  A shiny, cozy, command center.  Very comfortable seats with enough head room for this 5’10” – long torso’d person.  When I asked for the key the Rep. directed me to a button. “While in Park, push this button and the car will start”, said the very helpful Meagan.   Nice!  The 2015 Chrysler Sedan comes with a full electronic gear shift with a rotary shift knob.  Also there’s a pass-through storage area under the console that’s accessible by the driver and front-seat passenger.  It fit my purse perfectly and every bit of space that car makers can create is much appreciated.  And here’s something else that was MUCH appreciated:

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan - Ann Again and again Reviews

On this day in particular being shown the latest feature of air-conditioned seats was great!  It was 90 degrees and cool air was a hot ticket!  This sedan comes with a rear-view monitor in the dash, along with guides to help you align with parallel parking which, unfortunately, is something that eludes my comfort zone.  Yay! for help with parallel parking!  Check out this short video that will clearly show you the interior design features:

http://youtu.be/8Xb8JZscMa4?list=PLQ5kXCv_WN_jgstQL55U4GB5IK4bfq0sQ

When I was done with my test drive (too soon! ;-> ) my mom took a turn behind the wheel.  She was more interested in talking about what the Chrysler 200 Sedan could do then drive it for herself.  No problem!  Very helpful Rep. Megan was more than ready to answer mom’s questions.

Have You Had The Chrysler Experience?  Check Out The 2015 200 Sedan - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

If you are interested in the Chrysler 200 Sedan visit a dealer near you and take a test drive.  Come back and let me know what you think.

 

(*Disclosure:  I received compensation with my invitation to take a test drive and share my experience.  My opinions are truthfully my own.  Yay for air-conditioned seats!  And parking help! :-> )

Giveaway – Tommie Copper Compression Apparel Helps Support and Refresh Your Workout

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WOMEN'S RECOVERY COMPRESSION SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT $49.50

 

 

Giveaway! Tommie Copper Compression Apparel - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

I have stayed true to my goals of exercising more with the intention of becoming stronger and, hopefully, leaner.  (The strength part is happening, it’s the “leaner” part that’s taking some extra effort with this late-4o’s body of mine.)  I’m used to exercising in either yoga pants or lycra based workout wear and I’ve felt fine about the support those materials offered.  However, I have been introduced to performance wear by Tommie Copper and it’s changing my workout world!  And I have Tommie Copper Compression Apparel to give to one lucky winner of Ann Again and again Reviews!

I feel muscle support, freedom of movement and – the most important trait for me – Tommie Copper material cools your skin.  I hate sweating!  This workout wear is great! AND… they’re are having a great sale this weekend for Memorial Day. Check them out here!   Really good site!  The soft polished copper fabric features UPF 50 sun protection and Cool Copper™ moisture management to keep your skin cool and dry in any activity.  Here’s what you get in Tommie Copper Performance wear:

PERFORMANCE 2.0

  • Reduces muscle fatigue, damage, and injury
  • Enhances muscle and joint performance
  • Helps shorten muscle and joint recovery time
  • Improves circulation
  • Increased oxygen to the muscles
  • Increased range of motion
  • Cool Copper™ moisture wicking, drying and cooling
  • Permanent anti-odor technology inhibits growth of odor causing microbes
  • UPF 50 rating protects against 99% of the sun’s harmful rays

 

I was provided the Women’s Performance Compression Capris and the Women’s Recovery Compression Short Sleeve Shirt.  The material is light weight and provides comfortable support.  And… it’s cool!  Literally cool to your skin.  During a workout I discovered this when I breathing hard trying to maintain a Downward Dog, I blew on my legs in frustration and it felt like a cool breeze just came in the room.  I needed that!  The moisture wicking material helps keep me going instead of wanting to stop since I feel gross and sweaty.  (I just don’t like it.  Oh well.)

Tommie Copper provides workout wear for women and men.  There are compression garments for almost every body part and workout wear that will support and flatter you in your efforts to get, and stay, fit.  My items have washed well, no shrinkage, and have kept their pre-wash performance wear traits.   Now, after all this talk of how wonderful Tommie Copper is, I bet you’d be interested in winning an item for yourself wouldn’t you? :->  Check out what’s available at www.TommieCopper.com and let me know what piece looks right for you and your fitness endeavors.  Enter to win through the RaffleCopter below.  Good luck!  (Open to US and Canadian residents.)

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(*Disclosure:  As stated above I received items to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

IfOnly – Your Opportunity For Extraordinary Experiences

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IfOnly.com - Extraordinary experiences with the world's top talents - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

IfOnly – a marketplace for extraordinary experiences with the world’s top talents.  IfOnly.com has curated gifts that are not only jaw-dropping, they are gifts of the heart and surely touch on the spirit of the season – * Joy * Sharing * Caring *.  IfOnly provides selections of gifts that range from Recipes of the Month from Michelin-starred chefs, meet-and-greet with bands like Imagine Dragons and Train, staying at the private lodge of golf legend Greg Norman while enjoying outdoor activities with him as well, to having a custom-made recreation of your home – made of gingerbread! – by IfOnly’s master baker.  With all of these gifts the celebrity host shares a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit of their choice.  An amazing experience and giving all in one!

IfOnly.com - Extraordinary experiences with the world's top talents - Ann Again and again Reviews

IfOnly.com members can learn how to make an incredible dish from a Michelin-starred chef, walk the red carpet with the stars of The Dallas Buyers Club at the Rome premier, or have their tennis swing analyzed by the same coach that took Andre Agassi to greatness, it’s all possible via IfOnly. This holiday they are featuring a Michelin–starred box of caramels for $100 – it’s a fantastic gift that can’t be found anywhere else!

IfOnly.com - Extraordinary experiences with the world's top talents - Ann Again and again Reviews

A portion of the proceeds from every sale on IfOnly is directed to a non-profit of the celebrity host’s choosing. IfOnly.com creates the opportunity for connection at every level, prices on IfOnly.com range from a digital badge for $1 that you share on your social media pages to show your support for a cause, to a golf getaway with a master of the game for $200,000 and everything in between.  Perusing the site is so much fun and makes for quite a holiday wish list!  Please visit IfOnly.com and see what’s in store.

Holiday Cards and Craft Inspiration from Minted.com and Julep.com

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photo courtesy Minted.com
photo courtesy Minted.com

As with every holiday season I research crafty things to make to share with my loved ones and leave the photo card making to the pros. Minted.com is a wonderful facilitator in connecting designer with client by providing adorable, classic, whimsical designs and you, as the client, choose the design you want to help showcase your photo. And… the designer gets paid each time you choose their work. Lovely!

Holiday cards and craft inspiration from Minted.com and Julep.com - Ann Again and again Reviews
photo courtesy of Minted.com

Do you love quality paper stock? So do they! The color selections, the fonts, the overall designs are really terrific and it’s made choosing my families Holiday cards easy because the selections are all great! Minted.com is easy to navigate and includes a “live chat” if you need assistance. The prices are reasonable and… you are contributing to artists!

Now that I have the holiday photo card taken care of it’s time for me to get crafty. I have grown up in a creative family so looking for inspiration for something new can be frustrating. ‘Did my cousin make this last year?’ ‘I think my sister did something similar around Easter’. While looking for something special I’ve found the site Julip.com. This site features work by artists that share their creations with step-by-step instructions on how to re-create (or tweek if you like) something with your own hands to love, cherish, give or keep. What ever makes you happy. Recently I found two projects that I can’t wait to get started on. This paper pumpkin will be a sweet addition to our Thanksgiving centerpiece:

Holiday cards and craft inspiration from Minted.com and Julep.com - Ann Again and again Reviews
photo courtesy of Julep.com

There’s also beautiful images and instructions to make your own Typography Cookies. These look so cool! The fonts are beautiful and there’s so many ways to use these crafty cookies. Now that I’ve found Julip.com this season should produce some fun creations.

Visit Minted.com and Julep.com and let me know what you think :->

Family Fall Fun – The Maize At The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR

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Corn maize map The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR - Ann Again and again Reviews

Visiting  beautiful Sauvie Island just a few miles from the busy city center of Portland, OR is the perfect get away on a gorgeous Fall day.   There are so many things to see and do on Sauvie Island and today we visited The Pumpkin Patch to check out their fall labyrinth –The Maize.  Admission into the corn maize:  $7 for ages 13 +.  Ages 6-12 and Seniors is $5.00.

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR.  Ann Again and again Reviews

Our oldest, Katie, is just fine with The Maize however, our youngest isn’t a fan of being lost in tall corn stalks so Lily made sure to check out the layout before entering.

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR.  Ann Again and again Reviews

You can also scan a handy iPhone map, that was a nice relief for her too!

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR.  Ann Again and again Reviews

 

The corn was high and the sunflowers were in perfect bloom.  Nothing to be afraid of in The Maize.

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR.  Ann Again and again Reviews

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR.  Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made it through and had lots of fun.  Katie is ready to visit The Haunted Maize next, but she’s on her own with that one!  To find a corn maze near you visit:  TheMaize.com  

 

The Maize, The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, OR - Ann Again and again Reviews

(*Disclosure:  We were guests of  The Maize to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

I'm Taking The Blogger 28-Day Challenge With ProSkin Slim Leggings

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Blogger 28 Day ProSkin Slim Legging Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews

Here’s where I stand, I’m in my mid-Forties, my metabolism has changed, along with my hormones, and keeping my body in shape is harder then before.  The magazine articles I’ve been reading for years, as if to prepare myself for this change, haven’t prepared my mind for how I’d feel about this actually happening to me.   It sucks!  There, I said it.  But hey, who wants to wallow?  I don’t.  I’m going to keep doing the best I can to feel and look the best I can and be grateful I’ve made it this far!   I’m going to keep up the exercise and I’m going to do it while participating in the Blogger ProSkin Slim Leggings 28 Day challenge.  And I welcome you to take the challenge with me!

The ProSkin Slim line of active wear has studies that show results in the areas of cellulite reduction and lost inches from thighs and hips.   I’m ready for some of that!   From the ProSkin site, “How it works”:

  •  Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Helps tone and moisturize the skin leaving it soft and smooth
  • Improves circulations
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Reduce fluid retention
  • Regulates body temperature

*Read:  “How ProSkins Work

Here it goes!!!  My “Before” picture and measurements.  (*gulp*)

ProSkin Slim Legging 28 Day Bloggers Challenge Ann Again and again Reviews

Current measurements:

  • Hips:  44 inches
  • Top of Thigh:  27 1/2 inches
  • Above Knee:  18 1/2 inches
  • Below Knee:  14 1/4 inches
  • Widest part of Calf:  16 inches

When I first pulled on these leggings I could not believe how light-weight they were.  They are incredibly soft and are easy to move in, not confining at all.  The challenge requires you to wear them for 8 hours a day and they are so thin that wearing them under my jeans is not an issue.  They are so comfortable! I’m completely surprised.

 

ProSkin Slim Legging 28 Day Bloggers Challenge Ann Again and again Reviews

I would like you to join me in the 28 day challenge as well!  Leggings from ProSkin Slim normally cost $120 but, if you join me in the 28 Day Challenge, you will save half off your purchase!  You can begin the process by visiting:  Proskins 28  Day Challenge .  Once you click the “Join Now” button you will be on your way to participating in the challenge with me.  This opportunity does not benefit me financially in any way, this is not an affiliate program (generating income through clicks to a website) and I am not paid for my participation.  To be clear, I have been provided Slim leggings for my review.

I will be providing updates for the next 4 weeks – meaning more photos and measurements – so there will be no hiding the results of this product.  So?  Are you ready to take the ProSkin Slim challenge?  Let me know if you do!

*Update Post:  “ProSkin Slim Leggings 28-Day Bloggers Challenge First Week Update

 

(*Disclaimer:  As stated above, I am participating in the Blogger 28 Day Challenge.  I am not paid for my participation.  My opinions, pics and measurements, are completely my own.)

 

Concannon Vineyard – Conservancy Wines Review

Concannon Vineyards in Livermore, CA  has created a line of wines sourced from protected vineyards in the Livermore Valley that are extremely pleasing and worth your consideration.  While searching for a Chardonnay that wasn’t overly oakey or buttery, yet wasn’t heavy on the tart side, I was becoming very discouraged.  I can’t believe how difficult it is to generate a completely pleasant Chardonnay.  Then I sipped Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay and smiled.

I had it a bit too cold so I warmed the glass with my hands for a few minutes then enjoyed every sip.  THIS is the Chardonnay I’ve been looking for.  Slight pear and apple at the top with a hint of butter, along with a creamy sweetness, at the finish. Delicious.

The Conservancy Crimson & Clover red was a tad on the sweet side, with its hints of vanilla, for my husband. However I found it delightful in the fruit area, very rich and perfect for a cold winter’s evening.  My husband had made fresh pizza and Crimson & Clover went perfectly with the rich tomato sauce and creamy mozzarella.  I was such a good friend ( ;-> ) and shared sips with guests the other night.  It was a crowd pleaser!

Not only are the bottles a gorgeous design, you will be proud to serve Concannon Conservancy wines at your next gathering because of their quality and taste.  Priced at $18.00 I highly recommend Concannon Conservancy.

(*I was the proud recipient of Concannon Conservancy wines to taste for review. My opinions are truthfully my own*)

The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty – Estroven Weight Management

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The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty - Ah, menopause. Estroven Weight Management will help. Ann Again and again Reviews

Estroven Weight Management/Hot Flashes Ann Again and again Reviews

Sure, it started subtlety enough.  A little bit of body warmth, a little more padding on my hips, my stomach.  I thought these were the results of the new frozen yogurt place my girls and I discovered.  But, alas, no.  After many months of avoiding said absolutely-delicious-frozen-yogurt-place and feeling a bit tired, and a bit warmer and sweaty as the days passed I checked with my doctor and yes, “it” has started, Menopause.  Egads!  And, eh, oh well.  Do I think I’m too young?  Yes.  However I’m not the one in charge here, it’s my hormones.  It’s a part of life so let’s see what we can do to make this part easier, shall we?  The Good, The Bad and The Sweaty, that’s me!  How about you?  Be a part of the conversation – Leave a comment below.

I’ve found Estroven, a natural product that includes in its line a weight management supplement.

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Estroven Weight Management – also helps control hot flashes and night sweats.  

Sounds good to me!

I really need to get my belly under control.  It’s such a strange feeling, my waist and my wrists were once the smallest things about me ;-> and now my waist and belly seem to have a life of their own.  Oh no you don’t!  I need to get this under control before it’s out of control.

Along with taking this Estroven supplement they offer online guidance from 3 experts in the area of menopause at a lovely site titled Changing Ways:  Dr. Shari Brasner, M.D. – health and wellness.  Leann Skinner, RD, LD – Nutrition and wellness.  Deb Horn – Movement and exercise.  Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Deb Horn has created an 8 week work out plan with easy to follow instructions that mixes up different types of exercise which will help keep me motivated to stay on the program.  Do I get easily bored with the same routine?  Yes, yes I do.  After looking over this 8-week plan I’m excited to get started. With this exercise plan, and taking the Estroven weight management supplement, I’m hopeful to be a more comfortable me.

Only Estroven has a full line of products that safely and effectively provides multi-symptom menopause relief so you can feel like you again. Each product in the line contains naturally-sourced ingredients that go beyond reducing hot flashes and night sweats to relieve your most bothersome menopause symptoms.  For me now that’s menopause weight management and daytime hot flashes.  More info:

  • During menopause, hormones fluctuate to prepare the body for consistently decreased levels after menopause
  • One side effect of these hormone fluctuations is weight change
  • Body chemistry completely changes during menopause, which calls for new weight management regimens to adapt to these new changes

NEW Estroven Weight Management shows to provide safe, multi-symptom menopause relief, plus helps safely manage weight.  Further research on this product shows Estroven Weight Management reduces hot flashes and night sweats, plus helps safely manage weight.  Those are things I would really like to get under control, like… right now!

Estroven contains naturally sourced ingredients:  

  • Proprietary Synetrim CQ balances serotonin to help safely manage weight
  • Clinically proven soy isoflavones, plus black cohosh helps reduce hot flashes and night sweats
  • Herbal Weight Blend of naturally-sourced ingredients supports healthy weight management and contributes to a healthy lifestyle

I plan to stay healthy by eating well and exercising with Deb Horn’s easy to follow fitness plan and taking Estroven Weight Management, one capsule in the morning and one at night.  These steps, done together, should bring me back to a more comfortable balance.  I’m looking forward to that!  I’ll let you know how I’m doing. Please join the discussion on the Estroven Facebook page.

So, how are you doing? :->

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.

A 2014 Chevy Cruze Showed Me The Happiest 5K On The Planet – Come See!

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My husband and I participated in The Color Run in Portland and we had a sweet, zippy ride to take us there – a 2014 Chevy Cruze. Chevrolet was a proud sponsor of The Color Run – The Happiest 5K on the Planet:

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After running and/or walking the 5K you are greeted at the Finish Line with a fun dance party. This is your chance to throw more color in the air to make sure you are completely saturated. Chevy provided a fun quiz with sweet prizes at the end of the race too. (I’m enjoying my back pack!)

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I’m doing my best Miss America pose :->
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Rob and I enjoying the colors from a far (we were pretty colorful already).

Getting to and from the race was so sweet. This car likes to move which was especially fun on open roads. It’s quiet and has very cozy seats. The 2014 Chevy Cruze has a terrific Infotainment system so we checked into the Sirius XM radio to find just the right music to get us ready to move.

Love this car!  2014 Chevy Cruze The Color Run - Ann Again and again Reviews

We used the OnStar hands-free calling to check in with our girls before we started our race. Love the voice activated features!

2014 Chevy Cruze and The Color Run - Ann Again and again Reviews

Our girls favorite part is the rear view screen. We live on a busy street, full of cars, runners, cyclists of all ages and any help with our vision while backing up is much appreciated. Also great when you’re parking. (This feature is really terrific!)

Love this car! 2014 Chevy Cruze and The Color Run - Ann Again and again Reviews

My husband and I were thrilled to take part in The Color Run in Portland. Look for this run in your area! And I am so very, very happy with my experience driving a 2014 Chevy Cruze around town. There was plenty of room for my family of 4, long legs and tall torsos fit comfortably. Not easy to find. Have I mentioned the incredible gas mileage?! WOW! For five days I have been all over the town, back-and-forth, stuck in traffic and on clear highways and I still have a half a tank of gas. Thank you Chevy for my 2014 Cruze experience!

To read about fun at The Color Run visit: We Participated In The Color Run! :->

(*Disclosure: No financial compensation for my review. My opinions are truthfully my own. LOVE this car!)

Tummy Tuck Belt – My Honest Review

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Honesty is the best policy, right?

I was given the opportunity to review the Tummy Tuck Belt and I’ve given it my best shot, I really have, but this just isn’t a good product for me.  I found it difficult to put on/take off and the idea of the Thermal Accelerating Cream needing to stay on your skin for 2 hours to get its full effect, isn’t convenient.  Here’s my full review:

This “miracle slimming system” takes 10 minutes two times a day and the instructions are easy to remember:

  • Apply the Thermal Accelerator Cream to your stomach
  • Put the belt on (over your head, or step into it) and do 2 minutes of abdominal exercises from the instructional DVD
  • For the remaining 8 minutes keep the belt on and do whatever you want, read a book, take the dog for a walk, blog ;->

Included in the Tummy Tuck Miracle Slimming System is a very helpful ‘Quick Start Guide’.  It is full of quality information on guiding you toward understanding food and how certain choices pertain to a healthier lifestyle.  It contains meal plans for men and women, education on foods and how they react to the body and motivation to keep you on a positive, healthier path.  The Quick Start Guide is the best part of this package.

I did the Tummy Tuck Belt regime for a week and a half.  Yes, only a week and a half.  Now, I wasn’t expecting a “miracle” in that time frame but my stomach muscles did benefit from the standing contracting exercises. (Exercise!  Get it?)  Here’s the thing, putting on the belt.  Ugh!  If this belt was easier to put on I would have continued with this program and I’m sure my stomach would have become some what flatter.  But I just couldn’t take it any more!  I prefaced I was going to be honest.  Just do crunches already.

Two times a day of struggling to pull this belt over my shoulders, over my boobs, and then unroll it from its struggles to get it to lay flat was beyond a pain!  And there was absolutely no way I could put it on by stepping into it and pulling it over my thighs. Velcro!  What this product needs, in order for me to use it, is Velcro.  And the Thermal Accelerator Cream?  The directions say to leave this on for at least two hours, then wash off.  So, lets say you exercise with the belt on, there is no way I’m going to wait two hours to take a shower.  Or, if you wear it for the 10 minute TTB exercise video, you get to set your timer – twice a day – to wash it off.  Seriously? The cream doesn’t sting, there is a faint scent, it didn’t stain my clothes.  But as I’ve said – Just do crunches already!

So, there you have it.  I’m sure this item will help those that are willing to put it on.  All it truly is good for is a compression garment.  It isn’t easily detectable under a t-shirt, so if you choose to wear it for a quick slimming effect, it will do the trick.

(*Disclosure:  I was provided product for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Cream – Quick Smooth Results

When it comes to make-up I’ve prefaced in past posts that I like to use as few products as possible to get the most results.  Yes, I think make-up can be fun, but on a daily basis I don’t want to spend a lot of time “creating the canvas” when I could be doing so many other things.  I have been very fortunate to try Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC cream and, let me tell you, this product is not only a time saver, but it provides true skin improvement.

First off, there just isn’t a cooler looking product then the swirl of Olay Total Effects.  (Am I someone who is easily amused?  Most often times, yes.  But come on, it’s cool!)  In this bottle you have a moisturizer, a tone corrector and a sunscreen. (SPF 15) The real you will shine through with a subtle enhancement of Olay Total Effects sheer tint which creates an even skin tone and made my face look more awake, and that’s a definite bonus.

Although this product does claim to be a moisturizer, I still used my favorite moisturizer as a base, then applied one, pea-sized amount to my fingers tips and smoothed that over my face. I have used this product for 7 days and have found no reactions to my sensitive skin, just a lovely, natural looking glow once it’s applied and easy removal at the end of the day.

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to try Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC cream.  I’ve found it to be the quickest, and best, skin coverage.  This product is my latest find and I’m glad I was able to share my results with you.  Have you tried Olay Total Effects yet?  If so, what did you think?  And if not, give it a try and come back and share your experience.

(*Disclosure:  I received product from Olay.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Good Earth Beauty – Sugar Body Scrub Review And Giveaway!

Ann Again... and again Reviews Good Earth Beauty
Looking for products that will help you start your day in a soothing way?  Maybe you need a bit of zing in your shower to energize your mood?  If you want products that are made of pure ingredients, not tested on animals, then you should visit the website Good Earth Beauty – A Natural and Organic Beauty Shop.  You will find the most popular natural beauty product lines (Aura Cacia, Weleda, EO) along with smaller product lines that are definitely worth checking out.  They ship all products with a flat shipping rate of $5.00 in the U.S.A. and if your shopping cart is $50.00, or more, your shipping is free!
I recently tried a body scrub made exclusively for Good Earth Beauty – Morning Rain Scrubz.  You get an 8 ounce jar (recyclable plastic) for $16.00.
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Scrubz – Good Earth Beauty

When I first opened the jar I thought this was the driest dry scrub I had ever seen.  I couldn’t find any oil and thought perhaps the oil had leaked out.  After stirring the tiny sugar granules no oil appeared however, once the scrub is in contact with wet skin I realized that the oil was infused with the sugar.  So nice!  This made for the most enjoyable body scrub I’ve used.  (I’ve even made my own and enjoy this brand much, much more!)

Made with ingredients:  Natural Sucrose – Canola Oil – Grapeseed Oil – Olive Oil – Coconut Supreme Oil – Soybean Oil – Vitamin E – Essential and/or Fragrance Oil.  This scrub can be used on your face as well, the granules are that small.  The scent Morning Rain is invigorating and lingered on my skin through out the morning. Bonus – I really enjoyed it.  I have very sensitive skin and this body scrub did not irritate my skin at all.  Another bonus!

Good Earth Beauty not only carries bath and body products they also carry Cosmetics, Hair Care, items for Babies, Pets, and more.  The site is easy to navigate and you can find what your looking for easily.  To see other body scrub fragrances and products available please visit them at: http://www.goodearthbeauty.com/ .

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The Beginning Of My Fysiko Eye Experience

Today begins my trial of Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum. I’m in my mid-40’s and have been noticing my lashes thinning as well as my eyebrows. (Where are my eyes going?) I was very happy to be given the opportunity to try this serum that’s telling me it will encourage my lashes to #1 – Grow and #2 – Be thicker. Yes, please!?!

I’m well aware of my age, I see my reflection in the mirror every day. But it really hit me the other day when I was shown a picture of myself from 20 years ago. I had eyes. I mean you could see lashes, eyebrows – eyes! At first I was very depressed but then I got over myself and thought hey, it’s only natural. However, let’s see what I can do to make this natural process not so bad. Time for product!

Ann Again... and again Reviews Fysiko
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this picture. I mean, what the heck is happening with my eyelids?! There’s some crazy puffiness I’ve never seen before. But it’s me, so there.

 

Fysiko EyeLash Growth Serum is made with all natural ingredients and doesn’t require a prescription, unlike another eyelash serum available (Latisse). Fysiko retails for $135.00. (.27 oz.) Time will tell if it’s worth the price. (I’ll check back here 6 weeks into my 16 week trial). If I receive results then yes, of course! It’s like this, the cost of my co-pay to the doctor is $25 and the research I’ve found on-line of the cost of the competitor is from $100 to $125. For this price I come out about even, without a drive to the doctor. I’ve used Fysiko for two days and have not experienced any irritation.

The first five ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Panthenol (Vitamin B5) Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract. It includes natural lash enhancers: Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Thyme, Biotin and Soy Protein.

Above is my “Before” picture. I’ll update in 16 weeks.

To read more about Fysiko EyeLash Growth Serum, see complete listing of ingredients, and FAQ, please visit: www.fysikolashes.com.

(*Disclosure: I was given product to review. Photos have not been retouched. My opinions are truthfully my own.*)