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48 Hours Only! – Exclusive Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement Free Giveaway

This offer has now ended! I want to thank you all, for the wonderful turnout we had for the free supplements! We gave out over 300 bottles! Wow, what a fun time we had with this giveaway and the turn out was tremendous! There seems to be a lot of demand for this wonderful product, and Purely Holistic (the makers of this supplement) are amazed at the turn out we had. If you got your free bottle, please be sure and thank Purely Holistic for the wonderful freebie in an honest review of their product on Amazon. 🙂

Thank you Purely Holistic for entrusting me with this fun project, I had a blast getting your free offer out to the masses. 🙂 And I am truly honored that you allowed me to Exclusively run this offer, just for my readers!

250 Bottle Free Giveaway is Open for this Exclusive Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement!

You have only 48 hours to enter so go enter right away!

US ONLY! This Starts Noon Pacific Time 8/27/14 – Ends when bottles run out (or Noon on 8/29/14)

Welcome to Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement Giveaway
From 100 free Bottles to 250! Thanks to the Generosity of Purely Holistic!

Thank you to Purely Holistic, the makers of this Supplement, for offering this Exclusively to my Readership!

Within a couple of days of my trying this product, I was still so excited about my having the opportunity to try it, that I asked the company for a favor… “could I please give a couple of these away on my blog, my readers will go nuts!” And the rest is history, this generous company was as excited as I am and said yes… they even said that they saw most giveaways were only for one product and offered to make this a WONDERFUL EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY for 250 of MY READERS! I am so excited!

We have 250 bottles to give away, but you must be quick, it’s first come first serve basis! – US ONLY PLEASE

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement

Have you heard of Phytoceramides Supplements?

If not, Dr Oz has called these supplements “The Natural Facelift!” As you know, I love Dr. Oz and for many things his advice has helped me out. And I have been testing out this supplement from Purely Holistic and I am loving the way it is caring for my skin. This product nourishes your skin from the inside out and helps support and plump up those problem areas that arise as you age. This is even great to maintain your natural youthful look before too many signs of aging start to appear on your face.

And this is not your typical Phytoceramides Supplement, this is the superior type since it is rice based! Here is what Purely Holistic has to say about their product:

Purely Holistic Phytoceramides use rice based Phytoceramides which have been clinically PROVEN to be SUPERIOR to Liowheat based Phytoceramides. CLINICAL STUDIES proved that rice based Phytoceramides were up to 33% more effective at improving the signs of aging skin than Wheat Phytoceramides.

Please be nice and give the product a try and post an honest review on their Amazon Sales page! Leaving a review will let others know what you think about this product, be honest and leave an unbiased review!

To Claim Your Free Product From Amazon.com With Free Shipping Simply Click Here

 

Disclaimer: I am fortunate enough to have this exclusive giveaway to offer all you wonderful readers! I am not affiliated with Purely Holistic. But Purely Holistic and I am running this giveaway together, to give you all the wonderful opportunity to  try out this supplement. I did receive a free bottle of Phytoceramides Skin Care Supplement for a review through Tomoson, and not in exchange for this giveaway… this is just one of those special events for my readers.

Exclusive Skin Care Supplement Giveaway (100 Winners) – Coming Up Tomorrow!

 

Update: This Massive Winner Giveaway will run from noon PDT Wed August 27th to noon PDT Friday August 29th

Howdy there folks, every now and then there is a product that really helps me and I like to contact those Companies to see if we can offer a giveaway. The people at Purely Holistic are my kind of people, they have offered us the most wonderful of Giveaways, we will have 100 winners. This will be an exclusive giveaway, only for my readers! Can you tell that I am doing the HAPPY DANCE right now?

Snoopy dancing the happy dance
Dancing the happy dance for this skin care supplement giveaway! Hey 100 Winners, for my readers and followers only! Get Ready!

The product we will be giving away is for the very same supplement I’ve been using for several weeks now, it’s:

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy Supplement from Purely Holistic

Phytoceramides Skin Therapy SupplementThis supplement nourishes your skin from the inside out!

Dr Oz has called Phytoceramides “The Natural Facelift”! So you can see why a 51 year old like myself is excited not only to be giving this product away with the makers of this supplement, Purley Holistic, but to also have the product myself to review! So far, a couple of weeks into using the product, I feel that my skin has improved! Watch for the review to be posted tomorrow, just so you remember, subscribe to my blog, and keep an eye on my facebook and Twitter Feeds for the start of this HUGE Giveaway for my readers/followers ONLY!

Purely Holistic asks that if enter to win this giveaway, you promise that you will try the product and leave an unbiased review it on Amazon, please! With an exciting product like this in your hands, others need to know if it seems to help you! 🙂 Please, do not apply for the giveaway if you do not plan to leave a review on Amazon!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Purely Holistic or their product Phytoceramides. I wrote Purely Holistic and knowing the reports of how great Phytoceramides were, and being fortunate enough to receive a bottle for a review through Tomoson, I asked them if I could run a giveaway for my lovely readers and they said yes. Yes, as simple as all that… I feel very fortunate that my request was not only answered with a yes but I was offered the biggest best giveaway ever for my blog as an exclusive! Yay.

Pulling Into The Slow Lane – Blog News

 

I am pulling into the slow lane here as I deal with issues at home and stressors in my life. I need to deal with things here and so my posts will be slowing down. My mind is muddled and scattered right now and I realize I must deal with situations that have just popped up in my life. Sometimes life throws us all a curve ball, but we all have stuff to deal with in real life. Wisdom comes when we realize it’s time to slow down and time to deal with the problems that come up, right?

I know that this is a strange post, but I want to share with you the reason for my lack of posts going on this week and my slowing down as time goes on here. My stress level is at max, I am dealing with neck-ache headaches all the time and it hasn’t help that I have started stressing more and more lately. I find that I hold my in my neck and shoulders as we deal with multiple situations here at home. Pain already makes it difficult to function, and with spinal stenosis in the neck and other vertebrae and it makes it hard at times to type, much less think, it is worse right now.

I am a wreck at the moment folks, my stress level and emotions running amok.

I am making an effort to write this out so I can share with you some events in life, it’s both therapeutic for me to share and it may help others know that they are not alone.

Animated_NewsboyLet my start off with what all is happening at home here:

  • As you all may or may not know my Mother lost use of her legs from back surgery a year and a half ago, Dad and Mom have agreed to get home hospice care for Mom now.
  • My husband had 4 stints put in his heart one year ago and he’s due for his yearly stress test.
  • We are still dealing with Contractors and Insurance for the hail damage on our home and our detached garage, over 2 months since our claim.
  • Insurance wouldn’t cover the damage to the siding on the garage, but they did allow for our repainting. So hubby and I, disabled, are dealing with replacing the siding, caulking and painting little by little as we are in such pain it is taking us a long time. And we still have to address the black mold in the garage additions.
  • Financial situations with being disabled and dealing with medications and doctors expenses.

We still haven’t had the roof repaired as there are concerns with getting it up to code, it seems that the extensions on the detached garage have problems with the way that they were built, years before we bought the house. One side roof has not been slanted correctly and needs special treatment to repair for it to get it up to code. The other side has an extension on it as well and the roof needs some sort of thing called an ice shield over top of that too. I don’t understand all of this construction stuff, but we are dealing with Insurance, Roofing Contractors and local Code Inspectors to get this 2 month plus situation resolved. Once the roof is replaced hubby and I can take care of the black mold inside the extensions.

Close up of Mariah hubby after heart surgeryI’ve been stressing over hubby’s heart since lately he’s been feeling flutters in it and just as I am writing this the Cardiologists office just called and said that he is not approved for the stress test, by the insurance company. *sigh* Here I was stressing about Friday, worried for the worst possible scenario, and we now have it all postponed when we’ve been waiting for this and knowing something is wrong. Now a longer wait to see the Cardiologist is in order and the stress test, which caused a heart attack last year will be later, once our insurance approves it. *sigh*

We have financial concerns here, this is the reason for my having affiliate banners on my blog, in hopes that folks may be interested in ordering from these companies and I may earn some money on the blog to help us with our financial worries here. Some months it costs us $300 to $400 extra dollars for doctors visits and already our medications are putting our credit cards to their limits. Now with our Insurance claim, extra specialists for both hubby and I we are over extending ourselves. As it is one of the medications that helped hubby and I for our chronic pain issues, we cannot afford so we go without. However there are medications that are necessary for my husband’s heart and the stints put in last year.

My Mother at home in bed with teddy bear
My Mother (Nancy) at home while I was there helping out. She held the Teddy Bear and I HAD to grab my camera.

 

 

My husband and I being disabled do what we can to help me get up to my parents home in the foothills here in Colorado. Gas prices are bad enough, but since I wear out from a long car ride and I can seldom drive more than 20 minutes without severe pain flare, it takes time and energy for me to get up there. I spend about 10 days up there when I go, and I try to do what I can to help out. My parents finally gave in a year and a half after doctors recommended Hospice Care for Mom at home, and this has caused major misunderstandings and great emotions from one of my siblings. It all comes out of love but that sibling is blinded by his misunderstanding the meaning of hospice care, he believes it’s substandard care and end of life care.

my hands forming a heart, with the words "Asking for Blessings and thoughts of strength, the warmth of love and of wellbeing for my Father and Mother

I know that most of you don’t know how hyper sensitive I am, but I’m dealing with being scolded, knocked down verbally on the phone and treated like I don’t care about my Mother… all because I tried to calm a sibling down from being upset about Home Hospice Care for Mom, really upset me. This option of Home Hospice Care does not mean we  expect Mom to die anytime soon, nor does it mean substandard medical care. Understandably all this does indeed come out of love and concern for Mom. But I wish that it was understood that I didn’t feel that this was news that should have anyone mad at me for not sharing, when my parents shared it with me… I was relieved, knowing some about this care, that my parents finally got this help at home with Mom. Knowing that I am thought of as not caring and that I don’t feel that an emergency is going on really hurts me and of course has added to my stress level.

Anyhow folks, like I said my brain is overwhelmed, muddled and scattered right now, I hope that this post (although venting some) makes sense to you all. I am an emotional wreck at this moment in time and I need to slow down and cope with home life and real life situations right now.

Thank you said in many languagesThank you so much for all of your wonderful readers, for being here for me at times like this! I don’t know if you all realize how very much this means to me that you are so understanding and I appreciate all your wonderful thoughts and prayers heading to me, my husband, my family and my parents.

Love and hugs,

Mariah

The Worlds First Certified Non GMO Cheese – Review


rumiano cheese logoToday I would like to introduce you to Non GMO Organic Cheese by Rumiano. These Organic Cheeses by Rumiano were the worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese, until recently… Now they can proudly say that they were the worlds first! Cool huh? Not only that but these cheeses are also Kosher, American Humane Certified and Non GMO Verified. The cows that supply the milk for this cheese are grass fed all year round. No hormones or pesticides are used.

I was worried that a cheese like this could be difficult to find in my area, so off to do research I went. It is always helpful to look at a specific brands website and have a listing of stores near you that carry their products and Rumiano was no different. I was so happy to discover that my area Whole Foods Store carried their product.

hotdog with worlds only Non GMO Certfied CheeseNow it took me about 15 minutes in the store to find their product with all the other natural cheeses they had in store, it was a shame that they only carried 2 types of their cheese and that they only carried the 6 oz sliced cheese, not the bars of cheese that I prefer to get. So I picked up one of each type of cheese, Mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese. Now neither of these cheeses were the ones I was hoping for as I like my cheeses with a bit more of a bite and flavor to them, but I enjoyed them all the same. We still enjoyed them all the same, we had some on our sandwiches, and some melted on our hot dogs.

Cheese and Crackers using The Worlds Only Non GMO Certfied CheeseAnd the last slices of each cheese, I cut into smaller slices, to enjoy with friends on some crackers. Our friends loved both of the cheeses! I showed my girlfriend a package and told her about the fact that they were organic and the Worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese. She was so impressed with this that I, unfortunately (for hubby and I), I felt that I HAD to give her my last coupon for a free package. *insert teary eyes here* I was hoping to use my last coupon for when I visited my parents again soon, as I’d pass through Boulder and SURELY Boulder, Colorado would have more people insisting on this brand of cheese in all of their many natural and health food stores! Ah well… that will teach me for being a good friend, right? lol

thick slices of Rumiano Organic CheeseI would like to add that the cheese is thick sliced at 1 oz a slice, so there were 6 slices of cheese to a package in a 6 oz package. Hey but with thinner slices I would be placing more cheese on my sandwiches than I had to with their slices. 🙂

The Cheddar was extremely mild, and the same for the Monterey Jack, but a nice consistency on both of them. We especially liked the creamy texture of the Monterey Jack. I can’t say much other than it was nice to have good cheese in our house and to enjoy the thought of looking for more of their cheese in the future. I will check back in a month or so to see if our local Whole Foods decided to carry more, and we will keep a watchful eye out whenever we are nearby another store that should be carrying their cheeses to see if they have what we really want to try. 🙂

I looked at the back of my packages of Non GMO Cheese from Rumiano and their ingredients are simple and the same on both of the cheeses that I tried:

Rumiano Cheese Picture of a brick of their wonderful Certified Non-gmo cheese.Ingredients: pasteurized organic milk, cheese cultures, sea salt and vegetable enzymes.

 

 

Being a cheese lover, I did turn around and write to Rumiano about the shortage of variety at my Whole Foods Store. Rumiano was so kind to contact me in return and ask me to go to their store locator page and submit their form to request they contact our store. I saw that link at first visit, but I thought it was just to request that a store pick up their cheese, good news, it can also notify them of a shortage of variety in a store like mine. 🙂 Here is what you do to try and either get their cheese into a store near you (if they aren’t showing up in the locator) or to request they carry a bigger variety… look just to the right of the area where you’d search for a store and there is link “Request Rumiano Cheese to contact your store”…. to do this have the name of the store, city and zip code, then fill in the area with your request.

I am very satisfied with Rumiano cheese and all they have to offer…now I want to see more from the stores locally, you’d think that with a company like Rumiano Cheese out there producing the worlds first certified Non GMO cheese, that the natural  & health food stores would pounce on the products. My only disappointment was not with Rumiano it was with the store near me that didn’t supply more of the best of the best, that people would want to feed to their friends, family, children and grandchildren! Shame on places that don’t pounce on this excellent brand of cheese!

Thank you Rumiano for entrusting me with a review of your fine cheeses, I can’t wait to get my own personal letter out to local health and natural food stores about your product… I want to see more of you!

Want to share some news with friends and family about this cheese? Please use the hashtag: #RumianoCheese and a link to this review! 🙂

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received free cheese for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Rumiano and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Whey Good Snacks From Protein Bakery – Review

The Protein Bakery is Whey way Delish! *wink* What a tasty review!

Rachael Ray, Oprah Winfrey and Me? Yes we have something in common, a favorite WHEY to enjoy Baked Goods and it’s from Protein Bakery!

Protein Bakery LogoThe Protein Bakery makes luscious Cookies, Brownies, Blondie’s and Mini’s. My husband and I shared the products that I received for a review. I received a Black and White Blondie and a Double Chocolate Brownie (not pictured in the review, these were the first victims consumed by hubby and I, unfortunately the pictures didn’t turn out), Peanut Butter Cookies (package of 2), Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (package of 2), Peanut Butter Blondie Mini and a Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini.

Protein Bakery Assortment for ReviewThe full sized Brownie and Blondie that we tried were really filling, we split them in half and exchanged halves so that both hubby and I had part of that Black and White Blondie and the Double Chocolate Brownie. These were really made for a big appetite. The chocolate, wow! Very very sweet and rich… this was when I discovered that I really loved the Blondie, not quite as sweet and yet so very tasty. Hubby is normally the Brownie guy, I thought for sure he’d go nuts over the brownie, however, I truly was surprised when hubby came over to the lighter side with me.

I couldn’t believe that even splitting the products in half with hubby we found ourselves so very satisfied with our share of Protein Bakery’s Baked Goodies. Our taste buds fell instantly in love and our tummies were so quickly satisfied.

Protein Bakery knows how to treat their customers right as their products are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Wheat Flour Free
  • Kosher
  • High in Dietary Fiber

The products are full of such goodness as rolled oats and the finest chocolate… and so much more.

And they bake small batches from scratch daily and they have been doing this since they opened in 1999! Happy 15th Birthday Protein Bakery! 🙂

Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini
Protein Bakery Chocolate Chip Brownie Mini

What can I say? I haven’t tried anything nearly as delicious and satisfying as the baked goods that I was fortunate enough to receive from these wonderful folks. And I don’t know how else to describe this, from the mouth happy goodness to the tummy crave crushing satisfaction, to knowing how healthy these baked goods are for you, the experience makes me feel truly sexy! Yes, I said it… I have never been so fully satisfied by desserts like I tried for this review! And I couldn’t believe it, my favorites were not the brownies! Yes, chocolate, yes the brownies where decadent… but boy oh boy I have Blondie Lust for the Black and White Blondie and the Peanut Butter Mini Blondie.

Protein Bakery cookies chocolate chip in handAnd I don’t DARE forget to mention Cookies… oh yes, cookies! The Peanut Butter Cookie was my favorite!

Okay so you get the idea, I am in LOVE with Protein Bakery and all their offerings and I surprised myself as I found that I loved some products more so than the chocolate ones.

The Founder of Protein Bakery is, Stephen Charles Lincoln and this man had lost 80+ pounds and became a fitness instructor. And trust me, he has great taste in making products that are both good for you and satisfying at the same time… gourmet flavor and good for you may sound too good to be true, but it’s TRUE! And I remember that I read somewhere about Mr. Lincoln placing his Protein Bakery Products in the Freezer, and he said that his products make “The Worlds Best Ice Cream Cake”… it was also suggested that they can be eaten frozen! Yummy, what a great idea for a Hot Summer Day Treat!

I found that The Protein Bakery is not only in the US, but they are now in the UK as well now! Congrats to The Protein Bakery!

I wish to thank the Protein Bakery for entrusting me with their luscious products to sample for this review. YUM!

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, personally reviewed this product. I received baked goods from The Protein Bakery for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by The Protein Bakery and me.