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One Day Giveaway! Pure Raspberry Ketones- Review & Giveaway


Hi there friends, I received, some Pure Raspberry Ketones to review and giveaway to one of you lucky people. These raspberry Ketones don’t have any binders or fillers and are all natural… so I jumped at the chance to try them out, especially since I know that you, my readers, love to win products like these to help you lose weight.

I am always on the lookout for dietary supplements that help me lose or maintain and healthy weight. I had heard a lot by watching (for a while) one of my Mothers favorite Shows Dr. Oz. and I gave up about a year ago when I realized that people would be buying some of the products he recommended left and right and possibly had no success. I don’t know if you saw the latest news reports where the Dr. was questioned by the US Senate about his weight loss claims… but basically he recommends about anything that can possibly help you lose weight and safely. This is what I got out of the clips of Dr. Oz speaking to the Senate and although his recommendations may not work for everyone, this is not a reason to not give some products a try. We do have an obesity problem in our country right now and we need to do whatever we can to help ourselves out.

close up of Pure Raspberry Ketones LabelI received my order from Amazon in no time at all. I opened the package and was stunned by how beautiful the color is on these capsules… then my heart sank for a moment as I worried about my allergies to Red Coloring. Then I read the side panel on the container to myself, “No fillers, binder or artificial ingredients….. 1 Vegetarian Capsule (Serving Size)… ” no where on the label could I find where the red in these capsules came from, so with Benedryl in hand I braved taking one. WHEW I was relieved I didn’t react like I do to the red food coloring in the Cinnamon Red Hots and in some Red Velvet Cakes. I was safe for me and I could use this!

Here is what the Company has to say about their Raspberry Ketones:

Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones (Not Synthesized in Lab, It is extracted from Natural Sources), No Additives, No Fillers or Artificial Ingredients

– Where it is Manufactured- Made in USA, with FDA Approved cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Highest Quality Standard for Manufacturing Supplements).

Why Our Products – Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones, 500 MG, 12O capsules, No additives, No Binders, No Fillers or No artificial Ingredients. Quality is Tested and Standardized against the Monographs in USP/NF.

How it Works- Proven Fat Burner and Appetite Controller. In Vivo and In Vitro studies, it shows that it increases the Fatty Acid Oxidation; stimulate Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Level and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns the Body Fat and Converts it into Energy when Body needs it and that is how it helps Body to Control Appetite; as a result it is Appetite Suppressant. Raspberry Ketones Works as an Efficient Weight Loss Supplement when it combined with balanced diet and Regular Exercise. When one does Exercise, it require body to burn extra energy and also burn extra calories, and if you are taking Raspberry Ketones, it burn the Existing Body fat to convert it into Energy which is required for Exercise. As a result one doesn’t need extra nutrition to get energy for exercise

Clinical Studies/Results – Ushiki et al. conducted an acute, single administration study to examine the anti obesity effects of raspberry ketone in healthy adults (N=5) (22). Healthy males aged 24-50 years were included in this study. Following acute administration, raspberry ketone was also shown to significantly reduce arteriosclerosis index score ([total cholesterol – HDL cholesterol] / total cholesterol) compared to control (p<0.05). Limitations of this study included a lack of randomization and blinding

I also viewed a Certificate of Analysis for the Pure Raspberry Ketones before I applied for this review and giveaway:

http://www.amazon.com/raspberry-additives-artificial-ingredients-controller/dp/b00dxnxg2u/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=utf8&qid=1402352668&sr=1-1&keywords=summit+nutritions
Click to view full size Report.

Did your Mother teach you to share?

My Mommy taught me to share, and with my husband’s 4 heart stints put in last year and his under Dr.’s orders to lose weight. I decided to share the Pure Raspberry Ketones with my hubby, and he’s never tried anything like this before. So I figured he was a good candidate for helping me see what this does for a man too and since I was using it too, I was sure that the supplement would be taken by him if I handed him the supplement as I was making us a meal.

I have tried some other brand for Raspberry Ketones in the past and they helped me. However their Mg. per serving were not nearly as high, if I recall correctly. And I don’t believe they were as pure a product as these are either.

Using the Product:

pure raspberry Ketones pretty red capsulesWhen we first took the supplement, we noticed that there is a distinctive raspberry like flavor left in your mouth…. quite pleasant! Tastes great to swallow them with some coffee! lol

I want to be upfront here and tell you all that we haven’t used the whole bottle as of yet. The dosing is for 2 times a day and sometimes we used it only once a day and we skipped some days here and there. I am sorry we can’t give a full report on what this would be like taken religiously, our minds have been elsewhere with our working on the hail damaged siding on the garage. BUT I have to say with about a half a bottle gone, we’ve lost weight and that was done without altering our diet!

My husband has lost 4 pounds and I have lost 3 pounds!

And yes sometimes my husband was working on the garage or out of the house when he would have taken the supplement with me, so I’ve taken more of it and he has taken less. Men are so lucky that they lose the weight so easily. lol

I find it amazing, that with our not taking the Pure Raspberry Ketones capsules religiously during the course of our testing, that we’ve lost weight! I also admit that we weren’t minding our diet, as we had desserts too. lol

pure raspberry Ketones in bottleWould I recommend it, YES! However if you have problems with Red Coloring, you may want to think twice, I know I did, but first of all my reaction to some red food colorings was not major it was slight case of the hives, I was prepared with benadryl at my side and my body was okay with it. That doesn’t mean that you won’t react to the red color of the pills though. Will these supplements help you lose weight, I don’t know, but it is certainly worth a try, right?

Now enter the Giveaway to win some Pure Raspberry Ketones for yourself!

 Sorry This Giveaway Has Ended

 

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.

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder – Review & Cupcake Recipe

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 

I was asked to review Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder made by Kiss Me Organics, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I love trying out my ol’ taste buds on something new and different for me, not to mention that I love to create my own recipes as well.

KissMe Organics Front View of Organic Matcha Green Tea packageI had some unusual products made with Green Tea in the past year, one of which was Green Tea Ice Cream, something that I was curious about but wouldn’t have bought ot for myself for the fear that I wouldn’t like it (we are all watching out pennies now a days, aren’t we?) When this review was offered up I couldn’t help but sign up for this review to see what I could make with it and see if I would like it.

I wanted to learn more about this green tea powder, it’s uses and benefits. I already knew one thing about green tea, it is a very good antioxidant. Being an antioxidant, I had heard that green tea, itself, helps to prevent cancer. Since my husband had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma & bladder cancer… we’ve had more green tea around the house, hoping that my husband and I could benefit from drinking it.

Reading the label on the Organic Matcha, I learned a lot about this product, the benefits, some of the uses and more.

Some benefits listed on the label:

Anti Aging – All Day Energy (Energy Booster) – Metabolism Boost (Calorie Burner) – Increase Focus – Improve Skin Health – 137X Antioxidants of Brewed Green Tea

More Information About the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder:

Culinary Grade Green Tea Powder – USDA Organic – Free From Chemicals & Preservatives

A Very Good Reason to make Match a part of your Daily life (I believe this bit of information is so important, that it needed it’s own Heading!):

Evidence shows that EGCG (a strong Matcha antioxidant), can generate NEW BRAIN CELLS by focusion on the part of the brain that deals with short and long term memory.

KissMe Organics Back View of Organic Matcha Green Teapackage
KissMe Organics Back View of Organic Matcha Green Teapackage

At first I just thought the matcha was going to be a form of an instant tea. When I saw the pretty green cupcake on the label, and the mention of baking, my brain started running wild with what Flavors would taste good with the Green Tea. Being cautious with the taste-buds in my household, I thought that a sweet cupcake was the best idea indeed… so at first I thought I would find a combination of Honey and Lemon.

A neighbor had recently introduced me to “Cake Mix Cookies” and told me how simple they were to make. So I decided to play around with a Cake Mix (I chose yellow) for an easy cupcake recipe. I was surprised that my first attempt at this was highly successful! My husband and I both loved my creation (recipe coming up).  I even decided to share 5 of my cupcakes with the neighbors, they all seemed to really like it. One even commented that they would give it an 8 out of 10 but, if I brought more over I would get a 10! lol

The frosting I made for this Green Tea Cupcake was also a hit and we found it added some more fruity sweetness to the cupcakes (this recipe is coming up too!) This just goes to show you how very excited I am to use a product when I create my own recipe just for the review.

I take the risk of posting my creation for all of you my beauties, as well as for  the company that supplied the product (If post my recipe, all I ask for is a link back to my blog in exchange for sharing my recipe). I really can’t wait for some of you to try to make this and let me know what you think of my invention… at the same time I have nervous excitement, after all, it’s my baby and I am setting out into the big wide world to be used and judged by others.

Again the idea for this Cupcake came from a friend telling me about her Cake Mix Cookies & hearing how they just add things to the cake mix cookies to make new and different flavors.

____________________________________________________________________Mariah's Cupcakes Easter inspired side viewMariah’s Lemony, Green Tea Cupcakes, With Blueberry Butter Cream Frosting:

Preheat Oven to: whatever your cake mix recommends for cupcakes & your pan color. (I usually turn down the oven by 25 degrees when it’s a dark pan.)

Mariah’s Lemony, Green Tea Cupcakes:

  • 1 Cake Mix – white or yellow (I used yellow Generic Cake Mix)
  • 1 Large Lemon or 2 Small Lemons – you will be using the Lemon zest & the juice. (I used 2 small lemons, as the only cost me about 54 Cents each and a large Lemon was almost 2 dollars)
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder (I used 2 Tablespoons, but next time I may cut it down to 1, some people weren’t to sure about the green tea aftertaste… personally I liked it).
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Extract (Optional) I had decided, by smell, that I wanted to add even more lemony kick to the cupcakes
  • & Misc. ingredients called for on cake mix – (I used 3 eggs and the 1/3 Cup of Canola Oil).

1) Lightly Zest your Lemon(s) into a small bowl – (making sure not to get the white part in the zest.)  I set the bowl with the Zest & the Zest tool aside .

2) Squeeze out the Juice of your Lemon(s) into your liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to liquid measuring cup to equal the water amount called for in the Cake Mix instructions.

3) In the small bowl of lemon zest, pour your Lemon-Water Mix over the zester into the bowl (so as not to waste any of the flavor filled zest).

4) With Mixer on very low speed, slowly add your ingredients to the cake mix, scrape the sides of the bowl and once mixed well turn up the blender to the mixers cake setting (on my mixer, that is about Medium speed).

5) Place in Oven, the Cupcakes will be done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

Once the Cupcakes are cooled you can frost them.

Mariahs Easter Inspired Cupcakes looking downMariah’s Blackberry Buttercream Frosting

For this frosting I was inspired by Wilton’s French Buttercream Frosting Recipe

3/4 cup of Frozen or fresh Blackberries (blend this up well in your blender, if you wish you may strain the seeds out in a fine mesh strainer) <— I have an excellent blender and so I didn’t need to strain the seeds out, you could hardly detect them.

  • 2/3 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 Cup Frozen Blackberries Blended (Optional: you can put through a fine mesh Sieve to get rid of the seeds, I didn’t)
  • 1 Cup butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

 

Place sugar, flour and salt in saucepan and mix thoroughly, stir in Blended Blackberries. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until very thick. Remove from heat and pour into a medium mixing bowl.

Cool to room temperature. Add 1/2 cup butter at a time (cut into several pieces) and beat at medium-high speed until smooth.

Add vanilla and beat well.

Chill icing for a few minutes before decorating.

HINT: For Easter Cupcakes, like I made, add some jellybeans! Nummy!

Iced cupcakes must be refrigerated until serving time.

Mariahs cupcake split in half_______________________________________________________________________

I did a search on ehow for recipes for skin care with Matcha Green Tea Skin… now if you follow this link you will see a huge list of uses for your skin (after the top sponsored links that is) the list of uses for your skin goes from Soap Making to Moisturizers all with Green Tea (Matcha).

I thank Kiss Me Organics for entrusting me for this review, I am in love with their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder and I look forward to playing with it more as time goes on.
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.

Fat Burner – 30 Capsules Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Hi folks, you know me, I am always keeping an eye open for the newest and easiest weight loss items out there. This time I was chosen as one of the lucky few reviewers to review  Reduxa, Inc.’s Fat Burner capsules. My interest was peeked when I noticed that among the proprietary ingredients in Fat Burner, were Green Tea Extract and Raspberry Ketone… both of which I’ve heard were shown to help with weight loss and burning fat.

 

Here is a product description of Fat Burner by Reduxa Inc.:

Reduxa Fat Burner Thermogenic Weight Loss Dietary Supplement, Metabolism and Energy Booster Made in USA
This product contains a proprietary formula designed to maximize weight loss by boosting fat loss and improving energy level that is safe and effective for men and women.
Garcinia Cambogia Extract has been known to hasten weight loss efforts, where some researchers claim that it can double or triple one’s weight loss. With proper dieting and exercise, the average person taking garcinia cambogia extract lost an average of four pounds a month. It is also known to work great for emotional eaters. Those who participated in the study showed an increase in their serotonin levels; hence, it may also improve mood and sleeping patters. It works by blocking fat and suppressing appetite.
Green Tea Extract contains compounds called catechins that may affect how your body burns calories and metabolizes fat, thereby helping in weight loss.
Guggul Extract helps boost metabolism and is believed to reduce cholesterol.
Raspberry Ketone is an aromatic component present in raspberries and other fruits. Scientists had previously shown that it causes fat breakdown. It prevents and improves obesity and fatty liver by stimulating the metabolism.

Safety Information
This product contains caffeine and may effect blood pressure and/or heart conditions. Check with your doctor before using this product, if you have such conditions. If you are pregnant, nursing, have any medical conditions, or taking medications, consult a medical healthcare professional before taking this product. Keep out of reach of children. Not intended for use by persons under 18. Keep this bottle tightly closed and store in a cool dry place. For nutritional use only. Do not use if safety seal is broken.

Ingredients
Proprietary Formula 500 mg: garcinia cambogia extract, great tea extract, guggul extract and raspberry ketone

Directions
As an addition to the diet, adults take one (1) capsule with water 30 minutes before a meal in the morning as a dietary supplement, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Legal Disclaimer
This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

Let me start off with this, my disclaimer, I am testing this out without altering my diet much, nor with adding exercise to my routine. So my results, as usual will be less than most of you who would/could make a conscientious effort to change your lifestyle while using the assistance of these capsules. Most of you know my physical limitations, do to my health issues (to keep it brief, I will just say Chronic Pain & Health issues), this is why I have not made as much of an effort as most of you would do to lose weight.

Fat Burner by reduxa inc on table is capsule

With my short stature the smallest of weight changes can make a huge difference in my size. I have recently gained weight with the holidays with the addition of a new prescription, replacing my Gapapentin with Lipitor (for nerve pain from both the fibromyalgia and my pinched/damaged nerves). I was lucky fighting the medications weight gain, having the for knowledge of my Mothers weight gain when her doctors tried her on Lipitor, when they tried my skinny Mother on it she gained 35 pounds almost over night! Lucky for me I only gained 15 pounds in 3 months on it, luckily for me, I’ve been off the Lipitor and back on Gabapentin for almost a month now. Yay, perfect timing for my trying out the Fat Burner Capsules.

 

I ordered the Fat Burner Capsules on Amazon.com and they arrived quickly and in great shape, I was surprised at how speedy they were at getting these to my house. The capsules are about 500 mg Capsules, not too very large, they are red and white in color. I found the capsules easy to swallow, and I took them as directed, 1 capsule a day in the morning 30 minutes before a meal…. I took mine at Noon time, since breakfast, well I admit it, I am terrible about eating, fixing breakfast. I am however more likely to eat lunch at noon time. Lol After taking this proprietary blend, I haven’t found myself too jittery or burping up taste of the tablets, nor had I found myself with an upset stomach. So far so good right? 🙂

 

Now I must say that I was still on my Lipitor for about a week and a half as I cut down on the dosage to get off from it and on to my Gabapentin once more, so this too did, slow down my progress with the Fat Burner. Other than that I found that I had more success experimenting with the times of the day that I took it. For me I found that I could handle the ingredients in the Fat Burner even upon taking it in the Afternoon, 30 minutes before Supper time. I still could sleep well, at least for me, the capsules were not overly stimulating as some diet supplements are, so I had no problem with them at all.

 

All in all as the time had progressed, the weight gain from the Lipitor was halted on the Fat Burner, YAY! And for the past 2 ½ weeks (give or take a few days) I have managed to lose a total of 5 lbs! I am 1/3 the way there to my weight before my doctor put me on that prescription that caused my weight gain! Now to put this all in perspective for you, this IS really significant for me, it usually takes me 3 times as long (as it took to put the weight on) for me to lose the weight… in other words since I gained that over 3 months I would normally expect to lose the weight that I gained in 9 months…. and at this rate I could lose it in 2 more months.
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.

Cheap way to buy some Diet Supplements – plus a Discount with my Code

Get the Creative Bioscience Diet Supplements Cheaper then at the company website.

Are you having problems with you New Years resolution to lose weight? This will help you, I am pretty sure of it as I used some of their products myself (Diet 1234 and Raspberry Ketone).

Diet supplement diet 1234 that I reviewedHi there friends, you may recall all my former posts on my 90 days of Creative Bioscience Diet 1234: if you wish to see them CLICK HERE. I have noticed at the LifeFit store they now recommend the Diet 1234 (that I tried and lost some weight on even though it was through the holiday season) for keeping you weight loss off, not for losing weight, yet it works (worked) for me with weight loss. I am going to try this product, mentioned in this quote (below) from the Creative Bioscience Website:

A Famous TV Dr. (name left out by blog owner since she understands this Dr. doesn’t want to be named and has law suits against some places that use his name…but I believe the name can be found on the Creative Bioscience Website)”…endorses all the ingredients found in our supplements and each supplement contains the….” (name removed by blog owner again) “…recommended amount. The Complete 30 Day Diet Kit is an all in one supplement that contains the recommended amount of each ingredient in 1 supplement .” ~Creative Bioscience Website quote

I have a code for you to save on any purchases, do not purchase through Creative Bioscience though, they are expensive compared to the Lifefit Store (you can check them out and compare to the store I recommend). You will save more if you go to the LifeFit Store.

Creative Bioscience Green Coffee Bean Diet Pill bottle and boxSave an additional 15% on any Creative Bioscience Products at the LifeFit Store!

I am not an affiliate of them BTW, I just have used one of their products and have faith in them, enough faith that I feel I can recommend them to anyone who asks about dieting supplements or help. I just wanted to share this with you all since they did offer my readers a discount. 

When you use the special coupon code for my readers, you will save an additional 15% off their already cheap prices at the Life Fit Store, (remember this is ONLY on the Creative Bioscience products):

Special Code and Link:

  Code: Mariah

Link: CLICK HERE for the Creative Bioscience Products List at the LifeFit Store

Please note the above link is to the Creative Bioscience Products they sell online (below is special instructions for ordering HCG by Creative Bioscience)

hCG Drops bottle with dropper and the box it comes in

HCG – the popular diet trend (special instructions to order):

If you wish to purchase the hCG for your diet, and receive your discount, they don’t offer it online, but you can purchase it by calling the Life Fit Store at 801-692-3242 and order it over the phone (this one is not sold online at this time…. remember to use the Code: Mariah on the phone as well!  There are also new hormone free hCG formulas sold from Creative Bioscience, the LifeFit Store may carry these as well, by phone.

Love and hugs,

Mariah