Tag Archives: Gift

Understanding Your Emotional, Physical & intellectual State – Biorhythms Can Help – Review and Giveaway

Let me start off saying that my curiosity got the best of me, when I was invited to try Amazing Biorhythms for myself I shrugged and figured hey, why not take a look (even though I don’t usually follow such things)… so I said “okay.” And as you will see, I am glad I did.

Have you ever had one of those days when you just don’t understand why you feel a certain way and you just can’t explain why your emotions are down at a time when someone asks you what is going on with you? Hey, and I am NOT talking about PMS ladies and gentlemen… lol I am talking about those times when your significant other asks you what’s wrong and you have no apparent reason why you just feel drained emotionally?

I have to say that I am still a skeptic but leaning a bit more towards being a believer because of  what I saw on my personal Biorhythm. I was fortunate that I felt a bit low (emotionally) and before my husband asked me what was up, I realized there seemed to be no outward or obvious reason for this feeling, so out of curiosity I looked at my chart and I was amazed as it hit right on target with my Emotional Cycle in the Critical Day that day.

Sample Biorhythms... blurred to not show presonal info, but gives you an idea of what it looks like.
Blurred image to protect personal information, but this gives you an idea of what the Amazing Biorhythms look like.

Let me share with you an explanation of Biorhythms for those who are in the dark about them like I was.

Here is what “Because I Tried It”  has to say about Amazing Biorhythms:

“Bio” means life and “rhythm” means flowing with a regular movement. We all have three ways of operating in this world; three internal energies interacting with each other in a continuously changing pattern on a daily basis. These are our biorhythms. They are the three cycles of energy that govern the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of our lives: Our physical sensations, our emotions, and our ability to reason. Each of these parts has its own ups and downs.

Doing further research online, I found that we all start off at about a neutral point at our birth, a mid point in these cycles and from there we start fluctuating as time moves on.

I really think that if a person has something important coming up within the month and they want to take a look at their Biorhythms (which BTW is a full months worth of readings for you) they should go for it, why not… perhaps it could give you that boost of confidence that would make a world of difference for you. I think that perhaps some people could use their Biorhythms, to help them plan for the days ahead, be it planning for the date of an important speaking arrangement, working on an important project, or physical activities such as starting up an exercise routine or even when to avoid such things as surgery if your physical is on the down turn at the time, your healing may be slower.

In conclusion:

I received my Amazing Biorhythms in a very timely manner via my email (within a day). As I looked at my personal Amazing Biorhythms, I understood, that even though outside influences where there at times why I still had a good emotional outlook deep inside. And why on some days I felt more physically drained then on others… I found the Biorhythms very interesting and in some cases quite accurate for me. I still call myself a skeptic, but I have to say, they sure hit the proverbial nail on the head several times for me, and I am leaning towards becoming a believer in the Amazing Biorhythms.

Logo for Personalized GiftsFind your Biorhythms and other Personalized Gifts for Anyone, Anytime and stop pulling your hair out trying to find that perfect gift visit the link above and your gift will be truly unique and personalized… ah what a relief, no more searching. 🙂

Now is your chance to win one of 2 Amazing Biorhythms for yourself (or for a special someone)! Good Luck Everyone!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Easy Parties, Gifts, Wrapping and More, Get All The Supplies At One Place!

Hi there, I was lucky to receive an invite to review Birthday Express Products, what perfect timing with the Holiday Season upon us. Yes it’s not just for birthdays since they have all the supplies gathered for you, from plates to plastic-ware, to tablecloths (nice plastic ones to protect that table, especially if you have little children around this really come in handy to protect the finish of your table from accidental spills etc.

Birthday Express LogoWhile trying to figure out what I can use from them for this time of the year, I looked eagerly around the website. I noted that, of course, they also have some great birthday theme packages too, from A to Z you are sure to find a theme all ready for you on their website, how about a Superhero’s Party or a Barbie Party (found under “Princess & Dolls”) all coordinated nicely for everything from parties for the kids on up to parties for the Grown ups.

Spiderman 3D party supplies kitAnd you can buy some of the hard to find things to fill your need for unique gifts for the party goers, from “favors and toys” (including some exclusive items), to pinatas and Dress up and Apparel. Looking around this site I can see how easy this can make to decorate a themed party, add in all the decorations, have gifts for the party goers, a special something for the guest of honor and more.

I ended up choosing the Red and Green Deluxe Party Pack for 24. When my box full of Party Supplies arrived, I received:

Mariahs Unopened Box from Birthday ExpressIn Red:

24 – Large Paper Cups, 1- Large (54 x 108) Plastic Table Cloth, 24- Large Napkins, 24- 8 3/4 inch Large Paper Plates, 81 foot- roll of Crepe-paper Streamer (bleed, fade and flame resistant), 6 – 11 inch balloons, 50 ft.- Red Curling Ribbon.

In Green:

24 – 6 7/8 inch (dessert/hours-devour sized) Paper Plates, 50- small (dessert/hours-devour sized) napkins, 24- plastic (of each) forks, knives and spoons, 6- 11 inch balloons, 50 foot of Curling Ribbon, a 81 foot- roll of Crepe-paper Streamer (bleed, fade and flame resistant).

I also found two little bonuses in my box (I am not sure if this is common with their shipments) – a travel size tube of Tom’s Children’s toothpaste in Silly Strawberry and a coupon for the product. I will have to give it to my brother at our Christmas Gathering, for his small children… I don’t think I will use it myself, I like my minty freshness personally. lol

Mariahs Party suppies in box its all in green and red

Why did I choose the Red and Green Party kit? First off, who wants to mess with doing dishes when you have company over, we have a large family with 6 siblings and all their families, and we are spread all over the United States currently with just my youngest brother and I close by my parents. I know how special it is when we have a year that we can all get together to celebrate the holidays, and I love to take these precious moments and squeeze out all I can of the enjoyment and visiting with them. And as far as the green and red can go… since I just discovered that this year it maybe a small gathering again, will be saving all the extra place settings, as well as the crepe-paper rolls and balloons for Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day decorating. This is such a versatile package when you consider the 3 holidays you could use this for. With the price limit of $35 the price is certainly right for getting all the supplies in one box with this Party Pack too.

Barbie Doll Theme Party Supply Kit Called "Barbie All Dolld Up" Party Supplies kitSpeaking of the Holidays, I saw that they have stocking stuffers on their site too, what fun and easy as they list them by prices, these are great gifts for children… or those that are kids at heart like me. Hey who’s going to pick me up some of these great stocking stuffers?

Under $5: I’d flip for the Monster High 10 color pen ($1.49), I don’t care about the Monsters, but I admit that I wanted one of those multi colored pens that I saw friends with way back in Elementary School.

Under $10: Oh yes, a Boa, what can I say? You never know, I may wear it (but I wouldn’t admit it). Truly though, I wanted one for over my makeup mirror, for when I get my “dressing room” all fixed up… hey what can I say? It’s only $6.99

for others, I also spotted a few key-chains under this heading on clearance that has some teams on it, I didn’t see one remaining for Wisconsin on my quick scan or I would have had to have it for my Father and some Cousins that have moved here from our home state of Wisconsin. Yes I was born a cheese head.

Under $20: For outdoor parties in the spring/summer and fall, how about Round Lanterns with White Hibiscus Light Set $19.99, these could help add some light around the grill or fire pit.

For others, a Wisconsin Badgers Window/Garden Flag for my Father, and cousins ($12.99)… there are quite a few different teams flags like this folks, great stocking stuffers or an add on gift for a sports lover.

Under $40: Okay so I didn’t find anything that I would like under this list, but there are more Team Flags ($32.99) under this heading for the sports lovers and goodness if I were a child again I’d go nuts over some of the kids shoes in here… how fun!

My mind still whirls with how very many ideas there are here for parties (and not just for children) in here: I can see possibly getting together with friends for The Academy Awards night and setting up a Movie Night with all the goodies they sell under the category Hollywood & Movie Night or for that matter gathering up some of these supplies and adding in some girly girl supplies, then make sure the guys all go play poker or something while we gals gather around watching Chick Flicks together. Or how about a Spa Party Gals? for that I would choose the Diva Zebra Print Deluxe Party Pack for 8 and have a girls night in, doing each others nails and facials? Why not!

Zebra Design on Diva Pink Plates - Diva Zebra Print Party Supplies KitI just found that they have wrapping paper, gift bags, curling ribbon and more too at their site, how great.

Need invitations too? Yup, they have those on their site as well! You literally can get all the of supplies you’d need in one place at BirthdayExpress.com.

With busy lives out there I am sure you appreciate making every moment count, let Birthday Express help you, just order one of these party packs & other supplies here and you can cross these things off your list for the party.

Thank you Birthday Express for asking me to review your products, I may not be using my Red and Green Deluxe Party Pack as I had first intended, but I have more holidays coming up that this will be pure perfection for.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a Red & Green Party Supplies Kit 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 Birthday Express and me.

How To Exfoliate your Skin & The best Manual/Mechanical System for the Job – Review & Giveaway


ToiletTree Logo

Gray, Pink, Blue Electric Brush Skin Cleaning - Professional Skin Care System - ExfoliatingToiletTree, invited me to try out one of their new products that were recently added to their line. So today I want to share with you one of their great new products, their Professional Skin Care System. When I was invited to try this out, the Cosmetologist in me screamed for pure joy, I’ve been drooling over so many of ToiletTree’s items for so long and this is one addition to their line had just made it up to the very top of my wishlist! To see all their products, sold on Amazon, copy and paste this link to your URL area in your browser: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_beauty?_encoding=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=ToiletTree%20Products&node=3760911 (sorry but Google currently only allows a few links in posts or the SEO of my site and the linked sites are penalized, the direct links to this product can be found later in this post).

Frankly, I don’t see why one company creates a product that you find out there and it costs well over $100 for it, I’ve held that over $100 item in these hands before and couldn’t find myself sold on it no matter the name, it’s the results that count right? So why not look into less expensive products like this one from ToiletTree? Yes I am not a label/logo buyer, I am too frugal for that… what matters most to me is that the product works as it is advertised and that the quality of the item meets my standards. The product from ToiletTree not only has met my standards but exceeded them, giving me more for my money with a great quality product & great results!

Now when it comes to my standards there is nothing that I am more knowledgeable or picky about than anything to do with my former profession as a Cosmetologist, to quote my husband, “I have probably forgotten more things about this then most people will ever know”, after all I not only worked in the field but I taught advanced education to professional Cosmetologists. I have to say right at the get go, that I love my Professional Skin Care System from ToiletTree and I cannot ever rationalize purchasing anything else, from anyone else out there, ever again.

I want to add a disclaimer here for you all, since I will be giving you my advice on your skin care and use of ToiletTree’s Professional Skin Care System. By no means is my opinion posted here meant to replace advice of a Doctor, Dermatologist, nor of a currently practicing Cosmetologist/Esthetician, these are just some advice from what I know from my past experience and as a Former Cosmetologists. Below you will find a mixture of advice, knowledge and my thoughts on using this system.

When you look at Systems for the manual/mechanical exfoliation and cleaning, like this system, here is what you should look for and what I’ve found in the ToiletTree Products Skin Care System:

  • Is it waterproof? Yes it is
  • Do they sell replacement heads? Yes they do for all the brushes and the pumice stone head.
  • Does the product feel sturdy to the touch? Yes, as compared to another that I got a few years back from “reputable” company, that consisted of a cheap plastic and wouldn’t work after first use.
  • Is it comfortable in the hand? Yes this is made of a really good plastic and rubber like material (the colored, in my case blue) areas.
  • Does the product have a good Warranty? Yes, it has the ToiletTree Warranty, which includes a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. And free from defects for 1 year Warranty.
  • Are the brushes gentle to the skin? Yes the normal and the soft brushes are fantastically soft & flexible.

And this system comes in 3 great colors Pink, Blue and Grey. I chose the Blue, I at first was going to choose the Pink, but I noted the cord on the end of the tool and decided that blue would work great for hanging this up in my bathroom.


What exactly is this Professional Skin Care System?  (what does it actually do)

This Skin Care System is for Exfoliation. There are 2 forms of Exfoliation, either Chemical or mechanical. This System from Toiletry includes 2 different different ways to mechanically exfoliate.

Why would you wish to use this System to Exfoliate:

Starting from the teen years on ward it is beneficial to start exfoliating the skin on a regular basis.

As we age the skins natural sloughing off the old skin cells slow down, giving you duller, rough skin and can make discolorations more prominent.

The benefits of Exfoliating are, the removal of dead skin cells, lightening of skin discolorations, smoothing out the skin and preventing clogged pours. This also helps on the face and body by preventing ingrown hairs and lessening of acne. This benefits wrinkles too by softening them as well as allowing your moisturizers to penetrate the skin surface easier. Just like an Artist uses Gesso to make the canvas perfectly prepared for painting, the use of this system twice daily to exfoliate your skin will help make your skin the perfect canvas for application of your makeup.

When and who should avoid this system or parts of it:

Please consult a physician or dermatologist before using this if:

If you have eczema, psoriasis, on your face, body or feet do not use the system during activity of your condition and consult your dermatologist before using.

If you have a sunburn, open sores, broken skin (even over scabs, a rash or severe acne avoid using it in the affected areas.

If you have diabetes, you most likely shouldn’t use the body brush on your legs and feet as well as not using the pumice stone, consult your dermatologist if you still wish to try to use it.

Use Caution when using this or any system like this, do not use this on your eyes. Please do not press in (using pressure) on your skin, especially on the gentle skin of your face.

In this system you will find:

  • 2 brushes for Facial Exfoliation, one is a medium brush for normal exfoliation and the other is an extra soft brush for sensitive skin.
  • A larger brush and this is for body Exfoliation.
  • The second form of mechanical exfoliation included in the system is a pumice stone head, that works great for calluses on your feet.
  • Inside the Professional Skin Care System are the instructions for use, it is very Important to read this through before using.

This is a waterproof System so you can use it in the shower, it works great with my Fogless Shower Mirror from ToiletTree! And it makes my skin feel smooth, soft, and super clean. My moisturizers absorb better after I use the system. After using for about a month I can see that the sun spots on my skin are lightning up and my wrinkles are a bit less noticeable.


My Blue Pro Skin Care System from ToiletTree in the box insert, contains 4 heads, 2 for face (one regular and one gentle), 1 hands, foot and body Brush (large) and 1 pumice stone for feet.
My Blue Pro Skin Care System from ToiletTree in the box insert, contains 4 heads, 2 for face (one regular and one gentle), 1 hands, foot and body Brush (large) and 1 pumice stone for feet. Batteries Included

Cleaning and Exfoliating:

I recommend that you start with the soft brush when using this system, better safe then sorry with your skin. See how this works for you, if you feel your skin is doing well with the soft brush then go up to the medium bristle brush for your face, this will exfoliate more.

Wash yourself before using the system, you should have clean skin already before touching these brushes to your skin. You don’t want to be brushing your makeup, oils, dirt etc around while exfoliating your skin, so first use a product designed for makeup removal or wash the skin on your body/hands and/or feet.

After you remove makeup or wash, rinse well, then apply your cleanser (DO NOT use an Abrasive Cleanser with the system) to your wet face/body/hands and start up your Skin Care System.

Keeping the Brush flat to the skin, continue using this in soft slow circular motions.

You will find that some of your cosmetics, that were left behind after removing makeup will be removed as you exfoliate too.

Rinse your skin well after use.

When done rinse well and apply your moisturizers.

When using the Pumice stone it is best to soak you feet first before using it, this will soften those tough calloused areas. Don’t over do it, you want to only take a little bit of that callous off at a time, overdoing it can cause problems including pain, possible infections etc. When done again apply moisturizers.

After using the System

Gently clean off the head(s) and set on a towel to air dry.

I saved the plastic insert from the box and when the brushes and pumice stone are dry I use it to store it in a drawer in my bathroom, this way protecting the brushes in this way.

Speaking of the brushes, ToiletTree has replacement brushes for it and you should replace them if and when the brushes get deformed.They recommend that you replace the heads every so often for the product to continue to exfoliate at it’s best.

I love my Skin Care System from Toiletry, I don’t understand why people would pay more for something that they can get at a very reasonable price and a great value for your hard earned money through ToiletTree on Amazon… CLICK HERE to see the Professional Skin Care System (to see any of the 3 choices you can click on the little boxes just to the right on the large picture). This is on Sale right now at Amazon too at just $25.00, I personally wouldn’t buy those others when for this low a price I could buy 4 or more of these, a great value for the price! What a great Gift this would make for the men, women and teens in your life, color code them for each person. And when purchasing, why not give them a spare set of heads for their system.

ToiletTree currently has a Holiday Sale going on! When you purchase 2 or more of their products you can get a Free Travel Mirror! Just add the Travel Mirror by ToiletTree to your Amazon Shopping Card and then Use the Code: TRAVEL27

I believe I need to pick up another one at this low a price and send it out to my sister as a gift! ToiletTree has never disappointed me, their products are not only lovely to look at but are high quality! The products from ToiletTree are very well thought out too… they lack any problems that I’ve found in other brands, from Fogless Shower Mirrors, to their Toiletry Bags they are wonderfully functional, well thought out products with great longevity, and I love that they haven’t forgotten to make the products appealing to the eye as well. I love my ToiletTree products!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a Professional Skin Care System 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 ToiletTree and me.

Coffee Table Book – Spirit Of America Giveaway

Spirit of America Picture book by Peter Lik

Hi there, I have a fun Giveaway, from me to one of you!

This is short sweet and simple, just enter to win this lovely Coffee Table Picture Book by Peter Lik.

This book was 5 years in the making as the Peter Lik, the Photographer, traveled to all 50 States Capturing the breathtaking beauty of America’s Landscapes for this book.

The pictures in this book are a true work of Art, a wonderful addition to any Art Lovers collection!

This book retails for around $130!

Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Emotions with Teamotions – Mariah’s Tea Adventure, A Review & Giveaway

Teamotions Logo

Tis the Season for Peace, Hope and Joy!

Teamotions has the perfect products for a Holiday Gift basket. I would place “Seek Peace”, “Have Hope” and “Discover Joy” in a basket (all three teas are together in their “Wellness Perscription:: Serenity”, and if you buy that you save money… yay!) add in some tea cups, tea balls (for the loose leaf tea), wrap it up with the clear or Holiday Colored plastic (I love the kind you can use your drier on to shrink wrap), then decorate with festive ribbons etc. Wouldn’t this be a perfect Hostess Gift for those parties you’re invited to this holiday season? For that matter, for just about anyone this would be a great gift. 🙂 Continue reading Emotions with Teamotions – Mariah’s Tea Adventure, A Review & Giveaway