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Photobucket  Just before my blogging hiatus I was sent a loaf of Formulated 28 100% Whole Wheat, High Protein Bread to review here on the ol’ bloggy. I had heard about it on another blog many months ago and it sounded quite appealing. So, when they sent me a loaf to try I was super-duper excited. I mean, what fitness enthusiast (or anyone wanting/currently eatting healthy) wouldn’t want to try it? It’s full of whole grain, low in carbs and high in protein. I don’t know about you but that’s right up my alley.

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Just to give you a bit more reasons as to why anyone would want to try this, let me break down the nutrition stats for you….

One piece of P28 is only 130 calories, 3.5g of total fat, 12g of Carbs and 14g of protein.
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What I love even more about this bread is that it freezes great!!!! If you notice on my picture it says best if used by May 2. Well, I had gotten it about a month before that date (yeah, it’s been that long since I wrote my review…shame on me..bad blogger, bad. LOL! But better late than never, right?) and knew I wouldn’t be able to test it out right away (I had a zillion other products pouring into my mailbox daily that were just piling up) so I put it in the freezer. I pulled it out two weeks ago and WOW! Still fresh! That, in itself, sold me. I mean, you know how some breads don’t freeze and thaw out well, right? Not this bread. It came out still so fresh and moist.

I’ve been eating my P28 this way for the last week…..1 slice P28 bread, 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and 2T of shredded cheese. It is the perfect combination of protein, carbs and fat.  On Friday, I tried two slices of the P28 bread with some Natural Peanut Buter and a half a banana sliced for a protein packed, yummy peanut butter banana breakfast sandwich.  Here’s what the banana sandwich looked like…yummy!

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Overall, the Formulated 28 100% Whole Wheat, High Protein Bread is quite a high quality product. In my humble opinion it is also one item that everyone should forever have as a staple in our pantry.  Granted, the overall cost is $4.99 for a loaf of bread. It is a little bit on the pricey side but coming from a frugal gal such as myself, it’s really worth every penny. Customers can purchase these by the case, receiving four loafs in a case – which isn’t bad.  As I said, they freeze REALLY well!

Disclosure: I was provided a product or smaple for the review. As always, all opinions are mine.

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>Photobucket  Just before my blogging hiatus I was sent a loaf of Formulated 28 100% Whole Wheat, High Protein Bread to review here on the ol’ bloggy. I had heard about it on another blog many months ago and it sounded quite appealing. So, when they sent me a loaf to try I was super-duper excited. I mean, what fitness enthusiast (or anyone wanting/currently eatting healthy) wouldn’t want to try it? It’s full of whole grain, low in carbs and high in protein. I don’t know about you but that’s right up my alley.

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Just to give you a bit more reasons as to why anyone would want to try this, let me break down the nutrition stats for you….

One piece of P28 is only 130 calories, 3.5g of total fat, 12g of Carbs and 14g of protein.
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What I love even more about this bread is that it freezes great!!!! If you notice on my picture it says best if used by May 2. Well, I had gotten it about a month before that date (yeah, it’s been that long since I wrote my review…shame on me..bad blogger, bad. LOL! But better late than never, right?) and knew I wouldn’t be able to test it out right away (I had a zillion other products pouring into my mailbox daily that were just piling up) so I put it in the freezer. I pulled it out two weeks ago and WOW! Still fresh! That, in itself, sold me. I mean, you know how some breads don’t freeze and thaw out well, right? Not this bread. It came out still so fresh and moist.

I’ve been eating my P28 this way for the last week…..1 slice P28 bread, 2 egg whites, 1 full egg and 2T of shredded cheese. It is the perfect combination of protein, carbs and fat.  On Friday, I tried two slices of the P28 bread with some Natural Peanut Buter and a half a banana sliced for a protein packed, yummy peanut butter banana breakfast sandwich.  Here’s what the banana sandwich looked like…yummy!

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Overall, the Formulated 28 100% Whole Wheat, High Protein Bread is quite a high quality product. In my humble opinion it is also one item that everyone should forever have as a staple in our pantry.  Granted, the overall cost is $4.99 for a loaf of bread. It is a little bit on the pricey side but coming from a frugal gal such as myself, it’s really worth every penny. Customers can purchase these by the case, receiving four loafs in a case – which isn’t bad.  As I said, they freeze REALLY well!

Disclosure: I was provided a product or sample for the review. As always, all opinions are mine.

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Photobucket It’s not something new to know that I do not wash my hair every day. I’m an every other day washer…as most of you are I am sure. It’s just healthier for your hair. I also have very thin, very fine hair so just one day without washing and well, I look like a grease monkey. Then, I decided to add side sweep bangs into the mix and well, that’s just a recipe for disaster. Enter dry shampoo.

I’ve had no luck with any of the ones I have tried thus far. Granted, it was only two kinds but i’m frugal and I hate spending money only to find it not work, trash it and there goes X amount of cash. Drives me nuts! So when my darling, sweet sister-in-law told me that Suave just recently came out with a Dry Shampoo. I just about fell out of my chair. Um, SUAVE HAS A DRY SHAMPOO? You have no idea how happy this makes me since you all know I am a huge, long-time Suave fan and well, you just cannot beat Suave’s prices, right? What was even better was that she informed me that our local Walmart had some on the shelf. You can only guess where I went to immediately!!!

First, let me just say that it smells AMAZING!!!! It smells like Bath & Body Works Grapefruit body mist but with a powdery dry-down.

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Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo
(Retail: under $3, 5 oz)
Notice on the can it says: “To refresh as well as Rene Furterer”.
I love that the Suave Dry Shampoo, with it’s mineral clays, actually absorbs all the excess oil at my roots. However, what was so unexpected and a total turn on for me – that won me over at ten fold (because I have fine, thin hair) is the extra boost in volume that it provided.  WOW!!!!! No, seriously, WOW!!!!!!! This product is amazing!!!!

And for my fitness enthusiasts, I also must say that this little, handy-dandy product packs a PUNCH to my hair regime after a sweaty workout! No more having to go to work with crazy sweaty hair. No more having to shampoo, condition and blow-dry after your workout. The Suave Dry Shampoo refreshed my hair after a hardcore Cathe or spinning workout as if I never worked out. In my opion, it’s a must-have in your gym bag!!

This is just one of those product finds that you want to scream on top of a mountain top, tweet all over twitter, share at your girls night out, your mommy groups, church, co-workers…basically anyone that will listen! And with a price of under $3.00 and also able to find at any local Walmart, well, why wouldn’t you?  Suave once again came through with yet another AMAZING product!!!!! You know, I really should look into taking stock with these guys. My bathroom is starting to be over ran with Suave products. LOL!!

Now, GO. HURRY! Grab a bottle and test it out. I want to hear how you LOVE this amazing new product!!!  You will NOT be disappointed!!!

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PhotobucketI don’t know about you but I sure love a good cup coffee – especially in the morning when I arise to start my day. If I do not have that first cup in the morning my day just doesn’t get started. Yes, I am one of those people. I just cannot “get with it” without that first cup of joe. My husband, on the other hand, is not a coffee drinker at all. I don’t know how he does it.

For years, I’ve always been a Dunken Donuts gal. Come on, we all know “America Runs on Dunken.” haha!(That commercial cracks me up!) But i’m going to be real with ya’ll….Dunken Donuts coffee isn’t exactly cheap. Whether you go to the store daily to get your fresh brewed, tweaked to your perfection cup or get a bag at your local grocery market and brew it from home it still costs a good chunk of change. Around here, you are paying $7.00 for a 13oz bag if it’s on sale. I’m all for paying a few dollars more and getting triple that in coffee. I love me my Dunken but it was time to find an alternative that tasted just as good.  That’s when I found it….

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Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Columbian is now my go-to coffee!!! Sure, I tried the French Roast flavor but it just was not rich for me and rather weak. I needed something stronger. Something richer. That’s when I decided to try the 100% Columbian. Ohhhhhh so rich!!! Ohhhhh so strong!!! And for $4.63 for a 13oz bag you can’t beat it – especially when you tack on a $0.45/coupon!!! Hello savings!!!

Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Columbian is rich, strong and robust!! It’s also only $0.31/cup!!! It’s cheap! It’s flavorful!! And when reading up on it after I found my TREASURE FIND, I found this article by consumer search where they have nothing but much praise and comparison to stores like Starbucks and how it beats them out!! They couldn’t be more right friends!

I will now only have my Dunken Donuts on Friday mornings as my Kick Off The Weekend Treat but other than that I’m Eight O’Clock Coffee all the way now.  If you have not tried Eight O’Clock Coffee yet, please give it a try. You will not be disappointed (and your checkbook will be happy too!)

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PhotobucketI don’t know about you but I sure love a good cup coffee – especially in the morning when I arise to start my day. If I do not have that first cup in the morning my day just doesn’t get started. Yes, I am one of those people. I just cannot “get with it” without that first cup of joe. My husband, on the other hand, is not a coffee drinker at all. I don’t know how he does it.

For years, I’ve always been a Dunken Donuts gal. Come on, we all know “America Runs on Dunken.” haha!(That commercial cracks me up!) But i’m going to be real with ya’ll….Dunken Donuts coffee isn’t exactly cheap. Whether you go to the store daily to get your fresh brewed, tweaked to your perfection cup or get a bag at your local grocery market and brew it from home it still costs a good chunk of change. Around here, you are paying $7.00 for a 13oz bag if it’s on sale. I’m all for paying a few dollars more and getting triple that in coffee. I love me my Dunken but it was time to find an alternative that tasted just as good.  That’s when I found it….

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Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Columbian is now my go-to coffee!!! Sure, I tried the French Roast flavor but it just was not rich for me and rather weak. I needed something stronger. Something richer. That’s when I decided to try the 100% Columbian. Ohhhhhh so rich!!! Ohhhhh so strong!!! And for $4.63 for a 13oz bag you can’t beat it – especially when you tack on a $0.45/coupon!!! Hello savings!!!
 
Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Columbian is rich, strong and robust!! It’s also only $0.31/cup!!! It’s cheap! It’s flavorful!! And when reading up on it after I found my TREASURE FIND, I found this article by consumer search where they have nothing but much praise and comparison to stores like Starbucks and how it beats them out!! They couldn’t be more right friends!
I will now only have my Dunken Donuts on Friday mornings as my Kick Off The Weekend Treat but other than that I’m Eight O’Clock Coffee all the way now.  If you have not tried Eight O’Clock Coffee yet, please give it a try. You will not be disappointed (and your checkbook will be happy too!)
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Photobucket A few months ago I was in a pinch. I was out of my beloved Bath & Body Works shower gel supply! (Oh Me, Oh My! What is a girl to do?!) With no time to head to the local mall, shop online or extra leadway in the budget for these items that month I had to think of other alternatives. That is when I headed to the local Wal-Mart.  Having not browsed online prior to my trip for what other bloggers recommended, I was scouring the aisles uneducated and sort of in a bind.  It was a formula destined to end up in utter failure. Well, my friends, I am here to tell you that that was not the case.  Instead, I came out with a product that I was sure would disappoint (the old formulas were terrible but hey! they said they revamped it so why not try it?) only to end up LOVING!!!!!  This, my friends, is my now beloved Suave Naturals Body Wash.

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Years and years ago, I once used the Suave brand. Then something changed and it was just awful. It left my skin dry and asking for more. Needless to say, that’s when I moved on over and became a loyal customer of Bath and Body Works. Besides, who doesn’t like their fresh scents and their benefits to your skin?! Suave must have finally caught on because they revamped their formula, redid their whole marketing, packaging and all that comes with it and now offers one of the best products on the market. Actually, a recent customer test panel actually preferred the scents of Suave Naturals to that of the scents of Bath and Body Works!What is even better is that Suave Naturals has suggested retail pricing of $1.24 – $2.50.  I highly suggest you get your Suave on beauties because with such a variety of scents there is sure to be at least one to appease you: 

•wild cherry blossom
•lavender vanilla
•ocean breeze
•sweet pea and violet
•cucumber melon
•apricot exfoliating
•cocoa butter
•tropical coconut
•fresh berry smoothie
•and most recently, mango mandarin

Currently, I hae Wild Cherry Blossom in my shower and it’s definately one of my top three! As long as Suave Naturals continues to make these products I will continue to buy them instead of that every so pricey Bath and Body Works brand. I mean, really? Who needs to go out and buy that stuff, spending an arm and a leg, when you can go to your local Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Target, etc. and get the same quality, same scents (if not better!) for just a fraction of the cost?!

What are you waiting for?????? Go grab yourself some Suave Naturals today! You will not be disappointed!

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Photobucket If it’s one thing I love it’s a nice healthy glow. There is just something about a tan on a woman that leaves her looking healthy, feeling confident and well, all around Summer Goddess. I don’t know about all of you but I also feel that when I have some color to me that a tan also helps me to look a bit slimmer. Oh the lights and the dillusions how they can help us, so. LOL!

What I do not like about a tan is what you have to do to your skin to get it.  Hours upon hours of sun damage by Praying to the Sun Gods. Exposing you skin to all those UVA and UVB rays. Indoors, Outdoors it doesn’t matter how. It just matters that you are damaging your skin. Most importantly, you’re opening up yourself to the possibility of skin cancer.  Now, I am not one to preach I’ve had my share of sun worshiping. Truth be told, I was a pretty obsessive tanner back in my day. That was until about two to three years ago (Yes, right before Little Bear was born) that I had a small scare and ever since…well, it’s just opened my eyes (and also gave me a few wrinkles around them. Yuck!)

I’ll admit, I was heart-broken and crushed. I was soon going to be the color of skin I have not seen in 20 years!!! Not to mention the Vitamin D always gave me such awesome energy. That’s when I started the daunting task of finding the right self-tanner. If you’re reading this i’m pretty sure you’ve been there and are sitting there shaking your head – maybe even laughing. You know the drill….read labels, check reviews, purchase it only to come home and find yourself orange eight hours later. Yikes! Just walk around Umpa Lumpa Style why don’t ya. Then of course there is the application…Oy…streaks, streaks and more streaks. Just what we need on top of our already orange skin. Now we’re white and orange striped! Yikes!!!

When I was just about to give up I found it. The holy grail of self tanners. The one that would hold a place in my heart forever – Famous Dave’s Tanner. This little gem will put a small dent in your wallet at about $22.00 a bottle (I know, I know!) but I can assure you it is worth every penny! Famous Dave’s Tanner really is the best on the market. It has even been featured in various magazines such as Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan.

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Famous Dave’s Tanner bathes your skin in the rich emollients of Aloe Vera, Sesame, and Jojoba, which soften and add healthy moisture.  It is also fragrance-free. Drying time is fast – within five minutes of application – a huge plus for me.  It is also very buildable. When I first tried this I already had pale, fair skin. To be pretty blunt, I matched my white gym socks! (Gross, I know! So depressing!)  The first application will leave with a nice, soft, glow – like you spent the day strolling around Central Park.  Apply another layer and you have a deeper, darker tan. Apply as many layers as you like. It’s totally buildable. Unlike other sunless tanners, this is also not stainable so fear not, your clothes will be safe. the lotion is also very moisturizing. It is slightly a bit of a body butter consistency but that’s okay because it helps to ensure you really get it in.

For me, the color usually lasts about seven days. It’s unlike other sunless tanners where when you shower it starts coming off and you start looking like a leopard.  Not this. Honestly, I usually don’t even notice it’s worn off until after the fact and realize I’m Casper again. Thus why now I just add it as a part of my weekly pampering routine.

I have never purchased the same self-tanner more than once until this product.  I’m already on my sixth bottle!  If you’ve been looking for a self-tanner that you will LOVE and want to shout from the roof-tops or a High Priority email to your girlfriends…this IS IT!

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