Monday, September 30, 2013

Exceptional Sheets GIVEAWAY!!

As a reviewer I have the amazing opportunity to try out fabulous products all the time. The joy of that is only exceeded when I have the chance to share the wonderful items with all of you lovely readers too. 

Recently, I was able to try a the 5 Star Hotel Mattress Pad from This thing is amazing. My hubby and I have not slept this good in forever. I was so impressed that I wrote a review on, which I actually rarely do.

"Whenever I think of hotels, I immediately think luxury, and "5 Star" also exudes elegance. I bought this expecting it to be better than the horrible mattress pad I replaced with this. It absolutely is, but I never could have imagined how much so.

My old mattress pad was horrible from day one. I did not even realize how bad it was until I got this. My old one came packaged about the same size as a sheet or a sheet set at best, whereas this baby looking like a super plush comforter, literally, the box was huge. It is so much fluffier than I expected, it's like a pillow top mattress, comfortable.

When you lay on it, you can actually feel the sinking yet supportive comfort that is like floating on a cloud. My old pad was literally completely flat(it has a little cushion at first, but it did not last long). You can see all the stitching, but everything is all one thickness, there are no cushions, pockets, nothing. It was honestly like just an extra sheet. The difference is night and day. I can tell this is made to last too, which was super important after my last disappointment.

Both my husband and I have back problems. Laying flat on my back, usually causes me excruciating pain, but with this mattress pad, it actually felt good. It also helps keep the bed cooler. We have a memory foam mattress which is usually like sleeping in an oven. But since this is so fluffy, air can actually get in and keep everything so much cooler.

The pocket it a super stretchy material that is big enough for even a 19 inch deep mattress, but fits snugly enough to hug our 14 inch mattress. It is fitted all the way around, not just on the corners, and I can tell it is not cheap. I have had more than one where the whole side rips off when you try to put it on(or take it off).

The saying, "you get what you pay for" is so true in this case. This may be a tad on the pricey side, but it is cheaper than constantly replacing inferior mattress pads that are not even worth what you pay for them even on the first day. If you are considering this, go for it. You won't be sorry. Best sleep ever! I used to think i needed a new mattress, even though ours is only like 2 years old, but now I know that wasn't the problem. Love this Mattress pad!!"

I loved the Mattress Pad so much that I also ordered two sets of towels that should be here tomorrow, I can't wait!

If my review if not enough to convince you though, you are in luck, because I am so excited to offer you all the chance to win some Exceptional Sheets products of your own. See all the details below and enter for your chance to win one of two fabulous prizes. Good luck!

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Product Descriptions

5 Star Hotel Mattress Pad: The Regency mattress pad adds an extra layer of comfort to any bed. Found on over 125,000 Marriott beds across the U.S. and Canada, this cover uses unique polyester fiber clusters to provide an extraordinary level of comfort.

The fiber is gathered into small bundles which create a soft and comforting feel without lumping together. This exclusive and extraordinary fiber technology gives you the look and feel of down only better, and makes the cover 100% hypoallergenic and 100% washable. The expandable skirt allows the cover to fit any thicker pillow top mattress with ease.

900 Gram 6 Piece Towel Set Egyptian Cotton Towels: Superior 100-percent Egyptian cotton, absorbent 900 Grams per Square Meter towels. They are a beautiful update to ANY bathroom, and will not fade in the washing machine! Available in multiple colors and sizes.
6-Piece Towel Set Includes:
    Two bath towels (30" x 55")
    Two hand towels (20" x 30")
    Two wash cloths (13" x 13")

600 Gram 6 Piece Towel Set Egyptian Cotton Towels: Superior 100-percent Egyptian cotton absorbent 600 GSM towels. Beautiful update to any bathroom decor. Towels are available in various matching sets and available in 12 solid colors. Towels will not fade in wash
6-Piece Towel Set Includes:
    Two bath towels (30" x 55")
    Two hand towels (20" x 30")
    Two wash cloths (13" x 13")

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Nesco 18 Quart Roaster Review & GIVEAWAY!!

No matter how much I try to diet, one of my biggest passions has always been and will always be food. I just love food. Not only eating, but also cooking. Unfortunately, what was once a very cathartic hobby for me, has now become much more stressful.

Cooking is fun for me, but trying to cook while also cleaning the house, chasing a 2 year old, fetching drinks for my 6 year old, answering the phone(just to be annoyed by a recording trying to sell me something) and juggling 132,406 things in my hands at one is not the same thing.

With a million other things going on, there are so many times when I literally cannot stop to prepare a meal, and many others when I certainly do not feel like it. Of course, it still has to get done, and I still want to have great tasting, nutritious, REAL food prepared for dinner.

Although my son is autistic and pretty much never eats the family dinner, it seems that a good meal is more important than ever before. My daughter is getting older. She already loved to ea anything she could, but now she can eat more, and I want to feed her something good.

Also, my dear husband recently got a new job. It is better pay but it is also much more work. He used to get home by 3pm at the latest every day, now that is the earliest(and only once a week). His usual arrival time is around 6pm(if not later).

He does not eat at work except for maybe a small snack, and by the time he gets home, it is too late for lunch, so a hearty dinner is vital. In fact, I like to have dinner almost ready by the time he gets home, so he can eat right away. That is often hard with the kids though. I like to cook meals that I can kind of put on and go about other things, but my daughter has begun trying to touch anything cooking all the time.

The oven does not get hot enough to burn her(if she touches the outside), but she tries to open it now too(she can't yet, but I don't want to find out when she can). She grabs for the burners, pots and pans always too. I use the back ones and keep the hand;es turned in, but that is also too nerve racking.

Many times, I would wait until she went t bed to cook, but that was taking too long for my poor starving hubby. I just needed a better way. So I turned to a company that I trust for amazing kitchen essentials, and found a solution. The 18 Quart(porcelain cookwell) Roaster from Nesco is exactly what I needed to make cooking fun and easy again.
First of all, this roaster is gorgeous. I know that really has no impact on cooking ability, but come on, the glossy red body and the beautiful black porcelain cookwell. This baby is sleek.
The cookwell on this roaster is huge. 18 quarts is a lot. You could feed an army with this. That is very good, because after a 12 hour work day, my hubby has a healthy appetite.

What I really love about this is that you can cook directly in the cookwell like you would in a slow cooker, but you can also use the included rack to make it more of a roaster.
I tend to use the rack almost every time I cook in this. I love that it lifts the food up helping the heat circulate even more evenly and that the fan can drip of making the food healthier. Plus, the food can get crispier if desired since it will not be sitting in juice getting soggy.

This comes with a booklet that has charts of cooking times and temperatures for most every kind of meat which is very helpful. The knob itself is also very clear in letting you know which temperatures are best for which types of cooking.
How foolproof is that? Even with a screaming 2 year old I can figure that out. I love that you can slow cook, cook, roast, bake and steam all with this one product, but my favorite thing to do with it is roast. The first thing I made in his was a roasted chicken.
It came out PERFECT! It was the best chicken I have ever made (and I made cook chicken before too). I thought it was better than store-bought rotisserie chicken. My husband loved it. It was so flavorful and juicy. The skin was crispy and delicious.

I also made pork roasts.
They too came out perfect.
They were tender, juicy, full of flavor and had the perfect texture on the outside. Simply delicious.

I have made numerous other dishes in here as well, but was in a rush and forgot to take photos. Some of the fabulous meals include roasted turkey breast, pot roast and meatloaf.

As much as I love how phenomenal everything tastes, which it really really does, even more I love how simply it is and how quickly it cooks everything. I mean, it is not speed cooking, but it roasts faster than trying to use the oven, and with much more favorable results. The "Circle Of Heat" design cooks the food from the sides instead of the bottom, that is why everything is so moist and juicy.

Better still, the rack has handles for easy transport of cooked food. The cookwell is also removable for easy serving and cleanup. The super nonstick coating makes cleanup effortless, which is wonderful. The last thing you want after a hard day is a huge cleanup job.

And if that isn't awesome enough, the whole roaster is portable so you can easily use it anywhere. If you are low on space, this is a great feature. You can use this anywhere, even on the porch. I use mine in the laundry room.

It fits beautifully on my counter, but my daughter can reach it(and always tries to) there, so I can keep it in the other(locked) room away from both kids. Since it basically does its own thing, I never need to tend to the food(until I am taking it out) anyway, so it is great.

Not only that, but even if you use this in your kitchen, it will not heat up the room like the oven does. With the scorching heat here in Florida anyway, that is a lifesaver, especially for hubby. As I said I like to have dinner cooking (nearly ready) when he gets home. If I was to have a roast or something in the over for 3 hours when he comes home(after being in the heat all day long already since he works outside), he would probably die of heat stroke.

I am not too fond of baking myself or the kids for hour a day trying to use the regular oven either. This is just so much smarter. I have always loved the expression, "work smart, not hard", and that fits this roaster perfectly. This is the smart way to make delicious meals without all the hassle, heat and headaches that cooking can often cause.

This amazing roaster does it all. It can even hold up to a 22 pound turkey. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I know how I will be making my meal less hectic and even more delicious. If it was that good on a chicken, I can only imagine how great my turkey will be.

Nesco and their fabulous 18 Quart Roaster Oven have brought the joy back to cooking (and eating) for me. They will do the same for you. In fact, Nesco has been kind enough to allow me to offer you all the chance to win an 18 Quart Roaster of your own. One lucky winner will change the way the cook forever. Enter below for your chance. Good luck.

*Although I received this at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fairytale Brownies Review

This month, my wonderful husband and I celebrated 4 years of wedded bliss. While we have had every ups and downs just like every relationship does, our love only grows stronger with every passing year.

Since our love grows stronger and more special with each year, I find myself constantly trying to find ways to help our anniversary celebration rise to new heights each year as well. I mean a celebration should be worthy of the occasion for which it stands.

One of the most important parts of our yearly celebration is that we enjoy a special treat together. Both of us have a huge sweet tooth, and sweet treats are probably our favorite aspect of the festivities.

Every year we resort to store bought treats or restaurant desserts, but this year I wanted us to have something more special. I wanted something that would be a memorable as the occasion should be. For that, I needed gourmet treats that are uniquely delicious.

Since hubby is so fond of brownies, that was my main focus. When I found a company that offered amazing gourmet brownies plus cookies and, my favorite, blondies, I knew it was the one. Plus the name is ever so fitting. Fairytale Brownies was the perfect fit.

We got the Deluxe Bar, Sprite and Cookie Combo now that is a treat worthy of us. Even the packaging is gorgeous.
The contents are even more glorious though,
This magnificent assortment contains 12 Sprites(snack sized brownies), 6 Bars(blondies) and 8 Cookies.

The Sprites come in 12 different, mouth-watering, varieties:

White Chocolate:
Cream Cheese:
Raspberry Swirl:
Toffee Crunch:
Peanut Butter:
Mint Chocolate:
Espresso Nib:
Chocolate Chip:
All of the brownies are so moist and fudgy. They have a very rich chocolate flavor that is not overly sweet. All the wonderful flavors make them extra special, but the fact that the brownie itself is so decadent is what really makes them different. You can add toppings to anything, but if it is not good to begin with, it is just a waste.

The Bars(blondies) are equally incredible. The six varieties are:

Cheesecake Swirl:
Raspberry White Chocolate:
Lemon Blondie:
Chocolate Chip Blondie:
Cinnamon Crumb:
Pecan Blondie:
Each of these are sinfully good. They are so rich with a buttery brown sugar flavor. The texture is perfect and the variety of flavors is incredible.

And as if those were not even of a treat, the cookies are amazing as well. This combo comes with 8 cookies in 6 scrumptious flavors.

Mint Chocolate:
Coconut Walnut:
Toffee Chocolate Chip:
Double Chocolate(2 of these):
Caramel Pecan:
Peanut Butter(2 of these):
These are big, moist, chewy and decadent. The peanut butter was my favorite, I loved the sugar on top. In my pinion that is the only way to have a perfect peanut butter cookie. I know the Mint Chocolate would have been amazing, but hubby beat me to it. He said it was fabulous though, as were all the others he had.

He ate almost all of the chocolate goodies, which was fine with me, because as much as I would have loved them, I am more fond of light(non chocolate) goodies anyway. I got all the bars. They are too good for words. Look how moist and delicious they are.
I wish I had more pictures so you would see how great everything looks up close, but believe me, if you had these around the last thing you would want to do is waste time taking a photo before digging in.

All the incredible treats from Fairytale Brownies have no preservatives or hydrogenated oils, and they are all certified kosher for dairy. Not only that, but every items is mixed up with premium ingredients like dark Callebaut Belgian chocolate, creamery butter, farm fresh eggs and fluffy cake flour. And of course the most important ingredient, the love. Fairytale truly cares for it's customers and takes pride in producing the very best products, and that really shows.

I know that Fairytale will become an anniversary tradition for us. And I am sure we will find other occasions to indulge with Fairytale as well.

If you have a special occasion upcoming and want a treat that is worthy to represent it, or it you just want a treat more magical than a fairytale, then I highly recommend Fairytale Brownies. With holiday entertaining n the horizon, there is no better(or easier) way to but together a spread that will have people begging for more.

Let Fairytale Brownies help you tell your own sweet story.

*Although I received these at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own*

Ladies Lugz Kimi Boots Review & GIVEAWAY!!

Now that Fall is no longer just a dream, but instead a fast approaching reward for a long, hot Summer I can finally start reasonable thinking about all things cool weather related. Fall is my favorite season. I love the fall tastes and scents, but even more than that I love fall apparel.

I am the kind of girl who wears jeans all year long, which is torturous in the Summer. In cooler weather I look a little less out of place wearing them, and I can dress them up with so much more than t-shirts, tank tops and flip flops.

Layers, sweaters, and hoodies are my favorite looks, but they all come second to my obsession with boots. I adore boots. I would wear them year round if I could. Not only are the incredibly stylish, they are also cozy, or at least they should be.

The right pair of boots can take a plain old pair of jeans and a sweater and transform if from clothing to a fall ensemble. I

I want to be ready at the first hint of boot weather, so I had to act now. There are endless brands and styles to choose from, but I am not one to gamble with things like this. I know that it best to stick with what you know and love, so naturally, I went for Lugz.

I have never been anything less than thrilled with every single pair of Lugz I own, and neither has my husband, who is a lugz loyal as well.

Lugz has so many gorgeous styles of women's boots, but I instantly fell in love when I saw the Kimi Boots in Black. They are completely me.

These are so fierce. They have such a fabulous pattern. They are bold and exciting, but they are not overly flashy. They are neutral so they can go with everything. They are casual enough to go with even the plainest outfits, but are special enough to be dressy when desired. The texture and stud accents is just so fabulous.
Just as all Lugz do, these boots have the fabulous Lugz logo. I love how Lugz changes up their logo shape, design, material, etc. to compliment eat individual pair and make every one even more unique. On this pair it is on the back heel.
I like that it is big and bold enough to still stand out even with the other designs on these boots, and that is does not get overshadowed.

I love that the outside is suede. That is great ascetically and it ensures lasting quality. The inner lining is wool and acrylic and it is so plush. it is better than a slipper.
It is like walking on clouds. There is no pressure at all. Every step is ultra cushioned, and the whole experience of wearing these is luxurious. Coming from someone like myself who hates shoes and avoids them whenever possible, this is a very high compliment.

These are not just comfortable compared to other shoes, they are even better than going barefoot. The give you soft, fluffy support and they keep your feet so cozy without making them too hot(which is a huge issue for me).

They are roomy, but not overly wide. That makes them perfect to wear under pants or over them. That very important to me. I prefer to wear my boots over my pants most of the time so I can show them off since, as I said, I adore boots.

They look perfect over jeans. They look even better than I had hoped, I am so happy.
These will also be wonderful over my leggings with sweater dresses. I will wear them with everything. They just make every outfit look better, and my feet get to be pampered at the same time. It doesn't get any better than that.

I know that these boots will last way more than one season both with their wonderful style and their durability. I will be rocking these for many years to come. I have no worries of these going "out of style", but even if they do, I will still love them, and I will wear them proudly regardless.

Pay attention everyone, because just as quickly as boot weather is coming, the holidays are not far behind. If you are looking for great gift ideas for any woman on your list, these Kimi boots from Lugz would be perfect. With the amazing style and quality, not to mention 3 colors to choose from, you cannot go wrong with these beauties. I already have a pair, and if someone was to buy me another, It would be a dream come true. I guarantee these will be the recipients favorite gift.

And as a gift to all of you, Lugz and I are giving you all the chance to win a pair. One lucky winner will get their very own pair of Black Kimi boots. Enter below for your chance to win. Good luck.

*Although I received these at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.* a Rafflecopter giveaway