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A real mom of 4 reviewing various products & services with honesty & integrity. From natural beauty products to household items to groceries - the truth - so you can save dollars, time & sanity. No flames, no games, just a real mom reviewing.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hallelujah! Drugstore Hairspray That Works!

Let me introduce my hair. Yes...my hair. I have naturally curly hair.

older photo of me that shows my curls well
 Somewhere along the path through puberty my fine, straight hair apparently had a nervous breakdown from all the hormone surges and got all frazzled (and frizzed!). It got progressively curlier until I gave up and let it do its thing. I mean, it wasn't that hard to embrace curly hair in the 80's & early 90's...after all, lots of girls paid good money to get similar curls. Yet, in the mid 90's, straight was the thing, and for the most part, has been since then...although some of us are rebelling and accepting our curls again.

I tend to do both. Since I live in the heat and humidity of Coastal Alabama, during summer, I generally let my wild hair have its way. But in the cooler months, with less humidity (and sweat) I might straighten it once or twice a week.
As such, when you go through all the work to do that, the last thing you want is to devote an hour to smoothing out that frizzy mess just to have it slowly puff up & frizz out 30 minutes after you're out the door!
(Poor idiot I am, I did exactly that for a class reunion this past summer, painstakingly getting my coif just-so, then before even half the guests arrived at the reunion, which was on a deck overlooking Mobile Bay, I had to go clip my hair up on my head b/c I looked like one of those little troll dolls from back-in-the-day. Sigh.)
look familiar?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Can YOU guess the best kid shampoo?

I have 4 kids, and through the years I've used more than my fair share of kiddie shampoos, I assure you. With 2 remaining small ones, I'm still a frequent purchaser of them. I've tried many different brands, and lots of them certainly have merit. Alas, I DID settle on one eventually, and I have stuck with it for quite a few years, now.

Which one is it? Here are your clues (dont' peek to the bottom!):

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Winner! Winner! We've got a GC Winner!

Congratulations to
Heather E.
of Florida!

Heather won the Giving Thanks $25 Great Gift Card Giveaway.
Heather has chosen the Old Navy GC.
Feel free to congratulate Heather in the comments section below, too.

I thank you all for participating and sincerely hope you will visit
this blog frequently to find honest, objective reviews on
products & services.
You can always count on me to tell you like it is!

Hopefully, now that I have more blog followers, I might receive more
things for free, which enables me to pass those things on to you, my awesome readers.
And everyone loves freebies, right?!?

So stick around and let's see what else we can get into together!  ~Jean

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do YOU Do Toilets?

If there’s one household chore that has “ick-factor”, it’s scrubbing toilets. I think you’d have to be a freak-of-nature to enjoy scrubbing toilets. That’s why I (and many other people) have tried every new toilet product that has come out over the years. I’ve tried special scrubbing brushes, special scrubbing chemicals, those little things that clip to the side of toilet & purport to keep things cleaner for longer while giving you fantabulously fresh scents, those interesting little tablets that you drop into the tank & they’re supposed to prevent the need to clean for 2000 flushes or so, and probably a few others I’ve managed to forget. I’ve even gone quite simple and used plain old baking soda or a sprinkling of Borax. So, in light of my quest to avoid “doing” the toilets, I was excited to receive a Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner Starter Kit free from BzzAgent.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Giving Thanks $25 Great Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm getting warmed up for Thanksgiving!
I've got so much to be thankful to God for, I've decided to bless someone else.
I'm very excited to announce a great $25 gift card giveaway.
You get your choice from ONE of the FOUR different merchants:


Old Navy



You should be able to find something great for yourself or a gift for someone else at one of these stores.

Must be US resident. Leave a separate comment for each entry method, telling what you did. The more comments/entries, the better your odds of winning, of course. Be sure to leave your email addy in each of your comments so I can contact you if you win. Can be in format "janedoe at yahoo dot com" to avoid spam bots. Mandatory entry is required before any other entries will count. If I cannot verify your entry, it will not count. Winner will have exactly 48 hours to respond to my notification email or a new winner will be picked, no exceptions. By entering you agree to the rules of the contest.

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Drawing will be held on October 17, 2011.
Thanks so much & good luck to you!