Sunday, January 20, 2013

Shari's Berries - A Fun Valentine Gift Option!

If you are like me, Valentine's Day can present a bit of a problem.   When it comes to buying something for my hubby, flowers are out, and those boxes of tasteless chocolates will never enter our home.  I want to give him a gift that shows a little bit of flirt, but doesn't deviate from his style.  I discovered a cool gift that is romantic and fun.

I recently made a purchase through Shari's Berries which is an online store that has an awesome selection of gifts that can be romantic and fun.  I ordered their specialty - chocolate dipped strawberries along with a Gourmet Cheese and Snack board.  I was able to pick the delivery day and include a personal message.

 My order was shipped overnight, and arrived carefully packaged.  I opened the box containing my strawberries to find them in an insulated box with an ice pack on top to keep the strawberries in an ideal climate.When I opened the box with the berries, inside I found huge, beautiful berries.  They were almost too beautiful to eat, well almost.  I shared with my kids and hubby that night, and the berries were sweet and fresh.  

The next night, we sampled the Cheese and Snack board.  It included tea, salami, spreadable cheese, crackers, almonds, a mustard dip, pretzels, along with the board and a spreading knife.  I found it easy to display the treats with our company, and everyone gladly sampled while we chatted over wine.

Take a look around the Shari's Berries and look at all they have to offer.  I found the website easy to maneuver   Options and prices are easy to find.  Shipping costs are a bit high, but that is because the orders are shipped overnight with packaging that keeps the berries and other goodies fresh.  Other options include cakes, cookies, and nut packages.  I know many men would love getting a Shari's Berries gift from their love this Valentine's Day!  

I even got a link for some awesome Shari's Berries Coupons that include up to 20% off or $15 off an order of $59 or more.  These coupons expire soon, so check them out!

I was offered a choice of products at Shari's Berries in return for my unbiased review.  I found it difficult to narrow down what I received, and I would freely choose Shari's Berries as a site to purchase fun gifts to send for any occasion.  Opinions in this post are my own, and I will only recommend products and services that I believe are worth sharing.  Thanks for reading and make sure to share something special with those you love this Valentine's Day!

Global Green USA Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology

I love this program sponsored by Pureology. Global Green USA is letting us sponsor our local schools to benefit from learning in a healthier environment that come from modern green upgrades.

When a school goes green, children benefit—as well as the environment! Green schools lead to:

Improved student performance. When children learn in classrooms with natural daylight, improved sound quality and non-toxic building materials such as non-VOC carpets and paints, test scores can improve as much as 20%. Attendance also improves!

More funds for student resources. When green upgrades are made to a school, water and energy costs can be reduced by as much as 40%. These savings can be channeled back into resources that directly benefit students, such as textbooks, computers and other essentials.

Reduced carbon footprint. Greening a school significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

Take action and nominate a school for Global Green USA’s Green School Makeover Competition Presented by Pureology! From January 1 to March 31, 2013, visit to learn more and nominate a school. If you need help, work with your school principal or school facilities administrator to complete the application. Remember to think about the types of green upgrades your school needs and why.

I am sending in my kids' school for this contest. I think most schools could benefit from a green upgrade. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Zicam Rapid Melts Cold Remedy

I received samples of Zicam Rapid Melts Cold Remedy as a member of Crowdtap.  They sent me enough to try for myself and to share with friends and family.  They are small white discs, about the size of a nickel.  You simply let them dissolve in your mouth and then don't eat or drink for a short time afterward.  I personally used them and found them to shorten the length of my cold.  I was excited not only to try the Zicam Cold Remedy Rapid Melts, but to share them with others. 
My Aunt works for a homeopathic doctor and has sent me homeopathic remedies for years now. At first I was skeptical, but after using them, I found them to be helpful. I have used them in the past to prevent the flu, treat colds, and for pain management. I even used a homeopathic remedy to ease pain during labor.
I am the proud momma to three children, two of which can take Zicam when they start to feel a cold coming on. They have gotten in the habit of asking me where the Zicam is when they feel their throats get sore. So far they have each gotten over a cold in record time by taking Zicam in the first few days of symptoms. I am sure with school starting back up, they will be using these again this week!
My third child is 2 and I take her with me to the gym nursery when I work out. She typically catches a cold from her friends there and shares it with me every other week. I know exercise is a great way to keep our bodies healthy and avoid colds, but adding Zicam at the first symptoms is extra helpful!  I found that after using Zicam for just two short days of a cold starting, my symptoms disappear.
I also gave out samples to my hubby who has frequent meetings and contact with those he manages. He reluctantly tried them at first, but I insisted when he came home with a headache and sore throat. He is an awesome provider, but a terrible patient! He claims that he would have gotten over his cold within a few days even without the Zicam, but I know better :)
Overall, I think this is a great product that works well. I like how quickly they dissolve, and I am excited to use a product that helps prevent a cold from getting worse instead of just treating symptoms.