Sunday, April 23, 2017

Crowdtap sampling: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Honeysuckle Body Wash

Through Crowdtap I was able to sample Mr Meyer's products in the past, like her fabulous Basil Hand Soap and Lotion. This time I was really lucky and  I got a sample of her scent Honeysuckle. Those who know will know that I love, love the scent of Honeysuckle and so this body wash by Mrs Meyer's is like a dream come true for me. Showering in the morning is now maybe taking a little bit longer, allright a add an extra 5 minutes just to soak up some more honeysuckle time. In addition to the all natural ingredients, Mrs. Meyer's body wash makes my skin feel soft and smooth and it gives me my daily honeysuckle treatment. What is not too like about that? That being said, although I find it heard to believe, I know some people do not like the scent of honeysuckle. If you happen to belong to that group, beware that the scent is strong. So maybe stick with some of the other scents from Mrs Meyer's like Lemon Verbena, another one of my favorites, or Basil. Actually, it is hard for me to think of a scent that I do not enjoy from Mrs. Meyers. If you are open to honeysuckle or like me enjoy the scent, then you need to try out this product! You will definitely enjoy the honeysuckle sweetness to get you started in the morning.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - available at for around $8 for 16oz.
 Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Crowdtap Sample: Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan!

Through Crowdtap I reeived a sample of Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan, a product that acts as a make up with self-tan built in. You apply the product everyday and while normally removing it in the evening and wearing it during the day, within a week it shows its magic by giving you a tanned skin.
For people like me that have really sensitive skin in the face, wearing makeup is a must or on a windy day, the face will be red like a tomato from just exposure to sun and wind. The sensitive skin is also a problem when tanning since sunburn is happening easily and so the skin stay pale. But with Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan, I can wear my usual makeup and then even get some color in my face. it is a win-win for me. I applied the Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan every day for days, never noticing any irritation and after 7 days, I even had some color in my face. I love the product and the ability to now have a more healthy glow in my face.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan for a nice even color
Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Crowdtap sampling: Revlon ColorStay makeup

Thanks to Crowdtap I received a whole makeup set from Revlon that included:
Revlon ColorStay™ 2-in-1 Angled Kajal Eyeliner
Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow
Revlon ColorStay™ Brow Pencil
and Revlon Super Length Mascara.
I was able to quickly come up with nice makeup for the eyes in my usual morning routine and the best part of it was, everything coordinated perfectly and the creme eye shadow was probably the real winner. it was really easy to apply, gave a nice neutral look to my eye and still was makeup that pulled my look together.  In the morning, I do not have a lot of time, so have everything together in one set was perfect and coming up with colors that are neutral and perfect for work was nice. 

copyright Durhamonthecheap - with full eye makeup, neutral colors are a real winner and perfect for work every day.

Copyright Durhamonthecheap - just brows and lashes, I have brows that are visible despite the bangs - totally new feeling
 So if your morning is as hectic as mine, get some of these Revlon Color Stay products and get ready to apply perfect looking eye makeup everyday in no time.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for a review and trying out the product. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third parties.

Crowdtap Sampling: Silk NEW Protein Nutmilks

Through Crowdtap I was able to sample a new product (for me) from Silk which contained Almond milk. It was unsweetened and was not reduced in fat or sugar and certainly not in flavor.I used it over fresh strawberries, but also in smoothies because it tastes like regular milk, has more calcium and for someone who is often the only one drinking milk on a daily basis, has a long shelf-life. I picked my sample up in midApril and the self-life was until mid-June. Not that it would last that long in my household, but it is nice to know that it lasts a lot longer than other milk. It can be useful to know this long expiration period if you take milk to store in the fridge at work and a gallon is difficult to get through, Silk is a great alternative.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - original Almond Nutmilk by Silk - perfect for a smoothies.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for a review and trying out the product. The opinion expressed is solely my own and has not been influenced by any third parties.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mr Mucus on his travels - keeping my family free of allergies and colds

 I won a Mr Mucus doll from the Mucus Fighters Community and we enjoy taking him along on our travels. Even though our puppy, see image below, does not quite know what to make of this green figure, we take Mr Mucus along to calm some nerves. This is us sitting in a car before 8Am as we were arriving at our doctor's office for a 8AM visit. Talk about a not ideal start to the week. Getting out of the house early on a Monday to see a doctor. But with Mr Mucus, nerves are calm and we manage to smile. Because, let's face it, who does not love a rotund green middle-aged looking guy who is constantly seemingly asking what am I doing here? Well, Mr Mucus, you calm our nerves and make us smile. So thanks for that!
copyright Durhamonthecheap - Floppy thinking -  who is that guy?
So Thanks Mucinex, not just for the lovely Mr Mucus. But most of all for Mucinex keeping our allergies at bay and no colds this winter! Spring is enjoyed in the garden, getting the flower beds ready and no pollen is holding this family back!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Mr Mucus is also going to the doctor!

Disclaimer: #ad I won a Mr. Mucus Doll from the Mucus Fighters Community! Join now! #AdventureWithMrMucus

Monday, March 20, 2017

Arm and Hammer Baking soda - useful cleaning agent in the house

copyright Durhamonthecheap - love the sprinkler for the baking soda, makes cleaning so much easier.
I am in the middle of spring cleaning and with Arm and Hammer Baking Soda my rugs and carpets get the treatment to deodorize. I am particularly happy because with this handy shaker bottle I can sprinkle Arm and Hammer Baking Soda easily on rugs and carpets. I am using this cheap, but effective cleaning regimen a lot this year because we have a puppy and I still want my rugs and carpets to smell as if we had no puppy in the house. All you do is sprinkle some Arm and Hammer Baking Soda on the rug or carpet, let it sit for a few minutes and then vacuum over it. Smell is gone, colors are more bright and the carpet/rug looks like new again and it smells great!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - sprinkle some Arm and Hammer on the carpet and then vacuum for a fresh scent
Disclaimer: I received a free product through the Arm + Hammer Simple Solutions Community. All opinion expressed are my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Crowdtap Sampling: Mrs. Meyer's Hand Soap and Lotion in Basil Scent

copyright Durhamonthecheap - my great samples from Mrs. Meyers, love the basil scent.
Through Crowdtap, I was given an opportunity to sample Mrs. Meyer's hand soap and lotion in Basil scent. I was at first surprised that basil was considered as a scent for hand soap, but having used it now for a few days, it makes sense because the herbal scent just makes my hand appear very clean and it actually a definitely neutral scent that works for both men and women (and kids of all ages).
copyright Durhamonthecheap - nice addition of Mrs Meyers to the guest bath
 I have used Mrs. Meyers a couple of times in the past and have always been impressed by the quality of the products and how well they work and are tolerated by my often sensitive skin. I looked at the soap selection on the website and noticed that Mrs. Meyers has really expanded the scent selection, Lemon Verbena is still my all -time favorite, but now orange glove and other scents have been added and I am even more impressed with Mrs/ Meyers. Unique scents, high quality products and all natural - if you are looking for a housewarming or hostess gift, these hand soaps are an excellent choice. So give Mrs. Meyers a try.

Disclaimer: I received samples in exchange for a review through Crowdtap. All opinion expressed are my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Crowdtap sampling: Dijon mustard by French's

 Through Crowdtap I was provided with a sample of French's Dijon mustard. That's right, the company famous for their yellow mustard, now has a Dijon mustard in their offering made with real Chardonnay wine. We sampled it and are in love. The mustard just has the right amount of bite to make it a nice addition and add some umph to meals, but is not really spicy like some brown mustard. I like a snack of pretzels with some Dijon or we add it to ham sandwiches. There are tons of uses for this product. Next on our list is eggs with mustard sauce - I cannot wait to reinvent this meal from my grandmother and give it a modern twist.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - a little of bit of Dijon on ham and asparagus for a light and healthy snack

copyright Durhamonthecheap - who says eating with French's Dijon cannot be fun?
 So if you are looking for a high quality and very tasty addition to your mustard or condiment offering, give this Dion a try. We loved it at our house and will continue to use it.

Disclaimer: I received samples in exchange for a review through Crowdtap. All opinion expressed are my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

new opinion site and possible free products for Arm and Hammer

I love Arm and Hammer baking soda - I use it for a lot of different things around the house, certainly not just for cooking or baking.

If you have followed my blog, you will know that it does serve you well to have some baking soda at home for carpet cleaning - safe for kids and pets. I still use my fancy sprinkle machine that I got through Arm and Hammer a couple of years ago to clean my rugs and carpets. See the action shot below!

So if you are interested, consider joining the ARM and HAMMER Simple Solutions Community. 
copyright Durhamonthecheal - baking soda will clean and deodorize carpets
Disclaimer; I may have received something for free in exchange for this posting, but the opinion is my own.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Free sample Betty Crocker = Hurry - going fast = Nature Valley Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Cups

Go to their membership site, fill out a form (membership required) for a free sample of
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Cups
Whole grain granola cups filled with creamy peanut butter, dipped into chocolatey goodness and topped with peanuts. Crunchy, creamy, delicious.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Crowdtap sampling: Luvsome dog food to keep your puppy healthy!

Through Crowdtap I was able to give Floppy my lab springer mix, some great food courtesy of Luvsome. They also included a nice toy and some healthy cranberry pumpkin treats. Floppy has happily accepted the toy, playing catch with it almost every day and really gets excited, as you can see below, when he gets the pumpkin treat.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - happy puppy makes for a happy owner!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Floppy enjoying the Luvsome dry dog food!

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Floppy will be very nice if you promise him a tasty Luvsome treat.
 I found Luvsome food at the local Kroger in S. Durham and the pricing is very reasonable. Floppy really enjoys the dry food, we mix it with some wet food, but leave a little bit of dry food in his bowl that he can snack on during the day. Usually, the snack is gone within an hour and he still gets excited when we fill his bowl. I also noticed that he is still very active and loves to jump around in the yard.
So if you are looking for healthy dog food that has high quality ingredients and that your dog will love, give Luvsome a try.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed are solely my own and have been influenced by any third party.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#pureleafhomebrew moment! - great new home brew flavors from Pure Leaf

Through Influenster and Pure Leaf I received two samples for home brew from Pure Leaf. They came in iced tea and regular hot tea. I love both of them, while I have to admit to prefer the iced tea because you know in North Carolina that's what we do. I like that I can brew the tea as long as I want and can add some sweetener to make my green iced tea and pretend like a true Southerner that the citrus makes the sweet concoction almost healthy. I let the tea bag sit in a large glass of hot water for 30 minutes, then add two teaspoons of sweetenter (I use Splenda) and then split the tea into two glasses and lastly add ice cubes. You end up with a wonderful iced tea that you do not have to feel guilty about.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - two great flavors, regular black tea with vanilla and green iced tea with Citrus - love them!

copyright Durhamonthecheap -the green tea with citrus is very light and refreshing

copyright Durhamonthecheap - have to get some more from the store soon, love the flavor combination.
 So if you are used to Pure Leaf Iced Tea and would like to have the tea flavor and quality, but would rather not haul around bottles of the addictive good tea - try to homebrew options from Pure Leaf now and enjoy either black or green teas at home. Each "bottle" comes with 16 pyramid bags that make 16 enjoyable, high quality teas in the privacy of your home or the office!

Disclaimer: I received these products courtesy of Pure Leaf & Influenster for sampling purposes.