Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nutra Luxe M.D. Daily Moisturizer and Skin Protection

My husband recently got to try out his first new product for review. We were sent the Nutra Luxe M.D. Daily Moisturizer and Skin Protection to try out. I don't think men realize how important it is, even for them to keep with their skin. I know my hubby refused to do anything about his skin. He is a carpenter and has to deal with the sun in the summer and the harsh cold and wind in the winter. I have been telling him for years he will regret not taking better care of his face and skin. Now that he is in his thirties, he is realizing I WAS RIGHT (always, right ladies?)

NUTRA LUXÉ M.D. Daily Moisturizer is more than just a moisturizer. This Daily Daily Moisture Formulation is an advanced treatment with specific Peptides to help diminish and prevent wrinkles and lines.

Strong ALL NATURAL Antioxidants will repair, restore, and prevent free radicals skin damage from the sun and environment. It will help eliminate skin discoloration and photo-aging. Rich oils will give your skin the moisture and protection to keep your healthy moisture levels.

Contains SPF 30 sunscreen.


  • after shave skin calming
  • rich moisture skin protection
  • diminishes/prevents wrinkles and lines
  • eliminates/prevents skin discolorations
  • prevents photo-aging
  • anti inflammatory properties
  • skin soothing

Direction to use: Apply every morning on shaved or cleansed skin. Massage it into the skin.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Siloxane, Olive Oil, Soy bean Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Vitamin C L Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetat, DMAE, Coenzyme Q10, Asthaxanthin, Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Retinol, Lutein, Sea Kelp Extract, Echinasea Extract, Orchid Extract, Whitch Hazel Oil, Palmitoyl Pentapeptides, Green Tea, SPF 30

NOTE: For every age and skin to repair and protect

At first my husband thought the moisturizer was too thick. When he started using it in the evening though, he quickly started to like it. It has really helped a lot with the bad wind we have been having lately. His current job is off the water and is super cold.

I love that it has no preservatives and no chemicals in. My husband is now a moisturizer user and he plans on sticking with Men Only!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Favorite ~ Scanalog Review + Giveaway

I am a total magazine addict. As a matter of fact, my very first entry on this blog was about my scrapbook magazine addiction, lol. I not only read scrapbook mags, but craft mags, kids craft mags, parenting, women, home decor and more. Other then my newest scrapbook magazines, I always tear out the articles that interest me or that I want to reference later on.

My biggest challenge is organizing it. I've tried binders, files, storing in separate boxes, etc. I just end up with a big cluttered paper mess! In comes Scanalog, I was beyond thrilled when Family Review Network mentioned this review op! I have been thinking about scanning in all my magazine articles, but didn't want the hassle of organizing a system for it.

Scanalog is a CD-ROM software system to store, catalog and retrieve your favorite articles from magazines (and catalogs). The articles can be scanned from the magazine or be saved from the magazine website.

There are eleven 'Master Categories' to save items in Scanalog. They cover a range of women's interest, from Home Decoration to Gardening to My Spirit.

Not only are there 11 master categories, there are also sub categories. The software comes with pre-loaded categories plus you can add your own. Scrapbooking was my first add on and it was so easy to do! Actually so far it is my only add on, everything else I've put into the system has already been there.

Using the Scanalog software is super easy. I didn't even read any kind of directions or anything, I just inserted the cd and immediately started organizing my magazines and catalogs.

You can either retrieve files you already have saved or you scan pages into the software. There are places to add the publication name, article name & date. You can also tag it with whatever you want for easy to searching.

I am in love with Scanalog! You can purchase the Scanalog software directly from their website at for $49.95. It comes with the CD-ROM software program, a printed SCANALOG User Guide, the SCANTABS label system (to mark and label your articles to be scanned), and a SCANALOG mousepad. Scanalog is available for PCs only and is compatible with all versions of Windows.

Scanalog Product Photo

Good news, one of my readers will own there very own Scanalog courtesy of Scanalog and the Family Review Network!

Main Entry ~

Visit the Scanalog site and leaving a comment here to let me know what you would like to scan and keep organized in Scanalog. You must do this to get extra entries. Choose me entries will be discarded.

Extra Entries ~

This contest will close on March 6th at 11:59 pm. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents.

Congrats to Carolyn's Creations & Papercrafts

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

eBook Reading Challenge

This challenge is for readers who love eBooks or would like to explore more in 2009.


1. You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading to your books prior to 2009.

2. Read 10 eBooks in 2009.

3. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

Books Read ~

1. Whispering Lake by Jessica Coulter Smith

Here is a great way to get some ebooks to read and review, especially if you like Romance novels.

2009 Suspense & Thriller Reading Challenge

Rules of this challenge:

* Read TWELVE (12) different sub-genres of thrillers in 2009.

* You do NOT need to select your books ahead of time. Also, you may change as you go.

* Your books can crossover into other challenges.

Review & Giveaway ~

I started wearing glasses in middle school. I have to be honest, I hate wearing glasses. Especially now, my prescription is rather high, -7.75 on each eye making the lenses pretty thick unless I spend a fortune for upgrades.

When I was given the chance to review glasses for Family Review Network from, I was thrilled! Our insurance does cover glasses, but we only have 2 trays worth of glasses to pick from and they aren't the greatest. Since I mainly wear contacts, I hate spending money on glasses! is the world's leading online optical retailer offering full prescription glasses for as little as $7.95.

Their vision is "to empower vision for anyone, anywhere".

Forbes magazine recently dubbed EyeBuyDirect as "an efficient and easy-to-use prescription eyeglasses site, that provides fashionable, quality eyeglass frames and prescription lenses starting at only $7.95; significantly lower than the leading eyeglass chains".

I ended up selecting the Anna Titanium glasses in burgundy. This isn't my normal style, Allie (my tween) and my husband talked me into this frame. I normally go for frames like the Cat which look a lot like my current pair from my eye doctor that cost way more then $34.95! Anyway, I am so glad they talked me into the Anna, I absolutely love this style!

Not only that, but the titanium frame is so lightweight. I can hardly feel them when wearing them. I also did the ultra thin upgrade which I am so thankful for. These lenses are thinner then I have had in YEARS!

The order process was so easy. I ran up to my eye doctor to get a copy of prescription. Then I selected my frames, input my prescription and that was it. tells you everything you need, there is even place for notes if you want to add any information. I chose to do my order online, but you can also call. Then you just fax in your prescription and wait for your glasses to be made.

The site is super easy to navigate with tons of categories. There is also information on how to read your prescription in case you aren't sure. The hardest part was measuring the distance from my pupils. My doctor would not give me that info, so I had to do it at home. My glasses work great, so I think I did it correctly :)

Win it:

One lucky reader will win a pair of glasses of their choice (not including sunglasses or designer frames) from

How to Enter:

Visit EyeBuyDirect.Com and browse their huge selection of frames, then come back here and tell me which ones you like best.

Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each):

Contest will end on March 5th 11:59 pm. Upon confirmation of winner, you will be emailed a coupon code to be used. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents. US residents will also receive free shipping, Canadian residents will have to pay shipping.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Review ~ Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt

“I will tell you a story, beloved;

a story of a cradle.

there was a world,
bobbing and spinning within the center of her space,
infused with life, alit by lights both great and small,
upon her and above her.
From the beginning, she had borne her children
-not to stay, but to leave.

But, the children did not always play well.
And, they did not always leave well.”

This is how Cry of Justice begins. It is the first book in a new trilogy by Jason Pratt.

It is a story of a fictional world called Mikon. Monsters wander this world. Caught in the aftermath of a vicious international war, thousands of refugees have fled the Coastal States, bringing their dangers with them into the wilderness near the untamed Middlelands.

Castaways from an imploding civilization- fighting to find and to understand the most dangerous of treasures ... Portunista: innovative, ambitious, intemperate; a maga seeking her path to Imperial glory ... Seifas: dark and lethal, alienating, poetic; a hunter whose words are his tears ... Gaekwar: lanky, laconic, sardonic; 'only a cowherd', yet wielding exotic weaponry ... Othon: the Implacable One; a quiet, quick-thinking giant of a man ... Dagon: arrogant, insecure, buffoonish; a miserable commander with a knack for solving puzzles ... Pooralay: ruthless and compassionate, loud and brusque- when he wants to be; a thug on a mystical quest ... Bomas: renegade killer planning a subtle genocide; Artabanus: self-proclaimed Arbiter, drawing every power to himself; Praxiteles: incompetent madman, possessing and possessed by the Roguent Gamin ... In their increasingly desperate struggles- for food, for knowledge, for life itself- what will make the difference between brigades and bands of brigands?

Those are just some of the characters in this gripping fantasy novel. This book is written like a diary. It begins with one unamed person, writing the story as he takes it from the journals of two other people (the future Empress, Portunista and Seifas, poetic hunter). Between the journal entries are segments of an archeological expedition at the site thirty years after the fact, speculating and gathering information about the Empress's rise to power.

In the beginning of the book, it gets a little bit confusing. We are reading about aliens, this is a fantasy novel. Once you get into that, there are also a lot of characters to learn about. The way the story is told through journal entries and poetry, the book is very beautiful. Pratt has a unique writing style that is very intelligent. The book can be challenging at times.

When I was younger and graduated from reading Babysitters Club & Sweet Valley high, sci fi was my first choice of books. Somewhere after high school, I started reading mysteries and thrillers. It was really fun for me to get back into a Fantasy novel. I can't wait for the next two books in this trilogy! For anyone who enjoys a good fantasy, you will enjoy reading Cry of Justice.

Tracee at Divine Caroline has a great interview with Jason Pratt on her site. Be sure to check it out!

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2 Giveaways coming up !

I've got two giveaways coming up tomorrow & Friday, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, if you like doing reviews & you like reading romance novels, read my post here about a popular romance website looking for reviewers!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Looking for Romance Reviewers

Are you an avid romance reader? Would you like to have the opportunity to read as much as you have time for?

The Long and the Short of it Romance Reviews ( is currently in need of more reviewers to help with the amazing abundance of requests for review that we have in our database! We offer an incentive program for our reviewers that includes or Barnes and Noble gift certificates, free advertising on our site, free print books and more, not to mention all the eBooks and occasional print books that you can handle.

Reviewers are asked to complete at least two reviews each month and we also allow and encourage you to review other books you read, in addition to the ones in our database if they fall within our guidelines.

You need to be able to write using proper grammar and punctuation, though all reviews do go through an editor prior to publication.

If you're interested, please email us at – Please tell them that you heard about this from me, Ginny Brewster.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Book Review ~ Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

I was sent Gamer Girl back in December. With Christmas, etc etc I didn't get a chance to pick it up until a couple days ago. OMG, I wish I did sooner, this book is so good! I read it in 2 days, if it wasn't for hubs and the kids, I would have finished it the first day.

The book is a young adult book. My tween (age 11) hasn't read it yet, but I really think she will enjoy since the book has such an up to date story line.


Maddy’s life: not so rockin’. Her parents split, she’s stuck in a new, small town at a school full of Aberzombies and Haters, she has a crush on someone she really shouldn’t like, and she’s stuck with the nickname Freak Girl.

Sometimes it’s enough to retreat into her drawing – her Manga is totally important to her – but when she gets Fields of Fantasy for her birthday, she knows she’s found the one place she can be herself. In the game world, Maddy can transform from regular outcast high school student to Allora, a beautiful Elvin Princess with magical powers to take down enemies with a snap of her fingers and wave of her wand.

As Allora, Maddy can totally be herself. She spends a lot of time questing with Sir Leo, a brave knight who seems to really like Allora, and maybe even the IRL (In Real Life) Maddy. Allora’s virtual life is perfect, but a real gamer girl understands that real life comes first – Maddy knows she can’t escape from her IRL problems. She has to find ways to kick back at the Haters, rock her manga and find the new, real life friends she knows she deserves.

I've never gotten into any of the games like Gamer Girl is about, but the book totally made me want to play some role playing games, lol. Actually the book cemented the fact on why I don't, I know I'd be hooked on them. I already get hooked on the games I play now :)

What I really love about the book is the story is real. It is something that many kids go through. Not only does it cover divorce, moving, going to a new school, making new friends, but it also is about self esteem and learning to step out of your comfort zone. The book also has likable characters and a great story line.

I can't recommend this book enough to tweens and teens!

You can read an excerpt from the book at Mari Mancusi's website here. Mari also has a blog here.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

I know some parents are against tv with kids, but I personally love it. There are so many great educational shows out there. They make learning fun! As long as there is a limit, then I am all for it. I know my oldest learned tons from Barney, and my youngest learned a lot from Dora.

Another great character in the world of kids tv is Wubbzy. Wubbzy is a fun, lovable, curious little guy who just likes to play, play, play with his friends in the wild and wacky town of Wuzzleburg. He's charmed young children, been a smash hit online, wowed an array of top licensees and otherwise won over anyone who's met the most famous, lovable resident of Wuzzleburg.

On February 3rd the newest Wubbzy DVD has hit the shelves. It is called Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: A Little Help from My Friends.

Join Wubbzy, Widget and Walden in Wuzzleburg in this fun, fun, fun collection of 8 episodes! Friendship takes center stage as Wubbzy and his pals search for a lost Wiggle Wrench, escape a runaway Doodleberry Cake, build a Super Robot, teach Walden to boogie and work hard for Wuzzleburg trophies. Together they discover the importance of positive values like confidence, cooperation, team work and above all , the meaning of friendship. There's hours of singing, dancing, laughing and learning in this Emmy award winning series that will have preschool kids and parents alike saying WOW!

Can you believe that Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! airs nearly 40 times a week on Nick Jr. and Noggin? That is pretty impressive to me. I highly recommend Noggin by the way. I love that there are no commercials, I can't even tell you what a lifesaver Noggin was for me with my now 7 year old! She still tunes in after school several days of a week for some of her favorite shows. That includes Wow! Wow! Wubbzy. She was thrilled when she saw we received the dvd in the mail. She really enjoyed it and has already watched several times. This one is a keeper, especially for younger children. You will get years out of it!

A little help from my friends was a winner in my house and I know it will be in yours as well! You can purchase the dvd at many retailers, including Amazon (Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: A Little Help from My Friends). You can also buy the Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: A Little Help from My Friends (with Bonus Soundtrack) & the soundtrack Little Help From My Friends (Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!).

There is a great website where can join the "Wubb Club," sign up for the newsletter, read the Wubbzy Blog, and listen to Wubbzy podcasts. The site also provides fun activities, recipes, printable coloring pages, and much more!

Thanks to Mom Central for giving me the opportunity to review Wow! Wow! Wubbzy.

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