Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ripley's Believe it or not! - Unlock the Weird!

Unlock the Weird

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Unlock the Weird! 2017 is bursting with 100% ALL NEW facts, features, and photos from around the world—all verified to be 100% TRUE! From weird feats to bizarre food, strange animals, and more, this brand-new collection of Ripley’s stories and photos includes exclusive features not found anywhere else. Filled with thousands of unbelievably strange oddities to discover, children and adults alike will find a new favorite on every page.

All true, 100% ALL NEW, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Unlock the Weird! 2017 will amaze and astound readers from the first to the last page. Hair-raising photographs, incredible stories, and the mind-blowing facts Ripley’s is famous for promise hours of entertainment for every Ripley fan! With thousands of stories—including submissions from readers around the world—you’ll discover something new each time you read it!

Ripley's Eye-Popping Oddities Book Cover

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is globally renowned as the authority on the weird, the eccentric, and the amazing. Ripley's Believe It or Not! provides entertaining books for children of all ages which educates and informs them in a humorous style. The Ripley brand is known around the world as a trend-setting source of family-friendly fun and excitement! Every day the researchers at Ripley's are busy digging up the craziest true stories and the most unbelievable facts.

My Thirteen year old looks forward to reading the new Ripley's book every year. This year was no exception. As soon as I handed it to him he ran off to his room to start reading it. Not a small accomplishment considering the only other books that he willingly reads is Manga and Comic Books.
Ripley's consistently puts out fun, interesting (and at times nauseating) books that are good clean fun for the entire family. My six year old wanted me to read this book to her so I sat down in the living room with it and pretty soon the whole family was gathered around. We had a great time laughing, joking and talking about the stories that I read. I can't wait to have another "Family Reading night!"
I wholeheartedly endorse this book as good, clean, fun reading for the entire family. I a sure this book will be read repeatedly by my family and will probably even be loaned out to friends here and there as we always like to encourage reading,

Monday, October 10, 2016

FlowerMoon Looking for something a little different in your jewelry? A little bit more fun? A little but more Magical? Flower Moon may be just the thing!
I was privileged to be sent a beautiful pair of earrings to review and share with my readers. Customers can choose from Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, or Rings. All available in a delightful flower assortment including: Queen Anne's Lace, Hydrangeas, Daisies, Chrysanthemums, and Spirea.
 My earrings arrived in a lovely blue shipping box, elegantly packed in tissue paper and crinkles which makes for great gift giving presentation. Once I got through the tissue I discovered a plush bag holding my new earrings safely.
 My anticipation building I removed the card from the bag and gazed upon their beauty. My new Chrysanthemum earrings had arrived! I had decided to go with the "So Sprung" Set, I don't know why, they just kind of called to me.

 I was delighted, they were everything I was hoping for. Fun and Festive. Easy to match with most of my outfits and absolutely unique. In fact I could order a dozen pairs of the same style and they all would be unique because each flower is natural and special in it's own way.
 I'm a big fan of gemstone jewelry because each stone is unique, Flower Moon Jewelry speaks to that love as well with every piece and style being well thought out, creative and a joy to discover. 
Don't just take my word for it , though! Order your own unique piece of Flower Jewelry and feel the Magic for yourself! 
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I was provided with a complimentary pair of earrings to test and review. All Opinions and views are my own . #flowermoonbyk #Particularproducts

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Dip of Darling
I recently was privileged to win a gift card to  so I ordered a few grab bags because I enjoy surprises.  I ordered 3 sets of Grab Bag s| 2 Clothing + 2 Accessories per bag at 16.99 per set. The value was great if you like surprises which everyone should know by now I love. Now I must say that I ordered my bags in a size 3XL because I'm a size 18 (I'm working on it) so if the items look a bit big, there's a reason for it. In my order I received:
 This is a Darling Gem Necklace. Seeing as it was in a grab bag it was obviously on clearance, I was unable to find the three layered version but this necklace in a two tiered version retails at $16.95
The Betty necklace is probably my favorite out of the included accessories, I like the color and the multiple layers of beads. It's rings in at $22.95.
 The Perfect Bauble Necklace A fun and chunky necklace, I like the color as black goes well with most things it's easy for me to grab when my outfit needs an extra touch. It rings in at $18.95 retail.
 A Skinny Rectangle Pendant  I like this pendant because it's simple, I admit that all of the chunky necklaces threw me off so this simple necklace was a breath of fresh air. It rings in at $14.95 retail.
 The Perfect Bauble Necklace in yellow. The yellow version of the previously seen black. The yellow is nice because it matches well with my yellow clothing items, which I don't have a lot of so I wouldn't have thought to buy a yellow necklace myself. Still ringing in at $18.95
 The two tier version on the Darling Gem Necklace that we saw earlier. It looks a little yellow in the picture, but it is actually a nice mint green color. It rings in at $16.95

 The clothing items are a little harder to value seeing as they are no longer available to order but they are still beautiful and I will attempt to value them based on similar styles.
A lovely Blue Blouse with lovely pearl button accents on the half sleeves. The shirt feels kind of light and airy. I saw some blouses that appear to be made from the same material for $28 but they we short sleeve blouses so I'm going to estimate this one to be at $30-$35
 This shirt was the disappointment of the shipment. I received a size large which is obviously not going to fit me. I am waiting to hear back from A Dip of Darling as to what our next steps may be. I have really enjoyed my purchase and am considering ordering more in the future but it really just depends on how this mistake is handled. I'm not even going to value this shirt because to me there is no value on an item I can't use.
 This dress feels exactly like a T-Shirt, and looks like one too. It is definitely a casual dress and could also be taken as a nightgown because of the choice of material. I'm going to have to add a belt of some kind to make it more dress like and less nightgown like. I do find it comfortable though and I like that I can just throw it on and go if I need to. Dresses are averaging in at $48 and Tshirts at $32.  So I'm going to average it out at a possible $40
 A pretty pink shirt with raunched sides. It's comfortable and easy to match up with pants or a  skirt. I'll admit that I'm still working on the whole fashion thing, I've always just done my own thing and my style would often be considered retro. So this simple, light and comfortable shirt is great for me. Basic shirts seem to be weighing in at $28
 A nice Black and white striped shirt. It is very comfortable and I got several compliments on it the other day. I am very happy with this shirt and look forward to wearing it more. I'm going to go with $28 on this shirt as well.
 A fun yellow dress. I don't often purchase yellow because I'm not sure about how well I wear it, though I would hope that my friends would tell me if I didn't look good in it.  I love the dress and my daughter loves that it has a hoodie on it. The fabric is comfortable and I enjoy wearing it. Dresses are averaging in at $48 so I'm going to go with $48 as it seems reasonable comparatively.
 I naturally matched the Yellows up and I think they go well together. I  can also pair the black necklaces up with this dress easily. I tend to be a bit more conservative when working with colors I'm not used to but who knows, maybe I'll become more bold in the future.
 I added the Perfect Bauble Necklace to the Black and White Striped shirt and got lots of compliments on it.
 I paired a Darling Gem Necklace with this, I'm not sure how well it goes with the dress but the colors seemed to go together well.
 I used the Betty Necklace with the pink raunched shirt and I love the combination. Of course I'm quite fond of both items.
 A simple and elegant combination did I mention I'm not great at matching items together? I think these items work well together, but I could be completely wrong in others eyes.
I have no personal problems with this blouse and shirt other than the obvious fact that the shirt doesn't fit so I can never wear it. The necklace does pair up nicely with it though.

Over all I am very happy with my shopping adventure through A Dip of Darling. I do tend to be a bit laid back as I am a true Southern Girl. I suspect my overall satisfaction level may change depending on how customer service decides to deal with the Blouse mishap. The value is definitely there as the accessories alone would have cost more than $16.99 no matter how you paired them. The clothing is lovely and I enjoy wearing it. 

What do you think of this lot? Do you think I am going to easy on them considering? Feel free to let me know.

#aDIPofDARLING #ParticularProducts

I wanted to do a update on this post. I'm sorry it took so long, I had a personal loss and have not been posting recently. A Dip of Darling responded quickly and sent out a replacement article which arrived shortly after I contacted them. It was another version of the Tshirt Dress, this one with red sleeves. Since I really liked the original dress, I was happy to have another.

Walmart Beauty Box - Fall 2016

 Every Quarter Walmart puts out a beauty box with different samples for consumers to try. The Box is free, with a five dollar shipping fee.It's a bit of a craps shoot on whether or not it's going to be any good but at five dollars a quarter it's a fun, inexpensive surprise. I've had a subscription for almost two years now and had some boxes that I've loved and some that I hated. Here's what this quarter's box had to offer. I received the Classic edition.

Swisspers Premium Exfoliating Cotton Rounds, 80 Count

  • Exfoliating cotton rounds for a deep healthy clean
  • Two surfaces - one side to cleanse, one side to exfoliate
  • Applies: toners, lotions and astringents
  • Removes: nail polish, foundation, eye make-up and lipstick 

Swisspers premium exfoliating cotton rounds is one round with two surfaces. Use to cleanse and exfoliate. Applies toners, lotions and astringents. Removes foundation, nail polish, eye make-up and lipstick. The micro-bead exfoliating surface gently exfoliates skin - feel the difference immediately. Use every other day or as often as you need for a deep healthy clean. Use the super soft surface is gently cleanse skin and the embossed surface for great skin care. For all your cotton accessory needs look for more great products from swisspers. U.S. Cotton 531 cotton blossom circle, gastonia, NC 28054-5245 1-800-321-1029.
 These are available in a couple different sizes through retail, I got the 50 pack and feel that they work great at exfoliating my face. They retail for around three or four dollars so they are a great item to find in my box and accounts for most of the value in the box.

  • Prescription strength moisturization & its unscented formula makes it a suitable lotion for dry, itchy skin
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion provides fast-healing moisture for dry, itchy skin
  • Micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly lock in moisture to relieve even stubborn dry skin
  • Absorbs fast for a non-greasy feel
  • Awarded the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Petrolatum, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, Stearamide AMP, Disodium EDTA, Isopropyl Myristate, Cedrol

Apply Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion to your skin daily to heal dry skin. Healthy–looking skin can be yours with the right lotions for dry, itchy skin.

Seems to retail for about $1.30 for the sample size from what I could find. This is going to be useful to me once the snow and wind kicks in because I traditionally become chapped I'm going to try and head that off at the pass this year and hopefully but it's nice to have lotions around when I need them.

  • Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Cool Essentials 2.6 oz, up to 48 hours of antiperspirant protection
  • Contains Dove NutriumMoisture and ¼ moisturizers
  • Underarm skin looks and feels softer with regular use
  • Refreshing, cool scent of cucumber and green tea
  • 0% alcohol (ethanol) formula is kind on underarms
 Safety Warning
For external use only. Do not use on broken skin. Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease. Stop use if rash or irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

For questions, call 1-800-761-3683

Active Ingredients: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly (15.2%). Purpose: Antiperspirant. Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8, Fragrance (Parfum), Dimethicone, Silica, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Steareth-100, BHT, Hydroxyethyl Urea

Apply to underarms only.

The travel size retails for about $1.25 and I absolutely love the scent. If I ever run out of my samples I will definitely be picking up a full size of this one.

  • Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream with Peony Body Wash creates a shower experience that nourishes and pampers
  • #1 Dermatologist Recommended
  • Moisturizing body wash gives you softer, smoother skin after just one shower
  • Formula with NutriumMoisture technology delivers skin natural nutrients
  • Sweet cream with peony scent soothe your senses
 Safety Warning
CAUTION: Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs rinse thoroughly with water.

Questions? Call: 1-800-761-DOVE | 1-800-761-3683.

Water (Aqua), CocamidopropylBetaine, Sodium HydroxypropylStarch Phosphate, LauricAcid, Sodium LauroylGlycinate, Sodium LauroylIsethionate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), PaeoniaOfficinalisFlower Extract, Glycine Soja(Soybean) Oil, Guar HydroxypropyltrimoniumChloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, BHT, TetrasodiumEDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, IodopropynylButylcarbamate, Propylene Glycol, Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

Squeeze body wash onto a wet pouf or washcloth and work into a rich, creamy lather.
A nice, light scent this body wash is quite pleasant and very moisturizing.  The retail is looking like it's about 1.50. This is going in my emergency preparedness pack. Who says you can't feel pretty even during an emergency?

  • Let Village Naturals Therapy™Aches and Pains Tension Relief Mineral Bath Soak make a house call.
  • Our therapeutic formula is enriched with vitamins, skin softening ingredients and aromatherapy vapors to help you feel better.
  • Relax with ingredients that have been extracted from natural sources.
  • This product has never been tested on animals. Made in the U.S.A.
  • This product contains juniper to balance ad restore, orange to renew and rejuvenate, and menthol to comfort and relax. It's 99.0% naturally derived.
 Restore and relax while soaking in our powerful blend of essential oils and extracts including Juniper, Orange and cooling Menthol. The combination of Sea Salt and Epsom Salt help to draw out impurities and ease tired muscles. Our concentrated formula lets you enjoy up to ten relaxing baths with just one jar.The Village Natural Therapy line includes Mineral Bath Soak and Foaming Bath Oil and Body Wash. 
A nice mineral bath treat. The combination of lavender, chamomile and menthol scents smells a lot better than I had originally anticipated and made for a great, relaxing soak. This packet retails at Wal-mart for .98 cents.

  • Vitabaths original spring green is a refreshingly bold blend of patchouli and pine, lightly accented with accords of rosewood
  • Enriched with the well-known antioxidant, vitamin e, it helps to moisturize and smooth skins surface
  • For normal to all skin types
 Experience luxurious cleansing lather and a refreshing fragrance, reminiscent of an evergreen forest laced with soft musk.  This original European formula is fortified with Vitamins A, D and E and enriched with Horse Chestnut Extract to help condition the skin while cleansing.  
This is a nice shower gel with a bit of a woodsy scent. This is a great sample for my  husband. While I wouldn't call it a masculine scent I will say that it is a body wash that the guys in my family wouldn't mind using and I may end up picking up a bottle in an attempt to draw them away from their Axe obsession (You'd think there wasn't any other male body washes out there.)  The retail of this sample seems to be about $1.50

  • Packaging May Vary
  • Natural oatmeal relieves dry, itchy, irritated skin of eczema
  • Ceramide-3 and Licochalcone enriched formula strengthens the skin’s barrier and soothes red, irritated skin
  • Appropriate for adults, children and babies 3 months and older, gentle enough for everyday use
  • Dermatologist & Pharmacist recommended brand
 Protect and soothe dry skin and irritation and itching due to eczema. Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme has been specially formulated to help relieve very dry, irritated skin associated with eczema. It is clinically proven to significantly improve hydration, relieve itchiness due to eczema and soothe red, irritated skin. It is gentle on skin and provides significant and long lasting improvements to the skin. 
This sample was a miss for me. The only person I know with Eczema live fifteen hundred miles away so I don't even have someone to give it to. The sample size rings in at about $1.00 and I will be donating mine to the local food pantry as I'm sure that there is someone in my area that will find it useful.

  • Intense, long-lasting moisturization
  • Absorbs quickly into the skin
  • Ideal for skin conditions such as: eczema and psoriasis
  • Non-Greasy and easy to apply
Water Glycerin, Petrolatum Dicaprylyl Ether Dimethicone Glyceryl Stearate Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PEG-30 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer , Dimethiconol Benzyl Alcohol Phenoxyethanol , Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer , Propylene Glycol Disodium EDTA Sodium Hydroxide.
 Dry, sensitive skin fragrance free. Cetaphil, moisturizing cream was formulated specifically for chronic dry, sensitive skin. Contains a superior system of extra-strength emollients and humectants, clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. 
Another sample aimed at sufferers of  eczema and psoriasis, though it does seem to be a decent moisturizing cream though I would have to go with the Vaseline sample in this pack as my favorite on that end. I will probably be donating this sample as well. I'd put the sample size at about $1.00 retail.
 Simple micellar water small sample, 0.135 oz
  • Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is our most advanced facial cleanser to date, yet it is gentle on even the most sensitive skin
  • A complete and thorough skin cleanser, Simple Micellar Cleansing Water cleans the skin of dirt and impurities and unclogs pores - it is also formulated for makeup removal
  • Simple Micellar Cleansing Water instantly boosts skin hydration instantly by 90%
  • Pure cleansing water made with skin-loving ingredients and triple purified water to clean, refresh, and instantly hydrate all skin types
  • Simple Micellar Water contains no artificial perfume or dyes and no harsh chemicals so you can thoroughly clean your face and remove makeup with no skin irritation
"Simple Micellar cleansing water is our most advanced yet gentle facial cleanser to date. A favorite among makeup artists and beauty editors, this innovative facial cleanser contains no artificial perfumes or dyes and no harsh chemicals that can upset your skin. It is made with skin-loving ingredients perfect for all skin types, including vitamins b3 and c and triple purified water, our purest possible water. Micellar cleansing water from simple helps remove contaminants known to irritate skin and leaves skin clean, fresh, and instantly hydrated. the Many beauty benefits offered by simple Micellar water make it easy to see why this gentle facial cleanser should be part of your healthy skincare routine. Micellar water thoroughly cleanses skin of dirt and impurities – it unclogs pores while working as a makeup remover. Simple Micellar cleansing water instantly boosts skin hydration by 90%! apply with a cotton round to cleanse skin with no residue and no rinsing required – skin is left clean and refreshed in one easy step".  

This skin cleanser seems to get my skin clean but I really liked the exfoliating rounds better and I only got to clean my face with it once so I wasn't able to get a very good base view of it's effectiveness. This sample was on a card and in my eyes rates as a foil packet sample that doesn't really have a retail value.

Overall an Okay beauty box. While this isn't my favorite box from Walmart it isn't the worse either. The full size cleansing rounds are the highlight of the box and while I like them I usually look forward to some kind of make up sample being included in my box and that was sadly lacking this quarter.

Did you order a Walmart beauty box? What did you think of it?

I ordered and paid for this box myself, just because I could. All views and opinions are my own.