ipsy: Because you deserve it!


Posted on : 07-01-2017 | By : Trish | In : Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Health & Beauty, Product Reviews

Subscription boxes are everywhere.  Fitness gear, dog food, underwear, makeup and more… if you’re into it, there’s likely a subscription box for it.  I have successfully ignored the trend for years because if I’m going to spend money, it will be for gas, groceries, bills, or to benefit someone else.  I just don’t spend money on myself other than an occasional trip to the book section at Goodwill.  I know I’m not alone here, mommies. Back me up.  We buy ourselves something, we inevitably feel guilty.  It’s time to change that, but just a little.

Ipsy offers a Glam Bag with 5 items for $10 a month.  That’s a cute bag (different designer and theme each month) and 5 deluxe samples chosen just for you for about what you’d pay for one drive thru meal.  The products are really good, too.  This ain’t no drug store bag.  We’re talking luxury brands, the expensive stuff, and there are discounts if you want to buy the full sized version!

You will fill out a short questionnaire when you join so that they can send you things that you’ll like.  You should also review your items (honestly) after you receive your bag to help them really get to know your preferences.  It doesn’t take long for your Glam Bag to be so perfect for you that it could’ve been chosen by your BFF.

I love getting my Glam Bag in the mail each month and trying out the products.  I’ve even found some must haves that I didn’t even know existed before ipsy.  Seriously, you will feel like you’re spoiling yourself, but for $10, even I don’t feel guilty and I feel guilty if I buy myself a Coke without a coupon.  Go for it! You deserve it! Sign up here.


Smokers: Have you tried e-cigs? Blu Review!


Posted on : 19-09-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Health & Beauty, Product Reviews
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I started smoking when I was a teenager because I somehow thought it was cool. I have continued to smoke for 20 years because smoking is addictive. If I could go back and slap that first cigarette out of my 15 year old hand, I assure you I would. I’ve tried to quit, but just can’t seem to do it. I hate smoking. I hate the smell, the cough, the example I’m setting, and I really really hate the cost! When I buy a pack of cigarettes, it’s like I’m taking a $5 bill and setting it on fire.

I am a teacher and a parent. Kids look up to me. I don’t ever want a child to see me with a cigarette and think it’s a good thing. I try to sneak around & hide it and I always have a stash of gum to cover my stinky breath along with wet wipes to wash my hands. Still, I can’t put the cigarettes down. I’ve tried the patch, I’ve tried the gum… none of it worked for me.

Well, let me tell you… I have found my new cigarette! I had heard of e-cigarettes and they sounded like a good idea, but I just didn’t want to take that step and actually spend the money on something I wasn’t sure I would like. So, I did my research.An e-cigarette is the size and shape of a regular cigarette. It is basically a vaporizer for nicotine. I must’ve read dozens of reviews on dozens of e-cigarettes. While a couple of them sounded better than Blu in the reviews, they were just too expensive. Here’s why I ordered a blu e-cig:

  • It’s cheap. For $69.95, you get 2 batteries (the part that lights up), a really cool pack that holds your e-cig and 5 extra cartridges, 2 chargers: the pack is a portable charger and you also get a usb charger, and a 5 pack of cartridges (your choice of flavor & strength).
  • There is a 30 day money back guarantee! If it’s not for you, just send it back & get a refund!
  • FREE shipping. I actually only paid $69.95 total!
  • The “smoke juice” is Made in the USA! I wish the entire thing was made here, but at least the refills are!
  • Refills are cheap. If you order 4 or more refill packs, they are only $9.60 per pack. A refill pack consists of 5 cartridges. Each cartridge is about the equivalent of 1 pack of cigarettes. Again, FREE shipping. That comes to $1.90 per “pack” of cigarettes.

When comparing e-cigarettes, blu definitely has the best value. The starter kit comes with soooo many extras! I absolutely love the charger pack and the extra battery. They definitely come in handy! The money back guarantee was what really sold me on this one. It’s kind of like a free sample that you have to rent for a while 😉

I’ve had my blu for about 3 weeks and I’m thrilled with it. I bought the “classic tobacco” in light and full flavor (which really has to do with the amount of nicotine in the cartridge). The flavor reminds me of coffee or chocolate. There is no smell, no ashes, no tar, no looking for a place to hide. You can “smoke” blu anywhere. You’re exhaling water vapor and it doesn’t linger in the air.

I continued to smoke regular cigarettes for the first week, but only about 2 to 4 per day (you know, that after meal smoke). Now when I smoke a real cigarette, the smell and taste are overwhelming. I can’t even make it through half of one. Yippee!!! I’m not nicotine free, but I’m basically smoke free. It’s cheaper, cleaner, and I get the same satisfaction.

If you’ve been thinking about it, you can’t go wrong with blu. It’s a great value and if you don’t like it, just get your money back! If you’ve used an e-cigarette, I would love to know what you think!



Fabulous new Proactiv deal with extra FREEBIES!


Posted on : 29-07-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Health & Beauty

Proactiv has a new fabulous deal right now! Get a 30 day supply of the 3 step Proactiv system, FREE Deep Cleansing Wash, FREE travel-sized Green Tea Moisture (which I absolutely love!), and FREE shipping, all for $19.95!!!

If you’ve thought about trying Proactiv, now is the perfect time! If you’re already a regular user, get this kit for travel! I have a tween starting middle school in less than 2 weeks. He’ll be starting middle school with this kit! For $20, you can’t go wrong!



How you can Help the Tornado Victims of 4/27


Tornado Relief Efforts

April 27th was a day of devastation and destruction in the South. Family, friends, and neighbors have lost their homes, posessions, pets, and loved ones. I have never seen anything like the devastation that surrounds me and am beyond blessed to have escaped unharmed. Many of you have asked how you can help. The communities have come together and are truly reaching out to those who have been affected. There, but for the Grace of God, go I.

Here are ways YOU can help.

  • Pray! People need prayer more than anything right now.
  • Blood Assurance needs donations! Especially O- and B-. It won’t cost you a thing but time and a tiny bit of pain. Call 800 962-0628 for more information.
  • The Red Cross is out in full force in the affected areas. To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • The Salvation Army is also highly visible in the area. They are out in force and not leaving anytime soon. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.
  • Ace & TJ from Kiss FM are raising money for Alabama victims. Get more information here: http://www.acetj.com/tornado.php
  • Chattanooga Relief Radio & TV stations have teamed up with Bi-Lo and are accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Read about it here: http://www.kisschattanooga.com/pages/help.html
  • CLEVELAND, TN: There is a drop off point at Park View Elementary. Right now they need hamburger and hot dog buns, ice, diapers, and toiletries. They will be accepting donations all day today.
  • CLEVELAND, TN: Candies Creek Baptist coordinating volunteers. To help, call 423-479-3731.

There are many more churches and organizations involved in taking donations. Please keep an eye on WRCBTV.com and The Chattanooga Times Free Press for more information. Follow them on facebook to find posts from community members who are coordinating relief efforts.

Even if you don’t have money to donate, there are things you can do. If you have a decent stockpile built up from couponing, go to that stockpile now and help people who have lost everything. Donate blood or your time to the victims around you. Or, just text “Give” to 80888 to make an instant $10 donation to the Salvation Army.

If you know of other relief efforts or drop off locations, please leave a comment to let others know!


Salonpas Pain Relief Patch


Posted on : 26-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Health & Beauty, Product Reviews

I recently received a free sample of Salonpas Pain Relief Patches. I had seen them in stores, but never really thought about trying them. I am a chronic pain patient and have used many “pain relief” products over the past 3 years. When I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2008, I got hit by a car in the crosswalk as I left the ceremony. Yep, I’m one of those people you always hear about 😉 Work hard, finish school, get hit by a car on graduation day. While I’ve been in pain every day since May 4, 2008, I am blessed. I know it could have been much worse. I’ve learned to cope with the pain and still lead a pretty normal life.  I can wear a smile through almost anything.

I think my background and experience qualifies me as somewhat of an expert on pain relief products, and honestly, there really aren’t many I recommend. Yoga, stretching, heat, ice, massage, and rest are the forms of therapy I recommend and believe in most. 

Okay, enough background info, on to the product! I ordered this simply because it was a free sample, and I love free stuff! I was impressed initially that the sample pack contains 3 patches. The product is super thin and comfortable. It contains 3% Menthol and 10% Methyl salicylate (NSAID). I got my sample pack about a week ago, but just used it today. A combination of nasty weather and planting flowers with my neices has left me unable to move my neck without excruciating pain today. I’ve taken my prescription meds, but got no real relief. I’ve used heat and ice…nothing. So, I got out the Salonpas. Ready for this? It works! Don’t get me wrong, I still can’t move my neck, but now it only hurts when I move it. Before I put the patch on, it was sensitive to touch. The patch has relieved the sensitivity to touch and the pain when I’m still.

The patch really is super thin and made of a stretchy material …it reminds me of the stretchy cloth band-aids. One downside is that it has a very strong smell. You know the smell…Icy Hot, Ben Gay, that kind of smell. It’s not just noticeable to the person wearing it, either. My son made it clear that he can smell it 2 rooms away 😉  Right now, though, I honestly wouldn’t care if it smelled like rotten milk.

This product does contain medication, so the product directions must be followed (only 1 patch at a time, no more than 2 per day, etc).  If it gives me any amount of relief, you can be sure it’ll work on general soreness.

Check it out. Get your FREE sample (while supplies last, limited quantities daily) HERE.  Let me know what you think!

This is not a compensated review.