Wordless Wednesday – ER “Fun” 12 comments

I went to an after-hours clinic on Sunday for a stomach pain that had been persistently with me for 5 days.  They thought appendicitis and sent me to the ER (Big bucks).  I was pretty sure that wasn’t it because the pain hadn’t gotten a lot worse over the 5 days.  It just was constantly there, and hurts (yes, the pain is still here) to breathe.  Turns out I had an ovarian cyst rupture.  Boo!



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L & Z Inc 100% Authentic Tencel Bed Sheets   Recently updated !

I love a soft, silky sheet!  I’ve heard a little about the fabric Tencel, but honestly, never paid attention to it until now.  Of course, when I read the claim that it is eco-friendly, I had to check more into it.


resize_1f42ed12a8d354552f730c6b6be3287fe2531da9f9617c8e8a24e2228f487cad47dc9dc6256256Tencel is the brand name…for the fabric made from lyocell fiber.  It has become known for being an eco-friendly fabric because it claims to be biodegradable and renewable.  It is made from wood pulp from sustainable tree farms.  It’s also certified by the international Forest Stewardship Council.  This fabric can be combined with other synthetic fabrics, though, so that’s something to watch for.  It’s a popular choice for sheets and clothing.


The sheets I received for review claim to be 100% Tencel, so I can definitely feel good about that.  I got them and my husband immediately put them on the bed.  We LOVE the silky, soft feel!  They are very breathable, if that makes sense.  I think they’ll be great for the warmer weather that is fast approaching, as they are not thick and heavy feeling.  And I know it’s not as important as the feel, but I love the color too. :)  So, I don’t know…regal!  They are pretty sheets and extremely comfortable.

He loves the feel as much as I do!

He loves the feel as much as I do!

*I received a complimentary bed sheet set through Tomoson in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.  

Purina One Cat Food Vox Box Review   Recently updated !

I’ve got two cats at home, and we just love ’em (well, the kids and I at least). :)  Hubby isn’t so sure!


You may remember a few months ago, I mentioned having to take one of my cats in to the vet.  He was having a hard time with digestion and developing crystals in his urine. It ended up being pretty expensive and emotional, as the vet told us that he could very likely die, and that we would need to start buying him a higher quality cat food to possibly prevent it from coming back.  Of course, I didn’t feel that I could afford the $75 – per – bag cat food they were selling, but they did tell me that there were “probably” other brands out there that would be just as helpful with digestion.


Enter Purina One.  I was so excited to be chosen to receive the Purina One One Switch Vox Box through Influenster.    My cats seemed excited too, ha ha!


Lovin’ the Purina One so far!


The more I read about this cat food, the more impressed I am.  This truly seems to be a higher quality brand based on the ingredients, and my cats LOVE it.  It was kinda funny (and sad at the same time) to see how quickly they gobbled that bag up.  Once it was gone, I filled their tray with the  other cat food we already have and they don’t want to eat it anymore.  I feel pretty bad, seeing how much they dislike their food usually.  I don’t think I’d realized, because it was all they had, so I didn’t have anything to compare their eating to.


Not only do they seem to prefer the taste, they are getting health benefits as well.

Top benefits:

  • Antioxidants help support a strong immune system
  • Omega-6 helps support healthy skin & coat
  • Protein helps support strong muscles
  • 100% nutrition – all the nutrition your cat needs for each life stage
  • 0% fillers – all of our high-quality ingredients have a purpose


Purina ONE® Dry Cat Food also comes in 9 different formulas:


  1. Healthy Kitten Formula
  2. Salmon & Tuna Flavor
  3. Chicken & Turkey Flavor
  4. Vibrant Maturity® 7+ Formula
  5. Urinary Tract Health Formula
  6. Hairball Formula
  7. Indoor Advantage®
  8. Sensitive Systems
  9. Healthy Metabolism™


I’ve been completely won over, and I have made the switch for my cats to get them eating Purina One.  My cats seem to love it, and I’m seeing them eat more than I ever have before.  I love feeling like I’m doing a better job for their health without breaking the bank.  It is SO frustrating feeling like being healthy costs more, so I’m grateful for this option.  I’m personally planning on using the Indoor Advantage right now since my cats spend most of their time indoors.


*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are honest, and mine alone.


Summer is Coming! Let’s Celebrate With a Sizzling Summer Giveaway

Summer is coming to those of us in the northern hemisphere.  I can NOT wait!  Working at a school, I get at least as excited as my kids for the break.  The sunny weather, the gardening, the camping trips, the nature walks/hikes, and the relaxing at home just make me giddy!


What is your favorite part about summer?


Let me give you another reason to love the upcoming season:  How about $500 spending cash??

Better on a budget


I’ve teamed up with some other wonderful bloggers to offer you a BIG giveaway!!  TWO winners will receive $500 each for their summer activities via Paypal!  This awesome giveaway is open world wide.  So…what are you waiting for?  Enter below, and good luck!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Terms & Conditions:T&C for the giveaway: This giveaway is open WW the (2) winner must be 18 years or older to win. The giveaway will end on June 15th and the winner will be chosen by random.org no later than June 20th. All mandatory entries must be completed. The entries will be verified. Full Lives Reviews can void an entry if entrant did not add verification. The winner will be notified via email and will need to respond to that email within 24 hours to claim their prize. Once the prize is claimed a notification will be sent out to the co-hosts for announcement. Void where prohibited.

Frugal Health – Increase Your Water Intake

Do you want a simple and frugal way to improve your health?


Drink more water.


25605607f9d1c9c6fcd709f56b0c88c1It’s an incredibly frugal, simple thing to do, and yet it’s not always easy.


Last summer when I got really sick, the very first lifestyle change I was instructed by my doctor to make was to up the amount of water I was drinking.  When I “graduated” the 6-month program I was given, he reiterated to me that the number one thing I can do to prevent having similar issues in the future is to keep the water drinking going.  It has proven to be true.  I can tell EVERY DAY now when I’ve not had enough water.  It’s insane to me how much difference it makes!



So, how do you stay motivated to keep drinking?  There are a lot of free apps out there that will give you a reminder every so often.  There are also fruit-infused waters that you can make, to give yourself a little more variety.  Infusing your water with fruit also adds other benefits and nutrients to the water!  Honestly, I’ve known about this for awhile, but I didn’t start actually making my own water with fruit until recently, simply because it wasn’t convenient.  Lazy, I know… :)  Enter this Live Infinitely Infusion water bottle:

Live Infinitely Infusion


Simple to Use:
Simply toss your favorite fruits, veggies or tea into the infusion basket, fill up with water, give it a little shake and allow about 10 minutes for the infusion water bottle to work its magic!
Check Out All the Health Benefits that are possible:
✓ Green tea+Mint+Lime: Fat burning, digestion, relieves headaches, congestion and freshens breath.
✓ Strawberry+Kiwi: Immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, cardiovascular health and digestion
✓ Cucumber+Lime+Lemon: Water weight management, appetite control, relieves bloating, hydration, and digestion
✓ Lemon+Lime+Orange: Digestion, immune defense, vitamin C, relieves heartburn, (when consumed at room temperature)


I love this particular bottle because it’s BPA free and dishwasher safe.  The company also back all of their water bottles with a 100% money back guarantee.
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I am committed to continuing living my life in a healthy way, and in doing it on the budget that I live with.  Using this water bottle is a crazy easy way to do so.  My favorite flavor combination so far is mandarin oranges and blueberries.  I’m looking forward to trying a cucumber/mint combo, or something similar.  I’ve just gotta harvest my mint first! :)


Do you drink fruit-infused waters?  What is your favorite flavor combo?



*I received a free water bottle in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are mine alone.

Chocolate A Day Giveaway – Win Chocolate for a YEAR!

Chocolate A Day is giving away 20 years’ worth of Chocolate A Day Deluxe Multivitamin—the chocolate that loves you back.


This award is equivalent to 240 boxes and about 6,000 pieces of creamy dark Belgian chocolate with 100% daily value of 10 vitamins and minerals!


20 winners will receive a year’s worth of chocolate each.  One winner will be chosen per day over 20 days.  The first 10 days for the giveaway are May 5-15, and the second 10 days are June 9-19.  Yay!


Friends, this is some good chocolate!  My son wholeheartedly approves, and in fact, I’m having a hard time keeping him AND me from eating more than one each day. :)  Each chocolate square provides 100% daily value of 10 vitamins and minerals.  It contains 55% cocoa, so it’s a slightly dark chocolate.


It is sugar free, but is sweetened with maltitol, which is a sugar alcohol.  Maltitol does have a slightly higher glycemic index than most sugar alcohols, so is best used in moderation.  That is the one thing that I wish could be changed about the chocolate.  I don’t generally approve of sugar alcohols.


The chocolate vitamins are non GMO, dairy free, and gluten free, which is important to me!  They are so dang delicious, and I love being able to eat a chocolate a day!  Although only for a couple more days, because I haven’t missed a day and I’m almost out, ha ha!  I shouldn’t have shared them with my son. 😉


Enter to win a FULL YEAR supply of chocolate for a day!  There will be 20 winners, guys….TWENTY!  You’ve got to enter and try these!  Click on the picture below to enter, and good luck!

*I was given a package of Chocolate a Day for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.