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Film-Coating Equals #FastAdvil

Date Mon, October 20 2014

New Advil is faster than ever

I’ve always liked Advil because of the sweet coating. It makes it a whole lot easier to swallow, pun intended. A few years back, I had a bad experience with my body reacting to some Advil so I haven’t used it frequently since then, but i decided to give it another go when I was invited to participate in this campaign by Crowdtap.

As part of this campaign, I was sent several blister packs with 2 tablets each and four $3 off coupons. Head over here if you’re interested in your own coupon! The blister packs are actually pursing for carrying in your purse or wallet, by the way!

Advil’s new film-coated tablets are the same size as I’m used to, and they’re a 200MG dosage. They’re slightly lighter and more orange in color, however, so you can tell them apart from other Advil tablets.

Crowdtap and Advil deliver pain relief (and samples) fast!

Another change is the new Ion Core, which is designed to stop pain even faster than before. It’s because the type of ibuprofen is more soluble with water, so make sure to drink a big glass of it when you’re taking these pills.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the waiting period between pain and pain relief when taking medication. It’s not fun! To be honest, I don’t pay a lot of attention to how long it takes pain relief to kick in, but the sooner the better, right? I can say that the new Advil seemed to be very fast! The slightly sweet taste and film coating make them easy to swallow

The active ingredient in Advil is ibuprofen, which works well for swelling and fevers as well as pain relief. With a fresh piercing that I keep accidentally sleeping on, it’s useful to have this around!

There are a couple things to keep in mind, however.

  • Water is necessary to dissolve the coating. I typically take pills without water so I’ll have to remember this.
  • A few reviewers reported heartburn perhaps due to the sodium. I haven’t experienced this either time I’ve taken the tablets.

Of course, you want to remember not to take pills too quickly or too many in a given 24- hour period.

Check out film-coated Advil at Amazon for less than $2. You’ll also find it in your local big box stores and pharmacies!

You can also find out more about this new product with the #FastAdvil Twitter party on October 30th. Click here for more information.

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You’ve Just Been BOO-ed by BuyCostumes

Date Sat, October 18 2014

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

BuyCostumes Halloween Costumes

You’ve just been “BOO-ed” by BuyCostumes! The latest chain reaction game sweeping this Halloween season has just hit your screen with a super discount – 20% off EVERYTHING at BuyCostumes when you use coupon code: AFCBOO20!

Now for the fun part… you get to go “BOO” your friends! Take this BuyCostumes offer and share it on their Facebook pages, pin it alongside their favorite Halloween pics, insert it into their Instagram feed, spread this “boo-tiful” offer everywhere!

Don’t wait to share this offer – it expires 10/23. We wouldn’t want you and your friends to miss out on the spooktacular savings!

Barbar Flat Iron Giveaway

Date Sat, October 18 2014

Hosted by: Queen of Savings, Chronically Content, Mommy Makes Time, Grow It Girl, Dividing by Zero, Here we go again, ready?, Momsicals & Michigan Savings and More

Sponsor: barbar

The barbar 2600 Titanium-Ionic Flat Iron can be used on wet or dry hair to reduce styling time without damaging hair due to ionic ventilation holes that help seal in moisture. Equipped with 1-½” titanium plates and a maximum temperature setting of 450°F, this professional styling tool performs better and is kinder to your hair than ceramic or tourmaline flat irons, and can be used easily, effectively and quickly! You’ll find the 2600 Flat Iron straightens your hair beautifully, creating a sleek and shiny look!

A flat iron was never something I thought I needed as someone with straight hair, but now I find myself reaching for it whenever I want to tame my hair to create a really sleek look. Since getting my flat iron, I’ve also learned that you can create curls and waves with it, so it’s much more versatile than you might imagine.

This giveaway is a great opportunity for you to try a flat iron if you’re unsure how well it will work for you.

Prize: barbar 2600 Titanium-Ionic Flat Iron Winners Choice of Black or White RV $180

Dates: 10/18-11/1

Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Reviews by Cole was not compensated for this post. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment.

6 Tips for Glamorous Hair

Date Fri, October 17 2014

Is prom night approaching? Are you about to go clubbing with a group of girlfriends? Or maybe you’re just looking for new ways to style your hair for your own personal satisfaction. Whatever your reasons for thinking “glam,” here are just six ways to create an all-new you.

1. Trim the Ends

Split ends are more than just an eyesore; they’re indicative of the overall health of your hair. They’re also quite distracting when you’re trying to style yourself for a girl’s night out. Do yourself a favor and get your ends trimmed every 6-10 weeks.

2. Add A Little Shine

Some hair types are shinier than others. It has nothing to do with hygiene and everything to do with the color and thickness of the strands. If your updo isn’t glistening like the women in hair commercials, go ahead and cheat: Spray artificial shining products on it.

3. Try A Wig

You’d be surprised at how much a simple wig can completely change your attitude. For example, fiery red hair might give you a boost in fierceness while blonde curls dramatically increase your confidence. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different looks until you find one worth keeping for the night.

4. Consider Extensions

If you’re looking for something a little more convenient than a trip to the wig shop, consider extensions instead. They offer the same chance to play around with your hair without permanently altering it, perfect for a glamorous evening or one-time event. You can find women’s hair extensions here!

5. Beware Heat

Heat is one of the most damaging things that you can apply to your hair. Not only will it strip moisture from the roots and encourage the build-up of oil, but it’s also responsible for all that frizz! Always use a diffuser when blow drying your hair, and if possible, throw out that flat iron completely.

6. Keep It Hydrated

This is the single most important tip for beautiful hair. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been styled by Beyonce herself; if your hair is dry, damaged or thirsting for moisture, it won’t look good at all. Be heavy-handed with the conditioner to ensure gorgeous locks no matter where you go.

These are just six tips for glamorous hair. Whether you’re rocking a pixie cut or looking for something new to do with your waist-length ringlets, use these techniques to ensure style and shine every time.

Win a Kindle HD For Kids from Sweepstakes Advantage

Date Thu, October 16 2014

Head over to Sweepstakes Advantage to enter to win a Kindle HD for kids for the duration of October. Click on the banner below to enter.



Details: Enter to Win Fire HD 7 Tablet, 8 GB, 1 Year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, 2-Year Worry-Free Guarantee, Kid-Proof Protective Case.

Sweepstakes Advantage will close the giveaway on Nov 3.

As an affiliate, I will make a small amount of money you when enter this giveaway.

Mary Lambert “Heart on My Sleeve”

Date Wed, October 15 2014

I’ve known about Mary Lambert for a few weeks now. I first heard her song “Secrets” on Youtube, and it stuck with me. I don’t love the song, but I really liked the message, and I think she’s beautiful! I was excited to hear Mary get airplay on my local pop radio station.

I was definitely interested in hearing the rest of her music, so I jumped on board when One2One offered an opportunity for me to review the CD. So I received a digital download of “Heart on My Sleeve” in exchange for my honest reviews. Thanks, One2One!

Before this project, I had heard Mary Lambert, but I didn’t know her name. I bet you heard her, too! She wrote and sang the hook on Macklemore’s “Same Love.” Sound familiar?

In “Heart on My Sleave,” Mary is taking on her solo career as a singer and songwriter, and the result is an album that’s genuine and depicts an authentic voice. With the lead single, “Secretcs,” Mary shows how she is as normal, vulnerable and weird as the rest of us, but she’s not going to let it get her down.

Check out the song in the video above. However, don’t pass Mary Lambert bye if you’re not a fan of the video. See, I didn’t think it was catchy enough, nor was I a fan of the way she used her voice. I’m  super glad that I gave the rest of the CD a listen, though.

Mary’s songwriting talent and authenticity shine in “Heart on My Sleeve.”  Lambert has written or cowritten all the lyrics and music on this album, which has the following tracklist.

  1. Secrets [Explicit]
  2. So Far Away
  3. Ribcage [feat. K.Flay]
  4. Dear One
  5. When You Sleep
  6. Chasing The Moon
  7. Jessie’s Girl
  8. Monochromatic
  9. Heart On My Sleeve
  10. Wounded Animal
  11. Sum Of Our Parts
  12. Sing To Me
  13. Assembly Line
  14. Sum Of Our Parts (Alternate Version)

The 14-track version is actually the deluxe version and not the one I received. This is a bummer because I would love to hear the alternate version of “Sum of Our Parts,” which is a my favorite track an a song with a wonderful melody. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the followup single. I love the lyrics:

We we, we are

more than our scars

we are, we are

more than the sum of our parts

My copy also didn’t include “Assembly Line,” which I really like the sound of on Amazon, or “Sing to Me.” I like Assembly Line’s jazzy feel, which is something Mary does in several songs on this album. Perhaps the most notable jazz-inspired tune is a cover of “Jessie’s Girl,” which a slower version of the 80s tune that everyone knows at least the chorus to. I rather enjoyed it.

Mary Lambert’s sweet voice sings out in almost all of the songs, but my other favorites would have to be the sad “So Far away” and “Chasing the Moon.” Both of those have been added to my top rated playlist on iTunes. I also like parts of “Monochromatic,” which revolves around the theme that people aren’t one dimensional. “Ribcage” is interesting, and I would like it if not for the featured rap of K. Flay. It’s just not my style, but Mary Lambert obviously isn’t afraid to play with styles.

This is perhaps most noticeable in “Dear One,” which is actually a poem spoken as word art. Mary does something similar at the end of “Sum of Our Parts.” In my mind, it indicates how closely she works to create an album that is truly representative of herself and her personality, which is nice to see. This isn’t overproduced. The songs don’t focus on autotune. They might not be what you hear in the clubs, but they’re probably resonate with most people. They certainly did with me, and I hope a few more songs get radio play so that Mary Lambert becomes a household name!

You can buy “Heart on My Sleeve” from Amazon or iTunes. Both sites allow downloads of individual songs.

I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.  

Get Started on Your Holiday Shopping with @BestBuy

Date Tue, October 14 2014

Can you believe there’s less than 20 days left until Halloween? That means there’s less than 3 months to get all your holiday shopping done if you’re the type of person who waits until the last quarter of the year to do it. I know I am! That might seem like plenty of time, but we all know it’s not. The days and weeks will rush by, so there’s no better time to get your shopping on that now. This is especially true if you’re not sure what to get someone on your holiday shopping list!

Best Buy is all ready for you, however. Not only does the store have awesome gifts for everyone. Video games for the kids (and me), movies for the whole family, laptops for the business owner (like me), appliances for the home and smartphones for technophiles (do I really need to point out how this applies to me?). You could pretty much just give me a Best Buy gift card for any occasion and I’d be happy.

Take awesome photos like this with GoPro

Take awesome photos like this with GoPro

But it’s not all about me because I don’t have a strong interest in recording videos or snapping photos on anything other than my phone. If someone on your shopping list is an aspiring photog or videographer, Best Buy definitely has you covered, however. Specifically, the story carries GoPro cameras, which you may have heard of. These are durable, wearable cameras that allow you to record life in a hands-free mode. They’re perfect for folks who love the outdoors and want to create lasting video memories.

The three newest models are:

  • GoPro HERO4 Black — 2x more powerful process and 2x frame rate
  • GoPro HERO4 Silver — first GoPro with touch display; 1080p60 and 720p120 video
  • GoPro HERO — 1080p30 and 720p60 video; 5MP photos up to 5 fps
The New GoPro Hero4 in Black

The New GoPro Hero4 in Black

These new models come with WiFi capabilities, so sharing photos and videos is easier than ever. They film in wide angles and they work well in low-light conditions. With 12 megapixel sensors, they Hero4 series offers the clearest photos yet.

GoPro doesn't get in the way of the action

GoPro doesn’t get in the way of the action

However, GoPro cameras have a bunch of specs that your typical point & shoot doesn’t. They’re designed to hold up, so the new lineup is waterproof. Speed is also important for a camera that’s in the middle of the camera, so GoPro has added twice the frame rate and a processor that’s 12 times faster to the GoPro Hero, and the Hero4 models are even better!

Best Buy also offers mounts, remotes and other accessories for you to get the most out of your GoPro camera.

If you’re interested in any of these devices, you can get a hands-on look at your local Best Buy, or you can head to to check out more specs!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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