November 30, 2012

Review of Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips

I have been using Crest 3D Whitestrips for the past couple of weeks. This is the first time I have tried a teeth whitening product.  Since I do smoke and drink both coffee and sweet tea, I should have tried something a long time ago.

Crest 3-D Whitestrips
I was surprised at how easy they are to use.  The box came with 20 strips, each one containing both a top and bottom strip.  They very easily peel off the clear backing and then you just stick it over your teeth.  I would put them on before I got into the shower and remove them when I was totally done getting ready.  That is usually about 30 minutes, which was perfect timing. 

Opening Crest 3-D Whitestrips
When your time is up, they peel right off.  It doesn't even leave any residue or strange taste.  Considering I am a smoker and coffee drinker, I didn't think I would see results right away.  After just a few days though I was noticing a change.  I have used 16 of the 20 strips so far and and happy with the results.   You can see a difference in my before and after pictures below.  So it is true that, "If You're Not Whitening, You're Yellowing."


Have you ever used a teeth whitening product?  Please feel free to comment below with your experience.

Disclosure:  I received a free product from Influenster..  I was not compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.


November 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday with Linky - Cosmos

I love that I can grow flowers all year round here in south Texas.

Cosmos flower

Cosmos Flower


November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday - 40% Off Boots

Cyber Monday - 40% OFF Boots - Today Only

Every woman needs a good pair of boots.  ShoeDazzle is offering a 40% off Boot Sale (no code required) today only! Whether you're treating yourself or looking for the perfect gift, don't miss your chance to save on stylish shoes from ShoeDazzle! Happy Shopping!

There are so many boots to choose from, I was in boot heaven! Check out ShoeDazzle's great deals and amazing selection.

Let me know which pair is your favorite by leaving a comment below.


Cyber Monday - 25% Off - As You Wish Sale

 Cyber Monday - 25% OFF - Today Only!!! 

The ModCloth As You Wish Sale featuring some of their most popular items starts today! 

The ModCloth As You Wish Sale is a unique sale of the “Most Wished For” items and includes 100s of fan-selected styles at 25% off for a limited time!

The styles were voted on by ModCloth's customers through the Be the Buyer Program, Tweets, Pins, Likes, Votes, & Wishes! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to save on these beloved pieces.

These are just a few things that caught my eye.  Normally I would say, "Just don't tell my hubby!", but at these prices he can't complain:)

That's So Eucalyptus Dress from ModCloth - $21.99

Retail Price: $31.99
You Save: $10.00

Chilly Weather Love Gloves from ModCloth - $19.99

Retail Price: $29.99
You Save: $10.00

Get Stitched Quick Boot in Stone from ModCloth - $42.99

Retail Price: $52.99
You Save: $10.00


November 25, 2012

$100 Amazon Giveaway

I do a lot of my holiday shopping on Amazon.  It's convenient and I get great deals.  So I am glad to bring you the following giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card.  That would be a great help to the gift list.  Good Luck!

$100 Amazon Gift Card
The holiday shopping season is here and I am sure everyone is excited! I know I am. This is my favorite time of the year.

Happy Home and Family has teamed up with a group of the most amazing bloggers around to bring you this great giveaway to help you out with your holiday expenses!!
One lucky reader will be winning a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Special thanks to our co hosts - Capri's Coupons, My Mushings, Mum Writes , SaMie Designs and Din's Fashion
Giveaway details:
  • One lucky reader will be winning a $100 Amazon Gift Code ( or $100 cash through PayPal )
  • Giveaway is open worldwide
  • The giveaway will run from November 25- December 15
Just enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!!

November 23, 2012

See What I Won!

Better Than Bows gift card
I entered a giveaway on Our Little Bit Of Wonderful during the Celebrating Serenity Baby Event. I won a Better Than Bows gift card!

I was so excited when I went to the Better Than Bows shop because everything is so adorable.  They offer the cutest handmade accessories at really decent prices.  You can choose from hair bows, leg & arm warmers, tutu's, pettiskirts and more.  They also accept custom orders. 

I received a Hello Kitty hair bow and a pair of arm warmers for my daughter.  I was so glad when they arrived so I could stop hearing, "Is it here yet?" everyday. (LOL)  I was very pleased with both items and glad to see how well made they were.  My daughter loves to show them off.    Below are some pictures of her modeling both items.

Hello Kitty hair bowHello Kitty hair bow

Arm Warmers
Arm Warmers 

I'm thinking of placing another order soon for some too cute stocking stuffers.  I also have my eye on something for the new grand baby in the family.

Thank you to Our Bit Of Wonderful and Better Than Bows for the great giveaway.

If you check out the Better Than Bows shop, please comment below with your favorite item.


Free Blogger Opp - Mia Mariu Giveaway Event

 This is a great free blogger opportunity.  Offer your readers a chance to win these 2 awesome prizes.

Mia Mariu Giveaway Event

Mia Mariu Giveaway Event

Prizes: $300 Mia Mariu Shopping Spree & an iPad Mini
Event dates: 12/1-12/30

Free Blog Event! Sign-up here, BLOGGERS WANTED


November 21, 2012

iPad Mini Giveaway

The holidays are here.  Have you started on your gift list?  I know a few on my list that would love a new iPad Mini.  Here's your chance to win your very own for some new holiday memories.  
Good Luck To All! 


iPad Mini Giveaway Event

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Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - Sunrise At The Pier

Took some shots of the sun coming up at the fishing pier.





November 16, 2012

Want To Be A Super Hero?

Butterfly Connections meditation cdI recently received a Butterfly Spirit Connections cd to review called Super Hero Mediation Practice by Jennifer Farmer. Jennifer is an intuitive, medium and spiritual teacher. Her goal with the cd is to leave you feeling more empowered and connect to your Super Hero.

I wanted to do this review because I knew it would be challenging for me. I have tried meditation before and always fail miserably. I have a very hard time clearing my mind and getting to a totally relaxed and calm state.

The CD consists of three parts:
  1. A short introduction, 3:25 min. - Preparing to embrace your Super Hero
  2. Super Hero, Part 1, 27:28 min. - Release unhealthy patterns and move into your Super Hero 
  3. Super Hero, Part 2, 21:59 min. - Strengthen your inner Super Hero with affirmations
Jennifer guides you through the meditations with sensitivity and patience.  It moves along at a pace that I can actually work with.  I have been frustrated with previous meditation cd's because they move too quickly from step to step.  Jennifer helps you to rid and transform negative thoughts and to take control of your life.  I do believe in the power of positive thinking and how it can change your life.

Super Hero Meditation practice cd
Each time I listen to the cd, I am left feeling a little more confident and less stressed.  I do recommend listening to Part 1 a few times before moving on to Part 2.   I plan to continue using the cd as I do feel better and more at ease afterwards. 

I think moms are real life super heroes, so why not embrace yours.  The more confident I feel, the more I accomplish. We all need to have that bit of personal time to get away from the stress of everyday life.

To learn more about Jennifer Farmer and her work, you can visit her official website - Butterfly Connections.

Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes only. The opinions are 100% my own based on my experience.


November 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - Picasso Picture

I just loved my daughter's Picasso picture she did at school.

Rachel's Picasso


November 10, 2012

Growing On Facebook

Lil' Debi As Mama buttonI finally made the leap and started a Facebook Fan Page.  I soon realized that I should have done this a long time ago.  It's already helped me bring in some new readers and I am meeting some great people.  I am also getting more likes and feedback on my posts and content.  I love to hear from others and learn a lot that way.

After starting the page, I posted the first milestone I wanted to reach.  Upon reaching 500 fans, I would give away a prize to a random fan.  I was amazed at how quickly I reached this milestone. To celebrate, Andrea Rose was chosen as the 500 fan winner.  She has already received her Amazon gift code.

I started the Lil' Debi As Mama  fan page on October 19th and have grown to 648 fans.  I have been working many late nights on this blog lately.  I have some ideas to improve and expand.  Good things are coming.  I am also working on four different reviews that will all be posted in the next couple of weeks.

The next milestone I would be thrilled to reach is 3000 fans.  I will have a giveaway and am already working on some prizes.  I don't want to reveal any prizes yet, but I will say you can wear one of them around your neck.

I also would love to hear from you - comments, suggestions, ideas, etc.  Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Or hop on over to Facebook, check out the new page, and like or comment on anything that peaks your interest.



November 9, 2012

Free Blogger Opp - $100 Amazon Giveaway

This is a free blogger event to offer your readers a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. They will thank you while shopping for the holidays.

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Prize:  $100 Amazon Gift Card
Event Dates:  11/25 - 12/15
Giveaway is open worldwide

*Bloggers Sign up HERE
Please mention Lil' Debi As Mama referred you.


November 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday w/Linky - Cactus Bloomed

My cactus bloomed!

Cactus Bloomed


Earning Extra Holiday Cash

i-Say by Ipsos  is one of my top paid survey companies.  Membership is free, as any reputable paid survey site should be.  You earn points for taking surveys that can be exchanged for cash, gift cards or charity donations.  I sometimes also get free products to sample and then give my opinion about.  I recently got to test five different fragrances for a possible new line at Bath & Body Works.  

Ipsos Survey Panel also has some great contests.  The November contest is The Great Give Thanks Giveaway.  A member will be chosen to receive 10,000 points ($100) and will be interviewed and featured in the monthly newsletter.  This contest is in addition to their regular monthly and quarterly contests.
  • $5000 Monthly Click Draw - every time you click on a survey you're automatically entered.
  • $5000 Member Contest - Stay an active member during the quarter and you could win.
  • Monthly Points Giveaway - Every month 10 random members are chosen to receive 2,500 points ($25).
  • Quirky Poll Question - Every Wednesday i-Say will ask a question on Twitter. If you respond with @isaynews in your tweet, at the end of the day you could be awarded 250 points.
  • Poll Predictor Game - After a survey, you are asked a question that you need to guess the precentage that responded Yes to that question.  The closer you guess to the right answer the more chances to have to enter the draws.  They have some great prizes to choose from valued at $500 - $1000.  

i-Say PayPal payment proof

To the right is a screenshot of my most recent PayPal payment for a total of $180 that I have
earned with i-Say.

Membership is open to the U.S. and Canada.  It's also a great way to get some extra holiday shopping cash.


November 2, 2012

Wii U Giveaway Event

Have you heard about Nintendo's new Wii U?  It's pretty cool with new ways to play and new ways to connect.  Here's your chance to win one and in perfect time for the holidays.  Good luck everyone!

Choice Your U Event

~ Introducing the Wii U ~

Wii U is the next great gaming console from Nintendo and it redefines how you will play next. With its innovative new Wii U GamePad controller, it will not only introduce entirely new ways to play games, it will also transform how you connect with friends and enjoy entertainment.

Play Games

  • Discover new ways to play together with the innovative Wii U GamePad controller
  • Enjoy brand new games from your favorite gaming franchises
  • Experience up to full 1080p HD for the first-time ever on a Nintendo gaming console
  • Play almost all of your favorite Wii games & accessories on the Wii U console

Connect & Share

  • Interact with friends, family, and people around the world via Miiverse*
  • Download add-on content, full games, classic games, and applications from the Nintendo eShop*
  • Communicate in real time with the video chat feature*
  • Make and share Mii? characters* *Broadband Internet access required for online features. For more info, go to

Transform Entertainment

  • Search your TV, cable, video-on-demand and DVR content from one convenient place
  • Control your TV with the Wii U GamePad as a remote control
  • Browse the Internet on the Wii U GamePad and share your activity on the TV screen
  • Find, watch, and enhance your video entertainment

Wii U GamePad Controller

  • Connects Wirelessly with both the console and the TV
  • Built-in touch screen
  • Motion Control
  • Buttons and control sticks built right in

One lucky reader will receive a Wii U Console with Wii U GamePad Controller!

Giveaway ends November 30th at 11:59pm, open to Continental US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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