04 July 2011

..::Winner's Post::..

Congratulations to the winners selected for the giveaways ended June 27 - July 3 2011!
You have all been emailed, and please respond within 48 hours, or new winners will be selected!

29 June 2011

Taking a Vacation!

Hey, everybody!

This weekend is very special to me.  I am taking a trip to Cleveland, Ohio -- my hometown.  

I left Cleveland in 2006 to join the military.  Since then, I have moved all around the country, North, South, East, and West.

I really don't particularly enjoy the area, since I got to see the rest of the country.  It's so neat to be able to explore different parts of the US that I didn't know existed.  It has given me a new outlook on life.

I have been given the opportunity to visit my family and friends this weekend for the 4th of July.  I'm really excited to show off my son, and my awesome husband!

I won't be updating my blog after noon tomorrow, as we will be heading out.  Check back on Tuesday for updates, I'll keep them rolling in then!  

I'll post pictures, we have a bunch of fun stuff planned.  

Has anybody ever been to Cedar Point?  That's our Sunday trip!  I miss going there, I used to go once or twice a year, now I can only dream of it!

Take care, and I'll be back soon!

Win: $25.00 Initials, Inc. Gift Certificate!

My good friend Anne, over at Addicted to Saving Money, is hosting a giveaway for a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Initials, Inc.  

The products in the catalog are beautiful, fun, and unique.  

Be sure to stop by and enter her giveaway, it's really easy to enter!

Click HERE to enter.  Ends July 15, 2011.

..::Product Review::.. flipflop Wines!

My Review of flipflop Wines!

What is it exactly?

From the website . . .
"...With flipflop wines, we have embraced the movement toward individualistic expression, instead of manufacturing wines into some cookie-cutter style that’s all the rage. Our goal is to craft expressive, well-balanced wines that evoke just what the grapes inside intended, without being over-wrought or over-explained, and that can be enjoyed at any occasion..."


This is my second time reviewing flipflop Wine!  I love it, and so do all of my friends who try it.  I host lots of wine and cheese parties, and always have flipflop as the wine for everybody!

For my last review on flipflop Wine (Pinot Grigio & Riesling), please click HERE.

I’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing flipflop Wine!  Please read on . . .

Packaging & Presentation

For review, I received a bottle of Chardonnay (Vintage 2009) and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (Vintage 2009).  I also received a few neat fact sheets about the wines!

Ease of Use

First, I decided to try flipflop’s Chardonnay! This evening, I had a Caesar salad for dinner, and since Chardonnay pairs well with Caesar salad, I thought I'd give it a shot.  It was DELICIOUS!  I really enjoyed this glass of wine with my dinner, as did my husband.  It wasn't overpowering, but it did give the salad a different dimension of taste!

Here is some information about the Chardonnay:
  • Tastes Like: Medium-bodied, Chardonnay with pineapple, soft vanilla and a long lingering finish.
  • Full Of: Creamy, toasted oak notes.
  • Serve: Chilled
  • SRP: $7.00

Next, I tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon. I never tried Cabernet Sauvignon, so I did not know what to expect.  I am more of a white wine drinker, so I was a bit nervous to try a red wine!  Cabernet Sauvignon has a very strong, distinct taste.  It stays in around a while, and gives you time to understand all of the tastes that are mingling in your mouth!  It is a dry wine, and served at room temperature.  Paired with the right foods, such as New York strip steak, spinach ravioli, or Portobellos mushrooms, it would be delicious!

Here is some information about the Cabernet Sauvignon:
  • Tastes Like: Full-bodied, Cabernet Sauvignon with blackberry fruit, dark cherries and a long lingering finish.
  • Full Of: Black pepper notes and berry aromas.
  • Serve: Room Temperature
  • SRP: $7.00

Meet the Vintner, flipflop wines:
David Georges lives up to the motto of “recycle, reduce, reuse”.  David discovered that he really wanted to study viticulture as he worked at an organic vegetable farm.  He also took up enology at the University of California.  David wanted to make wines that were well-balanced, and affordable for all people on all economic levels. 

**flipflop wines is a company that gives back!  Here is a fact sheet that I received with the wine:

The company partnered with Soles4Souls, allowing children to have the basic necessity of shoes.  Flipflop wines want to achieve their goal of putting 11 million pairs of shoes on in 2011!  For every bottle of wine sold, flipflop wines will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need!
For more information about Soles4Souls, please click HERE!

  • 7 different wines to suit your taste!
  • Dedicated Vintner, David Georges, cares about his products
  • Affordable for people of all economic situations
  • Company GIVES BACK to the community!

You can purchase flipflop Wine on their website, and they deliver right to your door! You can buy by bottle, or by case! Please click HERE to check out the selection!


Every time I walk into a store, the first thing I notice is the flipflop Wines display.  It may be partially because I am a supporter of this company, partially because it the the BEST wine that I have ever tasted, partially because it fits into my economic pocket, but MOSTLY I love knowing that buying a bottle of flipflop wine for one of my social events not only gives us a good time, it helps somebody less fortunate receive a pair of shoes.  Knowing that I am supporting a company that cares about our communities puts a smile on my face and keeps me bragging about such a wonderful company!

Please visit flipflop Wines on:

DISCLAIMER:  I was not compensated for this post, I received a free sample of the product and wrote my review based off of the sample.  The opinions stated above are mine, and mine alone!

27 June 2011

..::Product Review::.. Bath Thyme ~ Body Milk ~ Zinnia

My Review of Bath Thyme Body Milk Zinnia

What is it exactly?

From the website . . .
"...Bath thyme is trying to bring you a complete range of bathing products from shower gel, bath gel, hair shampoo, conditioning moisturizing, body scrub and soap bars all of our soap products are free from SLS, and we also have a range of aromatherapy products such as body oil, essential oil. Bath thyme have selected a water based scented air freshener for our room sprays; these are chemical free and are safe to use around your children. We also have pillow mist, which you can spray on to your pillow and will send you off to a good nights sleep or to spray on your clothes during the day. So why don’t you try our products for yourself, we are sure you will love them. And don’t forget to recycle your packaging. We are currently looking for any distribution outlets for our products. Interested parties should feel free to contact us by email to receive samples of our products.

The exotic combination of floral fragrances of Thai flowers will balance the mood and spirit and promote a sense of uplifting, giving an awakening bathing experience which will gently cleanse and moisturize leaving your skin refreshed & fragranced..."


I’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing Bath Thyme Body Milk Zinnia!  Please read on . . .

Packaging & Presentation

I was sent a 8.5 fl. oz. bottle of Bath Thyme Body Milk Zinnia.  It is a very attractive looking bottle.

When the package arrived, I opened it up to find it bubble-wrapped and thoroughly secured to provide safe shipping!

Ease of Use

I love all types of bath products!  I am addicted to them!  Being in the Navy, it’s very easy to fall into the sequence of not feeling like a woman all the time!

I love taking the time to pamper myself and make myself feel like a queen.

A new line of products by Bath Thyme provided me with the essence of my own self-being!

I use lotion 2 times a day, in the morning and before I go to bed.  The body milk that I was sent was scented in Zinnia.  It was not overpowering, but it is a very feminine scent.

I pressed the pump one time, and this is the amount it dispenses: 

It is perfect for the average sized hands!  Also, the 100% botanical base with added Shea butter rubs in smoothly, and there isn’t a greasy feeling left behind. You can see the added glow on my skin!

  • Variety of scents to choose from
  • Non-greasy, easy to use
  • Keeps you feeling great, perfect for a spa day!


Not only does Bath Thyme make Body Milk, but they have a wide assortment of other products.  From Room Spray, Shampoos, Body Scrubs, Pillow Mist, and Shower gel, there are lots to choose from.  Bath Thyme would make a great gift for somebody, or used to pamper you! 

You can browse Bath Thyme’s products here.

Please visit Bath Thyme on:

DISCLAIMER:  I was not compensated for this post, I received a free sample of the product and wrote my review based off of the sample.  The opinions stated above are mine, and mine alone!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com created by WebBizIdeas.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

26 June 2011

Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch Cereal & Coupon Offer

The other day, I was delighted to find a box of Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch cereal at my door for me to sample and try!

Boy, was it delicious.  It was addicting!  My family and I are huge cereal eaters, so this was a pretty neat opportunity!

Change breakfast forever, and enjoy this brand new cereal!

Here are some facts:

  • Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch is a delicious chocolatey cereal ready to be enjoyed for breakfast or as a satisfying snack on the go.

  • Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch has at least 8 grams of whole grain (48 grams recommended daily) and a good source of calcium and Vitamin D in every serving.

  • Taste buds will delight in the perfect balance of whole grain goodness and delicious chocolate flavor in every bite.

  • If you are interested, I can email you a $1.00/1 Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch cereal coupon!  

    Email me at: melissajackson07@gmail.com with the email address that you would like me to send it to!

    Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.  I received a free sample in order to write this review.  

    ..::Product Review::.. Dream Water

    My Review of Dream Water

    What is it exactly?

    From the website . . .
    "...The Dream Water® guys stayed up all night… so you don’t have to. They embarked on a journey to perfect an all-natural formula for a sleep and relaxation water – the first of its kind – that would not only taste great but also have zero calories. The result is Dream Water®, a new and exciting lightly flavored shot with natural relaxation effects.
    Like the approximately *70 million other Americans who suffer from sleep issues, the founders of Dream Water® found themselves counting sheep on sleepless nights, skeptical of the potentially harmful effects and addictive chemicals found in most sleep-aid solutions. It was then that they decided to put all that extra time awake to good use.
    They embarked on a journey to perfect an all-natural formula for a sleep and relaxation water – the first of its kind – that would not only taste great but also have zero calories. The result is Dream Water®, a new and exciting lightly flavored, water-based beverage with natural relaxation effects.
    Safe as a warm glass of milk and more effective than counting sheep, Dream Water® contains three natural relaxation ingredients that will transport you to a sound and restful sleep, including GABA, Melatonin and 5-htp (Tryptophan) to help one relax, fall asleep and improve the quality of sleep..."


    I’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing Dream Water!  Please read on . . .

    Packaging & Presentation

    I was sent 2.5 FL oz. of both the Lullaby Lemon and the Snoozeberry flavors of Dream Water. 

    These came wrapped in tissue paper, and I was really excited to try them!

    Ease of Use

    I waited until the weekend to review Dream Water in case it made me oversleep.  The directions on the back say to drink the bottle 30 minutes before you want to go to sleep.

    I drank the Snoozeberry at 10:30 pm, and I fell perfectly asleep at a little after 11:00.  The next morning, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go!

    Dream Water tastes great.  There is no disgusting after taste.  Dream Water comes in 2 flavors.  I preferred the Snoozeberry to the Lullaby Lemon, but probably because I don’t prefer lemon flavored drinks. 

    If you are having trouble falling asleep, like 50-70 million other people, Dream Water will certainly help you. 

    With ZERO calories, natural sleep supplements, and a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, you should give Dream Water a try and reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep!

    • Tastes great!
    • Available online and in stores near you!
    • Helps overcome racing thoughts, insomnia, and stress!
    • Zero Calories!


    It is time to put those sleepless nights to rest and move on!  I am a high-stress person, and I always need something to relax me before I finally get a good night’s sleep. 

    Dream Water helped me sleep for a solid 9 hours with out hesitation.  I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night, and I felt refreshed in the morning.

    If you still doubt the effectiveness of Dream Water, try it for yourself with a FREE SAMPLE of the Snoozeberry!

    Dream Water is offering you a coupon code for 50% off all online purchases!  Enter the code DIVADREAM11 at checkout through 7/31/11!  Also, please note that shipping is FREE!

    Please visit Dream Water on:

    DISCLAIMER:  I was not compensated for this post, I received a free sample of the product and wrote my review based off of the sample.  The opinions stated above are mine, and mine alone!

    23 June 2011

    ..::Review + Giveaway::.. Vedette Shapewear-- 3 Winners!

    Review / Giveaway – Vedette Shapewear

    What is it exactly?

    From the website…
    "...At Vedette, we understand the unique needs of our customers and offer you a wide range of shapewear and support garments for any occasion. Our shapewear is not only designed to provide support, but can also be worn as lingerie; each piece is enhanced with pretty details and elegant designs, so you can wear them comfortably..."


    I’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Stéphanie Style #104 in Buff Full Body Shaper from Vedette Shapewear! Please read on . . .

    Packaging & Presentation

    The Vedette Shapewear is packaged nicely!  The casing has a picture as well as the size, style, and color of exactly the product contained within.  That way if you buy multiple items, you will not mix them up.  I also received a color catalog of all the Vedette Shapewear products!

    Want to know another great part about the packaging?  It has a re-sealable top.  I really like this, because I wear shapewear about 2 times a month, and I love having the packing to store it in while it is in my drawer.

    Inside, my Full Body Shaper was neatly folded, and came with an Instructions card on how to care for the shapewear. 

    Ease of Use

    In the Spring and Fall, I wear my Navy uniform pretty frequently.  It is my duty to ensure that the uniform fits well.  Sometimes, my weight fluctuates, and I need to wear shapewear to make sure I fit correctly in my uniform.

    I am pretty picky about the shapewear that I use because I don’t want odd bulges everywhere.  Upon taking my new Full Body Shaper from Vedette Shapewear out of the package and trying it on, I was pretty excited. 

    Just by touching the fabric, I knew it was different.  It is a thicker material.  There is lace on the hem of the legs.  It was high quality.

    When I tried it on, it was fantastic!  I tried it on under my uniform and it looked like I lost 10lbs! 

    • Many styles
    • Variety of colors
    • High quality
    • Meets needs for specific problem areas


    Vedette Shapewear re-shapes your body!  The company has been around since 1979 helping women of all body types.  Also, please note that Vedette Shapewear comes in a variety of colors!

    Vedette Shapewear is offering you a $5.00 Gift Card!  If you decide to purchase any Vedette garments, email Vedette Shapewear with the name of my blog, Living the Thrifty Life!
    Please visit Vedette Shapewear on:

    Now . . . on to the GIVEAWAY!

    3 of my lucky readers will win Vedette Shapewear in select styles for FREE!
    The styles available to the winners are:
    • ANGÉLE (Bodysuit w/ Brassier in Thong Back Medium Control - Nude)
    • ANGÉLE (Bodysuit w/ Brassier Medium Control)
    • ANGÉLE (Bodysuit w/ Brassier in Thong back Medium Control - Black) 
    • ARIANE (Mid-Thigh Body w/ Bra Medium Control)

    RULES:  To enter this giveaway, you must complete the mandatory entry first, and then you may complete any and/or all-extra entries! Please make your email address visible either in your comment or in your blogger profile!

    Giveaway ends July 7, 2011 @ 2359 EST

    MANDATORY ENTRY: Which is your favorite piece from Vedette Shapewear?

    1.  “Like” Vedette Shapewear on Facebook.
    2. Follow Vedette Shapewear on Twitter.
    3. Follow Vedette Shapewear on their Blog.
    4. Subscribe to my email newsletter.
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    9. Add my button to your blog!
    10. Who would this be for, if you are the lucky winner?
    11. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to me.
    12. Subscribe to Vedette Shapewear on Youtube.

    DISCLAIMER:  I was not compensated for this post, I received a free sample and wrote my review based off of the sample.  The opinions stated above are mine, and mine alone!