Review of Garnier Olia

I am a BzzAgent and received a mission to test and review Garnier Olia hair color. After receiving the coupon I went to Walgreen’s to see what colors they had. I am NOT fond of dying my hair, so I wanted to really pick out a color that would not be too drastic of a change.  I am pretty satisfied with the color of my hair. It is brown with gold highlights that come naturally in the summer. I have in the past had professional highlights done, but do not do it any more because it is just too much maintenance. I am too busy to worry about my hair!

Anyway, I was a bit disappointed in the color choices, which was probably the fault of Walgreen’s, as after the fact I found that Garnier DOES sell shades closer to my color. They only had t was either black, red or blonde. I did NOT want black and I did NOT want blonde. So it had to be the red.

I’ve stuck to mostly brown shades for the past couple of years and wanted a change. Most of my adult life, I’ve used either reddish tint or bolder rusty reds, so it seemed like a fun idea to go back to that for a while. Honestly, it was a little challenging to pick a shade I wanted to try because my experience with box color “light” and “medium” seems different from the example photos on Olia boxes. The brown and red shades look darker than what I would call “light,” for example.

At Walmart, there were 14 of the 24 Olia shades in stock, which narrowed down my choice. Since I was fearful of trying any light colors in case they were too light for me, a medium was what I picked to try, 5.5 Medium Mahogany.

The final review – I HATED IT! The most horrendous color… period.

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Review L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

I got the opportunity from SheSpeaks once again to recieve, test and and review a product, this time it was L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. I have to say as a person who does NOT use foundation ever, or any makeup very often at all, I was excited to see exactly how this would effect my skin.

Unfortunately, I am very unpleased with this product. First, the tone made my face look washed out (I took photos, but they look awful, so I am not sharing), and dry. It did not help with the look of my skin at all 🙁 It was very thin, and did not cover very easily.

Overall, I would not purchase this product for myself, and would only recommend it for someone who did not need much coverage of blemishes or skin issues, and for someone who did not require a great deal of hydration to their skin.

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CVS Shopping Trip 1/29/13

After scoring a few good deals at WalMart and Dollar Tree, I headed to CVS to make sure I took advantage of the ThermaCare deal and the Campbell’s soup daily deal. While I was there I made sure to scan my card and got a few extra coupons – one I used tonight.

(2) Thermacare Heat Wraps = $9.98 ($4.99 each)

(2) $2.00/1 Thermacare, 2 ct or larger, RP 12/9 (exp 3/9)

GOT BACK $4 ECB making the two products $1.98

(2) Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup = $1.98 (.99 each)
(1) SoBe Life Water = $1.25

(1) 2 for 1 Campbells Coupon, CVS Daily Deals
(1) $1.00 off SoBe Life Water (printed at the coupon center)


TOTAL OUT OF POCKET: $3.33 = 5 products

Not too bad! And I have $4 ECB’s left to use on my next trip.

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Dollar Tree Shopping Trip 1/29/13

Did you know that Dollar Tree takes coupons? Yes! They do. This is the first time I shopped at Dollar Tree and I got great deals!!

(3) Olay Soap Bars = $3.00 ($1.00 each)
(4) Hefty Sliders Sandwich Bags 15ct = $4.00 ($1.00 each)
(4) Reach Waxed Floss, 55 yards = $4.00 ($1.00 each)
(1) Scotch Tape Pop-up Dispenser = $1.00
(1) Scotch Tape Pop-up Dispenser Refill= $1.00
(2) Hormel Pepperoni (2pk) = $2.00 ($1.00 each)



(3) $1.00/1 Olay Bath Bars, Body Washes or In-Shower Body Lotions, excludes trial/travel size and Simply Olay PG 1/27
(2) $1.00/2 Hefty Slider Bags, 13 ct or larger – RP 1/6 (exp 3/31)
(2) $1.00/2 – Reach Floss Products – (
(2) $1.00/2 Scotch pop-up tape product (3/31)
(1) $1.00 on 2 Hormel Pepperoni Packages

TOTAL AFTER COUPONS BEFORE TAX = $5.00 = 15 products

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Wal-Mart Shopping Trip 1/29/13

Don’t usually shop at Walmart but on the occasion there is such a great deal, I have to brave the masses and go. I did tonight and scored pretty well.

2 Mahatma Yellow Rice Mix = $1.56 (.78 each)
2 Ocean Spray White Grapefruit Juice = $4.96 (2.48 each)
1 Scrabble Slam Game = $5.54
1 Planters Sunflower Seed = $1.58


(2) -.50/1 Mahatma rice (up to 10 lbs)
(2) $2.00 On any ONE (1) 5 lb. bag of Fresh Florida Grapefruit or ONE (1) 54 oz. or larger 100% Grapefruit Juice
(1) -$4 off Hasbro Scrabble game
(1) -$1 off Planters jar, canister, bag or multipk., 6-16 oz, excl almonds, SS 1/27


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Menu Plan Monday: Jan 28th – Feb 3rd

Every week I sit down and peruse several different websites, my cookbooks, and my handwritten tried and true recipes to make healthy meals for my family of five. I tend to use what I find as a base and add my own twist to each recipe, hoping to come up with my own tasty concoction to use over and over again.

Here is this weeks menu:

Monday – Spaghetti & Antipasta

Tuesday – Fish n’ Chips

Wednesday – Potato Soup

Thursday – Cheeseburger Macaroni

Friday – Chicken Fried Steak

Saturday – MY BIRTHDAY – Lani’s Pot O Chili and Apps

Sunday – Teriyaki Chicken and Veggies

You can find all the recipes, and photos for my meals here on my blog, and you can see my full menu plan here on this calendar.

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MorningStarFarms Made Meatless Monday Magnificent!

Never. I repeat, never, have I tried a meatless product. I love my meat, and so does my family. However, I was not skeptical to give it a try because the day that I accepted to participate in this BzzCampaign, I had a friend here who immediately began raving about the quality of the MorningStarFarms product line. They said that I would NOT be disappointed.

I eagerly awaited the arrival of my BzzKit. While waiting I was certain that I would be trying the MorningStar Farms® Grillers® 1/4 Pounders to make hamburgers for my family due to my friend making mention of how much he enjoyed that particular product.

However, when planning my menu this week, I changed my mind. Instead, I had Chili planned for yesterday (Monday). When I hit the store this past weekend, I thought that I would pick up the burgers mentioned before, and tear them up into my recipe. However, I was more than astounded to find that MorningStarFarms already had me covered!

Off to BiLo I Went

In the frozen case of my local Bi-Lo, I picked up the MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters® Grillers® Recipe Crumbles™ to use as the “meat” in my Chili recipe. So easy to use! I simply opened the package and added it to my beans and spices, and it was practically done. I let it simmer (to add depth from my spices as I usually do for about an hour).

After that time, I began to serve my family. My 10 year old, who really only likes Chili out of a can (he does not like tomatoes and onions – which I went very light on so that he would eat), devoured it and said “Mom, this is the best Chili you ever made”. Now, I am sure that had alot to do with the lesser amount of tomatoes and onion, but when I pointed out to him, and the rest of my family that there was no “meat” in it, and instead they were eating a “full vegetable meal”, they were very surprised.

And the family verdict…

They could not tell a single bit of difference between using the MorningStarFarms product vs Ground Beef. That made me a happy Mom and Wife!

I will definitely be using this particular product again as a replacement for Ground Beef in any recipe that calls for it. It is reasonably priced for the amount you receive in comparison per pound of Ground Beef, with way more perks. No pre-cooking, no fat, and just plain healthier. Kudos to you MorningStarFarms – you have definitely made me a huge fan!

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ATTITUDE – by Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

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