Making My Command Center|PinPix Cork Board #bulletinboard

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Disclaimer: I have received this product complimentary of the company, but my thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way
persuaded by the company.

Product Review:

I’m starting a command center for my home for convenience and storage in our dining area. We need a central location for all of our important mail, flyers cards, etc. I have been wanting a cork board for the start of the command center, and this PinPix Decorative Bulletin Cork Board was a perfect fit.

This pin cork bulletin board was shipped and packaged very well. There weren’t any defects or improper packing. The board is huge and is great for the start of a kitchen or dining room command center. I have been able to post papers, business cards, and even a light pen cup to the board and it looks absolutely clean.

There is no messy clean up like from a  normal cork board, this cord board has no tears or loose particles. It’s a self healing board, in the sense that the hole that is made will stay self contained and have less of a wear and tear look. I would recommend this board to anyone whose ready to start a home command center.

Con:

The price is a bit high, but when you think about how many cork boards you can go through, it’s a great investment.

Site Description

“PinPix is a patent-pending canvas bulletin board created with self-healing technology that minimizes any wear and tear when pricked.

PinPix boards are made from high quality canvas with beautiful designs you will be proud to display anywhere in your home.

Prick the canvas with a pin to display a recipe, photo, note or clipping.

Remove the pin and within the space of 48 hours this hole will partially repair itself due to the self-healing quality of the canvas!

You can use it again and again, yet your PinPix board will continue to retain most of it’s original quality and appearance!”

Retail Price: $60.44 (30×20 Size Pictured Above)

Q&A
Do you have a command center at home? 

Would you use this bulletin board?

 

 

My New Retro Look

Disclosure: Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a percentage if you purchase through my link. The glasses in this post were purchased with my own money and are not sponsored by the company. Although this post contains affiliate links, all of my opinions are my own and were not persuaded by the company in anyway.

My New Retro Look

I’m so excited for my new look this year. I’ve worn glasses ever since middle school and although I prefer contacts, wearing glasses has grown on me. Especially since some of the old vintage style “Buddy Holly” and cat-eye glasses have been bursting back on the scene, the retro look has become more of part of my style.

I normally go into the eye doctor to get my exam and prescription. There were times when I purchased at my doctor’s office but I’ve always loved the convenience and variety online ordering can bring.

I’ve purchased from www.coastal.com on several occasions and I’ve always been happy with the glasses that I bought. All you have to do is enter your exam prescription numbers and you can order prescription eyeglasses or contacts through the website. The glasses are durable, come in variety of styles and the prices are convenient for everyone.

This time I wanted to try some new looks and I’m not disappointed. I definitely wanted to choose some styles that were retro and sleek and I found 3 designer pair that I fell in love with.

Package Included:

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Eyeglass Kit W/ Eyeglass Cases:

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Kam Dhillon 3079 Katerina Oleander

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Joseph Marc 4116 Orchid Fade

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Kam Dhillon 3041 Purple

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What helped me choose my designer frames, was the option to upload my photo to see how the glasses would look on me. I love this option because you can (virtually) try on your glasses using the “Try On View” feature.

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Screenshot of Actual Try On View

Click Here to See “Try On View”

My New Retro Look

(Wearing the Kam Dhillon Oleander Pair)

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I love my new retro look so far and I can’t wait to order more designer pairs to my new

collection of frames  🙂

 

The site offers free returns and free shipping!

Be sure to check out my affiliate link below

to get your new look today!




Influenster Jingle Vox Box

 

 

Influenster Jingle Vox Box

Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Kiss Lashes

https://www.facebook.com/KissNails

https://www.instagram.com/kissproducts

#KissLashes

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Pure Ice Nail Polish

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPureIce/

https://twitter.com/OfficialPureIce

https://www.instagram.com/officialpureice

#PureIce

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Hallmark Itty Bitty

https://www.facebook.com/HALLMARK/

https://twitter.com/hallmark

https://www.instagram.com/hallmark/

#ittybittys

 

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Biscoff Cookie

https://www.facebook.com/Biscoff/

https://twitter.com/biscoffcookies

https://www.instagram.com/biscoffcookies/

#MyBiscoffBreak

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Photo Credit: The Lovely Photog

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

https://www.facebook.com/Cetaphil

https://www.instagram.com/cetaphilus/

#Cheerphil

Not Pictured:

Ore Ida Potatoes

https://www.facebook.com/oreidapotatoes

https://www.instagram.com/oreida/

#OreIdaTotchos

Oh so tasty! Didn’t even make it to the blog post 🙂 I’ve had these tater tots before and we love them!

NYC New York Color

https://www.facebook.com/newyorkcolorcosmetics/

https://twitter.com/nycnewyorkcolor

https://www.instagram.com/nyc_new_york_color/?hl=en

#cityproofnyc

Discolosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes.

 

Influenster Jingle Vox Box Unboxing and Review

PlutoCase Product Review and Giveaway Contest

I absolute love taking photos and I love different ways I can showcase my photographs. One of the ways that I thought I would be able to showcase them was by customizing a phone case. Luckily, I know of a really cool company called PlutoCase.

I couldn’t wait to choose which pictures I would actually upload, but I wanted them to represent my photography style, as well as the things I love.

Here are the photos I chose:

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ABOUT PlutoCase

EXPERIENCE:

I have been using my PlutoCase phone cases for the past month and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I chose to use a different case everyday to check the durability, strength, and effectiveness of these cases. The website was also very easy to navigate. Initially, the site would not allow me to enter any data in the ordering fields, but once I notified the company, they were able to fix the issue immediately.

 There was fast delivery for these my customized phone cases. They came in the mail about a week from ordering and that was only because I ordered it on a Thursday. If you place your order on a Monday, they would probably reach you by Friday, if not before. They were individually wrapped, protected. and in one piece, which I was thankful for.

I have been wearing each customized phone case on my Samsung Galax S5 and have enjoyed these cases thoroughly. I was so impressed by the PlutoCase company and how well my customized phone cases came out. They are the best I’ve seen for such a low cost.  I’ve had a few people ask  about my customized PlutoCase phone cases and I would definitely recommend them. I absolutely love how they turned out!

Here are shots of my phone cases:

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COST: $33 Retail Value

PRODUCT OPTIONS:

iPhone 4/5c/5s/5/6 cases  & Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 cases

PROS:

The phone case is sturdy and durable. I have dropped my phone since using these cases a few time and have not had any cracks or breaks.

The photos that were used to customize my case, were virtually and almost perfectly the same color and quality.

The phone case was easy to place on my phone.

The phone case is slim and sleek.

Very high quality and durable.

CONS:

The phone case gloss option is a bit slippery.

If you use your phone like I do, (which is a lot), the phone will slip out of your hand quite a bit.

Although the pictures I chose to upload turned out great, you have to be careful with the sizing and coloring of the pictures you choose. There is a wrap option for “wrapping” the picture around the phone case.

The matte phone cases tend to have a darker constrast or tint to them, so choose your photo wisely.

WORTH THE PURCHASE?

Definitely worth the purchase. These phone cases are high quality at a low cost. You can’t beat that!

They are offering my readers and viewers Promo Codes

for a Free Customized PlutoCase!

Enter the Giveaway Here

There will be two winners and they will be announced on December 17th!

You will have until December 31st to use your Free Promo Code to receive your

customized phone case from PlutoCase

 *FYI-Payment information is requested at check out, but no actual purchase or payment is necessary when using a Promo Code.

Shipping is Free on Regular Purchases!

PlutoCase on Facebook

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using PlutoCase.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

4CHC Mystery Box Challenge | Natural Hair

4CHC Mystery Box Challenge

( Demo + First Impressions)

I’m so excited that 4cHairChicks included me in the 4cHC Mystery Box Challenge. It was really fun and I enjoyed using the products that were in the box. Thank you to 4cHairChicks and the sponsors for the 4cHC Mystery Box Challenge!

Don’t forget to like and share! The vlogger with the most views and/or likes will receive a$150 VIsa gift card and free gifts! Thank you in advance and don’t forget to subscribe!

4CHC Mystery Box Challenge Products Revealed:
Hot Head Thermal Hair Care Cap
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThermalHairCare
Hot Head Thermal Hair Plastic Caps Package
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThermalHairCare
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque w/ Sea Kelp and Argan Oil
http://www.sheamoisture.com/Raw-Shea-Butter-Deep-Treatment-Masque-_p_664.html
Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly
http://www.wondercurl.com/products-page/styling-products/get-set-hair-jelly/

Other Products Used for my Wash N Go:
Suave Naturals Conditioner for Split Ends
Crème of Nature Argan Oil Leave In Conditioner Spray
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Organic Root Stimulator Anti-frizz Olive Oil Glossing Polisher

Music
Royalty Free with Creative Commons License (Attribution)
http://www.freemusicarchive.com
Cosmic Analog Ensemble
“Positive Space”
http://goo.gl/Oa4hv2

Subscribe Here:
http://www.youtube.com/thelovelyphotog
TMI TAG

My Natural Hair Wash & Go Routine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOw93xiZjcI

Disclaimer: All products were bought and paid for by me except for products sent in the 4cHC Mystery Box.

Your Channel or Mine YouTube Hop| #YCOMHop Link Up

Welcome Vloggers to the 6th Week of the Your Channel Or Mine YouTube Hop!
The Hop made just for your to share and connect with other Vloggers. Each week The #YCOMHop Hosts have such fun interacting with and getting glimpse of your world through your voice by watching and supporting your videos.
YCOMHop

YCOMHop-Hosts

Your Hosts for the #YCOMHop:

LeSha

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/thelovelyphotog

Blog: http://www.thelovelyphotog.com

Mrs Tee

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/TeeLoveLifeLaughter

Blog: http://www.mrsteelovelifelaughter.com

Nancy

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FromHausToHome

Blog: http://www.fromhaustohome.com

#YCOMHop Guidelines

1) Visit, View, Comment and Subscribe to your Hosts
2) For the Channel LinkUp be sure to link Directly to your YouTube Channel URL (http://youtube.com/user/YOU)
3) For the Channel Hop you can Link Directly to 2 Recent Vlogs or Videos
4) Visit, View, Comment and Subscribe to your fellow Vloggers Links
5) Grab our button up above and let others know about #YCOMHop and where you share your Vlogs each week
Simple and easy, right? We want to connect, share and introduce a few new Channels and Vloggers and have a bit of Channel Hopping fun while doing it.

~ Now Let’s Get This Hop Started ~

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Please read all #YCOMHop Guidelines.
Hosts reserve the right to remove any unrelated links.

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Please read all #YCOMHop Guidelines.
Hosts reserve the right to remove any unrelated links.

 

Influenster Vitality Vox Box | #VitaVoxBox First Impressions

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Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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 First Impression: Incredibly moisturizing and it was non greasy. The smell is super sweet and really smells delicious. I love this lip balm and carry it everywhere I go now. (Pomegranate Blueberry Retail Value: $3.49)

Soft Lips Cube
@SoftLipsLipBalm
Instagram and Twitter

#GetCubed

https://www.facebook.com/softlips

 

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First Impression:  This serum is very moisturizing and very thick. It smooths wrinkles and minimizes the look of large pores.

(Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Caplet Serum Retail Value: $60 for 1.0fl oz)

Elizabeth Arden
@elizabetharden
Instagram and Twitter

#FlawlessFuture

 http://bit.ly/EAFlawlessFutureSerum

 https://www.facebook.com/elizabetharden

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First Impression: I liked the sweetness of the gummies and they definitely gave me energy. There is a bit of an aftertaste but it’s to be expected. (Bikini Ready Energy Gummies Multi-Flavored Retail Value: $14.99 bottle of 50 gummies)

Bikini Ready Energy Gummies
@bikinireadylifestyle
Instagram and Twitter

#BikiniReadyLifestyle

http://www.facebook.com/bikinireadylifestyle

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First Impressions: These tampons are very flexible and comfortable. They aren’t harsh or irritable to the skin. I do wish they were more absorbent but for the price they can’t be beat.

(Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons Retail Value: $3.99 box of 16)

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
@Playtext_sport Twitter

#PlayOn

https://www.facebook.com/PlaytexSportandGentleGlide

Products Not Pictured:

First Impression: Best tasting tea I’ve had. I’ve purchased this brand before and love. The sweetened tea tastes great and the unsweetened is just as fresh and tasty. I added vanilla stevia to my unsweetened tea and it still tasted great.

(Pure Leaf Unsweetened Ice Tea Retail Value: 1.50-5.50 18.5 fl oz)

Pure Leaf Tea
@PureLeaf
Instagram and Twitter

#loveofleaves

 https://www.facebook.com/PureLeaf

First Impression: I have not had the chance to use this product yet, and I’m hoping I don’t have too. It will definitely come in handy the next time my husband goes biking riding on his motorcycle. He suffered from severe sunburn the last time he went and we definitely needed a product like this on hand.

First Degree Advanced Burn Cream
@First_Degree Twitter

#BurnsHappen

https://www.facebook.com/burncare

(Retail Value: $5.97-8.99)

Tell Me…

Have you tried any of these products? How do you like them?

Influenster Vitality Vox Box Unboxing + First Impressions

July Beauty Favorites| Natural Hair Edition

July-FavoritesJuly Favorites| Natural Hair Edition

These are all of my favorite natural hair products that I use for my Type 4 hair. These
products work well with my hair, but may not work for all natural hair
types.

My Natural Hair Favorites Mentioned in Video:
Suave Professionals Shampoo and Conditioner (Product Review Link Below)
Tressemme Shampoo and Conditioner (Product Review Link Below)
Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner
VO5 Herbal Escapes Conditioner
Aunt Jackie’s In Control Moisturizing and Softening Conditioner (Product Review Link Below)
Aunt Jackie’s Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy (Product Review Link Below)
Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard (Product Review Link Below)
Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner
Eco Styler with Argan Oil Gel
Bioinfusion Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner
Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Whipped Curl Crème
Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding
Cantu Shea Butter Natural Hair Curling Cream
The Profectiv Growth Renew Serum
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
ORS Olive Oil Glossing Polisher
Bioinfusion Critical Care Serum
Grapeseed Oil
Africa’s Best Herbal Oil

Product Review Links:
https://thelovelyphotog.com/2013/09/30/mini-shopping-haulbeauty-hair-productsreviews/
https://thelovelyphotog.com/2013/11/30/product-review-suave-naturals-product-line/

Aunt Jackie’ Curls and Coils Product Review Links:
http://wp.me/p3Iah0-SS

Tell Me…

What have been some of your beauty favorites this month?

Natural Hair Product Review Featuring Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Product Review

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Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils natural hair product is fresh on the market and everyone is raving around about it. Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La was even featured in a Curlbox. It’s the talk of the town and I was able to try out and review two of the products and I have so much to say about them!

My Initial Review

 

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Product Packaging

Pros

This product range has beautiful packaging with color coordinating labels to match the product.

Cons

  • If you’re a person who doesn’t care for color in their products, this product line isn’t for you. The colors in the product line include orange, pink, blue and purple.

Product Fragrance

Pros

The products have a floral soft scent to them. They aren’t overpowering and they do leave a lingering smell after your hair is dry and styled. I found it be very pleasant.

Cons

  • If you have a problem with fragrance in your products, this product line isn’t for you.
  • Can be a little sticky if you use too much product.

Product Details

  • Sulfate-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Petrolatum
  • Can be used on any hair type and texture ( Not just for natural hair)
  • With the exception of Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La, you can use these products to achieve straight hair

 

My Product Review

 

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I used Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils In Control Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner on my hair for my cowash. I let the product sit on my hair for 10 minutes with a plastic cap to deep condition before washing. The product slipped through my hair easily and I was able to detangle my natural kinky coily hair with ease. The product literally melted into my hair. My hair immediately became soft and moisturized.

The conditioner has shea butter, extra virgin olive oil and keratin. All of these ingredients had my hair feeling soft and looking shiny. It was super soft and manageable after washing and air drying. My hair didn’t feel heavy or brittle as it did before washing. I had a lot of bounce and moisture.

Pros

  • Soft & Moisturizing
  • Easy Slip
  • Shiny & Bouncy Hair
  • Affordable ($5-6)

 

After I washed my hair, I used Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Curl La La on damp hair. I styled a twist out with this product and waited over night for the results. My hair was soft and shiny after using this product. I had no frizz and my hair felt moisturized. I actually had the best twist out results from using this product.

Pros

  • Soft & Manageable
  • No frizz
  • Fragrant
  • No flaking
  • Affordable ($5-6)

When I used Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy, my hair had so much slip when this product was added. I only had to use about a quarter size of it in each section. My hair also felt extremely soft after washing and conditioning my hair. The product left my hair smelling really great after styling as well.

 

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Pros

  • Great product slip
  • Moisturizing
  • A little goes a long way
  • Adds softness to hair
  • Smells great
  • Reasonably priced

Overall, these products form Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils are definitely worth a try. They are affordable and there is plenty of product pay-off. You won’t be disappointed if you try this product line out. Whether you’re naturally curly or have straight hair, Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils promote soft manageable hair. This brand has exceeded my expectations! I would recommend this product line to any curly hair woman!

Rating: 4 out 5

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, nor was I compensated for a product review. I paid for this product and all opinions are 100% honest.

Tell Me…

Have you tried Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils? Which product did you like from this line?

 

My Weight Loss Journey & Yacon Syrup Glazed Chicken

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I have always been on the search for healthy recipes to try along my weight loss journey and came upon this recipe from Dr. Oz’s website. Grilled, baked, and sauteed chicken breasts is my favorite go to meal when I’m trying to complete a healthy meal. I decided on the Yacon Syrup Glazed Chicken and it turned out so delicious! I changed the recipe to accommodate what I had in my pantry and it tasted great! If you love honey glazed meat, this dish is for you, but first let’s start with some facts on Yacon Syrup.

 

What is Yacon Syrup?

Yacón syrup is a sweetening agent extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacón plant (Smallanthus sonchifolius) indigenous to the Andes mountains.

What are the health benefits of Yacon Syrup? (Excerpt from Site)

  •  “100% pure organic Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
  • Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Good source of antioxidant.
  • High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
  • Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Certified Organic ingredients from one of the best Yacon farms in Peru.
  • 100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added perservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA”

How can I use Yacon Syrup?

You can use yacon syrup as a dressing, glaze, in coffee or tea and overall sugar substitute for recipes.

Found this great recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread on the Whole New Mom blog, and can’t wait to try it with yacon syrup!

Where can I purchase Yacon Syrup?

Life & Food

Yacon Syrup 100% Pure Raw Organic

Here are the photos of my Yacon Syrup Glazed Chicken Dish:

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My (version of the) Recipe for Yacon Syrup Glazed Chicken :

4 Chicken Breasts

1 clove of Garlic (minced)

1/2 lemon (juiced)

1 tsp of black pepper

1 TB of Worcestershire Sauce

2 TB of Yacon Syrup

1/2 cup chopped onion (caramelize with sauteed chicken)  (0ptional)

The yacon syrup was easy to mix in this recipe. It was sweet, and thinner than I expected. The syrup is light and is truly as sweet as honey. I enjoyed the flavors of this recipe mixing with the sweetness of the yacon syrup. I sauteed my chicken and added my (room-temperature) yacon syrup while it was cooking and after I plated my dish.

There are so many other recipes I want to try with it and I appreciate the fact that it feels like I’m cheating on my diet even though yacon syrup is healthy. There are less than 3g of Sugar in yacon syrup, which is awesome!

Tell Me…

Have you ever cooked with yacon syrup? If you haven’t, would you try it?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.