Coomber Family Ranch Wines: 2013 Skater Girl Limited Edition Pinot Noir Wine – 750ml #Review #SkaterGirlWine

 

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Being in California, we get that perfect weather that yields beautiful grape crops.  You name it, it can be grown here because the weather is not too wet, where the grapes get a fungus and hot enough, to stress the plant just a enough to get the best flavor.  Not all wines are equal and I learned that very early on and that myth that a so-so wine can be saved by cooking with it……well I debunked that when I used a wine that was barely drinkable to make a pasta sauce.  So, definitely buying well is now something I take into consideration over the price tag.

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Buying blindly is hard.  You can’t always taste the wine unless you visit a winery and you can’t even smell it and most times even see it (unless it’s a white or rose variety).  Region matters but when it comes down to everything that is made, pride matters.  Caring about what you produce and sell.

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Verdict:
When Coomber Wines offered for review the Skater Girl limited edition Pinot Noir, I must admit it, I read a little about the wine because it was an instant love for the pup in the picture.  I love companies that have a sense of humor and take a different approach because it can get boring with wines.  Yes, many companies make super fancy bottles but I want the wine and like perfumes, the fancier the bottle, the more you are paying towards it.  The Skater Girl Pinot Noir is made in California and the notes are sweet and fruity.  Very welcoming with any meal and especially a nice stuffed chicken breast to a roast, but I found it best with lamb.  The pomegranate glaze is something I already make that gets a nice kick from the acid in the balsamic vinegar I add.  I enjoyed the Skater Girl Pinot Noir so much, that next time I am making my glaze (really a reduction sauce) from this wine exclusively.  I will just need to add the savory notes and done.  It’s perfect and what’s best, it does not break the bank and that makes me smile twice.

Retail Price Point: $29.99 per bottle via Amazon

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I received the above product(s) free of charge from Coomber Ranch Famuly Wines/ Skater Girl Wine Collection. I am not obligated to provide a positive or favorable review, just my honest opinion. I received no other compensation in exchange for my review. My review is based on my experience with the product and/or brand, which may differ from yours.

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Epic Blend: Finally a Lip Balm that Works #Review #EpicBlend

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I reviewed the hemp products from Epic Blend in the past, which came as part of a beauty box, and the company was kind enough to send me their entire line and then some to share :). Epic Blend has 3 collections to choose from:

  • More Moisture Collection– They use seven moisturizers like organic shea butter, organic coconut oils, organic sunflower oil, organic castor oil, organic beeswax and a non-GMO vitamin E. You also have flavors to choose from like grape, green apple, cherry and even unflavored. This line gives your lips that extra punch of moisture without feeling greasy or looking overly shiny. My lips can still breathe and if your lips have damage from chapping or just dry from the wind or the sun, you get rapid repair. I felt the More Moisture collection made up for the times I forget or just plainly neglect protecting my lips. Epic Blend’s More Moisture collection forgives me for being not the best caretaker of my lips and I love not smelling like a medicinal oddity. I used to purchase every product on the market that promised to repair and make my lips healthier, to only just masking the problem while I wore the balm. Epic Blends products don’t do that! Who wants to also smell like you rubbed a muscle ointment on your lips……that’s just not very kissable 🙂

 

  • Vegan Collection– Epic Blend makes product to fit everyone’s needs and this line is 100% plant-based and free of beeswax. The base product is candelilla wax, which is a plant (shrub) and the wax is extracted from the leaves and stems. The final product is a very smooth balm that just glides beautifully over your lips. Epic Blend adds organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic cocoa butter and non-GMO vitamin E. There was no skimping on the quality to meet vegan standards and even though I am not a vegan, I would not pass up this lip balm. The flavors available are Wild Berry and a Pineapple-Mint variety. Your lips are left supple and not only feel wonderful, but are left healthy without a greasy feeling.

 

  • Hemp Collection– This is the lip balm that brought me to the party! The one that made Epic Blend a name in our household and the one I touted as the go-to for ending the cycle of chapped lips, dry lips, or if there is anything you dislike about your lips….try Epic Blend. The Hemp Collection by Epic blend uses hemp seed oil, which has antioxidant properties, is super nourishing, and is quickly absorbed by the skin. They round out the formula by using coconut oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, and a non-GMO vitamin E. You get to choose from Vanilla, Mint, Coconut and Citrus Kick. They also make a limited-edition flavors in Banana and Chocolate Rum…..the Choco-Rum as I call it, is just heavenly in scent!

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Price Point: A 4-Pack of Lip Balms is just $12.00, or $3.49 per flavor.  Your lips are worth it and at $3.49 a stick….it’s for a lip balm that actually works and not only looks great, but feels luxurious.  Give them a try!  They even have a “happy guarantee”, but it’s really impossible to be unhappy with Epic Blend because they stand by their products.  All products are petroleum-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and not tested on animals (cruelty free).

Many lip balms have odd colors (dyes, tints, food/bug based colors, ect.) that is not something a guy wants to use, or a that a gal wants to have to fight off if they want to wear a certain color of lipstick. Epic Blend is free of that, it goes on clear and leaves a natural matte look on your lips. It’s seriously non-reactive, so much so that I use it every time I apply lipstick or gloss as a base. My lips remain protected but because they are healthy and not sucking out the life of whatever I apply, my lipstick and lip glosses last longer. My lips are finally healed and look normal, something I did not think was possible. If I skip a day of use….it’s okay because I have healthy lips that can take it. I never thought I would get off the cycle of needing to smother my lips with creamy and oily concoctions to look normal. I spent so much on what I call “premium broken promises” because my former balms had a hefty price tag and promised to end the dry lips I had but all they barely did was mask it. My lips peeled and just were left unhealthy. I disposed of all my balms and I only have Epic Blend now! I highly recommend using any of their lip balms because I would have just overlooked them and would have missed out on being happy with my lips. Have Happy Lips with Epic Blend and you will not be disappointed with the results!

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BzzAgent: Glade® PlugIns Scented Oil Customizables™ and Glade® Wax Melts Refill Packs #Review

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Everybody sometimes gets a funky house. Sour trashcans, All-Fried Fridays, heaping plates of brussel sprouts (aka “stinkberries” as hubby calls them). All of this creates funk. The kind you wake up in the morning, and go “Ew” over.

The lovely folks at BzzAgents must’ve had a few of those morning too, since the offered me a Glade campaign that included coupons for melts and a plug-in. Huzzah and hooray, because man, all the cooking I do around here has the house fun-KAY.

I’ll start with the Glade Wax Melts. You’ll need something to melt them in, but one little square goes a loooong way. I mean the whole house smells amazing! I was shocked at how long it lasted, how great it smelled, and how all that funk just went away. You get 8 cubes to a pack for less than three bucks! Are you kidding me? I chose “Cashmere Woods”, because it was the tail end of winter and it just smelled dreamy in the package. If it tells you anything, I’ve already bought 4 more. Can you say “stockpile”?

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Next up is the plug-in, Glade Scented Oil Warmers Customizables. You get to pick 2 scents, or packs of pre-selected mixes, to fill your entire house with fragrance. The cute little plug-in alternates between fragrances so you never have a chance to GO ” Ug, spiced apples AGAIN?”. Did I mention it’s adorable? It’s adorable. Not the same-old same-old white, huge, honking “Look at me!” type, a delicate little flip up plug in that looks almost as nice as it smells. With a little doo-dad on the side to adjust the amount of fragrance it puts into the air (low, medium, and “I’ve been eatin’ raw onions”), you get to customize your experience even further. Sometimes, with other plug-ins, I’d get a headache from the amount of atomized oil that gets put into the air. Not here. This one, this one’s a keeper. And at $7.48 (starter kit) for up to 60 days of great smells, it’s a true value. Plus, coupons abound.

You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor picking up one or the other (or both! 😉 ), and then you can chop garlic, fry up bacon, or eat a plate of brussel sprouts until your little heart’s content!

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Price Points: $2.98 for Wax Melts (pack of 8 count) and $7.48 for the Starter Kit in the Glade Plugins Customizables

Scents available in the Wax Melts:

  • Scents- Clean Linen, Hawaiian Breeze, Apple Cinnamon, Pure Vanilla Joy, Lavender & Peach Blossom, Red Honeysuckle Nectar, Lavender & Vanilla, Creamy Custard, Sunny Days, Cashmere Woods and Fresh Berries, Fresh Berries & Wild Raspberry, Hawaiian Breeze and Vanilla Passion Fruit, Jubilant Rose, Jubilant Rose & Lavender Peach Blossom, Vanilla Passion Fruit, and Wild Raspberry.
  • Limited Edition Scents- Let Loose, Lift Off, Live Loud, and Splash Out

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Scents available in the Plugins Scented Oil Customizables:

  • Scents- Clean Linen, Hawaiian Breeze, Apple Cinnamon, Pure Vanilla Joy, Lavender & Peach Blossom, Red Honeysuckle Nectar, Lavender & Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon & Lavender & Peach Blossom, Cashmere Woods, Clean Linen & Sunny Days, Clean Linen & Lavender & Peach Blossom, Clean Springs & Fresh Mountain Morning, Crisp Waters, Fresh Berries, Hawaiian Breeze & Vanilla Passion Fruit, Jubilant Rose & Lavender & Peach Blossom, Ocean Blue & Refreshing Surf, Sweet Pea & Lilac, and White Tea & Lily.
  • Limited Edition Scents- Lift Off & Live Loud, Dig It, Let Loose, Lift Off, Live Loud, and Splash Out

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Nailtini: Head over Heels nail polish from Tinibeauty, The Lacquer Cabinet

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I do not enter contests often but when BeautyUndercover had a giveaway and I saw the colors, I signed up hoping to win. I did not even look the colors up because they were all gorgeous, so I figure I like heels, so I’ll go with the lacquer named Head over Heels.

I won and it’s a double win because I picked a fabulous color. Glitter nail polishes are beginning to blend in my head to the point I am shying away from picking any more up because I may own it already or a cousin like it. Head over Heels is in a class all it’s own and not attached to a season or even holiday. It’s beautiful and I love the ease of application. Head over Heels is a shade, which is part of the Limited Edition named Love, Roxie Collection.  The base is smooth and allows you to glide and disperse the flecks of glitter like you always imagined you would do, but once the brush hits the nail……well, I find myself dotting here and swiping there and even wiggling glitter off. It’s the game of take away, where I have some nails perfectly glitter-fied and others look neglected, so I apply more and then it goes too much the other way. I appreciate the smoothness with Nailtini’s formula, and the color in the bottle looks exactly as it should when applied. I now have harnessed glitter control powers!

I applied 2 coats and it dries fast, so you can set up quickly and bedazzle your nails at anytime of the day or night. You can apply straight from the bottle with no base color and because I’m Head over Heels when it comes to shoes…..my toes got a very needed pedicure.

On I went with finally coordinating my hands to my feet….not something that happens very often even though I mean to.

Check out The Lacquer Cabinet and the Nailtini collection of limited nail polishes to the everyday beauties we all like to wear. Shades are made in the USA and I love supporting a California Company!  The formulas last long and application is a cinch. I also have a little sugar to sweeten the deal because I believe in saving bucks! You can order below and use code BUC20OFF and order a single collection for 20% off, that makes it $20.00 and that includes shipping….so no funny stuff. The code expires on April 30, 2014.  You don’t waste gas going out and the box is delivered to your door…..now, if I could only get a hairstylist delivered the same way, I’d be golden!

You can find the limited editions to the everyday colors on:

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