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Monday, April 21, 2014

Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops Soothing America's Throats for over 140 Years!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops have been around for a long time!  I mean, I remember taking them when I was a kid!  But really, they've been around even longer than that!  Here's some information I learned while reading the history on their website:

The year was 1870 when Herman Pine (and his brother) sold the first batch of  Pine Brothers Glycerin Tablets in my hometown of Philadelphia!

Life Savers Company purchased Pine Brothers in 1930 and the drops continued to sell well.  Especially in the eastern and northern states where they experience cold, icy winters  The site also states that Pine Brothers were most popular during the 1970's, which is when I remember using them.

After being sold and re-sold a number of times, along with some cost-cutting recipe changes and production overseas, sales began to decline.

Most recently, Pine Brothers has found a new owner.  One that has taken the time to find the original recipes and create new packaging with the same classic look.  One that has brought production back to America!
Pine Brothers was launched nationally in 2011.

Now, I'd like to share my experiences with Pine Brothers Throat Drops.  Then and now.

When I was a kid, I loved taking Pine Brothers throat drops when I had a cough or sore throat.  I can still see the box of cherry flavored throat drops on the ledge of my little metal school desk!  So much tastier than all of those other products on the market, they seemed like a special treat when I wasn't feeling well.

I'm happy that I can now share the same delicious drops with Grace when she has a sore scratchy throat!  While we were incredibly lucky this year and skipped a lot of the colds that were going around, I suspect that Grace's allergies will be in full swing this spring and summer.  Causing her some throat irritation.  She knows to ask for what she calls "medicine candy" when her throat feels scratchy.

Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops are available in a variety of flavors:

  • Natural Honey
  • Wild Cherry 
  • Licorice
And in 2015-16, a new flavor will be launched: 
  • Lemon-Citrus
I haven't tried any of the other flavors, but have always loved the Wild Cherry drops!  

Since talking to others about Pine Brothers, I've heard many say that they are having trouble finding them when they shop.  Here's a link to the "where to buy" page on their website.  You can also shop online.

Find Pine Brothers online:

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

#FebrezeSpring Scents Collection with $15 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze.  Although, I received samples of this product to facilitate my review, as well as the gift card offered in this giveaway, all opinions and thoughts are both honest and my own.

For so many of us, this past winter has been harsh.  I don't know about you, but I spent way too many days with all the windows and doors closed while I cuddled on the couch in a blanket.  I guess you could say I was hibernating.  Now that the days are starting to warm up a bit, it's time to get the screens in those windows and let in some spring time air!

With the house being closed up for so many months, the first thing I noticed when we let in some air, was just how much the house was smelling like DOG!  From the odor, you'd think we had a large pack of dogs in here, but no, just our one little couch potato was stinking up the place!

I wish I would have taken a photo of the Febreze products while they were still in their packaging, but truth be told, we were so eager to give them a try, that we tore into them as soon as our Febreze Spring Collection Kit arrived!  So instead, I'll just have to show you the products in action!

For the bathroom, I decided to use Febreze NOTICEables in the special edition Sweet Pea Petals scent. Febreze NOTICEables is a plug-in that uses two complimentary scents to fight odors for up to 30 days! This is a wonderful addition to our bathroom, since we've had to eliminate spray air fresheners from our bathroom now that our very curious (needs to test everything) child uses the bathroom without much help from mommy and daddy.  The plug-in feature is great since I try to keep the counter top in our bathroom as clear as possible due to same small, curious child.   I also love that we are able to adjust the intensity of the fragrance.  In our small bathroom, the lowest setting works perfectly!

In the living room, I placed a Febreze Set & Fresh on my windowsill behind the sofa.  We don't have too many end tables or other horizontal surfaces in our living room, so this seemed like the best place for this.  I love the fresh Rain scent that I received.  It smells so crisp and fresh!  While this product works best in smaller rooms, the way our living room is boxed off, it is still a good match for that room.  And keeping it so close to the sofa, really hides the odors that our four-legged couch potato leaves behind!  How can something so cute can be so stinky?  My poor smelly puppy!

And for the soon as Joe saw the Febreze Kit on the dining room table, he asked me if there were any of those vent clips for the car.  Sure enough, there was and he put it in the truck right away!  The CAR Vent Clip scent we are using is Rain.  Joe spends a lot of his day in the truck and as a result it can get pretty messy and a lot of times I can smell stale coffee that splashed from his travel mug into the console.  Since using the CAR Vent Clip, our family vehicle now smells fresh and clean all the time, even when it's not always tidy!  (sorry, no photo of this one in action)

Do you want a chance to give these Febreze Spring scents a try for free?  SheSpeaks has provided me with a $15 Walmart giftcard to giveaway to one lucky reader, so that they can pick up the new spring scents!  Awesome!  Right?

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Monday, March 24, 2014

TopCashBack: Earn Cash Back When Shopping Online!

Hey, Friends!

Today I wanted to share a great way to save some money while shopping online!  While I'm not usually a "deal" blogger, I do like to share an awesome deal when I find one!

Last week, a friend told me about TopCashBack and already, I've earned a pretty good chunk of cash to put add to our Christmas savings plan!  All while making purchases I would be making anyway!

This morning, I spotted a great deal using TopCashBack.  Get paid to buy Gain Fabric Softener Sheets!  I scored my free fabric softener sheets (plus overage) this morning and here's how you can, too!

  1. Join TopCashBack.  
  2. They will send you an email to authenticate your account.  
  3. Once you authenticate your TopCashBack account, you can start shopping!  
  4. For this deal, log in to your TopCashBack account. 
  5. Search for 
  6. Click on the cash back button, you will then see 2 offers.  One for standard cash back for regular orders, the other for the Gain Dryer Sheets offer.  
  7. Click on the Dryer Sheets offer, you will then be directed to the site.  
  8. Search for the dryer sheets that are specified in the offer and add to your cart.  When checking out, be sure to use in-store pick up.  Also, when checking out, be sure to ONLY purchase the deal item to receive the $5.50 in your TopCashBack account!  
The Dryer Sheets in the offer are $4.88 plus tax.  My total order after tax was $5.17 with the cash back to be rebated to my TopCashBack account being $5.50!  So, it's like getting paid 33 cents for Gain Dryer Sheets!  

Hurry, since this deal ends in three days, or when supplies run out!  

Also...once you join and make your purchase using the link above, I will receive a referral credit!  You can also invite friends after you open your account and start getting referrals!  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chicken Pozole Soup

I'm not very familiar with Pozole.  I read somewhere that it's traditionally made with pork.  I also read that it's traditionally topped with shredded cabbage.  Well, we're throwing out the tradition since the only reason I made this soup is because it contained hominy, another food that I'm unfamiliar with, and I wanted to give it a try.

I switched up the recipe slightly, based on what I had on hand, what I thought looked good and what I wanted to use up from my vegetable bin.

Serve with quesadillas on the side or with a handful of crushed tortilla chips sprinkled on top!  Cheese or sour cream would also make excellent toppings!

Sorry for the blurry picture.  I was very eager to dig in!

Chicken Pozole Soup 
          adapted from Cans Make the Meal with Kelsey Nixon


  • 5 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided 
  • 1 cup onion, chopped 
  • 2/3 cup poblano pepper, chopped 
  • 1/3 green bell pepper, chopped 
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic 
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) golden hominy (DO NOT DRAIN) 
  • 1 cup salsa verde 
  • 4.5 oz can diced chiles 
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes, drained
  • 32 oz. homemade chicken broth 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano 
  • 2 cups pre-cooked chicken
  • In a large dutch oven, cook onions and peppers in 1/4 cup chicken broth over medium heat until onions begin to turn translucent.  Stir often, adding another 1/4 cup of broth if needed. 
  • Add garlic and allow to cook for another minute or two.  
  • Stir in the hominy and the liquid from the cans along with the salsa verde, tomatoes and diced chiles.  I added the chicken at this point, too, since it was still frozen.  Bring to a boil.  
  • Pour in the remaining broth, cumin and oregano, return to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 10-15 minutes  
  • Traditional or not, we didn't know the difference.  Either way, we really enjoyed the flavors and texture of this hearty soup.  This will be hitting our table again soon!  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Giveaway: Arnold® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls, Pocket Thins® Flatbread, Thomas'® Bagel Thins® Bagels

Now that the snow is almost all melted -I can see more than half of my lawn- it's time that I start thinking about shedding some layers of clothing.  Soon, there will be no need for sweatshirts over long sleeves over undershirts.  Soon, it will be time to pack away the long pants.  Soon, the weather will be warm enough for short sleeves, capri pants, maybe even shorts.  And for the brave, bathing suits!  Gasp!  

For some of us...ahem, me...shedding of the layers will also mean working on shedding some pounds.  I really took to comfort eating during our colder-than-usual winter, and will need all the help I can get in losing the weight in order to feel confident in my warm weather clothing!  

When I am dieting, I'm never content with a baggie of celery sticks for lunch.  For me, that's the quickest way to send me off the wagon right into a bag of chips or other junk food!  When I'm dieting, I like to find low-calorie options for the foods I love.  Finding other alternatives for the food I enjoy, helps keep me from feeling deprived.  Helps keep me on the right track to achieve my weight loss goals.  

Arnold and Oroweat, along with Thomas' offer some great low-calorie bread options that are Weight Watchers approved!  

Arnold® and Oroweat® Products
All Arnold® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls are cholesterol-free foods, containing zero grams of Trans Fat and no high fructose corn syrup.

Arnold® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls
Weight Watchers®: 3 PointsPlus Value®
Flavors: 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-grain, Honey Wheat, Flax & Fiber

Arnold® and Oroweat® Pocket Thins® Flatbread
Weight Watchers : 3 PointsPlus Value®
Flavors: 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-grain

Thomas'® Bagel Thins® Bagels
All Bagel Thins® are 110 calories, cholesterol-free, low in fat and contain zero grams of Trans Fat
Weight Watchers®: 3 PointsPlus Value®
Flavors: Plain, 100% Whole Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin and Everything   

I had the opportunity to try three of the breads from the product lines listed above.  For my review, I picked the Healthy Multi-grain Sandwich Thins Rolls, Italian Herb Pocket Thins Flatbread, and the Plain Thomas' Bagel Thins Bagels.

Our usual sandwich bread checks in at 80 calories a slice!  I don't know about you, but for me, one slice of bread isn't enough to make a filling sandwich!  I love that I can create a hearty sandwich with these great products, only using a small portion of my daily calories for bread!  Saving 50 to 60 calories on the bread alone!  This allows me to create a guilt-free lunch, when using other calorie friendly fillings!

Using the Sandwich Thins, I made delicious Low-Calorie Chipotle Turkey Sandwich for under 217 calories! While I enjoyed this sandwich in the comfort of my own home, this would be great for on the go!

For breakfast, I made some yummy Salsa Verde Sausage and Egg breakfast sandwiches with the Bagel Thins.  At 371 calories, the calorie count on this was a bit higher, but still way under the count for similar sandwiches from the convenience store!

My favorite was the Vegetable Stuffed Flatbread with hummus using the Pocket Thins (recipe link to post soon).  For 213 calories, including the carrots I ate on the side, I ate a crunchy, vegetable sandwich that was so satisfying and delicious.  This is definitely a lighter meal, so if you are really hungry, pair this with a small cup of soup for a more filling meal. *note: the photo above is two servings.

For additional recipe ideas, check out the following links:
To learn more about the products offered by Arnold and Oroweat as well as Thomas' check out the links below: 
In addition to providing me the coupons for the products above as well as a $25 gift card to purchase my recipe ingredients, Arnold and Oroweat  and Thomas' is allowing me to give the same prize to one lucky reader!  Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter Form below:    

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Disclosure:  Although, I received coupons for free product to facilitate my review, in addition to a gift card to purchase additional recipe ingredients, all opinions are honest and my own.  Additional coupons and gift card are also provided for the giveaway.

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