NeoCell Beauty Review/Giveaway - US, CAN - Ends 9/17

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I normally do not try out this type of product but my hair and my skin has been taking a beating lately and I figured I'd give it a try. I actually received this product about a month ago--yes I have been taking it since then to really give it a chance to work. All opinions are my own.

I received 2 Bottles (60 capsules per bottle) of the NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumozer and a bag of 60 of their Beauty Bursts-Gourmet Collegen soft chews. The directions say to take 2 of the capsules and 1 of the chews twice a day, which I have been doing--once when I wake up and just before going to bed. All pictures are from NeoCell's site.

What NeoCell says about this product

Keratin hair volumizer is an all-natural solution for strong, lustrous, and thickhealthy hair that starts from the inside. Dry, brittle,thinning hair is associated with a lack of nutrients thatare essential to strong and resilient hair. Keratin HairVolumizer contains clinically proven ingredients toenhance hair strength and reduce normal hair loss.*

What NeoCell says about this product

Feed Your Skin With Delectable Bursts of Nutrients!

Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high potency beauty nutrients in a delectable, gourmet soft chew. Formulated based off of scientifically proven ingredients NeoCell Biotin Bursts offer a delicious alternative to your daily biotin regimen. Each chew is low in sugar and was especially formulated to be as readily absorbable as possible in delicious Brazilian Acai Berry flavor. Healthy hair and skin were never this easy, or sweet!

NeoCell Biotin Bursts, the best way to take your biotin. Period. (You’re Welcome!)

Biotin is an important B vitamin supporting hair and skin health
10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew
Scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body promoting natural energy, luxurious hair and vibrant skin.

Now--does it work? A resounding YES. After about 3 weeks I noticed the dry patches on my face around my nose and mouth had disappeared. I have two extremely dry, red patches on my lower legs which are slowly losing the redness and feel less dry. I am not really sure if it is helping my hair or not but it is slightly less flyaway. I do seem to be losing less hair. I'm not sure which of the two products is actually helping me-but I think it is the Beauty Bursts, which by the way I received in a chocolate mint flavor (yummy).

To find out more about these products (ingredients, etc) I encourage you to visit their the NeoCell website. They are also on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and You Tube You can find out if there is a store near you where you can purchase these products by clicking here

NeoCell is offering to giveaway to one lucky winner exactly what I received. The giveaway is open to residents 18 years of age or older who reside in the US or Canada. For a chance at being that 1 winner--enter below on the Rafflecopter form.

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$25 Amazon/PP-WW-The Girl in White Pajamas-Chris Birdy-Ends 9/7

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is a somewhat madcap adventure which revolves around a murder. Bodie McGruder's brother Officer Bud is gunned down. Bodie, who has been living down in Palm Beach which he figures is far enough away from his VERY dysfunctional family returns to Boston to pay his condolences. Actually what he really wants to do is to find and be reunited with his 3 year old daughter, who he was never told he had. He does know and really wants to find her.

There are so many twists and turns in this novel and so many half truths and lies (I did mention that this family was dysfunctional didn't I) that although you MIGHT figure out who actually committed the murder you will never in a million years believe how Isabella saves the day!

I am looking forward to The Girl in Black Pajamas which is the next book in this series.

When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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About the Author

Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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$50 Amazon GC-Dunkel Bros Rigging Service-US, CAN-Ends 9/1

Monday, August 18, 2014

Have you ever wondered how all those immense pieces of equipment are moved from where ever they are being stored to where you are observing them towering over you. I know for NYC they are brought over the George Washington Bridge scaring the daylights out of the drivers on the bridge at the same time. How do I know this-because I have been one of them. Luckily these over sized loads are only allowed to cross the bridge at specified times. Oh yeah-almost forgot-try driving the New Jersey Turnpike with these bad boys all around you (the stuff nightmares are made of)! I can only hope that the companies who do the moving are as safe and reputable as Dunkel Bros is in California.

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Book Review-Never Too Late (Briar Hospital)-Lawrence W Gold

It is NEVER too late to realize your dream as this novel illustrates. Of course training for and running the Boston Marathon is no easy walk in the park as Isabel Kramer, a 60 year old psychiatrist, finds out. She had wanted to be a runner back when she was 17 but as often happened back then her Mom put a stop to it-even though her then high school coach tried to explain just how good Izzy was. At any rate when her daughter convinced her to run a marathon for fun (with her daughter)-she again realized how much she missed running. She had to prove herself to the coach she chose who thought she was too old for the rigors of the training or to run! Well, she dared him--and guess who won!

Her young training mate was a rich spoiled brat who Izzy was able to see through. This girl's story is typical and luckily was able to over come her upbringing to become a worthy human being. What she does at the end of the Boston Marathon will bring tears of happiness to your eyes. Sabotage abounded throughout--once again I read this book from front to cover in one sitting. Lawrence Gold can truly write a book to keep your interest. He is definitely one of my favorite authors and I don't think I have missed any of his books yet (well one-but that is on my Kindle ready to be read!)

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Isabel Kramer’s dream of running competitively, frustrated since age seventeen, reveals itself when, on a lark, she joins her daughter in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Now age sixty, Izzy challenges her misgivings, the sage and well-intentioned advice of family and friends, and prepares for long-distance running.

Izzy, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at UC Berkeley has no illusions about the likelihood of success and the possibility of injury, but amazingly, she outperforms the running world’s and her own expectations and trains for the Boston Marathon.

Barriers of every type obstruct Izzy’s path to Boston. Can they stop her? Supporters of every age see in her the will and the talent to win, and they joyfully join her in the realization of a destiny too long delayed.

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About the Author: (from author's website)

I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, my family ascended to the Island. After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago. The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room. I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology. I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU, and served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Family Practice. For many years, I was an active member of the quality assurance committee. Circumstances permitted my wife, Dorlis, and me to retire in October 1995. Before fate could intervene, we tossed off the dock lines, and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, and the entire East Coast and completed two ‘circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second. I’ve written eight novels, five in he Brier Hospital Series, and one non-fiction book, I Love My Doctor, But…, a lighthearted look at the patient/doctor relationship. I recently published my ninth novel, A Simple Cure, about the search for the cure of the most deadly skin cancer, malignant melanoma. I write primarily to entertain, but I can’t help but pass on to readers observations and beliefs culled from years of practice, and yes, my biases, too. I strive for realism in portraying the medical scene which is gripping enough without melodrama or gimmicks. With even a minor degree of success in writing novels, comes responsibility to readers. I attempt to produce honest material that reflects my beliefs. Exposing these beliefs to the public through my writing requires courage, stupidity, or both. My fans have been generous, and although nobody enjoys criticism, I’ve learned much from that, too. The novel that expresses most clearly my candor, and my bias, is For the Love of God. The novel reflects my attitudes toward those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for their personal religious beliefs.

We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 15 1/2 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, an 8 year old Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids.

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Sunday Stroll Giveaway Linky 8/17-8/24

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three! Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some!

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