ENDED – Dry Idea Advanced Dry Product Review/Giveaway – Purex Insider

Congratulations to Lynn Romer on winning the FREE coupons!  Lynn Romer, I have sent you an email with additional instruction so I can get your coupons to you.  Congratulations again!

In terms of deodorant/antiperspirant, I typically use the clinical strength “super-duty” dries clear solid.  I’ve tried all the brands, but never been completely satisfied.  So, when I had the opportunity to sample Dry Idea Advanced Dry Deodorant from the Purex Insiders program, I was more than willing.  Purex Insiders provided a free sample of the Dry Idea Advanced Dry Fresh antiperspirant and deodorant so I could review it.  All of the opinions expressed here are my own.

Continue reading for my review and how you can win coupons for FREE Dry Idea Advanced Dry Idea Deodorant for yourself!

Dry Idea Advanced Dry Deodorant

The sample of Dry Idea Advanced Dry I received to try was a roll-on liquid, which is not the typical type of deodorant I use.  I was concerned about the length of time the liquid would take to dry, but I roll-on the deodorant and in just a few seconds, it was dry.  I was impressed.

I received the Fresh scent.  At first, when applying the deodorant, the scent seems a little strong, but once it dries, the scent subdues and is quite pleasant.  I rather like how the light fresh scent lasts all day.

I live on the East Coast, and the weather has been all over the place – which I suppose is good when you are testing a deodorant.  The Dry Idea Advanced Dry deodorant did everything it was supposed to do – it kept me dry and smelling fresh – from the early morning application all the way through to late night networking.  I have been thoroughly impressed!

In conjunction with the Purex Insider blogger reviews, Purex is holding a sweepstakes called Never Let Them See Them Sweat, where you can enter to win $500!

Dry Idea Advanced Dry Deodorant - $500 Grand Prize

And now for the Giveaway!  One Lucky Reader will win Three Coupons valid for one FREE Dry Idea Advanced Dry Deodorant (maximum value of $5.50), either Roll-On, Gel, or Aerosol.

To Enter the Giveaway, Follow these simple steps, one entry per step completed!

  • Like Dry Idea on Facebook – Leave me a comment that you liked Dry Idea’s Facebook page and your Facebook page.
  • Post a Comment on Dry Idea’s Facebook Page stating you found out about this giveaway on Hershey Wishes and Kisses and leave a link to my blog – Leave me a comment with a link to the comment you left.
  • Like Hershey Wishes and Kisses on Facebook and leave a comment – Leave a comment on this blog post indicating you have done this and a link to your comment.
  • Leave me a comment and tell me what type of deodorant you get if you won.
  • Leave me a comment and tell me what is the most important characteristic in a deodorant to you.

This Giveaway is limited to the US.  The Giveaway will end Friday April 5th, 2013 at midnight EST.  The Winner will be notified by email.

Good Luck!

ENDED – Conscious Box – Three Month Subscription Giveaway!

Congratulations to Lynn Romer for winning the three month subscription to Conscious Box!  Lynn, I have sent you an email requesting additional information so that I can get your information over to Conscious Box and your subscription can be started!  Congratulations again!

Have you heard of Conscious Box?

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Conscious Box is a monthly subscription service that delivers the purest, most natural products on the planet, right to your doorstep!  Conscious Box is the best way to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the planet!  They focus on strict tenets of organic, fair trade, and pure and natural products – each month introducing you to healthy and honest alternatives for every aspect of your life, for every member of your family.  Conscious Box is the best way to discover natural products, and you can earn points for leaving feedback and reviews, and the ability to buy your favorite products at incredible discounts!  Conscious Box Perks:

  • Getting a variety of unique, pure, and natural products every single month!
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  • Each box contains content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative ways to use your box!
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Here’s your chance to win a three-month Conscious Box subscription!  That’s a $59 value!  Also, if you are interested in a Conscious Box Subscription, use the code: LOVELIFE for a 25% discount off any subscription!

To enter the Giveaway, do each of the following and leave me a comment for each item you complete:

  • Head on over to Conscious Box and create a profile!  This is totally FREE! – Leave me a comment and tell me you created a profile and your screen name.
  • Head on over to Conscious Box’s Facebook page and like them, leave a comment about my blog on Conscious Box’s Facebook page – Leave me a comment on this blog post indicating you completed this and a link to your Facebook comment.
  • Share Conscious Box’s webpage with your friends on a social media platform – Leave one comment for each share you make and leave a link to your share please!
  • Share this giveaway with your friends on any social media platform – Leave me one comment for each share you make a link to the share please!

This Giveaway will end Saturday, April 6th at midnight, EST. 

Good Luck!

Look Inside a Conscious Box!

“Happy Holidays Shutterfly” Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the Happy Holidays Shutterfly Giveaway!   What a great response!!!

And the winner is… Jonny N.!  Jonny, I sent you an email congratulating you.  Also, I have sent your email address over to the people at Shutterfly, who will send you an code for this giveaway.

Thanks again for entering and stay tuned for upcoming reviews and giveaways coming soon!

Win ‘The Headmaster’s Wager’ from Read it Forward

Remember a few days ago I introduced you to that spectacular website Read It Forward?  Guess what?!? I was one of the lucky winners of The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean!  I can expect my book to come in the mail in about thirty days, and after I read it, be prepared for my review! =) YaY!  If you also won a copy, please let me know!

This Week’s Read it First Giveaway is Vincent Lam’s debut novel ‘The Headmaster’s Wager.’   

Hear it from Lam himself “‘Everything written in this book is true.’ I say that, from time to time. ‘Everything that happens to my characters is fiction.’ I say that, too. Sometimes, I say both things on the same occasions, for instance at a public event, or in an interview. Both of these comments are true.
I’ve written a novel, The Headmaster’s Wager. The protagonist, Percival Chen, has a few things in common with my late grandfather.
Both Percival and my late grandfather were headmasters of English schools in Vietnam, which became highly profitable during the era of American influence in that country. Both my grandfather and Percival were compulsive mahjong gamblers. Both made little effort resisting women who appealed to them, and both were able to spend money more quickly than they earned it. Both might have earned mixed reviews from their children with regards to parenting.
All of these similarities are specific, identifiable, and this being the case, it comes as no surprise to me when I am asked ‘How much of Percival is actually your grandfather?’
I’ve worked out an answer. It goes like this: ‘Percival and his story are inspired by my grandfather.” Then I continue. I say, ‘I am careful to say that Percival is inspired by my grandfather. I do not say he is based upon my grandfather.’ Beware of answers that come pre-packaged with caveats. They will require further caveats, or explanation.
The book I’ve written takes place in a time and place of my family’s history. Like my novel, my family’s story played out in a place called Cholon, which was once a Chinese sister city to Saigon. The main part of my novel occurs in this corner of Vietnam during the war with America.
There, my family’s story unfolded, some might say unraveled, strung itself out into long diverse strands, until over the course of several years and various upheavals it was woven into something totally different. I grew up in Canada, where ‘what happened’ in Vietnam was told to me as my family legend. It was as foreign to me in some ways as a creation myth, and equally intimate.
When it came time to write a novel anchored in this past, I tried at first to write the things I had heard as a child. It went a bit like this in early drafts, ‘He said, she said, he did, she did.’ The writing of these accounts seemed rich with my own emotions, but often fell flat on the page.
I knew what certain gestures meant and certain omissions implied, but once dutifully transcribed, this deep layer of meaning became indecipherable to the reader. I knew the psychic truths of all these events. I discovered that I could not convey them with emotional fidelity by using the actual facts of what had happened. In order to be true to how certain things felt, it was far preferable to use inventions.
From time to time, Percival encounters some temptations that my grandfather must have encountered. Meanwhile, other plot twists spring from occurences attributed to other members of my family, from my extrapolations of history, or from my own imagination. Percival sometimes does things that are more or less what I think my grandfather would have done.
At other times, he is his own man. I wasn’t there, and can’t be sure what my grandfather would have done on a particular night on the town. However, it doesn’t matter, because I know what Percival does. Hence, I calim that Percival is inspired by, not based upon my grandfather.
There are a few scenes in my novel that bear no factual resemblance to anything that happened in my family. Yet I also know that the emotional resonance of certain fictions will likely remind people in my family of things that actually happened. The facts are floating above the page. Or, they are underpinning the fiction, as you like.
What can I say of the way these narratives interact? There is the real and the imagined, blending one into the another. There is that which shaped the course of my actual life, and that which is in the realm of ‘what could have been?’. (But don’t we always wonder – as part of our real lives – what could have been?)
I could say that fiction and fact are like two shadowboxers jousting in my novel, or like dreams that transform one into another. And back again! I could say that the only way I could express the way I truly feel about my family’s journey through the Vietnam War, was to make up stories.
Or, I could say that everything that happens to my characters is fiction. Also, that everything written in this book is true, and then go from there.”

I hope this perks your interest in The Headmaster’s Wager and to head on over to Read it Forward and enter to win a copy!  Next time it could be you!


Happy Reading!

Lets Be Honest Purex Triple Action Detergent Giveaway Winners!

WOWZA!  What a great response I received from everyone on my Lets Be Honest Purex Triple Action Detergent Giveaway!

I am so very happy to announce the THREE winners of the giveaway:

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The winners have been notified by email and have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be randomly chosen.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners! And THANK YOU to everyone who entered!