Merengue Lesson DVD Review

I recently received the Merengue Dance Lessons by SalsaCrazy to review. I really enjoy latin dancing.  We have tried taking classes and we do not enjoy the partner switching.  This makes it easy to learn in your own home.  This is definitely a great option for the shy men in our lives.


The instructors on the DVDs are incredible detailed in their instructions.  They go over hand placement and the steps for each partner with easy to follow directions.  I think that although the videos are not always fun this is necessary as a beginner.  I think I see this as a great couple activity for sure.

The DVD is available with Prime shipping for only $14.95 on Amazon.

Amazon summary

Dance Lessons for Merengue Dance! One Amzaing DVD, with Beginning, Intermediate, and yes, even Advanced Merengue Dance Instruction. This is the only DVD you’ll need to teach you from your very first steps of Merengue dancing, all the way through to some fun and stylish Merengue dance patterns.

This is a complete package, and a perfect addition to your salsa dance, or bachata dance collection (in addition to being able to stand completely on it’s own). Don’t miss it – Learn how to Merengue – it’s one of the most fun (and simplest) of the Latin club dance styles. This video has everything you need to learn how to dance merengue. Learn merengue dance steps right from your home, and bring them to the dancefloor! Everything is broken down with tips, and demonstrated with great merengue music.

We know you will love this video! Featuring complete breakdowns and in-depth instruction for men and women, including dancing to the music, and essential tips for success on the dance floor. Learn for fun, fitness, or romance! Merengue Dancing is exhilarating and sensuous, a great dance for any occasion. With detailed demonstrations, multiple camera angles, and picture in picture close ups, this Merengue instructional DVD is for absolute beginners and beyond. No experience necessary!

I received this product for free through Tomoson.  Regardless the opinions in this post are my own.


Thursday Thoughts

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Thursday Thoughts

I’m linking up with Jen over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts today!

~ Super excited this week! We finally signed the documents for the refinance and will start looking for the granite countertop.  I will definitely post before and after pictures.  Mike also saw our cabinet guys next door and requested a quote for our closet.  Can’t wait!

~ Today some of my favorite shows are back from their hiatus.  My TiVo will be filling up.  Number one show to watch for me tonight is the Parenthood finale.  I know I’ll be crying…it’s been an emotional roller coaster the past few episodes.

~ A quick update on my smoothie challenge from Simple Green Smoothies.  Week two is going well.  I just need to try and prep everything on Sunday.  Other than that I have found a few very delicious recipes.  We have been eating out a lot less, walking more on the treadmill, and I lost 4lbs last week.  Great start for me!

~ I am now up to four books read for 2014.  I caught up on the series by Alice Clayton and read ScrewdriverMai Tai, and Last Call.  I love how her books are romance and comedy all in one.  I also read The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank and that was by far my favorite.  So glad to get back into reading.

~ I will be receiving my  PopSugar Must Have January box today or tomorrow.  I should also be receiving the Jan/Feb Ecocentric Box by this weekend, they are updating a few things and I will post on that soon.  I have a few other packages on their way can’t wait to see what they contain.

Anybody else excited about TV shows this week.  What will you be watching?


Thursday Thoughts

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Thursday Thoughts

I’m linking up with Jen over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts today!

~ I know I have been a bit absent from the Thursday Thoughts.  Things are just a bit crazy in our lives right now.  There is a hold on hiring my new co-worker…double work for me in the meantime.  We are also refinancing our house and will get to upgrade our kitchen countertops and master bath.  Plus this weather makes me feel horribly sick.

~ I am very excited about American Idol this season.  There are quite a few that have caught my eye and I can’t wait for Hollywood Week.  Tonight is the second to the last Parenthood episode.  Love the actors in that show!

~ I had to make some decisions on my subscription boxes and have decided to cancel my Escape Monthly.  This is to make room for the occasional PopSugar Must Have box.  Lately I have loved their boxes and it makes more sense for me right now.

~ I know it’s a bit late for the New Year’s Resolution update…but I must put it in writing.  In December I went for a full healthy exam and was told that I’m healthy.  The only thing they found was a Vitamin D deficiency.  Which was not surprising since I’m super pale and the sun and I are not friendly.  She also told me to stop eating out, that most of my weight is actually water retention.  We started our 2015 resolutions this week.

  • #1 Eat home cooked meals:  Our goal is only one lunch out on Friday and 2 dinners on the weekend.  We were eating out 1 to 2 times a day.
  • #2 Be Active: Mike has no issues with this one.  Me on the other hand, had to invest in a treadmill.  I started with 1.5 mile walk per day.  I’m hoping to increase that gradually.
  • #3 breakfast: We started the 30 day smoothie challenge from Simple Green Smoothies and it’s going well so far.  I don’t eat breakfast often and this is a great way of getting more vitamins.

~ The weather is perfect today to curl up with a good book.  Unfortunately, it’s a work day and I must try and be productive.  I need to start a new list of books, I have not been inspired to read in 2015.

~ I’m looking forward to receiving my  PopSugar Must Have September box.  I should also be receiving the Jan/Feb Ecocentric Box, they are updating a few things and I will post on that soon.

The weather here is driving me batty, 70 degrees on Tuesday to 39 degrees on Thursday.  South Texas weather is like that.  Anyone else struggling with the winter blues,  how do you deal with the winter woes?


Orion Power Bank Portable Charger Review

I recently received Orion external battery bank to review. I have really been happy with my Orion Power Bank Portable Charger.  It has a neat touch based indicator to let you know how much charge is left on the device.  It was really easy to connect to my iphone and ipad to charge.  I liked that it included the lightning charger.  It is so easy to use and I love the bright colors available.  I also think the LED light on the bottom was a pleasant surprise, wonderful for the late night searches for a wire our outlet.  Great gift for any techie like myself.


The power bank is only $29.99 and free shipping with Prime membership on Amazon.

Product Description on Amazon

  • HIGH CAPACITY DUAL CHARGE – EXPERIENCE A SUPERIOR POWER BANK ! High-capacity low self discharge portable charger including dual USB port with 6000mAh battery power. Super-fast charge output (5V/3A) though dual USB ports (5V/2.1A and 5V/1A) allows to simultaneously charge your iPad, iPhone, Android, and more at high speed. This power pack and external battery charger adds 300% – 400% extra battery life.
  • SLIDING TOUCH AND LED POWER INDICATORS- Unique sliding touch control to turn the Power Bank ON/OFF including 4 LED power indicators. Sleek shinny and stylish finish that will match your most sophisticated devices. Fits easily into any bag or pocket; Perfect for long flights, road trips, or whenever you need to charge your mobile devices; often used as a substitute for a car charger, such as an iPhone car charger, dual USB car charger and iPad car charger.
  • SMART IC AND PREMIUM LI-ION CELLS- Current protection prevents shorting, overheating and overcharging for safety! Premium grade Li-ion polymer cell and premium microchips create a high-quality portable charger; Advanced power lock technology with standby time up to 6 months after fully charged. 1000+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
  • PORTABLE POWER AND LIGHT ON THE GO – Equipped with a powerful flashlight for emergency or daily convenience. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out

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

Instanatural Cellulite Cream with Caffeine + Retinol Review

I recently received Instanatural’s Cellulite Cream with Caffeine + Retinol to review.  Check out their website to see their other products.  This cellulite cream is available with Prime shipping for only $23.75 on Amazon.  I was not using a cellulite cream prior to receiving this product.

This cellulite cream was a surprisingly great addition to my regimen.  With my New Year’s resolutions came a treadmill and new eating habits.  These activities will help me lose weight and any help reducing the unsightly cellulite is welcome.  The cream was very moisturizing and I will be using this on my thighs and lower torso.  These are the areas I find the issues with cellulite.  After applying the cream I felt a cool refreshing feel and my skin is definitely appreciative of the moisturizing cream.  The cream does smell slightly like coffee which is a great sign as this is indicative of the butters in the ingredient list.  Can’t wait to see my progress in the upcoming months and the reduction of cellulite.

Product information

InstaNatural’s Cellulite Cream is a powerful solution that tightens and tones the skin so you can achieve a smooth, supple appearance.

Key Ingredients:
+ Caffeine
+ Retinol
+ Cocoa Butter
+ Shea Butter
+ Vitamin C
+ Vitamin B5

Our superior blend of ingredients – such as Caffeine and Retinol – deeply nourishes the skin to decrease the appearance of cellulite and dimples. Caffeine tones and tightens, while Retinol repairs and restores, so you can obtain long-lasting results for a firm and supple appearance.

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Instanatural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

I recently received Instanatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask to review.  This mask is available with Prime shipping for only $24.97 on Amazon.  My current mud mask costs significantly more.

This mask was great as it is fine for sensitive skin.  I have sensitive skin and my husband has rosacea and psoriasis.  We like to try natural items to prevent any chemicals that irritate our skin.  I was initially worried that the mask would smell fishy and fortunately it did not smell at all.  I tried this mask by first cleaning my face with my usual products and then applying a thin layer to my face.  Make sure you avoid the eye areas when applying the mask.  After 10 minutes I rinsed it off with warm water by massaging it off in a circular pattern.  My skin felt smooth and looked brighter.  The label recommends not using this product more than once a week.  I don’t suffer from serious acne but I can tell this would be beneficial with skin issues.  My blackheads did not seem as noticeable after using this product.  I do want to remind everyone that these results are my personal experience and that results vary for each individual.

Amazon product information

100% Natural / Best Value – Our Dead Sea Mud Mask is made from PURE Dead Sea mud to ensure the highest-quality product. Our formula is all-natural and arrives in a huge 16 oz. jar to deliver premium value.

  • Apply on the Body – Our mask also includes a nourishing blend of Organic Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula Oil, and Hickory Bark Extract that provides unsurpassed moisture to soothe dry and irritated skin. Men, women and teens with skin issues can seek help by using this natural remedy.
  • Great for Acne & Blemishes – This detoxifier and purifier comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea, which is known to contain many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium and bromine. These elements work to extract excess oil & dirt from the skin and purge blemishes.
  • Manufacturer Guarantee – InstaNatural is proud to back their products with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Policy, no matter where you buy our products. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, please contact us for a refund – no questions asked.
  • Age-Defying Benefits – Using this facial mask once a week also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Applying the mask will improve your skin so you can achieve a more even skin tone and smoother complexion.


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

SporkPack December Review

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SporkPack is a great subscription box for foodies.  Each month they curate a box with kitchen gadgets and delectable goodies. Each month ships at the end of the month for as low as $29.99.

For December there was no official theme but all the items were on the wacky side and I loved it. The items came in the new SporkPack square box with yellow tissue paper.  The box shipped via USPS and took 5 days to arrive.

New Box

New Box

There was a card included this month.  We usually receive detailed cards with product information and MSRP for each item.

December Sporkpack

December Sporkpack

This month they included two kitchen gadgets and 4 snacks/food items.  There was only one familiar item and some great new finds.  I was very excited by the Miracle Whisk pair!

For the kitchen gadgets this month they included:

  • Miracle Whisk and Miracle Whisk Sport ($59):  You can whisk, whip, mix or froth a delicious treat in seconds, making it the perfect addition to your kitchen.  I used this recently making Mexican hot chocolate and it frothed up perfectly.  Can’t wait to try some more recipes.

The food items included an interesting variety:

  • Apinya Ghost Vinadloo Thai Chili Sauce ($6):  I’m a bit scared but I’m sure Mike will love it.  A premium quality hot sauce inspired by Indian vindaloo and infused with Thai flavors. Pairs well with stir fried meats and veggies. Mix it with pasta sauces for a simmer sauce, mix with ketchup for a dip..
  • Ips Egg White Chips in Sea Salt & Black Pepper ($1.69):  I have read good things about this snack.  Very high in protein which makes it a great filling snack.
  • Kameda Crisps Wasabi Flavor ($1): I immediately yelled mine…as we saw this item in the box.  Mike just laughed of course! I will be trying this out on our next cold front.
  • Pocky Sticks ($1.21): Japanese chocolate cream covered biscuit sticks.  Yummy snack!

The December SporkPack had a total value of about $69, way above the price of the box. I really enjoyed this box from one of my favorite subscription boxes! Can’t wait to see what they include for our January box surprises.  If you are a foodie like me, sign up and await these wonderful items each month.