Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dr. Sears Zone Diet Review and Giveaway

About Dr. Sears

Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the impact of the diet on hormonal response, genetic expression, and inflammation. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 30 years to the study of lipids. He has published more than 30 scientific articles and holds 13 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He has also written 13 books, including the New York Times #1 best-seller "The Zone". These books have sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 22 different languages. For further information on the scientific background of Dr. Sears, click here.

About the Program

See and feel the difference in just 2 weeks!

Weight loss has never been easier. You are eating the foods you like to eat and not feeling hungry between meals. That's the Zone promise. Each ZoneFast™ Weight-Loss Package contains a variety of popular breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items along with our structured meal planner to help you get acquainted with preparing your Zone meals and put you on the fast track to losing weight.

The key to the Zone 1-2-3 Program is maintaining hormonal balance to reduce cellular inflammation.  This means that every time you make a food choice, your hormones are going to change depending on what you eat.

Once you learn how to make the correct food choices to control you hormones, you have the key to silencing inflammatory genes.  Remember, if you are overweight, it is most likely that you are genetically pre-disposed to gain weight.  It's not fair, but with the Zone 1-2-3 Program you have a clinically proven system to silence those genes that would otherwise cause you to gain weight in spite of your best intentions.

My Review

I had heard of Dr. Sears and the Zone program years ago but never had the opportunity to try the food. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy the food. I have to be honest..I am a carb fiend. I never really jumped on the bandwagon of the many other diets that restricted high carb foods.It wasn't that I thought I would fail. It was the fact that I love the taste and texture of high carb foods.
When I got the opportunity to review Dr. Sears Zone 1-2-3 Program I jumped at the chance. Even though I never was a full-fledged low-carber I have tried low carb products in the past and I just wasn't impressed. The taste didn't do it for me and the texture, Blah, it was crumbly and gross!!
I loved the food from the Zone 1-2-3 Program. Not only did it taste like "real" carbs but a lot of it was better than the carbs I have been eating already. Everything was yummy. The onion bagels had big pieces of onion on them. Not hard, dried ones. The cookies were out if this world (I had to hide them from my 6 year old)and all of the food is really filling. With the Zone diet program I didn't feel deprived and I was able to incorporate it into the foods I already eat. I can definitely see myself continuing on the program. I have a four month old and would really love to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Aside from that my health is really important to me and the Zone 1-2-3 Program is ideal for the goals I want to meet.

I received 2 weeks of Zone 1-2-3 Program products that came to my doorstep in 2 seperate shipments. The shipment included bagels (onion, multigrain, sesame, cinnamon, and garlic), bread (cinnamon swirl, multigrain, white), cookies (coconut chocolate chip, health bar, milk chocolate chunk, peanut butter),
granola ( original, peanut butter), pizza crust (multigrain, sesame), rolls, pretzels, pasta, flatbread, croutons.

Week 1


Week 2

The program not only comes with tasty food but it also includes 2 weeks worth of Daily Essential vitamins. You also receive great booklets that include recipes, a suggested shopping list and a two-week meal planner.

How would you like to try 2-weeks of Dr. Sears Zone Diet 1-2-3 Program?

Buy It

Order your own 2-week supply on the Dr. Sears Zone website by clicking HERE for

Win It

Three very lucky Fatty Bumpkins readers will win a 2-week supply of
Dr. Sears Zone Diet 1-2-3 Program.

Main Entry

Follow Fatty Bumpkins via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar)

Extra Entries
 (each are +1 entry unless otherwise noted/Please comment for each entry)

1. "Like" the Zone Diet on Facebook by clicking HERE. Then come back here and let me know you did.
2. Follow the Zone Diet on Twitter by clicking HERE. Comment here with your Twitter name.  
3. "Like" Fatty Bumpkins on Facebook (+2 entries)
4. Follow me on Twitter (+2 entries)
5. Follow me on Networked Blogs (right sidebar) (+2 entries)
6. Tweet this giveaway and comment here with a link to your tweet. Please use @missreneer and
@TheZoneDiet in your tweet (+5 entries)


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*Entry deadline is 11:59 pm CT August 9, 2011

**Disclaimer: I received a free product from Zone Labs in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and any and all prizes will be fulfilled by the sponsor**


Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap Review and Giveaway

About Reviva Labs 

In 1973 when Reviva Labs was established, the word “Exfoliation” was unknown in America. That was 38 years ago. It’s when Reviva Labs introduced the first non-chemical European Exfoliant to Health Food Stores, known as “Light Skin Peel”. It’s unique formula and blending remains unduplicated today.

Although Health Food Stores are Reviva’s major distribution channel, Reviva’s origins are actually in professional skin care salons. Reviva’s founder, Stephen Strassler, is one of America’s earliest Aestheticians.

It was (and is today) the testing of product safety and performance in various skin care salons that has been a unique and key factor in Reviva’s history of product effectiveness.

Product effectiveness is not only a matter of the right ingredients but the experience in blending the proper percentages. And the knowledge of the interaction of those ingredients.
The wrong percentage of one of the active ingredients could inactivate the performance of the product.

Think about what you’ve learned from your own experiences over the years. Then, please consider what 38 years of skin care experience can mean to you the next time you’re buying skin- care products.

About Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap

Instead of animal tallow (sodium tallowate), common to most soaps, we feature a pure vegetable base of palm and coconut oils. Our Seaweed grains' scrub action, which helps remove hidden impurities, has been a family favorite in shower or bath for many years. In Spain, Seaweed Soap is even used as part of one's slimming or anti-cellulite routine. It stimulates circulation and helps discharge toxins. It's a soap both men and women will love. Benefits: 100% vegetable base; added scrub action - great for use in an anti-cellulite program; no animal fats!

My Review

I have mentioned before that I have very sensitive skin. Because of that I am always on the look out for something I can use. Even products that say they are for sensitive skin have been too harsh for me.
I really had my fingers crossed because I have read about the benefits of seaweed so I really wanted to try this.
When I first opened it I was a little overwhelmed by the smell. It wasn't bad it was just stronger than what I am used to. This soap makes your skin feel so good. It leaves it soft and my elbows, knees, and feet really appreciated it. I didn't tell my husband I had used a different soap and when I came into the room but he smelled it right away. He loved the smell and I must say when I smelled it on my skin it was very pleasant. I also didn't need to moisturize after I bathed with it. I kept rubbing my arms because they were so soft. Ha, Ha!!
My favorite part was the exfoliation. Check this out:

I'm not sure about the detoxifying properties of this soap as I have not used it long enough to have an opinion. What I can say is I love the way this soap makes me feel and smell. It gives you a squeeky clean feel (if that makes any sense) and it was great to use on my sensitive skin.

Would you like to feel squeeky clean???

Buy It

Reviva Lab's Seaweed Soap can be purchased online
by clicking HERE

Win It

The wonderful folks at Reviva Labs have provided 1 (one) bar each of their awesome
Seaweed soaps for 6 (six) lucky winners.

Main Entry

Follow Fatty Bumpkins via GFC (right sidebar)

Bonus Entries
 (each are +1 entry unless otherwise noted/Please comment for each entry)

1. "Like" Reviva Labs on Facebook by clicking HERE. Then come back here and let me know you did.
2. Visit Reviva Labs by clicking HERE and tell me what you would like to try most.
4. Follow me on Twitter
5. Sign Up to receive Reviva Labs free Catalog by clicking HERE (5 additional entries)


*Limited to US residents 18 and over
*Please include your email address in at least one comment if it is not visible in your profile
*Winners will be selected using and will be contacted via email. Winners have 48 hours to respond to email or I will have to choose an alternate winner.
*Entry deadline is 11:59 pm CT August 7, 2011

**Disclaimer: I received a product from Reviva Labs in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and any and all prizes are fulfilled by Reviva Labs**


Seneca Farms Oatmeal and Fruit Review and Giveaway

I am a big oatmeal lover and so are my kids. We are so used to eating oatmeal with dried fruit but it isn't something I am in love with. It is more for convenience. Our other option is waiting a long time for water to boil and cutting up fruit so it actually tastes good. That's not an easy task when you're trying to get yourself and the kids ready in the morning.
Imagine how happy we were to try Seneca Farms new Oatmeal and Fruit.  Fortunately for us, Seneca Farms Oatmeal and Fruit is both convenient and delicious. There are huge chunks of fruit in it, unlike most oatmeals. It honestly tastes like a fruit cobbler. I would totally eat it for dessert. Even my three year old son (The Picky Eater) loved it! Check out these huge chunks of peach:

We really love it and can't wait until later this year when the newest flavors come out.
About Seneca Farms Oatmeal and Fruit

Just launched in April, it is the perfect choice for anyone who has trouble finding time for breakfast in the morning. In less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee, heat the six-ounce microwaveable cup – no milk or water necessary – in the microwave for 45 seconds. Seneca's Oatmeal & Fruit has no trans fats or cholesterol, and is a great source of Vitamin C.  

Currently available in Apple Cinnamon and Vanilla Peach, Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit can be found nationally at Walmart and at a wide variety of retail grocery stores.  For a detailed store list, visit  Seneca Farms plans to expand its flavors later this year with Oatmeal & Fruit Cranberry Apple, and Oatmeal – Maple & Brown Sugar.

Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit is not only a quick and healthy breakfast option, but it is a satisfying mid-afternoon snack and it even works as part of a healthy weight loss plan for those looking to lose or maintain weight loss.

Aside from the fact that I am a raving lunatic when I skip breakfast, there are a number of other reasons why it is so important. Check them out below!

Here are some important stats about families skipping breakfast:

It’s not groundbreaking news that breakfast provides us and our kids with the nutrition and fuel our bodies need.  And we all know that eating oatmeal and other whole grains are an essential part of a healthy diet and promote overall good health.  But, busy mornings and finicky kids can make it hard to find the time to make something that is both nutritious and delicious.

Did you know that*…
  • Nearly 60% of U.S. parents of children ages 3-17 admit that their child skips breakfast, with more than half of U.S. Moms wishing their child ate a more nutritious breakfast.
  • 58% of U.S. Moms say they skip breakfast regularly. 46% of Moms who skip breakfast say they do so because they do not have enough time to prepare or eat it.
  • 57% of single adults say the number one reason they skip breakfast is that they don’t have enough time to prepare it.
  • While 71% of U.S. adults agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, 67% of those admit to skipping breakfast.
*Results of 2011 Children's Nutrition Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for Seneca Farms

If you think you would like to try a delicious breakfast or snack that is healthy and convenient, here is your chance :)

Buy It
Seneca Farms Oatmeal and Fruit can be purchased online by clicking HERE or
you can see a list of local retailers that carry it HERE

Win It

One Fatty Bumpkins reader will receive a 2-pack of each flavor: Apple Cinnamon and Vanilla Peach.  

Main Entry

Follow Fatty Bumpkins via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar)

Bonus Entries (All entries are +1)

1. "Like" Seneca Farms on Facebook by clicking HERE. Then come back here and let me know you did.
2. Follow Seneca Farms on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway including @SenecaFarms. Then come back here and let me know you did.
3. "Like" Fatty Bumpkins on Facebook by clicking HERE
4. Follow me on Twitter by clicking HERE


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*Please include your email address in at least one comment if it is not visible in your profile
*Winner will be selected using and will be contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose an alternate winner.
*Entry deadline is 11:59 pm CT August 6, 2011

**Disclaimer: I received a product from Seneca Farms in exchange for an honest review. No other form of compensation was received and all opinions are my own.**


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bwarm Aromatherapy Massage Candle Review

**Warning** Links contained in this post lead to a site that is intended for adults 18+

Fragranced soy massaging candle.

I am really excited to say that I received a really yummy candle from the good folks
at EdenFantasys.
The candle does double duty by functioning as a candle as well as a massage oil. Just warm it up and you are ready to go. Now, I know a lot of you think that Edenfantasys only has adult toys, which by the
way they have an amazing selection of, but they also have some other great products like the candle I received. The other sensual products EdenFantasys sells include oils and lotions  as well as bath and body products.

About the Bwarm

  Base: Palm Wax, Soy Wax, Beeswax, Oil

Ingredients: Coconut Oil/Wax, Soy Oil/Wax, Shea Butter,
Palm Wax, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera
Vitamin E Oil, Fragrance

Burn Time: 10 Hours

Volume: 1.75 fl. oz.

Weight: 7 oz

Price: $21.85

My Review

The Bwarm Aromatherapy Massage Candle comes in 3 different fragrances, Fig Leaf, Amber Amore, and  Patchouli/Rose.
I received the Fig Leaf and I really enjoyed the light fragrance. It wasn't overpowering at all and it smelled really good. As a matter of fact I used it on my hands and got compliments about my "fragrance".  At first I did notice that the candle was a bit small for the price, which I was a little concerned about but after using it I feel it is actually a bargain.
The shape of the candle holder is awesome because it allows for easy pouring when the candle heats up.
It's great for couples massage but it is also really nice to just pamper yourself. Imagine lighting a candle while you are in the tub and than using the candle for a great massage. I did both and I must say it was awesome.
The candle absorbs right into the skin so it didn't leave a mess and when you light it, it's ready pretty quickly.

The Verdict

I have used it quite a bit and I have to say I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to add something new to their relationship or just pamper themselves.


You can get your very own Bwarm Aromatherapy Massage Candle
by clicking HERE!

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Follow EdenFantasys on
Facebook and Twitter

Sex toys - EdenFantasys adult toys store

**Disclaimer: I received a Bwarm Aromatherapy Massage Candle from EdenFantasys in exchange for an honest review. No other form of compensation was received and all opinions are my own.**


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kool-Aid No Bake Pie Recipe

This is the first of many recipes I hope to feature on my blog.
I love easy recipes with as few ingredients as possible but I am up for anything. 
Did I mention I am not the greatest cook!
This is a super easy, yummy and fun recipe that I started making last year. 
My niece brought a Kool-Aid pie to my house for the holidays and 
since than I have made lemon, strawberry, fruit punch, berry punch and lemon-lime.
They are so good and take no time at all.
Give it a try, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


1 Graham Cracker Crust
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Packet Kool-Aid (any flavor)
1 Tub Whipped Topping


Mixing Bowl
Large Spoon
Electric Hand Mixer

What To Do

1. Allow the whipped topping to soften. 
I just leave mine in the refrigerator and take it out about an hour or two before I make the pie.

2. Pour sweetened condensed milk into bowl. Add Kool-Aid (for this recipe I used lemon flavor)
 and stir.

3. Fold softened whipped topping into Kool-Aid mixture and beat with mixer on medium. I beat mine
for about 1 minute until peaks form.

4. Pour finished mixture into pie crust.

5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

6. Enjoy!!!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BrytonPick Review

About BrytonPick

BrytonPick makes cleaning between teeth easy, fast and discreet

Designed, developed and tested by dental professionals

Solution for on-the-go or alternative for those that are unable to floss

Made of flexible stainless steel and plastic holder

Blunt cleaning edges are thin as the finest floss

Re-usable up to 30 days (germ resistant stainless steel)

Cleanse with napkin or water. Store in it's carry pouch

BrytonPick is also great for people with braces

My Review

I received two On-The-Go BrytonPicks and at first I was a little intimidated. I am so used to using traditional floss, which I don't really care for by the way. These were so different but I do really like them. At first I had to get the hang of it because it is very different than traditional floss. The pick itself is easy to grip and it really does get in between those hard to reach places. Not to be too gross, but the first time I used my BrytonPick was after I had eaten corn-on-the-cob. It really did work to remove excess food without making my gums hurt.  

They came in small, wallet sized packages that my husband loves because his has been in his wallet ever since we received them. He carries his with him everywhere he goes and we love the fact that they are reusable. My husband is a floss freak and he used to always have a bag of one time use disposable floss/picks he took with him. Now that he has the BrytonPick his old flossers have been replaced.

For anyone that wants the convenience of flossing on-the-go without all the hassle of traditional floss, I recommend the BrytonPick.   

Buy It

You can buy your very own BrytonPick on their website  
By clicking HERE!! They offer a variety of package sizes. 

BrytonPick is also available at select mass retail locations as well 
as select convenience stores 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using created by Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.


SmartShield Kids SPF30 Sunscreen Review

About SmartShield Sunscreens

Better Than Oil Based Sunscreens

SmartShield is serious sunscreen that you can wear all-day, everyday. Our oil free sunscreen won't clog your pores, won't stain your clothes and won't sting your eyes. Our special sunscreen formula is quickly absorbed by your skin for serious, tough protection.

Let Your Skin Breathe

Unlike oil-based sunscreens that clog pores and capture heat, SmartShield sunscreen products are quickly absorbed and bond with the top layers of the skin. This invisible and natural feeling protective shield allows the skin to perspire naturally and stay cooler.

Absorbs Immediately

The Aloe Vera acts as a penetrating agent, which pulls the sunscreen into the skin for hours of effectiveness. Smartshield is immediately absorbed into the skin rather than blocking or clogging the pores. All of our products are hypoallergenic, PABA Free, and DEET Free. They are safe for all skin types and are dermatologist-recommended. Smartshield sunscreen is Aloe based with vitamins A, C and E.

My Review

The wonderful folks at SmartShield sent me their Kids Oil-Free Sunscreen and I have to tell you, it is the best I have tried so far. I say this because with many sunscreens there is either a greasy residue, an overpowering scent, it is full of chemicals or is terrible for people with sensitive skin, or all of the above.

With SmartShield the sunscreen absorbed into our skin instantly. Yes, I tried it too! What I love best about it, besides the amazing protection, is the fact that it has a very light scent that isn't overpowering at all. As a matter of fact after applying it I actually forgot it was on. That's great considering we were out in 102 degree weather. Usually with the other sunscreens I have used hot weather+sunscreen=sticky, uncomfortable, skin.

My kids are 9, 6, 3, and I applied it on them before we went out and they loved it. My daughter said she really loved the smell and they didn't mind getting lathered up! They also didn't mind reapplying and with our sensitive skin (eczema) it didn't itch or make us break out which is a definite plus.

Buy It
You can purchase SmartShield's Kids SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion on their website for $13.50
by clicking here!!

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**Disclaimer: I received a Kids SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion from SmartShield in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.**


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