Friday, February 23, 2018

Freebie Friday!




Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

Love, Beauty and Planet shampoo and condition samples.
A coupon for 1 box of Clairol Hair Color.
A $5 Amazon gift card from Crowdtap.

I'll be giving that hair color coupon to my daughter since I no longer color my hair. It's too long and takes too darn long to do that myself on my own hair. I haven't used the shampoo and conditioner samples yet.

Did you receive any freebies this week?


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: DegustaBox- February

DegustaBox is a monthly subscription box filled with food and drink products. The price for the box is $19.99 a month.  

You do not get to pick any of the products you get, it's a surprise each month. But they say each box contains 10-15 items and each box is worth at least $30. I like trying boxes like this because they usually contain products that I've never tried or haven't seen before. 

What was in the box?

Goya Refried Pino Beans
Goya Refried Black Beans
Luna Lemon Zest bars-3
Lundberg Family Farms Aged White Cheddar Red Beans and Quinoa Tortilla Chips
Sir Kensingtons Ketchup
Mrs Renfro's Salsa
The Spice Hunter Coriander and Lime Spice
Boboli Pizza crust
Boboli Pizza Sauce
Tiger Tail Mustard

I've had the ketchup before and it's a good brand. The mustard tastes like the yellow brand of mustard I usually get and I was almost out so good timing. I've never used ground coriander before so that was interesting and it's good on grilled chicken.

The two refried beans came in handy for the Mexican dishes I made. They are good in burrito's and great with just a little cheese added to them. I've had the Boboli pizza crust before and unfortunately I'm not a fan. Ken does like it so he was happy with that.

The tortilla chips are different but completely edible with the salsa. It's not a bad snack together at all. The mini Luna bars were really good too. I don't usually like the different protein, power bar type things but these weren't bad.


If you don't live in the US, they now have a Great Britain Website

Now here's a treat for you. If this box looks like something you'd like, you can use code MARYK-ACB and get your first box half off. That's a big box of food for only $10! and you can cancel anytime. So if you're interested, go to the DegustaBox site and sign up and don't forget to use my code to get your first box for just $10.



Have you tried any of these products?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Ty's Temptation by Patrice Michelle


Book Description

With a genius IQ, Evan Masters has always been one step ahead of most people, except when it comes to matters of the heart. When she stumbles across an intense, tightly controlled man visiting town for a short time, she realizes he’s the perfect person to show her the ropes with no strings attached. 

Ty Hudson agrees to teach Evan all he knows, but he insists on doing it his way. As their seductive dance turns into a smoldering burn, Ty quickly discovers that “innocent Evan” has many intriguing layers, making him want to uncover every single one, no matter how long it takes.



My Review

I grabbed this book when it was free but it's no longer free the last time I looked. It's book 2 in this series but I don't think I necessarily needed to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. 

Ty and Evan's first introduction to each other is really funny. There's a big misunderstanding and from there they start to get to know each other. Ty is very controlled, his emotions and every other part of his life and Evan wants him to let go a little. He's not looking for a relationship but when Evan asks for his help, he's not sure what to make of her proposition or her but he's willing to help her out...his way. 

Evan has a guy constantly after her to go out with him but she doesn't want to. This guy knows she's a virgin and Evan thinks that's the only reason he's pursuing her. But her father is the Sheriff and she knows how to take are of herself. If she really didn't want this guy chasing after her she should have made it very clear to him that she wasn't interested from the beginning. I didn't like how that part of the story line went down. 

They both agree to a fling but just for a few days while Ty is in town for his sister's wedding. It's only when they spend time apart that they realize that they have more than just a 'flings' worth of feelings for each other. I really like how this one ended and really liked both Ty and Evan. They were well suited for each other. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Invincible by Diana Palmer


Book Description

He's everything she fears…and everything she wants 

Mercenary by name and by nature, Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. But working with his friend Cash Grier on a complex murder investigation provides Carson with another kind of fun—shocking Cash's sweet but traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his latest conquests. 

Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldn't have, and now the face of a criminal is stored permanently in her photographic memory…and Carlie is the key piece of evidence that could implicate a popular politician in the murder case. 

Her only protection is Carson—the man she once despised. But when she learns that Carson is more than just a tough guy, Carlie realizes she's endangered herself further. Because now her only chance to live means losing her heart to the most dangerous kind of man….


My Review

Carlie lost her mother to cancer and her grandmother was the town slut. When her grandmother came to her house to try and find something they could sell for drugs when she was little, the grandmother's boyfriend hurt her and she's a bit gun shy in the romance department because of that and her upbringing by her minister father. Carlie works for the sheriff as his secretary and everyone likes her. 

Carson is known as the love them and leave them sort around town because he never keeps a woman around for very long. He's gruff, intimidating and finds himself attracted to Carlie, the one woman he can't have. 

Carlie's father is a minister but he has a past and he hasn't always been a minister. Most people know not to mess with the man and not to try and mess with his daughter. But someone is calling Carlie and threatening her father. Carlie finds herself in danger and that's when she finds out that her father isn't the sweet minister that she thinks he is. He's not a bad man but he's not gonna let something bad happen to his daughter and he brings in a few friends to help him keep her safe. 

Carson has some huge baggage and emotional trauma from his past and it's keeping him from being happy. He wants Carlie but doesn't want to hurt her or leave her with a broken heart. 

There was enough action, bad guys and romance in this book to keep me entertained. I've always liked Diana Palmer's romance books and this was no exception. I really liked seeing the mystery of who was after Carlie come to light because it wasn't completely obvious at first. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*


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*Picture courtesy of Rat Logic*

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Apartment Life #15

This is a new weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 20 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

Back in 2013 the cops were called for the guy across from me. He had been going to all the neighbors doors asking for lightbulbs and $5 so he can get a beer. So someone called the police on him. I just caught the end of it. They left after telling him to leave the neighbors alone.

The saga continues... an hour after the cops came the first time...they were baaackk!

I have no idea why the police came back and they didn't stay long but the guy stopped knocking on people's doors after that. 


The police get called for the craziest things around here.

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Favorite Video of the Week



I was actually looking for a 'birthday' type video because today is my birthday! But when this popped up and then I heard what song someone had put to this video I just couldn't stop laughing. You have to listen to this one, it's funny when paired with the video.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Freebie Friday!




Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:
A free Mugler perfume sample.
3 samples of VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film.
A $1 off coupon for Twinnings Tea.

I also won a coupon code for a free pair of pants and free shipping, thanks to Haggar.com (A $36.00 value)

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: Caught in the Glow by Eva Chase


Book Description

She'll risk her heart to save his soul...

When she was a child, Avery Harmen watched her father die at the hands of a Glower—a breed of demon that feeds on dreams of fame and glory. Now she secretly protects the rising stars of Los Angeles from the demons that prey on them, determined to make sure her clients never suffer the same fate.

Then Avery finds herself assigned to Colin Ryder, a young indie rocker who just landed a major label deal. Colin is cocky, rebellious, a brilliant musician, and already in the Glowers' sights. He's also far too hot for Avery to ignore the chemistry between them—especially when she gets to know the tender side behind his celebrity facade. Though Avery knows she's falling too fast, she's willing to risk heartbreak if fanning the flames of attraction distracts Colin from his Glower-tempting antics. But Colin is keeping a secret of his own, one so big it will put both her heart and his soul on the line.


My Review

Avery's life was altered the day she witnessed a demon suck the life from her father and from that point forward she could see the Glower demons. So she decided to try and put her gift to good use and help people who might fall victim to the demons. 

Colin is a young rock star, he's being watched by a Glower demon and Avery worked for the Tether Society who's function was to find a way to ward their clients without actually telling the clients why they were getting a new tattoo, a new piece of jewelry with malachite embedded into it or some other way to keep the Glowers away. 

Avery is keeping the Glower away as best she can and then Colin tells her something that changes everything. It was quite shocking and made the story take a turn that I didn't care for. He's a smart guy so why is he acting so stupid? 

It was an interesting paranormal read and Colin is a likable character. I liked Avery and felt for what she'd been through and why she started working for the Tether Society. It was a good romance with an interesting paranormal twist.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: Target Beauty Box- January 2018

January's Target Beauty Box was just $7 and it was well worth it. 


Each month Target releases a new Target Beauty Box but supplies are limited and it's first come first serve until they run out. These boxes go fast so I try to grab one as soon as I see it being talked about on Twitter or fb.

What was in January's Box? 

Nexxus Humectress Hair Mask
Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Polish
Pretty Animalz Tiger Sheet Mask- Tiger
Mrs. Meyer’s Body Wash- Assorted Scents (I received Basil)
Vichy Mineral 89 Face Moisturizer
CoverGirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick
OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo

There were actually 2 different boxes for sale in January but the other box sold out really fast and even though I heard about the boxes right after they became available, I was not fast enough to snag the other one. When I say that some months these boxes sell out fast, I'm not kidding. 

I tried everything in this box and the only thing I wasn't happy with was the CoverGirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick. It was a nice pink shade but I didn't like how it went on, stayed on or looked while I had it on. 

I think that Vichy moisturizer is my favorite thing from January's box. Well that and the Dove body polish. The body polish was a good size sample and it smelled so good. It did feel like I was rubbing sand on my body though, which was weird. Not sure I would buy it but it was interesting to try it. 

Were you able to grab this box or any other Target Beauty Box?