No-Tie Elastic Shoelaces Giveaway

I’m partnering up with Lemon Hero to give away a pair of no-tie elastic shoelaces to TWO lucky Sweetly Surreal Life readers.  Enter to win at the bottom of this post!

 These shoelaces are super easy to install in any pair of sneakers or hiking boots, and they make taking your shoes on and off a breeze.  Once you install them, they’ll keep your shoes on securely but won’t pinch your feet.  These laces are thicker than other brands of no-tie laces, and the plastic bits that secure the laces are very high quality.  They’re nice for hiking shoes, water shoes, or winter boots because they are waterproof.  I love that they come in eight different colors, so you can be sure one will match with your fave pair of shoes.

Here is a photo the before (top) and after (bottom) with these laces.  Once I put the new laces on both of my shoes, I wore them on two international flights.  I’ve taken two place trips a year since I was a small child, and I have to say my #1 rule of air travel is to always wear sneakers because you never know when you’ll have to run. These laces make my shoes super comfy, which is important because my feet get a little bloated when flying all day.  Also, they were easy to get into and out of, so going through the security checkpoint was a breeze! I didn’t even have to sit down to put my shoes back on.

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These laces are also great for:

  • People who need to get out the door in a hurry
  • Kids who haven’t learned to tie shoes yet
  • Special needs folks or seniors with pain or trouble tying or untying knots
  • Really anyone!

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Click below to enter here through Sept 25, 2015 because we will be drawing two winners who will each receive one pair of No-Tie Elastic Shoelaces in the color of their choice.
No-Tie Elastic Shoelaces Giveaway (two winners!)

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**I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  To read more reviews or to buy, please visit the sponsor’s page at the above links*

Beauty Infusion GIVEAWAY and Review

I think everyone has wished that healthy things to eat tasted like candy.  If you try Neocell’s beauty supplements, your wish might come true!  I tried out NeoCell’s Beauty Bursts and not only are they formulated to help nurture skin and nails, they taste yummy too.

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The Beauty Bursts are gourmet collagen soft chews. This beauty supplement contains Collagen Types 1 & 3 (to rebuild your skin), hyaluronic acid (to hydrate the skin), and vitamin c (to build up your collagen).

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The flavor I tried was super fruit punch, and they tasted pretty good.  They are a little tart, but I actually like that.  The consistency is a lot like Starburst candy.  The package shows them as being bright red, but mine looked more orange.  I contacted the manufacturer and they couldn’t give any explanation, but seemed to say that the color variation was normal.

beauty bursts

I also got NeoCell’s Beauty Infusion in tangerine twist.  It’s a drink powder that has the same ingredients as the soft chews but it also has some added beauty extras, like biotin (to help grow strong hair and nails) and alpha lipoic acid (to protect from free radicals).  If you’re not into using it as a drink, they have a recipe on their blog that can tell you how to turn it into jello!  That sounds like a lot of fun.  Imagine taking your vitamins in a jello shot every morning (without alcohol, of course)!

If you want to get started on this new beauty routine right away, NeoCell has $1.50 or $2 off printable coupons on their facebook page.  You can find the their products at CVS and GNC stores!

NeoCell has nicely offered to sponsor a giveaway at Sweetly Surreal Life of one package of Beauty Bursts and a one month’s supply of Beauty Infusion beauty supplements.  That’s an over $50 value!  Enter using the gleam app below through June 23, infusion prize pack giveaway
Beauty Infusion Prize Pack (ARV $54.94)

I hope you enjoy these tasty vitamins as much as I did!  Treat yourself to a soft chew after dinner and you won’t even need dessert!

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**I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  To read more reviews or to buy, please visit the sponsor’s page **

Dog Approved: Dog Treats from Stewart Pet

stewarts dog treats

After our sweet little dog Dora got sick last year with pancreatitis, we decided to mostly stop feeding her dog treats because so many of them have a ton of fat, sugar, and other additives.  However, we do make an exception if we really trust the ingredients in the treat.  That’s why I was excited to see if she liked the Pro-Treat Freeze Dried Liver dog treats from Stewart Pet.  They’re 100% liver, and after reading more about them I could tell they would be safe for her sensitive tummy.


We have always fed her only organic foods, so making the switch to only 100% natural products for dog treats made sense.  Now her treats are a baby carrot once or twice a week, and sometimes I make mini treats from whole wheat flour + organic beef/chicken baby food (here is the recipe if you’d like to make that 2-ingredient dog treat!).  She loves those things, but I have to say she went even more wild for these Stewart Pet treats!  It makes sense since they are totally made of meat.


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Here is what I like about the dog treats:

  • Tiny size: They’re “reward size” so you won’t overfeed your dog.  The small size would also be great to use for training- though Dora is already trained 🙂
  • Made in the USA: You probably heard that news story last year about dog treats made outside the US having toxins in them.  That scared me enough to only buy USA made pet products going forward!
  • Made without additives or preservatives
  • Only 1 ingredient: good for doggies with allergies or sensitive tummies
  • Seven flavors to pick from: I’ve noticed that most dogs aren’t too picky about flavors, but some might have a favorite!


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Yum!  Dora approves of the Stewart® Pro-Treat® Freeze Dried Liver Treats.  She got the turkey flavor.  I think it will take a while to use up the tub since she’s such a small dog, but next we’re going to try beef flavor!

**I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  To read more reviews or to buy, go to the sponsor’s page:**

Doggie iD Review and GIVEAWAY!

doggie id personalized pet tagPets are furry family members, and I know I would do whatever it takes to keep mine safe!  That’s why I was excited to link up with Doggie ID to review their personalized pet tag, and even more excited when they offered to give one away to a Sweetly Surreal Life reader!

See the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway!
These are not your average dog tags.  They look like mini state driver’s licences, but for dogs.  Their website is very easy to use to create your dog’s tag, and they do all the designing for you.  You just pick your state, enter your dog’s name, and add your phone number and address if you like.  I put something in all the fields it offered, including the extra phone number, because if my dog gets lost I would want people to have a few ways to contact me.  If you like, you can upload a photo of your dog too.  The hardest part about ordering for me was just picking out which photo of Dora I should upload!  When it arrived, it came with two different ways to attach it to her collar, but both of them hung too low so I used the small ring I already had.

doggie id, pet id tag

Things I like about the Doggie ID personalized dog tag:

  • It has a lifetime guarantee, so if it somehow gets bent or scratched up they will replace it.  Also it has a money-back return policy.
  • Weather resistant so you don’t have to worry about when your pup is splashing in puddles.
  • Manufactured and designed in the USA.
  • You can pay by credit card or paypal (I am always so irritated when businesses don’t take paypal!).
  • Tag size works for small or large breeds- it is 1.75”x 1.75”.
  • They look pretty stylish.

Here are some photos of Dora wearing her new Doggie Id tag.  She’s gotten many compliments on it already!

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Dora with doggieid

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Since they are so nice, we’re giving one away!  You can use it for your own pooch or make one for your favorite dog lover. Enter in the rafflecopter here through July 6th, 2015:
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**I received this product at no cost in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  To buy, see the sponsor’s webpage here:**doggie id pet tag Free Giveaway Directory

Review: Dead Sea Mud Mask

I was happy when I got a chance to try the Dead Sea Mud Mask because I love natural products. This mud mask is a detoxifying and rejuvenating mask.  It’s only ingredients are dead sea mud and grapeseed oil, so it is truly natural and pure.

When I opened it up, it lived up to its name! It looks like pure, cool mud. The smell is luckily not unpleasant like mud- it smelled earthy, but it didn’t have a smell at all while putting it on.  I thought it looked a little bit like chocolate mousse…

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Review: Natural Hot Chocolate K-Cups from Black Bear Market

Have you ever tried hot chocolate k-cups?  When I bought my Keurig brewer, it came with some regular and dark hot chocolate k-cups.  They were sickeningly sweet!  My family just couldn’t drink them.  On looking at their ingredients, I saw they were full of chemical additives and artificial colors and flavors.  When I found out that Black Bear Market’s hot chocolate was all-natural, I had to try it out myself.


To give you some background info, Black Bear Market is a family owned and run business.  You’re supporting an American small business when you order from them…

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Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway up here; read the review for this product below!  One winner will receive the larger 2 oz size of the Vanilla Mint Deodorant.

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Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme Giveaway!

I am always looking for a more natural deodorant, but it is tough to find one that really works.  So I was pretty stoked when  Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme arrived in my mailbox.  When I opened up the package there was a nice insert that gave me the lowdown on switching to natural deodorant from my regular old antiperspirant.  I was happy they included the insert because I learned a lot!

According to Bella Organics, if you switch to a natural deodorant it can take 4-15 days for your body to detox.  During this time it might seem like the new stuff is not working, but it’s just because your old anti-antiperspirant worked by prohibiting natural sweat gland function.  The non-natural kind blocks up your pores and shrinks them too, using aluminum, which new research has shown to be linked to diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Just think about all the toxins that are trying to get out when we sweat!  I’d certainly want that stuff to leave my body the way it was designed to and not get blocked inside.  When you think about it, our bodies really know what they’re doing before we get in the way with chemicals.  Be that as it may- I still don’t want to be smelly!  So that’s where this deodorant comes in.

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In order to speed up the detox process, Bella Organics suggests you exfoliate your underarms and use a gentle soap on them in the shower.  They also suggest wearing natural fibers so your underarms can breathe, and eating a healthy diet that is low in processed foods.

Armed (hah!) with all this information, I’m starting up a new plan to detox from my big-brand-name antiperspirant to this natural creme one.  I’m thinking now is the time to detox, while it is still chilly out and I’m not sweating a ton.

My thoughts on Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant so far?  I really like the consistency (it’s cream, so you put it on the same way you would any kind of lotion).  The smell is really nice- not too perfumey and not too sweet.  It seems like the right scent for a deodorant, and they do have other scents you can sample in the .25 oz size.  I really like the ingredients, which are all natural.  No synthetic ingredients or chemically-made scents at all.  In terms of the smell control: so far, so good!  I’ll be watching to see how it goes when the detox period ends!

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Bella Organics was nice enough to give me a full size Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme to give away to one of my readers!  See the entry form at the top of this page to enter the giveaway (giveaway open for entries March 30-April 20, 2015). Good luck!

**I received this product in exchange for writing an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.  For more reviews or to buy, see the product here**

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