Friday, January 30, 2015

#Winner Announced! Valentine's Day Half Dozen Chocolate-Covered Strawberries #Giveaway! Open to US. Ends: Feb 09 2015, 12AM/EST

The Winner has been Announced! 

Congratulations to Stephanie G.

Thank you to everyone who participated. To see the confirmation of this winner, see the Rafflecopter Form below for the official announcement!

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose would like to bring something sweet to your Valentine's Day holiday this year, with this Half Dozen Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Giveaway. If you've never tried Shari's Berries, then you're in for a very special treat. Each strawberry is dipped and covered in sweet toppings like chocolate chips, heart sprinkles and white and chocolate swizzles. 

If you don't want to wait for this giveaway to end, to see if you're the lucky winner, or have a special someone who would love this as a gift, visit Shari's Berries official website, here.

Giveaway Ends: February 9, 2015, 1200AM/EST
Open to US Residents.
Must be at least 18 years or older to participate.

Valentine's Day Half Dozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries Giveaway

One (1) Winner will receive a Half Dozen of Hand-Dipped Chocolate-Covered Strawberries 
  • 2 Strawberries Dipped in Milk with White Swizzles
  • 2 Strawberries Dipped in Dark with Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Strawberries Dipped in White with Heart Sprinkles

How To Enter
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Disclaimer: Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is responsible for contacting the winner via email and submitting the winner for all prizes. Shari's Berries, Facebook, Twitter, and any other entity are dissolved of any involvement. All opinions are of this blog's only. Open to US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Winner will be drawn from Rafflecopter entry form only and contacted via email for delivery information. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Football Party Items and #VegetarianRecipes for the Big Game

Disclaimer: The party items mentioned in the following blog post were purchased from our sponsor, LTD Commodities. All information mentioned in the post below, is 100% my own opinion.

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose invites you to learn more about some fantastic football party items and vegetarian recipes for the Big Game! Each year, we gather around the TV or in the football stands to watch this exciting, action-packed, game, but we can't watch without filling our stomachs with some tasty foods and snacks too! 

I had the opportunity to purchase some party items from LTD Commodities for this year's Big Game. Being a vegetarian, there are some awesome recipes available, for hosting a half and half, finger-licking, good, football party. So, those who enjoy the traditional hamburgers, chili dogs, hot wings, and potato chips with dip, can feel comfortable too. I would recommend having a separate section for both eating preferences and including some of the following party items to keep your tables organized.

Game Time Bowls

If it's going to be nippy on game day, then I would recommend serving a Spicy Vegetarian Chili, alongside a traditional meaty chili with some crackers. Serve up each bowl of delicious chili in these 23 oz. Game Time Bowls. They come in all of your favorite football teams and have the official seal of the National Football League at the bottom of the bowls. They are easy to clean after the Big Game being top shelf dishwasher safe and convenient for reheating chili in the microwave. They were made with great care and of good quality. I would continue to use these Game Time Bowls throughout the year and well into the next football season.

Chip N Dip Bowl (Red)

There's nothing wrong with a nice chip and dip for the Big Game. If you're hoping to accommodate your vegetarian eaters, then I would recommend giving this Spicy White Bean Dip a try. It would go perfect with some tortilla chips or whole wheat snack option. While you're preparing the dip, pour your chips into this Home Essentials Chip 'n' Dip bowl. This is a well-made bowl. It is made of strong pottery material and in a bold red color. It would attract the eyes of any snack-eater during the game. There is also a special section, made on the inside of the bowl, for you to put the delicious dip. There's no need to have bags of chips all over the place and containers of dip. Replenish each section of this serving bowl as needed.

Chicken Wing Serveware

Last up on the party item's list are these Chicken Wing Serveware Bowls. They are available in a set of 4 and designed with the football-theme across the center. They are really nicely made and I like these a lot. You can serve up the traditional hot wings to your meat-eaters. Then some of these vegetarian or vegan options here: Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, Spicy Vegan Buffalo Chicken Wings, or this Vegan Buffalo Wings recipe. There were so many tasty ones to choose from, I had to share more than one.

Overall, I was very happy with the party items I received from LTD Commodities for this year's Big Game. I look forward to watching the football game this year and staying neutral, while friends, family, and fans all over, shout for their favorite team to win. Football and great food help to create the memorable moments with family and friends. Have fun and enjoy!

For more Super Party Ideas for Football's Big Game, visit:

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Are you ready for the big game? Do you have a favorite Big Game recipe? If so, share the link to it in a comment below.

Friday, January 23, 2015

BzzAgent Unboxing and #ProductReviews for Kroger Simple Truth Organic

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose had the opportunity to try some new Simple Truth Organic products in a new BzzAgent Kit! There were some winners and just one product that I couldn't connect with, but overall, I had a very nice experience. 

In the following video, I shared my BzzAgent Unboxing and I reviewed the Simple Truth Organic 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate WITH Quinoa and the Simple Truth Ready to Drink Tea Energy Beverage with Guayusa. If you interested in my other reviews for the Simple Truth Organic Ready to Bake Bread and Greek Yogurt, read a little further below.

More Product Reviews...
I visit my local Ralph's, pretty often for my essentials and decided to try the Simple Truth Organic Ready to Bake Bread and Simple Truth Organic Greek Yogurt Cup, with my free coupons. 

Simple Truth Organic Ready to Bake Bread

I have to say, the Ready to Bake Bread was fresh, great toasted with a little butter for breakfast. I sliced it and toasted it, which was my preference. It did come with instructions to place the entire loaf in the oven, which I recommend if you're having it with a family meal. This was one of the winners. 

Then I went on to try the Greek Yogurt Cup and I was very pleased with this item as well. The Greek yogurt was very rich and smooth. Fruit was at the bottom and once mixed together with the Greek Yogurt, it accentuated the taste of the yogurt. I tried their blueberry fruit on the bottom cup. The price was reasonable and I will definitely purchase this Simple Truth Organic brand of Greek yogurt again. 

I find myself looking for Simple Truth Organic products even more now since trying their products with BzzAgent and will purchase my winners again, mentioned here.

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I currently have 3 sets of coupons for each of the items discussed in the YouTube video above. If you would like a set or a particular coupon, just complete the contact form HERE

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Learn more About Simple Truth Organic
All of the products mentioned in this blog post are available at your Kroger family of stores. Here in California, we have Ralphs, which is one of the Kroger brand stores. There are many more, so check them out! You can also visit their website at and on their Facebook page at SimpleTruth

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Have you purchased Simple Truth or Simple Truth Organic products? If so, share some of your favorites in a comment below.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara and Gentle Eye Makeup Remover #ProductReview

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose had the opportunity to test Rimmel London's Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara and their Gentle Eye Makeup Remover in the Influenster Frosty Voxbox. Below you will find my personal review of both products.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara

Overall, the Rimmel London Scandaleyes waterproof mascara held up nicely all day and night. It never smeared or broke down. It glides on smooth and nice. I was happy with it, but I can say that the only issue I had with it, was when I went to take it off. I used the Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, on a cotton ball, to remove the waterproof mascara, but it didn't want to come off. It smeared a lot, so I ended up using my makeup remover aloe towelettes to remove the product. It made me think a little more about using it again, but it looked great on my eyes and was indeed waterproof. I think I needed a stronger eye makeup remover for this product. Learn more about this product and more @RimmelLondonUS

Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

As for the Rimmel London Gentle Eye makeup remover, it didn't work very well for me with the Rimmel London Scandaleyes waterproof mascara. I used this product with cotton balls and found myself having to really soak my eye area with it and rub a number of times, which I don't like doing around my eyes. It smeared the waterproof mascara a lot and so I had to return to my usual aloe makeup remover towelettes. I would most likely use this product with my non-waterproof eye makeup and I would not recommend it for waterproof makeup. 

Learn more about this product and more with Hashtag: #Rimmel

Of the two products I tested, I would purchase the Scandaleyes mascara again. However, only if I can find a compatible eye makeup remover for this waterproof mascara because it definitely performed as advertised.

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Do you prefer waterproof mascara or the usual mascara?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea Taste Test (#CelestialTea)

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose had the opportunity to try some Candy Cane Lane Green Tea by Celestial Seasonings (#CelestialTea)!

In the following video, I share my reactions and personal experience after taste testing this particular tea. I am generally a green tea drinker so I was open to trying this blend inside of my Influenster Frosty Voxbox! Take a look!

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Are you a Celestial Seasonings holiday/seasonal tea fan? If so, what's your favorites?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

#WinnersAnnounced in 2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook + Planner #Giveaway! (Video Inside)

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose would like to announce the two (2) lucky Winners in this year's 2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook + Planner Giveaway! 


And Now...the TWO WINNERS Are... (Press >> (Play) on the YouTube Video below) to find out!

Did Not Win & Want Your Own Copy Anyway?
If you still would like to get a copy for yourself and some friends too, there is still time and plenty to go around. You can purchase an eWorkbook copy or a Hardcopy of the Workbook and Planner, when you CLICK HERE!

Commit to this workbook and discover your personal best in 2015! 

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I look forward to hearing about your successes! Share any feedback about your experience in a comment below!

Disclaimer: Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is an actual user and affiliate of Leonie Dawson's workbooks. All opinions of this workbook and planner are 100% the opinions of this particular blog.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My #FrostyVoxBox Product Reviews

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose had the opportunity to test some new products in the Influenster #FrostyVoxbox. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly of my experiences with each product in the line up.

First, let's begin with...

No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Sachet
I received a tester amount of this product. It has no fragrant smell but smooths on the face evenly and it's not oily. My face felt silky and smooth after application. The instructions say that the user should clean the face first, then apply this product, and finally follow up with an No7 moisturizer. It is a very nice product and I would use this again in the future, but I would have to use it for the entire 2 weeks to see if it provided any changes to my face as far as wrinkles are concerned.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum (#418)
I tested '#418 Sugar Plum' and it is fantastic! It's not too nude in color but not at all too shimmery for every day use. I really like this lip color! Oh my! I use it with a bit of lip gloss as my base, but that's not necessary. I already enjoy using NYC lip colors and products, in general, but this one was new for me and I would recommend giving it a go!

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
I'm a Green Tea drinker anyway, but this Candy Cane Lane holiday tea was pleasant to the taste. I couldn't see myself drinking all the time, but it's perfect for the holiday season or even winter months by a fireplace :) As soon as I opened up the package, I could smell the strong vibrant smell of the candy cane. It also stayed pretty vibrant after adding the boiling water. I added a bit of brown sugar for taste, but it had a natural candy cane taste throughout. 

EcoTools Hair Brush
This is a volumizer hair brush for medium-long hair. After testing this item, I seem to only use it to brush my hair into place as needed. I believe it was too large of a brush for the length of my hair. However, the brush is made of great quality and I would look into getting another size brush or see similar products in the EcoTools line.

ScandalEyes waterproof eyeliner
The 'Black' color that I tested glided on super easy, BUT taking if off was a serious task. I know that it's waterproof, but it was a task even when using the Rimmel waterproof eye makeup remover that I tested with it.

Rimmel London Eye Makeup
It was okay, but didn't do such a great job when I tested it with the Rimmel London Scandaleyes waterproof mascara. I resorted back to my Aloe Towelettes.

Fruit Vines Bites
They reminded me of a liquorice candy when I tested them. They are something fun to snack on when lounging around.

McCormick Thyme
This is McCormick's SO good with homemade soup. I made a small pot of soup and it brought out the flavors in the vegetable broth just great! I have never used thyme before testing it, but it will be among my spices from now on. Nice product!

So, there you have it! 

Your opinion of each of these products will vary. Do you have a favorite product among these products I have reviewed? If so, share it in a comment below!