Review: Secret Clinical Strength

I was blessed to receive a sample via The Vogue Influencers Network. I admit at first I thought it was the sample I already got from another network and Secret too but it’s not the 48 hour one. I believe that one was called outlasts.

I adore how the sample they sent is perfectly purse size! It smells great and I can’t figure out exactly what it is. They call it completely clean, but it’s beyond that. It’s very relaxing.

I found that the Secret Clinical Strength did adapt and respond to what I was doing. I’ve been doing a lot of demolition! (Those on FB got to see some pics.) Ripping up carpet, sanding floors, sanding steps, ripping down walls, etc. I only have one month left before the weather turns so it’s requiring all my time! Only four more rooms to go, and a bathroom to finish pulling out. It’s another reason why I like that I can pocket this and go on. It’s not just my house I’m working on. And when you are working with someone in a closed environment the last thing you want to do is stink!!

I’m very pleased and would purchase Secret again. Thanks VIN for the freebie! <3


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Get unsafe chemicals off store shelves

Tell your Senator that any TSCA reform legislation must contain provisions that:

1) protects the rights of states to regulate toxic chemicals; 2) immediately gets the worst, most toxic chemicals off the market; and 3) prioritizes identifying and reviewing the most high-risk chemicals first.

It’s unacceptable that legislation would be considered without these common sense elements. Tell your Senator that reform should only go forwards, not backwards.

Join Seventh Generation and our partners the Breast Cancer Fund to tell our leaders it’s time for real toxic chemical reform.

Find your Senators’ Twitter Handles HERE.


Email your Senators NOW to tell the senate we want strong TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) reform!

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Be Ruby CachBack Website

Be Ruby is a cashback website that also offers coupons and other offers. That is listed upon Annika’s website along with many others. Be Ruby appears to be world wide. Upon reaching payout you can request it via PayPal. It’s a really interesting website because when you actually contact them ADMIN she replies unlike when you do it via Points to Shop.

BeRuby claims that when you click cashout you are paid within (3) three days. I found this to be untrue and had to contact the ADMIN. I wanted to place it in Annika’s newsletter but without proof of payment I decided to not go that route. Also because when you have to verify your account there was nothing but issues for me. If I’m encountering this I am sure many others are as well.

I have been paid. Do I recommend this site? Only in a pinch. I find it a good idea to join several cashback websites and use them all when shopping online. Some websites offer others at either a better value or some aren’t even located at other cash back websites.

If you are a member, please let me know your experience with them in the comments.

Thank you!

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Review: Pantene Products

IMG_1643It’s not really fair to give anyone less than 2 weeks to give feedback on any conditioner and shampoo. But I know from being a product tester, quick results are wanted. I purchased Pantene products I’ve been wanting to use for a while but never really tried.

I was given a $20 Walmart gift card from SheSpeaks/Pantene to purchase the best Pantene shampoo and conditioner for my hair. I was left disappointed and confused as my local (Akron) Walmart’s shelves were as usual not stocked and things thrown about. This is the default state of Akron area Walmart and I’ve even spoken to the manager (six months ago) about it. She claimed to be fixing that issue so I didn’t really expect any problems when I went there nor when I offered to complete this review. It took me a while to decide how to complete this review with the limitations of choices as well as types of shampoos/conditioners offered. I have all types of hair so one bottle type of what was offered of liquid shampoos and conditioners DID NOT CUT IT.

There are several things to keep in mind when reading my review. Your hair is not mine, and you may not have anywhere near the results I did. I have naturally wavy, very long, color treated, dry, thick hair. I use oils to help smooth, control, condition, shine, and protect my hair. They are magic and I’ve been using them since about 92.

I love dry shampoo because my hair is over three feet long, and thick and without blow drying takes two days to dry. So when I saw Pantene actually had dry shampoo, I grabbed both types. I don’t really like results dry shampoo gives but after my surgery I saw the blessings and possibility they provide.

IMG_1644Pantene Root Reboot Dry Shampoo was one of the types I purchased. It smelled pretty good. Made it look dry which dry shampoos do because they are powder.


IMG_1645Pantene Original Fresh Dry Shampoo. Darn near impossible to spray and having Lupus made it even harder. I’ll be calling to complain as I think the bottle might be broken or something. (Disappointing to not be able to really use it for a review FOR Pantene!)


IMG_1647Because I don’t need simple conditioner I didn’t buy it. Instead I purchased Ultimate 10 BB cream. Ten because it’s meant to fix 10 issues with your hair. Smells great and did make my hair easier to comb after I washed it. It took about 8 pumps. It can be used on Dry hair or wet.  I liked using it both ways. Results were pleasing thus far.


IMG_1646Pantene Pro-V Overnight Miracle. You put this on your hair and night, it works while you sleep and you are meant to wake up to great hair. I found almost instant results with this if you comb it through.  It made my hair HUGE and dry. I hated it. After two days I went back to my oils! I was pulling out handfuls of hair every time I put a comb through it!


IMG_1648Pantene Weekly Rehab Crème. Instantly renews hair with lasting smoothness. Designed for color treated hair. Deep restoration complex.  This flattened a lot of my natural wavy hair. It did make it easier to comb though. But I love my waves. For those who don’t love your wavy hair, this is for you! Also there are NO directions on the bottle itself. So be sure to read the box before you enter the shower!  (see last photo for results of this.)

I got several different types because that’s my hair, as I said it’s over three feet long, so it’s got ALL hair types. Healthy, near the scalp, dry near the ends. And until makers of shampoos and conditioners clue in to that they will try to trap us all into boxes we don’t fit! If my hair at my scalp was like my ends, I’d need repair for my hair. Makers of foundation finally clued into not everyone’s face is all the same, we have a T zone and everyone’s is different. The same applies to hair. Unless you have really short hair, don’t color your hair, don’t use any heat on your hair, don’t get air or sun on or through it. Chances are you fit into their target boxes. ENJOY! I remember those days well.

I enjoyed being a part of this Pantene product test via SheSpeaks. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Pantene. My own thoughts and ordeals!


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Remove Yourself from Spam Quickly! (For Free!)

I recently tested a new program for removing spam. Because I wasn’t sure how safe it was, I used it on a spam account that gets about 95 email spam messages a day. I didn’t care if I lost it, but if the program worked, it would be awesome! And it indeed works.

The following email unsubscriber only works with AOL, Yahoo, or Gmail accounts. (USA ONLY.) Click here to try it yourself!

The great thing is, you click on sign up, you don’t enter any information such as your password. You simply link it. It creates a unsubscribe folder and then though it says to NOT move your spam messages into their box, DO SO! In ONE day my spam messages dropped to less than 10!

The great thing is it asks if you have multiple accounts.

Privacy policy states: “We want you to be fully informed about the information we collect as part of this service. Behind the scenes, anonymous data about how people interact with commercial (not personal) messages helps us improve email, stop spam, and prevent phishing attacks.”

I hope this program helps you lead a cleaner inbox as well!

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How to Set your Default Thumbnail in The Free WordPress

WordPress for free users is very, very limited. You don’t have the ability to add on extras or edit the source code to make it see properly the thumbnail you wish to have set. It’s most annoying because Facebook often takes things unrelated to your WordPress entry as the thumbnail. Even if you have an image in your article the right size for Facebook, it still goes ignored.

I did a lot of research and kept coming across the paid version of WordPress users how to set your default thumbnail. As useful as that is, not everyone has the paid version of WordPress. In fact very few of my friends do. So I know I’m not alone when seeking the answer to this most annoying problem. And hopefully I can help you out.

I felt I was getting no where fast with my research to this thumbnail problem. I edited images I had linked in the hopes the Facebook Debugger Would do the trick and pick up the right image. No luck, everything but what I wanted as my WordPress thumbnail was coming up! Talk about annoying.

Nearly at the end of my rope with WordPress and attempting to face the disappointment of never having a default thumbnail of my choice I started poking around in my own WordPress Dashboard seeking somehow to change this option. I clicked on settings at the bottom left. And found “Blog Picture / Icon” I thought to myself, could this be the default thumbnail I’ve been looking for? Could it really be this easy?! Sure enough it was!

So that’s the answer, really that simple, yes? You can set your default thumbnail in the free version of WordPress by going to Settings, and changing your Blog Picture /Icon to whatever you want! They will allow you to crop it as you see fit. Remember thumbnails are of equal height. So make it 200 by 200 or 150 by 150. I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller for your thumbnail.

After you have changed your default thumbnail in WordPress be sure to toss your blog link in the Facebook Debugger so it can update across the board. This should remove the cache issue with the other images. This will now ensure when others share your WordPress latest entry, it’s shared with the thumbnail you wouldn’t mind! I find selecting your banner image is best. This way others know its you right away by your thumbnail.

I figured this out myself, because as I shared above, nothing was on the internet about the FREE version of WordPress, only the paid version. If you have the free version of WordPress and this works for you, please let me know how useful this was for you.

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