Disclosure: I may have received a free product or other compensation for any/all products on this site in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Red Leaf Tea- Caramel Matcha Tea Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

People-  I love green tea. I love it in ice cream, I love to drink it hot or cold, sweetened or not. I love all of the flavors of green tea. When I was approved to do a review of several teas for Red Leaf Tea I was excited. 

They sent me a sample pack of their Caramel Matcha, I was in heaven.

What they specify about this tea-
 100% Pure Matcha
 Ceremonial Grade
 Natural Flavors
 Artificial Coloring
 MSG/Chemical Additives

This is all great. I am happy! But how do I make it?

This is my set up.

I happen to have a tea whisk and a proper tea bowl, to prepare my drink. While this is not required, it sure is nice, and the proper way to make a cup.  As it turns out, the Red Leaf Tea site has supplies so you can add those to your order;)

I followed the instructions that were included with my sample- carefully measuring out the amount specified. I usually would not be so careful, but this is a sponsored cup of tea-- I have to make sure I do it right! I have to provide the best info to you!

I also have an electric tea kettle that has a green tea setting, so I used that to heat my water. I poured it in, and whisked!

MMMMMM. That is steam on my camera!

Here is my finished product.. um.. after a taste of course. I would start with a small amount as indicated, and work your way up. Until you get to know the teas, it is always the way to start.
How was it? Incredible. The caramel smell filled my kitchen. It tasted as delicious as it smelled. I made about 3 times that and drank it down. 

The thing that impressed me most, was the lack of bitterness in the tea. It seems every tea I have ever made had a bit of a bite- not entirely unpleasant, but this had none. Completely smooth, completely delish.

 I will say one thing- you cannot let matcha sit. You have to drink it ( and you will want to anyway...) It is a fine quality, but tea is heavy and settles. They all do, so drink up!

Red Leaf Tea  offers several flavors for trying both traditional, and interesting like this one- I would love to taste them all.. luckily, I will be trying a few more...

Stay tuned because I have 2 more teas to review- egg nog and a matchachino.. and I can tell you, these reviews are going to be full of awesome as well!

Check out their site http://www.redleaftea.com/ in the meantime- you will not regret it!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Craftsy’s Year End Clearance Sale

Find great prices on yarn and fabric with Craftsy’s Year End Clearance Sale!
Close out 2013 by restocking your stash with up to 65% off fabric and up to 80% off yarn. Don't delay! Enjoy these fantastic deals while you can - this clearance sale ends before the year does!

Sale Dates: Now - 12/30

Up to 80% Off Yarn at Year End Flash Sale at Craftsy
Up to 65% Off Fabric at Year End Flash Sale at Craftsy

Lion Brand Tweed Stripes Yarn

Moda Layer Cake (Bear Country School)


Zulily blow out deals

Ok people- the day you were waiting for is here- 

Zulily is having their blow out sale. I am not just talking baby stuff today- but cute mama stuff. Of course this is always the sale where I pick up 4 or 5 pairs of toddler shoes for super cheap. And a book or two.. and some Minnie Mouse shirts...and..well you get the idea. Don't wait, because the deals go so fast.....


Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

For your holiday amusement-- some outtakes from our Christmas card photo shoot.. last year we did hockey jerseys, this year camo.. it occurs to me that some people might think it was related to a certain tv show, but I assure you, it was not.. lol. We are just odd.

Merry Christmas!

note- there is no sharp tip on the arrow.. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Zulily deals for Christmas week

Sharing all the Zulily deals coming up for the next few days-- going to be insane!

I will be shopping, as always. Especially that Cricut sale, cardmaking isn't just for the holidays!

 Saturday, December 21st
Monday, December 23rd
Tuesday, December 24th
    Special Site – Make sure to check out the desktop version of zulily.com for a fully festive experience! 
Wednesday, December 25th
Thursday, December 26th
Friday, December 27th

Save a tree, and save some time on your taxes

I can be pretty disorganized at home sometimes about paper, so I have made it a policy to try to limit the amount of paper I bring into the house. This is also coincidentally good for the environment. I bank, I spend, I read the news and more, and yet, I minimize all those pesky little pieces of paper that feel like forests of trees being decimated in my very hands.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Clever last minute Christmas gift for family

I was just asked to take a look at an interesting new idea from Photo Mambo
52 Family Pix

This is a cool new app that downloads on your family members computer, and allows you to update the pictures as you wish. 

The great gift idea is to send the person a new pic every week of the year- 52 weeks of photos of your life, your experiences and inspirations. They have cleverly suggested a coupon that is good for the 52 photos. I love this. I have so many distant family members, and I know they would love a new picture every week then some other trinket or bauble that I could send. 

Blue Card 52 Family Pix
There is no fee for the recipient, and the photos download as you send them. Nothing for them to do!
 Need a coupon to download and print? Check out 52 Family Pix for some great ones.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Santa's Good Lumps of Coal...bamboo charcoal that is...

I have a great product coming my way for review from Ever Bamboo. They offer natural deodorizing products for all over your home. 

I will be testing their products on a smelly pair of man shoes and an extremely smelly hockey bag. In the meantime, they have offered my readers a fantastic deal:

Coupon code: santasgoodlumpsofcoal"  for 20% off orders over $20, Free shipping for orders over $35
 (code valid until Dec 27 )

Don't forget to stay plugged in for my upcoming review- too bad it can not be in "stink-o-vision"!

Last minute Tiny Prints deals on Christmas cards-- FREE expedited shipping offer

What do you mean you still haven't ordered your Christmas cards yet? Resigned yourself to boxed cards from the store, with no style? This is a snore...

Swaying Garland Photo Holiday Cards

But dear readers, don't worry, it's not too late to get some awesome cards from Tiny Prints!

If you order tonight, from 4pm to midnight Pacific Time, you can get
free expedited shipping on orders of $49+ with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Plus, get 20% off your entire order with the code SW1219.

Don't send a card that everyone else is sending, they know they came from the grocery store!

Send a personalized, custom card from Tiny Prints. You can pick from hundreds of designs, add your own picture, and make them uniquely you. 

You may not be the first on the mantle this Christmas, but you will stand out. ( Maybe not as much as OUR cards though;)

Here's how to get the free expedited shipping and 20% off.

1. Go to Tiny Prints and choose from 700+ holiday card designs.
2. Personalize your card with your own pictures.
3. At checkout, enter code FASTSHIP49 and then SW1219.
4. Enjoy the rest of your holiday! 

Northwest Pharmacy $100 American Express Gift Card Giveaway

There are a million and one sites online that sell prescription medicines from other countries. There is a great website that sets itself a part, by being more than just a place to save money on those meds. Northwest Pharmacy offers a great range of non Rx items that you can purchase with or without the medications for you or your pets. The one I specifically am thinking of picking up, is a sunscreen product you can not buy in the US- containing mexoryl. Apparently it is all the rage throughout the world, but not here.. go figure..you should check it out! And what a better time to try this out than with a gift card!

Check out this great infographic on the importance of protecting your skin.

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GIVEAWAY DATES - Today thru 12/31
Prize $100 American Express Gift Card
Site: http://www.northwestpharmacy.com/

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Magic Bullet Giveaway

Hosted by The Stuff of Success 

Sponsored by Magic Bullet

How familiar are you with the Magic Bullet?  It has been on the market for quite a few years now and still sales are going strong.  In today's day and age we all want additional options to eat in a more healthy way.  The Magic Bullet totally fits that bill.  

There are so many stories out there about products that we should not be putting into our bodies.  The only way to be totally sure we are managing our diets is to manage it ourselves and rely less on prepackaged foods or premade, store bought items.

See the full review HERE

The Magic Bullet is so incredibly versatile.  Why I love it?!...

Ease of Use (my 8 year old can use it on her own)
Variety - different blades, attachments etc... allow for greater creativity
Size - easy to store, transport
Easy to clean (again - even my 8 year old can clean up)

Would you like to win the full Magic Bullet Blender Set Giveaway?  Enter the Giveaway Tool below.  There are some entries that are daily so you can increase your chances of winning!


Disclosure: The prize sponsor will send prize to the winner.  This Blog is not responsible for prize. If you have any question please send an email to thestuffofsuccess@gmail.com.  All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks you can collect the entries.

Ifonly.com Super Creative Gift Experiences

Are you looking for a hard to find and unique gift that is just a little more?

Skating lessons with Olympians?
Brian Boitano
                                                     Cooking lessons with famous chefs?

Michael Chiarello

Yes you can have all of that.....

A portion of the proceeds from every sale on IfOnly is directed to a non-profit of the luminary's choosing. 

Prices on IfOnly range from a digital badge for $1 to a golf getaway with a master of the game for $200,000 and everything in between.

Check out the Ifonly website for more exotic adventures....

Check out 10 of the most unique gifts for the Holidays!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Zulily deals for the week-including Starbucks! And they have gift cards;)

Addicted to Zulily.. not lying. Here are their deals for the week, which I think are pretty awesome. I will be shopping! EVERY. DAY. 

Monday, December 16th
  • Starbucks sale at zulily - Buy a $25 Starbucks Holiday Pass from zulily.com, use it and earn a bonus $10 Starbucks Card eGift. Spend your $25 at any participating Starbucks coffeehouse in the U.S or Canada. Use it all at once or across multiple visits. Pick up last minute gifts, stock up on stocking stuffers or treat yourself to a week’s worth of handcrafted holiday beverages. Use the $25 by December 31, 2013 and you’ll get a bonus $10 Starbucks Card eGift by January 10, 2014 —the perfect New Year’s treat!
Tuesday, December 17th
Thursday, December 19th
Saturday, December 21st
zulily Gift Cards zulily Gift Cards - A virtual gift card from zulily is a great way to make someone smile. It's the gift of shopping, right in their inbox! Once the order is complete, the card will reach the lucky recipient within 24 hours. 

Special Blurb deals for this week

Blurb has some great deals on photo books this week. There is still time to make a great gift!

Holiday Hub - Babes in the Wood

Special Holiday Offers:

$75 Healthy Surprise Snack Box Giveaway


I am thinking this would be a great way to try some new toddler snacks! She can be picky sometimes, but having a new selection every month would be a fantastic way to introduce new foods without waste. 

Healthy Surprise is the fun and easy way to eat better! They believe the modern food system is broken, and there's just too much disinformation out there about what's really good for you. That's why they pick snacks with easy to understand ingredients. They choose snacks from companies they can believe in and want to support. And they pair the whole thing with a bunch of fun content, recipes and education. They believe that it's not enough to just buy healthier snacks, we also need to understand what's going on in our bodies and the important role food plays in our bodies and the healing process.
Prize: $75 Healthy Surprise Snack Box
Dates: 12/16-12/30
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!

CoverMates 10 Piece Variety Pack Giveaway

Blogger Opp - CoverMates 10 Piece Variety Pack Giveaway
Hosted by: Queen of Savings

I don't know if it happens in your house, but around here, the toddler does not always eat her dinner..I end up trying to save the meal with varying success.. looks like these covers would be an awesome way to preserve the meal for her!

Covermate’s Flexband technology allows you to cover, uncover and re-cover dishes in seconds. A heat-sealed edge provides a tight hygienic seal to keep food fresh. The covers are made from clear material so it is easy to see contents. Each cover has four built-in corners that expand as necessary to fit any shape. And tiny corner vents allow steam to escape when used in a microwave.
Prize: CoverMates 10 Piece Variety Pack
Dates: 12/16/-12/30
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tiny Prints: One Night Only! You Don't Want to Miss This Promo

Tiny Prints: One Night Only! You Don't Want to Miss This Promo

25% off all holiday cards PLUS FREE Shipping

Valid:4:00 pm PT through 11:59 pm PT tonight, Friday 12/13
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Description:Offer valid for 8 hours only. Expires 12/12/13 at 11:59 pm (PT). Save 25% off and get free shipping on all holiday card orders using the code CARDS25FS at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.

WooBamboo Eco Toothbrush Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I was recently approved to do a review of the WooBamboo Eco Toothbrush. 

Svan Play With me Table Set Giveaway


Craftsy flash sale 80% off Yarm, 65% off fabric

Still haven't found the perfect present for the crafter in your life? Stuff their stockings with fabric and yarn from Craftsy! From Friday, December 13 - Monday, December 16, designer yarn is on sale up to 80% off and designer fabric is up to 65% off. Order by 12/16 to guarantee delivery by 12/24...sorry, this is only for US residents. Hurry over to Craftsy! This sale expires on 12/16 at midnight MT.

Craftsy 80% Off Yarn Flash Sale through 12/16
Craftsy 65% Off Fabric Flash Sale through 12/16


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vitamin World Deal

With the holidays here, it seems the flu and cold season is right along with it. Several of my friends are already coming down  with some seasonal plague or other.. supplements and vitamins can help boost your immunity. 

Check out the sale at Vitamin World for a special deal! Save money and stay healthy!

EchinaceaBee PropolisMega Potency Probiotic AcidophilusStress B Complex with C-500 Time ReleaseOdorless Garlic  1,000mg.

Buy 1 Get 1 for a Penny at Vitamin World! No Code Needed. Valid: 12.12.13 - 12.31.13