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Shugar Soapworks – Beautiful soaps that not only clean, but also saves lives

 

I love to fill my home with beautiful things – most especially things that smell lovely. I pride myself on making my home very welcoming and inviting to friends, family and guests.

When I know we’re having company over I go all out to make sure our home is not only clean, but I also like to add a few nice “finishing touches” to truly delight my guests. That can be everything from yummy treats to beautifully scented candles.

I like to offer my guests the “good” towels and best linens. I even go so far as to use beautiful soap in the bathroom. Actually… I enjoy having beautiful soap in the bathroom all the time.

I was recently introduced to a unique soap company called Shugar Soapworks. I like the name “Shugar” (sugar). When I think of the brand’s name I think of sweet smelling soaps.

Shugar Soapworks offers consumer a line of lovely hand soaps (you can use them in the shower too!) that are not only good for your skin, but also smell delightful.

I was sent a wonderful assortment of Shugar Soapworks soaps to sample and review. I received the following.

  • Rose
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Honey Almond
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Oatmeal & Verbena
  • Oatmeal & Coconut
  • Lemon Slices
  • Oatmeal & Lavendar

Shugar Soapworks soaps are cruelty-free and made only from the purest plant-derived ingredients. They never use sulfates, parabens, or animal by-products.

Each of the soaps has it’s own unique scent. What I like about the scents is that they smell natural – not artificial or “chemical-like.” The scents are subtle. It’s not like you are washing your hands (or body) with a bar of perfume. I prefer the subtle fragrances.

Shugar Soapworks is bar soap. I know that some people prefer liquid hand soaps or body wash. Not me. Call me “old school” but I prefer actual bars of soap.

Each of the soaps is good for your skin – as well as your spirit. Take for example the oatmeal soaps. Not only does the oatmeal help to clean and exfoliate your skin, but the uplifting scents are sure to make you smile.

I discovered just how wonderful oatmeal can be when I was pregnant with our daughter. I had incredibly itchy skin and the doctor recommended that I use oatmeal products (soap, soaks and similar). WOW! It made such a difference. Since then I have been a fan of oatmeal products. Add in a delightful scent and you have yourself a “must have” product.

If I had to pick my top three scents from Shugar Soapworks I’d say Rose, Lemon Slices and Oatmeal & Coconut. They all smell amazing, but those would be my top three (if I had to choose).

The Rose scented soap reminds me of my great-grandmother. I don’t know why. There is just something very classy and nostalgic about the scent.

PHOTO SOURCE: Shugar Soapworks Facebook Page – Pretty packaging!

Shugar Soapworks soaps are just as lovely to look at as they are to use. The packaging is really pretty. You could easily tuck a few bars in a gift basket. Each one-of-a-kind keepsake box tells a story of exquisite beauty and delicacy. Their packaging is also 100% recyclable, a perfect complement to their completely biodegradable soaps.

Shugar Soapworks soaps are not only wonderful to use, but the brand is very much into charitable work.

Shugar Soapworks fervently believes that Clean Hands Save Lives™. That’s why we work closely with our customers to identify nonprofit organizations across the country that can use individually wrapped bars of Shugar Soapworks soaps to better the lives of others.

By providing natural, sustainably crafted soaps, we hope to improve the health of those in our communities who are at high risk of illness. Since launching, we’ve delivered soaps to vital organizations like Comfort Cases, CityTeam Portland, The Los Angeles Mission, Operation Gratitude, Working Wardrobes, SOVA and more, from California to Massachusetts, Oregon to Virginia, and states in-between.

When Shugar Soapworks sent me soap to review they sent me a lot of bars. I knew it would take years for my family to use them all up. With the brand’s permission I donated a good chunk of the samples to a local woman’s charity that helps low income women/families, domestic abuse victims and others.

It made me feel really good to donate these pretty soaps to women who might be going through some really tough times. I hope the sweet smelling soaps lifted their spirits and helped them to feel relaxed and/or energized.

FYI… Shugar Soapworks soaps are not only for women. Men can enjoy them too. My husband happens to like the Honey Almond soap. Both of my kids (young adults) also enjoy the soaps. My husband and son DON’T think they are too “girly” at all. Trust me, if they thought that way they would never use them.

In addition to being charitable, Shugar Soapworks also believes in strong women. They understand what women around the world go through and how strong they need to be. Strong women need soft hands, which is what Shugar Soapworks is about.

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing brand visit ShugarSoapworks.com. I would encourage readers to visit the brand’s website to learn more about this remarkable brand and all that they stand for.

You can find Shugar Soapworks soap at many retail locations across the country. To find a store near you visit the brand’s website and click on the “Store Finder” tab. Dollar Tree and Dollar General are two locations across the country you can find the soaps. You can also find the soap on Amazon.

What do you think of Shugar Soapworks? Do any of the soaps stand out to you?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. I donated most of the samples to a local woman’s charity. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New from Kohl’s Cares – Little Golden Books and more!

 

I have always been an avid reader. My love for books started at a very young age. I used to love to read my father’s old Dick & Jane books, as well as my sisters Raggedy Ann & Andy books. My favorite books, by far, were my Little Golden Books.

I have kept many of my books from my youth to share with my own children (which I did). Now I save them for my future grandchildren. I even collect Little Golden Books. In fact, I have a nice collection of them.

My childhood Little Golden Books are packed away nicely, but I have collected more of the years from garage sales.

I don’t know what it is is about those golden-spine children’s books that make me happy. I smile every time I look at them.

Thanks to Kohl’s Cares, a whole new generation of children can now experience the classic Little Golden Book titles from my youth (and perhaps your youth too!). Titles like The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tawny Scrawny Lion, Scuffy the Tugboat and The Shy Little Kitten, among other great titles.

Koh’s Cares is offering Kohl’s consumers hard cover books featuring three different Little Golden Book titles in one book. There are four different collections to choose from.

  • The Pokey Little Puppy, Animal Orchestra and The Fire Engine Book
  • The Shy Little Kitten, The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Caboose
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Sailor Dog and Scruffy the Tugboat
  • The Tawny Scrawny Lion, The Jolly Barnyard and Tootle

The hard covered collections also feature the classic golden spine that all Little Golden Books have.

In addition to these delightful book collections, Kohl’s Cares is also offering plush animals based on Little Golden Book titles.

  • The Pokey Little Puppy
  • The Shy Little Kitten
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant
  • The Tawny Scrawny Lion
  • Scruffy the Tugboat

The plush toys, combined with the books, would make for an awesome gift. Can you imagine how much joy a little one would have to be read (or read it themselves) a Little Golden Book story while snuggling with a new plush friend?

The Happy Little Bunny plush and book are from a prior Kohl’s Cares collection.

All of the Little Golden Books next to the plush toys are from my own personal collection.

I was sent a couple of the books to review, as well as a couple of plush. I adore these so much that I went out and purchased the remaining collection. I own all of the plush and all of the books now.

What is so special about these books and plush toys is that each is only $5.00. Where else can you find a hardcover book for that kind of money? Both the books and plush toys are exceptionally well made. I have many book and plush toys from Kohl’s Cares that I have collected over the years and they have all held up very well.

I like to combine the book and plush combinations and display them on our bookcases. It’s a nod towards my childhood favorites as well as shows the world how fun and whimsical I am.

Kohl’s Cares also has other products worth checking out including a hardcover book called the Classic Fairy Tail Collection. This is a wonderful book filled with the most adorable illustrations.

The best thing about Kohl’s Cares products, 100% of net profit goes towards children’s initiatives nationwide.

Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide. Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars. Talk about a “win-win” situation. You get wonderful products and the proceeds goes towards children’s charities.

You can find Kohl’s Cares products around the check out aisles in Kohl’s stores, as well as online (do a search for Kohl’s Cares). Kohl’s Cares products sell out quickly, so if there is something you have your eye on don’t wait too long. In addition Kohl’s Cares offers new products several times a year.

The books and plush toys make great gifts. A book and plush set costs only $10 and would make a great birthday gift, or even stock up on them for holiday gifts.

For more information or to find a Kohl’s location near you visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find Kohl’s on the various social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom of their website).

Do you own any Kohl’s Cares products? Do you have a favorite collection?

Kimberly

*I received a few free products to review. The other products I purchased on my own and was not reimbursed. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Give the gift of clean water through World Vision’s Global 6K for Water Run

 

Water… it’s the most essential thing in this world to support life.

Personally, I am a water drinker. I drink water all day long. I admit that I don’t always drink the amount I should, but I do try and make a conscious effort to do so.

Some people are not water drinkers. They find it too boring to drink. Not me. I enjoy a glass of ice cold water. It’s so refreshing.

Water is also something many of us take for granted. I tell my kids all the time to take quick showers and turn off the faucet when they are brushing their teeth to save water. I remind them all the time that in other parts of the world, water is not that easy to come buy.

Do you want to hear a sad statistic? The average distance people in developing countries walk to find clean, drinkable water is six kilometers (approximately 3.7 miles). Usually it’s woman and young girls who make that walk on a daily basis. This walk can be dangerous, and the water is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.

Think about that for a moment… For most of us fresh, clean water is just a few steps away in our kitchen or refrigerator. But for millions of people around the world, that luxury is something they can only dream about. How would YOU feel if you had to walk nearly four miles just for a glass of water?

Are yo familiar with World Vision? If you are are a regular reader of She Scribes you have probably seen my posts about the organization. World Vision is a charitable organization that provides relief and development organization assisting 70 million people each year in its quest to end poverty, fight hunger and transform lives.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 a whopping forty-thousand (40,000) people from around the world will join together to walk, or run, 6 kilometers, to help raise awareness of the global water crisis, as well as to support World Vision’s water initiatives through the World Vision Global 6K for Water.

Why support clean water through World Vision?

World Vision believes the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetime. World Vision provides a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of a full solution to end poverty. In 2015, World Vision provided access to clean water to 2.3 million people, and the organization’s goal is to provide clean water and sanitation to one new person every 10 seconds by 2020.

Each participant’s $50 registration fee for the World Vision Global 6K for Water will go to support water programs. Each participant will also receive a Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a race bib with a photo of a child he or she can sponsor, and a race medal in the mail.

I know a lot of people are into running (or walking) marathons. If you enjoy doing such things, or have ever considered participating in one, now is a great time.

Running in a marathon is on my “Bucket List.” I am physically unable to do something like this at the moment (I have Bursitis in my hip, knee problems and other issues in my leg). Once I am all better I’d love to do something like this. I have been losing weight lately and participating in something like this would not only be a great form of exercise, but it’s helping to raise awareness and funds for a great cause.

If you are interested in learning more about the Global 6K for Water, visit: World Vision Global 6K for Water.

To learn more about World Vision’s water programs, visit: World Vision Clean Water.

The following are some tips from World Vision for making an impact right from your home:

Become a Global 6K Host Site: Work together with your church, school, community center or run club to register as a host site (it’s free!) and spread the word about how fun and easy it is to support clean water programs around the world! Whether your goal is 10 or 100 people, World Vision will equip you with all the marketing materials, race day signage and staff support for a successful race day. If you can’t become a host site, considering running or walking with other Global 6K for Water participants at a host site near you.

Start a Global 6K Virtual Team: Invite friends and family all around the country to join your “team” even though you will each be walking or running from your own neighborhoods on race day. Even those who wish to participate individually, whether on a treadmill or around the neighborhood, can take part in a global effort to support clean water!

Turn Coffee into Clean Water: Even small amounts of money can make a big difference for families around the world. Once a week, put the money that might normally be used to purchase your morning latte toward a “clean water fund.” Over the course of a year, you could set aside as much as $250 to support World Vision’s water programs.

Change a Life Through Child Sponsorship: Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Sponsoring a child is a long-term way to get involved with World Vision and help a child – and his or her entire community – benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, and healthcare clinics and immunizations. 

Become a Part of Team World Vision: The Global 6K for Water is just one event organized by Team World Vision, a group of passionate people who run, walk and race to help children get clean water. Join Team World Vision for support in reaching your own fitness goals while helping others around the world.

 

Also, please consider taking measures NOT to waste water in your home. Turn off your water when not in use. Don’t waste water. If you Google way to save/conserve water you’ll find plenty of great tips and suggestions.

If you would like to learn more about World Vision and all of their global campaigns, please WorldVision.org. Also, you should check them out on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the Global 6K for Water campaigns and other events hosted by World Vision.

Are you interested in learning more about the Global 6K for Water? Do you think you’ll participate or put some of those great tips to use? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received promotional products and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Adorable Easter goodies from Koh’s Cares

 

I know that Valentine’s Day just passed, but it’s time to look ahead to upcoming holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and Easter (April 16th). St. Patrick’s Day is not much of a kid’s holiday (I think that one adults celebrate the most), but Easter sure is. Easter is definitely a family holiday.

I wish my kids were young enough to enjoy Easter like they used to. I loved it when they believed in the Easter Bunny. They still enjoy Easter, but more so for Easter dinner and for whatever candy I give them.

Growing up I made sure NOT to stuff our kid’s Easter baskets full of candy. I know that Easter is all about the candy (when you are kid), but I didn’t want my kids to gorge themselves on a lot of candy, most especially because their grandparents always gave them A LOT of candy for Easter.

Instead of candy I would fill their Easter baskets with coloring books, a new box of crayons, reading books, small toys and some candy. One year both our kids got scooters for Easter (and a little bit of candy). My kids never complained about not have a basket overflowing with candy.

If you are in the market for some Easter basket ideas – check out what is new with Kohl’s Cares.

If you are not familiar with Kohl’s Cares it’s a special program that Kohl’s offers to consumers that helps to raise funds for children’s charities.

A few times each year, Kohl’s Cares offers consumers books, plush toys and other goodies for only $5.00 each. The proceeds from the sales of these products goes towards children’s charities. Kohl’s Cares donates 100% of the net profit to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide.

Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars. Talk about a “win-win” situation. You get wonderful products and the proceeds goes towards children’s charities.

I am a HUGE fan of the Kohl’s Cares program. I love that they are raising so much money for children’s charities. I also love the products available as part of the Kohl’s Cares program. I especially love their books and matching plush toys ($5.00 each). For only ten dollars you can have a wonderful gift for a child. The products available from Kohl’s Cares would also make great, affordable Easter basket stuffers.

Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares.

These are just SOME of the products currently available in the Kohl’s Cares program.

The Dr. Seuss books are hardcover books. They sell for over $10+ elsewhere, but with Kohl’s Cares they are only $5.00.

The plush animals are super soft and snugly. Quality plush toys sold elsewhere are easily $10 – $20 each, but with Kohl’s Care they are only $5.00.

I love getting the book and matching plush toys and keep them for gifts. The “set” makes a perfect gift. It costs you only $10, but they look like you spent double, if not more, than that amount. Plus the proceeds goes towards children’s charities, so it’s a “win-win” situation.

Kohl’s Cares has a super adorable bunny with a small book for only $5.00. This would make a PERFECT addition to any Easter basket.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the photo I uploaded of the sweet bunny and adorable book.

I smile each and every time I look at him. The book is darling too.

I have a few of the current Kohl’s Cares products (Thidwick book and plush, Sneeches book and plush, Bunny and book and 100 Cool Simple Science Experiments). I donated the books and plush to a kindergarten program (the plush are used as “reading buddies”), which is why I don’t have a photo of them. They look exactly like they do on the website.

I work as a teacher’s assistant and I brought the science experiments book to work with me so that we can try some of the experiments with the kids. There are some super cool experiments in the book. I am looking forward to trying them out.

The bunny and book I kept for my family. The bunny will make a cute Easter decoration, and the book is a nice addition to my family’s library.

You can purchase Kohl’s Cares products on the Kohl’s website (Kohls.com). In addition they are also sold in stores. Look for them near the check out lines.

To find a Kohl’s location near you, visit their website. You can also look for Kohl’s coupons and promotional codes on places like Coupon Sherpa.

Kohl’s can also be found on social media. All of the links are found on their website.

Have you ever purchased (or received) a Kohl’s Cares product?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Toys for the Holiday

 

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Are you still looking for some great gifts to put under the tree for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew? If you answer “yes,” look no further than your local Whole Foods Market. That’s right – your local grocery store.

Whole Foods Market has teamed up with PBS KIDS by launching new holiday items for their line of responsibly-sourced toys.

Not only are these toys environmentally friendly, but they also give back – to the PBS mission of education for all children. 100% of profits for the supplier, PBS, go back to their non-profit work. All products give 1% to Whole Kids Foundation, which helps give parents, teachers and children more tools and opportunities to eat well.

Some of the PBS KIDS’ responsibly-sourced PlanToys and Aurora Plush animals are  pictured above and below.

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I LOVE the plush toys! They look adorable. I wish we had a Whole Foods Market local to us. I would purchase the plush toys not only for gifts, but also for myself. I love to collect soft, cuddly, plush animals. The Llama (?) and Ferret (?) pictured above are especially cute.

I received a couple of toys from the collection to review.

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Honey Bee Stacker 

All little ones should experience the fun of a stacker toy. Normally they are made of cheap plastic with colorful rings. This set is a much better option. It’s made from wood and meant to last for many years (this is something that could be passed down in a family).

Stacker toys are a great way to teach even a young child about shapes and sizes. The “objective” is to stack the rings on top of each other from largest to smallest.

I love the adorable little bee the sits on top.

When not in use I think this makes an adorable nursery/toddler room decoration.

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Safari Animal Outdoor Croquet Set

I haven’t had the opportunity to play with this set yet. I am donating it to the classroom where I work. I thought this would be a great toy to enjoy indoors when it’s too cold or raining to go outside. We have use of the gym in the afternoon.

This is a classic croquet set. The objective is to hit the balls under the wooden arches.

This set is very well made. I love that it’s made out of wood. Under normal use this set could last for many, many years.

Even adults could have fun with this game too (although the mallets are a bit short for adults).

Not only are the PlanToys and Aurora Plush toys very well made, I think it’s a “win-win” situation that proceeds from the sales goes to children’s charities.

You can find these and other toys are your local Whole Foods Market. To find a location near you visit WholeFoodsMarket.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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What’s new with Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you know that I absolutely LOVE the Kohl’s Cares program.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, Kohl’s Care is a special program set up by Kohl’s to raise money for children’s charities.

To date, the Kohl’s Cares program has raised nearly $300 million through it’s special merchandise program.

To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community. These tailored programs provide vital resources to families at no cost and include topics such as injury prevention, asthma awareness, dental care, and fitness.

I an honored to support a program that does so much for children in need.

Every few months Kohl’s Cares puts out books, plush animals and other fun merchandise for both children and adults. You can find the products on the Kohl’s website (search for Kohl’s Cares). You can also find the products near the checkout area.

Each Kohl’s Cares product sells for $5.00. What I love is that Kohl’s Cares usually puts out delightful children’s books (many of them classics) and matching plush animals. Each costs $5.00 (they are not sold in sets). For $10 you can have a wonderful hardcover book and a snugly soft plush to give to your child/grandchild or as a gift to another child. At the same time funds from your Kohl’s Care purchases is going to support children’s charities. It’s a win-win situation all around.

I have been an avid fan of the Kohl’s Cares program for years now. Some items I have purchased for me and/or my family. Some I have given as gifts. And often I have donated books, toys and plush to where I work.

Here are some of my personal favorites from over the years.

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I like to display the book/plush combo on one of our bookcases. I switch them up very few weeks.

Growing up I was an avid reader, and I loved plush animals. That love has carried into my adult years. That is why I enjoy displaying books/plush that were mine, or my kid’s, favorites.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl's Care product.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is NOT a Kohl’s Care product.

You can see some of the Kohl’s Cares products I have donated to where I worked too. Remember, Kohl’s Cares sells other products (not just books and plush). You’ll see one example, a puzzle, pictured below.

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The Disney books in the middle area are Kohl’s Cares books.

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Currently the Kohl’s Cares program is selling Clifford the Big Red Dog books and plush animals. I love Clifford! He was a favorite of mine when I was younger. My kids also enjoyed reading Clifford books and watching him on television.

Did you know that the late actor, John Ritter, was the voice of Clifford for a while? It’s such a shame that he had to die so young.

I LOVE the plush toys! They are not only adorable (and look just like the characters) but they are super soft and snugly. They are also a decent size (they are not little), making them idea for little hands to carry around.

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What would be better than having a Clifford the Big Red Dog book read to you (Kohl’s Cares has four to choose from) all while cuddling a snugly friend at bedtime.

As I mentioned earlier, Kohl’s Cares sells other products as well. Currently available is this fun coloring set.

I received the coloring set to review. It contains a variety of books (coloring book, activity book, doodle book), stickers and crayons. I had taken pictures of it but I can’t seem to find them.

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All that for only $5.00 AND it helps children’s charities too.

There is also a super adorable Clifford the Big Red Dog backpack – idea for a child just starting school. I received one to review too and I can’t find those pictures either (all of the picture were together). I have since donated it to a local charity so I no longer have it to take photos of (I filled it with back to school supplies).

If you would like to learn more about the Kohl’s Cares products, or to find a Kohl’s location near you, visit Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Now would be a great time to stock up for holiday gifts or upcoming children’s birthdays. You can’t beat a quality stuff animal and hardcover book combination for only $10 ($5 each). The books alone are more than half off what you would pay for them elsewhere (I found one of the book on Amazon for $13+).

Have you ever purchased a Kohl’s Cares product?

What do you think about the program? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. Often I buy additional pieces to give as gifts or donate. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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