Time for a change? Check out what’s new from VITA Good Life


How often do you switch things up around your home? Are you someone who hasn’t painted a wall or purchased new curtains in ages, or are you someone like me who likes to changes things up every couple of years?

Maybe its the Gemini in me, but I get bored with thing quickly – including home decor, wall colors and furniture. Needless to say my husband is not too keen on indulging my whims by repainting rooms. Thankfully I haven’t had the urge to repaint a room in a long time – except the bathroom. We bough paint for the bathroom going on four years now and he has yet to paint it.

We live in a teeny, tiny condo. There is only so much space to do things. Adding and/or replacing furniture is not that easy to do, so I usually focus on home decor items (lamps, decorations, throw pillows…) rather than furniture. Trust me, if replacing furniture was that easy I’d have a new desk by now.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make changes in your home. Even the slightest things like rearranging furniture placement or adding a colorful throw rug can really make a difference.

I tend to go for colorful things. I think color makes things happier and more “people friendly.”

When was the last time you replaced your bedding? Not even for aesthetics, it’s probably a good idea to replace your bedding every few years to keep it looking good. Time and use can wear away at the fabrics making them look dull and gross. Plus age and use can make things less soft.


My husband and I are forced to sleep on a sofa bed in the living room. We don’t have enough bedrooms so we made the sacrifice to give up our room.

I won’t even begin to tell you how uncomfortable sleeping on a sofa bed for the past 15+ years has been. Not only that, sofa beds are no pretty to look at. That is unless you add some colorful and comfortable bedding.

Bedding can’t help with the thin mattress and that darn bar that digs into your back at night – but it can make looking at an ugly sofa bed better.

We swapped out our old bedding for the Alegria 7 piece Comforter Set by VITA Good Life. VITA Good Life is a new brand that recently launched.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the Los Angeles based award-winning multidisciplinary design firm, has just launched VITA Good Life – a brand born to spread happiness, with designs that celebrate the power of bold colors, patterns, and creativity.

“We created VITA to celebrate the multi-cultural fabric that makes up our native Los Angeles,” shares Mark Rios, Founding Partner, Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

The line has launched with 6 affordable bedding designs; 3 comforter sets and 3 quilts sets. The comforter sets include 7-pieces – 1 comforter, 2 shams, 3 decorative pillows, and 1 bed skirt. The quilt sets include 3-pieces – 1 quilt and 2 shams. The comforters and the quilts are both reversible and feature bold patterns in vivid hues inspired by the lush flora of the tropics, the seductive colors of the Mediterranean, and the vibrant spirit of Los Angeles.

“Our exciting new VITA fashion bedding line was introduced to several key retailers at the recent New York Home Fashions Market. They universally embraced the concept enthusiastically and noted it’s fresh universal appeal. We expect to have strong distribution across major market regions for Spring 2017 and an expanded offering available for the Fall season,” adds Bob Moran, EVP Sales & Merchandising, Inovatex.

The Alegria Comforter set that we have was inspired by classic Latin art and architecture. The set includes decorative pillows that add bursts of color and texture to complete the look.

I love this set! Not only is the comforter super soft and snuggly, but it’s also kept it’s shape very well. In the past we’ve had comforters that end up going flat after you wash them and use them a while. So far, so good with this comforter. It’s just as wonderful as it was the first day we used it.

I LOVE the colors and patterns in this set too. It’s very cheery. I love colorful things.

The throw pillow are awesome. When not in use we put them on our couch to add a pop of color. Our couch is navy blue, so it really needed the pop of color that it gets from this set.

It’s hard to tell from the photos but the small rectangular pillow has tassels on all four corners.

For some reason the round pillow is my family’s favorite. Someone is usually lying their head on it or snuggling with it.

Because this set is so colorful I don’t see why it couldn’t work in just about any bedroom. This set is good for adults as well as children and teens. I think it appeals to all age groups.

VITA Good Life comforter sets are available in Twin, Full/Queen, King, and Cal King sizes. Retail prices range from $59.99-$79.99.

Here are some other lovely comforter and quilt sets from VITA Good Life.

You can check out 3 piece quilt sets here, and the 7 piece comforter sets here.

For more information you can visit the official website, www.VitaGoodLife.com.

You can purchase the products directly from their website. You can also find VITA Good Life products at Walmart.com.

Be sure to check out VITA Good Life on Instagram too.

What do you think of the VITA Good Life sets? Do they look like something you would like to see on your bed?

How do you change up the look of a room in your home?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


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

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The incredible Lemon


Are you a fan of lemons? I know that not many people are because lemons are extremely sour.

When our son was little he would eat lemon slices. The sour and bitter taste didn’t bother him one bit. I guess that is why he can tolerate extremely sour candies. Blah! I can’t eat those things.

I like lemons when they are incorporated into recipes. I also prefer lemon juice in my tea instead of milk, cream, sugar or honey. A dash of lemon in my hot (or cold) cup of tea is very refreshing.

Did you know that lemons are good for you? Lemon juice, and even the skin, has health benefits that you shouldn’t overlook, even if you are not a lemon fan.

Lemons are low in fat and calories, as are most fruits.

Lemons provide you with important vitamins and minerals like Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitaamin E, Vitamin K, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc. Lemons don’t provide you with huge amounts of some of these vitamins and minerals (you’d have to eat a lot of lemons), but lemons are a tasty way to get these important vitamins and minerals into your body.

Lemons do contain more potassium than grapes are apples. Potassium is important for heart health.

My lemon squeezer

Lemons are part of the citrus family and are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system.

There are plenty of other health benefits associated with eating lemons (or drinking their juice). Some have some scientific basis, where as others are unfounded but many people to be true. Here are just a few examples.

  • Lemons can help restore balance to the body’s pH level.
  • Lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.
  • Lemons have powerful antibacterial properties and can help destroy bacteria that causes such diseases as malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases.
  • The citric acid in lemon juice can help to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones.
  • Lemon can aid in digestion and help to regulate your bowels.
  • Lemon juice can help boost your metabolism.

These are just a few benefits to consuming lemons or lemon juice. Like I mentioned before, come claims do have science to back them up. Others are things that people say and believe to be true. Regardless, I enjoy lemons – in my tea, a glass of water and in recipes.

I use a lot of lemon juice throughout the week (mostly in my tea). I used to buy those little lemon shaped squeeze bottles but I found that I went through them too quickly. Juicing fresh lemons is too time consuming and messy. I only use real lemons if a recipe calls for it.

I like Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lemon Juice because it not only comes in a nice sized bottle (which means I won’t run out of it so quickly), but it’s also organic. My family and I have been slowly transitioning to more organic products. Our daughter is way ahead of us in that aspect (she will only eat organic foods).

You can enjoy Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lemon Juice to create mouth watering marinades, zesty salad dressings, cakes, pies and of course beverages like ice tea and lemonade. Lemon juice is very versatile. You can even clean with lemon juice. I use a little bit of lemon juice in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for a minute and let the lemon scented steam clean, deodorize and refresh our microwave.

When I was a teenager (a million years ago) I would use lemon juice to add highlights to my hair. It does work but I don’t recommend it. It’s messy, sticky and not exactly good on your hair.

You can even freshen up your home with a bowl of lemons. They are nature’s air fresheners.

If you are unfamiliar with the Santa Cruz Organic brand, here is some additional information.

As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic® was the first to have a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends and the first juice processor to use all organic fruit sourced from growers certified by an independent, third-party certification organization.  With a history of developing innovative products, Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 60 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads.

All Santa Cruz Organic products are Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO Project® Verified.

You might have seen their products in the organic section of your local grocery store.

If you are into lemons, and enjoy lemon juice, you should pick up a bottle or two of Santa Cruz Organic 100% Lemon Juice. It’s great to keep on hand since lemon juice has so many wonderful benefits and uses.

If you are interested in learning more about Santa Cruz Organic, you can visit their official website, www.SantaCruzOrganic.com for more information. The brand can also be found on social media.

Are you a fan of lemons? What is your favorite way to enjoy lemons/lemon juice? Have you noticed any health benefits from consuming lemons/lemon juice? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.


*I have partnered with Santa Cruz Organics to bring you this information. I received free product samples and compensation. The opinions expressed are my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way.

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Check out the new Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion


Our daughter not exactly enjoying winter.

There are many reasons why some people dread the winter months – snow, shoveling snow, driving in snow, frigid temperatures and the spread of colds and the flu are just a few reasons. For me, I can’t stay how the indoor air dries out my skin. That is the worst!

My hands get especially dry in the winter, so much so that they split open and bleed. Ouch!

I work with young children, so I wash my hands many time per day when I am at work. Washing your hand often can also cause your skin to get dry. I try to apply lotion a much as possible, but I don’t often have the time.

I have no control over the hand soap at school where I work. I have to use what is provided to me. When I’m at home I prefer to use soap that has some kind of a lotion aspect to it, to provide my skin with the extra lotion and moisturizing that it needs.

Soft Soap recently sent me some products from their newest product line, Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion. Their new unique formula is made with a touch of lotion to lock in moisture and leave your hands feeling clean and soft. This is exactly the type of soap that I need in my home to help keep my hands moisturized and prevent them from getting so dry that they split and crack.

Soft Soap sent me three bottles of their new hand soap. It’s available in three lovely scents – Orchid and Coconut Milk, Aloe Water and Lime, and Shea and Coconut Butter.

I enjoy using scented products. I found these three products to smell very nice. Shea & Coconut Butter reminded me of spring time. It has as clean, fresh scent. It does have a touch of coconut scent to it, but not too strong. The Aloe Water & Lime also had a clean, fresh, spring-like scent to it. My favorite scent of the three is the Orchid & Coconut Milk. It has a more floral scent than the other two. It’s also clean, fresh and spring-like, but this scent stood out to me the most. The scent even lingers on your skin for a little bit after you use the soap.

I placed one bottle in the bathroom and another in the kitchen (the third bottle I am saving for when one of the other two runs out).

We’ve been using the soap for a couple of weeks now and I have to say that I do notice a difference. From the first time I used it I could feel that it has a soothing effect on the skin. My hands don’t feel dry and tight after I use it (like they do with the soap at work). They feel like I washed my hands and applied lotion to them, but I did it all in one step (simply washing my hands).

A little goes a long way with this soap. One pump is all you need. My kids are used to using multiple pumps with other soaps that we’ve used in the past. I have to keep reminding them to use one pump, otherwise we’ll finish up a bottle in a day or two.

When you wash your hands with Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion you’ll notice that the soap doesn’t lather like other soaps. It has a more creamy texture and appearance to it. I have yet to see any soap bubbles come from it. I think that has to do with the lotion that is added in with it.

So far I am very impressed by the Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion. I will definitely be purchasing this again once the bottles I received to review run out. You can find it where ever liquid hand soaps are sold. I would also purchase this year round and not only in the dry, winter months. I enjoy the fragrances and I like how my hands feel after I use it.

If you would like more information about Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion and other Soft Soap products, visit SoftSoap.com.

Have you had the opportunity to try out the new Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion yet? Which fragrance sounds most appealing to you?


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

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AnySharp Pro – A “must have” for any kitchen


I will be the first to admit that I’ll will look for a bargain before spending a lot of money on certain household items. When you live paycheck to paycheck like most people, it’s not always easy to splurge on high priced items.

Sometimes the less expensive products are just as good as their brand name counterparts. Other times “you get what you pay for,” and when you buy cheap – you get a cheap product.

When my husband and I first got married we purchased a knife set for our kitchen. We thought the knives we purchase were sufficient enough. We quickly found out that buying inexpensive knives was not a smart move. They barely lasted us a year. They were not sharp enough, and twice the metal part came out of the plastic handles.

We have since acquired high quality knives. What a difference they made. Now cutting fruit, vegetables, meats and baked goods is a breeze.

When you have quality knives, you need to take good care of them. One thing you most defiantly need is a knife sharpener.

We had a knife sharpener. I won’t mention the brand, but it works very well. We’ve never had an issue with it. We even use it to sharpen scissors. The only problem with it is that it took up a lot of space in the drawer. It even took up space in the cabinet.

We also had one of those long, metal one that you rub the knife against, but it made me too nervous to use. I was afraid I was going to cut myself when I used it.


We live in a teeny, tiny condo. We often refer to our condo as a “shoe box” because there are times we truly feel like we live in one. Space it literally at a “premium” in our home, so we don’t have room for too much stuff. Especially stuff we only have a need for a few times per year.

Recently I was sent to review a kitchen product called AnySharp Pro.

AnySharp Pro can take any knife – including ones with serrated edges – and get it razor sharp in just a few seconds. The best part is that it’s very small and takes up hardly any space at all. It’s about the size of a traditional kitchen timer. It’s so small that I have no issue finding a “home” for it in our tiny kitchen (it’s currently in the drawer with our eating utensils). AnySharp Pro is also lightweight and very portable.

AnySharp Pro has a suction cup on the base to keep it snug and secure while you are using it. To use, simply swipe your knife’s blade through the groove on the AnySharp Pro. I usually go back and forth 1-2 times and the result is a super sharp knife. You don’t even have to apply any real pressure. Only a light pressure is needed to sharpen your knife with AnySharp Pro.

AnySharp Pro is also available in nine different colors to match any kitchen decor including Pink Cream, Pistachio, Almond Cream, Royal Red, British Racing Green, Royal Blue, Orange Zest, Citrus Lime, and Metal. I have Orange Zest.

I like that I am able to keep our valuable knives sharp, from our inexpensive knives to our super expensive ones. AnySharp Pro works on almost all knifes.

For more information visit AnySharp.com. You can also check out the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

AnySharp is sold at several retails including Amazon.

Do you have a quality knife sharpener for your knives? When was the last time you sharpened your knives?


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

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Learn portion control with Slimware



When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, most people are geared up to tackle their New Year’s resolutions.

Many people resolve to eat healthier, lose weight and exercise more. That had been my resolution for many years, but usually by the second or third week in January I an snacking on chips while sitting on the couch watching television. Sigh…

I no longer make resolutions. I also don’t consider going on diets. Instead I vow to make healthier choices. If I want a cookie I’ll have one or two and not five or six. I drink water all day long. I use seasoning instead of butter to flavor food. Simple, easy things like that.

One thing that I have a hard time with, and I think others do too, is portion control. As Americans we eat HUGE portions. When you go to other countries and see what they put on their plate you feel like you are going to be hungry because it doesn’t seem like enough food.

There is a deli across from where we live that offers “Take Out Tuesday” each week. Each week they offer two different meals, complete with a salad, for a family of four. It’s only $20 which sounds like a great option for dinner. It’s suppose to feed four people, but just looking at the size of the meal you can’t help but think it’s only for 1-2 people at best. Technically the meal is based on proper portion sizes for four people, but most people don’t eat those potion sizes, so it seems like there is not enough food. I have actually seen people walk out with two meals that would technically feed eight people, but they are buying them to feed 4-5 people.

Traditional Cuban dinner of black beans and rice, roast pork, and fried plantains, with a glass of iced tea.

Do you know correction portion sizes? Do you know what ratio of food should be placed on your plate (fruits/veggies, protein, carbohydrates)? Do you know what the correct portion sizes would be?

One way would be to weigh and measure everything you put on your plate. That might be fine for some people, but when you are a busy person who has to rush to get dinner on the table every night, that is easier said than done. I simply do not have time to do that.

What is there was a way to know the correct amount of food you are putting on your plate that was quick and easy? There is! It’s called Slimware.

Slimware is a line of portion control plates designed to be microwave safe, dishwasher safe and break-resistant.

Slimware plates look like casual dinnerware with exquisite designs. However, they are graphically designed with food placement areas, so the untrained eye would not know you’re being mindful of your portions.

Here is an example of a Slimware plate set.


As you can see they are beautiful plates. They don’t look like anything special that can help you control your portion sizes – do they?

If you notice on the design there are three flowers – small, medium and large. Those are actually the areas where you would place your food. Vegetable would go on the largest flower. Your side dishes (carbs) would go over the medium flower and your entree (protein) would go over the smallest flower.

You might notice the pretty butterfly too. That is actually the “extender area” where your protein can overlap. I often use that area for condiments, like ketchup.


As you can see it’s very easy to see how much a portion size is simply by looking at the design on your plate.

Here are a few other Slimare plates that are available for purchase. See if you can spot that portion size indicators in the design.

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Could you spot the areas in the designs where your food would go?

Here is a good reason why you need plates like this – even if you are not looking to lose weight or eat healthier.

With Without Slimeware Plates

Without Slimware plates it’s easy to over do it and load up your plate with either too much food or too much of the wrong type of food (for example, too much carbs and not enough vegetables).

I was sent a set of Slimware plates to try out with my family. I chose the Dandelion plate set.


Can you spot the portion spots?

First and foremost I adore this design. I love Dandelions. To this day I blow off the seed whenever I find one of the little while Dandelion “puffs.” It’s fun to do.

These plates are made very well. My kids are not exactly easy on our dishes. They tend to bump things a lot in the sink and in the dish rack. So far, so good. We’ve been using these for a few months and there is not a chip or mark on any of them (thankfully). They also wash very well, both in the dishwasher and by hand. There are no strange stains on them.

I work outside of the home Monday through Friday. There are days I literally have to race into the kitchen to get dinner started – even before taking off my coat and shoes. I literally don’t have time to weigh or measure things. That is why these plates have been especially helpful for me.


My family honestly never noticed a difference in the portion sizes. They have yet to comment on not having enough to eat. If they feel like they need more they usually grab more veggies (I keep raw veggies to snack on) or some fruit.

Being more aware of my portion sizes has helped me to drop a few pounds. I lost some weight (but now I’ve hit a plateau). I am almost the lightest I’ve been in 17 years – if only I could lose two more pounds. I am hopeful I’ll be able to do so once I can get some exercise in.

Don’t just take my word for it. You can check out television spots that featured Slimeware plates including Good Morning America, Fox News and HSN on their website.

For more information about Slimware visit Slimware.com.

Currently they are having a 50% off sale. The sale ends on January 31, 2017, so if you are interested in the plates now is a great time to purchase them. In all honesty they are not that expensive to begin with. They range in price from $24.95 – $39.95 for a set of four.



*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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Get a good night’s sleep with snuggL


Sleeping Pillow

Do you sleep well at night? Do you find yourself tossing and turning all night long to get in a comfortable position? Do you crowd your bet with many pillows just to help you position yourself perfectly at night in order to fall asleep? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions… read on to learn more about snuggL (yes, that is how it’s spelled).

When it comes to sleeping, I don’t do very well at it. I suffer from insomnia a lot (I can’t turn my brain off!), and lately I have been dealing with Sciatica which seems to get worse at night.

I sleep with a lot of pillows. I need them in order to get comfortable. I can’t sleep without two pillows under my head and another pillow to “hug.” I will hug one of my stuffed animals if a pillow is not available (I keep “Mr. Bear” on our bed for that reason).

I’m a side sleeper. I always have been. I cannot get comfortable on my stomach and I have a weird reason why I don’t sleep on my back. I’m afraid if someone breaks into our home they can stab me directly in the heart if I’m lying on my back. It’s a weird thing I’ve worried about since I was a child.

I am most comfortable sleeping on my side. Even when I was pregnant it was the best position for me.

Sometimes sleeping on your side can cause back pain – most especially if you are pregnant.

Dr. Carl Cricco and his son Carl III, teamed up to design a practical and effective solution to lifelong back pain. It’s a special pillow called the snuggL

SnuggL pillow

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook page

SnuggL is the first doctor-designed whole body L-shaped pillow that eliminates back pain for side sleepers, particularly moms-to-be who deal with terrible back pain during pregnancy.

With 69% of consumers sleeping on their side, the pillow is composed of proprietary gel fibers that provide the perfect alignment for one’s hips, pelvis and spine, while allowing air circulation to prevent from overheating and adapts to your body’s movements throughout the night.

The pillow is really shaped like an “L.” It’s also a body pillow that is almost as long as I am tall. I’m 5′ 3″ and the pillow is almost as long as me. It’s ideal for people 6′ 5″ and under.

The pillow looks like a regular sized pillow on one side, and a body pillow on the other. It’s like the two pillow are fused into one.

When you sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs it helps to align your hips, pelvis and spine. It also helps to take pressure off your lower back.

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook Page

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook Page

I never looked at it that way. I have had body pillow in the past but for me it’s a comfort thing. I feel more comfortable on my side and I get comfort from snuggling/hugging something when I sleep at night (husband, pillow, stuffed animal).

I was sent a snuggL to review. I must say, I was surprised at how big it was.

My first impression of the snuggL pillow is that its VERY soft. You just want to hug it. It’s also very “bendy” so you can put it in most positions (whatever you are most comfortable with).

SnuggL does come with a special pillow case so that you can keep your snuggL clean.

The pillow is very comfortable to sleep with. I was a bit worried that it’s huge size was going to be a problem as far as getting comfortable with it, but it wasn’t.

The head part could be a bit firmer, but that is just my personal preference. I do sleep with another pillow under my head to give me the support I find most comfortable.

I liken using snuggL to cuddling with a large, plush teddy bear at night. I know it’ a pillow, but it gives you that same sense of comfort.

SnuggL helps a lot too because we sleep on a sofa bed. If you have ever had to sleep on one for just one night, you know how incredibly uncomfortable they are. Try sleeping on one every night. Sigh…

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL website

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL website

SnuggL help me to get more comfortable at night. I don’t find myself tossing and turning to find the right position. I also don’t have to worry about losing the pillow that I hold on to (with my arms and/or legs). My husband tells me that I don’t move around as much when I am sleeping with snuggL. He says I tend to sleep in just one position (cradling the snuggL between my arms and legs).

Except for days when I suffer from insomnia, I find that I get a more restful sleep at night when using the snuggL.

The only “downside” I have found is that the pillow is very large. We sleep in a full size bed, so we don’t have much room for the two of us, let alone a “life size” pillow. A larger bed would give us a bit more room.

Because we have to put the bed away every morning (so we can use it as a couch), I have to keep putting the snuggL in the closet. It takes up a lot of space. This is only an issue with us because of our sleeping arrangements. If we had a bedroom and a larger bed I would just lie the snuggL pillow down on either the foot of the bed (after we made it) or behind the bed pillows (so it’s not seen).

So far I am very pleased with my experiences with the snuggL pillow.

This would make a great gift for a pregnant woman, for someone who suffers from back pain, or for someone who simply enjoys a comfy night’s sleep.

For more information about snuggL, visit ThesnuggL.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website.

What do you think about snuggL? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always enjoy hearing from readers.

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

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