Review: 5 Hour Energy – Extra Strength

Review: 5 Hour Energy – Extra Strength

What ever did I do with my life before these 5 Hour Energy – Extra Strength came out!  These little bottles of goodness are packed full of that stuff you need to keep on going throughout the day.  

When I am super tired this is my go to drink.  Not coffee.  Not soda.  5 Hour Energy – Extra Strength. Seriously!

I have only tried the Berry flavor, if they make extra strength in any other flavors I have yet to come across them.  I am sure through amazon you can find every type and flavor of 5 Hour Energy there is on the market.  

The best part about these little 1.93 ounce (57 mil) bottles, besides the fact that I am no longer tired or worn down, is that they are only 4 calories and sugar free.  That means I can drink these whenever I want without having to think twice about my diet.

On the back label of the 5 Hour Energy – Extra Strength bottle there is a recommended usage of maximum 2 bottles per day consumed several hours apart.  So if you are terribly run down and just having a hard time getting your day started then drinking 2 of these at once is not advised and could even be dangerous.  Make sure to read the directions and follow the warning label.  

I buy these in 6 pack boxes and keep them handy around the house for a quick pick me up.  I am never without my 5 Hour energy – Extra Strength close by.  

 

Hot Read – The Astronaut: : A Genie In Space by Alvin Slater

Hot Read – The Astronaut: : A Genie In Space by Alvin Slater

Before you start reading this one, let me just put it out there – you’re not going to want to pick it up unless you like a fun, sexy, fantasy, sci-fi erotica mashup kinda thing. 

Yes, I’m serious. And yes, Alvin Slater delivers. He really pushed himself outside the box on this one – not that you could ever accuse this guy of being INSIDE the box!

Don’t believe me? Wait until you read this one! (Oh! And it’s free for Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime members, just FYI.)

The Astronaut by Alvin Slater

About the Book

Astronaut Tony Felson was on the Space Station and he just might have been going crazy. He thought his friend and mission partner was dead and the planners had failed to let him bring a woman up with him as he had suggested.

Everything he thought he knew about science and fantasy exploded and combined when Jeannie Starr appeared in front of him. She was the dream woman who was real.

Sensual surprises and sexual delights kept drawing their orbits closer and closer together and the master and the servant became a couple joined in time and place and space.

Their surprises and discoveries shook the space station and each other, and Earth was where they cast their eyes and their speeding surprises toward next.

In space no one could hear someone scream.

And they were just getting started. Mission control wasn’t just an idea, it was an adventure. Their wishes were someone else’s commands.

Look out world.

Jeannie Starr was coming. And Tony Felson was calling the shots in space. The real world and personal worlds were about to collide.

About the Author

Alvin Slater writes novels and sexual erotica with real plots that put drama, action, mystery and human foibles directly into his characters, who surprise even the author when they say and do what they do. 

He’s proud of his fast-thinking ladies, and they are highly sexual females who live to surprise They will seem to be alive to his readers, and his females surely know how to live it up. His creations are meant to provide drama and heart amid their human trials by fire, and if the readers care about the characters – laugh, cry and feel the tensions amid their stimulating events and tribulations – he will be pleased. 

And like many of his creations, he is hard to please, expects a lot and hopes he provides it to his readers. 

Read This: Think 50 Shades in Reverse!

Read This: Think 50 Shades in Reverse!

We’ve all heard of “50 Shades of Grey.”

 

51R-eBS0qfL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Quite a few of us have seen “Secretary” with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Some might have gone so far as to read Marquis de Sade. Store bookshelves are overflowing with “50 Shades”-inspired romance novels. But where are all the stories of dominant women and submissive men?

Female top/male sub relationships are often overlooked in our patriarchal culture and they have yet to get their own Hollywood blockbuster – yet they exist.

 

There are FemDom clubs in every major city, dungeons hidden beneath the white picket fences, female-led BDSM support groups and rope classes for women wishing to learn how to tie their significant others, and much, much more.

This book is a first-ever glimpse into that world. It’s a collection of FetLife blogs written by Gabriel Spiegel (codename WebWanderer), a Russian immigrant who loves making worthy women happy through his submission and whose quest to find The One has taken him across the United States. Read about his triumphs and hilarious misadventures; thoughts on the nature of kink and being a single guy in the BDSM scene; his reflections and dreams; his kinky haiku and, yes, even an occasional sonnet.

“Submissive’s missives” is highly recommended to everyone curious about BDSM in general and dominant women/submissive men in particular.

My Secret Shame: I hate myself for loving you, @WalMart

My Secret Shame: I hate myself for loving you, @WalMart

secretshameI am about to come out of the shopper shame closet. I hope you’re sitting down. My name is Angie and I am a secret Wal-Mart shopper.

A secret Wal-Mart shopper is not to be confused with a Wal-Mart secret shopper, mind you.

A secret shopper is a person who offers his employer a glimpse at what a real customer would experience, and generally the employees never even know they have been “shopped.”

But as a secret Wal-Mart shopper, I do not hide my identity to the people at the store (though I feel a little dirty, shopping there, not gonna lie–but seriously? Sometimes my inner cheapskate comes out and drags me there, reminding me that there is no reason to pay more money for the exact same item I can buy elsewhere just because I have Wal-Mart shame. Don’t judge me. I just don’t see any logic to it.

However, it’s safe to say that there is a certain lack of concern for customer service, at least in some Wal-Mart stores in my area.

Goodbye, forever?

walmart5Well, one evening a couple weeks ago, I thought I was finally ready to end my secret Wal-Mart affair. I’d spent more than an hour gathering up $500 worth of groceries, household items, toiletries and school uniforms for my kids (all under one roof, and that was enough food to feed my family for literally three weeks!)

Again. I just can’t help myself. I’d have spent at least twice that if I’d bought all of that locally.

And then, I waited in a single line with 16, 17, 18 other customers, a line that over the course of ten minutes kept me in the same spot but continued to get longer.

If I didn’t need all that stuff, I swear I’d have walked right out of there!

Proof of the power of social media: I am writing this post in which I am publicly admitting my secret and tawdry affair with Wal-Mart.

A man next to me in the line who was really sweet and totally reminded me of some awesome outdoorsy dad type offered me his place in line, even though my cart was formidable and would clearly cost him an extra 30 minutes in line, if this checker was really moving as slowly as she appeared to be.

She seemed to be in slow motion. It was making me a little testy. Ha, that might be an understatement.

I thanked him and politely refused the offer, pointing out the whole cart thing.

The Tweet of Defiance: My Pseudo-Dramatic Social Media Moment

Anyhoo, that was about the time I decided to tweet my displeasure about this situation with a bold shout out to @WalMart. I was feeling all kinds of bold and justified.

After my tweet of defiance, I noticed that within 3 or 4 minutes, like three new lines opened right up.

I am not saying it was the tweet. I am just saying it was a super fun coincidence if not.

I looked around at the relieved congestion and the people feeling less stuck and the mood lightening and smiled. (Meanwhile inside my head, I’m feeling like I am some kind of Wal-Mart shopper super hero, like my mad social media skills totally saved the freaking day. Like, I reached out and told on them via Twitter, and Mama Wal-Mart made them play nice…ahh….)

But really–I know, it could be a coincidence.

Well, then what should’ve and almost did permanently end my secret Wal-Mart affair happened…I came face to face with the checkout girl, who, by the way was an absolutely gorgeous teenager.

Unfortunately, her mother nor her employer had taught her how to talk to people. The first thing she said to me, after announcing “there’s no waiting on 10,” was, “uh ma’am, I’m closed.”

That was about the time I almost cried and started a public scene at Wal-Mart, totally blowing my secret cover. This was so unlike me, but damned if I didn’t just give up my spot in that other line that had refilled my spot and gone four big carts deeper.

It was a hard day, y’all, and it was nearly 10 p.m. at this point. I just wanted to go home.

walmartI guess the beautiful checkout girl sensed my desperation, because she took pity on me and allowed me to stay.

I got this impression she was trying to leave, because she then informed me that she had seen me in the aisle earlier and she felt sorry for the checkout person who “got me.”

You know, because I was buying so much stuff…from the store…that she works at…ahem.

No seriously, she really said that. At least the part about feeling sorry for the checker (herself, as it turned out–karma’s a bitch, ain’t she?).

My #1 Customer Service Tip to Anyone Who Gets Paid by a Store, Shop or Other Business That Depends on My Money: Don’t make me feel guilty for spending it there!

That was about the time I told her that if I worked at Wal-Mart, I’d love customers who come in and spend that kind of cheddar on a semi regular basis (don’t judge me! It’s usually once quote month or less and I totally support my local businesses, too…but please note that I personally know a few people who have worked at Wal-Mart over the years, and that, in my opinion, counts as supporting locals.
 
Heck, I worked for American Studios, the company that previously subcontracted as Wal-Mart’s portrait studios, in my college and slightly post college years. I personally never worked for Wal-Mart but I suppose I would’ve never had those opportunities (and back then, top notch training) were it not for uncle Sam (Walton).

Plus, I am interested in this whole mother’s day campaign that is featuring products from woman owned companies, but I am saving that for another post.

(Which reminds me, tune in all week to find out what I’ll be revealing about myself at Queenbeeing.com – it’s related…sorta. But it’s definitely huge.)
 
So, the checker sort of redeemed herself by getting all the groceries in bags and helping me load them into the cart. That was cool…except that she also made me feel like I should have apologized for buying stuff from her employer…but I think if I were her employer, I would want to, I don’t know, teach these people to stop acting like they hate their customers.
 
But here is why, at present, I haven’t broken up with Wal-Mart yet!
 
Wal-Mart’s Social Media Geniuses: I can’t quit you!
 
Like I said, maybe it was just a coincidence that directly after I tweeted, the floodgates (aka checkout stands) miraculously opened up. But then again, maybe not. See, once I got home, I noticed that Wal-Mart had tweeted me back!

After thanking the Wal-Mart tweeter, I got this:


As a total social media geek, I just can’t quit a company that has that kind of sharp customer service on its side–despite the fact that it sells its products for “irresponsibly low” prices, according to Daniel Tosh. (And come on, that’s a whole lot of the reason I can’t stop, let’s be honest!)

With all of this being said, I’m fully prepared to have the Wal-Mart hating-party rain down its disdain on me–I can take it. Let me have it–I deserve it. I hate myself for loving Walmart.

How do you feel about Wal-Mart? Let me hear it in the comments section, below!

Wonder Wax: A Painfully Honest Review

Wonder Wax: A Painfully Honest Review

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wonder wax 2I was at Walgreens when I accidentally found Wonder Wax in the “as seen on TV” section of the store. (I cannot help it – I must look at that section. I’ve picked up some useful stuff there!)

The box claimed to contain  method for “quick and painless hair removal,” and that the wax would stick to hair but not to skin.

Other on-box claims included:

  • Results would last up to 8 weeks
  • No strips, no mess
  • Use from head to toe
  • For all skin types

For just under $10, I figured it was worth a try. So I bought it and today, I broke it out and tried it. Here’s what I thought.

My Review on the Wonder Wax Microwaveable Waxing Kit: Only for Patient People Who Follow Directions Well (Seriously)

wonder-waxThe wax is inside of a little teacup looking thing. I thought it was cute and it did make holding it easier during the process. The kit also came with a couple of small applicators and three large ones.

Following directions, I pulled the paper cap and plastic lining off the wax cup and microwaved it for two minutes.

I have a low wattage microwave so that wasn’t long enough, but I added the time in 30 second increments as the manufacturer suggests. It took nearly 4 minutes in my small microwave. No biggie though.

I made sure my legs were freshly washed and free of lotions and powders, as the manufacturer recommends. I slathered on the wax and waited.

When it seemed to have reached the “non-sticky” texture the directions describe, I pulled the first strip off.

Wonder Wax Review: Does this stuff really work the way it says it does?

IMG_20140420_200647_kindlephoto-19950493Here’s the painfully honest part of this Wonder Wax review.

Note: This part of the post is a direct result of my promise to myself and to my readers to be unashamed and fearless when it comes to being “real” with you–so here it is–the real truth about my experience with Wonder Wax.

Well, it did remove some hair and had I fully followed directions, maybe it would’ve removed all of it. But I was impatient and after the first successful pull, I tried to cover my whole lower leg. It looked like a wax legwarmer but it felt nice–like a warm wax hug.

That is, until I attempted to remove the so-called legwarmer-turned-torture device.

That’s when I made another mistake: I did not wait long enough to pull the wax and it was a little gooey in places. That meant the hair wasn’t removed there. And also? That removal hurt so much I thought I might slap my mama.

However, to be fair, that was totally my fault. If you follow the directions, it won’t by hurt (any worse than it would otherwise to yank out hair by its roots). And it’ll  probably come right off of you follow the directions too–but if you don’t immediately use the little wipe they include in the box, expect your legs to get super itchy. Speaking of which, if you try to use it after a few minutes have passed, they won’t remove all the wax.

(Again, the directions.)

On that note, I’m wrapping this post up so I can go wash my legs again. 

Bottom Line: The Queen’s Court Gives This Product 3 out of 5 crowns.

It works if you’re patient AND properly follow ALL directions. If not, all kinds of fun drama will ensue.

Have you tried Wonder Wax? What did you think?

 

My BFF Body Shift Weight Loss Supplement: An Honest Review From a Real Person

My BFF Body Shift Weight Loss Supplement: An Honest Review From a Real Person

My My BFF Body Shift Review

how to lose with my bff Jamie Paretti, the owner of MTM Body, sent me some of the My BFF Body Shift to try–and after I heard about the success stories she’s seen, I couldn’t wait.

This stuff supposedly helps you lose weight fast–and who doesn’t want that? Although I’m down more than 100 pounds since launching my Project Blissful, I still need to lose around 30 to get to my final goal.

So, yeah–I was excited to give it a shot, and I felt like sharing my experiences would help my readers out–so here we are. I’d also like to express my gratitude to Jamie for introducing me to this stuff, because it has certainly already had some really positive effects.

Well, I’m ten days in. So here we go: an honest review from a real person of My BFF Body Shift from MTM Body.

The first day, I took two pills right before breakfast. After a couple of hours, I noticed I felt really hot and my stomach felt a little like it was “working” on something (ok-honesty–it was working on a big poop–HA!).

At first I wondered if I was getting sick, but it passed and I felt fine, only to have a similar hot feeling a few more times throughout the day.

Side Note–I later found out that is a pretty normal reaction to the pills–at least at first. See, part of how these My BFF Body Shift things work is through a process called thermogenesis–which is defined by FreeDictionary.com’s Medical Dictionary as “the production of heat, especially within the animal body.”

Additionally, the following Medical Dictionary-provided definitions apply:

  • diet-induced thermogenesis–a portion of dietary calories in excess of those required for immediate energy requirements are converted to heat rather than stored as fat. Some types of obesity may be related to a defect in this mechanism.
  • nonshivering thermogenesis–increased heat production due to enhancement of normal calorigenic metabolic processes.

 My BFF Review: Can Bee Pollen Really Help You Lose Weight?

I think, based on my research, that a lot of the weight loss effects are related to the bee pollen in the My BFF Body Shift supplements–which I understand can stimulate the metabolic processes, speeding up calorie burn.

It also has lecithin in it, which I’ve read helps dissolve and flush fat from the body–so it can aid in detoxifying your body. (Probably why it makes you poop more!)

Bee pollen is also supposed to help your skin look better/younger, according to reports from Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, a dermatologist in Sweden, who treated many of his patients successfully for skin conditions, including acne and wrinkles with it.

The high concentration of B vitamins could also help you live longer, according to some researchers. Bee pollen reportedly causes side-effects like enhanced energy, stamina and endurance–and it has been touted as an aphrodisiac and fertility aid, among a long list of other physical benefits.

Other ingredients of My BFF Body Shift include the following, according to the MTM Body website: Sickelsenna Seed, Cassia, Seville Orange Flower, Chinese Yam, Aloe, Green Tea, Lotus Leaf, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Polyphenols, Dietary Fiber

(By the way–this probably goes without saying, but if you’re allergic to bees or honey, you probably need to stay away from anything with bee pollen in it.)

Does My BFF Body Shift Really Work Like the Manufacturer Claims?

For me, so far, it’s working pretty much as I’m hearing it’s supposed to. On the tenth day in, I’ve lost a couple of pounds (despite it being the week of the month where I usually gain a couple of PMS-induced pounds) and I feel great. But the pounds lost are less important to me than the fact that I FEEL better.

My BFF Body Shift Review: The Pros

Appetite Under Control–Even in the Face of PMS Week

My appetite has been under control for a long time (you have to get control in order to lose 100 pounds, you know!), but during this PMS week, I usually allow myself two to three days of a few indulgences (not excessive!) and it is usually fine. But this week, I’ve been just fine. Sure, the cravings for protein and chocolate are there–and sure, I’m treating myself as always. But now, I’m just finding that a few bites are doing me just fine–whereas before, I’d eat the burger or low-fat concrete with a smile on my face. It’s a good thing!

Digestive System Running More Smoothly

I am one of these people who can literally start feeling the stomach bloat within the first few bites of anything containing onions, peppers, beans and a whole bunch of other various yummy foods, so this one is BIG for me. I typically take a fiber supplement to keep everything on the regular (usually the Walgreen’s version of the fiber/calcium combo supplements), but since I started taking the Body Shift, it hasn’t been necessary.

And the usual gas and bloating (because, let’s be honest, I’m not giving up awesome veggies/fruits, etc. just because of a little bloat) is significantly reduced too–thankfully, since I was seriously considering buying stock in Gas X for a minute.

So within the first probably 48 hours I was FEELING slimmer–and I attribute that in part to this whole digestive regularity aspect of the supplement.

Skin Feels Brighter, Tighter

Ok, I’m gonna be honest–this could TOTALLY be my imagination–and I’m not qualified in any way except that I look at my own face pretty often–but I feel like my skin looks better. Seems like it’s a little brighter and a little tighter on my face–and even other areas are tightening up pretty nicely.

Like I said–this could be just something I am seeing because I want to see it–but from my perspective, it could be related to the claims about skin improvement and anti-aging properties of bee pollen.

Size Six–First Time in 17 Years

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That’s right. I have been holding steady at a size eight for months. Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe not–but the other day, I bought a size six jeans and they fit just fine. First time since before I got pregnant with my oldest child. I’ll take it. 🙂

My BFF Body Shift Review: The Cons

Cotton Mouth–You won’t forget to drink your water when you take Body Shift–your mouth gets really dry on this stuff. But, to be fair, when I do drink enough water, I don’t have this problem. So maybe this one ought to be on the pro list, sorta.

Punished by Poop–I notice when I eat things that are higher in fat, I poop more. I guess this is related to the claims that this stuff gets rid of extra calories for you. It’s not debilitating–just sort of makes you think before you eat–which I guess is also not that bad. But it can feel a little annoying!

Super Sweats–You will sweat when you take this stuff–in short bursts. I call them hot flashes, but as someone who hasn’t yet experienced menopause, my friend Lori (who is in the midst of it) tells me that I haven’t experienced anything. Now that I understand WHY they happen, I’m not so frustrated about it. But when you workout or exercise heavily, you might find yourself sweating a little harder than usual.

Tummy Trouble–For the first few days, I intermittently experienced a little bit of an upset stomach, but this has since resolved itself.

So that’s that. I’ve also been doing some research on how to take the My BFF Body Shift in order to get the best and most potent possible effects, so stay tuned for a post detailing my findings very soon. I’ll also return with more updates on my progress as I continue testing these things out.

If you’d like to try them in the meantime, you can get $10 off with the coupon below, or leave a comment if you’d like a sample pack and I’ll send your request on to Jamie at MTM Body. MTM BOdy coupon

Have you tried any of the My BFF weight loss products? What did you think? Would you recommend them to a friend? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.

 

 

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