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Blog Tour: Skinny-licious

Friday, February 28, 2014
Shauna Evans is proud to host a blog tour for her book, Skinny-licious from February 1–28.
Eat yourself skinny! Registered nurse and award-winning cook Shauna Evans proves that you don’t need to give up your favorite foods in order to slim down. You can enjoy tasty recipes like Lime and Cilantro Shrimp Skewers, Stuffed Red Peppers, and Cherry Chocolate Cake, all while losing weight and feeling great. Healthy cooking has never been easier!

Meet the Author:
Shauna Schmidt Evans was born and raised in northern Utah beneath the Wasatch Mountains. She was a competitive athlete. Her high school cheer squad was 9th in the nation and she took fourth place in her age category when she ran her first St. George marathon at the age of eighteen. She has completed three half marathons and three full marathons. Shauna graduated from Brigham Young University in nursing with a bachelor of science degree. At BYU, she taught in the anatomy lab. She married Joe Evans, BYU back-up quarterback to Ty Detmer in 1992. They have five fit, athletic children. Shauna has been a water aerobic instructor and continues her nursing education in subjects regarding nutrition, exercise, and overall good health. Health and fitness have always been of special interest to her. She is the author of What Goes With What: Baby Rooms Made Easy and Sweet and Savory: Award Winning Recipes Made Easy. She has won over ten recipes contests including B98.7 and Select Med’s Healthy Recipe Contest in March 2013. She has appeared on The Daily Dish, Good Things Utah, Studio Five, and Channel 13 News and has taught at The Home Show Expo in Salt Lake City.  

My review:

I love this book! Shanna is bare-bones reality and recipes are yummy! One lucky reader will win a copy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below.

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Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop February 28th to March 7th

Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's time for the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky Is Reading. All of the great bloggers are giving away prizes worth at least $10. I'm giving one lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes reader four great health books! My prize is worth over $100 which includes 4 health-related books to get your life back on track. The prize pack includes  Anti-Aging and You: A Guide to Healthy Living by health expert Stephan Karian, Secrets to a Painfree Life by Reza Ghorbani MD ABIPP FIPP, The Vital Plan by Dr. Bill Rawls, and Hypnotic Gastric Band by Paul McKenna.
 All you have to do to win these great books is enter on the Rafflecopter below. After you enter my giveaway, be sure to stop by all the great bloggers to win awesome prizes!

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GungHo - healthy brain boost for women & students Review

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

At my age(53), I'm always trying to remember something. I hate to admit, but I am a scatter-brain. When I got the opportunity to try GungHo for healthy brain boost, I was excited. I definitely needed a brain boost. I received three  packets to try out. I have to admit, with only three to try, I didn't see a difference. I was a little disappointed, but I know it does take longer than three days to get the full results.

 1. Avoid energy drinks / shots or sodas for 3 days (so you don't crash from them)
 2. When you are tired, take a GungHoR instead - convenient tiny liquid packet can take with you anywhere
 3. You will note a smooth boost of energy & focus with no jitters or crash
* Over time, GungHoR will also build brain health, capacity to focus and memory recall...but you won't notice that in 3 days:-)

After three days, I didn't experience any weird side effects or jitters. I would probably try GungHo again if given the opportunity.

Product Description
GungHo is a unique, healthy focus supplement. Unlike energy shots/drinks, GungHo is PROVEN to boost focus, brain energy, memory storage or recall for tired Moms, students or executives:

    "Proven focus and brain energy...unlike energy shots that provide short-term energy and no long-term impact on brain energy, GungHoR builds critical neurotransmitters in the brain over time"                                       
   -- Dr Perry Renshaw, MD, PhD, Former Harvard Professor, Director @ The Brain Institute

Moms say GungHo helps them get through the day (get everything done) with a smile - no crash or jitters...

The GungHo Difference
 - Proven focus, brain energy and memory recall...unlike energy drinks / shots
 - Boost memory storage and recall over time
 - Improved brain health and capacity to focus over time
 - All natural; no sugar, no calories, no jitters, no crash
 - Mild appetite suppressant
 - Lift mood - beta endorphines or "happy mormones"
 - Convenient little liquid packet you can take with you anywhere

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

Ageless Derma Apple Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream Review #review #spon

Monday, February 24, 2014
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 I hate to admit the fact, I'm getting older and as I've aged my skin has suffered. Wrinkles are now more prominent.  I hate the tell-tale signs of aging! I hate wrinkles period, so I was more than happy to try Ageless Derma Apple Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream. I'm one who will at least try anything once, but I have to admit this little miracle in a jar has become a staple in my chest of beauty creams.

When I received it, I began using it as directed. A little goes a long way and could see a difference in my appearance in about two weeks. I have less wrinkles than before and continue to use  Ageless Derma Apple Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream daily to combat wrinkles and the aging process.

You can try Ageless Derma Apple Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream for yourself. A 1 oz. jar is only $65 and that's reasonable compared to some of the anti-wrinkle creams on the market.

You can also shop for other Ageless Derma Products. You can follow Ageless Derma on FacebookTwitter or YouTube

Product Description:

Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti Wrinkle Cream incorporates an apple stem cell extract called PhytoCellTec that has demonstrated 100% effectiveness in measurably reducing facial wrinkles.

Even celebrities, who have access to any skincare product they wish, depend upon PhytoCellTec to maintain their luminous complexions. According to Vogue magazine, film stars such as Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Mirren all enjoy the dazzling results of using the apple stem cell extract.

With confidence, we invite you to dare to dream of smoother, silkier, firmer, brighter skin. Ageless Derma Anti-Wrinkle Cream will revitalize your skin’s health and recapture your youthful radiance.

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

2 Day Diabetes Diet Book Review

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Disclosure: I received a free copy for this review. However, all opinions are my own.

Diabetes is a word you never want to hear. The diagnoses can become a death sentence, but if you eat healthy, you can control your life and turn things around. I know, because my husband was diagnosed with Type II diabetes over a year ago. It was a struggle for us to learn how to manage this life-changing disease. It wasn't until I received the  2 Day Diabetes Diet written by ERIN PALINSKI-WADERD, CDE that we were able to look at other options.

This wonderful life-changing book is filled with great information. When my husband began  using the book, of course I was skeptical, but after he went through the 2 days we could see a difference.  2 Day Diabetes Diet may not work for everyone, but it did for my husband and even I tried it!

More about the book:

Bio-Scriptives Post VAS-ex Review #sponsored

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Disclosure: I received a free product for this review. However, all opinions are my own.

I love Bio-Scriptives and when I got the opportunity to try another great product, I couldn't wait! I was sent Bio-Scriptives Post VAS-ex

Bio-Scriptives Post Vas-ex, an anti-blusher moisturizing lotion that soothes skin while evening skin tone. Post Vas-ex can be used after spa or medical procedures that cause blushing, and it is also suitable for daily use.

When applied before makeup, Post Vas-ex also acts as a lightweight primer. With nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, water lily flower and pomegranate oil, Post Vas-ex is a healthful, luxurious daily moisturizer.

Like all of Bio-Scriptives' products, Post Vas-ex is formulated with Derma-Release delivery technology for enhanced absorption. Thanks to Derma-Release, Post Vas-ex's therapeutic ingredients are more stable and do not degrade as they are absorbed in the skin, which maximizes their effectiveness. And Post Vas-ex is free of dyes or fragrances, so its natural ingredients truly shine!

Here's what I think of Bio-Scriptives Post VAS-ex: 

I love it! I have a few issues with blushing and this miracle in a bottle is the perfect solution. It's lightweight and non-greasy. These are two big pluses for me and my skin. I can't stand anything heavy on my delicate skin. I use it first thing in the morning and my skin shows less blushing by the end of the day. Bio-Scriptives Post VAS-ex is the perfect solution for everyday use, especially after a visit to the spa or if you're prone to blushing effects.

You can purchase Bio-Scriptives Post VAS-ex for only $44(well worth it!)

Skinny Jane "Weight Loss and Nutrition for Women Review

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Product Description Skinny Jane helps women lose weight and be healthier and happier. We offer two weight loss challenges on our website, The weight loss challenges come with the Skinny Jane Quick Slim Kit, which is the product we are offering for this promotion. The Kit includes:

Skinny Blend is the best-tastingweight loss shake on the market! It has a special blend of 7 proteins that will curb your appetite for up to 4 hours and energize you. One serving has just 100 calories, only 1 gram of sugar, 3 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. Skinny Blend will boost your protein intake so you keep your metabolism high while you are losing weight. You will love the Skinny Blend Shakes!
Skinny Burn is a great weight loss and fat burning supplement. It has 9 ingredients that work synergistically to help speed up your metabolism, boost your energy, and control your appetite. It contains Raspberry Ketones that have been proven to be very effective in burning body fat along with other ingredients that speed up your metabolism and curb your appetite.
Skinny Cleanse is a great weight loss aid because it will cleanse your body by removing toxins and impurities from your system. In turn, your body will be a much better fat burning machine. This is a gentle cleanse that is very safe and does not cause any stomach discomfort.

To see a list of ingredients on our weight loss products, please visit

My review:
Being an overweight, 50 something woman, I'm willing try try anything once to help me get on the right weightloss track. However, I was very disappointed in Skinny Jane "Weight Loss and Nutrition for Women. Yes, I only received a one week sample, but I have to say the way the packaging arrived threw me off kilter. 

I received the Skinny Jane shakes in little baggies along with the pills. Although, I did use the shakes, I threw the pills away. They came in baggies as well and to be honest, I didn't know where they'd been.

However, in all honesty, I have to say I did enjoy the shakes. Strawberry was my favorite. The other flavors were a little bitter. I didn't lose in weight, but really didn't expect too. 

This is my personal review on what I had to work with, so you really have to be the judge. You can purchase Skinny Jane "Weight Loss and Nutrition for Women  on Amazon.

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

Vital Plan Review and Reader Giveaway-#sponsored

Monday, February 10, 2014
Disclosure: I received products in exchange for this review. However, all opinions are my own.

It's not easy some days being a 53 year old menopausal women! Between work, home, and life I'm exhausted. I'm excited to tell you about Vital Plan! If you're like me and have a hard time trying to balance your life then Vital Plan is what you need.

Dr. Bill Rawls has put together several products to help get you back on track. When I received my HPA Balance and the Vital Book, I couldn't wait to start. After beginning my regiment, I can tell you there's a big difference in the way I felt before I started the Vital Plan and the way I feel now! I love my HPA Balance!

Vital Plan is giving 4 lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes readers a Vital Plan prize pack worth $43 thanks to the generosity Vital Plan that includes HPA Balance® 60 Count for sleep and stress management and the Vital Plan Book. All you have to do is enter here by Feb. 24th. US only. Must be 18 to enter.

You can also save on the cost of the Vital Plan Cleanse with this code VPCLEANSE99 valid until Feb.24th. My readers only pay $99!

The Vital Plan 10-Day Cleanse will help you reset your weight, health, and lifestyle habits through Dr. Bill Rawls’ unique approach to eating the right foods, enhancing natural detox with herbal supplements, better managing stress, and regaining control of your life. Dr. Rawls is a board-certified gynecologist and wellness practitioner of over 25 years.

What’s included:
  • The Vital Plan Book ($14.00)
  • Prevention Plus, 180ct ($47.00)
  • HPA Balance, 120ct ($48.00)
  • White Chia Seeds, 8oz ($8.00)
  • Pedometer ($3.00)
  • Vital Plan Grocery Bag
  • Daily Support Emails
**This package also includes an exclusive download of Dr. Rawls’ 10-Day Diet Plan.**

Perimenopause relief through the Cleanse:
  • Normalize your cycle and periods (with add-on product Vitex)
  • Reduce hot flashes and improve energy (with HPA Balance, included in package)
  • Relieve breast pain and tenderness (with add-on product Vitex)
  • Balance hormonal levels as periods decrease (with add-on Progesterone Cream)

Menopause relief through the Cleanse:
  • Relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats (with HPA Balance, included in package)
  • Increase bone strength and minimize bone loss (with add-on product Bone Support)

For more information, please visit:

HPA Balance is a 100% safe, all-natural herbal therapy that effectively reduces hot flashes, improves sleep, and normalizes other symptoms of menopause.
  • Hot Flashes - Dramatically reduces hot flashes
  • Night Sweats - Alleviates night sweats and uncomfortable temperature fluctuations
  • Sleep - Improves sleep quality
  • Mood Swings - Normalizes emotions
  • Weight gain - reduces sugar and carbohydrate cravings
  • Focus - eliminates “brain fog” associated with menopause
  • Safe for all ages, gluten-free, and vegetarian

Testimonial: “HPA Balance has been my saving grace from hot flashes and night sweats. I recommend this product to everyone I know going through menopause. Truly a life changing product!” - Anne Brownton, 55 years old

*This product is included in the Vital Plan 10-Day Cleanse. For more information, please visit:

The Vital Plan book is an eye-opening guide that will teach you everything you need to know to restore your health and improve the quality of your life. Written by Dr. Bill Rawls (a board-certified gynecologist and wellness practitioner of over 25 years), this book takes a common-sense approach and addresses:
  • How to identify (and avoid) the 7 major causes of all disease
  • The inside scoop on what foods are actually healthy (hint: whole wheat bread doesn’t make the list)
  • How to de-stress through breathing exercises and meditation
  • And much more!

*This product is included in the Vital Plan 10-Day Cleanse. For more information, please visit:

What are you waiting on? Take the next steps toward a new you with The Vital Plan!

#WhateverGoes Giveaway Hop Feb. 10th-24th

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Welcome to the "Whatever Goes" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes

This hop is an open theme so whatever the blogger wants to showcase goes!! After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other bloggers and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.

I'm giving 4 lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes readers each a Vital Plan prize pack worth $43 thanks to the generosity Vital Plan that includes HPA Balance® 60 Count for sleep and stress management and the Vital Plan Book. See my review here and grab a discount on the Vital Plan Cleanse. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below.

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DISCLOSURE Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the "Whatever Goes" participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Spring into Spring with Six Awesome Beauty Encounter Deals

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated me. However, my opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Let's face it women over 40 dread getting older. I know I do! We have a lot to worry about with wrinkles and sagging to worry about the high cost of those beauty products that keep us youthful. Well, I've found a  great site that offers awesome discounts on those much needed products to keep us looking our best. 

Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to take care of your wintery weather skin. You can find fabulous deals on the brands you trust at with prices you can afford. Here are six of my must haves and favorite deals.

Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40: After a brutal winter, you'll want to protect your face. Clinique is a brand you can trust and Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 is remarkably sheer, weightless formula contains high-level SPF sun protection plus a boosted level of antioxidants, Provides added hours of protection from UVA/UVB rays and environmental aggressors, Slips on easily, absorbs quickly and is safe for the delicate eye area. BE price is $22.94. You save $5.06.

Bieux Skin BioNaturals Regimen Introduction Kit: This deal I really love. The Bieux Skin BioNaturals Regimen Introduction Kit includes everything you need to take care of you! The 4 Piece Kit Includes: 2.0 oz 24 Hour Treatment Moisturizer + 2 x 0.5 oz Power Lift & Repair Serum + 0.17 oz Advanced Eye Treatment Cream. Simple 3-step regime, use daily for visibly firmer, tighter, younger-looking skin, and  powerful antioxidants help prevent the signs of skin aging. This one is an awesome deal! Retail price was $115. Be price is only $42.79 on clearance, which you save $85.05 and if you use the 30% off coupon you only pay $29.95!

Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy: You can't forget to protect your lips! Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy is great for your delicate lips. Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy is clinically proven to soothe and heal even dry, chapped lips. The creamy formula is enriched with glycerin to moisturize and help repair dry lips. Dermatologist tested formula helps keep lips soft and healthy looking. Formulated with only the purest ingredients. Retail price is $4.00. The BE price is $2.34, but with a $15% off coupon you pay only $1.99!

Mr. Pumice Pumi Bar Ultimate ( Coarse/Purple - Medium/Lavender ): I hate dry, flaky skin from winter weather. Mr. Pumice Pumi Bar Ultimate is perfect for removing dead skin on your feet. It's also great for hands and elbows! Man made pumice. Use wet or dry. Takes only seconds to use. Anti-bacterial solution safe! This great product is only $23.52, but with a 15% off coupon you only pay $19.99

Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers - Rachel: Even in the winter, oily skin can be a problem, but with Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers - Rachel, oily skin is a thing of the past. Papier Poudre has special absorbent qualities for cleansing the pores, removing shine and dust; leaving a trace of delicately scented powder. Made in England. This great deal is only $3.52 and with a 15% off coupon you pay $2.99 for a booklet of 65 sheets!

Kerstin Florian Revitalizing Bath & Body Oil: After braving the cold all day, you'll want to unwind and relax with Kerstin Florian Revitalizing Bath & Body Oil. Juniper, Rosemary, Lavender and Fennel essential oils help to invigorate and purify the body. This certified organic body oil helps stimulate circulation while moisturizing and nourishing the skin, detoxifying and stimulating, invigorating botanicals promote circulation, beneficial for aching muscles and joints plus it's 98% organic. BE price is only $50 but with the 15% off coupon you pay only $42.50.

You can save on all these great deals and more when you take advantage of the Beauty Encounter coupon deals. Beauty also offers Deals of the Week plus much more!

NEW INFOGRAPHIC: "Are You Losing The Diet Game?"

Friday, February 7, 2014

When trying to shed weight, many of us turn to fad diets and drastic calorie cutting and with the positive energy of new years resolutions in the past and the cold winter months still in full force, it is not surprising that February and March are the most common months for diet failure and “cheating” to occur. Experts at nationally recognized Pritikin Longevity Center have found that fad diets leave us not only hungry and miserable but often lead to setbacks and cheating that cause additional weight gain. 

Disclaimer: Info in this post was provided free.

National Go Red Day For Women #goredday

National Wear Red Day brings attention to the silent killer of women, heart disease.
Learn more and get involved.

2nd annual Forget Me Nots Giveaway Hop-Feb. 7th-14th-#ForgetMeNots

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day! MamaNYC is hosting the Forget Me Nots Giveaway Hop and I'm so excited to be part of an amazing group of bloggers participating. Everyone has a prize to giveaway that is worth $25.00 or more. This event will run until February 14th, which means you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways. Good Luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

I'm giving one lucky reader Bio-Scriptives Post VAS-ex worth $44. I love Bio-Scriptive! They have great products and I'll know you'll want to win this! You can enter on the Raffleopter below. Once you've entered my giveaway, be sure to stop by the other great bloggers for some awesome prizes worth at least $25!

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World Cancer Day

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Chances are that you, or someone you know and love has been touched by cancer. This terrible disease affects 1 in 3 Americans, claiming the lives of nearly 1,600 individuals each day. If trends continue, global cancer rates are expected to almost double by 2030!

This February 4th, join the National Foundation for Cancer Research as we rally to raise awareness and save lives. It's the perfect time to say enough is enough — cancer has taken too many lives for too long a time.

They fund some of the most innovative, promising cancer research on the planet for all forms of cancer — research that's launched many life-saving treatments. Prizing unconventional thinking and international collaboration, NFCR scientists will make the discoveries that will lead to cures for all cancers. But how soon we find a cure is up to you.

Each dollar you give brings us one step closer to making cancer preventable and treatable. Your gift will last far past World Cancer Day — it will spur the cycle of research that continues to save lives. Projects seeded by your gift will expand as our work goes from the lab to patients long after this day of action has passed!

Feb. 7th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NBHAAD

Monday, February 3, 2014
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. Learn more by visiting

Heart Hop {Valentine’s Day Blog Hop} #HeartHop

Welcome to the Valentine's Heart Hop!

Hosted By: MPM Network Bloggers
MPM Blogging Network has joined together to make your Valentine's Day a little lovelier! Each participating blog below is hosting their very own unique giveaway. So make sure to stop by them all and enter to win including the Grand Prize: 2 Dozen Rainbow Roses Giveaway.
The Valentine's Heart Hop ends 2/10 at 11:59pm. So don't let your heart float away!

If you're like me, you're too busy to celebrate Valentine's Day with your significant other. If the stress of everyday life has you overwhelmed  then why not enter to win some great prizes during the #HeartHop! I'm giving one lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes reader a prize package worth $36. My prize includes the book Rekindling Desire by respected therapist Barry McCarthy and SYLK® Natural Personal Lubricant.
What better way to celebrate romance and Valentine's Day!
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Once you've entered my giveaway, be sure to stop by the other great bloggers to win awesome prizes to celebrate love and life!