Heads Up Design & LLandLOL Giveaway

< a href="" target="_blank">Loving Life and Living on Less and Heads Up Designs have teamed up for a fun giveaway that we're sharing with you!  Kim at Heads Up Designs has all the favorite character you could think of and most can be customized too! She offers holiday shits, birthday shirts, sets in all sorts of designs. 
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Heads Up Designs is offering a giveaway for one shirt, any design/any size! Open to US and Canada. Enter Below and Good Luck!!!

AlyGators is only a promoter on this giveaway to help build the bonds between the wonderful families of blogging.

PB Crave

We sat down and gave the boys the box that came from Peanut Butter Crave today, and when Jeramiah opened it up he had a world of questions.  “Mom how do they help all these children?”
 I explained to him the process and asked if he would let me record them trying the peanut butter out.  “Only if I can tell everyone about all these kids they help, this is awesome”.  I have a pretty awesome son if you ask me he is all about helping others.


So I hit record and this is what I got, I apologize in advance for Mr. Maison but I couldn’t bare making Jeramiah start over again and I was laughing to hard to hit stop.  This is a lesson as to why I am a writing blog and not a video blog. I hope you enjoy!

In case you as well were laughing through this video here is what PB Crave is about, pretty amazing if you ask me.  A minimum of 2% of their profits from every jar go directly to Project Peanut Butter which is focused on treating malnourished children.   Malnutrition is the leading cause around the world of children under 5 and so far Project Peanut Butter has helped save the lives of more than 100,000 children. 

Now those are the stats, but how does it stand up to other top leading brands? In this house we put peanut butter on a lot of things, including pancakes with bananas, but the coco-banana was a treat last night at dinner.  Yes, we had pancakes for dinner and they were good!

I defiantly recommend you checking out PB Crave, not only for their good will they have instilled around the world, but the taste is far beyond anything I have ever tried.  Don’t tell my honey but I even snuck a spoon full before bed last night!


PB Crave is now available at The Fresh Market, Earth Fare and some Whole Foods grocery stores. 


Now who wants to try Peanut Butter Crave? 1 lucky winner will receive CoCo Banana Variety Pack.  A $20.97 Value.  Open only to the lower 48 States.


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes. Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers. AlyGators is not responsible for any Giveaway items. All giveaway items will be shipped directly from the company that sponsors our giveaway.

Pine Bros

With the flu season in full swing and colds being passed back and forth everywhere, Pine Bros couldn’t have came at a better time.  Established and trusted since 1870 these soothing throat drops currently come in two flavors, Natural Honey and Wild Cherry.  My favorite is of course the Wild Cherry. 

But these are not your normal throat drops; they are semi-soft and made right here in America.  To add to their 140 plus years of history they have developed a convenient refillable puck that is easy to throw in my purse or the diaper bag.  Now I don’t have to worry about spilling them everywhere. 

The design of the puck is amazing and the lid can’t just be popped right off.   This particular design must be twisted to remove the lid which gives me some added security that young kids wont be able to get into them.   These are not a gummy throat drop either, they are soft and chewy yet tough enough to last and truly sooth a sore throat.   I like these a lot better than regular drops because while they don’t taste just like candy which can be dangerous for children who believe they are candy, the are very enjoyable when you are under the weather.

 If you haven’t already, try the Wild Cherry!  You can order them on their website or find them in some local stores. 

Pine Bros has graciously allowed us to host a giveaway for 8 pucks in the flavor of one lucky readers choice!  Be sure to claim your entries below. 

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 I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes. Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers. AlyGators is not responsible for any Giveaway items. All giveaway items will be shipped directly from the company that sponsors our giveaway.


Your Novel has really come up with a one of a kind personalized gift and I am blown away!  What if I told you, that you and your hubby could be featured in a romance novel that’s so specifically written for you it even has the make of your car included in it?

Well Your Novel has come up with just that.  You can visit their page, and follow 5 easy steps to have your book on the way.  I found the ordering process extremely easy considering the final outcome. 

The options are endless; you can choose a category from Beaches & Cruises, outdoors, to vampires and more!  I chose “Another Day in Paradise” and was amazed at how detailed the book was with our personal features. 

“Another Day in Paradise” starts off with the couple (ME & HUBBY!!) winning a trip to fancy Caribbean resort.  Now I won’t tell you what actually happens in the novel, that’s something you will have to find out for yourself. 

I am very pleased with Your Novel, and the work that goes into each book.  If you order yours by Feb. 7th, you can still get it in time for Valentines Day, or Feb 13th, if you choose an e-book. 

Now one lucky reader can enjoy their own personalized novel free from will provide one $50 gift card for this giveaway.  Claim your entries below and tell me why this would be the perfect gift for you.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes.  Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers.  AlyGators is not responsible for any Giveaway items.  All giveaway items will be shipped directly from the company that sponsors our giveaway.

The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide

It was almost 7 years ago when I first heard of Gluten allergies, a good friend of mine was diagnosed with the allergy and we all including her own mother searched up and down for foods for her to eat.  It was rare that we actually found anything she could enjoy and when we were successful, we bought the items in bulk.

7 years later, the times have really changed.  We have become more educated about Gluten-Free products and now there are not only support groups but millions of products at an arms reach.  Although the battles of a gluten allergy are not a personal experience of mine, I sympathize with those for those who struggle with this.  That is why I am very excited to introduce this book to you; The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. 

This shopping guide has covered over 44,000 products including 3,300 name brands!  As I looked through the book I was extremely impressed with not only the selection but the organization of the products listed.  The products that are listed range from our favorite sport drinks to flours and baking mixes.  Not only can you easily find the type of product you are looking for, but then several products are linked with what stores carry that item. I even found a few fast food restaurants listed in the book as well.

 I really wish I had found this book so many years ago, but I am thankful for finding it now as I know so many of you could really use this valuable resource.  Be sure to claim your entries to win one for free!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes.  Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers.  AlyGators is not responsible for any Giveaway items.  All giveaway items will be shipped directly from the company that sponsors our giveaway.

Brothers All Natural

When our package of Brothers All Natural products arrived, the kids were in instant aw! The Disney Characters on the packages were a big hit and with each bag only having 40 calories I let them dig right in. 

Each bag of Fruit Crisps includes real freeze dried fruit without any preservatives, which is why we were so interested in try them.  The Peach Fruit Crisps are my favorite and I was really surprised to find out that each bag contains an entire two servings of fruit, what a healthy and convenient way to snack!

The boys really got a kick out of the Disney packaged fruit, apples and cinnamon and apples and bananas were their favorite.  I was surprised to find out that despite the flavor intense fruit, Brothers All “Natural doesn’t add any sugar or additives.  This makes me feel a lot better when the boys were digging in bag after bag. 

Another product the boys devoured without any hesitation is their Fruit & Oats.  Now don’t get me wrong, the boys like Oatmeal, but every now and then when trying something new, they will say “I’m full” after having only a bite.  When that happens I know they just didn’t like it and I better offer them something else.  With Brothers All Natural Fruit & Oats that wasn’t the case at all!  I set their oatmeal in front of them, turned around to make a cup of coffee, and by the time I turned back around the oatmeal was gone!  I guess that means they liked it right?

While you’re visiting the Brothers All Natural website, don’t be afraid of checking out what they have on Special or even their Gift Certificates.  The Gift Certificates would make a great gift to kids and grandbabies to allow them to pick out their own Disney packed freeze dried fruit packs.

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Brothers All Natural has decided to graciously give one of our readers a surprise variety pack.  Now that you have clicked on all of their multi-media pages, claim your entries below.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above free for review purposes.  Regardless, I will only recommend products that I have personally tested/tried and believe will be a good fit for my readers.  AlyGators is not responsible for any Giveaway items.  All giveaway items will be shipped directly from the company that sponsors our giveaway.

Glade Expressions

Fragrance Mist Starter Kit
Oil Fiffuser Starter Kit


I was rather ready for our Sunday Morning shopping trip this week.  Honey had a list that included ingredients for jerky and I had coupons in hand for some of my favorite products including Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser Starter Kit and Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Starter Kit. 

The Glade Products were very easy to find in our store and these two were actually side by side. YAY! I didn’t have to hear honey say “are you done yet?”

After seeing that Wal-Mart only carried the Pineapple & Mangosteen in the Oil Diffuser Starter Kit, I decided I better get that in the Fragrance Mist as well.  I wasn’t really disappointed though, because I like pineapple and it’s the perfect scent for spring which is just around the corner.

The oil diffuser kit was really easy to put together as well!  Straight out of the box, it came in three pieces and the bottom scent carriage is also spill proof which is an excellent feature for a house full of kids!  I can’t even begin to tell you how often the kids come around and either blow out my candles or turn off my burners.  I especially like the design of the oil diffuser kit because now that I have two of them placed in my house, they really blend in with my home d├ęcor. 

The Glade Fragrance Mist has the same sleek design features.  After I was done spraying a few rooms of the house, I simply set it on the shelf and the kids have no idea its there! This prevents them from running off with it and it still covers up their “boy smell”.  Why do boys smell so bad anyways? ICK!

Oh thank you Glade for covering up the smell of growing boys, you will be in my house for sure as long as they are!

Entertain Like a Texas Gentleman

Entertain Like a Texas Gentleman
By David Harap

This is not your ordinary cook book ladies; this one is the perfect not only for him but the entire family.  I have a deep dark secret for you.  When I want a new recipe I am very guilty of going straight to Google, and yes we have had some very bad experiences in the kitchen that way.  My husband hates when I get online for a recipe so I thought this book would be perfect for our family, since he likes to cook more than I do anyways. 

                There are different sections of “Entertain Like a Texas Gentleman” and they are perfect for any occasion.   One of my favorites is “Cooking With Kiddos”, because not only did it give food fun names and different ways to cook with your children, but David Harap actually took the time to explain why it is important to let your kids in the kitchen.  This section alone added big brownie points!

My honeys favorite part, “Super Bowl/ March Madness”. He has already picked out his favorite dishes that we will be trying, including “Jambalaya Bread pudding”.   One section that caught me off guard, and I am sure we can all relate is, “Its Too Damn Hot Too Cook”.  Our summers here get ridiculously hot and sometimes turning on the oven and stove is absolutely not an option!  This section will be perfect during June and July!

 I recommend this David Haraps book “Entertain Like a Gentleman because the whole family can get some use out of this one.  Amazon has just a few copies left or you can check out his Facebook page here:






Newman's Own Organics

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I have heard time and time again that organic foods are better for you, safer for the environment and some even say they taste better.  So one might say I have had a rather sheltered life. Growing up I thought eating healthy was as simple as eating wheat bread rather than white and Gator-aid rather than soda.  I had no idea what healthy food really consisted of.   And if you have been following along with AlyGators then you know we have decided to get far away from processed food as we can.  For the sake of my belt it’s a must!

When I first found Newman’s Own Organics, I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I am still learning what healthy food really is.  Newman’s Own Organics really taught me a lesson this week, and that is just because a food states that it is organic, doesn’t mean it’s not full of flavor and joy.  My guilt free pleasure this week was their Chocolate Carmel Cups! Can we say WOW!!!!  Sure it might have been 9PM but it was so incredibly good I just couldn’t resist!  The company features five different flavors to choose from in their chocolate cups.  There really is just about something for everyone!

Hubby likes their pretzels; he’s trying harder than I am at this diet thing.  Of course the kids come home and they just want something sweet or a snack as soon as they walk in the door.  Mr. Madison especially liked the Fig Newman’s and Alphabet cookies.  I’m actually not sure if he liked playing with the Alphabet cookies or eating them more but either way they were a fun treat for him. 

Now I would like to say that I was a good girl and didn’t eat any of the cookies, after all I’m still on a diet.  But I just couldn’t resist the Newman-O’s.  I promise mom, I really did share with the kids!  They had at least one….. Maybe two?

Newman’s Own Organics really hit the spot and left me feeling a lot less guilty about those 9PM snacks.  Yes I know a snack at 9PM is bad regardless of what it is, but hey I’m working on that!

 Now it’s your time to try Newman’s Own organics!  Print your coupons here!

While your browsing through their website, don’t forget to check out a few of their many recipes they have.  They have thought of it all! 



When it comes to soda, I have to admit I love a good cup of sparkling carbination. But our family recently decided to get away from processed food, including processed sugar and fast food.  When I came across Zevia, I knew it was a perfect fit for the transition our family was making. 

Although Zevia is zero calorie, it is unlike any other diet soda I have ever had.  Zevia doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners and as recommended by my dentist uses stevia instead of processed sugar. 

The Zevia website even has great recipes like “Gluten-Free Dr. Zevia Chocolate Cake” and “Pan Fried Black Cherry Chicken”.   Jeramiah and Maisons favorite is the “Guiltless Boozy Float”.  CLICK HERE toview more! 

Zevia offers 15 flavors of their all natural drinks and I recommend them from head to toe! Mr. Jeramiah even gives you thumbs up on this one!

I would also like to say Thank you to Zevia for giving one of our readers a coupon for a free 6-pack of their choice. 





Buffalo Gals Biscotti

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When I was first approached by Buffalo Gals I was a little nervous to receive Biscotti, after all the previous experiences and tastings it has always been this hard flavorless cookie to have with my coffee.  But Katy told me they were soft so I had to give it a try.  

Desert or breakfast I have to ask myself because they are so good I think my diet may be in trouble!  A few bites off each one and it’s official, I have a favorite.  White buffalo Biscotti is a sweet treat perfect for that craving and delightful for breakfast!

Of course though, Peanut butter-Brownie Biscotti, well the name says it all!  Delightful and a perfect blend, what could be better for an after dinner treat with a cup of relaxing coffee.  

From the heart of North Dakota, Buffalo Gals also offers several other products including rolls, breads, cookies, and of course gift baskets!  They have an adorable gift basket right now perfect for Valentines Day.  Be sure to check that out; CLICK HERE

Buffalo Gals has graciously decided to give one lucky reader an assortment of a dozen biscotti, YAY!

Onion Crunch


Low carbs, low sodium, no cholesterol and still yummy crunchy onions? Hummmm I say “YES PLEASE”.

So we were provided a bottle of Onion Crunch, and so far I have topped a salad, scrambled eggs, potato soup and a hamburger with them and I have to admit they are a perfect season and topper to all of the above.  I can’t wait to see what else I can put them on. 

But here we go, lets leave it up to the kids and see what they think.  Mr. Maison decided to eat them plain… My kids are so goofy!

I just listed a few ways you can enjoy Onion Crunch, while their website even offers recipes for you to check out.  Simply CLICK HERE for a whole list of ways you can enjoy them.                ONION CRUNCH RECIPES

Onion crunch is made from fresh sweet onions after they are washed, peeled, battered, and lightly fried to perfection. 

What will you put your Onion Crunch on? 

Thank you Onion Crunch for the giveaway! Giveaway open to US and Canada only.  Now here is how you can claim your entries;


Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil

Who has never heard of Coconut Oil?  Well I knew there were different types of cooking oils available, but I for one had really never heard of cooking with Coconut oil.  So when I was offered the opportunity to review Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil I was thrilled and a little nervous to try something new. 

I decided to cook an egg with it first, upon opening the jar, I instantly grew fond of the coconut smell.  Then I figured oil is oil but how is it going to taste.  It cooked clean and perfectly served its purpose in the pan. 

Now for the taste test, my boring breakfast was actually a treat to enjoy as it had a hint of coconut flavor to my egg.  It wasn’t a strong overpowering taste but more of a subtle taste that I really enjoyed.  We will be using coconut oil to cook with many more things in this house and I will be sure to share as the opportunity arises.
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

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coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

DISCLAIMER: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Then you as well can participate in Tropical Traditions referral program. The book is packed with testimonies and solid research showing how healthy coconut oil is and includes over 85 recipes!


Tropical Traditions has graciously allowed us to give one lucky reader a Jar of Virgin Coconut Oil. 

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Beauty Box 5

Recently I was introduced to Beauty Box 5, a subscription-based company that sends both samples and full size products out every month for a low fee.  It’s like the gift that keeps on giving! They even have a referral program called “Sharing is Caring”.  With their program, when you share Beauty Box Five with just five of your friends, you will receive a month free!  Can you imagine sharing with all of your friends and getting the hottest make up all year round?

This month’s box included three products that I just had to tell you about. 

Blinc Mascara is remarkable!  It really gave me a wet eye-lash look and for the first time, I found a mascara that really did give volume without clumping.  This is an A+ in our book, especially when it lasted all day without smearing or smudging.  Perfect!

OFRA Diamond Glitz 3D loose shadow was another great product included in this box.  I don’t generally buy loose eye shadow because somehow I always manage to get it everywhere except on my eyes.  But this went on pretty smooth and blended really well for a fresh and natural look.  I really enjoyed OFRA 3D Loose Shadow and you should give them a look on their website, CLICK HERE 

Blum Naturals provided Natural Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues to the beauty box, and what a hit they were!  During our office party this weekend, there was entertainment, games and we danced the night away.  These sheets came in handy to help keep my make up looking fresh all night long and helped me maintain a lasting professional appearance. 

The annual office party is a rather big deal for my husbands company, and being the bosses wife I was thankful for these products that helped me uphold my professional appearance.  Blum Oil absorbing facial tissues kept my skin fresh and Blinc Mascara, well let’s just say I was not the one that had coon eyes at the end of the night!  I guess I should have shared my mascara because some of those girls looked down right scary!

Beauty Box Five offers a lot of great products for a low cost every month, check them out here and let me know what you think.

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I receive complimentary products in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are of my own from personal experiences with the products.  While these are my opinions, yours and your results may differ from mine.  All giveaways winners are responsible for contacting me within 48 hours of being notified.  All giveaway items are responsibility of the company providing them and be shipped directly from said company.