The Crossmaker DVD Review & Giveaway

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THE EASTER STORY: Dominic, the son of a carpenter, finds himself drawn into the unforgettable
       trial of the man called Jesus. Share in this amazing adventure that takes Dominic from Christ's
       crucifixion to a place of redemption, and a face-to-face meeting with the risen Christ.

       See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann draws her stunning interpretation of the Easter story.

       1. ART LESSON! GLORY! See The Light artist Heidi Shorts teaches on the art of Creative Lettering

       2. HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN! See The Light Art Club Master Teacher Pat Knepley leads
       budding young artists in a step-by-step drawing lessons using chalk pastels. Plus, create your own black
       light reveal!

       3. THREE CROSSES ON A HILL. See The Light's Jim Pence gives a tutorial in water colors as young
       artists discover The Joy of Art

       * REVEL in original contemporary music performed by "Breathing Room" recording artists Jan Roper
       and Kevin Dukes while watching Gloria Kohlmann draw her remarkable art expression of the Easter Story.
       * WATCH and HEAR the plan of salvation, clearly and creatively presented as you have never seen it.
       * HEAR See The Light chalk artist Glory Kohlmann's commentary as you watch the Easter scene being created.
       * MEET the See The Light team.
Visit the See The Light Website         



My Review:

My oldest is 25, and my youngest is 10. I have spent a lot of time watching Christian movies with them. With new movies coming out all the time, we have watched a lot of movies over the years.

The Crossmaker is completely different from any Christian kids movie we've ever seen.

The Easter story is told by a Grandfather to his grandchildren. As he tells the story, they go back and forth between the kids and drawings of the Easter story while the grandfather is narrating. These are not just ordinary drawings, these are awesome full color drawings.

What a wonderful re-telling of the Easter story. We loved The Crossmaker!

Included on the DVD are 3 art lessons. Creative lettering using colored pencils, a drawing of the tomb with an angel using pastels, and 3 crosses on a hill using water colors, pen & ink, a& fluorescent crayons.

All 3 art lessons began with the instructor going over all the supplies needed and giving careful instructions.
"Never wipe your pastels with your arm or your sleeve."

The Crossmakers Bonus Features are incredible! One is called Artful Music. Where she draws a large picture of Jesus carrying the cross while music plays. She draws to the music. Definitely watch this. It's worth it.

Another one of the bonus features is The Plan of Salvation - video of drawings with voice overs. This is excellent.

Not only is The Crossmaker an entertaining movie and great art lessons, but it's an evangelism tool as well.

The Crossmaker is an incredible DVD and will make an  awesome Easter present.

Thanks to Propeller, I get to give a copy of The Crossmaker to one of you!

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Gorton’s Review & Giveaway (3 Winners!) & Sea Food Lovers Sweepstakes!



Founded in 1849, Gorton's is one of America's oldest continuously operating companies. Headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Gorton's continues to be the innovative leader in the seafood industry. Gorton's proudly stands behind its products with its "Trust the Fisherman Guarantee," which represents an unwavering commitment for over 150 years to providing the best-tasting, highest quality seafood meals. Among consumers the Gorton’s Fisherman, in his yellow slicker and rain hat, has become an icon symbolizing this commitment.


Bon Appétit & Bon Voyage!It's that time of year when Gorton’s get inspired by their favorite Gorton's Seafood recipes and start dreaming about vacations.


But this time, they are letting Gorton's Seafood Lovers decide where they want to go! Every day between now and April 12th, enter to win and select your favorite destination. The most popular destination is the trip Gorton’s is giving away!

Enter now for a chance to win this fabulous vacation!

Two simple steps - just sign up for the Gorton’s newsletter and fill out out the form - and you'll be entered to win! For Official Rules, click here.


For my review we picked the Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks. These are so yummy! I love how fast they are to prepare and the bag is resalable too! We like to use these in fish taco’s, one of the kids favorite ways to have tacos!


The Grilled Tilapia is so good! Quick and easy to prepare and what a healthy tasty dinner!


Gorton’s is giving 3 lucky Songberries followers 2 free product coupons and a recipe card for 3 winners! To enter tell me what recipe from Gorton’s you would like to try, make sure you are a Public follower of my blog!

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I want to thank Gorton’s for sponsoring this giveaway. This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will close April 12, 2010 at 12am.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

How Do You Hug A Porcupine~Book Review



Previous Grand Prize Winner Laurie Isop’s Book, How Do You Hug a Porcupine?, to be Featured inside Three Million Specially-Marked Boxes of Cheerios this Spring

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your words in print, turned into a children’s book and read by families across America?  The Cheerios New Author Contest, which kicks off its search today for the next great new children’s book author, provides aspiring writers the perfect opportunity to make this dream a reality. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a possible publishing deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in addition to having his or her book featured inside Cheerios cereal boxes nationwide.

As part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the whole child and connecting families by fostering a shared love of reading, Cheerios invites aspiring authors to enter its New Author Contest now through July 15, 2011.  Entrants must write and submit an original story, in either English or Spanish, suitable for children ages three to eight.  Those who think they have the “write” stuff can visit for more information and to enter.


Cheerios is also announcing that 2009 New Author Contest Grand Prize Winner Laurie Isop, of Renton, Wash., and her book, How Do You Hug a Porcupine?, will be featured inside three million specially-marked boxes of Cheerios this spring. Isop’s story, which was selected from more than 8,000 entries, will also be available in bookstores nationwide as of July 26.  “The Cheerios New Author Contest helped me achieve my decade-old goal of becoming a published author,” said Isop. “Winning the contest was equivalent to winning the literary lottery – the experience has been nothing short of life-changing and has motivated me to write every day.”

“Cheerios believes that reading is a key building block for learning and life,” said Meredith Tutterrow, Cheerios marketing manager.  “Through our New Author Contest, we are proud to support ambitious new writers as they create stories that will inspire young readers for years to come, as well as provide families across America with access to quality books so that they may continue to experience the joys of reading together.”

In conjunction with the launch of this year’s New Author Contest, Cheerios plans to donate 100,000 new books through its charitable partner, First Book.  As part of its Spoonfuls of Stories® program, Cheerios works with First Book to get high quality, award winning books in the hands of children in need.  Since the program’s inception in 2002, Cheerios has given away more than 50 million children’s books free inside cereal boxes. Cheerios has also donated $3.5 million to the nonprofit First Book® to get books to children from low-income families. 

“First Book takes great pride in partnering with Cheerios as part of the Spoonfuls of Stories initiative. For the past nine years, Cheerios has been a champion for children’s literacy and access to quality books,” said Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book. “We are grateful for Cheerios contribution to First Book’s greater mission of providing new books to children across the United States.  Together, Cheerios and First Book are helping to provide the tools children need to realize and attain their dreams.”

Ron Rauss of Warrenton, Va. has officially been named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 New Author Contest and will follow in Isop’s footsteps when his winning story Can I Just Take a Nap? is distributed inside Cheerios cereal boxes next spring 2012.

My review~

So have you ever seen a real porcupine? Now imagine hugging one, ouch! Hugging a bunny or a bear are a lot easier to picture! I wouldn’t know how to even begin to wrapping my arms around a porcupine.

After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to be hugged!

The latest contest winner Laurie Isop and illustrator Gwen Millward  have done a fantastic job!

In 2010, mom and small business owner Laurie Isop, of Renton, Wash., was named Grand Prize Winner. Beginning now, Laurie’s book “How Do You Hug a Porcupine?” is featured in three million Cheerios boxes nationwide, letting children nationwide enjoy a good book at their breakfast table. Of winning the contest, Laurie has said it’s equivalent to winning the ”literary lottery” – she is truly evidence that even the loftiest of aspirations are worth working towards!

I had the pleasure of having a phone interview with Laurie today.

I asked Laurie where she got the idea for her story. She told me it came up around the dinner table. Her family was talking about all the different kinds of people there are and what peoples personalities are like.

I asked her how she found such a great illustrator and she said she was provided by Simon & Schuster.

I asked her who her best critic was. Laurie said she read the book to a group of 5 year olds and they loved the story. She said she also was able to make a few changes because of some of the reactions they had.

Laurie also said she has several other children’s books that she is working on.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

How I Keep My Family Happy

For me being a mom is a super big responsibility. I’m the one that keeps our household running smoothly. I’m the one that provides order. Yup, you’re right, I’m tooting my own horn here. I don’t think I’m any different than any other mom. If we don’t get the ball rolling, things don’t get done. So, I guess what I’m saying is making our home a safe haven from the world is how I keep my family happy.

I’m a stay at home mom, so I have time to do most of the housework. My kids still have a few chores, but over the years I’ve learned that it’s easier to do things myself instead of waiting for a kid to do it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t ask the kids to help with things around the house. I think it’s important for kids to learn how to do household chores. Part of being a family is working together.

In the scriptures the Lord (D&C 132:8) says that my house is a house of order. I think as a mom that’s one of my main jobs, to keep things running smoothly. Keeping the house picked up and the meals prepared at the normal times helps keep things running smoothly. I think that makes my family happy.

I have learned over the years that yelling at my kids doesn’t really accomplish anything, so I will talk sternly to them, but I don’t raise my voice. In return, I have two amazing teenagers that don’t talk back to me. This in itself helps all of us to get along better together and makes us all happy.

I also keep my family happy by being constant. I will always listen to what they have to say and I’m always in a cheerful mood. The cheerful mood part is just me, I’m just a very upbeat person.

I keep my family happy by helping to keep us all on schedule for all of our activities and by making our home someplace where my family wants to be. I want our home to be a place to escape to, not a place where my family wants to escape from.

I would love to hear your tips on how you keep your family happy!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Farm Rich blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Is Housework a Blessing?

Most people think of housework as hated chores to get through, not a blessing.

I consider housework to be a blessing.

I have changed my weekly cleaning day to Thursday, instead of Friday, so I can cook for the Sabbath on Friday. I thought I'd share a few ways I get a blessing and bless others while cleaning.

Every time I get my dusting mitt, out to dust, I think "Oh, I get to pick a new Bible verse today." We have Scripture holder on top of the entertainment center in our living room. Every week, when I dust, I shuffle the Scripture cards and pick a new one. See?

I am blessed while dusting!

Don't like laundry or ironing? Pray for each family member as you handle their clothes.

Don't like dishes? Turn on praise music while you work. Or, invite the family in the kitchen with you, not necessarily to help, but to talk.

If your family disappears when your working in the kitchen, use the time to pray. These can be rare peaceful moments in an otherwise busy household.

Doing housework is not only a blessing for us, we in turn bless our families.

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PitStop Review & Giveaway!

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PitStop is a stain removal solution that has been developed for garments exposed to underarm perspiration and sweat stains. PitStop has been formulated to remove yellow armpit stains and even ring around the collar without damaging clothing.

Have you ruined your favorite shirt because of stains you just can't remove?

Sweat stain removal can be challenging because not all stains are alike - stains produced by body sweat won't come out with standard stain removers or even bleach. In fact, when it comes to discolored perspiration spots, like armpit stains or ring around the collar, bleach actually sets the stain, making it permanent.

PitStop is used as a sweat stain removal pre-treatment. It’s unique formula gets to the source of the armpit stain, causing a reaction that releases it from your clothing. It is then washed away when laundered.

Have you ever looked for ways to remove yellow armpit stains or ring around the collar from your clothing?

If so, you have probably come across the following remedies: vinegar, bleach, aspirin, hydrogen peroxide, contact lens solution or our personal favorite meat tenderizer. These solutions are not only ineffective but can permanently set sweat stains.

I found a white shirt of my daughters that had some stains in the armpits. I applied the PitStop, rubbbed it together a little, then let it sit for 15 minutes. After that I just threw it in the wash and Voila! The stains were gone! PitStop is amazing!

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PitStop is giving one lucky Songberries follower a bottle of PitStop! To enter, just stop by PitStop and look around, come back here and tell me in a comment something that you learned, remember you must be a Public follower of my blog!

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The Hottest Make~up For Spring~Lavera Review


Get in on the season’s hottest makeup trends with skin-safe cosmetics from Lavera! From soft, smoky eyes to high-gloss lips, European beauty brand Lavera has everything you need to recreate the season’s best beauty looks. Developed with good-for-you ingredients like organic oils and flower extracts, Lavera’s new fall cosmetics help you get the look naturally—no chemicals needed.

Lavera develops each formula according to the strictest standards of natural and quality ingredients, offering products that are as green as they are effective. The European beauty brand trades in harmful synthetics like parabens, emulsifiers, petroleum, phthalates, lead, synthetic preservatives and fragrances for natural, effective plant-based alternatives that are certified organic whenever possible. Every cruelty-free, biodegradable product represents a smart, gentle choice for the skin, body and earth:

Glossy Lips ($15): Formulated with carefully selected, high-quality olive and jojoba oils as well as a soothing, pampering vitamins and minerals, this must-have gloss promotes a soft, healthy pout and infuses lips with a touch of seductive shimmer.

Available Shades: Shining Star, Rosy Promise, Magic Red, Almond Kiss


Soft Eyeliner ($13): These kohl liners are created with organic beeswax to provide intense, lasting color. A built-in sponge applicator ensures easy application and allows you to create a multitude of looks, from a precise, thin line to a soft smoky effect. Gentle natural ingredients mean the liners are suitable for sensitive skin and contact wearers.

Available Shades: Black, Brown, Gray


I got to try this eyeliner and I was really impressed. It glides on really easily and it didn’t smudge all day.

Natural Liquid Foundation ($20): This hydrating foundation blends easily and hides imperfections, creating a porcelain-smooth canvas. Free-radical fighting argan oil, organic blossom butter and vitamins A, C and E protect, rejuvenate and nourish skin.

Available Shades: Porcelain, Ivory, Honey, Almond


Mascaras: Designed to give lashes a healthy, natural boost, Lavera Mascaras are made with organic beeswax and oils.

· Double Black Mascara ($20) includes a precision brush on one end to lengthen, strengthen and separate for ultimate impact, and a volume brush on the other end to create a breathtakingly full fan of lashes and holds lashes in place.


This mascara is amazing! It made my lashes so long and thick and lush! It looked like I had applied false eyelashes!

· Intense Volumizing Mascara ($22) creates longer, thicker, shinier lashes with serious impact thanks to a new volume brush and an innovative quick-dry formula that prevents lashes from sticking.


WHERE TO FIND: Select Target stores, Duane Reade stores, Wegman stores and

You can connect with Lavera on these social media’s, Facebook and Twitter.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

Grows Up Review


Grows Up is a marketplace that connects you directly with the makers of the bestest & cutest kids stuff!

Grows Up offers a collection of fashion-forward and timelessly designed clothing for mothers, babies and children. From casual, everyday staples, including onesies, rompers and pajamas to keepsake dress-up items for special occasions and clothes for new moms, Grows Up has found the cutest clothes on earth for your family.

For my review I choose this adorable dress~


Cupcake Dress

This dress is made with the softest knit and feels really wonderful. I love the black lace and rickrack detail. The pockets are just adorable too! The quality of this dress is really nice and it is very well made.

Be sure and check out all the other cute clothes at Grows Up!

Grows Up also carries some other fun things. I love this fun Eco Friendly Easter Egg kit!


Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit

3 natural dyes (orange, blue and purple), a color chart for creating 6 colors


Grows Up also has a great selection of toys!


Green Toy Fire Truck

Put out 3-alarm blazes. Rescue kittens from treetops. Protect the environment from harm. Accomplish all with the greenest fire truck in the world.

Grows Up has some really fun things for spring and Easter, so be sure and stop by!

You can sign up for Grows Up email newsletter here so you won’t miss anything!

You can also connect with Grows Up on Facebook.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

3 More Winners!



The winner of the Playful Threads ($30 Gift Cert.) giveaway is~


The winner of the Reading Glass Shopper ($20 Gift Cert.) giveaway is~


The winner of the Southern Magnolia Mineral Makeup ($25 Gift Cert.)  giveaway is~

Shellie &amp; Brutus

I want to thank all my followers who entered these giveaways and I want to thank the sponsors. I’ve emailed all the winners.

Pear Tree Greetings~Graduation Cards & Discount!


The big day is coming! Have everyone join in the celebration by sending a graduation invitation or share this momentous achievement with a graduation announcement. Pear Tree Greetings has a great selection of photo graduation invitations and graduation announcements in many styles and designs to be personalized and affordably priced. All products in this category can be used for either graduation announcements or graduation party invitations.


On the Board -- Unique Photo Graduation Invitation

We've created this board of memories to hold your favorite pictures, moments and notes in a folding accordion style unique photo graduation invitation- a perfect way to reminisce. Personalize it when you choose from more than 25 colors for the background, add your photos and include your own memories to share.


Diamond in the Rough Folded Self Mailer -- Graduation Invitation

Your grad is truly a gem, so show off their accomplishments and announce their big day with this folded self mailer style graduation invitation. With a subtle diamond print background and a banner frame with all the important details, the grad is sure to shine. To top off the unique style and folded layout, you choose from more than 25 colors for the background and accent color.


Senior Portraits -- Photo Graduation Announcement

Display multiple senior portraits of your grad to show off their variety of activities, passions and style with this photo graduation announcement. The portrait layout on the front and back makes it unique, along with the fact that you get to choose from more than 25 colors for the background.

I was sent a package of graduation cards to review and I was delighted with them. They are so creative! The paper quality is really nice and the pictures and colors are so vivid! Chauncey will be graduating in a few years and I will be ordering some fun announcements from Pear Tree Greetings!

Shop now to get 10% off the Graduation collection purchases of $65 or more using the coupon code GRAD10. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders. This offer expires on 05/31/2011. Share your grad's story with these stylish and affordable graduation announcements.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

DISNEY*PIXAR'S "BRAVE" -- Four pieces of Concept Art

HIGHLAND OF THE “BRAVE” -- The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for BRAVE, a new tale that joins the land’s ancient lore—stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, BRAVE is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage.  The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane.  BRAVE, full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar’s signature humor, takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.





~I was not paid or compensated for this post, just passing on information.

Thursday's Giveaways


I love entering giveaways, and have even won a few things. I really love hosting giveaways on Linda's Lunacy. It's so much fun to give stuff away!

So I thought I'd start a giveaway linky to make it easier to find lots of giveaways.

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The posting of my button is not required, but help in spreading the word that Linda's Lunacy has a giveaway linky is greatly appreciated! So thank you!

Adding your giveaway to Linda's Lunacy Thursday's Giveaways is very easy! Just use this format, please.

Blog name - name of item being given away - ending date

See? Easy!

Please, only link family friendly giveaways. My kids read here, and anything not family friendly, will be promptly deleted. Sorry, but it's for my kids. :)

Have fun, and I hope you win something!

A Funny Kid Story

Son: "Are you glad I came home?"

Mother: "Depends on what day our talking about!" Because she thinks she's funny!

Son: "After I was born"

Mother: "Oh yeah, that day I was really happy to get out of the hospital and bring you home."

Son: "Sniff...sniff You weren't glad I came home." He is pretending to be sad.

Mother: "Yes! I was really glad to bring you home!" Starting to feel a little guilty...

Son: "hahahahaha" Yep, he's laughing

Father:  "There's been a lot of days between when you were born and have to be specific."

Mother & Father laugh their heads off.

For some reason, the kids didn't laugh as much as the Mother & Father did. Go figure.......

Wholly Guacamole/ Biggest Loser Contest Announcement!


Feel like you need reinforcements in The Battle of the Bulge?

Does The Biggest Loser® give you inspiration?

Wholly Guacamole is celebrating Battle Buddies with an awesome giveaway!


Go to and, in 200 words or less, tell them how you and your Battle Buddy inspire and support each other in your weight loss journey.

They're giving away tons of prizes including a trip for 2 to attend  The Biggest Loser: Couples season finale, a trip for 2 for a week's stay at The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge Malibu® and airfare allowance! And don't forget to watch The Biggest Loser: Couples, Tuesdays 8/7c!

Click here to learn more!





~I was not paid or compensated for this post, but my name will be added to a drawing for a possible prize.

Wordless Wednesday - With Linky!

The Box Kids

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Say "Cheese" at It's a Blog Party
A Beautiful Mess,
Live and Love Outloud,
Shibley Smiles
Angelica's Awesome Adventures
The Florida Hogans
The Life of Rylie & Bryce, too
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Elder Care and Avalon Health Care


I remember when my parents had to find a way to take care of my grandmother after she started having health problems and could no longer live in her alone in her home. I know they agonized over what they should do and how they could find the best care for her.  At first they took her into their home and hired someone to come in and make her lunch everyday while they were away at work. Eventually they had to find somewhere else for her to live. This was before computers and internet, so they spent hours on the phone calling different facilities and then going to visit them.

It won’t be to many more years and I will be going through the same thing with my parents, so I was excited for the opportunity to look into elder care a little.

Through a little searching I found Avalon Health Care. They have lots of great facilities all specializing in different elements of care, including care centers, hospitals and a senior living communities.

Some of the things to look for in finding a good facility are~

  • Integrity
  • Mutual Respect
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Trust

At Avalon Health Care you can find all of these. They aim for success by recognizing each person’s worth; creating and maintaining an environment where individuality is promoted and dignity is preserved. They base their ideology and approach to care on the core principles of integrity, respect, excellence, accountability and trust. Their foundational belief is~

"We embrace a reverence for life, and a heart for healing

So whether you live in Arizona, California, Utah, Washington or Hawaii you can find the perfect care for the seniors in your family who need a little extra care and comfort. Avalon Health Care is there for you to meet your families needs for elder care.

I am participating in the “What about Mom & Dad” campaign by I received compensation to facilitate this post. However, the views and opinions are my own.

Eclipse Spa Review & Giveaway!


Anne Keefe  created EclipseSpa because she believed in the many rejuvenating and emotional benefits of having spa treatments. Since many of us don’t have the time or the money to spend on luxurious trips to the spa, Anne created products that you can use to relax, revitalize, & rejuvenate right at home.

My friend Michele is a consultant for Eclipse Spa and she sent me two products to review~

Create your own captivating and relaxing bath experience with bath bombs handmade by EclipseSpa.  We make our bath bombs with all natural ingredients and scent them with essential oils, or natural fragrance oils  We accept wholesale orders for Bath Bomb    Ladyour bath bombs and offer many fragrance options.  Our bath bombs will leave your muscles feeling more relaxed and your skin super soft.

EclipseSpa is now using Celtic Sea Bath Salts in our Bath Bombs.
These bath salts are authentic, unprocessed, gourmet, kosher, whole salt from one of the most pristine coastal regions of France.
Our bath bombs added to a warm bath will help to draw impurities out of your skin and invigorates the water. Salt baths also help with aches, pains and sore muscles, such as those associated with arthritis or muscle injury.


Grapefruit BathTherapy Bomb

This bath bomb was wonderful! It scented the whole bathroom and made a wonderful spa treatment out of my soak in the tub.

Shea butter

Eclipse Spa's sugar scrubs are a rich and decadent treat for your body with flavors and natural ingredients that will make you tingle and glow. Eclipse  Spa scents are designed to transform your emotions while our nutritious ingredients transform your skin into a pool of velvet.

Enriched with hand-harvested African Shea Butter, your skin will be nourished, protected, and incredibly irresistible after this body treatment. Shea Butter provides great protection for the skin and eliminates superficial irritations such as burns, eczema, dermatitis, dermatosis, and damaged hair.  Shea butter is an extremely therapeutic emollient that is known to help heal bruising and soreness. With high levels of vitamin A, E, and other therapeutic elements, these highly antimicrobial and moisturizing properties heal and renew the skin as well as the entire body.

Our Shea Butter is purchased directly from a group of tribes women in Ghana, Africa who have formed a cooperative in their village.  We are happy to be supporting these women with fair trade pricing, creating hope, vibrancy and abundance in their small village.


Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

This scrub is just wonderful! It left my skin feeling fresh and invigorated! I love the fresh scent of grapefruit too! The shea butter in the scrub left my skin silky smooth feeling.

If you are interested in ordering directly from Eclipse Spa, just click here.

Michele (Eclipse Spa Consultant) is giving one lucky Songberries follower the same 2 products I reviewed! To enter just stop by Eclipse Spa and look around, come back here and tell me in a comment what else you would like to try, make sure you’re a public follower of my blog!

For extra entries you may~

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I want to thank Michele a consultant for Eclipse Spa for sponsoring this giveaway. This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will close April 13, 2011 at 12am.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.


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