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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dr. Scholl's Active Series Review

If you spend a lot of time on your feet or are involved in athletics, the right foot wear and support is very important.  Aerobic exercise puts plenty of impact on feet, 2-3 times body weight with each step.

I don’t buy expensive running shoes, nor do I buy new shoes often. Hey, I’m on a budget, after all! I usually wear inserts in my shoes to make them more comfortable.

Influenster gave me the opportunity to try a complimentary pair of Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles. I’ve been wearing them for about two weeks, and I can honestly say that these are among the most comfortable that I have worn.

What They Do

Dr. Scholl’s Active Series is designed with athletes in mind. They reduce the shock by 40%. The help to prevent and relieve pain from shin splints, runner’s knee, and plantar fasciitis.

Each insole provides ball of foot, arch, and heel protection. The ball of the foot gets a soft cushion, for extra padding and to distribute pressure. The heel has a deep cup to absorb impact. The insole also has an arch support, which my feet really like.

One thing that I hate about exercise is getting pain afterwards. Sometimes I get shin splints and plant fasciitis. So anything that I can do to reduce stress and the chance of getting pain, is a plus.


Dr. Scholl’s Active Series is available in two sizes for men 7 1/2-10 and 10 1/2-13 and two sizes for women 5 1/2-8 and 8 1/2-11. Each insole is trimmable to the appropriate size needed. Just take out the original insole from your shoe and match it up and trim the Active Series insole to the correct size.

They vary in price from $19.99 to $24.99. They have an expected lifetime of about six months, and will need replacing at the first signs of wear.
Now on the Dr. Scholl's website, there is a coupon offer to save $4 on Active Series Insoles.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fair Trade Certified™ Green Mountain Coffee® Review

Green Mountain is passionate about coffee — they also are passionate about their impact on the world. That is one reason that they have a variety of Fair Trade Certified™ coffees available.

Fair Trade designation means that farmers are paid a fair price for their beans. It operates on a theory similar to minimum wage standards in the United States. Fair Trade is supposed to help prevent exploitation and allow people to have a better quality of life. It also allows money to be invested in their communities. Much of the economic benefit of fair trade goes to local schools. Education is vital to any community and its future. Coffee is a major cash crop in several countries, with many people dependent on coffee farming for their income.  Read all about Green Mountain Coffee® and Fair Trade at Consumers can help make a difference with something as simple as buying a pack of coffee.

One of their Fair Trade coffees is Three Continent Blend. It combines the good qualities of Sumatran, South American, and Ethiopian coffees. There was a time when I wouldn’t have known the difference among the coffee beans — coffee beans are all pretty much alike, aren’t they? As I’ve become more of a coffee connoisseur, I’ve realized that they do taste different. Three Continent Blend gets a lush, hearty body from Sumatran beans, while South American beans gives it a sweet smoothness and balanced fruity notes. It also has a delicate floral finish from Ethiopian beans.

Buzz Agent gave me the pleasure of trying some samples of Green Mountain’s Three Continent Blend K-Cups.  I curiously and eagerly awaited my morning cup of coffee, so I could try some. A good cup of coffee is one of life’s little pleasures for me. I confess that I’m somewhat of a coffee addict, starting each day with a cup of coffee to. Then often having a couple more cups throughout the day. Getting my fix is even easier since I’ve gotten my Keurig machine.

The coffee is smooth and flavorful.  I love that it is "extra bold" because I like more flavor and body to my coffee. This is also helpful because I put creamer in my coffee, which can dilute the coffee taste, and I want the full taste of the coffee. I must say that I enjoyed this particular blend. Another yummy coffee is Green Mountain Vermont Country Blend; it’s also Fair Trade Certified.

Don’t have a Keurig brewer? No problem, Green Mountain Coffee also has bagged coffees.

Beauty tip – save the used grounds for a body or face scrub. It feels invigorating, plus there many skincare products on the market touting the benefits of caffeine for skin.