Turning down companies

Just because I do a lot of reviews and giveaways in the run of an average month, doesn’t mean that I’m accepting anyone and everyone who e-mails me. Not everyone who contacts me, makes it on this blog. If you ever have any questions about whether or not I got a product for free to review, I do mention it in my blog post. If not, you can always question me in the comments below. Some of my reviews are even products I purchased myself.

Not every company gets a positive review from me. Vasanti has given me 3 great products to try out from bronzer, to mascara and eye cream. The eye cream made my eyes puff up. I’m just telling it like it is. It was strange though since it was a de-puffing cream, and had 4.5 stars out of 5 with 200+ reviews on their site.

Some PR companies don’t seem that internet savvy and I almost always delete the e-mails as soon as I see Hello Blogger, or just a plain simple Hello. They are most likely getting my gmail e-mail address from the right hand side of my bio here on my website and the third word, I say my first name. It’s a real pain in the arse to see something so informal, especially if that company wants me to help them! No way in the freaking world. You address me just like any other personal dealings. Just because it’s not face-to-face doesn’t mean that it should be addressed otherwise. It shows they did their research if they address me by Nancy, and not by spiffykerms, or hello or hello blogger.

I didn’t write this blog post because of a particular instance. I just want my readers to be able to relate to me, trust my reviews and continue to be a reader of spiffykerms.com :)

Now, off to read about ct electricity! Bye :)

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My CrossFit Journal (week 49) & GIVEAWAY!


Week 49 Day 1.

7 Rounds

7 Front Squats; 165/115lbs
7 Chest To Bar Pull-ups

We had a 20 minute time limit and I finished my workout in 19:50. My wrists killed from the front squats. I lifted 55lbs in total, which was plenty. Since I still can’t do strict pullups on my own, unassisted I did 10 kips each round instead of 7 chest to bar’s.



Week 49 Day 2.


“Fight Gone Bad”
3 Rounds:

1 Min Wall Balls; 20/16lbs  (I used 12lbs)
1 Min SDHP; 75/55lbs  – I went all out and used the 55lbs!!
1 Min Box Jumps; 24/20″ 20 inch box jumps. Totally doable
1 Min Push Press; 75/55lbs  Yep, I used 55lbs for this one too
1 Min KB Swings; 20/16kg I dropped down to 12kg for these
1 Min Rest

It didn’t seem like a bad workout, I mean it’s only 15 minutes right? It left me breathless and I stumbled to the bathroom to catch my breath and wanting to puke at the same time. I LOVE these WODs the best. The faster the better. I’m so self-competitive, I don’t want to give up.


 [older crossfit journal entries]

I also have a little surprise for you guys today! I last spoke about Goody Hair ties in a recent YouTube video that I filmed.

I thought it was appropriate to host this giveaway on my 3 weeks shy of a whole year at CrossFit. I always wear my hair up when I go to work out, of course. Since I have long hair and all. Here’s a recent find and fav of mine, the Goody Doublewear products. When the elastics are on your wrists, they look like little bracelets! Cute right? I’ve been wearing them mostly on my wrists at work as decoration. But they’re always around when I need to put my hair up. Which is never, unless I workout, which is always after work. Does that make sense? lol. DoubleWear allows you to wear a hair elastic on your wrist (and even now on your neck) and have it double as jewelry. The bracelets look great stacked with other bangles you may own. I’ve seen them displayed at Walmart, Shoppers DrugMart, and Loblaws.

What one’s are your favorite? Silver or Gold? I’m definitely loving the silver ones. Anyway, if you want to win all of the Goody DoubleWear items shown above, just use the form below and comment away! Good luck!

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It’s a S’mores party!

My trip to San Diego in August to go to BlogHer was all about a lot of firsts. First time I met Shannon, Jess, Nikki, Judy and even Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats, my blogging idol! BlogHer was also the first time I tried a S’more at the Hershey booth and first time I tried a Balance Bar. Can you take a while guess as to what my favorite flavor was?
Aw, yes. S’mores no less. It honestly tastes like a yummy chocolate bar. It’s a fair size as well at 50g per bar. August 14 was my last s’more bar, so it was a sad day when that last bite was taken, wrapped in that gorgeous gold packaging.

But I we don’t have to be sad anymore because I’m here to share the tasty amazing goodness with all of you ladies and gents today residing in the states! Who wants to win a free box of my favorite flavor of S’mores Balance Bar? 15 S’mores bars come in a box!

Share or hoard it, I won’t judge. It is a pretty amazing flavor.

But first! I must tell you about all the amazing different types of Balance Bars! There is a great selection of bars to choose from carb loading bars, cafe bars, bare bars (trail-mix inspired), gold bars (which were my favorite because it included the S’mores) and of course original bars. Each “section” of bars has a few flavor variates for you to choose from! There are so many flavors, my mouth is salivating.

Alright, I know everyone here just wants to get right to it and enter away at this giveaway. So I’ll tell you how you can enter and who is eligible to win a free box of S’mores Balance Bars.


Mandatory Entry: Tell me where and when you would eat your BalanceBar? (Me? I’d eat it after a CrossFit WOD or a climbing sesh. I love to fuel up after a work out!)

For Extra Entries:
Extra Entry #1: Follow @BalanceBar on Twitter
Extra Entry #2:
Follow @spiffykerms on Twitter and tweet this giveaway, “#WIN a 15ct box of @BalanceBar on @spiffykerms’ blog here: http://www.spiffykerms.com/2011/11/its-a-smores-party/

Extra Entry #3:
Share this entry on any social networking, bookmarking or contest site {i.e. StumbleUpon, Digg, etc}

Extra Entry #4: Blog about this giveaway on your own website.
Extra Entry #5:
Subscribe to spiffykerms.com on Google Friend Connect

The contest will end on November 28, 2011 at 2pm EST. Please do not enter any more comments there after. They will be removed.

Good luck, and enter away!

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