Review: Dei Fratelli Tomato Soup

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There is nothing I like better than a piping hot bowl of tomato soup along side a grilled cheese sandwich.  It’s comfort food for me.  

Have you ever tried Dei Fratelli’s All Natural Tomato Soup?  This condensed soup is gluten-free and all natural with a touch of sea salt.  It contains no artificial colors or preservatives.  Here’s what it does contain:

Ingredients:  Tomatoes, sugar, rice flour soybean oil, sea salt, dehydrated onion, peppers, dehydrated garlic, vinegar and citric acid. 

(You can view all nutritional information HERE)

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It’s quick and easy to prepare.  Mix the soup with one can of water.  I chose the stove top method but you can prepare it in the microwave as well.

Davey Baby shared a can with me for lunch this weekend.  His words, “Mmm.  Very good.”  I was expecting a full on tomato flavor, but, was pleased to be able to taste the onion and garlic flavors as well.  It was delicious.  We enjoyed our bowl of comfort food very much.

You can buy Dei Fratelli Tomato Soup through their online store HERE.  Dei Fratelli products are distributed primarily in the Midwest, Central and Southeastern states.  Their distribution area is expanding daily.  I assume they’re coming to New England since they sent me their ‘Prima Qualita’ products for review.  You can call them at 1-877-LYCOPENE (592-6736) to find out where you can find the Dei Fratelli products in your area.

CLOSED: Purex Fabric Softener Sheets Review & 24 Hour Giveaway ~ 3 Winners

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winners: Eunice, Vicki & Louella!

Purex Fabric Softener Sheets are new & improved!  They now have 3 times the fragrance as previous sheets.  Purex Fabric Softener Sheets come in 2 scents:  Mountain Breeze or Sweet Lavender.

I usually buy unscented fabric softener sheets because our youngest gets all itchy and scratchy with heavily scented products.  But he didn’t seem phased by the amount of scent in this product. 

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This time of the year I usually hang all our clothes out on the clothesline to dry, with the exception of towels.  That is the load I decided to try out the New & Improved Purex Fabric Softener Sheets on.  Although the scent of the box was very strong, the towels were fluffy and light scented.  I loved breathing in the scent of the towels deeply.  Although static cling is not a problem this time of the year, I was please to learn these sheets reduce static cling.  They also repel lint and pet hair.  That’s a huge plus since we have 3 cats and 1 dog living amongst us!  🙂

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Try tucking these sheets in your hampers, linen closet, drawers and even shoes to keep your entire house smelling fresh.  I even tucked one in my son’s hockey and soccer bags.  Who knew that one little sheet could do so much?

I bet you want to try Purex Fabric Softener Sheets for yourself, right?  Purex has provided me with 3 coupons for a FREE box of Purex Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets to give away!

Simply leave a comment in the comment section below, letting us know which new fragrance you would like to try the most.

This giveaway will end at 10:30 a.m. EST, Thursday 8/15/13.  I will contact the winners via email.  Each winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before another entry is selected as a winner.

Good Luck!

Note:  Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.


CLOSED: Purex Crystals for Baby Review & Giveaway ~ 3 Winners

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Have you ever tried the Purex Crystals?  They smell amazing, and leave your clothes smelling so good and fresh for a long time.

Well, Purex has yet again outdone themselves and created the New Purex Crystals for Baby.  You know how you always want to smell babies when they are around?  This is what these crystals give you, a fresh baby smell on your or your kids clothes all day.  I love it.

The Purex Crystals for Baby give you:

  • Baby-inspired fragrance
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dye free
  • Natural formula (87% natural)
  • Safe for childrens sleepwear

I really enjoyed using it while washing all our clothes.  I usually purchase dye-free, fragrance free laundry products but I’ve become crazy for the scent.  (Like smelling the top of your baby’s head!  Mmmmm.)

Be sure to enter the Purex for Baby Welcome to the World Sweeptakes!  One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 while 250 additional winners get FREE Purex Crystals for Baby.


The great people @ Purex have passed along 3 coupons, each for a FREE 28 oz. bottle of Purex Crystals for Baby, for 3 lucky Money Saving Maine-iac readers!

ENTER:  Just leave a comment in the comment section of this post.  Easy!  This giveaway will close at midnight, Saturday, 3/02/13.  All three winners will be notified by email on 3/03/13.  Good Luck!!
Note:  As a Purex Insider, Purex generously supplied me with a bottle Purex Crystals for Baby to facilitate this review.  No other form of compensation was provided.  All opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.

CLOSED: Borax Review & Giveaway ~ 3 Winners

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I am a long time fan of 20 Mule Team Borax.  I have used it continuously in my laundry room since my first born was in cloth diapers.  (He’s 29 years old now y’all!)  I always added a 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax with a gallon of water to the diaper pail as a presoak.

20 Mule Team Borax is amazingly a 100% natural mineral from the earth. Once removed from the ground it is washed, dried, and boxed for consumers.  That’s it–absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, per-oxside, chlorine, or other additive chemicals!  Borax has actually been around for years and years.  In earlier times, borax was proclaimed to be a magical crystal that was used to aid digestion, keep milk sweet and even cure epilepsy.  Today we can use 20 Mule Team Borax to increase our laundry detergent’s power and control odors to give you fresh, clean laundry!

20 Mule Team Borax is perfect for hard water problems because it naturally softens hard water and protects your detergents–maximizing its cleaning power. It also helps keep stains from being re-deposited back onto clothing!  All you have to do is add a small amount of the Borax to your wash and let it do the work.  It’s a great booster for cleaning those tough stains out of your clothing and getting a really good wash.   When I washed the diapers I would add another 1/2 cup to load being washed too.  By washing the cloth diapers this way I have stain free cloth diapers that I was able to re-use with each subsquent child.  Talk about saving money and the earth!

Borax is also giving THREE of Money Saving Maine-iac readers A COUPON FOR A FREE BOX OF 20 MULE TEAM BORAX!!
ENTER:  Just leave a comment in the comment section of this post telling me what your toughest laundry stain is.  Easy!  This giveaway will close at midnight, Wednesday, 2/27/13.  All three winners will be notified by email on 2/28/13.  Good Luck!!

Note:  As a Purex Insider, Purex generously supplied me with a bottle of 20 Mule Team Borax to facilitate this review.  No other form of compensation was provided.  All opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.

CLOSED: Daily’s Cocktails Beach Towel Weekend Giveaway

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Summertime creates many opportunities for get-togethers, BBQ’s, beach days, family reunions and camping to name a few.  Daily’s Frozen Pouches are perfect to toss in the cooler and take with you to all your get-togethers.  With no mess and no prep you have an easy summertime adult beverage at the ready.  Daily’s Frozen Pouches come in seven different flavors:

  • Margarita
  • Strawberry Dacquiri
  • Pina Colada
  • Peach Dacquiri
  • Lemonade
  • Strawberry Margarita

Recently my younger sister came over for a rare visit.  It was a time to kick back in the Adirondack chairs in the heat of summer and catch up on each others lives.  While we’re not big drinkers, it was one of those occasions that called for something frosty and celebratory.

I really appreciated pulling 2 Daily’s Margaritas from the freezer to enjoy.  No cleaning up of a messy blender left more time to enjoy our visit!

Daily’s Frozen Pouches are priced around $2.00 at most supermarkets and major retailers like Walmart.  Be sure to enter Daily’s Cocktails Pick Your Pouch Ultimate Vacation Sweepstakes where you can possibly win a trip to Hawaii, Spain Mexico or Puerto Rico!

Daily’s wants to add a little bit of fun to your summer!  They have generously offered 3 Money Saving Maine-iac readers a Daily’s Beach Towel.  Who couldn’t use a spare one of those this time of year!

To enter just leave a comment on this post telling us which flavor Daily’s Frozen Pouch you’d like to try!

This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents, 21 years or older and will run Friday, 7/27, through Sunday, 7/29,  at midnight. 

Good Luck!

Note:  Daily’s Cocktails offered me a Daily’s Beach Towel and $10 Walmart gift card to make my Daily’s Cocktail purchases that facilitated this review and giveaway.  No other monetary compensation was given.  All opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.

CLOSED: Dry Idea Review & Giveaway

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I’ve always been a stick person.  NO!  Not that type of stick person.  🙂  I’ve always used a stick antiperspirant/deodorant.  In fact I’ve used the same 2 antiperspirant/deodorants since high school.  What can I say?  Once I find a product I like I ‘stick’ to it.

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Purex recently afforded me the opportunity to ‘ditch the stick’ for a week and  try Dry Idea AdvancedDry Roll-On Antiperspirant/Deodorant.

I was absolutely surprised with how much I liked this roll on.  Dry Idea is a roll on so it went on wet and dried before I could put on my shirt.  What’s more, it dried clear.  I chose to have them send their unscented hypoallergenic variety and was pleasantly surprised to find I was completely protected all day.  Even in this steamy heat we’re experiencing here along the coast of Maine.

I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a product I like.  I like it just as much as my old stand by’s.

Dry Idea AdvancedDry Roll-On is available in Cotton Dry, Unscented and Powder Fresh.  You can find out more about Dry Idea Advanced Dry @ or on Dry Idea’s facebook page HERE

Want to try the New Dry Idea AdvancedDry for yourself? Keep reading…

And remember, Dry Idea has a Sweepstakes running with $1000 in prizes! You can enter it HERE.

Now on to the giveaway!

Dry Idea, through Purex Insiders, has graciously given me 3 coupons ~ each for (1) FREE 3.25 oz. or smaller Dry Idea AdvancedDry ~ to give to 3 lucky Money Saving Maine-iac readers.

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment in the comment section of this post.  Easy peasy!

This givaway is open through July 8th, 2012 at midnight.  I will announce the 3 winners on Monday, 7/9/12.  I will contact the winners by email.  Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before and alternate winner is selected.

Good Luck!

Note:  I was provided a free sample of Dry Idea AdvancedDry Roll-on to facilitate this review and giveaway.  All opinions provided in this post are 100% mine.

CLOSED: Post Honey Bunches of Oats Review & Giveaway ~ 2 Winners!


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This is a happy man.  Honey Bunches of Oats is Davey Baby’s favorite cereal.  He has been known to hide a box or two to ensure the boys do no eat it all up before he has a chance to eat some too!  I got a smile out of him when I showed him what was delivered to us for a review and giveaway.

Cereal isn’t just for breakfast in our house.  Every once in a while, due to crazy schedules, we have ‘Italian Night’ a.k.a. ‘Get Your-oni Night’.  It’s also good as a late night snack while watching Sherlock Holmes together!  🙂

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Honey Bunches of Oats come in so many flavors now, including their newest Fruit Blends.  In fact, Honey Bunches of Oats tastes so good it’s easy to forget why it’s good for you too:

  • 10 grams Whole Grain
  • 6 grams of sugar per serving (That’s less than another of our family’s favorites ~ Honey Nut Cheerios @ 9 grams!)
  • 0g Trans Fat
  • 0g Saturated Fat
  • 0mg Cholesterol

Post has improved Honey Bunches of Oats by adding more of those delicious granola bunches you love in each box.  They bring together 4 nutritious grains (Wheat, Oat, Corn, and Rice) into crispy flakes and crunch granola bunches making Honey Bunches of Oats a nutritious way to start your day.  It’s easy to see and taste why Honey Bunches of Oats is one of America’s favorite cereals! 

Post wants you to taste for yourself what everyone is talking about.  Visit them on Facebook to keep up to date with news and to print a $1.00 OFF coupon.


Two (2) lucky Money Saving Maine-iac readers will win 2 coupons good for a FREE Box of Honey Bunches of Oats.


NOTE:  Beneath this posting is the word ‘Comments’.  This is where you’ll put your entries.  Only entries on this posting will be counted.

1.)  To enter this giveaway, leave me a comment on this posting letting me know which Honey Bunches of Oats flavor is your favorite.

After that, here are other ways to enter (Please make sure that you submit extra comments if you do these.)

2.)  Like Money Saving Maine-iac on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know you have done this.  If you are already following, thank-you and make sure you leave a comment letting me know.

3.)  Subscribe to Money Saving Maine-iac’s eNewsletter or RSS Feed and leave a separate comment letting me know you have done this. If you are already following, thank-you and make sure you leave a comment letting me know.

4.)  Blog or Share on Facebook about the giveaway.  Make sure you come back and leave the link in a separate comment letting me know you have done this.

5.) Follow Post Honey Bunches of Oats on Facebook, post a comment on their facebook page mentioning Money Saving Maine-iac’s  and this Giveaway with this URL:

This giveaway is open to US residents only through midnight on June 12th, 2012.  Winners will be contacted by email.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.

Good Luck!

A special thank you to Post for providing a free sample of their Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted, to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.

I’m Over The Moon For Over The Moon Milk – Review & Giveaway (3 Winners)

In our house, milk is a staple.  The boys drink it daily and, if they had it their way, it is all the boys would drink.  I encourage them throughout the day to have 100% juices for breakfast and water to quench their thirst but, when they sit down to the dinner table, it’s a tall glass of milk that they want and expect with their meal.

When the boys were toddlers they drank whole milk but eventually we reduced their fat intake to 2% and now the whole family drinks skim.

Over the Moon Milk has 34% more calcium and 37% more protein plus Vitamin D in the low-fat and 1% versions;  45% more and 37% more protein plus vitamin D in the chocolate version.  Since chocolate milk is viewed as a ‘treat’ in our home it puts me ‘Over the Moon’ that there it includes no high fructose corn syrup and none of the milk choices included artificial growth hormones either.  Which means their all happy to consume it and I’m all happy that I can serve it!

This week our family has enjoyed sampling Over the Moon milk on cereal and stirred in oatmeal, blended breakfast smoothies (check out the Over the Moon Recipes!), drank it straight up tall with dinner and of course we used it as a dunk for our homemade molasses cookies and we have loved the taste.  There really is a difference in flavor.

Over the Moon milk is on sale this week at Shaw’s for $3.00 a half-gallon.  Maine is a ‘dairy state’ and so we cannot use the wonderful $1.00/1 Any 64 oz. Over the Moon Milk coupon that one can print off their facebook page.  But all the rest of you New Englander’s certainly can!  I strongly encourage you to pick up a half-gallon this week and give this yummy product a try.


Just because Over the Moon thinks all of you are as special as I do, three (3) lucky Money Saving Maine-iac readers are eligible to win this cool Over the Moon Sipper cup!

To Enter

Simply leave a comment in the comment section of this post telling us which Over the Moon milk you want to try, Fat FREE, 1% or Chocolate.  You leave a second, separate, comment telling us what sends you ‘Over the Moon’ for an extra entry.

This giveaway will begin today, Friday 4/20 and end Sunday 4/22 at midnight.    Good Luck and enjoy!

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