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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer, Barefeet and Barielle's Giveaway

This Giveaway will remain at the top of my blog until it ends on 6/7/11.  To view newest post please scroll down.

With Summer here, I couldn't be more excited to announce my latest  review and giveaway.  Barielle is not a new product to me.  As a matter of fact I still remember the first time my mother purchased it for me at Dilliards Dept. Store.  It has long been touted at the Miracle Cream for nails.   And with good reason.  This product works! 

Just to give you a little history about Barielle:
More than 30 years ago husband and wife equestrian aficionados devised a breakthrough formula to condition the hooves of their million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses. Reformulated for women and men, the miracle product “Nail Strengthener Cream” was born and Barielle was founded. Their Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream, which helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels, and breaks, remains a best-selling product even today.

Barielle products are sold exclusively at www.barielle.com, so be sure to check out their entire line to help  get your hands and feet ready for the summer!  
For the review I was able to try the :
  • Barielle Total Foot Care Cream -- Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner ($12):
    • Luxurious conditioning cream that helps eliminate calluses and cracks
    • Contains NO harsh peeling ingredients, acids, or camphor
    • Leaves your feet feeling soft and silky
    • Baby powder fragrance
    • Apply one or twice per day
 This is so lush and creamy.  For years I've rubbed my feet with the thickest lotion I could find and this is absolutely the best!  Not only do my feet feel great when I put it on but they feel so much softer in the mornings.  I can only imagine how much better it would work if I sleep in socks after applying it.  Sorry ya'll, but I don't do socks in bed.

I also tried theBarielle Nail Strenghtener Cream.  Like I said before I remember my mom buying me my first jar of the Nail Strenghtener cream close to 30 years ago when it was new.  I loved it then and love it even more now.

  • Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream 
    • The most popular, ground-breaking product for nail treatment
    • Helps strengthen nails to resist splits, peels and breaks
    • Use daily to maintain healthy nails
    • Noticeable improvement in 3-4 weeks
    • Can be used over nail polish or on bare nails
Last but not least I was also sent a "Shades by Barielle" Nail Polish ($12) to review. This salon-strength
formula polish is completely free of the chemicals dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde and it billed as being pregnancy safe. I chose shade #5088 Blossom.  It's the perfect peachy pink for summer.  I love how easily is glides on and the smoothy, creamy finish.

 Barielle has generous offered to give one Cotton Pickin Cute winner there own  
Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream!

Thank you Barielle Nail Care for providing me with your products to review  This product was provided so I could share my honest review with my readers.  I not paid for this post.  

I have a brand new entry form that makes entering so much easier. You just complete the requirements for entering and then answer the questions. You must be a folllower and you must visit Barielle's website before any other entries will count.  EASY~PEASY!!! You'll love it.http://twitter.com/#!/tracysuzhttp://twitter.com/#!/tracysuz

I'll share more about it and the sweet person who wrote a tutorial on my next post.  So here are the giveaway rules.  You can't have a giveaway without them.

Monday, May 30, 2011

We have a Winner and a new Giveaway Link Up Host

I hope ya'll are out there enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.  Thank you to all the enlisted servicemen and women that have so bravely defended our country.  Thank you is hardly enough for what you've given to the people of the United States of America.

We have a winner of the $25 Publix Gift Card giveaway. 

And the winner is Terri @ Win Something Already! with comment #40 chosen by Random.org .
Terri's comment:
I follow Tracysuz on Twitter as @dahbou and tweeted: 
Congratulations Terri, I just emailed you.  Please send me your name and address so I can pass it to the sponsor.

I've linked up my Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream giveaway with the following Heather's link party below.  Stop by and check out all her giveaways.
***Don't forget to enter my giveaway here.***

The new form makes it so easy.

#1 - Our Kids Mom

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May is Cystic Fibrosis month - Zack is just one of the faces

Here's the most recent picture of my grandchildren Zack and Ki'a.  Somehow I missed that, May was Cystic Fibrosis Month.  Most of you probably already know that Zack was born with CF.  We are so very lucky though.  He is now 10 years old.  An age that was rare for a child with CF to see just a few short years ago.  

We've know about his disease since he was 2 years old.  Zack is our HERO!  He has taken approximately 20 different medications a day, including breathing treatments, since he was 3 years old.  Zack hasn't let any of this stop him.  He's extremely bright and funny.  He's a wonderful student and involved in many extracurricular activities including, football, baseball, soccer, wrestling and karate.  He loves Boy Scouts, bowling, swimming and just about anything else you give him the chance to do.  It is inspirational, all he does without complaining.  I would do well, to take a lesson from his book of life.

I love this picture of them from Mothers day. 

Below I've posted a video by Frank Deford from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  I hope you'll take time to watch it and hear about the amazing strides CF makes because of others.

From: CysticFibrosisUSA  | Jul 17, 2007  | 9,075 views
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation video podcasts present the stories of CF patients, families and volunteers. Frank Deford, sports commenter, noted author of "Alex: The Life of a Child" and CFF Chairman Emeritus, recalls how he came to realize his daughter Alex, who died of CF at age 8, was a true hero. 

Remember to drive safe and  I hope you and your families have a blessed and fun filled Memorial Day weekend.

Hugs....Tracy :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dressing in the Hot South

It's hot.  I mean really hot!  So far this week we haven't been below 95 degrees.  Are you feelin' me?  While the rest of the country is excited to see summer, it's hard for us to walk out of the air conditioning.  So I've had fashion on my mind. On my mind is the key word here, I don't think I'll be going shopping. 

If you move here from up North you'll quickly see that the average fashion expectations don't apply here.  It's more casual and relaxed.  It has to be but does that mean it has to be style-less?  I don't think so.  I definitely didn't think so but I'd be a poor example of it.  Fashion used to be huge to me.  No not the Paris Hilton big bucks, newest trend fashion.  I'm talking, never going to the store in something that isn't cute and makeup was a must.  While I don't think I'll ever be in Style Watch magazine, I think it's important to feel good about yourself, and fashion does matter.  Who doesn't feel better in a new outfit?  You know it's true.  The better you look, the better you feel.  I just thought I'd show you some of the cute things I saw while doing my daydream search today.

I would wear this print dress from Nordstrom anywhere!  Wouldn't that be the perfect errand dress or something cool to wear to the ballgame?   Machine Washable $96.00
I love the bold crispness of  orange!!  This spring wedding outfit was put together on Wardrobe 911.  Not only is the color and shape of that dress fabulous, but I LOVE that handbag!!!  The bangles are so cute and how chic are those stylin' sandals.  We're way over my budget here but you know what I always say...A Girl Can Dream.

More cheery orange from Newport News.

The jeans are on sale, I didn't check out the tee's price. Jeanology® 5-Pocket Classic Capri Jeans
Was $34.00-$37.00
Sale $24.00-$27.00

There's great choices out there in all kinds of budgets.  Now if I could just leave the comfort of my air condition.  Hmmmm,  well there's always online shopping.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday's List of Giveaway Linky's

I'm linking up for Wednesday's giveaways at the following blogs.  If you love giveaways check them out.  I'll be linking as I find them.   Thanks to everyone for me be apart of you linkys girls!

***Please don't forget to enter my giveaways too!***


Tuesday, May 24, 2011


When I saw this, I couldn't help but think of how much I HEART my followers!  Awwww!

A List For Tuesdays Blog Giveaways

This week I'm sharing all the Giveaway Linky Parties I can find.  If you know of one that I've missed please let me know and I'll be glad to include it too.

***But first don't forget to enter my giveways here:

  • http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/2011/05/im-giving-away-25-publix-great-deals.html
  • http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/2011/05/summer-barefeet-and-barielles-giveaway.html

#1 - Sweep Tight 

Check back all day because I'll be adding more as I find them.  Also, if you can't get enough giveways, just keep going back.  I've been listing Giveaway Party Links all week long.

Have a fun day ya'll.  OOO's....Tracy :)

Cross Pen Review the Perfect Fathers Day & Graduation Gift ~ Review

I just received my new Cross Pen in the mail and I love it. The pen I received is from the Edge Collection.  I love the way it just slides open to write and when you're done you just snap it shut.  You can even buy refills in the fun color of your choice.

I love my computer so don't get me wrong when I tell you how much I miss a wonderful hand written letter.  I especially love to go to the mailbox and find one waiting there for me.  I love to collect old letters with all the beautiful cursive writing.  It's almost a lost art.  Where do you see penmanship like that anymore?  But beautiful penmanship takes practice.  And how better to practice than to use a well made, smooth fluid writing instrument.  I love a good pen.  The feel is just right....the right balance, the smoothness in which the ink flows, no globs of ink here. 

Believe it or not pens are a big deal in our family.  Not only does the hubby Neil love them but so does our son Ty, probably because Neil has always carried a good one in his notebook and Ty always looked up to him.  I've bought several cross pens in my lifetime.  Mostly for the men in my life.  I still remember giving Ty his first one and he was so proud of it.  It's sort of like having a new wallet it just feels special.  Cross Pens are a perfect gift for graduation and Father's Day.  

Right now, through May 26th, you can get Free engraving at cross.com
You can also get 20% off with free shipping at cross.com lasts until July 31st.   Use the code SHOPCROSS.

This Cross Pen is my latest review with  BzzAgent.com. As a Bzz Agent, I get to try new things and share them with you.  You can find out more and sign up at BzzAgent.com.

A List For Tuesdays Blog Giveaways

This week I'm sharing all the Giveaway Linky Parties I can find.  If you know of one that I've missed please let me know and I'll be glad to include it too.

#1 - Sweep Tight 

Check back all day because I'll be adding more as I find them tomorrow.

Have a fun day ya'll.  OOO's....Tracy :)

A New Blogger to Me and A New Giveaway

Ivette @ A Little of This and a Little of That is having a giveaway with the help of her husband and photographer extraordinaire.  Her husband will take one of your photos and process it into a hip can contemporary black and white piece of art.  How cool is that?!  See an example below. 
This giveaway has very low entries, which is great for ya'll because you'll just have better chances of winning.  So stop by Ivette's and show her a little blog love and support.  Just click the photo above or here.

***Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $25.00 Publix gift card here.***  

And I ran out of time yesterday (Monday) but I plan on adding a new giveaway today.  Are you getting curious?  Come back tomorrow and find out what it is!

Have a blessed day ya'll!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Giveaway Linky Link

Are you ready to hop, skip or jump to these links and find some terrific giveaways you want to enter?  Here's your Monday Party List. BUT PLEASE REMEMBER,  come back and tell me what you win.  I love to hear about them and even share them with everyone else.

First up I'll share my giveaway.   I have several more coming up. 
*** Please don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't yet.  Here's the links:

 $25 Publix Gift Card - Ends 5/28

#1 - Family Focus Blog

#2 - My Four Monkeys

#3 - Real Simple Saving Methods

Thanks for stopping by.  I love having you visit.

Hugs ya'll....Tracy :)

We have a winner of the $96 Hapari Swimsuit giveaway.  Before I tell you who that winner is, I want to tell you again how much I really like my own Hapari swimsuit that you see below.  This is the best swimsuit I had in YEARS!!!  The quality is unsurpassed.  It firmly holds all the things I want it to hold in all the right places.  You can really feel the difference in this swimsuit.  Now I only wish I had one for my daughter-in-law, granddaughter, 2 grandsons and son to wear when they come for their big Florida visit next month.  Oops...I guess Neil wouldn't appreciate me leaving him out.  I'm so excited about the kids coming to visit.  It's going to be a great reunion and I plan on having a professional photographer take some afternoon beach pictures so I can have a really lovely family portrait made.

Thank all of you who entered for making this review and giveaway such a success.  Because of your involvement in my blog I'm now able to say I have more great giveaways lined up and will be posting them starting tonight.

Also watch for my daily giveaways links.  I will be entering them on a regular daily basis.  Today "Mondays" will be up soon.  So join the party and hop to find the best giveaways going on now.

Well, I'm sure you're all eager to find out who the lucky winner is. 

Ta...Da...  The winner is  Amy @ Heard it from the Hills!!!
She was chosen by RANDOM.ORG (which I have still yet to figure out how to print the winning screen. HELP please, if anyone know's how!)  Amy was #151 and left the following comment:
AmyLynn said...
I love the Zebra V-Neck Tankini with the Regular Red and White Polka Bottoms. Amy Congratulations Amy!!!  I'm sending you an email now.

Thank you to Hapari for being the sponsor of this awesome giveaway.   Hapari has modest swimwear for the entire family.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday's Giveaway Linky List

There are so many giveaways going on now, I just can't imagine how many ones will be out there for the holiday season.  I'm already talking with companies about that.  So go on and hop, skip or jump to these links and you'll find something you want to enter.  BUT PLEASE,  come back and tell me what you win.  I love to hear about them and even share them with everyone else.

First, thank you to all my new followers.  I'm so happy to have you following along with me as I share all the things I think are Cotton Pickin Cute.  Ya'll have been so great about spreading the word and I'm so excited about the amount of new readers.  I'm getting very close to 400 and you know that qualifies for a giveaway. Right?!  I'm thinking maybe something hand created like a kitchen linen scent, pillow or an apron.  And my 2nd blogiversary is coming up in July and I'm planning a Summer Giveaway Party to celebrate.  But don't worry there are other blog reviews and giveaways schedule before that.  What for a new one this week.

First up I'll share my two giveaways.  One ends tonight so be sure to enter before it's too late.  I have many more coming up. 
*** Please don't forget to enter my two giveaways if you haven't yet.  Here's the links:
#1 - A Blog of Goodies

#2 - Big Mama's Blog

 #3 -  The Freebie Blog

#4 - Minnesota Mama's Must Haves & Sugar Pop Ribbons

 #5 - The Thrifty Mama

#6 - The Mommy Files