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Product Review – Dove Hair Products

 

Recently, thanks to ChickAdvisor, I was chosen to partake in testing out some of Dove‘s new product lines. Dove Pure Care, Refresh + Care, Style + Care and Dove Nutritive Solutions.

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I first tried out the Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner from their Nutritive Solutions line.

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First let me just say that these products smell divine!

Mind you, I think all of Dove‘s products smell great.

You definitely only need a pea sized amount of product which means that your bottles should last you a long time. AKA – Great value for the price!

This shampoo and conditioner combo leave your hair feeling healthy and silky smooth!

Next I tested out the Dry Oil from the Pure Care line of products. I had never heard of Dry Oil before so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

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Infused with African Macadamia Nut, this is another one of Dove’s products that does not let you down with its pleasing aroma. 3-4 drops is all you need. Apply it to the ends of your hair.

The oil is great for repairing damaged ends, but, it gets better! Apply some throughout your hair before blow drying. As the oil heats up from the blow dryer it distributes more evenly throughout and improves the saturation into the hair. Instead of flyaway or damaged ends your hair will look smooth, shiny and healthy.

Last but not least, I tried the Pure Care Dry Shampoo. I had heard a lot about dry shampoos but I was extremely skeptical about using it. I usually shampoo my hair everyday as when it comes time to brush it out the following day the roots are looking mighty oily.

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But, some mornings are rushed…trying to get two kids ready for school and myself ready for work and I really wanted an option for mornings when I was rushed without having to go to work with greasy looking hair.

Here’s what my hair looked like when I woke up….

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See pretty nasty. There was no way I was going to work looking like that.

I had no idea how much to use or even how to use it…but, the instructions were pretty easy to follow….spray into hair and use your palm to rub into the roots, and then brush out…..seemed easy enough.

The product leaves a white powdery coating to your hair:

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As you are brushing it out, I would suggest not already having your work clothes on as you’ll have white dandruff looking flakes all over you:

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Once I got it all brushed out, my hair had a texture as if I had just sprayed it with a light-hold hairspray and looked like this:

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But, I wanted to wear my hair up not down, so this is what it looked like when I was finished:

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I’ve used it a few times since. However, I have a mild case psoriasis on my scalp so this product did tend to make my head a bit itchy.

And finally I tested out the Flexible Hold Hair Spray(on a different day, unfortunately no pictures). It did not make my hair stiff or sticky. It held my flyaways in place and gave enough hold for some “scrunch action”.

Overall these products earn an 8/10 from me. Many thanks to Dove for continuing to create amazing products and to Chick Advisor for allowing me the opportunity to test out some great products!

#igotitfree #gotitfree #productreview #ExperienceDove #ChickAdvisor

 

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The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror! Review and Digital Giveaway!

Come On A Digital ICY ADVENTURE With The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror!

Released today, November 3rd, 2015  via iTunes:

 The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror

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This follow-up feature film once again sends us on an a fun, family adventure with Gerda (Bella Thorne) and Orm (Sharlto Copley)  that you won’t want to miss.

 Synopsis:

After celebrating their victory over the Snow Queen, Gerda and Orm have given their fellow trolls a taste of freedom. But when Orm gets a cold-hard reality check, they slip into another perilous journey and must protect the world from eternal winter.

—>>> View the trailer for The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror <<<—

My Review:

Having not seen the first movie(Which I highly recommend doing!), The Snow Queen, I am glad that the movie starts with a 3 minute recap of what has happened so far with Orm.

Orm has quite the personality. He ends up in many funny and somewhat dangerous situations.

I found myself holding my breath within one of the first scenes where Orm has an “accident” at work.

The movie has many situations that many younger children will not understand like issues with money and bills, getting fired from your job, and eviction. I would not recommend this for under 6 yeas of age, but, it really depends on the child and what they are used to watching.

That being said, because the characters have wonderful “personalities” children of all ages will enjoy this adventure!

I think it will make for a lovely addition your holiday movies! Definitely a great movie to have on hand when your kids need a bit of distraction this holiday season.

Orm may be accident prone and have a nasty habit of telling lies to get out of and around trouble but, deep down he has the best of intentions and wants to be good.

Unfortunately Orm is faced with fighting his inner demons. Learning to choose right over wrong is not easy.

But, you’ll have to watch the movie to see if he is able to conquer them

and become good once and for all!

This movie is full of twists and turns and very funny moments that I am sure you and your family will love!

Your kids will love all the old and new characters in this movie. My favorite character is Orm’s sidekick Luta who just also happens to be his “Jiminy Cricket” trying to keep Orm from making bad choices.

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Image Credit: http://www.snowqueenfilm.com/en/characters

Ps: Did you know that the voice of Arrog is none other than The Game of Throne’s Sean Bean?!!

I really enjoyed this movie and give it a 8/10 overall. Please come back and let me know what you thought of it!

Available  @iTunesMovies this is a great movie to add to your holiday collection!

 For those of you who cannot wait to watch this awesome movie:

Here is the iTunes direct to purchase link :

Click there —>>> The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror

However……………………

One of my lucky Canadian and USA followers  have a chance to WIN The Snow Queen: Magic of the Ice Mirror on iTunes, gifted to them by Momentum Pictures / kaboom! Entertainment. This giveaway ends November 27th at 11:59pm

CLICK HERE —>>>a Rafflecopter giveaway<<<—to ENTER

 

I hope you and your family enjoy this movie as much as I did!

After entering the above giveaway please head on over to A Crafty Christmas Giveaway where there are 10 prizes  up for grabs. Ends November 30th.

A Crafty Christmas – #Giveaway Time!

 

 

 

A Crafty Christmas Giveaway

 A Crafty Christmas Giveaway

 

A Crafty Christmas Giveaway was meant to be a way for crafters /businesses(especially local and small) to gain some new traffic to their facebook pages / blogs. Unfortunately, I did not receive the response I had hoped for.

So, while I am involving a few smaller businesses, I am also including a few bigger companies as well.
I hope that you will find something on this page that you will enjoy winning. Good Luck!

****** Please use the links provided below the prize descriptions to enter! ******

*Please note – Most prizes will be awarded by myself. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery!                                          FPCs will be mailed out ASAP as they do have a DEC 31st expiry date.
– Each giveaway will state whether it is open to Canada, USA, Worldwide, or Canada/USA.                                          
-Must be 18+ to enter, 1 entry per household/I.P address.
– Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc are not affiliated with this giveaway and are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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  1. $50 Travel Voucher + 2 luggage tags, GOwithHIPPO branded pen & ear buds, and reusable travel bag

Many thanks to Maryanne Wagstaff ~ Certified Travel Professional at GOwithHIPPO Travel for providing this wonderful prize pack!

” It’s the little details that turn a good vacation into a GREAT vacation! I can help with that!
All Inclusives, Cruises, Flights, Hotels, Car Rentals, Guided Tours, Bus Tours, Golf Vacations, Destination Weddings, Sporting Events, & More!  – I can make your travel dreams come true!
Flexible payment plans available with No Credit Check Required and No Added Fees!
Travel is my passion – let my experience work for you! I have personally visited many destinations via cruises, all inclusive resorts, road trips, and more! I have firsthand knowledge of different forms of travel, as well as knowledge of how traveling with a friend, or spouse, differs from travelling with children, and I am able to offer tips and advice to you, my valued clients, allowing you to TRULY relax.” ~ Maryanne Wagstaff

*This prize will be awarded to you by Maryanne Wagstaff  **Canada and USA Only

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2) $25 Gift Coupon to PosterJack – Need a unique and personal gift for someone?

Check out PosterJack.Ca to create a one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season!

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Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas Giveaway – PosterJack Prize

*This prize will be awarded to you by Chaos & Silence not PosterJack **Canada Only

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3) Fiji Water Insulated Shopping Bag and 2 Water Bottle Straws – Thanks to Fiji Water I am able to provide you with this prize pack. You can visit them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/fijiwater

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*This prize is provided to you via Chaos & Silence not Fiji Water. ** Canada Only

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Fiji Water Prize Pack

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4) Lilla Rose Peacock Flexi and Hair Sticks – Thanks to Sue Ellen’s Lilla Rose Page for participating in this giveaway!

Lilla Rose makes quality hair decorations for all hair lengths. Their flexi-clips are one of my most favorites things ever! Made of musical wire they are sturdy and do not tarnish. The range in size from a mini all the way up to a mega! Head on over to Sue Ellen’s facebook page to check them out!

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* This prize will be awarded from Chaos & Silence not Sue Ellen. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here:a Crafty Christmas giveaway – LillaRose Prize Pack

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5) Hip Hop Abs 10 Minute Workout on DvD – Thanks to The Fit Partners & Carin Day Fitness for participating in this giveaway!

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* This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence not The Fit Partners or Carin Day Fitness **Canada Only

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Hip Hop Abs DvD

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6) $10 Store Credit to RockabillySteam – *Please note you do NOT win the pendant pictured.

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*This prize is a “virtual gift card” that can be used anytime to shop from available stock at RockabillySteam on facebook. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – $10 RockabillySteam credit

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7) 3 Free Product Coupons for Ozery’s Pita Break Products – Thanks to Ozery Bakery for providing these coupons to me!

 

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*These coupons expire December 31, 2015 **Canada Only

*** This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence

Enter to Win it Here:a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Ozery’s Pita Break FPCs

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8) 3 Free Product Coupons for Ocean’s World Cuisine 530ml Pasta Sauce – Thanks to Ocean’s World Cuisine for providing me with these product coupons!

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*These coupons expire December 31 2015 **Canada Only

*** This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence

Enter HERE —>>> a Crafty Christmas Giveaway – Ocean’s World Cuisine FPCs
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9) Chococat Wallet – Provided to you by Mugsy’s Adventures.

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* This prize will be awarded from Mugsy’s Adventures. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Chococat Wallet

***  This prize will be awarded by Chaos & Silence

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10) Super Secret Mystery Gift – Provided to you by RockabillySteam

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* This prize will be awarded from RockabillySteam. **WorldWide

Enter to Win it Here: a Crafty Christmas giveaway – Super Secret Mystery Gift

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Wishing you all the very best this holiday season! Good luck!

~Heather

Steampunk & Rockabilly Inspired Giveaway!

Giveaway happening at RockabillySteam on facebook. 

Open Worldwide. Free Shipping.

Ends July 29th, 2015

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Steampunk Inspired Giveaway
Starts today July 8th and runs until Wednesday July 29th(10pm).
One winner (using random.org) will be chosen to win this prize pack.

Prize Includes:
* Steampunk Sunglasses
* 1 – fantasy/steampunk Pendant from the $10 Bargain Bin
But, wait! There’s more! Each Wednesday a new item will be added to the giveaway.

********Rules********

How do you enter?
Be a fan of the page, like & share the photo(Once).

Please make sure that you set the post to PUBLIC. I will be verifying entried. Failure to follow the rules will delete your entry.

√ If you are the winner I request that you come back and share a photo of your prize received. Failure to do so will eliminate you from future giveaways.

Facebook has NOTHING to do with this giveaway or the prizes.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for prize delivery.

Open WorldWide. Free Shipping.

*** Mugsy from Mugsy’s Adventures helped with the photo shoot today. He is NOT a prize!

‪#‎giveaway ‬‪#‎win‬ ‪#‎steampunk‬‪ #‎winitwednesday‬

New prize added on July 19th – Leopard necklace and ring

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New prize added on July 22nd – Steampunk (stainless steel) Pony necklacePhotoGrid_1437519044200[1]

New Prize to be added on July 29th before closing.

*Make sure your follow the rules to be entered!

#GameNight Voxbox – Product Review

I love free stuff. Who doesn’t?

Especially when times are tough and we would like to be able to buy what we want, when we want.

It is especially nice that there are programs and contests out there where you can receive/win free products.

I recently signed up for a free account from Influenster . A social media hub where getting connected means that you can earn rewards and products to do reviews on.

Here is a statement found directly on their page so you can know a little more specifically what it is all about:

“The Influenster Team ships out thousands of exclusive VoxBoxes every month from brands you know and love (or will soon love) for FREE. Some programs feature an assortment of great products while others spotlight one awesome brand.” Click here to read more: https://www.influenster.com/why-join

This month we were the lucky recipients of a VoxBox.

Thanks Influenster!

 

Let’s see what we got!

We get to take a break from technology and sit down to play a board game together! Time to connect!

We get to take a break from technology and sit down to play a board game together! Time to connect!

When I opened the box I was thrilled to see Monopoly Junior inside!

(I had an unboxing video but, for some reason my phone has decided to “eat” it and I cannot find it anywhere! )

Cute and well made player pieces!

Cute and well made player pieces!

This is one game I was not only looking forward to playing with my kids at some point, but also dreading it…. I remember always losing at monopoly as a kid, the evil empire my brother would build with hotels.

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We took out all the pieces, read the instructions and started to play. All the pieces are well made, the colors are vibrant and eye catching.

I have to say that I love the “spin” on properties you can buy! You can buy a theatre, pet store, ice cream parlor etc. Awesome idea for kids instead of just having the traditional properties.

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I was the banker, though I think next time I might let my oldest (Nate – he’ll be 7 in December) be in control of this. The math is very simple and easy, no big numbers! Properties cost $1 to $5 and you get $2 for passing Go!

I also liked the idea of having property signs(they have a picture of your player piece on them) to place above the property instead of houses and hotels which can become quite overwhelming for young children when trying to play traditional Monopoly. You simply buy your property and place a sign on it to show that it is already sold.

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In keeping with tradition if you land on a sold property you must pay a fee, which is simply the purchase price of the property.

But, if the set of two properties are owned by the same person you pay for both properties.

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That’s another thing to note. There are only 2 properties in a set. Simple. Kid friendly.

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Playing Monopoly takes time, especially when playing with children 10 and under. It took us about an hour to play the game. But, it also took about 10 minutes to set up and explain the rules.

Patience is needed and I think that is why some parents do not like to sit down and play board games with their kids. It also requires a lot of explaining that there are rules and saying “that’s not fair!” doesn’t work when playing a board game (when everyone is playing fairly, that is!).

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Unfortunately, there is always a loser in a game…. and … as always…it was me..LOL! I went brankrupt and could not afford to pay the fee when landing on a sold property. So, that is when the games ends and you count your money. The person with the most money wins. This time it just happened to be Kaelynn!

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We had a lot of fun paying this game and look forward to playing it again soon!

Many thanks to Hasbro Gaming and Influenster for our Voxbox, which resulted in an awesome family #gamenight !

 

***Please note: We  received the product complimentary to test and/or review.

#21DayFix Day#19 #100LBWeightLossJourney – Update

Okay, time to get caught up, hopefully, on everything I wanted to get said in my last post.

#1 – I want to tell you about all the positive changes in my life.

Let’s see.

  • My fingers are growing, they never used to grow. My hair is growing faster and I’m not losing as many hairs in the shower everyday.
  • I’m learning to eat better. I’m learning to cook healthier.
  • I’m definitely learning that I DO like more than I thought I did. I can eat things like whole grains and whole wheat pasta and I will survive, and I’ll actually enjoy it!
  • My clothes are getting too big for me.
  • I have more energy.
  • My overall health is better!
  • My urges to snack are lessening
  • I feel full(satisfied) longer
  • My complexion is clearer
  • I’m more positive in my mood
  • When someone asks me how I am, I say “great or good” not “i’m here….”
  • Finding gratefulness in everyday

And more and more and more! 🙂

#2 – I want to tell you about all the benefits I have noticed with drinking Shakeology and eating clean.

I pretty much covered that above in #1. But, I will tell you this. I do not “like” the taste of Shakeology, especially not the chocolate one. However, there are many things you can do to make a shake palatable to you. I have found that as my taste buds grew accustomed to drinking it every morning post workout, that I do not “hate” the taste as much as I once did.

The BENEFITS definitely outweigh the taste when it comes to Shakeology.Although, there are people out there who LOVE the taste of Shakeology. This shake is jam packed with wonderful herbs, minerals and vitamins. I cannot imagine not having it every morning. It has become my cup of coffee, only way better for me!
Let me show you what I’m talking about:


 

#3 – I want to tell you my big update and respond to some questions I’ve received from readers.

This would’ve been my big update from last week:

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And then, the fact that I had an amazing opportunity to meet the head of Beach Body, Carl Daikeler. Whom is one of the most humble, sincere and beautiful people I have ever met. But, that will all get talked about in another post. And I also got to meet Autumn Calabrese, the trainer and creator from 21 DayFix. She is also very humble and sweet and beautiful. I was extremely starstruck when meeting them both. It was a big honor and being acknowledged by them personally and a chance to talk to them was AWESOME!

Now, to respond to a question I was asked by one of my followers.

I was asked if I felt intimidated or bothered by “skinny” people trying to coach me or help me lose weight. Here is my response to that.

Yes, I used to get offended and bothered by people who were smaller than me trying to “help” me lose weight or get healthy. I always felt targeted, embarrassed, and angry. Perhaps the person had lost weight but, they had never been as big as me. They truly did NOT understand what I was going through….at least that is how I felt. My sister in law, whom to me, has always been thin or fit was the one who really changed things for me. At first I felt angry that her and my brother had joined this “Beach Body” company and became coaches and were now “preaching” about the benefits and what everyone needed to do to lose weight or feel better. What I missed initially, is all they wanted to do was help me.

I now know and understand that it does not matter what the person looks like, how big or small they are, what their education is. Everyone has different ways that they are capable in providing help to others. I also now understand that it does not matter how much weight you need to lose, we all go through similar feelings and ups and downs. Everyone has different things that affect their weight. For some, it is how much salt they eat, for others it’s carbs, and some an addiction to sugar. Some people have to work harder because their metabolism doesn’t do it for them.

So, I think that about covers everything I wanted to say last week. 🙂 I’m sure I’ll touch on the same subjects again.

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In November I have a FREE Challenge Group coming up. “Jump Start to the Holidays”, you can join the group by filling out the contact form at the bottom of the Day12 Update page found here: https://chaosandsilence.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/21dayfix-update-day12/ . I will be providing free meal plans and free exercises for 5 days! participate and you have the chance to WIN some prizes!

 

 

Team Beach Body via ChaosAndSilence


GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!

So, you want to know more about HOW to set up a FREE team Beach Body account and what exactly you get when you do.

So, here is a picture tutorial to help you a little bit. I’m not going to do everything for you, you need to actually turn on your computer, click the mouse and type. You can do this!

I apologize in advance for the some photos not being the greatest. Some of them I could not take with my snipping tool while having to use my mouse.

On with the tutorial:

First you need to click on this link: http://www.beachbodycoach.com/ChaosAndSilence

That link will take you here:

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Next you want to click on JOIN TEAM BEACH BODY or BE A COACH, seen here:

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That will take you to the sign-up page:

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NOW, pay atttention, unless you want to *PAY* for the membership,

you’re going to want to click on “Sign Me Up For a Free Membership” seen here:

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Clicking on that will take you here:

Log-In Set-Up page

Log-In Set-Up page

Fill out your information.

You should towards the bottom of the page see this:

Capture If you see another coach name, please change it to : Heather Howard (ChaosAndSilence)

Now, click on the “Submit” button.

That will take you to your welcome page.

Welcome Page

Welcome Page

 

When using the “Sign In” page, seen BELOW make sure you Stay to the left!!!

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If you sign up using this page, make sure that you select BASIC MEMBERSHIP – FREE!

Otherwise you will be charged $2.99/week.

These pictures show you the different menus and all that they contain. Many health and fitness resources at your fingertips. For FREE!

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So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

http://www.beachbodycoach.com/ChaosAndSilence

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