Thursday, July 30, 2015

Versa Spa Spray Tanning System At Beach Fever University Square Review


I just love the Versa Spa at Beach Fever University Square!

Here is a video where I go and get a Level 2 Versa Spa spray tan and also how it turned out. 

If you are debating getting a spray tan, then I highly recommend the Versa Spa! 
Watch my video below to see why!

XOXO,
Mandy




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Back-To-School Styles At Payless

When it comes to Back-To-School shoe shopping, Payless Shoe Source is your one-stop shop.
Affordable and stylish, you'll find the perfect shoes for school.

"This pretty little ballet flat features a stylish upper with bow on the vamp, jersey lining, padded insole, and a flexible outsole. Sizes 10.5 - 13 are designed with a strap to secure the shoe on little feet. Manmade materials"
Dress from www.BellaGrace.net
These ballet flat are super girly, comfortable, and go with so many outfits.



Little kids are always running around. That's why I'm happy Champion made their boys Gusto Runner with memory foam insole.
These shoes are so light and comfortable, and my boys absolutely love them! They call them their squishy shoes that make them run fast.
These shoes "offer a mesh upper with sporty accents, laces for good fit, padded collar, soft lining, cushiony memory foam insole, and a non-marking, lightweight, flexible outsole. Manmade materials"

So makes to to visit Payless.com or visit a Payless store near you to grab your kids some stylish back-to-school shoes!




Disclaimer: I received these shoes from Payless in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this post are completely my own. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LeapPad Platinum & Imagicards Review

LeapFrog's newest tablet, the LeapPad Platinum, is LeapFrog's biggest and best tablet. It's also the toughest tablet they make. 

I love this tablet. LeapFrog offers some of the best educational apps and games out there, and I love that my kids are learning while they use the tablet. The new LeapPad Platinum is also built to last with a shatter-safe screen and wrap around bumper. I also like the new stylus that has a soft tip. This tablet also comes with 8GB of memory and has a high-performance processor.
I also love the peace of mind I have with LeapFrog products. I know that my kids won't accidentally stumble across something on their tablet that I wouldn't approve of, and I know they won't be purchasing any apps or games without my knowledge.

Overall I love this tablet and the Imagicards. The kids love how the cards "come to life" when they play with them.
The Imagicards are a neat feature. Your child uses the camera to "capture" the card on the screen which brings the character "to life" in the game.  The cards can also be used with all tablets except the LeapPad1.
The cards come with a tin for easy storage, and also a play mat for card sorting and offline learning.


I highly recommend both products!
If you worry about some of the games your child is playing on his/her tablet, then I suggest you get the new LeapPad Platinum. I know you'll be so pleased.

*I was given the LeapPad Platinum with a set of Imagic cards for review, however the opinions stated here are my own.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fresh Beat Band Of Spies' Kiki Talks With Life Songs Of A Busy Mom


I recently was able to interview Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, who many of you will recognize as the award-winning television star known worldwide as "Kiki" from Nickelodeon's critically-acclaimed live-action musical series "The Fresh Beat Band."

Yvette is now starring in the brand-new Nick Jr. animated series "Fresh Beat Band of Spies," which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers. Based on the hit live-action show where the four best friends — Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout – are also a group of undercover spies and the pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve an endless series of wild and wacky mysteries.



Yvette also recently released a new song and music video for her adult audience titled "Havana," (Click HERE to watch her music video) which blends her vibrant Cuban culture with soulful timeless pop hooks, R&B and Latin influences that seamlessly intertwine throughout her debut single. In addition to vocal duties, Yvette is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing violin, guitar and piano on her upcoming album. Since her first violin lesson at the age of three, this young creative soul has been immersed in a musically diverse world that established her early on as a multifaceted artist who was comfortable in any genre. She sang and acted professionally from her early teens and performed for royalty and heads of state with a jazz vocal group she helped form. She started high school at the age of 12 and graduated from the University of Miami on an opera scholarship at just 19 years of age. Shortly after, she took the stage with the Florida Grand Opera, performed at Carnegie Hall, and was discovered by the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck.  Since then, she has performed with some of the music industry's tops artists including Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber and All-4-One, among others.

I had a couple of questions for Yvette about her new show, and this is what she said:

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1.     How has the transition been from The Fresh Beat Band to The Fresh Beat Band Of Spies? 

Turning the show into an animated series and adding these new elements was such a wonderful way to allow the show to continue to evolve.  For us, it has been incredible and so far, the feedback from the fans has been nothing but positive!  I’m so happy everyone’s loving it!


2.     Is it easier or harder in your opinion to do an animated show over a live-action one?
It is infinitely easier doing the animated version!  You can technically show up to work in pajamas if you wanted to and it would be perfectly acceptable.  Unfortunately, I didn’t capitalize on that this time around, but hoping they pick it up for a second season so I can!

   3. Talk a little bit about your new character in The Fresh Beat Band Of Spies and how she is different/similar to the live action Kiki. 
 
She is still the same spunky, fun-loving Kiki who rocks out at shows with her friends, only now she is also a really cool spy who owns a beauty salon too. 

4.     What are your personal goals for the future? (Where do you hope to see yourself in the next 5-10 years?)
How much time do you have?  In a nutshell, I hope to be happy, continue to do what I love and work with the people I admire

My kids loved the Fresh Beat Band, and I know they are going to love the Fresh Beat Band Of Spies as well.  Check out the show weekdays on NickJr. 





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LeapFrog's Summer Camp!

LeapFrog is hosting the first annual “Summer Camp”, where parents can sign up for 8 weeks of free printables, activities, articles, videos, and more, that help kids stay engaged and learning over the summer. Each week presents a different theme, with materials covering skills in math, reading, science, creativity, and more!

For some background, research shows that children experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities over the summer. As much as two months of learning can be lost during those long summer months (particularly in the math and science subject areas), which is why it’s extremely important to keep children’s brains active and challenged year round.

So head over to LeapFrog to sign up for LeapFrog's Summer Camp!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Homemade Bug Spray With Essential Oils

Here's an easy and safe way to make bug spray at home using essential oils.


To make this homemade bug spray, you'll need:

DoTERRA TerraShield (full bottle)
DoTERRA Arborvitae (20 drops)
DoTerra Lemongrass (20drops)
Witch Hazel (1/2 cup)
Distilled or boiled water (1/2 cup)
Glass spray bottle

You can get the DoTERRA oils here
Please watch the video below to see how to make this bug repellent:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Get Ready With Me May 2015

Here's a get ready with me video using the products I currently love in May 2015. 

Because there are so many products shown, I am not going to list them all below, but I did give up close views of everything so you can see what I used and how I used it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me below, and I hope you enjoy this video.