Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Babies and Bladder Problems...

What can I say...if you've had babies, then you might be experiencing some bladder leakage. You know, you sneeze or cough and oops...you almost peed your pants! It's embarrassing and annoying and you really don't want to wear a pad all day for the "what ifs". 

So Poise came up with a solution...Poise Impressa Bladder Supports.
Basically, these bladder supports are like tampons, and used the same way. Available over the counter, Impressa Bladder Supports are inserted into the vagina like a tampon to gently lift and give support to the urethra. This added support to the urethra helps prevent urine from leaking.

This isn't about absorbing leaks, but preventing them! Who wants to walk around with pee in their pants or feel like we are adult women who need to wear diapers? 
Poise Impressa solves this problem! 

You can find the above sizing kit and Impressa bladder supports at your local Rite Aid.

***This is a paid post, however, the views and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.***

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sola Candle Works Body Butter And Sugar Scrub Review

You may have remembered me talking about Sola Candle Works back in February when I reviewed their Timber Candle (click HERE).
Well I'm such a huge fan, that I also wanted to tell you about their amazing whipped sugar scrubs and body butters.  Seriously, these are beyond amazing! Like you just need to get them, because I know you're going to fall in love with them. 
First, the whipped sugar scrubs; 
they are a burst of fragrance and will help make your skin silky smooth. I tried the Coconut Mango and I just LOVE the smell! The whipped sugar scrubs are a blend of sugar and creamy soap enhanced with glycerin. They come in a 7 oz. container and sell for $16.00 (A little goes a long way).

Next are the body butters,  and they offer 98.5% naturally derived ingredients including Sunflower Oil which is rich in Vitamin E and known to moisturize and regenerate skin. 
They come in a 7 oz. container and are $16.00 (Also, a tiny bit goes a long way).
I tried the Pistachio Cream and I can't put my finger on why this smells so utterly amazing, but trust me, it does! You have to try this scent. 

I also was sent a candle in one of their new scents; Farmhouse Cider. 
This scent is perfect for Fall and even for around Christmas. To me, it's a pleasant cinnamon-apple scent that quickly fills the room. They also have Pumpkin Harvest, and I'm excited to try that as well. 
So make sure to check out Sola Candle Works HERE and pick up some of their handcrafted products. I know you'll be pleased! 



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Be Red Carpet Ready For The Emmys With P&G And Rite Aid

The 67th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards, will honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2014 until May 31, 2015.

Here are some of the nominees from the big-time categories:
(source: Entertainment Weekly)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Louie (FX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Now I know all of these men and women have been planning for months to be Red Carpet ready, but it only takes a few key products from P&G and Rite Aid to be Red Carpet ready yourself!

  1.  Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner: 

Pantene scientists have studied different hair structures to develop products that will transform your unique hair into healthy hair. Their shampoos and conditioners contain Pro-Vitamins to help prevent and repair damage, making hair so healthy it shines.  They know that strong hair is beautiful hair. And no one can be Red Carpet ready with out great hair!

2. Clairol Nice'n Easy Root Touch-Up:

Clairol understands the role hair color plays in helping a woman feel beautiful and confident. Since 1956, when they introduced the first at-home hair color kit, their heritage has been rich with innovations, giving generations of women results they love and trust. Clairol makes it easy to experience hair color confidence, so you can discover just how gorgeous you and your hair can be!
So don't let those roots stop you from your #BigNightDoneRITE. Let Clairol restore your roots' color in 10 minutes! 

3. Olay Regenerist:

Today, Olay continues to hold to the philosophy it was founded on: to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology. The end result—superior product performance women have come to expect from Olay.  With beauty solutions for women of all ages, Olay reminds you that every day is a chance to be the best possible version of yourself. #bestbeautiful
You can't make a Red Carpet appearance without having great skin!
Olay Micro-Sculpting Cream is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Amino-Peptides and Vitamin B3. It hydrates to lift, firm and plump so that you can delay the need for a cosmetic procedure. This face moisturizer penetrates deep into the surface layers of your skin leaving it immediately hydrated with visible wrinkle results starting day 1!

4. Covergirl Bombshell Volume By LashBlast:

For fifty years, COVERGIRL has created must-have beauty products that bring out the best in women. They understand the transformative effect makeup can have not just on the outside, but the inside as well and have always been an advocate of women rocking their unique kind of beautiful. Since 1961, COVERGIRL has made it easy, breezy, and beautiful to be yourself.
 Get head-turning glam for eyes, lips and fingertips!
 Flaunt the next big thing in lashes with Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara! The brilliant two-step Bombshell Boost System in this volume mascara combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.

5. Crest 3D White Arctic Fresh Toothpaste:

Crest 3D White is a collection of products that work together to give you a brighter smile—plus the health benefits you expect from Crest and Oral-B. Each product in the 3D White collection works uniquely to give you a stand out smile. Flash your best possible smile every day with new Crest 3D White, a collection of products that work together for visible results after just 1 day.
     Flash your best possible smile and be Red Carpet Ready every day with Crest 3D White, a collection of products that work together to whiten after just 1 day!

6. Gillette Venus Swirl Razor:

Revealing the Goddess within is about more than just silky smooth legs. It’s about being confident in your own skin. Venus razors encourage all women to reveal their inner Goddess making them feel sexy, confident and care-free. Venus products are designed to fit all lifestyles, whether you seek the perfect shave, an indulging and pampering experience or a quick and easy shave on-the-go. 

   The Gillette Venus Swirl razor is designed with a revolutionary FLEXIBALL and 5 individually adjusting Contour blades.  It contours over curves for flawless skin, long-lasting smoothness and virtually no missed hairs. So you can have smooth, sexy legs on the Red Carpet!

So there you have it! With a few products from Rite Aid, you can be Red Carpet Ready and strut the red carpet (or watch the Emmys at home in stlye). 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Rite Aid and P&G. All views and opinions besides company info are my own.

Monday, September 7, 2015

September Is Sam's Club Baby Month!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Procter and Gamble and Acorn Influence. All opinions are my own.

If you have a baby or toddler, then you probably are used to stocking up on baby/toddler products. This is where Sam's Club Baby Days comes in to save the day (and budget)!

Sam's club has the deals on Pampers, Dreft, Bounty, Cheerios, and many other essential baby items.
 And what makes the items offered at Sam's Club so wonderful? The amount you get for a great, low price!

Take these Pampers Sensitive wipes; you get 808 of them in a single box! And we all know how we go through diapers and wipes!
This box of Pampers Cruisers contains 152 diapers!

Need paper towels? With kids...who doesn't?!?!?
A single pack of Bounty paper towels contains 12 rolls.

And I can't even tell you how many loads of laundry I do each day.  Sam's Club offers Dreft Laundry detergent as well. You can do 110 loads with a single bottle and it smells sooo good!

Sam's Club really has everything you need for your baby/toddler, and it's all easy to find. The cutest clothing, baby books, toys, meal time essentials, pretty much anything you need to take care of your baby at a price that's perfect for those on a budget. 

So if you aren't a Sam's Club member yet...then make sure to sign up for a membership at your local store or sign up online HERE.

Also, and I'm so excited about this, make sure to enter the giveaway below for a change to win a $50 Sam's Club Gift Card so you can pick up all the baby/toddler items you need!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Picking Out Windows And Doors With Pella

My husband and I are building a new home currently, and one of the most important aspects of the house for me are the windows. I love natural light. The more the better! My whole house layout had to work around the most natural light coming into my kitchen during the day (no joke).
So when it came down to picking out the windows ( and also a set of French doors), I was pretty darn picky.
That's why we decided to go with the Pella Windows and Doors 350 Series.
We wanted Vinyl over Wood or Fiberglass windows, and we loved all of the features that comes with the Pella 350 Series.

Watch the video below to see all of the features the Pella 350 Series has to offer.

My husband is a licensed contractor, so he is very familiar with windows, doors, and measurements. I was afraid I'd be left in the dust trying to understand everything that goes into window selection, but  Sheri (my Pella rep from our local showroom), made the whole process pretty darn easy and explained everything to me. 

Here are some helpful hints when picking out your windows and doors.
  1. Know your budget!!!! There is no point in picking out things you know you can't afford. The good news is Pella has windows, doors, blinds and shades that can fit anyone's budget. 
  2.  Make a Pinterest board of the styles you love. What shapes do you want? What style of grilles do you want. Search for "kitchen windows", "living room", "bedroom", etc. and pin your favorites.
  3. Figure out what kind of windows you want. Do you want double hung, casement, awning, slider, fixed, etc. Not sure on terminology, start HERE.
  4. What kind of material do you want the windows to be made out of? Pella offers Wood, Vinyl or Fiberglass. Thankfully Pella offers the Window and Door Design Tool that walks you through the process of choosing the perfect window or door for your needs. Pella also offers many different types of glass and hardware for your windows and doors, so keep that in mind.
  5. How important is energy efficiency to you? (it should be). Pella offers energy options that are just right for your climate no matter what area of the country you live in.
  6.  Work with an expert. Regardless of whether you'll do the job on your own, it helps to talk to a home improvement store rep, independent contractor or manufacturer's installer. This is where Sheri, our Pella showroom rep, came in. She was so helpful! 
  7. Find a retail showroom. Pella has more than 200 locations that only focus on windows and doors – You can see the products and get the expertise you need for your project.
 As I mentioned above, my husband is a licensed contractor with Gladden Construction.
He, our Pella rep, and myself all sat down and picked out the windows and doors that will go into our home.
As a contractor, Jamie appreciated being able to see grille patterns, window proportions, and the ability to change something on the spot with the rep's computer program.
He felt it would be a big help to the client, as most people can't visualize what their windows and doors will look like. I can agree with this, as it really helped me to see what each window would look like, and what our French doors will look like.

My husband and I decided on the Pella 350 Series Windows and a Proline Double Inswing Door that will lead to our back patio.  The majority of our windows are double hung, with grilles on the top halves. We also have sliding windows, transoms above the casement windows in the kitchen and breakfast nook, and three, fixed circle windows.

Here are two examples of the windows that will go in our home.
Click to enlarge

So when it comes to picking out quality windows and doors, Pella offers everything you need to help with the process. Take a deep breath and know you are in good hands. You can do this! Pella can help!

Disclaimer: My blog is currently partnered with Pella, and I received discounted windows and doors. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog post are solely that of my husband and myself.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My biggest regret...

This post contains mature subject matter.

When I was 14 I met and fell "in love" with a 16 year old boy. Of course when you are that age you think you really are in love, but the truth is you have no idea what love really is. Now this boy was very respectful and treated me wonderfully, but the longer we dated, the more intimate we became. We were teenagers...bodies flooded with hormones, and we wanted each other.

The topic of losing our virginity to each other came up about a year into our relationship (please do not judge my parents for allowing us to date...they were not happy about me dating so young...trust me).  My boyfriend never pressured me into having sex. He wanted to of course, like any horny 17 year old boy would, but he never pressured me. For some crazy reason, I thought 15 was mature enough to lose my virginity! Oh how we think we are so grown up at that age. 

Anyway, my mom was very concerned and repeatedly asked me to wait until I was married. That sex before marriage was a sin (which it is). But in my head, I convinced myself that God would be ok with it since I really loved my boyfriend. You see, this is how an immature mind works. And because I was only 15, I rationalized that God would be ok with it.
After much thought, and being convinced this was the boy that I was going to marry anyway, I decided it was time.

We planned the night to be New Years Eve. It was important to me that we not be in the back of some car, and we couldn't do it at either one of our parents homes, so we went to someone's house (You see...kids can always find a way).

He brought a couple condoms and we decided this was the moment. It was a disaster! It hurt so badly that we could barely even do it. I ended up crying, he felt terrible, and it was all a mess. NOT how the movies portrayed it, not how I imagined it would be.  I was so upset.

THEN...the guilt set in. That's it. I've lost my virginity. It's all over. 
From then on, I had no reason to restrain myself with him, or any other future boyfriend I had.
Here's the thing...everyone always preached at me to WAIT...but no one talked to me about what happens if you don't wait. No one told me about second chances, or God's grace and forgiveness. 
So I repeated beat myself up about it. I was ruined so why ever tell any future boyfriend that I "loved" that we couldn't have sex. I already lost my virginity, so what difference would stopping make?!?!?

BUT, here's the thing. It would have made a HUGE difference. And this is why I am writing this. Maybe this is for a mom who needs to talk to her kids not only about waiting until they get married, but also that they can stop if they make a mistake. Or maybe this is for a teen who is contemplating sex or already had sex. You don't have to keep having sex just because you lost your virginity. You can still save yourself for your future husband or future wife. 

You see no one ever talked to me about second chances. But that is what Christ is all about. His love and grace doesn't stop once we screw up in life. Each passing moment is a chance to turn it all around. And that is what repentance means. To stop, turn around, and walk in the opposite direction of which you were going. To not only ask for forgiveness...but to RECEIVE it as well.

When I met Jamie, I knew he was the one for me. And after years and years of messing up, I knew I could still save myself for him. I wanted a wedding night. I wanted to walk down that aisle never having been with him. I wanted that excitement and intimacy that only married couples should share.
Thankfully he wanted that as well. 

Jamie wasn't a virgin either, but we both knew we wanted to save ourselves for our wedding night. We didn't want our wedding night to be just another night of having sex with each other. We wanted it to be special. We wanted to look at each other all night at the reception with excitement about the night to come.  

And we had our wedding night, and it was beautiful. It was everything I could have wanted. My only regret was I couldn't give him my virginity. I can never tell him he's the only man I've ever been with, and he can never tell me I'm the only woman he's ever been with. Sometimes that's hard for me as a wife. I don't like to picture my husband with someone else in my head, sharing those intimate moments. It brings rise to jealousy and a host of insecurities.  

So trust me...the benefits of waiting until you are married to have sex far outweigh the opposition. BUT....if you do or did lose your virginity...you can have a second chance! You can still be forgiven and can still wait until your wedding night. Jesus forgives and Jesus saves. We ALL have sinned...that's why we need a savior! So don't think you've ever screwed up too many times to be loved by the Savior. 

In a world where no one waits for anything...wait for your husband or wife, even if you have already made a mistake. Start over, and have that incredible wedding night where it's all about your union and love for each other. It is so worth it! 



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!