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.


Monday, May 18, 2015

How To Make Bubbling Brew


Here's a fun and colorful science experiment you can do with your kids.
It's called Bubbling Brew, and it's made with things you most likely already have in your home.

Here's how to make bubbling brew with your kids:

You'll need:
Cylindrical type containers
Apple cider vinegar (I used both apple cider and white, but apple cider seemed to work better)
Liquid food coloring
Dish soap
Baking Soda
Glitter (Optional)

Fill the container half way with vinegar, then add a few drops of food coloring (and glitter if you wish).
Next, add some dish soap and when you're ready, add some baking soda.

That's it! 
It's super fun for the kids, and is a pretty neat science experiment.

Let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below.

XOXO,
Mandy

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Designer's Edge Hair Studio And Bella Vita Garden Spa Mother's Day Giveaway!

Most of you who follow me, know I get my hair cut and colored by Master Stylist Bobbie Jean Hasbrouck at
Bobbie Jean Hasbrouck
Bobbie Jean Hasbrouck
Designer's Edge Hair Studio.

Bobbie Jean has been cutting and coloring my hair since 2011, and believe me when I say she's amazing! She knows exactly which colors to use on my hair, and she knows how to cut and texturize my hair to make styling a breeze.

If you ever are in Salisbury and want a great color and cut, I highly recommend her. But make sure to get in with her early enough, because she's usually booked for weeks and even months (She's that good).


I also get my massages done at Designer's Edge Bella Vita Garden Spa, and the atmosphere there is beyond relaxing.
Designer's Edge offers over 9 different massage packages with many add-ons to fit your needs.

They also offer nail services, makeup, skincare, and Med Spa services such as Botox, Juvederm, Laser Hair removal, spider vein therapy, chemical peels and microdermabrasion, just to name a few.

They also offer a wide range of products in house. You can get it all done in one place with Designer's Edge Hair Studio and Bella Vita Garden Spa.

Since Designer's Edge is the one-stop shop for all your beauty needs, I wanted to give one lucky Mom a full day of pampering from Designer's Edge Hair Studio and Bella Vita Garden Spa!

One lucky mom will receive:
 Her hair and makeup done,

A manicure and pedicure,

And a one hour massage!

I must say I'm going to be so jealous of the lucky mom who wins this!

So make sure to enter below!

Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over.
Winner must live within 100 miles of Salisbury, MD and also be a mother.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom Review

Photo credit: Disney Nature


Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom (rated G) hits theaters April 17th, and for every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. 

“Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
My brother and sister-in-law, along with their son Caleb, attended an early screening of the film in Washington DC.

Here is what they had to say about the movie:

"Disney’s Monkey Kingdom is a fun film for all ages.  It’s a creative yet very informative documentary of a macaque monkey’s social class system that takes place in Asia.  Narrated by Tina Fey, her voice over makes the film that much more entertaining.  With their human-like behavior and social issues, you can’t help but relate to these interesting characters. 
Following the story of main character Maya, this film documents her struggles with being part of the lower class.  Being born into the lower-class, Maya has to deal with the daily struggles of being in the shadows of her upper-classmates.  At the top of ladder is a male by the name of Raja and his three chosen females that are referred to as “the sisters”.  Maya spends her day scrounging the jungle floors waiting for scraps that fall her way, many days falling asleep with an empty belly. 
This story takes a turn when an outside male suitor by the name of Kumar comes into the group and takes an interest in Maya.  He makes a mistake of “crossing” Raja and is cast out from the group.  Months later, Maya gives birth to a healthy baby boy.  Faced with caring for her baby on her own, Maya has to become more creative in looking for food for survival and becomes more “street smart” in the process. 
Follow Maya and this group on their journey of love and survival.  This family-friendly film is great for its use of real documented footage of these amazing creatures.  The younger audience is captivated by the monkeys playing and swinging while the mature audiences are enjoying the playfully amusing use of creative voiceover.  Prepare yourself for a fun and silly adventure!"

Review written by Vicki Cecchetti for Life Songs Of A Busy Mom

So make sure you and your little monkeys swing into theaters April 17th to watch Monkey Kingdom!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunuva Luxury UV Swimwear And Beachwear For Kids


One of the things I look for in a great kids swimsuit is the UV protection it gives, and of course how cute it looks.
 Sunuva luxury swimwear and beachwear was started with two moms' frustration of the lack of stylish UV protective children’s swimwear available.
They started a journey and set out on a mission to create a swimwear and beachwear line which was not only super stylish and cool but also kept their kids safe in the sun.
Sunuva UV rash vests are made from Italian fabric providing 50+ UPF for your kids. UPF is a measure of the UV Protection Factor given to the skin by a fabric. A UPF rating of 50+ gives excellent UV protection, blocking out 97.5% - 98% of the sun’s rays. The high quality fabric used also meets the stringent and highly respected Australian and New Zealand sun protection guidelines (AS/NZS 4399:1966).

 Sunuva offers swimsuits, rash vests, baby floatsuits, hats, shoes and many accessories.
Grace is wearing the Birds Of Paradise Bikini
 This pretty aqua blue UV rash vest with puff sleeves features a gorgeous Birds of Paradise print in the silhouette of a fan, finished with soft pink and green tassels and cute wooden buttons. Made from breathable UPF 50+ fabric, which blocks out 97% of the sun’s harmful rays, this rash vest is perfect for girls who dream of summer adventures.
 This aqua blue halter neck bikini features the pretty birds of paradise print with cute frill detailing. Made from UPF 50+ fabric, which blocks out 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. Whimsical beach adventures await!
I just love the little ruffle bottoms...so cute!

 The twins are both wearing the boys Nautical Blueprint Rash Vest and 
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches, this boy’s UV protective rash vest in navy and white features a bright neon yellow and white blueprint. Made from breathable UPF 50+, which blocks out 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. A modern twist on the classical nautical look, perfect for adventures on yachts!
 This is Jude. He's my little redhead, so rash vests are a must during the summer. I love the protection they give him. 


So head on over to Sunuva and check out their swimwear and beachwear. I know you'll love everything they have to offer!

XOXO,

Mandy

The wonderful people at Sunuva are letting me give away a $100 gift voucher to Sunuva, YAY!
So make sure to enter below so you can win! 

Entrants must be 18 years or older.
I am not responsible for prize delivery.



***I was given products in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this review are completely my own.***





Friday, April 10, 2015

KidKraft Laundry Play Set In Espresso Review

Check out my video review of the +KidKraft Toys and Furniture 
Laundry Play Set In Espresso.

***I was given this play set in exchange for my honest review. The views and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own***