Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 2012 Little Black Bag

Here's my YouTube video for my 2nd December Little Black Bag:
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Melie Bianco Stacey Sequin Hobo Review & GIveaway!

Photo Courtesy MelieBianco.com
So excited to be giving away a Melie Bianco Stacey Sequin Hobo!!!

I'm a HUGE Melie Bianco fan, and I wanted nothing more than to be able to offer another Melie Bianco handbag to my readers!

Melie Bianco is currently having a Hoiday promo, and if you enter the words "Happy Holidays" at checkout, you'll receive 20% of any of their Happy Holidays collection handbags. 


Please watch my YouTube video for the review of this gorgeous, gorgeous bag and for giveaway instructions!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lionel Kaley Satchel Review & Giveaway!


Please watch my YouTube video below to find out more about this fabulous handbag and how you could WIN one!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Bella Grace Boutique $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Bella Grace Children's Boutique offers the most adorable clothing and baby/child items that you'll find anywhere along the east coast!

Offering luxurious lines such as Persnickety, Biscotti/Kate Mack, Mayoral, Mini Shatsu, Hartstrings, Gigglemoon, Haute Baby, Isobella & Chloe, Joyfolie, Bratt Decor and many many more!

Bella Grace is giving away a $50 gift card towards your purchase either in-store or online.

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KidKraft Espresso Baking Set Giveaway!

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Ok this is going to be a quick giveaway because I wanted the winner to be able to put this baking set under the tree for Christmas!

Made from wood and built to last, this Espresso Baking Set from KidKraft is super cute! 

In this set you'll receive a mixer that lifts in and out of the mixing bowl, working rolling pin, cookie sheet with two pretend chocolate chip cookies, and measuring spoon.

I want to thank KidKraft for this giveaway, and for letting me bless one of my readers with this baking set!





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Friday, December 7, 2012

Mode-sty Elizabeth & Clarke Giveaway!

If you're like me, opportunities to get out of the house to go shopping are few and far between! 
I'm a HUGE online shopper and recently have been getting into subscription sites.

Elizabeth & Clarke offer designer-quality blouses and tees delivered to your doorstep each season for $30 or less. You'll be able to choose from a mixture of fashion-forward styles, colors and quality fabrics with satisfaction guaranteed and free return shipping. 


Photo Courtesy Mode-sty
I've teamed up with Mode-sty.com (The premier destination for fashion-forward conservative women, offering trendy and elegant garments with coverage that meets your modesty needs) to offer you this fabulous Elizabeth & Clarke giveaway
I'm thrilled that there are companies that are making gorgeous, conservative clothing! There's no reason to show all that the good Lord gave you just to be fashionable ;) I also believe dressing modestly or conservatively doesn't mean you have to look like a grandmother. This is why I am so excited about Mode-sty!      
                                                                       
Thanks to Mode-sty, you could win a one-year Elizabeth & Clarke subscription (a $200 value) for you and a friend.

Enter below and make sure to share with your friends to increase your chances of winning! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

LeapFrog Bundle Giveaway Featuring The LeapPad2!



Here it is!!!
I want to thank you all for helping me reach 4,000 Facebook Likes! I love you guys and please watch the video so you can get all the prize details!

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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Glue Gun Snowflakes Tutorial

Brassy Apple (Love her btw) posted a link on her Facebook the other day about snowflakes that are made from a glue gun.

I felt inspired to try them out myself since I already own a bunch of glue sticks and glue gun. I also let my daughter join in on the fun.

The tutorial I read has you actually putting your hot glue right onto your window. I was a little leery of this since hot glue can break a cold window, so I decided I needed to find a different way of making them. Here's how I did it:

Here is what you'll need:
1. A piece of clear glass (I used one from on old frame that I wasn't using)
2. Glue gun (preferably low temp, however mine is high temp)
3. Lots of glue sticks
4. Non Stick Cooking Spray (Like PAM)
5. Paper towel
6. Snowflake template: Click HERE

 
  1.  Print out a snowflake template and place it under your piece of glass.
  2. Very lightly spray the glass with some non stick cooking spray (This will make peeling the snowflake off of the glass a breeze, and also creates suction when you place the snowflake on your window).

     3. Trace your snowflake with hot glue. Make sure to make it pretty thick.
    (An optional step could be adding glitter while the glue is still hot or even using glitter glue sticks)
    4. This is where your little one can help. Gently peel off the glue snowflake.
    5. Place your snowflake on a paper towel and rub the excess oil off. (Do this by sliding the snowflake from side to side on the paper towel. 
     6. Have your child place the snowflake on a window and gently press to stick.
There you have it! Make as many snowflakes as you want, or even print out different snowflake patterns to mix it up a bit. You can also talk to your children about snowflakes and how each one is different. Talk about how they're made. Make it a fun, learning experience! :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please feel free to share or pin on Pinterest! :) 





Wednesday, December 5, 2012

TreSkinRX Review & Giveaway

Recently I was contacted by TreSkinRX consultant Leen's Team to try their two week trial kit for normal/dry skin. I was excited to try it out since TreSkinRX's ingredients are 100% Organic, Pharmaceutical-Grade Aloe Vera Based.

Why is this important? Well for one thing, most skin care companies preach how important water is in their products. How well it hydrates your skin. The simple fact is that our skin is almost water-proof. We have hundreds of layers of dead skin that actually help to water-proof us and provide a barrier against infection.

If water is their main vehicle to deliver all other key ingredients, then those ingredients simply don't get fully absorbed. TreSkinRX is aloe-based. Aloe is readily absorbed into the skin and has been proven to heal damaged skin. Aloe is also an excellent anti-inflammatory, which can help a wide array of skin conditions.

So, here's the scoop. I tried the products and I LOVE them all! I especially love their daily exfoliant EX3. 

This stuff is no joke! When you first start using it, you'll want to mix it into your moisturizer until you get used to it. You're definitely going to feel this working when you put it on and I love the Vitamin C microbeads. Your skin will feel AH-MAZING after using this! I kept feeling my face because it felt like a baby's skin! Love, love, love it! 

The purifying cleanser is also a great cleanser and I highly recommend it. I also loved the Triple Defense Day Moisturizer (with SPF 15) and the Night Repair Moisturizer.

Thanks to TreSkinRX thru Leen's Team I'm giving away a two week trial that includes the cleanser, day and night moisturizer and also the EX3! Good Luck!


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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lola Blue The Closet Bubble Necklace Review & Giveaway

Blogger friend and jewelry boutique owner Erika Batista sent me this absolutely gorgeous emerald bubble necklace from her shop Lola Blue The Closet. I love the look of a bubble necklace and own two others in turquoise and cream. It's a great statement piece that will work with so many outfits in your wardrobe.

Erika was nice enough to offer this bubble necklace (matching earrings included) to one lucky winner in her choice of oxblood or pastel yellow.

Aren't they lovely?!?! I get so many compliments and people asking me where I got my necklaces when I wear them. Make sure you check out Lola Blue The Closet to see all the other beautiful pieces she has. I especially am dying to get my hands on all the pieces from her Rose Gold Collection. I'm slightly obsessed with rose gold currently :)
Good Luck Ladies!


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Monday, December 3, 2012

LUXE by Lisa Vogel Designer Swimwear Giveaway!

Photo courtesy SwimSpot
I'm so excited to partner with LUXE by Lisa Vogel for this fabulous designer swimwear giveaway! Yes, I know it's only December, but this is such a hot swimsuit, I know it'll be gone before spring!

I absolutely love this swimsuit! I'm not really a bikini woman anymore, so I love the coverage this suit gives. It's modest, yet it's still sexy.

The LUXE by Lisa Vogel Opening Night Signature Peekaboo Tankini Top & Tab Side Bikini Bottom (the Tab Sides give you the perfect fit by the way) is one of LUXE's best selling swimsuits. Featuring strategically draping detail to cover those trouble spots, built-in peekaboo bandeau, beautiful jeweled brooch at the necktie and a banded waist.


This is one flattering swimsuit, and one lucky winner will hit the pool/beach in style this summer wearing this LUXE by Lisa Vogel swimsuit!



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Friday, November 30, 2012

eraclea Ever-Moist Lip Balm

eraclea's Ever-Moist Lip Balm is a new favorite lip balm of mine. It's a .35 FL oz lip balm that deeply hydrates your lips. Its emollient-rich formula gives your lips a satiny-smooth feel, while shea butter, jojoba, and antioxidants condition and revitalize lips.

eraclea's Ever-Moist Lip Balm glides easily onto your lips, leaving them feeling soft and supple. I also enjoyed the light sent that the lip balm has.

You could also use this lip balm as a gloss since it does make your lips shiny when first applied. It retails for $16.00 which seems pretty expensive, however the tube is rather large for a lip balm and a little goes a long way! I'm thinking it's going to take me forever before it runs out.

eraclea was nice enough to let me offer a lip balm to my readers in a giveaway, so make sure you enter below so you can get your very own Ever-Moist Lip Balm!


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

HUGE LeapFrog Giveaway!!!!


I can not say enough about Leap Frog's products and how much I LOVE the company! They have been such a huge supporter of my blog, and continue to bless me and my readers with amazing products and giveaways! My family has been Leap Frog fans since 2007 when my daughter was born. I think we practically own every product they've ever made lol. I love the educational aspect of the toys and that my children have so much fun while learning.

Well....I am happy to announce that the good people at Leap Frog have yet again blessed me with this opportunity to give away a huge bundle of Leap Frog products! One lucky winner will get everything you see here and just in time to put it all under the Christmas tree!!!!

Here is what you'll receive if you WIN!
LeapsterGS Explorer in Pink: $69.99 ages 4-9 years

TAG Reading System (1 color) $49.99 ages 4-7 years
Touch Magic Learning Bus $24.99 ages 2+ years
Touch Magic Counting Train $24.99 ages 2-4 years
TAG Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack $19.99 ages 4-8 years
TAG Get Ready For Kindergarten Book $13.99 ages 4-6 years
Phineas and Ferb Game Cartridge $24.99 ages 5-8 years
LeapSchool Math Game Cartridge $24.99 ages 4-7 years


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So there you have it! I'm so grateful to Leap Frog and thankful that I am able to host this giveaway for all of my readers! I love you guys and I can't wait to see who wins! Good luck!!!! 

Babymel Ella Quilted Diaper Bag Review & Giveaway!



Babymel London makes some super cute and fashionable diaper bags. I recently was able to review their Ella Quilted diaper bag in Pewter and instantly fell in love with it!

It has tons of pockets and even has a patent pending stroller strap so you can strap the diaper bag to the back of your stroller!

Babymel was nice enough to let me offer their Ella Quilted diaper bag for a giveaway, and one lucky winner will get to choose the Ella in Pewter or Black.

Please watch my YouTube review below (change the video quality to 720p HD) and find out how you could WIN this gorgeous diaper bag!


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Holiday Recipe Ideas From Bob Evans

I recently conducted an interview with Bob Evan's Executive Development Chef, David Eisel. I wanted to get some tips on new holiday recipes and also how to dress up some old favorites.

Here is my interview with Chef David.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cool Whip Heart Hot Cocoa

So a quick post on a cute way to dress up that cup of hot cocoa.

This is a great idea I saw on Pinterest so I had to try it out. It's ridiculously easy and your kids will love it...ok, ok, you'll love it too.



Take a container of Cool Whip and pop it in the freezer until frozen. Make a cup of your favorite hot cocoa (or even coffee for that matter) and set aside.

Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, press the cookie cutter into the frozen Cool Whip and use a spoon to remove from the container.

Pop the Cool Whip heart into your hot cocoa and enjoy! I think little Christmas trees or snowmen would be cute as well. The possibilities are endless. Have fun with it!








Thursday, November 15, 2012

City Lips Lip Plumper Review & Giveaway!

I recently had the opportunity to review the City Lips Advanced Formula in Clear over a 3 week period. I want to start out by saying that I have very little lips. There's not much of that sexy pout that I so long for, so I'm always on the lookout for products that not only claim they will make my lips appear fuller, but will actually plump them up as well! 
What I found with most "lip plumpers" is that they just stick irritating ingredients like cinnamon or menthol in their products. While those products would swell and redden my lips up temporarily, there was no lasting effect. I wanted to find something that would make my lips fuller without needles (eeeekkkk!!!!)
So naturally, when I was introduced to City Lips Lip Plumpers, I was curious and skeptical but excited to try it out! I was given 1 full tube of the Advanced Formula in Clear, and I was also given 2 mini lip plumpers in their Original Formula in Clear and their new gorgeous Plum Springs.
I used the Advanced Formula everyday for 3 weeks, and as you can see from my results above, there definitely is an increase in fullness. Even after only 10 minutes of use, my lips were instantly fuller. I also love how thick and long lasting their formula is. It stays on all day! 

City Lips prides themselves on that fact that their products contain ingredients that painlessly stimulate your own natural collagen, while also adding "Celadrin®, which
which reduces the breakdown of your newly formed collagen, making your lips fuller for longer and dramatically reducing the lines in and around the lips. CITY Lips Advanced contains the additional benefit of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Plumping Spheres, which provide incredible moisture and reduce wrinkles, giving your lips an instant plump while making your lips kissably soft and smooth!"
For more info. chick HERE

So what's better than just seeing my results? Why getting these sames results for yourself of course! 
That's right, I'm giving away 2 mini Original Formula lip plumpers in Clear and Plum Springs!!!!!

Plum Springs









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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It Works! Body Wraps Review & Giveaway!

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You may have seen these body wraps on Facebook or around the internet, and if you haven't tried one yet, you're probably wondering if this product is too good to be true. I wondered that myself, so I decided to try one out and let you all know the real deal: 

Here's my YouTube review for the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator wrap: Make sure you watch the whole video to find out how you can WIN 4 wraps for yourself!!!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Skin Care System Review


About 8 weeks ago I was asked by Arbonne consultant Ashley Rudiger to review the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Skin System. I had been wanting to try a great skin care line for some time, however, I tend to be leery of MLM companies since I used to be in one (not Arbonne), and didn't really like some of the things that they do. I decided I would go ahead and try out the line and I am so happy I did!

Below is my review video for the line. Please note that I am not an Arbonne consultant, so this review is completely unbiased. Also, please email Ashley (who is an Arbonne consultant) for samples or more in HERE.





Here are my photos taken at 1 week, 3 weeks and 6 weeks of using the products. I apologize that the lighting isn't the same in all of them, as I didn't want to alter the photos in any way. This is me, no makeup, and if you look closely, you can see the diminished lines around my eyes. I honestly was shocked when I saw this!

Interview With Child Development Expert Dr. LeVos


I recently was able to chat with child development expert Dr. Jody Sherman LeVos about her thoughts on today's top educational toys, and how they can be great learning tools for your child.
With the holiday season fast approaching, I wanted to bring my readers expert advice to help them when deciding what toys to buy this year for their children.

Here is the video with my phone interview with Dr. LeVos:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Marley Lilly Cashmere Feel Scarf Review & Giveaway!


I've fallen in love with Marley Lilly!!!
If you are looking to find some really great products that are monogramed and personalized, then Marley Lilly is the website for you! 
Click here to see this fabulous monogrammed purse!

The possibilities are endless at MarleyLilly.com. They have clutches, wristlets,  hats, cell phone and device cases, drinkware, scarves, accessories, clothing, baskets, towels, housewares, blankets, bags, baby and child items, school accessories, eyewear accessories, wedding gifts, car magnets and even soap...all monogramed and personalized! 
If you need a great, personalized gift, then Marley Lilly is your one-stop shop! 


I recently was able to review Marley Lilly's Cashmere Feel Scarf in the Black and Brown Chevron Blocks pattern, and when it arrived I was shocked at how soft it was. It's 100% acrylic, but it feels just like cashmere. If you have wool/cashmere allergy issues then this is the perfect alternative. This scarf is 12 inches wide by 70 inches long, making it the perfect length for a great scarf. They also have a very informative YouTube video showing you the different ways that you can wear the scarf so you can still see your monogram.
I am a huge chevron fan right now, and the black and brown chevron block pattern is super cute and perfect for my fall and winter wardrobe.


Below is my video review, and make sure you watch the video to find out how you can WIN your very own Cashmere Feel Scarf from Marley Lilly!!!!



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