Tuesday, April 30, 2013

DIY Tropical Body Scrub

How to Make an Easy, Relaxing Tropical Body Scrub:
Guest post by travel expert Kendra Thornton

Now that spring is in full bloom its time to breakout the shorts and tennis rackets.  But just like the flowers, your coat may need a little love before its ready to shine.  Taking time to exfoliate from the harsh winter months will not only benefit your skin but also allow you to take some much needed me-time in your hectic schedule.

Coming from a family of travelers, I have had the pleasure of visiting 28 countries on 6 continents.  Each and every trip has had its own unique memories and amenities; but when it comes to relaxation, Hawaii receives an A+.  One of my favorite relaxation remedies comes from the island of Oahu and the Halekulani Hotel and Spa.  Rated as one of Honolulu’s top hotels for spa treatments, their house body scrub left my skin renewed and my mind at ease.  In contrast to other spas, this body scrub consisted of holistic ingredients, many of which could be found right on the island.  And after chatting with my spa therapist, I was able to bring home the key tips to recreating the Mango Body Scrub right in my own home.

Mango Body Scrub

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of instant oats
  • 1 cup of castor sugar
  • 1 Tbs of sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops of orange essential oil
  • 1 Tbs pineapple juice

Step 1:
Peel the mango and cut into large pieces.  Add the mango and oats in a blender and blend until mixture forms a paste.  I use the pulse button to make sure large pieces are broken up while ensuring the mixture doesn’t become too much of a liquid.

Step 2:
Pour the paste into a bowl and add the remaining oils and juices.  Stir until blended.

Step 3:
Next, add 1 cup of sugar in the mixing bowl. Stir the mixture until it has an even consistency.  If you feel your scrub is too fluid, you may add more sugar to adjust the consistency.

Step 4:
Rinse your face with warm water. Apply the scrub evenly over your body and massage it into your skin, working in small, tight circles in an outward motion.

Step 5:
Rinse with lukewarm water after using the scrub and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Follow the scrub with your regular moisturizer.

This simple, easy to make scrub is something that you can prepare pretty much any time, without breaking the bank. Using it about once per week can help keep your skin looking smooth and radiant, even on a tight schedule.  Enjoy!

--> Bio: Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have mixed my excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine and rejuvenating beauty remedies to my own home with some of my unique recipes and tips. Enjoy! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Monster Trax Convertible Car Giveaway!

Welcome to the Monster Trax Convertible Car 12-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-On Giveaway!

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I'm so excited to be involved with this amazing giveaway 
hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Co-hosted by Housewife on a Mission

Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently reviewed this Monster Trax ride-on toy. You can read all about it by clicking here. Then, enter to WIN your own Monster Trax Convertible Battery-Powered Ride-On NOW!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day Colossal Giveaway!

The "mother" of all Mother's Day giveaways! 

I'm so excited to be able to bless one very lucky mother with a boat load of prizes this Mother's Day!
Blessing others is so important to me, and I am so very grateful for all the wonderful vendors who donated their time and products for this giveaway! Thank you all so very very much!
Also, a HUGE thank you to Give Oh Giveaway and Diary Of A Not So Wimpy Mom for co-hosting this giveaway!

One very lucky lady will win everything you see below!!!
The Limitless Gratitude Ultimate Gift ($169.99)
The Limitless Gratitude Ultimate Gift is an expression of timeless elegance and grace. Bringing together some of our most extravagant gifts, this package includes a bouquet of 9 pink roses accented with 11 pink Peruvian Lilies with a clear glass vase, a 19-piece box of Godiva® Chocolates, a 1-5/8" genuine amethyst pear drop sterling silver pendant, and a spa set in the scent of soothing lavender.
Click HERE to visit FTD Flowers
Cents Of Style E-Gift Card ($50.00)
Click HERE to visit Cents Of Style
Rodan+Fields By Tracey Cecchetti Independent Consultant 
Personalized Skincare Set ($193.00)
 A custom set according to your personal skin type. The kit includes a wash, toner, treatment/moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Rodan & Fields are the creators of Proactiv.  They have developed these pharmaceutical grade skincare regimens to address the anti aging market.  
Click HERE to visit Rodan+Fields by Tracey Cecchetti Independent Consultant
 Kuhn's Jewelers
Sterling Silver 5-10mm White and Grey Freshwater Cultured Pearl with Rock Crystal with 8" bracelet. ($175.00)
Explore your identity with chic mixtures of Sterling Silver, Freshwater Pearls and Gemstones with our Skinny Jeans Collection. 
Click HERE to visit Kuhn's Jewelers
Unwined Candles 3 Candle Gift Set ($65.00)
  Unwined Candles will be giving away a 3 candle gift set to one lucky Mom! A Grapefruit, Summer of '69 and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere candle will come to you in one of our rustic inspired gift boxes. Made from reused wine bottles, all-natural soy wax, and infused with relaxing scents, Unwined Candles are sure to please! "Every day is a great day to Unwined".
Click HERE to visit Unwined Candles
Lendperk Unlimited Dress Rental Month ($49.00)
Lendperk allows you to discover new fashion brands and rent their dresses for a monthly fee. Lendperk's prize is a free month of unlimited dress rentals!
Click HERE to visit Lendperk
Mary Kay TimeWise Trial Miracle Set ($44.00)
The set offers:
  Step 1) 2 oz bottle of  3-in-1 Cleanser,
Step 2) .5 oz bottle of  Day Solution,
Step 3) .5 oz bottle of  Night Solution &
Step 4) .75 oz bottle of  Age-Fighting Moisturizer
Click HERE to visit Mary Kay Stacie Ennis Independent Beauty Consultant  
Scentsy (by Natalee DeYoung) Mother's Day Warmer and Sugar Cookie wax bar ($40.00)
Mother's Day Premium full size warmer :  Give Mom a gift as elegant and warm as she is. The understated curves and soft mauve finish of Mother’s Day are topped by a luxe medallion of interconnected silver hearts, spangled with sparkling rhinestones.
Click HERE to visit Scentsy (By Natalee DeYoung)
Talk To The Heel Tokyo "Passport To Happy Feet" Kit ($19.50)
• Non Skids 2 pair • Heel Protector Strips 3 pairs • Heel Hero 1 pair • Ball-Of-Foot 2 pair
Click HERE to visit Talk To The Heel
SebaMed Sensitive Skin Care System ($51.96)
- Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash
- Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream
- Sebamed Hand & Nail Balm
- Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion
Discover the #1 German skincare brand and the science of pH 5.5.  Every Sebamed Product is meticulously formulated to a pH balance of exactly 5.5- precisely the pH of healthy skin. This is essential in maintaining your skin's natural hydrolipid barrier against environmental stress. Any other pH level, such as found in soap may leave your skin open to break-down an deterioration. Discover what 150 clinical studies have already shown- pH 5.5 is vital for healthy skin.
Click HERE to visit SebaMed

Toxic Sass Gift Card ($50.00)
Click HERE to visit Toxic Sass
12 Pair of Eyedews Under Eye Gel Pads ($40.00)
Gentle and natural, this all-in-one single-step regimen effectively corrects all that plagues your delicate under-eye skin. Eyedews are nutrient rich jelly pads of Natural Marine Collagen Infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Chitosan and Vitamins C & E  to combat free radical imbalance, sun damage, discoloration, dry skin and wrinkles in the troubled skin under your eyes.  This single use under eye treatment will soothe and smooth your beauty woes, and relax and return you to a more energized, youthful state.
Click HERE to visit EyeDews
Maddyloo Mini Heart Box ($15.00)
The Maddyloo Mini Heart Box is the perfect gift for that someone special on your list.  Available in fourteen different color themes, each adorable heart-shaped box contains seven hair ties guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat.   The Maddyloo no-crease hair ties are the cutest solution for pulling your hair back with enough elastic to keep a ponytail in place, but wide enough to not leave a dent. From camouflage and metallic to rhinestone and tie dyed, Maddyloo has found a way to marry function with beautiful eye (or wrist) candy.   A heart-warming gift this Mother’s Day season, the Maddyloo Mini Heart Box is a great way to show how much you truly care; it’s a gift after her own heart. 
Click HERE to visit Maddyloo
Velvet Pearl Gift Card ($25.00)
Velvet Pearl has searched near & far to create a unique collection of apparel & accessories to tickle your fancy.
7 for all Mankind
Audrey 3 + 1
Citizens of Humanity
Flying Tomato & many more!
Click HERE to visit Velvet Pearl
1 Wrap by It Works! Wraps Jeneid Independent Distributor/It Works Global ($25.00)
The It Works Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with powerful botanically-based ingredients that make up a formula that delivers maximum tightening, toning and firming where applied to the skin. You can expect "ultimate" results from this applicator within 45 minutes!
Click HERE to visit Diamond Wraps
 Bomshell Boutique Beaded Turquoise Set ($42.00)
Click HERE to visit Bomshell Boutique
Nest Boutique Gift Certificate ($30.00)
Click HERE to visit Nest Boutique
Entangled Bliss Custom Hand Stamped Mother Necklace ($32.00)
Click HERE to visit Entangled Bliss
Toppik Hair Building Fibers and Spray Applicator ($66.90)
Toppik Hair Building Fibers is made of all natural, colored keratin protein, in which the fibers blend perfectly with your existing hair, instantly making it look fuller. Toppik blends naturally with hair and conceals scalp, thinning hair, balding spots, etc. It is rain, wind and sweat resistant.
 Toppik Spray Applicator allows precise application of Toppik into thinning areas. Ideal for the hairline, which allows a controlled, fine mist that will diffuse naturally  over the hair and scalp.
Click HERE to visit Toppik
Vantel Pearls by Jen Will 18" White Strand Pearl Necklace ($189.00)
Vantel Pearls by Jen Will is honored to treat a mom to such a wonderful piece of pearl jewelry!!!
 If you have never experienced opening an oyster to find a pearl inside, you're missing out. Jen does home parties where you get to open oysters and then choose a setting from the catalog to have your special pearl mounted! This is an amazing experience, and all while shopping, Vantel Pearls is giving back to our community and making a difference in someone else!
Click HERE to visit Vantel Pearls by Jen Will
8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inch canvas by Lisa Leo on Etsy ($45.00)
This is an 8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inch canvas you can hang on the wall or set on a shelf, mantel, etc. Collage includes vintage page from an art students journal, feather, Egyptian stamp. The background is painted and layered with some textured detail and also lightly antiqued.
Click HERE to visit Lisa Leo on Etsy
Steeped Tea with Allison Tea Set ($29.00)
The original tea collection. 6 of the original teas sold plus an infuser and perfect measuring spoon.
Click HERE to visit Steeped Tea with Allison

Bella Grace Boutique Monogrammed Necklace ($69.99)
18" GF necklace with your monogram engraved.
Click HERE to visit Bella Grace Boutique
Thirty-one Thermal Tote in Painted Floral Print ($18.00)
This Thermal Tote is perfect for taking your lunch to work, snacks on the run or keeping a couple drinks cold during a day on the town.  Valued at $18, it will keep your food cold (or hot) throughout your busy day.  You don't have to hide this thermal bag - it's cute enough, you might just decide to carry it as your purse!'
Click HERE to visit Thirty-one with Rebekah Nolt
Perfectly Pink Paisley Wooden Earring Holder ($18.00)
Click HERE to visit Whimsy Woodcrafts
Deco-Rate It Deco Mesh Wreath ($46.95)
Click HERE to visit Deco-Rate It
City Lips Advanced Lip Plumpig Formula in "Sundiego" ($40.00)
CITY Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper offers the most effective technology and patented ingredients available for increasing lip volume, reducing lip lines and wrinkles and delivering immediate visual results! Fast and painless, our unique scientifically developed formula with an exclusive, proprietary combination of ingredients starts working right away to enhance natural collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin production in your lips. Over time, powerful peptides activate skin’s natural repair system to dramatically restore collagen and elastin, increasing moisture and adding volume to improve the contour of the lips and increase their fullness. HA Plumping SpheresTM, in combination with specific collagen peptides, is proven to be the most effective formula for instant and long-lasting results--and you can only get it from CITY Lips!
Click HERE to visit City Lips
 Southern Side Accessories Beaded Necklace ($30.00)
Click HERE to visit Southern Side Accessories

Grand $ Total: $1,669.29!!!!!

This colossal giveaway is open to all US residents, ages 18 and over.

One winner will be chosen randomly by the Rafflecopter widget.
The winner will be notified via e-mail, so make sure you provide the correct address. The winner must respond within two days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another replacement winner will be chosen.
Giveaway ends at midnight EST on May 10, 2013. The giveaway winner will be announced May 12, 2013 (Mother's Day).

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mother's Day Cookie Giveaway!

2 Lucky Winners!
Gourmet Cookie Bouquets  have found the perfect way to honor Mom this Mother's Day.  
What better way to brighten her day than with fresh baked cookies?  Two lucky winners are going to win their choice of a Mother's Day Cookie Gift valued at up to $80!  The lucky winners will be able to pick their favorite from over 40 different designs on this page.
Life Songs Of A Busy Mom has teamed up with Gourmet Cookie Bouquets to bring you this fantastic giveaway! 
Giveaway sweepstakes is open to all residents of the 48 Contiguous States and only to those 18 or older!
Winners will be chosen randomly. Two winners will receive their choice of Mother's Day Cookie Gift valued at up to $80.  The designs can be seen on the Mother's Day Cookies page.
Winners will be notified via e-mail so make sure you provide the correct address. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another replacement winner will be chosen.
Giveaway ends at midnight EST on May 5, 2013. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by May 12, 2013.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

indyK Ballet Flats Review

indyK Ballet Flats are seriously the most comfortable pair of genuine leather flats that you will ever own! The outer leather molds to your foot and the suede inner soles are super comfy, yet supportive.

indyK is an independent clothing, accessories and shoe brand created for women with a taste for practical, easy chic. For women, who need to be quick-change artists if they are to be ready on time for all their commitments. 

You are going to LOVE these flats! Check out my video review so you can see these flats in action and please stop by indyK to see all that she has to offer. 

Crayola's Big Colorful Birthday Adventure

photo courtesy Crayola

To celebrate their 110th birthday, Crayola's 8 original crayons are 
throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, 
the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. 
Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, 
and you're invited to join the fun!
How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, 
LEARN more about each color, and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday
 and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayloa Experience this coming May, 2013!

Click HERE to enter!

The above information was provided by Crayola. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Scentsy Tilia Warmer, Luna, Welcome Home & Sugar Cookie Review & Giveaway!

Scentsy Review 
 I'm so happy I finally decided to try Scentsy! Scentsy are wick-less candles that are melted in warmers instead of burned. They smell amazing and the warmers make great decorative pieces.

Because the wax is melted, you don't have to worry about a flame, soot or even lead from a wick. This is a huge plus for me.

Below is my Youtube review of the Tilia warmer and also a few of the scents. Make sure to watch the review to find out how you can enter to WIN a Scentsy Tilia Warmer and a Sugar Cookie wax bar.

If you'd like to purchase Scentsy products, please click HERE

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

LeapFrog's Mr. Pencil The Lost Colors of Doodleburg Review & Giveaway!

After reading; writing is the #2 skill parents want their children to master. And when it comes to helping your child with their handwriting; you print out practice sheets, buy handwriting workbooks, bust out the pencil and pad, but what else can you do to make learning to write fun?

Well LeapFrog has come to the rescue with Mr. Pencil The Lost Colors Of Doodleburg Ultra eBook! Join Mr. Pencil, Dot and Dash as they rescue the colors of Doodburg back from the not-so-nice Dr. Dull.

There are six built-in reading and writing activities plus three mini-games that reinforce reading comprehension and word recognition skills. And children can use LeapPad's built-in microphone to narrate the story!

The story is written at three different reading levels that adjust automatically from simple to more complex text as your child builds reading skills. Your child will also build vocabulary and phonics skills.

 My favorite part about the game is how it builds my child's letter tracing skills.
 Your child traces over the letters with their LeapPad stylus to complete the correct letter. With some other tracing games, you have to be pretty precise or the game doesn't recognize that you've traced the letter. I really love how Mr. Pencil uses a larger tracing area that progressively gets smaller as your child masters that skill. Brilliant!

If your child owns either the LeapPad1 or the LeapPad2, and is between the ages of 4 and 7,  I highly recommend you purchase Mr. Pencil The Lost Colors Of Doodleburg for them. This is one great educational tool!

Want to WIN the game cartridge for your child?!?!? Make sure to enter below!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beauty Cook Review & Giveaway!

Beauty Cook offers fun, do-it-yourself remedies for health, home and happy living.
Beauty Cook Volume One includes a recipe guide filled with all-natural, DIY recipes for skin and hair. Also included are four Magic Jars, four stir sticks, and four Magic Jar labels.

I played around with a few recipes and ended up making my personal favorite makeup remover and I also made Beauty Cook's Princess Pout Lip Exfoliator. (For info on how to make your own makeup remover, make sure to watch the video below)

Beauty Cook is a great way to know exactly what is in your skin/hair/body products, because you are the one who makes them!
Check out my YouTube video review below to learn more!

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