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When it comes to monthly monthly subscription food boxes, my very favorite is Degustabox! Each month I receive a large box filled with full-sized goodies from Degustabox. There's always something sweet, something salty, something healthful and something to use in a recipe....plus more! More often than not, I am introduced to foods that I would have not otherwise have tried. I have discovered many new delicious treats that I had never heard of. Degustabox is so much fun. I look forward to it every month!
March's certainly did not disappoint. Below are the wonderful goodies that were included in this month's box.
This delicious cereal has sweet coconut, scoops of wholesome almonds, crunchy flakes & clusters. It's whole food with whole grains, fiber and nutritious ingredients in each bite. I love it!
At Elmhurst we use an innovative milking process that allows us to produce a delicious, whole food, non-dairy milk that contains all of the nutrition of whole nuts with a superior creamy texture without ever using industrial stabilizers, emulsifiers or gums.
7Days soft croissants are a wonderful combination of soft croissant pastry with a rich creamy filling. They are great as a breakfast food or as an on-the-go snack.
For more information, or to get your monthly Degustabox, go to: https://www.degustabox.com/us/register
Are you ready for the colder winter months to be over and for spring to arrive? We sure are! One of the most exciting things about the arrival of spring is being able to update your wardrobe from jumpers, hats and scarfs! However, updating your wardrobe for the new season does not have to be an expensive affair and below we have easy and affordable tips and tricks to help you update your wardrobe for spring.
Look at What You Already Have
Before you hit the shops, it is important that you first access what you already have in your wardrobe. This can be a real money-saver as not only can you find older, forgotten pieces that are now back in fashion, it means you won’t be wasting money buying doubles or purchasing new clothes and accessories that do not match with your current wardrobe! Your wardrobe should at least have a few basic pieces for spring such as jeans, t-shirts, lighter jackets, casual flats, cardigans, blouses and a lovely handbag. This is the foundation for a great wardrobe and you can then mix and match items to get the most use out of it!
Update Your Accessories
One of the quickest and easiest ways that you can update your wardrobe for the new season is to update your accessories. Some new jewelry or a gorgeous brightly coloured bag can add a completely different vibe to an outfit and make it feel brand new. It definitely adds an extra oomph! Inexpensive on-trend jewelry can improve your look without breaking the bank, so you can walk into spring in style. If you are looking to update your wardrobe with a new bag or some or some trendy jewelry, we would recommend checking out Firefly and Lilies, who offer a range of stylish handbags and fantastic jewelry (their clearance section is definitely worth checking out of you’re after a bargain!).
Mix and Match Your Wardrobe
As we just briefly mentioned, you can always mix and match your wardrobe to create outfits that then feel brand new. If you tend to wear the same outfits all the time, why not try mixing them up to create a wide variety of different outfits. You can always purchase a few extra pieces that will match with multiple pieces in your wardrobe to give you a few more outfit choices.
Take Advantage of Sales
At the end of each season, our favourite stores normally have some great bargains just waiting for you to pick up. March and April is prime time for sales, which is perfect for those who are looking to update their wardrobes! This is an affordable way to get more for your money when it comes to updating your wardrobe for Spring.
Invest in Classic Shapes
If you are going to go for a more pricey item to update your wardrobe with, make sure you are getting your money’s worth by investing in classic shapes and colours that will not go out of style. This then means you can get plenty of wear out of it through the seasons!
Baby shower cakes are a fun way to be creative and to improve the decor at any baby shower party. The cake typically is not sliced until the end of a baby shower, so it is frequently one of the main things that your guests will look at and comment on during the shower. Impress the guests at your next baby shower with these adorable cake ideas.
1. Sculpted Cakes
Cakes sculpted into beautiful images are certain to impress your guests. For a long time, shaped cakes were only available at specialty boutiques. However, more and more stores are starting to carry cakes in fancy shapes. Now you can get a cake shaped like a cute baby carriage. Popular shapes for baby showers include babies, booties, and animals. More elaborate sculpted cakes may end up looking like entirely realistic baby baskets, toys, or other themed items. If you think the price for this kind of cakes might be a little above your budget, you should know that there are plenty of bakeries ready to make your dream cake come true for a reasonable price. Check out the prices for a Costco baby shower cake, for instance. You will be more than pleasantly impressed.
2. Gender Reveal Cakes
A gender reveal cake typically has an adorable outside design with pink, blue, and white patterns. On the inside, it contains either dyed cake or a dyed filling to match the gender of your baby. This can be a fun way to turn the cake cutting into an interactive event, and you get to learn the gender of your baby at the same time as all your loved ones. Some bakeries will let you provide them with a sealed envelope that includes the baby's gender. If you would like more secrecy, you can always send someone besides the parent of the baby to order the cake.
3. Ultrasound Picture Cakes
For a baby shower on a budget, an ultrasound picture cake is the ideal solution. Many small cake shops and local grocery stores can print an edible image on a cake. As long as you have had an ultrasound, you can put a picture of the little guest of honor right on the cake. Those who want something a little more colorful than a black and grey image can make a frame of colorful frosting around the picture for added flair.
4. Elegant Baby Shower Cakes
Over the past few months, one of the growing baby shower trends is an increase in luxury. People want baby showers to be sophisticated and mature events where all of their guests can be wowed by the host's elegance and style. Therefore, baby shower cake trends are moving away from cutesy, simplistic designs iced on a flat sheet cake. The modern baby shower cake tends to be a more elegant and traditional cake with multiple layers and tasteful geometric or floral designs.
5. Fruit Topped Baby Shower Cakes
Baby shower cakes are typically viewed as sugary sweet cakes topped with candy and piles of frosting. However, a growing number of new parents are starting to move towards cakes that use fruit as the primary means of decorating and flavoring the cake. This can be a nice option for a mom dealing with gestational diabetes, since each slice of cake is served with a hearty helping of fruit. Figs are particularly stylish right now because they represent peace and prosperity, but other popular choices include strawberries, blueberries, and other pink or blue fruits.
6. Classic Story Cakes
A literary theme is sure to make all your guests nostalgic for their childhood. Favorite fairy tales, children's books, or children's movies can all be adorable themes for a cake. To make sure that the cake still looks like a baby shower cake, try to stick to a pastel color theme that compliments the characters portrayed on the cake. These sorts of cakes often include tri dimensional cake toppers to make them look even more impressive.
All of these baby shower cakes can be used to wow the guests at any baby shower. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you do not need a massive, monstrous cake to impress people. Selecting a tasty flavor and an adorable design will make the baby shower cake the center piece of your part.
Looking for the perfect hairstyle to break into spring? Super straight silky hair that shines is absolutely possible (at least before the rain starts pouring down)! With these best-selling straightening irons from Hot Tools, you can easily create a flawless look. When it comes to thermal tools, it's important to make the right decision so that your hair stays healthy through every press. These irons can reach high heats of 455°F, while their Micro-Shine® finish makes it much easier to create a perfectly polished look without damage.
NEW! HOT TOOLS 1 ¼" BLACK GOLD™ DIGITAL FLAT IRON (MSRP: $79.99) This is the best-in-class styling surface ever offered by Hot Tools® Professional. It emulates the even heat distribution capability of our 24k Gold styling surface for beautiful consistent results. Black Gold™ also combines Titanium’s durability and corrosion-resistance to styling products with our Micro-Shine® finish to minimize friction and reduce damage to your hair.
NEW! HOT TOOLS 1" BLACK GOLD™ XL FLAT IRON (MSRP: $79.99) This is the best-in-class styling surface ever offered by Hot Tools®Professional. It emulates the even heat distribution capability of our 24k Gold styling surface for beautiful consistent results. Black Gold™ also combines titanium’s durability and corrosion-resistance to styling products with our Micro-Shine® finish to minimize friction and reduce damage to your hair.
I love the look of my hair when I straighten it. My husband loves it too, but I tend to stay away from doing that because it doesn't take much to damage my fine hair. After learning about these new Hot Tools flat irons, I am thinking about trying the sleek, straight, shiny sexy look again!
Here's how I look with straightened hair. What do you think?
When it comes to anti-aging products, I can honestly tell you that some are just a bunch of hype. They don't deliver on their promises of youthful skin, and are a huge waste of money.
In my ten years of being a beauty product reviewer, I have tested hundreds of products. I can honestly say that Rodan & Fields works the anti-aging miracles that it claims it does. In fact, Rodan & Fields is a company that I believe in enough to actually sell their products myself if I ever decide to go that route. For now, I am happy to review their amazing products.
I was given the chance to try out their Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen, Lash Boost, and Intensive Renewing Serum.
Redefine Hand Treatment Regimen
Our hands are among the hardest working and most environmentally vulnerable parts of our bodies. That's why the backs of people's hands often look so much older than their faces. To defend against the telltale signs of skin aging, Rodan & Fields created the REDEFINE™ Hand Treatment Regimen. It visibly brightens, diminishes visible redness and reduces the appearance of brown spots, wrinkles and thin, crepey skin.This set includes the REDEFINE Brightening Hand Treatment and the REDEFINE Age Shield Hand Balm, but you can purchase each one separately.
Our necks and hands are the first areas that begin to show age, and are the first areas to age the worst if you do not take care of them properly. The skin on our hands is thin, and years can take their toll. It is important to pamper them. Using sunscreen on the backs of your hands is very important! I am only just now starting to remember to use it. The age shield hand balm has an SPF of 30 and makes it easy to remember. I keep it in my purse and swipe it on as needed. The brightening hand treatment is amazing as well. It is a nice hand cream that makes my hands feel soft and moisturized. I don't have age spots on my hands yet, thankfully. Maybe I never will if I keep up this hand care regimen from Rodan & Fields!
Intensive Renewing Serum
Experience the visible skin firming, smoothing and revitalizing benefits of powerful Vitamin A without a visit to the dermatologist’s office. REDEFINE™ Intensive Renewing Serum is the closest you can get to prescription-strength Vitamin A without a prescription. With Retinal-MD™ Technology, 20 times the strength of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum harnesses the skin’s own renewing powers to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. This formula is not only stronger than Retinol, it’s smarter too. Specifically designed to be tough on the signs of aging — not on your skin — it’s gentle enough for everyday use on nearly all skin types. (60 Capsules)
I have been using one capsule a day of Intensive Renewing Serum for two months. A little goes a long way. I apply it to my face, neck and upper chest area. I love it because I am a firm believer in the importance of using Retinol in your skin care regimen, but unfortunately I get a bad reaction to it (Retinol). Thankfully, Intensive Renewing Serum is very gentle on my skin. You cannot really tell by my photo above, but the serum comes in small gelatin capsules that you twist the top off of, and apply it to your skin. The serum is so silky feeling, and it absorbs instantly. It makes my skin feel perfect and so soft. I use it right after I wash my face, usually at night before bed. It has helped my skin to look and feel very young and beautiful.
Get the appearance of lush, longer-looking lashes in as little as four weeks with ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost™.* This nightly eyelash-conditioning serum features a unique proprietary formula that improves the appearance of lash volume and length for lashes that are 100% real, 100% yours. In weeks, you’ll be wondering if you need mascara at all.
Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with Lash Boost! It is pure heaven. My eyelashes were short and nothing to brag about. I always used several coats of mascara and a lash curler to make my lashes stand out.
After using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for about six weeks (every single night before going to bed, AFTER washing my face and removing all makeup.) I apply it along my upper and lower lash lines.
My lashes have grown so much longer, thicker and darker. They almost reach my eyebrows! They are lush and beautiful. I get numerous compliments on them, and the compliments that mean the most are from my husband who usually never notices things like that.
This is such a miracle! My lashes are so long that they curl. I even have to comb them and untangle them each day! Now I only need one coat of mascara and I am good to go! This is so much fun for me. Even when I am not wearing mascara, my eyelashes look perfect and beautiful.
I also apply Lash Boost to my eyebrows a few times each week. I used to pluck my eyebrows and the hairs never quite grew back, but now they ARE back! I have my eyebrows back! This is one product that I never want to be without!
This photo doesn't really do my lashes justice, but can you see how long they have become.
For more information, go to https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Iconic fashion brand Vera Bradley has partnered with Pennsylvania publisher Fox Chapel Publishing on an exciting and gorgeous new gift wrapping paper collection! I am very excited to get the chance to use it.
Just as founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller envisioned their elegant designs brightening up airports many years ago, the company has once again imagined their colorful patterns bringing beauty and joy to the pleasure of gift giving. Vera Bradley and Fox Chapel Publishing are pleased to launch five gift wrapping paper books, which include gift tags that you can customize and color in, to celebrate life's many milestones.
The giftwrap series includes:
- Baby Bump Wrapping Paper
- Birthday Bash Wrapping Paper
- Happy Holidays Wrapping Paper
- Oh Happy Day Wrapping Paper
- Wedding Belles Wrapping Paper
Oh Happy Day!
"Fox Chapel Publishing is proud to bring the fashionable world of Vera Bradley patterns to the gift market," says Alan Giagnocavo, Fox Chapel Publishing president. "With 20 sheets of high-end matte wrapping paper in each book, the gift of giving will have an added layer of beauty."
I am thrilled with my Vera Bradley Giftwrap Collection! It is so elegant, and I am excited to wrap up gifts for my family and friends with this gorgeous wrapping paper. I find myself staring at the beautiful designs and patterns. I can't wait to get the chance to put it to use.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Making the perfect Easter Basket for your family can be mission critical for a successful holiday weekend. The spring collection of watches from Armitron includes the most perfect pastel colors to compliment your readers’ festive baskets and at the right price. Starting at $25, Armitron watches are not only affordable but also extremely fashionable.
My husband and I love our Armitron Watches. I love how fashionable they are and the quality is amazing! You would never know that they are as inexpensive as they are!
Even with outside childcare available, there is going to come a time when you are going to have your kids home while you need to study. Perhaps one of your children will be home sick with the flu. What are you going to do when you have dueling responsibilities? At best-dentalassistantschools.com, aspiring students can locate schools with the dental assisting education programs they desire to attend. You can study while still caring for kids, but you have to be mindful of the time you have available. Read below to learn how to manage educational and study needs along with the needs of growing and developing children.
Studying with a Baby in the Home
Just when you go to crack open your textbook, you will probably hear your infant begin to stir through the baby monitor. Caring for children under 12 months of age is hard work. They need their diapers changed, you have to warm up bottles several times a day, and most of all they need lots of love and attention. The best thing you can do when you have a baby at home is study when they’re sound asleep. This can be easily accomplished by putting your baby on a schedule.
Distracting Toddlers While You Hit the Books
Toddlers are slightly less needy than infants, but they are also prone to get into mischief if they aren’t watched carefully. You won’t get much studying done when your toddler wants to play, eat, or has a tantrum. Thankfully, toddlers take long naps in the middle of the day, which should leave you with at least one hour of interrupted time to study during daylight hours. At night, when your toddler is fast asleep you can hit the books once again.
Working with Elementary School Age Children While in College
By the time your kids are ready to enter elementary school, going to college becomes much easier. From around 8 or 9 a.m. until at least 2 p.m. you can be sure to have loads of time available for studying. Children in this age group generally need help with homework after school, so you might find yourselves studying together at the kitchen table.
Making It Work in Middle School
In middle school, your child should be old enough to get him or herself ready in the morning. Your child might also be able to get to school independently or report to the bus stop on time without any assistance from an adult. You’re going to want to get the bulk of your studying done while your middle schooler is away as your child will want to monopolize your time on the weekends and whenever you are available.
Studying Together with High Schoolers
When your child gets to the point of attending high school, you will start to see a real change in behavior. This will be a strange and beautiful time for you both as your child blossoms, develops a social life, and a definitive identity. At this age, your child will know that you need time to study for your dental assistance program.
It will be harder for a person with kids to complete dental assisting school than a single person, but it is doable. In addition, you will have a household with kids who look up to you because of your dedication. Don’t feel bad about making time for yourself to study - it’s what has to be done to achieve greatness.
As the weather keeps reminding us, winter is still hanging around. (Dang it!) That’s why we still have to make sure our skin is getting the hydration it desperately needs in the cold weather. My skin is so confused, and it is suffering from dryness.
Check out the below from DDF Skincare, Baby Bum and Smashbox to help keep your skin moisturized until the summer can come again.
Get the ultimate hydration with DDF Skincare’s Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew
An oil, fragrance and dye-free moisturizer for sensitive skin. Contains SPF 15 to help protect against UVA UVB sun damage. The formula with humectants, Aloe Vera, Vitamins A, C and E provides comfortable hydration.
Perfect for cracked hands and skin, the Baby Bum Natural Monoi Coconut Balm is not just for babies!
Massage, pamper and soothe dry, sensitive skin with our plant based multi-purpose balm. Inspired by the pacific islander’s coveted coconut oils which are infused with tiare flower petals (monoi) to keep baby’s (and mom’s) skin smooth and moisturized.
Skip a step getting ready with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primerizer
Get primer + moisturizer in 1! Primerizer delivers 24-hour hydration plus powerful primer benefits in the lightest possible texture. It was created in our L.A. photo studio to instantly increase moisture by 127% & prep skin for makeup in 1 step. This non-greasy, quick-dry formula acts as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation & makes it last.
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Sephora’s #1 body care brand, Sol de Janeiro’s secret to Insta-worthy, touch-me-now skin – the NEW Brazilian Bod Buff – is finally launching on Sephora.com!
The smoothing mask n’ scrub is a fun, full-body experience that will reveal your most radiant skin. You can mask it up from head-to-toe for a purifying retreat that will detoxify and sooth your skin or use it as a scrub on wet skin to exfoliate and polish, OR both! Either way, you’ll buff your way to that sexy Brazilian Babe skin!
Plus, celebrity makeup artist (known for the stunning looks of Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra) Sir John, has dubbed the product his ultimate secret for getting his celebrities glowing and ready to hit the red carpet.
Love It. Flaunt It. You’ve Got It.
NEW! Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff ($25; LAUNCHING NOW on Sephora.com & March 30th in-stores)
Smoothing Scrub ‘N Mask for Touch Me Now Brazilian Skin
Take your body on a well-deserved vacation and polish yourself to perfection for Brazilian Babe skin. This full-body experience reveals your most radiant skin yet. You’ll feel and smell incredibly deliciously. Polish, smooth, detoxify… play!
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I personally use Sol de Janeiro’s products and I love them all! My husband even uses my body spray!