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Hurray! My Degustabox for October arrived! I get so excited whenever the mailman brings it, because I know that within moments I will be enjoying some fabulous goodies!
This month's box certainly did not disappoint! Below I have listed a description of the goodies I received as well as my opinion of each product.
This Numi's Mini Sampler is pocket-sized and contains 8 premium organic teas and herbal teas: Aged Earl Grey, Rooibos Chai, Breakfast Blend, Gunpowder Green, Jasmine Green, Orange Spice, Moroccan Mint, and Chamomile Lemon. At an affordable price, this miniature treasure is a great way to discover new favorites. My favorite so far is the lemon. It is soothing and delicious.
These delicious crispy bagel snacks are so satisfying and flavorful when you are craving a crunchy snack without heavy calories. They also have a cinnamon flavor that I love.
This product has no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, no hydrogenated or intersterified fats, no Mono and Diglycerides and no modified food starch. At just 4g net carbs, each tortilla is packed with 3g of protein, 24% of your recommended daily intake of fiber, and has only 45 calories. Made with unbleached wheat flour, these tortillas are simple, soft and tasty. Go forkless and wrap up your next meal. I made fajitas, and these tortillas made all of the difference. So good!
Palo White Cheddar Popcorn: Intense cheddar flavor with a touch of elegance! Fans of all ages love our All Natural White Cheddar popcorn for its great taste and smooth, creamy texture. Made with pure coconut oil, non-GMO seed, salt, and REAL cheddar cheese. It's amazing how so few ingredients can produce such a mouth-watering taste sensation! This popcorn is now my favorite popcorn on the earth!
I love Jones Soda! Jones Soda is known for its variety of flavors featuring cane sugar as well as its innovative labeling technique that incorporates always-changing photos sent in from its consumers. Jones product lines are available through traditional beverage retailers and non-traditional outlets. Pumpkin pie flavor is amazing!
Energems are the cleaner, healthier and tastier way to get the energy you want, when you want it. They are bite-sized chocolate energy supplements made with delicious dark chocolate and just the right amount of caffeine plus vitamins B and D. With no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. One serving, or three gems, is the caffeine-equivalent of a cup of coffee or an energy drink. It's energy that feels as great as it tastes.
These wafers taste like rich, dark chocolate candy. I love them!
Be sure to check out Degustabox on their website and social media channels:
US Site: https://www.degustabox.com/us/
Germany and Spain Instagram accounts:
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
From long car rides with squirming toddlers to airport delays, keeping kids entertained and safe while traveling this holiday season, isn’t always so easy.
And you know what else is not so easy? Thinking of the perfect gift for all those busy parents on your list, as there is always so much they could use. Luckily, the latest from The Moodsters and Diono make shopping a breeze with products perfectly designed for any on-the-go family!
Diono Travel Dreamliner Bassinet is designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities. Whether at home or away, baby is kept comfortable and secure with a well-padded mattress, adjustable hood for directional shade and integral insect net. The cozy sleep space is well ventilated with mesh side panels and the removable mattress cover makes cleaning a breeze. Dreamliner can be folded in seconds and comes with a carry bag for easy portability. (Amazon.com; $49.99)
Diono Travel Pal is designed to keep books and toys neat and organized. It has a deep cargo bin for toys and lots of pockets for smaller things, too. It also has insulated drink holders and the entire cargo area is waterproof – just in case. Travel Pal fits between two child car seats and it’s big enough to hold everything for both children. (Amazon.com; $15.99)
The Moodsters Feelings Notebook is a new creative tool to help kids express what they are feeling. Including five jumbo feelings crayons, (one representing each emotion) and a 50-sheet Feelings Notebook, this gift is perfect for kids to draw and color their feelings during travel. (Toys R Us; $11.99)
The Moodsters Plush Characters and Sticker Activity Books are the perfect solution to keeping the little ones entertained during long car rides. Five different characters each personify an emotion that all children experience daily and comes with a fun activity book. (Toys R US 16.99)
Happy Travels! For more information on The Moodsters go to: http://themoodsters.com/
For more information on Diono go to: https://us.diono.com/home/
*Product sent. All opinions are my own.
The weekend will be upon us before we know it. (Not soon enough, actually.) Sunday is the perfect time to relax as much as possible and get yourself focused for the week ahead. Face masks and hair treatments are just a few of the much needed pampering sessions that are perfect for this special day.
Below, I’ve listed some of my very favorite, head-to-toe beauty rituals (perfect for lazy Sundays!) that you can do right from the comfort of your couch or bed! Sounds blissful, doesn't it?
1. Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restorative Mask Treatment: If your hair is in need of some extra TLC, after the hot tools and extreme weather conditions of the week, try this mask treatment from the Mane Choice! Enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this product will immediately begin to repair and restore dry and damaged strands. Formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and infuse your hair with high-quality vitamins and nutrients. After shampooing, apply a generous amount from root to end. Massage gently into hair, especially the ends and distribute evenly. Leave on for 15min or an hour! $17.99, themanechoice.com, Target, Sally Beauty Supply, Rite Aid.
Incorporate deep conditioning and leave-in conditioners into your regimen every 7 to 14 days to ensure that your strands stay hydrated, longer. Always rinse out your conditioner with cool water. It helps lock in moisture, close the cuticle, and boosts shine!
–Ebony Bomani, Master Cosmetologist & Educator of The Mane Choice Hair Solution
2. fango ESSENZIALI Mud Mask Treatment for Face + Body: Get an at home spa experience with this mineral-rich mud mask designed to calm and soothe problematic, irritated and tight feeling skin. Providing a revitalizing surge of skin soothing ingredients, the CALM mud mask transforms skin from tight and dull to luminous and healthy in as little as five minutes. $32.50 (7 oz. jar) at Macy’s and Macys.com.
- Mineral-Rich Mud: Derived from the earth, this powerful ingredient is infused with minerals that work to purify pores, exfoliate and clarify the skin without drying it out.
- Lavender Extract: Eases the appearance of fine lines while reduces tightness, calming the skin and soothing the senses.
- Lemon Seed Extract: Helps fight against pollutants on the skin with powerful antioxidants.
3. neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum and neuBROW Brow Enhancing Serum: Treat the sometimes forgotten hair on your face with these serums formulated to enhance and moisturize brows and lashes.
neuLash This nutrient-rich formula delivers benefits beyond conditioning. neuLASH is fortified with Active Eyelash Technology® to dramatically improve the weak appearance of eyelashes in just 30 days. Pumpkin seed extract nourishes the lashes and helps lashes look more luxurious than ever. $150, skinresearchlabs.com or Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s
neuBROW This potent serum is formulated with an exclusive Dual-Weight Protein Complex™ that restores the appearance of youthful brows, promoting suppleness and shine. It delivers beautiful, more defined eyebrows in just 60 days. Sweet almond protein creates a protective layer, bringing softness and brilliance to the brow line. $150,skinresearchlabs.com or Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s.
4. Arbonne Intelligence® Lip Treatment: Give your lips some love with this targeted formula that features the proprietary ingredient Phytinol™, which helps soften the appearance of fine lines on the lips and contours, and supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Lips feel replenished, hydrated and moisturized. Also enhances the appearance of lip volume and multitasks as a primer for lipstick or gloss. $38, arbonne.com
*Product en route. Any opinions are my own.
Fall is here and the weather has been insane! This past weekend we have seen intense storms with massive rain, scary wind gusts and power outages. When the weather gets crazy, my ten year-old son gets very anxious. I am thankful to have discovered Moodsters plush toys and activities that help children to understand and deal with their feelings and emotions. During the frightening storms, my son enjoys sitting down with his Moodsters Feelings Notebook.
The Moodsters Feelings Notebook & Feelings Crayon Set is a new tool to help children express what they are feeling through creative play. The Set consists of five jumbo Feelings Crayons, each representing a different emotion (happy, sad, loving, angry, and afraid), and an accompanying 50-page Feelings Notebook in which kids can draw and color their feelings. The Notebook also offers a unique Moodster strategy for handling each key emotion.
Since my son still gets scared at night, I got him the Moodsters When I Feel Afraid Sticker Activity Book with Talking Plush (Quigly.)
Talking Plush and Activity Book~
The new Moodsters Talking Plush Characters represent the five Moodsters detectives, who personify the emotions that all children experience in their everyday lives: happiness (Coz), love (Lolly), fear (Quigly), anger (Razzy), and sadness (Snorf). Each plush character articulates sayings and suggestions specific to the emotions they represent, and each comes with a 32-page activity book that helps kids learn about emotions while they’re having fun.
This Quigly plush creature is so adorable! He helps to show you that it is okay to be afraid and that you can overcome your fears. "Even when I'm scared, I still have courage inside!" says Quigly.
The Moodsters are a team of five little detectives who help kids solve the mystery of feelings. Soft and huggable, Quigly can find things to be scared of everywhere he turns until he remembers to think "Brave"!
The Moodsters When I Feel Afraid Sticker Activity Book with Talking Plush - Quigly Features:
- Build emotional intelligence (EQ) skills with the Moodsters
- Soft and huggable plush
- 7 phrases help kids explore the emotion of fear and learn strategies to discover the courage within themselves
- Comes with Sticker Activity Book for more fun and learning
For more information go to: http://themoodsters.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The memories are vivid. I can still feel the dampness of the fog as it settled all around me. I shivered while waiting for the bus in the dark. My knees trembled from cold, my lips getting severely chapped by the howling October wind. I despised school anyway, and mornings like this just made it worse. Licking my lips left them cracked and bleeding. The only thing that could make my morning better was tucked away in my purse: my trusty tube of Carmex® Lip Balm.
Of course, this unpleasant memory that is seared into my mind is of the two things I hated most in life, school and chapped lips.Thankfully, Carmex saved my lips and made them kissably soft in no time. (That was a very good thing because I liked to kiss boys a lot back then.)
Many moons later, I still trust Carmex to protect my lips. I keep a tube (or twelve) on my nightstand. I religiously apply it before bed. I keep a tube in my purse, in my makeup bag and in all of my coat pockets. You will never find me without my Carmex.
Guess what's in my purse?
My favorite Carmex product is their new Carmex Comfort Care™ Lip Balm
Comfort Care is made from a natural blend of soothing colloidal oatmeal, fruit seed oil and delightful flavors that help restore moisture for smoother, healthier, naturally beautiful lips. It comes in watermelon, mixed berry, and sugarplum. These balms really hydrate my lips and the flavors are great.
I have always enjoyed the Classic Lip Balms as well. There is nothing quite as soothing as Carmex's medicated, cooling formulas that work deep down to protect and heal dry, chapped lips. These classic balms come in tubes, jars and sticks.
Another one of Carmex's products that I cannot go without is their Fast-Acting Cold Sore Treatment. I make sure I always have it on hand for myself and my family because cold sores are nasty, painful and can happen any time, especially as the weather gets colder. It is very soothing and helps the sores to heal quickly.
For more information go to: https://www.mycarmex.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Celebrate this Holiday Season with Beautiful Ribbons from May Arts!
The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends and giving, and better way to give a gift than have it beautifully wrapped and tied in a big, beautiful bow with May Arts ribbon? Give your loved ones a gift they won’t want to open because the present is just that beautiful! May Arts produces some of the most high quality and beautiful ribbons on the market and with its superior design it is sure to awe your family and friends this season!
Not only can you use May Arts Holiday Ribbons for wrapping, but to decorate your home! Nothing says elegance like bright, colorful, thick ribbon cascading down the railing of your staircase. Or, picture the perfect touch to your Christmas tree being ribbon delicately twirled around your ornaments, or weaving in and out of the centerpiece for a family feast. With May Arts, the sky’s the limit! If you can dream it, May Arts can provide it!
May Arts Holiday collection is the perfect way wrap up the season and provide beauty in each gift you give!
May Arts offers a variety of different products featuring:
- Decorative Ribbons for Apparel, Crafts, and Floral Design
- Lace Ribbons
- 100% Silk Ribbons
- May Arts’ Signature Adhesive Ribbons
- Trims & Embellishments
- Gift Tags
- Banners & Garland
About May Arts
May Arts was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler. The May Arts Ribbon line is distinguished by its superior quality and classic design.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing the most epic costume ever! What better way to start then with transforming your locks into anything you can imagine? John Frieda Tools and ColorMetrics STREEKERS have just made it that much easier to do so.
Pump up the volume with John Frieda Full Volume Dryer $49.99
The only heat styling tool you’ll need to get high volume hair. Blowouts become a breeze with the John Frieda® Full Volume Dryer, a breakthrough blow dryer that gives you the power to produce effortlessly glam looks.
Or smooth it out with John Frieda Satin Finish Flat Iron $54.99
Pin-straight hair has never looked sleeker or felt softer. The revamped, premium flat iron now features generously sized 1 ½” inch plates that allow for quick, easy straightening using an advanced ionic generator.
Lastly, add a POP of color with STREEKERS $5.98
Boldhair color to complement every costume.This Halloween take your transformation to the next level with temporary hair color from Streekers.Whether you’re going spooky or celebrity this season, there’s a perfect Streekers hair hue to accessorize every disguise.
Looking for the perfect hairstyle for the fall and upcoming holidays? Ever wonder how to achieve super straight hair flawless that has just the right amount of volume? With these best-selling tools from Gold ‘N Hot you can easily, and surprisingly, create this perfectly polished do yourself!
Gold ‘N Hot Professional 1875 Watt Ionic Ultra-Lightweight Dryer with Tourmaline ($39.99, Folica.com): This ultra-light dryer outputs tens-of-thousands of negative ions to dry hair faster with less damage resulting in healthy, shiny, beautiful hair. Tourmaline conditioning emits negative ions heat to reduce static frizz and seal in moisture. With 2 Speeds and 6 heat settings, you can achieve any hair style.
Gold ‘N Hot 1” Ceramic Crimping Iron ($36.00, SallyBeauty.com): Who would’ve thought crimpers were still cool? It’s hairstylist’s best kept secret to achieve volume. Separate the hair and use the crimper on the under pieces. Hold at root and see an instant lift. Gold ‘N Hot’s easy to use crimping iron has ceramic plates with seal-in conditioning that leaves you with silky-soft hair. With a quick 60 second heat-up, you’re almost ready to rock.
Gold ‘N Hot 1″ Professional Ceramic Straightening Iron ($39.99, SallyBeauty.com) : This iron’s ceramic floating plates are made to eliminate gaps between plates and create the ultimate polished look. With a quick 60-second heat-up and easy access controls, your styling time is cut down. Ceramic plates distribute heat evenly for fast styling and seal in moisture leaving your hair shiny, silky-soft, frizz-free.
With a new season comes new beauty innovations! Update your shower with these must-have beauty items. From a bubbling cleanser to a coconut-oil infused body wash and a conditioning hair mask to a wet skin moisturizer, we’ve got you covered with all your shower care needs from head to toe!
Exfoliate bumps and dead skin cells for skin that’s bright and smooth to the touch! The Spa @ Home Foaming 02 Bubble Cleanser contains micro bubbles that draw out dirt, makeup, and other impurities, while the potent extracts of orange, lemon, and tea tree give this cleanser its superior exfoliating and brightening abilities. (Walgreens, $19.99)
Clean up and smell great with Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Body Wash. This is a sulfate-free body wash that was created for an active life in motion. Coconut oil infused with proprietary Smartsport Technology gently tackles post work-out sweat, dirt and oil while hydrating rosehip and aloe deliver a silky, smooth shave. Bursting with breezy freshness, skin is left clean, soft and invigorated. (Lavanila.com; $16)
Soak in the moisture and compliments with the KORRES Almond & Linseed Hair Mask. Prevent breakage and split ends with this natural hair mask formulated with organic extracts found only on the Greek island of Crete. Hydrating almond and nourishing linseed help smooth and control damage, while vitamin B3 and provitamin B5 help restore hair’s appearance by improving shine, feel, and flexibility. These actives also protect against mechanical damage due to hot styling and environmental stress. The result is healthier hair that is instantly smoothed from roots to tips. (HSN.com; $26.50)
Keep skin hydrated and moisturize daily before you step out of the shower! Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is a revolution in wet skin technology that doesn’t simply calm, smooth and soften, but also heals dry skin and restores your body’s ability to retain its own much-needed moisture. The water-activated properties penetrate deep into skin’s surface all happens in the shower – no rinsing required — so you can just dry off, dress and go! (Mass retailers and drugstores; $10.99)
As the cooler weather creeps in, you can still embrace the hidden warmth of fall with Molton Brown's new sultry floral Rosa Absolute Collection. Inspired by an ancient Italian practice of a rose representing secrecy, Molton Brown utilizes the rose scent as a depiction of the Late Renaissance period. With its deep rose hue and Royal Warrant of Her Majesty the Queen on every bottle, the Rosa Absolute Collection illustrates luxury and opulence at its finest.
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Body Wash ($30)
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Body Lotion ($42)
Molton Brown Rosa Absolute Eau de Toilette($65)
*Post in exchange for product. All opinions are my own.