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If you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift or a unique birthday gift for that special little someone, you cannot go wrong with a personalized children's book. A personalized book is a gift that will be treasured forever!
Your child can take a trip around the world, while learning his or her ABC's, with the award-winning ABC's Around the World personalized children's book!
ABC's Around the World gives children a peek into 26 different countries, helping them learn their ABC's through fun, rich, and colorful worldwide topics. ABC's Around the World concludes with an interactive page to help the child learn the importance of citizenship and how they fit into this big, beautiful world, as well as Fun Fact pages that highlight information from each of the countries in the book. The child's name will also appear on those pages with letters from his or her name, increasing letter recognition. Perfect for your toddler and preschooler!
My friend, Jenna gave birth to her first baby a few months ago and I wanted to get her something special that did not include the color pink or any ruffles. (I LOVE baby girl clothing, but she had already received enough clothing to fill her closet to the ceiling!) So, I decided to give her a personalized copy of ABC's Around the World.
Jenna absolutely loves the book. Her husband is in the military, and they move quite a bit, so I thought ABC's Around the World would be quite fitting. It turned out perfectly! (I don't have a photo of the book I gave to her because I didn't want to post her baby's information online.) ABC's Around the World is a book that will be enjoyed for years to come.ABC's Around the World, as well as the original My Heritage Book and the recently released, My Sleigh Ride Around the World, can be found online at www.myheritagebook.com
Another Valentine's Day has come and gone, yet the tantalizing aroma of chocolate still lingers on your lips! But why should all of the chocolately fun be over? How about WEARING a chocolate fragrance every single day? Ah, a dream come true! Mod Perfumery by Good Earth Beauty has created a delicious chocolate scent called, Chocolate Amour. Hopefully your significant other will be able to resist the temptation and not nibble too much on your ear!
Perfume - Chocolate Amour
Chocolate Amour is a seductive and lingering chocolate fragrance – the unsweetened chocolate acts as an aphrodisiac with notes of vanilla and bitter orange. An ideal fragrance to offer for your chocoholics. ..35 oz roller bottle.
Mod perfumes are highly concentrated (they contain no diluting agents like alcohol or water) You only need to use a small amount - it should last throughout the day.
Mod Perfume for Good Earth Beauty is vegan, organic, cruely free and gluten free.
Organic Olive Squalane, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Natural Orchid Extract, Pure Essential Oils and/or Natural Fragrance Oils.
Enter to win! Two winners will be chosen to receive a Chocolate Amour .35 oz roller bottle fragrance. (ARV: $22 ea.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: https://www.goodearthbeauty.com
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
Have you made a New Year's Resolution to make your skin look younger? Although you cannot turn back time, now is the moment that counts! You can start today by using skin care products that are guaranteed to bring back that youthful glow to your skin, while fighting wrinkles and firming your skin. To find affordable, yet effective skin care look no further than your local Target for MD Complete.
MD Complete Skincare was created to provide access to dermatologist-level results without a prescription. MD Complete transforms gold standard dermatologist prescribed skincare protocols into simple, effective and complete regimens at a fraction of the cost of prescription regimen counterparts.
To prove the brand’s dermatologist-level skincare results, the January issue of Journal of Drugs in Dermatology features a double-blinded, randomized split-face study comparing the results of an MD Complete regimen with the #1 anti-aging regimen prescribed by dermatologists, Obagi NuDerm. The study results prove that patients prefer MD Complete, with findings revealing that MD Complete delivered nearly 3x better results, with the products being 4x easier to use vs. Obagi.
I received two of MD Complete's top-selling products to review. They are as follows:
MD Complete Anti-Aging Advanced Wrinkle Corrector
WHAT IT IS
- Uniquely hydrating and high potency Retinol treatment
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and lifts & firm skin
- Smoothes & evens skin tone and texture for a younger-looking complexion
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
- You’ll see visible results and feel it working the moment you begin using it
- You'll notice improvements in 5-7 days, with results that continue to improve over time
- The ingredient delivery system accelerates and improves results
- *Results may vary by individual
WHY I LOVE IT
I use this product immediately following washing my face. It does give off a bit of a stinging sensation, but it definitely tightens up my skin and makes all of my fine lines and wrinkles vanish. My skin looks 20 years younger!
Anti-Aging Youthful Skin Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50
WHAT IT IS
- Sheer, fragrance-free sunscreen
- Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection
- Moisturizes and hydrates
- Designed for use with professional treatments
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT
- Very sheer, light-weight sunscreen
- Absorbs quickly and can be used with highly concentrated products and rich moisturizers
- Leaves a beautiful, matte finish
- *Results may vary by individual
WHY I LOVE IT
This amazing sunscreen completely absorbs into my skin and dries quickly without leaving any greasy residue. I am able to apply my foundation over it. I am very excited about my Anti-Aging Youthful Skin Sun Shield because it is the perfect makeup primer. I can wear it under makeup or just alone. I will be headed for Hawaii this summer, and will definitely be taking this product with me!
My skin looks as good as it did when I was in my twenties!
At a fraction of the cost, MD Complete products range from $19.99—$39.99. For more information, visit: http://mdcompleteskincare.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. Any opinions are my own.
Timed with the release of Zoolander 2 and Fashion Week, we all want to make a statement with “really, really ridiculously good looking” skin! These products will have you runway ready to strut whatever your style is with confidence.
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection provides instant hydration. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence ($19; Lavanila.com).
Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial contains the Korres Phos Compound, a proprietary blend including a brightening agent and stabilized vitamin C. Day after day, week after week, uneven tone and dark spots will continuously improve. After only 14 days you'll see skin that's brighter, more even-toned, and exceptionally radiant ($48; Sephora.com).
Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Cream SPF 30 is formulated with a bio-copper complex that helps correct the most visible signs of aging. It uses three effective technologies to revive, improve and protect your skin while recapturing a youthful appearance ($69; Kohl’s).
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products. Any opinions are my own.
Meet Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, perhaps the best cleanser of all time to share with your man. First and foremost, the bottle is white. Not pink. It's classic and unisex with a pump dispensing system, meaning its man proof! - am I the only one convinced guys are genetically programmed to lose caps?
Enriched with a natural moisturizing complex of vitamins and soothing allantonin, it rinses away completely for healthier, smoother, hydrated skin. Plus, it's a dermatologist developed wash with pH value of 5.5, the exact pH of healthy skin (body, face and scalp).
Oh, and the fact that it's under $20 means you won't squirm every time your significant other squeezes a palm full of the stuff into his hands. It's already the #1 selling wash for sensitive skin in 85+ countries, including its native Germany, and is now available stateside at CVS, RiteAid and Walmart.
I truly love my Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash! It smells extremely fresh and clean. I love that I can use it to wash my face as well as my body. I love how it thoroughly, yet gently removes all traces of my makeup, even my eye makeup without stinging my eyes!
It also makes the perfect sudsy lather for shaving my legs. My skin is left soft and moisturized. My husband loves it too!
For more information go to: https://www.sebamedusa.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are my own.
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a significant other, best gal or with some much-needed “me” time, there is no one better to show love to than yourself!
Give yourself the gift of great skin with the new KORRES Wild Rose Brightening Oil.
KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil is an ultra-concentrated vitamin C oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C. It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture
You can purchase KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil on Sephora.com
Disclaimer: I received samples to accompany this post. All opinions are my own.
ARE YOU READY? INTRODUCING DEMI LOVATO’S CAPSULE “LOVATICS COLLECTION” WITH N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR THAT WILL HAVE LOVATICS FEELING CONFIDENT
What’s wrong with being N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR confident? Lovatics can now bring out their inner beauty and look like a star with Palette Eye Shadow, Lip & Cheek Tint, Mascara & Eyebrow Liner created exclusively by Demi Lovato.
As N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR’s ambassador since January 2015, Demi Lovato is celebrating her first anniversary by launching the highly anticipated “Lovatics Collection,” as a thank you to her loyal fans, the Lovatics. Demi seamlessly manages to emulate her cool and fashionable lifestyle through the collection allowing fans the ability to create their own unique city approved looks.
“I am so excited to share my first makeup line with N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR. The Lovatics collection is a true representation of my bold style and provides endless opportunities to rock your own individuality. One of my personal favorites, the Palette Eyeshadow, is a must-have that allows you to create your own unique look with 12 versatile nude shades!” – says Demi Lovato.
The new fashionable Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99) features 12 nude shades and allows you to channel Demi’s confidence all while showcasing your natural beauty. Your eyes will look naturally effortless with the Natural shades.
I cannot believe that all of my favorite eye shadow shades are all in one pallette! I have waited all of my life for this!
Lovatics by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint ($3.99) will have you blushing because of its’ unique see-through texture and color. Go ahead, apply two strokes on the apple of your cheek with a brush or your fingers and blend it in for an instantly upbeat look. Then apply on your lips, adding more coats to build color to create a bolder, sexier look.
You will radiate as the long lasting formula adapts to your unique skin tone, matching your cheek and lips without missing a New York minute. N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint comes in these four seductive shades: 001 Cheeky Pink, 002 Cheeky Red, 003 Cheeky Strawberry, 004 Cheeky Berry
I love how these tints blend perfectly into my skin and look completely natural. And for my lips? The color is subtle and stays on all day long.
No collection is complete without Mascara. Up to 11X more volume and up to 64% more length will have you shouting for a Broadway encore. Get iconic length, extreme volume and Demi’s seduction in one stroke with the exclusive shaped Dual-Fiber Brush. The brush’s small and rigid black bristles catch and reveal even the smallest unnoticeable lashes, while long and flexible red bristles instantly pump up the volume lifting the curtain on your lashes. A high wax formula enriched with beeswax to build volume and carnauba wax further enhances your lashes for the stage. Lovatics by Demi Volume & Length Mascara($4.99) is available in black.
Want that little detail that changes it all? The secret is out with new Lovatics by Demi Eyebrow Liner ($1.99). Complete your perfectly poised look like your favorite stylishly cool star and create a work of art with long wear color that easily defines natural brows in high definition. The pencil easily glides for color application while the built in brush enables you to groom and shape your brows for a masterpiece only suitable for the Met. Make the difference in shades Medium Brown and Dark Brown.
I am LOVING Lovatics by Demi Lovato for NYC New York Color! The eye shadow colors complement me perfectly, as if they were made just for me! I love the natural, earthy tones. The cheek/lip tints give me a fresh and natural pop of color without being overbearing. The eyebrow pencil is great, too. I love the little brush on the cap that grooms any unruly brow hairs. And the mascara makes my lashes look full and lush.
Here is a photo (below) of my finished look that I have achieved using the Lovatics by Demi Lovato for NYC New York Color collection.
N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR Lovatics Collection by Demi Lovato is available at Target and Walmart.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
February is National Heart Health Month. Did you know that more than 610,000 people die each year in the US alone from heart disease? That is one in every four deaths, making it the leading cause of death in both men and women. It is no surprise then that the American Heart Health Association recommends eating fish two times per week in an effort to support overall cardiovascular function and reduce the incidence of heart disease. Why? Because thousands of clinical studies have shown that increased intake of EPA and DHA – the omega-3 essential fatty acids naturally found in fish and fish oil- have many cardiovascular benefits.
But simply including fish in your diet may not always be sufficient and there are also concerns over environmental contaminants. Supplementing the diet with a high-quality purified fish oil guarantees the recommended dosage of omega-3's to support heart health, particularly for anyone with existing cardiovascular disease.
Nordic Naturals, the #1 Fish Oil Company in the US, understands the importance of combining fish oil supplementation with a heart-healthy diet rich in whole, nutrient dense food, such as the Mediterranean diet along with an active lifestyle to support heart health. Their range of supplements contains a number of pure, fresh, high quality omega-3 formulations that support cardiovascular health from maintenance all the way to high concentration supplementation in a number of delivery systems such as soft gels, liquids, gummies, and emulsions.
Ultimate Omega 2X
The next generation of fish oil, Ultimate Omega® 2X features Nordic Natural's new, ultra-concentrated omega oil. In a slightly larger soft gel that delivers 1000 mg EPA+DHA, this powerful concentrate offers one or two soft gel serving options to meet a broad range of unique nutritional needs.
- 2000 mg EPA+DHA per serving
- Highest-concentration triglyceride-form omega oil
- Serving options tailored to meet a broad range of nutritional needs
- Achieves American Heart Association recommended doses for heart health
- Unmatched support for heart, brain, & immune health
Nordic CoQ10 Ubiquinol™ provides 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) ubiquinol to support cellular energy production and cardiovascular health.* Ubiquinol is the active antioxidant form of CoQ10, a fat-soluble molecule found in nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the body, which helps transform food into energy. It is ideal for people who may be deficient in CoQ10, or for individuals with cardiovascular conditions, those taking statin drugs, or for anyone over the age of 40 looking for extra antioxidant support. Ideal companion to any Nordic Naturals omega-3 product.
- 100 mg coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) ubiquinol in extra virgin olive oil
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Supports cellular energy production
- Helps neutralizes free radicals
The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr Ozner
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer—all diseases that have been scientifically linked to diet—are at an all-time high. But there’s a way that’s been successful for millions of people for thousands of years: the Mediterranean diet.
In The Complete Mediterranean Diet, top cardiologist Michael Ozner offers the traditional Mediterranean diet—clinically proven to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and numerous other diseases—with the latest scientific findings in health and nutrition to create a diet that’s easy to follow.
Thank you, fish, for giving us your precious oil so that we can be healthy!
My family has a history of heart disease on my mother's side, and so I am determined to do all that I can to keep my heart healthy. I don't eat fish often at all, and most omega-3 supplements that I have tried give me the grossest fishy aftertaste. Thankfully, Nordic Naturals has created omega-3 supplements that do not bother me at all. The
Ultimate Omega 2X capsules have a lemon flavor and are easy to swallow.
The CoQ10 supplements have really seemed to boost my energy levels. I never get tired during the day like I used to. I have been taking both of these supplements for about a month now and I have definitely been healthy this winter.
I haven't read the The Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr Ozner, but I plan to do so. Flipping through it, however, I can see that there are a lot of enticing recipes from appetizers to desserts that look easy and delicious. Each recipe has nutritional information which makes it easier if you're counting calories, carbs, fat grams, which is great. I can't wait to try some of the recipes!
Enter to win! One winner will receive the following prize pack: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 2X, Nordic Naturals CoQ10 Ubiquinol and a copy of The Complete Mediterranean Diet a book by Dr Ozner. (ARV: $130)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information go to: http://www.nordicnaturals.com/
Disclaimer: I Received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
Celebrity makeup artists create thousands of diverse looks to suit their clients' occasions, but they all begin with the basics: Smooth, hydrated and even-toned skin. Getting that glow is less complicated than you may think!
Makeup artist and hairstylist, Alexa Rodulfo's current beauty obsession is NeoCell Super Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid! Alexa states, "The beauty market has wonderful products to make your skin glow and look healthy and flawless. I do believe is very important to take care of the inside as well.My current beauty obsessions? NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid (blueberry) as it acts as a powerful aid in skin hydration and NeoCell Super Collagen as it's great for your skin, hair, nails and joints."
Makeup Artist Helen Robertson, who works with Allison Janney, relies on these moisturizers to prep Janney's skin for photo shoots. She says, "I applied Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream for sensitive skin on Allison's face prior to makeup, to liven and enrich Allison's skin. I massaged Sebamed Moisturizing Body Lotion for sensitive skin all over Allison's body for a rich, reflective glow."
NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid - Blueberry Liquid. Hyaluronic Acid is a water-loving nutrient that hydrates the body and promotes skin elasticity. It promotes cell turnover and is known as Nature's Moisturizer due to its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Studies have shown that by adding Hyaluronic Acid to your daily beauty routine it can improve skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema and psoriasis, as well as dry, scaly skin.
My skin has never felt so hydrated! No other moisturizer that you apply to your skin works quite like NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid. It hydrates from the inside out. My skin has that youthful glow all over. My dry patches and psoriasis have vanished.
$29.95 at Whole Foods Market, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, CVS
NeoCell Super Collagen +C. This nutrient rich, all natural formula provides the body with potent beauty building essentials for radiant skin, thicker hair and stronger nails. At a 90% absorption rate these specific amino acids (hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine) are necessary to replenishing our own body's collagen supply - which in turn help to minimize ﬁne lines & wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, support bone matrix, strengthen nails and thicken ﬁne hair.
This product is definitely one of my favorite beauty supplements on the market! My skin looks years younger after simply using it for two weeks. Now that I have tried NeoCell Super Collagen +C with such amazing results, I cannot imagine ever not using it.
$19.99 at Whole Foods Market, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walgreens, CVS.
Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream. This richly nourishing, non-greasy hydrator is ideal for repairing sensitive, dry or problematic skin. It deeply hydrates for a noticeably softer, healthier complexion upon application and is ideal for minimizing redness or flaky skin prior to makeup application. It's made with soothing Vitamin E to naturally guard against free radicals, which can cause premature aging.
I love how this cream is so rich and moisturizing, but not at all heavy or greasy. I even dot a little bit of it onto my eyelids when they are dry, and it doesn't bother my otherwise sensitive skin.
$14.99 at Sebamedusa.com, Walgreens and Target.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
INTRODUCING NEW COLGATE® ENAMEL HEALTH™ MINERAL REPAIR™ TOOTHPASTE
A New Oral Care Product that Helps Repair Weakened Enamel with Vital Minerals
We all make decisions every day that help us live a healthy lifestyle, whether it’s getting out of bed to exercise a few days each week, eating healthy, balanced meals or drinking water throughout the day. However, what you may not be considering is a simple step in your daily oral care routine to help keep your enamel strong and healthy.
Everyday eating and drinking can weaken your enamel, making it easier for germs to build up, but brushing with the new Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ Toothpaste helps repair weakened enamel with vital minerals, like natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel. Additionally, this new toothpaste provides protection against sensitivity and cavities with continued twice daily use, while also providing whitening and fresh breath benefits.
Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair™ Toothpaste
- Helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel
- Provides protection against sensitivity and cavities, in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits!
Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Whitening Manual Toothbrush
This new toothbrush is designed with:
- Polishing Spiral Bristles to help whiten by removing surface stains
- Whitening cups to hold toothpaste as you brush
- And, their unique tongue and cheek cleaner that helps remove more bacteria than brushing teeth alone with an ordinary flat-trim toothbrush
As long as I can remember, I have trusted Colgate for my dental needs. I love Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste! I have been 'blessed' with weak enamel and have thus endured many cavities throughout my life. (My children have unfortunately inherited that from me.) Thankfully, Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair has come to the rescue and is helping my family to keep our tooth enamel as strong as possible. It also makes my mouth feel extremely clean and fresh.
Colgate's 360° Enamel Health Whitening Manual Toothbrush is my newest favorite toothbrush, too. It almost feels like a spa experience for my mouth! I love it!
For more information go to: http://www.colgateenamelhealth.com/home
You can find Colgate products at Available at mass retailers, grocery and drug stores nationwide.
Disclaimer: I received product samples from Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes. All opinions are my own.