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Swimsuit season is almost here! Only problem is that I am not ready! I just joined a gym last week, but I am far from in shape. I am very uncomfortable showing off any skin just yet, especially my arms. They are quite flabby right now.
I was so excited when I found out that Land's End has some adorable swim tees and tunics that will cover my embarrassing areas, but still allow me to look stylish. Best of all, their swim tees and tunics are made out of fabric that protects the skin from the sun's harmful rays! There are many flattering styles to choose from. I chose the swim tunic pictured below. It is so cute!
- Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant
- Lightweight and extra soft for the utmost comfort
- A generous amount of stretch gives you room to move
- Designed to wear over your swimsuit - in and out of the water
- Adjustable side ties let you change the coverage
- Elbow length sleeves
- Fabric provides UPF 50 sun protection
I absolutely love my Swim Tunic! Land's End sent me one to try out. It fits perfectly and feels so comfortable. I can't wait to get the chance to wear it swimming the next time I go to the gym. I am very happy that I do not have to feel self-conscious about my body. (Not only am I currently rocking the flab, I am also very pale.)
I am also excited for summertime when I can wear this stylish piece to the beach and not have to worry about getting a sunburn on my back and my arms. Below, you will see me modeling this tunic. Granted, I do not look half as cute as the model in the photo above, but hopefully I will get there!
To learn more about Land's End or to place an order go to: http://www.landsend.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to revie and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Colgate is proud to expand its oral care portfolio with the introduction of NEW Colgate® Enamel HealthTM - a new line of products uniquely formulated to replenish and polish for stronger, healthy enamel.
When your enamel isn’t properly maintained, it can become rough and more susceptible to damage. But your dental hygienist has the secret to helping to keep your smile beautiful. By polishing your teeth, they go beyond cleaning to replenish natural calcium and gently polish your enamel, making germs less likely to stick. Now you can help maintain the work your hygienist does in between visits everyday with Colgate® Enamel Health TM Toothpaste.
The NEW Colgate® Enamel Health TM Toothpaste helps smooth enamel in two ways:
1. Helps replenish natural calcium and other minerals back into weakened enamel, filling rough spots and making it stronger
2. Gently polishes the enamel surface with gentle micro-polishing action, so germs are less likely to stick to teeth
To complete the line, the Colgate®360°® Enamel Health™ Manual Toothbrush has several features that complement the toothpaste.The uniquely designed bristles help protect enamel surfaces and gums, while the polishing whitening cups gently remove stains for a brighter smile.
For Sensitive Teeth:
Colgate is proud to introduce two breakthrough products, the Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen and Colgate®Enamel Health™ Multi-Protection Toothpaste.
The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen is a new toothbrush system designed to provide rapid* and long-lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. It’s as easy as… BRUSH.APPLY.GO.™
- BRUSH. Brush with your regular toothpaste. The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen is specially designed with extra soft bristles for sensitive teeth and gums.
- APPLY. Twist knob at bottom of the sensitivity relief pen in the direction of the arrows, until gel appears on tip. Apply gel directly at the source of pain and gently massage for 1 minute. No rinsing!
- GO.™ Simply store pen inside brush and repeat steps during your next use.
The newest toothpaste variant Colgate®Enamel Health™ Multi-Protection, provides protection against enamel erosion, sensitivity and cavities in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits all in one toothpaste.
I was sent an amazing kit full of Colgate Enamel Health products to review as you can see in the picture below. I have very porous enamel on my teeth. Therefore, I have had to be extra careful to take good care of my teeth. I had countless cavities as a child and so I am definitely doing everything I can to preserve the enamel on my teeth and to build it up. I am so thankful to have found Colgate Enamel Health products. They will definitely be a part of my daily regimen in keeping my teeth healthy and strong. After using these products for over a week, my teeth feel smooth, as if they have a new coating of enamel. I love the minty freshness of the toothpaste as well as the soft bristles on the toothbrush.
My husband suffers from weakened enamel as well. He also has very sensitive teeth due to the erosion of his enamel. Colgate Enamel Health products for sensitive teeth are a huge blessing for him. He travels every week for work and does not have time to slow down because of dental pain. The Colgate® Enamel Health™ Toothpaste – Sensitivity Relief has really helped him feel relief.
The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen has been the perfect solution for him when the pain gets to be really unbearable and he cannot get to the dentist.
Colgate even sent me a gift card to get ice cream at Baskin Robbins! Now my husband has no excuse not to join me for a delicious cold treat. No more tooth sensitivity for him!
For more information, please visit http://www.colgateenamelhealth.com
Disclaimer: I received products Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Rustic Crust, the maker of organic and all-natural pizza crust and sauce, wants to help you host a family pizza night!
I know it can be a challenge getting a nutritional dinner on the table while keeping the kids entertained, so why not tackle both at the same time with a fun pizza making party.
All Rustic Crust ready-made crusts are:
- Made using traditional, Old World baking methods: Hand formed and double proofed for flavor
- Use delicious, all natural ingredients: Select herbs and spices, no GMOs or artificial ingredients
- Healthy for the whole family: Unbleached whole grain flours, no trans fats and no added sugar
- Convenient ready-made pizza crusts that are ready to enjoy in minutes
- Oversized Rounds for extra value
- Made in the USA
My son, Braxton absolutely loves family pizza night at our house! I was sent samples of Rustic Crust pizza crusts as well as their delicious sauce to review and to enjoy for our family pizza night.
After brushing the crust lightly with olive oil, Braxton adds the yummy Rustic Crust pizza sauce. He spreads it around very carefully!
Next Braxton adds the cheese and after that we added some pepperoni (not pictured.) Braxton's pizza turned out perfect and he got so many compliments from his siblings. That made Braxton feel so proud!
Our family pizza night was a lot of fun. The pizza we made with Rustic Crust pizza crust created a delicious, simple and nutritious way to enjoy pizza from home. I thought this was the best tasting pizza our family has ever had! Now that Braxton has become a great pizza chef we can have him help out every single time!
You can Click here for Rustic Crust’s tips and tricks for hosting a family pizza night.
Did you know that next Tuesday is World Health Day?! Well…neither did I! but I wanted to let you know that there’s DEF a connection between health + beauty. Want to stay on top of it without sacrificing time and energy? Here’s how!
SKIN HEALTH….means SPF and Anti-Aging!
Protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays…it’s really so easy to slap on some SPF before heading out, just make sure to keep reapplying throughout the day depending on how long you’re outside! Here’s my faves for face + lips + body + scalp all with at least SPF 15.
Owner of Wink Brow Bar Umbreen Sheikh also has amazing tips on how to maintain the health and prevent wrinkles of the delicate eye area over time with threading! Yes – THREADING.
Every woman knows how delicate the skin is around the eyes, we’re even told to simply tap on eye products with the ring finger to avoid any tugging or rubbing.
I’ve noticed that women who have waxed all their lives are more likely to have some hooding around the lid and thinner or more sun-damaged skin on the forehead and brow area, whereas women who’ve grown up threading stay younger longer. That said, of course, diet, smoking, stress levels and sun exposure play a big part – actually, more than genetics – but why add one more thing to list of stuff that ages you?
BODY HEALTH….means getting back on track with tips from Selvera!
Nutritionist Amanda Foti details how to maximize your health to improve your beauty routine with a trend forecast of what’s to come in health + beauty!
Today consumers are gravitating towards “natural” beauty remedies rather than the chemical formulas they may have used in the past to achieve the desired younger, brighter looking skin. The recent “inside out” beauty approach is taking off and for good reason! Research is showing consuming a few key nutrients is just as effective as some cosmetics, not to mention cheaper!
One of the most sought after nutrients promising glowing beauty, amongst other health benefits, is DHA found in fish oil. This nutrient, found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, works great to battle blemishes and eczema. Primrose oil, has also been found to enhance skin health. If you’re looking to protect against sun damage, the hottest grab includes beta carotene and lycopene, found in red and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, and beets!
Disclaimer: I was sent product samples in compensation for this post.
Family, work, school, the kids’ soccer games, food shopping – the list continues to grow and free time shrinks.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Sometimes my son, Braxton gets up at night (okay....... all the time) and he heads straight for my (and my husband's bed.) There are times when he trips over and bumps into things in his quest for some night time snuggles. Then when he cries out after bumping into something, that wakes up everyone in the house!
Thankfully, I have found the perfect solution! I absolutely love the Motion Sensor Light Pro LED 6938B Super Bright, Cordless Night Light !
This ruggedized light has 15 super-bright SMD LEDS that emits clear, neutral white light. With approximately 100 lumens, this effectively illuminates 6 square metres if mounted at a height of 2 to 2.5 metres. It has Auto-On-Off settings. In Auto mode, this light turns on only when dark and detects motion within 2.5m. In the absence of further movement, it stays on for 25 seconds before automatically turning off. It uses 3 AA batteries and have approximate lifespan of 90 days if used for 10 minutes a day.
I was sent a couple of units to review, and I decided to put one on the wall right outside of my eight year-old's bedroom door to help him light his way at night when he decides to venture into my bedroom. So far, it has really helped! Braxton does not trip over or bump into things because he can actually see where he is going! Plus, he used to leave the lights on (during the times he actually turned them on) and I would have to get up and turn them off.
It is perfect for under dark cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom, too! I keep my other light in our kitchen cabinet so I can see the pots or pans I need. I like how this light comes with several ways to mount it. There are magnets, a place to put it on a hook, and it also came with and adhesive velcro so you can put it up but have the option to take it down if you need it somewhere else
Can you imagine how nice these lights would be to have during a power outage? That hasn't happened here yet, but I know where my lights are if I need them!
Win! Two winners will be chosen to receive a Motion Sensor Light Pro LED 6938B Super Bright Cordless Night Light (ARV: $18 ea.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
For more information or to place an order please click here
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. In honor of this day, celebrate the natural ingredients from the earth with Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care.
All of Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care’s formulas are Pure Living Energy® for the skin – a collection of pure, organic custom blended skin care products. The products are created from the energy of the earth, plant oils and beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum: This cult classic was the first of its kind, containing only quintessential forms of natural ingredients which work together to fight the signs of aging, keep skin moisturized and strengthen skin cells. With nutrient oils and pure essential oils such as Rose Hip Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Bulgarian Rose Oil, this serum strengthens collagen, reduces wrinkles and protects the skin from UV rays. ($175)
Tammy Fender Epi-Peel: For a smooth complexion, simply coat and dry your skin with this clay mask and peel it off five minutes later. Enriched with hibiscus and grape seed oils, this peel relieves irritation, promotes circulation and removes toxins from the skin. ($80)
Tammy Fender Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange: This multi-vitamin-in-a-jar is prized for its nourishing, anti-oxidant and collagen-stimulating benefits. Neroli helps heal scar tissue, improve elasticity and balance overactive sebum. Calming and grounding, sweet orange enhances the skins immunity and hydration while plant butters moisturize and naturally filter UV light. ($95)
For more information go to: http://www.tammyfender.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to compensate this post.
Miracle Balm Is The Must Have For Every Home!
What’s the one product that can go from winter to spring, treating everything from dry winter skin to post-wax soothing? Miracle Skin Transformer’s Miracle Balm - Miracle Balm is the must have for every home!
This multi-purpose beauty balm is specially designed to immediately hydrate sensitive, irritated skin, while addressing and soothing the multiple sources of aggression and stress. With an endless number of uses such as conditioning lips, hydrating skin, illuminating your complexion, reducing redness and taking the itch and burn out of bug bites and waxes, this innovative formula can be used from head-to-toe to immediately relieve, hydrate and visibly improve distressed skin.
Formulated with Manuka honey, a topical aid native to New Zealand that has specific properties used to fight infection and speed the healing process, Tamanu Oil, an eco-certified ingredient found in the French Polynesian Islands, traditionally used for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties and Organic Palm, Monoi and Moringa butters, which add excellent hydration properties to help soothe dry skin after exposure to sun and other hash elements, Miracle Balm is the ultimate skin soothing solution for the face and body.
My thoughts: I love Miracle Balm! I have been using it on my feet at night. I apply it to my rough heels and the bottoms of my feet and then put on socks and go to bed. In the morning, my feet are miraculously baby soft and ready for showing off in a cute pair of strappy sandals!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
As Earth Month is just around the corner (or for better words – tomorrow), celebrate by giving back with Lavanila! Not only are the products safe for both your body and the environment, Lavanila will be partnering with the Plant a Billion Trees Mission to give back to the Earth in an amazing way.
Lavanila’s Plant A Billion Trees Mission – One Order. One Tree.
For every order placed on Lavanila.com, Lavanila will plant a tree in conjunction with the PLANT A BILLION TREES mission until the Nature Conservancy reaches its goal of 1 billion trees! Since Earth Day 2009, Lavanila has joined the Nature Conservancy’s cause to help restore forests around the globe. As of April 7, 2014, Lavanila has planted 17,421 trees in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program.
I personally love Lavanila products. Their body butters are amazing! I am enamoured by their beautiful and all natural fragrances, too!
Give back to Earth by placing an order at: http://www.lavanila.com/
The Academy Awards has come and gone, but I cannot get the star's gorgeous looks out of my head! From Dakota and Chrissy to Kiera and Margot, stars rocked that red carpet. Want to steal the looks from some of the most stylish celebs of the night? Well, I have got you covered!
Recreate the 50 Shades of Grey star’s lovely, long locks with
Mia Beauty’s faux hair ponytail, ponytail wrap and clip-in bangs. For her pretty pout, a red gloss from Gerard Cosmetics screams red carpet ready.
Mia Beauty Clip-n-Bangs, $15 via www.miabeauty.com
Mia Beauty Clip-n-Pony, $30 via www.miabeauty.com
Mia Beauty Tonytail, $8 via www.miabeauty.com
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Summer Sun, $24 via www.gerardcosmetics.com
On hand to support her Oscar-winning husband, Chrissy Teigen wowed the red carpet with her vampy lip and glamour waves. Recreate her look with a deep hued Gerard Cosmetics lipgloss, a pearly white smile with Whitening Lightning and a design lotion like Topganic’s, to keep hair sleek and fly away free.
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Plum Crazy, $24 via www.gerardcosmetics.com
Topganic Design & Sculpture Hair Styling Lotion with Obliphica Oil, $11 via www.topganic.com
*I received a sample of this amazing styling cream! I apply it to my freshly washed hair and it smells heavenly! It leaves my hair so very soft and with a lot of gorgeous waves.
Whitening Lightning Dial-A-Smile Professional Teeth Whitening Kit, $99 via www.whiteninglightning.com
Best Supporting Actress Nominee and mom-to-be Kiera Knightly stunned the crowd with her elegant look. Get the starlet’s bold brows and pretty pout with Gerard Cosmetics, while topping off loose waves with a Mia Beauty embellished headband.
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Berry Smoothie, $19 via www.gerardcosmetics.com
Mia Beauty Embellished Headband, $20 via www.miabeauty.com
Gerard Cosmetics Brow Bar to Go, $28 via www.gerardcosmetics.com
Short hair don’t care! Margot Robbie debuted a new shorter ‘do on yesterday’s red carpet. Recreate her sultry look by adding a drop of Topganic’s oil to your tresses, to keep it sleek and shiny. Finish with a Gerard Cosmetics lipstick for a bold lip and fill in brows to complete the look.
Topganic Intensive Oil with Argan Oil from Morocco for Dry & Colored Hair, $13 via www.topganic.com
Gerard Cosmetics Brow Bar to Go, $28 via www.gerardcosmetics.com
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Fire Engine, $19 via www.gerardcosmetics.com
Disclaimer: I received product samples to review and to keep. All opinions are are my own.