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Sometimes after a long day I cannot wait to just crawl into my bed. My husband who works swing shifts can relate as well. After complaining about a flat pillow and sore neck night after night, I was given the opportunity to try out a Snuggle-Pedic bamboo pillow, just for my tired, hard working man.
Snuggle-Pedic pillows are made using the higher quality U.S.A. made materials and are manufactured in their own factory! With their ability to manufacture their own products directly, this allows them to create their pillows tailored to constant feedback and improve their products, creating high quality pillows. They ensure that each pillow is generously filled. Each pillow has a convenient zipper inside and outside of them, allowing stuffing to be taken out which will reduce the thickness and increase the softness of the pillow.
What makes a Snuggle-Pedic bamboo pillow so special? On the inside it is filled with a combination of shredded style memory foam with a kool-flow micro-vented bamboo cover over it which keeps the pillow from getting too warm. After sleeping in these hot Utah summer temperatures, it is so nice to have a pillow with a cover that keeps it nice and cool.
My husband loves it so much he doesn’t want to share it with me. After only a couple nights sleeping with the Snuggle-Pedic pillow, he has noticed he’s had a much better night of quality sleep and no sore neck. No more tossing and turning.This pillow is definitely worth it!
With a 20 year warranty, Snuggle-Pedic additionally offers a 120 sleep trial with free customizations. Now sleep can get easier with a customized pillow. It is also simple to wash by simply taking off the outer bamboo cover and throwing it in the washer and dryer.
My husband has been sleeping very peacefully with this pillow. He wakes up feeling more refreshed and has none of his usual complaints.
I highly recommend Snuggle-Pedic pillows, because sleep is so worth it!
For more information go to: https://www.snugglepedic.com
I love learning about natural beauty remedies and organic ingredients that I can use at home to create my own beauty products! Have you ever heard about Maguey Sap?
I just learned about 100% Organic Maguey Sap that is the perfect ingredient for at-home beauty masks and scrubs. Salviana has recently introduced their product that is 100% Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO and Chemical Free. When combined with common ingredients (oats, salt, or sugar), it results in a scrub that leaves skin polished, glowing and refreshed.
About Raw Maguey Sap:
The MAGUEY is an ancestral plant that lives in a semi-desert area, with little to no rain fall. It reaches maturity between 8-12 years old, and flourishes only once before ending its lifecycle.
It survives in this hostile environment by storing a nutritious sap in its wide and thorny leaves called “pencas”.
Check out these amazing DIY recipes, developed by Denielle Nicole Wegrzyn for Salviana:
Sweet Salviana Scrub
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn brown sugar
1 tspn raw organic oats (for calming)
1 tblspn extra virgin olive oil
-mix, scrub or leave on for 15 mins-enjoy exfoliating!
Salviana Nana Mask
2 tbspns Salviana
1/2 under-ripe baNANA
1/2 tspn of ground cinnamon
-mix, leave on for 15 mins and chant blemishes be gone!
Yo, get your Salviana mask on!
1 tblspn Salviana
1 tblspn plain greek YOghurt
1/2-1 tbspn matcha green tea powder
-mix, add more yoghurt if needed, leave on for 15-20 mins-enjoy feeling calm and bright!
Are you interested in the next big lip trend? Doctor Lip Bang Lip Freak Tints are 100% natural, using a blend of pure essential oils. The ultra buzzing balms provide extreme moisture and protection for your softest, most sensitive skin with a variety of scents and colors.
The new line brings pigment rich, buildable color to Lip Bangs signature lip balm formula. Offering four captivating shades: Nude Attitude, Sweet Villain, Pinky Swear, and Bleeding Heart.
Nude Attitude provides a sheer hue for that natural just-rolled-out-of-bed look. For full, fruity lips that can sweet talk their way out of trouble, check out Sweet Villain for a fun, berry shade. For a deep, romantic look, grab a tube of Bleeding Heart.
Doctor Lip Bang's products are 100% natural, containing zero synthetic chemicals or harsh preservatives. Every balm is made from the highest-grade plant-based extracts and premium beeswax available. Only using the best and healthiest ingredients, Doctor Lip Bang believes that what you put in and on your body should be good for you! Additionally, no product is ever tested on animals.
Make your pout stand out with Doctor Lip Bang! Website: www.lipbang.com
You’ve probably seen a lot of realistic dolls during your lifetime. However, the thing that most people don’t realize is that there are lots of different classifications for these items. One of the most popular product groups are reborn silicone babies.
Unfortunately, given that these baby dolls are usually sold online, there is a good chance you’ve never noticed them. This is a real shame as reborn baby dolls are probably the most unique toys you can buy. Craftsmen creating them are able to replicate human form to a detail that is sometimes becomes scary. In fact, it is common for people to mistake reborns for real human babies.
If you wish to learn more about this item, make sure to read on!
What are reborn baby dolls?
Reborn baby dolls are extremely realistic dolls. Artists who create them focus on implementing numerous details that are common for babies. For example, hair on these dolls will be hand rooted and high quality fiber will be used for it. Sometimes, artist will use unique wigs. Acrylic is used for eyes making them clear and vivid. However, the thing that is probably the most authentic is the skin.
During the process of reborning (creation of a reborn doll) artist will paint an object several times over. This will make the paint “stick” but will also provide numerous layers. Artist will even add veins making the doll that much more lifelike. It’s also very important to add some color to cheeks and face; reborn babies look very warm and healthy. Additionally, lips and nails will be painted as well.
It doesn’t stop here. As reborning evolved, artists started competing to make even more realistic products. Nowadays, it is common for artists to provide accessories to a client: within a package you will get things such as pacifiers, blankets and even birth certificates. There are even dolls with umbilical cords (as if they just exited mother’s womb).
Even though all of these things add to realism, they can also make a weird and scary impression.
Uniqueness of the item and pricing
Back in the day, reborns were made by taking an existing doll and modifying it. Over the time, the whole industry started blooming and these items became more popular. As a result many doll companies started providing kits with parts, tools and instructions that will help a beginner create her first doll.
Even though most people create them by using kits, they are still quite unique. Today they are among most popular collectables and enthusiasts spare no expense in getting some of the famous pieces.
Due to their uniqueness and manual labor involved, their prices can be quite high. Cheapest dolls can be found for 40 to 50 dollars while the most expensive ones go for thousands and thousands of dollars. Like with any artistic form the name of the artist plays a big role and this can additionally increase the price.
Interesting thing about these dolls is that people rarely see them as your regular toys. Yes, you can buy it as a gift for your child but most people choose not to do so. This might partially be due to the fact that the dolls require lots of attention (certain things can be easily damaged) and their price is higher than that of regular toys.
Nevertheless, they are extremely popular among collectors. They are sometimes even used by medical professionals and other educators who need a proper humanlike model for their classes. Pregnant women may use these dolls as tools for learning how to behave with small kids.
Another interesting thing about them is that women who suffered a loss often buy them as a way of coping with trauma. Although it sounds rather dark and disturbing, it seems that some people have found relief in having a reborn baby doll.
If you love artistic expression and good craftsmanship than these dolls may be just the thing for you. Reborn baby dolls are definitely unique and for some people even scary; however that doesn’t mean we should neglect time and skills invested in creating these original doll pieces.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for....well, you know the rest! It wouldn't be summer without a tribute to ice cream, especially with #NationalIceCreamDay coming up on July 15. In honor of the sweet stuff, we put together this guide to hosting a stress-free ice cream social in your backyard. After all, ice cream parties are an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get everyone together during the warm weather months. So let's get started!
Host an Ice Cream Social
Set the Scene
Once you've picked a date and sent out invites, it's time to assemble everything you need for your party.
- The setup: Summertime is the perfect excuse to be carefree, so keep things simple! Do a buffet-style setup with bowls, spoons, napkins, toppings, etc., so kids can make their own sundaes in an assembly line fashion. Add paper tablecloths and balloons in cheery, pastel colors to mimic an old fashioned ice cream parlor. Display a chalk board to welcome guests and announce the day's flavors.
- The ice cream: Stick to classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry since they'll serve as a great base for all the toppings you'll have on hand. Consider adding one carton of a popular "fun" flavor like chocolate chip cookie dough or cookies 'n cream, but don't feel the need to overdo it with options. If you're hosting the party outside, keep your ice cream cartons in an ice-filled cooler to prevent them from melting.
- The toppings: Fill colorful little bowls with kid-approved toppings like chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, crushed peanut butter cups and, of course, Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Don't forget the chocolate syrup and whipped cream!
Put Together a "Sweet" Playlist
Set the mood by creating a playful music soundtrack themed around sweets and treats, with a mix of nostalgic, kid-friendly songs. Our suggestions to get you started:
- "Ice Cream Man" by Tom Waits
- "Peppermint Twist" by Joey Dee & The Starliters
- "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by Marvin Gaye
- "Tutti Fruitti" by Little Richie
- "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops
- "Blueberry Hill' by Fats Domino
- "I Love Rocky Road" by Weird Al Yankovic
- "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles
- "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
Play a "Cool" Game
Delight little ones by adding an ice cream-themed game to the agenda. We love "Pin the Cherry on the Sundae"—a riff on the classic party game "Pin the Tail on the Donkey."
- Draw a picture of a large ice cream sundae on a poster board, or simply print out an oversize photo.
- Give each kid a construction paper cherry with double-sided tape on the back.
- One by one you'll blindfold each guest, spin them around, and instruct them to place the cherry as close to the top of the sundae as they can.
- The guest who places the cherry closest is the winner and gets to make their sundae first. YUM!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Go Organically Fruit Snacks prize pack
How? It's easy! Enter to win by using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
When it comes to skin care, I look for products that help me age in reverse. Yes, it is possible! With Rodan + Fields, your skin can actually look younger. It is NOT a bunch of hype! I have been blessed with the opportunity to review Rodan + Fields products once again, and I cannot say enough good things about this company and their miracle products. No other skin care company has given me the results that Rodan+ Fields has.
One sad fact about life is that we all have to age, and I hate that. I plan to do everything in my power to look as young as possible for as long as possible. I have tried out and tested hundreds of different anti-aging products over the years, and Rodan + Fields has proven to be the most effective skin care regimen I have ever used.
I begin my day with washing my face with the Daily Cleansing Mask. I love this cleansing mask because it draws out the impurities from my skin. I simply wet my fingertips, and massage this amazing product onto my face, neck, and upper chest area, and leave it on for about 3-5 minutes before I rinse. I usually rinse it off in the shower. I use it both morning and night. It has such an uplifting, fresh fragrance.
My skin is left feeling soft and purified! I never experience any breakouts or oily skin at all when I use this cleanser morning and night.
The next part of my skin care regimen that I use after cleansing, is the Pore Minimizing Toner. I apply it with a cotton ball both morning and evening. It removes any excess oil, makeup traces and dirt. It makes my pores look invisible, and makes my skin feel fresh.
Next, I apply the Intensive Renewing Serum.It is so satisfying to pop open the little pre-measured capsules that contain the perfect amount of product that I apply to my face, neck and upper chest area. It gives my skin such a soft, yet firming texture. This serum contains vitamin A, which is 20x stronger than Retinol! Who knew? This serum is pure luxury!
The third step is the moisturizer. In the morning, I use the Triple Defense Moisturizer in the morning, which completely hydrates and protects my skin with an SPF of 30, and in the evening I use the Overnight Restorative Cream. My skin is left perfectly hydrated, youthful and radiant!
Lastly, I have found my soul mate of all beauty products, the one and only Lash Boost eyelash serum. I never knew a product could change my life as much as Lash Boost has. I have had people come up to me and actually 'swoon' over my long and lustrous lashes. (That includes two men, shhh! Don't tell my husband!"
The fist photo below is of me, fresh out of the shower (so please excuse my messy freshly washed/towel dried hair.) I wanted to show you what my lashes look like without ANY mascara on them. (Of course I had to put on lip gloss so I wouldn't feel totally naked!) I don't think my camera even shows how long and thick my lashes are. they are shockingly long!
I don't even think this photo below does my lashes justice, but I am not kidding you, I have to DETANGLE my lashes with a dry lash brush every morning before I put on mascara! I have even had to trim them. I LOVE IT!
For more information about Rodan and Fields go to: https://www.rodanandfields.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
There’s no need to sacrifice your makeup look during the summer months. Instead, embrace the heat wave with the NEW WUNDER2 Super-Stay Liquid Eyeliners that are available TODAY.
Available in 5 bold shades -Electric Blue, Orange Pop, Red Velvet, Glazed Chocolate, Gold Mine – these liquid liners contain a waterproof and smudge resistant 24-HR formula that will last throughout the day, adding ultra-pigmented color to any eye look. Now you can create any look you desire based on your mood, from polished and precise to super dramatic and winged out – there’s a color for all your summer festivities this season.
For more information go to: www.wunder2.com
Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company and the leader in unique veggie-rich foods, helps kids and parents get more veggies into their diet. In fact, vegetables are the primary ingredient in all of their items. They are also made with only clean/simple ingredients, Gluten Free, non-GMO certified, nut free and kosher. This has led to an expanded product line and true game changer of innovation in the frozen food category. The product line is perfect for a quick or on the go breakfast, in the lunchbox, as an after school snack or desert. And, since it’s the dog days of summer, it’s also just right for camp, picnics, the pool or beach!
Garden Lites products can be found nationwide, including distribution in Costco, Kroger, Meijer, Target, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and many more retailers. The line also has the prestigiousGood Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval, which is the first health-conscious, lifestyle-aware seal in the food and beverage industry.
The new and expanded products include:
Garden Lites® line of muffins include some the brands best sellers. The Chocolate Muffin’s first two ingredients are zucchini and carrots and are 33% veggies. Heat in the microwave OR just let them thaw, to enjoy a decadent experience for only 120 calories.Garden Lites muffins come in a package of 6 muffins, for an SRP of $4.99. They are also available in other great flavors including Blueberry Oat, Banana Chocolate Chip and Carrot Berry.
Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes, launched only 2 years ago, are already the best-selling item in the company’s portfolios.Experts agree that superfoods are incredibly good for you and Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower. Each veggie cake is packed with veggies, gluten free, non-gmo and nutritionally smart. They make a great breakfast, snack or side dish, and have an SRP of $4.99 for 6. They are available in both frozen nationally.
About Garden Lites®:
Garden Lites ® is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based in Avenel and Rahway, NJ that produces delicious vegetable snack foods. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor that’s also veggie rich. Garden Lites has the Good Housekeeping Nutrition Seal of Approval and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cooking Light -The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Breakfast; Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award; Parents Magazine 25 Best Frozen Food for Families – Gluten Free Digest Chocolate Muffins; Pioneers of Better For You: Refrigerated and Frozen Foods and Runner’s World Editor’s Pick.
My husband is a rockstar so my babe has to be concert ready. Her first concert was when daddy opened for Seether, she was still in the womb but we’ll count it - after all, we found out we were pregnant just 4 days before!!
While I LOVE how much music is a part of our lives and I’m excited to nurture that in her, I worried about things being a bit too loud for our girl. I found Banz ear wear and there was my solution! These earmuffs are PERFECT for concerts, bad practices and any other loud-noises events you may want to take baby with you to.
Baby and I both love how comfortable these are (she doesn’t try to take them off at all) and they are SUPER lightweight. They also fold up really easily so they fit right in a purse or diaper bag.
We also really love the cute designs that Banz comes up with and think they look pretty stylish. If you’d like to make sure your baby’s hearing is protected and want to snag a pair of these for your kiddos check out their website! I highly recommend them and love the awesome customer service and quick delivery.
And.......Guess who is going to be sleeping peacefully through all of the loud booming fireworks this fourth of July thanks to her Banz ear wear? That's Right! Baby Reylin will be!
For more information go to: https://usa.banzworld.com/collections/hearing-protection
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Summer is here! I want to make sure I have everything covered for our family adventures! Our new little girl loves getting out and exploring with us and having all the right gear makes the trip (and the family) much more comfortable and at ease. One of the essentials I always have are sunglasses and I wanted to make sure that our little girl had just the right pair, too!
Doesn't baby Rey look adorable in her Banz Sunglasses? She really rocks them!
Babies and kids can never keep track of their own things of course and I knew that traditional glasses would definitely just fall off our little one, so I wanted something smarter.
I came across BANZ and loved their design. Their velcro back on attached to the glasses keep them where they’re meant to be, covering babies eyes! The back strap is super soft and comfortable and adjusting so I know she will be able to wear these glasses for a long, long time (up to 2 years old!) They are also safe for baby’s eyes of course, offering UVA and UVB radiation protection. The glasses themselves are very durable and fitted for baby but are also flexible so they are more comfortable for that soft baby skin.
We tried out our baby BANZ at the Oregon Coast this past weekend, we happened to go on the most gorgeous day! Rey is wearing the Retro Banz (because how stylish are these?!?) One thing to note, is that our little girl is in the lower percentile for head size, so these glasses were perfect to adjust the back so they fit, however as she grows, these will just fit better and better. Sometimes babies get annoyed with things but she absolutely didn’t mind wearing these and I think that’s just because they are ultra comfortable!
I should also mention that the BANZ come with a carrying/cleaning case which is great and will keep them in great condition when they go in our beach bag.
I can’t wait for Rey to wear these this Summer on Grandpa’s boat of lounging by the pool and I’m grateful to BANZ for offering good eye protection that gives me the extra reassurance that I need and keeps our baby girl comfortable.
For more information go to: http://banzworld.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.