Friday, May 30, 2014

Surface Men - A Deep MANLY Clean And Scent

Since we currently don't have any "GROWN" men in this house...Men hair care & skin products are difficult for me to review and honestly not in high demand yet!  Why?  Well, I have no REAL need to buy any currently...because I am in denial that our son is almost 13 and slowly inching his way towards MANHOOD!  Children's bath/hair products work just fine for him...right?

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Well, I guess I really can start exploring products that will give him a deep, healthy clean safely & naturally.  Products that will help him style his hair with confidence.  Products that, even when he starts to shave, will offer him an organic product made naturally.
I was delighted to learn about SURFACE MEN products!  
Created to be products that will provide every man with confidence in their hair and body care.

The first thing I noticed about these products is the smell!  I love it!  It smells clean but manly!  
The oldest got to try the hair products out and he had fun with them!  The Men Hard Gel gave him a "SURFER" edge!  Love it!  Plus, he smells great too!  He can wear these products to school and feel great about how he looks and smells.
The Shampoo & Body Wash is a 2-in-1 that again, will build up his confidence as he leaves the bathroom after his shower feeling clean and smelling great!
The Dry Wax was probably the product I liked the was actually hard to get any of the product out of the apply to the hair.  It did leave the hair plyable...which our son liked better than the stiff feel of the Hard Gel...but like I said, it was difficult to use because it didn't come out of the container like other waxes I've used on his hair.

All in all...I was very impressed with these organic men's skin, scalp and hair products and think they are excellent for both young men and MEN too!  Any guy who uses these products will feel confident in their style, their hygeine and the way they smell!  


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Beautiful Kids Are An Illuminated Work Of Art...thanks to @dianochedesigns

There are four little people who make me proud to be called "MOM"!  Four people whose smiles warm my heart, giggles brighten my day and who I look forward to spending every moment I can with!  So because they are my PRIDE AND JOY...I do love pictures of my little sweeties!  Especially since they grow and change so quick and...soon...they will be headed out into the world to create their own life and families!

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about my honest feelings on this product!

So because I am passionate about "CAPTURING EVERY MOMENT" I can...I have become rather fond of the canvas style prints for my walls...I was so excited when I found a company that has something that takes CANVAS PRINTS to an ILLUMINATED HIGH!  
Their product is unique and perfectly fabulous!

Dia Noche offers a huge selection of illuminated wall art on canvas!  These are amazing and I've honestly never seen anything like them...until now!  So I can say they are one of a kind!  What makes them so special?  A beautiful canvas can actually be turned into a nightlight style picture in the evening with the click of a switch!  
But even more than can CUSTOM DESIGN a canvas with a photo that will make your heart melt when it lights up on your wall!  At least, that's what it does to mine!
A package arrived today from Dia Noche and I couldn't wait to see what was inside!
Now, honestly I was just very impressed with the canvas itself, as soon as I took it out of the box!  It's super thick (thicker than any canvas print I've ever ordered before), which is awesome!  The picture is clear and perfect too!  But the best part...
after I hung it on the wall... (which only took a second with the hanger/nail they sent with it)
and plugged it in (it comes with an AC adapter and an easy to use on/off switch)...
It becomes the most amazing "ILLUMINATED" picture of my sweet babies, with a quick flip of the switch!  What a beautiful sight!  I LOVE IT!  Brings tears to my eyes it's so AWESOME!!  If I feel this way about it...I surely know that other mom's, dad's, grandparents, etc. will love having something CUSTOM MADE to order for their walls too!

WATCH this VIDEO to see it in action:

It's the perfect night light for my bedroom!

Dia Noche already has an amazing selection of "ready to ship" illuminated canvas prints that will add a touch of pizazz to your home walls...or you could create your own custom design!  They also have other home decor products to choose from!  
CLICK HERE to check out Dia Noche and I'd love to hear what you think!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rest In Peace Maya Angelou - What An Inspirational Soul

A beautiful, inspiring, GOD LOVING woman went to be with the Lord...and will be forever missed!  It's always sad to say goodbye, but GOD received a gift at the gates of Heaven...

In her honor, here are a few of my favorite quotes from her:

I pray her family finds peace in her passing and knows that she is rejoicing with the angels in HEAVEN!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Soothing Skin Care - @Weleda

My poor deprived, and now dramatically aging skin!  I wish I had taken better care of it when I was younger!  But honestly, I was always worried about putting stuff on my skin.  My mom has severe allergies and I never knew if I would inherit them!  Plus...I always had a very clear complexion (very blessed), but was afraid if I used any product on my face, it would clog my pores up and make my face breakout!

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about my honest feelings on this product!

I am learning later in life, that I was WAY WRONG!   I can admit when I am wrong!  Had I done preventative maintenance on my face then, I wouldn't be fighting the laugh lines, crow's feet and other giggle wrinkle lines that I see popping all over my face.  

Which brings me to today...when I am thankful for products like those made by Weleda.  Why?  They are natural, plant based products that are "EASY" on my skin!  They also are products that will help STOP the aging process if I use them regularly and keep my skin healthy, moisturized and healthy.
I received the Almond Soothing Facial Lotion and I love it!  
It barely has a scent at all, it makes my skin feel nourished and moisturized and especially since this summer I'll be spending more time outside in the sun, it will hopefully help me from seeing even deeper wrinkles developing on my face and forehead!  So far, I am thrilled with this product!  I've been using it after my nightly bath and my skin is happy as can be!

Have you tried Weleda products?  If not...maybe you should!  They even have a skincare line for men, babies and sell way more than just skin stuff!  
CLICK HERE to check out their products in more detail!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day - More Than Just A BBQ And Beach Day

Today, most of us enjoy a day off work, school and perhaps a picnic or BBQ!  

But truly...we should not loose sight or forget the real reason we celebrate this holiday every year!

May you be safe today (however you choose to spent your Memorial Day) and make sure you find a VETERAN or active military person to thank for their service and sacrifice we can live in a country where our RIGHTS are rights!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Spend More Time Playing And Less Time Ironing - Downy Wrinkle Release PLUS #wonderbottle

Who's got time for IRONING clothes?  I mean, really?  Who wants to spend hours ironing wrinkles out of clothing with a burning hot IRON that could not only singe your fabric (if you hold it in one spot too long or use the wrong setting) and your skin (OUCH), but also is tedious & time consuming work?

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about my honest opinions and thoughts on this product!

I'll admit it...I really don't enjoy ironing (at all), if you hadn't already guessed that!  So when I find a product that WORKS and saves me time & a little effort (that can be spent doing something of quality, like spending time with my kids), then I'd say that product is pretty GOLDEN!
I've already tried the Downy Wrinkle Release before and I LOVED IT!  Why?  It really works!  You lay, spray, spread, hang it up and in a few minutes time (with very little effort and NO HEAT), your clothing is mostly wrinkle free!  AWESOME!!

So I was delighted to have the chance to review the new #wonderbottle too!  Downy Wrinkle Release PLUS offers the same wrinkle release magic, plus a fantastic scent, a finer mist (so it dries on the fabric quicker) and amazing results too!

WATCH THIS VIDEO and see it in action as I take my very wrinkled MAXI SKIRT and make it virtually wrinkle free in seconds:
Don't believe me?  Test out this #wonderbottle yourself!  You'll be delighted that instead of having to gruel away with a hot iron and ironing board, you can spend more time this summer playing with your kids and doing things that are fun and fantastic!
(check out my wrinkle free maxi skirt)
And yes...they make a travel size that is perfect for your suitcase!  That way you don't have to spend time in your hotel room or wherever you may be staying, pressing the wrinkles out of your clothes...when ADVENTURE is calling your name!
I have a feeling you'll be just as delighted about Downy Wrinkle Release Plus as I am!  
You'll be saying too, "Who's got time for ironing?"

CLICK HERE to learn more and get a $$ saving coupon too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


As you know, we've been watching our GARDEN grow and flourish!
Our oldest daughter proudly planted green bean seeds and has been thrilled with the outcome so far, as she has watched her plant grow!  She has been kind worried and sad about the fact that the bugs have become rather fond of her plants delicate leaves too!
Today, she picked the BIGGEST green bean we've had from this plant to date!  
She was so thrilled and so proud!  
And was cut up, heated up, salted & peppered and we all got a taste test!  YUM!

Who knew growing a GARDEN would be such a delight for our family?

Summer Chores Are A MUST - Thanks Tolalu_com

With four kids and a FULL SUMMER ahead of us, Mommy's brain is already thinking ahead!  I have to plan out what activities we will do, how we will stay "CONSTRUCTIVELY" busy this summer and find ways to keep composure and positivism in the home.

These products were sent to me, through a $35 gift promo code & my own personal money to get the extra charts, for this review/feature!  I was not offered any MONETARY compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products or my experience with the company.

CHORES are something that I think every child should be responsible for when it's age appropriate.  Growing up, my sister and I had several things we HAD TO DO on a daily basis...and we didn't make a cent of allowance either...but I am so glad that my parents taught me to be responsible.

So this's a goal of mine to let go of some of my DUTIES (this might actually mean more work for me in the long run) and teach the kids how to do things...
That's where this review comes into play...because thanks to Tolalu...we are ready to roll this summer!
Our Personalized CHORE CHARTS arrived yesterday...the kids have been anxiously awaiting their arrival and I am beyond thrilled with the outcome.  The process of creating these is simple...only takes a few minutes on their website and then it's simply a wait for them to arrive.
I love that they are smiling now...because chances are, there will be points in the summer where their smiles will fade...but hopefully when they are adults, those smiles will return with a ,"THANK YOU MOM for teaching us how to do these things!"
So I found the perfect place on our dining room wall to hang them and we are SET!  They are "dry erase" wipeable and super durable (they look like they will hold up all summer long), so I can change things up when necessary or add/take away.  These charts did not come with a pen to mark on them only suggestion to the company (that might be a nice addition to the product), but I can pick some up at the DollarTree for a buck and we'll be all set!  The kids can get some pleasure out of checking off their completed tasks throughout the day...and week...and yes, there will be some incentive at the end of the summer for a JOB WELL DONE (hopefully that's the case).

Honestly, I am super impressed with the quality of these Chore Charts and I love that they have pictures of the kids on them & their names (that I obviously blacked out for privacy reasons)...because it's easy to see, even from far away, who has done their work for the day...or not!  They will have own the fruits of their labor!

Tolalu has a ton of awesome products, that mostly can be personalized for your kids, family and even friends (this type of thing makes perfect presents).  They have calendars, growth charts, notebooks, bookmarks and so much stuff!  You'll love their website and it's very user friendly too!
CLICK HERE and have a look around!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was offered a $35 gift code to use specifically on their website to pick out products I wanted to do for this review/feature!  I also spent my own money to get the remainder of chore charts, so our children each had their own!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Ultra Woman Needs ULTRA VITAMINS! Get Yourself Beach Body Ready!

Oh summer!  How I love you!  How I love your warm days, your sunshine, your longer nights and A HEALTHIER ME too?  

All products were sent free of charge by the company for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products!
Now...since it's May, and JUNE is quickly approaching, it is a wonderful time to start getting myself ready for summer!  That means that I could be spotted wearing a bathing suit in public...and am I really ready for that?  Maybe...but maybe not!  Are you?  

I'll admit though, taking care of myself, should be a YEAR ROUND thing, not just in the summer months, when more skin is exposed to the public.  
My kids need and want a healthy mommy!
I was delighted to try a month supply of "ULTRA WOMAN" Daily Vitamins Daily Multipacks!  
This 30 day supply will not only provide me with vitamins I need to be energized enough to get "BEACH" ready...but also sustain and even improve my health while I am firming things up...

I have been taking these for about a week (that's a lot of pills to swallow everyday) and already have noticed an improvement in my energy (which means I can drink less coffee and enjoy an all day, not roller coaster of energy).  I also means that my immune system will be built up more (nobody wants a sick or run down mommy).  My hair, nails and skin (my hair, which especially needs some extra love) will be healthier and grow quicker & hopefully thicker too.  
I am also getting heart, joint and muscle health support as well.  
It's honestly QUITE A HANDFUL of pills to take...but it brings me a peace of mind that even if I'm not eating SUPER HEALTHY, my body is still getting everything it needs to help me make it into MAJOR OLD "GRANNY YEARS" in health and longevity.  I can't wait to see my Great Grand Kids someday!
This exclusive special pack, also includes a ZUMBA CD/DVD inside that offers me no excuse for not "shaking my thing" and toning up those areas that, as my youngest daughter tells me, "wiggles all around when I bounce or dance!"  HA!  Gotta love kids for their brutal honesty! I will spare you any pictures of that actually happening, but you can take my word that it's fun & funny all at the same time! But I honestly have NO EXCUSE not to use this DVD and dance my muscles into ultimate tightness!  The music and moves get my heart beating and my muscles working!

Are you currently taking any vitamins?  
Want to feel confidently "BEACH READY" this summer?
Let ULTRA WOMAN make it easy for you to be worry free this summer and throughout the year, but getting "ALL YOU NEED" to be healthy, happy and strong!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this:  

Ultra Woman™ Daily Multivitamin Packs with Zumba Fitness DVD because you're going to start feeling great and be all ready to be confident on the beach, at the pool or wearing those shorts this summer!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ever Lose Your Keys In Your Purse? The Original Finders Key Purse Will Help, Even In A Jam!

Ughhh!  So frustrating...digging through and all the way to the bottom of your purse to find your keys!  ADMIT IT!  
If you carry a purse, you know the frustration of really having to look to find those keys!  
And what if you're in a hurry?  
What if you desperately NEED to find your keys RIGHT AWAY?

All products were sent free of charge for this review/feature!  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about my honest opinions about this product! 

The Original Finders Key Purse, Purse Hooks is so much more than an adorable or exquisite key chain!  This handy dandy invention will help you find your KEYS the second you start looking!  

WHY?  It's easy, simple and trendy too!  And hey, it's a safety measure too!  You never know when you really MIGHT need to find those keys to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something!
You just hook this fashionable (they have so many different options to choose from) key hook to your keys and when you're done driving, done opening up your front door, etc., you just HOOK IT to your purse!  
You can hook it on the outside (for when you're visiting someone or not worried they might fall off)...or even on the inside pocket (for any other time you want them safely stored) if you want!  
But regardless where you hook them, they will be there when you look for them next time!
I give this product my ABSOLUTE approval!  I LOVE MY Key To Everything Finders Key Purse Key Finder !  Keeping my keys, in a way that I can immediately access them (if necessary) is such a nice feeling!  I'm confident that I will always find my keys...RIGHT AWAY!  LOVE IT!

CLICK HERE to see their you can find just the right one to go with your style, your handbag or to gift to someone you know that might really ENJOY or LOVE this product too!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Fodeez - Display Your Family Pictures Proudly And Safetly...And Even Write On Them!

Most of the refrigerators in the USA display proudly pictures of our family!  Maybe they are nieces and nephews we rarely see (I have a couple of them), maybe they are announcements for a baby or wedding, maybe they are Christmas Card pictures or maybe they are simply pictures of your sweet babies!  But admit it!  You've at least got ONE picture hanging on your fridge!

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How are they displayed?  By a magnet?  Are they protected?  Is there a chance they could fall off and slide under the fridge, never to see daylight again, until your fridge is moved out?  

What if I could give you a more decorative, more adorable, and a reusable option too?
FODEEZ were made just for that purpose! 
You simply peel the acid free frame (that leaves no residue), stick it where you want it, put the picture inside and then push it back flush with the fridge surface!  It's that easy!  
Not only does FODEEZ protect your pictures from whatever your kitchen can throw at it (spaghetti sauce, exploding soda pops, etc.), but it also has a "DRY ERASE" surface, so you can make little notes, write a scripture to encourage or remind yourself of something important!
I LOVE THIS IDEA!!  Fodeez adhesive display frames can be used over and over again!  It works perfect for pictures that are 4x6 or smaller!  And I love that my pictures will be secured and covered when hanging on my fridge!!  And they have so many options, you will find just the right design, for just the right place to display it!

They can be used on the walls, on your laptop, and on any flat smooth surface!  

CLICK HERE to see all their adorable options and maybe you're photos will be displayed in Fodeez soon too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Mother's Day - COMPLETED

Did you have a Happy Mother's Day?  
I DID!  I absolutely did!
For a isn't always "JUST" like the HALLMARK cards, but life is what you make it, right?  And in my opinion, being a mommy is better than NOT being a mommy any day!  HANDS DOWN!
This morning, I was pleasantly awoke (bright and early), by my youngest daughter, who told me, "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Mommy" with a big smile on her face!  She made me an awesome card at school (see above)!  From there, my oldest son brought me buttered toast and ice water (breakfast in bed) that he prepared all by himself!  That surprised me...though he did tell me last night when I tucked him into bed, "Mommy, I can't wait to get up early and surprise you with something special in the morning!  I may not be able to go to sleep tonight!"  HA!  LOVE IT!
My kids have the sweetest, super generous, most loving hearts!
My youngest son gave me some sweet hugs & kisses (always a great way to start out the morning) and brought me the present he made me in school to open...a vase he decorated himself at school (as was very proud about).  SO SWEET!
We went to church and I got a beautiful red carnation & a nice breakfast (yes, the kids enjoyed the pancakes, bacon and fruit too)...and four "RED ROSE" pens that they made for me in Children's Church.  LOVE IT!  With four kids, I have quite a BOUQUET of flowers pens!  I'll always think of them, every time I write a note or sign my name with these pens!  The roses "almost" look real!
My oldest daughter pampered me with some "HAIR" TLC...and I always love the new "looks", or just simply having my hair played with!  This was the most "relaxing" part of my day today!
I seriously love having my hair this was a fantastic gift!
Oh yes...there were a few moments of "TICKLE TORTURE" too! LAUGHS make great gifts too! ;)  The boys were cracking me up!  This picture doesn't do them justice, but you get the idea!  Their laughter always, ALWAYS warms my heart!  And it delights me to no end that my oldest son loves getting tickled by his MOMMY still!  I pray he never gets to OLD for that!
I couldn't think of four people I'd rather spend my day with!
HECK...they are truly the ONLY REASONS I get to celebrate Mother's Day anyway!
Now, four kids are tucked sweetly and soundly in bed...
And I am so grateful and so very blessed!