Friday, November 30, 2012

Dino Lingo Video

Influenster asked if I wanted to review a video clip about language learning programs for kids, and I figured why not?! So Kieran and I sat down and watched a couple of the clips. I was amazed at how many different choices that Dino Lingo offers for languages. Dino Lingo had the 'normal' languages you see in children's learning programs like Spanish or French, but they also had Irish Gaelic, Japanese, Korean and many more! Kieran and I watched 3 of the clips, the French, Irish Gaelic and Spanish ones. She loved watching the little dinosaur and would giggle when she saw him. For me watching the Spanish one was easier to talk with her about since I knew what it was saying and how to say the words (lol), but I think that hearing and seeing the others was pretty awesome even for an adult. We really liked watching the clips, the nice thing is that they repeat the words multiple times and put the words on the screen, and its clearly spoken.

Here's a look at some of the video clips we watched, complementary from Dino Lingo and Influenster:
Irish Gaelic

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin ~Review~

Two other products that I received in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox were the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry and the Boots No7 Cleansing Lotion Normal/Dry. I'm not normally one to use lotions or moisturizers on my skin because I have super oily cheeks, nose and chin and break out A LOT (adult acne sucks!) so trying these was something I wasn't too sure about. The first thing I did when I opened the bottles up was smell them, hehe! I really liked that there was no overwhelming smell to them. I remember my grandmas face creams always making me gag due to the smell, so to have a face cream/lotion that doesn't have a strong smell was wonderful! Before I even put them on my face I rubbed each one into my hand. I was surprised to see that they weren't super thick lotions like I was expecting. Once I got over my fear about a break out I tried the Cleansing Lotion on my cheeks. I was very excited and surprised that #1 I didn't look oily, and #2 I didn't break out after using it! It was very smooth going in, felt almost like water. Then I tried the night cream. I have a pretty dry area between my eyebrows and middle forehead so I rubbed some in there before bead. Again NO Breakouts! It was awesome. I'm really liking the Boots No7 products and they are something that I normally would never get on my own so I'm really glad that Influenster and Boots sent me some to try!

About This Product

No7 appreciates that busy lifestyles mean you don't always have time for a lengthy skincare regimen. That's why we've created Beautiful Skin. Discover radiant skin in 14 days with two simple steps:

Step 1: Cleanse

The first step to beautiful skin is clean skin. All Beautiful Skin cleansers quickly and gently remove all traces of dirt and impurities, leaving you with perfectly clean, healthy skin. Skin is so effectively cleansed that there is no need for a separate toner.

Step 2: Moisturize

Once cleansed, hydrate your skin with our nourishing day and night creams. All our day creams deliver SPF 15 and Broad Spectrum UV Protection, while our night creams work to promote optimum hydration while you sleep.

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry :

Rest easy throughout the night knowing that your skin is getting the best possible care with this luxuriously rich night cream for all night moisturization, includes Cocoa butter for an additional boost. A nourishing cream with Glycerin and Shea Butter to energize and promote optimum hydration while you sleep. Designed to work in harmony with your skin, replacing lost moisture and leaving you with healthy looking radiant skin.

How to Use:

Smooth into your face and neck after cleansing every evening.

Essential Facts

Beautiful Skin - the newest and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. Products are color-coded, making it easy to find just the right products for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac)
SPOTTED: $13.99 at ShopBootsUSA, Target,, and ULTA among many other retail locations

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster and Boots

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact ~Review~

Another item that I received in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox was the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact. I'm still "new" to the world of makeup so I get a little leery to try new eye products when I'm still learning how to use them. I was really excited to see this in my box even with been a little nervous to try it. I normally stray away from eye shadow because I'm always afraid that I'll use too much and look like a clown, haha. In the past couple months I've become a little more adventurous in trying eye shadows after watching some videos on how to do it the "right" way.

One of the things I love about the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact, is that it has different shades to create different looks with. The palate also has some 'how to' directions on the back for people not as experienced, like me, on how to do the makeup. There's lighter greys, medium greys and a dark almost black. You could easily do a light daytime look or a dramatic night look all with this little palate. Another thing that I loved about this palate is that you don't need a whole bunch of the eye shadow for it to show. The palate also has a primer to put on before you do any shadow color. The primer is a little thicker then the other kind that I normally use, but once it was rubbed in it really didn't matter that it was thicker. I loved that there is the 'how to' guide on the palate but I also loved that you can create any look that you like from this simple palate! A bonus, is the price...You get 4 shadow colors, the highlighter and the primer for under $5!
Here's the look I created with the NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

About This Product

NYC New York Color's all-in-one compact gives you everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four vibrant colors designed for your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are!

Essential Facts

Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 - $4.99. The energy, style, and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!
SPOTTED: $4.99 at chain drugstores nationwide

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster and NYC

Friday, November 16, 2012

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin ~Review~

As part of the Beauty Blogger VoxBox I received a set of Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin's. At first I was a little unsure about them since I only have shoulder length hair, and my hair doesn't like to cooperate with me. The Spin Pin's were the first things that I opened from the box and gave them a whirl. It was surprisingly easy to get them in. I really thought I would get frustrated like other 'bun up-do' products I've tried. Even with my short hair I was able to get both the pins into my hair. The bun wasn't perfect looking as tiny parts of my hair would stick out but they still held it together. I was able to shake my head around, do some exercising and it still held my hair up. I'm in love with these pins and plan to get another set here soon!

Essential Facts

The Goody brand is the most widely-recognized manufacturer of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. Through proprietary brands such as DoubleWear™, QuikStyle™, Simple Styles™, Slide-Proof™ and Ouchless®, Goody has introduced smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and Quik Style Brush. With products inspired by the latest designer trends and innovative solutions, Goody offers an inspiring range of hair accessories and styling tools.

About This Product

The Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins! Easily achieve chic updo styles; simply twirl your hair up and spin the Spin Pins in for a perfect top knot, undone bun and side bun!


1. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck (no ponytail holder needed)

2. Twist your hair into a tight bun and tuck in the ends

3. Spin one pin in from the top and the other from the base, taking care not to interlock pins.

SPOTTED: $7.29 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Duane Reade

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster and Goody. All the views expressed in this post are my own thoughts.

Beauty Blogger VoxBox

Last month I got an awesome Beauty Blogger VoxBox from Influenster. It was filled with a bunch of awesome products that I'm in love with now. I will be posting a couple blog posts here soon to highlight some of the products in the box so stay tuned!

Inside the box I had products from:
NYC Color
Not your Mother's
Bath and Body Works

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Influenster Re-Launch

I have been part of Influenster for around a year now and have loved every minute of it. I have been able to try and review some wonderful products, some I've never heard of till Influenster. Recently Influenster re-launched their site. The new site is WONDERFUL! Its extremely clean and crisp, and very easy to navigate. At first, like all change, I was very nervous about the new site but it fared better then I expected. With the launch of the new site Influencer can invite people to become part of Influenster. Each Influencer can invite up to 5 people at this time.
So what are you waiting for go check it out and see how you like it!

Monday, October 15, 2012

LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™ - Review

Another awesome item that I received in my Naturals VoxBox from Influenster was the LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™. I'm always a little worried to try products that are made with anything from Bee's as I'm allergic and another big name company's products makes me break out.

When I tried the LypSyl I was surprised at how smooth feeling it was, it wasn't a hard like other lip products can be. I also loved the size and style of the container, the little bee on the side of it to push it up and down is a cute unique touch! I am IN LOVE with this product now! It lasts for hours unlike other products I've tried before. I was able to get a good 4 hours before I would need to put on some more. I also love to put it on at night before bed and wake up to nice smooth lips instead of dry cracked ones.  I even talked hubby into putting some on and he liked the feeling and how smooth it made his lips. I have shown quite a few of my friends the LypSyl and they think that its a neat product as well.

About This Product

Created with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter and vitamins A and E for long-lasting, deep-penetrating moisture and lip care protection. LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™ helps moisturize, soften and protect your lips naturally. The unique one-hand slide allows for quick application. And, the oversize application tip ensures this ultra- light formula spreads evenly for better lip coverage.

• Fresh minty flavor.
• Not tested on animals!

Find LypSyl at, Walmart, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.

Essential Facts

Organic Shea Butter Pure Vitamins A&E Coconut Oil Minty Flavor: Refreshes Coconut Oil: Moisturizes Organic Shea Butter: Heals & Protects Vitamins A&E: Softens & Heals

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary through Influenster. These views are 100% my own.

Friday, October 12, 2012

E.L.F. haul and Mystery Bag!

So this whole makeup game is pretty new to me...yes I'm almost 26 years old and just now getting into the makeup scene ;) I've normally just stuck with the basic eyeliner, mascara and sometimes powder. But the last few months I've decided to start being more adventurous with makeup and start wearing it more then a hand full of times a year. I discovered E.L.F, Eyes Lips Face, at Target one day and was very happy to see it was in my price range. Everything was between $1-10 so that was pretty nice. I fell in love with their Clarifying powder, covered up all my blemishes and stupid adult acne pretty nicely. Last month E.L.F had one of their Mystery Bag promotions that if you bought $20 worth of products you would get $20 Mystery Bag free. I was super excited and jumped on it. Sooooo here is what I bought....

I bought 3 Clarifying Powders in Light Beige, 2 lipsticks in Charming, an eye widening eye liner and a Brightening Eye Liner in coffee, an eye brow brush, eye brow stencils for shaping, eyelash curler, zit zapper, Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Rosy Beige,  a pressed powder in Caramel, duo eyeshadow in olive and two nail polishes one in Mint Creme and the other Royal Purple.

Not everything I bought was for me, my mom's 44th birthday is on November 1st so some of this is for her birthday present (one clarifying powder, a lipstick, the coffee eye liner, and the eye shadow). Everything I bought was only $1 except for the pressed powder which was $3 and the nail polishes were $2/ea.

Now for the Mystery Bag!.....

I was pretty happy with my Mystery Bag. In the bag I got a pair of false lashes $1 (can't wear due to my glasses though), a nail polish in pearl $2, a Flat Eye Liner Brush that is from their Mineral Line and is $5, Studio Lip Liner & Blending Brush in Fuchsia $3, a smoothing lip balm in Blackberry Crème $1, lotion wipes in sweet mango $3, a mineral eye shadow in smoldering $3, and shimmer sheets in bronze $3...mystery bag total of $21! I love everything in the bag, especially the smoothing lip balm! The only things I can't make use of are the false lashes due to my glasses and the shimmer sheets because they are too dark for my skin tone, but I love everything else.

Check out E.L.F. and their awesome products! You can find them online and I've also found them at my local Walgreens and Target and I've heard some dollar stores carry it!

And stay tuned....I may just have a giveaway (self sponsored) up my sleeves!

Disclaimer: I bought these products with my own money, this is not a sponsored post. These views are 100% my own.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

UNREAL Candy ~Review~

I was given the chance to try some new candy from bzzAgent and Unreal Candy. I love me some candy so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try something new. The thing that really caught my eye about this candy is that its "unjunked" there are no corn syrups, hydrogenated fats, GMOs, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Unreal, instead, uses real products like; real cane sugar, real milk, peanuts, and cacao.

We have tried 4 of the 5 different kinds of Unreal candy so far. We've tried the Chocolate Candy Shell Peanuts #54, the Chocolate Candy Shell #41, the Chocolate Caramel Nougat #5, and the Chocolate Peanut Butter #77 and we have liked them all. The only one that we haven't tried yet is the Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat #8 so far. My kids are in love with #54 and #41, they think the colors are awesome and that they taste just as good if not better then the "name brand" type of similar products. I am very very partical to the #5, it tastes way better then the "name brand" product that it is similar to and I could probaly eat it every day.  The #77 was ok, it wasn't our favorite but it wasn't horrible either.

The first thing I noticed about UN #54 and #41 was the color. The colors aren't the normal IN YOUR FACE look at me I'm bright colors that we here in the US are used to, instead the colors are darker. There are no artificial colors in these so if you can't eat artificial colors but like candy these may be a good option for you! I really liked the fact that the artificial colors were removed. It really reminded me of candy that I've seen from England where artificial colors are banned.

Over all I really liked these candies and I am planning to buy some more! I have found these at my local Walgreen's and Staples stores here in North Idaho. You can also find them at CVS, Michael's, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Ralphs, Rite Aid, Haggen, Top food and drug, and BJ's. Unreal is also coming soon to Target stores sometime in October!

Here are some pictures of what UN #54, #41 and #5 look like and of Miss. Kieran eating some!

Disclaimer: I received a coupon for a free product from bzzAgent/Unreal, the rest were bought with my own money. These views are 100% my own opinion.

Friday, September 28, 2012

SheaMoisture Baby Bar Soap ~Review~

In part of my Influenster Natural VoxBox I recieved the SheaMoisture Baby Bar Soap. This was the item I was most excited to try since I've never tried a bar soap for the kids before.

I'm in love with this soap! I've been using it on my Kieran for the last 2 weeks and I wish I've had it for the last 3 years.

The packaging was very nice and simple, and super easy to open and didn't rip apart or stick to the soap like other brands of bar soaps. The first thing0 that I noticed, after opening it, was the smell of the soap. The smell is a nice soft Shea smell and not overpowering like other soaps. When I put it in the washcloth I was very surprised at how quickly it lathered up. A little goes along way with this soap and its awesome. Most bar soaps that I've tried you have to work up a lather for a minute or two and sometimes it doesn't even stay, not this soap it was nice an foamy the entire time! We love this soap.

My Kieran is always asking to take a bath with her special soap now!

Essential Facts

SheaMoisture products don't contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, PABA, Synthetic Fragrance or Artificial Color. SheaMoisture does not participate in animal testing. All products are tested by family members and friends.

About This Product

This creamy, sulfate-free bar soap, enriched with luxurious natural and organic ingredients, is gentle enough for the sensitive skin of babies, children and adults. Use daily to cleanse and moisturize. Naturally soothes the symptoms associated with eczema such as inflammation, irritation and itching. Formulated with a special blend of unrefined, "raw" shea butter, argan oil, chamomile extract, frankincense and myrrh.

Winner of the Organic Beauty Talk Award for Best Natural Baby Collection.

SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Baby Bar Soap is available nationally at Walgreens, select Target stores and Harmons.

Over all we really enjoyed this soap, and like I said a little goes a long way. I think this soap will last us quite a while but after it runs out I plan to by more!

Visit SheaMoisture:

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary through Influenster. These views and opinions in this posting are 100% mine.

Influenster's Natural VoxBox

I got my 3rd (I think lol) Influenster VoxBox a couple weeks ago. This box was the Naturals box, filled with all natural and/or organic products. Here is a shot of what I got in my box. I will be posting a blog post of a few of the products here soon!

Friday, August 24, 2012

3 more months

In a little over 3 months (on December 4th) I will be headed to my 2nd specialist, a Neuromuscular doctor, this time I'm sure we will get an answer. After 2 EMG's, and an MRI my neurologists have figured out that I have a Myopathy (neuromuscular disease) and one of the Neurologists I saw is leaning towards a form of Muscular Dystrophy, but there are quite a few different myopathy's and my issues fit into a couple of them. Its looking like the only way to tell for sure which it is, and if there are any treatments (highly unlikely) or ways to help slow the disease down and prolong what use of my legs that I have left, is to do a muscle biopsy. I'm a little freaked out by that but its looking to be the only thing that can tell, well at least the 'cheapest' thing (genetic testing could tell but its upwards of $16,000 for a full genetic panel to be done, and with so many diseases they couldn't really narrow it down too much). So my goal is to have a definitive diagnosis by my birthday in March.

Other then that I requested a B12 and Creatinine test to be ran. Both came back lower then the low cut off, but not quite to the deficient point. The range for the B12 is 900-245, mine is a 235. The Creatinine is 1- 0.5 mine is 0.44. I did however find out that I was supposed to have fasted before those tests, which I wasn't notified of by my neuro or the lab tech so I don't know how off the levels could be. I ended up getting a B12 shot and am taking a 2500mcg supplement a day, we're just hoping that the low Creatinine level is due to the low B12 level. They also did a test for anemia and that came back just fine (there is a B12 related anemia that can cause the issues that I have so they were ruling that out because that is deadly if left untreated).

Sorry for the slow posting on my blog. Earlier this year I started having hand problems (meaning my upper limbs are starting to become affected) and there are some days it hurts to even do my homework let alone post a blog post. I try to post at least once a month!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies Review

In part of the summer Influenster's Mom VoxBox there was a Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookie for me or the kids to try. I decided to let the kiddo's give it a try.

I loved how the cookie was nice and soft when I opened the packaging. It seemed to be made of fresher ingredients. I decided to split the cookie in two and let the kids each have one side. I had to split it because the package only had one cookie in it. My daughter devoured it, my son...he saw there were raisin's in it and freaked out. K ended up eating her brother's half as well. I was bugged for days by her for another cookie so she must have loved it since that's how 3yr olds express love for food! (I WANT MORE COOKIE!) 
I didn't get a chance to personally try the cookie, but over all it seemed good and from a brand that I like and trust, it also smelled pretty yummy!

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

Enjoy chewy, soft-baked cookies in a family-favorite flavor! With wholesome Quaker Oats and delicious raisins, you’ll never remember they came from our kitchen instead of yours.

-Made with Whole Grain Quaker Oats
-Individually packaged
-Provides a good source of fiber
-Contains 6 grams of total fat per serving

Where to Buy

You can find Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies at most major retailers.
Suggested retail price: $2.69 for a box of 6 cookies

((I received this free of charge from Influenster in their VoxBox program for reviewing purposes, all opinions in this post are my own))

imPRESS Press On Manicure Review

I was able to try some imPRESS Press On Manicure nails as part of the Mom VoxBox from Influenster.

I'm not a fake nail person so I wasn't exactly excited for this in my box. I decided to give them a try for a big BBQ we were having, just to add a little flair.
Took about 20 minutes to get them all sized to my fingers and put on. They were pretty quick and easy to put on, though I did have a couple that were hard to peal off the backing on.
They stayed on wonderfully though a shoping trip with 2 young kids and while washing dishes, as well as throughout the party.

Its nice that they are a shorter length so they don't get in the way but my nail beds are quite long so the nails weren't any longer then my natural fingernail was. I would like to see some that are of a slightly longer size for those of us with longer nail beds.

Visit imPRESS and take a look around their site!

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

This changes everything!

Introducing imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPress is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPress, your nails will always be your best accessory.

Where to Buy

You can find imPress Manicure at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
Suggested retail price: $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns

((All view's in this are my own. I was given this product free of charge for reviewing purposes from Influenster's VoxBox program))

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A little MIA

I disapeared again! I have a good reason though, I started school on June 4th at our local community college so I had to get all prepared and ready for that. Things are going fairly smoothly for that. I'll be back with some product reviews from Influenster again here shortly, some "mom" products for you all so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Birthday my baby girl!

3 years ago today my sweet, silly, goofy, smart baby girl was born. Super bittersweet. Shes no longer a toddler she's now a preschooler (gah, she'll be starting preschool in September! o.O)!! I can't believe how fast these last 3years have gone. She's a super huge goof ball, she loves to cuddle and read to us, she loves writing "O's", drawing stick people, she can identify 22/26 letters, she recognizes #'s 2, 3 & 5, and knows her basic colors except green and blue which she mixes up frequently. She's in love with her older brother and wants to be like him very much, so when he's at school she'll practice writing 'letters' (how she learned O's and stick people) to be like "Shay." She's obsessed with the color pink, and can be a huge Diva, sometimes telling us her name is Princess not Kieran. Lover that baby goofball Kiwi <3

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gone, its all gone

All my pictuers are gone. Stupidly, not knowing that it would screw things up, I deleted some picture files from my Samsung Galaxy S II I realize how stupid that was cause take a look around my blog posts all my photos are gone and cant' come back. All my pictures from blog reviews, personal things all of it are gone from the last 4+yrs that my blog's been around. I'm beyond upset that Google/Android doesn't have a notification in place stating that if you delete pictures they will delete from the blog too, I didn't even know it had synced my blog/Picasa pictures to my phone, I was just cleaning up photos cause I hate it being over crowded. Some of the pictures are gone for good, like I said all the review/giveaway photo's are gone I don't have any copies of them since my hard drive died last year, and some personal ones, as well, are gone again due to the hard drive failure.

Google, please make a notification when people go to delete thing off their phones like that. Or don't automatically sync Picasa albums with Android phones. Please.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Venus & Olay Razor Review

When I got my Love VoxBox from Influenster one of the items included was a new Venus & Olay Razor. I was super excited to try this because I normally use the cheap 2 blade razors to shave with. I was really excited to get to try this new razor out.

When I opened the razor the first thing that I noticed was that it has 2 good sized Olay Moisture bars on it, one on top and one on bottom. Seeing those had me a little worried that it would make it more cumbersome for me to shave since its already hard on me with my neuromuscular disease. I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that the bars have a little 'give' to them and move so that they can contour around your body. The handle had a nice soft grip on it so it doesn't slip out of your hand. I loved the fact that it has 5 blades in it, it ment it only took 1-2 passes on one spot to get all the hairs gone unlike my other razors that took 3-5 passes over one spot. The razor also came with a suctioned wall hanger so I can store the razor up out of reach from little exploring hands. I really liked how smoothly this razor shaved, and with the Olay Moisture bars on it, it eliminated the need for any shaving cream and left my skin feeling super smooth afterwords. I was able to go 3-4 days before my legs would get subbly again which was also an added bonus.

Venus & Olay Razor

For the first time ever, Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, are coming together to deliver a gold standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor. Venus’ best shaving technology works with Olay Moisture Bars, offering women best-of-both-worlds shaving and skin expertise. Olay Moisture Bars help lock-in moisture to your skin for less dryness, and with every smoothing stroke, Venus’ five blades shave you close.

Product Details

  • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
  • Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
  • As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environment

Where to Buy

A refillable Venus & Olay with one replacement cartridge sells for approximately $8.99-$10.99. Packages of three replacement cartridges are available for about $14.99 - $19.49.

Venus & Olay will be available starting March 15, 2012 at food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States.

Check out more about the Venus & Olay razor.

You can visit Venus & Olay Razor on their site, Facebook or Twitter.
You can also visit Influenster on their site, Facebook or Twitter.

((This review is my own. I was given a product to try from the sponsor, but all thoughts in this post are my own an no others))

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Truvía® natural sweetener Product Review

 (My pictures have been deleted due to an error. I'm in the process of taking new ones sorry for the delay)

I got a sample box of Truvía natural sweetener from Influenster in part of my LoveVox Box that I received last week. The box was full of a bunch of different products to test and review, Truvía being one of those products. Truvía is a product that I have never tried before so it was a new experience for me to try it out.
I'm normally not big on using sweeteners, most that I try have a really fake taste to them. I was very surprised when I put Truvía in my tea! It doesn't have the fake taste that others have and I even put some on my finger to taste by itself. One packet flavored my tea perfectly, unlike the couple cubes of pure sugar that I normally have to use. I really love that I don't have to use a ton like I do with sugar or other similar sweeteners, I like my tea to be sweet and its always hard to get it just right but the Truvía was the perfect sweetness for me.

Truvía can be used in may different things from coffee's, to teas, to on your cereal or even in your cooking. I have yet to try it other then in my tea since thats normally when I use sugar, but with the nice taste of Truvía I think it would taste good with almost anything that you'd use normal sugar for. The only thing I 'warn,' again, is you don't need a ton of Truvía like other sweeteners, a little goes along with with Truvía.

Truvía® natural sweetener

Truvía® natural sweetener is the first natural, great-tasting, zero-calorie sweetener born from the leaves of the stevia plant.

o One packet of Truvía® natural sweetener provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.
o Truvía® natural sweetener is refreshingly uncomplicated. Add it to coffee and tea. Sprinkle it on fruit and cereal.
o Truvía® natural sweetener is a great alternative for people with diabetes. It is also kosher certified.

Where to Buy
Truvía® natural sweetener is available nationally at most major retailers and in package sizes of 40-count, 80-count, 140-count and a spoonable jar. Find a store here.

Discover great-tasting recipe ideas and more at

You can visit Truvía® natural sweetener on their website, Facebook or Twitter.
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Kiss Nail Dress Review

I was super lucky to get picked to get a VoxBox from Influenster! I got my box last week and it was stuffed with a ton of products to try and review. One of the products in the box was Kiss Nail Dress ($6.99).

I'm normally not one to paint my nails or do much to them, the feeling of paint and such bugs me for some reason. Since I normally don't like the feeling of stuff on my nails (fingers or toes) I was a little worried about trying the Kiss Nail Dress. I decided to put them on the night I got them, just before bed.

When I opened the box of Kiss Nail Dress I was expecting this long list of instructions on how to put them on. I was very surprised to see the instructions so short and simple! Its not a big complex process to put them on like other nail products, which is awesome especially if you wanted to throw some on last minute before a big event. I put mine on my fingers and toes and went to bed to see how well they would last over night since I toss and turn alot. I woke up the next morning and was very surprised that they were all still in place and looked just the same as they did 8hrs before! What else was nice, they didn't bug me like painting my nails normally does :). The next day I went about my day, almost forgetting that I had these on; I washed dishes, washed my hands a ton of times, went to the store, made lunch for company and the greatest thing, the nails weren't chipped or pealing off like normal nail polish would after all that wear and tear. I left my fingers on for a couple days and they lasted all the way up till I took them off, and taking them off was just as simple as putting them on no long process with that either. My toes are still pretty and still have the Kiss Nail Dress on them!

Over all I really liked these, they were quick and simple for people like me that don't like to take a lot of time to look nice, but they are also nice and beautiful for people that like to dress up. There are a lot of different designs that are offered so you can dress up any outfit and event. Quick, easy and beautiful, I would suggest everyone try them out!

Kiss Nail Dress

Fashion That Sticks

Introducing Kiss Nail Dress, ultimate nail fashion for tips and toes! Just peel, apply, and shape for a manicure that lasts up to 10 days. On in minutes, off in seconds without remover. Nail Dress is available in 18 different styles, many of them featuring 3-dimensional jeweled designs. Check out Peplum, a deep black with multi-colored gems for a pop of color, or Babydoll, for a golden and glamorous jeweled look. Skip the topcoat, Nail Dress has it built in.

With 28 strips in each package, you can cut up your extras to create designs that can be used on top of polished or artificial nails. Nail Dress doesn’t dry out the way other polish strips can, so you can save them to use on your next DIY mani. A nail design booklet is included in each package, just in case you need a little inspiration.

And don’t forget about your feet! Nail Dress looks awesome on toes, too – just use the square side of the sticker for a perfect fit.

Where to Buy

Nail Dress’ suggested retail is $6.99 and is available in all major drug chains and mass retailers like WalMart, CVS and Walgreens.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I'm slowly working on changing my layout and button, its been the same one for 2yrs now (and boy have the kiddo's changed!). So it could look all array while I work on it and decide how I want it to look :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Some of the going ons here

I wanted to do a quick post about why I have been/was so absent from my blog.

#1 my son started Kindergarten in September so we've had to learn what it was like being in 'big kid school'

#2 He had his ADOS/ADI-R test for Autism in August and September. It took till November before we got the results. He was 1 point above the cut off for Aspergers. So at this point he is PDD-NOS, once he's 8yrs old they will give him an IQ test and a Theroy of Mind test to see if it is Asperger's or not. I was told by the person that gave him the test that the only reason he scored above was because, even with his language delays, his speech made him score too high...

#3 His pedi wanted him to start IBI (Intensive Behavioral Intervention). It took a while for us to figure out if we wanted to do that or keep his PSR (he gets or or the other). We decided in November to do the IBI. He had his SIB-R test at the Department of Disabilities in early December. At the end of December we found out he was approved for it (which only the most 'severe' get approved). We just started the IBI processes at the end of January, we had to wait for an opening, and it takes 30-60 days for the center to do evals and write up a plan specific to him and then upto 30 more days for the state to approve his plan. But once thats done he will be getting IBI, after school, at a Montessori school which I'm super excited about.

#4 My daughter had to go to Shriner's Hospital. She has "curly" toes, and I was worried that it was a sign of the neuromuscular disease that I have (which at that time we still didn't know what I had/have). She had surgery in early January to release the tendons under 2 toes (one each foot) to try to help that out. As of right now it looks like she may be the 5% that the surgery failed in :( This means that when she is 5-6yrs old they will go in and pin the toe that is croocked/crossed/curled. They cut the toe and then pin the bone straight and cast it for 6-8weeks.

#5 I have been back and forth trying to get into a Neurologist for my neuromuscular issue to figure out what I have. I finally got county assistance in early January (we are one of the millions without insurance and can't afford $5k+ in Neuro bills). I just had my Neuro appt today. He is "very" he knows what I have. He says I have something called Charcot-Marie-Tooth(CMT) disease. It is a progressive disease, basically the nerves that controll the muscles in the extremities stop working. Right now both my legs are affected. My left way worse then my right, but my right is 'catching' up to be just as bad. I go on March 14th for an EMG nerve conduction test of my legs, to varify that I do in fact have CMT, and he's also sending me for an MRI of my lower back just to be sure that I don't have anything going on there (which he said he highly doubts). I will be in AFO (ankle foot orthotics) leg braces for the rest of my life, and depending on how bad my hands get I could be in braces there. My chances of being wheel chair bound are fairly high in my case. The doctor was surprised at the fact that I'm actually able to walk right now with how bad it is. The sad thing, CMT is hereditary, which means the kids have it (from what I've read CMT doesn't skip generations, its just that some generations have milder forms that go unnoticed or people think they have things like carpal tunnel and such), it also means that poor Kieran's toes are probably a sign of it. :(

So that is the happenings here in our lives, we also just moved this week! Now you can see why I've been so scarce over the last few months. I'm really hoping to get cracking here again!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Holy Cow Hiatus Batman!

I have been absent from here for over 6months now! I can't believe that. We've had a crazy few months of doctors appts, surgeries, and now preparing to move. I think its time I dive back into my blog. I'll be catching up here soon!