Friday, September 28, 2012

The Children's Place: Fabulous looks for fall

I always know I can find affordable and fashionable clothing for my children no matter what season it is from The Children's Place.  This company makes quality clothing at reasonable prices, and there always seems to be a great sale going on each time I walk by the store!  Big fashion, little prices!


My daughter loves her new Owl Cotton PJs.  They're super soft, not scratchy at all, and feature an adorable owl pattern.  The colors are vibrant and so much fun.  Available in sizes 2-14.


This Graphic Henley is only $12!  My son loves its comfort and softness.  I love the versatile oatmeal color that will match a variety of pants this fall.  Available in many different colors and patterns.  Sizes available - XS (4) - XL (14).


Here is another fantastic top on sale for only $12!  This Graphic Thermal has a nice weight to it and feels very comfortable.  Both of these tops are tagless, which my son appreciates, and constructed well.  Available in various colors and patterns.  Sizes available - XS (4) - XL (14).

If you're looking for some great pieces to add to your fall collection this year, head on over to The Children's Place.  Order online and get free shipping on all orders over $75.

And don't miss this great online only sale!  Hurry - this sale ends September 30th!

It's the Buy More, Save More Event - Take 30% off when you spend $75 or more, 20% off wen you spend $50 or more, and 15% off everything!

Complimentary product provided to me from The Children's Place.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Physicians Formula: New makeup products for the fall



I am really enjoying this first ever mineral, bi-colored pressed powder blush from Physicians Formula.  It's great for sensitive skin and the talc-free formula allows your skin to breathe.  It also doesn't break me out or irritate my skin.  

This blush gives me a very soft, natural finish - just what I want in a blush, but sometimes can't seem to find.  The matte marbleized design has two shades in one.  I really love the color this provides.  It's not too peachy or pink.  It gives me a nice warm healthy glow and feels silky and soft when applying.

If you don't like a harsh obvious blush look on your cheeks, I highly recommend this Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Blush.  It comes in blushing glow (shown above), natural glow, pink glow, warming glow and rosy glow.  You're sure to find the shade that works best for your skin tone.  


The packaging is a bit bulky and I don't use the brush that's included, but that's a small price to pay for such a great product.  However, I was able to depot this very easily to use in my UNII palette.  

This blush retails for $11.95.


Nude Shimmer Strips Palette features extremely attractive packaging.  Just look at that black lace with light pink peeking through - very cute packaging for a drugstore brand.  The lid flips open sideways with magnetic closure.  I'm not sure how well this would do in a makeup bag or for travel since I haven't taken it anywhere with me.  It may open up on you, but for home use, it works beautifully.


I was attracted to this palette because of its versatile and natural looking shades.  At a fraction of the cost compared to more expensive nude palettes, I was excited to try it out.  These shadows can be used wet or dry.  Use wet for a more dramatic look and for lining the eyes.  I used these shadows dry and found the overall pigmentation to be pretty decent.  Some of the colors aren't very pigmented and are best used for highlighting.  The shadows feel creamy and there is a little bit of fallout, but that's pretty hit or miss with drugstore brands.

This shadows are placed very close together in this compact palette, and the actual size of each shade is not very wide.  Other reviewers online complained of their size, but I was able to get my brush in there and pick up the shade I needed.  However, some of the skinnier strips are quite small and trickier to maneuver around.

If you're looking for a nude eye shadow palette, this may be the one for you.  I like the variety of colors it offers and the fact that there are no parabens.  That's a huge plus for me.  It's also hypoallergenic, fragrance free, gluten free and dermatologist approved.  It is priced at $10.95.  If you can find it on sale, even better.


Out of the two, my favorite product is their Mineral Wear Blush.  It's quickly become my favorite blush and the one I reach for.

I would love to try more products from Physicians Formula.  If I do, I'll be sure to share my thoughts with you.

Complimentary product provided to me from Physicians Formula.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Twisted Flowers: Hair Accessory of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Twisted Flowers offers a lovely selection of handmade hair accessories for infants to adults.  This talented and sweet Etsy shop owner takes great pride in her work as you can tell from the photos below.  She's also a firefighter!  Seriously?!  What a wonder woman!


Don't you just love this elegant white lace headband?  It is made from beautiful white lace floral patterned trim and comes attached to white stretch elastic.  


This comfortable lightweight headband will look great any season and measures about an inch wide.  The overall diameter of the headband is 19" unstretched.  This will fit most young adults/adults.  Custom sizes available upon request.



Flowers in the hair are a great way to add some instant sweetness to a photo shoot or for everyday wear.  This pretty light purple chiffon flower child headband features two flowers attached to an ultra skinny 1/8" ivory stretch headband.  


The headband is extremely soft, lightweight and stretchy.  Perfect for little baby girls.  Sizes available: newborn - 6+ years.

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UNII Cosmetics: UNII Palette of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Ladies, it's time to say goodbye to makeup clutter and get your hands on the UNII palette!  I immediately fell in love with this concept and had to try one for myself.  It surely did not disappoint!  I highly recommend this to women everywhere.  I just love a product that helps simplify my life.


This innovative product magnetically stores different makeup pans from various brands in one convenient palette.  The palette comes with a matching movable thumb grip that is quite comfortable to hold on to if needed and a sheet of their adhesive Not-A-Magnet writable labels.

Forget having to apply makeup from a dozen cases.  This beautiful palette makes getting ready each day easier and faster.  This palette is sturdy, well constructed and features a nice large mirror inside.  It also snaps shut so you're sure nothing is going to fall out.


The next step, it's time to gather and depot.  Visit this link to view helpful videos on how to depot.  I used the flat iron method with a piece of foil on top.  

I was able to depot different brands of makeup.  Some brands were more difficult to depot, and I wasn't able to depot other brands at all due to the packaging not having any pans to release.  A few of my makeup pans were already magnetic, others I had to use the labels on.

Some makeup brands are now selling refills instead of all that bulky packaging.  No need to depot!  What a way to be green.


Now it's time to consolidate.  Place your makeup pans into your palette.  They can be moved around to suit your needs.  You can even fit brushes and eye pencils inside the palette, too.


Just grab and off you go!  All of your makeup will be easily accessible in one handy and practical place.


Who wants one of these clever palettes from UNII?!?

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Complimentary product provided to me from UNII.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Silver Moth Design: Silver Petal Heart Necklace {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

Silver Moth Design creates classic jewelry for the modern, chic and sophisticated woman.  All of their styles are designed to be worn everyday and will complete your look from head to toe.


This delicate Copper Leaf Necklace will help accent any outfit for different occasions.  The beautiful leaf is forged from copper and is hand pierced (cut out), hammer textured and hangs from a sterling silver 17" chain.


Lapis is so gorgeous!  This Lapis Lazuli Ring features a lovely 12x10 mm blue stone surrounded by sterling silver.  The blue and silver together looks so fresh and clean.

These handmade rings are sized just for you and would look terrific with any fall outfit.

Head on over to Silver Moth Designs to shop for yourself or that special someone.



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Monday, September 24, 2012

Tutu Girl: Simply Unique, Always Boutique


Little girls love tutus!  Since 2006, Tutu Girl has been the largest tutu boutique offering beautiful tutu skirts for all ages.  You'll definitely find a huge assortment of precious tutus from personalized baby tutus to custom tutu outfits.


This boutique birthday cupcake tutu set would be fabulous for a birthday or for any day of the year!  This 2-piece boutique set would look great for photo shoots or for a party.  This set includes one tutu in your choice of size and length and a cupcake applique light pink top.  You choose the style - tank, short or long sleeves.

Tutu sizes include:

  • Prissy 6"
  • Poofy 8"
  • Classic 10"
  • Princess 14"
  • Prima 18"
  • Portrait 22"

You can even get matching accessories to complete this adorable look.

Discount Time:  Right now you can take $5 off a $50 purchase with the code:  tg550

This discount is only available on their Signature Tutus, Design your Own Tutus, Baby Tee Sets, Baby Tank Dresses, Flower Girl Items, Diaper Covers and Hair Accessories.

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Sweet & Salvaged: Halloween Themed Throw Pillow of choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

I am very happy to introduce you to Sweet & Salvaged.  This lovely Etsy shop features beautiful wreaths and wonderful Halloween themed pillows.


Halloween is right around the corner, and I'm sure many of you are ready to start decorating your homes.  This Halloween hand printed, silk screened pillow features a vintage black cat design.  This ivory linen pillow measures approximately 9" x 9" with 100% premium polyester fiberfill.  The design is printed with non-toxic, water-based ink and each pillow is uniquely handprinted.  

This black cat pillow would look great on any chair, sofa or bench.  I love cats so much that I would probably leave this pillow out year round!  Pair these pillows up with other Halloween pillows from Sweet & Salvaged for a complete Halloween scene.


I love the look of wreaths on front doors.  They really complete the look of a home and add that perfect touch of elegance and color.

This gorgeous colors of fall wreath measures 14" wide by 12" high and would look charming on your door or mantle.  This wreath features ivory wisteria stems, green dahlia blooms and is accented by goldenrod fugi mums and clusters of green berries.

The base is constructed of natural, locally sourced kudzu vine and includes a wire loop for hanging.  Enjoy this wreath throughout the year.  It would look great in the spring and summer, too!  Please allow two weeks for delivery.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tabanero: Your Healthy Heat



My husband wants to put Tabanero on just about everything!  This 100% all natural hot sauce picante adds just the right amount of spice and zest to any dish.  Forget vinegar and cheap fillers.  You will only find a unique blend of natural ingredients that create an unforgettable flavor that will leave you craving more.

This great sauce is tangy with a hint of sweetness from the agave nectar - their key ingredient for pure awesomeness.  The heat and consistency is just right complimenting your dish without taking it over.  My eight year old daughter even loves this stuff!

You'll find these 100% all natural ingredients packed inside:
  • Select Habanero Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Key Lime Juice
  • Onions
  • Agave Nectar
  • Garlic 
  • Salt
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
If you're looking for an unforgettable flavorful hot sauce with a distinct flavor, make sure you try Tabanero today!  Buy it here.

Complimentary product provided to me from Tabanero.  All opinions are my own.

Skin Authority: Product of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

I am a forever Skin Authority customer now.  I was sent a few of their products to try out, and I must say, I love all three.  They have done wonders for my skin in the short time I've been using them.  I do a see a positive difference in the way my skin looks and feels. 


I look forward to using this Ultra Rich Moisturizer with my nighttime skin care routine. This is the "Earl Grey Tea" of skin care.  It calms redness, soothes irritation and restore's my skin's moisture balance while evening out my skin tone for a bright complexion.

This formula is luxuriously creamy, yet does not leave a greasy feeling on my skin.  It absorbs wonderfully while giving my skin all the moisture it needs to heal the random dry spots I get when the fall season hits.  

This contains bergamot oil, cranberry, grape seed, aloe and shea butter.  This makes my skin feel so good.

It has a very light lemon scent.  However, it doesn't smell overpowering or harsh - just a pleasant, yummy light citrus scent.


I'm always on the hunt for a daily SPF that doesn't break my skin out, smell like a sunscreen and doesn't feel like I have an uncomfortable layer of film on my skin.

The Age Defying Moisturizer with SPF 18 not only protects my skin from the sun, but also contains antioxidants to repair the signs of aging.  This formula is lightweight, has no fragrance and feels great on my skin.  It works well under my make-up and doesn't feel sticky or greasy.

This moisturizer also promotes healthy cell growth, helps even out skin tone and protects your skin from the harsh environment.


I've tried moisturizing cleaners in the past and have not been very happy with them.  They never seem to work very well and my skin never feels truly clean.

I am happy to say that this Moisturizing Cream Cleanser is my new best friend.  I can't get enough of this stuff.  The natural extract formula gently soothes and softens my skin.  It also takes off all my make-up, including my eye make-up.  I love that I don't need to do that extra step each night with an eye make-up remover.

This creamy cleanser is ideal for all skin types and will leave your skin feeling so soft and smooth.  It hydrates skin with natural botanical extracts and contains no parabens, AHAs, dyes, added fragrances or animal testing.  This cleanser is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Key ingredients include German chamomile, ivy extract, apricot oil and ginseng extract.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Morgan Prather: Jewelry item of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

The jewelry designs from Morgan Prather are clean, classy and chic.  And not to mention affordable, too!  Dress these styles up or down.  They would look so wonderful with a variety of looks this fall season.


I've stumbled upon this gorgeous necklace on Etsy before and every single time I've thought it's such a beautiful, feminine design.

This sterling silver Leaf Lariat Necklace measures 16" depending on where the leaves fall and is decorated with rhodium plated leaf pendants.  It comes connected together with a sterling silver clasp.  If you would like your chain shortened, just contact the shop owner for a custom order.  This also comes in gold.


This classic silver silver Circle Eternity Necklace features a hammered sterling silver circle pendant on a silver silver chain with sterling silver clasp.  It measures approximately 16" and is 1/2" in diameter.

If you would prefer this shortened, let this Etsy shop know.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Retro Pets: Animal Art Print of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

How awesome are the animal prints from Retro Pets?!  It's animal art with an attitude!

The talented Santa Fe artist, Krista Brooks, creates this amazing animal art inspired by vintage advertising and labels.  You'll find Beer Hounds, Coffee Dogs, Hoochie Poochies, Frisky Felines and so much more!  She calls them "works for ARF" - too cute!


Calling all lab fans!  The Obsession Brand Tennis Balls Black Lab Print would look great in your home, office, etc.  There are also prints for chocolate and yellow labs, too!  


Meow!  I love this Bossy Kitty Gourmet Chow Print.  It totally reminds me of our two cats!

Get these prints in an 8x10, 11x14, greeting cards or magnets!

You can find prints for specific breeds in the drop down menu on Retro Pet's home page.

And my personal favorite...


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Davines: MOMO Cream


I have long hair that gets blow dried, straightened or curled with an iron practically daily.  I am always looking for the best leave-in conditioning treatment to help keep my hair nourished, shiny and healthy.

The MOMO Cream from Davines leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized.  This leave-in treatment contains jojoba oil, walnut extract and rice protein that provides moisture to dry hair and helps protect it from damaging elements such as sunlight and pollution.

I apply this to my hair when it is dry.  It has a light, pleasant scent to it, but quickly disappears once I put it on my hair.  I no longer smell anything after it's dry.  This formula does not leave my hair sticky, greasy or heavy.  In fact, I like to use this on my ends after curling them.  Not only does it leave my hair feeling and looking great, but it also gives me that loose beachy wave look that's all the rage right now.

Complimentary product provided to me from Davines.  All opinions are my own.

Jesse Janes Jewelry: Magnetic Necklace Set of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

These upcycled magnetic necklaces sets from Jesse Janes Jewelry are so neat!  I've never seen anything like them before!  What a great way to wear a different look each day at a wonderfully affordable price.


The Swirl Trees Magnetic Necklace Set includes an 18" snake chain, magnetic pendant base and 6 different toppers.  Measures approximately 1" round.


In fact, any of the handmade pinback buttons listed in their Etsy shop will fit this necklace.  Have fun changing it up!


The Pastel Butterflies Magnetic Neckalce Set is gorgeous!  This also comes with an 18" snake chain and 6 unique toppers.


Please note:  These necklaces are not recommended for children under the age of 6.  Pregnant women should not wear magnetic jewelry or anyone with a pacemaker or electronic medical device.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Schylling Toys: Timeless toys for kids

We received some really terrific toys from Schylling Toys.  This company offers a very unique collection of timeless toys for kids of all ages.


My daughter has always had an interest in guitars.  This little 6 string acoustic guitar is darling for young ones.  Learn the basics at an affordable price!  This guitar features a wooden bridge, metal tail piece, ivory-like tuning pegs and nylon strings.  This guitar comes packaged in a cardboard box with an extra string, pick and detailed tuning instructions. 


My son loves making paper airplanes!  Power Up lets you convert your paper airplanes into free flight electric airplanes.  This provided hours of fun for my son and he loved experimenting, inventing and exploring with this unique gadget.  Recommended for ages 8+.

Visit Schylling Toys today to start shopping for classic toys for your kids.  It's never too early to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season!

Complimentary product provided to me from Schylling Toys.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts: $35 Gift Certificate {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}

You'll always find unique personalized products for the entire family from Zoey's Attic Personalized Gifts.  Their matching sibling shirts are adorable and can be customized just for you.  I love so many items this company has to offer and know you will, too!


This precious personalized baby mommy's little pumpkin onesie or t-shirt is perfect for the season ahead.  Wear this for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

The "I am mommy's little pumpkin, wherever she goes, I go" onesie would look great for photos to the pumpkin patch.  This is also completely customizable.  Change the colors, wording, add a name, etc.


Too cute!  This brother or sister stick figure sibling t-shirt set is completely customizable and can be made for any brother/sister combination.  Need this in a onesie?  No problem!

This set makes a perfect hospital gift for a new baby, big sibling or pregnancy announcement set.  You are able to change the colors, wording, add a name, etc.  This company is here to help!  Just let them know when ordering.

These products are digitally printed to ensure the best quality and is not an iron on or heat transfer.

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Off the Leash: Dog Tug Toy of your choice {Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY}


Our goldens are two happy boys!  Off the Leash sent over a really great Dog Tug Toy for them to try out.  Boy, do they love it!

These toys are super strong and will last.  They are 4-way braided with 8 strands of fleece.  Don't be fooled by other tug toys that only use 3 or 4!  

The tug measures 28 inches long and has a bit of stretch to it.  The handy handle makes it easy to hang onto. This soft, sturdy fleece won't hurt your dogs mouth and is much safer than rope toys - no threads to be ingested.  


Off the Leash creates custom orders, too.  Just contact them!

And this is a company that gives back.  All proceeds are used to support dog rescue in Michigan.  These handmade toys are made by loving volunteers dedicated to helping our furry friends.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Aerosoles: With Pride - Great boots for the fall


Did you know that the official start of fall this year is Saturday, September 22?  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and I cannot wait to put on my chunky sweaters, long scarves and boots!


I've been on the hunt for a great riding boot - one with classic lines and a comfortable fit.  I've found everything I've been looking for from Aerosoles.  

The With Pride boots feature a rounded toe, contoured shape, 1" heel and an attractive wraparound ankle strap with buckle to complete the look.


These fabulous boots come in three colors - tan (shown), brown and black.  I own the tan and absolutely adore the color.  It's the perfect shade of light brown and looks terrific with a multitude of looks.

As always, Aerosoles is known for their supreme comfort.  The supple rubber sole features their unique diamond pattern for the ultimate support.  There is also a double zipper entry which extends calf width up to 2".  I don't need to adjust the calf width and they fit wonderfully, but this is a super feature to customize these boots to fit you!

The With Pride boots are made from faux leather, but look just like the real thing.  Great for all you vegans out there!  From what I've experienced, these boots fit true to size.

Measurements are as follows (based on a size 6 without extended zipper):

  • Shaft Height - 15"
  • Circumference - 15"
  • Extended Calf Double Zipper adds 2"
If  you're looking for the perfect riding boots, I highly recommend the With Pride style from Aerosoles.  I am very pleased with their overall appearance and comfort level.  I love finding stylish shoes that look and feel great!

Complimentary product provided to me from Aerosoles.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

John Frieda: Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray

To achieve Zoe Saldana's look for The Words premier in L.A., celebrity hairstylist, Mara Roszak, created an undone, feminine and effortless low messy ponytail for the red carpet.  This sexy look is so hot right now.


To polish and perfect, mist a thin coat of John Frida Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray in an all-around, even motion.


This fast-drying, firm-holding formula keeps your hairstyle looking great all night long.  It creates an instant barrier that seals out humidity to help fight frizz, rain or shine.  It also contains a UV filter to help protect your hair from the harsh elements.


Complimentary product provided to me from John Frieda.  All opinions are my own.