Friday, June 14, 2019

Summer With The Little One - @BabytoLove Products

No, I am not expecting another baby...thank goodness!  
My littlest one is now 10 years old...almost 11.  
It's crazy to me, because it does literally seem like yesterday that we were bringing him home from the hospital.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.
Since I'm in this next phase of life, I get to learn about baby products for the younger moms who are maybe becoming a first time mom, or who could use something new I've just learned about.  
My 17+ years of expertise being a mommy helps me gauge whether a product is really worth the investment or not...
Baby To Love sent me two products to check out.  
We have a couple new babies coming into the family, so it's the perfect time for me to start learning about what's the newest and best products on the market...because I'll soon be shopping for these new little bundles of joy.
We received the Pili Mat Forest and the Pili Playmat Forest.  
My first reaction to the look of the product...they are adorable.  I love the colors they selected and both are perfect for a boy or girl (though they do have a Jungle set that is probably more suited for a boy with blue tones).  These products are well made and offer safety and peace of mind for parents.
The Pili Playmat Forest is perfect for play all by itself if you'd like.  
It's cushy and adorable.  It comes with a mirror and detachable teether toy.  It's so cute!  Perfect for tummy time or can be paired with the Portable Activity Gym (not included in this review) as the baby gets older and stronger.
The Pili Mat Forest is multifunctional.

It's also portable (even comes in a plastic carry bag), so it's perfect for hygienic "on the go" playtime where ever you're headed.  It lays flat for floor play (and you can use the Pili Playmat Forest as an added insert), it folds up with sides for play when baby starts to roll or move around a bit (or you can put balls in for a fun ball pit option).  It folds so the side is back supportive for sitting up (those learning and even as a caution of those who may still need some added support).  And it also can be folded into a tent, when baby is crawling...to play hide-and-go-seek.  
Both of these products can be used with the Portable Activity Gym (not included in this review) and make great places for the baby and infant to grow, learn and play.  Both of these products would make excellent baby gifts for NEW or expecting parents.  Both products seem durable, quality made and ideal for imaginative playtime for your little one.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Baby To Love and all the products they have to offer.

P.S.  The baby in the pictures is just a baby doll.  A lifelike doll, but not a real baby.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any babies immediately available to help with this review/feature...so I improvised.

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Skincare Regime Built JUST FOR YOU - @y_ourskin

My skin is forty years old.  
Let that sink in for a second.
And if you look close enough, you can see forty years of scowls, tears, smiles and just everyday facial expression wrinkles to prove it!

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.
So with forty years of sun damage, smile wrinkles and typical everyday abuse under it's belt, there really is NO MAGIC CURE for reversing the aging symptoms on my face.  The only thing I can do is be proactive with future wrinkles and developments and nourish my skin as it is.
Y'OUR Personalized Skincare understands that and after completing a quick but thorough survey, can personalized skincare products based off your needs.  Do you have acne prone skin?  They have products to help combat and improve that.  Do you have wrinkles?  They can modify skincare just for that.  You get the idea.  YOU HAVE TO BE HONEST...when doing the survey though.  If you're not REAL about your skin's REAL issues...they really can't help.
I took the survey and based off my results, I received a box in the mail (on APRIL 29th) that provided me with 3 months worth of Y'OUR Personalized Skincare, just for my specific SKINCARE needs.  To me, this is huge.  I honestly, have never stuck with a face care regime for longer than a month (hence the no-improvement to my already pre-exisiting skin issues), so I was curious how I'd feel about this system.
The box has four different items in it:
1. A facial cleanser (made for my specific skin needs)
2.  A facial moisturizer/DAY CREAM (with SPF) again made for my specific skin needs
3.  A nightly serum (made for my specific skin needs)
4.  A nightly NIGHT TIME Cream (made for my specific skin needs)
Following the instructions, you are supposed to use the cleanser morning and night, after already removing your makeup with a facial wipe.  DONE!  In the morning, you apply the DAY CREAM and go about your day.  You can even take it with you, if you are going to be in the sun and need to reapply it.  In the evening you do STEP 1 again, followed up with the STEP 3 (serum) and STEP 4 (NIGHT TIME CREAM).  It may seem like a lot of steps, but it's actually quite simple and easy to do as you go about your normal makeup application and getting ready for either the day or bedtime.
I have been using these products for almost a month and I have noticed a difference already (top pics are from today/bottom pictures are from April 29th).  No...it's not like botox...where you have instant results.  But the idea is that these will be lasting results that won't go away over time.  Yes, you do have to continue using the products, but the nice thing about this Y'OUR personalized skincare system is the price.  It's very REASONABLE for the quality.  I mean, I know of other skincare products that WORK WELL, but I simply cannot afford them on this mom's tight budget.  I like that this is a system I can continue to use and it won't break my bank account.  Plus, I can modify the skincare if I need to.  Should one of the products not be working as well or I notice issues at the start, I can have them adjust the products to suit my skincare needs.  
LOVE IT!
All in all, I am enjoying this Y'OUR Personalized Skincare system.  
I will be continuing this system for the years to come and hopefully can maintain my skin's current condition a lot longer than I would have.  
Plus, I don't have to hop the BOXTOX train...as some of my other friends my age are doing...and avoid needles to my face.  
CLICK HERE to take a quick skin care quiz and start Y'OUR Personalized Skincare experience too.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

What's A SMART WALLET & Why Do I Need One? @Eksterwallets

Welcome to 2019...the age of SMART EVERYTHING!
We have Smart TV's. 
We have SMART HOMES!

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.

What exactly is a "Smart Wallet"?
Take a minute to watch the video below:
When I was approached by Eskter to review their Parliment wallet & tracker, I was not sure if this was something I'd even use, to be honest.  I typically carry quite a bit in my wallet and though this type of wallet would make a lot of sense for a guy (who carries it in his pocket), I just wasn't sure if it was something I'd like using for myself.
But the idea of this SMART WALLET just makes sense to me for a few reasons.  PLUS, it matches my purse perfectly!   If you are person who doesn't carry a purse and just likes to have the things you need...readily available...in a slim style wallet, this is PERFECT.  Plus, if you set it down and walk away (accidentally forgetting it), you can actually track down where it got left.  It has a stretchy band to keep your money inside and it folds up to fit perfectly inside a pocket or your purse.  
Perfect for the minimalist lifestyle!
For me, the SMARTEST part of this Eskter leather smart wallet is the tracking system smart card.  You download the app, sync it with the smart card, insert it in the wallet (it's solar charged, so it doesn't need a battery change) and you're good to go.  Another awesome thing, you can actually find your phone too, by pressing the chip...it will send a signal out that will make your phone sound of an alert...helping you track down your phone if it goes missing.
In 2019, we are an age of people who are too busy for our own good and our minds are so consumed with details, sometimes forgetfulness happens and we lose things.  Sometimes we lose things a lot.  In those cases, I would highly recommend investing in one of these SMART WALLETS.  You only take the cards with you that you use a lot (or need).  It keeps them safe and secure (not scannable) inside the chamber.  The cards pop out easily to give you access to the ones you need and when you're done, you simply slide it back down and lock them into place.  LOVE IT!
FATHER'S DAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...and I have personally known a Father or two who can be absent minded and lose things.  
Maybe this Eskter Leather Smart Wallet is the ideal gift for DAD!  

CLICK HERE to check out the entire selection and buy the combo (it will save you money in the long run) or you can buy it in your local MACY'S Store.

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bathtime Is "ME TIME" With @chiggerhillcottage Bath Fizzies, Soaps and Bath Salts

Every night...since probably I was high school age...I take a  relaxing bath.  
It's my unwinding time.  
It's ME TIME.  
It's a chance for me to stop thinking and to breathe deep.

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.

One of the luxuries that I have come to enjoy with my bath (no, not a glass of wine...though that does make bath time even nicer sometimes) is bath salts, bath bombs and scented soaps.  
Anything that smells good and makes my bath water nice and soft.

So funny side note...I had a new follower on IG the other day (it happens).  
I recognized the name of the business from WAY back when I first started mommy blogging in 2009.  
So far back and yet, she found me again!  
Back in that time, she was making the cutest pillowcase dresses and hair bows (see pictures below).  



I WAS GAGA for them.  Now, her awesome "she-shed" is being used to create incredible homemade bar soaps, bath salts and bath fizzies too.  
CHIGGER HILL COTTAGE sent me some "bath time" products to check out.  

The box was so heavy when it arrive and I was so excited to open it up and see what was inside:
These incredible homemade bar soaps SMELL AMAZING!  
I wish I had "smell-o-vision" because you'd want to scratch and sniff these soaps.  
The "fudgesicle" smells so good you'd wanna eat it. 
Who wouldn't want to shave their legs with "flower power" scented bar soap
The men's soaps smell absolutely CUDDLE WORTHY too!  
Like..."honey, I don't mind if you shower with this bar of soap...because I will want to snuggle with you after it..." smells good!
I used the "Lemon Grass" bath fizzies in my bath last night and not only did I enjoy the scent and watching them dissolve (it's part of the fun of bath bombs), and the water felt incredible on my skin too.
I love that the "Lemon Grass" bath salts are in a sealed container and the little wooden scoop is so adorable.  
She really put some thought into the packaging of her products.  
I LOVE THOSE LITTLE DETAILS.
CLICK HERE to check out the entire selection of Chigger Hill Cottage Bath Products on her Facebook store page (while her website is under construction).  
You're gonna thank me!

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

POLKA DOTS Are Perfect For #MothersDay & #Summer - @lenovati #collab

Do you love cropped pants for summer?
What about POLKA DOTS too?
I am a fashion fan of both!

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.
I received this adorable pair of "skinny fit black cropped polka dot sateen pants" for summer!  
I LOVE THEM!
As a mommy, I don't wear too many pairs of shorts during the summer, so cropped pants are perfect!
Aren't they flattering?
Would you wear them?
They come in sizes small, medium & large.  
I am wearing the size medium in the pictures (I am 5'4" and 125 lbs).  

IF YOU NEED THESE FOR YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE...like me...THEN SEND ME an e-mail or DM me on IG so I can send you a discount code to get these pants for only $6.99 (only the first ten people to respond) IN HONOR OF MOTHER'S DAY!  
They normally retail at $21.99.  

THIS IS A BIG TIME BARGAIN and Mom's...you're going to love these cropped pants!  
I'm telling you guys, these are a staple for your summer wardrobe and you can nab them at a "STEAL OF A DEAL" if you contact me right away!
CLICK HERE to check out these cropped polka dot pants on amazon and then message me RIGHT AWAY.  They are going quick!  
REMEMBER, ONLY THE FIRST 10 people who respond will get the code.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for this review/feature.  I am a lenovati ambassador and helping them launch their line.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Small Acts Make Big Differences - @lovehomeandplanet #smallactsoflove

So many little things can make such a big difference in life.
For instance...a smile can make a huge difference not only to the person smiling, but the people who receive that smile.
Think about it!

All products for this review/feature were sent free of charge by the company.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these products.


In the same sense, the small choices we make with the products we use in our home...can make a big impact on our enviroment and our little planet earth.

We received a gift pack from Love Home And Planet...that is not only adorable, but affordable too.
This Included: 
Their Love Home And Planet products are made with love from plant based formulas.  They are heavily scented and fragrant...and are created without dyes or phosphate.
Since we are home with people who have very sensitive skin...the fact that they make these without dyes is HUGE for us.   However, because of allergies, products containing anything nut related cannot be used in our home (coconut scented products, made with coconut water).  
The scents are bold and refreshing and leave your clothing smelling fresh and clean!


CLICK HERE to checkout the entire line of Love Home and Planet products for your home!  
They hope to help leave a long lasting positive impression on our planet in the years to come.

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