Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Making Shopping Easy & Organized with @lotustrolleybag

Grocery shopping for our family of eight can be incredibly overwhelming.  
Making sure that I get all the groceries we need for the week and all the essentials that we may have run out of...is a chore in itself. 

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So making sure that I have bags with me (we live in CA...so bags cost 10 cents each or you have to bring your own) and making sure that the bags get packed correctly, so it all makes it home safe, cold (if it's cold/frozen stuff) and easy to unload at home is SO IMPORTANT TO ME!!
We have to think ECO-FRIENDLY people!
INTRODUCING "LOTUS TROLLEY BAG"...making shopping easier, more organized and helping you get your groceries home safely and simply.  LOVE IT!
These eco-friendly bags are all Velcro together in an easy carry like fashion.  They fit in almost every shopping cart and hang from the sides with ease or can be Velcroed over the cart handle so you can shop as usual. 
Three of the bags has a mesh bottom (for things like boxes, cans, produce, etc.)  And one bag is insulated for your frozen stuff (this is awesome).  
There is even a built in egg carton holder and a place to store two bottles of wine safely. 
Simply load the bags up as you shop, unload as you pay, reload into the bags for transport to the car, separate the bags for placement in your car and head home to unload & put away.  It's so simple!  
The best part...you're never without your shopping bags again!
Yes...people are going to look at you when you're shopping!  

They are going to stop you and ask where you got these awesome bags. 

They are going to want to buy their own, so their shopping experience can be just as easy, simple and organized as yours is.
Have I sparked your curiosity about this innovative shopping cart helper?  
Do you want to find out how simple it is to make your grocery shopping trips a better experience all together?

CLICK HERE to learn more about Lotus Trolley Bags and buy a set for your family today.  
In fact, buy two or three and give them away as Christmas presents this year!  They will thank you for making grocery shopping so much easier for them!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Help Your Skin Get PURE With @purattitude Products

We've talked about it...TIME AND TIME AGAIN!
Aging sucks!  
There's seriously no NICE WAY to put it!  
Wrinkles, sagging skin and aches & pains that come from no where are just a few symptoms that you've PAST YOUR PRIME!  
But by far, your skin is definitely one of the first indicators to the world...just how old you really are, because we simply can't hide it.  Wrinkles are visible to everyone, every single day!

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So how do you reverse what you've neglected?  
Or maybe...how do you be proactive in reducing the signs of aging...as you get older?  QUALITY SKINCARE is worth the price...in my book...to help rejuvenate and bring back a youthful look to your facial & neck/chest skin areas.


PUR ATTITUDE products do just that...help you re-create PURE radiant skin, with 100% pure ingredients.  
At least that's the hope!
This is a product you put all over your freshly washed face & neck area, right before bedtime.  
You can follow up with a moisturizer too...to keep your skin hydrated...but you don't have to.  
Then you let it do it's job while you enjoy a restful night's sleep.
I just started using the Wild Durian Fruit Peel this week, so I am excited to see the results after 30 days, especially under my eyes.  They recommend using the product 2-3 times a week for best results.  But I am hopeful that the scowl lines, smile lines and squint lines on my face will be less OBVIOUS...maybe?  
Only time will tell.
Plus, for every Wild Durian Fruit Peel sold, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Check out PUR ATTITUDE'S entire product line - CLICK HERE

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Protect Yourself & Your Kids From DIRTY Shopping Cart Handles - @KleanGrips

Do you ever think about how many people touch the handles of a shopping cart, at your favorite store, every single day?  
HOW MANY GERMS are on that shopping cart handle?
Maybe they are people who are sick.  
Maybe a teething baby drooled/chewed all over it (if you're a parent, you know what I'm talking about...because all babies do it).
Or maybe it sat outside in the weather and collected all kinds of germs before being brought back in the store.

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Regardless of the reasons behind it...shopping cart handles tend to be FILTHY!  
So don't feel bad if you feel the need to immediately wash your hands after you've done your weekly grocery shopping run.
That's why, when I heard about a Klean-Grips, I absolutely loved the concept.  
They created an easy to put on, made out of antimicrobial material, cover to put over your shopping cart handle.  This way, when you're shopping...your hand (or your babies hands/mouth) never directly touches it.  
Isn't this genius?
The best part...it's dishwasher safe, so you can just toss it in with your daily load of dishes to clean it for the next trip to the store.  Plus, it just folds up compactly and fits in a purse or diaper bag for easy carrying.
It even has a hook to attach a pacifer or your baby's favorite toy...so it doesn't hit the ground a million times while you're shopping.
The only suggestion I would make is that they would create some sort of carrying case for it (bag or such), so that when you put it in your diaper bag or purse, it stays clean the entire time until use.  
OTHERWISE...I think this product is absolutely genius.  
CLICK HERE to learn more about this product and where to buy it!  
The Klean-Grip would make a fun Christmas present for expecting or new parents...or even for your friends, family or relatives that like to live a GERM FREE lifestyle.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Feel ZEN and PEACEFUL With Softsoap Body Washes @CP_News

One thing I look forward to...every single evening...A GOOD HOT BATH!

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I know...I know...some people are into showers more than baths.  But there is something so calming and soothing for me, when it comes to a dark room, some candle light, very warm bubbly water and peace.  
ADMIT IT...it sounds divine, right?

One of the things I MUST HAVE when it comes to bath time, is body washes that smell good and can offer more than just cleaning power.  
SoftSoap never fails to amaze me with all the new scents and product lines they come out with.  
They sent me a few to try out myself...and heaven knows with eight bodies in the house, these bottles won't last long.

Check out new SOFTSOAP HYDRA BLISS Hydrating Body Washes.  We received both scents of this new hydrating experience.  These formula's are created to help your body retain it's natural moisture.  I love everything cucumber scented, so the CUCUMBER WATER & MINT scent is my favorite of the two.  The Coconut Water & Blueberry is still very refreshing and light.  Both of these definitely leave your body feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.

We also got to try the SOFTSOAP PURE ZEN Relaxing Body Washes.  Now these are what I started out this blog...talking about.  Scents that will make me put my head back in the bathtub and relax.  As you lather and clean, the scents will help you unwind, breathe and relax.  LOVE IT!!  My favorite of the two is the Jasmine & Watermint (with notes of vanilla and fig)...but the Rosewater & Lotus Flower (with hints of gardenia & jasmine) is nice too.  I'm just not a huge fan of rose scented anything.

ALL OF THESE NEW SOFTSOAP products are available at retail, drug and grocery stores around the nation.  CLICK HERE to see what else SOFTSOAP is up to!

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Skincare - FROM THE INSIDE OUT with @drtcates CLEAN SKIN FROM WITHIN

As you know...I've been desperately grasping to hold on to my youth...through my skin!

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Despite the neglect to my skin (from just simply not taking care of it like I should over the years), which may have completely ruined my odds of looking young forever, there are skincare products out there that are helping us middle age women feel confident about ourselves...from the inside out!

Skincare lines that are focusing on what they are putting into them, so that our skin can reflect it's BEST healthy self!  Removing toxic and harmful ingredients to give you glowing, natural and youthful skin.
This is the first skincare program I've found that focuses more on the fact that what I am eating and drinking, may be causing some of my skin issues.  
It also focuses on what we put on our skin, so to further the health quality  of our skin.  Making sure that we are keeping the harmful things away and only adding good to our skincare routine.
The Spa Doctor's Skincare Line is a "clean" skincare line.  People are loving how healthy their skin looks using these products.

I received the sample kit and the book "Clean Skin from Within" to try for myself.  This Spa Doctor Daily Essential 4 skincare system offers four steps to better looking skin.   
There is a cleanser, a antioxidant serum, a moisturizer and a glow boost...included in this system.
While I'm not 100% convinced that this system or product is going to totally change the health of my skin, I do know that it definitely can't be hurting it.  Plus, they offer at 30 day money back guarantee if I'm not completely impressed.  
Education is key, when it comes to healthy skin!  This book is loaded with great recipes, ideas and tips to helping you clean up your diet and nutrition in an effort for your skin to be healthier and more youthful.  
I do know that diet does have a lot to do with how your skin looks!  
We don't think about it when we're making a mad dash through the drive through at our favorite fast food restaurant instead of taking the time to chop up some fresh stuff to create a meal at home.  
Our skin has a way of showing us the later effects of those bad decisions.
I'm already starting to see a healthy glow from my skin...
NO FILTER NEEDED!  
I'm going to do make an effort to start changing my eating habits, so my skin can in return reflect the youthfulness I'm longing to hang on to for as long as possible.   And so far I am loving this Monthly 4-step skincare system.
Knowledge is definitely power people!!


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MY EXCITEMENT CANNOT BE CONTAINED! #MEDALOFHONOR on NETFLIX

TODAY...we are going to take a second for me to give you a NETFLIX original show recommendation for NOVEMBER!

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If you don't have a NETFLIX membership, sign up for the 30 day trial, just so you can watch this show! 

One that I MUST INSIST YOU WATCH and tell everyone you know about!  
My husband has poured his blood, sweat and tears into this show, as a writer & producer of this NETFLIX original show.  

"MEDAL OF HONOR"

8 incredible stories about men who's bravery is OFF THE CHARTS...who earned the military's highest honor...the MEDAL OF HONOR!

PLEASE WATCH THE TRAILER (that just released today) RIGHT HERE:
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone & everyone you know.  
I know I'm a proud wife, but I am also sincere in saying that these are stories that are going to blow your mind.  Stories that need to be shared so you can understand how much people pay to continue keeping our country safe...first hand!
(this was us...on set...getting to see the magic happen behind the scenes)

WATCH THE TRAILER & SHARE!  
Keep an eye out in NOVEMBER for the show's release and THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT GUYS!  

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Fall/Winter Body Skincare MUST HAVE @oz_naturals

Fall/Winter is no time to neglect your skin!!
Just because you're not going to be outside, constantly sharing glimpses of your sun kissed skin to the world, doesn't mean that your skin doesn't need some extra TLC while it's hibernating for the winter.  

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In fact, fall/winter is probably when your skin will need the extra devotion and attention.
OZ Naturals offers a product I was just introduced to, that is the perfect way for my skin to stay moisturized all winter long...that also combines the power of nature with the best of science.
The OZ Naturals Olive & Jojoba Oil Souffle is my AFTER BATH must have right now.  It's made by COLD PROCESSING - without the use of heat or petrochemicals int he formulation process, this process takes place at room temperature, which allows the active ingredients to remain fresh and highly potent as intended.
It's an environmentally friendly alternative to other products, and eliminates the need for harmful preservatives or known toxins.
Plus...this stuff makes my skin feel FABULOUS!!  
Not joking!  
It smells great and doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky or tacky.  
It's the perfect "AFTER BATH" wrap up.

CLICK HERE to learn more about OZ Naturals and their entire product line.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Reflections Of My Last Week In My Thirties...

I'm going to take a moment for reflection.  
Maybe this will be a post that will encourage people, challenge people or at least make some people think about things.

No products were sent for this feature.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting my words of wisdom as I turn 40 this coming week.

I was thinking today about how this is it.... MY LAST WEEK IN MY 30's.  Next week, I'll be officially 40 something and I am still not 100% sure how that makes me feel.  I'm a mix of emotions!  Proud of the person I have evolved into over the past 40 years, but sad to let go of my youth as well.  I guess it's sorta bitter sweet. 

Here are a few thoughts as I enter my 40th year of life:

GOD IS GOOD - For all your doubters out there...let me tell you first hand, GOD IS GOOD!  GOD is real and HE exists whether you want to believe in HIM or not.  After 40 years of growing through & experiencing the highs and lows of life, I have learned there is also no better crutch to lean on in a time a need than HIM.  No better person to celebrate with in a victory!  No better person to cast all my cares on...especially when I am at a loss.  No better person to know UNCONDITIONALLY loves me.  No matter how little I talk with HIM (there have been times I've been distant) or how often I chew HIS ear.  HE LOVES ME NO MATTER WHAT and regardless of the negative experiences we will go through in life, it is meant (almost always) to help us personally (or someone else) for the good & to grow.  
I AM THANKFUL for that!

BEING A PERSON WHO LOVES HARD AND FORGIVES EASILY is a STRENGTH, not a WEAKNESS - I am an optimist to a fault.  I love with my entire being and I forgive even before I am asked to forgive.  Some people may consider this a weakness, but I consider it a strength.  It's taken me 40 years to realize this fact, but showing love, for some people, is really TRULY HARD to do.  Some people aren't capable of it at all.  It blows my mind and breaks my heart for them, to live an entire life without feeling love or being able to love.  What a sad existence.  So much of my world revolves around loving my friends, my family, my pets, etc.  I can't imagine that numbness.  But also being able to forgive easily is a strength as well.  Why?  Because I can let go of the bitterness that can be left in place when someone wrongs you.  I can move past hurt and overcome the downfalls in forgiveness.  A lot of times, forgiveness is more about your own personal healing than the person asking for it...to be honest.  I've learn that too. 

YOUR KIDS ARE YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN LIFE - I birthed, nurtured, nursed, soothed, praised, admired, and unconditionally loved four human beings since their very first breaths.  Heck, I am still in the daily grind of it!  These four kids I would no doubt take a bullet for and I would risk my EVERYTHING to save them if the situation arose.  Each one of them is different.  Seasoned differently by experiences in life, personality differences, etc.  Each one of them has been my life's work to this point and will continue to you be long after they are adults...but in a different way of course.  The best parts of me and the worst parts of me have been made apparent in parenting them.  But more than that, the result of my love, respect of their PERSON, and time I spend with them...reflects in their own personal beauty (I'd like to think).  I'm not talking looks, though my kids are all pretty good looking.  But I'm talking about in their hearts.  Where the words the world says to them are painted into place.  Where the experiences (good or bad), take root!  They know I love them, they know they can trust me with anything (without judgment), and they know that I will always, ALWAYS be their biggest cheerleader.  But they also know that they make me so proud every single day!   They are my beautiful pieces of life art...each one unique, special and truly beautiful to the core.  Seriously, my life's greatest accomplishment!

WRINKLES ARE GONNA HAPPEN - I've honestly seen so many botched plastic surgery jobs over the past several months (actors, actresses, etc.) and it makes me so sad.   People really are hiding their true beauty.  Some of my biggest wrinkles on my face (so far) are from...BRACE YOURSELF...SMILING TOO MUCH!  Why would I want to hide that fact?  I've always been a happy person (for the most part) and part of what makes me, ME, is my smile.  I smile at my kids!  I smile at my husband!  I smile at life experiences!  I used to smile as a cheerleader in high school.  SMILING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!  When a camera is pointed at me, I SMILE!  But let's be honest...wrinkles happen from simply smiling...over time.  Crows feet by my eyes, a smile mark under my nose (right above my lip), the corners of my mouth, etc.  WRINKLES ARE GONNA HAPPEN!  At least the wrinkles show that for the most part (there was a stretch of time that life was not healthy or happy for me), in my childhood, teen years, young adult years and definitely late into my thirties & now forties...I can smile!  And if wrinkles happen because of that...SO BE IT!

I could be sad that at this point in life...because I honestly, I may have quite possibly lived over half my life already.  I will be blessed to live to 80.  I could feel upset that I should have done things differently, changed decisions I made, etc.  Some of them haven't been the best...but I certainly learned some #lifelessons .   


Instead, I am simply going to celebrate!  
CELEBRATE 40 beautiful, challenging, life changing years of life.  
CELEBRATE that I've made it to 40...some of my dear friends haven't.  
CELEBRATE that my future is set to be peaceful, happy and filled with even more love than I've experienced already.

40 is the new 30 after all!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Relieve Your ACHES And PAINS With A @Doshamat Acupressure Mat

Turning forty next week has it's pros and cons!  
I've honestly gotta say, the past forty years of my life have been a roller coaster!  I've experienced some simply amazing moments and some really, incredibly hard times.  FOR REAL!  It also means that my body has seen 40 years on this earth and it's starting to feel a little worn already!  
I'm not joking!

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Some days, I feel incredible!  I feel like the vibrant 18 year old that I think I am in my brain.  And some mornings I roll out of bed and feel like an 80 year old woman.  Aches and pains in my back, neck, shoulder knots from stress, etc.  THIS IS ME...just being real!  And honestly, my husband, who is only a few months younger than me (yes, he married an older gal) has been experiencing some AGING pains in his lower back & sciatic nerve area.  Getting old sucks!
So have you heard of an acupressure mat?  
I'm talking about Doshamat Acupressure Mats.
I'm not going to lie.  My first attempt at standing on the acupressure mat for five minutes (this was the suggested starting time) was a little rough.  These lotus flower TIPS are shockingly painful at first.  They poke into every single pressure point on the bottom of your feet.  But I took some deep breaths and managed through it.  The bottoms of my feet were speckled with little tiny pin like pokes (not through the skin) that showed exactly where each lotus petal tip was pushing on the bottom of my feet.
My kids, of course, were super intrigued.  They insisted on trying it out, of course being monitored by me.  There were some screams and lots of giggles.  The best reaction was my 14 year old bonus son...he cracked me up the most.  
He was an immediate pessimist about the acupressure mat.  Funny thing, I explained how it worked, what it's supposed to do and he stepped on to try it out himself.  Yes, it hurts at first.  But I told him to take some deep breaths and try to think about being light on his feet.  When he got off the mat, he exclaimed how shocked he was, that he actually did feel better!  He's been doing a lot of marching (he's in marching band at school) and he said that this actually made a difference (for the better) in how he felt, even after only 5 minutes.  
LOVE IT!!

How Do Acupressure Mats Work?

I sat last night on this Doshamat Acupressure Mat while watching TV and even though I had some clothes on, I could still feel the lotus flower tips pushing through the thin fabric and into my skin.  It really is the weirdest thing, but it does relieve stress and relaxes your body.  
When we were done watching our show, I was ready for bed...and fell immediately asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  Coincidence?  Maybe...or maybe it was because the tension & stress from my day had somehow melted away on this Doshamat Acupressure Mat.
I've been building up a tolerance for staying on the mat for longer than 5 minutes.  Recommended use is between 15-20 minutes and also on bare skin (instead of through clothes) like bare feet.  Like I said, I think this does take some time to build up to this point...but I can definitely see myself getting to that 20 minute point and even wanting more eventually.  Plus, I am trying to do this first thing in the morning (for energy and to start my day out right) and about 20 minutes before bedtime, so I can immediately crawl in bed and enjoy the benefits as I sleep.
What would you be willing to pay to have some of your aches and pains dissolved after only 5-20 minutes of using an acupressure mat?  The Doshamat Acupressure Mat is under $100 and to me, that's well worth the investment of less tension in my body, a better nights sleep and even a more pain free life experience.  
I mean, for $100 bucks, it's worth the shot, right?  
Oh yeah...and did I mention these acupressure mats have been known to also help with weight loss, increased circulation and a reduction of cellulite?
CLICK HERE to learn more about DoshaMat acupressure mats and maybe invest in one yourself.   
It's the type of gift that keeps on giving!

If nothing else, it's worth the giggles from the kids when they attempt the five minute trial if nothing else.  Just kidding...kinda!  These acupressure mats really do make a difference!  I'm shocked (I was kind of skeptical too) and so very thankful!  
This will be something I will be using on a daily basis from now on!

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