Monday, April 27, 2015

Downy Wrinkle Release Review

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I hate to iron.  I have never, ever liked it.  I try and buy clothes that don't need ironing so that I don't have to iron.  But my work clothes still needs me to iron it, if not I am going to look a hot mess.  Do you like to iron?  If only there was a product that could help?  Well I just found it?
It has not only helped me get my ironing done but also has helped my son with his art projects.  In his art class, they have been having several way to show their art.  The different projects that have been assigned include working with fabric.  Ever have a hard time dealing with fabric or ribbons when working on a craft project.  I have, several times.  I have to put weight on it to make it sit, and sometimes that doesn't work.  Did you know that Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can also be used as a quick fix on a variety of fabrics used in crafting.   Just by spraying it on a wrinkle or crease, give a few gentle tugs, smooth out the wrinkle and let your ribbon or fabric dry.  In a few minutes the silicones in Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus will relax the fibers eliminating the appearance of wrinkles and the spray will be dry so you can get on with your project. 
Where have you been my entire life?  I sprayed, tugged, and hung it.  I did not have to iron my work clothes.  This cut my laundry time, which is awesome because this mami has a lot of other things she needs to cross off her things to do list.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Flick Friday-My Little Pony Tales

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Did you grow up watching My Little Pony?  It was one of my favorite shows.  I wanted to collect all the ponies.  Well this classic TV series has been put together on DVD and it is coming April 28.
It is a 2-DVD set that includes all 13 episodes of the show, originally airing on television in 1992, as well as sing-alongs.  You can rejoin your 7 Pony Friends—Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright Eyes, Patch, Clover and Bon Bon. 

Episodes include:

Disc 1                                                                                
Slumber Party / Too Sick To Notice                                 
Battle Of The Bands / And The Winner Is…                        
Stand By Me / The Tea Party                                              
The Masquerade / Out Of Luck                                          
The Play’s The Thing / Shop Talk                                    
Impractical Joker/ The Great Lemonade Stand Wars        
Blue Ribbon Blues / Roll Around The Clock

Disc 2

Princess Problems / An Apple For Starlight
Up, Up And Away / Sister Of The Bride
Birds Of A Feather / Send In The Clown
Happy Birthday, Sweetheart / Gribet
Bon Bon’s Diary / Just For Kicks
Ponies In Paradise / Who’s Responsible
Bonus Features:

My daughter was fascinated with the ponies.  When I popped in the DVD, she was glued.  She wanted to keep watching to see all the pony adventures.  She loves horses, unicorns, and ponies.  These DVDs have now become her favorite to watch.  We even have to take them with us so she can watch in the car when we go places.  If you have a little girl, I recommend getting this set.  I know I enjoyed watching them with my daughter.  It took me back to my childhood.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Makeover Monday-Miracle Skin Transformer

***Disclosure-Sample product was received to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

As I get older, I am paying more attention to my skin.  My imperfections, my blotches, and my dark spots seem to be more and more noticeable as time passes.  Not to be vain or anything like that but we need to take care of our skin.  I have taken preventative measure but what about the stuff I didn't catch that is already there.  I tried Vanish for the damage that is already there.

Vanish-A disappearing act for imperfections, Vanish instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while fading dark spots and improving skin’s tone and texture over time. A mix of imperfection blurring optical diffusers makes the skin’s surface appear completely flawless.  Available for $58 at Kohl's.

Vanish is helping my fine lines/aging, sun damage/environmental stresses, dark spots and dullness.  It is reducing pore size, smoothing out my skin's texture, brightening and clarifying my skin tone, and most importantly minimizing the appearance of my fine lines and wrinkles.  I recently was watching a movie where two ladies are trying to stay young and beautiful forever.  The secret is maintenance.  We need to take care of ourselves and our skin.
I also can't wait for the long term benefits:
-Improve elasticity and boost collagen production
-Fade the appearance of dark spots and improve evenness of skin’s  tone
-Reduce surface redness and irritated skin
-Smooth skin’s texture and tone, while protecting against oxidative damage

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Wojo Nutrition Review

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My life has changed.  Change is good, they say.  The change was very uninvited and it caused a storm.  Trying to balance things has been very hard.  I recently was sick and it felt like my whole life including my body were giving up on me.  My husband's schedule changed.  My schedule hit double duty.

I have been so tired.  Drinking coffee to start my day and stay awake.  But that solution didn't help give me the energy I needed to conquer my day.

So I was looking for something that could help me?  Have your heard of Wojo?
Wojo Nutrition is giving people an easy and natural alternative to swallowing bulky vitamins, drinking sugary energy drinks or reaching for pharmaceutical pills. The single servings make it easy for people to take while on the go and the unique lines are tailored to fit their different needs.

-No sugar
-No artificial sweeteners
-No artificial colors
-No artificial flavors
You can add Wojo to water, tea, coffee, juice, smoothie, or soda.  I chose water.  This week I had a great week.  I tried Wojo Mon-Thurs and felt great.  On Friday, I did plain coffee and guess what I was sick to my stomach.  And I had no energy, still was sleepy, and felt horrible.

There are different Wojo products:


Thanks to Wojo, I have been able to conquer my week.  Getting into the easy of my new schedule.  Things are starting to feel normal, at least they are my NEW normal.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fitness Friday-Texas Children's Hospital Family Fun Run

Our 2nd family fun run happened this past Saturday, the Texas Children's Hospital Fun Run.
This was an easy 1K or 3K course.  It was easy to change from one or the other.  There were about 3,400 participants.  I registered the entire family to do this fun run.  The day was perfect.  We had a great time.  I wasn't sure how I was going to feel since I have been dealing with Vertigo for the past 3 weeks.  Check out some of our pictures from the days event:

The importance of fun runs is to have fun.  We have a great time as a family.  My son was felling to well so he decided to stay with me.  Eventually I told him to just leave me.  My body is not in running shape so i was slow poking it but I made it.  He did too.  He finished way before me and was waiting at the finish line for me.  Dad and Lil Bit were with the stroller crew and had to wait for the waves to finally allow them to start 20 minutes after we did.  Dad was not a happy camper since he is so competitive.  Our daughter decided she was gonna ride.  She did managed to jump out of the stroller after the run to join in all the fun at the after party.
Free food, drinks, moonwalks, games, and prizes had the entire family entertained.  Gonna add this one to my favorites and remember to sign us up next year.

Do you have favorite runs you like to participate?  Are they fun runs or are you in it to win like my husband?  What is your next run?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

***CLOSED-Giveaway-Comicpalooza 2015 #HoustonNerdsUnite

***Disclosure-I will be receiving complimentary tickets to Comicpalooza in return for my participation as a Houston Comicpalooza 2015 Blogger.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

It is that time of year....calling all........the signal is flashing
Comicpalooza is the largest, comic book, sci-fi, anime, gaming, and pop culture convention.  And it is held here in HOUSTON!  My family had a great time last year, Comicpalooza 2014.  My son loves art and drawing.  He was able to see original art, talk to the artist, and even purchase some to take home.  We ran into some of favorite characters.  We love checking out the costumes.  We may even be in costumes ourselves this year, you will have to stay tuned for that.  Like last year, we are always excited for the different people we can meet and greet.  This year, we hope to run into
Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders from Marvel Avengers.  We watched watched Cobie on How I met Your Mother.  My son is a huge Batman fan.  He wants to meet the Gotham cast.
Who are you excited to run into?  Get autographs?  Costumes you plan on wearing?  Cosplay?

Registration for Comicpalooza has begun, go to
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Tickets are :
Friday or Monday — Adult General Admission (Ages 13+) $25
Saturday or Sunday– Adult General Admission (Ages 13+) $35
Any Day — Child General Admission (Ages 6-12) $10

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW Purex Crystals ScentSplash Review

***Disclosure-I am a Purex Insider.  Sample product was received to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
NEW Purex® Crystals ScentSplash™ in-wash fragrance booster infuses your clothes with the power of liquid freshness. Simply add a little or a lot directly into your washer.

It has refreshing scent beads that release bursts of fragrance.  The new Liquid Crystals formula can be used in the washer or in-wash tray.  It is safe to use with all wash fabrics like our gym clothes, towels, sheets, and even my toddler's play clothes.  It smells great.  You can use a little like me or a lot like my son and husband. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Travel Tuesday-La Toretta Lake Resort

***Disclosure-My family and I received a complimentary stay for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Spring Break came and went.  Due to our new schedules, dad was not able to join us during the family adventures.  So we wanted to take a break and have some family fun which would include him.  And since we only had a small break, a staycation was perfect for us.  Down the street and around the corner from Houston is a beautiful place to get away.  Don't believe me, check this place out.
La Toretta Lake Resort & Spa is on beautiful Lake Conroe.  This place is a hidden gem that we did not know existed so close to home.  They have a waterpark, spa, arcade room, teen room, toddler room, and golf.
This was the perfect place for our family to relax.  You can take a walk down the beautiful property.  You can stick your toes in the sandy beach, watch the sunset while sitting on the chairs, and breathing in the air.  We took advantage of the AquaPark, pools, and Lay-Z River Rapids.  And since we were outside enjoying all this, we were glad the Coco Cove Grill was open for business.

We met and talk to other guests who were checked in the resort.  Everyone had a different reason for being there like a wedding, reunion, conference, vacation, or staycation.  But the one thing we all had in common was that we were all having a good time.

Monday, April 13, 2015

NEW Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review

***Disclosure-I am a Purex Insider.  Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
NEW Dial® Miracle Oil Hand Soap is the latest Dial® Brand Hand Soap.

Product Information

Miracle Oil Hand Soap is infused with Marula Oil to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals.
After hand washes the dishes my hands can feel all dry.  The new Dial Miracle Oil hand soap is now sitting on my kitchen sink.  I have been doing a lot of gardening, yard work, and after all that I always give my hands a good wash.  I get the dirt off and my hands feel smoothly refreshed.
For more information, visit Dial on Facebook (, Twitter (@Dial)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Littest Pet Shop-Pet Shop Pals Review

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Spring break road trips are no fun for toddlers.  They have to sit still until our arrival.  But a great way to get them to stay occupied is by watching movies.  A favorite of my daughter's is Littlest Pet Shop.

Blythe and her very best friends  Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Minka the monkey and Buttercream the bunny   are back for five more exciting, not to mention hilarious,adventures! Plus, you’ll get a chance to meet some new friends, like a shy tortoise, a spying cat, a famous comedian orangutan, and Pepper’s new crush! Who could it be? Find out with Blythe and the gang in The Littlest Pet Shop – Pet Shop Pals!

Episodes Include:
Books And Covers
Helicopter Dad
Lotsa Luck
The Nest Hats Craze
Sweet Pepper

Bonus Features:

They are up to their adventures again.  Recommended for toddler and up.  It is 110 minutes so plenty of travel time with be covered while watching this movie.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Meet Quicksilver & the Scarlet Witch - Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

***-Disclosure-No compensation received.  Informational post only.

We are so excited that the new Avengers movie is coming this May 1st.  Age of Ultron has us so excited.  New characters are going to be revealed.  Watch this featurette:
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Friday, April 10, 2015

NEW Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Review

***Disclosure-I am a PurexInsider.  Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
NEW Dial® Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap is the newest member of the Dial® Boutique Collection Hand Soap line.

Product Information

With a creamy sweet scent inspired by fresh cut sugar cane, this premium formula with gentle micro scrubbers cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin.
It smells really good.  I like the micro scrubbers.  It left my hands feeling nice and moisturized.

For more information, visit Dial on Facebook (, Twitter (@Dial)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Nipping Spring Colds in the Bud

***Disclosure-Sample product was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I hate Spring colds.  Of course, every time the weather changes I can expect to have allergies set in.  But I dislike having a cold when the weather is so perfect outside.

Who wants to be sick when the weather is perfect, right?

Be prepared to nip your colds in the bud at the first sign of your symptoms with Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy, formulated with zinc gluconate and proven to help shorten the duration of the cold by nearly half.  
The new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold and Flu QuickMelts is a great one to try because it helps treat both cold and flu symptoms like coughing, sore throat and chest congestion.

Spring Break Essentials should include Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy because it can help you get back to enjoying the perfect weather!  I like that these are quickmelts.  You do not need water.  It is Homeopathic.  

My 16 year old came up with a cold right before Spring Break.  Glad he had Cold-EEZE to help him because we had a week of outdoors planned for us.  He was better before we even got our week started.  and he didn't even feel like he was taking medicine, rather than eating a piece of candy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mommy's Bliss Kids Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief Review

***Disclosure-Sample product was received to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I hate to see my lil one sick.  My daughter has a really good appetite.  When she does not have a good appetite, then I know something is wrong.  When they are little, they really can't tell you exactly how it hurts but a sign of no appetite is a really good sign that something is wrong.  But what there are no signs.  We just recently learned this lesson.  We got up and went about our way.  My daughter asked to go to the restroom as we were driving to our next destination.  When all of a sudden, vomit was airborne.  It was gross and everywhere.  It was raining and we had to stop at a gas station whos restrooms where outside.  I had to change my daughter and clean her up.
I am so glad I had Mommy's Bliss Kids Upset Tummy and Nausea Relief pack with me.  It is:
-naturally sugar free
-no alcohol, harsh chemicals, or parabens,
-no artificial flavors or colors,
-no dairy, gluten, or soy

We were headed to my nephew's birthday party.  She felt better just in time to go ride rides, play the machines, and sing Happy Birthday.

For more information on Mommy's Bliss and the brand’s entire line of products, please visit