Friday, July 31, 2015

Flick Friday-My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests

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

Summer is not over.  What have your kids been doing?  Have you been traveling?  Wherever you have been, if you have a daughter you know the ponies are taking over.  My Little Pony fever is here.  Everywhere you go those ponies are.  Check out the latest adventure:

Join the Mane 6 and friends for a quest of epic proportions!  In Equestria, being true to yourself is the key to earning your cutie mark.  Join Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash—as well as everyone’s favorite Cutie Mark Crusaders, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Apple Bloom—as they journey to find their own Cutie Marks, take on the spirit of chaos and disharmony and visit a village where… every pony has given up their Cutie Marks?!  It’s all here in Cutie Mark Quests!

Episodes Include:
The Show Stoppers
The Return Of Harmony, Part 1
The Return Of Harmony, Part 2
Cutie Markless, Part 1
Cutie Markless, Part 2

Bonus Feature:

Your daughter's will love this.  The ponies do not disappoint.  

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shark Steam & Spray Pro Review

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

Cleaning my floors can be a big hassle.  I am OCD about cleaning. I get down on my hands and knees scrubbing, mopping, and doing it all over again.  But the next day, I am in pain.  My back, and knees hurt.  I need some help.  I want clean floors but not all the pain that comes with cleaning them.

I received the new Shark Steam & Spray Pro to put to the test.  
The Steam & Spray has two convertible heads.  It allows for 3 ways of cleaning.

-Steam-Only Mode – turn tap water into steam for a deep clean with no residue
-Steam & Spray Mode – steam combines with the Shark® Hard Floor Cleanser for a high level clean to remove stuck-on dirt, grease and stains
-Spray-Only Mode – swap in the lightweight, battery-powered head for a quick clean-up
My floors were filthy.  I hate to admit it but they were.  My floors had caked on gunk, stickiness, and who knows what other grimy dirty.  Normally I would have had to scrub off all the dirt and grime first.  I haven't had anyone over because I had not had time to deep clean my floors.  

The Shark Steam & Spray Pro got my floors clean.  It was really easy to use.  It is lightweight.  I didn't had to go over and over and keep cleaning.  I use it on my Kitchen floors and on my Foyer entrance.  It swivels so I could get under the cabinets, and all the corners.  Just check out the dirt:
This is the microfiber pad that is washable.  So I don't have to throw away money buying sweeper pads.  I can wash it and reuse.  

And check out my finished floors:
Now my floors have been deep cleaned and sanitized.  They are not dull, but shiny.  And I am not hurting from all the hard work.  I was done so fast I didn't believe it.  I got down on my hands and knees to check the floor and yep, it was clean.
Now I can just use the spray and mop the floors.  The power cord is removable.  So it is easy to clean the bathroom floors without the cord getting in the way.  It has LED lights so you can see the stains you are cleaning off. It does comes with a disposable SaniFiber pad and four AA batteries.  The head is removable so you can take it off and it makes it easy to store.  Cleaning my floors just got easier.

For more information about the Shark® Steam & Spray Pro, visit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Skincare Sunday-Stop the Itch

***Disclosure-Informational post only.

How hot is it?  I know our skin is taking a beating this summer.  As hot as it may be, don't forget to take care of your skin.  We not only have to deal with itchy, and dry skin but mosquito bites too.

Here are some tips from Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas:

-Don't pick at your skin:  Scratching or picking a spot will interfere with the skin's healing process.  
This is kinda hard for most of us.  Specially the kiddos.

-Moisturize Daily.  Prevent further irritation by applying a soothing moisturizer daily.

I know the heat.  You don't have to tell me twice.  What I do is, apply after a cool shower.

-Protect Your Skin.  Wear long, loose layers to help shield your skin from the sun's rays.

Too hot for long sleeve, yes I agree.  In the Summers I live in sleeveless shirts but then my arms are not protected from the sun.

Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas says,
"Itchy, dry skin can be a major distraction any time of the year.  Routine application of Lubriderm Soothing Relief Daily Lotion with cooling menthol can help minimize the discomfort from itchy, dry skin, leaving skin with no greasy residue."

About Dr. Maria Patricia Rivas:
Dr. Rivas is a Hispanic Board Certified dermatologist in Miami, FL. She is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, received her Medical Doctor Degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and performed her residency at the University of Miami - Jackson Memorial Hospital. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Olay Summer Skin Care

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

This past week, the weather has been ridiculous and this week I am turning a year older.  It is important for us as we get older to continue to protect our skin with the proper protection.  In the Summer, the magic word is SPF.  SPF helps block ultraviolet rays that can cause sunburns.  Ouch!

Olay knows how important it is to arm women with products that protect against the sun while providing anti-aging and skin benefits.

Olay Principal Scientist, Dr. Frauke Neuser says “any reputable maker of skin care products like Olay tests not only the individual ingredients but also the final formula for efficacy and performance. Adding actives that provide SPF protection does not interfere with other desired product attributes such as moisturization, texture improvement and anti-aging benefits.” 

Dr. Omar Torres, M.D., Olay Dermatologist says that “wearing a moisturizer with SPF is a must, not only as part of one's beauty routine, but as a precautionary measure against serious skin complications.”  

So I say, find a product with the SPF you need.  One you feel comfortable with.  Olay has many products to chose from, like:
Total Effects Featherweight Daily Moisturizer + SPF 15

  • A weightless, quick-absorbing daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum sunscreen 
Total Effects Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SolaSheer Technology SPF 15 and SPF 30 

  • Fights the seven signs of aging for younger, healthier looking skin 

Why I choose Olay?

-The picture on the box is the actual size of the product inside.  How many times have you bought a product and they are not true to size?  

-Total Effects 7 in One- fights 7 signs of aging:

1)  Age spots
2)  Dryness
3)  Lines and wrinkles
4)  Uneven texture
5)  Dullness
6)  Pores

-And as always, these products are dermatologist tested, and oil-free.  It protects from UVA and UVB rays.  It is a moisturizer and sunscreen.  A 2 for 1 that does the job.  

I run into old friends and the first thing they tell me is that my face has not changed.  I know I have gotten older, but because of my preventative care, have been able to help my skin.  Olay is helping me maintain it.  So on Friday when I turn another year older and I look in the mirror, I will know I am older but I don;t have to look it! Wink, Wink!  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Kandoo Review

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

Did you know that baby wipes are not suppose to go in the toilet?  Check the back of your package..
I had to explain this to my husband and show him the back of the package so he could see.

Baby wipes are great to clean messes and tushies.  And normally when you clean a tushie, you stick it in the diaper and throw the entire thing in the trash.  Or when you use it to clean a mess, you just toss it in the trash.  But what do you do when you wipe a toddler tushie?  Well a #2 wipe, would go in the toilet to me, right?  No....not baby wipes.

Throwing baby wipes in your toilet could cause serious and costly septic problems.  I am so glad we did not have to find out the hard way about this.
Have you heard of the brand Kandoo?  They are biodegradable, flushable wipes.  Which means after the tushie wipes, then can be thrown in the toilet and flushed.  So totally safe for the sewer and your septic system.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Giveaway-What's are your makeup Essentials?

***Disclosure-Sponsored post.  The Walmart gift cards and information has been provided by P&G.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

What is in your make up bag?  Do you carry a make up bag in your purse?  I have a whole closet of make up but in my purse I carry the essentials.  I normally don't wear a cake of make up on but just a little bit can do so much.  The first thing people see when you greet them is your face.  I do not want them to see my bags, or tired eyes.   So before any impromptu meetings, I grab my make up bag and grab my:

Powder-The powder helps smooth out my skin.  Hiding all my imperfections.  Not that I have any.  My husband says it helps me look like a porcelain doll.

Eye Shadow-Adds a little color to my face.  I like to use soft colors for a natural look.

Mascara-This is to open my eyes up.  I do not get enough sleep.  I have tired eyes everyday.  Mascara always completes my eyes.

Lip Gloss/Lipstick-I just put enough to give color to my lips.

But what happens when your favorite make up product is out?  You run to the store and beeline to the make up section:
And that is exactly what I did, when I needed to replace some of my favorites.  But I spotted some new items I had not seen before that I just had to try:
-CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara-patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula
-CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil combo-self sharpening and includes a smudger tip.
-CoverGirl CG Smoothers Pressed Powder-is a conditioning formula with Chamomile
 Walmart has them in a combo pack.  Each combo is paired perfectly depending what you are looking for.  Remember you should be replacing your mascara and eye liner every three months.

And don't forget to always wash your face and remove all your make up before going to bed.  I am currently using Olay products.

-Olay Ultra Moisture Beauty Bar-made with Shea Butter.  I use to use regular soap for my face but regular soap is not made for your face.  It left it dry.
-Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream-moisturizes and takes care of wrinkles, YES PLEASE!  I love how this cream smells.

 Olay has many products.  I have been using them for years now, remember a couple of years ago I started using the Olay Total Effects line.  Another birthday is coming this week and even though I am turning another year older, I know that I have been helping my skin.
Plus, I hit the jackpot because Walmart had some of my favorites on clearance.  With their low prices, these were steals, that I could not pass up.

What are your favorites?  Is it time for you to replace some of your make up?  How about I help you with a $25 Walmart gift card?

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Fitness Friday-Zarbee's New Vitamin Drink Mixes

***Disclosure-I received a product sample to review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Do you like to drink pills?  Do you take multivitamins?  How do you take your multivitamins?  Many people like me hate to take pills especially the big horse pills.  All my life I have had to take pills.  Either my iron levels were low or my white blood cell count was bad, no matter the reason, multivitamin supplements help my body get the nutrients it needs.

Zarbee's announced a new line of vitamin drink mixes for adults.

Being hydrated is an essential part in maintaining good health.  There isn't a part of the body that doesn't depend on water to function.  Zarbee's various mixes are designed to be combined with 4-6 oz. of water (hot or cold depending on the variety) or with more water for a lighter flavor.  Through the drink mixes, the body is getting essential vitamins while simultaneously staying hydrated.  The products are also free from gluten and artificial dyes.

Multivitamin with Antioxidant: Intended to be served cold, this natural mixed berry flavored mix contains 12 essential vitamins, including 100% of the recommended daily values of vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folate, biotin and Selenium. This high potency antioxidant formula helps combat free radical damage.*

Antioxidant Support with Honey: This high potency antioxidant formula supplies four essential vitamins and minerals to help promote healthy cells and combat free radical damage.* Served hot, its natural apple spice flavor tastes as good as it makes your body feel.

Calming Blend: This mix can be served hot or cold, and is designed to help support your nervous system and help promote calmness and tranquility in your life. In a unique natural lemon mint flavor, it delivers 12 essential vitamins including A, C, E and B-complex, as well as a blend of passion flower, chamomile and mucuna prurines.*

Invigorating Blend: In a natural lemon ginger flavor, this mix can be served hot or cold. Delivering essential B vitamins, which play an important role in energy metabolism, the invigorating blend also contains green tea leaves and guarana seed extract to help promote temporary alertness.*   

Immune Support Blend: Designed to deliver key nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy immune system, this mix contains five key essential vitamins and minerals including A, C, E, Selenium and Zinc in a natural citrus spice flavor.* This mix is intended to be served hot.

Multivitamin with Prebiotic: Best when served cold, this multivitamin is specially designed to support a healthy digestive system and contains natural inulin, a prebiotic. In a natural orange flavor, this mix also includes 100% of the daily recommended values of vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folate and biotin.*


I like that you can add it to you water.  It has no artificial flavors or sweeteners.  No pills to swallow.  I can take it go.  I can keep the individual packs in my purse or gym bag to take with me on the go.    

For more information, visit

Monday, July 13, 2015

Motivational Monday-Unexpected

***Disclosure-I received an advanced screening copy for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Life does not happen how we expect for it to happen or plan for in our lives.  We have all heard that saying "Things Happen for a Reason"!  But what is that reason?  We do not know the reason or reasons, but what we can see after the fact is that we lived, we survived.

I received a copy of upcoming film Unexpected, which will be in theaters and On Demand July 24th .  

Unexpected is a wonderfully touching and warm comedy about the trials and tribulations of becoming a young parent – and it was a hit at both Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.

Full synopsis: Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), is a dedicated and passionate teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school.  Just as she is coming to terms with her school closing, Samantha faces some life-changing and unexpected news: she is pregnant. After breaking the news to her live-in boyfriend John (Anders Holm, TV’s “Workaholics”) and opinionated mother (Elizabeth McGovern, TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Samantha learns that one of her most promising students, Jasmine (newcomer Gail Bean), has landed in a similar but very different situation. As the women navigate their ambitions for the future, Samantha and Jasmine forge an unlikely friendship that will challenge their perspectives and leave a lasting impact on one another.

I remember when I learned I was pregnant.  Life stopped but didn't.  This movie took me back to facing those moments.  Life happens, pregnancy happens.  But the decision you make are the things that change your life.  I really liked the friendship between the teacher and her student.  Both of them facing pregnancy at different stages of their lives.  I like the tagline - No one is ever really true.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Skincare Sunday-SeabuckWonders New Ultimate Hair, Skin and Nails

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

Stop look at your nails...

Do you have split ends?

How is your skin doing?

Lately I am a hot mess which includes my brittle nails, split ends, and my super sensitive skin.  I am getting older this month and I am reevaluating my habits.  I have taken multivitamin supplements before to make sure that I am getting all the vitamins I need.  SeabuckWonders is a brand I like.  They have a new product I recently have started to take.
SeabuckWonders has a new Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails supplement.  It is the only Hair, Skin & Nails product to feature both Biotin and Sea Buckthorn Oil with rare Omega-7 for U.S. consumers.  The vegan, 100% natural and gluten-free supplement supports healthy complexion, strong nails and shiny hair for lasting, healthy beauty.
The best way to fight brittle hair, skin and nails is with cellular support, as external remedies do not get to the root of the problem. With the unique combination of Sea Buckthorn Oil and Biotin, SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails provides numerous benefits in one.

Benefits of Biotin & Sea Buckthorn
Biotin is a B vitamin that helps improve the keratin protein structures in hair, skin and nails for natural strength and softness. It also helps prevent hair loss, drying or scaling skin and other symptoms associated with B vitamin deficiencies.
SeabuckWonders Ultimate Hair, Skin & Nails includes a 30-day supply of 60 softgels for $34.99.

The entire SeabuckWonders collection of supplements and personal care products includes Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil softgels, and Omega-7 Complete softgels, as well as a Facial Cream, Body Lotion, Exfoliating Cleanser and Deep Hydrating Serum. The line is available at select Whole Foods and specialty stores nationwide.

For additional information about SeabuckWonders, visit, and

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fitness Friday-New Greek Smoothie

***Disclosure-Sample product and coupons were received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal taste and opinions.

A big part of living a healthy lifestyle is your eating habits.  I know I have a hard time when I don't make good choices.  Eating a healthy snack can help crave my appetite from wanting to eat unhealthy sugary foods.  A good choice for a snack is yogurt.
 Introducing LALA's Greek smoothies.

-12g of protein
-No artificial colors or flavors
-Naturally sweeten
-No high fructose corn syrup

This is the first nationally drinkable Greek yogurt smoothie that is ready to grab and go.  It comes in 3 flavors; Strawberry, Peach, and Mango.  It is made with real fruit and has one third of an adult's daily recommended calcium.  

1 bottle = 160 calories

My daughter loved the Strawberry.  I know when you hear the word Greek yogurt, you of no taste, yuck.  But LALA Greek Smoothie's taste really good.  It can become a flavorful choice for you to fuel your day.  Not only good choice for you but for the entire family.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Popsicle-Deep Freeze 9

***Disclosure-I received free product coupons.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

It is hot outside.  How do you cool off?  Popsicles, anyone?  I like to stock up on different flavors so that we can snack on and cool off at the same time.

Popsicle pops come in the iconic yellow box and are available in more than 20 unique flavors including the childhood favorites Orange, Cherry and Grape.  This year, the iconic Popsicle brand expanded its line of family-favorite pops to include three new varieties:
·         Popsicle Tootsie Pops® come in classic Orange, Cherry, and Grape shells with a chewy, chocolatey center.

·         Popsicle Mystery Middles feature a cherry berry shell with three white mystery centers: Lemonade Blast, Wacky Watermelon and Bursting Bubble Gum.

·         Popsicle Frozen, inspired by the blockbuster Disney movie, includes delicious flavors such as White Cherry, Purple Berry and Blue Raspberry.

·          The SuperHero fun also extends in-store with the Popsicle Marvel Avengers Assemble™ pops, featuring Captain America™, Hulk™ and Iron Man™. These pops come in delicious fruity flavors including strawberry, kiwi-green apple, grape, kiwi-cherry, lemon and blue raspberry.

Popsicles can be the "ultimate SuperHero of the summer".

The Original Brand Popsicle is becoming a true SuperHero by releasing its first-ever comic book, in partnership with Marvel Custom Solutions.  Actress and supermom of two, Vanessa Lachey, is also jumping on the SuperHero trend, and encouraging families to join the fun.

"I am thrilled to partner with the Popsicle Brand Team on their summer campaign," said Vanessa Lachey. "Popsicle pops are one of my family's favorite treats and SuperHeroes are huge in my house right now."

Popsicle has been releasing its digital comics, one story at a time, on

Popsicle, in partnership with SuperHero expert Marvel Custom Solutions, a division of Marvel Entertainment.  You can also pick up your own limited-edition hard copy comic book, featuring all nine comics, at select Marvel retail stores now. The comic series details the heroic escapades of Popsicle characters Mandy, Pete and Ace, who were sent to save the summer.
In addition to the comic book release, Popsicle invites families nationwide to visit its new SuperHero hub, "Deep Freeze 9," on  The hub provides SuperHero-themed family activities including a "Mission Control" that will house the comics and an action-packed trailer; the "Flavor Force Lab," providing parents and kids with comic-inspired crafts; and, the option to sign up for an ongoing e-newsletter and be among the first to access the official digital comics.
The original Popsicle has always been a family favorite.  And we are a Superhero family.  We recently tried the Jolly Rancher Popsicle that are sooooo goood.  It is hard to pick a favorite.
To learn even more about the Popsicle "Original SuperHero of Summer" comic series, you can like the Popsicle Facebook fan page at and can follow Popsicle on Twitter at

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Coming this December

***Disclosure-Informational post only.

One of my daughter's first favorite movies is Alvin and the Chipmunks.  I know we have watched this movie over and over.  I think we watch everyday for an entire year.  She loves all the singing, and of course, all of the shenanigans that those boys get into.

20th Century Fox and New Regency have just released the FIRST trailer for the upcoming animated film, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP. Watch the new trailer below and get your first look at the Chipmunks on a brand new adventure! 

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them.  They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.  

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Giveaway-Snap Kitchen Pop Up

***Disclosure-Sponsored Post.

Have you ever tried Snap Kitchen?  Back in February I tried Snap Kitchen for the first time, did you catch my review?  A new one is coming soon.  I have a reader exclusive.  A secret pop up is coming to Katy, details below:


WHERE:        19355 Katy Freeway 
                       (at Greenhouse Road)

WHEN:           Tuesday, July 7
                        11 am - 7 pm

WHAT:            Featuring in-the-know pricing (nothing over $5)

Try some of their entrees, snacks, desserts and cold-pressed juices! 

The New Snap Kitchen store does not officially open until Saturday, July 11th .  Don't have a chance to make it, how about entering now to win a $50 gift certificate to use at Snap Kitchen.
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