Saturday, March 31, 2012

Brahmin Spring Collection of gorgeous bags

I was thrilled that Vogue Influencers shared a sneak peek with me at the Brahmin spring bag collection. Brahmin is so up to date with some fun, fancy- free modern, colorful designs that fit any style or outfit. Here are some of the polka dots, floral and snake designs that I love!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Reef launches gorgeous new Spring Shoe styles

If you've always loved Reef sandals, get ready to fall in love all over again with the Reef Bella Costas. This new line of beach chic ballet flats, boat shoes and slip-on shoes are sure to become your go-to for spring and summer.  Each shoe features a quilted foam footbed (soft and comfortable!) with anatomical arch support while the exterior features vibrant textiles, espadrilles and special details. The Reef Tropic, the conversation piece in the line, is constructed with textiles that are hand woven from skilled artisans in Guatemala as part of the brand's 'We Heart Collection.'  Let me know what you think!

People StyleWatch StyleHunters

I was really excited about recently being selected to be part of a new style team from People Magazine called People StyleWatch StyleHunters. I love fashion and finding new styles and designers so this is a perfect fit for me. I look forward to bringing you some exciting new finds and ideas to keep you looking gorgeous in the seasons to come. Keep checking for some new ideas!

2012 Vogue Calendar: Iconic fashions of the 1920's

Take a peek at the iconic fashions of the 1920's with the gorgeous 2012 Vogue Calendar.  It is like taking a trip back to the past in the 1920s through gorgeous, iconic illustrations that epitomize the fashions and trends of the day. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Progresso Souper You Finalists Vote to Win!

Progresso® is happy to announce its top ten finalists (out of more than 10,500) in the Souper You® Contest! From now until March 25, you can visit daily to cast your vote and help your favorite contestants win an ultimate makeover experience in Hollywood this Spring.

Also for every vote you cast you will be entered for your own chance to win one of three prize packs for a one-year supply of Progresso Soup and other goodies!

Click here to watch the amazing video of the 2011 winner experience. To share with others, simply embed the code below within your post or include the following link,

Even if you´re not a finalist, Progresso can help you to continue to stick to your weight management plan without sacrificing on variety or taste! With 40 delicious soups with 100 calories or less per serving, Progresso Soup has a variety of offerings that help you beat diet boredom and satisfy your taste cravings. Progresso soups are packed with hearty ingredients like pasta, beans, rice, meat and vegetables that suit your taste buds and make you feel good about including them in your meal choices.

This information was  provided to me by Progresso through MyBlogSpark.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Venus & Olay Razor

I love smooth legs so this was great to get:  the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor.  I was excited because my legs are always so dry no matter how much I moisturize.  I thought it was cool that this razor might help my legs stay more moisturized while I shaved.  Gillette noted in their product information, "Olay moisture bars help lock-in moisture to your skin, while Venus' five blades shave you close."   I have used it for almost two weeks now and it has been doing a great job getting my legs super-smooth too!  I notice that they are less dry and more comfortable after shaving as well.  I will continue to use this in the future for shaving since it is working well for me.  Below is a little more information about this innovative new product and where you can buy it:

Venus &Olay Razor

I love that Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, joined together to deliver the utmost shaving experience in a new Gillette Venus &Olay razor.  It is amazing how Venus’ best shaving technology works so seamlessly with Olay Moisture Bars.  It truly gives us ladies the   best of both in shaving and skin expertise.  The Olay Moisture Bars help lock the moisture right into your skin for to keep it soft and smooth while Venus’ five blades shave you super close.

Here are some of the Product Details from their website:

  • Venus’ five-bladed razors shave you close and adjust to women’s curves for a smooth and comfortable shave, even over tricky shaving areas like knees and ankles.
  • Olay Moisture Bars contain skin-enhancing elements found in Olay products: Petrolatum helps lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness and Glycerin helps offer that goddess glow! Just wet the razor to release a light lather – no separate shave cream required.
  • As with most Venus razors, new Venus & Olay also features a rounded, pivoting head designed for women’s curves, and a soft-grip ergonomic handle for confident control, even in wet and soapy environments.

A refillable Venus & Olay with one replacement cartridge sells for approximately $8.99-$10.99. Packages of three replacement cartridges are available for about $14.99 - $19.49.
Venus & Olay is now available at food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores throughout the United States. 

*I received this product complimentary to test through the Influenster Voxbox program.  The opinions and ideas published in this blog are my own as always.

Truvía® natural sweetener Product Review

I have been using Truvía® Natural Sweetener for a few weeks now.  I have tried it in my coffee, tea and on my grapefruit.  I have to say it really tastes great.  It doesn't taste exactly like sugar but the flavor is very close. I like the crystals which give it sugar-like texture too.  I am definitely going to keep using it since it tastes great and saves me a few calories.  Listen,  I really prefer natural sweeteners but I don't always love the calories in sugar or honey. They really add up, ya know what I mean?  I work out alot and eat really healthfully but every little bit counts.  I like to look good and who needs a few extra pounds anyway especially with summer on the way?  Truvía® helps me to bridge that gap and save some calories. The information that came with the product in my Influenster Love Box Voxbox said, "Truvía® natural sweetener is refreshingly uncomplicated, made from the best tasting part of the Stevia plant. Sprinkle this no-calorie sweetener on your grapefruit. Spoon it in your coffee. It won't end up on your conscience or your thighs!" I love that it is all natural and it makes me feel good that I can use it anytime or anywhere.  Hey, I can stash it in my purse too and I have!  Give it a try.

*I received this product complimentary to test through the Influenster VoxBox program.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Elfishki and The Giant Cake iPad interactive app Book and activities for young and beginning readers

I recently downloaded a wonderful young children's app for my ipad called Elfishki and the Giant Cake.  My little one was fascinated by the story and the activities on the app.  Who wouldn't love a story about a gorgeous, giant cake?  It was fantastical!  I had a hard time wrestling it away from the little hands...promises about using it again tomorrow did the trick finally!  

The app consists of an educational fairy tale appropriate for young children and beginning readers. It has a useful lesson about teaching children to get along with others and how to understand differences. The interactive book shares the story of two very different chefs who live on Rainbow Island. Maggie is the chef at Gingerbread Nook while Elifizz is the owner of a really sad and gloomy restaurant named Chest of Ghosts. They both live on Rainbow Island. In the beginning they could not agree but managed to come together with both their ideas to make a wonderful birthday celebration for Mr. Thomas. 

Elfishki are little tiny fairy tale creatures who live on gorgeous Rainbow Island out in the Sparkling Sea.  Doesn't this sound dreamy already??  Elfishki are magical and can fly like butterflies or swim in the sea with the beautiful mermaids.  All of Rainbow Island is inhabited by fascinating creatures like speaking animals and silent trees that understand everything going on around them.   

Elfishki and the Giant Cake is one of the more educational and entertaining apps out there.  My little one really enjoyed playing with it.  It has alot of bright colors and pretty designs to attract the eyes. The animated pictures are great!  The music is entertaining and my little one loved all the silly sound effects. The story is sweet and gives you the option to be read aloud in Russian or English.  It even has comprehension questions to keep your child on his or her toes and help him or her really understand the story! The extra activities in the app are fun and silly like creating a beautiful cake and decorating it with fantastic combinations of frosting, ornaments and toppings depicted here:
You can even save your cake creation and "take a picture" of it.  My little one loved being able to go back and see the cake creation again!  Elfishki and the Giant Cake definitely helps to spark the imagination and encourage creativity in any child.

The Elfishki website has even more stories, videos and fun activities as well. You will love all of the Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends of Elfishki. I would definitely recommend this as a great educational app for a preschool or beginning reader.

Don't forget to find Elfishki on Twitter and Facebook too. Here is a sample of the app from itunes:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Inside the Crayon Box Live Chat with Lisa Loeb & Crayola

Creativity matters. It´s a skill that all children can learn and when it´s practiced every day, kids become the critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders in the classroom, and they´re better prepared for professions of the 21st century.

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they´re inviting parents "Inside the Crayon Box," for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child´s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you´ll want to join us to learn and share!
Here is the first "Inside the Crayon Box" recorded live chat from Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST.  Join Crayola and musician, children´s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook Page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit "Stay (I Missed You)," will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you - participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too! We hope you will share the information about the first Crayola "Inside the Crayon" live chat with your readers on or before Wednesday, March 7th so they may plan to attend as well.
Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?
  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who´s the best artists or becoming an architect. It´s a way of thinking that encourages kids´ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She´ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter´s creativity as part of their daily routine.  
Don't forget to enter the contest in the earlier post announcing the live chat!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Influenster Voxbox Goodies-& how you can join and get lots of great freebies too!

I know you have heard about Influenster and their exciting Voxbox giveaways.  How can you join too?  The most exciting thing about it is that it is totally free to join and get great goodies too!  It is easy to join and I actually have some invites available. Just leave me a comment with a way to contact you and I will be happy to share.  You begin by unlocking different badges which is super easy.  The more active you are the better your chances are to get Voxboxes.  VoxBoxes are released every two months or so.  If you qualify for a Voxbox it is always a fun surprise to see what you get inside-lots of full-sized products.  You need to share your experiences with the products and goodies inside the box via social media like Facebook and Twitter as well-but that is fun to do!  The more you share...the better your chances of getting yet another Voxbox in the future.   I already love sharing my great finds with friends and family so that is a natural for me and just plain fun.

The LoveBox is my second VoxBox I have received.  There were four great, full sized items and one deluxe sample plus a terriffic coupon to use or share with a friend.  

I was excited to see the Stash Tea Terbal Tea Sampler.  Stash Tea is one of my faves!  I do notice that I see Stash in many of the upscale, luxe hotels when I travel for work.  It is delicious tea.   In the LoveBox it noted, "This sampler features some of Stash Tea's most popular herbal teas. All are naturally caffeine free and made from 100% natural ingredients. Steep for 3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees, and enjoy!"  I can't wait to start checking out all the great flavors.

The next item is Truvia Natural Sweetener.  I really prefer natural sweeteners but don't always love the calories in sugar or honey.  They really add up, ya know what I mean?  Truvia helps me to bridge that gap and save some calories.  The enclosed information tells me, "Truvia natural sweetener is refreshingly uncomplicated, made from the best tasting part of the Stevia plant. Sprinkle this no-calorie sweetener on your grapefruit. Spoon it in your coffee. It won't end up on your conscience or your thighs!"  I love that it is all natural.  I can't wait to try a bit in my coffee or on my grapefruit.

I then saw one of the most fun and crazy items in  there:  the Kiss Nails Dress-Fashion That Sticks for nails.  The card tells me a little more, " Introducing Kiss Nail Dress, the ultimate nail fashion for tips and toes!Just peel, apply, and shape for a manicure that lasts up to 10 days. Available in 18 different styles!" I saw these in RiteAid but I wasn't sure about them. I am excited to try them--I will let you know. They look adorable and fun!

I love smooth legs so this was great to get:  the Gillette Venus & Olay Razor.  The card says, "Gillette Venus & Olay are coming together to deliver a gold standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay razor!  Olay moisture bars help lock-in moisture to your skin, while Venus' five blades shave you close."   I bet it will get my legs super-smooth too!

I truly saved the most exciting item for last-can you believe it?  What a super treat!! A Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Creamy Devotion Bar.  The card reads, "The decadently rich and creamy 32% cacao milk chocolate in creamy devotion delivers an epicurean chocolate experience. Experience a moment of timeless pleasure with all natural Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Chocolate."  I will have to hide this from the other family members or it will be gone in a flash. I can keep it for myself and have a piece each night.  Yummy! 

What a great Influenster VoxBox.  I definitely suggest you join and check it out at their website!

*I received these items  for free from Influenster through their VoxBox Program.  All thoughts & opinions are my own and I was not provided with any financial incentive for this posting.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Have you ever done any surveys for cash?

I recently joined a few survey companies and found I make a nice little extra bit of change.  It is fun, mostly fast, and interesting.  I have completed surveys about all kinds of things and sometimes even get to try products for free!  MySurvey  is a good one  that you can try and see what you think.  I will see what others I can find!