Friday, August 26, 2016

Luv Michael Granola is delicious, snackable and helps individuals with Autism @luvmichaelco #sponsored

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I recently had the opportunity to try a new granola product that tastes delicious and helps people with autism. What could be a better combination? At Luv Michael, they create delicious snackable, granola using the finest organic ingredients. Every bite delivers just the right amount of yum and crunch to give you a tasty, healthy way to get through your day. This granola is fun to eat on its own or as a topping on yogurt or fruit. Use it to create a unique fruit and yogurt parfait, sprinkle it on ice cream or think of your own creative options.  My daughter and I enjoyed a fresh parfait yesterday with lowfat Greek yogurt, sliced strawberries and topped it with Luv Michael granola. Delicious!


Each batch is hand mixed and packed by hard working individuals with Autism who Luv Michael calls their “Granologists.” I love how Luv Michael truly empowers “Granologists” with living wages and independent life skills. It is a wonderful way to create and deliver a product that tastes delicious and does good too.  Michael Kessaris is the inspiration for the non-profit Luv Michael. Michael is 18 year old, loves to cook and has autism. He is from Port Washington, NY.  His family had struggled to find a viable career for Michael. Since Michael didn't have a high school diploma, he was unable to enroll in culinary school. Michael’s parents, Lisa Liberatore, MD and Dimitri Kessaris, MD helped create the Luv Michael food based business so that their son and others with autism would have a career option to help them to lead happy, productive lives. Everyone loves granola and we all know how people snack on it, use it in recipes, as toppings and in a ton of other ways so granola was an ingenious business idea.

Luv Michael has a focus on education and creates custom curriculum for individuals to help foster learning and teach key skills. The idea for the company was truly ingenious since it produced a healthy, quality product that was in demand while it offered income and careers for individuals with autism including Michael. It is no surprise to me that the Luv Michael Granola has been a success. It is even gluten-free so more people can enjoy the granola than ever. Remember, Luv Michael’s mission is to provide meaningful vocational training for the autistic population and to produce exceptional gluten-free and natural products. Luv Michael educates, trains and employs individuals with autism. Every bag of Luv Michael Originola Granola is hand mixed in small batches and packed with LUV by individuals with autism.

So far, success has been super sweet for Luv Michael. The 2-ounce snackable Originola Granola can be found in all New York Fresh + Co., Café Metro and Wild by Nature stores as well as select Starbucks and at local stores in Southampton, New York and throughout Delaware. Luv Michael is expanding daily with hopes of sharing the LUV in all 50 states. You can check online on the Luv Michael website to follow availability and share with friends and family. You can find out more by following Luv Michael on Twitter
and Facebook as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Probiotics for Acne and Digestive Regularity - Next Generation Nexabiotic is a great option @brandbacker

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I have had really good success with using probiotics over the past few years. They are a staple for me when I travel and I try to take them regularly at home. I notice a difference. I recently had the opportunity to try a more targeted probiotic that was formulated by a doctor. I was impressed with the results too. Nexabiotic probiotics is one of the most advanced probiotic supplements out there. It has 23 different probiotic strains in each vegetarian capsule. That is definitely more than I have seen even in the natural food stores. It was formulated to helps support digestive health but the company has shared that many customers say it actually improves their skin health. Of course your own results may vary. I also suggest checking with your physician before starting any kind of new supplement or medication.


I do notice that I feel good when I take Nexabiotic.  My skin looks and feels much better. That was not always the case. I recently had a big corporate meeting looming before me with tons of assignments. Usually that means itching, rashes and even breakouts from the stress. It was going to be a week away all the way on the west coast. Just thinking about it made my skin itch. The timing was perfect though and Nexabiotic had just arrived on my doorstep. I started taking it right away and hoped for the best. I powered through all my work and I noticed something different after a few days. My stomach was not in an uproar like it usually is before a meeting. My hands were not getting itchy and dry and I didn't have a rash on my wrists. My face didn't break out. Well, I kept taking the Nexabiotic all through the meeting and I didn't get sick either. One of my other colleagues came home really sick. I think the probiotic support made a big difference so I will keep taking it.


Probiotics have gotten more important over the years to counteract super clean diets and changes in the eco-system like our water supply. Even if you are healthy like me, our food supply is now more processed and sterilized. If you don't eat 100% organic, then maybe even antibiotics are in some of the foods you eat. Your body systems are all connected so the results can be problematic.  Probiotics help break down food in the body and keep bad bacteria from proliferating. In the normal human gut there are over 100 trillion good bacteria. As you age or stress levels rise some of these necessary good bacteria die. Antibiotics can kill even more bacteria. Probiotics supplement the GI tract with good bacteria. Probiotic supplements have increased in popularity because they support digestive health. All of the body systems are connected though, so if your GI tract functions at peak levels, that can add a positive effect to other parts of your body like your brain and your skin. Nexabiotic was formulated to support the whole body.

Each 34.5 billion CFU dose of Nexabiotic provides your digestive tract with 23 different probiotics to support digestive balance. Nexabiotic capsules are also specially designed so that the probiotics inside survive the harsh stomach acid and get to the gut to provide the support you need. Nexabiotic probiotics were founded by a group of doctors who had the desire to revolutionize medical support and health.  Dr. Formulas and Nexabiotic want to make radical changes in the way we think about nutrition.  That is the very reason they designed these quality nutritional products. I was excited to hear that Cosmo Magazine recently recommended Nexabiotic as their probiotic of choice for acne problems. Studies have shown that probiotics can support skin health and digestive regularity and it makes sense.

You can find Nexabiotic right on Amazon for easy shopping anytime. You can find out more about Nexabiotic by going right to their website too. Let me know how it works for you.
 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, August 8, 2016

StudioGear Mineral Wet and Dry Powder Foundation @brandbacker

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I have to make things simple for myself when it comes to beauty. I don't like to go bare though so I was excited to get a new beauty product from StufioGear. Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation is a true revolutionary advancement in beauty. This is a loose mineral foundation that is easy to apply and provides ease of use to apply wet or dry. I love that too! That option makes it versatile for any occasion and season of the year.



StudioGear has been crafting professional quality beauty and makeup products for years. If you haven't tried a dry mineral foundation, this is a great time to make the leap. StudioGear makes it easy with easy to use tutorials like the one below. Check out the StudioGear Youtube Makeup tutorial for application tips and see how easy it is to use! 



The StudioGear Dual Mineral Foundation is truly a foundation that is easy to use in 4 different ways.

1. Mineral Powder: Keep it simple and buff Foundation into skin on it's own or over primer.

2. Serum Foundation: Mix it Up with Revitalizing Day Serum to create custom, super moisturizing coverage. (Tip, you can also mix with your favorite SPF for added protection)

3. Mattifying Finishing Powder: Take it on the go to set your liquid make-up and stay matte all day.

4. Cream Contour: Mix up darker and lighter shades with Protective Day Lotion for creamy, blendable, custom contour.



 
Even more important is that Dual Identity Wet + Dry Foundation is not tested on animals. It is also free of fragrance, parabens or talc. That makes me feel great about using it each and every day. 

Here is the complete ingredient list:

Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid, Water/Aqua, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)



A little history about  Studio Gear Cosmetics first. They have been around more than 15 years.    Studio Gear Cosmetics is a luxury cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, complexion formulas, and an endless selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.  They have been in my makeup bag for years too...I remember when they first launched. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.

Studio Gear has it all too. The Studio Gear Professional Brush Collection is the core of the product line. Brushes are crafted from the highest quality hairs and hand-tied for unbeatable quality. Ladies from all over the United States are using Studio Gear brushes to enhance their makeup application and express their creativity with precision and quality. Every woman deserves high quality cosmetics at a great price. All Studio Gear tools have a lifetime product guarantee. They have unbelievable tools to help you achieve every look from basic to advanced techniques. 


The Studio Gear color palette is vibrant and original - the colors are true, pure and absolutely precise. The simplicity and quality in the eye shadows and lipsticks provide staple colors for any look, whether it be timeless or trend. Customers ask for products by name and keep coming back again and again. I love the convenience of online shopping and Studio Gear makes it easy. You can find all their great beauty and cosmetics including the Dual Identity Wet/Dry Mineral Foundation right on their website for easy shopping anytime.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ready for a Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party? Take a peek!

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I always like to give y'all the skinny on anything good and I just got some! Seventh Generation just launched Healthy Baby Home Parties again so I wanted you to know about the latest round and how to apply to be a party host. Seventh Generation is a great company that has tons of products that I feel good about using for my family and I know you will too.  I am so excited to be participating with them and it was super easy. I had the option to send out invites electronically...e-invites! I loved how that saved paper and made me feel greener right from the get-go.  A Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party is a fun opportunity to get together with the gals and do good at the same time!


Keep the family safe and healthy plus make it a party! Apply for a Healthy Baby Home Party filled with samples, tips on creating a healthy home, and even some great coupons. You get all this pictured above to share with your friends from the folks at Seventh Generation. You can see that it includes many of your favorite eco-friendly brands and maybe some brands you have considered but haven't tried yet. Well this is a perfect opportunity to do so and share your experiences with friends. Moms get so busy that it is nice to take a break sometimes and chat it up with the gals. It is a wonderful way to check in with old friends and perhaps make some new connections.

Tons of party essentials are included in the Healthy Baby Home Party box too. They are all in generous sizes too, enough so that everyone can try one or two and really experience the products. Laugh, learn and teach other moms and families to live a healthier life while hosting a meaningful party. There are even special full sized hostess gifts! It is an ideal way to enjoy time with your friends sharing about important issues that affect your family, and earn points and free products as a member of Generation Good. I have several friends that recently had babies and many of us have toddlers and young children. We really try hard to do good for our families and Seventh Generation makes it easier. All the moms are excited for their goody bags and I know the kids will be eager to try the foods too. I hoping to host my party on a sunny day in the end of July so we can spend a lot of the time on our beautiful back deck and the kids will be able to play in the yard. 


It is so nice because guests get samples, coupons and educational information from the Healthy Baby Home Party package that is sent to your home. You’ll come together like we will to discuss products and parenting.You also learn about Seventh Generation plant based products and get great tips for keeping families safe and healthy. By the close of the party you will learn that we all can make simple changes to get toxins out of our kids. Take the first step in helping this world become a better place for our children.   
  • Check dashboard for Healthy Baby Home Party application. (Applications are only accepted a few times per year, keep your eyes peeled! You'll get an email letting you know the application is open, too.)
  • Complete application and wait to hear if you’ve been accepted!
  • In the meantime, explore Generation Good, help others in the forum, test products, and complete surveys! 
It's fun to share with friends plus you get a Healthy Baby Home Party kit! Hop on over to Seventh Generation and fill out your application. Good luck! 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Eye Cream and RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5-in-1Restoring Night Cream @crowdtap #womenwhoroc


I received a free sample of RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Eye Cream and RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream through my friends at Crowdtap. These two creams are a powerful duo that moisturize and correct the face including the delicate eye area all at once. That is a true timesaver for a busy mama like me who has to look presentable each and every day. I need to use my secret weapons like RoC to stay refreshed. My clients notice every little thing and I only want them to notice how fresh and youthful I look. These two are a winner for that very reason. 


In fact, these specialized creams were formulated in France to keep your look look radiant. I don't care about revealing my age...I just don't want to LOOK my age. RoC gets it. I work hard to eat healthy and take good care of my body from head to toe and it is a real challenge on some days to squeeze it all in there.


I am a busy mom but I am careful to care for my skin and to protect it every day. I have a high pressure busy job that has me out and about all day in my car visiting clients. Even with a high SPF sunscreen every single day I could see that it was time for a change. This new eye cream and MULTI CORREXION® 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream f
rom RoC makes it easy since they are a simple but effective duo for a busy mama like me. They are formulated with the latest anti-aging ingredients that help to improve radiance and smooth my face and eyes while I rest. That is exactly why I was so excited to try this out. 

The RoC® MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream and RETINOL CORREXION® Eye Cream feels great on my skin and did not cause any irritation. It absorbed quickly and I could just put my head on the pillow and sleep. I noticed a difference in about a week. My skin had a definitive glow and I actually received several compliments out of the blue on how great I looked. I just looked more rested. My fine lines were softer and more blurred--definitely less noticeable.  That is a big improvement, since before I started using this cream the only comments I might hear were how tired I looked. Yikes...not what you want to hear. What an ego booster to hear how GREAT I looked after trying a new cream. Shhh, don't tell anyone my little secret, but thanks RoC! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mirrorvana Rectangular Makeup Mirror – 9.8″ x 7″ is the ultimate dressing table accessory #Mirrorvana


My vanity looks complete now. I love using this gorgeous and well designed makeup Mirrorvana mirror for my beauty routine each day.  It arrived recently and I was impressed from the start. It was securely packed and padded and arrived in perfect condition. It even came in a beautiful box, so it makes it the perfect gift for anyone.



It measures 9.8″ x 7″ which is much larger than most makeup mirrors. I can truly see everything while I do my makeup. I adore this rectangular makeup mirror.  It lets me see myself in the best light with this modern, well-designed mirror.  It is free of distortion and crystal clear too. 

This mirror has a classic, modern style that I adore on my vanity. It makes it a please to check my look, get ready for a special occasion or just apply my everyday makeup. The base is heavy enough to secure the mirror and let's me adjust the angle without balance issues. It doesn't budge whether you angle it up or down, to the right or to the left. It is the perfect mirror for my dressing table.



As I mentioned, I was concerned about how a mirror would do with shipping but I had no worries once it arrived. This Mirrorvana product was packaged in there secure layers. It was double boxed and encased in a layer of cushioned foam. The company ensures each mirror will arrive free of chips, scratches or cracking. It arrived in perfect condition as promised. 



It was super simple to assemble too...it literally took me 30 seconds. You can easily Take it apart too for travel. This mirror is compact and portable enough to travel with for business or pleasure. It is easy to experience Nirvana with the MIRRORVANA 1,000 day warranty.  They stand by their products and got you covered for the full length of the warranty. You can find all the beautiful Mirrorvana makeup mirrors right on Amazon for easy shopping anytime.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare ExtraordinaryOil @crowdtap #ExtraordinaryHair #LorealCrowd #spon4loreal

My hair hit the jackpot this past week. I had the opportunity to try out a new hair care product line that is a must-buy! L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil-in-Cream Treatment worked instantly to breathe new life into my dry summer hair. My hair can be super dry especially in the summer with exposure to sun, chlorine and ocean salts. 

I was so happy to see an enormous improvement immediately after using L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Transforming Oil-in-Cream Treatment. It worked to make a difference the first time I used it. A huge plus is that it totally feels light and weightless on my hair. This entire product line adds a new level of sleek and smooth to my hair without making it flop or weigh down in any way.
 
I was impressed that L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil-in-CreamTreatment regimen made a huge difference in just one wash. That never happened before with other hair care products. I could see right away. I love the freshly scented formula that has a blend of 6 luscious, lightweight oils. It is nice to see a high quality hair care line that is available at stores everywhere like Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and more, plus it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get beautiful hair with L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil-in-Cream Treatment!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beauty Box 5 August 2016 Spa Day ...it is here! Lots of goodies too @beautybox5 #globalbeautycare #didhair #olivebeauties #vo5 #nikaskin #beautybox5

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I love it....Beauty Box five has the fun beauty ideas for every day of the year whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter.  My little blue box from BB5 helps me manage to keep it all together at work and at home to freshen up my glam look no matter what the day holds for me.  BB5 shows you how you can squeeze in quality beauty time into even the days you gotta speed things along with a few little special products.  Check out all the trendiest of autumn fashions now that the long, hot days of summer are starting to fade! Don't forget to share your fave finds and share with friends too. Take a peek at a few beauty goodies to go along with your pretty fashions and maybe grab a few extra for friends. A BB5 subscription makes a great gift any friend would appreciate all year long.

Everyone loves getting the inside scoop. I like trying new beauty products from sunscreens to lipsticks and find that I often find new faves.  That is one of the great things about BB5.  You can try lots of new things and sub in new favorites without being stuck with a huge bottle of this or that. I happens to the best of us even with green intentions. Sometimes I look at a product in the store but I worry it might not be for me and I don't want to spend all that money if I don't know that I really like it.  Who needs something else to sit on the bathroom shelf or take up more room in a drawer? I would always feel guilty. Every once in a while you get lucky and the store has a sample or perhaps a beauty company sends you a sample and you get to try it first.  That is the premise behind BB5.

The ideal solution for all of us is brought to you by Beauty Box 5. They understand and created their great beauty sampling box program. Beauty Box 5 is an amazing subscription beauty box sampler that is delivered right to your doorstep (or mailbox) filled with a combination of 5 brand new cosmetic samples monthly, quarterly or annually. You can start out at just $12 a month or save more by getting a longer subscription. 

Signing up to receive Beauty Box 5 each month is a great new way for anyone from teens to moms and even a savvy fashionista Gramma to sample new cosmetic products and see what works for you. Good skin care and the joy of beauty has no age limit!  Each month they include tips and tricks for the products on the back of this little card below to help you get the most out of your beauty samples each month.


Beauty Box 5 is always on the lookout for the latest new items to make the best matches for your own personal taste and lifestyle.  The prices are reasonable too. You can get a Beauty Box 5 monthly for $12, quarterly for $30 or annually for just $99.  Shipping is always free.  A fun way to check out lots  of the new beauty stuff out there without a whole lot of $$ investment. The great part is that if you like something, you can just up and buy the full size item, right?  Much better than buying a full size you-know-what-beauty-item and paying a fortune and then it sits in the makeup bag gathering dust because it doesn't work for you.


Beauty Box 5 mixes it up with their brands and keeps things adventurous. They source from a mix of niche, luxe, regular drugstore, vegan and eco-conscious brands.  One month you might get hair care, nail care, makeup, skin care, fragrances or even beauty accessories or a mix of any of the above.  I love the suspense!  You will get a carefully curated blend of travel, full-size and deluxe samples from their most current collection.

I just received the August Spa Day Pampering in Progress box this week.  The August theme is all all about taking a little time for you. In between summer vacations and relaxing, squeeze in just a little touch of pampering for your skin and hair. Beauty Box 5 always has all the tools and tricks to help you look pretty from your head to your toes.  Okay, but just how do you get your hair, lips, eyes and nails looking just so? Let BB5 help you out! The team at Beauty Box 5 wants to remember you are it is all about taking care of yourself.  They show you just how to style your hair and eliminate the frizzies. They give you the tools to freshen up your nails super fast and glam them up with hot winter colors. This month the focus is on the skin and face. Beauty Box 5 is here with a ton of special treats to help you along the way.  Here is the scoop on the amazing treats that were in this month's sweet sea blue box:

As always, my box was filled with of lovely goodies that I could not wait to try. There were treats for my hands, face and body tucked in there this month.  There were several special items to keep me looking fresh and alluring wherever I go.  Even if it is far from home I will still be looking good with all my goodies stashed in my bag.


The first item in this box is a Nika Facial Exfoliating Brush. If you have been contemplating that pricey but ultra-expensive electric facial cleansing brush from the department store but not sure about the expense, this is the way to go. I have one, but they are not too travel friendly. I tried this one and I was impressed. I am pretty particular about my skin and I like this a lot. It provides a comparable cleansing experience without the big expense. This is a densely packed mini brush that is ideal for at home cleansing or for travel.  I find it only takes a minute each day in the evening before bed to make a big difference with clean skin.  Retail $17.00


After you clean your skin with your new facial brush, you can use this Global Beauty Care Retinol Treatment Mask. What is a spa day without a good mask? This excellent mask feels great on my skin and it made with my favorite ingredient, retinol. This is one of the best ingredients out there to soften expression lines and boost cell renewal. It is a cinch to use too--just apply to the face and neck areas and relax with a book or some music for 20 minutes.  The final step is just to massage to remove remaining serum into the face and neck. Summer calls for a little less makeup so good skin is so important.  Even when my days are long I can count on looking sophisticated and pretty after using this mask!  Retail: $7.50



Are you ready for your next spa beauty treatment?  Everyone needs Olive Natural Beauty Olive Natural Beauty Elixir. This is an all natural essential oil that can be used anywhere on your skin. It is like a daily vitamin for the skin! It is ultra versatile too since you can smooth it on after cleansing and using a mask or you can add a few drops to your daily moisturizer for an extra boost. I am all in favor of anything to contribute to a glowing complexion. This is a great sized product too since it fits right in my travel bag for pretty skin anywhere I go. Retail $36
 


VO5 Hot Oil Therapy Treatment is an oldie but goodie! This has been around forever and one of the reasons it endures is that it is an effective hair treatment. This is an easy way to detox dry, damaged and over processes hair in a minute or two. Even if you are short on time, your hair can be smooth and shiny with this quickie treatment. Remember how you place the unopened tube in hot water to warm it up? Still the same! Open that little magic tube and massage the warmed oil into wet hair and scalp, leave it in for 60 seconds and then shampoo and condition for shiny hair.  Retail $2.59.




Did. Hair Spa Day Hair Ties are an ideal way to manage hair on hot summer days. This is exactly what I need for the weekend away at the beach or up in the mountains. No worries about wind or rain when you have your hair securely tied back with these cute mane managers! I love how soft they are and very gentle on my hair. Say goodbye to creases and dents too. Style galore for day and night. Retail $6.50


There is a bonus item this month too--Rave Hair Spray in the 4X Mega with ClimaShield. Now the weather has been insanely humid and this is going to be super handy this week. This hairspray will hold your style rain or shine. 

So, are you ready to get in on the fun? The ladies from BB5 have put together another really amazing box full of beauty fun perfect to take you straight into spring and even summer. Don't forget to join Beauty Box 5 and get in on the goodies to keep you looking fab for all four seasons.


After you join, you can even spread your good fortune via Instagram and have an opportunity to win full-size versions of these products too! Don't forget to tag @beautybox5 and #bb5fave that way they know that it was you spreading the good tips and great products!










Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend coffee tastes great and rivals those expensive coffee shops @crowdtap #FolgersFans #sponsored



Are you totally into your morning, afternoon and sometimes even late afternoon coffee fix? The problem is that that kind of thing can get kind of expensive. My hubby and I sat down and realized we were spending way too much money at those expensive little coffee shops. A coffee here and a coffee there just ended up somehow being like $50 a week or more between the two of us. The timing was perfect to make a few little changes that still keep us happy. I have something you are going to love from a brand that we all trust. Folgers just launched a delicious new coffee with a rich flavor that makes it easy to drive right by that fancy coffee house and enjoy a home brewed cup in your thermos on the go or at home. Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend coffee delivers smooth, distinct taste – whether you prepare it in a drip coffee maker, Keurig®, French press, or cold brew.


Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend coffee has an amazing flavor that both my husband and I enjoy. We have a cup in the morning to get our day started at home. It is nice to sit together and catch up on our day before we both head to work. We each fill up a thermos with hot or cold Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend coffee and head on our way. We both find it is easy to pass right by those expensive coffee houses now that we have our delicious coffee right by our side. Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend coffee is available in all your local stores right now so pick some up and let me know what you think. Save some money and see how quick it adds up. My hubby and I are planning a little weekend at the beach at the end of August. We are saving so much and enjoying every minute of our Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend coffee!

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Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is yummy in smoothies and in all kinds of recipes! @crowdtap



We eat a lot of yogurt in our house so I was super curious to try this new option from a brand I know and trust. Silk has a delicious dairy-free yogurt that is crafted from plant based ingredients. This is a perfect option for anyone, especially if you are trying to avoid dairy.  We eat dairy, but we also eat a lot of plant-based foods like beverages and even snack bars.  So you don't need to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy Silk’s® seven smooth and creamy, plant-based yogurt alternatives. But if you are, this is a yummy new option ideal for you too! 



Silk® created this delicious and creamy Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in a variety of scrumptious flavors too. It comes in a single serve and multi-serve containers. Silk comes in seven yummy flavors...I found four varieties at my local Shop-Rite this week. It is right by the yogurt in the refrigerated dairy section so it is easy to find too. There was one challenge though...it was a good kind of challenge to have though. It was hard to decide on which flavors to buy since they all looked super delicious. I like all kinds of fruit and they had a bunch of different varieties. They even had a large plain variety. Those are great for smoothies and mixing so you can create any kind of flavor you like. Silk is easy to use in recipes too. Summer is a great time to make smoothies and frozen treats and Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative is a great base for all kinds of recipes. 



I liked both the plain and the flavored Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative. The yogurt was creamy and tasted fresh. It had a light taste that was perfect in its own or blended in my secret power smoothie recipe. I also used the Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative plain variety in my famous Banana Breakfast Protein Muffins. I substitute yogurt for the oil in my recipe and it saves calories and adds protein and calcium. Give Silk® Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative a try and let me know what you think. 
  
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Patch-Up Kit is exactly what you need for medical emergencies on-the-go #patchupkit



You never know when there might be an emergency so I find it is always best to be prepared. My mom always used to say emergencies don't come with engraved invitations sent weeks or months in advance like weddings. Lord knows that is the truth.  That is why I was happy to have the opportunity to evaluate a fairly comprehensive emergency kit from Patch-Up First Aid Kit recently. 


My husband coaches Ultimate Frisbee kids and adult leagues so this is the perfect first aid kit to keep in his bag. My tween plays on his kids team so I was even happier to see such a comprehensive kit. We looked through it and were amazed at the variety of emergency first aid items that were included in this handy on the go kit. 

The Patch Up Kit has easy to tote handles that are constructed of heavy duty webbing. That are securely stitched to the fully zippered bag. The bag opens up to multiple zipped compartments just filled with 270 pieces with 39 unique items for all kinds of emergencies.  The way everything is organized is just fantastic too. The compartments are zippered shut but are clear for easy viewing. The reality is that, in an emergency you want to find what you need in a jiffy. This kit makes it easy. If I had to spend the time to go out and buy all the items and put this kit together, it would truly cost a lot more too. This is a time and money saver.



There are all kinds of bandages and antibiotic ointments. They even include sting relief single dose packets. These are great for the kids to get them calmed down quickly. Of course, hand sanitizer packets and alcohol wipes are in there too. Cold packs, disposable gloves tape and bandages are included. There's even eye patches and finder splints. There are even items for bigger emergencies and large wounds to help stabilize the situation until medical personnel arrive. They pretty much included almost everything you need for minor and major medical emergencies that can pop up. This is all organized neatly in a bag perfectly sized to stash in a sports bag, travel bag or to leave in your car. You can find this handy first aid Patch Up Kit right on Amazon for easy shopping anytime. 


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