Category: Reviews

Influenster Box #4

I love it when my Influenster Box arrives in the mail!

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See previous boxes below:

#1 // #2 // #3

This is what I received in my box this time.IMG_3526

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: a rich, quickly absorbing, non-greasy cream that provides long lasting relief for even severely dry skin. this unique formula attracts water to skin and help prevent moisture loss.

CetaphilMy opinion: As someone who washes their hands what feels like 100x a day, it was nice to end the day with a thick layer of Cetaphil cream. The cream left my skin soft and hydrated. The tub was small and perfect to take in my bag or even carry in my pocket. I highly recommenced Cetaphil cream if you are in the market for a thick cream.

Biscoff Cookies: Since 1932 Lotus Biscoff Speculoos have been Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee. Delectably crunchy with a unique taste and flavor, Biscoff is perfect for taking the timeout you deserve.

BiscoffMy opinion: This cookie was simply delicious! It paired well with my coffee. The sweet, grainy texture was really yummy. Even my preschooler enjoyed the cookies.

Ore-Ida Tater Tots: The inventor of the one-and-only Tater Tot. has a crunchy outside and a fluffy inside. Tater Tots potatoes are as tasty as they are fun. Ore-Ida Tater Tots

My opinion: My kiddo loves tater tots! Hubby and I like eating them in casseroles. Check out their recipes here.  

Hallmark itty bittys: Hallmark’s itty bittys® fit a lot of fun in a small package! These charming stuffed animals are perfect as gifts, collectibles or toys for your loved ones.

itty bittysMy opinion: My daughter was over the moon when she saw the itty bitty we were given! These little stuffed toys are super cute! They are just the perfect size for playing and traveling with.

NYC City Proof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner: a waterproof pencil that is perfect for a on-the-go lifestyle. Just glide on for long lasting 24HR color.

City Proof 24HR Waterproof EyelinerMy opinion: I am not a big eyeliner person, but I liked how easy it was to use.

KISS True Volume Lashes: Made with 100% natural hair, KISS True Volume Lashes blend beautifully with your own lashes.Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 8.17.20 PM

My opinion: I am not a big eyelash person, but I liked how easy it was to use.

KISS Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe: Enjoy wearing false lashes without the irritation. The KISS Aloe Vera Strip Las Adhesive is a safe and long lasting glue with the refreshing scent of aloe.

KISS Strip Lash Adhesive with AloeMy opinion: I am not a big eyelash person, but I liked how easy it was to use.

Pure Ice Nail Polish: With an array of nail polish colors and effects, from high-pigment creams to shimmering iridescent pearls and multidimensional single coat glitters, our shoppers can always play with color. Pure Ice is proudly made in the USA, without formaldehyde, toluene of DBP.

Pure Ice

My opinion: I was given a light blue color called Bikini. I love the color! It was easy to apply and had a beautiful pigment. 

Have you used or tried an of these items? I’d love to hear your feedback. Let me know below.

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Influenster Blogger Program. While Influenster provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Boursin

After having so much fun at our Annual Scarf Exchange we decided to get together for a Holiday Gift Exchange.

This time we decided to make it a PJ party! Everyone brought a snack to share.

I brought the best party cheese, Boursin.IMG_0874The world’s first variety of Boursin® was created in 1957 in Normandy by Francois Boursin.  Inspired by a long-standing traditional dish, fromage frais (fresh cheese), in which guests mixed their own seasoned cheese from a bowl of fine herbs, the expert cheese maker introduced Boursin® Garlic & Fine Herbs.  His recipe quickly became the first flavored fresh cheese to be sold throughout France.  Today, discerning fans in over 35 countries across five continents enjoy the taste of Boursin® Cheese.

I choose two flavors for the night. IMG_0878Both were really yummy! However I preferred the Monterrey Jack & Spicy Pepper. It was creamy, spicy and had perfect combination of herbs.

Thanks Boursin for providing yummy snacks for our fun night in! IMG_0897 - favBoursin cheese is not only to be used as a spread with crackers but it’s also great in recipes. Check out the recipe for these Monterrey Jack & Spicy Pepper Cheese Straws hereBoursin Cheese Straws

Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the House Party program. While Boursin provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Studio Fun

A book is a gift you can open again and again. – Garrison Keillor

#momsmeet  #studiofun

Every night before bed hubby or I read a book to our 4 year old daughter. When I was contacted by Moms Meet to do a review of Studio Fun International, a Reader’s Digest company, that has teamed up with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the first animal welfare organization in North America and the nation’s leading voice for animals, I was super excited! IMG_2412IMG_2409

Studio Fun International, in partnership with the ASPCA, has published a children’s book series, ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers.

Each story is inspired by a real-life animal rescue story from the pet’s point of view and includes facts and photographs of the actual pet that inspired the story.

Each book creates a fun and educational hands-on experience written at a Level 2 reading level for early readers.

The importance of care, protection, and love of animals is incorporated into each tale with a focus on the joyous outcome.

Four to five percent of the purchase price of every book goes directly to the ASPCA to help continue its mission.

Stories are available in paperback, library binding hardcovers, and e-books. The paperback books are priced at $3.99 (each) or $15.96 (for all four) everywhere books are sold.

Our favorite book to read together is I am Daisy.IMG_2410

These books are so fun! We love reading them so much, that they have taken a prime spot on her nightstand.IMG_2408

Connect with Studio Fun online to see the newest releases and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!

studiofun.com // aspca.org // Facebook

 Want your own set? Thanks to the people at Studio Fun you can get a set of ASPCA kids: Rescue Readers. 

In order to win, you must enter the Rafflecopter below!  
  This contest is open to US residents only.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prizes.  If a prize is not claimed, another winner will be chosen.
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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Studio Fun provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Royal Basmati Rice

Just as you wouldn’t call sparkling wine from California champagne, neither would you call rice from France Basmati.

 Royal Brand Basmati Rice is grown from the foothills of the Himalayas, the only authentic place Basmati rice can be grown.

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Truly authentic Basmati can come only from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. There, a perfect harmony of climate, fertile soil and pure spring water produce this most extraordinary grain. The exceptionally fragrant, long-grain rice of Royal® is grown under the careful attention of India’s most expert farmers, and after harvesting it is aged for a minimum of twelve months in temperature-controlled silos. As with fine wine or cheese, this aging process brings out the full flavor of the grain, and also results in a non-sticky texture. This fluffy, aromatic and delicate-tasting rice is sure to enhance any meal.

Cooking Instructions:

Soak rice 15-30 minutes for extra length (optional)

1 cup rice
2 cups of water
1 tbsp. of oil/butter (optional)
pinch of salt (optional)

Stove Top:  Bring 2 cups water to a boil in sauce pan with tight fitting lid. Add 1-cup rice, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Once the cooking process is complete, leave the cooked rice in the pan for 5 minutes. Serve.

Microwave: Take 1 cup of Royal® Basmati Rice and gently rinse twice. Drain the rice and add 2¼ cups of fresh water.  Cover tightly with microwave-safe lid and cook on HIGH power setting for 15 minutes*. Remove from microwave.  CAUTION. BOWL WILL BE HOT. Microwave ovens vary. If rice is too hard in the first cooking, use more water. Use less water if it is too soft.

IMG_0226      I tried Royal® Basmati Rice in two different recipes.    

Mushroom Garlic Chicken      
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Roasted Chicken Breasts with Chickpeas and TomatoesIMG_0241

I really enjoyed incorporating Royal Basmati Rice in my dishes. The texture was nice and easy to eat.

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation with Royal Basmati Rice. While Royal Basmati Rice provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

 

Baby Mum Mum

Now that Jacob is teething I’ve been looking for snacks to help him with the growing pains.

Introducing…Baby Mum-Mum.Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 2.43.17 PM

Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks are teething biscuits that dissolve easily in your child’s mouth, with no mess.

With a light texture and great taste, these oven-baked treats are perfect for teething and make a great option for baby’s first solid food.

Made with premium Japonica rice and other simple, all natural ingredients, Baby Mum-Mums are non-GMO, allergen-free (peanut, tree nut, wheat/gluten, egg, soy, sulfates, and mustard-free) and do not contain artificial additives or preservatives.

Depending on your child’s progress, you may give Baby Mum-Mums Rice Rusks to your child as soon as he or she is ready for solid food. *Always supervise your child during feeding.

Available in conveniently wrapped two-packs, Mum-mums retail for $2.99 to $3.49, depending on the retailer.

Since we love Baby Mum-Mums so much, we brought them to our mommy and me class to share with our friends.IMG_1640 IMG_1641Since it was close to Halloween, I decided to make goody bags for all the babies and parents by wrapping the Baby Mum-Mums like mummies.  IMG_1664I think they turned out really cute!

Learn More Online

  • Mum-Mum products can be found at Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens, Safeway, Von’s, K-Mart, Whole Foods, HEB, Kroger, and SuperValu. For a complete list, visit mummums.com/where-to-buy.

  • Learn More Online

    mummums.com

    Facebook.com/babymummum

    twitter.com/mummum

    Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Baby Mum-Mum provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

Graze

As a mom to two kiddos, I tend to graze rather then eat meals.

Between carpool and our extra activities I don’t always have time to sit down and eat lunch. So when I do graze I like to eat things that are healthy and protein filled. 

Introducing my favorite new way to snack…the GRAZE box.IMG_1595How it works:

Go to their website and select from over 100 different snack combinations.

Then they hand-pack a box for you.

Finally they send your Graze box to your home or work.IMG_1607My 4 year old and I love their snacks! IMG_1600

Each snack combination is better then the last!! They come packed in these individual containers.

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IMG_1596 After Sarah and I each eat a container, I pack the rest in my diaper bag. That way I always have something yummy to snack on. IMG_1711We just received our 2nd box and we couldn’t be more excited! IMG_0176Want to try your own box for FREE?

Go to Graze.com and enter my personal code: L55x9MLNB.

Happy Grazing!

Dr. Bronner’s

As a mama of two kiddos I am always searching for better ways to keep my family healthy. For starters I try to find household products that include no synthetic detergents, foaming agents or preservatives.
 
Introducing…Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Liquid Soap.bron-group-253x300 Dr. Bronner’s is the top-selling brand of organic and fair trade body care in the U.S., committed to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, while dedicating its profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third generation master soap maker from a German-Jewish soap making family. He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message that we must realize our transcendent unity across religious and ethnic divides: “We are all sisters and brothers on Spaceship Earth. All-One!”
 
I brought the samples to Jacob’s baby class. Between babies slobbering everywhere and constantly putting things into their mouths I knew this would be a perfect place for us to try Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Liquid Soap.dr bronner'sJust the facts
Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Liquid Soaps are 2 to 3 times more concentrated than many leading liquid soaps, cleansers, and body washes.
 
With no synthetic detergents, foaming agents, or preservatives, Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps are Non-GMO verified and certified under the same National Organic Program that certifies food. They are also made with certified fair trade ingredients, 100% biodegradable, and packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle.
 
Not only are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps great for washing your face, hands, and body, they’re also economical and can be diluted for most household uses, including all-purpose cleaning, mopping, washing pets, and rinsing fruits and vegetables.
 
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps are available in both bar and liquid form in the following scents: Peppermint, Lavender, Rose, Eucalyptus, Almond, Tea Tree, Baby Unscented and Citrus.
 
Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Soap is ideal for children and sensitive skin (though it is NOT tear-free, since it is a soap not a synthetic detergent, so keep Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented out of eyes).
 
One 16 oz. bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap retails for $10.99, and one 2 oz. bottle retails for $3.19.
 
To find a Dr. Bronner’s retailer near you, visit
www.drbronner.com/locator.
 
Learn More Online
drbronner.com
facebook.com/DrBronner
twitter.com/DrBronner
pinterest.com/DrBronner
instagram.com/DrBronners
 
Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Dr. Bronner’s provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.
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