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What’s Inside My Holiday Gift Guide? 

4 Dec

What are you looking for in a holiday gift guide? Who are you shopping for? Does price matter? Do you shop online or in stores? Favorite stores, websites, charities. 

I’m listing my favorite fashion, beauty, houseware appliances, tech, toys and food items. Take a look and see what catches your eye. Some even make great stocking stuffers. Giving you a few ideas. Enjoy! 

HOUSEWARE APPLIANCES 

1. Ninja Coffee Bar with glass or thermal carafe makes classic, rich, over ice & specialty coffees. http://www.ninjakitchen.com

  
2. Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Compact System Blender. Auto-iQ Smooth Boost technology takes drink customization to the next level. A unique combination of powerful Ninja blades, high-torque motor, and high speeds allows you achieve an even greater level of smoothness than Ninja has ever delivered before—all at the touch of a button. http://www.ninjakitchen.com

   
 

3. Power Pressure Cooker XL. Available in 6, 8 and 10 quart models. Save time, energy and money. Prepares succulent meals with one touch of a button up to 70% faster than conventional cooking. http://www.powerpressurecooker/TurkeyDude

  
4. KitchenAid Mixer. Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. Choose over 20 colors, 10 speeds and the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers. http://www.kitchenaid.com

  
5. KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment. Reinvent classic meals and inspire your culinary creativity with the versatile KitchenAid Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice Stand Mixer Attachment. Make fresh fruit and vegetable recipe options, from zucchini noodles to sweet and savory dishes.

   
 
TECHNOLOGY

1. HP Envy 5540. The HP Envy All-in-One printer is a great compact solution for your home and office printing, scanning and copying needs. Now, when you buy the HP Envy 5540 e-All-in-One printer, it comes with 3 months free of HP Instant Ink! With HP Instant Ink you select your subscription plan and HP takes care of the rest so that you never run out of ink and printing costs a lot less! Ink, shipping, and cartridge recycling are included in your monthly plan. Plans start as low as $2.99/month and are based on pages printed, not cartridges used. There’s no annual fee and you can change or cancel plans online at anytime. Link to HP Envy 5540 e-All-in-One printer: http://bit.ly/HPEnvy5540Printer  Link to HP Instant Ink: http://bit.ly/HPInstantInk6

FREE INK OFFER: Now through December 31st, when you enroll your printer in HP Instant Ink, you will receive six free months of ink! To decide which plan is right for you and to enroll, visit http://bit.ly/HPInstantInk6 but remember to do it before December 31, 2015! 

   
   
2. Monster Products. 24K Backfloat Speaker. This is a rugged Bluetooth shower speaker, a floating speaker for the pool, and one of the best portable speakers around. Sing along in the shower or tub or float this powerful speaker in the Jacuzzi. Bring it to the campsite or to the beach. BackFloat is engineered to keep pumping out high-performance Pure Monster Sound no matter how wet things get. http://www.monsterproducts.com

  
3. My Charge Razor Max Rechargeable 6000mAh battery. RazorMax delivers an extra 27 hours talk time for your smartphone. This powerbank comes equipped with 2 USB ports and is perfect for charging two devices at once. With a 2.4A output, the RazorMax portable charger is great for charging tablets and other power thirsty devices. http://www.shop.mycharge.com

  

4. Monster ClarityHD High Performance Earbuds. Advanced construction with reinforcement at critical stress points. Ergonomically designed, with multiple ear tips for a better fit. Won’t fall out of your ears like other earbuds. Premium sound quality at an incredible value. Superior noise isolation. ControlTalk Universal for clearer calls, simple music controls. Flat, tangle-resistant cable. Extremely lightweight. Low-profile right angle connector. http://www.monsterproducts.com 

For a 20% discount on all products on Monster, please use promo code ‘MonsterNation’ at checkout. Offer good until December 25.

  
5. Lumee Case. LED lighting on both sides of the case give you a soft and beautiful light for every occasion. Dimmer Switch to control light output and let you control the light. Rechargeable battery and charging cord. Long lasting battery that works independently of your phone. I use for my IPhone 6. Check website for your phone. http://www.lumee.com

  
KIDS COOKING TOOLS

Thanks to Curious Chef – which provides real cooking tools designed just for kids – little ones can be more involved in the baking and cooking process as they aspire to be the next Cake Boss or Top Chef! These cooking tools are specifically designed for kids 4+ with safety and smaller hands in mind, helping inspire curiosity in the kitchen. http://www.curiouschef.com

1. 2 Quart Mixing Bowl – Designed with a sturdy base and easy grip handles, the 2-Quart Mixing Bowl helps your child mix up family favorites like cookies, pancakes or brownies

  
2. 2 Cup Clear Measuring Cup – Help your kids practice math and measurements with the 2 Cup Clear Measuring Cup, complete with color-coded measurements in both cup and ounce increments.

  
3. Medium Nylon Plastic Knife – Put your kids to work chopping with the Medium Nylon Plastic Knife, which is designed to be tough on foods and safer on skin than a metal blade. Also featuring an ergonomically-designed handle, this knife is easier for little hands to grasp.

  
4. Nylon Cookie Turner — Cookies and kids go hand in hand, especially when it comes to baking. The Curious Chef Nylon Cookie Turner real kitchen tool lets your child have a part in the cookie baking fun.

  
5. Actus Lunch Box. These collectible lunch boxes are designed for PEANUTS lovers of all ages! Choose your favorites from our PEANUTS lunch boxes, utensils kit, plastic mugs and many more! http://www.skaterlunch.com

   
  
TOYS

1. Guitar Hero Live. This is the first ever playable music video network and has launched with two 24-hour channels and hundreds of playable songs.The all new Guitar Hero. One game. Two ways to play. GH Live, where you can rock real crowds with real reactions.With a continually updating library of hundreds of videos across genres, there’s something for everyone. 

   

 
2. Shopkins. Moose Toys collectible characters from your favorite shops. Also in plush, backpacks and accessories. Seasons 1-3 available now while Season 4 will be available in December. Shopkins Plush are an Imports Dragon product. http://www.importsdragon.com and http://www.moosetoys.com
 
 
3. Pie Face Game. Hasbro has done it agin with this board game for the whole family filled with fun and suspense. Someone is bound to get a pie in their face. http://www.hasbro.com 

  
4. Barbie Fashionistas. These dolls are ready for anything dressed in a look you’ll love that’s perfect for daytime and nighttime fun. The fabulous fashion is right on trend and fits their style and personality perfectly. With an amazing pair of shoes and the perfect bag, the sensational look is complete! Girls can try new styles and play out a variety of stories with this delightful doll. http://www.shop.mattel.com

  
5. Star Wars Episode 7 Remote Control BB-8 – Only at Target. This remote control BB-8 figure rolls in any direction and makes expressive droid sounds as you lead him into adventure. Collect and battle with this and other figures, vehicles, and Star Wars toys. http://www.target.com

  
 FASHION

1. Hanes Hoisery. Hanes Hosiery’s new Fall 2015 collection features innovative styles that are the perfect balance of beauty and comfort. Hanes is revitalizing legwear this season with the introduction of X-Temp technology and solution based sheers, tights and leggings that compliment women of every age, nationwide.

The Hanes Power Shapers collection integrates the benefits of shapewear into legwear with run resistant technology that keeps every woman looking polished with a flawless finish from day to night. Available in a variety of deniers and a no hose® slimmer, the Hanes Power Shapers collection provides a smooth, no lines appearance, even under the most body conscious styles.

X-Temp tights from Hanes are designed to adapt to your body temperature providing comfort throughout the day. X-Temp technology is designed to adjust to your body’s temperature and activity to keep you comfortable and confident. X-Temp tights are available in a variety of styles from core opaques to boot liners, convertibles and smoothing leggings that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Website: http://www.hanes.com/onehanesplace/legwear/legwear-brands/all-hanes

2. L’eggs Tights. Introducing New L’eggs Energy Tights! By combining health & well being with fashion, L’eggs Energy delivers a true “feel good, look good” combination. By leveraging Beauty, Wellness, and Comfort macro-trends, the Energy Collection provides a compelling and affordable legwear solution. By integrating 360-degree Graduated Compression (which many millennials equate with sports/fitness), L’eggs Energy appeals across generations.

L’eggs Energy comes in Tights, Footless Tights and Trouser Sock styles in sizes S thru XL. 

Found for $7.99 or less at your local food, drug and mass merchandiser like CVS!

Website: http://www.hanes.com/onehanesplace/brands/our-brands/leggs

  
3. nicole by Nicole Miller. nicole by Nicole Miller Sleeveless Embellished Jumpsuit, $68 available at JCPenney and jcpenney.com 

nicole by Nicole Miller Feather Trim Dress, $86 available at JCPenney and jcpenney.com

nicole by Nicole Miller Pave Crystal Hinged Gold-Tone Cuff Bracelet, $34 available at JCPenney and jcpenney.com

  
4. Jord Wood Watches are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. They make their watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. Scratch-resistant mineral glass deployment buckle with push buttons. http://www.woodwatches.com

  

5. Heavenly Touch Denim from Riders by Lee.  Slimming Stretch denim is now softer than ever! Touching is believing with Heavenly Touch denim, the innovative fabric construction that is ultra-soft. And with the right amount of stretch, these jeans are as comfortable as your favorite sweats, but are infinitely more flattering! Soft & comfortable, slimming & flattering…look good feel great. http://www.lee.com and http://www.kmart.com

  
FOOD

1. Deep River Snacks. The high quality snack brand that “Gives a Chip” is more than just a bag of chips… they pride themselves on doing right in everything they do. All snacks non-GMO, made in a nut-free facility and contain no artificial dyes, flavors or preservatives. And each bag uses its packaging real estate to raise awareness for a specific charity!
This holiday season, Deep River Snacks is offering four special edition snack packs that make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer:

Chips & Charity – an assortment of kettle chips plus a $10 charity gift certificate that the recipient can use to make a donation to their favorite non-profit
Snack Attack – 24 bags of delicious kettle chips with 12 different flavors to enjoy

Turn Up The Heat – a collection of the brand’s hottest flavors for those who love some heat: Zesty Jalapeño, NY Spicy Dill Pickle and Aged Cheddar & Horseradish

Holiday Crunch – an assortment of red, green and white bags perfect for parties, stockings, hostess of teacher gifts and combining three of the top selling kettle varieties: Original Salted, Mesquite BBQ and Zesty Jalapeño

Party Pleasers – an 80 count box of 1 oz bags of kettle chips

http://www.deepriversnacks.com

 

 
2.Woodbridge Wine. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is pleased to introduce the limited-edition Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend. A unique red blend with flavors of rich red berries accented with cinnamon, vanilla, and clove, this blend is the perfect accompaniment to festive gatherings with friends and family. Available for $5.99-7.99 per 750 mL bottle, the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend is delicious served at room temperature, or can also be heated on the stove with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and cloves, for a cozy mulled cocktail treat.

  
3. POM Juice. Sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of healthy. Powered by pomegranate antioxidants, it’s authentic, delicious and 100% pure. There is no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices. Also Super Teas, Juice Blends, Fresh Fruit and Fresh Pomegranate Arils. There’s also loads of recipes available online: http://www.pomwonderful.com

  
    
 

4. Del Monte Fusion. Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions come in 3 delicious flavors: Peach Mango, Apple Pear Watermelon, Cherry Fruit Trio. 1 snack cup = 1 combined serving of fruit & veggies, (contains 1 serving (1/2 cup) that is 75% fruit and 25% vegetables, per USDA Nutrient Data), No high fructose corn syrup, No artificial flavors or sweeteners, Excellent source of Vitamin C, Available nationwide for $2.99 for four 4oz cups. 

  
5. Military Match K-Cup Pods Variety Blends. Buy four boxes of our 18-count K-Cup pods and they will match your order with four additional boxes, plus our signature Military Match mug – FREE! They will also send all 8 boxes plus a signature military mug to the APO/FPO or military base address you provide – it’s all part of our MIlitary Match Gift Box Program! This gift set includes two 18-count boxes of each: Dark Roast, Cafe Special, Breakfast Blend and 100% Colombia Altura K-Cup pods and one Military Match mug. http://www.communitycoffee.com

 
6. Siracha2Go.  The perfect package for the Sriracha lover who needs to always be equipped with their favorite hot sauce. http://www.siracha2go.com 

    
  
BEAUTY

1. Alien by Thierry Mugler. Mysterious and fascinating, ALIEN perfume has the power to illuminate and reveal a radiant, feminine aura. ALIEN fragrance brings out the solar goddess in every women. … Thierry Mugler ALIEN perfume at the ALIEN perfume Source, or with refill bottles and ALIEN eco-refills! http://www.macys.com and http://www.muglerusa.com

  
2. Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser helps improve skinny one, texture and clarity.  Oil free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Luminous looking skin after removing dirt, oil and makeup. http://www.aveeno.com

3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 evens tone and texture in 30 days. http://www.aveeno.com

 
 
4. Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ Mascara. Increase your average lash volume by up to 400%. My lashes definitely increased in length and looked full and amazing. Never seen my lashes this long before. http://www.youniqueproducts.com

 
 
5. Zest FruitBoost Shower Gel. All four Zest Fruitboost varieties revitalize with gentle moisturizers and skin-nourishing, antioxidant-rich Vitamin C. Every Zest Fruitboost 10oz tube lasts up to 40 showers, so a little quarter size amount goes a long, long way. And at a suggested retail price of $2.99, a huge boost for wallets everywhere.  Available in four luscious, fruit-filled scents — Citrus Splash, Very Berry, Peach Mango, and Pomegranate Acai. Available at Walmart stores. http://www.zest.com

  
6. Dove Hair Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner collection, which provided 95% more volume after one wash. http://www.dove.us.com and http://www.walmart.com

  

DONATIONS:

1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What are you grateful for? Join our community of supporters​, patients, partners and celebrity friends and let the world know you support the kids of St. Jude.When you donate $1, you’re helping save lives. http://www.stjude.org

2. No Kid Hungry. Instead of another ugly sweater, send your family and friends beautifully designed and printed holiday cards from No Kid Hungry. 100% of the proceeds go toward the mission feeding our nation’s hungry kids. This holiday season, help us reach our holiday goal of providing 10 million meals to kids in need. http://www.nokidhungry.org

Disclosure: The HP printer/InstantInk part of this post listed under Technology is sponsored campaign with Mom Select. All opinions are mine 100% as always. All other items were either reviewed or just something I liked and added to my gift guide. 

Second Look from Stella & Dot Photo Shoot 

4 Aug

Here are pictures from my second Stella & Dot photo shoot. In this shoot I dressed it down in all white with these fabulous accessories:

Pave Chevron Necklace in silver

Pyramid Reversible Studs in silver 

Avalon Tote in black 

Arrison Stretch Cuff in silver 

Colorblock Cuff in blush 

Remy Wrap Bracelet in black

I am hosting an Online Trunk Show of the latest and greatest pieces! Shop the link here: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/hjq86

All shoppers will be eligible for Trunk Show Exclusive Offers (certain pieces at 50% off!) as well as be entered to win free jewelry and pieces at 50% off. Happy shopping!
Awesome photography taken by Michelle Mouthapong. Check her out!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Lucille-Photography/349340278431140?fref=ts
Website: http://www.michellelucille.com

Twitter & Instagram: mlucillephotog
Visit: http://www.michellelucille.com/contact–booking-info.html If you would like to inquire about booking a shoot/contact her for a Standard rate sheet. 
Michelle will only be local to NYC until the beginning of october so you need to book before then. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

    

  
   
    
 

A Stella & Dot Afternoon In Central Park 

23 Jul

I absolutely love collecting accessories. Growing up I was only into gold jewelry and small handbags. I’d say for the past 20 years I’ve been collecting scarves, handbags, jewelry  of all kinds. Statement necklaces were always hard for me to find because It had to stand out. I never tried bold colors but I notice how great they looked and give your outfit that pop. 

Stella & Dot is an incredible, boutique style jewelry and accessories available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. The one of a kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and featured in countless television shows and magazines, including Vogue, Elle, People, In Style and Lucky Magazine as well as on the wrists and necklines of today’s hottest celebrities. The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have praised Stella & Dot for their innovative social shopping concept which brings together the best of e-commerce, social media, personal service and passionate earning to create the ultimate home based business for today’s modern woman and gives her the means to style her own life! G

At an event I attended is where I found Stella and Dot. Their jewelry was just calling my name. I contacted Associate Director and Stylist Jessica Sigler with Stella and Dot immediately and told her how beautiful the collection is and that I was interested in purchasing this gorgeous statement necklace I saw online. It was love at first sight.

We met for coffee and collaborated over how I can become part of Stella and Dot and host an online trunk show. She is so sweet and she could see how much of a fan I was. Jessica suggested a photo shoot to show my readers a few of my favorite pieces of jewelry, and how to throw in a scarf and handbag all from Stella and Dot. She wanted my readers to see how beautiful the jewelry looks on me. You can dress up your outfit with these gorgeous accessories or dress it down. 

Take a look below at what I wore. What colors do you see in the statement necklace? Did you notice the cuff? What about the earrings? Would you dress up or keep it casual? What’s your style? 
I am hosting an Online Trunk Show of the latest and greatest pieces! Shop the link here: http://www.stelladot.com/ts/hjq86 ! This is the first look of two shoots with some of my favorites, including the gorgeous Palmia Necklace, Nancy Studs in gold and the Becker Cuff. I am also a huge fan of the Signature Engraveable Bar Necklace. 

 All  shoppers will be eligible for Trunk Show Exclusive Offers (certain pieces at 50% off!) as well as be entered to win free jewelry and pieces at 50% off. Happy shopping!

Awesome photography taken by Michelle Mouthapong. Check her out!!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Lucille-Photography/349340278431140?fref=ts
Website: http://www.michellelucille.com

Twitter & Instagram: mlucillephotog

Visit: http://www.michellelucille.com/contact–booking-info.html  If you would like to inquire about booking a shoot/contact her for a Standard rate sheet. 
Michelle will only be local to NYC until the beginning of october so you need to book before then. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always. 

   
   

CHARM IT! Design A Charm Contest #charmit

23 Apr

Saturday, April 18th partners CHARM IT! and Crayola held an event at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC. It was for their Design-A -Charm Contest. Kids were invited to the event and encouraged to design an original charm for the chance to have it produced as an actual CHARM IT! charm.

It was a packed house and my daughter was very excited to get creative and design a charm. I think she did over ten designs. She loves drawing and I was happy to see her put her skills to good use. Hopefully one of her designs will come to life. 

She’s always been a fan of charms and girly accessories. I loved the way the staff wore the charms for necklaces as well as bracelets. They showed us the winning charms from their last contest. Kids know what they like and it shows in these wonderful charms. 

There was a photo booth for the kids and parents with different charm it props and a cute background. We had fun with that. Cupcakes that looked like one of the charms. Breakfast foods and beverages were also provided. 

These charms were tested in highly accredited labs and are safe. This is a big plus in my book. Here is a list of ways to care for your charms courtesy of CHARM IT!

Follow these basic care tips and enjoy your CHARM IT! collection! 

Remove CHARM IT! before engaging in rigorous activities or sports for safety. 

Remove CHARM IT! before hand-washing, bath and showers and swimming in chlorine pools or salt water. 

Remove CHARM IT! from all pockets before doing laundry. 

Do not clean CHARM IT! with any jewelry cleansers or chemicals intended for precious metal jewelry. 

Do. It wear CHARM IT! immediately after application of body lotions, sunscreen, creams and perfumes. 

The contest hasn’t ended yet. There’s still time to enter. You have till May 6, 2015. To enter head to http://www.shopcharm-it.com/contest and download the official entry form and let your kids get their charm skills on. Also check out @Charm_It and @Crayola on Twitter. 

What will your child create? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to the event and given gift bags. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

   

 

   

  


  

  

  

  

  

  

#MOMTRENDSHOLIDAY EVENT @StellaDot SHOWROOM IN NYC

4 Dec

This year bloggers celebrated the holiday season with Momtrends at the Stella & Dot Showroom down on Wooster St, in NYC. I always get super excited when Momtrends throws their fabulous events. Donations this year were to Bottomless Closet. We were able to bring new or lightly used work clothes, accessories, coats or shoes for disadvantaged women going into the workplace. I remember years ago being part of a program like this where I got a referral to get free clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc so I could go on an interview. These programs/agencies/charities come in handy when women/men need clothing to go into the workplace. I appreciated it a lot. I didn’t mind at all donating for a good cause.

Sponsors in attendance were Teleflora, Priv, Lands End, Walkers, Little Me, Duck, I See Me, Vermont Nut Free Chocolate, Apothederm, Peanut Hottie, Stella & Dot.

Teleflora. I absolutely love Teleflora flowers because first of all they never box any of their flowers. They are delivered fresh across the US and Canada. You can choose from a variety of occasions and styles. There’s the Thinking of You flowers, Just Because and I’m Sorry flowers just to name a few.

Teleflora featured three new bouquets that captured the authenticity and spirit of the festive family holiday traditions. The trio includes a holly motif- serving bowl, a gingerbread-house cookie jar and a merry mug. Each of these bouquets will arrive with a Teleflora exclusive holiday recipe. For example, a chocolate-dipped cookie recipe accompanies the Gingerbread Cookie Jar Bouquet. Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Teleflora collaborated and recipes are courtesy of him.

My kids loved their Gingerbread Cookie Jar Bouquet. It made a great centerpiece on their table. Once the flowers have passed on the cookie jar is a special treat for the kids to grab cookies. Check out http://www.teleflora.com and order from the Homemade for the Holiday collection. Twitter: @Teleflora

Lands End my absolutely favorite store for apparel, outerwear, footwear and home items made sure they did what they do best and brought us their holiday outfits for a few lucky bloggers to model. I loved the black sleeveless ponte sheath dress with pockets and cashmere dress cardigan sweater in red on one of the models. The cardigan gave it that pop of color. The jewelry from Stella & Dot was sparkly and amazing. The whole outfit makes a great look for holiday parties. I also adores the Déjà Vu Double-Sided Stud earrings from Stella & Dot. I need to purchase these quickly.

Lands End also showed us gifts to please everyone on your list. Cozy pajamas, socks and slippers, and warm hats, gloves and scarves.
Stella & Dot had a table full of beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Mother, daughter, niece, aunt whoever they won’t be disappointed if any of these were handed to them. http://www.landsend.com http://www.stelladot.com Twitter: @landsend @stelladot

Walkers Shortbread cookies melted in my mouth. I love shortbread cookies and was happy to see they have festive shapes for everyone to decorate with ease. I can leave the cookie shapers and flour in the cabinet and just buy the cookies, icing and sprinkles and my kids and I can make a mess without making a big mess. I rather spend hours decorating and not having to turn on the oven. For more info click here : http://www.us.walkersshortbread.com Twitter: @shortbread

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are you guessed it, NUT FREE!! There are so many people allergic to nuts so it’s good to know we can buy all the chocolate we want with this company. I’m a chocoholic so I made sure to try lots of samples. Even the chocolate covered pretzels were good. Check out the website for gifts and other treats. http://www.vermontnutfree.com Twitter: @vermontnutfree

Priv stopped by giving manicures to those who wanted it. I’ve been to quite a few events with Priv where I’ve gotten manicures or makeup done. They come to your home and hook you up. Follow them on Twitter: @gopriv

The Duck Brand is for that crafty, DIY person. My kids and I love duck tape and crafting. Love the ideas they showed us on how to decorate your Christmas table with tape. They made a place mat, utensil holder, gift box and name card. Can’t wait to get crafty with my kids. Follow on Twitter for great ideas @theduckbrand Web: http://www.duckbrand.com

I See Me company for personalized children books. So many to choose from for babies, girls, boys. We received a voucher for a personalized book. Twitter: @iseeme_maia Website: http://www.iseeme.com

Little Me stylish, fashionable child appropriate clothing. I loved dressing my babies in Little Me when they were growing up. From newborn to toddler, soft cotton, terrycloth and velour. “Little Me believes babies should always be comfortable, snuggly and safe, free to do what they do best: play, sleep and thrive.” The pajamas were too cute. Check out the clothes at http://www.littleme.com and on Twitter: @littleme_baby

Apothederm Skin Care provided products in the gift bag. They take care of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and stretch marks. You can take a look at their products at http://www.apothederm.com and on Twitter: @apothederm

Peanut Hottie gave away a gift basket full of their products and kitchen gadgets. They also had samples in the gift bag. Have you ever had a peanut butter hot drink? Neither have I but I will try it and let you know how it is. Just 83 calories. That’s incredible. Available at Walmart. Twitter: @PeanutHottieUSA

We also had a catered dinner with great sandwiches and wine. There were raffles, a fashion show and great conversation. Nicole even showed us her accessory picks. I enjoyed myself as always and want to thank Nicole Feliciano and Sherri Schubert @Momtrends for another great event!!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a gift bag full of goodies from the sponsors. Opinions are mine as always all 100%.

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#MomMixer HOLIDAY SHOWCASE WITH @CVS_Extra in PHILLY

23 Nov

Another road trip was taken to Philly with my kids and friend Geanine and her son for the Mom Mixer with CVS Holiday Showcase. This year it was held at The Franklin Institute which is beautiful. There’s so many exhibits to see. We love museums and getting our education on. We will definitely return to check out the Sesame exhibit (The Body), Yoga with Elmo, Kitchen Science and Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out.

As always Colleen @ClassyMommy and Whitney @WhitneyMWS know how to get awesome sponsors to come out and meet a room full of bloggers for a fun filled day to gear us up for the holidays.

It was rainy and cold this particular day but that didn’t stop us. The kids were just as excited as we were and I couldn’t wait to see lots of familiar faces and new ones.

Sponsors in attendance and or gifts in gift bags included:
@CVS_Extra
@JustPlayToys
@StellaDot
@Morphmallow -Spaghetti Headz
@RodanFieldsHQ
@McDPhilly
@TeleBrands
@WickedCoolToys
@MixedBagDesigns
@StrideRite
@HasbroNews
@ZipzWine
@PaulFrankTweets
@WowCups
@TheFranklin
@ZipzWine
@SaharaSams
@DiggerlandUSA
@Colgate
@JenThomasJewels
@mabelhood

It was a room full of gift and stocking stuffer ideas from toys, lotion sets, coffee mugs, chocolates, cookies, even the famous North Pole communicator. CVS had me hooked with their delicious cookies and candy from their Gold Emblem line. I even won the CVS North Pole giveaway prize pack. I love to sparkle on holidays and Stella & Dot had beautiful sparkly jewelry and accessories. Stride Rite has cute comfy boots, sneakers and shoes for little feet. Spaghetti Headz had their famous hair accessories for the girls. Mixed Bags Designs provided everyone with their awesome huge reusable colorful bags to carry all of our gifts in. Wicked Cool Toys always bring along cool toys for the kids like Vrum the toy box that children ride on. Toys are packed inside while kids take a ride. Hasbro News is one of my kids favorite. My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Nerf, Transformers just to name a few. We love our board games like Monopoly and thanks for giving my son Battleship. TeleBrands amazed me and my kids with their Wow Cups. These are spill-free cups. Every family with kids should have theses. Kids can jump, run, roll and the drink always stays in. Amazing! Paul Frank gave out cute t-shirts in the gift bags. Love Paul Frank! Just Play Toys knew what they were doing when they had a display full of Care Bears, Puppy Surprise, Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile and Doodle Bear Toys. My daughter was extremely happy to win the Doc McStuffins Walk ‘n Talk Doc Mobile. Mcdonalds was happy to show everyone fresh ingredients used in their foods. Rodan and Fields a skincare company came with samples of their products for softer lips and face samples. My son spun the wheel at Sahara Sams table and won a pass to visit this amazing indoor/outdoor water park located in Berlin, NJ that’s open all year. We need to be there right now. We also want to visit Diggerland the only construction theme park located in West Berlin, NJ. Love water and theme parks. Elmo even made an appearance for the kids.

I’d like to thank everyone who made this event possible. My kids and I enjoyed ourselves. Will see Whitney and Colleen next year. We also had to make a stop at Geno’s Steak for Philly steaks. Yum.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100%. Gift bags were given.

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#CELEBRATEINSTYLE HOLIDAY PREVIEW @SingleEdition

22 Nov

Single Edition Media invited women to #CelebrateInStyle at their holiday preview event at Glasshouses in NYC.
Sponsors came out for a wonderful night to show their holiday products and fashion trends.
As soon as I reached the 21st floor I was greeted by the first sponsor of the night DSW. One of my favorite shoes stores I couldn’t wait to see what holiday gifts they brought with them. They had everything from animal print shoes, sparkly jewelry and tights, even hats that sparkled with rhinestones and dressy clutches. Of course I wanted it all. Check out @DSWShoeLovers on Twitter.

Vigoss Jeans treated attendees to a free pair of jeans to take home when you stopped by their table. I loved the new styles. I picked a shiny black pair. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram @VigossUSA

Diamonds are my best friend and Bulova was showcasing their amazing watches. Slim watches are what’s in now. Bulova gave away three watches. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I will own a Bulova one day. Check out these watches on Twitter: @Bulova

Sears Style knows that a woman doesn’t have to pay a fortune to look like a million bucks. With their new Metaphor line where everything is under $100. Lace, faux leather and tweed my favorites were a big hit. Attendees walked away with small prizes after posting a pic on Instagram with their hashtag and waiting for the vending machine to drop a little something. I won a gift card. http://www.sears.com/style

Silk ‘n Solution the professional aesthetic devices for home use was giving away gift baskets to five lucky attendees worth $700 full of their products. Thirty attendees won a ReVit or Flash & Go device. I won a Flash & Go permanent hair removal device which is great. No more disposable razors. Yippee! Who wouldn’t want spa products in their home compared to going to an actual spa and saving so much money. I want the Sonic Clean Plus which is a deep skin cleansing device that removes dead skin cells on your body and face with vibrating or pulsating modes. It removes 6 times more makeup and dirt than hands alone. Attendees also had a coupon for a free Silk ‘n Pedi in their gift bags. This can be used for dry callused skin. Check their website: http://www.silkn.com

Jergens Skincare knew every woman would love their BB body cream for all skin types. I was already a fan of Jergens products but this just sealed the deal. This lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use. Available in 2 shade fair to medium and medium to tan skin tones. Samples were given out at their table and a bigger sample was in our gift bags. Twitter: @JergensUS

Elizabeth Arden had me blushing for their new perfume Untold Absolu. This sensual fragrance is perfect for the winter season. Florals, red plum, ginger and bursts of raspberry is what makes this perfume my pick of the season. There was also a makeup artist who gave guests lipstick touch ups. On their website you can see all their collections. http://www.elizabetharden.com Twitter: @elizabetharden

Gardein hooked guests up with their healthy meat-free foods. We had their fish & fries, tacos, chicken and turkey cutlets. Amazing! Nothing wrong with vegetarian food. I love spicy black bean burgers too. Twitter: @gardein and on the web at http://www.gardein.com

In Style is known for fashion, beauty and celebrity buzz you need to know. They showed everyone love at their table with jewelry to take a sneak peek at and copies of their magazine. Web: http://www.instyle.com @InStyle on Twitter.

GlasshousesNYC is one of the best event space for any venue in NYC with spectacular views of Manhattan. Located at 545 West 25th St. I love events at night because the pictures of the background are breathtaking. Fir more info visit http://www.glasshousesny.com or on Twitter @GlasshousesNYC

There was also a presentation with all of the sponsors talking about their products. Also, In Style beauty director Kahlana Barfield talked about trends for Spring 2015. I’m still fascinated when it comes to makeup and learning how to apply bold or pastel eyeshadow, bright red lip and the winged mascara look. I’m loving the matte lip personally and the amazing smells of some of the perfumes.

Big shout outs to @Tagspire and @SingleEdition (Single Edition Media) If you’re a blogger or social media fan or brand you must check them out. Thank you for inviting me. It was wonderful!!!

These were just some of the sponsors that were present. More sponsored products were included in the gift bags. I’d like to thank all of them and everyone who made this event possible. Can’t wait till the next one.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine. We were given samples, and gift bags.

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@Nina_Shoes Spring 2015 Collection #boys #girls #women #shoes

11 Nov

I recently visited Nina Footwear Showroom to preview their Spring 2015 shoe collection. Elements by Nina debuted new pieces for their boys collection. Sizes are from Toddler size 6 through youth size 5. Love the slip on shoes and sneakers in camo, also noticing vegan leather a lot in the collection, lime colors, velcro and canvas high top sneakers and suede bucks. Too bad these don’t come in bigger sizes for my son.

The girls collection had sandals in lots of prints in bright colors, glitter and leopard slip on, sneakers and dress shoes in sequins, shimmer ballet flats, dress shoes in patent leather, metallic and satin, heels just right size for small feet, denim or lace espadrilles, wedges and crochet sandals. I have my eyes on quite a few pairs for my daughter. I definitely want to see her in the espadrilles and small heels.

I also got to take a look at the women’s collection. Nina did not disappoint with lots of sparkle, bling, bejeweled high or low heels, sandals, wedges, dressy, sexy amazing shoes. Floral, gold, silver, pink, royal, pastel colors were beautiful. Shoes for all occasions. I’ll take a few dozen please.

If you think the shoes were sparkly the clutches and the jewelry were just as hot. A clutch to match your shoes and sparkle on any red carpet, holiday party or opening night on Broadway. Satin purses were also beautiful in bright colors. The jewelry blew me away. People will think you spent thousands when you walk in blinging. Beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings. Swarovski pieces as well which I also could use a few dozen pieces from the collection. My favorite piece was the sparly choker necklace with strands of chains that hang to your waist. Gorgeous. Here is the picture.

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I don’t know about you but if my closets looked like this showroom stocked with tons of jewelry, shoes, purses and clutches I wouldn’t know how to control myself. I already don’t have room for the shoes I currently own but with these I would need to rent storage or move.

These were my favorite sandals and sparkly heels. Love the patent leather. All these sandals I must have and those heels are screaming my name. Here are the pictures.

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Follow @Nina_Shoes on Twitter
Website: http://www.ninashoes.com
What’s your favorite? Holiday parties, weddings, graduations, vacations. What do you see in your future?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. A gift was given to my daughter. Opinions are 100% mine.
Enjoy the pics!

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ETSY’S HOLIDAY PRESS PREVIEW 2014 #ETSYHOLIDAY

5 Aug

I was invited to Etsy’s Holiday Press Preview 2014 to check out fashion accessories, home and entertaining gift items from Etsy’s top vendors.

The first vendor I met was Chilean jewelry designer Soledad Proano. She launched “Sol del Sur” her metals and textiles jewelry and accessories company. Sol obtained a certificate in metalsmithing and took other design and art courses at Pasadena City College in California, before moving to Brooklyn, NY in the Summer of 2013. All her jewelry is made by hand in her light-filled studio in Bushwick. Sol del Sur jewelry is available locally at independent and museum shops in the US, as well as worldwide through soldelsurshop.com and more recently, at Anthropologie.com
Take a look at her beautiful pieces below. Guests were given samples of her bracelets and earrings.

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The next vendor was Dominique Caron with her skincare line “Caru Skincare Co.” which crafts gentle and effective products from high quality botanical ingredients that are carefully selected for their potency and sustainability. Frustrated by the poor selection of skincare products on the market Dominique Caron took matters into her own hands and started making her own. The scents are amazing. Guests were given samples of her soap to take home. I picked peppermint and the chamomile and honey soaps. Take a look at her products.

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The third vendor was Amanda Schwartz, designer of her handbag and accessory line “Two Tickets”. Her passion is to unite form and function, past and present, beauty and durability. She showed us her beautiful collection of color block crossbody bags, clutches, wallet pouch phone cases and fringed key chain tassels. Guests were given a key chain tassel to choose from a variety of colors. Take a look at her bags and accessories below.

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Here are the sellers/vendors pages:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SolDelSur

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CaruSkincareCo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoTickets

Everything was beautiful at the preview. I love decorating and the home decor had amazing pieces. I also loved the entertaining section. If I could put my wish list out now I would ask for everything. Here are a few pictures that I took of my favorite things.

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There were also delicious appetizers and drinks.

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Here is the link to view the Holiday 2014 digital look book:
http://etsylookbooks.com/
My favorite in this look book is The Passenger. Yellows were my favorite color this season and these accessories is on my must have list. I also had to throw in the cute tote bag.

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Swag given was mentioned in this post. Opinions are 100% mine as always.

TARGET’S STUDIO PREVIEW (SPRING 2014 WOMEN & MEN APPAREL & ACCESSORIES) #TargetStyle

16 Nov

After attending Target’s Holiday House Party I was also invited to preview Target’s Spring 2014 affordable women and men’s apparel and accessories in their studio. This took place on November 13th and I was very excited to see what was coming to stores. There were live models giving us a look how the clothes fit and how to pair them with the accessories. Everything was under $60. If that isn’t affordable then you’re spending too much. I was in love with the shoes and I noticed the Sam and Libby brand on a cute pair of flats that I absolutely must get. I also saw wedge boots, sneakers, ballerina flats, sandals, and ankle boots. I was also noticing lots of bold colors like oranges, yellows, turquoise, greens, polka dots, stripes, aztec designs, and crochet tanks. The jewelry had bold bright colors as well as the watches, wallets, and clutches. I can honestly say I will take a better look at the jewelry counter the next time I’m in Target. The cell phone cases had great designs and aztec for the belts as well.

Cute skirts, comfy pants, leggings, blouses, blazers, sweaters, dresses, and accessories from Target for the 2014 line is looking very good ladies and I hope you’re ready to do your shopping because I know I am.
For the men there were swimming trunks, khakis pants, shorts, denim shirts, striped tanks, button down dress shirts, and tees. I know the men in my life would appreciate quite a few items from Target.

The handbags came in oranges, greens, navy’s, a cute color blocked bag that is also on my wish list and colorful backpacks.

I am so glad Target came to my neighborhood and I can walk there about six blocks away. I will always be a targetholic. Lol. My kids love shopping with me too.
Another great day spent with Target previewing what’s to come.
Thank You Target!!
@TargetStyle #TargetStyle
Enjoy the pictures!

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