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Save On Massages, Facials and Manicures With #Groupon #ad

29 Aug

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are mine 100% as always. 

I have a birthday and cruise coming up this year and I’m gonna treat myself to a facial and massage. I 100% sure I will also get a manicure and pedicure while I’m at it. Sure I could get those things done on my cruise but do they accept Groupon? I doubt it. I’ll be saving a lot more money getting these treats done before I walk on board.


Groupon has amazing deals going on for Swedish or deep tissue massages, facials and manis and pedis. On my off days it’s all about being pampered with a wash & set, massage, eyebrow threading and mani/pedi. 


My muscles can get very tight and a deep tissue massage won’t hurt me or my pockets. Groupon knows exactly what emails to send me around my location and I also have the app on my phone as well for fast access. 


If you click on this link you will see the deals I’m talking about in the “Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons”) – https://www.groupon.com/local/massage

I’ve even tried acupuncture before and loved it. Might search for that as well and make it a whole day of spa treatments. 

Also check out Groupon on social media : 

– Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Groupon.US/?brand_redir=526662987435979

– Twitter – https://twitter.com/groupon

Kitchen Gadgets From Trudeau 

22 Aug

I am a gadget fanatic and I love cooking and entertaining. Trudeau sent me an assortment of gadgets to try. Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean my gadgets have to be put away. These can be used year round. I loved the bottle stoppers and the strawberry huller. The floral bottle stoppers are so pretty and the strawberry huller is very easy to use. I’m always burning my hand or arm in the oven so the glove came in handy. Seasonings are a must in my house. The pink sea salt was a winner. Tastes great on meats and grilled veggies but you could try it on whatever you like. 

Check out this collection of innovative gadgetry, cocktail and barware that put the summertime ease in entertaining! Whether preparing seasonal foods fresh from the land or sea, serving up a favored liquid treat or just relishing in an at-home staycation – Trudeau has the perfect tool for the backyard host/hostess to serve up the tastes of summer.
 

– Strawberry Huller –

There are some helpful gadgets that you just have to have and the new Strawberry Huller from Trudeau is the one to get! Removing the stem and core from strawberries eliminates bitterness and enhances taste instantly! Innovative design offers a simple, safe, and effective alternative to knife hulling and coring. The stainless steel tube and silicone bulb come apart for easy cleaning and are dishwasher safe. #09912141 MSRP $8.99


Classic Pink Sea Salt Mill –

Chefs rave about Pink Sea Salt making it summer’s #1 accouterment for perfectly grilled meats and vegetables. This 6-inch tall Pink Sea Salt Mill from Trudeau is a beautiful addition to cookout tables and seasons all foods deliciously. The Mill features a corrosion-resistant ceramic grinder, has a crystal-clear body, and comes filled to be the star of summer soirées. #0713711 MSRP 13.99 – 


Oven and Grill Glove –  

Get your grill on! A safety necessity when either grilling or baking, this glove fits either the right or left hand and has anti-slip silicone grips on both sides. The glove offers maximum dexterity and the flame-resistant exterior fibers protect while holding grill tools over open flame or pulling hot pans out of the oven. #09912084 Oven and Grill Glove MSRP $19.99 


Floral Bottle Stoppers –

Bring blooming flowers indoors with these wine bottle stoppers from Trudeau. The conic shape and flexible silicone fins offer a tight seal, ensuring that this Floral Bottle Stopper fits most bottles to preserve every last drop! #0978053 MSRP $2.99 each.


For more info check out http://www.trudeau.com and @TrudeauCuisine on Twitter

Disclosure: I was given product to review. Opinions are mine 100%. 

Styling My Daughter With Vigoss Jeans 

18 Aug

I attended a blogger event with Stroller In The City ( Brianne Tursi Manz) at the 5 Star Apparel Showroom and was excited to see the latest in kids clothing and the hard work and sweat that goes into giving kids the best quality in name brand fashion.

My daughter loves dressing up and being a mini fashionista means she must be comfortable first and foremost. Vigoss Jeans has just what we’re looking for. 
Not only do Vigoss Jeans look great they are skinny stretch jeans. She paired her jeans with a lace high neck woven top  from Arizona (JC Penney) and glitter slip ons from (KidPik).


As much as she wants to wear her Vigoss Jeans to school they will be her go to jeans on her off days from school since she wears a uniform. She loves the fit and style and loved posing for pictures. 


Disclosure: Jeans were provided for honest review. Thank you 5 Star Apparel and Brianne for this wonderful opportunity. All opinions are our own as always. 

Kmart’s Real Deal Event Luxury And Designer Brands At Discount Prices

10 Aug

Kmart has officially announced “The Real Deal” event that gives shoppers access to the hottest brands and trendsetting styles without having to pay full price. This huge limited-time BLOWOUT on watches and sunglasses includes men’s and women’s luxury and designer brands at discounts as high as up to 80 percent off original ticketed prices.


Kmart shoppers can find insane savings that include:• In Stores: Fashion brand bracelet, leather and sport style watches available in stores at up to 80 percent off original ticketed prices

• Online: Designer and luxury brand watches at up to 80 percent off original ticketed prices, featuring popular silver, gold and rose gold tones, sleek and over-size watch faces, with some offering multiple band options

• Online: Designer brand sunglasses online at up to 75 percent off original ticketed prices, including classic, sporty and contemporary styles 

With jaw-dropping prices on premiere items, Kmart allows shoppers to enjoy brand name products that will have them perfectly styled and perfectly prompt 

A limited supply of both men’s and women’s fashion watches will be available in store, while supplies last. However, brands and styles will vary by locations.

For more information on The Real Deal, please visit http://www.kmart.com/realdeal.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Watch pictured above was given.

JCPenney’s Partnership With Y’s Academic Achievement Initiative & Back To School Fashion

10 Aug

Whether it’s moving into a dorm for the first time, or getting ready for the first day of high school, one thing that students will plan extensively this fall is their “first day look.” JCPenney offers a wide assortment of affordable, fashion finds, from brands like Arizona, that are perfect for completing the look, and expressing style individuality, this new school year. 

I fell in love with the bedding as I love to start the school year off with new bedding for the kids. The print is fun and colorful on the comforter and sheets and they are very soft. The kids love the back pillows. The furniture flair cover was used on their beds but can be used on a small couch in your dorm room or apartment. 

I might not be going back to school but I can dress like it with a mom fashionista twist. Love the Arizona jeans and cute tops. They are so comfortable and affordable. I love the outfits I received. 



Along with great fashions this back-to-school season, JCPenney is expanding its 20-year partnership with the Y to include an exciting way for customers to give back. For each pair of Arizona jeans sold from July 15th to September 2nd, JCPenney will be donating $1 to support the Y’s academic achievement programs up to $250,000.  

The partnership will support the Y’s Academic Achievement Initiative, which aims to support academically at-risk students through evidence-based, high-quality summer learning loss prevention and afterschool programs.
“With jeans serving as a key back-to-school fashion staple, Arizona’s great fitting, affordable denim makes it the ideal brand to leverage our support of the Y this season. By simply purchasing a pair of stylish Arizona jeans, moms will not only be sending their kids back-to-school with confidence, but also helping fellow moms across the country set their kids up for success this school year.”
JCPenney will also be assisting the Y this back-to-school season with a community event at the Hollywood YMCA in Los Angeles. The event will include backpack giveaways, free haircuts from jcp salon, mini-makeovers from Sephora inside JCPenney for moms and teens, vision screenings from JCPenney Optical, photos from JCPenney Portraits and Arizona jean fittings as well as giveaways, music, food and more.

Stay tuned for a JCPenney $25 gift card giveaway!!! 

For more info visit http://www.jcpenney.com and @jcpenney on Twitter 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was given bedding and clothing to review. Opinions are mine as always. 

NEW Del Monte Adult Fruit Cups (Fruit Refreshers) #TimeToRefresh

1 Aug

Del Monte introduced a new product at their NYC launch at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop July 28th and I was invited to see it all go down. The only thing I knew was it was their first ever Adult Fruit Cup. So what makes it an adult fruit cup you might ask? Well if you’re thinking its infused with liquor you’re wrong. Or maybe you’re an alcoholic who was praying you finally got your wish. JUST KIDDING!!!! 


I couldn’t wait to find out. Once I saw the fruit cups the first thing I noticed was the packaging which looks very grown up compared to the fruit cups in kids lunchboxes. The colors of the fruit are bold and bright and I love it! The amazing flavors was the next thing I noticed. My favorite was Pineapple in Passion Fruit flavored lightly sweetened with Fruit Water. I am a huge fan of pineapple and the passion fruit is also very delicious. I love the fact that it’s packed in fruit water. Another plus I noticed was it does not have any High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Flavors or Sweeteners. If you’re around me I’m always talking about how I can’t stand high fructose corn syrup and if one of the first three ingredients in any product is sugar put it back. That goes for high fructose corn syrup too. 


The third thing I noticed was it only has 90 calories. Can you say winner? My family has always been big on fruit cups but a lot of them were flavored in heavy syrup and that wasn’t what I wanted.

These Del Monte Fruit Refreshers fruit cups already have me hooked. Another flavor introduced at the launch was Mandarin Oranges in slightly sweetened Coconut Water. Yes, that’s right Coconut Water. This flavor only have 100 calories. Another winner. 


Two more flavors coming to stores are Red Grapefruit in Guava Flavored Fruit Water and Grapefruit and Oranges in Pomegranate Flavored Fruit Water. 

Spokesperson for Del Monte Fruit Refreshers, Actress and Lifestyle Blogger, Katrina Bowden was in attendance to tell us why she supports Del Monte. “She said as a healthy person who stays fit she likes snacks that she can throw in her bag everyday to enjoy whenever she needs a moment to refresh.”


I love the adult size of these fruit cups and I can’t wait to try all the flavors. Speaking of flavors we had some pretty good refreshing drinks and amazing seafood appetizers and desserts. I felt like I was at a party Under The Sea visiting Spongebob’s pineapple house. Facials were also given if you chose to get one. 

Keep checking your local supermarkets. Hitting shelves soon. Check out @delmonte on Instagram and Twitter for more info. 


Thank you for the invite. I had a great time. 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Gift bags were given. 

Happy #NationalIceCreamDay

17 Jul

It’s time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July (and National Ice Cream Day July 17!) with Unilever Ice Cream!Unilever Ice Cream – which includes Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike, MAGNUM Ice Cream and Popsicle – offers a wide range of products and flavors that range from refreshing to indulgent; in fact, in 2016 alone they’ve launched 17 new varieties across the portfolio! Unilever Ice Cream has something to satisfy every craving.

As you already know I love ice cream. Everyone in the family loves ice cream and have enjoyed trying all the brands mentioned. They keep us cool in the summer and are a great treat on the go. There’s so many ways to eat ice cream. We love the variety of flavors from ice cream on a stick, right out the tub, to snack cups. The ice cream cakes are my favorite and the mini Magnum are popular in our house. 

 

For the person who loves…

 – Nostalgic Favorites: Some of the new varieties in 2016 include Good Humor Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich, Klondike S’mores, Breyers Ice Cream Cake, and Breyers Gelato Indulgences Peanut Butter Chocolate.


– Fruity Desserts: Popsicle’s Tropical Paradise variety takes you right to the beach chair, at only 70 calories a pop! Enjoy the refreshing flavors of Tropical Mango, Tangy Pineapple, Fruity Island Punch and Sweet Strawberry-Banana. Additionally, MAGNUM’s Double Raspberry variety offers pure indulgence with rich Belgian chocolate and silky raspberry ice cream.


– Guilt-Free Indulgence: Popsicle’s Sugar Free Red Classics offer the great classic tastes of Cherry, Strawberry and Raspberry without the sugar. And for a frozen treat on the go, Breyers Chocolate Snack Cups and Natural Vanilla Snack Cups come in pre-portioned snack cups.- National Vanilla Ice Cream Day July 23: Breyers offers several varieties: Natural Vanilla (America’s favorite Vanilla!), French Vanilla, Extra Creamy Vanilla, Homemade Vanilla, ½ the Fat, Sugar Free, Lactose Free and more.


Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Product was given to review. Opinions are mine 109%. 

Fashion Alert: kidpik basics launch for girls in sizes 4-14

5 Jul

I was invited to the launch of kidpik basics. The collection comes in super-soft materials and yummy colors. Parents can now stock up on all the essentials that a girl needs in multiples at http://www.kidpikbasics.com

Click the basics tab at kidpik and discover a trend right, colorful collection of not-so-basic-basics, including tops, tanks, shorts, leggings, pants and more. The site is arranged by color, making it easy to shop and replenish your girl’s favorite wardrobe staples quickly and easily at awesome prices.

Basics are an essential part of a girl’s wardrobe.” says Ezra Dabah, kidpik founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to offer a great selection of basics to complement the kidpik fashion collection.”

Kidpik basics are available for girls in sizes 4-14. Prices range from $6.50 – $17.50. Enjoy free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Orders under $50 ship with a $5 flat rate fee.  


Walking into the showroom was very colorful and kid friendly it reminded me of a box of crayons or a rainbow. There were even colorful bagels to match. My daughter and I love how soft the clothes are and she’s able to play without stiffness and the colors don’t fade. I like to dress her in bright colors when I take her to the park or public places so I can spot her easily. These colors are perfect. 


Everyone was rewarded with 4 pieces of clothing and I took home 2 lace shirts, a lace cardigan and a pencil skirt for my daughter. She loves it and can’t wait to wear. Looking forward to the fall collection subscription boxes. 


Nina kids shoes fall and spring 17″ are amazing. Gladiators, wedges,sandals, baby shoes, and boots are just some of the footwear to keep an eye on. My daughter already picked out a few dozen pair. Check out @kidpik on Instagram 


Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Opinions expressed are mine 100%. Clothing was given for review. 

Char-Broil Nights NYC Pop-Up Shop #CharBroilNights

1 Jul

I love BBQ and grilling and the smell of meat on the grill. I attended Char-Broil’s first ever NYC Pop Up Shop. This invite only event was a hands on experience complete with grilling and smoking stations, deliciously prepared foods, cocktails, spice bar and s’mores bar. I just have to say a two-in-one gas grill and smoker is on my wish list. The baby lamb chops with chimichurri sauce, the pulled pork sliders, sausage souvlaki tacos,skirt steak skewers and jumbo grilled shrimp were banging. Cocktails on point and appetizers were very good. I made a jar of spices to take home and roasted s’mores. I enjoyed the evening with my friends.



Char-Broil is offering grillers the best of both worlds with the debut of Gas2Coal™, a two-in-one gas and charcoal grill that provides grillers the option to grill with the ease and convenience of gas or with the smoky flavor of charcoal – all within one sleek grill. The grill features a first-ever, patented charcoal tray which lights coals with the touch of a button, eliminating the hassle and mess of lighter fluid and helping grillers of all skill levels to take their meals to the next level.

Gas2Coal saves space while eliminating the hassle and mess grillers typically experience with charcoal, while making it easy to experiment with different grilling methods. With Gas2Coal, grillers of all experience levels can explore different cooking methods to help expand their palates and culinary imagination just in time for grilling season.

Gas2Coal is available for purchase exclusively at Lowe’s store through June 2016, or online at Lowes.com.


Char-Broil, one of the world’s oldest and most respected outdoor cooking companies, made it easier than ever today for consumers to monitor and control the smoking process with the launch of the Simple Smoker ($299) and Digital Electric Smoker ($399) with the Char-Broil app and SmartChef™ technology. The first of their kind, these smokers sync to your smart device over Wi-Fi utilizing the Char-Broil app, which allows connected users more convenience and freedom than ever before. Users of all skill levels will have an outdoor cooking experience that is all about leveraging innovative technology to consistently create superior taste, perfect cooking techniques and enjoy an effortless smoking routine.

Adding to Char-Broil’s portfolio of innovative products and features consumers can get real-time cooking info through the Char-Broil app and make adjustments as needed, including:

*Meat temperature

*Estimated cook time and done time

*Chamber temperature 

When users are connected to their home network, they have the ability to control and adjust these settings at their fingertips. But – unlike other competing products – once users are out of their network range, they can continue to monitor the smoker from the Char-Broil app.
Signaled by an integrated meat probe, the app will send notifications at key cooking times, so users never need to worry about overcooking or continuously checking their meats. The app also provides a preprogrammed library of recipes for the amateur or adventurous cookers and is compatible with iOS and Android phones.
Both are perfectly suited for holiday meals and everyday use. The Digital Electric Smoker gives users long lasting smoke and more capacity allowing for large meal preparations, while the Simple Smoker offers convenience and versatility, allowing users to slowly smoke a brisket at a low temperature or safely fry a turkey to perfection without oil.

The Simple Smoker and Digital Electric Smoker are available for purchase on the Char-Broil website ( http://www.charbroil.com) and Amazon. 

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. I was invited to attend this event. 

American Girl Doll Launches Wellie Wishers At Momtrends Event

30 Jun

My daughter recently turned 9 years old and I’ve never taken her to the American Girl Store. I’ve never been there myself. We’ve passed by it plenty of times but I’ve never had the time till recently. The only problem is that she still hasn’t been there. I attended an event given by Momtrends for the launch of the new dolls Wellie Wishers. 


Wellie Wishers are a group of sweet and silly girls who each have the same bug bright wish to be a good friend. They are rocking cute colorful garden boots and are cared for by their wonderful Aunt Miranda. 

They are finding out that “good deeds” such as cooperating, sharing, taking turns, respecting feelings and making it right aren’t always the easiest things to do but they are just the right things to do to make beautiful friendships bloom. 


Walking into the American Girl Store was wonderful as I followed the footsteps up to the third floor where a tea party awaited. It was beautifully decorated and I met author Valerie Tripp who has written over 40 books for American Girl. She spoke about the Wellie Wishers and other books and also gave everyone signed copies of a Wellie Wishers book. We also got to choose a Wellie Wishers doll. I chose Ashlyn for my daughter. That was her first choice and it kind of rhymes with her name Taylinn. The description of Ashlyn is: She’s the generous soul of the social circle. Her fancy-free party themes are just the right thing to turn a friend’s frown upside down. I picked the right one. 


If Ashlyn wasn’t your choice there was Emerson, Willa, Kendall and Camille. They’re all adorable. 
The dolls are 14.5″.They retail for $60. You can also purchase matching outfits for your daughter and her doll, wellies, socks, doll houses, etc. I purchased socks and a ladybug hairbrush for my daughter. The boots (wellies) don’t come in her size. If you order online there’s free shipping through 7/31. http://www.americangirl.com/shop/dolls/


Now you know I have to take my daughter to Ametican Girl Store because I’ve been and I want her to experience it with her doll and have a tea party as well. She was very happy with her doll and accessories. 


To explore the world of the Wellie Wishers through books, online games and more check out http://www.anericangirl.com/play/welliewishers

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. I was given a doll and book for my daughter. Thank you Momtrends and American Girl for everything.