Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Raw Shea Butter: One Of The Finest Skin Care Secrets For Women From Head To Toe

Moms, I know how little time we spend on ourselves. Here is some great info from Eu'Genia Shea on a quick and easy way to use Shea Butter for healthier, younger looking skin! - Lara

Raw Shea Butter: One Of The Finest Skin Care Secrets For Women
From Head To Toe

Raw shea butter is an incredible, natural product that belongs in your beauty cupboard. It's versatile and pure and can enhance you from head to toe. It's one of the best skin care secrets ever, with studies showing that raw shea butter stimulates production of collagen. That's the "glue" that keeps our faces and bodies youthful with elasticity.

Let's look at shea butter's fascinating background. For one, there are actually shea trees, and they grow in west and central Africa. The thin-skinned fruit the tree produces is quite delicious, but it's the large oil-rich nut or kernel inside that creates the skin care magic. It naturally contains vitamins A, E and F (essential fatty acids).

Shea Butter when raw, promotes these three assets:
Higher nutrient content
Better natural healing properties
Free of chemicals from the refinement process

Raw shea butter is divine for women of all ages, especially moms, because it can perform amazing things. Here are just a few:

1. Stretch Marks and Cellulite. No one wants either of these body imperfections, but most of us have both stretch marks and cellulite. Laser treatments and the application of prescription retin-A appear to be effective. However, raw shea butter has also been shown to reduce the appearance of both stretch marks and cellulite, thanks to the product's immense hydrating properties, its success at stimulating blood circulation and softening the skin's texture.

2. Clear and Wrinkle "Less" Complexion. It's almost baffling to believe that raw shea butter with its super moisturizing features would not cause skin to break out, but it's true. Its anti-inflammatory elements keep pores clean, and the product is quickly absorbable, so it feels un-greasy. The super butter also softens fine lines and wrinkles, restoring elasticity and buoyancy to the skin.

3. Scalp and Hair Repair Treatment. We spend so much money trying to breathe new life into our damaged tresses and usually get nowhere fast. Raw shea butter can make the ultimate hair treatment and is so easy to do. Warm some shea butter in your palms and apply to hair and scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly and shampoo and condition like you regularly do. Hair will be soft, smooth and healthy-looking.

4. Perfect Outdoor Skin Protection. Raw shea butter is ideal for heading outdoors in any kind of weather. Super hot, cold and dry, snowy, rainy or windy, this wonderful moisturizer already comes with a natural built-in SPF (sun protection factor) of 6, which is beneficial to wear under makeup, too. Apply so lips don't chap, because this pure stuff works like a dream.

5. Super Shaving Staple. When it comes to shaving your legs, you want to eliminate the bumps and possible razor irritation that can occur. Raw shea butter is terrific as a moisturizing shaving cream, and it leaves legs smooth, hairless and with a pretty sheen. It won't clog sensitive hair follicles either and allows your shaver to glide across the skin.

There are many choices out there for buying shea butter, and one of the best brands that delivers purity and luxurious shea butter products is Eu'Genia Shea. Even the iconic New York Times is wild about the high quality 95 percent shea content base of the brand's lotions, which can be found in Everyday, Pregnancy and Dermatological Strength.

Eu'Genia Shea is also proud of its wonderful background story, because it's a family enterprise with deep roots in Ghana and the United States. The company is all about women, opportunity and power, and Eu'Genia Shea is helping build economic opportunities for women in the developing world. Eu'Genia Shea is providing training and employment for some 700 women who work for the brand's business model in local co-operatives. The women are harvesting the shea nuts and learning how to produce the incredible raw shea butter that has become the face of Eu'Genia Shea.

*This is a sponsored post.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

I am so excited for the upcoming holiday season! If you are anything like me, you began bargain hunting for this holiday season on December 26th. I can't help it... I love a good deal!

But as my children are getting older - especially the 7 year old! Buying gifts in advance can be tricky. Now she knows what she wants and makes her own wish-list. So I have been holding out to see what she thinks will make her holiday merry and bright!

This year I will be focusing on all kinds of gifts - for kids, adults, friends, and family. I am hoping you will share some of your fabulous gift ideas with me, too!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Win a Todd English Touch Screen Air Fryer

Phoenix Trading Company is the company all moms have been dreaming of.  One stop shopping on designer items at discount prices! They specialize in plus size clothing, but also have a fantastic selection of home goods and kitchen appliances. Their choices are fantastic... and their prices are even better!

Here is a little bit about Phoenix Trading Company:
First, we’re not in Phoenix, Arizona. Never have been (we’re in Boston). Our name refers to the mythical bird, the Phoenix, which is reborn to soar again. Our clothes and other products are sort of like that. We buy large volumes of out-of-season, overstock and clearance designer merchandise from national retailers and TV shopping channels, then pass the savings to you—on average offering our goods at 60% below retail. And by the way, the pictures of shoes and clothing you see on our site are the actual items that you’ll get in the mail. Nothing photo-shopped here.

People seem to like us. We started in 2001 in 700 square feet subleased from a machine shop, and have grown to be one of eBay’s top three women’s clothing sellers. We’re also an eBay top-rated plus seller. Not that we’re bragging. It’s just true.

There is something we’re kind of proud of, though: A third of our workforce are people who are housebound, either through physical disabilities or childcare responsibilities, and who would otherwise not be able to have a job. And honestly, we couldn’t function without them.

So, that’s us in a nutshell. Phoenix Trading Company, bringing you style and savings at the click of a mouse.

I had the opportunity to check out one of the great kitchen appliances that they have to offer, an air fryer.

I was really excited about this because my family really enjoys fried foods, but we don't indulge in them that often because of all the oil typically used to cook them. This air fryer provided us with a healthier way of preparing fried foods, while still getting that great crispy texture that we just can't seem to get in the oven. And it's super easy to use and clean up.

All we had to do was put the basket in the bottom of the fryer, add a small amount of oil, pop it in at the proper temperature for the instructed amount of time (in this case it was 15 minutes)... and voila! Crispy fries cooked to perfection!

My entire family is a fan of this fun kitchen appliance. We have made all kinds of trasty foods, like fried zucchini sticks, mozzarella sticks, and lots of french fries. 

Phoenix Trading Company is giving you the opportunity to win your very own Todd English Touch Screen Air Fryer! This prize will make the perfect addition to your kitchen - saving you calories, time and mess!

Learn more about Phoenix Trading Company by following them on Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest!
Social Media Links:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixTradingCompany
Tumblr - http://phoenixtradingcompany.tumblr.com/
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/phoenixtrading/

This prize pack includes:
- Air Fryer Housing
- Removable Heating Chamber
- Fry Basket
- Steam/Meat Rack
- Baking Pan
- One Carbon Filter
- Instruction / Recipe Booklet

*I received an item for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting - on DVD Today!

"Adventures in Babysitting," inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name, is an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie starring Sabrina Carpenter (of Disney Channel's hit comedy series "Girl Meets World") and Sofia Carson (of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants").  In "Adventures in Babysitting," a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away.

My Thoughts:
As a child of the 80's, Adventures in Babysitting was one of my all time favorite movies.  So when I heard that Disney Channel was making an original movie inspired my childhood favorite... I was excited! This was going to be a great opportunity to see a fun new movie and share it with my seven year old daughter... who just happens to be a huge Girl Meets World and Descendants fan.

We sat down one night with popcorn and this movie for a fun girls night in. I loved how the new movie mirrored some of my favorite parts of the 80's hit. For example: the amazing clip above of the Babysitter's Rap that just brought me back to Chris Parker's fabulous rendition of Babysitting Blues, the towing company sporting the same name, and more! Jenny and Lola kept us engaged throughout this crazy adventure.  While the girls are very different, they have one thing in common - they need to find the kid and get all of the kids back home! But it's not as easy as it sounds. And quickly enough they realize that working together is their only hope.

This was a very fun movie night for me and my daughter. We laughed a lot, and my daughter has been asking to see it again! I would say that's a big win for the Disney Channel!

Download Adventures In Babysitting Activities

* I received a copy of this movie free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and have not been influence by anyone. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fuego Box

Father's Day is around the corner and my husband is super hard to shop for. Not only does he fall into the "I don't need anything" category... he also puts himself into the "I don't want anything" category. Making my life way harder when shopping time arrives!

This year I was introduced to something really awesome, right up his alley, and something he would never think of! Allow me to introduce you to the Fuego Box. Yes, it's just as it sounds... a box chock full of amazing spiciness. Any my husband loves spicy! The hotter the better. So I knew he would love this really cool variety of products.

This "limited edition" Fuego Box comes in a rustic wood crate and is filled with small-batch spicy greatness created especially for Father's Day.  Includes a fabulous spicy honey, the world's 1st "Dry Hot Sauce", Chili Oil, Smoked Ghost Pepper Salt, and one of the world's tastiest small-batch hot sauces.  The package also includes recipes selected just for dad.

$49.95 - Limited to 500 boxes
$70 in value
Order Link: https://www.fuegobox.co/shop/product/300770703

Box Contains:
-Bee Local Hot Honey
-Purple Panda Chili Oil
-Hoff Sauce
-Laguna Salt Smoke Ghost Pepper Salt
-World's 1st Dry Hot Sauce by Vesta
-Limited Edition Fuego Box Wooden Crate

So this is basically an incredibly cool, very different, super hot gift for Father's Day! I highly recommend you check out Fuego Box to learn about all the very cool and unique items they have to offer!

About Fuego Box: The creation of Mike McAdams, a guy who simply went down the hot sauce rabbit hole.  It started with an early Tapatio obsession and advanced with the likes of Cholula, Crystal, and Sriracha.  After that, things really got crazy...bhut jolokia and african fatalii peppers; locally harvested, hand-bottled hot sauces; and unique and delicious flavors that go with just about every kind of food.

Fuego Box wants to bring emerging hot sauces that you've probably never heard of to your hot sauce shelf.  Focusing on flavor over 'ass-burning heat' and avoiding gimmicky hot sauces like the plague.

For More Information: www.fuegobox.co

Monday, May 23, 2016


Does anyone else feel like they spend way too much time in the laundry room? I have discovered that my son is a stain magnet. The stains just seem to find him! I spend so much time treating and scrubbing his clothes. Every day it's something new from grass stains to marker to food.

Well today.... today I want to introduce you to... his dinner. This was a special day. We got all dressed up and headed out to do a Father's Day photo shoot at a local studio. I pulled this brand new polo out of the closet and felt like he looked adorable.

We headed off to the studio where we got a couple of really cute shots. I was happy with the outcome and how well behaved the kids were. So I decided to take them out to dinner. The dinner where he ordered pizza. And then leaned on it. and then dropped it on himself. The dinner where we went from this....

to this....

Fortunately, I had this little buddy on my side.

Purex plus Clorox 2 helped me to fight these stains with minimal effort. It's stain fighting power helped to make my brand new shirt look brand new again! And it's safe for colors, too. Sorry... I know.. time to iron! Seriously... my work is never done.
Thanks Purex, for making my day a little brighter... literally!

Be sure to visit Purex on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to learn about all of their great products!

"The Purex® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® plus Clorox 2® detergent in exchange for a product review. However all the opinions expressed here are my own"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Placenta Banking with lifebankUSA

I have loved having the opportunity to share information with you regarding cord blood banking with lifebankUSA. Having the information and the knowledge when making this big decision is crucial. LifebankUSA has a fantastic website that educates you on everything you need to know to make an informed decision for you and your baby. But today I get to share something unique and special, Placenta Banking.

Saving your babies cold blood is something every new parent should be educated about. Knowing the benefits of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is so important. But did you know that you can bank placenta blood in addition to cord blood?

What is Placenta Blood?

Placenta blood is the blood that’s left in the placenta after birth. During your pregnancy, the placenta provides your baby with oxygen, water and essential nutrients and protects your baby against infection. After birth, your baby no longer needs the placenta, but the usefulness of the placenta doesn’t end with delivery. Like the umbilical cord, the placenta blood is a rich source of stem cells which can be collected and stored in case your child or a close family member needs them someday.

Collecting the placenta blood is a quick, easy, and painless process that happens after the placenta is expelled from the mom. 

What are the Benefits of Banking Placenta Blood?

Adding placenta blood banking can make your cord blood collection even more powerful by potentially doubling the number of stem cells that are collected and preserved.5 Here are three reasons why having more stem cells matters:

  • Research studies have shown that transplanting more stem cells can improve transplant success and survival. 
  • Preserving more stem cells means they may be used to treat more than one health condition that may affect your child or other close family member in the future.
  • Placenta blood increases other types of stem cells that have shown promise in regenerative medicine, an area of groundbreaking clinical research that involves the use of stem cells to repair or regrow damaged tissues and organs.

Only lifebankUSA offers this unique and wonderful opportunity. Since you only have one chance to take advantage of this, you should discuss cord blood banking and placenta banking with your family and your doctor before your due date. Having this decision already made will bring peace of mind on your exciting delivery day!

You can visit lifebankUSA for more information on all of the benefits of cord blood and placenta blood banking, and how this blood could help should your child or another family member need it.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fashion Meets Philanthropy - 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog

As the holidays approach the excitement and anticipation of the season grows and grows for me. I love everything about this time of year, from the decorations to the music to the shopping, baking, and preparing. The kids are hyped up all the time, and I am constantly reminding them that that elf over there on the shelf is watching. How lucky I am to live among this glorious chaos.

But with my joy comes the reminder that no every family or person is as lucky as I am. The holidays are an important time to remember those less fortunate and give back in any way we can. The 2015 World Vision Catalog is an amazing way to do just that 

The 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog contains more than 250 poverty-fighting gifts, ranging in price from $16 to $39,000, that improve the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world.  Give help where it is most needed and receive beautiful handcrafted jewelry for yourself or your loved ones, such as: 

Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95 

Balinese Multi-Strand Necklace – This beautiful, draped beaded necklace is handmade by Balinese artisans in a project that helps children in Bali receive an education. $85 

Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet – Created by a community on the island of Java, these unique bracelets provide a sustainable income to help feed and care for their children – honor the special woman in your life with this gorgeous bracelet. $40 

Silver Vines Cuff - Women and girls will love wearing this elegant adjustable silver cuff bracelet designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. Each bracelet supports their families through fair trade practices. $85 

African Soapstone Box – The hand-carved African Soapstone Box is a perfect place to store necklaces, rings and other trinkets. This ornate handmade gift is etched by talented artisans in Kenya who are using this sustainable resource to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. $85 

These beautiful and unique gifts are just a sampling of all that the 2015 Wold Vision Gift Catalog has to offer. You can provide families with animals that will provide food and/or income. You can help to support education for children in need. Or supply something we take for granted every day, clean drinking water. You can even donate to help those in need right here in our own communities. The possibilities are endless and the small steps we take this holiday season could have a lasting impression on those in need. 

I received a gorgeous Royal Silk Scarf that is vibrant in color and so incredibly soft. It's a gift I could not buy in the store. It was made with care and that shows. I strongly encourage you to take a look at the 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog and consider making it a part of your holiday gift giving season.

* I received a promotional item in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

It's Fancy To Be.... Me! Personalized Story Book #iseemebooks

It’s Fancy To Be Me Personalized Storybook

Your little girl will love dressing up and jet-setting around the world in this charming personalized storybook. It’s Fancy To Be Me comes personalized with her name on the cover and throughout the story and illustrations. You can even upload a photo of her to appear inside the book! You can also select the hair color and skin tone when ordering, so the character in the book resembles your daughter. At the end of the story, your little girl learns that, although it’s fun to dress up and be fancy, the most fashionable thing in the whole world is to just be herself!

My Thoughts:
I absolutely love the personalized books from I See Me.  This book is perfect for my daughter. She absolutely loves clothes, and the fancier the better. This book is filled with fun outfits and amazing places. And her name is hidden in so many places.... like on luggage and on airplanes. She had a blast hunting for her name and pointing it out in excitement! This is truly a book for her to treasure forever, as it is just for her and with a special message and photo from us.

Personalized gifts are the best. They are so special and unique. I See Me has tons of book choices. We have B is for Benjamin for my son and he asks for it every night. But they have so much more to offer than just books. You can find everything from personalized puzzles, lunchboxes, placemats... to coloring books, stickers, growth charts and more. There is definitely something for everyone.

The personalized items from I See Me would make the most wonderful holiday gifts. And have I got a treat for you! From now until December 16th... use code SPECIAL to receive 20% off! Happy shopping!

*I received this book free of charge in order to facilitate an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.