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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Perfect Maxi Skirt, LuLa Roe Review!

"'LuLaRoe' Is a company full of unique styles, modest, affordable, and wide variety of items for all ages of women. We add new items all the time for what’s hot. We have over 25 years of experience. Our hottest items now are the maxi skirts for all ages. We buy our maxi skirt fabrics in limited styles, patterns and quantity. Once, purchased, sewn & sold, the fabric choices are no longer available. This gives us the creativity to offer a wide variety of products so that our clientele will want to come back for more."
I was recently sent one of their maxi skirts to review, and I love it! It's comfy and soo cute! I love wearing it around, and I love the compliments I got lol!
They offer many styles and looks for women, as well as little girls. Their fabrics are soft-knit, breathable, and easy to care for. They also offer many styles of blouses, pants, and little girl maxis! They have something for just about everyone! How CUTE! What's not to love?!
They carry sizes XS-L in blouses and skirts and, 3-11 in jeans. Their products are affordable and one-of-a-kind. Next time someone asks you where you got your outfit, be able to tell them LuLa Roe! 
Check them out! You won't be disappointed!
You can follow them on Instagram @LulaRoe or visit their website here: LuLaRoe

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monkey Mat Review!

 
Definition of the Monkey Mat®. – noun \’maŋ-kē mat\
 1. A lightweight Travel Mat/ lightweight Exercise Mat/ lightweight Yoga Mat / lightweight Picnic Mat/ lightweight Outdoor Concert Mat/ lightweight Baby Mat / lightweight Outdoor Ground Mat / lightweight Baby Changing Pad / lightweight Play Mat / lightweight Beach Mat / lightweight Camping Mat  2. The perfect baby shower gift
The Monkey Mat® Story!-
“Dirty airport floors. Two beautiful baby girls. Six hour layover. *CRINGE! *
A desperate desire arose for either a constant shower of sanitizer…or a portable, clean surface I could take EVERYwhere.
Not a bulky blanket (who has room?), or something I had to plan for in advance to have with me (I am just NOT that organized!!).
I soon realized I also wanted such a solution for hotel floors. Soccer games. Spontaneous picnics. Outdoor concerts. Local festivals. Sit-ups at the park (where Fido just was, * CRINGE * again)…
And so began the search for a portable, clean surface to take EVERYwhere.
Shockingly, nothing like it.”
And so the Monkey Mat® madness began!..
 
 
I Was Recently Sent a Monkey Mat and I’m in Love with it! For those of you who didn’t quite get what the Monkey Mat is by the descriptions above; the Monkey Mat is a very convenient and Versatile product to have for anyone with children who travel places with their kids, short or long distance (actual airport traveling or just around town outings). The quality of the fabric is great, fashionable and durable, I feel like this mat will last us for a long time!!!
 
First off I love How Compact and Lightweight It Is.  When I say Compact I Mean Compact When Folded Nicely in The Included (And ATTACHED Pouch that it comes in).  When Fully Spread Out (5’x5’) It Is quite Large.  

 
Like I Mentioned, the Pouch is Attached to the Mat so No More Losing the Storage bag!! And the Monkey Mat Easily Folds Back into The Pouch When Done and ZIPS Closed. (It Honestly is the easiest thing to get back into the pouch, when I first opened up the Monkey Mat, I instantly thought “there is no way I will ever get that back into the bag, I’m not Houdini” But Within Seconds I had the Monkey Mat Perfectly folded back into the Pouch no problem at all!!)  
The Monkey Mat Also had a Neat Clip attached to the Pouch for Even Easier Convenience, I can clip the Small Pouch to my diaper bag, stroller, purse, or Whatever and that’s it: It doesn’t take up extra space In my bag!
 

Also, like this product could really get any better, it's a water repellent, machine washable, weighted corners (so that it doesn't get moved around), has Loops in the center to clip toys on, and loops on the corners in case you want to add some extra securing when you're on grass!! Oh and comes in several colors! Truly they have thought of everything with this product!!
 
We have had our Monkey Mat for Less than a Week and Have already used it several times, and have plans to use it A lot More! We took it with us to Soccer, and it was perfect for my girls to sit on while cheering on their brother, also the girls have used it for several teddy bear “tea party/ Picnics”! I Plan on Keeping this in the Car at all times to have on hand for Picnics, Sporting events, Playdates, and whatever else we may need it for; I know The Monkey Mat will be a lifesaver this Summer!!
 

Their website also has great tips about the Monkey Mat, So be Sure to Check That Out! WWW.MONKEYMAT.COM
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This is an awesome product and I would highly recommend it to any parents who have little ones!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

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5 Easy Steps For the Best Sunless Tan!!!




I have a confession I have never ever in my whole life laid in a tanning bed, may not seem like that big of a confession, but where I grew up everyone "tanned" I mean all the girls in my school were heard almost daily saying "I'm going to go to _______ and lay in the tanning bed for 20 mins then we can _________", so I was surrounded by bronzed to perfection tan-aholics!

I was lucky though wasn't super pale, I actually was pretty dark naturally when I was younger, then I had kids and I think they drained the color from my skin, So I've resulted to "Fake-Baking" "Sunless tanning" whatever you want to call it and I've had some bad experiences with it and think I've finally got it down to a perfect routine so I thought I would Share, since winter is finally over and it's shorts season!

 

 

Why do I Sunless Tan?!
I Think I Look Better With a Tan!
I am in No Way bashing on Pale-ness, Some People look wonderful pale, but not me and I honestly think most people look better with some color to their skin!
Why?
  
Well My #1 favorite reason for a tan would be the saying “if you can’t tone it tan it!”
Yes tans make those jiggly legs & cellulite way less noticeable, I think you look healthier, thinner, and I Love how the red marks and imperfections on my skin tend to disappear when I’m tan!
 
But unfortunately, the down side to self-tanner is, if done incorrectly it can make you look orange, dirty, leave you streaky like a orange and white zebra, or make you smell horrid! SO That's where this post comes in, hopefully my tips and tricks will turn you into a Sunless Tanning Goddess!
 
 Okay first off the Most important thing when it comes to a Flawless Sunless Tan Would be the PRODUCT! Not every product is made the same therefore you will not get the same results with every product! I learned this the hard way by using just the cheapest product off of the drugstore's shelves, well that’s when my self-tanning ventures went way wrong! With every product that I've tried from the stores' shelves I have been left orange smelly or just yucky looking (remember the lady from there's something about mary)
                                                   
  You don't want to look like this!!
 
 
 
 
My Go to PRODUCT:
 
 

This stuff is UH-mazing and just trust me I know it's a little more than the lotion at the drugstores, but do you want a real looking tan or what?! They sell in wholesale sizes or smaller sizes (4oz 8oz etc) Lotions and Sprays!

 

With Million Dollar Tan you will honestly have a tan that will leave you feeling like a million bucks!!!

 

 

With their Tan Icon Extreme - Dark Sunless Tanning Spray, you instantly see difference and never end up looking orange or streaky, I mean this stuff is 100% Legit!!

And there is no smelly to it and your tan will keep developing for up to 8 hours!

 

 

Okay let’s get Tan!

 

 

STEP 1:

Exfoliate!!!



I cannot stress enough how important this step is! Get in a warm shower and start scrubbing!! I usually use a homemade sugar scrub Recipe can be found HERE (just scroll down a little)

To extra get exfoliated these are my steps:

1.      Shave my legs etc. all extra good

2.      Scrub myself down with sugar scrub (I mean really scrub all over arms knee s elbows everywhere)

3.      Rinse

4.      Shave again (yes again totally worth it you'll be silky smooth)

 

Step 2:

 

Lotion if needed

If you have normally dry elbows and knees put a small amount of lotion on them

DO NOT PUT LOTION EVERYWHERE!!

 

 

Step 3:

 

Apply the Tanner



 

I Use the Spray kind so I simply start with one

·        leg spray it all over and blend it in. then move on to the next leg (always remember to go easy on Knees & ankles)!

 

·        Arms I spray and blend pretty simple except watch out for those elbows and wrist make sure you don't use too much and blend it well!

 

 

·        Shoulders neck, back, I reach what I can spraying and blending in,

of course I cannot reach my whole back so this is where I call in help lol

 

·        Face: I mix in the tanner with my moisturizer and just apply it like normal I always gradually add the amount in but adding it to the moisturizer works best!!!

 

WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER

(if needed use some baking soda and/or lemons)

 

but with Million Dollar tan you simply spray and blend really that simple and the color always turns out completely natural looking!!!

After Appling the tanner DO NOT Shower or get wet (sweating etc) for at least 6 hours! I usually try to make it 24 hours so the tan will last longer!

But with Million Dollar Tan your Tan will Last up to 12 days (depending on how fast your skin exfoliates, that's why the exfoliating part is so important and I highly recommend the sugar scrub!)

 

 

STEP 4 :

 

Reapply at least every 3-4days if you are trying to build your tan I usually reapply after every other shower (if that makes sense) until I've reached the color I want!

 

STEP 5:

 



And don't forget to Moisturize if you want to keep that tan then you have to keep your skin MOSTURIZED!!!

 

 

 

Follow these steps And you will look Flawlessly Tanned !!



Do you Have any other Tanning Tips?

 

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Dorm CO!

I Posted about Dorm Co about a week ago and just thought I'd share about my experiences and the product I got!
 
 
I was sent their
 
 
About the
 
Magic Peel N Stick Blackout Blind - 24" x 32

Top Features include:

  • Keeps your dorm room dark for easier sleep
  • Sticks to window using static - Can cut using scissors if necessary
  • Allows for good sleep (no more early sun)
  • Prevents people from seeing into your dorm - security


What I thought about the product: This product worked and was easy to use. I put it on my youngest daughter's window because she still naps and her windows are facing the sun so her room always stayed super bright!! After using Magic Peel N Stick Blackout Blind  the room is now dark enough for her to comfortably nap (she went straight to sleep!!) and I've noticed that the temperature has been much more comfortable in her room, before her room was the warmest in the house! Magic Peel N Stick Blackout Blind worked for us here are some of my before and after pics of the room so you can see for yourselves the difference the blackout blind made!

So Bright! (excuse the one bed not being made we are potty training so trying to use as little blankets as possible)

And After so much better! And you can see that I didn't quite cover the whole window, but if I would've the whole room would've been completely dark!

Overall I'm very happy with this product and With Dorm Co! Dorm Co. has a great selection of amazing products, their customer service is wonderful, and they ship very quickly!!! I would suggest that if you are looking for items for a dorm or simply need some useful products around your home, go check out Dorm Co. and I'm sure you'll find something you'll love!

Happy Shopping
 
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Serious Serum!


I was Recently sent a bottle of Serious Serum to try out and I cannot even tell you how excited I am about it!

 


If You haven’t heard of Serious Serum Here is a little about:

“The best AHA Ingrown Hair eliminator and Skin Exfoliant you'll ever use. Seriously. Serious Serum is the perfect blend of 6% lactic acid, 3% glycolic acid, and 1% salicylic acid, which will leave your skin silky smooth and fabulous anywhere you apply it.

Serious Serum was developed for post waxing use, to alleviate ingrown hairs, blast breakouts, and minimize redness. However, we happily discovered that the combination of facial grade AHAs and green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile work perfectly to smooth bumpy, rough skin everywhere!”

 
 

Look at the Cute bottle and the serum inside is UH-mazing!

 

I have always struggled with ingrown hairs on my legs and bumps on the backs of my arms. And I tried numerous treatments that claimed to work but always failed, but I finally found something that works SERIOUSLY! It’s an amazing blend of 10% glycolic acids. It’s facial grade, so you can use it on your face to exfoliate and smooth fine lines, after waxing, and on your arms to get rid of keratosis pilaris (those bumps)!

I first off Applied the Serious Serum to my right arm, to try to rid the nasty little bumps, and I left my left arm un treated to compare, well within 24 hours I noticed a drastic difference that I honestly was not expecting!!! My right arm was a lot clearer and way smoother and I know with further use of this product that my bumps will soon be gone!!!

I also tried it out on my face and blemishes disappeared and my skin looked awesome, the redness around my nose and forehead was gone!!! And as far as ingrown hairs goes Serious Serum treats them in an instant, I applied to an ingrown hair on my leg after my morning shower and by mid afternoon I noticed it was gone and no redness at all!!

 



Ways to Use Serious Serum:
 
·         Perfection for between wax maintenance to avoid ingrown hairs.
·         Clears up post waxing breakouts in a flash.
·         Serious Serum is the perfect facial exfoliant. Apply a thin layer onto clean skin at night. Follow with a facial moisturizer. Helps to smooth skin, aid in hydration, and alleviate fine lines and wrinkles.
·         Excellent for men and their beard bumps.
·         Gently smoothes and treats keratosis pilaris (rough, bumpy skin on the backs of arms and legs).
·         Zaps pimples like nobody's business.
·         Massage into cuticles, heels and elbows to deeply soften skin.
Over All the Serious Serum SERIOUSLY works!!!!!
 
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My 13 Favorite Uses for COCONUT OIL!! with a Giveaway!!

If you are ever on Pinterest I’m sure you’ve been bombarded with Coconut oil Ideas and uses lately.  Well I thought I would share my favorite coconut oil and my favorite uses for Coconut oil!
 




My Go to Coconut Oil that never Fails me is TropicalTraditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, this coconut oil is always great quality and works for everything that I need it too.
 
Made from organic, fresh coconuts in rural areas of the Philippines, to earn the Gold Label Standard designation, Tropical Traditions repeatedly tests its products in an independent laboratory analysis to make sure it has the highest amounts of antioxidants available in Virgin Coconut Oil. And since they’ve made coconut oil for over 10 years, they know that the time-honored tradition of using the wet-milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts is the best way to produce a quality coconut oil.

 Containing only 117 calories per Tablespoon, each nutrient-dense serving is 0 carbohydrates, perfect for low-carbohydrate diets. It’s great! In fact, when I’m not rubbing it into my skin, I’m incorporating it in my daily meals somehow!
 
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature (under 76 degrees Fahrenheit) and liquid when heated. When I first started using Coconut oil I was totally confused by the solid state I thought it would be well oil lol
 
Ok Here are My top 13 Uses for coconut oil and yes I’ve actually tried all of these!!
 
1.       HAIR MASK: Coconut Oil is Fantastic for conditioning your hair!!! I apply coconut oil to my dry hair (all over massage it in) then blast it with my hair drier for a few quick minutes (the heat helps with nutrient absorption) then I leave it in my hair for 15-30 minutes and to rinse it out I shampoo like normal (sometimes you’ll have to shampoo twice) but your hair is left silky soft and shiny and smells great!! I use a coconut mask in my hair at least  once a month!!
2.       EYE CREAM: Coconut oil is amazing for moisturizing around the eyes and it’s natural and in no way will irritate that delicate skin! I Noticed a difference after just 1 night of using coconut oil as my eye cream!
3.       SHAVE : This has to be one of my favorite uses for coconut oil!!!! I use it in place of shaving cream and my legs have never been softer or smoother! The coconut oil helped achieve a closer shave and left my skin so soft and smelling great!!
4.       LIPS: Dab some coconut oil on your chapped lips and you’ll have baby soft lips almost instantly!
5.       HANDS: Do you have dry icky hands? Well use Coconut Oil in place of lotion and watch you r hands and nail beds change wonderfully!! You’ll have soft skin!!
6.       EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: Coconut Oil works Wonderfully for removing Eye makeup, I use to use baby oil and would still have to scrub some of the mascara or eyeliner off, but since switching to coconut oil with one quick wipe my eye makeup is off, and it’s great for the skin too!!
7.       FACIAL CLEANSER: Like I mentioned above Coconut oil is great doe Acne, well why not replace your chemical filled facial cleanser and opt for a more natural one, Coconut Oil!! It not only cleans your face but it won’t leave your skin dry! Just scrub it on and wash it off!!
8.       DANDRUFF/CRADLE CAP: My 2 year old daughter still had horrible cradle cap but after washing her hair with coconut oil, it was gone!! Same applies to Dandruff, just massage it in let it sit a few minutes and rinse it out!
9.   ALL OVER MOSTURIZER: Use Coconut oil everywhere! I use it in place of lotions and my skin has never been healthier!!!
10.   SUNBURN: do you need instant sunburn relief?? Use Coconut Oil, it will help soothe that dry itchy burning skin!
11.   BAKING : I usually coconut oil in place of butter when baking, my family’s favorite would be using it in our chocolate chip cookies recipe, the cookies will taste just like Almond Joys or Mounds!! Here is the recipe:
2 ¼ cups Flour                        1 cup coconut oil             1 tsp vanilla
1tsp Baking Soda                  ¾ cups sugar                      1 ¾ cup chocolate chips
1 tsp Salt                               ¾ cup brown sugar             2 eggs
 
Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl and set a side, then cream coconut oil, sugars, and vanilla in a bowl, add eggs 1 at a time, then slowly mix in the dry ingredients and then chocolate chips! Bake at 350 for 5-8 minutes.
12.   EAT IT: I add about 3 tbsp to my protein shakes, it’s a natural sweetener, low in calories and ZERO carbs, also it’s super healthy for you!!
13.   SUGAR SCRUB: I use coconut oil when making a sugar scrub, it’s super easy and you’ll never want to buy one of those super expensive sugar scrubs again
Ingredients: (estimated-ish)
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil
2 TBSP Lime Juice
Mix it all together and put in a pretty jar (I put mine in a mason jar) then you have your very own sugar scrub that is great for your skin and way cheap and easy to make! Not to mention I love the combination of coconut and lime scent!!
DO YOU HAVE ANY USES FOR COCONUT OIL? I LOVE FINDING NEW WAYS TO USE IT!!!
 
 
 
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