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Monday, December 29, 2014

**AmourScents in Spiced Cranberry**

AmourScents

I received this Spiced Cranberry pure soy candle to review and was highly impressed. Not only is this candle bright and rich in color but it is highly scented. The fragrance is lingering and long lasting and very reminiscent of cranberry scented products. The candle burns slowly and is worth every penny. The jewel product looks to be of high value and not cheap. The candle burned for about 4 hours before reaching the aluminum foiled jewel and was equal to only about 1/5th of the candle.

 The jewel was wrapped in aluminum and sealed in a plastic style baggie. I received a ring and it was labeled as size "6" and was silver with light green jewels. The company offers an amazing variety of scents for any personality and the jewelry inside is stunning. Each candle will contain a ring, pendant or earrings as the jewelry piece.
**Received product for review purposes, no other compenstaion was offered, all links are no follow. Opinions are 100% my own and receipt of product does not sway my opinion.**

Saturday, December 20, 2014

**X Out Review Campaign** #MC #sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for X Out. I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Being a mom of a teen, I am all too aware of the bodily changes to becoming teens ,as I have been there as well. Once puberty hits everything changes, everything including your skin becoming more susceptible to breakouts and the inability to clear them up in a reasonable amount of time. Stress from school is another factor in the breakout syndrome as well as all the quick eats that we have become accustomed to. 


 X-Out is made by the same company that produces Proactiv, the popular acne cleansing treatment. It can be used as an acne cleanser, by washing into the face both morning and night, a spot treatment by applying directly to problem spots that arise and a mask to be left on for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Active Ingredients:
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate: a cleansing coconut extract
Polyethylene Beads: exfoliating agents
Linoleic and Linolenic Acids: essential fatty acids that are used as moisturizers along with Glycerin.
Menthol: to provides a refreshing feel after use


 X Out  is a powerful one step wash-in treatment that washes breakout fighting medicine into pores to kill that bacteria and moisturize while protecting the skin.
after


My kids are super active whether it be athletic, school related or church related they always have to look their best and sometimes we don't have the time to use products that have multiple steps to see any improvements. That's why we like the X Out product line, one product fast results. 

 X Out Acne in just 2 minutes a day twice a day everyday, morning and evening. The wash in treatment is used by applying a generous amount to skin either by hand or cloth, you massage it into the skin (we found best in a circular motion) then wash off completely. 

 With just the use of the treatment  I have noticed very visible changes in his skin after the first few weeks of beginning the treatment. His skin seems to be less prone to breakouts and it is easier to manage. 
before


If he notices a spot we immediately pull out the spot treatment so that the spot does not progress into something more. The spot treatment is dabbed and left on for 10 minutes, then washed completely with warm water 


For those "notice me" moments whether it be a dance or a high school function the X Out mask is our go-to. You apply it to the dampened skin , leave on for 10 minutes then wash away with warm water. As with any product  benzoyl peroxide it is always best to test on skin(ex. behind the ear) to prevent the possibility of an allergic reaction. 

X out has a whole line of fascinating products to help make your teens skin a little easier to manage:

The cleansing body bar is great for use in the shower to help keep the rest of the skin as free from acne as the face.
The daily body scrub gently massage into skin to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
The shine control apply to face using fingertips and allow to dry.
The spot corrector (mentioned above) is perfect for those sudden out breaks that should take minimal correcting.


Do you have a teen that needs a little help with that acne? Don't be afraid to give it a try you very well might like it, I know my child did. His skin is so much more clear and easy to manage without all the blackheads poking out. If interested be sure to look up xout.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

**Nickelodeons Top Holiday Gift Ideas** 2014 #ad #sponsored

**All products mentioned were reviewed by my family in exchange for honest feedback all opinions are my own and was not swayed by receipt of product**




I have to say Nickelodeon "nailed it" with their choice toys, products and accessories. Being a parent all the items mentioned or offered in their "Holiday Guide" are something that really interested my children this Holiday Season.

This is one of those new "must have" for the cold weather. It features Spongebob(everyone loves spongebob) it is designed to cover the head and ears by a tug of the square pants. The foot features the little squeeze bubble that when squeezed provides the movement of the hands.These are practical as they are warm These are sold and available in many characters(not limited to spongebob) and availability depends on store. Spongebob may be available in other stores besides Bed, Bath and Beyond.


This was my daughters favorite and like Spongebob the pump is in the bottom. The Ninja Turtles flipeez you can find in your favorite turtle and these can be found at Target.

These were my favorite this is a TMNT for girls Hat and glove set, my favorite because the colors
were so fem camo, the hat was very soft and stretchy. The gloves are true to size and match the hat with the little TMNT insignia on it. Says it is available at Walmart but am having trouble finding its availability.

**STOCKING STUFFER** IDEA

These are the Colgate Battery Operated toothbrushes and would be a real treat compared to that same old manual toothbrush. This year Colgate has really brought out the cool products geared at kids and hygiene products. Whether it be a battery operated or a manual toothbrush you are bound to find a character that appeals to your kids.
As always the bristles are soft and the product is safe for kids. As with any product always supervise products your children are using. These do contain a battery and the batteries are replaceable. Can be found at many retailers including Target.

BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages are the products your kids will want to put on. Helps make healing more fun! Available at most retailers in a variety of characters for children and adults at a reasonable price. Some glow in the dark, some are textured and others are just plain whatever you need Johnson & Johnson has them available.

This was super cute and comes as a set, tank, underwear and mask so your little hero can go incognito. The tank and underwear are very cottony soft and the illustration makes it more fun. The colors are vibrant and the mask adds to the uniqueness. Comes in your favorite Turtle character in sizes XS to Medium. Can be found at Target.

***BABY ITS GETTING CHILLY OUT HERE**
FLEECE BLANKETS



This blanket is a 62x90 fits well on a twin bed but fits even better on a full size bed. It features the turtles but in a girl retro fashion style. The plush blanket is super soft and would be a great gift for that TMNT fan. Many retailers are carrying the TMNT in plush various sizes and designs. As for this blanket I am unsure of retailer as I am having trouble locating.

This is a little smaller but the same plush fleece super soft in the iconic TMNT character setting. Fits perfect on that twin size bed and keeps those little bodies nice and toasty. Perfect for that movie night!!

Can find these fleece blankets at many retailers including Toys R Us.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Buy CanonUSAimaging for Christmas @BestBuy #CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

**Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST and a Canon Twitter Party on Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST.**


:"Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20"


Whatever the season, a new camera is sure to put a smile on your "family photographers" face. This definitely has everything you need in a new camera with all the up to date features. It would be great for outside or inside pictures, for family or just scenery. After speaking to someone at Best Buy the things that people are happiest with, ease of use by amateur photographer, shutter speed, touch screen and is easy to sync with your PC to make printing easy.







Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.

•      The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.
Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more.

Best Buy LG OLED TV **#HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

 ** The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free**

Christmas is coming and have you been to your nearest Best Buy to view all the "new products available? Whether its a television, entertainment center pieces or a new cell phone. The friendly people at Best Buy are there to help you, so hurry gather them shopping lists and get that shopping done!! 

Make Best Buy your Holiday Shopping Destination  (#Hinting Season) while shopping LG’s  new technology, the LG OLED TV, featuring picture quality including  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color that delivers a greater sense of realism and depth, enhanced color range and accuracy, super thin design and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster. 

Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display!

What is OLED TV?
The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here:LGOLEDatBestbuy.com
Your first kiss. A baby's first steps. The majesty of a desert sunset. Some things in life defy all explanation and must be experienced to be believed. Such is the case with LG's latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you've ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV
·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
·         Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
·         Find content faster with webOS 
**What is your gift that you are looking forward to this #Hinting Season? Wouldn't it be nice to find one of these:)**

**Whole Sale Party Supplies has ALL my birthday needs:)** #spon


Each year I try to make my parties better than the last with unique party supplies and all inclusive kits. Each kid has a different theme in mind and often stores sell the same thing and never enough to make that party complete. I have more times than once, had a child pick a theme and always something is not available and if it is, it is not the same exact theme. I came to the realization if I want something bad enough I have to search for it online and best of all go to The WholeSale Party Supplies site. If you are in the market for your next party give them a look lots of specials and deals and great low low prices.

**I was given the opportunity to review the mentioned products in exchange for my unbiased opinion. All opinions are my own and receipt of product never sways my reviews**


I chose the Firefighter Deluxe theme for my son as he is intrigued with the line of work like most boys. I felt this was very useful for a school party(yes I do host myself) and it fit not only my sons need but would fit perfect into my budget. This kit has everything you need napkins, plates, utensils as well as streamers, candles and table cover. You do have the option to purchase other matching items at a small fee to create that finished party set that match your party package such as balloons or favor bags. 
Take a look for yourself and see the amazing prices and selection.

If you need less supplies they have a party kit that suits a more modest need
Firefighter standard kit is minus candles, streamers and table cover.

Because I have 2 kids with birthdays in the same month I did have to purchase a different kit for a girl as a Ballet kit only seemed appropriate for her Ballet class. Birthday parties are so fun and even better when they are complete and prepared with anything and everything to give that WOW!!!

This is as well a Deluxe themed party pack in Ballet Style like the aforementioned pack. It came with all my necessary supplies to provide a great party, minus the headache of searching high and low for matching birthday themes. Perfectly pink with ballet slippers , pink and purple streamers perfect for hanging and all the frills that any dancing princess needs to make a statement :) 

 Because this was a "ballet" party for a 5year old she had a different idea for loot bags "Monster High" that did not match this theme BUT was easy to find something she liked on one site. Each loot bag had the original MH characters featured with a nice little place to be able to use a marker and label the bags, I used the space to say "Trinity's 5th Birthday". The cut out handles make it perfect for little hands or to put a cute little ribbon embellishment.

The perfect party supply location for any party theme you may have: Birthday (young and old), showers, supplies, seasonal and do not forget the upcoming Christmas celebrations. I would recommend this place for quality at a reasonable price. 










Wednesday, December 10, 2014

**Old Factory Candles** Sold Exclusively on Amazon

                
Old Factory Amazon Review

**I had the opportunity to review these candles, all opinions are 100% my own. Receipt of product does not guarantee a positive review, compensation outside of product was not offered** *blogdash*

                                         I am a total candle person, not only is it nice and relaxing to see but 
the scents of candles is calming.

These little "soy" beauties are called Old Factory and they are perfectly scented to create a very distinct, inviting aroma.  



                                              Because it is a "soy" candle it is made with a cotton wick to produce less soot and cleaner atmosphere where it is burning. They can last up to 20 hours , I can honestly say they do, as it took almost 2 days to fully burn out. It is hard to imagine it is a fairly small jar at 2oz packed with a ton of life in its little body.

I was given a choice in the scent style I was being offered and that was perfect for me knowing that I had my choice. The selection was wide and each set had its own personality to suit an individual interest. In the end, after much back and forth, I decided on The Winter Wonderland" which is the seasonal selection. 


The scents included were:
 Hot Cocoa- I am honestly not a fan of most Hot Cocoa or chocolate scented candles because they normal smell so fake, but this one actually had a very favorable scent, it had a note of chocolate but a hint of creaminess to it.

Roasted Chestnut: Had a hint of sweet yet nuttiness reminded me of a sweet warm drink, Sweet but not overwhelming. 


First Snow- was the first one I burned, for no reason other than I closed my eyes and picked:) I can honestly say I do not know what a "first snow" smells like but if it smells that good wrap me up in it nightly!! This candle was sweet, but floral, but fruity all rolled into one.

These candles are sold exclusively on Amazon, and each gift set includes 3 candles at 2oz each. If you are looking for that particular gift for that fussy friend who is simple but refined..look no further. I mean after all who does not like a candle?? 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

**Luvs Leak Free Holiday Campaign**GIVEAWAY!!! #sp #DDDivas

**This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Luvs. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.**



  Luvs diapers, a trusted name in baby care, knows that the holiday season is full of stressful moments, but they don't want diaper leaks be one of them. As we all know it is no fun traveling with a wet baby on long car rides. I have made many trips to the inlaws and Luvs NEVER let me down.


This holiday, Luvs wants everyone to celebrate a Leak-Free Holiday. #LeakFree I know that is music to my ears and it should be to you as well :)


 Luvs with NightLock offers its largest absorbency area EVER to help lock wetness away, which means less leaks during the holiday season for baby and more time for parents to enjoy the festivities. I know for my children it made a great night sleep for everyone when the baby stayed leak free. With the holidays it is not always easy but with luvs they give you that peace of mind. When visiting the relatives nothing is more embarrassing then having a leaky baby.

  Leaks can disrupt even the most routine baby’s sleep schedule during the holidays. Keeping baby leak-free through the night will make for a merrier morning.

LuvsLeak Barrier Leg Gathers ensure leaks are kept away from holiday outfits and in our diaper - where they belong! When diapering the best thing they came up was with the gathering to hold that wetness in.Look at all the points to barricade that wetness in WELL DONE!! Girls or boys are protected!!


Have you checked out Luvs adorable "Will It Leak" video series yet?
Well, tis’ the season of holiday miracles! And this year, Luvs is turning clicks into free diapers. From December 9th - 25th, for every view their Will It Leak "Santa Suit" video receives on their social media channels, Luvs will give a diaper to a child in need through the Children’s Miracle Network.
 Watch the video here

The holiday fun doesn't stop there!
This holiday, Luvs is also inviting parents to whip up a baby book for their child in a few quick clicks with Luvs and Tweekaboo. Get yours here: click


 Please join Luvs and celebrity dad, expectant father and Donald Faison for a #LuvsLeakFreeHoliday Twitter Party on Thursday, December 11th, from 9-10pmEST, where we’ll be sharing personal holiday leak stories.