Monday, July 21, 2014

The Beautiful Mountains of Tennessee

We finally had a family vacation. I say finally because we never have had one that didn't involve leaving the state for either a funeral or wedding. We chose to go to the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. My husband was there for the first time at the same age that the boys are, which made it all that much more exciting. We had a wonderful time in Gatlinburg and in the Smoky Mountains.
There is just nothing more beautiful that nature itself. We climbed to the top of the mountain to look out at the Clingman's Dome Tower. We about died going up the half mile trail. It was a serious hike. We found out later that it is the highest point, more than 6,000 feet up. No wonder we couldn't catch our breath! The climb was worth it though. To see the mountains and trees was awesome.

But like all things great and awesome, vacation had to come to an end. I know we created lots of memories for the boys that day.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kiss Everlasting French Manicure

Thanks to Influenster I got try out the new Kiss Everlasting French Manicure kit. I don't usually do my nails because I am always cleaning or doing things that cause my nails to break or the polish to come off. I was excited to try these though, especially when I saw they were supposed to be chip resistant!

The 4th of July holiday is close so I decided to step up the nails. What more fun that customizing them to the holiday? It was really easy to do my own personalization because I didn't have them on. Have you ever tried to paint your own nails and makes designs? Holy cow! My left hand just doesn't do what I am telling it to.
I was happy with how the nails turned out. With an easy start of having the french manicure part on the nail, adding to it was awesome.

I would save these for a special occasion or date night though. I didn't get them to stay on longer than three days. I told you I use my hands a lot. For a quick pretty to your nails, these are perfect and reasonably priced.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

First Aid Shot Therapy Review

Well, summer is here and so the yard work begins. When it isn't a million degrees (well, it feels that way here in Florida) I like to get some of the yard work done in the evening. Unfortunately, summer also brings the joy of bugs. Bugs here are not tiny in any sense. It seems everything stings too. Fire ants, wasps, bees, etc.

Thanks to our overgrowth of critters and bugs here, I had a nasty run in with a wasp. Yup, trimming the hedges, minding my own business. He flew out and got me good. Twice on the arm and once on the leg. Of course I ran screaming like a little girl to get away, but that sucker chased me around the yard.

A week ago I received one of my Vox Boxes from Influenster. They sent me First Aid Shot Therapy to try. It is a shot of pain relief in liquid form. After the wasp got me, I thought I would give the First Aid Shot Therapy a try. It helped ease some of the pain from the stings. It seemed to work faster than taking a tablet, which was great considering the pain I was in. I guess I will be hunting the wasp down and paying him back with a nice spray of wasp killer. Can't chance my kids getting stung too.
Thanks Influenster for my free sample! #FASTrelief  #contest


Monday, June 23, 2014

Influenster Spring Vox Box Review

Everyone I know loves samples! Hooray to Influenster for allowing me to try some great products! I recently received the Spring Vox Box which was filled with some fun things.
I was really excited to try some of these. First,  I will start with the Softlips Cube. I love it! I have never had such soft and moist lips. I use this product after I apply one of those all day lipstick colors. You know the kind. They dry lips up to little raisins because it is literally like adding a coat of paint! Well, I smear a dose of the Softlips Cube on and it resolves all of those issues.

Second, the Rimmel Scandal Eyes. What woman doesn't want an eye full of luscious lashes? This encourage longer lashes without the lash curler. I had a friend tell me one time that I use my lash curler too much and my lashes will fall out if I don't stop. Thanks goodness I finally found a product that can help lengthen my lashes without making them fall out.

Next is the Nivea Skin Firming Hydration. Not so sure about the skin firming part, but I am absolutely sold the the hydration part. I don't like sticky residue from lotions and this one doesn't leave one for me. My hands aren't gross after applying it.

The Kiss Nails Everlasting set. Well, this says it is chip free. I got a cute set of french manicure nails to apply. I am very hard on my hands and nails to say the least. Always cleaning something it seems. These lasted about a week without too much demise in my regular schedule of things. Not a real manicure person because I would be wasting my money, but for a quick fix for a date or night out, these would be great.

Lastly, the Playtex Sport. I don't like to change brands in this area, but in this case I thought I would give it a try. Needless to say I was sorely disappointed. Things just didn't work the way they were supposed to. It didn't "bloom" (girls, you will know what I mean) to my satisfaction. Application was easy, but protection left me a little perturbed.

Once again, thanks to Influenster for their box of wonderful goodies. I have truly enjoyed trying them all!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories

I have so many photos in boxes I don't even know what to do with. Who doesn't? I know we have gone to a mostly digital media nowadays, but who doesn't like that beautiful book that celebrates the birth of our baby, or that shows off our wedding and the happiness we share? I love scrapbooking, but I don't like the work involved. Setting up the pages is just confusing for me sometimes.


Thanks to Ahni & Zoe, a company by Creative Memories, you can now create your own scrapbooks easily. They have set ups so easy that you just place a photo on the page to match the description. They also have prepared theme books so you don't have to find all the pages to match your topic. Awesomeness! I am proud to say that my sister-in-law has taken on sharing this wonderful invention herself. Just look how easy the pages are put together!




This new process has me hopping on the wagon to join all those other fancy scrapbooking people, but with the ability to have my book also look professional without having to work as hard. Stop by and see some of the awesome products they have to offer. I see Mother's Day gifts in the near future.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Lattes

Thanks to House Party, I am going to get to have a Keurig Rivo House Party!  Woo Hoo! This little machine is totally awesome and makes becoming a barista at home easy. I can't wait to take this thing for a test run. Let's take a look at this machine!




Notice the large water reservoir. Lots of good coffee is going to come out of this baby. The beautiful clear cup on the right is the frothing cup. It steams and froths your milk to perfection. In 90 seconds you have the perfect steamed/frothed milk.











These are the boxes that my party supplies and my lovely machine came in. The top box is extra goodies for my party. There were some cookies, nice paper coffee cups with lids, and extra pods for more coffee.




This is the final product. I made my first drink. It was absolutely wonderful. The temperature was perfect and the milk was the proper amount with just the right foam on top.

I can't wait until my party so I can brew up a bunch of yummy lattes and Americanos. I have been reviewing the recipes they sent with the machine so I will be heading out to buy some caramel and vanilla syrups to jazz up the drinks.

As a lover of this machine I have the opportunity to give you the chance to get 40% off your purchase. You have until 5/24/14 to use the code FNRYHWQ to receive the discount. Just head to www.keurig.com and start shopping! Thanks House Party for making this all happen!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Viva Vantage

I recently received the new Viva paper towels to try courtesy of Crowdtap. I usually buy the cheaper paper towels that cause you to use three or four before the mess is actually cleaned up. I am loving these new Viva paper towels. I spilled some coffee on the counter in two places to test out the towels I currently have and the Viva.
From what you can see, the Mardi Gras paper towel soaked through and kept spreading. The Viva towel stopped it and kept it pretty contained in one spot. I actually ended up using the Viva towel to clean both messes. As a mom to two teenagers, I am excited about the ability of these paper towels. I always have something to clean up somewhere.

I received samples to share and try for myself and all of the opinions stated herein are solely mine.