Friday, January 2, 2015

Julep 50% off Winter Escape Welcome Box

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Oh yes a new box...Love the fun colors! I get boxes from Julep, they have wonderful quality beauty products!

It may be cold outside, but you can find your own paradise with the three hot shades in Julep Maven's new Winter Escape Welcome Box for new subscribers. Not only does this limited edition welcome gift include three nail colors, it also includes a fan favorite beauty product bringing the value of the box to $58 - yours for only $12.49 and shipping is free. A Maven beauty box subscription is one of the best values going and as a Julep Maven subscriber, get first access to trend setting colors and top-rated beauty products every month.

Julep Maven is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don't like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don't want.

Julep Maven is affordable. Every month you get more than $40 of full-size products for just $24.99 per month (tip - prepay for three months at a time and save $15). Julep Mavens get 20% off all single product purchases, free shipping, early access to secret sales. If you are passionate about your polish, that adds up to some amazing savings! Get started now! Join Maven and get 50% off and FREE Shipping on your Winter Escape Welcome Box with code DEFROST or get your Welcome Box FREE when you pre-pay for your first three months and use the code DEFROSTFREE.

Either way, you are going to LOVE being a Maven.

~Review~ 100% Plant Based Konjac Sponge Infused with French Green Clay

~Disclosure~ I got this product free for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

I was so excited to get this because I have terrible skin and pores. I have heard great things about using clay and Konjac sponges. It comes in a little box with a Thank you card. The packaging was very good. When it first arrived and I pulled it out I was shocked by how hard it was. I've used other sponge's in the past and remember them being "not soft" but I don't remember them being hard. I wondered how this would be for my skin, but don't worry because it's like Silk. I was very pleased with the color, not that horrid color most sponge's are. This is a very light green color. It's actually very pretty. It has a little knotted string attached to it to hang and has a pretty teardrop shape to it. So it doesn't look bad hanging in your bathroom.

When you go to use this you need to soak it through with warm water. It's pretty fun watching it plump up. It gets about double it's size when wet and very soft. Then you use it to gently massage your face. NO SCRUBBING! You don't have to use any kind of cleanser, I didn't. But you can if you'd like to. It's super soft on your face and free from chemicals, pollution and irritants. The end point of the teardrop is perfect for around your eyes and nose area's. The bigger part works great on your cheeks and anywhere else on your body. This can be used all over. I have been using it on my face because that is my problem area.

The first photo is pre-soak, the second after wet. While it's hard to see the size you can see how it lose's those wide holes. It's becomes soft and glides (literally) right over your skin. No joke there, it's relaxing. I honestly could sit in the bathroom all day and wash my face. I am always one of those oh I'll wash it later, oh I need coffee first, oh I'm late. Not now, I use this religiously ever morning. I still have my coffee first though!

After about a week of use I decided I should pay attention to my skin. I'd been sick so not really looking at it. It's much smoother and softer. The biggest thing I noticed is my HUGE pores have shrunk. So for me that's a huge win. I always have had very large pores. My husband commented one morning (yes I know he isn't a normal man) that my skin was soft and glowy. Is that a word? Glowy? He was right though, it is glowing. I love this sponge and will certainly buy more when this one fades away. I've never actually wanted to wash my face before. You'll see what I mean when you try it!

To store your sponge all you need to do is hang it somewhere to dry. I hung it right next to my hand towel by the sink. It gets plenty of air and I can't forget it in the morning. When your done using it gently squeeze/press the water out, no wringing! You could damage the plant fibers, if you do.

These Konjac sponge's are 100% biodegradable and sustainable. I thought it was super fun that you can plant it in your flowerbed or compost when you are done with it. That's what I will be doing with mine! This will teach the kids a valuable lesson. The sponge is not tested on animals, it's Vegan friendly, and has no added dyes or color. It has two ingredients, Pure Konjac powder and Illite (French Green Clay). That's unpronounceable words!

You can find the 100% Plant Based Konjac Sponge Infused with French Green Clay on Amazon and on the Oleavine


~Review~ The Surviving Momhood Subscription Box

I have become friends with this mommy..We met at a online party of all things! She is the nicest person and when I found out she ran her own subscription box for moms, I thought I have to try that! What a wonderful idea! So I ordered a box for December..

The theme for the December Surviving Momhood box was "Baby, it's Cold Outside". When you order she asks you all sort of questions to give you a more personalized box. So each box will be slightly different. This is mine.

Each box starts with a note explaining the box and this one included Hot Chocolate Spoon recipes. Yummy...

You'll have to forgive me I opened this for Christmas but didn't take photo's till try getting photo's with a 2 year old in the mix. Of course that ended up happening anyway as you shall see...

Each Surviving Momhood box comes with something fun for your kids...In ours was these adorable fox ear muffs, and for mom fluffy white one's. Can't you just see yourself skating on a frozen pond with a cup of hot cocoa? Nikolas LOVES his ear muffs, they go everywhere with us now. He calls them his hat...he also steals mine but amazingly they are still white. This was one of my favorite item's in the box. You can never go wrong with fur and a good neutral color.

There was also an ornament for the little one's. Nikolas was thrilled because it had Mickey Mouse on it. He is currently in love with Mickey. I was thrilled because he has no idea it's filled with candy! He went straight to the Christmas tree with it.

Next was a Thomas Kinkade Mug filled with yummy goodies. I'm always up for a larger than normal coffee/tea mug and English Breakfast tea is my favorite tea. A little milk and sugar. It also comes with a Sugar Cookie and some candies. I'm not normally a huge fan of Thomas Kinkade, but this fit right now. I'm missing my grandma Jeanie and dementia is setting in. She hardly remembers me, and this reminds me of her. It made me cry. She only drinks tea, and loves Thomas Kinkade. So this part of the box really mean't something to me. Isn't it funny how that happens? God speaks in mysterious ways, doesn't he?

The box was filled with accessories. A pair or warm gloves, and a hat and scarf. I was a little sad nothing matched..but I love the pink and the fur. I'm giving the hat to Emily (she's 16) because I can't stand purple. I dunno why but I have a huge aversion to all things purple and anything with butterflies or dolphins... They make me cringe. It's too bad because I love the hat, just not the color! It's soft and fuzzy. The scarf is soft also, kind of silky!

This next item was my favorite part of the box. I can see my color choices play out here with the pink and green. It's a handmade coffee cup sleeve. Not only is it cute but I LOVE supporting small business.. I think you guys know that! This was made by Stitched by Katie on etsy. She has a few other cute things, keychains and hair items. I really love the paisley on this and the colors of course! Yes I know it's weird that I love green so much!

Lastly the box has some yummy goodies in it. Some Cider Spices, Lindor Truffles and Caramel Hot Cocoa. For whatever reason I don't like anything but hard cider so I let my mom take the cider spices. She was thrilled. Yes I've heard it before how un-American of you, hey guess what I don't like apple pie either. I do love baseball though. That has to count for something, right? I LOVE the caramel hot cocoa. I love caramel. Yummy!

The value of the Surviving Momhood box is very good. I didn't look up every item but just the Thomas Kinkade mug, the ornament and coffee cup sleeve cover the cost of the box. Each box is $30, or $65 for 3 months. You can also get a 6, 9 or 12 month plan for a really good discount. She also offers a fun Surviving Kidhood box just for the kids! My kids are begging for one. There is also a Survivng Momhood with my Faith, and a Luxury box called "It's All in the Bag".

I'm sure she'd love to hear from you, and if you have any questions she's usually around on her Surviving Momhood page on facebook. Let her know I sent you!

~I was not given anything for this review. I payed out of my own pocket for this box. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Memories #Cube Giveaway

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ARV $150 ea.

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How to Track Ovulation!

Are you trying to conceive? There are several things that you can do to boost your chances of getting pregnant. Women can start learning how to track her ovulation. say that there are many tools available nowadays to help women track their ovulation. Some of those are by using an OPK or ovulation predictor kit, a BBT (Basal Body Temperature) thermometer or an online/mobile ovulation calculator. In a single cycle, a woman only ovulates for about 2-4 days, you don’t want to miss that opportunity when trying to conceive. By using these tools, your chances of getting pregnant will surely increase.

For men, keeping their sperm healthy is the most important thing. Make sure your man has a great sperm count and motility. Men may avoid the top sperm killers like saunas and hot tubs and eat foods rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Another way to keep the sperm healthy is by avoiding to eat junk foods and sodas, recent studies show that these also greatly affect male fertility.

I hope some of these tips help. It can be so frustrating trying to get pregnant that you forget to just breathe and relax!

Baby Banana Brush Review & Giveaway

I don't know about other mom's with babies but we go through teether's like kids go through candy on Halloween. They fall apart or get so dirty that I throw them away. Otherwise they are so hard that my Teddy won't chew on them. He doesn't like the frozen ones, apparently he's picky! So when I was offered the chance to try the Baby Banana Brush I was thrilled. I've heard great things about them and Teddy has been teething terribly with no real relief in sight.

When I got our Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush it was right before Christmas, so I decided to save it till then. Teddy has been crying and in pain for what seems like 6 months straight. I'm sure I am imagining some of that but it sure feels like it. My first thought was of how cute it is. I am all about cute baby products, ok cute anything. I gave it to him to open thinking no way would he use the handle's. But he grabbed on one side and it went straight into the mouth. It was like instant happiness..for him and me. He will sit or lay with it and put it in his mouth and chew on it. Then he will pull it out and stare at it. Apparently he think's it's cute also!

He really seems to enjoy it. He has another teether/toothbrush combo someone gave us, and he won't touch it. He'll put it into his mouth and then pull it right out and start crying. The Baby Banana Brush is a joy because once he gets his hands on it he chews and stays quiet. Ok you can't call it quiet, because he coo's and talks to it. I think it's his first love! This photo is 5 days after Christmas, and he still loves it!

The Baby Banana Brush is made from 100% silicone. It's for infants through 2 years old. The only real downfall I can see is when it's dropped, it picks up every speck of dust, hair, etc. But it's really a simple fix just to wash it off, and most of you would probably do that anyway. It is also dishwasher safe and freezer friendly!

The company is family owned and operated and they strive to make brushing fun and safe. The brushes have a slight C shape to them and are pretty flexible. You can also get a few other styles, even a toddler training toothbrush and tooth gel. There are also some new fun animal shapes.

Enter our giveaway to win a Baby Banana Brush of your own!

~I was given this product for free for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own are were not influenced by anyone else. I was not paid for this review.

WAVE3 Coffee & 50% off Coupon

Wave3 Coffee is locally roasted in the USA, Certified Organic, Fair Trade & Sustainably-grown! I've heard this coffee is delicious with it's bold chocolate, juicy blackberry tones. Cant wait to give it a try with this coupon!

CODE for 50% off is - WAVE3SAV

I have been given nothing for this post, all opinions are 100% my own. These are NOT affiliate links! Just a great deal!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Little Passports ~A Global Adventure Subscription Box

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I'm so excited to start working with Little Passports. I think this is such a fun idea. My family and I love to travel..Anywhere. Most of my children have been all over the United States. We've lived In California, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado and Missouri. We are always looking forward to our next trip. We've been all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. We have not really been outside of North America though, and I want my kids to learn about other countries.

Little Passports offer's your children an adventure into other countries. Your first box comes with a fun Suitcase to hold all your adventures, a wall sized world map, a 20 page activity booklet, a luggage tag, some passport and suitcase stickers and a Little Passports wall decal. This is the Early Explorers box made for 3-5 year olds. They also have World and USA boxes for ages 5-12. One includes a Camera even! How fun is that! I don't know about your kids but mine run around all day taking photos. Maybe one will become a world photographer?

After you get your first Little Passports box, your next boxes will include a 20 page activity booklet, souvenirs, flashlight adventures (ok we ALL love flashlights, they are a favorite in our house) stickers and wall decals.

Look at how fun the souvenirs are. My kids are most looking forward to this part. Well that and the flashlight adventures!

Boxes range anywhere from $10.95 to $14.95 a month depending on the box you choose and how many months you want. You can get 1, 6, or 12 months. 12 months is always the best deal! I will be posting a review once I receive our first box but if you can't wait you can go to Little Passports to try it for yourself!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reebok is having a 30% off Sale Items Sale..Cute Stuff....

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Got an email today that Reebok was having a sale, 30% off any sale items. So just for giggles I went and looked. Ok I can't resist a sale, doesn't matter who has it. I was pleasantly shocked...Cute stuff! BTW if you go, use the code- EXTRA30

Women's and Men's T-shirts, athletic shorts and Tank tops from $10.50. I may "need" a cupcake shirt!

I'm thinking these cute models aren't hurting sales, ha ha!

There is some hockey clothing on sale...if your a fan, we are!

And of course adult running shoes starting at around $31 on sale... Awesome deals

Anyhow you get it... Take 30% off any sale it at Reebok. Use code EXTRA30

The sale ends on 12/31/2014