4.21.2015

Review and Giveaway: My Little Pony DVD

Remember getting up early on Saturday morning and spending countless hours in front of the TV? Man those were the good ole' days. I loved Saturday morning cartoons. It was the only time of the week (that I can remember) that cartoons were on TV, and they were good cartoons! None of this Sponge Bob Square Pants nonsense. I am not his biggest fan. We keep him and his pineapple far from our house at all times. What happened to the good ole' days? It seems like these days cartoon makers are getting... well... lazy. Cartoons used to be so thought out and were depicted in a way that didn't make you want to scream and yell at the TV. I feel like cartoons now are geared more toward the adult in the house, rather than the kid. And if it is for the kids?? Shame on the cartoon makers. ((sorry)) But seriously people. Where have all the good cartoons gone?

I was really excited to get a My Little Pony DVD in the mail circa 1986. Yay! It brought me straight back to childhood and Saturday mornings with the remote in my hot little hand. I have searched long and hard for the old My Little Pony cartoons because even the new My Little Pony cartoons are looking more Sponge Bob-esque now. Yes I know like I sound like a Grandma.




A few years ago I found the old My Little Pony dolls at a garage sale for 25 cents each. You better believe I bought my daughters 11 of them. I was super excited to share this little piece of my childhood history with my girls. My Oldest spent hours brushing their hair and tails and set them all up in a line for what she called "a horse show". I know this picture is a little blurry and the silly horse icon is my attempt at covering up her bare little body but the picture was way too cute not to share. (apparently it is next to impossible to even poach pictures from your OWN instagram).


We've totally loved watching the Ponies in all their glory. The DVD includes the 26 original adventures, and a fun Bonus Sing along. Games, Picnics, Ice Cream Shops, Roller Derbies, and even UFOs. The action just keeps on coming. Ha. 

 I know you were feeling super reminiscent for the Ponies yourself after reading this post so of course we are having a Giveaway!! Be sure to enter so you can get back to simpler times and take a stroll down memory lane :) 

-Ashley

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My Little Pony Tales Classic TV Series on DVD

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4.20.2015

Exergen Temporal Thermometer Review



 
There are few things I hate more than having sick kiddos.  Anyone who has children knows how difficult it can be to get an accurate temperature from a baby or toddler.  Any time I have to take a my kids temperature I cross my fingers and hope I get the right temperature the first time.  I am excited to tell you that there is no need for crossed fingers anymore.  The Exergen Temporal Thermometer has taken the stress out of getting my kids temperature! 
My favorite thing about this particular thermometer is that is so easy to use.   It is quick, painless and accurate.  Something else I really appreciate about this thermometer is that the directions are on the handle.  There is a simple guide to assist if you are new to the devise or forgot how to use it. 
You may be thinking that a thermometer is just a thermometer, but this really is no ordinary thermometer.  The science behind The Exergen Temporal Thermometer is pretty advanced.  When you put the thermometer to the forehead and stroke down the temporal artery it detects naturally emitted heat from your body.  There  is more science behind this wonderful product that you can learn about by going to www.exergen.com.  There you can watch a cool video that explains the amazing science behind this advanced thermometer. 
The truth is, as a mom the most important thing that matters to me is my kids health and comfort.  I can honestly say this thermometer helps me achieve that.  The Exergen Temporal Thermometer is my new #1 baby shower gift because I trust it and I know it will put a new mom at ease when it's time to take that dreaded temperature.  I strongly recommend this produce.
 

~ Jillian

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Dr's Remedy Nail Polish





The weather is getting warmer! Hooray!  That means sandals and opened toed shoes!  If you're like me, my winter toes get neglected when it's cold out.  Why paint my nails when I'm wearing socks anyway, right?  I decided it was finally time to get rid of the chipped polish and give my poor toes a makeover.  I tried a new nail polish this time called Dr. Remedy Enriched Nail Polish.  This polish is great because it is actually good for your nails!  It is doctor formulated and actually rejuvenates your nails!  This nail polish contains Biotin which is great for healthy nails, skin, and hair.  It also has Tea Tree Oil and Wheat protein that work together to repair damaged cells and supports normal cell growth.  The cold and gel manicures can weaken your nails.  I hate when my nails look battered and chipped.  You take vitamins for a healthy body, now try Dr Remedy nail polish for stronger and healthier nails!  I tried their cute new color "Mindful Mulberry."  Goodbye winter nails, hello happy spring toes!



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4.19.2015

Review: OSoDarling


Having a little girl is one of biggest blessings of my life. I love to dress her up in unique and beautiful clothing. I am always on the lookout for handmade pieces that standout and are of the highest quality, as I hope she can pass down some of the pieces to her own daughter one day. 

  When I came across the clothing shop OSoDarling, I was just browsing through some shops on Etsy. As I went from garment to garment I was impressed with the design, fabrics and wide array of embellishments that were used on each piece. 



OSoDarling is owned by Danielle, a wife and mother of two gorgeous little girls. Danielle has a degree in Interior Design but her true love has always been designing clothing. When you see and hold an item from OSoDarling you can tell that Danielle truly loves what she creates. The time that Danielle has put into each piece-from the designing to the stitching, is clear to see. Danielle is incredibly sweet and so easy to work with. 




I was lucky enough to be able to review the 'Girls Out To Sea Mermaid Dress' from OSoDarling and it is just that...darling! This nautical themed dress is accented with anchor ribbon and eyelet trim. The bodice and bottom of the dress feature flowers mixed with little starfish and sand dollars. The middle of the dress is embellished with an anchor navy blue sash while the fabric of the skirt features a print with red-haired mermaids, octopi, whales and a schools of fish. The dress is of the utmost quality and it fits my daughter perfectly. I really love how the back of the bodice is elastic with adjustable anchor straps which means my daughter will be able to continue to wear this dress for another few years. We paired the dress with an eyelet short sleeved shirt and it was perfect for church. We have received so many lovely compliments on this beautiful dress and my daughter (who wishes that she was a real mermaid) LOVES it. I feel so grateful that I was able to review such a beautiful piece of clothing that truly is timeless. 


the fabric up close

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4.18.2015

Review and Giveaway: Circus Train

I love books. Fortunately my family loves books, too. So when I heard about a local author launching a new children's book and having an event I made sure the family squeezed it into our busy Saturday. We were not disappointed. Circus Train by Jennifer Cole Judd is a lively and fun story with bright and happy illustrations.

We read it twice while still driving in the car.


It's intended for children younger than mine but mine still enjoyed it, and the little one on the way will certainly benefit from many, many repeated readings. It's definitely set to be a family classic.


The regular rhyme and rolling rhythm take you over the hills with the circus train and in and out of towns and shows.  Reading this story was calming and soothing, like riding the Casey Jr. Train at Disneyland. It felt like the comfort food of children's books. The boys read it aloud easily to the younger friends that have come to visit. The text lends itself easily to expression in tone and volume. (A great teaching tool!)


Your children would surely love this story, but I also think this would be a wonderful baby shower gift. Do you know any parents-to-be? Slip this book into your gift bag and start that little one on the road to literacy. Children need more books than toys and it is never too early to create the habit of reading. I recommend reading daily to your baby beginning in the womb and never stopping that habit.


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THE GIVEAWAY:

TWO lucky readers will each win a copy of "Circus Train"!
US residents only, please.

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4.17.2015

Giveaway: WorryLess Cosmetic

WorryLess: The 1st and Only Cosmetic That Looks Like Real Skin.
Movie Magic In Your Medicine Cabinet to Erase Worry Lines





Time to toss all those plumping products that promised to work.  Say bye-bye to Botox.  Make room for the only at home anti-frown line product you’ll need from now on – WorryLess.  Worryless is indeed the stuff of movie magic. Developed by Hollywood makeup and special effects artists, it uses medical grade silicone to simulate skin—filling and concealing frown lines between your eyebrows instantly!   WorryLess is the first and only topical dermal filler created to virtually erase glabella lines (the deep vertical lines between your eyebrows).  If it works for A-list actors on high definition film, it will work for you! 

Upon application, the silicone transforms from a liquid to a flexible rubber-like consistency, which simulates skin.  It seamlessly fills in the deep crevices and because it is translucent, allows your skin to shine through.  The result?  Perfectly, smooth realistic looking skin.

WorryLess is:

·         Waterproof  (lasts approx. 36 hours) 
·         Non-irritating
·         Non-invasive
·         Clinically and dermatologist tested
·         Allergy tested
·         Pain-free 
·         Instant Results 



How to Apply in 3 Easy Steps 

Step 1: Prime. Brush on Primer over the areas you wish to conceal. Let it dry for 30 seconds. 

Step 2: Apply. Apply a small amount to the skin using the pointed precision application tool. With a spatula tool or a finger, blend the edges into the skin. 

Step 3: Texture. Place Skin Texture Pad over the area. Press around the edges. Hold in place for about a minute.  

To watch a Youtube demo visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU26amAGVEs


Using Makeup With Worryless

-           You can wear liquid foundation under Worryless. 
-           Always use less Worryless than you think you’ll need. 
-           Mineral based powders work best with Worryless.


WorryLess  Starter Kits come in six shades: Fair, Golden, Rosy, Bronze, Tan and Dark.  Each kit contains two different color shades, two applicators, primer with brush, mixing stick, application tool, spatula and texture pad. 

Retail Price: $50.00 

To Purchase: http://www.dermaflage.com/worryless/home

Get all of the concealment benefits of surgery, but hide frown lines without wrinkles, pain, downtime, or the high cost of surgery. 


Silicone Arts Labs manufacturers Worryless and is a product innovation company in the cosmetics and medical industries. Their largest product, Dermaflage, is a scar and wrinkle concealer that uses silicone to replicate the unique tone and texture of user’s skin — vastly outperforming other solutions on the market today. The company’s innovation engine is based on the combination of the science of facial prosthetics and the art of Hollywood special effects. Their breakthrough cosmetic products empower and inspire their customers to feel more confident.


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THE GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win Worryless Cosmetic!
US residents only, please.
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4.16.2015

Review- Bowdabra

I feel like I never have enough hair bows. With three little girls running around our house, we are in constant need. I buy them; I am not typically a crafty person that makes everything in site to save a penny. My husband gets a little ticked every time I bring another hair bow home (it's one of those absolutely necessary expenses that he will never understand). Although, being a Daddy to little girls has certainly opened his eyes to the importance of glitter and princess dresses.

Somehow our hair bows are always disappearing. I don't get it. So it seems like I am constantly having to replace them. Do you other Mommies of girlies feel this way too? And they really do start to get pricey when you add them up. Every once in a while there's that magical moment when you are shopping for hair bows and you decide you have to get two of the same because this particular pair would be out of this world adorable on piggy tails.

I have the solution. Abracadabra: BOWDABRA. Bowdabra is a designer hair bow maker that includes a measuring tool so you can create the perfect sized hair bow every time. As I said, I am not a crafty person. When I took this little magic tool out of the box I was super intimidated. Luckily the kit comes with an interactive CD with step by step instructions. On a bow making mission, my girls and I headed to the Hobby store and I let them pick out ribbon and embelishments so we could get home and get started. I watched the tutorial videos from the website about a billion times before I finally jumped in.



After the first bow I made, Bowdabra and I fell in love. I was on a role! I couldn't stop making hair bows. It was seriously so dang fun. My girls kept saying, "make this one mommy! Put these two together! Will you put the castle on this one?" They (and I) were in creative girl heaven. We really had a blast. 



It was so easy to put the bows together and the satisfaction I got out of making something myself really was awesome. One of the best parts is that I can make hair bows for every occasion now! I can choose any ribbon I want, and style it just the way I like it. The interactive CD offers instructions for 70 hair bow projects to keep those creative juices flowing. 


No more buying expensive hair bows (or two to match) for every season. New dress? Matching Hair Bow. Dance Recital? Matching Hair Bow. Christmas Family Pictures? Matching Hair Bow. And now you get it too. Abracadabra: BOWDABRA

-Ashley


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This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.



4.15.2015

Review and Giveaway and Coupon: House of Botori

Even with a company that values quality, customer service isn't always a guarantee, and these days there are few companies who go the extra mile. House of Botori does all of the above. Before I even get into my review I just want to gush about the company a little.

Last year my friend did a review for us here of a House of Botori diaper bag which she absolutely adored. Before long, however, her van was broken into and the bag stolen. My friend was as devastated about the loss of diaper bag as she was about the contents of her wallet. (After all, much of what's in the wallet is replaceable -- it's a big pain, but it's doable.) When the owner of House of Botori read of the incident she contacted me immediately and offered to send a replacement bag. When it arrived on my friend's doorstep she wept.

It is with great pride that I'm writing for House of Botori again. The bags are beautiful, but so is the person behind the bags.

This time it is I who is doing the review and I received the Amara Shoulder Bag in Filigree Sage. It is stunning. It is so classy and beautiful. The pattern is vibrant; I just love the sage and white with the black contrast.. The bag is so sturdy and has so many clever compartments and accessories.



The shoulder straps are long enough to wear on my shoulder for hands-free carrying, essential with the little ones, but the bag also comes with an attachable longer strap for cross-body wear. (Here's looking at you, trips to the zoo!)

The bottle holder is big enough to fit adult water bottles or baby bottles and protect the rest of the contents of the bag from condensation from the bottle. Out and about with more than one person? There are also two built-in bottle holders at each end of the bag.

Other features include a change pad, a pacifier holder (with a clippie so you can easily find it) a key clip, a wet bag, and enough pockets to entertain you for a while trying to fill them.

House of Botori surprised me by also adding the Eneehi nursing clutch to my box. It's just like any other nursing cover except that it is its own carrier, so when you aren't using it you smush it back into itself and zip it up to be a compact, self-contained little thing instead of covering and hiding everything else in the bag. Why didn't anyone think of this before? I have unzipped and pulled it out a million times just to put it all back and marvel at the size. I wasn't much for nursing covers before because they seemed like such a hassle but to have this little thing in my bag will definitely make it easy! Besides, it's beautiful, how can I resist?

Although I am months away from diaper days I've started carrying this bag around already. It is so comfortable, I confess I love it more than my fancy purse. There's so much room for all my books, wallet, papers, sunglasses, lunch box, and all my pregnant lady snacks.

Even my boys love the bag, which is great news for me. The only thing easier than a hands-free bag is a bag carried by someone else. In my case it's my 10-year old.

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One lucky reader will win a Ginka Tote

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4.14.2015

Review- Flo Fusion Pre-Workout Formula

I love to workout. Feeling that burn, that ache in my muscles, it's the best ever. But getting to the gym can be a challenge. Toting around my three littles, getting everyone ready to go WITH socks ((this is a rule that the gym daycare requires and I can't stand it because for some reason finding little socks, let alone some that actually match, is kinda like attempting to climb Mt. Everest)), remembering snacks for each kid, getting myself ready, my lans... the list is never ending. But at least I get there. So for more than the reason that exercising is one of the most important things you can do with your body, it's the fountain of youth and yada yada yada, getting there is a serious task for me. I have to make sure that what I am doing at the gym is worth all the effort.




I have totally fallen in love with a new fitness drink called Flo Fusion. It's a pre-workout formula that you add to water that tastes great- there are two flavors: Berry and Orange. It is scientifically tested and clinically proven to enhance your metabolism and burn 100 or more calories with every serving. 

I am not a person that reads a box and believes all the claims. So of course I had to put Flo Fusion to the test. I wore a FitBit wristband that monitors my heart rate so that I could get an accurate calorie count while working out. I went to two different group fitness classes and didn't drink Flo Fusion and recorded my calorie output, and then went to the same classes a few days later and did drank Flo Fusion before I got to the gym. I was seriously floored with the results:

Power Weight Lifting Class- without Flo Fusion: 362 calories, WITH Flo Fusion: 551 calories!!
Kickboxing Class- without Flo Fusion: 581 calories, WITH Flo Fusion: 679 calories!!

A. Maze. Ing. I am a true believer because I know for sure that Flo Fusion totally works! Plus the "on-the-go" packets make drinking it super easy. It makes my endless list of tasks in getting to the gym even more worth it. I mean seriously... who wouldn't want to do the same work but burn more calories than normal? Um, This girl! Yes Please. and Thank you. Period. The End.

-Ashley

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Review: Michelle Heels from Hotter Shoes

   



Finding shoes that are both classy, comfortable and pretty may seem pretty easy to find--but I am here to tell you that is not the case. I always seem to find a pair of beautiful shoes only to be wobbling hours later from extreme discomfort. Case in point; my husband was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (as part of a theatrical ensemble of a show) here in D.C. I carefully picked out each aspect of my outfit; the bracelet, makeup, dress, clutch, dress, shoes and even underthings. Everything came together so seamlessly for me that I even had a moment where I thought that becoming a professional stylist might be in my future. I was complimented on my outfit and shoes all night long--it was lovely--I felt like a movie star. Fast forward to two car rides, two metro hops and 15 blocks later...my feet were literally bleeding. Listen, I am all for suffering for the sake of looking great--when it comes to walking down H Street with no shoes--that is when I literally put my foot down. So, hopefully from my story you get my point-even though the shoes may look amazing--you may be surprised hours later to be in an Excruciating amount of pain (the shoes mind you were extremely expensive, made in Italy but a very reputable/popular brand). 

   Since then I have decided that I will no longer be purchasing shoes based solely on "looks." My shoes must now pass the comfort test. When I found Hotter, a UK based shoe company founded in 1959 that is passionate about style and comfort I knew I had to try a pair of their shoes out. 



My Review
    I decided on a pair of "Michelle" heels in Flint/Cinder. The Michelle heels are available in both standard and wide sizes allowing you to pick the perfect size for your comfort. The Michelle heels have a pyramid foam technology-this is built into many of Hotter Shoes where the greater heel height may lead to additional pressure on the ball of the foot. The hidden technology relieves pressure and boosts comfort that allows for day-long comfort. The stretch detail to the adjustable strap allows for the precise fit and the T-bar with a complementing leather trim complete the classic look. The Michelle heels remind me of the 1920's flapper era-classic and timeless. They look perfect paired with a dress or skirt and are SO comfortable that I often forget I am wearing heels. It is the perfect shoe to wear in the office and then out on the town. I have received so many compliments on my shoes that I am thinking about purchasing them in a few more colors. The style is perfect but what really sold me? The comfort! I know that wherever I go if I am in a pair of Hotter shoes I will be comfortable and at the end of the day-thats what matters. 
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