Sunday, November 18, 2012

Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

This stuff is so great! It was included in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox from Influenster. I absolutely love the scent of it. It's a bit tropical smelling. It worked great in my fly away frizz hair that I've been blessed with. :o) It doesn't feel heavy in my hair at all either. A little bit goes a long way. You just need a small dab of it and work into damp hair then blow dry for straight frizz free hair. A big thumbs up from me on this one.

Be sure to check out their website to find out about all their products!

Essential Facts

Not Your Mother’s offers essential hairstyling products with only the best ingredients and technologies for a truly cool and unique style. Your style might come from the streets, the magazines you read or straight from the Catwalk. Trends fade, but true style never will. Confidence, creativity and class will always be in fashion. Dare to experiment with new styles, get inspired and embrace your own personal fabulousness. Don't follow others, make your own statement. Stand out, be different, and embrace your style with Not Your Mother's.

SPOTTED: $6.00 at CVS, Walmart, and ULTA among many other retail locations

About This Product

Got Frizz? Straighten up and tame that mane... or whatever you call it. SMOOTH MOVES™ is your call to fighting out of control hair and will help reduce your styling time. Infused with natural coconut & silk extracts this salon formula will keep you thinking straight all day.

- De-frizzes and straightens hair
- All day performance
- Adds shine
- Coconut & silk extracts add shine and strength to hair

Apply Smooth Moves™ to damp hair, distribute evenly with a comb and then blow-dry to reveal straight, frizz-free hair.

* I received this product complimentary from Influenster. Opinions are my own.

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

This Goody Simple Spin Pin was included in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox from Influenster. This is such a neat little hair product. It's very easy to use and I love the fact that in comes in colors to match your own hair color so it's easily hidden. No more worries about so many bobby pins!

Be sure to check out the Goody website to see more about all of Goody's hair products.

Essential Facts

The Goody brand is the most widely-recognized manufacturer of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. Through proprietary brands such as DoubleWear™, QuikStyle™, Simple Styles™, Slide-Proof™ and Ouchless®, Goody has introduced smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and Quik Style Brush. With products inspired by the latest designer trends and innovative solutions, Goody offers an inspiring range of hair accessories and styling tools.

SPOTTED: $7.29 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Duane Reade

About This Product

The Spin Pin does the work of 20 bobby pins! Easily achieve chic updo styles; simply twirl your hair up and spin the Spin Pins in for a perfect top knot, undone bun and side bun!

1. Gather your hair at the nape of your neck (no ponytail holder needed)

2. Twist your hair into a tight bun and tuck in the ends

3. Spin one pin in from the top and the other from the base, taking care not to interlock pins.

* I received this product complimentary of Influenster. Opinions are my own.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fun Games from Wonder Forge

I have been a fan of Wonder Forge games for a long time now. They make fun games for all ages and really pay attention to detail. Their games are well made and really just a great way to spend time with your family. They recently surprised us with a box of some of their newest games. My boys have been having a great time trying them out.

The first one they opened up was the Who Shook Hook Game. This game takes a little bit of a steady hand to remove the treasure from the hammock without dropping Hook in the water. They loved the anticipation of whether or not Hook would fall while their opponent took their turn.

Trying not to have a shaky hand.

Another game included was Jake and The Never Land Challenge Game. This game brings so many giggles. It comes with sturdy foam pieces to do some pirate like tasks. It's so fun because they are always getting silly challenges to do and they are different each time. You might have to slither under the vines with the sword between your knees. This is really a great get up and move around game. Definitely great for the winter months to come!

A great game for super hero lovers is The Joker Fun House Game. The Joker tries to get to his get away hatch before the Super Friends get to their capture space. There are 2 spinners- 1 for Joker and 1 for the Super Friends to share. During the game Joker can roll a wacky ball down to try to knock over Super Friends. The Super Friends also have super powers they can use during the game. Lots of action going on to keep it fun.

The last game included was Dr. Seuss Fun Machine Game. This game can be played with just the tiles or by downloading a free app for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. It's a neat way to be really interactive. There are 3 games you can play with it.

My 4 boys are ages 7-12 and they all enjoyed playing these games. The Dr. Seuss was enjoyed much more by the younger one although they all had to take a go at it! Kids can't pass up a turn on the iPad.

All these games were easy to set up and play started immediately. Directions were simple and they were able to play on their own although grandma sure enjoyed playing the Who Shook Hook Game too!

You can find a list of stores that carry these games by visiting Wonder Forge website. They also have a facebook page.

* These games were sent to me from Wonder Forge for free. Opinions are my own.

Fair Trade

I recently received this box of Fair Trade goodies through Klout. They sent boxes to members who try to promote healthy, sustainable food. I was so excited to see the wide variety of Fair Trade items when I opened the box. I already buy a fair amount of Fair Trade products but hadn't tried some of these.

The idea behind Fair Trade is that you purchase the product and the farmer gets a fair price. Farmers all over the world can and are benefiting from people like you and me that purchase Fair Trade products.

If you haven't heard of Fair Trade I encourage you to find out more about it and start looking for Fair Trade products when you are at the store. They will have a little box that says Fair Trade Certified.

Be sure to visit Fair Trade USA to learn more. If you are on facebook you can find more at Fair Trade Certified. And if you are on twitter you can follow Fair Trade USA. I am sure there are more websites with more info but these are a few I follow.
So now to tell you a bit about the goodies I received in my box! Here's a list-
Allegro Coffee -delicious coffee sourced from Northern Malawi- my hubby even liked it and he's picky about his coffee.
Alter Eco- chocolate bar from Ecuador. This was so good! I ate 1/2 and am saving the other chunk for a pick me up treat. It is so smooth and creamy. Yum!
Choice Organic Teas- the rooibos comes from small farmers co-op in South Africa & it's 1st exclusive organic, Fair Trade Certified & non GMO Verified tea company in North America. Tasty!!
Coco Cafe- coconut water & shot of Fair Trade Certified espresso & splash of reduced fat milk. I haven't tried this yet. Going to have in bit before my workout later today.
Honest Tea- All Honest Tea is made with Fair Trade Certified tea. It was good! Very refreshing!
LARABAR- I had the cookie dough flavor in my box. Yummy! I've had a few different flavors of their bars and they are great for tossing in bag while on errands. Good snack but almost like dessert.
Near East Quinoa Blends- My box was Rosemary & Olive Oil flavor. It was blend of Quinoa & Brown Rice. Very tasty and easy to make.
Stash Guayusa Tea- I've had Stash Tea before & I love it but this is a rare herbal tea from newly certified group of farmer's in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. It's naturally caffeinated and delicious!
Three Twins- my box came with a coupon for this and I haven't used the coupon yet but look forward to trying it. It's the first organic ice cream made with Fair Trade Certified ingredients.
I hope this will encourage you to look for Fair Trade products and give them a try. Not only will you be enjoying good quality food and drinks but you'll be making a difference in someone else's life. As Fair Trade Certified says "Every Purchase Matters. "
*I was sent this box of Fair Trade products thanks to Klout & Fair Trade. Opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle

Included in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox from Influenster was this Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle. Black Pepper Bergamot was a new scent for me. I was curious what it would smell like. It's a mix of black pepper, bergamot, and lavender. It is a nice scent but not sure one that I would purchase for myself normally. These mini candles are so cute and in a nice glass container.

 I like the fact that it's small enough that you can enjoy it but then look forward to another scent. I sometimes don't like big candles for the fact that after a while you do get tired of the same scent and I don't like to have a lot of half burnt candles all over.

You can find more about these candles by visiting the Bath & Body Works website. I'm sure they will have the perfect scent(s) for you! These would also make a nice gift for the holidays.

Essential Facts

Highly fragranced candle exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance.


SPOTTED: Mini Candle $3.50; Small Candle $9.50; Medium Candle $12.50; 3-Wick Candle $19.50

About This Product

Mini but Mighty! Our Mini Candles provide an amazing fragrance experience exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. Now in an elegant glass container, these are the perfect size for trialing all our fall home fragrances! Mini Candles burn approximately 15 hours.

Mini Candles provided to Influensters:

Mahogany Teakwood—The scents of fine woods-mahogany, cedarwood and oak – highlighted by delicate lavender and geranium notes conjure up an escape to a cozy library on a chilly fall day.

Pumpkin Cupcake—The perfect pick from the corner bakery this fall – a spiced pumpkin cupcake with rich buttercream and frosted ginger.

White Barn Nutmeg & Spice—a warm and cozy fragrance inspired by an elegant mixture of nutmeg and all of autumn’s very best spices.

Cider Lane—As sweet as the trip to the local apple orchard each year, a delicious fall blend of mulled cider, warm caramel and sweet cinnamon.

Black Pepper Bergamot—Intricate layers of spicy black pepper combine with uplifting bergamot and lavender in a fragrance inspired by fall’s changeable days.
* I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. Opinions are my own.