Thursday, November 27, 2014

Brittanie's Thyme :: NEW Organic Lip Scrub + Lip Cream {Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop - Ends 12/8}



Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop Event!

{Hosted by LeahSay's Views and Planet Weidknecht}

~~This event will run November 28th - December 8th. Please take the time to visit each of the blogs listed in the linky below my giveaway. Each blogger will be hosting a review/giveaway valued at a minimum of $25. Good luck and have fun!~~


There are many brands that I've worked with several times and personally use on a consistent basis. One of my favorites is Brittanie's Thyme where you will find USDA Certified Organic skincare that is perfect for every skin type. They are made in the USA, vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free for the ultimate in healthy-for-your-skin goodness. I've used their skincare for over a year and a half!

Brittanie's Thyme recently expanded their offerings with a Lip Scrub and Lip Cream, and I couldn't be more thrilled to introduce them to you!
Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

With the change in seasons, my lips could certainly use a boost. They seem to be a bit dry and want to peel constantly. The Lip Scrub very gently exfoliates thanks to tiny raw sugar granulaes, and only requires a very tiny amount of the scrub to be completely effective. Once wiped away (or rinsed), it leaves your lips kissably soft and hydrated. They feel very protected and refreshed.

For additional daily moisturizing, your lips will LOVE the Lip Cream too. The organic shea butter is infused with organic apricot oil and VItamin E, providing the perfect balance of antioxidants and protecting moisture without feeling really greasy. It's a great compliment to the scrub, and really gives the final punch to the extra boost I needed for my lips.

The new Lip Scrubs and Lip Creams are available in Peppermint, Vanilla, or Unflavored. I received the Peppermint which I really enjoyed. It's light and fresh, and not overpowering at all.

What about the ingredients? With this organic brand, you don't ever have to worry about questionable ingredients. In fact, Brittanie's Thyme products are formulated to be healthy for your skin, and totally nourishing. Check out the fully disclosed ingredients for yourself - Lip Scrub ingredients - Lip Cream ingredients.

I would LOVE to see the concept of the lip scrub turn into a body scrub product too, and perhaps even lead to a body care line in the future! Brittanie's Thyme continues to impress me, and my skin is clearly happy with the results I have always seen and feel with daily use of their facial care products.

Aren't these just the perfect size for stocking stuffers this Christmas? For the organic-loving guru in your life, give a gift that is fun, exciting and healthy.

Brittanie's Thyme products can be purchased at independent retailers nationwide, in select Whole Foods Markets, in many naturpathic physicians' offices, or online at BrittaniesThyme.com

Cyber Monday Sale!
On December 1, 2014, the entire Brittanie's Thyme line is 50% off with code monday2014. Snag a few lip care products for gifts and be sure to pamper YOUR skin also!
 
Win It!
One winner will receive an Organic Lip Scrub and Organic Lip Cream - your choice of flavor! ($26 RV)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ross Dress for Less :: New Location in Rocklin, California - Now Open! {Giveaway - Ends 12/10}


Disclosure: I received a complimentary gift card from Ross for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last month I had the opportunity to check out the new Ross Dress for Less that just opened in Rocklin, CA. The whole shopping center is new and other stores are still opening, so it was exciting to see the growth in the area! 

At 20-60% off department store prices, Ross is a great go-to source to find your favorite brands for a lot less. As a teenager is was my absolute favorite place to shop for trendy name brands. As a frugal mom, I still shop at Ross when I'm looking for a good deal, especially on clothing or unique home decor.

The new Rocklin location was filled to the brim with hot deals in every direction. Of course it was also very clean and filled with many happy, helpful staff too. By the end of my shopping trip during the grand opening I was able to score several great finds! I found a new sweatshirt for Buddy, a non-materntiy but adorable chunky sweater for me, a baby cardigan and top, a baby board book and month-to-month age stickers for baby girl's monthly photos.

Buddy's new sweatshirt alone retailed for $28 and yet I got it for $9.99. And yes, it's from a hot brand name that I've purchased from before so I knew it was a killer deal. Everything I found was really at amazingly low prices!

Buddy and I definitely had fun shopping at Ross together. It reminded me that I don't have the chance to stop by Ross enough! With the interior of our home finally all painted and detailed, I know I'll be searching for perfect decor pieces to add as we finish up our home. Those baskets there are all calling my name!

NEW Ross Dress for Less Location:
Rocklin Commons
5112 Commons Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
 
Win It!
One winner will receive a $25 Ross Gift Card!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Comfortable Shoes from Hotter :: The Pixie Boot {QUICK Giveaway - Ends 11/23}

Are your feet ready for the cold weather ahead? A pair of comfortable shoes is definitely in order! Today I'm excited to bring you a review from a shoe company you probably haven't heard of yet.  

Hotter is Britain’s largest shoe manufacturer, making a pair of shoes every 20 seconds in their UK factory. With an emphasis on comfort combined with fashionable styles, Hotter is successfully gaining popularity beyond the UK. Every single pair of shoes is millimeter perfect and are hand polished before being meticulously wrapped in tissue and then placed in its box - left shoe first, side down, followed by right shoe, side up so when you open the shoe box the first thing you see is the color and detail of your shoe! They add their 100% Happy Guarantee which makes exchanges and returns hassle free.

 I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

This is the Pixie Boot! They feature a slouchy soft upper suede with lacing, scallop and tassel details. I love how lightweight they are and, oh my goodness, they are super comfy thanks to millions of tiny air bubbles in the soles. The sole is thick and very sturdy, but it's not going to weigh you down. They come in 5 colors: Black Suede, Aubergine Suede, Pecan Suede, Sangria Suede and Deep Teal Suede.

Upon receiving my Pixie Boots I immediately fell in love with the details, deep teal color, and the fact that it's a flat boot so I'm more likely to wear them often. There is no closure at all on these boots, and yet they surprisingly stay on perfectly well and don't slip one bit - even when wearing thin socks and I have a bunch of room on all sides! There is lovely faux fur on the inside, just around your ankle that keeps the cold air out.

I LOVE that they are actually made in England, and not mass produced in China like so many shoes are these days. I left a piece of my heart in London in college and my grandmother is English, so naturally I'm thrilled to experience a British brand of shoes here in the USA.


Paired with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings, you are right on trend with these fun slouchy boots from Hotter. These boots are seriously very comfortable, thanks to the secret Comfort Concept® features that every pair of Hotter shoes has:

- Blissful underfoot cushioning
- Flexible, lightweight soles
- Super soft leathers and nubucks
- Lightweight
- Fittings to suit you
- Women’s sizes 5,6,6.5,7,7.5,8,8.5,9,9.5,10,11

Connect with Hotter
Facebook – Hotter Comfort Concept Shoes
Twitter - @hottershoes
Google + - Hotter Comfort Concept Shoes
Instagram – hottershoes
Pinterest – officialhotter

Win It!
One winner will receive a pair of Pixie Boots, a $135 RV!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stretch Your Family's Holiday Budget with Coinstar

How's your holiday budget looking so far? This year, don't bust your budget like most Americans. Instead, find simple ways to stretch your gift-giving budget by turning your extra change into cash.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Coinstar. All opinions are 100% my own.

Coinstar may be a great solution for stretching your holiday budget this year. When you turn in your spare change at a Coinstar kiosk this holiday season, you're not only clearing out your change jar (or whatever you found in the couch, your junk drawer, or at the bottom of your purse), but you've found a simple way to make your holiday budget go further. And it's simple!

Very telling results of Coinstar's holiday survey from this year revealed some interesting statistics. Not only do most Americans go over budget on holiday gifts, but we're also majorly underestimating the value of their spare change. In fact, it appears that Americans estimate they have less than $21 in coins, but Coinstar kiosk data showed that the average pour for the no fee eCertificate option was $58. What would you do with extra cash in your holiday budget?


Transform Your Change

Coinstar offers several options when cashing in your spare change.

Coin-To-Cash Voucher - After pouring in you coins and selecting "Get Cash" on the screen, just take your receipt to checkout stand to trade it in for cash. We're talking change transformed into bills right before your eyes!

No-Fee eCertificates - Keep your entire coin stash value when you choose this no-fee option. Turn your change into a printed eCertificate to a popular retailer of your choosing such as Amazon, Gap, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Lowes, Toys"R"Us and more.

Coins that Count - Coinstar has partnered with more than 14 nonprofit organizations that you may choose to donate your loose change to. What a convenient way to give back and make a difference! 

Although these are all great options (something for everyone!), the coin-to-cash option and no-fee eCertificates will be the best way for the average consumer to stretch their holiday budget in the easiest, most tangible way. But first, go raid the bottom of your purse, your car's cup holders, and your couch for loose change!


Our recent visit to a local Coinstar kiosk resulted in two eCertificates - one to Toys"R"Us and one to Amazon. Buddy poured in his spare change he's been collecting this year and enjoyed his much-deserved $15 shopping spree at Toys"R"Us. I've been doing a lot of early Christmas shopping and have a bunch of items on Amazon I need to still order, so I happily chose to redeem our extra $20 in spare change on an Amazon eCertificate. I just went home and entered the code on the receipt and the amount was added to my Amazon balance. Easy peasy.

I definitely thought we had more change laying around, but it appears that I'm more organized this year than I though I was. Actually, I think it's my hubby confiscating all our quarters to feed the meter on the days he drives in to work.
Budgeting for holiday gifts doesn't have to be a challenge and you don't necessarily need to cut back. By shopping early and shopping smart, you can do pretty good and stick to your budget. Incidentals will inevitably come up though, so your local Coinstar kiosk will be waiting when you decide you need to stretch your family's holiday budget just a bit more.

Learn more at Coinstar.com/holiday and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The LG OLED TV at Best Buy :: A Great Family Gift! #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.

Are you looking for the perfect family gift this Christmas? Look no further than the new LG OLED TV at Best Buy.  

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. The picture quality is equally 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.


Discover LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display

The LG OLED TV also features the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster. With the natural, lifelike viewing, there's no better technology out than this. It's home theater technology is the ultimate must-have for major home entertaining and family movie nights alike!


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.

Right now you can get the LG OLED TV at Best Buy's everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500). Learn more at LGOLEDatBestbuy.com
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Have a Healthy Pregnancy + Delivery with Baby Blocks :: A New Mobile Incentive Program for Moms-To-Be #uhcbabyblocks

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by UnitedHealthcare and Baby Blocks.

With National Prematurity Awareness Month upon us, it's a great time to raise awareness of and increase safe and healthy pregnancies and deliveries.

Did you know that full-term is considered 39 weeks by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)?


Last year more than 11 percent of the babies born nationwide were considered premature. Full-term deliveries are important for the health of babies and mothers, especially considering that births before 37 weeks of pregnancy account for 35 percent of all infant deaths, according to the CDC.
The risks and potential complications associated with elective deliveries before 39 weeks, such as respiratory problems and developmental delays, are all too real. Although my mom naturally went into labor at 37.5 weeks with me, I ended up with a 2-week NICU stay for underdeveloped lungs. It happens!
Babies come when they are ready. I realize that there are circumstances that require preterm induction and delivery, but I also know many moms personally that chose and begged their doctor to induce them or schedule an unnecessary c-section up to several weeks before their due date. Honestly, many of these were first-time moms, perhaps not fully educated and aware of the implications of their choice. Considering that 42 weeks is considered full term, it's important to consider that you could potentially be depriving your baby from weeks of development that they need.
In light of the seriousness of prematurity, I'd like to share about Baby Blocks. This new mobile interactive incentive program from UnitedHealthcare is now available to help encourage moms to complete prenatal, postpartum, and healthy-baby appointments. This program is now available to Medicaid beneficiaries in 14 states and people enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans. By keeping these appointments, moms-to-be have more opportunities to be encouraged by health professionals to have a healthy and full-term pregnancy for the future health of their child.
Within a few short months I'm sure I'll be complaining about all the woes of late pregnancy, but the reality is that babies need to come when they are ready - not when mom is "done". I was soooo done those last few weeks, unable to walk without incredible pain from my son's transverse position. But I knew Buddy needed to cook a bit longer, finally arriving just a day shy of 40 weeks. To all the expectant parents out there, please take the opportunity to learn just how important the last few remaining weeks are for their baby’s development and health.
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

WOW Baking Company :: Delectable Gluten-Free Cookies + Cake Mixes

 I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

Let me start out my review by letting you know I've had these cookies for a while now, staring at me in the face. You see, I received this wonderful package of goodies from WOW Baking Company right when I found out I was pregnant - uhhhh, which is exactly when I started getting super sick with morning sickness. Until recently, just looking at these packages caused great food aversions for me, sadly....even though I already knew they would all be delicious since I sampled a flavor prior to being pregnant. Ah hormones, aren't they great?

So, on to finally sampling! First off, let me say that I'm a soft cookie person in general, so these are right up my alley. These two-bite morsels from WOW Baking Co are just what I've been looking for in a pre-packaged gluten-free cookie. Typically all I find in the gluten-free arena are hard cookies with less than desirable flavor and texture.

WOW Baking cookies are made with natural ingredients, are Certified Gluten-Free, and also GMO-Free. I gotta say that their short ingredients list - ones that you can actually pronounce and have in your own kitchen - is why I gravitated to this brand in the first place. No junk.

As I mentioned, WOW Baking cookies are soft, but also moist, a little chewy and definitely delicious. They have a desirable homestyle taste that is completely satisfactory for this preggo's sweet tooth. I'm sooooo glad I can actually enjoy cookies again! Snickerdoodles are a classic favorite from my childhood, and few have ever come close to my mom's recipe. I'm quite impressed with these, and glad I won't be needing to experiment with her recipe to make my own gluten-free version. I'll just buy these.

WOW Baking Co didn't just stop at a couple cookie varieties. Just look at all these delectable gluten-free flavors that I can actually eat. Holy moly! Their bagged cookies retail for just $4.99.

Throughout my gluten-free journey I've had a difficult time finding a cake mix that is even acceptable. Most have a funky texture, strange flavor or a few ingredients I regret even sacrificing my money for. That's why I was pleasantly surprised by WOW Baking Co's cake mixes. I only wish the chocolate cake mix had a little more of a rich flavor, but that's my only feedback! I'll be buying up a couple more of these to make Buddy's birthday cupcakes next month. They're worth trying, that's for sure.

WOW cake mixes are available in chocolate, yellow, or spice and of course boast natural, normal ingredients just like their cookies. Retailing at just $3.99, each mix will make one 9-inch round or twelve cupcakes - definitely a decent deal for gluten-free, and I like not having a couple dozen cupcakes to sit around and tempt me like other mixes!

Looking for WOW Baking cookies and mixes near you? Check out their store locator!