Summer is the time for fun, breezy, easy hairstyles. Ever try to get the perfect beach wave without frizz? It can be tricky. I love a salt sea spray but sometimes it can make your hair sticky and frizzy. That is why I love the @The BEACHWAVER!  It is my favorite new product. The Beachwaver S1 is a ceramic rotating curling iron that is super easy to use and you get nice beachy waves. Actually it helps you to create three different styles – defined curls, glam waves and the must this summer –  beachy waves! The product features include a 5.5″ ceramic rod, temperature clock, temperature range, 8 ft swivel cord, a home button to reset clamp, a speed switch with fast/slow rotation and the ceramic barrel distributes even heat from top to bottom. Check it out at sarahpotempa.com.

Disclosure: the company send me a beachwaver to test out and review. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Greatest curling iron! The Beachwaver

Greatest curling iron! The Beachwaver

I test out a lot of products and like to use all natural ones. Here is one that is made in the U.S. (in Vermont) that is 100 percent natural and non-toxic called Tata Harper.

My skin must have been really dry as after using the refreshing cleanser and hydrating floral essence my skin felt amazing. The cleanser has grapefruit and bergamont and pomegranate enzymes in it too.  The hydrating floral essence is like a toner but is a good refresher for your skin throughout the day. You can even use on top of make up. It does smell a bit strong for me but the benefits of this moisture mist is worth it. The replenishing nutrient complex is a lightweight facial oil serum that promotes an instant glow. After using these products I felt like I had a facial!  They also have great aromatherapy treatments such as the irritability treatment which is said to promote relaxation and centeredness. The ingredients for this include roman chamomile, bergamont and patchouli and of course with this natural line there is no synthetics, no fillers and the products are gluten free.  I also liked the aromatic stress treatment which helps to calm and soothe and promotes relaxation – use it when you need it!

Read more about Tata’s beginnings here:

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to review. All opinions are my own.

@TataHarper products - 100 percent natural

@TataHarper products – 100 percent natural

 

I always like attending events where it’s informational and fun. Today I had the opportunity to attend The Stop & Shop Dannon Yogurt Tiramisu Event. It was educational and informative (at the Stop & Shop Stoneham location), plus I got to sample the limited edition, three month special Dannon yogurt flavor Tiramisu.

I participated in an Event and Blogger Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dannon. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All views and opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of Dannon.

We’ve all been there…deciding what better for you foods to choose from (and if you are on the path of losing weight it can be even tricker) This NEW Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu  Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt is a deliciously satisfying alternative. Belief me, I have tried every single yogurt out there and this one is tasty and provides a bit of sweetness that we all crave (especially in the afternoon….hello moms…)

You can enjoy this without any guilt as it’s only 80 calories. So it can be a treat for your  snack, a quick breakfast and it tastes so good it can even be frozen for a tasty desert. So if your plan is to maintain your diet, lose weight or you are just on maintenance give this new Tiramisu flavored nonfat greek yogurt a try. And the best part: With 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 oz, Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt is the one to help you avoid daily temptations yet can  totally satisfy your taste buds (you will be satisfied) and the Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt is so different. Stop & Shop and Dannon actually had a contest for anyone to come up with a new flavor and one local woman won the contest – great idea and great flavor!

The event started by having us meet Stop & Shop nutritionist Julie Hersey (yes they have their in-house nutritionist – ask her any question you like – (go to stopandshop.com for contact information)
She agreed as busy moms it can be challenging and difficult to choose better for you foods and sticking to a weight management plan while avoiding maybe some of your favorite treats is always a daily challenge. Some of the tips she suggested include the following:
• Remember fiber and protein keeps you full – foods that absorb slowly like berries are great
• Mix up those berries each week – raspberries, blueberries, etc.
• As she walked through the store she showed us some of the new exotic fruits and veggies Stop & Shop now has – try them out to offer your and your family a daily variety and to mix it up.
• Remember veggies can be fresh, frozen, canned or dried! They are still good for you no matter how they come!
• Try nuts for that snacking you crave and again think variety…..I picked up some pumpkin seeds today.
• You can get calcium from veggies in the form of dark greens – kale is popular now but try the baby kale as it’s less bitter.
• And of course speaking of calcium, yogurt is great for you too. We got to sample the Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt and I have to say it can be a deliciously satisfying alternative for desert – yes desert. It had that sweet, satisfying flavor and if you freeze it, why that can be your frozen summer favorite desert!

Actually, Tiramisu is a Boston Favorite! The perfect flavor – sweet and now it’s the flavor to try in yogurt. Check out these details:

 

Boston loves Tiramisu

Boston loves Tiramisu

 

 

Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu Infographic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like more information visit the Dannon Website: the Dannon Facebook Page Follow them on twitter @Dannon and for more healthy ideas check out Stop & Shop online.

 

Again Disclosure: I attended this event today and received compensation, a gift bag with a gift card and information and product samples.

 

Boston loves Tiramisu!

Boston loves Tiramisu!

Dannon's Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu is now on shelves at Stop & Shop and it's on sale!

Dannon’s Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu is now on shelves at Stop & Shop and it’s on sale!

Taste Testing The Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu Flavored Greek Nonfat yogurt

Taste Testing The Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu Flavored Greek Nonfat yogurt

Yum!

Yum!



My tween and teen love testing out shampoo, conditioner and body washes and they certainly voice their opinions on them all. That is why the products have to smell nice and work well. We got a chance to test out @NaturesGate Pomegranate & Sunflower hair defense shampoo and conditioner as well as the pomegranate body wash. They loved the smell and liked how they all coordinated. Seriously, how many times do you find something for both the hair and body that smells good and is the same scent? No one wants to smell like a hundred different fragrances. This is the perfect combo for summertime hair and skin care (and great for moms for color treated hair). With a blend of pomegranate and sunflower petals it smells fresh and clean.

Nature’s Gate also makes this great product – The Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion in Medium – not as dark as a self- tanner (but if you have very light skin it will be a bit tan, but still a nice color). You can also use the lotion daily to build a deeper tan.  My teen wanted to try one of my self-tanner lotions so I had her test this glow lotion out as I felt better about the ingredients in this lotion -or should I say the ingredients not included:   it’s Vegan, NON GMO, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Mineral Oil Free, Petrolatum Free, PEG Free, Butylene Glycol Free, Cruelty Free! How many self-tanners can say that? Plus it has vitamin E in it so it is very moisturizing.

I have to say I did not instruct her how to work a self-tan cream and she slathered it on and I thought, oh boy this is going to come out bad however it was even, there were no streaks and the next day it was a nice light tan shade.  She and I were pleased at the result!

Disclosure:  Natures’s Gate sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Great smelling hair care from @Nature's Gate

Great smelling hair care from @Nature’s Gate

 

Now is the best time to get a facial! My skin is so dry from the winter and I needed time to relax as well. In addition to great massages Massage Envy offers a great facial with @Murad SkinCare. They call the monthly plans in which you can get a massage or facial – personal wellness plans.  I do believe that a good massage or facial is the perfect way to relax and decompress! Memberships start at $59.99. The locations are very nice and clean and of course the facial was awesome. Not only did I receive a customized facial but a very nice neck, face and arm massage in addition. The products they use are great. They use Murad products which seemed very soothing. For me they used the Murad renewing cleanser, sensitive skin serum and the hydrodynamic moisturizer, which according to the website locks in moisture for 8 hours. Of course the staff was very attentive so you can tell them what you are looking for and what your skin needs and they can customize a facial for you.  My skin felt very moisturized and of course I felt like a million bucks…. Treat yourself today! In fact, Massage Envy is having a special, starting in July called Summer Glow. Starting July 5th through August 2nd, the Summer Glow offer gives guests $10 off a Murad Health Skin facial!

Disclosure:  Massage Envy treated me to a facial! All opinions are my own.


QVC has a lot of great products and just in time for summer here are a few of my must haves for glowing skin. QVC sent me the following products to test out and I am so glad they did as each has a specific purpose especially if you want your skin protected and glowing.

First up is Bare Minerals Prep Step Shield SPF 50 Daily Prep Lotion – While this product is meant to go under your make up as a SPF and primer for under make up I wear it alone. It is a lightweight lotion that is very nourishing and is easily blended.

St. Tropez Self-Tan Luxe Dry Oil –what I love about this line is the ease of use and natural looking tan it provides. All of the St. Tropez products are great. This dry oil is perfect if your skin is dry as it provides a bit of moisture. How many self tanners can say that? Grab this before it sells out.

Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Gradual Glow Bronzer & Brush – self tanning on the face is tricky. At first when I saw this product I thought..no way! It is an immediate bronzer that develops into a natural self tan. My tip for this is to go lightly on the first try –don’t overdo it as it is like a mineral foundation.

Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer - This is a bronzing serum that you can customize. Make sure you shake the bottle prior to using and only use one or two drops at first – more if you want a deeper bronze.

These are just a few of the unique items QVC offers for summer skin. Check out more of their great products online here.

Disclosure: QVC sent me the above items to test out. All opinions are my own.

Beauty finds for summer @QVC

Beauty finds for summer @QVC

Let the fun begin – Dave & Busters is opening in Woburn next Tuesday, May 22nd at 11 am! This  very fun entertainment destination has food, drinks, over 170 games and a very large sports bar with massive TVs.

I was invited to check out the new location this week and saw all the games (my favorite was the ski ball area) and got a taste of the large selection of food they have on the menu. Chef crafted menu items include the best cobb salad I have tasted!  They also offer a variety of burgers and fun pretzel dogs for the kids. The cocktails looked great as well but since this was a luncheon I did not indulge but plan to go back to try the strawberry watermelon magarita or maybe the adult snow cone.

Wednesdays are half price games and they have quite a selection of rooms for corporate meetings, birthday parties or team building activities. Dave & Busters Woburn is open seven days a week and might I suggest you try out the eat and play combo (deals start at $16.99)

Disclosure:  I was invited to attend a luncheon and tour of Dave & Busters and received a gift bag with a gift card. All opinions are my own.

Enter Dave & Busters Woburn for the best arcade games.

Enter Dave & Busters Woburn for the best arcade games.

 

 

Yummy Food @DaveandBusters

Yummy Food @DaveandBusters

 

Recharge your card @DaveandBusters

Recharge your card @DaveandBusters


Summer is coming and that means I am on the search for a good sunscreen. Of course you should use a facial sunscreen all year but in the summertime is when I am really in need of a quick dry spray for my kids who have never been able to sit still for a rub down of sunscreen lotion.  So glad I was able to test out COOLA and Bare Republic Sunscreens. I try to stay away from sunscreen that has oxybenzone in it and tend to lean toward more natural sunscreens.  COOLA is  a hypoallergenic, PABA, Paraben and Phthalate free sunscreen. I tested out the COOLA Sport SPF 50 unscented organic sunccare and the Bare Republic 30 Kids natural mineral sunscreen spray. I also tested out the Bare Republic  SPF 30 mineral sunscreen lotion. I loved all three. The face lotion went on a bit oily at first but then dried to a nice light lotion. COOLA sport spray is ultra sheer, antioxidant infused and has no synthetic fragrances. Bare Republic is chemical free -  it has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as its ingredients. Check them out online! COOLA is also available at Target as well.

Disclosure: Bare Republic and COOLA sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.

All natural, easy to use sunscreen from @COOLA_Suncare @BareRepublic

All natural, easy to use sunscreen from @COOLA_Suncare @BareRepublic





Mother’s Day is right around the corner and a candle or accessory from Yankee Candle always makes a nice gift. They have new summer fragrances out now and they smell just like summer.

The cotton candy is my favorite fragrance for the summer – sweet smelling just like the candy. The salt water taffy smells just like the summer favorite as well. Yankee Candle also has some great accessories if mom is looking to decorate for the summer season. Simply gather up a few of the beachside bubble mosaic candle holder to add a bit of summer decor into your home and add the in the park tea light holder to a side table or counter for a fun summer decor idea.

Check out the new collection here.

Disclosure: The Yankee Candle Co. sent me a couple candles to test out. All opinions are my own.

@theyankeecandle summer fragrances: Cotton Candy is the best!

@theyankeecandle summer fragrances: Cotton Candy is the best!

 

Thanks to a great group of blogging buddies I was invited to a wonderful lunch @VineBrookTavern in Lexington. I have eaten here before but they are going to be open for lunch soon and on the menu today was a selection of brunch type items that were so yummy. Management also shared with us that they will offer signature pizzas to go at night so if you are out and about in Lexington running around with the kids and want to take a pizza to go this is the place to get it! You can make your own pizza creation or choose from their signature pizzas including a steak burger pizza or a prosciutto, arugula and blue cheese one! We also got to test out THE BEST french toast I have ever tried! It was a crispy french toast (challah bread in case you were wondering) soaked with custard and had maple pecan butter on the side. I shared my dish with @ohbabyboston! The grilled steak sandwich had arugula, fire roasted red pepper triple cream brie on a baguette and their house chips. Try to brunch with your friends if you can and visit them soon! (check out the website here)

Disclosure: I was treated to lunch today. All opinions are my own.

vb2The biggest cobb salad!

Vine Brook Tavern crispy french toast

Vine Brook Tavern crispy french toast

 

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