I love a good boot! Especially in the winter, who wants to be caught in uncomfortable, unfashionable boots and boots that don’t keep your feet warm. Not me for sure! So glad that I got to test out the Verona from The Original Muck Boot Company. Are you looking for a nice leather boot that you can wear with leggings, skirts and pants? One that is perfect to wear on snowy days AND one that you can still wear in the office or running about without that bulky snow boot feel? Then the Verona from The Original Muck Boot Company is the solution.

The Original Muck Boot Company has so many multiple styles that are comfortable yet high performance. They offer rubber and leather footwear with a mission to tackle tough conditions or just to stay warm in the winter. So whether you work or spend a lot of time outdoors (think…lawn and garden, outdoor sporting, equine) you have to check out their selection. Or even if you don’t and are looking for a great winter boot this is the place. They also have great rain boots too.

The Verona is a stylish waterproof leather women’s boot. It features 100% waterproof leather, 2mm of neoprene to keep feet warm and dry, two adjustable leather straps, and a full neoprene bootie. It really is a stylish, cute boot. I like the fact that is has a bit of an edge to it too. It is perfect to slip on to walk the dog and yet you can wear it to the office as the leather makes it a bit more dressy than traditional clunky snow boots. I actually got stopped at a store by a young woman who complemented me on how nice the boots looked! Check them out here.

Disclosure: The Original Muck Boot Company sent me a pair of the Verona to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Packaging for @Muck Bootco is sleek and stylish

Packaging for @MuckBootco is sleek and stylish

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A stylish, fun trendy boot from @MuckBootCo

So we all love getting something in the mail right? What about a delivery of all-natural nutritious snacks? Love With Food offers a monthly box of quick and healthy, seasonal and organic natural snacks. Kids will love them, your office mates will love them and I love them! My kids were sneaking in my office each day to see what they could grab.

Love With Food is great company that delivers all-natural snacks via a subscription monthly, but they also donate a meal to a food bank in the US each month someone is a member. To date they have donated over 750k meals! If you are always on the lookout for a wholesome snack try them out.

They have also recently launched a monthly Gluten-Free box and Office Box! Very tasty and unique Gluten-Free snacks. I love how the Gluten-Free box was a mix of sweet and salty – from chips to baked mac n cheese puffs and the whenever bar was great – especially for breakfast or an afternoon snack. There was even a sweet tooth dark chocolate toffee that was to die for!

Super easy Love With Food organic all-natural snacks are delivered to your door every month. Membership starts as low as $7.99/month. I like that the items are unique and hard-to-find.

Disclosure: Love With Food sent me some samples boxes to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

My favorite, unique snacks from @lovewithfood

My favorite, unique snacks from @lovewithfood

@lovewithfood subscription box

@lovewithfood subscription box

Getting a good night’s sleep and being comfortable at night is a must for busy moms and dads! Especially as we get older sometimes becoming overheated at night is a big problem! (hello hot flashes!) I didn’t really think sheets would make a difference but boy was I wrong. The Original PeachSkinSheets company sent me a set to test out and review. These super soft comfort sheets are great for hot sleepers but also work to regulate you as warm sleepers stay cool, and cool sleepers stay warm. They are breathable, ultra soft, anti-pill sheets that feature thermal control and moisture management properties. The durable athletic grade performance SMART fabric wicks away moisture to keep you drier and more comfortable.

At first my husband was like, “big deal what is the difference?” You can immediately feel the difference and softness and that first night we slept on the sheets neither of us woke up in the middle of the night! In fact I did notice that my waking up at 4,5 in the morning has subsided a bit when I put the sheets on. Now we don’t want to go back to our other store bought sheets.

These 1500 thread count soft sheets are available in multiple sizes so check out their web site and fabric guide here

They are also super easy to care for as the sheets have wrinkle release that is activated in the dryer on medium to medium/high heat about 20 minutes after washing.
Make sure to wash them by themselves or with other sheets, no towels, in warm or cold water and with no fabric softener ball or dryer ball. Prices start at $55.

Visit their Facebook page and follow them on twitter too for more information and special deals!
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Disclosure: PeachSkinSheets sent me a queen set to review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

PeachSkinSheets #BestSheetsEver and perfectly packaged

PeachSkinSheets #BestSheetsEver and perfectly packaged

Happy 2016 to all!  I love having the week off between Christmas and New Years. We took a break from sports, school and work and stayed close to home. Now this week it was back to work and school and rushing around to activities! But at least we got a chance to visit grandpy, the beach and Boston last week! It was nice to have no plans and just wing it. Plus the kids did not request that we go someplace every single day – so they had a chance to chill out. I don’t like to write out resolutions but my goals for this year would be to travel more and blog about it, head to the gym at least three times a week and maybe do another 5K! Of course eating healthier is right up there too (maybe a simple one for me would be to eat less red meat (as I do love my burgers!) and drink more water (I hate water!) On the work front I have been enjoying and I am grateful for my long term client PR work so yeah! more of that too!  What are your goals?

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Our travels from holiday school vacation week! #travel #travelblogger

It’s down to the wire and just the other day I did some shopping at BJs Wholesale club.

They have great holiday gift ideas and some beauty items as gifts as well. What I like  about BJs Wholesale is that it’s one stop shopping – they even have wine and jewelry!  You can do some grocery shopping and grab a few gifts as well. The company sent me gift cards to do a bit of holiday shopping and you could get lost in there with all the isles! The stocking stuffer items they have range from chocolate, lip glosses and a nice jewelry selection has multiple goodies to choose from. I like their book isle as well – books are a nice gift and as they are reasonably priced at Bjs you can bundle them together ! The store even had snow pants from the Rugged Bear – which I am regretting not getting so I may go back. The PJ pants and socks section was filled so stop in that isle too. If you are hosting or heading to friends or family the holiday season BJs Wholesale has a nice cheese selection to put together a cheese plate and a nice selection of crackers to choose from. I picked up some packages of chocolate – who doesn’t love chocolate for the holidays!  While I can’t guarantee there will be no lines these last few days before Christmas there, my suggestion is to head there right when they open tomorrow (or go late this evening!) Happy Shopping!

Disclosure:  Bjs Wholesale send me gift cards to shop for the holidays this season. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Trying to figure out what to get for last minute gifts? Need a gift idea for the teacher, hostess or mom?  Yankee Candle has so many gift ideas to choose from.

In addition to new fragrances this season, they have holiday decor and the perfect stocking stuffers.  They also offer personalized candles which make a great memorable holiday gift  – with a photo and message on a Yankee Candle it is sure to be a welcomed gift. Prices start around $25.00.

The three 2015 new fragrances are Berry Trifle, Winter Glow, and Gingerbread Maple. The company sent me the Winter Glow and Gingerbread Maple and they smell wonderful. These are available only until December ($1.99 – 27.99)

I also love the  “Winter Wonderland,” inspired collection.  Each of the four cozy scents reflects a memorable line from the seasonal tune.
The fragrances are:  In A Winter Wonderland, Happy Tonight, Dream By The Fire, Snow Is Glistening. Again, get them soon as they are only available until December ($17.99 – $27.99)

In celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music this year, Yankee Candle is bringing back the My Favorite Things Limited Edition Collection. This whimsical line, based on song lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, features three returning fan favorites and one new addition: Do Re Mi. Fragrances in the line include the new Do Re Mi, Whiskers on Kittens, Crisp Apple Strudel, Warm Woolen Mittens – get them soon as they only are available until the end of December  ($27.99 MSRP)

I love the car jar ultimate and smart scent vent clips as well for stocking stuffers. They also work well in mud rooms and small rooms. Another favorite of mine is the Scenterpiece™ Easy MeltCup System. You can choose from a variety of warmers in many different colors. My suggestion is to buy two warmers – put one in one section of the house and another in another room – add your favorite easy melt cup – mine just happens to be Christmas Cookie – and your whole house is filled with the fragrance. Some of the warmers also come with lights and a timer too.  You can check them out at a local Yankee Candle store or before you head in, go online and see what they have for gifts under $25.00.

Disclosure: Yankee Candle sent me a few candles to sample. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

 

It’s down to the wire….Christmas is almost here so hopefully you don’t have a lot of running around left to do. One of my favorite retailers – CVS -is my go to stop when I need any extras to get ready this holiday season. Actually it’s my stop when I need ANYTHING. I have done food shopping at my local CVS – to pick up a few things  – and you may have noticed at your local CVS all the different choices in store. What great fun it was today to take a field trip to CVS to hear from representatives  about what is new in store.

For the #CVSMeetUps a group of bloggers got together to see the better bites, better selection and an even better grab and go part of one of their bigger stores. We walked some of the isles to see new products. I love the radiance platinum line of supplements  now. There was a sample in the gift bag they gave us and I tried it right away.  This line is certified organic and non-gmo as well. The allergy solution isle now has clearly marked signs to help you pick the best option for allergy season and in the beauty isle they have multiple organic lines to choose from including their own Organic Promise, my fav line Say Yes, Alba, Jason and more! Also new is the addition of premier brands for beauty including Jouviance and Wilma Schumann.

Back to your last minute holiday shopping…..What I love about CVS is that it is a great one-stop-shop. CVS provided me with a gift card to pick up some stocking stuffers and some items for the holiday season. They have the best selection of holiday decor (lights are on sale this week!), the best travel item section (great for stocking stuffers), your every day items like detergent, tissues and I needed a frame and batteries for holiday gifts and they have those items as well. I have frequented there many times for milk and bread and of course for birthday party needs like cards, gift bags and balloons. Their candy selection is extensive as well. Plus you can shop online too if you cannot get out to a local store. So think CVS for all your holiday shopping needs this season!

 

Disclosure: CVS sent me a gift card, presented us with a gift bag with goodies and treated us to lunch today. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

New organic beauty items at @CVS_Extra

New organic beauty items at @CVS_Extra

Great new signs in store @CVS_Extra #findyourhealthy

Great new signs in store @CVS_Extra #findyourhealthy

CVS carries a multitude of items From health and beauty to holiday decor and more #findyourhealthy @CVS_Extra

CVS carries a multitude of items from health and beauty to holiday decor and more #findyourhealthy @CVS_Extra

‪Twenty days left until Christmas so you better get shopping soon. We see a lot of fun, useful and different items come across our desk at trendymommies.com. Here is our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide with a few ideas for the beauty product junkie (any teen really), the foodie and tech items.

I have a closet full of beauty products and I love to test out new ones. My go to favorites for my teen and tween girls are any items from the Say Yes line. They have hair, body, face and even a baby line. Two perfect items for stocking stuffers are the wipes and the lip balm. My girls love the coconut balm and the grapefruit one.

The facial wipes are perfect for anyone really – use them as hand wipes or face wipes – great for travel too.
Tata Harper is another all natural line, a must try and a new favorite. Each product from this line is very rejuvenating and offers multiple benefits for your skin. Their antiaging lip treatment is like an aromatherapy treatment. A nice set for mom or a sister is the Tata Harper Natural Glow from Head to Toe. ($115 at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman) Perfect for dull winter skin this collection polishes and deeply hydrates. The Smoothing Body Scrub is amazing. I love to use a body oil in the winter and their Revitalizing Body Oil is perfect for when you step out of the shower. The Fortifying Body Lotion and Redefining Body Balm are little extras for smooth skin. The Rejuvenating Hand Cream is right by my bedside table and is very nourishing. This set makes the perfect indulgent winter gift.

 

For those who want perfect hair the PHYTO Huile Supreme & Secret de Nuit Hair Set & PHYTO Huile Soyeuse & Secret de Nuit Hair Set ($59; Retail value of $78 at Sephora and Sephora.com) are perfectly packaged and ready to gift. These are very nice sets and who doesn’t love a rich, beautifying treatment oil and a leave-in night cream for smooth healthy-looking hair? A nice gift for the beauty lover!

For the foodie in your life– If they love coffee and hot chocolate and like an extra little treat AND if you need a hostess gift try chocolate coffee toppers from Topperfino . Topperfino coffee toppers are made from a premium Belgian dark chocolate finished with unique edible coffee art designs. They are stunning for a party too. Place the Topperfino on top of your coffee cup and watch it melt into a creamy flavorful addition to your coffee or chocolate. They come in dark chocolate, caramel, French vanilla and hazelnut and more than 20 coffee art designs. Each box comes with 10 toppers and retails for $13.99 plus shipping or two for $24.98 including free shipping.

Also nice hostess gifts can be found at the spice lab. This site has gourmet salts, spices and teas – check it out as any foodie would love a gift from this site. The items on this site are very unique and are wonderfully packaged.

Each year I buy my kids PJs and everyone loves PJs as a gift! For anyone who can’t wear PJs that are too hot like fleece or flannel, well Cool-Jams makes the perfect gift! Cool Jams is the best moisture wicking sleepwear and they have nightgowns and pajamas. I tested them out and they are super soft and very nice! And I was super cool at night.

A fun, inexpensive item for the tech lovers and for those teens that love to take selfies is the NanoHold. It brings hands free to a new level. It is an adhesive that sticks to your phone and holds to any smooth flat surface. This innovative product carries with it microscopic technology all in the size of a credit card. Nanohold is the only one of its kind to come with a cover to protect against dirt and preserve the length of the adhesive grip.  Price is $6.00.

 

What to get for dad or the hubby?? If he is always loosing items get a Tile! Tile is a small Bluetooth device that you can hook on your keys, stick to your phone, drop in your wallet, to help you keep track of your items via the Tile app on your phone. Tiles retail for $25 for one, $70 for a four pack and are available at Apple, Best Buy, and Target stores and Amazon.com. Really cool as you “Ring” your tile if it’s within Bluetooth range or check the ‘Last Place Seen’ on in-app map.

Finally if you are trekking to grandma’s house for the holidays a nice bouquet is a wonderful gift. Teleflora debuts a festive lineup with two bouquets paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: the Snoopy’s Cookie Jar Bouquet and the Peanuts Christmas Mug Bouquet. Lush chrysanthemums and carnations adorn a decorated doghouse (which doubles as a cookie jar) and a hand-painted ceramic mug captures Charlie Brown joyfully ice skating with his best furry friend.  Teleflora sent me a winter wonderland bouquet and it was unlike any other bouquet of flowers I have seen!  Check out their web site and order from there.

Happy Shopping!!

Disclosure: The above companies sent me the products to test out and review. As always all opinions are my own in this blog post.

The holiday season is a great time to visit Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg as snowland is the theme of this massive indoor waterpark destination! From November 28 through January 3, Great Wolf Lodge transforms into a magical winter wonderland. My family and I spent an overnight at the lodge and was welcomed with wonderful holiday décor and fun activities. Santa was on hand to hear all the kids wishes and we even got to stay in the Snowland Suites. Our room had a Christmas tree and lights were everywhere. There were decorations of snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and I loved the extra touch of how they wrapped all the pictures in the room. It really was a nice way to get into the holiday spirit. We also got to take home with us a commemorative Snowland throw and a copy of the winter story book, Unique as a Snowflake – add to that a delivery of milk and cookies at the end of the night by a special Great Wolf Kids™ character and the extras really make this a unique get-a-way unlike any other. It really is more than an indoor water park. For the younger kids there is story time, forest friends show and more. The Howlin timbers play park which offers Howl at the Moon Mini Golf, Ten Paw Alley, the Frog Hopper amusement ride and the Howlers Peak Ropes Course. So mom if you are weary of the twisty water rides take a visit with your kids to the ropes coursein the play park or have the kids visit the scooops spa! Click here for a list of all the attractions.

The Great Wolf Lodge is a fun, close get-a-way this holiday season with lots to do for kids of all ages. We stayed onsite to enjoy a dinner at the Lodge Wood Fired Grill and it was great. I got the buffet which was mostly a Mexican theme and it was really good. Kids loved their meals as well, but there are so many food options to choose from. There is also a Dunkin Donuts onsite. As my kids are on the older side the two best slides, according to both of them, are the wolf’s tale and howlin tornado. The wolf tale is super fast and daring! You step into this launch pod – according to the description on the web site – and the floor drops out from under you, and you’re hurled into a nearly vertical, 20-foot free fall, followed immediately by a 360-degree, high-speed loop! Everyone in my family did it. I did not this visit but have in the past and I cannot believe I did it! It is unlike any water ride I have been on. And the howlin tornado, well  this ride is built for four and has lots of tilting twists and turns! We went on this together several times and the drop was unbelievable.

We also received paw passes which allowed us to receive free games, tattoos, create your own stuffed animal and more. There is also lots of gift shops too! Check out the web site for their latest deals and fun!

Disclosure: I was able to stay overnight at a discounted media rate and received complementary paw passes. All opinions are my own in this post.

 

Fun and adventure @GreatWolfLodge #GWLNE

Fun and adventure @GreatWolfLodge #GWLNE

 

If you are looking for something special to do with the kids this holiday season Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is that special experience unlike any other. I remember seeing the performance as a child with my parents. My mom would also have to make a stop at Lord and Taylor (hmm…wonder where my love for shopping comes from?) She also loved the ballet as well. The Nutcracker is a fun holiday tradition to start with your family. For those in the suburbs make a day trip adventure and stop for shopping and dinner, but don’t miss this magical performance this season!

We were so lucky to be invited to an afternoon dress rehearsal. We took photos in the grand lobby AND the performers visited with the audience and took photos during intermission. It was such a treat and a wonderful performance. The music, dancing, stage lighting and decoration was magical. This was my older daughter’s first time seeing the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker and she really did enjoy it. For those with little kids The Nutcracker performance length is approximately 1 hour and 57 minutes includes one intermission. It really is a performance for all ages.

Here is more information about this special ballet. Boston Ballet’s Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker is a completely re-imagined production which premiered in 2012 and has since received praise from audiences and critics alike. This year’s production will feature all-new lighting design by Finnish-based Mikki Kunttu, and includes the full company of 68 dancers along with more than 200 Boston Ballet School students. The Nutcracker will run November 27–December 31, 2015 at the Boston Opera House so get your tickets and enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker! For more information click here. 
Disclosure: My kids and I were given tickets to the dress rehearsal performance. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Such great ballet dancers at #BBNutcracker

Such great ballet dancers at #BBNutcracker

We had a fantastic time at @BostonBallet

We had a fantastic time at @BostonBallet

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