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Annmarie

Events

@RedSox Fun with Calling All Kids Program @Wally97

I love being a #RedSoxMom!  I also cannot wait to attend a Red Sox game. There are some fun events happening at Fenway and wanted to share this information:

Wally’s Opening DayWally has made it to TV! The Red Sox have debuted “Wally’s Opening Day” on  NESN. As part of the club’s “Calling All Kids” initiative, an ongoing effort to connect baseball to the next generation of fans, the Red Sox created this special 30-minute animated show, Wally’s Opening Day, featuring the loveable mascot and a star-studded cast.  April also marks the 20th anniversary of Wally’s introduction to Red Sox fans.  These voices may sound familiar to you as the characters have some big names! Wally’s voice is played by Tom Kenny aka Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Two Broke Girls), H Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burger, Archer), and Lenny Clarke (Rescue Me).

Kid Nation – The “Kid Nation” program has launched for the 2017 season which again is giving 25,000 free game tickets to kids! Check it out here for more details. There is free and paid options for Kid Nation – both of which get the free game ticket!

Red Sox Showcase – Finally, the Red Sox Showcase is back again this year! The Showcase, which is a traveling Fenway Park and includes a batting cage, pitching stations, and a virtual reality experience, will be traveling throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island this summer. The initial kick-off event for this season will be at Faneuil Hall on Saturday, May 6.

Disclosure: I am a #RedSoxMom and as part of the program I may receive goodies and a ticket to a game. As always all opinions are my own in this blog post.

 

Hair Accessories, Products, Teens

Must Have Beauty Products from @ConairBeauty #GoConair #sponsored

Of the many News Year’s resolutions people make are to get in to shape and look their best. How are you all doing now that is is March? I am starting back up at the gym and trying to eat healthy. Of course diet and exercise are on the top list but there are a few must have items that can help you look your best. Conair was nice enough to send me a few products to test out and they did not disappoint. You may have some Conair products right in your bathroom. They have a great line of personal care products including grooming, health and wellness appliances and hair products. Over the years I have had a number of great hair dryers from Conair.  They make great products for teens and adults and have for decades. Here are some of my favorites:

 Two-sided lighted make-up mirror – this staple has been a classic at Conair for over 20 years. It is a tri-panel mirror with 4 variable light settings – office, evening, home and day light and it closes up to store easily. My teen loves it. Not only for applying make-up and styling hair but to put in contacts. Also, no more guessing about how to add your foundation in the perfect light. This makes a very nice gift for mom on Mother’s Day (hint, hint)

 Weight Watchers Scale – This body analysis glass scale has it all and it is the one to get you on track to be fit. It provides all the measurements for weight, body fat percentage, body water, bone mass and BMI. I like the lit background and you can see the digital results. If you really want a good scale in your house to keep you accountable this is the one to get. It’s super sleek and matches any décor.

 Infiniti PRO Diamond Brilliance Diamond-infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot brush – This styles hair without damage and saves you time. Super easy to use and less scary than a straight iron, this heated brush leaves your hair shiny, smooth and frizz free. A few tips if you do get this must have item – make sure your hair is dry and follow the heat settings for your hair – Low for thin, delicate hair, medium for average to thick hair and high for very thick or wavy hair. I also like the auto shut off! What makes this brush different is the diamond infused ceramic, paddle brush handle, ionic generator which helps to remove frizz and add shine and the nylon, silicone and ceramic-coated bristles make is very easy to maneuver and use. I like this very much to freshen up the hair before you go out and to use as a last step to get super smooth hair after your blow dry.

 

Disclosure: Conair sent me the above items to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Perfect together: the Conair lighted make-up mirror and the smoothing hot brush help you to get ready fast!

Perfect together: the Conair lighted make-up mirror and the smoothing hot brush help you to get ready fast!

Beauty items from Conair to save you time and money on your daily routines.

Beauty items from Conair to save you time and money on your daily routines.

The Weight Watchers Scale by Conair tells you all and will keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

The Weight Watchers Scale by Conair tells you all and will keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

 

 

Travel

February school vacation is over but ah the memories #Skiing #Beach #IceCastlesNH #Hosted

This February school vacation week was unlike any other. The temperatures hit 70 degrees in Massachusetts!  We went skiing one day and the beach the next. It was crazy! We were lucky to be able to stay with friends at Loon Mountain and skied a couple days. Then we headed to Ice Castles! This has been on my list of must sees this winter. Luckily Ice Castles sent us tickets and we went earlier in the week as with the crazy New England weather they cannot guarantee  it will be open, because, well due to melting!  While they are closed for the season now, this is something you need to put on your list of things to do with the kids during the winter vacation next year! I thought it looked beautiful and if you have kids that love the movie frozen it makes it even more magical. The Ice Castles are built by hand using only water and icicles. We did go during the day but I hear they light up at night so will have to check it out at night next year! Here are some FAQ’s from the Ice Castles website so plan a bit before you go and wear your snow pants as they have a fun slide!

Disclosure: Ice Castles sent me tickets to check out the venue. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Heading into a cave at Ice Castles NH

Heading into a cave at Ice Castles NH

Seats, slides and more fun for families photos at Ice Castles

Seats, slides and more fun for families photos at Ice Castles

Towers of Ice!

Towers of Ice!

Such cool scenery!

Such cool scenery!

The crowd was not too bad at Ice Castles NH

The crowd was not too bad at Ice Castles NH

 

home decor, home improvement

Clutter Free @tidy_living #TidyLiving #sponsored

I am really into organizing this year and having just renovated my home office I want to keep the rest of my home tidy and clutter free. So glad I partnered with Tidy Living as they have a great selection of home organizing products that are now available online. The brand Tidy Living provides organization solutions to make life a little easier in every room of your home. They are the leading manufacturer and supplier of home storage, organization, garment care and laundry accessory products.

For me I tend to not throw anything out so sometimes I just hide the clutter. Plus for many it can be stressful to clean up. Tidy Living provides the tools necessary to keep your house clean, organized and clutter free. Efficiency and functionality is key to all their home organization products and each of their product lines are very innovative and affordable. The Canadian company helps to make any home efficiently organized with quality, affordability, and sustainable products. You should not have to spend a fortune to make your home look neat and clean. Tidy Living has the best selection of organization items to keep you clutter free. Here are my few favorite items from Tidy Living:

Hanging 11 compartment closet organizer - This is perfect for kids to line up their clothes for the week ahead.  It has 8 shoe holes and 3 larger sweater shelves to ensure plenty of space for all of kids’ most essential wardrobe pieces. The organizer comes equipped with 2 metal hooks and is designed to hang from any standard closet rod. $15.00

Folding laundry hamper– This is a neat looking hamper for $12.00 and it fits nicely in any room (no more white plastic bins)

20 pair shoe rack– is on sale for $6.00. it’s perfect to store those winter boots or hopefully spring is coming soon so you can line up all your sandals.

The under bed bag is great for extra storage or if you have kids heading to college this is a great solution for storing bulky items.  Comment on your favorite storage item for a chance to win this under bed bag!

Check out all the products HERE and use the code “TRENDY” to save 10% on your order. The code is active now and valid until the end of May – perfect for spring cleaning too! (This is an affiliate link, meaning that at no additional cost to you I receive a small commission from your purchase)

Disclosure: Tidy Living and I worked on an affiliate partnership and sponsored post. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

home decor, home improvement

Home office makeover #workfromhome #homeofficedecor

Finally, my home office makeover is complete!  Well, I am still looking for the perfect desk but the walls have been painted, shelves cleaned and organized and I feel refreshed and ready to work even harder this year! It is amazing what a bit of paint and clearing the clutter can do! I have worked from home for over 14 years so I had a lot of files and notebooks that stacked up. I did have some help with the organizing thanks to my friend Gretchen from The Fancy Kind. The Fancy Kind is a staging and interior decorating service outside of Boston. Gretchen is great at taking what you have in your home or office and organizing it in a way that is clutter free. My friend Julie helped with the paint selection and she has a great company called design 2 order and can consult on paint colors, interior design and help with organizational challenges and more.

Here are some photos of the home office space before and after:

My home office had not been organized in 7 years!

My home office had not been organized in 7 years!

The details are what makes my office neat and clean!

The details are what makes my office neat and clean.

All the shelves are cleaned off! It looks so much better!

All the shelves are cleaned off. It looks so much better.

Here is my home office after the makeover. My work space is much more efficient and of course tidy!

Here is my home office after the makeover. My work space is much more efficient and of course tidy.

 

 

The colors I used to decorate the office are white, pink and gray.

The colors I used to decorate the office are white, pink and gray.

I love the beach so I wanted to add in some beach themed touches to the decor.

I love the beach so I wanted to add in some beach themed touches to the decor.

 

home decor, Products, Trends

Home office makeover #workathome

The new year has got me fired up! I decided to make a change and clean out my home office. I have 15 plus years of files and stuff and I went through a lot and tossed a lot. It felt very freeing. However I could not stand to have my items in boxes so the painters are coming in this week and hopefully at the end of the week I will have a new, fully decorated office. Here are some of the before photos as well as some of the cool items I purchased to spruce up the space and make it a bit more modern. I never knew I could spend so much time on Pinterest!

Home office decor

Home office decor – I love gold accessories and this is a new color choice for me!

My office is looking better! I cleaned out all the shelves, donated some books but I still have many books to sort through. I am hoping for a more minimalistic look

My office is looking better! I cleaned out all the shelves, donated some books but I still have many books to sort through. I am hoping for a more sleek, clean and modern look!

My office was looking a bit messy. Over the years I have received a ton of books, products and more as you can tell from the photo.

My office was looking a bit messy. Over the years I have received a ton of books, products and more as you can tell from the photo.

Clothes

New year new bra? # @trueandcompany #trueandco

It’s not something I talk about every day – bras. But lately I have been feeling not so great in a bra that has been sized for me. Every once in a while I go to a certain store and get resized/fitted and each and every time it’s different. What’s not different is the uncomfortable wire bras they try to sell me. That is why I was so excited to work with True & Co. They are a new kind of intimate apparel brand based on one simple ideal: for all of us, every woman, to feel comfortable in our own skin. I have been looking for a more comfortable bra. Wire bras just bug me lately! On the weekends I will wear a sports bra to lounge around in, but most of them are not comfortable to wear all day. True & Co has a wonderful bra called the Second Skin and say it’s like naked, but better. The Second Skin™ hugs your curves and disappears under clothes. It is a pull over, which generally I do not like but once you have it on it feels like you are wearing nothing. No straps digging into you as it’s all once piece. I have tested out no wire bras before but they tend to dig in and hurt even without a wire. This one has no wire, elastic or bulky seams. It is very comfortable and offers double layers for extra smoothing. It is not flimsy by any means and has nice light support and removable pads.

I also got to test out the New Alice Easy Fit pullover bra in charcoal. It is like a sports bra only prettier, supportive and it does not flatten. It is meant for when you do not feel like wearing a bra but it still flatters. I call this my new weekend bra lol! The site has very nice lingerie and you can even take a fit quiz that provides guidance on size and styles. They have try on tents coming up in New York, where you book a complimentary personal fit appointment. Check out all the items online.

 

Disclosure: True & Co sent me a couple bras to test out. All opinions are my own.

Super comfy bras from True & Co.

Super comfy bras from True & Co.

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body wash, Products

Be safe, choose clean beauty @Kosmatology #nontoxic #sponsored

As you all know I am obsessed with checking all my beauty products via EWG and I also just discovered the Think Dirty app as well. The Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. You plug in the name or you can even scan it in and Think Dirty will provide information on the product and the ingredients so you know what you are getting. It’s all about choosing cleaner options for you and your family. Local gals you may just see me at CVS checking out the products on the app with my nose in my phone. Check out the organic skin care isle the next time you are at CVS.

Lip balm is something my kids use every day and foaming hand soap seems to be a big offender as well in terms of chemical ingredients. That is why I was so happy that Kosmatology sent me a few items to test out.

Kosmatology is a line of organic and natural skin care products. All of the company’s products are vegan and free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. The organic, preservative-free skin care line is safe for the whole family. The line has everything from body wash to bug repellent (in a convenient travel size stick) In fact a few of their items come in travel size so you can test them out before committing but I am sure if you like fresh scents and clean beauty products you will love the line. Here are my thoughts on some of the products:

The body wash – Containing eight ingredients or less, the washes come in Free & Clear (Unscented) for those with super sensitive skin, the Goody-Goody Grapefruit for itchy eczema-like skin and Herbal Fresh (Spearmint-Rosemary). I tested out the spearmint rosemary and loved it. It is the perfect wash to use in the morning for a great pick me up! Made with organic Shea butter, organic olive oil and organic castor oil for the base and organic essential oils to scent, the wash is very nice! I will have to try the grapefruit one next.

The foaming hand soap – of course I stay away from the anti-bacterial hand soap and I would buy whatever was sls free and paraben free but noticed that many hand soaps have a ton of ingredients and many did not rank well on EWG or Think Dirty. The Kosmatology hand soaps are made with organic oils such as coconut, olive and safflower with organic essential oils. The lavender eucalyptus smells so good. A must have in the bathroom and it rates a 0 on Think Dirty.

The Hand Sanitizer – The goody-goody grapefruit hand sanitizer smells so good and is free of the harmful chemical triclosan. It contains ethyl alcohol to kill germs and organic glycerin to rehydrate skin. I love that is comes in a spray as it is easier for the little kids to use (how many times have your kids squeezed the hand sanitizer bottle only to get a large glob out and throw it everywhere????)

The lip balm – ladies we apply lip balm how many times a day?? You don’t want yucky chemicals in them do you? Preservative-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, beeswax-free, free of artificial dyes and colors, and vegan this lip balm is thicker than most I’ve tested and the grapefruit is not overpowering at all and at $3.99 you can buy a bunch! Plus it ranks a 0 on Think Dirty!

WOD aid – This is a hand therapy treatment and it comes in a lip balm sized stick so the hubby can have it with him at all times. It prevents the formation of calluses and cuticle cracks and the scent is not too much. I like this as I put in on my cuticles before bed and it works!

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Disclosure:  Kosmatology sent me the above items to test out. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

Organic and natural skin care products from @Kosmatology

Organic and natural skin care products from @Kosmatology

 

 

 

fashions, Products

The day has come….I need readers @Peepers_Readers #sponsored

Happy New Year -  you need glasses!  If you are over 40 and never have worn glasses before realizing you need reading glasses just sneaks up on you. That is what happened to me and then you start to accumulate reading glasses and have them in every room!  I have bought just about every reader there is out there and so glad that Peepers reading glasses sent me a pair to test out.

Peepers is a leading designer and marketer of innovative and expressive eyewear for both men and women. The designs are colorful and expressive plus they have hundreds of styles and colors to choose from. The frames are thick and sturdy and they are one of the better quality ones I have seen on the market. Extremely fashionable I received the dauntless ones in navy (which you may have seen in O, The Oprah Magazine as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things!) They are a classic rectangle shape with thicker temples and a silver like sparkles in the corner of the frame and on the side for a truly bold look. This style comes in five beautiful colors so you really do have an option perfect for every outfit. The berry ones would be cute to purchases for Valentine’s Day! What I really like about Peepers readers is that they are comfortable on, especially if you do a lot of reading. Plus they come with a cute burlap like case to store them. Check out their web site as you can choose from frame shape, width, and style as well as lens style, tint and frame material.

Disclosure: Peepers readers sent me the dauntless readers to test out. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

Peepers readers are so colorful and come with a cute carrying case

Peepers readers are so colorful and come with a cute carrying case

Peepers readers are lightweight and provide and instant pop for any outfit. No more boring reading glasses for me!

Peepers readers are lightweight and provide and instant pop for any outfit. No more boring reading glasses for me!

 

books, calendar

Happy New Year! #NewYearNewGoals #calendars, journals and more

I cannot believe it is 2017!  It was a busy Christmas season for us and now onto the new year. I am on the search for a new calendar but I am all for creating your own. I have a hard time finding a really good calendar. I like a month at a glance but also wanted to work on goal setting and I do like my to do lists.  I usually just write down my to dos by the week and found some great free printables online. I also picked up this journaling book and makes each week of the year more thoughtful. I am going to do this every week!  For right now I have this monthly view calendar that I customized the front with photos of the girls.  What works for you for planning, journaling and list making??

 

 

My homemade calendar and goals sheet

My homemade calendar and goals sheet