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New puppy, new treats from @bullymake #sponsored

We have a new pup! With that comes a lot of responsibility, training and our course treats too. You may have seen photos of my Brady and heard the story- the dog we rescued from the shelter 5 years ago. The shelter said he was two and a cairn terrier and when we took him to my vet she said, “sorry to say he is about 8 or 10 YEARS OLD and more of a border terrier mixed with who knows what!”  He was my baby and we loved him and it was very hard to say goodbye in June (which we think he was 15 then!) I was very traumatized by having to make the decision and said never again will I go through that. But here we are several months later with a “lab” rescue. This time around the shelter said she is a one year old and a lab mix. My vet seems to think she is about 6 months and a black mouth cur! Anyway we are blessed to have a sweet rescue who is now safe and happy in her new home.

But boy do we need a lot of chew toys. The first several toys we got she destroyed and that is why I was so happy Bully Make sent me a sample of their a dog subscription box for big chewers! You can pick a plan and get a box once a month or every three or 6 months or even once a year. That would make a nice gift for the holidays. You may have heard about these subscription boxes on everything from make-up to clothes and now your dog can have treats delivered right to your door! The one I received was a Halloween one and Sadie just loves both of the tough chewy toys and the cookies and treats as well. It is a nice treat to open up a box of goodies for your dog. You can even send one as a gift. They even have a 14 day Bully Make guarantee!  That means if your dog destroys any toy, take a picture and send it to them. If the toy qualifies for a replacement, they will ship you a new toy for free! The company will also replace items your dog doesn’t like. Now that is great customer service. Give them a try and more information can be found here.

 

Disclosure: Bully Make sent me a box for my dog to test out. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

Sadie enjoying her new toy from @Bullymake

Doggy goodies from @bullymake

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holidays are here! #giftguide #goldgiftguide #holidays #sponsored

Happy Holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We love products and we love to test out products that come across our desk. The holiday time is busy and we know you don’t have a lot of time to get things done. We have gathered a few items at trendymommies.com that you may be interested in for the holidays. Gold is the theme! I know Rose Gold is pretty popular but I still love GOLD!  It is still a color trend that you will see everywhere!  Here are a few suggestions from this year’s trendymommies.com 2017 holiday gift guide!

For the tech lover – there are plenty of smart phone cases out there but there really is only one that is very protective and also that looks good – The Otter box 

Yes I do love these cases and they start at $44.95! Go ahead drop your phone and see how protective they are! (just kidding…don’t drop your phone but do go buy an Otter box – we love the rose gold and gold ones especially!)

For the teen/tween and mom – all make-up is not created equal. I look for natural lines that really perform. Jane Iredale is that line. This clean, mineral make-up and skin care has something for everyone. They have fun holiday kits and a great gold compact that is perfect for your bronzer. I love the contour kit as it is sleek and gold and the luminizer kit works great.  Their eye shadows are amazing. This must have kit comes in a sleek, slim gold case. These two items are the ones you will take with you everywhere along with the golden gloss! I loved their PureGloss lip gloss. The Crabapple is very moisturizing and lasts – no stickiness. It is made with lemon peel, tangerine peel and pomegranate extracts. Their bronzer is the best I have tried! The make-up is formulated with pure micronized minerals and pigments and is cruelty-free. They also have a holiday gift guide right on their site. 

For the hard to buy person in your life – Gift cards – you know you need them. For one stop shopping our favorite retailer is CVS Pharmacy. You can buy all your gift cards right there. In addition they have holiday décor – see this adorable gold pillow below. They also have so much make-up and kits to chose from. Their beauty accessories, packaged beauty gifts, tech accessories AND toys for the kids really makes it easy to shop. I like when you are in line and see all the beauty buys and the last minute tech gifts such as headphones, chargers and cases. I buy all my stocking suffer gifts here every year.

Speaking of stocking stuffer gift ideas I discovered this lip balm at CVS called Moroccan Magic Organic Lip Balm which says it is the smoothest lip balm ever and it is! So many flavors to choose from. They even have a rose one as well! You can order online here or pick up at your local CVS. These make a perfect stocking stuffer gift.

For the foodie or really anyone that loves a nice tea. David’s Tea has so many accessories and teas to choose from. We love the tea in a pouch called the Jolly Teas Sachet Travel Pouch as it has the holiday tea bags in it!  David’s Tea even has adorable gifts like this white cranberry bark tea infused beauty duo. 

This includes the best smelling hand cream and soothing lip butter. Buy a set for each of your friends. But the best gift of all from David’s tea is the 24 days of tea. This is the one thing you buy yourself NOW so you can enjoy a tea a day as you countdown the days until Christmas!

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

Goodies from @cvspharmacy  They have gifts for everyone on your list

Goodies from @cvspharmacy They have gifts for everyone on your list

@MoroccanMagic best lip balm ever! Perfect  stocking stuffers idea!

@MoroccanMagic best lip balm ever! Perfect stocking stuffers idea!

Gold Goodies from @JaneIredale @DAVIDsTea @cvspharmacy @OtterBox

Gold Goodies from @JaneIredale @DAVIDsTea @cvspharmacy @OtterBox

24 Days of Tea from @DAVIDsTEA

24 Days of Tea from @DAVIDsTEA

Holiday accessories and décor from @CVSpharmacy

Holiday accessories and décor from @CVSpharmacy

 

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Lighten up your summer makeup @ILovePacifica #sponsored

I tend to carry less items in my make-up bag in the summer. That is why I love a few simple items from Pacifica.  Any of their body washes and shampoos smell great and they are all light and refreshing. The company sent me some items to test out and they all passed the test for the must haves this summer!  You really only need mascara, a lip balm and a great light scent in the summer and these are my new loves!

 

Enlightened Gloss – This light pink lip gloss with coconut oil and anti-oxidants is the perfect shade for the beach – it’s ight and it stays put on your pout! The shade is called beach kiss so you know its the perfect one.

Stellar Gaze – this mascara is all you need to make your eyes pop. It is 100 percent vegan and cruelty free and infused with coconut and vitamin B and it hydrates your lashes too – never clumpy – pair with the Stunning Brows – which is for your eyebrows and helps to nourish your brows while making them a little bit more defined, that is if you choose the color. They also have a clear one that helps to keep your brows in place.  

Their perfume is light and provides just a light scent to not overpower whenever you walk into a room. My favorite is the vanilla. At $22.oo you can try a few – like the fig or indian coconut nectar or even try the custom spray gift set!

Here is a link to all the make-up. 

They also have a great selection of hair products and this shampoo is perfect to toss in your beach bag and a refreshing way to nourish the hair after a day at the beach. Pacifica’s Super Kale Juiced-Up Shampoo deeply cleans and boosts volume for super healthy looking hair. The conditioner protects from damage and offers weightless hydration.  Pacifica also has a mask, oil and dry shampoo too.

 

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

Pacifica Beauty Products are light and refreshing - perfect for the summer!

Pacifica Beauty Products are light and refreshing – perfect for the summer!

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All you need in your make-up bag @janeiredale #mineral #ad

I am always looking for products that are easy to use and multi-functional products are always nice too!  That is why I love Jane Iredale’s products. The mineral make-up line has been around a while but always comes out with innovative products. The company sent me several items to test out and review and here are the results.

You know when you are on the go and need a touch up but don’t want to bring the eye shadow, liner and applicator, etc. – well Jane Iredale has this mystikol eye which is a  liner/shadow all in one and it is great. It is compact and creates a soft, smoky eye effect. Great colors too in a slim, eyeliner design.

How many of us use SPF on our hands??? Well you should and that is why I like this staple in my make-up bag. Hand Drink is the item to keep in your car too- it is a hand cream with an SPF 15 and is ultra hydrating. I liked the smell of it – like roses but it is a bit strong – my kids didn’t like.

I never have individual eye shadows in my make-up bag as it takes up too much room!  Jane Iredale’s naturally matte eye shadow kit is perfect for gals on the go as it includes five blendable shades and the colors are so light but look very nice. Plus it is a very slim case so perfect for on the go.

Lip Fixation  is my go to product. It is a lip stain on one end and a gloss on the other. It really is the only product that stays on my lips! I have had several of these over the years actually and finally got to test out a color that is new to me –Cherish – which is a bubblegum pink and sheer frosted gloss. I make it lighter or darker depending on the lip liner I use. Plus with this you always have gloss with you.

 

 

I always admire the Jane Iredale packaging and the Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper comes in a cute little gold case!  It is lip exfoliator/plumper duo and is an on the go lifesaver. No need for any lip balm when you wake up in the morning use the exfoliator and then wipe and immediately put on the plumper and you are set to go!

Now to go empty out all my old make-up and replace with the new Jane Iredale make-up.

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Jane Iredale fun, new make-up

Must have make-up from Jane Iredale

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A must while in #Niagara @whirlpooljet #jetboatadventure #Hosted

Well, we did it!  Our first real family road trip. We have been on a road trip to NYC but that was only four hours! We packed up the car and headed to visit our relatives in Michigan. It was such a great trip as I have been talking for years about visiting my family in Michigan and we had such a great time. I do love traditions and traveling!  Along the way we stopped at Niagara Falls and my kids were in awe of the falls. We took a boat tour on the Hornblower. That is the Canadian version of Maid of the Mist and we really got up close to the falls! That is one boat ride that you have to take if you visit Niagara. The other fun, fast and very unique tour we took was on the Whirlpool Jet Tour!  We were treated to this very unique boat ride through rapids! The Whirlpool Jet Tour is one heck of a boat ride and one that you do not want to miss if you are headed to Niagara.

On this speed boat you will take a tour (around 45 minutes or 1 hour) learning about the history and geology of the majestic Niagara River. We arrived at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre where they walk through what to expect. As an fyi…This location is open July and August, and is accessible by the WEGO bus system and while you do not go see Niagara Falls, this trip down the river is unlike anything I have ever experienced and is truly a fast, fun and must do on your trip to Niagara.

This is as close to white water rafting as I am going to get! We were able to cruise through class 5 whitewater rapids! This is a boat ride for all you daredevils so if your family likes a fun adventure this is for you. Kids under 12 cannot ride in the first few seats but it is a great fast family boat ride. They do suit you up in life jackets AND you will get very wet so it is my recommendation to just wear a bathing suit.

Disclosure:  Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours offered us four tickets to experience this adventure! All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Here we are on the @whirlpooljet #jetboatadventure

Here we are on the @whirlpooljet #jetboatadventure

 

 

 

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@RedSox Lego Day #RedSoxMoms

There are two fun events coming up for the Boston Red Soxs. This Saturday is Kid Nation Day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and enjoy LEGO Day at Fenway Park during the August 31st game.

On Saturday, August 6 from 11 am to 3 pm, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will host the Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile, at Assembly Row! The Red Sox themed truck includes a batting cage, pitching stations, a steal 2nd challenge and a virtual reality experience.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston’s Master Model Builder, Megan Quigley, will be conducting a live Red Sox themed build and visitors will have the opportunity to take photos with a World Series trophy replica made entirely out of LEGO® bricks! In addition, there will be brick pits, LEGO® build stations for fans to show off their Red Sox pride and visits from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston costume characters Bertie and Kai from Ninjago.

The Red Sox and LEGO Systems, Inc. are proud to announce the first LEGO® Day at Fenway Park, Wednesday, August 31 at 1:35 pm when the Red Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays. The purchase of a game ticket through this special offer also includes a limited edition Red Sox themed player build, made with LEGO bricks. Additionally, this ticket package will include access to the pre-game LEGO Build Experience in the Kids Concourse from 11:00am-1:35pm. During the LEGO Build Experience  there will be an unveiling of a life-sized Red Sox player LEGO model for fans to see and take pictures with. Tickets are limited to the first 2,000 guests who order through this special offer.

Disclosure: I am part of the Red Sox mos  initiative and every so often I am treated to a Red Sox game!  All opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

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Running around in flip flops? Yes to @oofos

This has been the summer of running around! I have had my traditional flip flops on nearly every day so far this summer and my feet hurt! I do love my flip flops but I needed something that was a bit more sturdy, yet could hold up on the pool deck. I learned from experience not to wear leather or fabric flip flops anywhere near chlorine as it does stain. I was so excited to receive two pairs of oofos to test out.  Yes, the name sounds funny and they look a bit different but THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE! Obviously I don’t literally run in my flip flops but these line of sandals, flip flops and clogs are called recovery footwear so if you are a busy mom and have been going non stop in your flip flops give these a try! They are also super easy to clean too so if your kids are looking for a solid pair of slides or flip flops to put on after their sports these will be the ones they will want as they are so cushy.

OOFOS are very lightweight, easy to clean and the designers of OOFOS created them to provide impact absorption and arch support that you don’t normally see in flip-flops. While they are great for a busy mom to run around in they are perfect for my two girls to put on after a day of swimming, soccer and dive. OOFOS also helps to reduce strain on feet, knees and back and absorbs more shock.  Plus a bonus for us moms when the weather gets cold you can switch to the OOFOS clogs with the same OOFOS benefits. 

The OOFOS line was originally created for fitness enthusiasts to recover from repeated workouts on hard surfaces and they absorb shock after a workout. If you are a mom wearing traditional flip flops and have felt pain in your foot give these a try as they will certainly take pressure off your joints. Check out the Q&A on their site here.

 

Disclosure: The company sent me a couple pairs of OOFOS to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

love my @oofos! They are the most comfortable flip flops

love my @oofos! They are the most comfortable flip flops

@oofos recovery footwear for anyone looking for comfortable shoes

@oofos recovery footwear for anyone looking for comfortable shoes

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@RedSox Fun today and this weekend #RedSoxMoms Happy 4th of July!

The summer season is here and so are the fun events with The Boston Red Sox!! Here are some cool happenings today and this weekend.

 

Today only, from noon until 5 pm, vote #SoxASG five times and receive a special offer for 2 tickets to a select game for just $55! Help get your favorite Red Sox to the All-Star Game and see them at Fenway before the big game!

Voting: https://securea.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2016/ballot.jsp?tcid=ASG16_bos_dedicatedemail&partnerId=ed-10515134-908606643

 

Saturday, July 2

Red Sox Mobile Showcase in Danvers, MA: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/mobile-showcase/

 

Monday, July 4

All-American BBQ Night: http://mlb.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/all-american_bbq.jsp

 

Tuesday, July 5

Red Sox Mobile Showcase at Faneuil Hall: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/mobile-showcase/

Stars & Strips Cap Promo Item: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=bos

 

Enjoy the 4th everyone!!

 

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Top 5 Tips for a great self tan this summer #selftanner #summertips #summer

The hot weather has arrived and summer is right around the corner. Now that I am older I wear a high SPF ALL THE TIME! I do like a bit of color and over the years have tried a ton of self tanning products. Some work and some don’t. As a person with fair skin I know you have to be careful with what types of products you use too. I tested out a new line called Skinny Tan and thought the products were great. So with summer here I thought it would be time to list my top 5 tips for a great self tan.

1. Use the mitt please – no tan palms.  I use a self tanning mitt that comes with most products as some of the latest products dry super quick. What I do after I apply self tanner with the mitt is go over any parts that need to be rubbed in a bit more with my hands and quickly wash. I also make sure I self tan at night as to let myself dry overnight as you need it to sit for at least 8 hours no matter what the directions say.

2. Exfoliate days before and day of to get the best result – prep your skin days before by exfoliating and moisturizing before and then day of exfoliate for best results. Skinny Tan has the best exfoliator and it smells like coconuts. What I like about Skinny Tan is it is made with a seed tanner plus they also use naturally derived Guarana that together with the tan will help make cellulite look visibly smoother and less obvious – bonus!

3.  Keep skin hydrated to make the tan last – You have to moisturize your skin as you don’t want flaky skin to come off with the tanner. What is tricky is I like to use oil and have not found an oil that does not take off the tanner until I tried Skinny Tan. Skinny Tan makes a nice after glow which is an oil that gives your skin a very nice sheen!

4.  If you have a big event to go to don’t test out self tanners but use a bronzer instead- A big event is not the time to test out a brand new self tanner that worked on your friend (because each skin tone is different) instead use a 24 hour instant bronzer that you can see going on that way you wont make any mistakes! Skinny Tan has a great bronzer that washed off easily with soap and water. However, be warned if it rains it will run a bit!

5.  Choose your lotion or mousse wisely – I like lotion the best. I found that certain mousses wash off right away in the shower the next day. One lotion I love is Vita Liberata as it lasts. The Skinny Tan does last as well but it did go on a bit thick so the next day the color was a bit overwhelming, however it faded each day and by the 3rd day I had a nice golden tan!

Don’t forget to use that SPF over any self tanner as many self tanners do not offer SPF!

Disclosure: Skinny Tan sent me a few products to test out; all opinions in this blog post are my own.

 

Try Skinny Tan for a natural glow with ingredients to smooth out cellulite

Try Skinny Tan for a natural glow with ingredients to smooth out cellulite

 

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A review: @SeaCrestCapeCod – perfect for a quick get-a-way #Falmouth

I have always loved Cape Cod and have frequently visited the lower and outer cape towns so many times over the years. It was not until a few years ago that I really discovered Falmouth. Oh sure I have been to Woods Hole to take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard but never really stayed or ventured out in town. We were able to spend an overnight at The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth (they were kind enough to extend the media rate) during April school vacation week and what a trip! As soon as we checked in and got to our ocean front room we were relaxed and the beach is RIGHT there! In fact if you stay in an ocean front room your kids can be on the beach and you can sit on your deck to watch them just feet away.

This waterfront resort is set on Old Silver Beach and is less than seven miles from Main Street Falmouth shopping and dining. The amenities are wonderful and include a fitness center, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a poolside bar. We were treated to lunch at Red’s and with the views of the ocean my kids said it felt like we were eating lunch on a ship! The sunset is stunning from this hotel and we highly recommend staying for April school vacation week. In fact I have never seen the water that clear and blue on the cape before – a very special location indeed!  This resort offers group activities, movie nights and especially for the kids the KANGAROO CLUB! Learn more about all the fun here.

The resort also has a conference center and is the perfect location for a wedding!

The weather was almost 70 degrees the day we were there and it felt like summer. We will have to go back to check out the resort in the summer as the kids really wanted to experience the outdoor pool!

Disclosure:  I stayed for an overnight at the Sea Crest using their special media rate and was treated to a lunch at Red’s. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

The fish and chips at Red's restaurant @SeaCrestCapeCod is fab!

The fish and chips at Red’s restaurant @SeaCrestCapeCod is fab!

Stunning views and clear water @SeaCrestCapeCod

Stunning views and clear water @SeaCrestCapeCod

The most beautiful sunset is @SeaCrestCapeCod

The most beautiful sunset is @SeaCrestCapeCod

The view from the ocean front room @SeaCrestCapeCod Kid friendly, welcoming staff and THE VIEW is what makes this resort special!

The view from the ocean front room @SeaCrestCapeCod Kid friendly, welcoming staff and THE VIEW is what makes this resort special!