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#‎HolidayGiftGuide2015: Gifts for teens, foodies and tech items

‪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 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 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 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.


Chocolate in their lunch bag? Yes with @AdoraCalcium

I love a nice sweet treat in the afternoon, usually right after lunch and so do my kids but who knew this tasty little disk of chocolate called Adora was good for you?

Adora® Calcium is a chocolate supplement that is made with organic Dark and Milk Chocolate from Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. With even more vitamin D3 for enhanced absorption just two of the chocolate disks provide 100% of the daily recommended value of calcium. Of course us  moms need calcium and so do kids!  I love the dark chocolate and my kids love the milk chocolate. The disks are small enough to not make you feel guilty having a sweet treat!  Here is what I packed for tomorrow for lunch! My daughters will be excited to see the Adora disk in their lunch.

Disclosure: Adora sent me a package of the dark and milk chocolate to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Little disks of goodness - chocolate calcium disks!

Little disks of goodness – chocolate calcium disks!

Kids lunch filled with goodies and Adora Calcium disks!

Kids lunch filled with goodies and Adora Calcium disks!

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Got your calendar ready? #Backtoschool with #Planahead

Yes, I still use a hard copy calendar and yes I still like to write check lists!  No all calendars are created equal. That is why I love this mom’s planner from Plan Ahead. It is an 18-month calendar and a planner all in one. It lists out the holidays up front (key for planning purposes), has a month glance, weekly calendar, contact section, vacation planning section (my favorite) party planning section, gift record and gift ideas and a separate notebook for contacts that you can pull out and take with you. Plus it’s just the right size and you can put a photo up front!  What do you use to schedule and map out activities? You can find Plan Ahead at many major retailers like CVS, Target and

Disclosure: Plan Ahead sent me the calendar to review for back to school. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

#PlanAhead calendars for #backtoschool

#PlanAhead calendars for #backtoschool


Mom's Organizer from #PlanAhead

Mom’s Organizer from #PlanAhead


@Staples – Good Deal and Tips #backtoschool #sponsored

Yes, I know summer is not over and we are talking back-to-school deals. We have not started school yet but we know some families that have. Of course my kids love to get their supply lists and head to the store to pick out their items. Our favorite retailer is of course Staples. Just in time for school they have the best selection and great deals. For example:

• Back to School 110% Lowest Price Guarantee: The Staples Back to School 110% Lowest Price Guarantee gives shoppers the lowest prices on their back-to-school shopping. Staples matches any competitors’ prices, plus gives customers and additional 10 percent of the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price at time of purchase.

• Less List: The Staples Less List offers the lowest prices on key back-to-school essential products that are low priced all season long such as: 1-subject notebook (25¢), 2-pocket folders (15¢), index cards (48¢), composition books (50¢) and 24-pack Crayola crayons (50¢) and more.

• Extreme Deals: Throughout the season, Staples has Extreme Deals in its weekly circular and online at

• Exclusive Offer for College Students: For students heading to college, Staples is providing exclusive student savings by offering an additional $50 off any PC, including HP®, with a valid College Student I.D. or verifiable .edu email address for online orders.

Have you done your shopping yet? If not here are some tips I have for shopping with the kids for their school supplies

1.  If you can, focus on one child at a time  – it can get a bit hairy if you have 3 lists and 3 kids and trying to get it all done at once. Space it out and make a night of back to school shopping with each child individually. (and grab some dinner after for a bit of one on one time)

2.  Take it one isle at a time – we looked at our list and ran around to all the different isles and it took twice as long. Scope out each isle and look to see what is on your list – saves time!

3.  You can avoid the crowds if you go early morning or later at night. Also, if you hate back to school shopping for supplies, have your hubby or grandma help the kids. I don’t mind back to school supply shopping but I know some moms find it a chore so ask for help if you need too!  Kids can also pick a buddy to go with them and that eases the time too!

Disclosure: Staples sent me a gift card to shop for school supplies. All opinions in this blog post are my own.


Camp costs too much? trendymommies on NECN with tips

Camp costs too much with adding in those “extras” – from spending money to laundry costs? Trendymommies has some tips.

@NECN interviewed me on their Money Saving Monday segment for savings on camp costs.


See the clip below. on NECN



The Power of Satisfaction: a new @Dannon yogurt @Stopandshop #IHeartTiramisu, #IC and #ad

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 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




Summer Skin Care Finds @QVC

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 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


Well, It’s Springtime inside at least thanks to @theyankeecandle

It’s snowing…again…cannot wait until Springtime! I got a sense of spring as Yankee Candle sent me a few of their new 2015 fragrances! So at least I can add a bit of spring in the air inside my home.

In case you didn’t know, The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of premium scented candles, and they have retail stores just about everywhere (more than 500 retail stores) you can also go online.

There are five new fragrances from the classic jar collection including the following:

Red Raspberry – Tangy sweet and full of nature’s goodness … there is nothing quite as delicious as ripe, rosy red raspberries.

Picnic in the Park – Warm and sunny … like an afternoon daydream stretched out on a soft blanket under a shade tree.

Blue Summer Sky – Under a bright blue sky … breathe the clean, earthy, airy scent of a heavenly summer day.

Peach Cobbler – Peaches, from the farmer’s market, perfectly baked with cinnamon and honey sugar.

Wild Sea Grass – Kissed by the ocean breeze, the green scent of dewy sea grass atop the sand dunes.

Also new are five new fragrances from the Pure Radiance collection including:

Pearlescent – Sophisticated pleasure … there’s a shimmery glow of elegance in this lovely, powdery floral bouquet.

Whisper – Heavenly sweet and luxurious, this perfume captivates the senses with its quietly enticing beauty.

Escape– Get away anytime with this perfect blend of refreshing beach air and a delicious tropical drink.

Paradise– Bask in a gentle, relaxing island breeze filled with the alluring scent of native fruit blossoms.

Meadow – Wonderfully carefree and playful … a clean, fresh scent filled with green fields, golden sunshine and blue skies.

We love love the freshness of Red Raspberry so sweet! Also, given that we just handed out over 90 boxes of Girl Scout cookies it nice to have a reminder of our favorite cookie now in the form of a candle. The Yankee Candle Company also launched the Girl Scout Cookies Candle Collection with 4 scents including Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter and our favorite Coconut Caramel Stripes.  Buy one and have the wonderful reminder of your favorite girl scout cookie!

Disclosure: The Yankee Candle Co. sent me the fragrances in the photo to try out. All opinions are my own.

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle


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Snow got to you yet? Try a massage @MassageEnvy

We tried it and loved it! I am sure we are all done with snow and the aches and pains that come along with it. Maybe you forgot that Valentine’s Day is coming up so why not treat yourself to a massage or treat your hubby to one!

Massage Envy Spa has some great services and they also are a membership spa. What is really nice is you can join and then decide each month if you want a massage or facial. I had not had a massage in years and while it took time to relax the benefits afterwards were great. I was calm and ready for bed! You can customize your massage with what you need – a deep tissue, sports massage, foot massage or prenatal. They even have a sugar foot scrub therapy as an add on. I opted for a regular massage with a focus on cranial sacral therapy as I do get headaches a lot.  For Valentine’s Day why not try it? They also have a room where you can get side by side massages!  They do offer a three month special at $179.97 if you want to try it out. The monthly membership dues are $59.99 and if another family member joins they can add on for $49.99. This is the perfect gift for this long winter.  And for all you wondering if your guy will like it – he will – especially if he has been shoveling for the last few weeks!

Disclosure: Massage Envy sent my husband and I gift cards for the massage. All opinions are my own.


Going on a trip? #travelgear #travelbeauty

We have a few family trips planned for the next 6 months including NYC, Disney and New Hampshire. With four of us, that is a lot of luggage and especially with an overnight trip you don’t want to pack too much and you want it to be organized. I also tend to leave everything in my suitcase so that is why I love this overnight bag from Laurie Greiner @QVC.  The weekend bag with snap in toiletry case is from the shark tank beauty. side note – she IS smart, successful and beautiful!. My kids and I just love shark tank! What I love about this must have travel bag is the size as it’s perfect for short trips. When my husband saw it he even said he is going to take it on business trips so I am glad they sent me the black one! It also has multi-directional wheels so it is so easy to move through the airport. The additional features include: a clear cosmetics organizer, mobile device pocket and telescoping handle.

She does have some other neat travel items. Check out all the travel items on QVC as well as the beauty travel items. Most brands have some great sets, like this one from WEN. The WEN ultimate cleanse and style travel gift set has everything from the line that you will need in mini sizes. I especially think the packets of the cleansing conditioner are great as they take up less space in your bag! This kit includes the styling cream, the mousse, the replenishing treatment mist, treatment oil, glossing serum and a travel pouch. Also, if you have not tried this line before this kit is the best way to try out the products.

Happy Travels!

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


@QVC Laurie Greiner weekend bag

@QVC Laurie Greiner weekend bag


@QVC WEN by Chaz Dean Ultimate Cleanse and Style Travel Gift Set

@QVC WEN by Chaz Dean Ultimate Cleanse and Style Travel Gift Set