October 28, 2014

Simple Savory Meals with Jimmy Dean #ShineAnytime

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger and Jimmy Dean via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.


Is your family busy? I can hear you laughing. There are days when my husband and I will not even see each other. That is how busy we can get. On days like those, easy preparation and simple meals are a high priority. Meet the new Jimmy Dean® frozen lunch or dinner entrees. They are just as delicious and convenient as the Jimmy Dean Delights® frozen lunch or dinner entrees that I told you about two weeks ago.



I found them in the frozen foods section of my local Kroger.



I tend to love one bowl meals. Jimmy Dean has introduced several bowl choices that would make the perfect quick and easy meal. Choose from yummy selections like Grilled Steak Bowl, Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese Bowl, or a Pulled Pork Bowl! Delish! I chose to try the Golden Roasted Chicken Bowl.



So on a night this week when I knew my husband and I would be eating dinner at two completely different times, I decided it was the perfect night to try the Golden Roasted Chicken Bowl. Do you know what made this meal great? It was that Creamy Herb Sauce! It was a really flavorful twist on a classic dish. Golden roasted chicken with golden potatoes, peppers and onions coated in creamy herb sauce. And it was all ready in an instant. Then when my husband got home, I was able to prepare him his own Jimmy Dean frozen dinner entree.



Look for the new Jimmy Dean frozen lunch or dinner entrees at Kroger and find your favorite. They will make you happy with the easy preparation, and they will make your family happy with the savory taste you have come to know with Jimmy Dean.

October 27, 2014

Burt’s Bees Natural Products :: Review

This is a sponsored post for Burt’s Bees. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

Founded in 1984, Burt's Bees proudly creates natural skin care products formulated to help you take care of yourself, naturally - from your lips to your toes! Nature knows best. This, more than anything, has been the Burt's Bees guiding star since they made their first lip balm 30 years ago. Yes, that is right. 30 years ago! Happy Birthday Burt's Bees! As they have grown, they have only gotten better and better at choosing natural ingredients - from root and stem and bark and blossom - that work in harmony with your skin's natural chemistry.


That is why I love Burt's Bees. I love that you can get these amazing products that are 100% natural. Their products deliver too, and it is why I keep coming back to Burt's Bees. When I was in Walmart the other day, I noticed just how many Burt's Bees products they have available. You can find Burt's Bees just about anywhere, so chances are you have tried it for yourself.


When I was at Walmart, I picked up two of my favorite products from Burt's Bees. I picked up the Lip Shine in Pucker and the Intense Hydration Treatment Mask.

The Lip Shine provides natural, sheer color enriched with moisturizing Apricot Wax that glides on lips for a sweet and super shiny finish. The color Pucker adds just a hint of color and tons of shine, so your lips shine as much as your personality.

The Intense Hydration Treatment Mask gives your skin the gift of hydration it so dearly deserves with Burt's best face mask for dry skin. Infused with Clary Sage, this facial treatment mask is clinically proven to provide immediate intense hydration and help increase skin’s ability to retain moisture. So you’re skin will possess softness and suppleness like never before.


Some of my other favorite products are the Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment - this stuff really works - and of course the tried and true Beeswax Lip Balm. At just a few bucks a tube, you get that beeswax to condition skin, while antioxidant Vitamin E moisturizes. The final hint of Peppermint Oil provides that one-of-a-kind refreshing tingle.


What are some of your favorite natural skincare products from Burt's Bees?

October 26, 2014

Erin Condren 2014 Holiday Collection Review and $200 Gift Card Giveaway


The 2014 Holiday Collection from Erin Condren is here and it is awesome. As always, you can count on erincondren.com for quality, on-trend products that will wow your friends and family. The 2014 Holiday Collection offers everything from stripes and solids to chevrons and plaids to mustaches and paisleys. If it is merry and bright, you will find it in this amazing collection.

I had a chance to browse the hundreds of savvy styles and I chose three holiday cards within the chevrons, shout it out, and more trees please categories to review. I am so happy with them! They are the most beautiful holiday cards I have ever seen. Ordering them was so much fun. There are options upon options so you can create exactly what you want. Your first choice will be to choose from one of the following collections.

Then once you choose from those categories, you have even more choices. For example, my first card was from the premium cardstock classic collection. I chose the more trees please style with a photo collage. You can choose your quantity, color, rounded corners or square corners, and you can upgrade your cardstock if you wish. Here is my final product! Awesome, right?! As you can see the corners are rounded and I think that really finishes it off.


My next card came from the chevrons collection. I really like the look and feel of this unique shape. It looks like a “winning ticket” as it arrives in a long, open-end #10 envelope that requires no extra postage! Bonus. Again you have options to choose from.


I went with the rounded corners again, and this time I chose a brown envelope. I love the finished holiday card! I did not upgrade the cardstock choice and look how thick it is!


Finally, my last choice was the shout it out non-photo card. I just love all of the colors on this one. The message really stands out and it is just so cheerful. This time I stayed with squared corners.


I went with pink envelopes on this one and I kept the front simple with just our first names. It is so cheerful and happy. 


Don't forget the matching address labels! We ordered the circle more trees please style. It looks perfect on the back flap of the envelope. But you can choose from larger circles or rectangles too.


Check out this video as Erin walks you through the 2014 Holiday Collection!


Inspired? It is hard not to be with all of the choices that Erin Condren has to offer! Not only can you order your amazing holiday cards, be sure to also check out the personalized stationery, gift labels, photo cards, acrylic gifts, Life Planners, FUNctional Family system, calendars, and more!


Erin Condren is giving TWO of my lucky readers the chance to Win a $200 Erin Condren Gift Card! You can create your own holiday cards and maybe even pick out something for yourself too!

Color Me Makeup Application Device :: Review


I love it when beauty and technology come together. That is exactly what happened with the launch of Color Me, a revolutionary makeup application device. Designed to improve and accelerate makeup application, Color Me puts clinically proven innovation in the palm of women’s hands to help them get flawless in a flash.


What is it? Color Me is a makeup application device. It has a sponge where you place your foundation. Then when you turn it on, the sponge pulsates, and Color Me applies foundation quickly and virtually effortlessly for a smooth, almost retouched look.


How do I use it? Firmly attach sponge to device. Put small amount of foundation onto sponge then push button. If you're using liquid foundation, tap foundation from sponge onto forehead, cheeks, nose, chin before blending. As device pulsates, sweep it in light circular motions across face to blend. The sponges are latex free, hypoallergenic and disposable. The downside is that sponge replacement is recommended after 7 days of use. Replacements are $9 for two sponges.


How does it work? The secret to Color Me’s success lies in its patented technology. With a battery-operated automatic sponge that runs at a rate of 15,000 pulses per minute, the device applies foundation evenly in less than two minutes. Once activated, the sponge, which mimics gentle finger tapping, quickly buffs and blends foundation onto the skin for an even finish.


Is it versatile? You can achieve flawless results using Color Me with cream foundation, BB/CC cream, tinted moisturizer, or even powder. The Automatic Foundation Applicator Universal Starter Kit comes with two types of sponges, shown above. One is for applying any liquids, and the other is for applying powder foundations. Proving its versatility, the tool can be used with all types of foundation, BB creams and tinted moisturizers as well as concealer, blush, bronzer, highlighter and contouring makeup. Simply swap the old sponge for a new one and begin work on the desired area.


Get the look! As a teacher, my everyday easy beauty look can't be too flashy, but I still want to look "made up". Eric Jimenez is the visionary behind Color Me, and he created a look just for me! If you want to achieve the everyday easy beauty look, here is how you do it.

Start by treating your skin! Be sure to always get enough sleep, as that will instantly make you look more youthful and refreshed!

In the drier weather and colder temperatures, your skin can be prone to flaking and looking a bit dull. Get that natural glow by exfoliating regularly and immediately applying a moisturizer for a youthful and dewy complexion. As an added bonus, treat yourself with a regular face mask to sooth and treat your skin.

As you apply your foundation, incorporate a highlighter to help reflect light and give a refreshed complexion. Some of my favorites include Kevyn Aucoin (celestial liquid in candlelight) and high beam by Benefit. Use your Color Me device to apply to forehead, bridge of nose, under outer edge and around the eyes, above the cupid’s bow, and on the chin.

Then, apply a liquid foundation lightly around the areas that you wish not to shimmer. As needed, apply concealer to your skin, turn on your Color Me and buff the concealer in gently.

Next, apply your brows with gentle and feathered strokes to help define your eyes. If you want a little extra pop, smudge a brown liner over your upper lid before curling your lashes and applying your mascara. Finish the look with a stain of color for lasting power and head out the door!


Overall I think that the Color Me device was a fantastic idea! I like how I can blend my foundation with no streaking for a flawless finish. It also speeds up my application time. I wish there was a way to perhaps wash the sponges instead of having to buy new ones after every seven uses. Color Me applies foundation quickly and virtually effortlessly for a smooth, almost retouched look. I do love that you can use Color Me with both liquids and powders. In fact, you should apply powder over liquid or cream for best coverage results. Watch the video below for a more detailed look at Color Me.

Pure Marula Cleansing Lotion :: Review


What? You have never heard of Marula Oil? Neither had I until I tried the Marula by John Paul Selects Pure Marula Cleansing Lotion. It nourishes skin, for a glowing and radiant complexion. Marula by John Paul Selects is a premium brand of highly effective, doctor-endorsed beauty products derived from pure, sustainable Marula oil. Offering superior anti-aging and hydrating benefits without the tradeoffs, Marula is a transformation in the world of beauty oils because of its highest concentrations of the omega fatty acids critical for rapid absorption, hydration, and age-defying elasticity.


Pure Marula Cleansing Lotion is an anti-aging facial cleansing lotion to repair environmentally damaged skin, prevent future damage, provide superior hydration, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is formulated to gently but effectively cleanse makeup and impurities without irritating solvents. It contains natural glycan technology, an AHA complex of five fruit acids, and natural plant peptides to boost efficacy of the proven antioxident power of pure marula oil. Combined with the highest grade of aloe that contains 20 biologically active components and no solvents that can irritate skin, it supports natural cell turnover, moisturizes, and prevents signs of fine lines and wrinkles.


I was very surprised to learn that this collection contains 50 percent more antioxidants than argan oil. The faster absorption rate and longer lasting moisture retention make it the superior skin care oil for age-defiance and healthy skin. I found the Pure Marula Cleansing Lotion to be quite gentle, yet it still eliminates impurities without overdrying skin. My skin was left feeling soft, nourished and radiant. The base of Pure Marula Oil and organic Aloe Vera, naturally derived biodegradable surfactants and moisture-promoting actives helps to thoroughly hydrate and effectively cleanse.

To use: Gently massage cleansing lotion onto face day and night to remove make-up and impurities. I found that you only need a very small amount. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry for soft, fresh, radiant skin.

Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask :: Review


It is getting colder, and skin is getting drier. Infuse moisture and relieve dry, dehydrated skin with the Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask. This easy-to-use sheet mask hydrates distressed skin fast with a bio-delivery infusion process, while providing a unique cooling and refreshing sensation.


Experience an ultimate complex bio-delivery infusion process that deeply saturates this mask with intensive serums that soothe and hydrate sensitive skin. In one simple step, this complete moisture infusion immediately relieves dry, dehydrated skin. Specially formulated with anti-aging ingredients and the most stable Vitamin C (MAP), the mask brightens dull skin and provides a unique cooling sensation.


To use: Apply to clean, dry skin. Remove gauze mask from white protective layer. Place the serum saturated gauze on the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Do not rinse after the mask application. I love how they are individually packaged and ready for easy application. No rinsing either! It is just so easy. After using, my skin is instantly refreshed. The serum-infused mask soothes and hydrates dry, sensitive, and stressed skin.

Lierac Magnificence Day & Night Velvety Cream :: Review


They say 40 is the new 30. Women are feeling more confident, energized and enthused to face age with grace. They are looking to harness their inner beauty and radiate it all over! Lierac offers innovative skincare products to help prevent and repair the appearance of visible skin damage. This allows women of all ages to truly age gracefully.


Magnificence Day & Night Cream is suited to dry skin types, or skin that needs more moisture during the dry winter months. This rich and velvety cream is highly concentrated in patented D-Glyox complex and enriched with botanical oils that nourish the skin to instantly smooth and improve skin texture. It is also formulated with shea butter and marula oil to ensure immediate and lasting beautiful skin. Glycoxidation is the phenomenon that modifies all the proteins responsible for the youth and beauty of the skin. It begins at 30 years old, and becomes visible around the age of 40, manifesting itself through wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of radiance and alteration in skin quality.


The Magnificence Collection is the first skincare line to control aging at the source with its’ patented D-Glyox complex. The powerful combination of pomegranate flower, silk tree oil and liposome-peptide helps reduce the appearance of visible signs of skin aging caused by glycoxidation. Clinically speaking, this D-Glyox complex:
  • Prevents and reduces Glycoxidation
  • Helps eliminate the altered proteins and toxins AGEs
  • Helps reactivate cellular renewal metabolism
So, for the woman who wants to remain authentically beautiful without painful and expensive procedures, Lierac’s Magnificence Collection has her in mind. I love the rich and creamy texture of the Day & Night Cream. It sinks into the skin and leaves it feeling nourished and hydrated. To use, apply day and night to cleansed skin.

Get Organized with Knock Knock :: Review and Giveaway


Are you as organized as you want to be? Not only does Knock Knock put the fun in functional, they also know their stuff when it comes to organization. Sure you can count on them for witty gifts, funny books, notepads, fun office supplies, and more. But you can also battle chaos on every front with their tools for home organization, running errands, and tidying the office! Knock Knock's beloved list pads, stickies, shopping lists, and more help get it down and get it done.


Newsflash :: The oh-so popular All Out Of Pad has now sold over million copies! I have a secret to tell you. I hate grocery shopping. I want to just get what I need as fast as I can. Who hasn't wandered blindly at the grocery store, trying to remember what to buy? Wander no more! This perennial favorite lets you check off depleted items as you run out, then replenish with ease and certainty when next you shop. It's magnetic too - so keep it right on your fridge.


I teach. I blog. I am busy. If I don't write things down, they don't get done. It is just that simple. Don’t let yet another 168 hours of your life get away from you. This Week Pad lets you organize your daily affairs and monitor the big picture at the same time. You can even get a jump on next week’s tasks as you maximize efficiency over and over and over again. There is nothing better than checking things off as you complete them! Done and done.


Finally, the At Home/At Work Perforated Pad compliments those of you who need separate to-do lists to divide and conquer. We're looking at you, Clark Kent. You can’t be two places at once, but this magic pad can. At first glance, it’s an ordinary list for home and work. But wait! Look closer and tear. Yep, you can tear it in half when you are ready to divide and conquer.


Sometimes a very well thought out pad is all you need to keep your life moving along nicely. Knock Knock really knocks it out of the park with their savvy selection of stationery, notepads, sticky notes, and more. I dare you not to find great organizational items, fun novelty products, and just plain cool gifts.



October 25, 2014

Warm Up With Numi Organic Teas :: Review


Numi Tea inspires well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. They believe in creating a healthful product that nurtures people and honors the planet. Therefore, they strive to foster a healthy, thriving global community while bringing you the purest, best-tasting organic tea.


Moroccan Mint :: A Herbal Tea. Known as the nana, mint flourishes from North Africa. The sweet spearmint flavor is refreshing and soothing. This one is my favorite and I used nearly the whole box when I was sick this month!

Breakfast Blend :: A Black Tea. Blend of organic black teas, malty Assam, robust Ceylon, brisk Chinese Keemun and hints of floral Darjeeling, it creates a hearty, balanced morning cup. This is the perfect blend for cool mornings in autumn.

Jasmine Green :: A Green Tea. Organic Jasmine flowers laid atop Organic Green Tea leaves. Scented three times and had layers of subtle fragrance and hints of moonlight. I like this one iced. I take it with me to work for a light and refreshing pick me up.


I love tea and I was really impressed with the quality of Numi Organic Tea. The 100 percent real ingredients, absolutely allow nature to speak for itself.

Connect :: Visit numitea.com to learn more about Numi's premium organic teas. You can connect with Numi Tea via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase Numi Organic Teas starting at $6.99 for an 18-count box.

Get the Mary Kay Blue Smoke Look


Mary Kay Celeb Makeup Artist Luis Casco loves to share the hottest beauty trends with us! I love the Blue Smoke Look for fall. Inspired by sapphire smoky eyes seen around New York Fashion Week, Luis created a soft, smoky doe-eyed look called Blue Smoke that’s perfect for special daytime events, but can be easily adapted for night. 


Follow Luis’ tips below to get this Fashion Week look at home:
  1. Start with the Mary Kay Eye Primer for serious lasting power.
  2. Sweep a shimmery champagne eye shadow onto lids as a base and across brow bone to highlight.
  3. Using Limited Edition Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Eye Color Palette in Sapphire Noir.
    • Smudge the darker blue shadow along upper lash line and outer third of lower lash line.
    • Apply the lighter blue shade from lash line to crease and blend upward to create a rounded shape.
  4. To really get that doe-eyed look, curl eyelashes before applying two coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara to top and bottom lashes.
  5. Focus on the eyes and keep the rest of the face simply glowing by lightly sweeping bronzer all over the face and applying sheer peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks. 
  6. Apply a nude lipstick like Limited Edition Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Semi-Matte Lipstick in Pink Moonstone. 
  7. Keep the look fresh with Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinävia.
  8. To take this Fashion Week chic look from day to night, use black gel eyeliner on your upper lids and add an extra coat of black mascara for some extra drama!

I love the Jewel Tone Trend happening right now. It is the perfect way to spice up your fall wardrobe! Will you give this one a try?

Connect :: To connect with Mary Kay, visit marykay.com. You can also find Mary Kay on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Buy It :: Purchase the Mary Kay Eye Primer for $12, Eye Color Palette for $24, Lash Love Mascara for $15, Semi-Matte Lipstick for $16, and the Makeup Finishing Spray for $18. You can purchase these products online or search for your local Independent Beauty Consultant for a more personalized experience.



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