October 26, 2014

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.

October 23, 2014

13 Spooktacular Halloween Treats

Check out 13 Spooktacular Halloween Treats at Foodie.com
Halloween is the perfect time to create yummy, creepy, and spooktacular treats! I collected 13 of my favorites - no tricks - just treats!

Halloween Ice Cream Sandwich Spiders :: These easy Halloween ice cream sandwich spiders will add some creepy crawly flair to your Halloween Bash!

Caramel Apples :: Caramel apples are my favorite fall treat! These Halloween themed apples are dunked in chocolate and colored sprinkles making them irresistible!

Easy Eyeball Cookies :: Ever get that feeling that someone is watching you? Don't worry - it is just these spooky eyeball cookies!

Candy Corn Halloween Cookies :: I love this fun and easy Halloween treat idea ... candy corn cookies! So colorful and festive!

Fun Frankestein Rice Krispie Treats :: Only Frankenstein could make Rice Krispie Treats even more fun!

Eye of Newt Pretzels :: These easy treats are perfect for your Halloween dessert table!

Halloween Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops :: These adorable little Frankenstein Pops are so clever and hilarious! This recipe is one you could even make with the kids!


Easy Halloween Pudding Cups :: Boo ... don't let these cute pudding cups trick you! They are just a delicious treat that are a joy to eat! 

Halloween Cupcakes :: These Halloween cupcakes are like a work of art! They are as cute as they are delicious!

Pumpkin Popcorn Balls :: Popcorn Balls were a classic Halloween treat when I was a kid. These are made with marshmallows for a new take on the ultimate soft and chewy treat!

Halloween Candy Bark :: Create this recipe with the leftover Halloween candy! It would be yummy with just about any candy.

Screamsicle Mini Milkshakes :: A treat you can drink! These delicious milkshakes just scream Halloween!


Witch’s Brooms :: This classic Halloween treat is so simple, your kids could make them!

No tricks here ... just treats! Spooktacular treats that are almost too cute to eat! Almost. Happy Halloween! #TrickorTreat


This Halloween Treats post is brought to you by Foodie.com. All opinions are my own.

Apocalypse of Color :: Halloween Nail Lacquer Collection #CGApocalypse


Run for your life this Halloween as China Glaze unleashes the Apocalypse of Color. Design an immortal manicure fit for the undead with this mix of scary shimmers, ghoulish glitters and terrifying top coats. Create a spine-chilling look with the six-piece limited edition collection, all the way down to your fingertips and toes.


The horrifying hues in the Apocalypse of Color Collection include (L to R):
  • But Of Corpse :: Gruesome green with specks of black
  • I Love Your Guts :: Blood red with specks of black
  • Don’t Let the Dead Bite :: Nude base with sporadic red glitter pieces to look like blood splatter across your finger tips
  • Getting to Gnaw You :: Dark black polish with hints of orange glitter
  • Rest in Pieces :: Festive fall glitter combination of copper, gold and black (shown below over History of the World)
  • Ghoulish Glow :: Glow-in-the-dark top coat


Do you paint your nails for Halloween? What kinds of spooky designs do you want to try?


Connect :: You can connect with China Glaze via their website! You can also keep up with them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: The Apocalypse of Color Collection is available now at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and Ulta stores. Individual shades retail for $7.50.

October 20, 2014

Contigo Cortland Water Bottle :: Review and Giveaway #ContigoBestinOne



Are you ready to hear about the latest Water Bottle Innovation from Contigo? Then I need to tell you about The Cortland Water Bottle. You are busy and you need solutions for your active lifestyle. Now there is a water bottle that incorporates all of your must-have features, including 100% spill-proof AUTOSEAL technology! The Cortland Water Bottle is the ultimate option for on-the-go hydration. One might even call it the best-in-one water bottle!


Let's go through some of my favorite features. First, the patented AUTOSEAL® lid automatically seals between sips to eliminate spills and leaks. It is automatically sealed unless you press the button on the back of the bottle. It is designed in such a way that you hand cradles the button perfectly. This also makes it perfect for convenient one-handed drinking! When you want to sip, just press the button and the hole will open ever so slightly. When you are finished, release button to automatically seal. There is even a button lock to prevent accidental pressing of the AUTOSEAL® button!


Nothing comes out if the bottle is tipped. Not even a drop. You will never find any plastic odors or taste with FDA-approved, BPA-free Tritan™ materials. The protective spout cover protects the spout from dirt and germs. When you are ready to clean your Cortland Water Bottle, Contigo makes it easy. The underside of the lid flips open completely for easy cleaning. It is also top-rack dishwasher safe.


Another great feature is the sturdy clip on handle that attaches to bags, backpacks, gear and more. It also fits into most car cup holders! I find the Cortland Water Bottle so convenient to use when I am teaching. I am always moving my water bottle all around my room. Sometimes a student will accidentally knock it over. No worries and no more spills! I can also carry it in my tote, or on top of my books with no chance of a leak. I love the Cortland Water Bottle and I know you will too! One lucky reader is going to Win a Contigo Prize Pack that includes FOUR Cortland Water Bottles!


Moldiv's Instagram Photo Contest #ILoveMoldiv


Are you an Instagram addict too? I seem to always be thinking ... I should post that on Instagram. If you agree, then I have the perfect contest for you!

Moldiv is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest where you can submit a collage of your baby photos OR your favorite selfies made with Moldiv and be eligible to win some cool prizes – including an iPhone 6!

HOW TO ENTER

Create a collage of your selfies or baby photos with Moldiv, then post collage on Instagram using the #ILoveMoldiv hashtag. Multiple entries are allowed, so submit as many collages as you like! Entries will be accepted through October 29th.

CONTEST DETAILS + PRIZES


Dates: Oct 15th 12:00 AM PDT to Oct 29th 12:00A.M. PDT (GMT-7)

How to Enter: Create a collage of your baby photos with Moldiv. And simply submit entries via instagram with the #ILoveMoldiv hashtag.

Winner Selection: Winners will be determined by public voting and JellyBus judging.

Rules: Photos must be your own. No copying. No cheating. Multiple entries allowed. Contest opens to U.S. residents only.

You can read full official rules here: https://www.facebook.com/moldivpro/posts/341096476068591

PRIZES


1st place: iPhone 6

2nd place: Olloclip 4 in 1 lens

3rd place: Selfie handheld stick

Moldiv will also randomly pick 10 participants to receive a $10 iTunes gift card.

Now is the time to download Moldiv and start creating your collages! Be sure to follow Moldiv on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest updates.

October 15, 2014

Crest #SensiStopStrips Update

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Crest. My opinions are 100% my own!


I have been using Crest Sensi-Stop Strips for a month now. I posted about my tooth sensitivity to cold foods. Just the thought of biting into my favorite cold snack, gelato, gives me the chills. Tooth pain just shoots through your whole body and it is awful. So, like many, I was happy to hear that Crest was offering this product for us to try! I also told you that you only need to use one Crest Sensi-Stop Strip for ten minutes - and it offers up to one whole month of protection! I was hesitant that the strip I used a month ago would still be effective a month later. I had a smoothie earlier today. I even tried to drink it with no straw. Amazed, I was good to go! No tooth sensitivity! Nice.


I am having great results with Crest Sensi-Stop Strips and I am confident that you will too! Want to try them for yourself? You can find new Crest Sensi-Stop Strips at an everyday low price at Walmart. Just follow these simple steps to use for up to one month of protection!
  • Step 1 | Find It: Identify exactly where you feel the “zing”
  • Step 2 | Stick It: Place 50% of the strip over the gum and 50% over the tooth
  • Step 3 | Relieve It: In 10 minutes remove the strip. Relief lasts up to 1 month

Connect :: To connect with Crest, visit crest.com. You can also find Crest on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: Experience the new Crest Sensi-Stop Strips in the oral care aisle at your local Walmart or at CrestSensi.com/Walmart.


This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Crest. My opinions are 100% my own!

October 13, 2014

GUESS Dare Fragrance :: Review


I dare you to go back to that time when you would only wear GUESS jeans. Do you remember your first pair? I definitely do. I had the bottoms darted and folded and everything. Those jeans made me feel so powerful and brave - like I could do anything. Kind of like the newest fragrance from GUESS - GUESS Dare.


GUESS is still as on-trend as it was in the 90's. GUESS Dare is no exception. It was inspired by sexy, daring 70's icons like Charlie’s Angels and Bond Girls. The unique blend of notes, including Pear Blossom and Lime flower, captures the young and bold spirit of the ageless GUESS Girl.


A vibrant mix of notes blend together to create a refreshing, yet bold signature scent for the confident, seductive girl. Notes of crisp kumquat, jasmine and coconut palm blend to create an irresistible fruity-floral aroma that gets you noticed.


I wish you could smell through your screen. This is such a fresh scent, yet it still exudes confidence. It is certainly seductive and smells amazing. Not too overbearing, this fragrance is perfect for day or night.
  • Top notes: crisp kumquat, pear blossom, lime flower
  • Middle notes: living Palm Springs cactus flower, jasmine, wild rose
  • Bottom notes: blonde woods, living Key West coconut palm

Connect :: Visit shop.guess.com to discover the newest daring fragrance from GUESS. You can also find GUESS on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the GUESS Dare Fragrance for $52 (1.7 oz.) or $62 (3.4 oz.).

Cate McNabb Fall Essentials :: Review


It’s time to embrace a new lip color and fresh face to pair with your sweaters and scarves this fall. Cate McNabb is breezing into fall with its newly released pressed powders and lipsticks to give every girl their new favorite go-to look. I had a chance to try both of these fall essentials.


Cate’s new pressed powders will complete a flawless face with its mattifying qualities and its ability to absorb surface oils, minimizing the appearance of pores. The four new shades, Sand, Umber, Buff and Wheat, are color compatible to Cate’s existing line of cream foundations. I tried Buff (shown above). The application is smooth and not too powdery. It leaves a soft, matte finish that is perfect for fall.


Known for bold color and long-lasting wear, Cate’s new lipsticks are promised to be a wardrobe-staple. Naked Truth and Guava offer a warm rose and soft mauve color, while LBD is revered as a one-of-a-kind Cate product due to its lipstick-gloss hybrid coverage. I tried Guava (shown above) which turned out to be a beautiful autumnal shade. They are definitely long lasting and go on without feeling too drying or cakey.


Cate McNabb is a mineral-based cosmetic line with no parabens, perfumes or pore-clogging additives; just the natural good-stuff to keep your skin beautiful.  Add these staples to your makeup bag and you will be sure to turn heads this fall.


Connect :: Visit catemcnabbcosmetics.com to discover their bold, cruelty-free, natural cosmetics line. You can also find Cate McNabb on Facebook and Twitter.


Buy It :: You can purchase the Long Lasting Lipstick for $16 and the Pressed Powder for $26.



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