June 20, 2016

Enter to Win a $100 Starbucks Gift Card

We all need some Starbucks every now and then. This gift card will help to feed those Starbucks cravings all summer long!

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will receive a $100 Starbucks Gift Card!

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Relax with a SwimWays Spring Float Recliner

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.

How do you relax? Do you read, do yoga, meditate? As a teacher with the summer months off, my time to relax is definitely in the summer months! One of my absolute favorite ways to relax is lounging at the pool. That being said, I have tried many pool floats and the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner happens to have all of the features I am looking for.

The first feature that I love is the back and neck support. When I am lounging, I don't want to necessarily lie flat on my back. I want to sit up and see what else is going on in the pool. I also want to see and enjoy my surroundings. The SwimWays Spring Float Recliner floating lounger combines comfort in a sit-up style chair will extra luxury details. The backrest is also mesh covered so it is soft and comfortable. You also won't stick to it like some other pool loungers!

Part of relaxing is having your feet up. So SwimWays included a very smart feet ottoman! You have a hole in the center where your feet can stay wet and cool, or you can place them on the ottoman for comfortable support and the ultimate in pool lounging! So kick back and relax!

The SwimWays Spring Float Recliner is completely portable. It is the only float on the market with patented Inner Spring Technology, which allows it to be easily inflated, closed and carried. It folds down into this round shape about the size of the pillow. Then just pop the springs open and you are ready to inflate. The patented inner spring sewn into the outside edge of the float makes unfolding and folding a snap, plus added stability in the water while floating. There are only two inflate areas so it is very easy to do.

Don't forget your umbrella drink! The cup holder is ready for your favorite beverage. Enjoy a cool drink while you lounge. It is in the perfect spot too. You can still rest your arms without the beverage getting in the way. The SwimWays Spring Float Recliner is the ultimate ticket to summer relaxation! Don't settle for a poorly-made, unsupportive float that sticks to your legs and won’t last the season. The SwimWays Spring Float Recliner available at Walmart nationwide now.

Connect :: Visit swimways.com to learn more about the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner. You can also connect with SwimWays on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner at Walmart for $35.

June 11, 2016

Tech Loving Dads Want the Samsung Gear VR for Fathers Day

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Does the dad on your gift list love all things tech? Then he will love mobile virtual reality. He can be at the center of exciting games, watch the best of Hollywood in his own private cinema, socialize with friends, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR drops dad right in the action! You can visit the Gear VR page to learn more! Sounds so cool doesn't it?

From taking part in epic battles to interacting with live dinosaurs, dad will go where he's never been able to venture before with the Samsung Gear VR. When you get dad all of the #GearVR he needs, it will be like giving him his own personal cinema! He can live stream favorite games, short films, and video clips in a virtual theater setting. With full access to more than 1 million Vimeo videos and Twitch, there will always be something new for him to experience.

Best Buy has a great offer on the Samsung phone + Gear VR bundle just in time for Father's Day! You can get FREE Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones. This offer is good now through 6/18 online or in Best Buy stores.

June 9, 2016

Don't Forget Your Portable Wall Charger

If you are traveling this summer, don't forget your portable wall charger! Between your tablet, your phones, your laptop, chances are you have lots of goodies to charge. But sometimes the outlet space is limited, especially when you are not at home. That is why a device like this intelliARMOR 4-port USB charger is a must-have travel accessory.

Just plug the intelliARMOR charging block into one outlet and you get four places to charge your devices via USB! This means you can simultaneously charge smartphones, tablets, Fitbits, cameras, or anything that uses a USB port. The compact design has prongs that fold and lets you power all your devices whether at home or on the go.

Not only is the intelliARMOR portable wall charger convenient, it's smart too! It uses intelliSMART charging technology determines the need of any attached device and adjusts power for a fast an efficient charge. 
Thin and lightweight while providing maximum charging speeds, the 4-port charger offers USB-enabled device rapid charging. As a safety precaution, the charger has circuitry that accurately detects the needs of each separate device so you can count on it getting the proper charge without overcharging. 

Use it like you would any other charger, simply plug it in and attach any existing USB charging cable. That's it, you're ready to go. Charging begins right away and will stop automatically once your device has reached a full charge. Keep all your devices fully charged and ready to go when you are on the go ... or even if you are at home!

Buy It :: You can purchase the intelliARMOR Portable Wall Charger for $14.95.

Special Offer :: Get 20% off with the code SmartPwr!

Dirty Little Secrets: One Week with Biz

Stains happen in real life. Last week I told about what BIZ can do. But just because I am a BIZ ambassador doesn't mean I will just tell you that BIZ works to get out stains. I will show you. Here are some real life examples from this week where BIZ came to the rescue! Luckily, I didn't have anything as disastrous as wine on carpet!

First, let me remind you how to use BIZ as a stain eliminator. For tough stains, pre-treat them directly with BIZ liquid by wetting the area with warm water and applying BIZ. Rub gently and wait 5-10 minutes then wash as usual. BIZ contains a unique blend of enzymes which quickly dissolves stains and odors. No need to seek out a different treatment from stain to stain. 

To start the week off we had a pizza stain. But hubby didn't tell me about it until the next day. I pre-treated it with BIZ for 10 minutes and then threw it in the wash with laundry detergent combined with more BIZ. So does BIZ work on a day old pizza stain? Yes!

The next one is my doing. My mom makes the best beef stew. I guess I was enjoying it too much because it dribbled onto my shirt! As soon as I got home I treated it and washed it. Stain gone.

For the last stain this week, I do not know why my husband was working in the garage with his favorite shorts on. But he did and proceeded to get motor oil all over them. Nice. So I added some BIZ right away and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then into the wash it went. Once again, stain is gone!

So impressive, right?! Give BIZ Stain Fighter a try for your own real life's dirty little secrets and see what it can do for your household! Stay tuned, I will continue to use BIZ and bring you more information (and perhaps some more dirty little secrets) in the coming months!

Connect :: Visit bizstainfighter.com to learn more about how you can boost your detergent's cleaning power and eliminate tough stains. You can connect with Biz on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

June 6, 2016

Laundry Organization Made Easy

I don't like to do laundry. Who does? So when I find things to make the laundry process easier, I utilize them immediately. The Honey-Can-Do Quad Laundry Sorter is designed for a busy home or workplace with lots of laundry to be done. It is such high quality and has changed the way I do laundry. Is it weird to rave about a laundry sorter? Oh well. This is much deserved.

The first thing is that it was quite easy to assemble. Then, once it was assembled, it was sturdy and ready for use. Watch the video above and see for yourself. I have owned other laundry sorters in the past that felt like they would fall apart from the get go. Not this one. This chrome laundry sorter can be used in commercial or residential settings to separate laundry for individual loads.

There are four compartments with large openings to sort laundry. I use the four compartments for delicates, light colors, dark colors, and towels. The second thing I love is that the compartments are large and low. This is important for two reasons. Large means they can fit more laundry and low means that I can reach the bottom of the compartment without feeling like I am going to break my back.

The next plus is that it rolls around easily. The Honey-Can-Do Quad Laundry Sorter includes four rubber casters for easy rolling and two that lock for extra control and roll protection. Finally, it looks crisp and clean. Chrome-plated stainless tubes give this heavy duty laundry sorter a clean, polished look that will nicely complement room decor.

It is clear that this was designed for a busy home with lots of laundry. It just works. I live in an older home with a laundry shoot. So I just collect the laundry out of the laundry shoot and sort it right away. I absolutely love it and it makes doing laundry so much easier!

Connect :: Visit honeycando.com to check out all of their organization, storage and style products. You can also connect with Honey-Can-Do on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase this heavy-duty laundry sorter for $75!

A Superhero Dad Deserves the #WriteGift

Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me for this post!

How are you honoring the Superhero Dad in your life this Father’s day? Any Superhero Dad deserves the #WriteGift and that is a CROSS Marvel Pen! CROSS has launched a new series of fine writing instruments featuring Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider Man. Since Father’s Day is approaching, there is no better time than to honor the dads in the family, the real life Superheros.

Each of these larger-than-life pens brings a classic Marvel super hero to life. Created with an appreciation for quality craftsmanship and writing finesse, these stunning collectibles are perfectly balanced and glide agilely across any page. What a great way for dad to showcase his favorite character and his passion for the Marvel franchise!

I received a Century II CROSS Marvel Iron Man Pen. Ready for gift-giving, each pen is presented in a luxury gift box with a Marvel-themed sleeve. Then pen itself is stunning featuring beautiful translucent lacquer finishes with metallic detail. The rollerball writes so smooth! The specially formulated ink flows freely like a fountain pen. When you hold the pen, it feels sleek and firm, making writing a breeze.


The CROSS Marvel Collection has another option for Superhero Dads. He can leap from paper to touchscreen in a single bound with the Cross Marvel Tech2 Collection. The heroic combo of pen and stylus comes together in this collection that also celebrates three classic super heroes. Put them into action on paper and digital touchscreens.

My CROSS Marvel pen writes so smooth, I am tempted to just keep it for my own superhero self! For more than 168 years, Cross has re-invented writing instruments, combining design ingenuity with jewelry-quality craftsmanship. Their fine writing instruments make the perfect gifts for dads, grads, weddings, or any special occasion.

Connect :: Visit cross.com to browse the full collection of CROSS Marvel Pens. You can also connect with CROSS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase a Century II Marvel Collection Pen for $150 or a Tech2 Marvel Collection Pen for $45.

June 5, 2016

Sweet + Spicy Chai Latte

This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review.

What's sweet and spicy and easy to make at home? TAZO® Chai Latte. There’s something about the rich, creamy taste that sends you to another place and time. For me, every sip provides a spicy and sweet escape. I love to travel, and the new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods allow you to explore a world of flavor from the comfort of your home.

Just the mere aroma of masala spices sets your mind on a trip to an Indian nation. TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods come in two alluring flavors, Classic and Vanilla Caramel. I personally love the Vanilla Caramel because it really is that perfect Sweet Meets Spicy indulgence. You have the classic chai flavors wrapped in a blanket of sweet vanilla and creamy caramel.

So what is chai latte? Steeped in 5,000 years of Indian history, chai is a black tea blend that’s part sweet, part spicy, and totally unexpected. This beverage is made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Originating in India, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity. The latte, of course, means to mix the chai with steamed milk. There you have chai latte.

Thanks to TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods, chai latte is so easy to enjoy at home! There are two easy steps. First, you pour the sweetened dairy packet into your cup. Then you brew a latte tea blend into the same cup using your Keurig® brewer. Then stir well and enjoy. In just minutes, you have the perfect balance of sweet meets spicy to enjoy in your own home!

Now that you have your Chai Latte, what will you enjoy with it? Tea and chai have always been a part of Padma Lakshmi's life and family heritage and she is excited to celebrate the flavors of chai with TAZO. This is why spokesperson Padma Lakshmi developed recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of chai. You can find them by visiting TAZO.com/chai/pairings

Serve a sweet and spicy chai latte alongside any of Padma’s delicious dishes. The one that looks the most intriguing to me is cinnamon tea cookies. Padma says:

"These simple cookies are easy to make and fun for kids, too! Around my house we always referred to them as tea biscuits, and we dunked them into our strongly brewed, gingery masala chai. They’re thin, crumbly and less sweet than most cookies, which makes them ideal for enjoying with a sweet and spicy chai latte."

So sit back and relax, as your taste buds host you on an imaginary journey through exotic lands of sweet cinnamon, fragrant cardamom, and spicy ginger, leaving you feeling invigorated by the aromatic flavors and ready to travel around the world. The aroma alone is spicy, sweet, and invigorating. The taste is bold, flavorful, and indulgent. The spicy really stands out like a warm hug. Then the sweet compliments the spicy and creates the perfect sip. Find where to buy TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods at TAZO.com/wheretobuy.

May 31, 2016

evian® Facial Spray for Thirsty Summer Skin + Giveaway

This post is powered by BrandBacker, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Summer skin can get so thirsty - especially during a day at the beach! Sun and salt water suck moisture from skin. Keep your skin hydrated throughout the day using cooling and refreshing evian® Facial Spray.

When you are feeling dry and dehydrated, simply spray on some of evian Facial Spray’s unique, balanced, mineral content and exquisitely fine micro-droplet mist. The mist is so fine and so cooling, it will allow skin to better absorb its hydration. It will cool you off and have you feeling refreshed in a matter of a few sprays. Don’t forget sunscreen!

The travel size is perfect for a day at the beach and a must-have for your summer travels. In fact, I named it one of my beauty travel essentials and have been using it for years! Don't let the many unexpected elements of summer leave you parched and sunburned. Tuck some evian Facial Spray into your favorite bag to beat the summer heat!

Win It :: 5 lucky winners will receive a $75 Summer Prize Package which includes:
  • $25 Sephora Gift Card
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • 5 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz. travel size evian® Facial Sprays
Connect :: You can find out more about the many uses for evian Facial Spray at evianspray.com. Connect with evian Facial Spray on Facebook and Instagram.

Find It :: You can purchase a 1.7 oz travel size evian Facial Spray for $7.50.

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