September 30, 2012

COVERGIRL Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and Olay Pressed Powder :: Review




When you mix together science and beauty you get COVERGIRL and Olay. I got to try the COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder. It is not your ordinary make-up. It was designed to smooth the appearance of rough surfaces and gives your skin a radiant finish. COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation also contains known skin conditioning ingredients to hydrate your skin and help improve skin tone over time.

What I like most about the COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder is the convenience. I am not the best and remembering to hydrate. But COVERGIRL makes it easy. I love how it is swirled all together and just one pump delivers!

More about the COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation ::
  • One pump instantly covers discolorations, lines and wrinkles while one bottle hydrates to help improve skin tone over time
  • Clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of discolorations over time by hydrating the skin
  • Available at all major retailers, with a suggested retail price of $13.99
  • Online at covergirl.com visit the site to get shade matched, discover tips and looks, and learn more
  • And let friends in on the secret to completing the perfect look, using COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder:
  • Gold pearls, yellow iron oxide, and silk mica work together to help provide natural looking skin with an energized appearance and a healthy radiance
  • Instantly helps brighten skin tone while softening the look of imperfections
  • The formula, with a built-in smooth-glide serum, provides a touch of brightness without feeling heavy or cakey
  • A shade for all women (comes in 14 shades)
When you are ready to apply the COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder, just follow these steps.
  1. Wash face thoroughly to remove oils and create a blank canvas.
  2. Put a small amount of foundation on a disposable sponge wedge or your fingertips.
  3. Dot foundation onto your nose, cheeks and forehead.
  4. Use your fingertips to blend thoroughly, decreasing intensity towards the edge of your face.
  5. Not looking for full coverage? Apply only as needed, still blending with fingers. Lightly dabbing will remove excess foundation without smearing.
  6. Finish your perfect anti-aging look with a light layer of COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder. Using the puff applicator, apply to your forehead and nose first, then move to the rest of your face and chin.
I really enjoyed these products. Find them at your local retailer and try them for yourself!



Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. See my full disclosure. I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent.

American Adventure


This is a guest post from Abby Du Plessis written in conjunction with Carhiremarket.com.

Soon after my family and I arrived on the Western shores of the United States of America so that my husband could start working for the company which had relocated us there, we decided to take a road trip. Never having travelled in the States before the only experience I had to draw from was the many Hollywood films that have been made on this subject. Picturing Robert Downey Junior in the movie ‘Due Date’ struggling across America with his accident prone side kick Zach Galifianakis , left me feeling somewhat dubious about what to expect from our big adventure. Nonetheless, I was still keen to explore a small part of this huge and glorious country and the best and most cost effective way to do so was by car.

We hired a car for the trip because although we had use of another privately owned car we didn’t want to add too much mileage to it and also wanted to travel in a more comfortable, newer car than our own. It was easy enough to find cheap car hire online, but we were cautious in making sure we planned exactly how much it would cost before we chose a vehicle. You need to be really careful when it comes to things like hidden extras, fuel consumption and whether or not you have unlimited mileage.

 The children also enjoyed the novelty of being in a different vehicle to the one they were used to as it had pop out cup holders and other “amazing” features. The small things make a big difference to little kids and as you spend so much time in your car on a road trip it is nice to have a few luxuries.

So, with all of our luggage and both of our children safely packed up, we headed out East, from our house in the San Francisco Bay Area, to the desert playground that is Las Vegas. We planned our trip to include the magnificent Yosemite National Park, with a couple of nights there to take in the sights before driving through Death Valley towards Vegas. The first part of our journey passed without a hitch and we spent a couple of nights marvelling in the splendour of the beautiful mountain range, which even impressed our surly 5 year old. Apart from the inability to find healthy places to eat, the trip couldn’t have gone better. Then came the unseasonal snow.

Taking advice from the manager of the hotel we were staying in, we decided to take a longer route out of the park as the snow would make the shortest way impassable, and set off blissfully unaware of what awaited us. After driving for a couple of hours on the alternative route, we had yet to see any snow and were beginning to think the predictions of the meteorologists were over cautious. That is until we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a blizzard, on a very windy road half way up a mountain. Luckily we were driving behind a big truck, which slightly cleared the road in front of us, and we managed to get back down the mountain safely.

After all the drama of that had settled we decided that we should write off the idea of Vegas, saving it for another time when we could go without the kids, turned around and headed towards Carmel. We had a wonderful couple of days in the beautiful town by the sea, and reflected on how flexible and spontaneous you can be on a road trip, even when there are kids involved.

The preceding was guest post from Abby Du Plessis written in conjunction with Carhiremarket.com. See my full disclosure.

September 25, 2012

Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway!

This post brought to you by Kmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Have you ever found the perfect item at your favorite store, but then realized it was just the wrong time to buy it? Maybe you wouldn't be paid for another few weeks, or maybe you just needed to save up. This happened to me once with a couch. I have a very odd shaped room and I found the perfect couch for my living room. However, it was the wrong time. When we finally saved up enough to buy it, it was gone! I was so mad! Don't let this happen to you! 

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The holidays are closer than you think. Now is the time to start placing some great Kmart items on free layaway for your family and friends! You can't do that at other major retailers. To make things even sweeter, Kmart is having a Big Layaway Giveaway!  Just put your purchases on layaway and every week you have a chance to win in Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway! It would be so amazing to win! Here is one item I have my eye on.

I so want another Digital SLR! This Canon EOS Rebel would be perfect. What kinds of holiday gifts are you going to put on layaway?! Don't forget to enter to the Big Layaway Giveaway! Happy Shopping!

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September 24, 2012

Enter to Win an Eddie Bauer Three Wheeled Travel System!



Eddie Bauer 3-Wheeled Travel System 

As child safety week is coming to an end Tailor Made Momma and and Life With Levi have teamed up with several bloggers to bring you the giveaway event of the month! The Eddie Bauer Three Wheeled Travel System retails for $249.00 and can be found exclusively at Target! What to see what Cristina at Tailor Made Momma thought about the Trevel System? Check out her review here.

Here are a few of the great features that this travel system offers:
  • Infant seat holds up a baby from from 4lbs to 35lbs
  • Stroller supports child from 4lbs to 50lbs
  • Quick one hand fold and stand
  • Child snack tray with cup holder
  • Parent tray with 2 cup holders
Even if you don't have an infant this would make a great gift for the mom-to-be in your life!

September 22, 2012

30% off at Blurb



Don't miss one of Blurb's biggest sales ever! Have a Blurb book that you have been working on? Or maybe you have been wanting to create a book with all of the pictures you have stored on your camera, on Facebook or on Instagram? Well NOW is the time to order a book from Blurb during this huge sale! It's the perfect time to capture the moments of summer gone by in a beautiful photo book - from a summer vacation, to days at the beach, or your child's first day of school! Or maybe you would love to to get a head start on your holiday gift shopping and put all of those family recipes into a book! From now until 9/24, you can get 30% off any book you create with promo code FLASH30! Hurry because this amazing offer ends soon!

Minted :: The Freshest Holiday Cards + More :: Review and Giveaway




Looking for the freshest designs on paper? Look no further. You have found Minted. Minted is the online stationery store powered by a global community of designers. That means you will always find the latest and coolest designs. 


Just check out their selection of gorgeous Holiday Cards! They come in all shapes and sizes, with a photo or without, folded or flat, you will be able to find just what you are looking for. I recently shopped at Minted and found so many beautiful designs!


I love all of the whimsical and fun designs they have available! You will also find modern custom stationery and invitation designs. Business Cards, Stationary, Journals, Birth Announcements, Shower Invitations ... if it is paper related, Minted probably offers it. Are you a creative graphic designer? Minted holds monthly design challenges for stationery, invitations, calendars, and other categories and all graphic designers are invited to enter. How cool is that?!


I found these super cute Skinny Wrap Address Labels. They actually wrap around the envelope. They will surely make those Holiday Cards stand out! Minted only uses fine paper stock, rich inks, and crisp printing methods. You can expect the best.


See something you like? Of course you do! One lucky reader is going to win a $35 Gift Code + Free Shipping to pick out something for yourself! 

Top 2012 Budget Holiday Destinations


Americans are quite fortunate when it comes to planning a vacation on a budget. With 50 diverse US states to choose from, there's no need to go abroad. Instead, driving or taking a bus to destinations in the United States can be every bit as rewarding as the more expensive option of an airplane flight to another continent. 

Popular destinations usually go right along with high costs, but National Parks can prove the exception. Two of the most popular wilderness areas in the nation are California's Yosemite, famous for its huge granite formations and sheer-drop waterfalls, and Montana's Yellowstone, where hiking trails take visitors past bubbling "paint pots" and geothermal water geysers. At both locations, camping is a popular activity that saves visitors money as it brings them closer to nature.

For East Coast tourists and those who prefer a little more civilization on their vacations, another option is to book into resorts on Lake George, located in northern New York. Lake George features public beaches and weekly summer firework shows, and provides its guests with opportunities to relax, boat and swim as they wish.




The preceding was a guest post is brought to you by Katie Green. See my full disclosure.

September 16, 2012

NeoStrata :: Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector :: Review and Giveaway




NeoStrata offers dermatologist developed skin care products that are clinically proven to dramatically transform all skin types. Through scientific innovations and patents, Drs. Van Scott and Yu have perfected the science of anti-aging skin care to an extent that is unprecedented and unsurpassed by any other skin care brand. I had the opportunity to try the Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector, a potent targeted treatment that helps diminish the look of dark spots.

I never expected to have to worry about dark spots in my mid 30s. But unfortunately, this is something that I have to deal with. I have struggled to find a product that would effectively correct an uneven skin tone and reduce the intensity of existing dark spots. How does it work? NeoGlucosamine gently exfoliates to break up pigment clusters. Retinol and Vitamin C help to reduce the intensity of existing dark spots. Turmeric and Alpine Plants help prevent new spots from forming. Then finally, optical diffusers create an instant brightness to your skin. All of these effective ingredients work together for the perfect dark spot solution.


I have been using the Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector for over a month now and I am happy with what I see! My current dark spots appear lighter and some have even seemed to nearly diminish! This is just what I was looking for. I also like the light and smooth texture of this product. I can't stand applying treatments that have a sticky feeling. For best results you should apply this high strength product to discolored skin once daily for two weeks and twice daily thereafter. You should also limit sun exposure during and after use to prevent darkening from reoccurring.


Ready to improve the tone of your skin? One lucky reader is going to win the Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector to try for themselves!

My Dream Summer Road Trip #kiaroadtrip

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Have you ever taken a really amazing summer road trip? Although this summer is coming to an end {boo} we can always plan an amazing summer road trip for next year {yay}! I think if I could go anywhere on a summer road trip, it would be that long journey down the California coastline. I have only been to California once. I flew in and out of LA. I missed seeing the beautiful California beaches!

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I would set my navigation system to start at Monterey and take me all the way to Morro Bay. What about you? If you could plan a summer road trip for next year ... where would you go?!



Disclosure:  This post is brought to you by Kia. All opinions are 100% mine. See my full disclosure.

Vat19 :: Awesome Products and Unique Gifts :: Review


Need to get that special someone a truly awesome and unique gift? Or do you just want something funky and cool for yourself? Then you need to head over to Vat19! I fell upon this site when searching for unique gifts myself. Just a few minutes into browsing, I found so many unique gift ideas and things that I wanted for myself! Here is an example of three great products you will find at Vat19.


The original Slush Mug turns your favorite beverage into a Slushee in just minutes! Because the Slush Mug doesn't use ice or a blender, it doesn't water down your Slushee like other products. What? How does that work? Well according to Vat19, the Slush Mug's secret to creating Slushees with the perfect consistency is its patented Glaciercore. All you need to do is simply freeze the Glaciercore and then add any naturally sweetened beverage to create a Slushee in minutes. That means no diet soda. I tried using Coke and it worked awesome! 


This is what it looked like after about 10 minutes. You just keep stirring the Slushee and it will get more and more icy. These would be great for kids too! Don't forget about Frozen Cappuccino or make your own Orange Creamsicle! Delish! 


The next cool product I got to try was the Foam Soap Pump Dispenser. I love foam soap. I always buy foam soap but I found that it needs to be replaced very quickly. This handy dandy dispenser dispenses foam soap at a fraction of the price of liquid soap. How? This stylish soap dispenser transforms regular liquid hand soap into a gentle foam. It works by filling the bottle with with a 25%/75% mix of hand soap and water. It was very easy to do thanks to fill lines imprinted on the bottle. This means that in the end, you will use three-quarters less soap. Watch the Vat19 video below to learn more!



I used this product with my favorite lavender liquid soap. It is on the thick side so I wasn't sure it was going to work. Guess what? It did! 


The best feature of this product for me is getting that foam soap that I love to use! The bonus is saving money by using just 25% of the soap that I normally would! You can also operate this baby one handed because there is a removable suction cup base. Sweet!


Finally the last super cool product from Vat19 solves the messy cell phone cord charging situation that we can encounter on a daily basis. My husband was the worst offender. He would leave his phone charging in the living room to the point where anyone could step on it if they weren't careful. Insert this clever Cell Phone Holder. This handy platform holds your cell phone and stores the charger cord at the same time. It is an organizers dream! The Cell Phone Holder is a simple and inexpensive way to reduce your charger clutter. This plastic cell phone holder rests snugly between your battery adapter and the wall socket, staying in place by hanging on to the top edge of the adapter. This is one of those products that leaves you asking yourself, "Now why didn't I think of that?"


Ready to browse the vast selection of cool, useful and innovative products at Vat19? Another thing that I love about them is that they learn everything they can about our products and create their own photos, descriptions, and videos that let you see all aspects of each item. You will always know exactly what to expect. 

BrylaneHome Double Slow Cooker Review


BrylaneHome is your source for items that make it easy for you to decorate your home with today's latest styles, colors, and designs. Now BrylaneHome launches an expanded entertainment collection and new branded electrics! Planning a dinner party takes time and energy to ensure friends and family thoroughly enjoy their visit, so the BrylaneHome team has thought of all the must-haves for creating a fun and tasty experience to make it easier than ever to entertain. 


The BrylaneHome Double Slow Cooker is so convenient! This kitchen helper cooks two separate dishes at the same time. This is wonderful for parties or large gatherings where just one dish won't do! They even have individual temperature controls. It includes two 2½-qt. pots that lift out for easy clean up. I tried this double slow cooker out for myself and made some Beef Stroganoff. I am no chef by any means. But I can work with slow cookers! 


I found that it cooked my food very thoroughly. There is an easy off-low-high-warm knob for simple temperature control. I was impressed that the food did not stick to the pot. Clean up was very simple. I do wish it had a longer cord. The only place it would fit on my counter was a bit awkward. Other than that I really liked this product for the convenience of easy two dish cooking

The BrylaneHome Double Slow Cooker would be perfect for upcoming holiday get together! You can even use it for everyday. What about cooking up a great Mexican Dinner with rice in one slow cooker and queso in the other?! It could not be easier!

Connect :: Visit BrylaneHome.com and order anytime 24/7. Customers can also join the thousands of fans who are following BrylaneHome on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Buy It :: The BrylaneHome Double Slow Cooker normally sells for $89.99. But BrylaneHome has it on sale for $49.99!





Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. See my full disclosure.

Great Wigs For Your Halloween Costume


It's almost Halloween! Are you ready? Every great costume needs a great wig. Wigs just finish off the costume perfectly. You can change the length, style and color of your hair in a snap! In fact, people have been wearing wigs with their costumes for years. Going way back to Shakespeare wigs, they have been used for literally centuries! Remember when the presidents used to wear them?


No matter what decade your Halloween costume is from, you will be sure to find yourself the perfect Halloween costume wig at Anytime Costumes. They have all of the latest styles from Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe. The idea of dressing up like your favorite pop culture icon can be so much fun! I love this Classic 50s Flip Wig. It is going to be the perfect touch for my costume! What am I going to be? Here is a hint. My name is Flo and I love insurance! I am just going to add a blue headband and I will be all set!


I have seen some great ideas for costumes this year. Visit Anytime Costumes and browse their large selection of not only costumes, but also accessories, wigs, masks and more. Some of my favorite ideas are I Love the 80s, Sexy Go Go Girl, Southern Belle, Katy Perry Candy Girl and Vintage Hollywood High. For men I like the Avengers Iron Man, Annoying Orange, Greek Warrior and the USA Flag Skin Suit! What are some of your favorite ideas for Halloween 2012?

I Saved With Snapshot! You Can #TrySnapshot Too!




My test drive with Snapshot is over! What is Snapshot? Progressive is changing the way drivers pay for auto insurance by creating a personalized insurance rate based on how you drive. With Snapshot, available exclusively from Progressive, your safe driving can save you up to 30 percent on your car insurance. Plus, now anyone can try Snapshot – you don’t even need to switch your insurance. Drivers currently enrolled in the program on average save $150 per year. Watch the video below to learn more.



It is nice to know that insurance companies are making it easier to know how much you can really save. With Snapshot, it was just so easy. Curious to see what you could be saving? Click on the logo below to get started with Snapshot!



Don't forget - there is still time to enter to win a Flo Prize Package! Hurry! The giveaway ends 9/25!



Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. I did receive free product(s) to facilitate my review from the company or their PR agency. See my full disclosure.

Win a Nordic Getaway from Tea Collection!


Oh how I would love to go on a Nordic Getaway! Do you also find yourself dreaming of a vacation? Now's your chance to turn those dreams into a reality! Tea Collection has partnered with Jetsetter and is offering you the chance to win a Nordic Getaway + a Tea Collection gift certificate to pack your suitcase full of Tea. Enter to win here. Don't miss your chance because this contest ends on 9/25. Good luck!

September 12, 2012

Amazing World :: Free To Play and Fun To Explore! Enter to WIN 2 #AmazingWorldGame Toys!



Amazing World is a fun 3D interactive game! It is set in a colorful 3D world filled with whimsical characters which will take you on an exciting adventure. Wonder and discovery await you and best of all – it is free-to-play!


Your journey begins by creating and registering a Zing. Zings are the loveable inhabitants of Amazing World. You can customize your Zing any way you choose. Here is my Zing purchasing a red shirt to wear. You can even name it. Once you have your Zing, you can become friends with a whole world of colorful Zings.


You reach new levels of friendship and experience to unlock cool new stuff! The Zings will give you errands and challenges. They are very easy to complete. Upon completion, you get experience and improve your relationship with that Zing. Your points will allow you to purchase some cool prizes.


As you level up, you meet new characters and find new items. You can redeem your points at the world shop to buy clothes and stuff for your home. The challenges are pretty cute. On the challenge below, I was asked to find flutters. You had to find four. Once I completed it I received a cool new topiary for my home.


To register to play this free game, just go to Amazing World and get started. There are also toys available which can be integrated into the game. Registering a toy will bring a new character to life. You will unlock new areas to explore and find incredible prizes to decorate your home. Here is my toy.


You just enter to secret code that comes with the toy and you bring it to life! This adds another personalized level to the game. I like that this game is so interactive. You can actually see other Zings walking around. You can even chat with them. The challenges are fun and they are definitely simple enough for kids. This game would really spark a child’s creativity! Imagine them decorating their home and dressing up their Zing!


There is also a membership option available which will allow you to unlock new areas in the game. However, if you choose not to purchase the membership, you can still enjoy Amazing World for free. Check out this video below to see what the game looks like in action!

Head to Amazing World and register your Zing now! It is free-to-play! I will see you there!





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