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China Glaze City Flourish Collection

Let me start by saying that this is probably one of my favorite China Glaze collections ever! I am so loving all of the bright and springy colors - and this collection has them all! The China Glaze City Flourish Collection is blooming with 12 pale pastels and high voltage neons. This Spring 2014 collection will inspire you to toss those gloves and coats for shorter skirts and strappy sandals! Check it out!

left to right (above) :: Thistle Do Nicely (electric pink neon crème), Peonies & Park Ave (neon bright pink crème), Petal to the Metal (warm pink coral crème), Sping In My Step (baby pink crème)

left to right (above) :: Strike A Rose (watermelon shimmer), Don’t Honk Your Thorn (nude shimmer), In a Lily Bit (soft light violet crème), Lotus Begin (neon purple crème)

left to right (above) :: What A Pansy (cool periwinkle/indigo blue crème), At Vase Value (bright baby blue crème), Grass Is Lime Greener (neon lime crème), Metro Pollen-tin (neon peach crème)

Can you see why I love this collection? If the winter blues had you down, this is the perfect collection for you! It is blooming with pops of color that will perk you right up! My favorites are Thistle Do Nicely, Peonies & Park Ave, Petal to the Metal and Strike A Rose. But really, I love them all!

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

Buy It :: The City Flourish Collection is available now at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

March 2014 Glossybox Review

What is Glossybox? How would you like to receive five surprise luxury beauty products delivered to your doorstep each month? Each month Glossybox curates a box of five luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom with. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest for just $21 a month! Here is what the March box had waiting for me inside!

The March 2014 box featured être belle Liplift Peel, nails inc. Brook Street Nail Polish, Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask, Alterna Professional Haircare BAMBOO Volume Plumping Strand Expand, and Alex and Ani Scent 7 Body Mist along with a special bonus Alex and Ani Charm Bangle! Love this box!

être belle Liplift Peel

I find that the winter has done havoc on my lips. So I was very excited to try this product. This is a gentle and moisturizing exfoliator for the lip area. It gently removes dead cells and refines the surface skin. Once a week, or as needed, massage a small amount of Liplift Exfoliator on the lip area with gentle circular motions. About a minute later, thoroughly remove Liplift Exfoliator with a dampened cotton pad. I did notice less dryness and it wasn't too harsh.

nails inc. Brook Street Nail Polish

Yay! I love summery corals. Looking forward to spring? Skip ahead to warmer times by wearing this bright, summery coral. Nails inc. polishes are professionally formulated for a long lasting, super glossy, flawless finish. I was impressed with the easy application and can you say gloss? Love.

Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask

The Black Rose Cream Mask is rich in active anti-aging ingredients (black rose, padina pavonica, and alkekengi calyx extracts). It immediately gets to work on signs of fatigue and leaves the skin looking youthful and energized. It brings together three actions to restore a luminous complexion in just 10 to 15 minutes by a smoothing and plumping action, a revitalizing action, and a softening and hydrating action. I love the deliciously scented rose fragrance. This soft, creamy mask creates a moment of relaxation and pleasure.

Alterna Professional Haircare BAMBOO Volume Plumping Strand Expand

Probably my favorite thing in the March box, this thickening lotion strengthens, moisturizes, and adds volume to the hair from root to tip. Hair appears full-bodied and never weighed down. It gave my hair a wonderfully plump texture without being too heavy.

Alex and Ani Scent 7 Body Mist and Charm Bangle

It is like walking into a spa. Scent 7 Body Mist has been created with the four elemental energies of earth, air, fire and water. This enchanting fragrance radiates soft warmth that flows through the energy sources of the body, encouraging emotional balance along with a sense of ease and comfort to the body and mind. The bonus item was a nice surprise! This charming bangle features a lovely dragonfly.

As you can see, the March Glossybox is celebrating the budding flowers (and notable lack of chill in the air) with products that promote positive energy from Alex and Ani to products that rejuvenate and rehydrate your skin like the Sisley mask. You can even make sure to ready your tips and toes for spring break with Nails Inc. in a bright shade of coral. There really was not one product that I won't use. Are you ready to try Glossybox for yourself? It is only $21 a month, and you totally get your money's worth. It is a great way to try new beauty products that you wouldn't want to purchase in full size without trying.

The Benefits of Wearing Footed Pajamas

There are many benefits of wearing footed pajamas. For one, a person can keep his or her feet warm by wearing this style of pajamas. During the wintertime when the floors are freezing and the sheets on the bed are cold, a person wearing pajamas with feet can still keep his or her toes warm! Here are some of the other benefits of wearing this style of sleepwear.

No Slippers Necessary

A person wearing pajamas with feet doesn't need to purchase a pair of slippers in order to walk around the house. They have built in protection! Not surprisingly, buying slippers for every family member can be a costly endeavor. With pajamas that have feet, family members can stay warm and save money on the budget at the same time.

An Appealing Look

People who like to wear pajamas with feet have lots of choices when it comes to color. They can choose pajamas in their favorite color or choose several pairs in a variety of colors. People who love to have sleepwear in bright colors will especially appreciate the options available in pajamas with feet. These pajamas are also available in many different patterns. People who prefer to wear patterned pajamas are sure to find something they love when they opt for pajamas with feet.

Easy to Put On and Take Off

Pajamas with feet are easy to put on and take off. A busy mother can help a young child get ready for bed in a matter of minutes. Also, a kid who is getting ready for school in the morning only needs a moment or two to slip out of pajamas with feet and into the day's outfit. Or, an adult who wants to go to bed right away can slip into pajamas with feet in a short amount of time. A one piece pair of pajamas is an example of sleepwear that is both comfortable and simple.

Ideal for Lounging

Finally, pajamas with feet are ideal for people who want something soft to lounge in. Pajamas with feet are great to wear when a person wants to watch television, play video games or read on the sofa. The person doesn't need a comforter or even a blanket to keep warm. Pajamas with feet are great for sleeping or just hanging out with family at home.

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Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Review

Cookie lover? Ice Cream lover? Both (like me)? Now it doesn't matter ... because once these two met ... things will never be the same again! America’s favorite chocolate chip cookie introduces new Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations in four innovative flavors inspired by America’s other favorite treat - ice cream. No melting, no brain freeze, just yummy goodness that is sure to please any cookie (or ice cream) fan. “It Takes Ahoy!” to make cookies inspired by ice cream, and this month Chips Ahoy! launched four delicious varieties.

Introducing these four innovative flavors inspired by ice cream. They won’t cause brain freeze - they’re just yummy goodness that won't melt!
  • Dulce de Leche :: This one is my favorite! For slightly sweet caramel flavor, there’s Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Dulce de Leche, a delicious and crispy cookie with dulce de leche chips.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip :: Yummy and chocolatey! For a minty, chocolaty taste, look no further than Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Mint Chocolate Chip :: a chewy, double chocolate chip cookie with mint chips.
  • Mocha Chunk :: Ice Cream + Coffee + Chocolate? Yes please! Coffee and chocolate lovers unite to savor a delicious chewy chocolate chip cookie with a blend of mocha chunks and chocolate chips in Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Mocha Chunk.
  • Root Beer Float :: This is my second favorite. How they got that Root Beer Float flavor in a cookie - I will never know! But they did! No straw required for Chips Ahoy! Ice Cream Creations Root Beer Float! This chewy cookie comes packed with vanilla and root beer flavored chips to deliver that one of a kind classic taste of a root beer float.

I love the Dulce de Leche. Then again, I do prefer a crunchy and sweet cookie. It is so good. This one is amazing crushed up and served over ice cream. Oh yea. The other three varieties are chewy with Root Beer Float being my favorite of the three. Again, how did they match that real root beer taste? Oh the mysteries of the world. Which ice cream-inspired cookie are you most excited to try?

Connect :: Connect with Chips Ahoy! via their website. You can also visit them on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Buy It :: Available now in the Cookie & Crackers section of your local store. You can also find them on Amazon if you want to purchase them online!

Easy Breezy Sunday :: 12 Simple Sunday Dinners

I feel like you are one of two kinds of Sunday people. You are either the make a huge meal and invite the whole family over for a huge Sunday Dinner kind of person - or you are like me. I want to take it easy on Sundays and relax before the work week starts up again. So any easy recipe is perfect for my Simple Sunday Dinner! I created this collection of 12 Simple Sunday Dinners. Some I have tried and some I want to try. Check it out!

Easy Philly Cheesesteak Pizza :: My husband would absolutely love this. So would I! I mean Cheesesteak + Pizza? Come on!

Easy Italian Chicken :: I have actually made this one and we love it. It tastes like I slaved away in the kitchen - but actually has two ingredients!

Easy Chicken Cacciatore :: It looks filling and delicious. Sometimes on Sunday I just like to make one big meal. This looks hearty and could serve that purpose.

Easy Creamy Chicken Alfredo :: A classic that takes just 20 minutes to prepare.

Easy Hot Wings :: The essential Sunday Sports companion!

Easy Chicken Enchiladas :: One of my faves! This chicken-stuffed dish is always a crowd pleaser.

Easy Beef Steak Diane :: The savory sauce includes mushrooms, Dijon mustard, and a dash of brandy to create an easy, steak dinner in just 30 minutes.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings :: I can't wait to try this comfort food dish!

Easy Chicken Caprese :: I love this twist on Caprese Salad.

Easy Shrimp Bake :: My own personal delicious and easy recipe! It should be called Simple Sensational Shrimp Bake!

Easy Beef Stroganoff :: We love this nostalgic and simple dish.

Easy Turkey Meatballs :: Full of flavor and healthy too!

I definitely like to take it easy on Sundays when it comes to cooking. I feel like I just want to relax and not slave away in the kitchen all day. Enjoy the collection! Let me know if you try any of these Simple Sunday Dinners!

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Choosing The Dress

That special day is right around the corner. Whether it is the prom or your wedding, the thing that will make it memorable is the dress and accessories. There are various dresses that you can purchase for any event, but you should look at the styles before making a final decision so that it suits your body shape and the color is right.

The prom is a wonderful night for any teenage girl. She gets to dress up in a beautiful dress and wear dazzling jewelry. If you are a teenager or have a teenage daughter, then the time to look for prom dresses is probably right around the corner. Choose a dress that flatters the body. Don’t pick something that reveals too much of the skin if the girl is modest. A nice spaghetti strap dress is perfect for almost any body shape. Loose dresses are better for dancing. When deciding on the color, choose something that blends with the color of the hair as well as the skin tone.

Wedding dresses are something that most women can’t wait to try on, but there are numerous styles in today’s wedding industry. When you see something on sale, it is time to shop now because the dresses will likely get purchased quickly. Many women are getting dresses that fit the body and are simple in design. The days of lace along the sleeves and the puffy bodices are likely over. Spaghetti straps and sleeveless dresses are very popular with women of all ages who are planning to get married. The veil is often simple instead of trailing behind the bride.

After choosing the wedding dress, it is time to pick the dresses for the bridesmaids and flower girl. A new trend is letting each bridesmaid choose her own dress as long as everyone has the same color. You can also pick a design that you like and let each girl alter the dress in a small way such as changing the shoulders or adding a bow. The dress for the flower girl can be in the same color, or you can choose something lighter so that she feels special. Don’t forget all of the accessories including shoes, purses and jewelry after purchasing a dress for your special event.

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It is almost April and you know what that means. Okay, well maybe you don't. But I am going to tell you anyway! April is National Soft Pretzel Month! We are a big fan of soft pretzels around here. They make such a great snack! There is a new kind of SUPERPRETZEL from America's Favorite Soft Pretzel. The next time you are in your local grocer, look for SUPERPRETZEL SOFTSTIX. These bite size savory snacks are made with famous SUPERPRETZEL Soft Pretzels and stuffed with cheese. They come in three flavors: Cheddar Cheese, Buffalo Cheese and Nacho Cheese.

We had a chance to try all three flavors. My personal favorite was the Nacho Cheese. With just a hint of spicy - these were really delicious. My husband loved the Buffalo Cheese. No surprise there since he loves his wings. 

When my niece and nephew came to visit, they loved the Cheddar Cheese. It is such an easy snack to prepare and something that everyone - young or old - will love! SOFTSTIX are baked (NOT fried), ready in seconds, filled with bursts of cheese flavor and serve as an anytime snack. SUPERPRETZEL SOFTSTIX are also the perfect choice for delicious hors d’oeuvres and party treats for your next gathering. 

Connect :: Connect with SUPERPRETZEL via their website. You can also visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: Available now in the frozen snacks section of your local retail store.

Warby Parker Sun Spectrum Collection

Warby Parker is getting you ready for the beautiful, bright days ahead with their recently launched Sun Spectrum Collection. A colorful collection of nine new styles, including the Warby Parker Hall Sunglasses with their debut triple-gradient lenses, featuring three rich colors including Cherry Blossom (shown below). That added punch will help with those extra hours of daylight.

We have more exciting news, Warby Parker has opened a new New York storefront! The new store will be located on Lexington Avenue and will feature the original marquee, a photo booth to test out your new frames and and pneumatic tubes that move inventory through the store! If you are in or around New York, be sure to check it out!

Plan Your Summer Vacation to Virginia Beach #VisitVaBeach


Are you ready to put the cold winter weather behind you?! This winter has been awful and I have had enough! Now is the time to start thinking about sun, sand and summer at Virginia Beach! I have visited Virginia Beach myself and I can tell you it is full of family-friendly activities, making it a perfect destination for a warm-weather vacation!

I went in the summer and it was just perfect. We not only enjoyed the beaches and the boardwalk, we also enjoyed the shopping and the nightlife as well. Although I did not travel with children, we saw many families enjoying themselves at the attractions we visited.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is the perfect example. It is definitely fun for all ages! Explore the Ray Touch Pool or just explore over 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums. See live animal habitats focusing on Virginia's diverse and unique marine environment. We loved this attraction! It is a must-see.

As far as beaches go, we stayed in the Sandbridge Beach area. Located 15 miles south of the Resort Area, Sandbridge is a secluded beach hideaway of 5 miles of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats. It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. Beachside on the Atlantic never fails to entertain. It has a very nautical vibe and the beach town is definitely felt. You will be relaxed the moment you arrive!

No vacation is complete without shopping if you ask me! My favorite shopping area in Virginia Beach is Town Center. The Town Center of Virginia Beach is a mixed use lifestyle center where families can shop, eat, play and stay. Designated the Arts and Cultural District for the city of Virginia Beach, Town Center is a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood to all! There are so many fun options like the Funny Bone shown the in the photo above and tons and tons of dining options.

Of course when you visit any beach, you will want to partake in some surf and turf! There are plenty of family-friendly options for you. The dining experience in Virginia Beach is awesome. Every restaurant we visited was pretty laid back and the food was amazing!

Have you been to Virginia Beach? If so, what was your favorite attraction? We can't wait to go back! Now is the perfect time to plan that summer vacation to one of the best vacation destinations I have been to - Virginia Beach! As they say in Virginia Beach - isn't it about time you started "Living the Life"?!

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Babyliss Electric Ceramic Ionic Hot Rollers Review

Love this product! I have been wanting to try a set of hot rollers after seeing them in a magazine. I finally had the chance. Now it is one of my go to styling products. Meet the Babyliss Professional Electric Ceramic Ionic Hairsetter from Flat Iron Experts. This Professional Hot Roller with super hot ceramic infused rollers emits millions of negative ions through dual ports for healthy shiny hair and a style that will last (and it really does too)! The ceramic generates infrared heat for faster styling and less damage to the hair. Let me show you the results. Get ready to see my yucky before frizz ball hair.

Before you get started, make sure you protect your hair. I like to use KQC Thermal Shine Spray. Next, I divided my hair into sections and was ready to ... you guessed it ... ready to roll! I love how the Babyliss Professional Electric Ceramic Ionic Hot Rollers come in a case that stands up! The built-in collapsible stand saves space for smaller work surfaces and positions the rollers for comfortable access. It makes it so simple to add and remove the hot rollers. It also saves on counter space! The set also features a vertical split cover which opens in a compact manner. Very smart design.

There are 2 temperature settings - High and Low. I used the high setting. They heated up very quickly. They have cool-touch roller tips which allowed for easy removal and easy styling. The rollers were much easier to use than I imagined they would be. The 15 Butterfly clips came in a pouch and held my thick hair in perfectly without moving. So I rolled all of the sections using a mixture of the 8 jumbo, 8 large, 8 medium, and 6 small rollers that come in the set. I like the look better when there is a mixture of sizes. I think it looks more natural. I also love how the spikes on each roller ensures that hair curls evenly, without tangles. Who else remembers those awful pink rollers from your childhood that gave you nothing but tangles?!

Not only was setting my hair easy - it was also a time saver. I just set my hair before applying my makeup then let the curling magic happen while I was putting on my makeup. I did not have to worry about keeping them into too long - the technology ensures better temperature control, generates far-infrared heat and emits negative ions, which seal the hair cuticle and further enhance the wellness of the hair. It can even be used on slightly damp hair if you are in a really big hurry! So ... ready for the big reveal?

I am sooo happy with the results! I love those loose, beachy-looking waves! I sealed in my style with White Sands Infinity Finishing Hairspray. This flexible finish spray that works with any iron and allows you to create and recreate with ease. White Sands Infinity also increases the amount of shine in the hair when used with an iron. It can be combed and repels moisture, even in the harshest weather condition. What a perfect combination!