June 30, 2017

Find Your Stuff with Pixie Points


Do you lose stuff? Of course you do. We all do. In fact, according to the “Lost & Found Survey” by Pixie, Americans spend 2.5 days a year looking for misplaced items. Wow. That is too much wasted time. Get that time back with Pixie Points.


How does Pixie work? Using your iPhone, Pixified items can then be quickly tracked, down-to-inches. Unlike the traditional trackers that make you chase a beep to find your lost items, Pixie shows you where items are hiding and guides you to find them - with Pixie dust!


So let's say you frequently lose your keys, you just attach a Pixie Point (a small tear-drop shaped location tracker). You can affix a Pixie Point to anything you want to keep track of like the remote, your passport, your wallet ... you choose.


Then you just use the Pixie Augmented Reality iPhone App. The Pixie distance and direction pointer takes you to the exact location of your misplaced items!


It can find your missing item through walls, pillows, or drawers. It takes some getting used to. Just follow the instructions carefully. Once you get the hang of it, Pixie is very cool (and helpful)!


When asked which items they misplace at least one a week, the most common lost items (in order) is revealed as - TV remotes (45%), phones (33%), car & house keys (28%), glasses (27%), shoes (24%), and wallets/purses (20%).


Pixie Points are sold in packs. So depending on how many items you want to tag, the price will vary. All you need to get started is an iPhone, the Pixie Point app, and a Pixie Point (or two).


Connect :: Visit getpixie.com to find out how to turn your iPhone into a finder. You can also connect with Pixie on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: Starting at $49.99, Pixie Points can be purchased for iOS devices in a range of different packages.

June 25, 2017

Make a Splash + Ignite the Night at Cedar Point

Thanks to Cedar Point for partnering with me for this post.


Cedar Point amusement park is more than just The Roller Coaster Capital of the World! (As if that weren't enough!) With a brand new world-class water park, a mile-long beach, and more ways to experience the park after dark, it is the perfect destination for family fun!


Cedar Point Shores is an 18 acre waterpark full of splish-splashin' family fun. You will find four completely new water attractions, upgrades to food and merchandise locations, new cabanas and so much more!


As you can see, we went to Cedar Point Shores on an absolutely gorgeous summer day. The tidal wave of fun at Breakwater Bay was calling our name. Float, body surf, or lounge in this huge, half-million-gallon wave pool! We loved the orange chairs perfect for relaxing while still taking in all of the excitement!


Runaway Rapids isn’t your typical lazy river! There’s adventure around every corner in this action river. Plus it is right next to a large portion of the Magnum XL-200 roller coaster.


Exciting twists and turns await you in the dark winding tunnels of the Lake Erie Nor'easter. The cascades of water will delight those brave enough to go through the nor’easter.


Challenge your friends to a race that ends with a splash! Race down a water slide full of dips and plateaus in Riptide Raceway. What a thrilling way to cool off on a hot summer day!


Ride solo or with a friend through the tunnels, drops and intense turns on Portside Plunge. Then shoot into the sun on these two five-story tube slides.


If tube slides are your thing, these will have you twisting and turning all the way down.


Why not swim like the famous Lake Erie perch? Choose one of three meandering and twisting tube slides and take your plunge into the pool below.


If you crave thrills, then Storm Surge for you. Standing at 76-feet-tall, this thrilling raft slide has quick turns and unexpected dips as you speed toward the pool at the bottom.


If you are visiting Cedar Point Shores with little ones, there is plenty of splish-splash fun available for them too!


SplasH20 is a multi-story interactive play area with more than 100 different wet and wild water gadgets that spray, squirt and drench guests. Zippy water slides, speedy chutes, spewing geysers, activity pools and many other cascading aqua elements entertain and amuse water enthusiasts of all ages.


Can you make it across the Lake Erie islands without splashing into the pool below? The Lilly Pad Walk is challenging fun for all ages.


Lake Erie’s own legendary monster, Lemmy is brought to life as the centerpiece in Lemmy's Lagoon. This splash area featuring slides, geysers and enough water activities to keep the little ones busy for hours.


Then head to the Waterin' Hole where kids can explore geysers, water curtains, tire swings and spray jets in this interactive water playground.


Lakeside Landing is an all-new family splashground features 12 kid-sized slides that provide mini water thrills while the parents can relax under huge shade structures and an oversized sun deck.


Hungry? Beat the heat with original hand-dipped or soft serve ice cream on waffle cones, funnel cakes, floats, shakes, malts, banana splits and more! The Crystal Rock Café next door features crispy buttermilk chicken tenders, pesto-glazed grilled chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. These are only a few of the tasty food options available at Cedar Point Shores.


We loved our visit to Cedar Point Shores. There is so much to do that we suggest you spend an entire day at the waterpark.


Now let's head inside the Cedar Point amusement park, where there is more fun to be had, including on the 70 amazing rides.


Cedar Point is home to 17 world-class roller coasters, like the record-breaking Valravn dive coaster.


With over 150 attractions, it’s easy to see why one day is not enough to explore the 364-acre park.


As the sun sets, get ready to explore Cedar Point in a whole new way. The fun continues after dark with special events that only happen at night.


We checked out Luminosity featuring high-energy dancers, live music, aerial artists, live musicians, pyrotechnics and so much more.


You might even spot a guitar player soaring above you ...


... or a drummer on a platform.


Luminosity is an all-ages celebration and a great way to end your day! With more to do than ever before, you won't want to miss any of the exciting events happening this season at Cedar Point.


Will you be visiting Cedar Point for Independence Day? Don't miss Light Up the Point (July 1-4)! There will be fireworks on July 4th, Clydesdales, pie-eating contests, cookouts, and more!


The beach illuminates like never before with extended park hours during Cedar Point Nights (July 14-August 13). Relax around the fire pits while enjoying live music. Or savor dinner on the beach with hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill! Stay up late with us for a Beach Glo Party. And finally, kiss the night goodbye with fireworks right before the park closes!


Celebrate the Last Blast of Summer with the Food Truck Festival (August 21-September 4). Bring the family out to Cedar Point for one last blast of thrills before the kids are off to school! Tempt your taste buds each weekend with delicious food from an array of food trucks competing for first place in taste.


Finally, there is nothing like HalloWeekends (September 15-October 29) to experience fun by day and fright by night! Enjoy daytime fun with the Great Pumpkin Fest and the frightfully scary thrills of Haunt at night.


Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point is the ultimate theme park destination. With 70 amazing rides, including 17 thrilling coasters, there’s something for everyone in the family.


When it comes to Cedar Point, one day (or night) is never enough. How will you spend your trip?

Connect :: Visit cedarpoint.com to start planning your family's adventure. You can also connect with Cedar Point on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

June 20, 2017

Summer Essentials


Summer is here! Time to apply the sunscreen and take a long walk on the beach. But before you head out in those harmful summer rays, make sure you have these summer essentials. Then it's time to have some fun!



While applying SPF has become a no-brainer in our skincare regimen, we often forget about the sun’s damaging effects to our hair, including hair protein loss and color changes. Kerabotanica’s Shore To Please Beach Girl is a light and refreshing hair fragrance, made with red raspberry seed extract for a natural shield against harmful UV rays. A member of the rose family, raspberry seed extract contains a SPF of 45 and is filled with antioxidants for the ultimate nutrition, protection and shine. Spritz into dry hair to bring out the best in your locks while preventing faded highlights. I love this stuff! It is refreshing, light, and made with natural ingredients. It smells divine too with a luxurious scent of fresh wintergreen leaf, sweet cinnamon, and rich bamboo.


Sugar Texturizing Spray // Number 4 Hair Care 

You have heard of salt spray, but sugar spray? Number 4 Sugar Texturizing Spray achieves hair texture through simple sugar cane molecules and flexible styling aids producing a lattice of soft structure and haphazard patterns of loose, shiny waves. Just spray through mid-lengths to ends. Scrunch, tousle, blow dry with a diffuser, or air dry as desired. This Sugar Texturizing Spray aids in style defense against humidity to help build a long-lasting relationship with texture that's more than just a summer fling.


After Sun Leave-In Spray // Macadamia Professional

This restorative leave-in conditioner absorbs instantly to help nourish summer hair and reduce breakage. It revitalizes sun-parched hair and protects against future damage. The formula hydrates hair follicles and leaves hair feeling remarkably stronger, healthier and shiner with more natural body and bounce that is silky and smooth to the touch. Just spray throughout clean, towel-dried hair. Comb through and style as usual. The coconut cream scent is everything you love about summer.



Looking to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair? Bums up! The Sun Bum Deep Conditioning Masque is a decadent treatment infused with amla and bamboo extract that helps strengthen your hair, making it resilient and more manageable. For an epic summer deep treatment, slather Conditioning Masque on your hair, especially the ends, put a plastic shower cap on, and leave on for 30 minutes. Then rinse. Prepare to be amazed. Oh and it smells like banana!



If you need a fast and convenient way to protect and maintain hair health, this is it. Infusium Leave-in Treatment coats hair with lightweight conditioners and moisturizers to help control frizz, enhance shine, and improve hair manageability throughout the day and night! You can use it daily for maximum moisture or whenever hair needs an extra boost. Spray on wet or dry hair, and style as usual - no need to rinse. So tuck it in your beach bag and go!


Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30 // Lavanila Laboratories

Moving on to summer skin health. Start your beach day with 100% natural, Healthy Sport Luxe SPF 30. This mineral sunscreen is infused with SmartSport Technology for high performance and ultra-sheer protection that resists wear off from water and sweat. It is even infused with a superior complex of minerals, anti-oxidants, and amino acids for daily protection and nourishment.. Apply liberally 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Apply again after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating at least every 2 hours.



This revolutionary formulation provides water-resistant, broad spectrum protection with a light finish. The blend of UVA/UVB protecting sunscreen agents provide sun-shield benefits for up to 80 minutes in water, making it the perfect choice for an outdoor lifestyle. I love the light texture of this sunscreen. It absorbs almost instantly with no tacky or heavy feeling. Protects against aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays by applying a nickel-sized amount onto face and neck after cleansing. This sunscreen is also meant for use on the body and should be applied to any sun exposed areas. Allow to absorb at least 20 minutes prior to daytime exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of sun exposure and repeat as needed. It is recommended for active use.

PCA SKIN’s annual #SunworthySelfie contest is back just in time for summer! Share how you stay selfie-ready without sacrificing protection. Post your outdoor selfie to Instagram to be entered to win more than $1,300 in prizes for an insta-worthy summer, including a series of professional PCA SKIN treatments, over $400 in PCA SKIN products, a round beach towel from Vagabond Beach, Sunglasses from Solo Eyewear and more! Get all of the details about how to enter HERE (plus, find everything you need to know about SPF!)



Botanical SPF 50 Mineral Lotion // Australian Gold

Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Mineral Lotion is more than just powerful sun protection - it’s gentle care for your skin. This non-chemical sunscreen lotion delivers non-whitening protection with a refreshingly luxurious, powdery-clean feel. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants from native Australian botanical ingredients, it allows you to enjoy the sun your way, protected from both UVA and UVB rays, and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. We love the subtle scents and non-greasy, non-sticky feel. The citrus oasis scent has notes of pineapple and pomegranate. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. The reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.



This one is perfect for kids. It protects against bugs too. Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 SPF 30 Cool 'N Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion effectively repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums, and biting midges. A blue color shows where applied, then disappears onto skin. So you won't miss a single spot! Apply liberally and evenly over exposed skin. There is also a gentle breeze option (white bottle) that does not turn blue like the cool 'n fabulous option. Both options effectively repel and protect against deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease and mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus, and other insects. Additionally, they provide vital SPF 30 sun protection - something that’s already a year-round must. Getting into the habit of regularly protecting yourself and your family from exposure to bugs and bites is one of the best things you can do to stay safe.



Too much sun? Cool off with this after-sun cream gel for face and body, made with real Greek Yoghurt. It immediately provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, nourishing Greek Yoghurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. It will also reduce skin redness and prolong a suntan. Apply to sun kissed skin for immediate comfort. Repeat 2-3 times on irritated skin. Tip: keep it in the fridge for a maximum cooling effect.


Cleansing Body Sprays // Purequosa

Feeling like you need to take a shower after your long flight or car ride? Anyone with an active lifestyle will love Purequosa, a shower replacement ideal for anyone looking for a quick way to feel and look fresh! Simply spray Purequosa organic cleansing spray all over your body before and after your workout or when traveling. Three formulas each have their own great benefits! Rain calms sun or wind burns and soothes skin. Desert is a hydrating formula. The starchy root of the yucca contains a healthy mix of vitamins, minerals and plant-based nutrients. Coastal will instantly make your body feel clean and fresh. This spray is perfect when you want to squeeze in a quick yoga class during your lunch break. Coastal also contains Sage known to be an antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial. Watery, crisp and light, Rain contains Tea Tree Oil and is a must have for those with a busy lifestyle. Keep Purequosa in your gym bag, purse, diaper bag and luggage so you can always feel fresh no matter where you are.


Summer Body Wash // Kneipp

Kneipp Body Washes are an experience for the senses. Wake up with these refreshing summer blends that nourish, lather and awaken the senses. Blended with natural plant oil, this collection cleanses and hydrates for an irresistible shower experience. Endless Summer is an energizing infusion of citrus lime and revitalizing mint. It re-creates the feeling of a carefree summer day. Try Tropical Dream for an exotic, vacation-evoking mixture of mouthwatering mango and sweet starfruit. The scent of mango and starfruit makes you feel as if you`re on a perfect beach. Or give Summer Mood a go for a juicy blend of summer-fresh watermelon and stimulating mint. The fruity fragrance of watermelon and mint invigorates the senses, getting you ready for a perfect summer day. Try all three to boost your summer mood every morning in the shower.



Did you know that Brazilians use all of their senses to attract? One of their essential beauty secrets is being cheirosa (sheh-rō-zah), which means to always smell incredibly delicious from sunrise to sundown. That is where this fragrance mist comes in. Brazilian Crush instantly transports you to the sultry beaches of Rio de Janeiro. It was inspired by the addictive pistachio and salted caramel scented Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, Brazilian Crush is a delightfully sunny, daily immersion for use on body, hair and lingerie. You will smell sweet and sesnual all summer long!



If you prefer floral to sweet, try Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Mist. This collection evokes the intimacy and emotion of Vera Wang. Differentiated by color, each variant tells its own ingredient story. Marigold & Gardenia is the glowing peach-hued variant. It is delicate and charming with a youthful innocence. It's quiet, but overflowing with warmth and intimacy, like the early morning light of summer. This is a fragrance for a dreamy, reflective woman who cherishes her quiet time. The scent is a fruity floral oriental top notes: of melon, mango, and cardamom. While creamy, warm notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and soft musks intertwine and linger on the skin at the base.



Protect your skin against environmental toxins that can prematurely age and irritate skin. TULA’s Urban Defense Hydrating Mist contains anti-inflammatory rose water, coconut water, and hyaluronic acid to calm skin and boost hydration. It also contains reishi mushroom extracts to fight free radical damage. This mist has so many benefits! It works to boost skin’s immunity, calm inflammation, and immediately block free radicals. The ultra-hydrating, weightless moisturizer shields skin from irritants while rejuvenating it from within. It's specially formulated with multistrain probiotic technology, leaving skin nourished and balanced. I love using it over makeup to refresh for a healthy glow. The light rose scent is a bonus.


We all know summer sun can cause dark spots. Luckily, this serum targets hyperpigmentation and dull skin. The citrus extracts brighten the skin, while the safflower oil helps the regeneration of new cells. It’s the perfect product to achieve a summer glow glow. It also contains that probiotic technology to protect against harmful bacteria and restore skin’s natural balance. Massage dime size amount onto clean skin in circular motions. Allow serum to absorb fully, finishing as needed with a moisturizer or SPF.



Tanning is not good for your skin. Period. But you can still get that bronze glow with Bronze Your Selfie! This liquid bronzer veils the skin in PUR’s skin nourishing and perfecting energy complex and a prismatic, imperfection blurring bronzer technology that gives a natural sexy sun-kissed hue. Apply to skin using fingertips for long-lasting tropical radiance. It can also be applied as a primer before foundation or afterwards for spotlighting. My favorite way to use it is to mix it with my foundation for a natural, sun-kissed look.


Sweaty summer skin can mean oily skin. Well that oily skin has finally met its matte. With this versatile blotting stick, you can instantly mattify and perfect the skin without over-drying. The light formula will leave you with a shine-free look that’s comfortable for all day wear. Use it before makeup application as a mattifying primer or for on-the-go touch ups throughout the day. I love the fact that it comes in a portable stick. Use it anytime, anywhere so breakthrough shine doesn’t stand a chance!



Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation // Miracle Skin Transformer

Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation is a color solution with an emphasis on skin. It features a fusion of peptides to support & strengthen, and humectants to draw and bind water for natural hydration. So needed for summer! The light-reflecting particles and pigments also allow you to create a cocktail for customized complexion solutions. By improving skin radiance and texture, it creates a flawless finish that hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. Between the SPF 40 sunscreen and the light as air texture, it is the perfect foundation for summer.



I wear a ponytail or a bun almost all summer long. Like myself, many women also like to wear hats for extra sun protection. Hmm. What to do? You get a Spony. Designed specifically for women, you can wear a Spony with a bun, high ponytail, messy updo, braids and more.


With velcro in the back seam, you just separate and fold each side into pockets inside the cap. This leaves the perfect hole for your hair. Love it! Whether you’re on your way to the gym, a busy mama, or the hot weather has you putting your hair up, Spony has your back. Take your summer workout routine to the next level with the perfect blend of fashion and function!


Find It :: Click below to find the products mentioned in this post!
  1. Kerabotanica Shore to Please Beach Girl Hair Refresher ($22)
  2. Number 4 Hair Care Sugar Texturizing Spray ($22)
  3. Macadamia Professional After Sun Leave-In Spray ($20)
  4. Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque ($20)
  5. Infusium Moisturize & Replenish Leave-In-Treatment Spray ($6)
  6. Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30 ($22)
  7. PCA SKIN Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ($35)
  8. Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Mineral Lotion ($16)
  9. Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Gentle Breeze SPF 30 ($14)
  10. Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 Cool 'N Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion ($14)
  11. KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel ($26)
  12. Purequosa Cleansing Body Sprays ($13)
  13. Kneipp Body Washes ($14)
  14. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Mist Fragrance ($32)
  15. Vera Wang Embrace Body Mists ($10)
  16. TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist ($28)
  17. TULA Illuminating Face Serum ($78)
  18. PUR Bronze Your Selfie Face and Body Liquid Bronzer ($26)
  19. PUR Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Blotting Stick ($26)
  20. Miracle Skin Pure Reflection Fluid Finish Foundation ($36)
  21. Spony Ponytail Baseball Cap ($25)


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