October 24, 2016
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October 18, 2016
If you are intimidated by standard gyms full of machines, that's ok, there are many other options. There are at home videos - kick boxing, yoga, P90X. There are gyms that cater to a particular interest like Ninja gyms that provide a workout you'd see on the TV show: American Ninja Warriors (yes, they do exist). Or if you love to dance, there are dance classes or dance groups (square dancing, line dancing, ball room dancing etc). Or I've even seen some moms strap on their little ones and vigorously clean the house and that's a workout in and of itself. You just have to find what works best for you!
Now, onto footwear. Obviously if you want to dance, you'll need tap/ballet shoes for that. But for all the others, you would want a good sneaker, but what kind?
If you want something to protect joints, look for a shoe with a lot of cushion. Memory foam souls are really growing in popularity and for good reason. I recently tried the Reebok Zprint Women's Running Shoes. The Reebok Zprint offers Flexibility, shock absorption, and Memory Tech sockliner for even more cushion and comfort, perfect for running. Each shoe is built for a specific purpose. The extra shock absorption is critical when running, which is why I really love these Reeboks. I've recently started running again, and I think having the right shoe makes all the difference!
My husband had a chance to check out the Reebok Men's Crossfit Speed TR Sneaker during his weight training, and this shoe offers compression fit for muscle support and a 3mm heel drop for a stable ride, full-foot grooves on the outsole for gecko-like traction, and metasplit flex grooves for balance. These shoes are super comfortable, lightweight, and contour to my foot. They are great for training, walking, exercising, and walking. They are light enough to throw in my gym bag and do not bog me down when running. I like how the fabric allows my feet to breathe and how the soles bend easily for added comfort. The soles are different from other sneakers in that they are not stiff and rigid. They move with me and not against me; a feature that is a must for people that spend a lot of time on their feet.
So regardless of if you want to walk, run, weight train, dance, you must first get the footwear right, and that will make the exercise all the more enjoyable!
Let me know, what's your ideal workout???
October 17, 2016
Create your own custom color emoji stampers with the Crayola Emoji Maker!
Simply mix, measure and click. The Emoji Maker comes with everything you need to make 16 custom color markers for creating and sharing your unique emoji messages with friends. Retails for $19.99
My son is almost four and he LOVED this. I had to help him with mixing the colors and sealing the markers shut, but he picked out which emoji he wanted, he picked the color combination and even came up with cute names for his new colors (as you'll see in the video, he based them on his favorite show right now). I think kids age 4+ would really enjoy this, but it's marketed for kids 6 and older.
See our experience here:
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October 16, 2016
I know in our family, the guys are the hardest to buy gifts for, which is why I was glad to check out a product I think that men and women would both enjoy, so it would make a great gift for anyone! Keep reading for my husband's thoughts on this homedics foot massager...
After a long day on my feet, I look forward to coming home and kicking my feet up…or shall I say having my feet pampered? I have tried other foot massagers in the past and found that they had one thing in common; the kneading action was either not deep enough or too deep to the point of painful.
The Homedics Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat delivers on the fact that it not only offers deep kneading, but it is also incorporates air compression and heat when selected. The kneading and air compression each have three different settings to meet the needs of each individual. In addition, the unit is lightweight and can easily be moved. The description does indicate that the massager offers a full coverage experience – heel to toe and top to bottom. This is an area where I would have to disagree. The massager never reached my heel. I do have a size 12 foot for those who are wondering. I tried shifting my foot around; however, the massager failed to reach my heel.
Overall, I am satisfied with this product and feel that it does the job. I would give it 7 out of 10 stars due to the limited coverage.
If you would like to find out more, or find out where to buy, visit: http://www.homedics.com/shiatsu-air-pro-foot-massager-with-heat.html
1. Laura Geller Blush n Brighten; Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten starts with a radiant blend of liquid pigment that is baked for 24 hours to create a soft, creamy powder. This formula treats your skin to a nourishing blend of antioxidants and anti-aging properties while creating a beautiful, glowing complexion. It has a marbled pattern so you get the perfect color combination of bronze and blush with the swirl of a brush!
2. NARS Orgasm Blush: Peachy Pink With Golden Shimmer. This is the perfect peach with gold undertones. I have light skin, and this just makes me look glowy and radiant!
3. Stila Liquid Lipsticks!!! These are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas, and my two current favorite colors for cooler weather are: Ricco and Dolce. They're gorgeous!!!
4. Looxi Beauty Shadows, especially their Aurora line and their shimmers. They are beautiful. I've featured them in a few makeup videos lately (youtube.com/user/melindajoyful) and many eye looks. These are just some of my favorites for Fall:
.... More to come!!!
October 15, 2016
I recently learned about a brand called Ava & Frank. They make a face paint palette that looks like an artist palette. Such clever packaging and design. I'd probably buy this one over others just because of the artsy feel. :)
Anyway, here's a bit about them:
"Our Face and Body Paints are the best in the industry. Sourced, made and packaged with love in the USA. With so many dangerous chemicals in the current providers of kids face paints, we wanted to make a difference and use non-paraben, hypoallergenic, FDA compliant, Vegan paints that are creamy, long lasting and SO MUCH SAFE FUN!"
I recently had a chance to try out this product. They arrive as cakey dry paints, but once you add a few drops of water it's easy to work with and paint with. However if you add too much water the color does not stay on your face, so you have to hit a happy medium. I decided to try my hand at a Cinco De Mayo look, the candy skull. Am I Spanish? No, but it looked like such a fun look to try out. What do you think?
You can find the product here: http://avaandfrank.com
Many thanks for Tomoson for connecting me with this brand, and Ava & Frank for the chance to try this product. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
Fresh air - check. Starlit nights - check. Scary stories - freaky deaky! The Equestria Girls are leaving the halls of Canterlot High School for a field trip to Camp Everfree. However, they get more than canoeing and camp fires when magic begins to wreak havoc on the camp. They’re surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen, and the girls seem to be developing new powers. The Equestria Girls will have to work together to control the magic or it will destroy their beloved camp!
For those of you who grew up with my little ponies and have younger daughters, you may really enjoy this movie. My son, almost 4, recently discovered my little ponies and thinks they're great.
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My son does not normally enjoy new movies, but this one he LOVED. I was upstairs and he was cracking up during the entire movie. When I asked him what was so funny he said things like "spiderwebs" and "he fell down" and "he said ah, ha, ah" and "the cat falls in the water"...all while giggling about it. It was a definite hit! It would make a great gift for the little ones in your life. Add it to your holiday shopping list today!!!
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September 30, 2016
I've been hearing about and seeing these face masks EVERYWHERE. They're blowing up on social media. All the big beauty gurus on youtube have been talking about/posting about them. There are the black head masks, the purifying masks and the collagen masks. Some are just for the under eye area, just for the nose, or the full face. There are so many varieties.
This is one beauty band wagon I was hesitant to jump on as mud masks have irritated my skin in the past, but these are not mud masks. After trying an under eye collagen mask that I got in one of my beauty boxes, I was itching to try more! Thankfully I had a chance to purchase these 24K premium gold collagen face masks at a discounted rate to try out!
I had a chance to try these, and you can find my review below:
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September 02, 2016
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July 05, 2016
June 17, 2016
Headed to the gym early this am. Tried out my iphone armband that I received and really liked it. Its large enough to hold phone, keys, cards and more. #iphoneplusarmband #gotitfree #tomosonreview #gymtimeA photo posted by 💄👗 Melinda 💅🏻🎨 (@melindajoy926) on
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