October 24, 2016

Be The Best You With Nature Made®

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

It's so easy to be healthy in the warmer months when gardens are blooming with fresh fruits and vegetable, and the weather is warmer. When it's warm it's fun to get outside and enjoy the day with a long walk, or playing a sport. However, as the weather cools, it's can be harder to stay healthy, which is why I wanted to share some tips on how to keep your body running well with vitamins and minerals (in addition to a balanced diet, of course). Take your health to the next level and be the best you possible with Nature Made®, the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories*.

I recently made a trip to Walmart with my son to see what vitamins we could add to our daily routine. We frequently shop at Walmart because they always have low prices, which means that we don't have to wait weeks/months/years for "the perfect sale" before we can buy what we need. As of right now the kids have their flouride (rx), vitamins (otc) and probiotics, but the only thing I take is a multivitamin. I started to wonder if there were other things out there that would help my body function better. I went right to the Vitamin section and noticed a bunch of brands, but the ones I decided to purchase were by Nature Made®Nature Made® has a variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!†

I mentioned before that my older son take probiotics. I feel like this has become a big thing as of late. You hear about them everywhere, but what are probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. They help keep your gut healthy, and many people say that a plethora of illnesses start in the gut, so why not keep it healthy? Nature Made® Probiotics: Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.† Nature Made® Probiotics are only available at Walmart SuperCenter locations.

I decided to buy some Vitamin C, D, and fish oil on my trip to Walmart. Vitamin C to stave off colds or help me kick a cold sooner. I'm not sure if it's fact or fiction that vitamin C helps kick a cold faster, but I believe it. The label says Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals in the bodyVitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and as a woman, I need this! Finally, Fish oil is good for a healthier heart. Nature Made® vitamins and supplements: An easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).†

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October 18, 2016

Heat Up Your Workout, as the Weather Cools!!!

Anyone else dread the drop in temperature that comes with Winter? I love taking my boys for a long walk into town, to the library, the post office, the park, or even to my older son's school. It was so nice, but now as it cools I fear I'll lose my motivation to exercise and be active, so it's imperative to find something I enjoy so it won't be work. You should too! I wanted to put together a post on how to select the right shoe and the right activity for you! 

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!
I also had a chance to try the Skechers GOwalk 4 Exceed Women's Walking Shoes. Since I go walking almost weekly, I know what works for me and what doesn't. Flip flops just don't cut it! I've tried canvas sneakers, sandals, and even boots, but at the end of the day, sneakers just work best. The Skechers Gowalk  walking shoe offers tapered midfoot design for improved arch support, stabalizing panels, and innovative and highly responsive midsole cushioning perfect for strolling. I wear these when I take the boys for a walk, or when I want a less intense working at the gym.  

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

GIFT IDEA: Crayola Emoji Marker Maker

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:

Check it out, or buy it here: http://bit.ly/EmojiMaker

Crayola LLC, based in Easton, Pa. and a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, is the worldwide leader in children's creative expression products. Known for the iconic Crayola Crayon first introduced in 1903, the Crayola brand has grown into a portfolio of innovative art tools, crafting activities and creativity toys that offer children innovative new ways to use color to create everything imaginable. Consumers can find the wide array of Crayola products in the "Crayola Aisle" at all major retailers. For more information visit www.crayola.com or join the community at www.facebook.com/crayola.

October 16, 2016

GIFT IDEA: Homedics Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat

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

Products that "Give You Chills" in the best possible way

As we head into Fall, that means cooler weather is coming, and I dread it. So I wanted to find something fun to focus on, so I wanted to come up with a list of products that "give you chills" because they are just that awesome! Below are just some of mine. What are yours???

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

Ava & Frank Face/Body Paint

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!

GIVEAWAY: My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree

My Little Pony Equestria Girls - Legend Of Everfree sets up camp on November 1, 2016 in a Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Download combo and in a DVD + Digital Download combo from Shout! Kids. 

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. 

Watch a clip here:

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GIVEAWAY: Blinky Bill Movie - It was a hit!

Available today as a 3D Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Combo Pack from Shout! Factory Kids, Blinky Bill: The Movie offers an immersive cinematic adventure that brims with fun, frolic, humor and action. Featuring an all-star voice cast of Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Rufus Sewell (The Man in High Castle), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Wenham(Lord Of The Rings), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin RougeMaya the Bee-Movie), Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels),Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) and Barry Humphries (Absolutely Fabulous: The MovieFinding Nemo), Blinky Bill: The Movie  further explores universal themes including the importance of community, survival in harsh climate, the love between children and their parents, and ‘mateship’ – an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship.

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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!!!

BLINKLY BILL: THE MOVIE is rated PG and has a run time of 80 minutes.  For more information about BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE, please visit BlinkyBillMovie.com

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September 30, 2016

24K Premium Gold Collagen Face Masks - Worth the Hype???

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!

About the Product
  • Professional High Quality Facial Mask for Spas, Beauty Parlours and treatment at Home. Used by beauty experts around the world!
  • Look Great Everyday Everywhere! Innovative 10X Absorption Technology with "4 in 1" Treatment. Whitening, Moisturizing, Pore Minimizing & Anti-wrinkle.
  • 24k Gold Collagen Crystal Mask for Deep Tissue Rejuvenation and Collagen Renewal Mask
  • Perfect for rehydrating dry, damaged skin, leaving facial skin smooth and firm
  • Collagen face mask enhances collagen synthesis process, which can combat the effects of aging and overexposure to sunlight. Pack of 5 high quality masks

I had a chance to try these, and you can find my review below:


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September 02, 2016

GIVEAWAY: The Swan Princess, princess tomorrow, pirate today!

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!
In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!
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July 05, 2016

Would A worm go on a walk?

Would a worm go on a walk, if you could lead him down the street? / Would he wear his tiny tennies, if he had two worm-sized feet?
So begins this humorous and imaginative picture book that introduces children to the idea that animals are uniquely created by a loving and wise God. Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, with its colorful, comical illustrations, is a fresh, fun way to teach young children that God created all things very good. He gave all the animals, and children, too, wonderful qualities and unique strengths. Children will giggle over the ridiculous scenarios presented, and they will come away with the knowledge that we all are loved and special. Ages 4-7.

My 3 year old son was so excited to get a "present" in the mail. [He calls anything that arrives by mail/ups/fedex in a package a present by the way] When he opened it and saw it was a worm wearing shoes he started laughing and said, "what? why is a worm wearing shoes? That's silly." He wanted to read it right away. 

I really enjoyed this kid's book. It's all about how God created things good and for a certain purpose. Worms don't have feet because they don't need them. Bees have stingers because they do. My son loves animals so this book was right up his alley and with a great message. It was definitely a giggle-filled bedtime when we first read this book.

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June 17, 2016

Gym Phone Armband Review

Our family joined the gym about a month ago and already I can feel and see the difference. It's amazing how much better you feel with 20-30 minutes of exercise each day. And for me it means I get half or a full show in while working out, or that much time reading my current novel, or that much time listening to upbeat music. It's good for me on multiple levels. Before I was bringing a little wristlet for my keys, headphones, cards and phone, but now that I have this phone armband I don't need it. This is big enough to carry it all!

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