Monday, January 19, 2015

Enter to win in the Lush Decor Giveaway!!!!

Christmas is over and I am still recovering from all the shopping, cooking, and festivities.  Most of my shopping was done on Black Friday at my favorite retailers.  The crowds were insane, and at some points I felt that maybe I should have shopped more online.  A lot of what I was purchasing for my household were towels, sheets, and household goods, that I was putting off on buying until I could find a good deal on.  After Christmas, I hit the clearance sales, hoping to find more deals that were going for 75% off on seasonal things.  Unfortunately, by the time that I made it to the store, the things that I would buy are already gone.  I love to browse but sometimes shopping is not convenient for me, because I am rather busy with children and when I do have downtime everything is closed. Therefore, I spend a lot of time browsing on the internet for things that I would need for my house.

Recently, I came across a site that offers home decor.  If you are a fan of online retailers like Wayfair you definitely should check out out what they have to offer.  Lush Decor has a wide selection of window treatments, shower curtains, bedding, and living room soft treatments.  I was really surprised at how nice the items were.  I am a huge fan of HGTV and I found that their items had more of a high end look.  I think that you can really decorate your entire house with what they offer.


One of the items that I really love is the Lori Bamboo throw.  If you have ever owned bamboo sheets, you would know that bamboo is quite luxurious and soft to the touch.  Valentines Day is coming up
fast and now I am looking for something romantic for the hubby and I for our annual V-Day night-in date and so I think that this would be perfect for cuddling up with my sweetheart while watching a movie, after our romantic dinner.

There are so many items that are perfect for Valentines Day and any other occasions.  You might find yourself browsing for hours, and just admiring variety of fabrics and  rich colors that they have to offer.   So if you are looking for a great deal, Lush is running a huge sale. Right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of fifty dollars or more.  Also, if you sign up for their email subscription or follow their facebook page you can get an additional ten dollars of your purchase. So look around there are a lot of items on sale.  It almost feels like you are shopping at a high end retailer on a smaller budget. So look around and find a gift for that special-someone. I have all my birthdays from March to August so I will definitely be taking a look for some great birthday presents!!

Giveaway time: Lush Decor is giving one of my readers a one-time use gift certificate for a purchase of up to $200 dollars.  What is great about their site is that you can check out with your Amazon.com credentials.  They are fully integrated for a quick and safe checkout.  

Mandatory: go to Lush Decor and tell me one item that you are absolutely in-love with and come back here to leave a comment. The rest of the entries are optional but I highly recommend that you enter as many of the other entries to maximize your potential to win.  This giveaway is ends on 2/1. Thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers who are hosting this giveaway: 

Good luck Readers 


I  have given an honest review in exchange for an item of choice.  However, all opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.  Please note that the sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and the participating bloggers are only responsible for hosting this giveaway.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mommas Review: Summit Nutrition Garcinia Cambogia

Happy New Years! I, like so many of you, have taken part in creating New Years Resolutions. And, maybe unlike a lot of you, I have made a few that are difficult or at least seem unreachable.... 

travel to 5 new cities (within the U.S.!!)

drink a sea of water everyday (well, just half my body weight in ounces)

wear a bikini on the beach at 30........... Something I haven't done since getting a mommy tummy. Seriously, it has to have been about 10 years, since I was living in Venice FL, the last time I wore a Suit O'Youthfulness. So, to go into my 30's at 180 was a bummer and a drag, I'd like to go into 31 about 50 lbs lighter....


To help me reach my weight loss goals, I've started a food journal (thanks to advice from my momma.) She says "if you bite it, you write it" and that has been super helpful in making me more conscious of my eating habits.

 I have already come to realize that I am an emotional eater.

Literally drowning my feelings in pancake syrup.

So, to combat my appetite and my willingness to eat my way happier (or so I used to think!) I've decided to try a new supplement. I usually don't try supplements, because there are literally thousands out there. How the heck could I pick one to use? Well, the guesswork has been taking out because the supplement I choose helps fight stress/emotional eating!!! My 1-2 supplements are a combination of Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry Keytones.




Key Points of Garcinia Cambogia:

Naturally Derived without harsh chemicals or solvents.

Kosher, Halal and Vegetarian Capsules, that are also Gluten and GMO free!

Natural Source of Calcium


Increases Serotonin! (great for stress eaters!)
Increases Energy Level!



I take one capsule 2 times a day 30 minutes before meals with 6 ounces of water! I also take my raspberry keytones supplement which burns even more fat! So far, I've lost 3 lbs in a week. I feel like with my diet, exercise level (30 minutes a day, 6 days a week) and taking my supplements, that is a healthy amount of weightloss. At this rate, I will be bikini ready in about 4 months! 

Check back again soon as I will be updated this post, and creating new ones, regarding my weightloss journey!

You can purchase Garcinia Cambogia here (great discount going on Amazon right now! Get it while you can!!!!!!)



I'm a member of Tomoson.com and recieved the product free in exchange for my honest review! Regardless, I only review products that I think would be beneficial to my readers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moscow Mule Wordless Wednesday

Thank you Reeds for the delicious Extra Ginger Brew and Awesome copper mug! Moscow Mules are very easy and delicious! They can also be made in a variety of ways, just look at pinterest for the awesomest ideas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

GlamST app for iOS users!





If you are a mom like me, your iOs devices are filled with apps for your toddlers. Apps to keep quiet in the car, dentist, restaurant, learning apps, lights and sound apps that distract while you pull hair off that sucker.... well, as you can see the list goes on and on for me!


It would be nice to have a few apps for mom too... and I'm not talking just coupon and GPS apps. I want a fun app to play when I get to sneak in some me time!


Well....


Let me just say that I have finally found one!! I am excited to introduce you all to GlamST, an app for iOS lets you try on all kinds of makeup styles and adds them to your selfie! It's a great way to try making up yourself different ways! I find it useful because it lets me have fun without breaking the bank using real makeup, which we all know can be expensive if you like to use luxury brands!



The concept is simple, and addicting! I found myself spending all my free time time creating different looks I've found on my favorite fashion blogs and in my favorite magazines. It was a lot of fun, and an app I couldn't wait to share with you all!




As GlamST states:




"Our goal is to make women feel comfortable with their choices and who they are daring them to experience the power of makeup and find the best-looking version of them." For this duo of co-founders from South America, this is more than a business, it's a passion!







The app has officially launched, and its available for iOS users here!

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Their webpage: http://glamstapp.com

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Beauty Product Review Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum



Well hello everyone! Momma of 4 Girlies is officially off hiatus. The weather has turned just the right temperature so dang frigid I want to hibernate inside and get back to the blogging I've missed so much. The good news is I've dived back into blogging, cannonball style. As in actually going to write blog posts again. Awesome, huh? Long story short: I took a break 6 months before my wedding, and hubby and I have officially been married over 6 months. So, time to get back into action here. 




The very first product I am thrilled to review is this wonderful Serum made by Valentia Skin Care. My first reaction to the product starts, as always, with the products packaging.

As a lover of cute little boxes and containers, I always scrutinize the packaging of products, especially beauty products. The Even Glow Serum comes packaged in a amber colored, thick glass bottle with a dropper. You get over an ounce of this wonder serum in bottle. (1.18m Fl Oz to be exact) This comes packaged inside a cute white and gold trimmed box. 


On the side of the box are three awesome little words...

 "Repair Refresh Renew" 

Here's a little more from Valentia Skin care regarding their Even Glow Serum


"Our skin is damaged each day due to environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, and chemical laden cosmetic products. The amount of free radicals waging war on the skin quickly depletes our natural protective resources.
Our premier formulation is backed by scientific research into the efficacy of each of the natural ingredients we have carefully selected.

Our proprietary blend of *skin super oils compliment our 20% Vitamin C base, leading to a powerful antioxidant treatment. Each natural ingredient was chosen to support and enhance Vitamin C’s efficacy on the skin, leading to more well-rounded serum to add to your daily skin care ritual.

Our Even Glow Serum will repair, refresh, and renew your skin; restoring evenness to your complexion, giving you an extra boost of confidence each time you look in the mirror."


SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS:

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

***Our additional Key Ingredients below were all selected for their ability to enhance and support Vitamin C's effect on the skin.


ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL - These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) - Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.


98% Natural Ingredients (see below for a description of our Key Ingredients chosen specifically to enchance Vitamin C efficacy on the skin)

EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration with this new generation Vitamin C Serum. Quickly refresh uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE:
Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

ABSORBS RAPIDLY:
Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION:
The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil to support Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES:
Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.


When I opened the bottle of Serum, the smell took me straight to an orange grove. I love it. And just a drop or 2 will do, no need to go overboard with this serum. It's a bit thicker than any other serum I've tried, and I find that to be a good thing. It keeps the serum from running off my fingers.



Okay, so it looks great, it smells great and it sounds great! That's all really wonderful news!

But we all know it's not all about pretty packaging and pleasant smells! This stuff actually works!! As a mom of 4 girls who just had her...gulp... 30th birthday, I'm in the market for anti-aging ANYTHING! 


But especially for my face. I've been starting the slightest fine lines around my eyes and mouth. I like to think it's from laughing and smiling but it's more likely from stress! After 10 days of using, I've noticed my skin more firm and soft, acne scars and dark spots disappearing and an overall, glowing, healthy looking complexion. I am very pleased with the results after just 10 days, I am looking forward to seeing my complexion in 20 and 30 days. 

Sample provided by Valentia Skin Care through Blogdash.

You can order products made by Valentia Skin Care such as the Even Glow Serum by clicking here

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Short Story Review: Bobby by Scott Zavoda







I recently read the story Bobby, written by Scott Zavoda. This story is considered a Short Horror Story, and does contain some graphic details. Right from the beginning, the author captured my attention with his description of the scene. I begin to wonder about the wheelchair and the main characters flashbacks. Caring for his disabled brother, the main character endures many different emotions, while trying his best to give his brother a good life. The emotions become reflected in the reader, and it's an emotional roller-coaster ride.

A good read, this book is about 40 pages long. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to get lost in a sea of emotions, especially compassion for the characters involved.

If you're short on time like me, and want to read a story start to finish, pick up Bobby on Amazon.com, available in digital!!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.