Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Review + Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, which means I am compensated in some form for writing it. 
Happy Hump Day Friends! As you can see this has been the week of giveaways for me! I have been really enjoying testing out products through Purex Insiders and love even more that I get to share them with you all!

Congratulations to Jessica T. for winning both coupons for the soap giveaways earlier this week! I have received your email and will be mailing those out to you today.


Today I wanted to share a quick review of Purex Crystals Scent Splash.  Purex was kind enough to send me a bottle of the Fresh Spring Water scent to try with my laundry.

If you have been a reader of the blog for any time, you will remember that I reviewed the Purex Crystals Auromatherapy not too long ago and really enjoyed the way my clothes smelled afterward.  Now Purex has come up with a liquid scent to put in with your clothes and, of course, I was very excited to give it a try!




To use the product, you put as little or as much as you want in each load.  Since I tend to favor a more subtle smell I only put a small amount (maybe 1/4 cap size) in each load.  We had the Fresh Spring Waters scent it was not my favorite.  It reminded me a lot of Bath and Body Works Clean Linen smell and I am not a huge fan of that.  


My Thoughts:
I really liked this in wash scent! I am not usually one to put scents on my clothes (due to allergies and other issues) but I found myself wanting to put it in every load I washed.  I even put a little extra in the towel load so the smell would last longer.  

The product is easy to use and you can determine how strong you wan the scent to be on your clothes/sheets which is nice since I am tend to prefer lighter scents.

Personally, I think I might enjoy the other scents more as I like sweeter smells, but this smell did not turn out to be as strong as I originally thought it would be.


I'd love to hear from you!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Purex Insiders. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused with Marula Oil Review + Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, which means I am compensated in some form for writing it. 

Happy Saturday Friends! I hope you are enjoying your Saturday so far and you have a chance to get outside and enjoy some beautiful weather! 

Today I wanted to share with you a quick review of the Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Infused with Marula Oil.  I really loved the body wash when I tried it last month so I was excited when this came in the mail. 




The picture below shows you what the soap looks like before putting water on it.  It's a thicker hand soap than I was expecting but it did not feel overly oily.



My Thoughts

This smells just as nice as the body wash so of course it smelled amazing.  The hand soap boasts to bring nourishment and skin hydration to your hand washing experience and for the most part it does.  However, the moisture, I feel, does not last very long.  I found myself wanting to put lotion on my hands within twenty minutes of using the hand soap.  Not exactly nourishing for my hands.

However, my hands have been extremely dry lately and it could be that I am just not getting enough moisture to them and the skin sucked up the moisture super quickly.  You will have to be the judge of that yourself.

I am giving away a coupon to one (1) lucky winner to try this product out for themselves! Please take time to enter in the giveaway below - the drawing will close tomorrow evening.

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I'd love to hear from you!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Purex Insiders. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.
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Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Can Hand Soap Review + Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, which means I am compensated in some form for writing it. 
Happy Friday Friends! I apologize I have been absent the past few weeks - I've been super busy with work and celebrating the Easter Holiday with friends and family.

Today I wanted to share with you about the Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Cane Husk Hand Scrub.  I was pretty excited when I received this product to try because my hands have been super dry after washing dishes and of course anything with a sugar can smell is going to smell amazing.



The picture below shows you what the soap looks like before putting water on it.  As you an see, the scrubbing crystals are not all that large.

My Thoughts

I would like to first say that this smells absolutely amazing.  I mean, I was smelling my hands for hours after using the soap and I kind of wish that I could have this as a perfume or body spray.  Because my skin/hands dry out so quickly I was hoping to see a little more scrubbing action with the micro-scrubbers and I was hoping to get a little bit more moisturizing out of the product.  It definitely scrubs and moisturizes the hands, I was looking for a little bit more.  

I am giving away a coupon to one (1) lucky winner to try this product out for themselves! Please take time to enter in the giveaway below - the drawing will close tomorrow evening.


I'd love to hear from you!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Purex Insiders. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April: Month @ a Glance

Happy April Friends!

Hello There! How have you been? Sorry I have been MIA the last week and a half! Work was super crazy last week and then I got sick for the past four days.  Not exactly how I wanted the week to start off that is for sure!. 

April is always a great month for us because it means the weather starts getting nicer and we can start going outside more.  Plus, Justin's sister has a birthday this month AND the Tiger's have their Opening Day in April as well.

In Chronological Order:
  • Easter celebration with Justin's Family
  • Easter Sunday with my family
  • Celebrate Janelle's Birthday/ Opening Day for the Tigers
  • Game Night at Our House
  • Ladies Night with Justin's Mom and Sister
  • Lazy Sunday with my girl friends
  • My cousin, Amy's, Wedding

Other Happenings in April:

I guess reading books is really not my forte right now as I was only able to finish one book in March.  Life seems to be getting away from me and I am beginning to get a bit overwhelmed with everything.  My main focus this month will be to get myself a bit more organized with things - both at home and at work to help keep myself on track.

I also have a goal to finish the book I'm reading now and work on reading three other books 1You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert and 2. The Tumble Inn by William Loizeaux & 3. The Kill Order by James Dashner.  I'm excited to read the Kill Order because I have already read the other three books in the series and The Kill Order is the Prequel to the series.  


I am also going to continue working on my Health & Wellness Page and should have that up and running starting May 1st.  I know a month seems like a long time, but with being sick right now I cannot exactly start a new fitness routine today.  Plus, I want the page to be comprehensive and include everything.

Like in previous  months, I am continuing the #PhotoaDayRWJ challenge.  If you would like to participate, check out my Instagram for an opportunity to participate.  I love seeing everyone's interpretations of the photo of the day!



Question of the Day: What fun things do you have planned for April?

I'd love to hear from you!


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites: Nail Polish Colors

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you had a wonderful week and have some fun things planned for this weekend! 

Tonight I am heading out to a Bachelorette Party for a friend of a friend and I am excited to have some fun with some lovely ladies.

Before I get started with today's Friday Favorites post I wanted to announce the winner(s) of the Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash Coupon! Congratulations to Johanna B. and to Ashley K! You have an email waiting for your in your inbox with instructions on how to get your prize.



Today I wanted to share some of my favorite nail polish colors with everyone! As most of you know I am a huge fan of Essie Nail Polish.  Like super.huge.fan.  Over the past few years I have a built up a nice collection of some okay several of Essie's Polishes ranging from nude colors all the way to black.


Blossom Dandy from Essie's Spring 2015 Collection


I bought most of Essie's Spring collection last week when I went shopping with Christina and I am happy to report that this is my favorite color from the bunch.  I think it closely represents a Tiffany Blue and looks great with other Spring colors like pale purples and greens.



Play Date from Essie's Resort Collection


If you like purple colors, then this totally is the perfect color for you.  It goes on super smooth and is a fun and bright color.  Perfect for Spring or Summer and transitions nicely.  


Imported Bubbly


Imported Bubbly is a fun nude color with a bit of a shine to it.  It is perfect for a wedding or a beachy look as it is more neutral.  You will for sure need to put at least two coats on of this color to get the full effect of it's beauty, but I recommend it for a fun nude with a twist


Butler Please


Isn't this color fun? I love the shine it has to it and it is one of the more fun blue colors that Essie carries.  If you're looking for a bright color for a fun night out, then this one is perfect! I am loving this shade and two coats really does the color justice.


Question of the Day:
What is your favorite nail polish?

I'd love to hear from you!








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Thursday, March 19, 2015

My doctor is a jerk....

... But not really.

Hi All! Happy Thursday.  Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about health and wellness because I clearly am not doing well (according to myself and my doctor).

The Story

So last Friday I had my dreaded physical - you know, the one where you hope that the scale has a number less than last time you were there and your blood pressure sits exactly where it should be - yeah that one.  And let me just say, it did not go well.


^ This sums up what my doctor said pretty nicely actually.  

To be precise, she said, "At the rate you're gaining weight, you will be 300 pounds by the time you're 30".  Harsh right? The sad part is that she is right somewhat right.  I have not been doing well with my body image - weight, skin, etc. and something really needs to change.  Where she is not 100% right is that I will NOT, under any circumstance, allow myself to go any further at this weight.  

You are probably wondering why I am telling you this, right? Well it is because I need to make a change.  I can no longer be 200+ pounds and I am forcing myself to be accountable by sharing (rather publicly) what I plan to do to make a change in my life.  And I am hoping that by some miracle someone reading my blog will be inspired by my journey or maybe a reader could inspire me because you all are such a wonderful inspiration.

The Plan 


So here is what I am planning to do - Instead of having an Adoption Story Page {because there is not going to be any updates for possibly a long time} I am going to replace this page with something geared toward getting healthy.  Every week (I'm thinking Fridays) I will post an update to the page as well as a brief recap on a blog post.  I'm hosting 5 Things Friday again so I will probably do a quick weigh in for you all to see.  The goal is to do a #ShowMeYourScale post on both the blog and Instagram so you all can see my progress as well as participate if you would like.  I will take a picture of my scale so you can see the weight loss difference.  I will also be taking measurements but not every week - I think the change will be more drastic if I look at it from a monthly basis versus a weekly basis.  

Once I get everything up and going, I will make sure to share a post with everyone so you can all see what plan I have come up with and provide me with feedback on what I can do better.


Question of the Day:
Should I create a Facebook Group for people to participate in?

I'd love to hear from you!





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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Most Embarassing Moment

 

Happy Tuesday Friends and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Well...it's Show and Tell Tuesday with Andrea over at Momfessionals and today...we're all sharing our most embarrassing moments.  To be honest, coming up with just one embarrassing moment was a bit harder than I would like to admit, but that being said, I chose the classic ripping my pants bit.  And of course, I can't share a story about ripping my pants without first sharing this SpongeBob Video.


That video makes me laugh so smile every time I watch it.  I know, I know, I'm a child at heart. haha

Today I want to regale a little story about my ripping my "pants" at the Friendsmas 2014 Get Together.  At some point during the night, I felt it would be appropriate to put on my elf onesie and dance around it it while taking pictures with the girls.



The funny thing about this onesie is the belt is basically in your butt crack - I mean any lower and the belt would be below your butt.  So of course the belt loop is right in a very inconvenient location for anyone with curves (i.e. myself).  Well at some point during all of the excitement, I bent over and the belt loop decided to let go which then ripped a giant hole in the backside of my onesie.  And, under normal circumstances, this would not be a big deal...


...except I was wearing underwear with no cheek coverage.  So my friends got a full-moon and a really great laugh.  Honestly, as embarrassing as it was to have that happen, it is pretty funny to look back on and giggle.  And my onesie was not ruined, just needs simple {and sturdier} stitch to fix that hole right up.

Next time on Show and Tell Tuesdays....


Question of the Day:
What is your most embarrassing moment?



I'd love to hear from you!



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Restoring Body Wash and a Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, which means I am compensated in some form for writing it. 

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you had a great weekend and your week has gotten off to a great start! This morning I had to run to get my blood drawn before work (boo) and then headed quickly into the office.  I am impressed that even with a late start, I still made it in by 9:10.  In another post I will be sharing a bit about what's going on with me (physically) but let's get to the fun part: A GIVEAWAY!

Today I wanted to share a bit with you about Dial's New Body Wash: Miracle Oil.  I was super excited to try this out because my skin has been soooo dry lately that even daily lotion, with Shea butter, application was not cutting it.



As always, I always have have a little apprehension trying something with a new scent because my skin is sensitive, but Dial has exceeded my expectations with the quality and the smell.  


My Thoughts:

After several uses, I have to say that I am very happy with the Miracle Oil Body Wash! The product smells so very good - think a sweet scent with a hint of honey too it.  My skin feels so much nicer after one wash and I look forward to using it over my other body washes.  

The good thing is the scent is not too strong so a man could use this body wash and not feel self conscious about the smell! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone suffering from dry skin! 

Want to try it for yourself? 

I'd love to hear from you!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Purex Insiders. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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