Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Nutrisystem: Here We Go! #NSNation

Disclaimer: I am being provided with Nutrisystem services in exchange for my honest views and opinions based on my own personal experiences with the system. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you! 

When I was young, I was this skinny little girl that didn't weigh very much and was a tiny little bean. I didn't expect to grow into this 6 foot tall, curvy woman that I became, but here I am and I honestly do not mind it!

When I was young.

Over the years I picked up a lot of weight, hitting about 280lb in my early (awkward) teens. I yo-yo'd a little through my 20s and in 2010 I did lose 50lbs that maintained and suited me well. Shortly after I lost that weight I got pregnant with my daughter Autumn (born in 2011), who was followed shortly after by her younger brother Bronson in 2013, as well.

My late teens were not great for weight, teeth or hair!

The weight that I had gained following both of those pregnancies never did head on out the door, and it probably actually got worse post-baby than when I was actually pregnant. The lack of sleep and rushed meals and lack of purposeful exercise certainly didn't help and here I am, in 2016, with a 5 year old, an almost 3 year old and absolutely no reason to blame my current body situation on babies!

At my slimmest in my adult life, around 2010.

In 2015 I hit my highest weight ever, at 300lbs even. I was miserable and distraught, but with so much going on in my life I had taken to doing less and moping about more and eating a good deal of ice-cream, while either binging on Netflix or sitting on my butt writing for my blog or other publications, while really not doing much purposeful exercise at all other than walking.

In 2016, I finally pulled myself out of a slump, and realized fully that I needed to be the one to take care of my self as well as everyone else around me. I did drop 8lbs since this revelation, but I still have a long way to go, which is where Nutrisystem comes into play.

My side profile in 2012.

At 292lbs it is time to finally do something life-long about my weight issues and to pull myself into some kind of shape that does not resemble that of a potato.

SO, what is the plan? Well, for starters, I have signed up with Nutrisystem for the next 3 months and will be following their plan, for which they will supply the meals throughout my day and I will gradually add exercise and meals of my own before going back to fully cooking for myself in the future. 

Me, in the pink, in 2016, with way too many chins!

I do not want to be thin, and realistically that is unlikely to actually ever happen anyway, but ideally I would like to eventually see myself at around a nice and even 220lbs. For my height, this weight looks good on me, and I haven't been down to 220lbs for as long as I can humanly remember, and so to get there would be an entirely great achievement. 

In the short term, over the next 3 months, I would like to see a couple of lbs a week evaporate into the ether, and then work on the rest of my goals as the year moves on. 

A face i'd like to gain back!

I really do not know how things will go with Nutrisystem, but I have started to clear space in my pantry, cabinets and freezer for my food and I have thrown out all my baggy, horrible clothes that I never want to see again. I have added the NuMi app (to track progress) and I am going to start as I mean to go on - following Nutrisystem to the letter and really give it my best shot

For more information on Nutrisystem, you can follow them on Twitter (#NSNation) and Facebook, as well as heading directly to their website, too. 

Everyone out there taking up Nutrisystem, I want to give you lots of good wishes and encouragement as well - please do get in touch, and we can do this together! On July 5th, I am on that train!

Winning Moves has Games for ALL Your Summer Needs!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you!

We are a family of 6, with plenty of people around to play games and have a little fun, so when were sent a selection of games, from Winning Moves, we jumped at the chance to give them a whirl.

We tried out several games, which include:
  • Pass the Pigs Big Pigs
  • Scrabble to go
  • Brynk
  • Rubix Cube keychain
  • Scattegories Categories
  •  The Velveteen Rabbit Game

First of all, it is funny how the oldies are always goodies - the Rubix Cube keychain was the one thing everyone was excited about and it ended up on my son's key chain! I have only ever solves a Rubix Cube once, and that was by pure accident. I know there is a method to it and a way to do it pretty quickly, but I never did get this information seared into my brain enough to actually do it myself! 

Rubix Cubes keep your hands busy for ages and can get you through a boring bus trip or any awkward silence and it doesn't take batteries or need charging or anything like that. It is just there ready to go! Perfect! 



Scrabble to go was the next one we tested out - absolutely ADORE Scrabble in general and it is all the rage today to play those word games online, but it is so much fun when you can play with your family around the kitchen table, or anywhere when you are on the go - a picnic or day out, anywhere! 

We like to go to Reptiland, which is a couple of hours away from where we live, and Scrabble to go is perfect for bored kids in the back of the car. The pieces snap into place and won't fall off of the board and the board itself gets zipped up and put away with all the pieces at the end of the game. It takes up little space so you can slip it in your bag and take it with you wherever you please. 

Pass the Pigs, Big Pigs, is a curiously simple game that sees you basically throwing down these squishy toy pigs and earning points based on how they land. This is a great and funny family game that everyone can really enjoy and have a good time with - you can also take it just about anywhere, they are really soft too so it won't do any damage either! 

Brynk is a game of balance, with a wobbling base to build on, you have to build up your pieces and try and get them to stay, without toppling all the way over! You lose if you are the person who brings the stack down, and it can be quite nail biting when you think you've got it, but then BOOM! Down it comes! Great for the family to bond over and gives quite a laugh. I enjoy this one a lot. 


Scattegories, Categories is one game that is best for older teens and adults, with lots of categories to keep your brain busy! You basically get given a word and have a couple of minutes to find items that match for each letter of that word, then compare your answers. If your answer is unique, you get a point. If your answer matches someone else's, you have to score that out. So, the more you think, the more you know, the more you might win! 


Lastly, we have the Velveteen Rabbit game, which takes one of your favourite stories and breathes new life into it as a game. Players travel the board and pick up tasks along the way, in the hopes of becoming real someday. 

The Velveteen Rabbit game is great from the age of 4 and up and so is great for the younger members of the family as well as the older ones who would like to join in and share the story through play. I particularly love this game and so does my 5 year old little girl. Very nice board, nice illustrations and easy to understand. 

All of these games are currently available at the Winning Moves website and will make great additions to any get together this summer! I would love to hear your opinions on these games, if you have played them already and love to share with your kids. 

You can pick these games up at the Winning Moves website, for reliable shipping and great communications. You can also find Winning Moves on Twitter and other social media outlets, too! 

Happy playtime! 



Monday, 27 June 2016

Popsicle - The Treat That Keeps You Cool, This Summer! + All New Flavors!

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in exchange for my views. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you! 

Summer is here, which means hot days and messy kids who need a nice, cold, satisfying treat.

Popsicles and Fudgsicles (and even Creamsicles) fill that need with all of our family, not just the kids, and that is why I like to stock up on them and share all the delicious flavors.


We have never come across a Popsicle or a Fudgsicle that we didn't like - and we have tried many - so we can be there for a while at the freezer (in store) trying to decide which ones to pick. I left it up to the kids this time around and they picked up:
  • Jolly Rancher Popsicles giving the kids a rainbow of colors and a treat to eat. 
  • Original Fudge Bars, which give a traditional, yummy treat. 
  • Original Cream Bars that are super-satisfying at any time of day (or night!)
  • Avengers Popsicles - because we all love a little super-hero moment. 
You can also get these all-new flavors, too:
  • Popsicle Tropical Paradise: These are four tasty tropical flavors, including Mango, Strawberry-Banana, Island Punch and Pineapple.
  • Popsicle Sugar Free Red Classics: Which are all your reds such as Cherry, Raspberry, and Strawberry, but in a sugar-free option!
  • Popsicle Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Michelangelo™, Donatello™, Raphael™ and Leonardo™ come at you in Orange Fury, Cherry Crush, Blue Raspberry Blast and Smashing Grape.
With 4 kids, these won't last long and even the adults get in on the action, too. I especially like the creamy ones and the fudge ones, but my children almost always go for the Jolly Rancher or Avengers ones, first! They also are very keen on the smaller Frozen themed Popsicles with Elsa and Anna on the box! You can also get red, which and blue "Firecracker" Popsicles, just in time for the 4th of July!

There are so many different styles and flavors to keep you busy over summer - maybe cooling by the pool, over a good book, sitting on the porch, or as a sneaky midnight treat when it is too hot to sleep.

However you enjoy them, you can pick them up in almost all good grocery stores and find them across social media (like Facebook) to stay up to date on all new goings-on!

Whatever you get up to, this summer, make it a cool one!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector for Fun Learning This Summer!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for an honest review. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you! 




"It’s a galaxy of stars in the palm of your hand!" 

(www.learningresources.com)

As a mother who educates at home, I like to seek out new ways to teach my children, while holding their interest and having some fun.

When I was asked to take a look at the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector I jumped at the chance and so did the children! 



The Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector is a simple round projector, with a carry handle on top and a small stand to rest it on, takes just a few AAA batteries and can be used just about anywhere in your home with the lights off and a clear wall. 

We set the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector up in my bedroom and the kids were extremely amused - fascinated, even - by the projector once the light was shining on the wall, even before a photo was available for show. 



Along with the projector, you get 3 disks full of photos of things like stars, planets, space ships and asteroids. The disks slip effortlessly into the projector and Voila! An instant in-home display of various space related objects or situations, projected onto your wall for the rest of the "class" to see! 

The children had a good bit of entertainment from the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector and (because it is very durable and safe to do so) they both were allowed to hold it and shine the picture up on the wall - they were learning not only about the photos but how projections in/of themselves works, too! 



I like this projector a lot. It has a clean image that is big enough for the kids to see and understand and, if you are talking at length about what the pictures are, you can get a nice amount of time with it, too. The only gripe I have with it, is that I wish there were more than 3 disks of pictures, but overall, there are enough pictures to keep the kids interested and a repeat lesson is not dull or boring. 

I am giving this 4/5 because it is well made, great for little hands, nice pictures, clear quality, doesn't take a lot of battery power and does have great learning and entertainment value. It would have gotten the fourth star if it had come with just a couple of extra photos. 

Definitely worth a look, so check out the Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector over at their website and catch them on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, too! 

Happy star-gazing!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Vitafusion Gummies, For Mind, Body and More!

Disclaimer I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine, thank you!


I have taken vitamins back as far as my early teens. Not in great quantities but always decided on the ones that would benefit my needs at that time.

I have continued to use some kind of vitamin ever since and so I jumped at the chance to try out VitaFusion, which is a gummy that you take that benefits various aspects of your life or body (like hair and nails, sleep, mood and so on).



The gummies are easy to take and the instructions are even easier to follow. They taste great and do not leave any lingering aftertaste like some others I have tried, either.

The Relaxed Mood gummies contain 200 mg L-Theanine and a little zinc, and really do help you feel that calm and relaxed, which is something I benefit from after a stressful day, with all the running about, planning, teaching, working etc that I do, which can build up the stress levels to the max.


The Sleep gummies are cherry-vanilla flavor and contain 3 mg of Melatonin and 400 IU Vitamin D to help regulate your sleep cycles and protect things like bone, teeth and more. My sleep schedule is anything but normal, these days, and so for me this is a way to try and get myself back on track.


My hair, skin and nails have always been thick, long and strong, but as I am aging I like to keep on top of that so the process of thinning or becoming brittle or anything like that is staved off just a little bit longer and the Hair, Skin and Nails gummies are loaded with biotin and antioxidants and are right up my street with a raspberry flavor.

I will update you when I have finished the bottles, just how well they worked for me, but so far, so good.

If you want to look into any of these for yourselves then you can find them HERE and on social media, HERE, to find the gummies that best work for you!

Spring/Summer is here, and we all want to look and feel out best, so maybe this is the answer, for you? Let me know what you think!






Give Your Kids a #secondhug, with Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes, at Sam's Club!



Ever since my children were infants, I have had the challenge to cover their little tushes in comfort and security, which has often lead me to Huggies Little Snugglers.


Newborns especially love to be loved, swaddled and kept snuggled and with a cozy fit, cute designs and reliability, Huggies Little Snugglers are like giving baby a "second hug" with every change.

Right now, at Sam's Club (where I like to shop and save quite regularly) you can buy in bulk at great prices AND save even more with a $10 Sam's Club gift card, when you buy Huggies Little Snugglers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes, together.


Huggies Natural Care Wipes, when paired with Huggies Little Snugglers, leave little butts clean, fresh and ready to go, which leaves me doing a happy dance and occasionally a high five!

I like the reliability of Huggies Little Snugglers, the cleaning power of Huggies Natural Care Wipes and the cost-savings of Sam's Club, which, when combined, make a super-hero hug of love for baby and me and you know you can enjoy life's little wonders when the rest is covered.


What are some of your favorite moments with your little ones? Do you like to snuggle? Have Huggies been there for you? I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Check out Sam's Club and Huggies across social media and pick up a winning combo, with savings your pocket will appreciate, today.

Get Up and Rediscover Playtime This Summer With #Playfultrends IPEMA and The Voice of Play!

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play. All opinions are my own, and your views may differ. 


Summertime is upon us and now is the time to make good use of the nice weather and get out and play, no matter how old you are - including mum and dad!

Play is highly important through all stages of life, no matter who you are, and it aids well-being, de-stresses us and opens our minds to new experiences and helps us learn through physical activity and in the moment creativity and exploration, too.


Experts at IPEMA and the Voice of Play have delved into the top most important kinds of play and discuss these on their website, where you can see the list of PLAYFul trends of the moment, including rough and tumble, outdoor play. walking, dodgeball, outdoor fitness and much, much more!

Personally, I walk a lot, and this could be all I need, but I do feel so much better after a day out at the park with our children, playing, climbing, paddling in the lake and generally just taking time out from the world around us to have a fun day and to just run around free as a child myself, on swings, with the rest of the family!


Our regular spot is a park with a river running through it, several climbing apparatus and a place to run and play with a ball, fish, wade, laugh and play. We also love to go off on adventures with other mum's and their kids for outings to the arboretum, museum, fairs, festivals and anything free, fun and energetic in our area to entertain us all.

There is never an age for which I feel you need to turn off play time and I would encourage more people to get up and get outside this summer (and all the year around, when possible) to put a spring in your step and to bring yourself some joy in the moment, while keeping active, too.


Whether you are a fitness fiend, a park pirate, walking wonder or swimmer of lakes, you can be sure to find more inspirational ideas to keep you going this summer by following @Voice_of_Play on social media, with hashtag #playfultrends and share your experiences and stories about how you like to get in your play time!

I would love to hear your thoughts on playtime for everyone, and suggestions on free outdoor play, this summer...

Get up, get active, and play!



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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Simple Bean and Veggie Crock Pot Stew!

I do so love having a crock pot, again, and so I put together an "everything in the fridge" type of stew just this last week before I went grocery shopping.


I seasoned up some potatoes, bok choy, carrots, celery, onions and pink beans and added some stock and just left it there to cook all day. A very basic meat-free, hearty bean and veggie stew that took almost zero effort at all and fed the entire family, plus leftovers to freeze down!


I enjoy the prep for meals like this and the cooking is so simple that you really can just get on with your day and not worry too much about it. I added pilaf to this dish on the side, but my daughter likes plain cous cous or quinoa and you can play around with it as you like - I also like to add a little hot sauce, but no one else in the house really likes that too much other than my step son and so I tend to use it at the table, rather than in the pot!

Quick, simple, easy and delicious! No need to slave over the stove, today!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Kyocera Hydro Reach, with Boost Mobile, to Keep in Touch, This Summer!

Disclaimer: I was given products in order to provide my honest opinion. My views may differ from yours. Thank you!

Warmer weather is in full swing and it is safe to say the holidays are on the way, with schools getting out for summer and vacations happening across the country, feet up, pool side and with a good book or sangria within arms length!


Also, in today's technologically minded world, we also love to keep in touch and stay up to date on the news and events happening around us, and what better way to do that than on your mobile phone - perhaps like the Kyocera Hydro Reach?

I recently had the chance to try the Kyocera Hydro Reach, on Boost Mobile and, as phones go, this one is one I can definitely stick with. It is a bluish color, slim, light weight and has plenty of space for a lot of apps!

The space for apps is particularly appealing to me seeing as in the past I have had phones that are out of space with just 1 or 2 apps installed and then you have to keep deciding to keep or delete an app to try a new one and that just becomes annoying. So far, I have 7 apps that I have installed without any issues, plus all of the Boost goodies that were already on the phone when it arrived (Boost Zone, Boost Dealz, Boost T.V. etc..).


The Kyocera Hydro Reach is certified as IP57 water and dust proof, and with Wet Touchscreen Activation, which means that your phone is going to be good for up to half an hour in about a meter of water so you can be less panicked if you drop it or spill on it, which is something we've all done at one time or another - in fact, my first ever phone suffered a washing up bowl water death when it slipped out of my hands into the dishes way back in the day, and I sure could have used a waterproof element back then!

This phone uses Android Lollipop, which I am already familiar with and so I like the ease of navigation and familiarity of the interface. It has access to the google app store and google already on the phone upon arrival so you can navigate the web.

This phone is big enough to boast a nice size screen, yet small enough to slip into your back pocket and you can buy rather nice decorative covers for the Kyocera Hydro Reach for as little as $5.99 and up, making it a cheap phone to accessorize and to use for any occasion.


As for the service, I am using an unlimited plan and have not had any service drop or quality of calls dropped in the short time that I have been using the phone on Boost Mobile. The signal is always high, the call quality is always clear and the connections is solid. I have used the wifi alone to save date when out and about at various hot spots, but have no trouble connecting and using data when needed if no hot spots are available.

There are 2 cameras, one on the front and one on the back, which means you can take some nice selfies and regular pics, while out and about! There is a flash on this camera, which makes it easier to take photos even when there is less light. I wouldn't recommend it for extremely low lit conditions like fireworks or night shots, but do recommend it for well-lit venues and daylight, outdoors photos.

Here is a photo of 2 of our children from the dinosaur exhibition at the Reading Museum in Pennsylvania this past weekend:


You can buy these phones for around $39.99 and that is a good price for what I think is a good, strong phone for the current market, which allows you all the luxuries of a high-end smart phone at a fraction of the cost!

I can use the phone for music, T.V. and movies, with apps like the C.W. app I can watch all of my favorite shows the day after they come out and with clear quality and good volume on my in-ear headphones.

I have used so many phones over the years, but the Kyocera Hydro Reach is fast becoming one of my favorites and I am happy to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars - it would have gotten the last half a star if the camera was better in low light, too!

Check them out at Boost Mobile, and see if this is the right fit for you, this summer, to stay connected on the go, and at a good price, too! There are various call plans to suit your needs, and all a click away!

Happy Chatting!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Treat Dad to a Compact Core Exerciser This Father's Day, with Hammacher Schlemmer! #dadsgothammacher

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ from mine! Thank you! 

Fathers day is a few days away and it is time to stop procrastinating and order that perfect gift that you've been trying to decide upon right up until the last moment - maybe you still haven't decided yet, at all?

If you have not found anything, quite yet, then Hammacher Schlemmer is a great place to find unique gifts for dad and provides a multitude of fun, fascinating, useful and inventive ideas, which can be delivered right to your door in no time at all.


If you have a man who wants to get into shape, who loves to work out or someone who really wants to try some new equipment, then he is going to love The Compact Core Exerciser, which simulates cantering on a horse, uses no electricity and is easy to master, even in a storm with the lights out and no distractions from the modern day pull of social media (imagine that!).

My machine arrived recently and it literally took me the time it took to boil water (and cook pasta), to put the machine together! There were just a couple of bolts, pins and things to assemble and I was on my way.

I was honestly not sure quite what to expect from this machine as I have never ridden any horse or pony, but I did once try out a bucking bronco at an event and this seems like a very mild version of a bucking bronco, without the desire to throw you off at a moment's notice.

You can adjust the seat and I am happy to say it is comfortable for my 6 foot tall frame and long legs, which is always the first thing I have to consider when considering anything more.

To get the machine going, you gently rock back and forth on it to build up some momentum and then as you get going you are propelled as though on horseback with very little trouble at all. The seat is well made and big enough to be comfortable and you could theoretically sit through a movie while on this machine - though I am not sure exactly how realistic it would seem to want to exercise for a 3 hour movie, so perhaps a half an hour to an hour T.V. show might be more comfortable in the long-term!

I love how small this is, yet it is still built sturdy and well-structured that I don't feel like it is going to fall apart on me anytime soon, which is just what I like when I see a new piece of equipment. The color is blue and black, which is just fine by me, but I'd love to see it in some bolder colors to maybe blend in with some personal decor seeing as it isn't the easiest thing to store away in my apartment.

I know that any dads who are fit, want to keep fit, or get fit would do well, even as a first timer, on The Compact Core Exercise machine as I am usually bored of exercise after a minute - yet this machine is fun, easy to use and just gives you a joyful workout.

I absolutely would love for your to take a look at The Compact Core Exerciser on Hammacher Schlemmer's website right now, where you will also find an array of items from wine coolers to drones, home spars to outdoor living and special products that you would never think to purchase any place else!

The Compact Core Exerciser has a 4.5 star rating on the Hammacher Schlemmer website and I would have to say that I agree! The machine comes with a lifetime guarantee and so if you try it and something goes wrong, then no worries! Hammacher will do what they can to replace or refund the money you spent and to help keep your machine in as best condition as it possibly could be, and you can't ask for better service than that.

What kind of things do the dads in your lives like to do in their spare time? Is dad a big child at heart, or a fitness fanatic? Does he like to try quirky things or just push the boat out find something new? Whatever his personality, Hammacher Schlemmer is here to help, and with an I.O.U in dad's card, this year, he can even pick whatever he wants from their website, and get just as excited as I did when I knew this machine was on its way, and even more so when it turned up at my door!

For $249.95, I am ready to have fun with this machine in my own home, without having to subject myself to a judgmental gym, and I know some of you must be with me on that sentiment?

Let me know how you feel about this machine! Do you ride horses? Have you ever tried a machine like this before, and how did it go? I'd love to hear your feedback, as usual, and I'll even be able to read them a while, while also cantering on the spot in my own home - fabulous!

Follow Hammacher Schlemmer across social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and pick something up for Father's Day, today - remember, if it is on the way, it counts, and dad is going to love it! If he doesn't, and he wants a robot instead, or a giant Pac-Man arcade machine, then great! Hammacher Schlemmer has those, too and will be more than happy to figure it out, with their great team, who have always guided me in the right direction, no matter what the occasion!

So what are you waiting for? Treat dad, today!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Class of 2016!

My son graduated last night and so did his girlfriend. I have never been more proud of both of them and it was such a wonderful event that I am super proud to have been there!

Class of 2016 and one very happy mum!


Class of 2016. Congratulations! No matter who you are!!






Nair for Summer Legs and Body to Smile About! #summerready

Disclaimer:  I was provided with items to test in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own and your views may differ, thank you! 

I was born with very dark hair and so there is no getting past it - when I have hairy legs, I have hairy legs - and there's just no hiding it unless I am going out dressed as a tree for the night! 

I don't particularly like the feeling of hairy legs and I know not everyone agrees with me and some do prefer to go natural, but I do like a smooth leg (or two!) and have tried about everything over the years to get the best results.


I have tried creams, many years ago, then stuck with razors as that seemed to be the quickest and easiest option to maintain, but I have fallen out of love with shaving since my back has been going in and out on me lately and my shower is the size the T.A.R.D.I.S would be if - it was the same on the inside as it appeared on the outside! 

When I was offered a chance to try some Nair cream, spray and wax strips recently, I jumped a the chance to get summer-ready and to try something a little out of my current zone of comfort zone and, to my liking, I found them to be very useful and quite effective.

The cream was quite easy to apply, if not a little messy, but easy on in the shower and then after a short time, wiped off to remove the hair. I did not have 100% success, but a big enough success to know that it was well received and I feel like after a few uses I could perfect a better hair removal ratio.

With the Nair spray, however, I had even better, almost 100% results on hair removal, with an easy-spray can to apply the mousse-like cream, in the shower, and easy wash-off for removal after a short time.

I have also tried the wax strips, which are very easy to unbox and ready prepared to be used, so it was just a case of applying, waiting and then removing to remove any hair. They are a little tricky the first time or so, but once you get used to it, you can place and remove the strips quite quickly for effective hair removal results. There is also a wipe to use after any hair removal to comfort and remove any excess wax.

I was impressed with my over-all experience seeing as I haven't used either creams or wax in years, but I was equally happy with the smell of the product, which was not overpowering and light. My skin was left surprisingly smooth - especially after using the spray.

Neither product gave me any nasty side-effects, and I made sure to test them before putting them to use, which is what I recommend for you - especially if you have sensitive skin. I am not a medical expert and I know some products are not for everybody, but it is up to you to figure out if you should or should not indulge.

Personally, I would definitely use the spray again, and the wax strips. The cream is not particularly for me, but that was more because I didn't like that application process, but preferred the quick application with the spray. I do like Cherry Blossom a LOT and so that makes me happy for a scent to wear and my smooth legs appreciate the effort.

If you'd like to find out more about Nair and get summer-ready, then head on over to their Twitter, Facebook and website pages for more and to stay up-to-date!

I'd love to hear what works for you. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

#TrainTogether with Cottonelle and Huggies Pull Ups at Sam's Club!



As a mother of several children, I have seen just about everything when it comes to potty training methods and accessories to make the experience fit the needs of each child, and to help their experience be as least traumatic (and as much fun) as I possibly can. 

It is now the turn of our youngest child, Bronson, to get his little butt out of regular diapers and onto a potty and since we purchased the potty a few weeks ago he has used it a couple of times and I am once again learning the ins and outs of what methods work best for him, just like his brothers and sister before him! 




One sure fire winner. when it comes to potty training, has always been Pull-Ups® Training Pants (in our house), but the last time we used them we were training a girl and so this time we've hopped back on the blue train, with cool boy designs for our little guy to roam around in. 

Sam’s Club® now have our Pull-Ups® in stores, in big packs, which makes it easy for me to pick up on a regular shopping trip and to get a good price at the same time. Sam's club ALSO have Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths in bulk, too, which are extremely useful to keep around the house for when Bronson needs them and to make this process with the potty training even easier than the with the Pull-Ups® Training Pants alone.


We were just in Sam’s Club® yesterday, picking up some Pull-Ups® this week and they are so adorable! I liked the price too (at just around $31) and the cost of the Cottonelle® was $14.83, making these the perfect couple to get the kids going on the potty and out of diapers for good!



Why not head over to Sam's Club and check the deals out for yourselves and get your little guy, or girl, potty training like a pro in no time?! You can learn more about a Sam's Club membership here! You can also head on over here to save $10 when you buy both aforementioned products, at Sam's!

Also - Enter for your chance to win, with Pull-Ups and Sam's Club for a chance to win a $500 sam's Club gift card, HERE

What are you waiting for! Ready? Potty! GO!

Monday, 23 May 2016

World-Class Pediatric Care Close to Home, with CHOP at Virtua!



*Many thanks to CHOP at Virtua for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to seek out their services when my child is hurt or ill. Today’s post is sponsored by CHOP at Virtua, by my love for their pediatric care is all my own!

As a mother of 3 biological children (and 1 step child), I am quite well versed in some of the things that could happen throughout their lives, which might require some medical attention.  Consequently, I would do anything to make sure that each of our children are well cared for (should they fall ill), no matter what, because I want them all to receive the greatest quality in care as close to home as reasonably possible.

As a parent who also resides in the South Jersey region, I do feel very blessed to live so close to such high-end care since the partnership between Virtua and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) came into fruition 5 years ago.  Virtua, which has provided care for newborns, children and moms for many, many years, (and which has established a record of quality care in the past of its own accord) collaboratedwith CHOP in order to place some of their (CHOP’s) medical doctors in South Jersey, successfully expanding Virtua’s already plump and reputable program of care to each family who may one day need it, like mine.

Benefits of CHOP at Virtua:
•CHOP at Virtua services include: emergency care, in-hospital care, intensive care for
newborns and kids, sleep medicine, imaging/radiology including sedation when needed.
•CHOP doctors also interpret diagnostic test in cardiology, neurology and radiology.
•CHOP provides teleneurology support in Virtua’s emergency departments.
•CHOP’s Specialty Care Center is situated at the Virtua Voorhees Health and Wellness
Center.

CHOP at Virtua sits so easily within reach, where quality care is practically on your door-step and conveniently accessible to families in a time when it is most called for. With the pediatric emergency room and Level III NICU at Virtua Voorhees, plus the Level II Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Memorial, I feel confident that my children, and any future siblings, would be in great hands through this system along with CHOP in Philadelphia for the most difficult of times and perplexing medical conundrums that could one day face theirs or the next generation of our family.

I feel that we would be in good hands with CHOP at Virtua and my mind is rested knowing that they are only a step away, with some of the best medical staff we could hope to find, now and in times to come, right in our back yard!

For more information, and latest news, please check out #CHOPatVirtua on Instagram and Pinterest, https://twitter.com/virtuahealth (@Virtuahealth) and https://twitter.com/ChildrensPhila (@Childrensphila) on Twittter, with hashtag #CHOPatVirtua, too! Thank you!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

HARTZ Giveaway - Ends 6/1/2016!

    The author of this blog post at Free For All received a sample to facilitate this review and giveaway. All opinions are 100 percent her own no financial compensation was received.        



HARTZ Giveaway 1 Winner Will Receive A Hartz Cat and Dog Prize pack!


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