Thursday, September 7, 2017

Toys R US Reveals Top 20 Toys for this Holiday Season

Planning for the holidays yet? I know, it's still too soon. But if you are, Toys R Us has come out with their holiday guide for all you pre-holiday planners out there. With it this guide comes Geoffrey's Top 20 toys for this holiday season.

Toys R Us not only offers up some of the coolest toys, but they offer up a few rewards you can take advantage of. Things like -

Price Match - they will honor a competitors price if you can prove someone has the same toy for cheaper. Get the details here.

And in case you need visual proof kids are having fun with these toys, they've launched an unboxing channel where they've posted a video of kids playing with the toys they're selling! There's one video already posted with more to come:

Toy Finder - if you are interested in one toy in particular but you hate the idea of hunting for it in the store, with their Hot Toy Finder, you can tell them what toy you are looking for and they will show you (based on zip code) where that toy is in your designated store. Find out more info here.

Also, best of all for those of us on a budget, they have free layaway. Which is a great idea no matter what budget you are on because you can keep the toys away from curious little eyes. Find out more info here.

So what is on this incredible list you may ask? Here it is the top 20 toys for this holiday season -

3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes® 
 This s a play zone that features three modes of play - bowling, soccer and basketball. For kids aged 9 to 36 months. It also comes with an adjustable height loop that grows with your child!

Baby So Sweet 16-Inch Nursery Doll from Toys"R"Us® (Available only at Toys"R"Us)

This is a 16 inch soft baby doll that has the touch and feel of a real baby. Perfect for the child that loves playing mom or dad (I sure loved playing with dolls growing up!).

Coco Interactive Guitar from Mattel® (Available beginning October 1, 2017)
This is an interactive guitar that helps kids learn to practice and play the song, "Remember Me" from the DIsney Pixar movie, Coco. It's for kids ages 3 and up and it also comes 

Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery from Just Play™
This adorable all in one nursey allows your little resident doctor practice their doctor skills! This is totally playing doctor upgraded. It has a portable electronic patient laptop, a stethoscope to listen to their baby's heartbeat and even a scale to measure the baby's height and weight. 

Fingerlings™ from WowWee™ (Unicorn Gigi available only at Toys"R"Us) 

These little mini fun toys are just like a real pet. They respond to noise, motion, and touch. Kids can pet their heads, blow a kiss, or make a loud noise to get the little Fingerling excited! 

FURREAL ROARIN' IVORY, THE PLAYFUL TIGER from HASBRO (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning November 1, 2017)

This tiger isn't just any playful tiger. IT has over 100 plus sounds and motion combinations and will respond to touches on her forehead, back and muzzle. This is adorable and will be available November 1st.

Glimmies Glimtern from Just Play™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us)
This is beautiful lantern shaped house that lights up star creatures who live inside of it. Kids will place the little Glimmie toy inside the house and she will light up! 

Hatchimals Surprise from Spin Master™ (Available beginning October 6, 2017)
So for anyone who loves Hatchimals, this will be a completely new Hatchimal you haven't seen before. There will be a very special Hatchimal surprise launched on October 6th too. Excited? I am!

Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme from Fisher-Price®
I can just imagine your child feeling so COOL with this amazing batbot toy. It is over 2 feet tall, and has wings, projectile launchers and a motorcycle. Your child can also speak into the voice changer while their toy is in battle mode. This looks all shades of amazing.

L.O.L Surprise™ Big Surprise from MGA Entertainment® (Available beginning September 29, 2017)
This seems like a one of a kind toy. It features 50 surprises in each item, no batteries required, and it combines amazing fashionable doll items inside. 

Fans of nerf blasters (for those have kids and whoever is a kid at heart of course hehe) can load up to 100 foam rounds. I see an amazing Christmas morning in someone's future with this thing.

Nintendo Switch™ with Gray Joy-Con™ from Nintendo
This transforms any Nintendo switch into a hand held on the go kind of fun. It connects to a TV and basically lets you have fun anywhere and everywhere. 

Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards™ Magical Fairy Wand Fairy Princess Fern from Cepia LLC

Oonies™ Mega Starter Pack from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)
This magical fairy wand opens up a whole world of imagination. Your child can speak to the fairy living at the end of the wand and learn 16 different magical spells. It also comes iwth an illustrated spell book and they can meet magical creatures along the way!

PAW Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master™
For the child that loves to be at sea, this is an amazing sea patroller vehicle that works as a rescue boat with lights, sounds, a working crane, and a life saver launcher and storage too. It also comes with an octopus and an exploration cage! 

Pikmi Pops™ Surprise! Jumbo Plush from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)
These are little lillipops with a mini plush inside just waiting to be discovered. These look like they would be incredible stocking stuffers!

Power Wheels Boomerang from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys"R"Us)
This vehicle looks like an incredible fun time. It's for kids to 5 to 10 years old, and has a max speed of 5  mph. It lets kids tilt, and spin, and has all wheel drive. This is one incredible gift!

Power Rangers Ninja Steel Lion Fire Fortress Zord from Bandai™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us)
This is a three in one playset, and features over 20 sounds. Play modes include Megazord, Ultra Megazord and Fortress. And has two firing cannons, a helipad, cockpit and jail too!

Project Mc2™ Smart Pixel Purse from MGA Entertainment®
Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)

Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)
Ah I could see me loving this when I was a kid. This is a Genie Palace that comes with 100 phrases and sounds. It has a vanity mirror, a tea party table. So many amazing things can happen here! 

And there you have it folks! Does anything on this list catch your eye? Make sure to follow Toys R Us on Twitter and Instagram for updates!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Giveaway Round Up - Books, Art Kits, and Elmo Game

How about this for a blast from the past! Have you entered any interesting giveaways? Have you won anything? Well, I've decided to share with you guys some giveaways I have spotted online that may be of interest to you. Read the rules and guidelines carefully for the giveaway of course.

Enter to win Wrecked by Maria Padian
Ends 9/12

Enter to win Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit.
Ends 9/11

$1,000 Lamp Design Package 
Ends in 13 Days (my referral link!)

DIY Dollhouse Book (3 Winners!)
Ends October 15th

Elmos Hide and Seek Game
Ends 9/20

I've made sure to note if I've included my own referral links! Leave a note in the comments when you spot a giveaway of your own that you can share!

This post includes giveaway referral links. All I receive are extra entries if you enter via my link.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Going Out the Door in Two Different Shoes (And How Flat Out of Heels Saved the Day)

I love flats. In fact, at this moment I think I have about two in my bag I carry to work in addition to my purse. Why you ask? Well, a brief story before I launch into the review of this new great pair of flats I found.

The other day I woke up and felt so unbelievably tired. I was in a fog while I was getting ready to go out the door. And on my way to my bus stop, I looked down at my feet and I realized I had put on two different pairs of flats. Luckily, both were similar in color so it wasn't too incredibly obvious. Unfortunately, it wasn't the look I was going for. But you know what? I had these flats I'm about to tell you about with me and when I got on the bus I changed into these. No one was the wiser. Which is why I love the idea of taking a pair of flats with me that I can discretely roll into my purse. 

Flat Out of Heels has created such a product! Check out these flats I got -

Aren't they adorable? They come with a red sole that is pretty durable in my book and it has a non-slip quality that makes it less likely I'll fall wearing these. Plus they are as advertised - flat. Flat. FLAT. I'm so happy!

They run a bit small and I was glad to have a large size rather than a medium (I wear a 9). I've worn them a few days and just love that I can comfortably wear these to work and still look nice. So many times these roll up flats I've bought in the past just have a pajama-slipper look and feel. These are not the case! 

They are inexpensive too and I think this would make a nice gift for someone (I won't say Christmas gift; this is far too early to talk about that!).  The cost is $29.99 which is a pretty sweet deal. Another cool thing is they come in a variety of styles too such as floral, zebra print, leopard print, and a variety of colors. They even have one with laces! I've got my eye on that one.

Purchase a pair of these yourself by visiting their online store. Be sure to also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I received the above mentioned items in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ways to Help Out Victims of Hurricane Harvey

I can't help but be so sad and scared for those who are in the path of Hurricane Harvey and dealing with such relentless aftermath. I wanted to share with you guys a few resources on how to help with Hurricane Harvey.

Forbes wrote a fantastic article about where you can donate and some excellent tips when doing so.

Read Forbes Article.

Cool Mom Picks also has some great resources as well. It lists out some of the smaller places you can donate to, like food banks and some other ways you can offer help.

Read Cool Mom Picks Article

Also Texas Monthly has listed ways you can hlep too, such as donating to the Texas Diaper Bank,  the Driscoll Children's Hospital and other places.

Read Texas Monthly article 
Mom 2.0 also has an amazing list of resources for you to check out, if you would like to help. It includes food donations, animal relief places, and so much more.

Read Mom 2.0 article


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hey 90s Kids, Boys II Men is Coming Out with a New Album

Growing up, I vividly remember enjoying Boys II Men. Not only were these guys really handsome but also they were really talented. I loved that song "On Bended Knee" and "I'll Make Love to You." Ah, they were so great!

Recently, I couldn't help but notice I've been seeing them in these commercials for Geico. Check it out -

Hehe. Don't you love that? "So gassy, girl."

Well you guys this is exciting because Boys II Men are coming out with a NEW album. I'm really excited about this album because it includes some classic doo-wop songs like "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." They will also have guest vocalists such as Brian McKnight (remember him??), Amber Riley, and ten time Grammy winners, Take Six.

If you are as excited about this as I am, you must go now to pre-order the album. You can do that here.  Or visit my Amazon affiliate link, if you could. Purchase now.

Are you, or were you, a fan of Boys II Men? Will you be purchasing their album?

Included in this post are affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

5 Things I Learned About Coconuts for World Coconut Day

Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut Day? I didn't either, but one of my favorite body washes and body lotions uses coconut in their ingredients list. So I thought today of all days would be great way to talk about one of my new favorite things - coconuts!

So, I thought I'd put together five things I have learned about coconuts that I never knew before. 

1) The coconut is considered the "tree of life" due to its many uses and benefits. 

I've read so many places that talk about the uses and benefits of coconuts. I spotted an article with Dive Training Magazine that talks in depth about the coconut. The coconut palm is considered the "tree of life" because it's used as food, clothing, shelter, tools, and so much more. It's even part of the daily survival for some cultures. 

2) It's quite possible to use coconut oil as an all purpose beauty treatment.

I found this really interesting article on by a woman who basically replaced all of her skin care treatment with coconut oil. From hair wash to make up remover - all coconut oil, all the time. And you know? It worked pretty well.

I use coconut oil for my moisturizer and love it. I also use this Coconut Papaya Body Wash by Nubian Heritage. It does have that coconut-y smell but also balanced by a fruity scent. 

3) It takes a full year for a coconut to mature into a ripe fruit.

And acording to Dive Training Magazine, when the coconut first starts out, the juice inside can bring about almost a liter of juice.

4) It can be used as a natural remedy.

According to Wellness Mama, you can use coconut oil for so many variety of purposes! If you rub some in your nose, it can help reduce allergies, for example. It can also be used as a pretty awesome toothpaste (although you shouldn't replace your usual toothpaste)  Read more about coconut oil uses here. 

5) People are going nuts for coconuts.

So, according to this UK The Voice, coconut hair care products have grown by 29% over the last year.  Coconut products alone are showing a 23% growth over the last year. Why? Retail Insight Manager Kaajal Bhatti says, "I think what we're actually seeing is something of a coconut revolution, rather than just a fad." Read more of the article here.

Interested in buying some amazing products made of this amazing food and beauty product? Well, I love products by Nubian Heritage and their body wash and body lotion is just amazing. It smells good and feels good on the skin. It isn't drying at all. You can get some for $12.99. Purchase now.

I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my honest review.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ring Bearer Dog Loses Rings Right Before Ceremony

Have you ever been to a wedding where the dog was part of the ceremony? I haven't yet but I have heard of it. I feel like there's always tremendous room for disaster, but for those who have pets, it's a way to include your furry family member into a special day. For Jeff Brines, his sister's wedding included his dog Tucker, who was the ring bearer. It all was going according to plan until Tucker ran off while no one was looking.

While Brines was taking photographs and handling the sound system, unleashed Tucker made a break for it. Luckily he did return in time for the ceremony, but sadly the rings were gone from Tucker's collar.

Brines told local news KUSA that he was pretty upset when that happened. In fact, after the ceremony, he took his shoes off and waded into the water to search for the rings. He said, "You realize you're in a giant park. You're not inside. You have no idea where your dog just was, you can't ask him, he can't talk to you and you're looking for a needle in a haystack."

But this didn't ruin the big day. In fact, Brines said that the couple laughed the moment off. Some people at the wedding donated rings for the ceremony. If you take a look at their wedding video, you can see that this didn't stop the couple from having a beautiful ceremony and a good time.

I guess the take away advice here is - make sure you hold onto the rings until it's time for your pup to walk them down the aisle for you.


Monday, August 21, 2017

The Most Adorable Pool Party - A Puppy Pool Party.

To celebrate the end of summer, Rose Park Pool in Billings, Montana, celebrated with a puppy pool party. If you are not having a good day today, I think this is an excellent way of boosting your spirit. 

This looks like a pool party that I know I would love to be invited to. Now if only this video was like ten minutes longer, I'd really be able to enjoy myself.

Video first shared on Billings Gazette (SOURCE


Saturday, August 19, 2017

National Geographic to Provide Full Coverage of the Eclipse

Are you ready for the eclipse? I live in Oregon, and there's been so much news about the upcoming crowds for the eclipse, I'm not sure what I'm more interested in at this point - traffic jam news or the eclipse! Anyways, in case you don't live near the path of totality or can't make it down there (like me), than you will be happy to know that National Geographic has planned on full coverage for the eclipse.

They are offering a full day of coverage from scientists on the ground as the eclipse happens. There is also live coast to coast coverage as well. Two National Geographic Explorers will be hosting a live digital broadcast from the Airbnb Geodesic Dome in Terrebonne, Oregon. The two explorers are internationally recognized scholar and astrophysicist  Dr. Jedidah Isler and acclaimed National Geographic photographer and science journalist Babak Tafreshi who will be discussing the science behind the eclipse and answering viewers' questions. Experts will be stationed across the path of totality as the eclipse crosses the United States.

You can check it out on Facebook live, Twitter via Periscope, and YouTube starting 10pm eastern on August 20th and 9:30am Pacific Time on August 21st.

Visit the National Geogrpahic Eclipse page to check out live coverage. 

Also be sure to check out the path of totality on their eclipse map.

What are you planning on doing for the eclipse? Are you visiting anywhere that is in the path of totality? 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Check Out This Epic Maze a Cat Owner Made for His Cats

If you have a cat, or happen to adore cats, you probably know how much they love boxes. LOVE.

So this guy named Chris Poole, a somewhat YouTube star thanks to his cats, has created a pretty epic cat maze. I learned of this thanks to's coverage of the maze. The maze, as you can see in the video below, is made of 50 boxes and the two cats enjoy themselves endlessly.

The video shows how he cuts the boxes and lines them up to create a maze. Each cat has their own exploring technique such as hopping from box to box to slithering between the holes cut open for them or weaving in and out and around the boxes. There are also treats inside the boxes the cats can find to make the whole thing worthy.

This video is unbelievably adorable and absolutely will make your day. Check it out below -


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ready for a New Taco Bell Shell? Meet the Naked Egg Taco.

The people who brought us the Dorito taco shell and other unique creations, have now brought us the Naked Egg Taco. What makes this creation unique is that it's entirely made of fried egg. It's an inside out breakfast you guys! Tucked inside is potatoes, bacon or sausage and cheese and it will be available to us all nationwide starting August 31st.

Liz Matthews, Chief Food Innovation Officer at Taco Bell Corp says, "Shell innovation is at the core of where we experiment - and whether it's crispy chicken, biscuits or waffles that wrap up menu item classics - we bring our fans craveable and unexpected food experiences that leave them wanting more."

Plus if you are in New York, Laguna Beach, Austin Texas, and Chicago, you have the chance to reserve a table to try this out for yourself. Visit OpenTable here and make your reservation.

This breakfast taco is going to be available for a limited time for $1.99 or part of a breakfast combo.

And how is the internet reacting?

Well, here's what we all have to say -

What do you think about the Naked Egg Taco? Will you be ordering it?

Monday, August 14, 2017

These Wichita Fire Crews Saved this Pup's Day

(Original Story posted to The Witchita Eagle).

Anyone up for some puppy news? I get these news alerts each day and I had to share this news out of Witchita, Kansas.

So this little adorable puppy got his head stuck in the middle of a tire somehow. Check out this tweet!

According to the post on Facebook, resident's DID try to get the little puppy's head out of the tire but they weren't successful. Hence, the unusual call to the fire department. With soapy water, the crew was able to free the puppy from the wheel and is now in the arms of his owner.

I'd say this person says it best -


Saturday, August 12, 2017

98 Degrees to Release New Christmas Album and Go on Tour

Anyone a fan of 98 Degrees? If you are, you will be extremely excited to learn that the yare about to release a new Christmas album. Entitled, "Let It Snow," 98 Degrees four person harmony including Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons, will be available for purchase by October 13, 2017. 

What was old is new again, right? It's been 18 years since their last Christmas album, "This Christmas" and their first album in four years. 

Drew Lachey said this was an easy decision to make. "As a group, our favorite record, hands down is [This Christmas]." Even better? Guys love it too. Drew continues to say, "We have primarily a female audience, but we'll have guys come up to us and say, 'You know what? I love the Christmas album, my mom bought it for me.' It's bro code that the Christmas album's allowed."

The album will include 12 songs such as, "Let it Snow," "Little Saint Nick," and "Run Rudolph Run." Each song was personally selected by a member of the band. So you have the nice boy band personalized touch! 

Is anyone else getting excited? Well here's one reason more. They are also going on a concert tour! It's a 31 city tour starting on November 10th and concluding on December 23rd. Presale tickets start selling on August 15th and are on sale everywhere Friday, August 18th. 

Be sure to visit their website to find out where there is a tour near you and to keep an eye out for when you can purchase an album. Also, like their page for Facebook updates. 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ozeri Salt and Pepper Shaker - My Review

Are you in need of a new salt and pepper shaker? Maybe one that takes out the hassle of salt and pepper getting everywhere thanks to you vigorously shaking?

Everyone meet the Ozeri Salt and Pepper Shaker. I'm kind of really into this thing.

So, this thing looks really fancy and it's really handy all the same time. When you get it, it's actually really easy to put together once you get the batteries in it. And you basically flip it over to get the grinding started and that's it. It just starts. No fierce shaking required. It's a tad slow, but I really don't think that's so abnormal. I've noticed a lot of automatic grinders are like that.  I think the most appealing thing about this is how incredibly easy this is to fill with salt or peppercorns. That is usually my biggest frustration with automatic or regular pepper grinders or salt shakers.

The thing that is the only downside is the amount of batteries this uses. It uses six AAA batteries and that is quite a lot to me. I really hope that this means that these shakers will last a long time. I kind of wish these were the type you could charge or something as I hate buying batteries (they're so expensive!)

Price wise they aren't bad. They go for $29.95 right now on Amazon.

Purchase now on Amazon.

I received the above products to review and have included an affiliate link for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.


Fran's Chocolate Sauce Review

There's a chocolate sauce out there that just fills my heart with such joy. It's called Fran's Chocolates. They've been around since 1982 and offer quality, tasty chocolate. Every time I've been lucky enough to try some, I've been rewarded to try such rich, tastily made chocolate.

First, ingredients matter a lot to me, and when you visit their website and read about the ingredients they select for their chocolate, you should be very pleased to choose their products. First, they're gluten-free, they're fair trade and organic, and are non-gmo as well. Read more about the ingredients found in their chocolates. 

I had the chance to review their single park bars and also their chocolate sauce. I loved this stuff. I have a confession too. I took like a couple of spoonfuls a day of this stuff. I confess I didn't make it for anything. I just ate it casually like it was my usual thing. This stuff is good. It's rich and it's chocolately. I'd say for those who say they don't like things TOO sweet to cut the sweetness with vanilla ice cream.

And in case you want to step outside the box and actually use chocolate sauce for something more than just by the spoonful, I've accumulate some must try recipes for you.

Twix Brownies

Get the recipe.

I am gluten-free but I'm sure one clever person can turn this recipe into gluten-free goodness. It takes one of my favorite candies and turns it into an incredible dessert that should be tried by all.

Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Get this recipe.

This is a fast and easy ice cream cake that I could see even myself making. It includes chocolate sauce, brownie mixes, and chocolate sandwich cookies and ice cream sandwiches. And if you are hankering for something just amazing, I think you should try this.

Mini Peanut Butter and Banana Pies

Get this recipe.

This is also another tasty dessert that is made with cream cheese, peanut butter, and a topping of whip cream and chocolate sauce. This is bound to make your taste buds leap with joy.

Death by Chocolate Monkey Bread

Get this recipe.

This one is made with biscuits, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. You can never have too much chocolate.

Layered Mint Chocolate Brownies

Get this recipe.

I'm kind of into the whole mint and chocolate thing. Aren't you? This one uses two cups of chocolate syrup and peppermint extract in its ingredients and has three layers. Oh yes. This is a good one.

S'mores Pizza Dessert

Get this recipe.

I really love s'mores. I think this pizza idea makes it even that much better. This one uses chocolate chip cookies, graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows with chocolate syrup for drizzling.

Now if you're tastebuds feel inspired, purchase Fran's Chocolate Sauce and you can buy one jar for $10. That is an incredible deal. Purchase now.

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Must-Have Skin Care Products for the Summer

There are some beauty products that have become staples for me this summer. Obviously, there are some products that are must have such as sunscreen for your face, waterproof sunscreen, and lip balm with SPF, ideally. But as the summer weighs in heavy and the heat becomes pretty blech, I tend to minimize my make up and increase my skin care.

Here's a few items that should be added to your must-have list:

1) Rosewater Glycerin Spray

I actually get this at Whole Foods and this is a must-have. It's light, smells gently like roses, and soothes your skin.  The brand that I use in particular is Heritage Products. Right now, Vitacost has it for $6.92, which is cheaper than what Heritage's online store is selling it for and cheaper than Amazon.

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2) Makeup Remover

I know I just said that I don't use makeup remover, but I do at least put on foundation, mascara, some blush and lipstick. So, at the end of the day, I want a clean slate for my face. I tend to not be a huge fan of face washes at night, but I do use a cleansing facial wipe to get rid of dirt, makeup, and anything else that could be clogging on my skin. I use the Simple, Sensitive Skin cleaning wipe. It's the best on my skin, leaves it feeling really good afterwards, not drying at all, and pretty affordable.

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3) Coconut Oil

Since using coconut oil for my face, my skin has done a total turnaround. I feel like it actually glows. I put it on in the morning under my foundation and it just leaves my skin feeling so good. I don't have dry areas and it just balances out my skin tone.

Lately, I have been using coconut oil by Shea Moisture. And for an all body experience, I've started using their Hydration Body Oil made with coconut oil and coconut milk. This is actually perfect for the rest of the body, like making sure my legs stay summer smooth!

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4) An excellent smelling body wash.

I'm very much into light scents for the summer. Mostly because I find perfumes to be a bit too heavy in the hotter weather. So, scented body washes tend to be the best match for me and I'm personally loving this surprising scented body wash by Shea Moisture called, "Dragon's Blood and Coffee Cherry." (photographed above!) I was a little wary with it thinking it just sounded too weird but this is amazing stuff. It smells SO rich. And the body wash goes a long way too. I also got some scrub with the same scent and I can't wait to try it.

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5) Lip balm.

I mentioned lip balm earlier and I am very cautious with what I use on my lips. My skin can be surprisingly sensitive and some lip balms just make my lip skin tear up and get really raw and irritated. So, recently I started using this hydrating lip balm by Nyakio. It goes on clear, unscented, and is pretty long lasting. It comes in a small tube but I don't find that I need to reapply it a lot. I'm using both the Baobab Lip balm and the Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish.  They are bit on the expensive side - about $22 - $24, but I think they're worth it.

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So what are your go to beauty and skin care products for the summer?

I received the above photographed items in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Checkerbox USA - Men's Socks - The Must Buy for the Guy in Your Life

Men's socks? Really? I mean, I know what you're thinking. How fancy could they could? The white ones come in packs of six. You get the nice black ones in a three pack sometimes. Psh, that's it. Well, that perception of socks is wrong. That's the perception that I know that I had at one point. Until I met CheckerBox Men's Apparel.

Check out these socks I got for my brother -

Aren't they colorful? I know he really liked the color and the nice texture of these socks. They felt good to wear, I just know it.

So CheckerBox USA was founded by 17 year old Randy Gervais as an effort to bring about self expression within everyday society. Guys can be who they want to be with these socks. It's self expression! And if you can do it with fashionable accessories, I say go for it. Read more about the company by visiting this link. 

And it may still be summer and you are probably in the whole sandal and barefoot season but as the fall season looms closer, these are the socks you should buy for the guy in your life. Or, if you are guy reading my blog, you should buy these.

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The cool thing is these socks and their other accessories are really affordable. They come at $20.00 a pack. And I know they may not come in a pack of six but this is fashion, you guys! And if this kind fashion makes you stand a little straighter and walk with a bit more pep in your step, you have to go for it. If the colorful socks that Checkerbox has to offer calls to you, than I understand. Sure it may not be the pair of socks you wear to the gym, but hey why not? Lounge around the house and just feel fine, I say.

Now if they can only make stuff for women too!

Go online and buy yourself a pair of fancy socks today. Shop now.

Or at least loom with envy by visiting their Instagram site and just watching all those great sock wearing men. Follow now.

I received the above socks in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

20 Recipes Made with Honey Perfect for the Summer [And Giveaway!]

Sometimes it's hard to describe why a particular brand is your favorite. But this one is and I can't wait to tell you why. I am so glad they wanted to work with my blog too!

So, L.R. Rice was started in Colorado back in 1924. It's a women-owned, family operated and in it's 5th generation. Talk about having roots! The family started out working in bee yards, extracting honey and filling glass jars and selling door to door in the Colorado area. They have established relationships with beekeepers across the United States which allows for quality honey to be distrbuted across the country.

Watch their video!

One thing that really makes me like this honey is that it is raw and unfiltered. It's the best way to have honey too. Want to learn more about honey? Check out their FAQ page!

They also offer a wide variety of honey such as wild flower honey and local honey from a variety of areas. Want honey from the Northwest, check out this kind. It is reasonably priced, I thought, it comes at $6.50 online. Roughly that price in the store too.

Honey for me lasts long as well because it is not something I use on everything but I love it so much when I do. This is one of the few brands of honey that I buy regularly so I would highly, HIGHLY recommend it.

One thing is for sure is that whenever a recipe calls for sugar, honey is my go to. However, I tend not to think outside the box too much. So I've collected some really incredible and unique recipes that you need to check out and add to your meal planning!

Kimber Daley from the blog,  "Let's Do Some Good Today"  recommends making fruit salsa with honey! "We love fruit salsa (fruit pulsed in the food processor a few times) and I sometimes drizzle honey over it. We serve it with cinnamon chips (tortillas, cut into wedges, with a bit of butter brushed on top, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked until crispy)."

Pam Armstrong of the blog Grey is the New Black and Sidewalk Shoes has a few recipes to share.

Honey Simple Syrup
Have you ever come across a recipe asking for "simple syrup"? Well this recipe helps you make it yourself!

Roasted Pears with Wine and Honey
This recipe sounds so fancy and amazing that I really want to try this on my own soon. Made with pears, dessert wine, and ice cream in the ingredients!

Sriracha Honey Popcorn
I'm in LOVE with recipes that have a sweet and spicy quality and this recipe calls for honey and sriracha hot sauce in the ingredients. Amazing!!

And Rebecca of Strength and Sunshine had a few recipes that will be perfect for amazing honey creations. How about these -

Gluten-Free Cornbread (Vegan)
I have needed a gluten-free cornbread recipe and I'm so excited about seeing this. I must keep this recipe for the holiday season!

And Melissa over at Beyond Mommying has a really healthy but tasty looking Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Bread you should try. It's made with bananas (obviously), applesauce, coconut oil and honey in the ingredients!

Ashleigh over at Suburban Salt has a really incredible Lavender Honey Apricot Preserves recipe I think you should try. I'm kind of really into the idea of using lavender in recipes so this is so intriguing to me!

Stacie over at Divine Lifestyle has a really flavorful chicken recipe using an instant pot! It is made with onions, honey, thyme, and seasoning that really make this so tasty!

Also Stacie has an amazing cranberry honey butter recipe that would make an amazing housewarming or hostess gift. You must try this!

Lecy over at A Simpler Grace blog has a really easy to make and no-bake peanut butter and chocolate ball recipe that is made with honey, oats, and peanut butter in the ingredients! Definitely perfect for the summer!

Jamie Reed over at Splendry has a really unique cookie recipe that uses honey and pineapples! What a refreshing treat.

Jenna over at The Urben Life that has a really tasty Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe made with honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil and some really healthy ingredients.

Brett Martin over at This Mama Loves blog has a really refreshing Honey Rhubarb Iced Tea recipe.

And if you are in need of an appetizer, how about this Honey Gorgonzola Cheese Appetizer!

Interested in comfort food? You ought to check out this recipe by Allison over at Loving Living Lancaster that features country ham and honey biscuits. This is good stuff!

Do you have a picky eater at home? Then you ought to try this Sweet Bananas and Honey Dessert by Barbara over at the blog Atlanta's Frugal Mom! 

Want something refreshing? This is a honey sweetened orange lemonade recipe that looks PERFECT for the summer made by Laura over at the blog Joy Food Sunshine. Check it out!

And check out this healthy peanut butter granola that she made too! This is totally doable! I love it!

Also, Jamie over at the blog Denver Housewife has made this incredibly unique Honey Citrus Carnitas with Avocado Lime Cream that she made with an instant pot. You make it with sour cream, avocado, honey, and some really good spices!

And we all need a little chocolate in our life? How about this easy three ingredient healthy fudge made by Lydia over at Thrifty Frugal Mom? In any recipe that asks for sugar, I always prefer using honey and I love that this one uses honey, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Guilt free fudge people! Check it out!

Then last but not least, make sure you check out this recipe by Tereza over at Cityscape Bliss blog who has a recipe for Mulled Wine with Orange and Honey. Talk about an amazing summer drink!

Make sure you visit the LR Rice Honey online store where you can select just the kind of honey YOU want to eat. You can also purchase honey by the case too. That means you can probably make all of these recipes if you buy that much honey!

I am so happy to announce that I am giving away two bottles of honey to one lucky reader! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 7/28.

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I received the above items in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

5 Ways to Watch Movies Online For Free

Now you don't have to pay a thing to watch a good movie.

I'm in the process of cutting the cord, or at least, cutting BACK on the cord. It's quite the process, let me tell you. I find that I'm contemplating online streaming services such as Amazon streaming, Netflix, and Hulu. My biggest hestiation is that it's so easy to spend money on streaming services and soon I'll be spending as much money as I am on cable. But did you know that there is a way to find free movies online and not ditch on quality content?

Well today over at, I've talked about five ways you can watch movies for free. I've tried each of these sites myself and I'm a regular visitor to them.

Check out my article here.  

And then come back and tell me which sites you visit to watch movies!

Colorfy Your Kitchen! [Sweese Bowls Review[

So I had the chance to review some bowls! They are made by a company called, "Sweese." I like the mission for their products - they build stuff meant to last. And they want to create products we can use again and again. I like that a lot! Check out more about the company here.

I had the chance to try out the assorted porcelain fluted bowls by Sweese. 

I have to say - I LOVED these. First, and foremost, I've had them a couple of weeks now and I'm so happy to see I haven't chipped them (does this happen to anyone else all the time)? One of the biggest things that I like about these bowls is that they are very very colorful. And they are also microwave safe, freezer and oven safe as well. I've microwaved with these bowls (I've also put them in the dishwasher and so far, so good). They are fantastic for soup because it holds a lot. To me, these bowls hold a generous sized portion of soup, or beans and rice, or cereal. Thanks to the fluted sides, they're easy to hold and it is just a cool design. I really really like these.

You can buy them on Amazon for $29.99 right now and I think that is a fantastic price for something that I think is high quality. They offer so many other products too so be sure to check out their Amazon page to make your kitchen feel special! 

I received these bowls in exchange for my honest review. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage: My Newly Discovered Favorite Beauty Products

Summer is here you guys! I am not a fan of the heat at all, and just recovered from this massive heat wave last weekend. What an intense ride that was! However, one enormous plus is that I rediscovered these amazing new products that I can't wait for you to try out. 

The first is by a brand called, Shea Moisture." This is one of my newest and most favorite companies. They offer SO many things. I had the chance to try out a few items:

Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

If you haven't had the chance to use coconut oil on your skin, you need to now. This stuff makes my skin GLOW. And it lasts so long. I accidentally forgot that this stuff melts in the heat though. So you've been warned! I love this brand especially because they make it with fair trade and natural ingredients. I'm not the type to use coconut oil for food reasons but I LOVE it for my skin. I put it on my face every morning and use it as my moisturizer. 

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Facial Wipes

I like these wipes! I'm not as enthusiastic about these as I am about the coconut oil. I found that I wanted the wipes to be a bit more damp BUT I still found that they took off make up and other things accumulated on my skin that day. It's also such an easy way for me to wash my face (I just won't otherwise). I love this brand so much too, so I highly recommend their stuff.

I also had the chance to try out some stuff by Nubian Heritage!

First this Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion & Body Wash. Oh you guys I love this stuff. I love the lotion and it really doesn't take a lot to moisturize. It smells AMAZING. Also it doesn't make my skin feel greasy afterwards as a lot of lotion does. This body wash is fantastic too. It compliments very well with the lotion and you don't need a lot to lather up either. Leaves me feeling SO clean.

I also had the chance to try out the Coconut & Papaya Deodorant. Oddly, this smelled nice but it was touch and go for me. One day it helped me smell nice all day. Then another day it didn't. I may save it for the winter time when it's not so hot out!

I also got a collection of African Black Soap! This is definitely something I'm saving for a skin, acne break out day. This stuff is fancy stuff and I feel like I want to reserve this stuff for a special beauty day experience.

Overall, I really think you guys should check out the Shea Moisture brand and buy yourself some of their face wipes and coconut oil. They are so wonderful. For the Nubian Heritage, you must buy this Coconut and Papaya Body Lotion. This stuff is my new favorite summer products. I can't wait for you to try this stuff.

Right now you can buy the facial wipes for $5.99 which is a fantastic deal! You can also buy the coconut oil I tried for $12.99 right now. The coconut & papaya body lotion is available right now to purchase for $12.99.  And their body wash for $12.99 as well! 

I received the above items in exchange for my honest review. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Snack Ideas When You Want Some Energy

What category do you fall under? A mini-meal throughout the day type of person or three major meals all day? I tend to vary. As the weather gets warmer, I definitely fall under the mini-meal throughout the day type of person as I cannot stand eating heavily on a hot day.  And as I try to get exercise into my day, I definitely like choosing the right snacks for an energy boost.

Here's my top five favorite snacks for energy boosting -

Nuts and Seeds.

More specifically, I got for pistachios, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Those are my go to energy boosters! Add in a cheese stick or two and I'm definitely good. 

Some peanut butter and fruit. Or peanut butter and celery. 

I usually go for berries as my fruit of choice but then also I love adding in some peanut butter. Mixing the two into yogurt is an excellent snack or pre workout breakfast. Or my other snack favorite is peanut butter and celery! 

Hard Boiled Eggs

Oh I love when I can make a bunch in advance in preparation for the week or to make sure I have energy for exercise. I like this because it isn't obnoxiously filling, and I just have mine with salt and pepper.


Oh I like oatmeal. Even better I like baking with it. If you need some ideas outside of the box, I'd recommend "peanut butter oatmeal balls" of some kind as it's a great way to get oatmeal and have a blast of energy.  Here are some recipe ideas!

The other newest thing that I've discovered is great for energy - these Go Macro Bars! It was so cool, I was in Whole Foods yesterday and saw someone in line with one and I almost was like, "Hey, I just discovered these! They're so great!" I couldn't wait to try some when I had the chance.

I think one thing that stands out is that they don't have a lot of sugar. I think this was the biggest perk to me. I had the chance to review a variety of flavors. My favorite was the "Protein Pleasure" which was the peanut butter chocolate chip flavor. That was so good. I'm such a sucker for something with peanut butter and chocolate.  They had other bars with some other nut butters such as sunflower butter, almond butter and cashew butter. I still can't help but love the bars with peanut butter the most. And another thing I really like about them is not only are they certified gluten-free, they are also Non-GMO verified and USDA Organic. These are so important factors for me!

Check out to see which bars you would like! 

What snacks or pre-work out meals do you go for when you need some energy? I'd love to know your ideas!

I received the above bars in exchange for my honest review.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Block Island Organics: Excellent Sunscreen for Your Face [My Review + #Coupon]

Am I the only one who completely forgets to renew their sunscreen? I mean, I swear I have stuff from like ten years ago in my bathroom cabinets.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your sunscreen is required by the FDA to last at least three years. So we can all breathe a sigh of relief there. But my ten year comment holds true - that stuff needs to go. If you are like me, than that means you are in need of some sunscreen. What kind should you buy? 

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends your sunscreen have broad spectrum protection, SPF (which stands for Sun Protection Factor! Did you know that? I didn't!) and be water resistant.  Well I had the chance to try out a Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 by Block Island Organics and I was so impressed. It really is light weight, smells good (well, I love the smell of sunscreen anyways!) and you really don't need a lot at all.

It comes in a container size of 3.4 ounces which is a bit small. However, I personally love using this on my face because of how light weight it is, so I'm not going to use that much of it at once. The only downside is that it isn't water resistant. So if you plan on sweating a lot, or going swimming, you may want to consider using a water proof sunscreen! 

The price of this is a tad expensive - about $19.99 - but I think it's worth it for quality. It's really hard to find a good sunscreen for my face that doesn't just cake on or clogs my skin. So I think you should definitely consider this!  And now through July 4th use coupon code nicole for 20% off! This code cannot be combined with other coupon codes.

I received the above item in exchange for my honest review. 

The Elephant Pants - Save the Elephants & Feel Comfortable [My Review]

Do you watch the show, "Shark Tank"? I haven't caught but maybe a few episode here and there, but I loved watching the episode featuring the two guys who created "The Elephant Pants." Make sure you check it out first -

Basically, The Elephant Pants were created by two guys with a common goal - save the elephants through clothes. They started in 2014, and have sold more than 400,000 pairs of pants. They have donated more than $127,000 to organizations that work to save elephants. Isn't this amazing?? Check out their story here.  And be sure to find out how exactly they help by visiting this page too .

So, I was lucky enough to get a pair of elephant pants for my mom and I! Here's a photo of me relaxing in my elephant pants -

Well, part of a photo of me anyways. So, my initial thought was - oh how I wish that elastic band wasn't there. I almost wish it was a tie or something. If I'm relaxing, I don't like the idea of something that close to my waste. My mom thought the same thing too. But overall? I'm kind of really liking these. The fabric is thin, so this makes for an excellent pair of pants to wear in the summer. Size wise, I chose a large because I really wanted these pants to be comfortable. I can tell you these were not overly large to me. I'm also 5'9 and the length of the pants ended comfortably at the top of my foot.

Overall, I think you should consider buying yourself these pants. It's part of a good cause, perfect for the summer, and I think you'll like them. They also offer up some other really cool clothes! I've got my eye on their kimonos for sure!

Be sure to check out The Elephant Pants website and purchase some pants for yourself (or for your family!) . Also follow them on Facebook, InstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

I received the above pair of pants mentioned in my post in exchange for my honest review.