Thursday, April 24, 2014

Apparoo App of the Week - Manilla



This weeks "Apparoo App of the Week" is:



Hey, whatever happened to this ‘paperless desk’ we were all supposed to have by now? The endless influx of bills can be overwhelming – and buried bills mean late fees (ahem). Manilla is a simple, secure and free way to de-clutter your desktop. It retrieves and organizes household bills, bank, credit card and healthcare accounts, travel rewards – even offline accounts like rent or babysitters. It reminds you when bills are due and files old statements so you don’t have to. So save a tree, reclaim your desk, and never pay a late fee again!  Download it here for free. 



 Manilla is the "must-have" free and secure financial life organization and reminder app that helps you simplify, manage and share your daily finances, household bills, travel rewards, magazine subscriptions and healthcare accounts with friends and family - all in one place. Manilla also sends automatic bill pay reminders so that you'll never pay a late fee again and stores your bills and statements.  The best part about it is it's FREE to download right now!


 

 Disclosure:  I was compensated for this sponsored post but I only recommend products I honestly believe in.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Protect All of Your Leather Items With Chamberlain's Leather Milk Water Protectant No. 3 (Review)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Chamberlain’s Leather Milk Water Protectant No. 3 is designed to protect leather from harsh weather conditions, especially rain and snow.  No. 3 contains deeply penetrating natural oils and waxes that both condition and repel water.  It works great on boots, shoes, purses, bags, outdoor gear and motorcycle equipment.  Chamberlain’s Leather Milk also offers the right product for your outdoors lifestyle!  Do you hunt, fish, hike…or, just plain work outdoors?  If your work or lifestyle has you in water, mud, or snow then this Water Protectant can help you with your leathers.  This is a heavier, deeper oil treatment that will ward-off the elements and nourish your leather.  Please be advised, this product will typically darken lighter color leather pieces and is not for use on suede or extremely soft leather types. 


My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a bottle of Chamberlain’s Leather Milk No. 3.  It arrived sealed in a plastic bag and included a pad to apply it with.  This made it much easier than trying to use a rag.


  I decided to try it on my Doc Martens which have been laying in my closet forever because I have given up hope for ever making them look decent again.  They used to be my favorite shoes but I barely wear them anymore because they look awful.  I just can't bear to get rid of them because they are so comfy.  I used a little bit of Chamberlain's Leather Milk on them and look at the difference...


They don't look new by a long shot but they look a lot better!  I can actually wear them out in public again and have the peace of mind that they are protected from future damage.  The picture does not show how shiny they actually are.  Chamberlain's Leather Milk actually repels water and snow which is very beneficial here in Indiana.  It seems to never end here lately.  I have put it on my leather jackets and purses as well.  I would definitely recommend Chamberlain’s Leather Milk Water Protectant No. 3 to anyone who wants to protect their leather goods.  You can purchase it HERE for $19.95.  Be sure to check out all of Chamberlain's leather care products on their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Go Loom Band Crazy With Rainbow Braid Bands (Review)


The Rainbow Braid Rubber Band Refill Pack is a set of 2400 brightly colored, strong, individually packaged rubber band refills for all loom kits. Rainbow Braid bands come in 12 different color variations of bold & fluorescent as well as 150 clips.  There are 200 each of the following colors - red, orange, light green, green, blue, light blue, purple, rose, pink, glow in the dark yellow, black, & white.  They were even designed with help from kids!  Satisfaction is guaranteed or Rainbow Braid will send your money back or a free replacement pack!


My Review:

I recently received a Rainbow Braid 2400 Piece Refill Pack to review.  My daughter has gone loom band crazy for the past several months and has made hundreds of these bracelets.  I even got started making them for awhile back around Christmas time when you couldn't even find the bands around here.  Everybody wanted bracelets so we started selling them online.  Now, I think every other little girl in the world is doing the same thing because they have hundreds too.  Everywhere I go I see kids with loom band bracelets on both wrists.  Even adults wear them!  It's a great hobby and actually fun for kids and adults to make them.  It can even be addicting...lol  There are so many different designs you can make and there are constantly new ones being invented.

Here's a few of the bracelets my daughter made with this kit...


The bands stretch very well and don't break easily.  They also don't have the stinky rubber band scent that the cheap bands have.  The colors are bold and bright.  The glow in the dark yellow really glows!  My daughter and I love working with these bands and would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants a high quality loom band refill kit.  You can purchase the 2400 piece kit HERE for $13.90.  Check out the Rainbow Braid website for the 5400 piece set. 

Disclosure:  I was provided free products for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.

Apparoo App of the Week - Tic Toc Time


 
This weeks "Apparoo App of the Week" is:
 
 

 
From a kid’s perspective, time is a bizarre concept: there are 60 seconds and 60 minutes, but 12 hours... unless there are 24! And phrases like ‘a quarter til’ and ‘half past’ that we take for granted just seem to make their brains melt. Tic Toc Time takes a holistic approach to teaching time; a family of beavers leads a progression of fun games that first explain using a compass and the movement of the sun and shadows before logically arriving at both digital and analog time-telling. A good time is guaranteed for all! Download it here now.
 
 
 
If you are a parent or educator in search of a UNIQUE, FUN, EASY, and EFFECTIVE way to teach young learners aged 5-8 how to read a clock face and tell time, then Tic Toc Time is the perfect app for you!  This award winning app is normally $3.99. Download it here now for just $.99!
 


Disclosure:  I was compensated for this sponsored post but I only recommend products I honestly believe in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Foxbrim 100% Pure Argan Oil Tames Frizzy Hair and Soften Skin (Review & Giveaway)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 


 Foxbrim's 100% Pure Argan Oil is an excellent option for those looking for the all-natural solution for radiant beauty. Argan oil provides multiple benefits for both skin and hair. Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, argan oil has become known as "liquid gold" by cultures the world over as the ultimate beauty oil.  Foxbrim's Argan Oil is sourced directly from Morocco with no additives, fragrances or parabens.


My Review:

I recently had the opportunity to review Foxbrim's 100% Pure Argan Oil.  I have tried a few kinds of Argan Oil in the past and I love some and hate some.  I must say that I can add Foxbrim to the list of Argan Oils that I love.  The biggest reason is it doesn't feel like vegetable oil, which I'm convinced some other companies have stuck in their bottles.  It is not oily feeling when it is on my skin.  It absorbs instantly and just leaves my dry skin feeling soft and smooth.  Another reason is it has no scent.  Who wants to walk around smelling like a deep fryer?  I wouldn't mind if it had a nice scent but I am completely fine with no scent at all.  I can always layer my own perfume or body spray to create whatever scent I wish. 


I originally started using Argan Oil on my hair before I saw how amazing it works on my skin.  The first time I used Foxbrim on my hair, I applied a tiny bit while it was wet, then blow dried it until it was straight.  As you can see above, there are no fly-aways or frizziness. 

Frizzy dry hair before Foxbrim 

It can also be used on dry hair to tame the frizz.  My pictures don't show the frizz very well but this was a high humidity day and my hair was going crazy!  Foxbrim smoothed the frizz instantly without leaving me looking like a grease ball.  A little bit is all you need.  

After Foxbrim 

Overall, I would definitely recommend Foxbrim 100% Pure Argan Oil to anyone looking for softer, smoother skin and hair.  You can purchase it HERE on Amazon at a current prize of only $11.97.

Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive a 2 oz. bottle of Foxbrim 100% Pure Argan Oil just like I reviewed.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Open to U.S. only.  Thanks for entering & good luck!


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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Check out the Apparoo App of the Week - Blinkbuggy

 
This weeks "Apparoo App of the Week" is:
 



How do we always find time to post super-adorable kid pictures on Facebook, but somehow never get that long-planned baby book done? Well, guilt-trip no more. Blinkbuggy is an online baby book that puts all your photos, milestones and funny stories in one place – and it’s as easy as a status update. You can keep it completely private, link to social media (it can even grab the photos you’ve already posted), or share with whomever you choose – great for grandparents! These precious years will disappear faster than that photo you posted last month, so don’t spend another moment procrastinating. Create an enduring – and endearing – album with Blinkbuggy online and in print!
Download it here.
 
 
Blinkbuggy reinvents the baby book for today's parents! The Blinkbuggy app allows you to capture, organize and share memories as they happen.  You can currently download it for FREE so get the app today!  Please comment below to let us know how you like this app and check back next week for the next "Apparoo App of the Week".


Disclosure:  I was compensated for this sponsored post but I only recommend products I honestly believe in.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Smooth Out Frizzy, Unruly Curls at Home With Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System (Review)



Zelo Hair Smoothing System utilizes the most
advanced professional keratin smoothing technology
and the finest natural ingredients which work
together to eliminate frizz, smooth rebellious curls,
and deliver essential nutrients. The rich blend of oils,
vitamins and organic proteins delivers sleek and shiny salon results at home. 


My Review:

I recently had the opportunity to review a Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System.  I was so excited to be able to try this product because I have been ready for a change with my hairstyle for awhile now.  I have naturally curly hair that is super frizzy unless I put a gel or serum in it to tame it down.  I decided last fall that I wanted to go straight and tried a similar, more expensive product but it literally only lasted a day!  My frizzy curls came back so I thought I was stuck with them.
When my Zelo package arrived, I couldn't wait to try it.  There were two bottles in the package, 1- 2 oz. Clarifying Shampoo, 1- 2 oz. Action Keratin, an extra sprayer, gloves, & instructions.
 
 My hair before Zelo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was so easy to follow the instructions and straighten my hair by myself.  I had it done in about 1 1/2 hours.  I started out by shampooing with the provided clarifying shampoo twice, then I applied the Action Keratin after sectioning off my hair.  This had to stay on for 45 minutes.  Then I rinsed, shampooed, blow-dried, and flat-ironed my hair at 450 degrees.  
  
 My hair immediately after using Zelo





















I couldn't believe the results!  It felt like I got a whole new head of hair.  My hair felt so soft and silky.  It has never felt like that before.  I have seen girls with long, straight, silky hair and I always say "I want her hair!"  Now I have it because I know the secret to getting it!




Zelo recommends blow drying your hair to maintain these results so I washed my hair the next day and blow dried it.  I didn't put anything in it to see what would happen.  My curls didn't come back!

Day 2 after washing and blow-drying 
 

It was a tiny bit frizzy looking but so soft.  I quickly ran a flat iron through on a low temperature and it made it look great!  Since it didn't take much time, I can deal with this routine for having awesome hair!

Day 2 after washing, blow-drying, & low-temp flat-iron
 


I would highly recommend Zelo to anyone looking to smooth their unruly curls.  You can purchase it on the website and online at Drugstore.com or Walgreens.com.  It retails for $35.00.  Be sure to follow Zelo on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, & Instagram

Disclosure:  I was provided a free product for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hapari Swimwear Has the Perfect Suit for Every Figure (Review)


Distinctive and beautiful, Hapari swimwear is designed to enhance a woman's natural beauty — no matter her shape.
Hapari believes that every woman deserves a fit that will flatter her figure because you should look and feel great while having fun in the sun.  That is why their swimwear is created from the finest fabrics and with body-shaping features to help you feel comfortable and confident!
Whether you're looking for a tankini, bikini, one-piece or plus size swimwear, Hapari is the perfect place for them all!  You should never sacrifice style for comfort and coverage and with Hapari, you'll never have to!



My Review:

I recently had the chance to review a swimsuit of my choice from Hapari.  I love how the tops and bottoms are separate because I wear two different sizes.  I chose the Black Drawstring Tankini Top and the Black Boyshort Swim Bottom.  There are so many gorgeous swimsuits on the site but I knew I had to have the Tankini top as soon as I saw it.  It makes a super cute swim dress or cover up.  It changes back and forth easily with a simple pull of the drawstrings on each side.  It has foam cups and provides shaping.  




I had a lot of difficulty trying to decide on which bottoms I wanted to go with it.  All of them could go with it, really.  Since my color of choice is black, I decided to go with this style of boyshort bottoms.  They provide extra coverage since I spend a lot of time in my swimsuit in the summer.  We live on the boat on weekends, whether it be fishing, tubing, skiing, or on a sandbar party.  So, I'd prefer the lakers see me in something like this than a skimpy bikini.  It is also the perfect swimsuit for lounging around my pool at a party.  I can quickly convert from dressy to swimwear and jump in.   I can't wait until it warms up so I can wear this suit.  I could not have found a more perfect swimsuit for my body.  The fit is perfect, the color is perfect,  I absolutely love it!  I can tell I will be wearing it a lot because it is so comfy.  I did go up a size on their size chart from what my measurements were because I did not want skin tight shorts.  This made them exactly how I wanted them.  These pieces retail for $44.00 for the top and $29.00 for the bottom.  I would highly recommend Hapari to anyone looking for high quality swimwear at a reasonable price.  Check out the website or follow Hapari on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, or Google+.

Disclosure:  I was provided free products for review purposes and not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are my own.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Apparoo App of the Week - Rio Read and Play





Trying to find great apps for moms or kids can be hard with so many available. That's why I've partnered with Apparoo - the app discovery service for busy moms. Each week I'll be sharing the "Apparoo App of the Week" with you. Very often they've negotiated to bring you great paid apps at heavily discounted rates and sometimes even free. I'm very excited about this and welcome your feedback on the apps you decide to install.


This week's app is:  

Rio Read and Play (The official app for the Movie)



Shake your tailfeathers and join blue macaws Blu and Jewel for a colorful read-along adventure set in Rio de Janeiro. This delightful app, featuring characters from the popular animated film Rio, will appeal to fans of the film and newcomers alike. The narrated storybook will encourage your child’s reading skills, the coloring tools will foster their artistic talent – and the bonus activities will grant you peace and quiet over at least two extra states on your next cross-country flight. A feast for the senses, this bright, fun-filled app is like a tiny little Brazilian vacation on your iPad! Download it here.


Please comment below to let us know how you like this app and check back next week for the next "Apparoo App of the Week".



Disclosure:  I was compensated for this sponsored post but I only recommend products I honestly believe in.

Enter to Win a $100 Toys "R" Us Gift Card Giveaway



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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Official Cover Reveal for Fire and Ashes by Anne Maxtom




As promised, last night the cover was revealed for Fire and Ashes by Anne Maxtom!  I am expecting Anne to be at the top of the best sellers list, not only because she is a friend but because I know what an amazing writer she is.  Check out the excerpts and you be the judge on this sexy new erotic novel.  Be sure to follow her on Facebook and look out for Fire and Ashes release on June 1st!

(Warning- for adults 18+ because of content)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Save 25% on any order of $40 or more of Coobie Seamless Bras

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Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women!
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Check out some of the bra styles that are available and watch out for my review of these beautiful bras.
 
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Official Cover Reveal of Fire and Ashes by Anne Maxtom is Tonight at 8:00

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Pain, heartache and secrets, walls that had once Norah’s shelter had become her prison. She preferred her life alone. It was safer that way.  The  walls kept the “wolves” away. Finn was one of those “wolves” and letting him past the walls was not an option.

Finn preferred his women like he wanted his life, uncomplicated and fun. Norah was clearly complicated and the fun factor was questionable.  Norah had more bricks in her walls than even he possessed.  He wanted to tear off her panties but he had to tear down her walls first. He intended to set the wreckage on fire. When the match is lit, fear and secrets the kindling and passion the fuel; the fire burns hot and fast.  The problem with fire...someone always gets burned.


Today is the day that the cover is revealed of Fire and Ashes by Anne Maxtom!  Who is this new author, you ask?  Anne is a personal friend of mine & chosen sister.  After growing up with her & knowing her taste in books, I can honestly say she is an author to watch out for.  This is her first book in the series so there are more to come.  After reading excerpts on her Facebook page, I can't wait to read all of the books!  If you want a hot and steamy read, you might want to remember the name ANNE MAXTOM!  Be sure to follow her on Facebook and see the official reveal at 8:00 p.m E.S.T. tonight!

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