Friday, April 18, 2014

Grab A Taste of Nature Bar for Delicious and Low-Calorie Snack

When you hit the snack aisle in the store, there are so many choices. Some good and some bad. Like so many others, I've learned to carefully read the label to see what exactly is in the bar that we often grab and throw in our bag.  I am so glad to have tried Taste of Nature snack bars because they have all of the great qualities that we crave..namely -- they taste great!

Let's start with the ingredients. Every Taste of Nature bar is 100% certified organic and made with non-GMO ingredients. And for those with special dietary needs, the Taste of Nature bars are gluten free and contain no wheat, diary, additives, cholesterol, animal products, or artificial sweeteners. Maybe that is why they taste so amazing, because you are really tasting the natural ingredients, such as the apple-sweetened cranberries (they taste SO much better than the sugar sweetened ones).

I was fortunate to receive samples of Taste of Nature and I enjoyed every single bite. My favorite was the Quebec Cranberry Carnival, which is filled with organic cranberries, nuts and seeds (the seeds make is truly delicious). The California Almond Valley has yummy raisins, almonds and, again, those tasty seeds. Another favorite is the Niagara Apple Country with delectable apples and a hint of cinnamon. The bars I sampled were all under 200 calories (some as low as 150 calories).

Check out the Taste of Nature website to learn more about the company and their numerous products. Taste of Nature is headquartered in Ontario, Canada and is available throughout the US and Canada. Click here to find a store near you

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Fashion Alert from J. Jill: Live-In Chinos

Looking for the perfect pieces to upgrade your spring wardrobe? Check out the live-in chino look at J. Jill.

As we seen in fashion magazines, chinos continue to be an essential part of spring fashion and are ideal for layering. Chinos has a wonderful place in history as well as in our closet. From images of soldiers in khaki uniforms to Hollywood stars (who can forget that iconic image of James Dean wearing chinos in East of Eden), we have all come to know and love the classic look and comfort of chinos. Most J. Jill live-in chinos are designed with a sateen weave for extra smoothness and a peached surface, making them extra soft, comfortable and super stylish -- much more than your standard khaki fabric.

I was pleased to attend a special shopping event at the newly designed J. Jill store in Corte Madera, Calif., and hear first hand from the sales team and stylists about how they love to help women look and feel fabulous in the various live-in chino pieces, including pants, a skirt and a darling skirt dress.  It was fun to try the different tops, sweaters, scarves and accessories that work so well with the comfortable and classic khaki pieces. The store is perfectly designed to make shopping fun and easy without feeling overwhelmed. The J. Jill website also make shopping easy if you can't get to the store.

I fell in love the the Shirttail Denim Jacket that is a wonderful lightweight jacket to throw over a tee and chinos. Complete the look with the Mixed Floral and Paisley Scarf and you are good as you are running around town (and I know you are!). The sales team was so helpful with finding the right fit and I loved the spacious new dressing rooms... and the delicious cupcakes made it even better.

Check out the J.Jill website to view the new arrivals. And, check back here because we will be feature more news from J. Jill and some coupons too to help you look great all spring and summer.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NeoCell Collagen Products Help You Look and Feel Great

After reading about collagen and hearing from friends about all of the benefits that come with collagen supplements, I was anxious to find the right one.  There are many collagen supplements on the market and I was pleased to receive samples from NeoCell, the #1 collagen brand in the world.  The company specializes in a premium collagen supplement line to suit your individual needs.

NeoCell has six categories as follows: Total Body Health, which has collagen powders, tablets and liquids; Joint Health; Antioxidant Health; Sport Ultimate Recovery Health; Beauty from Within; Ligament, and Tendon and Muscle Health. For the sake of my review, I opted for the Total Body Health and Beauty from Within.
The NeoCell Super Collagen+C Type 1 & 3 provides specific amino acids necessary to replenish the body’s collagen supply helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Another great benefit is something that you will never see  -- your bones. NeoCell supports bone matrix and that is something that we all need to watch.  In fact. Dr. Oz recently featured a segment on the relationship between wrinkles and bone density.  That's right!  
I took the collagen tablets three times a day and started to see a difference in my hair and nails after about two weeks. In fact, I received a compliment from a friend today that I have not seen for a month and she noticed how much thicker my hair looked ... and she was right. I also noticed that my muscles and aching joints are bouncing back quicker after a strenuous workout so I am now devoted to NeoCell Super Collagen+C Type 1&3.

I also received a sample of NeoCell Beauty Bursts Soft Chews. They taste great and we all love sweet, chewy treats especially when they provide Collagen Type 1&3 as well as a hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.  These yummy chews were named "Best of Natural Beauty" by Better Nutrition Magazine and  "Best Beauty Supplement"  by Delicious Living Magazine

Check out the full line of NeoCell products on the website to read more. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card from See's Candies

How sweet it is! Craving a yummy treat from a box of Nuts & Chews? How about a tearing open the gold wrapper for a delicious Mint Crispy? Or a sweet and crunchy Victoria Toffee? Are you more or a Molasses Chips fan?  I said "yes" to all and See's Candies was kind enough to send samples for us to enjoy. Now it is your turn.

Enter today for your chance to win a $25 gift card from See's Candies. You can use it online at or use it at your local See's Candies retailer. Contest end 1/22/2014. Good luck!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Get Visible Improvements with NeriumAD Skin Care Line

I love reading about new skin care lines that use the latest breakthroughs to help fight wrinkles and was pleased to read about the numerous benefits of NeriumAD, an all natural, paraben-free line from Nerium International that is the first and only company on the market to utilize the patented NAE-8 extract from the Nerium oleander plant.

I received a complimentary sample to review of the NeriumAD Age Defying Day Cream as well as the NeriumAD Age Defying Treatment. The set came beautifully packaged and I was anxious to get started using them to see how well they worked on my delicate and not-so-young skin.

After reading the directions, I started with the NeriumAD Age Defying Treatment which was formulated after more than 10 years of scientific research and clinical testing.  It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of multiple skincare concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pores and uneven skin texture.  These are all concerns of mine so I wanted to put the treatment to the test. The results: excellent! I especially loved how my skin looked less blotchy and more even and smooth after using it for just a few days.

Next up: the Nerium AD Age Defying Day Cream.  Busy moms know how hectic things get in the morning and we need to keep it simple when trying to get ourselves and everyone out the door in the morning. After a gentle cleanse in the morning, I applied the day cream and was delighted how my skin responded. It contains four high-functioning  moisturizers and hyaluronic acid which work together to raise moisture levels in skin. I also love the other ingredients: green tea antioxidant, Vitamin C complex and a concentrated tripeptide blend.

There is nothing better than hearing "your skin looks great" and I had so many friends and family notice a difference after using NeriumAD.

Click here to learn more about the NeriumAD line and to purchase NeriumAD Age Defying Treatment ($110) or the set of both the treatment and NeriumAD Age Defying Day Cream ($165).

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gummies for Grown Ups ... SmartyPants 3-in-1 Vitamins

Did you take your vitamins today ... ALL of your vitamins? It is so easy and even yummy to get all of your important vitamins as well as Omega 3s and vitamin D by chewing some SmartyPants 3-in-1 gummy vitamins for adults (the only one on the marketplace!).

I received a sample from SmartyPants to review and followed the directions to take 6 gummies per day. No problem at all since the gummies were sweet and tangy.  I was pleased to read that the adult gummies are gluten and casein free with no artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup (all ingredients that should be avoided by adults and children alike). I really like they are a complete multivitamin with an excellent source of eco-friendly omega 3 DHA and EPA as well as vitamin D3. 

My kids were quite curious about Mommy's gummy vitamins.  I had a few with lunch and then some with dinner.  The organic cane sugars gives them a natural sweetness and I loved the tangy flavor as well.

You can read more about SmartyPants adult gummy vitamins on their website to learn more about this highly effective dietary supplement.

Click here to print a $5 off coupon for SmartyPants 3-in-1 gummy vitamins for adults.  After all, why should the kids have all the fun while getting nutrients from gummy vitamins!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stocking Stuffer Idea - Light Up Links

We wrote a full review of Light Up Links a few weeks ago and got a lot of messages from readers commenting on how great they are for holiday gifts and we wanted to remind our busy moms and dads out there to pick up a set as a stocking stuffer.

Your kids will love to let their imaginations run wild while having hours of fun. The kit contains glowing links, connector links, flexible tubes and LED lights in great colors.

The Light Up Links package comes with:

  • Lightup Pods --  spheres have five spokes and equipped with LED lights that flash red, white, and blue (shake to activate).
  • Flex Links that twist and bend
  • Glow Stix in three different length
  • Wheels with rotating axles
Light Up Links are available online.  They are currently offering two sets (more than 300 pieces) for only $19.99 (plus processing and handling). Follow them online for more light-up fun to see all of the amazing creations:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Find the Perfect Kids' Holiday Gift at Something About Baby

We all know that sometimes Santa needs a little help and that is where Something About Baby comes in to help parents, grandparents, God parents and even Santa find the perfect gift for all of the little ones.

Something About Baby is a popular online boutique that offers just about everything for the nursery (from decor to furniture), designer crib sets, unique baby shower gifts, personalized presents, and organic baby clothes. I love the selection of personalized baby clothes (a great baby shower present, by the way!) and monogrammed baby blankets (yet another great baby shower present).

I am always on the lookout for fun toys for the girls and I found a great selection of dolls houses in all shapes, sizes and prices. For the boys, there are plenty of Lego tables, firehouses and train toys that will be sure to keep even the most active little guy busy for hours.

Finalize your Christmas shopping list by checking the wide selection of boutique items and kids' toys at Something About Baby.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kids of All Ages Love Light Up Links

As the mother of two girls, I am always looking for toys that they can share and we all know that sharing is not always easy with a four-year-old and a ten-year old.  The girls were thrilled to receive a complimentary set of Light Up Links, the hot new toy just in time for holiday gift giving.

Before the Light Up Links arrived in the mail, we checked out the product on the website to get ready for the fun.  It looked easy and imaginative, two things that I like in a toy for my girls.  When the box arrived, I took out the contents and read the directions.  The kit contains glowing links, connector links, flexible tubes and LED lights in great colors.

The girls had fun making a bunch of fun creations and decorated their Barbie convertible with the Light Up Links. Over the weekend, we had a sleepover and the girls let their imaginations run wild with stories about aliens (the teddy bear with Light Up Links) and even made a Light Up Link tiara for the family dog.

The Light Up Links package comes with:
  • Lightup Pods --  spheres have five spokes and equipped with LED lights that flash red, white, and blue (shake to activate).
  • Flex Links that twist and bend
  • Glow Stix in three different length
  • Wheels with rotating axles
Light Up Links are available online.  They are currently offering two sets (more than 300 pieces) for only $19.99 (plus processing and handling). Follow them online for more light-up fun to see all of the amazing creations:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

See's Candies Sweetens the Holidays on Lifetime's "Designing Spaces - Holiday Edition"

 We all LOVE See's Candies and we all LOVE Designing Spaces on Lifetime TV.   Wouldn't it be great if we could get those two together.  What a great idea!
On Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) and also on Friday November 29, tune in to the popular Lifetime TV show for a special episode of "Designing Spaces - Holiday". See's Candies will be on hand to show viewers how to sweeten the holidays with chocolates and candies.  The episode "Sweet Holiday Gifting" will give you a taste of See's wide assortment of year round favorites, like boxed chocolates, gift packs offering something for everyone in the family, as well as seasonal unique treats like Egg Nog Truffle.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Book Review: "Women Driven to Success: You Can Have YOUR All" Offers Sound and Realistic Advice

Women of all ages and all professionals (lawyers, teachers, mothers, etc.) can all benefit from reading Women Driven to Success: You Can Have YOUR All Jane S Goldner, Ph.D. Like many others, I've read books about getting ahead, creating success and what women have to do to have it all. And, like many, I've wondered what "having it all really means." How do they know what I really want?
Dr. Goldner's book takes this notion into consideration. Dr. Goldner provides the answer that "it all" is different for each person, and discusses the paths women have taken to go from homemakers to "doing dishes, diapers, and million-dollar deals," with many choices in-between.  In order words, "leaning in" is not the only option to be successful and Dr. Goldner believes that success is not a one size fits all concept.
Women Drive to Success: You Can Have YOUR ALL provides examples of role models as well as a tool kit to help women define and live their all. One important topic covered it the need for each woman to define her own core, or her "North Star."  This is a book that I recommend to friends as well as my niece who is a recent college graduate and could certainly benefit for the topics covered in Dr Goldner's book.
Click here to purchase Women Driven to Success: You Can Have YOUR All on Amazon ($16.95 paperback or $9.99 on Kindle).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rattle Me Long-Sleeved Thermals Keep Trendy Tots Toasty

The temperature is indeed dropping and it's time to start bundling up our babies and toddlers in cold weather gear. But that doesn't mean that they have to give up looking cool to stay warm.  Check out the selection of hip long-sleeve thermal tees at Rattle Me.

Rattle Me has a great selection of thermals to keep your trendy tots toasty.  I love the pink skull design for girls and my friends with hipster boys like the blue skull design (gift alert for twins!). Not only are they cute, they are also 100 organic and made in the USA. They range in size from 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months. Pair the thermal tee with a pair of Rattle Me's organic yoga pants for babies and toddlers.

Rattle Me also has a great selection of baby onesies, baby tee shirts, cute little infant beanies, baby shower gift sets that hip moms love, and natural, chemical-free bath and diaper care. All of the organic baby clothes are super soft cotton
Take advantage of great savings with Rattle Me's fall sale and get 20% your entire order now through October 31  Click here to view Rattle Me's website and enter FRUGALFALL at check out.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

fucoTHIN Green with Svetol Boosts Metabolism to Help Reach Weight Goals

Dieting isn't easy and a consistent work out program is something hard for busy moms.  I've had friends tell me about green coffee bean extract to be used an an herbal supplement to help reach and maintain my ideal weight and I was anxious to try one of the many products on the market.  I've felt that my metabolism could use a boost

There are many choices on the market and I wanted one that featured the fat burner Svetol, a natural plant extract of decaffeinated green coffee bean rich in chlorogenic acids, key compounds that support the body’s metabolism.

I received a sample of fucoTHIN Green to try for 30 days.  I followed the directions and took one capsule three days a day with small meal and an 8 oz glass of water.  I was worried about possible side effects like the "jitters" that often come along with supplement, but there were no side effects.  After a few weeks of taking fucoTHIN, eating healthy meals and scheduling more time to work out, I was able to reach my weight loss goals. Click here to learn more about fucoTHIN and find a store near you

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Rev Voice Recorder Ideal App to Manage Tasks and Messaging

I am always looking for ways to be more organized and as the kids schedules get more full (AKA my schedule gets more full!), the old-fashioned "to do list" is just not working anymore.  I've always thought that recording a task list while I am in my car, at home, or just about anywhere, would be so much more efficient than writing one down because I always have my phone with me, but that paper list doesn't seem to be where I need to find it.  That is when I thankfully discovered Rev.

Rev is a voice recording and transcription app for an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The Rev voice recording service is free and easy to use.  I downloaded the free app from the iTunes Store. The download was super fast and I started experimenting with the voice recordings right away.  My husband always says to remind him to do things (somehow he thinks that I will remember to remind him, which I rarely do). I tapped the big red "Record" button and recorded that he needed to call the mechanic to have the car checked.  I clicked "Save"  and then replayed the message and then decided to click "Append" to add that it for his my car.  I hit "Append" again to remind him to stop by the jewelry store to pick up a little something for me! I then simply forwarded the message to his phone. 

Rev is compatible with any device running iOS and offers unlimited high quality audio recording.  Unlimited is good because my recordings of my "to do lists" can get pretty long  Completed recordings are stored on your phone and you also have the option of sharing them to people via email, transferring to the computer via iTunes sync, or sending the recordings to the cloud (, Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive).

Rev will also transcribe your recordings with 98% accuracy and a 48-hour turnaround guarantee at the rate of $1.00 per one minute of audio recording.  Click here to learn more about Rev's audio transcription services. For a limited time, you can get $10 worth of free transcription services by downloading the Rev app. Check it out today!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Siggi's Squeezable Yogurt Tubes -- Less Sugar + More Protein = Delicious

In our household, everyone loves yogurt, but the kids tend to prefer the yogurt that is full of the artificial sweeteners and color rather than the healthier options (no high fructose corn syrup).  I was delighted when siggi's asked if we would review its new line of squeezable yogurt tubes and they sent a sample box of strawberry, blueberry and raspberry.

First, a bit about siggi's, an Icelandic style skyr yogurt. I enjoyed reading the story about siggi's beginnings in New York and the recipes he brought from Iceland and how the company is growing popularity throughout the nation.  The company offers 14 different kinds of skyr yogurt (Icelandic strained yogurt), four flavors of filmjolk (Swedish-style drinkable yogurt), three flavors in a probiotic non-fat drinkable yogurt, and the squeezable tubes that are an ideal healthy snack for any lunchbox, breakfast or snack on the go.

Each squeezable yogurt tube has five ingredients or less and has 6 grams of sugar or less, which is up to 40% less sugar than the leading yogurt tube.  So, how did they taste?  All of us grabbed a tube and tasted the yogurt and we all agreed that we loved the thick, creamy texture and the natural taste.  The fruit flavors tasted natural and not artificial.  Just as we finished our tube, my youngest said, "Mom, can I have another?"

Visit the siggi's website to read more about skyr yogurt and you can buy siggi's.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CapriClear Spray-On Moisturizer Treats Irritated Skin Including Eczema

If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema, you've probably tried just about every product on the shelves to find relief from dry, itchy skin. While I do not have a serious skin condition like eczema or dermatitis, I do have sensitive skin that gets very dry and irritated during fall when my allergies go crazy.  I was fortunate to receive a sample of CapriClear Spray-On Moisturizer and was anxious to see if it would help handle my dry skin.

 CapriClear Spray is a patented, colorless, odorless, non-staining, and hypoallergenic moisturizer made from a single natural ingredient- fractionated coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride), the purest form of coconut oil available. I have been reading about the numerous benefits of fractionated coconut oil and was pleased to read that is the one and only ingredient in CapriClear. It is all naturals and does not contain emulsifiers, fragrances, dyes, preservatives, additives, parabens or any other toxins that can lead to skin irritation.

CapriClear is safe to use for everyone, even kids and babies. When I first sprayed the oil on my face, I was concerned that it would be too heavy or oily, but it absorbed quickly and immediately soothed by itchy skin. I had some dryness on my knees and I used CapriClear to soften the skin -- it looked and felt so much better.  The girls like how soft their skin is after I apply CapriClear to their dry and sensitive skin.

CapriClear comes in two sizes: the full-sized bottle is 5.4 fluid ounces for $16.99 and the convenient travel size is 1.6 fluid ounces for $6.99. Click here to purchase online.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Enter to Win: Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda

There is nothing like the perfect cup of coffee to be savored and enjoyed.  I was fortunate to receive a sample of the most wonderful coffee by Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda. 
The box containing the 12 ounce bag of medium dark roast arrived and the aroma was marvelous as I opened the box and enjoyed the wonderful scent of delectable coffee beans. I love a super dark roast and the medium dark roast was just perfect! It is described as "great for all-day drinking, or as a refined espresso". I enjoyed it to the last drop each and every day and invited my friends to enjoy a cup as well
While sipping the coffee, I read the story behind Grace Hightower & Coffees of RwandaGrace Hightower (wife of Robert De Niro) has created these coffees as a way to celebrate and support the coffee farmers of Rwanda.  Her coffee company's mission is to enhance the lives of the Rwandan people by empowering them with the opportunity to market their unique products to the world.  Her dedication to the coffee farmers of Rwanda will allow them to create a sustainable business that can be passed from one generation to the next.  Through direct sourcing, fair trade, ethical practices and environmental stewardship, 
The coffee is available in four offerings, from dark roast to light: Medium Light Roast; Medium Dark Roast; Signature Series; and Espresso Roast.  Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda are available online (click here to purchase) or at a store near you. Check the website to find a nearby retailer.
Enter to win a bag of Grace Hightower & Coffee of Rwanda.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sign-Up to Find $50 Spa Services During Spa Week Oct 14 - 20

$50 Vitamin C facial -- check!  $50 deep tissue massage -- check! $50 chemical peel -- check!  You get the idea

Click here to find $50 spa services in your neighborhood during Spaweek's special promotion from Oct 14 -20. Sign-up today to schedule your appointments for all of the spa services that you really want and truly need.  For more information, click here to learn more.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bystrictin Advanced Hunger Control Helps Keep Your Summer Body

Summer is over and we've put away our swim suits but it is not time to give up on our swim suit body. We can all agree that controlling hunger can help maintain our weight which is why I was interested in receiving a sample of Bystrictin Advanced Hunger Control to review.

According to, "there have been surveys that show an average of a five to seven pound gain in weight in winter." Yikes! 

I started using Bystrictin twice a day over a several week timeframe and am happy to report that the results were great.  I usually grabbed the blender and threw in some crushed ice, a scoop of Bystrictin, a small banana, almond or soy millk and enjoyed the frothy shake. I always had at least one eight-ounce glass of water, sometime two and I really did feel full and kept my hunger in check. Always remember to have one healthy meal while using Bystrictin.

How does it work? Bystrictin Advanced Hunger Control uses Gastric Fill Technology to help restrict calories. This unique formula expands in the gut to provide a feeling of fullness and acts on the brain to release cholecystokinin, the hormone that sends satiety signals to the brain. Bystrictin is available in two delicious flavors -- swiss chocolate and vanilla bean.  It was fun to mix it up a bit (literally in this case) and experiment with different combinations, such as coffee, peanut butter, and yogurt.

Check out the Bystrictin Advanced Hunger Control website to learn more about how you can manage your cravings and keep your summer figure this fall.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Treat Your Skin to Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream

Like so many, I have been a long-time devotee of Kiehl's.  My shower is filled with wonderful smelling bath gels, shampoos and scrubs.  I love the super gentle baby products and I even got my husband hooked on the shaving products. So when the folks at Kiehl's asked if I would review the new Super Multi-Corrective Cream, I knew that I was in for real treat.

We all want great looking skin, right? Kiehl's took a multi-functional approach in creating its newest anti-aging moisturizing.  It corrects the most visible signs of aging, firms and smooths the skin and refines texture for a healthy, natural radiance. 

Summer was tough on my skin so I knew that the Super Multi-Corrective Cream really had its work cut out.  I started with a gentle cleanser and then applied the Kiehl's cream.  It is paraben free and fragrance free and good for sensitive skin.  The folks at Kiehl's said that I should see a change in two weeks and they were right ... I saw a dramatic change in just a few days!  My skin's texture was definitely improved and more firm and felt much more hydrated throughout the day. Like many with sensitive skin, I can sometimes look blotchy and uneven and I was pleased to see how well the Super Multi-Corrective Cream balanced my skin tone.

I read about the ingredients in the cream which are very effective in targeting aging skin. The Jasmonic Acid helps correct wrinkles, fine lines, loss of suppleness and elasticity.  The Beech Tree extract help improve skins overall firmness and the Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid is a power booster, discovered to enhance Jasmonic Acid’s efficacy, super charging the improvement in skin elasticity and smoothness.

To learn more about Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Cream ($62), visit the Kiehl's website.