Sunday, June 29, 2014

Girls Eyes Only...a Playtex Review

Hey boys..did you see the may want to take a break from posts today. Still here? I warned you..but maybe you're the guy who does the shopping..and want to know the opinion in case you forget your gals brand.

I received these  Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance™ Tampons as part of the Influenster #SpringFlingVoxBox program, to give my opinion.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect, they came just as i was leaving on a trip, i put the sample size box in my suitcase and was on my way...mistake #1.

These bad boys are scented..obnoxiously so...and so was everything in the vicinity in my suitcase. And know what happens when cover up bad odor with perfume, dont you? You dont? Geesh..well just get in a cab on a warm summer day...that cab driver will educate you on that fact right away.

But I digress...Mistake #2...not noticing that these are regular first couple of days i need super...maybe even ultra super..thankful i also brought along some feminine napkins after noticing the issue, otherwise it could have been disastrous with my summer clothes and sitting in meetings all day.

For'd think regular would be just a little more than regular, they're not..i wouldnt even use these when swimming in the bay combined with cold water, for fear of attracting Jaws.

So bottom line...if you're fine with the 'sweet' scent..and dont mind regular or lighter and are active you might want to give these a try...if not..stick with your regular brand.

Amazon link above is an affiliate link..if you care to check these out yourself, or other reviews on amazon and make a purchase i may receive small affiliate compensation, to help fund this blog and/or my bad beauty habit.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Do you PodCast?

Podcasts..they're new to me..i know there not favorite morning group (Sarah & Vinnie) have had their secret show podcast for years..and I've always meant to listen..but i didn't get how to get them..not sure if my original iPod touch had the ability..myriad of reasons why i didn't listen..but wow..I'm addicted. It's what i listen to for a good 4 hours of the day at work.  I've laughed with Alec Baldwin, salivated with Tyler Florence..laughed and cried with Pat Monahan.

The thing i like the most...every one I've listened to, I've learned something new..whether it's as a new fan of a guest, a new restaurant or way of cooking, or a new appreciation for a band or athlete that I was already a fan of.

If you haven't listened to one..check it out...find someone you might want to listen to...and just check them out!

Monday, May 26, 2014


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant

Through my friends over at smiley360..i was recently sent a few items to try out. These items were from Arm & Hammer's Truly Radiant line. Both the Truly Radiant Tooth Paste and the Truly Radiant (tm) Battery Powered Tooth Brush.

I've used the toothpaste since being sent the sample along with the tooth brush. Regarding the toothpaste, I have to say i was mildly surprised. I've tried other baking soda tooth pastes from Arm & Hammer previously and was not a fan, I could never get over the baking soda flavor. In this particular toothpaste.  I have not really noticed a different in whitening yet (however i didn't at all in trying a different brand previously), but will continue to use the entire tube to notice the results (and will post a before or after picture when I'm done) Want to try it yourself? I've included a link below where you can try it on Amazon.

The toothbrush however..i was not a fan of. I've been using a sonic toothbrush for over 13 years, it's very gentle, quiet and has the great prompts of when to change quadrants etc...I found the Truly Radiant Toothbrush to be very loud...and very jarring.  Perhaps i'm more sensitive because I've been grinding/clenching my jaw lately..but it even hurt while using it. After a week..i had to go right back to my sonicare and get things going again.

The amazon links included in this post are affiliate links, I receive a very small commission and they help fund this page, as well as my wonderful crafting habit.. Please see my complete disclosure page about my relationships with Amazon as well as smiley360.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Markers? Nail Polish..It's all Good!!!

I love when i can find something that has multiple purposes.  Do you Julep? I love the Julep nail colors..and that you can swatch your color on top to you can find what you're looking for, but what i didn't love, is how i stored them.They along with the rest of my nail polishes are in a little tray i got at the dollar store, in my dark linen closet..inevitably some just get thrown back if i'm polishing in a hurry, or i've polished in the living room and then am just cleaning up for the day, so when it comes time to find a polish I am forever picking out, looking and putting back. I thought to myself i need to find a better system, well, while making some cards one came to me..I thought of the perfect 
My Artbin Marker Satchel. I had to immediately get up and grab a couple of julep polishes..and sure enough it was a perfect fit. Now the satchel itself might be a bit overkill, the marker tray (included or sold separately) is perfect. I ordered one for myself, and have it in my medicine cabinet in the bathroom, it fits perfectly on the shelves that were too narrow for anything else. If you are a nail polish collector like so many are these days, the satchel may be a perfect option because it comes with one marker tray and then open space with dividers for the rest, so you could keep your Essie, OPI, China Glaze etc, in those areas.

How cool is that? What new found uses have you found lately?


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Day 3 Adventures with Nicodemus

I met up with some girlfriends today. We first went to a healing Rosary for our friend Dino( and other sick members of our parish) and Nicodemus wanted to come with..I thought he was turning a corner, and truly going to be a representative of Santa and do some good and pray along with the rest of us at the rosary. Nope he stayed in my purse. Afterwarrds the girls and I went out to dinner. We went to a new restaurant on Burlingame Avenue called Sixtos Cantina. It's Mexican and owned by the two women who own Alana's Cafe. I'll be posting more about Sixtos next month, the food is super yummy...but they're still in "soft opening stage". I want to truly tell you about them as their light shines. Back to Nicodemus..wouldnt you know it..i turn my back to say hello to someone I knew also dining at the restaurant, and Tish caught Nicodemus sipping out of my Mi Amore cocktail. He's so naughty!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Day 2- Nicodemus

Nicodemus spent much of the day in bed. I think between the wine and the weather changes between here and the North Pole it tuckered him out . He did finally make an appearance around dinner time, he wasn't in such a good fact he was downright CRABBY

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Meet Nicodemus

This is Nicodemus, he's our elf on a shelf!  So far he's demonstrating that he's a bit of a naughty elf. His first night here we caught him hanging over the ice bucket next to an empty bottle of wine,that we're pretty sure was half full as the party was winding down. We sent him off to bed and he was out like a light within minutes.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Gwynnie Bee

Have you heard of Gwynnie Bee? Their tag line is Clothing without Commitment, it's basically (and i really hate to compare them this way, but it is what it is) the Netflix of clothing. They could be compared to Rent the Runway or Bag Borrow or Steal as well..except  those are one off rentals, Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription. The biggest difference between Rent The Runway and Gwynnie Bee, it's for Curvy  Girls..they start around size 10 (depending on the brand) and go up to a 4X (again by brand). Their subscriptions allow for 1-10 items out at a time and the subscription rate is according to the # of items you choose. I chose 2 items and it's $64.02 (incl tax) a month. The one item a month is $35 (plus tax) , and then up to 10 items a month is $159 (pl tax).

I love's like getting new clothes every month...but different new clothes.

You start by perusing all the styles they have and then adding a minimum of 6-10 items to your Gwynnie Bee "closet". As those items you choose become available, they ship them to you quickly (about 2-4 days via USPS Priority Mail). Included in your box of clothes is a return garment bag with a prepaid postage label. You should also go online and note that your items are shipping bag (so they can get another item ready for you).

Every item I've worn I've received compliments on (and I've only told a few people that they're Gwynnie Bee). There were a couple items i sent back that i didn't wear at all..and some i wore only once to get 'my money's worth' but they weren't a fit i was comfortable with.

Gwynnie Bee updates with new clothes every 2 weeks, so I'm constantly adding clothes to my 'closet'.  They've also recently started a newsletter with pictures of other Gwynnie Bee subscribers in the clothes. This has helped tremendously. I've added some things to my closet..but even more beneficially I've deleted a number of things from my closet. While the models they have online are plus size women..they're not my exact body type.  I love that so many clothing brands are making items for a plus size woman..but i think that there are things that still need to look appropriate and even more importantly, flatter your body. Seeing some of the other subscriber pictures, recognizing their body type as mine, I made a choice for myself, not to wear those styles, and deleted any i had added to my closet, which to me helps me to get a better return on my monthly subscriber fee.

If you really like a style, you can inquire from them what the purchase price would be.

Want a 30 day free trial? Just click the Gwynnie Bee link..and start 'shopping". Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sugar n Spice Vox Box

Hi everyone..

I've been lucky enough to receive another VoxBox from Influenster. here's a quick video on the products I've received in the box

Influenster sent me these items free of charge for testing and reviewing purposes.

If you're interested in finding out more about influenster and how you can possibly review products for them, send me a message and I'll send you an invite.

Stay tuned for my individual thoughts on the items in the box!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From the HolidayVoxBox - Part 1

I think i am finally recovered from the New Years Stomach that was nasty..i would rather have had the flu flu (which i'm totally going to get a booster shot this week, because they say the one i got in October only covers 65%..and my coworkers are dropping like flies. But I digress.

I've delved a bit into the Holiday Vox Box and the one item i've used the most, that definitely requires a review is the Goody Quickstyle Paddle Brush.

I was super excited to use this brush. My hair is fine, but there's a lot per square inch, and it's getting curlier/wavier as I get older, so it takes FOR.EV.ER. to dry. I normally take my other paddle brush (also by Goody) and brush it out, and the tangles..into my towel to get most of the moisture out.

The quikstyle brush has these microfiber 'fingers' between the bristles, theoretically to draw out the moisture, cutting down on the drying time. With added vents on the side..i thought for sure it would pull the water out like i do with the other brush and towel....not so much.  So disappointed. I think the vents are to cut down on the mold/mildew factor by trying to dry the microfiber a bit more. I do not notice a difference at all between using the two brushes, so I definitely would not pay the $7 difference to buy this brush.  Will i keep it? Sure why not..i can always use an extra paddle brush at my mom's or in my gym bag. But if you're using a paddle brush to brush out the tangles or after showering, i would jsut go with the original Finish 3.