Friday, December 13, 2013

Spread the Possibilities: Hershey's Sample & Share

I love being a Crowdtap member because I get to try great products and share my thoughts with family and friends.

I recently was chosen to try the Hershey's Spreads in the Chocolate Hazelnut flavor before it even hitting the stores!

My daughter can be quite picky when it comes to eating so I wondered if I could get her to eat this. I decided to put it on a slice of toast and give it to her a part of her breakfast.

She actually ate the whole piece of bread and asked for more!

One way I decided to pair the Hershey's Spread was with crackers. It's a simple pairing and it was a nice mixture of salty and sweet. Even my daughters ate a few with me.

There are countless ways to pair the Hershey's Spreads including fruit which I tried on strawberries and it was delicious!
How will you pair the new Hershey's Spreads?

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Crowdtap and was not compensated for writing a positive report.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Truvía Natural Sweetener

Recently I was given the opportunity to take part in the Truvía Natural Sweetener sample & share from Crowdtap.

In my kit I was given a sampling guide and 2-two packs of Truvía Natural Sweetener.

I usually just add sugar and milk to my coffee so I made the #SweetSwitch and replaced the sugar with one packet of Truvía Natural Sweetener. I thought it added just the right amount of sweetness and actually liked it which surprised me. 

The Truvía packets are natural and add zero calorie sweetness to foods and beverages. One packet is the equivalent sweetness as two teaspoons. 

I think I will make the switch and try this in my baking next!

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Crowdtap and was not compensated for writing a positive report.

Monday, October 28, 2013

StarKist Tuna Creations

I love being a Crowdtap member because I get to try great products and share my thoughts with family and friends. Sometimes I am lucky enough to get little extras to pass out as well.

I recently was chosen to try the StarKist Tuna Creations in the Ranch flavor. Now, I love tuna and eat it quite frequently but tuna and ranch didn't sound like it went very well together.

I received my sample & share and couldn't decide how I wanted to eat it. I decided to simply just eat it with some crackers. I opened the pouch and emptied the contents and was amazed at how much was in there.

I was surprised at how tasty this was and how much I enjoyed it but what I liked more than anything was that it's only 80 calories per pouch! Another nice thing is it's single serving and ready to go so it's perfect to pack for a lunch or on the go and no mixing is required. Just take it out the pouch and enjoy!

There are 4 additional flavors to choose from also - Lemon Pepper Tuna, Sweet & Spicy Tuna, Herb & Garlic Tuna, and Hickory Smoked Tuna. All of them sound delicious but I think the next one I want to try is the Sweet & Spicy Tuna.

Have you tried the StarKist Tuna Creations yet? Which is your favorite?

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Crowdtap and was not compensated for writing a positive report.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cottonelle Clean Crew

Recently I was given the opportunity to take part in the Cottonelle Clean Crew sample & share from Crowdtap.

In my kit I received one sleek dispenser of Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths, Two On The Go packs of  Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths and two coupons which can be redeemed for the dispenser.

What I liked about this dispenser is the sleek design that can be put in the bathroom without it looking awkward and still matching any decor that you have. I also like that it can be refilled again and again. The Cottonelle Fresh Care Cleansing Cloths smell good too!

Another great thing that I liked about this is that it's helpful to my daughter who just officially became potty trained. She is still learning the routine of what to do after using the potty but with using the Cottonelle Fresh Care Cleansing Cloths made it that much easier. When using toilet paper alone properly cleaning is a bit more difficult for a little child. As you can see from the picture my daughter loves these also!

I really loved the Cottonelle Fresh Care Cleansing Cloths and highly recommend it to everyone. I plan on getting a few more dispensers to add to the other bathrooms in our home.

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Crowdtap and was not compensated for writing a positive report.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics

As part of the Influenster SunKissed VoxBox I received a package of Goody Ouchless Elastic Ribbons which is America's #1 elastic brand. 

My Thoughts: 

  • Each pack comes with 5 colors to choose from which I really liked.
  • The little knot on the end makes even a simple hairstyle look cute.
  • My hair gets tangled in most hair ties. These goody ouchless elastic ribbons were gentle on my hair.

Here is a picture of something simple I did with my hair using 2 different colors.

To find out more information on Goody products CLICK HERE

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dr. Scholl's® For Her High Heel Insoles

As part of the Influenster SunKissed VoxBox I received a Dr. Scholls For Her High Heels.

My thoughts:

These are probably the best gel inserts I've ever used. I love wearing heels and almost always I am wearing a pair. I quickly slipped these into my shoes for a night out with my husband. We went out to dinner and then went dancing. My feet never hurt. It was a nice cushion and very comfortable.

My feet love these!


  • Helps prevent pain in feet due to high heels
  • All day comfort
  • Firmly stays in place
  • It's removable and won't damage your shoes
  • Ultra-Soft FabuSTEP gel arch helps keep pressure off your foot
  • Invisible even in strappy sandals
  • No trimming required. Just insert and you're ready!

Dr. Scholls For Her High Heel is available in Womens sizes 6-10 and designed to fit heels 2" and higher. You can find them at most retailers. for more information click HERE

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Olay Fresh Effects

As part of the Influenster SunKissed VoxBox I received a BB cream from Olay Fresh Effects.

I thought the color was going to be too light for my complexion but I was surprised at how easily it blended and matched my skin tone!

The Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream has a all in one solution with 6 skin perfecting benefits.
  • Instantly refreshes your skin
  • Leaves you with a radiant glow
  • Evens skin tone
  • Hydrates for 24 hours
  • Gives your skin a softer smoother feel
  • SPF-15 to help protect against UV damage

Apply at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and make sure to reapply every 2 hours.
You  can find out additional info HERE

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sinful Shine

I received this Sinful Shine by Sinful Colors nail polish in my Influenster SunVoxBox

I had just taken my nail polish off a few days ago so I decided to try this color today. The color I received is called Break Away which is a blue color. I don't usually go for blue on my nails because I don't think it matches well with my skin tone.

My thoughts about this nail polish:

* It was easy to apply and went on smoothly
* It was thick. Even after applying one coat!
* The color is rich and vibrant
* It dries quickly
* It's made with Gel Tech which is a self-curing polymer that leaves you with a shiny, gel-like finish that won't chip for about two weeks

I decided to add some nail stickers which i thought made it look nicer.

Sinful-Colors are exclusively sold at Walgreens and there are 32 colors to choose from! This is a great nail polish and inexpensive. I'll be picking up a few more. You can visit the Sinful Colors website HERE

** I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster **

Friday, May 24, 2013

Glotherapeutics Cyto-luxe Serum

Glotherapeutics Cyto-luxe Serum smooths the appearance of wrinkles by promoting collagen, supporting the skin and softening expression lines. The Cyto-Luxe range is a trio of products that have been developed to address both the symptoms and the causes of aging skin.

Key Ingredients:
  • GOJI INSTALIFT - provides flash tightening and firming within a hour
  • SYN-AKE - reduces the appearance of wrinkles in 28 days
  • MATRIXYL SYNTHE '6 - increased lift, further decrease of wrinkle depth and volumein 60 days

My main concern with aging like most people would be the appearance of wrinkles. I am always looking for the next best thing that will give me promising results. 

I've used a few GloTherapeutics products in the past and have always been very impressed. To be honest I was already expecting the best from the Glotherapeutics Cyto-Luxe Serum but what I didn't expect was the huge WOW factor when I started using this serum. I applied the serum religiously morning and night to my face and neck for the past 6 weeks and can see a huge improvement in elasticity and smoothness. The fine lines under my eyes have softened giving me a little boost in my confidence. 

The serum is very light, non greasy and absorbs quickly into your skin. The scent is mild and not overpowering which is something I liked.

If you've been looking for something to address your aging skin concerns and tired of searching well look no further. You will not be disappointed. You can buy the Glotherapeutics Cyto-Luxe Serum at They offer FREE SHIPPING and always include samples.

This product was provided to me by BeautyStoreDepot and all opinions are my own..
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Monday, May 13, 2013


I was given the opportunity to try the AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Intensive Night Cream from Influenster. 

My Thoughts:

* When applied to my face I immediately noticed how light the cream is. I've tried other creams that have been too thick and took long to absorb.

* It is very gently for my very sensitive skin

* It left my face feeling soft and non greasy.

Another good thing about Positively Radiant is that it contains Vitamin B3 which helps visibly diminish the appearance of dullness, blotchiness and brown spots giving you healthier younger looking skin! This oil free night cream will help keep you looking fresh and luminous. I will definitely be buying more after mines runs out. 

You can find additonal information on the product HERE 

Disclosure: I received AVEEN POSITIVELY RADIANT® Intensive Night Cream complimentary from Influenster

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil #GotItFree


I was recently selected by BzzAgent to try the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil. I've used Garner Fructis products in the past and have always been a fan but haven't noticed the miracle oil in stores to try. When I received my BzzKit it included a bzzguide and one bottle of the Triple Nutrition Miracle Oil.

The Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil is a all in one product that can be used on your hair and face! 
  • Combines three weightless oils – olive, avocado and shea – to transform dry hair and skin
  • Made for everyday use on your hair, body and face
  • Instantly absorbs in a touch with no oily residue
  • Can be used on damp or dry hair
  • Available for suggested price of $5.99

HAIR: After washing my hair and letting it air dry I sprayed 2 times in my hands, rubbed my hands together and ran my hands through my hair. Then I went along with my usual routine and used my hair straightener. I liked how shiny and was smooth my hair was afterwards. It also left my hair smelling fantastic.

SKIN: My legs tend to get more dry when the weather is colder and I'm usually lathering up on  lotion a few times during the day. I sprayed the Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil on my legs and rubbed it in. I was so amazed at how quickly it absorbed and how it kept my skin moisturized though the day.

I didn't use this on my face because my face is too sensitive and anything I put usually causes breakouts. Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil is miracle in a bottle and I love it! Thank you BzzAgent and Garnier!

Disclosure: I received these products for the purpose of a review from BzzAgent. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Everyone likes to save money which some of us do by couponing but wouldn't it be better to get money back from things you already might purchase? I've come across Ibotta which is a simple, fun and easy way to earn $20 or more each time you go shopping. The more you use it, the better and more personalized your offers become.

How Ibotta works: Before shopping check the offers and see if you find anything you might purchase. After making your purchase simply take a picture of your receipt and then scan the barcode on the item to redeem.

I've submitted two offers already and within 45 minutes I got emails confirming they were approved.

You'll need to have a Paypal account and link it to your Ibotta account. If you don't have Paypal you can create an account for free. Once you've reached at least $5.00 you can withdraw and transfer it to your Paypal account for FREE. Yep, that's right no fees!

If you're like me and coupon then you will save even more money but even if you don't coupon it's nice to get money back just from shopping. If you're not a member now then what are you waiting for? Just sign up, download the app to your phone and start receiving money. (Don't forget to confirm your email)

If anyone has questions feel free to ask!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Glotherapeutics Cyto-Luxe Cream Review

The Cyto- Luxe Cream helps to improve mature, dry, and dehydrated skin by increasing the production of collagen to counteract the effects of aging. It has three active ingredients:

* Buddleja Davidii Stems G: A anti inflammatory and moisturizing amino acids to help maintain the skins firmness.

* Derm SRC: It increases the production of collagen and accelerates skin renewal which leads to firmer skin.

* Kombuchka: Improves the overall skin quality.

As I am becoming older and wiser I now know the importance of taking care of my skin. I'm always looking for something to help prevent the signs of aging such as the fine lines and wrinkles. I've began using the Cyto Luxe Cream for a little over 2 weeks now. After washing my face I apply it every night before going to bed. I focus more around my eyes where I have some fine lines that I really dislike and hoped this is where it would do some magic.

I started noticing small results within a week. The complexion of my face looks brighter, fresher and firmer. I can also feel that my skin is softer. Around my eyes I notice the lines look smoother and maybe even lighter which makes me happy. I will continue to use this cream and can't wait to see how much more results I get over the next few weeks. The Cyto Luxe Cream is expensive but I just think of all the products I've bought over the years that haven't worked and all the money I've wasted. I'd much rather spend money on something and know it will work.

You can get Cyto- Luxe Cream at right now for $157.50 BUT if you order now they have a special of 20% off all overs over $100 with code SAVE20 good until 2/11. You also get FREE SHIPPING and they always include samples. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I received a sample of EBOOST in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox. I don't normally drink any kind of energy drinks but still decided to give this a try.

EBOOST uses real ingreidients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Green Tea, Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid. It's also sweetened with Stevia. There are 4 delicious flavors to choose from: Super Berry, Orange, Pink Lemonade and Acai Pomegranate. You can buy a box of 20 packets for $28 on the EBOOST website.

Being a stay at home mom to two girls ages 1 and 2 most days by noon I'm worn out and exhausted. After taking the EBOOST I did  notice that I had more energy and I was able to keep up with my busy toddlers. The taste was okay but I plan on trying one of the other flavors. I will buy some to keep for the days when I am dragging and need a little boost. I also liked that they come in individual packets so you can always carry a few in your purse.

To read more reviews on EBOOST visit the Influenster product page HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of a review from Influenster. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hiding in Sunshine

As a bonus in the Influenster Holiday VoxBox I received a copy of the book Hiding in Sunshine. The book is written by father and daughter John Stuart & Caitlin Stuart. John Stuart is a successful high tech entrepreneur. Caitlin Stuart is a student and an aspiring writer. I'm a bookworm and love to read so getting this was a wonderful surprise.

My thoughts on the book were it was an enjoyable read and very well written. It was also very detailed and had good twists which kept me intrigued and I couldn't put it down. I finished reading it within 2 days. I liked that the ending was actually a ending and didn't leave you hanging or guessing. I definitely suggest this as a must read book.

Book Description:
Living lives of quiet affluence in a historic, suburban Boston town, Gavin and Lisa Brinkley had no idea how quickly and decisively their lives, and those of their two young daughters, could be upended. A series of events - a mysterious break-in at their home, some menacing tailgating on the highway from Boston, a startling visit from an F.B.I. agent warning of an imminent kidnapping attempt - leads to the family's abrupt uprooting from its comfortable existence into a terrifying new existence on the run, under new identities. This taut thriller by a father-daughter team follows the eleven-year odyssey of an American family on the run, in hiding through the mountain states of the American west, where survival skills and living off the grid are paramount, but so are friendship, cooperation, and resilience. The enemy, always lurking just out of sight, is a foreign cyber-criminal enterprise that launches breathtaking assaults on the American banking system and physical infrastructure, but the Brinkleys also know that the threat is deeply personal, reaching ever closer to them from the shadows of the past. At the same time, Gavin and Lisa discover the perils of wandering too close to the edges of the dark side, in the murky world of cyber-security. A compelling story of suspense and treachery, HIDING IN SUNSHINE is also a celebration of a family's abiding love and courage -- and a young girl's faith in the triumph of the truth.

You can get your paperback copy of Hiding in Sunshine for $19.95 at Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of a review from Influenster. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+

As part of the Influenster Holiday VoxBox I received a Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal in the Peach Almond flavor. 
I like Oatmeal but I don't usually care for the flavored ones. The Quaker Real Medleys was simple to make. Just add water and microwave. It was delicious and full of flavor. It's packed with roasted almonds, wholesome multi-grains and real chunks of fruit. I like how convenient it is to carry with you. You don't need a bowl and it's mess free.
Each Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal sells for about $1.79 and has only 290 calories in each cup. There are three additional flavors to choose from in addition to the Peach Almond which are Apple Walnut, Cherry Pistachio, and Summer Berry.

Have you tried any of these yet? If so, which is your favorite?
To read more reviews for the Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal click HERE
Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of a review from Influenster. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Goody QuikStyle

In my Influenster Holiday VoxBox I received a Goody Quikstyle Paddle Brush. I hadn't seen these in the stores yet so I was so excited to get my hand on this and test it out. The Goody Quikstyle brush has microfiber bristles in it along with the usual plastic bristles. The microfiber is supposed to absorb 30% of water from your wet hair so that it dries faster. I was interested to see if it really works since my hair is past my shoulders but thick and holds a lot of water after I wash it. I usually let my hair air dry which takes anywhere from an hour and a half - 2 hours.

After using this brush for the past few weeks I have found that my hair air drying time has decreased significantly. Brushing and removing the tangles from my wet hair was quick, easy and ouchless. I did everything the same except I used this brush and I could feel the difference. My hair took 52 minutes to air dry which is a huge difference. I am amazed  and feel like the Goody Quikstyle brush is a life saver for me. I absolutely LOVE it and will never go back to a normal brush.

Product Features:
  • Absorbent microfiber bristles remove 30% of water for faster styling
  • Antimicrobial microfiber keeps the brush fresh
  • Side Vents for maximum air flow
  • Lightweight design to reduce hand fatigue while drying
  • Ergonomic handle is textured for extra grip
* How to use: Use the paddle brush as you would use your usual brush. To help speed your styling routine, the brush is designed for detangling wet hair, quick removal of excess water and styling with or without a hair dryer.

* How to dry: The brush will air dry following use. A blast of hot air from your hair dryer will speed the drying of the microfiber bristles.

* How to clean: Gently run a wide tooth comb through the bristles to remove excess hair, then wash the bristles with warm water and shampoo. To refresh the microfiber bristles, turn the brush over and tap the back with the palm of your hand.

You can find the Goody Quikstyle Paddle brush for $12.99 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, & Duane Reade. To read more reviews for the Goody Quikstyle brush HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of a review from Influenster. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine

I'm a lip gloss girl so after opening my Influenster Holiday VoxBox and seeing the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine I couldn't wait to try it.

I received the NYC Liquid Lipshine color Nude York City-582. There is a little shimmer in it which I liked. It is easy to apply and glossy. I also liked that it is non-sticky which is a plus. It also has Vitamin E formula which provides shine and a moisturizing feel. Below is a picture the lip gloss on me. I did add a little lip liner and then applied the lip gloss to add just a hint of color. Overall, I love the lip gloss and would recommend it.

You can find  the NYC Liquid Lipshine for $2.49 at mass retailers and drugstores and there are 10 different shades to choose from. I was at CVS and saw it there and decided to buy the City's Clear-574 because a girl can never have too much lip gloss.

You can read other reviews for this product on the Influenster website HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of a review from Influenster. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Kiss Nail Dress

I'm sure everyone has heard of the brand KISS. They have nail care, cosmetics, appliance, hair care, and even salon & spa equipment.

I received a KISS nail dress in my Influenster Holiday VoxBox and couldn't wait to try these out. I decided to use it for New Years Eve.

Once I opened the package there were 28 strips in different sizes, an instructional booklet, and a little nail file. I carefully selected sizes to fit my nails and began the process of applying, folding over and filing off the excess. It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish.

I thought they came out pretty good. They did last the full 10 days and that was everyday activities/chores including taking care of two babies! When I removed them there was NO damage to my nails which was a good thing. I liked these because there is no drying time and it saves you from going to the nail salon. It also peels right off so you don't need to use any nail polish remover. There are also a variety of different designs to choose from. I've already went back and bought another one to keep on hand for when I might need them.

KISS nail dress can be used on fingers and on toes and lasts up to 10 days. You can find them for $6.99 at Kmart, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target (all mass retailers and drugstores).
You can read other reviews on the Influenster website HERE.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of a review from Influenster. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Phyto Phytolisse Anti-Frizz Duo-to-Go Review & Giveaway

The Phyto Phytolisse Anti Frizz Duo-to-Go is a travel kit that includes a Phytolisse Perfect Smoothing Shampoo 1.7 oz and a Phytolisse Express Smoothing Mask .85 oz (see picture below)

PHYTO is a hair care line that helps increase your hairs natural beauty using highly concentrated, plant based solutions. PHYTO also is environment friendly and uses only glass containers or aluminum tubes..

The texture of my hair is thick and the length is a little past my shoulders. My hair is also wavy and is mostly healthy although I have used hair coloring and do use a hair straightener which has caused some dryness and split ends..

The Phytolisse Perfect Smoothing Shampoo protects hair from humidity and expedites the blow-drying time.. One of my biggest concerns living in Florida where it is mostly humid is frizz.. I can't even explain how good this shampoo smells.. It's a light clean scent and I just loved the way my hair smelled afterwards.. The shampoo also lathered well and as I mentioned before my hair is fairly thick so I was surprised that I only needed a small amount to wash all of my hair..

The Phytolisse Express Smoothing Mask is used to help tame those frizzy rebellious locks and will give you up to 72 hours of frizz control. Sounds great doesn't it??
After shampooing apply a small amount from lengths to ends and then rinse. After the first use I didn't notice instant results but the second time I used the mask- wow.. My hair was left feeling soft and it did help tame the frizz.. I liked this hair mask and felt that not only did it help tame my flyaways but it helped de-tangle when I brushed my hair after my shower..

After using both of these products my hair is shiny and it feels super soft and silky.. I love running my fingers through my hair and it not getting caught in tangles. I've found myself doing it more often now also :)
These products are amazing and work..

Now for the giveaway.. I have one Phyto Phytolisse Anti-Frizz Duo-to-Go kit for one lucky person. Just enter on the rafflecopter below..

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This product was provided to me by BeautyStoreDepot and all opinions are my own..
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012

I was thrilled to be selected by Influenster for the Holiday VoxBox. The Holiday Voxbox included many items to use during the holidays. Below are pictures of the products and reviews will follow later once the Brand challenges open.

Thank You Influenster! I'm looking forward to trying each one of these products!