Sunday, September 11, 2016

Influenster VoxBox x Kat Von D's Lock it Revolution Box!

Influenster VoxBox x Kat Von D's Lock it Revolution Box! 

List of Products Included:
Translucent Setting Powder
Warm L7 Concealer Creme
Neutral L5 Concealer Creme
Edge Concealer Brush #40
Setting Powder Brush #20

So let's start off by saying I'm overly impressed with the product & it's packaging! The full size products are a huge plus!

The quality of each item doesn't skip a beat. They're well made and very appeasing to the eye. The Concealer is perfect for problem areas and under eye areas. The translucent powder is smooth and easy to apply. I absolutely love it! The brushes do not shed! They're very soft and feel GREAT on the skin.

Honestly, I've never owned any KVD products and after this box it has made me a die hard fan. The products are top notch and definitely worth their price points. 

I was provided these items free of charge for my honest review.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

ZzzQuil x VoxBox from Influenster

I've received my Influenster VoxBox with Zzzquil to try for free. I'm always skeptical about trying sleep aids because more often than not I wake up groggy and not feeling rested at all. I've had such unsatisfying experiences that I've given up on the idea completely.

Recently I broke my tailbone and the insomnia is so bad! I can't get comfortable in any way! I am restricted to laying on my stomach and it's not the ideal position for me. A few nights ago I decided to give ZzzQuil a shot.

I took it giving myself well enough hours to sleep as the instructions suggest and laid in bed. I honestly cannot tell you when I fell asleep, it all happened so fast! The next morning I woke up refreshed and well rested, I was very happy with the way I felt!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dove's DREAM Spray

Okay, okay. It's really Dove's Dry Spray and may I say it is much more than I ever expected!

Now I've used just about everything, from organic to crystal deodorizing stones to clinical strength and nothing has worked. Since I gave birth to my second child, my troubles to find a deodorant that worked for me have been nothing but trying.

Yesterday I got to my mailbox to find my Dry Spray VoxBox from Influenster! This morning I used the Dove Dry Spray in the Cool Essential Scent. I am beyond impressed. Here I am 14 hours later after an active day of work, running errands, and playing with the kids, STILL smelling fresh! Though I'm not sure when I would test it, I do not have any doubt it would last the described 48 hours!

My husband is very active throughout the day and he was extremely satisfied with the results. He felt fresh and clean after his entire work day. It's a life saver when you don't have to worry about reapplying. This was definitely  a great change (for both of us!).

Overall, I can definitely can say that my routine is definitely going to change and the Dry Spray is going to be the new everyday addition!

Dove Dry Spray c/o Influenster 

disclaimer: these products were provided as a courtesy for testing purposes by Influenster.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Babies R' Us Registry

ATTENTION mommies to be! When I was trying to decide on my registry I was stuck between BuyBuy Baby, Target, & Babies R Us. I eventually signed up with Babies R Us because it has a ton more items than Target and has more locations than BuyBuy Baby.
Little did I know I was signing up for the BEST rewards program EVER. I've had an R' Us Rewards card for a little over 4 years (since my pregnancy with my first son) and really never used it. When I started my registry and clicked my little heart away while walking around Babies R Us I picked up a pack of Boogie Wipes and went to pay for it. The cashier asked for my Rewards phone number and for my registry information. After giving it to her she said "In the notes section of your registry put in capital letters REWARD CARD # and type in the number for yours". So I did it but had no clue what it was going to do for me.
When I got home I looked through the packet of information given to me by the ladies at the registry desk at the store and read that I was automatically enrolled in their Endless Earnings program where you get a percentage back of every purchase (NO LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT YOU CAN RECEIVE) made through your registry in a form of a gift card that's emailed to you 10 weeks after your expected due date. After reading that I decided to go back and add things to my registry.
I went in and added multiple quantities of diapers in all sizes and in all price ranges, I add things I thought ANYONE would be interested in buying. I included things of all different price ranges so that everyone could purchase a gift without breaking the bank. I added towels and extra bases, a bassinet, bouncer, swing, mamaroo, slings, diaper clutches, diaper bags, clothes, EVERYTHING that I hadn't added in the first place because I told myself I was only going to add what I used and needed for my first so that I didn't have a house full of stuff that I never had time to use (they grow too fast)!
Anything that is on your registry can be returned without a receipt and you will be given a store credit for the full price. So if you receive doubles you have a way to return it without any worries (or cough: if they bought you something NOT on your registry but you want to return it, add it on after the fact and return it then :cough - you didn't hear it from me).
A few weeks after my shower, I was able to return the Baby Bullet that I received 3 of, the boppys that I got 4 of, and a bunch of other duplicates including the crib set my father in law bought TWICE not realizing it, out of excitement. After that, I got an email stating my Rewards were going to expire. I was immediately thought "what in the world?" and opened the email. I had been deleting all Babies R Us emails thinking they were the usual ads. After skimming the email I logged into my rewards account to find that I had nearly 16,000 rewards points to redeem into vouchers! I was able to redeem all the points for $180 worth of vouchers! No purchases were necessary! They were just like a gift card! Then I though is this the Endless Earnings?
NO IT'S NOT! 10 weeks after my original due date I received a Babies R Us gift card from the Endless Earnings Program in my email for $321.
Turns out, every time someone purchased something from my registry the cashiers would automatically use my rewards number because it was in the notes section of the registry that my friends/family would hand to the cashier or it showed up in their system when they pulled the registry up. So I got points for every single dollar that was spent on my registry in ADDITION to the Endless Earnings. I can't tell you how much that extra $501 helped. Also while spending the gift card, anything that I bought I used my rewards card at check out which gave me $20 worth of rewards points! It was the gifts that just kept on giving! Now I see myself buying all diapers and extra formula from Babies R Us to get those extra reward points!
PS: There are ALWAYS Babies R Us coupons online, on their site, or in their flyer. Find them and save them onto your phone before your trip! They accept digital coupons!
PPS: You can also use your Rewards Vouchers or Endless Earnings Gift card at Toys R Us! I bought my oldest a few surprises for being such a great big brother!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Welcome Baby Gabriel

Yesterday we welcomed to the world our baby boy,
Gabriel Emilio
He arrived at 1:35 PM, weighing 8 lbs & 20.5 inches long.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mustaches & Chalkboard || Teal & Yellow Baby Shower || DIY on a Budget!

Now a days everything is about your budget, what you can and are willing to spend. I always look to DIY projects as a huge way to save money. My latest project is the baby shower for my soon to be second born. I wanted to make it great without spending a ton of money that I'd rather save for his arrival.

I have to say that the most difficult part was choosing a theme that I knew I could keep the outcome within my price range. I loved the soft teal and yellow vintage theme, my husband loved the chalkboard darker mustache theme. So I put them together and so far it's coming out great.

I started putting a few of my ideas down on paper which helped some what. I actually attempted to sketch a few.

There's a reason for my last freakishly horrible colored cake picture. My aunt is an amazing cake maker here in South Florida (@Passion4Cake on instagram or Passion 4 Cake on Facebook) and I had to send her a text of exactly what I wanted including colors. So that was my quick way of showing her. She's helping me save about $145 by making the cake for me.

I am (not tooting my own horn) pretty darn creative and have access to a great array of programs between my husband who is a photographer and myself who dabbled in graphic design in high school. Though my hubby makes fun of me (he uses CS and all the Apple programs that apparently normal people use), I am very good with Corel Paint Shop Pro and was able to design the invites, registry cards, and diaper raffle tickets.

These were very time consuming I must admit. I designed them from beginning to end with ease but struggled when it was time to print them. I wanted to do it on blank invitations, but after several trials and switching the printing settings I could not get the chalkboard affect to show, the paper just soaked up the ink and made it look black. I had to settle for gloss photo paper. I simply printed on 4" x 6" photos for the full invite and then printed several cards on one and cut them. Though it wasn't completely what I wanted, I am completely satisfied with the outcome, it cost me solely the price of the ink, since Office Max always sells the pack of ink with a pack of 4" x 6" photo paper for free. 

My biggest "project" is the centerpieces, as I am making 12 of them. These seem easy but collectively was difficult and time consuming. I first drew them out as you've seen above. Then I went to my aunt's house who owns a Cricut machine (3 of them to be exact) and created the cut-outs. Luckily one day while on my many trips to Target I found a pack of three mini chalkboard signs for $3 in their Dollar Section. I snatched up 4 packs and practically RAN to the registers. I also found a chalkboard marker in the same section for $1. The sticks for the cut outs are regular shishkabob sticks from the grocery store and the sticks holding up the chalkboards are dowels from the Wal-Mart baking section that I attached with hot glue. Living in Miami has a lot of perks, there are a lot of party warehouses and wholesale places in our design district and fashion district. I visited a few in Doral and purchased a case of the vases for about $30 and the shredded paper is from Amazon; 1/2lb for $9. The sticks are being held in place with a cube of styrofoam that is inside the vase.

 Not sure what brought me to drive out to the local Ikea on Christmas Eve, but I did and left with a few very helpful things for the shower. I purchased packs of napkins in teal and yellow (that happen to match EXACTLY) those cost $.99 for a pack of 50. I also purchased an easel for $14.99 that I'm going to use for the walk-up to the pavilion. Also in the market place I found teal tags to attach to the shower games gifts, those were $1.50 at Ikea as well. I bought table cloths for the picnic tables in both teal and yellow from Wal-Mart for $.97 a piece.

I scored these mini chalkboard easels in the dollar section at Target for $3 a piece (I picked up 8), along with a few fine tipped permanent chalk markers by American Craft for $1 each. I honestly had no idea what I was going to use the chalkboards for but then I came up with signs for the candy bar and the photo area.

The weekend before the shower I stopped at home depot and picked up the supplies for the photo backdrop and it came out perfect, here are some pictures of the product and if you scroll down to the party pictures, you'll see a few shots of our friends and family who used it! I've also included the diagram I found on google for making the back drop. (my backdrop was based on a width of 58 inches. I used fabric from ikea that measures 59 inches in depth.)

The day before I drove up to Passion 4 Cake and picked up the cake and FELL IN LOVE! She created exactly what I wanted and it fed nearly 60 people!

The prizes for the shower games were a bit more difficult considering I had to include prizes for both men and women. I went with the slogan "From Our Shower to Yours" and for the women in a large mason jar I placed a loofah(.50 cents from the Target dollar section), at the bottom & three travel size Bath & Body Works items (travel spray, shower gel, & lotion), saved a lot on the travel sets by purchasing them during their Semi-Annual Sale ($12 for 3) and Black Friday (Buy 3, Get 3 Free) and paired it with a $10 off $30 coupon. For the men I purchased a premium shave cream from Bath & Body Works ($5 each), A full size shower gel ($3 & buy 2 get 1 free), and a mens scented hand Ocean hand sanitizer ($2 each), put a yellow rag (pack of 12 from target for $3.50) in a chalkboard small pail ($1 from Target Dollar Section) and placed the items on top and added the slogan!

Here are some of the pics from the actual day of the shower. It came out great and everyone (both men & women) enjoyed the celebration!

Chalk markers used on board were $11 from Hobby lobby for a pack for 4, I used a 40% off coupon and got them for $6.

Lemonade recipe is simply lemonade mix made with soda water & food coloring to make it teal!
Paper straws were from Amazon for about $5.
Glass bottles holding lemonade are from Ikea, those were $3 a piece!
Plastic containers holding the Lemonade bottles were purchased from Hobby Lobby for $2.50 (sale price -- 50% off all Summer items)
Colored cups from Party City $9 for 100 (BOGO) 

We made the cupcakes at home! and that cost us about $3, we only made 20 to add variety to the Candy Station. Big hint on saving money for the Candy Station: If you're shower is right after a holiday, buy the candy during the after holiday sale. For those hosting a shower right after Easter, your color options are all different pastels. Also go to the dollar store first before you spend $80 on color coordinated candy at Party City. I bought the peeps for $1 a pack! If you do find yourself giving in at Party City, pull up the coupons on your phone! There's always coupons available!

Sadly I didn't get an upclose picture of the diaper raffle prize but I definitely meant too! The gift box with the chalkboard tag came from Target for $3 (on sale). Inside I placed 2 lotions & 2 Sprays from Bath & Body Works (purchased during the semi-annual sale so I paid $6 for the 4 items). A few months back I won a contest with Birchbox and received over $200 worth of Benefit Make-up and I included about $70 worth of Benefit Make up as well (Mascara, Push Up Liner, Gimme Brows, and Bronzer) along with some samples of their Pore Refiner & Lip Stain. I also included 4 EOS Lip Balms and the EOS Lotion, and a Urban Outfitters Clutch, that I purchased and NEVER used, it still has it's tag!


I included little containers on the tables filled with fake mustaches that had adhesive and people had a blast using them! The mustaches were $1 for a pack of 8 (Target Dollar Section during Halloween & Valentines) and the containers were on sale at hobby lobby for .50 cents!

My aunts supplied the food, trays of wings from Hooters & 12 Pizzas from the local Pizza Shop, Primo's. Hint go to the pizza shop with their coupons, ask them if they can give you all pizzas for their coupon price. Most places, if you're ordering over 10 pizzas will agree to it! This was a great choice for us considering it was a co-ed shower.

We Played the baby bottle chug game (beer in bottle) one squeezes while one chugs! The reason for doing it this way is because it's easier for one person to dismantle the nipple on their own than when a different person is holding it for them.

My husband created a "Dirty Diaper Toss" I filled paper bins (from target dollar section) with 5 "Dirty Diapers" all weighing a different weight. Some had yellow water, some had playdough & baby food, some had both. I did NOT roll up the diapers. I left them just folded without the velcros holding them closed. I chose 4 couples who DO NOT have children to play. One was to sit in chair and fold up the diaper the best they could (mommies with experience know how to tightly wrap up the diaper) and their partner was to make it into the bin (trash cans from targets dollar section). They were able to trade places if either task was to difficult mid game. I had four people stand at the bins and toss back whichever diapers didn't make it, so the player could shoot again. The first team to get all 5 in won! THE MEN LOVED THIS GAME and so did the spectators!


We also played the blind folded baby food game. 6 couples were selected, one sat in a chair, the other stood. The one standing was the feeder who was blind folded, the one sitting was the one who had to eat the food. We gave an adult bib to the person eating and they went to town! This was also a LOT of fun.

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