Thursday, March 28, 2024

#WelcomeSpring with a Fresh Face and ATTITUDE's Eco-Friendly Oceanly Goodies

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to ATTITUDE  for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your beauty routine with effective, gentle, eco-friendly products.  We are really loving the new Oceanly line from ATTITUDE Beauty.  Here are a couple of our favorite products:


OCEANLY - PHYTO-CLEANSER

Solid Face Cleanser with Peptides
PHYTO-CLEANSE face cleansing stick blends three powerful ingredients that help rid the skin of impurities and dirt without leaving it dry: laminaria digitata extract from algae with revitalizing properties, peptides to regenerate the skin’s natural moisture barrier and glycerine for maintaining soft and supple skin. The result: a naturally cleansed face that feels silky smooth.

OCEANLY - PHYTO-GLOW

Radiance Solid Face Serum with Vitamin C
PHYTO-GLOW face serum blends our invigorating dream team ingredients: stabilized & encapsulated vitamin C to brighten and smooth out uneven skin tone, provitamin B5 to keep skin soft, Canadian dulse extract for its ability to restore suppleness, and phytoglycogen to turn dull complexion into healthy, glowing skin. The result: an incredible boost of radiance and luminosity + complete peace of mind.

These cleansing sticks are performance-driven, EWG VERIFIED™, vegan, cruelty- and plastic-free, packaged in a biodegradable cardboard tube from sustainably managed forests, and are as gentle on skin as they are on the environment.  The perfect addition to any clean beauty routine!




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2024


 It's time to show the moms in your life how much you appreciate them and we have a great selection of gifts that are sure to make any mom feel special! From fashion, home goods, beauty, and more we will be putting the whole list here for easy reference.  As we find these awesome gift ideas, we'll be adding them to this post along with pictures and a link to our review of the product.  This listing will be updated daily, so check back often to learn about some really fun products to celebrate Mom this Mother's Day!

Have a product you'd like featured in our gift guide?  Contact me at christinbanda (at) yahoo (dot) com


Books from Gibbs Smith

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FinaMill Spice Grinder

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Teabloom

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Stove Shelf and Accessories

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Kitchen Mama Gadgets

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The Experiment Publishing

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Kind Oasis 

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iTeaWorld Sampler

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Manta Sleep Mask

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Suuksess Clothing

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Bark & Barware Cocktail Smoker Kit


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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

#WelcomeSpring with Family Game Night and an UnboxBoardom Subscription

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to UnboxBoardom for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Have you ever wished you had a board game subscription that would deliver quality games that your family will enjoy without any work on your part?  Well, UnboxBoardom is here to make the wish come true this Spring!

Why Board Game Subscription Boxes are the best way to buy board games
With board game subscription boxes you can easily discover and enjoy the hottest and best new board games. The risk of buying board games that are not fun or too hard to understand is minimized because the team at UnboxBoardom does all the research for you. They know which are the best board games because they've played them with their own families. 

How This Board Game Subscription Box Service Works
When you sign up for the UnboxBoardom board game subscription box service you will receive brand-new board games delivered right to your door for you to keep.   All of our featured board games are loved by members of the UnboxBoardom team -- from family board games to strategy board games to party board games. We continually keep a finger on the pulse of the dynamic board game industry.

Each month, you get an email with several games to choose from based on your family's preferences.  UnboxBoardom provides you with all the info you'll need to make the best choice.  Here is the game we picked for our March board game delivery:

Azul

(2-4 players, ages 8+, 30-45 minute playtime)
In Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from the center of the table and adding them to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate their board. Extra points are awarded for specific patterns and for completing rows, columns, and color sets. Tiles chosen by a player that cannot be used on their player board result in negative points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

We have really enjoyed this game in our family game night rotation this month, which just proves that the folks at UnboxBoardom know exactly what they're doing!

Also, because the amazing people at UnboxBoardom want everyone to be able to enjoy the thrill, excitement and personal interaction from playing board games, for every 10 new board game subscription box signups, they donate a board game to an organization that helps kids who can’t afford one.  We love companies that give back!!

Settle everyone in for a fun family game night this Spring and all year long with a subscription from UnboxBoardom!

Use the code ABCD to get free shipping off your first box!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, March 25, 2024

#WelcomeSpring with Tasty Treats from Sugar Bowl Bakery

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Sugar Bowl Bakery for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Sugar Bowl Bakery has recently added a few new tasty treats to their already amazing line of baked goodies this Spring!


Their newest bite-sized indulgence, Almond Mini Cakes, are now available at Costco stores throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana! 


Elevate your snack game with these irresistible treats that'll make your mornings taste a little sweeter. These perfectly portioned cake bites ensure to satisfy cravings anytime, anywhere. 


The sweet and zesty flavorful Cranberry Orange White Chocolate bites are infused with a zesty tang and complemented by the tartness of cranberries and finished with the sweet flavors of white chocolate.


Their Madeleines are baked using a traditional French-style recipe and these buttery-soft, cake-like cookies are the perfect not-too-sweet treat. The delicate shell shape and golden brown exterior are a result of the careful baking process, while the light and fluffy inside melts in your mouth with every bite. A Madeleine cookie is perfect to pair with coffee or tea! 


Finally, the perfectly crisp and subtly sweet Palmiers are made in the traditional French way with over 2500 layers of puff pastry. Sometimes called butterfly cookies, elephant ears or orejas, this light, crisp treat is often paired with coffee, tea or ice cream.

Sugar Bowl Bakery's treats are the perfect addition to breakfast, packed lunches or afternoon snacks.  Check your Costco for these goodies this Spring!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, March 22, 2024

How to Impress Your Guests with a Dessert Buffet at Your Next Party

*DISCLOSURE* This is a partnered post and may contain affiliate links.  Opinions within may not be my own. 

To keep the conversation going long after the last guest has left, you can take your party to the next level with a sweet ending like a dessert buffet. But this isn’t just any dessert selection. It’s about flavours and options that your friends and family will swoon for, and the details on how to pull that off are just ahead in this post.


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Planning Your Dessert Buffet

Planning a dessert buffet should be approached with some careful considerations. Here's how to set the stage for a show-stopping spread.

Variety is Key

You want the spread to be balanced and not only include everyone’s favorite desserts but also a variety of them. Consider:


  • Chocolates: A mixture of truffles, bars, and chocolate-dipped fruit will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.


  • Pastries: Think of everything from flaky croissants to delicate tarts—this is the place for baked goods.


  • Fruits: A well-arranged bowl of the season's best fruit is an excellent foil for richer desserts.


  • Cakes: The grand finale of any dessert buffet should be a ceremonial cake.

Seasonal and Thematic Choices

It's appropriate to match your dessert selection with the season or your party. Think light and fruity during the summer and rich and savoury during the wintertime.

Presentation Tips for a Stunning Spread

How your spread looks is just as important as how it tastes. Here's how to set up a dessert buffet that's almost too pretty to eat.

Levels and Heights

Use stands and platters of varying heights to create a dynamic landscape on your buffet table. This not only makes for an eye-catching display but also makes it easier for guests to reach for what looks tasty.

Colour Coordination

Coordinate the colours of your desserts with your tableware and decor for visual impact. A consistent colour scheme enhances the overall look of your buffet.

Making Each Option Stand Out

Every dessert on your buffet should shine in its own right. Here are some tips to ensure that each treat is a star.

Signature Desserts

Having a few signature desserts can set your buffet apart. Consider baking a delicious hummingbird cake, a specialty that's incredibly moist and has a flavour that’s unlike anything else you’ll see on your buffet.

Labelling

Clear labelling can head off unhappy stomachs for guests who may have dietary restrictions or allergies. Make sure key ingredients are labelled, and if possible, make it clear if desserts are vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, or nut-free.

Practical Tips for Preparation and Execution

A successful dessert buffet requires careful prep and execution. Here are some practical tips to ensure all goes smoothly:


  • Advance Preparation: Minimize stress on event day by doing as much as possible ahead of time.


  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality ingredients for the best taste and presentation.


  • Serving Utensils: Make sure that every dessert has the appropriate serving utensil so that guests can easily get what they want.


  • Temperature Control: Desserts that need to be kept chilled should remain over ice until they are ready to be served up. Those that are temperature-sensitive need to be kept hot.


The time spent creating a dessert buffet can bring great joy and satisfaction. With careful planning and execution, you will no doubt wow your guests and turn your next get-together into a sweet success.


Thursday, March 21, 2024

#WelcomeSpring with an Adorable Top from Katie Van Slyke's Mini Animal Farm!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Katie Van Slyke for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Katie Van Slyke raises and shows Quarter horses and her family farm, Running Springs, is also known for their adorable mini cows.  She has a large social media presence to share her farming adventures and more.  She has branched out into the world of merch and we couldn't be more excited!  We love the fresh Spring designs and here is one of our favorites.

Spring Design - Women's Ideal Racerback Tank


A high-quality print of this slim fit tank-top will turn heads. Bystanders won't be disappointed - the racerback cut looks good on any woman's shoulders. Made with extra light fabric (60% combed, ring-spun cotton and 40% polyester: 4 oz/yd² (135 g/m²)) this racerback tank is supremely lightweight and an excellent choice for the active lifestyle. The classic fit along make the tank a comfortable choice under high performance while the scooped neckline brings a sporty touch to the whole outfit.



Aren't those the cutest faces?!  If you love cows, goats, donkeys or horses, there is something adorable in Katie Van Slyke's collection for you!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Empower Your Essence: Popilush's Fashion-Forward Shapewear

*DISCLOSURE* This is a sponsored post.  Any opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of my own.


Feeling empowered is one of the factors that most increases women's self-esteem and therefore looking for shapewear that can work on both sides is extremely important. 

How can bodysuits and jumpsuits increase your empowerment? 

Bodysuits and jumpsuits have the potential to increase people's empowerment in several ways, the main ones being confidence, personal expression, comfort, practicality, versatility and functionality. 

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When you feel comfortable and confident in what you're wearing, it naturally increases your sense of empowerment. Bodysuits and jumpsuits can offer a sense of security and self-confidence, especially when you find a style that fits your body well. 

These clothes can be a powerful way to express your individuality and personal style, so choosing a bodysuit or jumpsuit that aligns with your personality and fashion preferences can help strengthen your self-image and empowerment. 

The convenience of wearing a bodysuit or jumpsuit can be liberating. Eliminating the need to combine multiple items of clothing can save time and effort, allowing you to focus on other areas of your life. Additionally, physical comfort can contribute to an overall feeling of well-being and confidence. 

Bodysuits and jumpsuits are versatile pieces that can be adapted for a variety of occasions, from formal events to casual everyday activities. This versatility of shapewear jumpsuit allows you to feel prepared and confident in different situations, increasing your empowerment. 

Wearing them can challenge gender norms and traditional fashion standards, allowing people to feel freer to express themselves as they wish. This breaking of standards can strengthen self-esteem and a sense of empowerment by refusing to conform to predefined expectations. 

How can I increase my strength with shapewear dresses? 

The shapewear dress can be a powerful tool to increase your empowerment in many ways. They are designed to shape and contour the body, enhancing your natural curves and creating a smoother, more defined silhouette. By wearing a shapewear dress that fits your body perfectly, you can feel more confident and empowered by the aesthetically pleasing appearance it provides. 

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Wearing shapewear can help improve your perception of your body. By smoothing problem areas and highlighting your best features, a shapewear dress can help boost your body confidence, allowing you to feel more comfortable and powerful in your own skin. 

Although many people associate shapewear with something tighter, modern shapewear dress is designed to be comfortable and breathable, providing support and shaping without sacrificing comfort. Feeling physically comfortable in your clothing can significantly contribute to your empowerment and self-confidence. 

Plus, they're available in a variety of styles and designs, meaning you can find one that perfectly suits your personal taste and the occasions you want to wear it. This versatility allows you to feel prepared and confident in a wide range of situations, from formal events to casual occasions. 

And wearing shapewear shouldn't just be about enhancing your outer appearance, but also about feeling good about yourself on the inside. Choose a shapewear dress that feels comfortable and flattering, and focus on how it makes you feel emotionally and physically, rather than just worrying about your outward appearance. 

How to choose Popilush shapewear that will empower your essence? 

To choose Popilush shapewear that will empower your essence, it is important to consider some key factors for the best shapewear bodysuit, jumpsuit or dress. To do this, determine what your main goal is when wearing shapewear. 

 Are you looking for something to soften your silhouette, define certain areas of your body, or just provide support? Popilush offers a variety of styles, from full-body shapewear to specific options for the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Choose a style that suits your fitting needs and goals. 

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Pay attention to the materials used in the manufacture of shapewear. Opt for breathable, soft and stretchy fabrics that provide support without compromising comfort. Consider the level of compression you want in your shapewear and only then choose a compression level that is suitable for your needs and preferences, taking comfort and functionality into account. 

In addition to function, consider the style and design of the shapewear. Popilush offers a variety of stylish styles and designs that can complement your outfit and accentuate your overall appearance. Choose a style that you feel confident and comfortable wearing, and that aligns with your personality and personal style. 

By considering these factors when choosing Popilush shapewear, you will be able to find pieces that not only shape and soften your silhouette, but also strengthen your essence, increasing your confidence and empowerment. 


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.