Friday, September 23, 2011

Kidorable Umbrella Review

Recently I won another blog giveaway, and this time it was for a Kidorable Umbrella.  The first time I ever saw a Kidorable Umbrella was when I saw a picture of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' daughter, Suri carrying a cute, red lady bug umbrella.  So cute!!!

But I have to be honest...The first thing I thought when I saw that picture besides "How Adorable!" was "That's probably super expensive..."  I mean it is Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes daughter carrying the umbrella.  After looking online and finding the exact umbrella, I found out that it was actually a Kidorable Umbrella and surprisingly, it wasn't super expensive.  At around $13.50 each, they are definitely in my price range.

OK, now like I said before, I recently got lucky and won a kidorable umbrella.  I chose to pick out one for my 5 year old son, Logan.  Kidorable has a wide umbrella section to pick from.  The options were:

  • Ballerina
  • Space Hero
  • Butterfly
  • Fairy
  • Fireman
  • Frog
  • Ladybug (just like Suri's)
  • Lotus Flower
  • Lucky Cat
  • Mermaid
  • Pirate
  • Dolphin
  • Bee
  • Bear
  • Dog
  • Lion
  • Panda
  • Zebra
  • Polka Dots
  • Characters
  • Houndstooth
Phew...I told you it was a wide selection.  I picked out the dinosaur umbrella for my son. 

About 1/3 of his toy organizer in his room is little plastic dinosaurs that he plays with so I figured he would enjoy the dinosaur umbrella too.

Now if I were picking out an umbrella for ME...I definitely would have choose the Panda umbrella.

  Yes, I am about to be 25 years old, and I am a mom, but I would have rocked that thing like nobodies business.  I don't even think it would have to be raining for me to be using it.  I LOVE pandas and that panda umbrella might be one of the cutest things I have ever seen.  But anyways, back to the dinosaur umbrella...oh, the sacrifices we make for being a mom ;)

The umbrella arrived very quickly, and when I opened it up, I was very impressed with the quality.  Also, I really liked how easy it was to open and close.  When I was little, my fingers got pinched when closing an umbrella and ever since then, I cringe at the thought of closing umbrellas.  I can admit it...I am afraid of closing umbrellas.  Haha, it sounds silly but I can still remember when I got my fingers pinched in that old umbrella and it really hurt.

So I go to close the umbrella, get my "Oh no, I'm closing an umbrella" face on and push the button down.  And well, it was easy.  The button is located at the top of the plastic piece, rather then at the bottom like some of the older umbrellas. 

 So there really is no way for fingers to get pinched. I guess the "Oh no, I'm closing an umbrella" face will be least when closing a Kidorable Umbrella.

You can find Kidorable Umbrellas on their website, as well as backpacks, raincoat, towels and much more.

I received this product by winning a blog giveaway.  All opinions are my own.  Have an Amazing, Awesome Day!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara Review

Whoever invented mascara...GENIUS!  A good mascara can make your makeup go from Good to...AMAZING!

I was recently sent a free sample of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara, and you know I was eager to try it.  I Love mascara! Even if I am just sitting at home, doing absolutely nothing, sometimes I will still at least put on some mascara.  It makes me feel pretty even on my lazy-do-nothing days.

The packaging of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara is...simple.  Just a plain, black tube...Fine. But when I opened the mascara, that is when I got a real surprise.  The brush was amazing.  It was long and very flexible, but the bristles on it were SUPER Short.  This may be something ordinary but I have never used a mascara brush like that before.  The brush acted more like a comb, coating each lash while separating and creating no clumps.  I really liked the brush.

The mascara formula was good too.  But I've used mascaras where the end result was my lashes looking like...BAM, POW, WOW!  And unfortunately, Lash Love Mascara didn't do this but it still delievered good enough results.  My lashes were definitely lengthened and even had some curl hold to them, but the formula wasn't as thickening as I usually like.  Still, it was a good mascara and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good non-clumping mascara.

I received this product through a free sample promotion.  All opinions are my own.  Have an amazing, awesome day!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Lotion Review

When I am looking for a good lotion to buy, something that is important to me is that it is a healthy product.  If I am going to be applying it directly to my skin, the less chemicals it has in it the better. 

The company Tropical Traditions has come across my radar lately as they are all over the blogs with their natural products.  I recently won a blog giveaway where I received a 8 oz. bottle of their Moisturizing Lotion.  I choose the lotion "Arnica" because it said it was excellent at massaging tired muscles, and I often get asked for back massages from my boyfriend so I thought this would be great for him.

The first thing I would like to say is that the company has excellent communication and customer service.  After I informed the Blog Giveaway Host which lotion I would like to receive, I soon after received a email congratulating me for winning the giveaway, and I received an order confirmation.  A day or two after that I received an email saying my lotion was on it's way.  I really appreciated this communication from the company as when I order a product, I want to know about when I am going to receive it and what is going on with it, and to me this just seemed like they really do care about their customers.

I received my lotion very quickly and it was packaged very well so the product wouldn't get damaged.  The first thing I did when I opened my lotion was smell it.  It has a minty smell to it.  It smelled nice and wasn't too over powering.

I applied it to my hands and it was very moisturizing, and my hands felt very soft afterwards.  The lotion is a little on the greasy side but I kind of expected that as it does contain Virgin Coconut Oil. However, about a few minutes after I applied it, the lotion was all absorbed in and the greasiness was all gone.  I also used it to give my boyfriend a massage and he said his back felt great yay!

The one thing I love most about this lotion is that it's really natural.  It contains no alcohols, no petroleum products or no artificial fragrances.  The ingredients list contained about 13 ingredients and all of them were things that were natural and things I've heard of before.  This is great because my son has eczema so I am always careful of the products I put on him.  This is a lotion that I definitely would feel comfortable using on him.

I choose the "Arnica" lotion but they also offer other varieties as well:

  • Unscented
  • Lavender
  • Citrus
  • Baby Silk
  • Peppermint
Along with lotion, Tropical Traditions also has a great selection of other natural products including All purpose cleaners, teeth cleaners, laundry detergent, pet shampoo and many more.  After trying this lotion it makes me very interested in trying their other products.

If you are interested in Tropical Traditions, you can visit their website.

I would definitely recommend this lotion if you are looking for an all-natural lotion that is super moisturizing.

I received this product for free as a winner on a blog giveaway.  All opinions are my own.  Have an amazing, awesome day!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jif to Go Peanut Butter Review

As a mom to 3 kids, something that makes my life a little more simple is greatly appreciated.  Things like Jif to Go Peanut Butter is something I think should have been invented a long time ago. 

It takes something like peanut butter that can sometimes be messy and sticky for kids (and adults) and puts it in a convenient snack-size container that is perfect for dipping.  There are 8 in a box, and I love how these can easily be tossed in kid's lunchboxes...without the mess.  Also, my oldest son can sometimes be a little bit picky with the fruits and veggies he eats, but if I throw in some peanut butter, he eats whatever I give him all up.  He loves these with celery and apples.

It's a healthy snack that I feel good about giving my kids.  It's as simple as that.

I purchased this product.  All opinions are my own.  Have an amazing, awesome day!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Update on My Etsy Shop, LovePLS

It's been a little bit since I had an Etsy - LovePLS Update so here it goes.

I've made 2 more sales - One of my Felt Popcorn and One Custom Order for 12 Felt Sugar Cookies.

Super Excited for both but especially the Custom Order.  The customer told me she wanted the heart sugar cookies I make, but she needed them in Blue, Red, and Yellow for a Snow White themed Party.  Cute!  So neat that something I personally made will be a party favor for a party! :)

I also added some new items to my shop.

Check out my shop, LovePLS

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara Review

If I had to choose only one cosmetic product to use for the rest of my life, I would definitely pick mascara.  You apply it, and it instantly makes your face look more alive.  Not too many other products alone can do that.

My lashes are naturally pretty long but I still want a mascara that will make them look even longer and fuller.   I've tried all kinds of mascaras but the one I am loving right now is Rimmel Lash Accelerator.

This mascara isn't just a normal mascara. It's suppose to have a advanced ultra-lengthening formula that instantly makes lashes appear up to 80% longer and over time, the unique Grow-Lash Complex strengthens, nourishes and renews lashes to promote natural lash growth for up to 117% longer looking lashes after 30 days. 

Seems like a pretty big deal.  Now I did say I love this mascara however, I'm not too sure about it making my lashes grow.  They seem the same to me, and I have been using this mascara well over 30 days.  I think I have been buying this mascara for over a year now.  Kind of disappointed that I didn't see a difference but with that being said, it is still a great mascara.

When applied, my lashes are dark, full, and really long.  I love the way it makes them look.  I really like the brush too.  It's nothing to special, just tapered on both ends but I prefer this shape of brush over a non-tapered brush.  It makes it really easy to get every single lash, even the smaller ones on the inner corners of your eyes. But, the formula is a wet formula so you have to be careful about smudging before it dries.  It can get kind of messy if you aren't.

Overall, I really do like this's currently my favorite.  But after I finish this tube, I have a new mascara in my radar and I'm pretty excited to try it so we will see if Rimmel Lash Accelerator will continue to hold the "Favorite" title.

I purchased this product.  All opinions are always my own.  Have an Amazing, Awesome Day!!!