September 30, 2014

ZAQ LiteMist Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser {Review & Giveaway}

If you can't the time to go to the spa, why not bring the spa to you?


Lately I have been so stressed and have noticed that my body is taking a beating because of it. Stress is never good and can cause all sorts of things to go wrong with your body.

Last week, after realizing that I was going a little crazy and wasn't taking time out of the day for myself,  I laid in my bed with my ZAQ Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser on and closed my eyes, letting the Lavender oil smell up my room!

It was lovely and just what I needed.


The new ZAQ Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is LiteMist and extremely easy to use. Take off the ceramic covering and then just add a little water and about 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oils. My favorite go-to oils have been Lavender for relaxation and Tea Tree and Camphor for colds. I also would love to get Eucalyptus and a couple others as well.


Once you have the Galaxy plugged in and the ceramic covering back on, you simply push down gently on the orange triangle and you'll start to see the mist come out from the little hole from the top. 

I was surprised at how much mist came out of the hole and how fast I was able to smell the aroma. 

The ZAQ Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser has different functions, so when you press it once you'll notice the Mist will be ON and the light will change colors. When pressed a second time the Mist will be ON and the light color will stay fixed. Pressing it a third time will turn the Mist on, but the light will be off. This is great if you don't necessarily like a lot of light in your room at night. Lastly, when pressed a fourth time, the Galaxy will turn off. You'll also be able to hear it turn off for there is a quiet humming sound when the unit is on. 


When the light is on, there is no doubt why this is called the Galaxy. It fills up a dark room with the most amazing lights, surrounding you with calm starry night!

The Galaxy has seven different colors that it rotates through while it's on, or you can choose your favorite and keep it on that specific color. There are also lots of different uses for this LiteMist Aromatherapy, for you can keep it in your bedroom, baby's room, living room, or perhaps your office, making work a little less stressful!

Overall, I have really enjoyed using this in my home!


Need to relieve some stress? 

Purchase a ZAQ Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser for your home!

September 29, 2014

Create the Perfect Sleeping Environment with the New HALO Bassinest Swivel {& 100% Cotton SleepSack Giveaway}

If there is one thing that I love seeing, it's innovative products engineered to make life better for us.  The new HALO Bassinest Swivel is an amazing product that allows you to create a safe sleep environment for your baby and an overall better sleep experience for all.
We often associate new babies with sleep deprivation because of the daunting tasks nighttime brings.  Multiple feedings, the constant worrying, and more often lead moms to getting barely any sleep.  Many times mothers resort to bringing their babies to bed with them but this can dangerous for infants.  I myself am guilty of doing this.  But that all changed when I heard about a friend of mine who lost their baby when her husband had accidentally rolled over on to her during the night.  It was a devastating experience for them and something I will never forget.  It was then that I realized just how serious bringing your baby in to bed with you can be and while I do not allow that in our home anymore.

In a recent Safe Kids USA/American Baby survey, it found that 38% of moms bring babies in their bed with them on a regular basis. And approximately half of all infant suffocation deaths happen in an adult bed and, when compared with sleeping in a separate space, the overall infant death is more than 40 times higher for a co-sleeping baby. On the other hand, proponents are also saying that sleeping next to baby promotes bonding, easier breastfeeding and better sleep for both mom and baby. So what is a mother to do?
This is why the new HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is so amazing!  It is the perfect solution and brings the best of both worlds in to one.  The HALO Bassinest Swivel is a uniquely designed infant bassinet that allows you to sleep right next to your baby but still maintain all of the safety that a separate sleeping area provides.  But that's not all--the HALO Bassinest Swivel also gives moms everything they have always wanted when it comes to convenience and ease of your nighttime routines.  I'm talking about a retractable wall that you can use to reach in and soothe you baby or easily take them out and tend to them, mesh walls that provide maximum visibility and breathability, a nursing timer, a nightlight, soothing nature and womb sounds, music and gentle vibrations.  (I told you it was amazing!)

 The Bassinest Swivel Sleeper also has a tip-proof base, provides height adjustability to fit beds 24”-34” high, and the dual-swivel allows it to rotate a full 360 degrees from two different pivot points.  It is designed for babies from birth to 30 pounds or five months of age and meets {or exceeds} all CPSC and Health Canada guidelines and standards for bassinets.
The HALO™ Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper is available at select retailers--see HERE!  
And for their other products like their amazing SleepSacks and more visit www.HALOSleepSack.com!
To get you excited about the HALO Bassinest Swivel, HALO is giving one of our lucky readers A 100% COTTON SLEEPSACK!!
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September 25, 2014

Cherryvale Farms "Everything But The…" {Review & Giveaway)


Last week was a major flop for me. 

Nothing went right, especially when it came to baking. I envisioned in my head that I was going to be this superb baker, and whip up some yummy pancakes from scratch for my kids, which ended up being "pan-meal!" Oatmeal that tasted like pancakes. You may be laughing, but I am dead serious. I used flax as an egg substitute and oat flour and almond meal for my four. It did not turnout as you can see, so I poured the entire mixture into a pot and cooked it and made my kids eat it anyway! 

I am the best mom!

I then attempted to make a few other things, and they too just did not turn out, so I was head over heels when I received a lovely box from Cherryvale Farms at my door. They sent me 6 of their “Everything But The…” baking mixes to try out and my kids loved them! They even told me they preferred these over my "pan-meal!" Hmmm…



Cherryvale Farms is all about real food and using organic ingredients when possible. They have created easy to prepare baking mixes that are full of delicious flavors because of the use of real fruits, vegetables, and nuts. They want home cooks to be able to whip up something delicious for their families while feeding them real wholesome foods filled with fresh ingredients. 



These natural baking mixes are super fast to make, so you can whip one up in not time for your hungry kids or fill your homes with a sweet aroma for when your guests arrive!

Their baking mixes only have a few ingredients in them too which is what I look for when I am doing my grocery shopping. There is nothing worse than flipping over your baking mixes to see hundreds of ingredients with which half you cannot even pronounce. YUCK! 

The cool Fall air really made me want some pumpkin bread, so I made their Pumpkin Spice Bread Mix and whipped it up super fast. I just added a can of organic pumpkin that I picked up at Whole Foods, Organic Coconut oil and water, that’s it!



The pumpkin bread turned out terrific and was the perfect consistency! Plus, my house was filled with a delicious smelling aroma, perfect for Fall!

Enter this giveaway to win a Variety Pack (6 boxes) of baking mixes!

September 23, 2014

5 Quick Tips to Refresh Skin After Summer {Guest Post}

Summer is the time for many people to go out and enjoy the warmth as they engage in different outdoor activities. However, as summer comes to an end, it will leave your skin looking dull and affected to some extent and therefore you should do something about it. There are some easy ways to refresh your skin after summer, thus giving it a new glow while allowing it to recover well. You can achieve great results within a short time but only if you take the right approach. 

Below are 5 quick post-summer tips to help refresh your skin and regain vitality. 


Exfoliate: - The summer sun has beaten hard against your skin and this has left it looking rough, dull with patches, and dry, dead cells. Doing a facial scrub will help eliminate these spots while at the same time getting rid of the dead skin cells to allow a new glowing skin layer to grow. This helps bring a uniform, bright color on the skin while at the same time enabling it to absorb moisturizers in a better way.

Moisturize: - Summer heat has left your skin with dark spots an smooth wrinkles. The best way to do away with these blemishes will be to moisturize thus providing the skin with essential vitamin c which works well in providing light to the skin and fading the dark spots. Moisturizing also helps stimulate the formation of collagen which acts effectively in refreshing the skin and giving it a glowing, beautiful look. You can also use algae to revitalize the skin and do away with the forming wrinkles.

Deal with acne now: - During the humid and hot summer, weather, skin acne becomes worse. This can also be made worse by other elements including your summer diet which most probably include hot dogs and ice creams. Summer humidity is always high and this is accompanied by sweating thus causing acnes to flare. You should therefore treat your skin using different available acne products and methods such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Some of these acne treatments can be offered by qualified beauty specialists effectively.

Use sun-protection: - The end of summer doesn’t mean you should do away with your sun-protection strategies. However, you should upgrade your sunscreen protection to help block UVA rays present during the fall season. Skin damage can be caused by UVA rays of the sun which are prevalent in fall. Go for a broad spectrum sunscreen product which doesn’t irritate your skin and use it every day whether indoors or outdoors.

Rehydrate your lips: - The summer weather must have left your lips dried and weathered. These can be vulnerable and painful and therefore will need some attention as part of your skin. You will need to do something to have them heal and this can be done using a hypoallergenic and hydrating lip quencher or a mineral lip sunscreen for sun protection whenever you are involved in outdoor activities. You can also apply some Vaseline or vitamin E oil to help prevent moisture from escaping and enhance healing.

In addition to these simple strategies, it will also be important to take in a lot of water and vitamin B. These will help rehydrate your body and keep the skin in good health. You should also maintain a healthy diet and if necessary, see your dermatologist. This will allow you to show off your healthy and glowing skin come autumn.


Making the Most out of Reading Time

So I was just reading the Early Years: International Research Journal (everyone does that in their spare time right?) and did you know that there are quite a few studies pointing to the benefits of reading aloud to BABIES? These benefits include increased vocabulary, greater interest in learning/reading, stronger ability to express themselves and a closer relationship with the person reading to them. These benefits begin young - apparently anytime you want to start reading to your children is a good time to start reading to them.
My daughter plays and plays and plays, but the second I pull out a book she hops onto my lap and listens intently and even turns the pages for me now. When I am not reading to her she will often pull a book off the shelf and read it to herself. But of course I get a very similar reaction when the TV goes on, she sits and watches intently. In fact some of her first words were "let it go!' and 'da-da-da-DO it!" which goes to show just how much babies absorb from the entertainment we give them.
Babies really are like little sponges when they are born, they soak up everything you send their way as they develop and grow. That is why I think it is absolutely vital to have good entertainment on the TV, and especially - good books on the shelf. One of my daughters favorite collection of books come from Graham & Blanchard publishing. I was introduced to these books almost a year ago and have really come to love these simple yet brilliant books.
These Christian based books break down confusing or complex principles into simple and fun explanations that are easy for children to understand and relate to. The newest one we have added to our collection is called Your Core. Being Christian myself, I love having the sweet messages portrayed in these books introduced to my daughter, but even if you aren't Christian these books will be a great addition to your library. The vibrant colored pictures and fun stories help teach your children good morals no matter what dogma you want in your home.
If you would like to add Your Core to your library or browse some of the other great books available just visit Graham & Blanchard online, Graham & Blanchard books can also be found on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble!

Disclosure: I received a complementary product to facilitate this post, I was not compensated.  All opinions are my own. 

Rock 'N Learn on Zulily

My daughter just started Kindergarten and she LOVES it. She has learned so much already and continues to learn at home as well. We've used Rock 'N Learn while at home and I have seen a big difference with her ability to remember and learn new words. If you are interested in these educational DVDs, Zulily is featuring Rock 'N Learn's award winning Rock ‘N Learn DVDs now thru Wednesday, 9/24.

These would be great to help with those struggling in school currently or great gift of learning for the holidays!

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September 20, 2014

Adfilic Bluetooth Stereo Portable Wireless Speaker {Review & Giveaway} (closed)

I love listening to music!  I listen to music while I get ready, when I clean, when the kids and I want to have random dance parties, and more!  I have always wanted a Bluetooth speaker for my phone to pump up my jams but never knew if it was worth it to actually buy one or not.  That's why I was thrilled to be able to review the Adfilic Bluetooth Stereo Portable Wireless Speaker!
The speaker is compatible with any Bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad 2/3/4/Air, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S/2/3/4/5, Blackberry, Nexus, Tablets, Laptops, PC Computers, MP3 Players, and more. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone which I mostly use it with.  You can pair/connect with the speaker super easily and in no time at all you will be enjoying crystal clear sound!  The Bass booster and Subwoofer effect are great for bumping your music while the built-in speakerphone and microphone allow you to receiving calls.  That's right---you don't need to disconnect the speaker when someone calls you because there is a built-in microphone which allows you to take calls.
The lightweight and compact speaker is easily transportable to wherever you want to go.  Pack it up with you for trips or outings.  Whether you are heading to the park for some play time, needing some relaxing sounds while lounging on the beach, or want some backyard music for your BBQ--this speaker is ready to go!  Here is our family using the speaker during one of random family dance parties:
I love that it has a rechargeable battery which lasts for 6-8 hours and then charges back up with your choice of either the USB charging cable or the 3.5mm Audio cable.

I have absolutely LOVED using my Adfilic Bluetooth Stereo Portable Wireless Speaker!  It has a few helpful features such as buttons for increasing/decreasing the volume, skipping songs, changing the mode, etc.  My kids beg to use it whenever they can for dancing, doing homework, cleaning their rooms, and just about any thing else they can think of.  We have all enjoyed it and are so glad to have it in our home!


Adfilic is giving away A BLUETOOTH STEREO PORTABLE WIRELESS SPEAKER to one of our lucky readers!!
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A big THANK YOU to Adfilic for providing me with a free Bluetooth speaker to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

#ShareAwesome with LifeLock & the National PTA


We truly live in a digital world!  From video games to pictures, socializing and shopping--technology is a big part of our lives!  And while technology is so cool, it is also important that we always remember to make safe decisions when it comes to what we do with it. That’s why LifeLock and the National PTA have partnered up to spread helpful knowledge with families on how they can make positive, safe decisions when using digital tools.  Then as we all #ShareAwesome moments of our lives, we can remain happy and safe!

Like most parents, I am constantly posting pictures and videos of my kids to preserve those precious moments in time.  I feel so blessed that today's technology has allowed me to do this so easily.  I really enjoy capturing these moments with the push of a button and then being able to keep that memory just as fresh as it was when it happened in real time.
And although my kids are still young and I am the one doing all of the posting, before I know it they will be using their own digital skills and posting about their lives.  I am committed to teaching them, even at this young age, how to use digital tools safely.  Keeping my children safe online and offline is one of my most important jobs as a parent!  I have taken several opportunities to teach my kids about things such as keeping their bodies private, not being inappropriate, and that bullying is NEVER something we should take part in!  I value those discussions and know that they are paying attention and learning as they often reiterate the things I have taught them.
I am thankful that the National PTA and LifeLock have provided a way for us to get involved in this subject more and have created an amazing website where we can gain access to a variety of resources to help in this cause!  Take a look, educate yourselves and your families, and continue to #ShareAwesome moments in life using safe decisions!  (Be sure to check out our takeitfrommegirls Instagram to see some of my own #ShareAwesome moments!!)
#ShareAwesome CONTEST:
Got a student in your home?  Encourage them to share their awesome moments in life on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #ShareAwesome hashtag to win prizes!  Students who take pictures and use the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!
Be sure to visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more about this wonderful campaign and get to sharing!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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