Jun 292015
 

Small Disclosure

Trust me when I tell you that I love getting presents just as much as the next girl. Seriously. I get all giddy when someone gives me a gift and since it just so happens that my birthday is coming up next week, I am hoping to get a little giddy (wink, wink).  Especially since it’s not just any birthday – it’s one of those milestone birthdays.  That’s right, I will be 29.  Again.

Sometimes, though, you really just want to give someone a gift that will blow them away. You know, give them something that is truly memorable and that they will talk about for years to come!

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Have you heard of them?  If not, here’s the skinny. Cloud 9 Living is the US leader in experience gifts, offering over 1,900 unique experiential gifts for men, women & couples in 51 regions. They have partnered with over 600 “Best in Class” experience providers who take pride in ensuring that every gift recipient enjoys a memorable experience.  I love the idea of gifting someone with an experience, don’t you?

With experiences ranging from thrilling and adventurous to relaxing and cultural, they really do have something for every taste and every budget.  You can choose from things like hot air balloon rides, racecar driving, helicopter tours, spa packages, food tours, golfing with a pro, dinner cruises and so much more.

I had the chance to choose an experience from Cloud 9 Living recently and I am excited to tell you about it.

On their website you can narrow your search down by gifts for her, gifts for him, the experience type or the most popular.  Since I really had no idea where to start or what I was looking for, I just did a search for all experiences in my area (Boston) and the site pulled up everything that was available to me.

There were so many cool things (I mean seriously cool) offered locally to me.  A few things caught my eye right away, and I was able to narrow it down pretty quickly to 3 or 4 things that I really wanted to do.  It was between a couples massage (for me and Chris of course), a flying lesson (something I have always wanted to do), a helicopter tour of Boston and a romantic dinner for two in which a seasoned chef comes into your home for a night and cooks dinner for you in the comfort of your own home.

Can you guess which one I chose?  Stay tuned…… Continue reading »

Jun 162015
 

After having a newborn, keeping the house clean can be a real chore. Let’s be honest, keeping the house clean is always a ‘chore.’ However, after having a baby, I seem to struggle with keeping the house as clean as I’d like.  Check out these tips for keeping the house clean with a newborn in the house.

*Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way*

#1. Clear the Clutter

Anytime I can get rid of extra items in the house that we’re not using, I do! There’s something invigorating about getting rid of clutter that we don’t need lying around our home. I have found that this is one way I can help keep my home clear of clutter and make keeping the house clean a lot easier.

#2. Write Out a Schedule

I keep a basic schedule at home of when I will clean what. Of course, since a newborn dictates my schedule, it’s a very flexible schedule. I have found that if I write out what I need done, it’s much easier. For example—Mondays are my laundry days and Tuesdays are the days to get the vacuuming done.

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Jun 082015
 

6 Easy Ways To Boost Energy Without Caffeine

**This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When the afternoon slumps kick in and you want to reach for a cup of java or a sugary snack, there are ways to kick start your energy level without the use of caffeine or sugar. Try one or more of these 5 easy ways to boost your energy the healthy way.

Exercise. Get up, take a walk, or do some light stretching. If you can, get outside and walk around the block briskly to not only get your heart rate pumping, but the fresh air can help wake you up. If you are indoors and can’t get out, get up and do some stretching or a few old school jumping jacks.

Meditate. Just breathe. Sit back, relax, and breathe in and out with your eyes closed. Clear your mind of everything and focus on just your breathing. Mindful meditation techniques like this can not only relax your body, but your mind becomes open and therefore your natural energy can increase.

Sleep better. Try a bedtime relaxation routine to ensure a more restful night’s sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, put the cell phone away, and decompress from your day. Try a cup of hot herbal tea and some light reading until you find yourself in dream land. Continue reading »

Jun 042015
 

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Taking a long, hot shower at the end of the work day is one of life’s many little luxuries. I for one don’t take a great shower for granted, which is why I am always looking for ways to make my shower a more pleasant and enjoyable experience.  As you can imagine, I was thrilled when I recently had the chance to try out and review a luxury shower head by Aroma Sense, a new and innovative shower head that is sure to make your next shower anything but average.

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Most shower heads deliver water to your shower and that is about where they stop. The luxury shower head by Aroma Sense is different, in the sense that it does so much more than deliver water. It works so much harder than that by delivering a pleasant citrus aroma, chlorine reduction, vitamin c, pressure boosting, and negative ions in each and every use. It makes each shower more of an experience and health benefit, instead of a simple cleansing routine. Continue reading »

May 282015
 

Showing Nana she is special on Mother’s Day is easy! However, when it comes to the “birthday” it can be a bit harder to come up with a way to honor her. I love my mom and appreciate everything she has done for me, which is why I wanted to find several ways to honor her for her upcoming birthday. Here are some ways you too can honor your Nana on her upcoming birthday.

Give her a call.

I know it’s so old fashioned, but giving Nana a call on her birthday is one smart move. She loves to hear your voice and may not even be expecting such an awesome gift. Tell her how much you love and appreciate her.

Give her a visit.

It may be 2015, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give Nana a visit when it’s her birthday. Grab a bouquet of flowers and enjoy the time you’ll spend with her.

Gratitude Grandmother Charm Bracelet

This year, we decided to get a little more personal in my family. This gorgeous Gratitude Grandmother Charm Bracelet from SOUFEEL foots the bill for how we wanted to show “Nana” that we love her!
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The charms are from SOUFEEL and they are 925 sterling silver.  I love that they can fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets and will surely make a unique and memorable gift for that special person in your life – all while saving you a little money, too! Continue reading »

May 222015
 

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If your family deals with allergies, then you know how big of a pain it can be. The sniffling, sneezing, congestion and whatever else you’re dealing with can be just too much. My entire family has seasonal allergies, which means we all have to find a way to deal. Check out how our family deals with allergies.

House Cleaning Time

Yes, our house has forced hot air, which means tons of dust is always all over the house. Dust and seasonal allergies do not help the situation at all. We’ve found that doing basic cleaning on a daily basis helps our allergies a ton. We vacuum and dust as we can to help eliminate the extra particles floating around.

We Use the Airfree Onix p300 Air Purifier

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When you have allergies, like my family does, you have to be proactive about it. Which is why the Airfree Onix p300 Air Purifier has become a permanent fixture in our home. Here are some of the main reasons we love this air purifier: Continue reading »

Apr 132015
 

**Disclosure: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

“Fragrance is emotion brought to Life. The Caress Forever Collection evokes love, passion, sensuality, and elegance.”- Loc Dong

I love getting pampered.  What woman doesn’t, right?  The thing is, I am a busy mom and and as much as I would love to visit the spa daily weekly, I just don’t have the time or the money for that.  Lucky for me, the new Caress Forever Collection gives me a spa like experience – right in the comfort of my own home.  The  Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The best part is, the floral fragrance lasts for up to 12 hours.  12 hours!! So I smell great all day long.

Caress Forever Collection

It took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to develop this technological breakthrough.  Loc Dong, who is an award winning perfumer with nearly 20 years of experience under his belt, created the scents for these two new body washes.  He was inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman and was able to capture the essence in these two scents: Continue reading »

Apr 092015
 

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When it comes to their underwear, I have found that men can be just as particular as women. They want something soft, comfortable, something that fits well, and something that washes well. I recently had the chance to sample Gildan boxer briefs for men (well I didn’t, but my husband did!), and I must say they excelled in all of these categories.  He had never tried Gildan before, so he was looking forward to trying something new. Let me tell you more!

Gildan boxer briefs
First, here are a few things you should know about Gildan products. Gildan is a well known name in the world underwear for both men, women, and children. They make quality threads in a variety of styles and colors, and the quality can’t be beat. They are an ideal brand for the whole family, with prices that fit into even the tightest of budgets. With this budget friendly price, you are in no way sacrificing style. Gildan offers their products in bright colors and trendy designs that are by no means outdated. At the same time, you are not sacrificing quality either. I immediately noticed the quality materials used in these products, tight stitching, quality fabrics, and durable waistband. Continue reading »

Apr 072015
 

Selfie Sticks.  Some people love ’em and some people hate them.  Since they have really started popping up last year, it seems they’ve been the topic of huge controversy. The fact of the matter, folks, is that selfies are here to stay and whether you like them or not, Selfie Sticks have made the process of taking them much easier.

As a blogger,  I take a lot of pictures and depending on the situation, I take many of them with my phone.  There have been many times where I have tried to take a selfie with my whole family and we just didn’t all quite fit. I figured there had to be an easier way, right? So, I finally jumped on the Selfie Stick bandwagon and BOOM!  That was the solution.

The folks at SelfieGeeks were kind enough to send me a Selfie Stick and I am totally addicted to that thing.  Now that I have it, I have no clue how I ever got by without one.

The Selfie Sticks come in Blue, Black or Pink and since I will always choose pink if it’s an option, that’s what I went with.

selfiegeeks selfie stick

The setup is really easy.  Honestly, it hardly took any time at all.  All you have to do is attach your phone, adjust it to the angle you want, attach the cord to the audio port on your phone and press the button on the handle of the Selfie Stick.  It’s super easy. Continue reading »

Mar 312015
 

*Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way*

As a new mom six years ago, one of the hardest things for me to get used to was giving my child a bath. Expecting my fourth child does mean I have gotten some practice in. I’ve been able to get my hands on the Summer Infant Keep Me Warm Baby Bath and I can’t believe I lived without this for so long.

Summer Keep Me Warm Baby Bath

So Much Room

I love how big the infant bathtub is. It’s not TOO big that it’s annoying, but it’s the perfect size for baby an infant and allowing your child to also grow into the tub. The tub also fits perfectly in a regular sized tub or on the counter. I like the ability to move the baby bathtub wherever I need it to go and have the features to help keep baby comfortable during the process. Continue reading »

Mar 302015
 

**Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Famous Footwear, but my love of shoes is all my own.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If there is one thing in this world that I can not resist, it’s a new pair of shoes.  I have well over a hundred pairs and have been known to drop a pretty penny on a single pair (gosh, I hope my husband isn’t reading this).  Lucky for me, when I shop at Famous Footwear, I don’t have to drop a ton of money on new shoes.  They have a huge variety of all the latest styles for the entire family and more importantly, they are affordable.

I was so excited when I heard that Famous Footwear opened two new stores in my area.  I am always out & about, so having more shopping options is always a good thing.  Where are they you ask?

1. The 6,000-square-foot Westwood store is located in the Westwood Station at 245 University Ave.

2. The 5,049-square-foot Hyannis store is located in the Capetown Plaza at 790 Iyanoough Rd.

I had a chance to stop by the new store in Westwood yesterday and was really impressed with the new store.  In case you’ve never been inside a Famous Footwear, they carry name brands at discounted prices.

Famous Footwear Store Westwood

Famous Footwear has a huge selection of brand name shoes including Sketchers, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Dr. Scholl’s, Converse, Aerosoles, Naturalizer and Steve Madden Girl. They carry the latest styles for the entire family including women, men, girls and boys! Even though it has still been pretty chilly here in Boston, I have a major case of spring fever, so I wanted to get a new pair of sandals because I figured that would make me feel better about the fact I am still cold all of the time. Continue reading »

Mar 242015
 

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Monitor

**Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Recently I was able to review a couple of the coolest baby products from the Summer Brand!

One of the products is the Baby Touch WiFi from Summer!  This is one of the most high tech baby monitors out there that allow you to stay connected with baby, even from another room.

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Free Viewing App

One of the best parts about the Baby Touch WiFi from Summer is the free viewing APP for Android and Apple. You can actually log into see baby from the app. It’s also secure, so you don’t need to worry about any breaches. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 

Big Hero 6 Cupcakes Baymax Recipe

**Disclosure:  My family received a copy of Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray & DVD at no charge.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever wanted to make your favorite character from Big Hero 6, but weren’t sure where to start? We recently got a copy of Disney’s Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray & DVD and I wanted to bring Baymax to life for my kids while we watched the movie, so I put my baking skills to the test. You can make these Baymax from Big Hero 6 cupcakes too! Just follow along.

Supplies:

  • 1 or 2 cupcake pans
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 tube of black icing
  • 1 tube of vanilla frosting
  • Cupcake liners

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Here’s what you do:

1.  Mix the cake mix together as instructed on the box. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 

Krusteaz Brinner Night3

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? Well it is, and the folks at Krusteaz want to make celebrating this month a whole lot easier! If you are not familiar with Krusteaz breakfast mixes, now is the time to get acquainted. Krusteaz makes all sorts of breakfast favorites including pancake mixes, muffin mixes, and of course waffle mixes. In just minutes you can be enjoying a hot breakfast too!

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Not a breakfast person? Then why not try brinner? You know, breakfast for dinner? Brinner is a fun way to switch up dinner time and treat your family to some of their favorite breakfast foods! Who says you can only eat pancakes for breakfast? In our home, we had an impromptu brinner night! For our brinner night, we cooked as a family and enjoyed our favorite Krusteaz mixes along with fresh fruit, juice, and sausage. The kids loved the change of pace, and the adults loved feeling like a kid again eating our favorite breakfast foods. The mixes were easy enough to prepare that the children could help with the stirring, so it made for a meal that was not only tasty but fun to prepare as well. I mean, who doesn’t love flipping pancakes? Continue reading »

Feb 112015
 

***Disclosure: This conversation was sponsored by the OneDay app, but my love of it is all my own.  My thoughts and opinions were not influenced in any way***

Do you want to know something that drives me absolutely bananas?  When I whip out my iPhone to take a photo of my boys, who I lovingly refer to as the “gruesome twosome” and I get that pesky error message that says I can’t take my picture because the storage on my phone is full.

Grrrr!

As soon as I delete and/or archive my photos, I am back at it and before I know it, that error message is popping back up on my phone again.  And it seriously happens at the worst possible times, right?  You know what I’m talking about – preschool graduations, school plays, while both of your boys are in the Jedi Training Academy show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…..yes, that really happened.

jedi training academy

So in case you haven’t figured it out yet, my name is Robin and I am addicted to taking iPhone photos. I mean heck, we are one of “those” families that travel to Disney World every year and I still can’t return from a trip there with less than 1000 photos.   They’re the same pictures year after year, but I just can’t seem to stop myself.

You’ve also probably noticed that I only mention taking photos, not videos.  I have always refrained from taking videos with my phone because of my photo storage paranoia.  I know that videos take up more storage and I do not want to go through the panic that I went through while my kids were in the Jedi Training Academy ever again.  I was in such a rush to delete photos that day (because the show my boys were in was already in progress) that I just deleted a bunch of things without really taking the time to look and see if I actually did want to delete them. I would have kicked myself for missing out on photos of them in their Jedi robes, so did what I had to do.  Believe me, the struggle was real. Continue reading »

Feb 032015
 

**Disclosure- I received a product courtesy of the sponsor in order to write a series of posts based on my honest review of the product.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.  No monetary compensation was provided**

I am pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that I hate shaving.  A big part of me hates that I have to do it so often, but an even bigger part of me hates that I have such sensitive skin and that shaving really irritates my skin – especially my underarms.  I’ve given serious consideration to laser hair removal, but the cost of it is what has always kept me from making an appointment to go have it done.

But guess what?  There is a better way to remove hair.  At home! The Veet Infini’Silk, which is is a small hand-held device, helps you achieve permanent hair reduction and the best part is that  you can do it in the privacy of your own home. The Veet Infini’Silk uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which gradually reduces the appearance of hair on the body.  The Veet Infini’Silk has been approved by the FDA and uses the exact same technology that they use in the salons.

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So a couple of months ago, when I was contacted to see if I would like to try out the Veet Infini’Silk, I jumped at the chance.  For those of you who don’t know me in real life, I am a beach bum.  We only get three short months of summer here in Massachusetts and I plan to be at the beach for as many of those days as possible.  Starting at home treatments with the Veet Infini’Silk now is going to help me get ready for the summer. Continue reading »

Jan 192015
 

Hasbro My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Castle Play Set

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Do you have My Little Pony fans in your house? Or perhaps you remember the fun you had growing up with My Little Pony. Whatever the case may be, My Little Pony is back with another quality play set for your child to enjoy. I recently had the chance to try out the My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Castle play set by Hasbro, and I am excited to share our experience with you!

First, let’s look at what you can expect with your Hasbro My Little Pony Friendship Rainbow Castle Play Set. You will see it has everything you need to start playing! You set includes:

-Special edition Princess Twilight Sparkle figure
-Side car, skirt, shoes, tiara, bracelet
-Vanity
-Sticker labels
-All necessary parts and pieces for construction. Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

Euroflex Monster Vacuum

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

It seems as though the holidays leave a whirlwind of dirt and debris behind, which is why I was excited to give the Monster Euroflex Vacuum a try. I recently had the chance to try one of these new and innovative vacuums, and I was quite pleased with the results.  I am excited to tell you about what the Monster vacuum can do for you, just in time as you recover from all of the holiday madness. If you are like me, you have plenty of messes that now need to be cleaned up!

First, here is a little bit you should know about the Monster vacuum according to their website:

The Monster hand-and-stick cyclonic vacuum. Designed for high performance and high style, this 600-watt unit offers power, versatility, and convenience. It’s a marvel of Italian engineering, featuring exceptional floor-to-ceiling cleaning with a hassle-free bagless filter system. 

With your Monster you can expect to find:
-Main floor tool
-Rectangular 2-in-1 upholstery and pet-hair tool (my favorite!)
-Fine cleaning tools
-Two extension tubes
– Handy storage bag Continue reading »

Jan 072015
 

Canvas-factory

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

It seems as though canvas prints have become quite popular over the last few years, and the popularity doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Recently I was given the opportunity to join the crowd and try making a canvas of my own at the Canvas Factory.  I was so excited to see what all of the fuss was about and create my own canvas print, as I had yet to create one or display one in my home. Here is my review of the Canvas Factory, including my experiences creating, ordering, and displaying my canvas. Take a look!

To begin, I had to create an account with the Canvas Factory. This is a cinch and just involves your email and a username. When you log in, you will get the chance to upload the photo of your choice. You can pull right from your own computer in just seconds. The hard part was deciding which family photo we wanted to use! Uploading was fast, easy, and Canvas Factory will instantly notify you if they don’t think your choice is ideal for a canvas print. As you can imagine, you want to use a photo of good quality so it transfers well to the canvas. The website was able to help me pick the perfect photo and get it uploaded. Continue reading »

Dec 302014
 

Energy Shot review

How many times have you found yourself needing to charge your phone or tablet, yet there is no charger or even outlet for that matter to be found? It can leave you in quite a dilemma. Luckily, the My Charge Energy Shot is perfect for charging your devices on the go. This little pint sized pack boasts some serious power, and is the perfect solution for your charging on the go needs. I recently had the chance to review a My Charge Energy Shot, and I am excited to share my findings with you.

First, here are a few things you should know about the Energy Shot. It includes such features as:

9 hours talk time
LED battery indicator
High Efficiency Technology
Fast Charging Technology that shortens charge time by 25% or more.
Constructed of Lithium Ion
Compact size weighs a mere 0.25 lbs.
USB port that delivers 1.0A output Continue reading »