Monday, August 25, 2014

Are you ready for an "epic" experience?

 As you know I am a huge fan of Luminess Air. The makeup always goes on smooth and looks amazing. We even used our system for all the girls in my best friends wedding so when I heard the had released a new product I had to try it! Epic is the latest and greatest that takes all the guess work out of using your system. In the past you would have to watch the cd or youtube video then use your stem-not anymore! Epic has a build in display screen that has many tutorial videos right on the system. That is right-its like traveling with your own personal makeup artist!  I will be using this coming weekend for a barn wedding. We will all be in cabins without electronics which will not be a problem thanks to the easy to use videos. Plus I love how easy the system is to pack and travel. No more bag of tiny bottles and creams only to leek all over the suitcase.
So most importantly how does the system rate? The system goes on so smooth and delivers a flawless application. I love the weightless feeling while looking fresh faced. Epic is a must have to anyone that loves to look their best without the cakey makeup feeling. The system allows you to pause the videos easily while using the system so you can make sure you get a flawless look without being rushed. Not sure if airbrushing is for you? Check out the Luminess page for tips & tricks and learn how easy flawless can look!   Be on the look out for an upcoming feature during fashionista week in October!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Great way to travel this summer-BubbleBum Booster Seat

School is out and summer is in full swing which means time to travel! My biggest annoyance is dragging my daughters booster everywhere. Not only is the seat ridiculously huge it is bulky and doesn't really "fit" in the luggage when packing. So of course it was time to find something safe but less bulky.  While wandering around a baby fair I see this sitting on a shelf:
At that point my daughter was two or so and I didn't even pay much attention.  Flash forward three years and I now know why the BubbleBum is a must have! The packaging is so little I can toss in any carry on or luggage and have the seat when I arrive for the rental car. We also ended up getting one just to have in the car. Have you ever had a friend call with a flat and they can't make it to pick up time for dance? We had this happen last month and I just had to sit with my daughter and her friend for an hour until the mom could get the tire changed. I now keep the BubbleBum in its package under the backseat. Never will I be left to sit and wait again because I don't have an extra seat!
The BubbleBum is the perfect seat for grandparents, travel, and to have an extra for back to school. Look at all the great colors available:
Visit BubbleBum here to find a realtor near you-it really is a must have seat for anyone in a booster!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring is in full swing-time for Day Out with Thomas!

Can you believe our little bean is going to be 5 in a few short weeks! Every year since her first birthday we have always taken her to a Day Out With Thomas. This year is no different and she is beyond excited to see her blue friend chugging down the tracks!
This year the theme is The Thrill of the Ride and is sure to be as big a hit as each previous year.....her favorite part is meeting Sir Topham Hat and getting a tattoo of Rosie. Not sure when Thomas is coming to a town near you? You can check the full schedule here. Thomas will be in Cleveland this weekend May 17-18,23-25 & August 21-24 at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. 

Each year we bring home new memories and the excitement never dwindles-hope to see some of you on the train!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Vita Coco-perfect summer drink!

Looking for a nice refreshing juice box for the kids this summer? Vita Coco is a great substitution for all the “junk” juice drink boxes on the market. They are available in apple island, very cherry beach, and paradise punch. Vita Coco Kids drinks contain about half the sugar and half the calories of leading kid’s juices. Plus each one has 25% of your kids’ daily recommended vitamin C intake!
 So the really important question-how do they taste? Well we had a “planting party” this past weekend and invited all of little misses friends over to help garden and the drink boxes were a huge success! Naturally occurring electrolytes in Vita Coco Kids coconut  water help to keep  kids    hydrated. Apple Island seemed to be the favorite among the 4-5 year old crowd and the little bitties preferred the Paradise Punch. Each child asked for at least two and I was happy to hand over a drink with a ton of flavor and a little sugar. The parents were impressed with the overall juice box look. Have you ever had a juice box “accident”-you know when your little darling squeezes that triangle box and juice goes everywhere? The Vita Coco drink boxes are such a great shape that it seems each child was able to hold the container without squeezing the juice everywhere. Each Vita Coco Kids drink is packed in a spill-stopping Tetra Pak aseptic wedge (made of an eco-friendly wood fiber) to    keep it fresh without harming the environment! 

Overall the kids were very happy with the taste and the characters on the container and the parents were happy with the ingredients. You won’t  find any high fructose corn syrup in Vita Coco Kids  
coconut water, plus every drink is gluten-free and vegan. So happy to have found a “fun” juice box that is also healthy! 

*A Big Thanks to Moms Meet for a great party and the juice boxes*

Monday, May 12, 2014

Spring time in Michigan-Tulip Festival is in full swing!

Oh spring-my favorite season of all because of the beautiful flowers. This year I found a great little get away in Holland, Michigan.

The event runs May 3-10 and is a perfect getaway for Mother's Day or anyone who loves flowers. Just look at the amazing colors:

Although we went the first day of the festival the tulips were very fragrant and open-I would say 50% were in bloom and it was beautiful! Downtown was alive with craft vendors and food carts-we even got a chance to see Dutch dancers in the square. The dancers perform each hour for about 10 minutes but it is a must see. After exploring downtown we then went on to the Dutch Village and Windmill Island Gardens. The windmill is the only authentic Dutch windmill in the USA and for all the Oogielove fans it is the same park they filmed the ending scene!

The whole park was fascinating from the tour to the free carrousel. Our bean's favorite part was the wooden shoe area-she was able to try on a pair then get her name carved into the shoes. It was such a great experience-she has not taken her shoes off since we bought them.

If you have small children I highly recommend visiting Dutch Village. There is a zip line, duck race, rides, and slides. Plan to spend a few hours exploring especially if your child likes to try everything and do everything twice!

Overall it was a great trip away to Michigan. I would suggest planning to spend at least a full day with lots of walking. Happy Spring everyone!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spring is finally here-garden time!

Oh spring seems here in the midwest we have gone from extreme cold to extreme heat! One of my favorite things to do in the spring is plan out my garden. Has anyone else started this past weekend? I have decided to try something new this year-plant all the seeds inside and then transplant outside.

I found a really cheap greenhouse at a small local shop similar to the one below:

Then I planted all of my plants in toilet paper rolls-yes that is right toilet paper rolls! I filled a plastic container with a small amount of dirt then put in the rolls and filled with the dirt and seeds. The best part is I wont have to worry about breaking any of the fragile roots when I transplant-the whole toilet paper goes into the easy and you know me anything easy is perfect in my book :)

Happy gardening-looking forward to reading all about your green thumb adventures this spring!

Friday, March 7, 2014

A little Friday humor from the Muppets

Anyone else super excited that it is finally Friday? I swear it has been the longest week ever but then I learned that the Muppet movie will be out before we know it! Just a few short weeks-March 21st to be exact before the great release. I have been prepping my daughter by watching the old puppet movies. She is more of a Kermit fan-me I am Miss Piggy all the way! Here is a little muppet humor to get you in the mode-Happy Friday everyone!

Disclaimer: This is a fashionista events opportunity 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It has arrived-Spring Fashionista event is here! March 6-14

The SPRING Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy from  Modly Chic  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!
This year I will be giving away 3 amazing prize packs including the following:

1. Mommy & Me Shoes from Pairendipity (age 7 or younger) and the adorable Chevron Dress from Knock Knock Clothing:


2. Kidorable Umbrella & torteli hat:

3. Monogram scarf from Denise May Creations & $50 Giftcard to Curvy Couture & an adorable jet setter bracelet from Charm It! 
Covered Perfectly is providing Spring Fashionista Events Grand Prizes (Enter the Grand Prize here:  )   For every Giveaway in the Spring Fashionista Event that you Enter, you gain one entry toward the Spring Fashionista Grand Prize. 2 Grand Prize winners will receive 12 tops, 1/month over the course of a year, valued at approx. $600/winner! Isn’t that stunning? Covered Perfectly makes flattering tops (misses and plus sizes) comprised of a full collection of super-soft MicroModal tops in a variety of colors and the cute patterns.  US Shipping is FREE and they also now ship worldwide.
Monroe and Main is providing our first and 2nd place prizes. (Enter the 1st and 2nd Place here: )  $200 & $100 shopping spree to their site, Monroe and Main, You will find fashion that is FIT FOR YOU with both Misses and Plus sizes. They also carry shoes, jewelry and other accessories.

So many great prizes you do not want to miss-enter using the rafflecopter form below
 a Rafflecopter giveaway LEGAL Stuff: 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 48 hours to respond once contacted. Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby.In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway received a sample for this review. Compensation was not provided. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook. Happy Entering!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Are you ready for the biggest fashion event on the web?

Mark your calendars-Spring Fashionista begins next week! Be on the lookout for a highlight of each of my great sponsors-these are prize pack you will not want to miss!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Check out this great email I received about Britax and the Latch System

 Great webinar to get all of your questions answered-here are the details:

As moms, our children's safety is our top priority. That's why selecting the right child seat and making sure it's installed properly is of utmost importance. For expert advice on choosing and installing the right child seat, check out this blog post by Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Advocate for BRITAX.
With much conversation surrounding LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) and the new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, BRITAX wants to make sure all parents and caregivers are educated and confident about the safe transportation of their children. That's why they are hosting an interactive webinar to answer questions and eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the LATCH requirements and new labeling.
Webinar : LATCH- Are You Confused?
Hosted by Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Advocate for BRITAX
Thursday, February 6, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Click here to register for the LATCH Webinar. You will receive a confirmation via email once you register. If you do not receive one, please check to see if it got caught in your spam filter.

Disney on Ice Princesses & Hero coming to a town near you!

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora. Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away!  See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroeswhere believing is just the beginning!

Save $5 on all performances except Opening Night when tickets are just $12
Promo Code: BLOG  
Purchase here

Disclaimer: Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats.  No double discounts.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monster High Dollhouse Makeover

Are your girls obsessed with Monster High Dolls? My daughter loves monster high and ever after so I really wanted to give her a special place to play. I found this dollhouse on clearance at target:
The material was a bit "slippery" so I bought the cover all paint at the craft store. It took roughly two coats per room but here is the final project:
Luckily we had a ton of monster high furniture laying around from various playsets including the lower level that is the music playset also on clearance at target. So was it worth the cost?

Dollhouse on sale $59.99
Paint $21.47

So roughly $90 to redo a house that my daughter will actually play with. Next step is to get fabric scraps and save the photos on the back of the boxes to decorate the walls. Overall an easy weekend project if you have an old dollhouse and monster high loving little girl in your house!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cyber Monday HUGE giveaway!

This FFMOO post is a Fashionista Event. I was provided a promotional item by to inform you of their crazy insane Cyber Monday Sales, Cyper Monday giveaway and our Cyber Monday $500 giveaway.

When you think of holiday shopping does this come to mind?
 Each year I find myself trying to fight the crowds and decided last year that I would rather be doing this instead of freezing my keister off looking for a sale!
Now we all know that shopping online can be just as exhausting...through the years you have heard me talk about many of the great deals I have found to stretch my budget to the max! This year my must buys will include a pair of toms for my niece and the never ending list of toys including doc mcstuffins talking Stuffy and talking Lambie. Have you seen any great deals?

I love that most stores have started the online buzz early and I have seen some great Cyber Monday Sales! Anyone have any electronics on their list? is hosting a Cyber Monday Sweepstakes where they are giving away a $500 Amazon gift card-how amazing would that be to win just in time for the holiday season? You can enter the giveaway here-I would love to see one of my amazing readers win and have the best holiday surprise. I cannot wait to get my 15% off toms and some clothes for my niece. Look at this amazing Aeropostle deal: 50% off everything and free shipping on anything over $75. There are so many ways to save this season I am sure I will come in under budget!

In addition to the $500 amazing prize I will be hosting my own fantastic Cyber Monday Giveaway with some lovely ladies that includes two $250 gift cards to Amazon. That is right-you could be one of two lucky winners-just enter using the rafflecopter form below. Good luck to everyone!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

It's that time of year-Holiday gift guide time!

Welcome to your Holiday Gift Guide for 2013! I am so excited to highlight and show off some of a few of my favorite things. Stay tuned...I will be visiting the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and bringing back tons of great new toy ideas!

Want to attend? I have a select few passes to give away-just comment below to win your very own!
A little more about the fair this year:

Fair Tickets

Complimentary Admission
We offer free admission for people in the following categories. 
Special programs for these groups are also available. 
Please contact us at for more details.     

Bring Your Grandparents Day
Tickets are $10 adult, and $5 per child aged 3 to 13. For large group and school rates, please contact us.
We also offer free admission to firefighters, police, active military and military veterans
in gratitude for their service to the community and the nation.
Please show your ID at the Trade Registration Desk for complimentary admission. 

Sunday, November 24th is Bring Your Grandparents Day!
 Children of all ages are invited to bring their grandparents to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.
Grandparents attending the Fair with their grandchildren will be welcomed into the Fair free of charge.  
Print this coupon and bring it with you to the fair for $2 off your admission
 (one coupon will work for your entire group)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Best Organic Cookies!

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the absence we have been traveling and fighting the flu. As promised I will be posting even more organic recipes and ideas moving forward. Anyone catch Dr. Oz yesterday about the gmo's and pesticides in our food?

Here is the best cookie recipe I have ever tasted:


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose organic flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) organic butter, softened (I melt in the microwave)
  • 3/4 cup  organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large  organic eggs
  • 2 cups Best Life Mini Chocolate Chips 

Preheat oven to 375 and wait for the oven to beep-so important so the cookies come out perfect! This recipe also makes a ton of dough so we split into 3 and put in the freezer for later. The tiny chocolate chips are best because they spread out and are to die for delicious! 

Combine all in a bowl and cook for 8-10 minutes. I pull out at 8 minutes and let sit on the hot stove to cool so they can settle and cook a little more. Enjoy-finally a cookie I feel good about feeding my daughter!