Monday, December 23, 2013

Sponsored Review: Kidoodle.TV

“I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating.”

Dear Readers:
 I am somewhat careful when it comes to screen time with Ana. I like to know the content of what she is watching and I prefer commercial free programming and dvds. 

  When I was approached about trying out the new Kidoodle.TV site, an online site that allows parents to tailor age appropriate viewing to each child's needs, I thrilled. 

Ana was also excited about watching Kidoodle.TV. Especially when I told her what cool shows she could watch.   Kidoodle.TV has been designed specifically for the use and navigation by kids (ages 12 and under). Parental controls include age category filtering and title selection and de-selection. One of my favorite features is that Kidoodle.TVis free of advertising (yay, no commercials). 



    I was able to create a profile for Ana and personalize the profile with her age appropriate content, favorite colored background and a profile photo of a favorite show character. She loves watching My Little Pony episodes via Kidoodle.TV. 


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: My Hikes make shortening too long pants super easy and stylish!


Ana and her new My Hikes


Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial for tomoson.

Dear Readers:

  I have finally found the solution to Ana's pants that fit her around the waist, but are too long and trip her up: My Hikes!!!  These are so super cool. They are little hem fasteners in cool shapes and they are so super easy to put on and take off. Just roll up the hem, clip over the hem and then push through and fasten.  So perfect.  Ana has lots of jeans, and I found a cute pair to show you just how easy it is to use the My Hikes. We chose the Flower style to review. Aren't they the cutest. So colorful and feminine. These are the perfect stocking stuffers, or a cute gift for the holidays for the special kiddo in your life. 




Single hem with a cute pink flower! 


From the company:

"My Hikes Fasteners help kids and sometimes even moms "hike" up their pants.  They are lightweight and comfortable.  Kids love to wear them because they're cute, fun and they work.

They are for use in a variety of situations:



  • 1) Size transitions: Previous size is embarrassingly short, but the next size starts out too long
  • 2) Pants preservation: Kids are "walking off the hems" of that brand new pair of pants and driving mom crazy.
  • 3) Capri style:  Kids can shorten pants to get a capri look or for practical reasons such as water play.
  • 4) All weather:  Pants can be lifted off the ground when rain and snow might dampen the hem as kids splash through puddles and muck.  We all know a wet hem takes forever to dry! 

My Hikes have passed USA safety tests for use with children of all ages.






So they are safe to use, easy and very very cute. And, they come in a variety of styles for both boys and girls such as: Flower,Butterfly,Soccer Ball, Train, Etc.

You can see them all at the link below and buy them there too! Also check them out on Amazon.  

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And right now you can get a coupon for  40% off :  Use code MyHikes40off   Wow, go and get yours now and let me know what style you choose ;)





  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.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sponsored Review and Giveaway: Walmart.com makes it easy to buy the New Herbal Essence Naked Volume Collection #herbalessence



Hello Dear Readers:

 I received a Walmart gift card to facilitate this review and the information within has been provided by Herbal Essences. 

Don't you love gift cards? I do. Life and shopping (specifically online shopping) has become so much easier for my busy mama life with gift cards and online retailers. I love that all of the big retailers have the competitive pricing online too. No muss , no fuss. Easy shopping from my living room, bedroom or kitchen table.  

I am so super excited to present my readers with Part 1 of this review.  Thanks to Herbal Essence, I used my Walmart card to order the new Naked Collection Volume Kit, which includes:  Naked Volume Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Soufflé Styler, and Dry Shampoo.  Part 2 will include a video review of the products and show you just how wonderful they are on my curly, thick unruly hair!! 

Watch this quick Youtube video to see just how easy it is to use Walmart.com with a  giftcard to order this wonderful set:





  And make sure you read up about all of the products included in the set, and then enter to win a $50 giftcard below to buy your own!!


"What Herbal Essences is saying about the new Naked Collection:

  • Bare your softest hair with the new Herbal Essences Naked Collection
  • Next time you shower, let your hair get naked too!
  • 0% heavy residues, dyes, and parabens


Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner


  • Restores hair’s natural body.
  • Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
  • Shampoo provides a weightless clean.
  • Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and full of volume.

Naked Volume Dry Shampoo


  • Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
  • Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
  • The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
  • Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
  • How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

Naked Volumizing Souffle


  • Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
  • Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
  • How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for touchable, natural volume.

The Volume collection lets you bare your softest hair! It has an invigorating blend of white grapefruit and mint extracts. It contains zero dyes to leave your hair naturally clean and full of irresistible volume."

Now that you know all about the collection, enter to win in the easy Rafflecopter below.  Winner must be from the USA, 18 and over please.  One winner will win a $50 Walmart card provided by the Sponsor , Herbal Essence.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Guess who is NOT gaining weight this holiday season <----- this girl!!! #revoltnowfit #sugardetox



Hello Dear Readers:

   Call me crazy, call me silly, just don't call me gaining weight!! That is right!! Because, this girl is going to lose weight and tone up this holiday season.  I am so tired of gaining 5 lbs or even more over the Holidays (from Thanksgiving on down the slippery cookie slope). So, I am taking the reindeer by the horns and am working out regularly and maintaining my low glycemic, healthy ,clean eating regime.  What does this mean for the actual Christmas and New Year's celebrations I am attending??

  Well, I get to be choosy.  I can have a bite of something sweet. Or a slice of brie.  Because that will be my "cheat " meal.  But that does NOT mean that every meal will be a caloric bacchanal of sweets and carb-y goodness.  And sadly, no alcohol. Not that I really drink anyway.

And it starts now. With my detox week starting today, December 16th on a Monday. Seems like a good day to start a sugar detox right?

And, there are no cookies in this house. No homemade sweets. And there wont be. That helps.  Of course, I am sure people will make some and bring some...and they are going straight to Ana's classroom. Let the toddlers eat them.  Ha.

What else does it mean??

It means that my measurements are going to change. That the scale will be my friend and that my new bikinis (I bought three ) will look even better.

So let us call it ROUND 3 of Revolt.  Holiday Edition. And let us look back and where I started this journey months ago. And where I am now on maintenance. And where I want to get to.

The past:

May 2, 2013

I was 150 lbs  with a Bust of 38 dd , Waist of 33 and Hips of 40.  Ugh. But do not dismay.

Today:

December 16,2013  7 months later and in maintenance.

I am 133-136 depending on what time it is for the scale.  Bust of 35dd , Waist of 27.5, and Hips of 35.  And now I am measuring my booty (since I would like that to get smaller too).  Booty: 38"


Where do I want to go?

Goals:

125-130   34dd, 27, 34    A nice curvy but strong hourglass , and a solid size 4.  

Right now I hover between a 4/6 depending on the item of clothing. And how it fits on the bust.


Sooooo I am putting it out there. For the universe to hear me.  I am strong, I work out. I eat healthy. And I WILL wear a bikini by my winter vacation to Florida. Dammit.


Happy Holidays. Check out my upcoming giveaway for a $50 Walmart card later this week and stay healthy.

XO Z

Ana and I before our visit to the "The Nutcracker" at the Bardavon last week.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Pompeian Grapeseed Oil for delicious and healthy cooking! #smiley360


Hello Dear Readers:

 I am so excited to continue working with the Blogger program at  Smiley360, and I received a fun Pompeian package to faciliate this review. The opinions and photos of food within are my own.

Before receiving my Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray (a brand new product from Pompeian), I confess I had never used Grapeseed Oil. I was super excited to try it out and see how it tasted with several different dishes.

 I use cooking spray all of the time to cut down on calories and fat, and it is definitely an easy and healthy way to cook.  First I tried out the spray with the basics: eggs!


I sprayed and then poured 3 eggs in.  My omelet came out fluffy and light and did not have any kind of oily or heavy taste to it. No after taste. I loved how light it was too.

Then I tried the spray with:

Roasted Peppers!!
Roasted Peppers!! I decided to use a whole bunch of peppers that my mom gave me to make stuffed peppers, and sprayed the baking pan with the delicious Grapeseed spray first. Success! The peppers came right up off of the pan and tasted great!


Also:

Green Onions (Scallions)


and



Tilapia. Yum.

Grapeseed Oil really works with my veggies and my protein.  And , coming from delicate wine grapes, Pompeian Grapeseed Oil reduces the absorption of food, preserving its natural flavor. And its high smoke point makes it ideal for your heavy load of holiday baking.


And check out these links:


More details from the company:

"Pompeian imports 100% of its Grapeseed Oil from France. Its light flavor comes from delicate wine grapes, preserving the flavor of food. It’s perfect for stir frying, deep frying, sautéing and baking.

 Grapeseed Oil is also a rich source of Vitamin E and antioxidants. Grapeseed Oil is an all-natural cooking oil known for its high smoke point, a characteristic that makes it an ideal choice for stir-frying and deep frying. And because of its high fluidity, it reduces excess oil from absorbing into the food."


Thursday, December 5, 2013

#Sponsored: Cardstore makes creating holiday cards sooooo easy! #TopoftheMantel #MC

Hello Dear Readers:

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Cardstore. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”


I can admit it. I have not yet made my holiday cards yet. Because, well,  sometimes I put things off. (no, not  moi) Well, even though I am a bit late this year, it will be super easy because I can turn to: 

 Cardstore, an innovative online resource which removes the hassle from mailing out holiday cards. Once I create my custom cards with personalized pictures, messages, and signature, Cardstore will print, stamp and send the cards for me! –I will own the top of the mantel this holiday season!! So head over there now and get started! What are you waiting for? 



Review: National Geographic Books From Moms Meet! #nationalgeographic #books


Hello Dear Readers:
  I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

Ana and I were so excited when we opened up our BIG box of National Geographic Books and picked one to read together. She is learning all about different animals at school and these books have the most amazing facts and photography to put all of the info together. Ana was really driven to the baby animal photos of Mother's Love and the The First Big Book of Why for obvious reasons. She asks what and why and how and so on every day. I love this age! Check out the cute photos of Ana reading her faves.

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The best part for my readers??

*****There is a  special 30% discount offer to my blog readers–the deal only lasts until December 31, 2013. Order by December 6, 2013 for delivery before Christmas. Books can be ordered at the mom's meet link : ngbooks.org/momsmeet.  



So what fabulous books were included in the box??

• Almanac 2014

The world’s best-selling Almanac for kids is packed with amazing animals, cool inventions, dinosaurs, robots, maps, games, activities, and more--all in one “fun-tastic” volume. In true National Geographic style, this bookexcites young people about their world andeverything in it, so it’s no surprise that it’s the only kids’ almanac with mobile media featuresthat allow kids to download National Geographic videos, photo galleries, and games.


• Little Kids First Big Book of Why

Bursting with fun facts and perfectly suited for 4-8 year olds who are brimming with curiosity about their world, this book features big, color photographs, playful design, lots of questions to encourage interactivity, and fun, hands-on activities.


• Just Joking 4

Packed with 300 hilarious knock-knocks, question-and-answer jokes, tongue twisters, riddles and more, paired with silly photos of chuckling animals, this book is sure to have kids ROTFL.


• Devoted

This heartwarming little book features inspiring true stories and touching photographs of amazing dog rescues, accomplishments, and abilities that showcase the bravery, intuition, intelligence, and yes, devotion of dogs.


• Mother’s Love

Brimming with the immeasurable love that mothers have for their young in the animal kingdom, beautifully expressed in a collection of intimate and moving portraits, inspiring true stories, and inspirational quotes, this
book tugs at the heart and celebrates the tireless devotion of motherhood.

• National Geographic Kids Chapters:
         Best Friends Forever

National Geographic Kids Chapters offer young animal lovers, who are ready for short chapters, a collection of lively, true stories, written in fun, accessible prose and packed with full-color photography.

Best Friends Forever presents inspiring examples of unlikely animal friendships that defy the laws of nature and leave even scientists baffled.

• Everything Pets

Filled with fabulous and funny photos and peppered with fun facts, this is a must-have for all young lovers of
animals, be they furry, feathered, scaly, or slithery. Everything Pets, one volume in our Everything Series, has a wealth of amazing information on pets, including pet heroes, communicating with pets, pet breeds, dog houses of the rich and famous, the world’s richest pets, and much more fun on every page.


• Funny Fill In: My Animal Adventure

Filled with color pages, great photography, laugh-out-loud illustrations, and fun facts, Funny Fill In books are sure to provide hours of entertainment. Each book contains over 20 fill-in-the-blank activities that, when completed by the reader, make one big story, created by and starring... YOU!


• National Geographic Reader: Meerkats

Beginning readers with a focus on our world are a natural offering from National Geographic. This high-interest, educationally vetted series combines magnificent color images with text written by experienced children’s book authors. Welcome to the wacky world of meerkats, where groups of these furry friends team up to survive in the wild.


• Ultimate Weird But True 2

The world is a wacky place filled with the weirdest animals, freakiest foods, extremely odd sports, mind-bending inventions, and so much more. The funtastic facts and outrageous photos in this book prove that truth really is stranger than fiction.

Learn more online at these important links:


Thanks again for the fabulous books Moms Meet, we love them and will be gifting some to the children in our family for the holidays!! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Oxygen Pur Antiaging Booster Serum #oxygenpur



Hello Dear Readers:

 It is a busy time here at the Lee household and we have been having so much fun running around with family and fall events. Lots of photos coming soon, in the meantime I have this amazing review to show to you.


 I was so excited when I was contacted to video review Oxygen Pur Antiaging Booster Serum.  I love trying new products and anything that makes my skin look younger and feel nice and soft is okay by me. For the past couple of weeks I have been using the Booster Serum in the morning before my moisturizer, here is a little youtube review that I made!


After using the Oxygen Pur for a couple of weeks, my skin felt soft, supple and smooth. I feel like years have been taken off. The proof is in the pudding. I do take care of my skin well and Oxygen Pur helps me to do so.





Here are all of the deets:


Anti-Aging Oxygen Booster Serum

0.5 FL OZ/15 mL

Oxygen Pur Anti-Aging Oxygen Booster Serum is a powerful synergy between 100% pure oxygen and water; both natural ingredients that are essential building blocks to young, healthy skin.  This lightweight, fast absorbing serum is the daily foundation of your skin care routine. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves texture, tone and overall skin appearance. Promotes natural radiance and skin vitality.

Ingredients: Water, Oxygen, Cellulose gelling agent, Microcare MTC



Recommended Use: Use daily as the first step in your skincare routine.  Apply 1-2 pumps over clean, dry skin.  Apply to face, neck and décolleté.  Allow one minute for maximum absorption; follow with moisturizer, if needed.  For optimum results, combine with Oxygen Pur Antioxidant Pomegranate Night Serum.


Made from natural sources and is free of harmful ingredients.  No perfluorocarbons, parabens, phthalates or sulfates.  Not tested on animals.  Fragrance free.


And important links:





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.