Thursday, August 29, 2013

Winner of the BIC Giveaway!

Cassandra E.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Are you ready for Labor day? - Coppertone Review

Are you REALLY ready?

Labor day, for most families, mean Cookouts, get togethers, BBQs... whatever.... and it usually means that you are outside for hours at a time! Most of us are trying to soak up the last bit of summer before the weather starts cooling down!

As you are preparing for your Labor day festivities don't forget the sunscreen! Seriously, don't forget the sunscreen!!! As parents, it's our responsibility to protect our children's skin. The burns they get now CAN and WILL affect them in the future.

Coppertone has a great variety of sunscreen to meet the whole families needs!
We got a great sampling of products to review, and trust me... they are going to come in handy!

I have 3 boys with 3 different skin types. My oldest son has olive skin and dark brown hair. He almost never burns. My middle son is freckled and has red hair. He will burn within minutes of being outside. My youngest son is fair with blond hair. He doesn't burn as easily as my red head, but he will burn without protection much easier than most.
Despite the difference in all 3 of their skin types, they all get sunscreen! I don't take chances.
The Most popular product in our house is- 

Continuous Spray SPF 50 Sunscreen

  • Goes on clear - no rub, no mess
  • Quick, even coverage
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Available in 6 fl. oz.
  • Non-greasy
  • Continuous Spray products spray at any angle

 It's easy, it's quick and convenient! It's a win win! I always make sure to have this with us!

MY personal favorite is the

Oil Free Faces Travel Size SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion.

  • Won't clog pores or cause breakouts
  • Oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic
  • Clinically tested on acne-prone skin
  • Lightweight, fast absorbing
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
Ladies, we are all worried about aging. The sun is incredibly damaging and will age you quickly. Also, this is one of those places where skin cancers can show up first.  We often don't use sunscreen on our face because it can make sensitive skin break out. This is the perfect solution!!!

 Another MUST HAVE IS-

Tear Free Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen

  • #1 pediatrician recommended brand
  • Tear free, won't sting or irritate eyes
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fragrance-free, oil-free, dye-free
  • Hypoallergenic and ultra-gentle formula
    with zinc oxide
  • Dermatologist, ophthalmologist and pediatrician tested
  • Available in 8 fl. oz.
  • Moisturizing formula with aloe to help prevent dryness
I like to put a sunscreen lotion on the kids before we get out into the sun.
Then, I try to maintain the protection with the spray.

We were sent another product to try and I can't wait--

Stick SPF 55 Sunscreen

  • Designed to provide spot protection for exposed areas such as ears, nose and face
  • Photostable, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance free
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Portable
 It's great for getting the face, ears and nose extra protected.
It's frustrating when I try my best to keep the whole family from getting burnt only to realize that I didn't keep their ears protected enough and they have a painful burn on their ears. It's hard to get the spray on the ears, and the lotion is so messy and no one wants lotion in their ears. This is the perfect alternative!


NOW HERE COMES MY OWN PERSONAL PSA (Public Service Announcement)

When I was about 12 years old my mother was diagnosed with Melanoma.
Before then, I never knew that skin cancer can kill you. 
She was able to have surgery and her Melanoma was completely removed with clear margins. However, since then she has had more than I can count (on my fingers and toes twice over) of skin cancers removed from her body. It's disfiguring. It's scary. She lives every day worrying about the scary Melanoma beast coming back.

In 2001 my Uncle, my Mom's brother, was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma. It was a terminal diagnosis. I think he lived about 6 weeks after he was diagnosed. Can you imagine? 

With our family history of melanoma, I take every precaution to protect us from skin cancer and Melanoma. 

Melanoma used to be something that older people worried about. Now, we have people in their 20's and 30's dying from this. There are even cases of teens dying from this very deadly form of skin cancer.

I don't want to preach. Everyone has their own right to do whatever they want with their life and their skin. HOWEVER, I IMPLORE YOU to take care of your children's skin. It has been proven that the burns children get (even before the age of 10) can put them at a higher risk for skin cancer.

Here are just a few links to stories of young people battling this disease.



Pro-Sense -Taking the BEST care of our pets.

Our pets are members of our family. We make sure our children take their vitamins, brush their teeth, and take any medicine needed to stay healthy... WHY would it be any different for our pets?

It's hard to know what your pet needs and just where to get it.

PRO-SENSE  has expert information to help your pet stay in the best of health!

We got to review these products--

Glucosamine Moderate Joint Care- 

Promotes bone and joint health in dogs. Your pets may be older and having trouble getting around. Just like humans, they get achy joints too! To make sure they have the best quality of life, it's essential to take care of their joints!

Breath Tabs 

Whose dogs don't need this.....right? lol


Dental Kit

Kit Contents: 1 toothbrush, 1 fingerbrush & 1 tube of toothpaste


Adult Daily Vitamin

This just makes sense. We take vitamins, why shouldn't our pets?
This comes in a tasty chew so you don't have to chase your dog around the house to get him/her to take medicine! lol


 Hot Spot Medicated Spray

It's always good to have this product on hand. You never know when you will need it. I don't know about your dog, but when my dogs get focused on a spot, they will scratch and lick it until it becomes a problem. No one likes their dog being in discomfort. This spray helps to relieve the itching and promote healing.


Allergy Relief Tablets

This is also something we like to keep on hand. With Bostons and French Bulldogs come allergies. It's just one of those things. Sometimes our pups will come in with hives all over their body. Who knows what causes it...but a dose of allergy medicine usually does the trick. (If the allergies continue to be a problem and aren't just isolated incidents it's a good idea to take a trip to the vet.)


There are a couple more products that I think I may add to our pups' medicine basket...

-Let's face it, Bostons and French bulldogs (as well as all other short snout pups) are known for their ability to "Clear the room" (If you know what I mean.) I think this product would help with that problem. :)

There are times that our pets are more stressed. If we have a big crowd of people over, fireworks, thunderstorms, etc. I know our biggest problem with our Pups are thunderstorms. I think this product would keep us all sane if it could calm our pups down during the thunder storms. 

What wouldn't I do for these babies? Aren't they adorable??

**These opinions are my own. I received no money. I did receive free product for the puppies. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BIC- New Back to School line-up- {GIVEAWAY}


Back to School Line-up

·         BIC® Tech 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen – Our newest product that features a lightweight stylus on one end and a retractable ballpoint pen with smooth-writing Easy-Glide System® ink on the other!

·         BIC Automatic Mechanical Pencil Our innovative and refillable mechanical pencil that easily retracts with just one click of the clip at the top of the barrel. 

·         BIC For Her Gel and Marker Pens These smooth-writing gel and marker pens bring style and sleekness to any writing experience.

·         BIC Brite Liner Highlighter Tape – This one-of-a-kind, fluorescent tape not only adds vibrant highlights without bleeding through paper, but is also erasable!

·         BIC Round Stic Grip Offered in vivid fashion inks, this pen provides comfort for everyday writing.

·         BIC Z4+ Roller in classic and fashion colors With its .7mm fine point, this pen writes smoothly with a visible ink supply.
The boys and I got some goodies from BIC in the mail to review! Why is it that pens and highlighters excite me so much!? I have no idea, but my kids have inherited that gene! We felt like it was Christmas!

 BIC has generously let me host a GIVEAWAY for my readers!!!

One winner will win the BACK TO SCHOOL LINE-UP PACKAGE!

Just fill out this rafflecopter form! 
I will contact the winner when the contest is over!
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