Archives for May 12, 2014

St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub and Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask

Even & Bright Pink Lemon  Mandarin Orange Scrub     Nourished & Smooth Oatmeal Scrub and Mask

Looking for Scrubs that work really well on your face? St. Ives has new ones that are wonderful! The Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub has many benefits for your skin!

  • Exfoliates to help even skin tone

o    Gently polishes away unwanted imperfections including dry patches and dark surface cells

o    Skin is left brighter and visibly even toned

  • Made with these key ingredients:

o    100% natural exfoliants (hydrated silica)

o    Pink lemon and mandarin orange, both known to be sources of vitamin C (known to help even out skin tone)

  • Scrub Meter: Medium strength

o    Contains a medium amount of the exfoliant silica

o    Ideal for women who prefer a medium strength scrub

  • Paraben-free formula
  • Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange collection also includes St. Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Body Wash, and Naturally Energizing Citrus & Vitamin C Fresh Hydration Lotion.

I received this one and loved how my skin looks brighter after using! This one really is a Must-Have! But, my favorite is the Nourished Oatmeal Scrub + Mask! I love how both are gentle on my skin.   The benefits are the following:

  • Gently exfoliates to clean skin

o    Polishes away unwanted surface skin imperfections, including dullness and dry patches

  • For an extra softening benefit, use as a mask by leaving product on face for 5-7 minutes
  • Made with these key ingredients:

o    100% natural exfoliants

  • Walnut shell
  • Hydrated silica

o    Oatmeal, known for its nourishing and conditioning benefits

o    Honey, which is known to provide hydration benefits

o    Glycerin, which is known to help moisturize skin

  • Scrub Meter: Gentle strength

o    Contains a low amount of a blend of exfoliants Silica and walnut shell powder

o    Ideal for women who prefer a gentle strength scrub

  • Paraben-free formula

I just really like how it moisturizes my skin and cleans but left my skin so soft!

Both retail for: $3.99 – $4.79  (6 oz.).

Self Disclosure: I received products for free to facilitate this post but any opinions expressed are my own.


Martial Arts for Kids Giveaway Opportunity!


The web’s first Martial Arts for Kids MOOC (Massive Open Online Classroom).

Although the primary benefit of training in the system is self defense children will also gain in other areas. Such as:

Respect– They will learn the protocols and meanings of these protocals. these are designed to teach respect for oneself and others.

Discipline- Our martial arts instruction is inspiring. Children will be inspired to work hard and will thereby naturally develop self discipline.

Physical Fitness – Classes are energetic. Kids will get lots of exercise.

Coordination – Shou’ Shu’ develops coordination. Especially due to that large amount of cross lateral motions. Cross lateral motions have been shown to enhance learning. Especially helpful for kids with ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia or similar.

Ant-Bullying – Kids will learn to understand how to prevent bullying as well as determining threat level and appropriate responses.

Fun – classes your child is sure to enjoy!

The program includes 13 lessons and a handbook.

We tried this out to facilitate a review. I am finding in educational, interesting and fun. We haven’t quite finished the course yet but I do like the lessons we have learned such as The Greeting Salute and  The Formal Salute. I can’t wait to finish! It is an easy way to learn without leaving your home. Children will enjoy this course!The course can be found at

More information:
We’ve been teaching the self defense art of Shou’ Shu’ Kung Fu professionally since 1995. We pioneered the teaching of children in this art. Having perfected the teaching system ovdr the last 19 years we are now bringing the experience online.

The scarcity of martial arts schools teaching a self defense art (in contrast to a sport karate) has prompted us to develop this online curriculum. Making it available in the convenience of your home.

This is the first time this has been done online. You can find the course here.You can receive a 50% discount coupon here.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win this course! It retails for $27 but one winner will receive for free. To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win!Next, “like” their Facebook page. Deadline to enter is May 16th, 2014.


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Picture Collage Maker


Looking for a fun and creative way to make a photo collage? Picture Collage Maker is easy and fun! Picture Collage Maker is a powerful yet easy-to-use collage maker that enables you to create stunning art works on both Windows and Mac OS X. We tried it out on the Mac and it is so easy to use that kids can do it! I love the beautiful templates and that you can create for so many different occasions! The customizing features are absolutely wonderful. I know I will be using this quite often to create beautiful cards and more.

Key Features:

  • 140+ gorgeous templates for all kinds of occasions
    Tons of decorations: backgrounds, clipart, frames, masks, etc.
    Lots of customizing features: rotate, resize, crop, text, calendar, etc.
    Wide choices of export & share options.

Know more here:


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The One and Only Popsicle® Brand Invites Families to Celebrate Their Kid-at-Heart America’s favorite ice pop will compile a guidebook featuring “Rules for Being a Kid” with help from families across the country


Starting May 1st, 2014, Popsicle®, America’s original ice pop loved by generations, is asking families across the country to help compile a guidebook featuring the “Rules for Being a Kid.” Now through May 31, families nationwide are encouraged to celebrate their kid-at-heart and share their own “rules” for how to have fun like a kid with the Popsicle® brand, along with photos and images that help bring the rule to life.


Families can submit their “rule” ideas on the Popsicle® Facebook page, or on other popular social channels, such as Twitter and Pinterest, using both the #PopsicleRules and #Contest hashtags. By submitting their rule with the hashtags, participants will be entered for the chance to have their “rule” featured on future, limited-edition boxes of Popsicle® pops as well as win a cash prize. And, to help kick-off the summer season, the guidebook will be available for download on June 21 at and will feature the top submitted rules.

“As makers of the Original Popsicle brand ice pops, we’re proud to offer more than 30 unique varieties of pops, to ensure there is a refreshing Popsicle treat for everyone in your family,” said Nick Soukas, brand building director, U.S. Unilever Ice Cream. “The first Popsicle pops were actually invented by a kid in 1905, so the ‘Rules for Being a Kid’ program truly celebrates our heritage while helping families enjoy fun moments together.”


To help spread the word and excitement surrounding the “Rules for Being a Kid” guidebook, the Popsicle® brand has enlisted a number of celebrity parents to share their own “rules” via their social media sites. Follow Popsicle® on Facebook at and on Twitter at to see celebrity moms and dads share their unique “Rules for Being a Kid” with the Popsicle® community.


Families are encouraged to continue sharing their “rules” with Popsicle® all summer-long using the #popsiclerules hashtag to be part of the fun – and help other families share ideas and be inspired to have fun all year round, even after the contest period closes.


The Original Popsicle® brand is an American classic that has been bringing fun to generations since 1905. With childhood favorites like Orange, Cherry and Grape, Popsicle® pops are available in more than 30 unique varieties, and are in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99.


For more information about the Popsicle® brand and the “Rules for Being a Kid,” please visit You can also follow Popsicle® on Twitter at for trivia, jokes, product news and a chance to find Popsicle® product coupons.


About the Contest

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Rules for Being a Kid Contest is sponsored by Conopco, Inc., d/b/a Unilever. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older. Begins 5/1/2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET & ends5/31/2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For official rules, visit


Panera Bread® Invites California Kids to Learn the Craft of Baking Select Los Angeles Bakery-Cafes Now Offering “Bakers-in-Training” Classes

The Panera Bread Bakers-in-Training program, first introduced to St. Louis bakery-cafes in 2011, is now available at select Los Angeles locations. Designed for children ages 5–12, the program teaches the fundamentals of baking at Panera in a fun group setting that makes the craft of baking accessible to young children.


At the start of each 90-minute session, the little bakers are outfitted with their own baker’s hat and apron before being led on a behind-the-scenes tour of the bakery-cafe. As part of the class baking demonstration, children work hands-on to shape and score French baguettes, and decorate a cookie.


The Los Angeles curriculum is also designed to facilitate discussion of childhood hunger, how it affects the community and how to help. To connect the class with the issue, each little baker makes two baguettes: one to take home and one that is donated to a local hunger relief organization through the bakery-cafe’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program. Additionally, $5 of every $20 registration fee is donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to further its mission to end child hunger in America. Panera has worked to help combat the problem of hunger for over 25 years, since the company first began donating unsold bread and baked goods to local organizations.


Los Angeles Bakers in Training classes cost $20 per child and are available week day afternoons at the following Panera Bread locations for groups of 10 to 15:


8700 Washington Boulevard, Pico Rivera

15620 East Whittwood Lane, Whittier

15224 Rosecrans Avenue, La Mirada

135A Lakewood Center, Lakewood

3521 East Foothill Boulevard, East Pasadena

17501 Colima Road, City of Industry

990 Town Center, La Canada

21627 Valley Boulevard, Walnut


For more information and to sign up for the Bakers-in-Training program, please visit:


Brio Double Suspension Bridge Buy at!

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BRIO®’s Double Suspension Bridge is an imaginative and fun building toy for kids. The bridge stands steadily and can be rebuilt to form shorter suspension bridges using two more ascending track segments. Measures 15″ x 4.75″ x 8″ Ages 3 & up. We received this bridge to try out and my son quickly put it together. My son loves bridges and we both like how realistic this bridge is and that it is easy to put together. Just add imagination and you are ready for fun adventures! Retails for $31.99 and can be found at

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Self Disclosure: I received this product for free to facilitate this review but any opinions expressed are truthful. Photo Credit: Schylling.

Four friends

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About the Book

Four Fiends Cover FINALTitle: Four Fiends (The Countdown), 2nd Edition

Author: Nikki Bennett

Publication Date: February 16, 2014 (2nd Edition)

Publisher: Independent: Firedrake Books LLC

Pages: 215

Recommended Ages: 8+

Summary: The Four Guardians of the world have gone missing. They’ve been kidnapped by some of the most diabolical fiends that ever existed. Now, four misfit kids from different parts of the world must band together to save the Guardians. Along the way, they learn to work together, as they confront and conquer their deepest fears.



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My son and I enjoyed the book especially the characters and the plot! My son was motivated to learn more and we will be using this book for Language Arts since we homeschool. Children of all ages will enjoy it! I liked the theme of believing in yourself and recommend it for all children.


The Buzz

“This was one of the most entertaining reads for the whole family we have found in a long time. The characters are very believable, and I am always a sucker for heroes that have to find their way. The reading is very fluid and easily understood by the little kids when read aloud (sounds silly but anyone trying to do this will tell you it’s not as easy a thing to achieve as it sounds) and the kids all seem to enjoy the story. The history is easily accessible even without a lot of research or background knowledge. The kids are very motivated to research and learn more on their own because this story has captured their interest. I already have many home learning lessons in mind using this book and have begun developing them with my kids. I think this is a book that will be found in classrooms very soon! Great job! I’m looking forward to more soon!!!” ~ 5 Star Review, Mariah W., Amazon

“Excellent read in and of itself, and provides excellent, character-building source material for reading to youngsters. The characters are well written and realistic, and the storyline is cleverly written and intelligent.” ~ 5 Star Review, Alia K., Amazon

“Fantastic read. I loved the characters in this book so much that I re-read to my 9 year old after finishing it. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes stories about adventure and believing in yourself.” ~ 5 Star Review, Keith, Amazon


About the Author: Nikki Bennett

Nikki BennettNikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.
Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her newest book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)

Find out all about Nikki’s books at

Website | Author Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Four Fiends Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

May 1

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Victoria Simcox’s Blog (Author Interview)

May 2

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight)

May 3

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

May 4

Stitch Says (Review)

Musings by Jay Faulkner (Review)

May 5

Christy’s Cozy Corners (Review)

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (Review)

May 6

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

Unschooling Mama (Review)

Palace of Twelve Pillars (Review)

May 7

WS Momma Readers Nook (Review)

The Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)

May 8

Sunshine, Bubbles & Books (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

Book Reviews & Giveaways (Review)

May 9

Bookroom Reviews (Review)

Purple Monster Coupons (Review)

May 10

Coffee & Books & Art (Review)

Musing With Crayola Kim (Review)

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

May 11

Alwaysjoart (Review)

May 12

Kay LaLone, I Love Books (Review)

Mixed Bag Mama (Review)

SoCal City Kids (Review)

May 13

We Are The DinoFamily (Review)

Identity Discovery (Review)

Where Connor & JT Go (Review)

May 14

Stanley & Katrina (Author Interview)

Oh My Bookness (Review)


* Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon $50 Gift Card

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: May 31, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Nikki Bennett and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Spring time Fashion and Beauty with mark. Rebel Chic Moto Jacket, Lip Butter and Sneakers

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Spring fashions are the coolest especially with mark. 

I love the new All Butter Now Lip Treat! My favorite thing is how it treats dry lips! This Lip Treat provides both color & shine and I love the colors! My faves are Baby me and Pop Tart. Infused with shea, cocoa, and mango seed butters. Retails for $11. This really is a Must-Have for the Spring and even the summer!

Now, if you really  want to look stylish & cool the Rebel Chic Moto Jacket is for you! It’s a bit edgy but totally in style and cool! Made from Faux Leather, it is really comfortable! Retails for $65 and I love how soft it is.


My favorite are the Sneak Some Style Sneakers! They are fluorescent so you will stand out! Also, they are very comfy (bubble soles!) and they come with two pairs of laces- one pink and one gray.  Made from faux leather and have a bubble sole. I absolutely love these! So comfy and I’ve always loved fluorescent! Retails for $55.

Find these and many other great fashion and beauty products at mark.


Self Disclosure: I received products for free to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are truthful and honest. Photo Credit: mark.