Archives for April 21, 2015

AMBI® EVEN & CLEAR CC+ Cream Even Tone & Environmental Shield A Beauty Must-Have!

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For decades women of color have depended on AMBI® Skincare to help their skin look flawless. Now, that task has just become easier than ever with the introduction of NEW AMBI® EVEN & CLEAR CC+ CREAM Even Tone & Environmental Shield – the first color product in the AMBI® Skincare Line! Specially formulated to match the rich tones of women of color, this rich elegant CC+ Cream contains argan oil, shea butter, and antioxidants to moisturize the skin.

There are many exciting benefits about this new multi-tasking product, according to Laurence Dryer, Ph.D., Director of Portfolio Development and Head of R&D for Valeant Pharmaceuticals, North America OTC skincare products. AMBI® CC+ Cream Even Tone & Environmental Shield provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen protection from UV sun rays that can accelerate the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. This sunscreen is formulated not to leave the skin looking ashy or gray. “The addition of SPF 30 is significant,” explains Dr. Dryer, “because many CC creams offer sunscreen with only SPF 20 and may leave a chalky residue on the skin. AMBI® CC+ Cream provides a higher level of sun protection with quality pigments, without sacrificing a luxurious feel and great coverage.”


I received samples and I really love how this leaves my skin feeling moisturized and love that it also provides  broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen protection. It now is part of my daily morning routine. I love the light coverage. It provides enough color without feeling heavy on my skin. I also love that it evens out my skin tone! This one is a Beauty-Must-Have!

Available in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, AMBI® CC+ Cream is designed to even skin tone instantly with soft focus technology,while helping to shield your skin from environmental elements that may cause uneven skin tone, dry out the skin, and accelerate fine lines and wrinkles. AMBI® EVEN & CLEAR CC+ Cream Even Tone & Environmental Shield is available at national mass, drug, and beauty supply retail stores with an SRP of $8.99.

Self Disclosure: I received a free samples to facilitate this post. 

About AMBI® Skincare:

AMBI® Skincare is one of the brands under Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC. AMBI®, a trusted name in cleansers and moisturizers for skin of color, has a legacy of skin care designed to provide smooth, even-toned, flawless-looking skin. Introduced in 1966, the brand has been used by women with richer skin tones for decades and is trusted to provide quality products that meet skin of color needs.  The AMBI® brand is best known for its fade creams, which help fade dark spots and skin discolorations to restore flawless, natural skin tone. The brand is part of the Valeant portfolio that also includes Kinerase®, AcneFree®, CeraVe® skincare products, and more. For more information about the AMBI® brand and to purchase products, please visit:


About Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC: 

Valeant Consumer Products is a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics.  More information about Valeant Pharmaceuticals can be found at


AMBI® is a registered trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., or its affiliates.

Baseball season as a learning experience with and Brainzy!


Three strikes, you’re out! With the start of  Major League Baseball a couple weeks ago, baseball fans across the country will be tuning in to America’s favorite pastime for a new season. Not only is baseball a spectator sport, but has many resources to make it a learning experience as well. Now, how cool is that?! Do you have a child who loves baseball? These resources are a lot of fun and educational too!


Along with the fun and memory making that comes along with baseball, there’s also an educational opportunity for fans of all ages to learn about how this popular sport uses every day math and science in its game. has tons of free resources for kids, parents, and teachers to learn about the history of baseball, the physics of throwing a baseball, baseball math games, and more.


In addition,’s Brainzy, a math and reading subscription program for 3-7 year olds, has over 300 games and activities focused on subjects that are needed in school, and in the everyday game of life – and baseball!


Greeting Card Builder from PearlMountain Technology Giveaway Opportunity!!


Greeting Card Builder is an easy-to-use card maker that empowers you to quickly create personalized greeting cards on Windows for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion and holiday. It has some highlighted features:

* A wide variety of pre–made templates.

* A huge selection of frames, masks, greetings and clipart.

* Powerful editing tools to arrange layout, manage light and color, crop and resize images, etc.

* Freely save your card as image, send it to friends via Email or print it out directly.

You can know more info here:

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! We will have 5 winners! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which occasion or holiday that you like to make your own cards. My favorite is Birthday cards! Deadline to enter is April 28th, 2015 at noon PST. 5 winners will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and I did not review. I am familiar with PearlMountain and have reviewed their products in the past. Photo Credit: PearlMountain.

New Avon Product Gives Back Special Earth Day Giveaway!


April is Earth Month and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are three well-known ways to protect our environment.

This year, you can continue to celebrate Mother Nature’s three R’s with the reusable Limited Edition Empowerment Tote ($7) from the Avon Foundation.


Made of 100% cotton, it’s the perfect size tote to reuse for the gym, work and grocery shopping. Most importantly, the Empowerment Tote is a wonderful way to raise awareness about domestic violence. As a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Foundation’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign to fund programs to end violence against women—as one in three women worldwide will become a victim of domestic violence.

I received a sample of this tote and I really love the design! It’s great for going to the store, library and Farmer’s Market!

Empowerment Tote

  • Price: $7.00
  • Description: 100% cotton. 15 1/2″ H x 15″ W; handle drop, 10″.
  • Retail Website:
  • Additional Details: Learn more about the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence campaign here!

We have teamed up for a Special Earth Day Giveaway! One winner will win this Empowerment Tote. To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you help the Earth. My son and I help clean up our local beach every month. Deadline to enter is April 29th, 2015 at 9 am PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post.

Healthy lunchbox must-haves also make lunch time at school more fun!


What goes into your child’s lunchbox  to encourage them to make healthier food choices at school?

Here’s your healthy lunch checklist according to an article on Web MD:
•    Whole-grain crackers and peanut butter
•    Raw broccoli, carrots and peppers with hummus dip
•    Clementine orange
•    Lunchbox Buddies note

I recently received samples if the Lunchbox Buddies notes and they really will add some fun to your child’s lunch at school. It’s a nice way to make your child smile or laugh when you are apart.


Created by professional designer and father of three, Jim Adorney, Lunchbox Buddies provides a quick and easy way to make healthy lunches more fun. With creative collections ranging from superheroes to space creatures, each packet of Lunchbox Buddies contains a month’s worth of silly characters and messages to add excitement to what kids may consider to be a ‘boring’ healthy lunch.

To find out more, go to Lunchbox Buddies.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

PearlMountain VideoGIF for Mac Giveaway Opportunity!


An intuitive and versatile video to GIF convertor that makes it easier than ever to go from video clip to animated GIF by trimming any part of videos/movies. – See more here.

Easy and fun and a Must-Have for those who like making videos on the Mac.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! We will have 10 winners! Yes, 10! To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you would use this for. It’s as simple as that! Deadline to enter is April 27th, 2015 at noon PST. 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received and I did not review this product but have reviewed PearlMountain the past and recommend them.

Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends by Melanie Dale

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Let’s face it! As a Mom, I have found that it is harder to make other Mom friends. Honestly, my two  best  women friends are friends that I have worked with at previous jobs. We are still best friends today even though we live miles apart. I honestly think men have it easier when making friends once you turn into an adult. I found this book Women Are Scary refreshing, honest and actually inspirational. Most women will relate to this book and it really is a Must-Read!  I recommend to women everywhere!

Self-proclaimed geek and “momlationship” freak Melanie Dale uses the four “bases” of dating as an analogy to guide women into more intentional relationships with each other in Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends. Using humor, sarcasm, plenty of personal experiences, and the “bases of dating” metaphor from traditional courting, Dale helps women navigate past the judgmental stares and awkward small talk to find more intentional, encouraging and lasting relationships in Women Are Scary.

You can purchase the book here.


Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this feature. No other compensation was received.

Alison Faith Levy’s Blockbuster Batch of Pop Tunes for Kids -“The Start of Things” SPARKLING NEW SOLO ALBUM FROM "SIPPY ALISON" Available today!

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Alison Faith Levy, formerly “Sippy Alison” of legendary kindie trailblazers The Sippy Cups and the songwriter behind such Sippy hits as “Magic Toast,” The Jellyfish,” “Move Your Pants,” and “One Day Soon,” makes a stunning return to the kids’ music scene with her second solo album, The Start of Things, set for release on April 21st.

The Start of Things follows Alison Faith Levy’s critically praised 2012 debut solo album, World of Wonder, while taking a giant leap forward, both sonically and conceptually, bringing a blockbuster batch of sophisticated pop songs to little ears.  Woven throughout the upbeat, lush tunes of The Start of Things are subtle themes of self-expression, self-empowerment, and self-acceptance.

Says Alison, “My producer, Allen Clapp, and I approached the recording of The Start of Things in the same way as World of Wonder, finding a production touchstone for each song that would guide its sound and mood.  We drew upon such diverse influences as Burt Bacharach and Stephen Sondheim (‘Rainbow Tunnel’), Sharon Jones (‘The Start of Things’), Elvis Costello & The Attractions (‘TLC’), Nino Rota (‘Froggy Dance’), and even solo John Lennon (‘Little Dreamer’).  I was also really happy to include ‘If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out’ by Cat Stevens.  It’s one of my all-time favorite songs and such a perfect message for children to follow their own path and be heard.”

After spending five years crisscrossing the country with the psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll circus for kids that was The Sippy Cups, performing in such venues as Symphony Space in NYC, Lollapalooza, House of Blues, Central Park Summerstage, and Austin City Limits, Alison Faith Levy took a break from performing for children and found success with her “grown-up” Americana band, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, with songwriting partner Victor Krummenacher (of Camper Van Beethoven).

However, Alison missed performing for children and opted to start a “music time” at a local bookstore. A few months down the road found the place packed to the rafters every week.  Kicking things up a notch, Alison formed The Big Time Tot Rock Band and began booking performances at libraries, museums, music venues and outdoor festivals.  She was also writing new songs for kids, and the result was her first solo album, World of Wonder, produced by Allen Clapp, songwriter and bandleader with Bay Area indie popsters The Orange Peels.

Enthused noted music journalist Paul Myers about World of Wonder, “I only knew singer/keyboardist Alison Faith Levy from her work in more alt-rock settings such as The Loud Family (with Scott Miller) andMcCabe & Mrs. Miller (with Camper Van Beethoven’s Victor Krummenacher), but in this [kids’ music] milieu, we really get to hear her voice, which recalls the great girl group singers like Ronnie Spector.  It doesn’t hurt that California sunshine pop mastermind Allen Clapp(The Orange Peels) bathes the whole thing in Spectorian reverb.”

I received a free copy of this CD and am quite impressed. There’s songs that start out slow such as Rainbow Tunnel and ones that start out faster such as The Start of Things. But, even when the song starts out slow, it speeds up and the music is lively and fun. Children will enjoy dancing and singing along with this CD! It is available starting today! This one is a Must-Buy for children ages 5-8.
The Start of Things will be available at iTunes,,, and at all of Alison Faith Levy’s shows and music classes.

Alison Faith Levy’s website HERE.

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Alison Faith Levy on YouTube

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.