zulily Presents: Fall for You,” a First-Ever Interactive Facebook Live Styling and Shopping Experience, Highlighting Fall Fashion Trends for All Women Online Retailer Celebrates Women of all Silhouettes with Five-Day Fashion Event Featuring Body Inclusive Brands that Turn the Runway into the Real Way

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From chic velvet dresses to stylish over-the-knee boots, it’s time to get your wardrobe ready with the hottest fashion trends that fall has to offer. To help women navigate the must-have styles this season and find their perfect match, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds every day to its customers, is launching “zulily Presents: Fall for You,” a series of shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions where consumers will have the chance to see and shop top fashion picks modeled by real women of all shapes and sizes. Over the past two years, zulily buyers have been partnering with and encouraging women’s vendors to add plus-sizes to their product offerings.  In fact, zulily counts over 900 vendors and 1,500 brands that have featured plus-size styles on the site, including ten unique plus-size brands that are exclusive to zulily!

 

From Sept. 18 – 22, zulily will be going live on Facebook at 10 a.m. PDT each day to showcase a different fall trend through their first-ever shoppable, live styling events. Fashion themes will include, Luxe Textures, Fall Prints, Pops of Red, Budget-Friendly Buys, and Curve Appeal, and will feature trend-forward apparel inclusive of all body types and budgets.

 

Shoppers can learn how to create these looks at home thanks to styling commentary from a panel of experts, including zulily buyers and stylists and Seattle-based fashion bloggers: Bre Sheppard of BreSheppard.com, Sahily Perez of Pretty in Pigment, Asa Herrman of Lace and Pearls, and Emma Cortes of Emma’s Edition. Consumers will also be encouraged to participate in an interactive question and answer session via Facebook Live through a virtual roundtable, to uncover tips and tricks for dressing in the season’s top trends and how to make these trends work for each unique body type.

 

“Our customers are looking for unique, yet achievable ways to incorporate trend-forward styles for fall into their wardrobes at an affordable price point,” said Susan Connell, VP of Women’s Merchandising at zulily. “Through our “zulily Presents: Fall for You” Facebook Live styling sessions, we’ll help women discover brands that complement their body shape and new ways to wear this fall’s hottest trends, without breaking the bank.”

 

Harking back to when the site launched, and as an ode to real women everywhere, zulily employees from all roles will be models of this season’s top fashions. As a supporter of inclusive fashion, these models represent a wide range of body types, helping shoppers at home see how these trends can be applied to women of all shapes and sizes.

 

zulily’s shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions will air the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 21 – Fall Prints
  • Friday, Sept. 22 – Luxe Textures

Don’t miss these dates!

To learn more about upcoming fall fashion trends, ask fall style questions and discover new inclusive fashion brands, visit zulily.com and facebook.com/zulily.

 

Self Disclosure: Received some type of compensation to post. Credit: zulily. Photo Credit: zulily.

 

Raindrop nebulizing diffuser for aromatherapy by Organic Aromas is a must-buy! Would make a great gift!

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Looking for a great way to make your room smell great? This is one great product! An Organic Aromas® Nebulizing Diffuser™ is a great choice! I received the Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser to try out and I love how well it works and all the different colors! It’s simply beautiful and I like the quality. But, yes I have to admit my favorite thing is the variety of colors. It’s easy to use and easy to clean. I thought there may be some complicated type of setup but this was not the case. I highly recommend!

Uses Any Pure Essential Oil Only!

Do not use thick essential oils, like those extracted from tree resin, or carrier oils, like jojoba, grape seed and coconut oil, etc. Also, do not use synthetic fragrance oils.

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. Any opinions expressed are my own. Images are also my own. 

 

Starting with Soil is a fun app to teach kids about Organic Food! The Whole Kids Foundation launched Starting With Soil this Summer!

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The Whole Kids Foundation this Summer launched Starting with Soil, a free tablet-based organic education app available via Google Play and the App Store that provides a fun way for kids and parents to learn the meaning of organic and where organic food comes from.

I had the opportunity to check it out and also received some gifts to grow our own garden. We currently are growing Sweet Basil Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach! Yum!

I downloaded the app on my husband’s iPad and I really recommend it! It’s a fun way for kids and parents to learn the meaning of organic and where organic food comes from. So check it out! It’s available on Google Play and in the App Store for iPad.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free gift package to start our own vegetable garden. No other compensation was received.

The Safe Way to Add Fragrance to Your Home! This one would also make a great gift!

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Looking for a safer alternative to candles? Something that will make your room smell great? I absolutely love this product and it would also make a great gift and we know the holidays will be here before we know it!  Happy Wax sent me samples to review and I am quite impressed!

Happy Wax provides a safe alternative to candles and even traditional melters. The warmer is, of course, flameless, but more importantly the melts are completely non-toxic and are safe for children.

 

Plus, unlike paraffin-based candles and melts, Happy Wax uses all-natural soy wax that is 100% vegetable-based, made from renewable resources and American farm-grown soybeans. Happy Wax Melts are completely pesticide-free, non-toxic, contain no genetically modified materials, are not tested on animals and each melt is hand-poured in Durham, North Carolina.

 

Happy Wax was thoughtfully designed with a home’s interior in mind. The chic, modern and simple design of the Happy Wax Warmer is the perfect accent piece to compliment any mantel, side table, or nursery. But, even better, the Happy Wax Melts transform any room with a fresh, gentle, livable fragrance throughout. The melts are an all-natural, mixable, and available in over 20 unique scents and in adorable shapes like gummie bears, hearts, specific holiday collections and more.

I just love the shapes that are available! I think I need one of these in every room in my house! I received the Spa Day mix and they are too cute! They are shaped like gummie bears! But, the best thing is how they smell and that it is safe to have this in a room with pets and children. I highly recommend! This is so much better than candles! My favorites are the Lavender/Chamomile Wax Melts!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

 

 

DesignEvo is an online logo maker that is easy to use and it is FREE!

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Looking to make logos? This one is really cool and it is easy and free! Some of its key features:

* Over one million icons available to search through.
* Hundreds of text fonts and shapes to choose from.
* Fully customizable and unlimited free downloads to your logos.

Check it out at https://www.designevo.com/

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I was asked to check it out and I recommend it.

 

Good Earth Wakes Up Chamomile Tea Category with “Sweet & Spicy Good Night Tea”

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Good Earth Tea, leading specialty tea purveyors best known for the legendary “Sweet & Spicy” tea blend, has exciting news for chamomile drinkers: they no longer have to settle for sleepy flavor for their bedtime beverage, thanks to the launch of “Sweet & Spicy Good Night Tea.” By blending the highest quality chamomile flowers with exotic, juicy dragon fruit and fiery cinnamon, Good Earth has created more than a new tea: Sweet & Spicy Good Night is an entirely new experience in chamomile that can be enjoyed hot or iced!

 

The decades-long popularity of the original Good Earth’s Sweet & Spicy tea stems from its unreplicated combination of sweet and spicy elements that are naturally free of calories – and full of taste bud-tingling flavor. Last year, Good Earth introduced the first expansion of this popular tea line: Sweet & Spicy Green. Today, the brand is proud to introduce Good Night chamomile tea, the third member of the Sweet & Spicy family.

 

Good Earth believes that tea should never be boring – and that includes chamomile tea. (After all, a good night’s sleep is never boring!) That’s why our Master Blenders have brought together the benefits of chamomile with the sweetness of dragon fruit and the spiciness of cinnamon. The result is a soothing-yet-scintillating tea whose amazing aroma and tantalizing taste will put the final exclamation point on the day before dozing off to sweet (and spicy) dreams.

 

“We are always amazed by our loyal fans…and we are listening to them! They want more ways to enjoy the intriguing Sweet & Spicy flavor combinations they can only get from Good Earth, so we are expanding the line to meet their needs,” said Dhwani Kothari, Global Brand Manager at Good Earth Teas, Inc. “With Sweet & Spicy now available in our original black tea, new green tea, and newest chamomile tea, our fans can enjoy a Sweet & Spicy moment at any time of the day – or night. And there is more to come!”

 

Good Earth’s new Sweet & Spicy Good Night chamomile tea is naturally caffeine free made with natural flavors and ingredients, and free from sweeteners. Available in Original and Organic varieties, Sweet & Spicy Good Night can be purchased at select major retailers nationwide and online at GoodEarth.com for a MSRP of $4.29 (18 bags per box).

I had the opportunity to try this new Tea (it actually came out earlier this Summer!) and I love it! I stopped drinking caffeine-free tea before bed because it tasted so blah! I love the taste of cinnamon in this tea and love that it is available in the chamomile tea. Look for it at a store near you! 

 

For more information about the complete line of Good Earth teas, including Sweet & Spicy Good Night chamomile varieties, visit GoodEarth.com. For the latest updates, be sure to follow Good Earth on Facebook (Facebook.com/GoodEarthTea) and Instagram (Instagram.com/GoodEarthTea).

 

About Good Earth Tea

One of the first American herbal companies and a leader in specialty tea, Good Earth Tea offers a tea adventure like no other, taking inspiration from the Earth’s wonders to transform rich flavors from around the world into vivid and intriguing blends such as Sweet & Spicy. Good Earth Tea is part of the Tata Group, one of the largest India-headquartered multinationals in North America, that also includes Eight O’Clock Coffee and Tetley Tea. On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @GoodEarthTea.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and information were also provided.

The popular Harlem Globe Trotter “Stretch” teams up with Safe Laces to keep active kids and athletes safe by helping keep their laces tied.

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Anyone who wears any type of shoe with laces knows the struggle of keeping them tied. Some days it’s just an inconvenience and other days it can become a major safety issue.  Thousands of people sustain injuries from untied shoes whether its kids on the playground, runners in a race or just everyday tasks.

Any basketball player especially a Harlem globetrotter knows all about the importance of tying your laces properly so that you don’t trip on the court. Because of this, Harlem Globetrotter Jay “Stretch” Middleton decided to team up with Safe Laces Active to help make shoe laces safer.

7-foot-4 Harlem Globetrotter Stretch Middleton shows off his ball handling skills at the Star for Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II) ORG XMIT: TXHOU103

7-foot-4 Harlem Globetrotter Stretch Middleton shows off his ball handling skills at the Star for Hope Women & Family Emergency Shelter, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II) ORG XMIT: TXHOU103

Middleton says; “Safe Lace active is the solution to a problem that we have all had to put up with until now. Safe Laces main goal is to keep as many people as we can safe from tripping and getting injured no matter what industry you are in, whether it’s exercise or competitions that you are into, a safe work environment in the industrial sector or your trying to keep your children as safe as possible, Safe Lace is for you.”

Safe Lace has been vigorously tested in all types of sports – football, basketball, tennis, soccer, golf, marathon running, gym workouts and even obstacle races. The Safe Laces were proven effective in keeping the laces tied better.

We had the opportunity to try these out and they work great! I highly recommend!

To learn more about Safe Laces active visit

www.safelaceactive.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Information and images were also provided. 

The SoCal City Kids Back-to-School Guide! Here are some of my favorites for this time of year!

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MOLLY’S BAKEOVERS– The Food Allergy Research Center estimates 1 in 13 United States children suffer from food allergies and some can be life-threatening. As parents pack back to school lunches, Molly’s Bakeovers is a major consideration. Mother of four, Molly Hamilton has revolutionized a packable, allergy-free snack just launched at Safeway stores across California.

Sold in three flavors, Brownie Crisps, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin, each Molly’s Bakeovers bag of cookies is egg, soy, gluten, peanut and dairy-free. 6 bags, $36.  These are delicious and I highly recommend the Brownie Crisps!

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MOZI– The Mozi toy combines the nostalgia of the slinky and a modern day spinner because it can do both. Once you create motion you can’t stop. The Mozi spins continuously from one arm to another and you can even pass it from one friend to another. It provides limitless fun and infuses engineering, science, and math into fun, everyday play. Newton would definitely be proud! Sold in three colors, silver, green and iridescent, the Mozi is the hit toy of the season. $15.99. This one really is a lot of fun!

Every Organic Snack Moms (And Dads) Should Stock Up On!

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 Launched in 2016 by Chris Clarke and Sabrina Peterson, Pure Growth Organic was created in the belief that organic snacking should be more delicious, more engaging for children and more accessible for families. As moms reach to stock up on organic snacks, Pure Growth should be at the top of their list! These are really good and would make great after school snacks!

You can find on Amazon.com, Walmart and Target retailers:

My favorites are the Crispy Rice Squares –  $2.98!   Also avail:

  • Veggie Chips – $2.87
  • Strawberry Breakfast Biscuit Bites – $2.99
  • Chocolate Chip Biscuit Bites – $2.98
  • Plus many more…

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K+ Organics – New sports drink for kids and adults!

These are sold in Southern California in Gelsons and Bristol Farms and now online and are great for after school!

K+ Organics is a new electrolyte sports drink with ONLY 14 grams of sugar per bottle (more than half of other leading brands) and no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors or sweeteners and is certified organic. They are available in three unique flavors: Fruit Punch, Orange and Lime.

This next one is great for the little ones! 

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Getting your pre-schooler ready for back to school can be fun and games! Many of the skills that are reinforced by Edushape toys can prepare your child to learn.  For example small motor skills are necessary for writing, and socialization is important in any situation.

One of the newest creations from the celebrated pre-school toy company is the new Edushape Try Angles which offer toddlers many ways to build and create.  The easy to grab pieces can fit together so many different ways that your child will feel as if he is playing with a different toy each time.

I like that these are perfect for young children ages 2-4. I like the bright colors and that the pieces are easy to fit together. I highly recommend these! Find out more here.

20 bright colored pieces come packaged in a great storage case.  SRP: $29.99

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SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

This is a delightful book for young children starting school! This charming picture book is all about back to school nerves, with an ironic twist from the point of view of the school itself! Written by the very witty, Adam Rex, and illustrated by Caldedcott Honoree Christian Robinson, this picture book is a New York Times bestseller, received seven starred reviews, and made Amazon’s best picture books of the year list!  I love the illustrations and highly recommend this one for children ages 4-7.

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Dr. Beaker, just in time for Back-to-School!

This is a must for children ages 8+. I like that you have to use logic for this one! This one is from Blue Orage Games and is from the makers of Dr. Eureka. You may remember, I reviewed that one in the past! This one is also a hit! I like that it is a rather fast paced game and not one that takes way too long to enjoy! It can also be played with only 2 players or up to 4. This one is great for homeschooling and I highly recommend! Look for it here.

Back-to-School Backpacks from Solo New York are a must for the Older Kids and even the College Kids!

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Solo New York has a wide variety of backpacks great for students of all ages. Solo’s sophisticated styles and abstract designs are inspired by life in New York City and will stand out in both design and function.

I love the Bridge Design packpack we received and it’s cool enough for my teenage son!

Check out all their different styles here!

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Back-to-School usually means time to make school lunches and more sandwiches. Here’s a healthier Bread!

Barely Bread replaces wheat with a blend of almond, seed and coconut flours.  It’s the perfect mix of health benefits, texture and taste from spiced and seeded loaves, baguettes, bagels, and rolls.  Gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, and Paleo-approved, these breads are guilty-free and delicious.

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This bread is delicious and it’s healthier!

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This next one is great on toast and equals a healthy, quick breakfast! Great for those school mornings that you are in a hurry! 

Rigoni di Asiago’s newest product, Nocciolata Dairy Free, has also recently won FOUR prestigious food awards:

 

  • Delicious Living magazine’s Best Bite Awards: Best Spread
  • Specialty Food Associations sofi™ Awards: Best New Product, Nut/Seed Butter Category
  • Italian Food Awards USA 2017: Sweets & Confectionary Award
  • Italian Food Awards USA 2017: Special Award for Sustainability

Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor. Nocciolata Dairy Free is certified vegan, organic, and made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.

I love that it tastes great and is a hit in my house! This one is even a hit with picky eaters! 

Here’s a quick recipe for after school:

1.       Spread Nocciolata Dairy Free (organic chocolate hazelnut spread) on apple slices

2.       Sprinkle with your favorite healthy toppings such as chopped nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs, shredded coconut, dried cranberries and/or raisins

3.       Freeze and enjoy later!

Do you homeschool? And, even if you don’t! Your older kids will love this!

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There are all kinds of monthly subscriptions out there but I really like this one! we received a sample kit and were able to make a Mood Lamp! Creation Crate (https://www.creationcrate.com), is a subscription box service aimed at ages 12 and up, that helps kids learn to build real-world electronics. My son likes this one because it is for older kids/teens. The Creation Crate curriculum focuses on introducing new concepts every month that build on the concepts learned from the months before. The projects are designed to increase in difficulty each month in order to be fluent in the language of technology by the end of the 24 month curriculum. Projects range from building a mood lamp, to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor.

Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering real-world skills. These boxes are also truly beginner friendly with no previous experience needed. While other boxes teach using intimidating technical lingo, Creation Crate doesn’t. Creation Crate subscriptions start at $30 a month, with available 3, 6 or 12 month packages to choose from.

I suggested for homeschooling because I am a homeschool mom of a soon to be 14-year-old. I think these are great and so much more fun than textbooks! But, I would recommend this for all older kids 12+!

Back- to- School with Garden Lites!

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Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company, debuts three new products along with their current veggie-rick line that are destined to be the hottest nutritional powerhouse in your Back to School arsenal ever. We know getting your family to eat their recommended daily amount of vegetables a day is daunting. Garden Lites® wants to get your family hooked on veggies – with their delicious, freshly frozen products that are veggie-rich. New to market, Garden Lites® debuts scrumptious and nutritious foods nationally in Target Stores: Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes in two flavors – Superfood Blend and Kale & Quinoa. Also, their best-selling veggie-rich and Gluten Free line of muffins are now available nationally and at Target Stores.

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All Garden Lites® products are rich in vegetables, with vegetables ALWAYS the first ingredients; high in fiber; low in calories and packed with plenty of superfoods in each product in a convenient, portable and quick and easy package.   They come frozen and can be defrosted in minutes in the microwave or oven for your everyday meals, from lunch to snacks to dinnertime. When you pack these delicious, nutritious products in your kids’ lunch box or serve as convenient after-school snacks, you will feel good about feeding your family their daily dose of veggies!

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You’ll never believe the first ingredient in Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins is zucchini! Heat in the microwave to enjoy a deliciously rich experience for only 120 calories. Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are non-GMO, deliciously moist and a great source of fiber. Also, Allergy-friendly! Gluten, dairy & nut free.

I am still on the lookout for the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins! But, I loved the Veggie Chili and Cornbread!

As a Homeschool Mom, coffee every morning is a priority on my list!

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Melitta Coffee is one of my favorites! They have the best Caramel Macchiato coffee and it’s perfect with their Signature Series Porcelain Pour-Over Coffeemaker! What I love about this is it is also a great-to-go product when I have to go off to work! It’s super easy to use and easy to clean! It’s a real must for the school year!  It retails for $19.99. Check out Melitta here!

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This one is great for teenagers! Tags 2.0 – Wireless Earbuds are a must this school year! They are available in black or red. The sound is amazing and I highly recommend! They retail for $39.95 and can be found at Outdoor Tech.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. The quick recipe was also included for posting purposes.