Archives for January 2015

Kidz Gear Expands Line with New Deluxe Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone for an Interactive Audio Experience for Kids

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Are you looking for a great Headset Headphones for your child? Kids Gear is the answer! I received a headset to review and it is a hit! I love that it works with everything! It works great with my sons iPad, Computer and even my Smartphone. The Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset features a flexible boom microphone that clearly picks up omnidirectional sound. This works really well with my son’s online classes especially Spanish class.  It’s perfect for our homeschool activities and also for my son’s other online activities.  This headset is available in Blue, Pink and Grey. Retail price is $29.99-Educational Discounts are available. 

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The Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Microphone are compatible with all devices that use a 3.5mm (1/8”) audio jack and support microphone use, including iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Android smartphones and tablets, computers, Chromebooks, tablets and smartphones. Perfect for audio educational and entertainment apps and software, the Kidz Gear headphones are essential gear for foreign language and ESL (English as a second language) studies, audio lessons, phonetics, music study, tests, home schooling, YouTube video creation, Skype phone calls, entertainment, and more.

KidzControl Volume Limit Technology for Safe Listening of up to 80% of Maximum Volume

About Kidz Gear

Incorporated in 2001, San Ramon, California Supply and Beyond, LLC is the exclusive manufacturer of the Kidz Gear brand of products and accessories.  The Kidz Gear brand was created by founder and mother Laurie Peterson with the purpose of developing a line of products and accessories with adult features, performance and quality but with ergonomic sizes, styles and prices for children.  The Kidz Gear product line has received rave reviews and awards from various Mother’s Group Organizations and industry publications.  The company is continually focused on bringing more products to market that support the company’s mission – Grown-Up Performance, Built for Kids! For more information visit www.GearForKidz.com, email: sales@gearforkidz.com or phone: (877) Kidz-Gear.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Kidz Gear.

Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Mom Must-Haves! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Pura D’or prides itself in creating products that feature the highest-quality natural ingredients in their purest form. Every product starts with its USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil, which is Doctor Trusted and produced straight from the source in Morocco.

The cornerstone of Pura D’or is its natural, anti-hair loss shampoos, which target the leading causes of hair loss and promote healthy hair. These shampoos feature a DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) blocking blend created using the highest standards in the industry and unmatched by any other product on the market. Each batch goes through microbiological testing to ensure it is safe and free of harmful additives.

I received  a sample of the Premium Organic Oil Based Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo and I really like this shampoo! It leaves my hair feeling lighter and softer. What I mean by lighter is that it doesn’t feel heavy and weighed down. It also leaves my hair so clean! I noticed that next day after shampooing, my hair does not appear to look oily, dirty or in need of being washed! I actually like to wash my hair every other day so this is a great thing!

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Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo

Our naturally organic shampoo for hair loss treatment is free of harsh chemicals that are the current & leading cause of many chronic hair conditions. Our shampoo is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, DEA, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances & harsh preservatives. This gentle formula is fortified with an organic blend of argan oil, B vitamin complex, biotin, nettles extract, saw palmetto, He Shou Wu (Fo-ti) & other clinically proven natural ingredients to aid against hair loss. Ingredients are specially selected for increased bioavailability & maximum absorption. It starts by nourishing hair follicles with essential nutrients to reverse any damage & begin the healing process. Biotin strengthens hair strands, niacin increases circulation and our exclusive DHT Blocker Blend promotes healthy hair growth. Continued use will prevent further hair loss. Safe for daily use, all hair types and both men & women.

 

Features and Benefits:

  • Prevent Hair Loss
  • Strengthens Hair
  • Add Volume
  • All Natural
  • No Harsh Chemicals
  • Argan Oil
  • Vitamins For Hair Growth
  • Paraben Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • DHT Blockers

 

Ingredients:

Purified water, sodium cocoyl isethionate (derived from coconut), cocamidopropyl betaine (derived from coconut), tea tree oil*, argan oil**, black seed (kanoji) oil, amla oil, nettle extract, biotin, saw palmetto, cedarwood oil, rosemary oil*, sage extract, he shou wu (fo-ti), hibiscus oil, pygeum extract, pumpkin seed oil, green tea extract, zinc, soy isoflavones, beta sitosterols, aloe vera**, niacin, vitamin E, B-vitamin complex, phenoxyethanol (mild preservative), grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative), lactic acid (naturally occurring in yogurt), & dead sea salt.

I also received a sample of the Premium Organic Oil Based Anti-hair Loss Conditioner. My favorite thing about this one is that it seems to really help with frizz control. My hair also looks shinier!

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Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Anti-Hair Loss Conditioner

 

Our Premium Organic Conditioner is made from 99% vegetable base ingredients. It is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), DEA, parabens, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and harsh preservatives.It is derived from coconut and vegetable proteins to hydrate, heal and repair damaged hair from root to end without adding weight or buildup. This gentle formula is infused with organic argan oil to add shine, body & moisturizers to all types of hair from normal to fine, dry or damaged hair. Other unique proprietary ingredients promote control, manageability and superior smoothness. All the benefits of a premium conditioner without all the chemicals. pH balanced and fortified with Multi-Vitamins. Safe for daily use and all hair types.

 

Features and Benefits:

  • No Harsh Chemicals
  • Argan Oil
  • Manages Frizz
  • Enhances Shine
  • Paraben Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Sulfate Free
  • Active DHT Blockers

 

Ingredients:

Purified water, organic coconut protein, ceteareth 20 (derived from coconut), stearyl amidopropyl dimethylamine (derived from coconut), plant protein (naturally derived vegetable proteins), glycerin (100% vegetable base), argan oil*, lavender extract*, vanilla extract*, PF-64 (Pareben-free mild preservative), Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E & citric acid (naturally derived to balance pH)

They are currently  giving away a 1oz bottle of Argan Oil with any purchase! Check it out! Their website is  www.purador.com.

We have teamed up for a giveaway! One winner will win their choice of either the Shampoo or the Conditioner! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which one you would like to try! Deadline to enter is February  5, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit (and additional info): Pura D’or.

Staying Sane in Snowmageddon 2015

I know we don’t usually have snow in sunny So Cal unless we go to the Mountains. But, I do know that I do have subscribers in other states where it does snow!

Snowmageddon 2015 is here, and with it comes school closures, working from home and a lot of time trapped inside with the family.  While binge-watching Netflix and curling up to read is nice, being holed up at home indefinitely with stir-crazy kids can make one a little nuts.

Luckily, technology like Skype can help you make the most of your time stuck inside. Here are six ways your readers can stay sane, despite the snow:

Keep the Kids Entertained:

·       Snowball fights, building snowmen and sledding are top of mind for any kid in this weather! Long-distance friends and family can join you in a Skype Qik group video chat to ensure they don’t miss the fun activities in your winter wonderland.

·       Too cold for kids to step outdoors? Set up a Skype Group Video Call for your child and his or her friends to enjoy a virtual playdate.  No babysitter or nanny payment required!

Catch Up on Correspondences:

·       Ask a friend to grab a glass of wine or a cup of hot cocoa over Skype video chat and chat about the latest gossip.

·       Invite family members across the country to join you for a meal via Skype. No need to dress up or stress over this virtual family gathering!

Maximize Productivity:

·       Working from home is easy with Skype. Send coworkers a Skype instant message for a progress report or schedule a meeting over Skype to hear what your colleague is working on. Screen and file sharing enables you to collaborate on documents with your colleagues in real time, making working from home less stressful.

·       Roads too dicey to make it to the gym? Have the gym come to you with Skypercise – look online to see if any personal trainers in your area conduct virtual training sessions and get a workout in the comfort of your own home.

Credit: Skype.

Master Lock Launches 2015 Campaign TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE THROUGH EVERY LIFE STAGE AND SEASON! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Master Lock, the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks, today announced its continued focus on helping consumers stay safe with a yearlong campaign dedicated to safety through every life stage. To kick off the campaign, Master Lock will ask consumers via Twitter to share the time in their life when safety and security has been most top of mind. For every Tweet posted with the hashtag #MasterLockProtects a $1 donation will be made to the American Red Cross up to $10,000. The campaign will continue throughout the year with a series of safety tips and advice for every life stage and season.

 

“Each new life stage and season brings new adventures, excitement and memories. It also brings new safety and security considerations. From childhood, to marriage, homeownership, retirement and beyond, Master Lock is there to help protect consumers as their security needs evolve with these memorable life events,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Through this campaign, Master Lock will show its dedication to providing a full range of reliable, easy-to-use products as well as resources consumers need to keep themselves, loved ones and valuables safe throughout the year and their lives.”

 

Sweepstakes and Donation

When in your life has safety and security been most top of mind? Starting today through January 31, participants who tweet their reply to this question using #MasterLockProtects will generate a $1 donation to the American Red Cross and will be entered for the chance to win one of 20 prize bundles. Each winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and various Master Lock products to help keep consumers safe through different life stages and seasons.

 

Master Lock will donate an initial $10,000 to the American Red Cross and will donate up to an additional $10,000 based on consumer participation in the sweepstakes for a total of $20,000 in donations – just one way the company hopes to keep consumers safe and secure through all life stages and seasons. Master Lock’s donation will support the urgent needs of the American Red Cross mission, whether it is responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills to save a life, or assisting military members and their families during emergencies. This marks the second Twitter sweepstakes that Master Lock has hosted to benefit the American Red Cross. In 2014, Master Lock donated $16,000 to the organization.

 

Yearlong Education

Throughout the year, Master Lock will continue to provide educational information to consumers on remaining safe and secure through various life stages and seasons. These tips will be available on www.masterlock.com, and will address the following topics:

  • Senior Safety
  • Tax Tips for All Life Stages
  • Safe Moving / New Home Safety
  • Marriage / Newlyweds
  • Back to School
  • First Job / New Job
  • Fall Family / Home Safety

I received a  5900D Master Lock SafeSpace: a small, portable safe to store valuables such as jewelry, cell phones or credit cards while you’re out and about – for example, working at the library or playing sports outside. I just love this! It really is quite handy! It’s the perfect size for a cell phone! I just love that it is water resistant!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win their own 5900 Master Lock SafeSpace! To enter, leave a comment below telling us one of your own safety tips! Deadline to enter is February 2, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. 

Don’t forget to enter Master Lock’s Sweepstakes too!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature/giveaway. Photo Credit: Master Lock.

Laura Mercier – NEW Watercolour Clouds Collection Beauty Must-Haves!

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I’m actually quite excited to excited to introduce you to the newest collection from Laura Mercier that just hit counters this January – Watercolour Clouds.

For 2015, Laura has based her collections around the exploration and expression of moods. The mood for the spring collection is quiet and relaxed. Laura hopes that the soft, muted and peaceful shades in the collection bring you calm, serenity and balance.

 

The collection will be on-counter from January through the end of February at select nationwide retailers.

I received samples of the Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette and love the colors! So pretty and just love the pastel colors. I also received the Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara and love how it makes my eyelashes appear thicker! These are both Beauty Must-Haves! 

The Look:

  • Modern, veil-like shades of cement green merge with washed-out mauve, wheat and dirty navy
  • Decorate the eyes with these matte sateen watercolour-like finishes
  • Face is fresh with a flush of colour to the cheek
  • Soft, muted lip
  • Textures are refined for a mood that is discretely cool.

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Now..if I could only look like the Model!

Product Product Detail Shade Detail Price
Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

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This beautiful palette contains six Matte Sateen Eye Colours, a brand new formula for Laura Mercier, and two cheek colours.

 

·        New, Limited Edition

·        Eyes

o   Mist

o   Fog

o   Storm

o   Wind

o   Purple Rain

o   Cloud

·        Cheeks

o   Sunset

o   Earth

$58
Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour

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A fresh coat of liquid demi-matte colour with every stroke. Rich, cushiony, colourfast shades float on lips and stay the day. ·        New, Permanent

o   Nude Rose

$28
Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara

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This mascara dramatically thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke and gives lashes infinite volume for endless possibilities. ·        Existing, Permanent

o   Black

$25
Crème Smooth Lip Colour

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A luxurious lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. ·        Existing, Permanent

o   Brigitte

$27
Crème Eye Liner

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An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Angled Eye Liner Brush. ·        Existing, Permanent

o   Canard

 

 

$24
Angled Eye Liner Brush

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Specifically designed by Laura Mercier to work with the Crème Eye Liner, this brush uses high quality synthetic fibers in a narrow, exact point with a thin profile that creates the most precise looks. ·        Existing, Permanent $20

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Laura Mercier. 

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo The Perfect Quirk Underground Playground Records

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HIP HOP FOR FAMILIES GETS NOD FROM GRAMMYS

 

 “Blending traditional hip-hop with garage rock and classic R&B influences, he encourages kids to embrace individuality.  Through his music, he empowers kids to be themselves.”  USA TODAY

 

 “Nobody is making better ‘kid-hop’ than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.” NPR’s All Things Considered

 

GRASS VALLEY, CA (December 8, 2014) – Award-winning “King of Kid Hop,” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, is honored that his fourth album, The Perfect Quirk, is a GRAMMY nominee for Best Children’s Album in the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards.

 

The Perfect Quirk, a raucous celebration of originality and the quirkiness of being a kid in this crazy awesome world, is the ideal soundtrack for living room dance parties or a family vacation on the road less traveled. The tunes are classic Hip Hop spiced with Motown, reggae, club thump, blues, and the occasional pirate shanty, each one aimed at the quirky soul of the funky family.

 

As the proud dad of an amazing daughter who gets down to the beat of her own drum, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo knows the parent’s perspective.  As a kid who grew up feeling different and strange before realizing that nobody’s normal, he eventually discovered the need to accept your funky self.  And as a music lover who found gateways to his own understanding on CDs and cassettes, he understands his Secret Mission …

 

Skidoo explains, “The word ‘weird’ derives from the Old English ‘wyrd,’ which translates as ‘destiny’ or ‘fate.’ I hope this album will help kids realize that their quirks are their own funky destinies, meant to be lived to their potential. Oh yeah, and I hope it makes ’em dance like they’re crazy!”

 

He continues, “I got to thinking about how much I love the quirks in my family and friends and in the strange paths my life has taken. If kids could see what makes them different as being quirks instead of flaws, as something that’s part of their unique awesomeness instead of something that keeps them from being ‘normal,’ then so much stress and sadness could be avoided.  It’s the quirks that give life flavor.”

 

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s approach to music has always been eccentric and eclectic, and The Perfect Quirk is no exception. From the combination of Miami bass sounds with Afropop and steel drums on “You’re It” to a rave-sounding dance track about pillow fights to a song written from the song’s own perspective, Skidoo thoroughly embraces the Weird.

 

Highlights on this one-of-a-kind party rocker include the Motown flavored “Unwind,” the klezmer/gypsy swing/pirate shanty/polka hop “Imaginary Friend” (like a soundtrack to another world), and the straight up Hip Hop “3 Pointed Back,” featuring the world’s quirkiest guest rappers, Skidoo’s daughter MC Fireworks and Adam Strange.  Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman contributes a picture perfect boxing announcer voiceover to “Pillowfort Pillowfight,” and The Verve Pipe’s Craig Griffith deftly weaves his blues harmonica throughout “PJs All Day.”  MC Fireworks delivers one of the most eye-misting verses to ever grace a funky beat on “Time Machine,” a Moog-heavy reggae song that pulls more heartstrings than punches. The sparkling horn cascades and sweet strings of “Nightlight” bring the album to a happy close.

 

With five #1 hits on Sirius/XM global radio, a track on the 2012 GRAMMY® winning children’s recording, and gigs from basketball courts in the Bronx to stages at the Smithsonian, Lollapalooza, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a standout star on the indie family music scene. The Washington Post praised his “Compelling rhythms and stories, the messages are all positive. 23 leaves parents skeptical of the genre powerless to resist.”  Enthused Today, “Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has married the complex beats of hip hop with the magical world of kids.”

 

 

After more than a decade spent touring as a rapper/producer, bringing the funk and wit to crowds across America, and sharing the stage with the likes of Run-D.M.C., Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and the P-Funk All Stars, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo started a family act with his daughter (“MC Fireworks”) and his wife (“Bootysattva”).  Seven years and four albums later, their Kid Hop has spread internationally, and they’re just getting started!

 

Previous Secret Agent 23 Skidoo recordings include Make Believers (2012, NAPPA Gold Award, USA TODAY Best of the Year List, Fids & Kamily winner), Underground Playground (2010, USA TODAY Best of the Year List, Fids & Kamily winner), and Easy (2008, Fids & Kamily winner).

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The Perfect Quirk is available at amazon.com, iTunes, www.secretagent23skidoo.com, and at independent retail outlets throughout the country.

I received a copy of this CD and the music is so much fun! It definitely is funky and I found myself dancing around the house while listening to this album! I give this one a rating of 5 stars and it’s great for children and adults of all ages!

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

 

ScarAway is a Must-Have for Scars! Great for curling iron burns and other scars!

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Have you ever burned yourself with a curling iron? I have to admit that I have! Curling iron burns are the common result of misjudging the distance between hair and skin, a slip of the grip, or simply being in a hurry.   Often, they leave red, raised (hypertrophic scars) in the least convenient and hardest spots to treat – forehead, neck and hands. That’s where ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets (www.MyScarAway.com) come in!

ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets (www.myscaraway.com) significantly fade, flatten and shrink raised (hypertrophic), keloid or old scars in just 12 weeks or less in a non-invasive way.   Unlike messy creams and ointments, they are easy to use and won’t stain or stick to clothing.  And due to their unique breathable, flexible, opaque fabric backing, they are the only scar treatment product that conceals and heals at the same time.

Millions of scars are generated each year by accidents, surgeries (one third of all babies are now delivered via C-section) and everyday scrapes and tumbles (think kids.)   Advanced patented silicone technology has been proven in a number of clinical studies to effectively reduce and prevent scars, and ScarAway is the only over-the-counter product to offer it.

I received samples and what I really like is how easy they are to apply. These really are a Must-Have for Moms! (Well..actually for other family members as well!) My husband really likes to use these too! They are also great for scars caused from surgical procedures and injuries. I haven’t used them for too long but I have noticed that scars feel softer in less than a week. 

Sheets measure 1.5″ x 3″ and are Doctor recommended. Suggested retail: $19.99 for a box of 8 standard sheets.

ScarAway products are available at CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Duane Reade,HEB, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Harmon, Harris Teeter, Pathmark, Jewel-Osco, Kroger,Kerr Drug, Albertson’s, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and RiteAid.  Also available online at drugstore.com, amazon.com, askderm.com, and other fine retailers.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: ScarAway.

 

Burke Williams Unveils H2V’s New Eye-Tox 3 Serum New Science Dramatically Reduces Fine Lines and Dark Puffy Under Eye Circles! This one is a Beauty Must-Have!

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Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce the all-new Eye-Tox 3 serum to the H2V skin care line exclusively available in spas. The new Eye-Tox 3 is an advanced delivery eye serum that incorporates cutting edge technology in a unique hydrating blend of five peptides. This fast absorbing treatment dramatically reduces fine lines, dark circles and decreases visible puffiness around the eyes.
 
The new Eye-Tox 3 introduces the scientific technology of combining five key peptides that each serves a unique purpose to reduce the signs of aging. Matrixyl 3000 stimulates collagen and elastin to rebuild skin structure. Dipeptide VW works to soften the skin and combat dark and puffy under-eye circles. Lipopeptide improves firmness, elasticity and decreases inflammation. Ceramide 2 is an essential skin molecule that improves hydration and supports tissue repair. Blue Passion Flower Extract acts as an anti-inflammatory and decreases swelling and puffiness. 
 
Together the five peptides combined drastically reduce the appearance of under-eye circles while hydrating and preventing puffiness around the eyes. The product works to repair existing damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. With a one-pump application around each eye, Eye-Tox 3 instantly and noticeably brightens the entire eye area. 
 
I received a sample and have been trying it out this past week and love how it is working. It really does seem to decrease puffiness around my eyes and I also love how it feels on my skin. I have been using it twice a day and I only need to use a small amount at a time around each eye. I’m not sure if my wrinkles will disappear but it seems to be helping quite a bit with dark circles and puffiness. In my book, this one is a Beauty Must-Have!
The new Eye-Tox 3 is currently available for $68.50 at all Burke Williams Day Spas. To learn more about Burke Williams H2V skin care line and spa services available visit http://burkewilliamsspa.com
Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Burke Williams Spa.