Archives for August 10, 2017

Beauty Essentials for your Gym Bag this Summer!


I love Summer and wish it could last longer but sometimes it can leave my hair and skin dried out from the sun! Here are some of my favorite to-go-to beauty products when hitting the gym or after a day in the sun!

Goldwell Kerasilk Volume Re-Power Dry Shampoo ($29.99)
Get rid of sweaty hair with Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Dry Shampoo. It instantly revitalizes hair, leaving your locks luxuriously, silky and shiny just in time for your after next appointment.
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C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener ($7.50)
Add moisture and a touch of shine to your lips after a workout with C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener. Its formula is mint-infused to provide a glossy shine with a refreshing cooling sensation. Your lips will stay moist while the peppermint oil gives your breath a dose of long lasting freshness
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Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream ($15.00)
The cold fitness studios can ruin your hands. Condition your hands with Molton Brown’s Comice Pear & Wild Honey Hand Cream, a moisturizing product with fresh notes of honeyed comice pears, gardenia and sweet biscuit. It’s an indulgent addition to your hand care routine this spring.
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Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer ($30)
Take out post-workout redness with Mally Beauty’s Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Its formula works as both a primer and a color-corrector. Not only does it seal in makeup, it is designed to eradicate sun spots, redness and visible veins. You can wear it alone for a flawless fresh face or under make up to lock in your look.
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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were provided. 

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil is a Beauty Must-Try! Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Salon, has these quick and easy tips to keep your manicure lasting longer during this extended heat wave!


I have to admit that sometimes my nails aren’t kept up as nicely during the Summer but this product makes it easier to keep my fingernails looking good! Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil is one of my favorite new products! It instantly seems to work and my nails even seem stronger!

Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Salon, has these quick and easy tips to keep your manicure lasting longer during this extended heat wave!

  • Remove your polish and let your nails breathe for a good few days. If nails look discolored, squeeze some lemon into your lotion or rub a lemon wedge directly onto the nail to brighten nails.
  • Apply a shea butter lotion or non-greasy cream to lock in moisture.
  • Begin painting! Apply a cuticle oil (see below) to the base of your nails (or even when they are already polished), focusing around the cuticle area to hydrate and bring moisture into the skin, helping the polish last longer.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil

Finish off your manicure with Color Therapy nail & cuticle oil, formulated with breakthrough argan oil formula. Your ultimate in nail therapy.

  • Moisturizing and nourishing oil
  • Instantly restores radiance to nails and cuticles
  • Promotes strong, resilient natural nails

Look for Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil at retailers where Sally Hansen products are sold!


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. An image was also provided. 





“Shark Tank” To Your Kitchen! Scratch & Grain Brand Grows With Unique Line of Baking Mixes are a must-try! Delectable all-natural baked goods were served. Tears of joy were shed. And a life-changing deal was made.



The year was 2015 and Oregon “mompreneurs” Taya Geiger and Leah Tutin were in the “Shark Tank” to pitch Scratch & Grain Baking Company, their highly innovative line of baking kits featuring individually-packaged and measured gourmet ingredients with such easy-to-use numbered and color coding, even children could feel like pastry chefs. Passing acquaintances before starting their business, the two women were now firmly united in the pursuit of two equally daunting but decidedly thrilling goals: to walk out of the Tank with a Shark in their corner, and to parlay their extraordinary television debut into a brand that would at long last redefine the baking mix category and make homemade baking for the entire family easier, tastier and healthier than ever before.

As fans of “Shark Tank” and Scratch & Grain know well, Taya and Leah not only struck a deal with Barbara Corcoran (entailing a $150K line of credit for 20% equity) and were later featured on “Beyond The Tank,” but have indeed taken their all-natural and organic line of cookie, brownie, cupcake, cornbread, muffin and pumpkin kits to amazing heights in little more than two short years. Today, in fact, what began with two baking-challenged Moms asking the question that’s led to so many entrepreneurial breakthroughs over time – “Couldn’t we do this better?” – is now a beloved, rapidly-growing brand sold online as well as in more 5,000 stores nationwide.

As Taya (who now runs the company on her own as CEO) recalled recently, “Being a lifelong foodie, I had very high standards for everything we ate and served our kids. We thought that each dish or dessert should be amazing and have a true ‘wow!’ factor. If we couldn’t get a reaction along the lines of ‘that’s the BEST chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had,’ then it wasn’t good enough for us. Fortunately, Barbara Corcoran supported our vision, and I’ll be forever grateful to her, the entire ‘Shark Tank’ team and all of the loyal consumers who’ve taken us so far so fast.”

Home Baking Redefined                                                                                                                                                 

Like Taya, many Moms and home cooks without the time, patience or skill required to bake from scratch relied for years on baking mixes that were bland at best and unhealthy at worst. Launched before meal kits became a $1.5 billion industry in 2016, Scratch & Grain almost overnight redefined the baking kit category by empowering virtually anyone with an oven to experience the fun and mouth-watering satisfaction of creating their favorite baked goods like seasoned pros. Better yet, since its inception, Scratch & Grain has been helping everyone from kids to parents to grandparents share old-fashioned quality family time together and temporarily escape the impersonal lure of TV sets and cell phones perhaps for the first time in years.

Mixing Up Healthy & Delicious As Never Before!

Featuring easy-to-use numbered, color coded, clearly-labeled and individually packaged wholesome ingredients, Scratch & Grain products enable consumers to not only enjoy the timeless pleasures of baking from scratch but to create their very own recipe variations – an option not available with traditional one-mix-fits-all kits.

Scratch & Grain products include Shark Tank Special PacksCookie Kits (including such irresistible flavors as Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Classic Sugar, Gluten-Free Snicker Doodle and Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffle); Cupcake KitsBrownie Kits;Muffin KitsCornbread KitsCupcake Kits and Pumpkin Bar Kits. Just add such staples as butter and eggs and you’re practically ready to open your very own bake shop!

Moreover, unlike standard baking mix kits that are often repositories of unhealthy, chemical-laden ingredients, Scratch & Grain products are all-natural, completely non-GMO, and Certified Kosher, with most also USDA Certified Organic and several gluten-free as well.

Competitively priced, Scratch and Grain kits cost between $5.50 and $8.50, with combo packs containing three, four, or six kits available for $17.99 to $49.99. In addition to large chain and independent grocery stores across the country such as Target, Safeway/Albertsons, Publix, and Whole Foods (with an additional 2,000 or more expected to carry the brand by the end of this year), Scratch & Grain kits can be purchased on the www.scratchandgrain.comsite or on

Now here’s the real scoop on what I think! I love these pre-packaged kits! My favorite is the Chocolate Chip but also the Cornbread Kit was a big hit with my family!


I like that the cookies were not too sweet and I love that they are so easy for kids to bake! There is not much measuring and very limited items are needed. The only items that may be needed are ingredients such as milk, butter, eggs….things that you typically have on hand.

I highly recommend trying! Find them at!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

The Ultimate Birthday Cake for Fairy Fans! Also, great for Potted Flowers and More!


If you have a child who loves fairies, here’s a great idea for a birthday cake: decorate it with fairy figurines and accessories from the Flower Fairies Secret Garden Collection, a collectible set of child-friendly miniature gardening decorations based on the Flower Fairies books written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker nearly a century ago.

This would also make a really cute decoration for potted plants and flowers. Also, if you have a child who loves Fairies, this is also a great set to play with! But, this isn’t just for kids! Adults will love using this cute set in their gardening! The Floer Fairies in the Secret Garden Collection include Daisy, Buttercup, Rose, Apple Blossom, Strawberry, Scilla, Mulberry and Lavender. Each figurine replicates its namesake from Barker’s illustrations, down to the leaves and plants in which the fairy is dressed. Retails $5.50-$19.99.


Find out more here! 

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