Archives for 2017

DAPPER + CROWN Launches as A New Children’s Brand with Seasonless Apparel Classic Pieces Made Locally in Los Angeles, California

Dapper + Crown recently announced the launch of their new seasonless children’s apparel company based in Southern California. The family owned brand is pleased to offer classic pieces manufactured locally, utilizing imported fabrics, in Los Angeles, California.

The husband and wife team of James and Yves Homan live and work in the Los Angeles area and are thrilled to have their entire line produced in the states. Yves was born and raised in the Philippines where handcrafted pieces handed down from her siblings could be reimagined and worn proudly by herself and others.  After the Homans had their own daughter they wanted to bring Yves’ wardrobe tradition to growing families in America.

“My clothes were typically made by my aunt or mother and handed down with love from one girl in the family to another,” states Yves. “I could wear them to play or on a stylish Sunday drive with my dad, who passed down his innate love of fashion to me.”

The collection includes the following pieces:

FIONA –  100% cotton, three-quarter sleeve top with collar and button back closure with flounced bottom, available in Aloe with Storm contrasting Peter Pan collar and trim or Pearl Pink with Coral collar and contrasting trim.

WILLOW – jump skirt with ruffle trim and crossed back, available in Citrus (corduroy) or Titanium (100% cotton).

MACKENNA – three-quarter sleeve dress with Peter Pan collar, button back, and back tie, available in 100% cotton Periwinkle or Sand.

PIPER – classic, tailored chambray blazer with notched collar, tan elbow patches, and star print lining.

We had one of our youngest reviewers try out one and she loved the MACKENNA Dress! She calls it a Princess dress.


Check out DAPPER + CROWN!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Top Photo Credit: DAPPER + CROWN. Bottom photos: One of our youngest reviewers. 

Pass It Down reinvents the greeting card to help capture family memories

 Pass It Down, an award-winning storytelling platform that makes it easy to digitally record and preserve family memories, announced today the launch of its first physical product, greetingStory. greetingStory™ reinvents the greeting card, making it easy to capture family memories and handwriting, reconnect with loved ones and preserve family stories.

“Our goal at Pass It Down is to create innovative and affordable ways for every family to capture their treasured memories,” said Pass It Down CEO and Founder Chris Cummings. “Today’s technology allows us to simplify everything we do, and we think capturing and sharing family memories should be no different. With the launch of greetingStory, families have an effortless, interactive and effective way to capture each of their special memories, one question at a time.”

greetingStory™ is great in its simplicity. Each greetingStory™ card features a question on the cover, with included tips and instructions from top biographers to help guide loved ones in sharing their memories. The cards feature two prominent spaces to share memories and to capture loved one’s handwriting. Every card includes a QR code on the back, allowing the user to upload a loved one’s story into the Pass It Down platform. The platform can also host additional video, audio, text, and photos, completing the story. A complete story can be shared with the entire family, serving as a permanent, digital memory book for everyone.

Families can choose between two options for greetingStory cards. Worldwide, Pass It Down offers greetingStory™ Memory Boxes that include 12, 24 or 48 cards and envelopes. In the US, Pass It Down offers subscription model where you can send a family member one, two or four cards per month. Each card includes a pre-paid return envelope to send the card back to the customer.

“Imagine being able to send your mom or dad 24 cards a year, in a personalized envelope, asking about their life and their legacy. We automate the process for families, and our pre-paid return envelopes ensure that it is extremely simple for your relative to get the cards back to you” said Cummings.

For more information about greetingStory, please visit or connect with Pass It Down on Twitter (@passitdown).

I received a sample this past Summer and really think this is a wonderful idea for the holidays and for the New Year!!

About Pass It Down, LLC.

Since 2015, Pass It Down has been dedicated to helping families around the world capture and preserve their memories and stories. Through its pioneering digital storytelling platform, Pass It Down is leading innovation in the storytelling and genealogy industries and has won numerous awards and recognition from organizations including: the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search, BYU, the Miller Lite Tap The Future contest and many more. Learn more about Pass It Down at

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Image and information were provided.

Travel mug developed by Mizzou engineer gets update – just in time for holiday season Holiday Giveaway Opportunity!

The LEXO travel mug was initially released last year and became so popular that ThermAvant had trouble keeping it in stock. This year, the company — founded by University of Missouri C.W. LaPierre Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Bill Ma — has made the popular mug even better.

The original version of the LEXO mug used one of Ma’s four patents developed at MU to rapidly cool hot beverages such as coffee or tea to an optimal drinking temperature, then keep it warm for hours. It also keeps cold beverages nice and cool for hours on end.

A side-by-side comparison of an earlier version of the LEXO mug (left) and the updated version (right).

The LEXO absorbs the extra heat of a beverage, cooling it to the ideal drinking temperature within minutes. It then releases that heat back into the coffee as it begins to cool, extending the optimal temperature for much longer than a standard vacuum-sealed travel mug.  The LEXO is able to do all this without the need for complex electronics or batteries.

The original LEXO keeps beverages at the optimal drinking temperature for up to 8 hours. The new 16-ounce mug can keep hot beverages warm for upwards of 12 hours and absorbs the heat to bring your beverage to a drinkable temperature much quicker thanks to a few enhancements made by Ma and his team at their headquarters here in Columbia.

“Inside, we have modified some of the design from the heat-transfer point of view,” said Ma.

“We also changed the color options available for LEXO. Initially, we only had a metallic finish available,” Ma explained. “This year, we added powder coat and paint options in a variety of colors. Now, the newly designed mugs include glossy, matte, and extra durable ‘GRIT’ colors, which gives the mugs a contemporary look.”

ThermAvant also addressed early feedback about the weight of the LEXO.  The new version of LEXO weighs approximately 140 grams less than its predecessor. New lid designs have also been incorporated into the latest revision —the older LEXO utilized a hinged flip-top lid that was less than optimal. The new lid revision allows users to choose between a revised flip-top lid and a luxury Slide Seal lid. The Slide Seal lid has a button that slides back and forth to open and close, creating a leak-proof seal.

“Since the price of our mug is a little bit higher (than a standard travel mug), so we wanted to play with everything to make sure the LEXO is perfect,” Ma said.

I had the opportunity to try this one and I don’t leave the house without it! 

The new mugs are available now, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Online shoppers can use the code “MIZZOU17” to receive a special discount on the new mugs when ordering from Amazon or

We have teamed up for a giveaway! Leave a comment below to enter! U.S. Residents only, please. Deadline to enter is December 26th, 2017 at noon PST. 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Image and info also provided. 

Gifts for Pets and Pet Lovers

Don’t give your dog just any old bone this holiday season! Wellness® Natural Pet Food and Old Mother Hubbard® Baking Co. have festive, delicious holiday treats to help you celebrate the season with your favorite furry friends.

Our pets had the opportunity to try the ones below and give them all a paws up rating (same as a thumbs up! 😉 )

Wellness® Soft WellBites

NEW Grain-Free Formulas for Dogs: WellBites are free of corn, soy and artificial color and flavor, and they are sold in re-sealable packages for easy storage and transportation.

  • Flavors Include:
    • Gingerbread
    • Turkey & Duck
    • Lamb & Salmon
    • Chicken & Venison
    • Beef & Turkey
    • Chicken & Lamb
  • Rich in Omega fatty acids

$8.99 for 6 Oz. bag.

Wellness® Crunchy WellBars®

NEW Grain-Free Formula of Oven-Baked Dog Treats: WellBars are crunchy dog treats made with only natural ingredients. The bite-sized pieces for dogs are free of corn, soy, artificial colors and flavor. Our pups loved the Gingerbread flavored ones!

  • Flavors Include:
    • Gingerbread
    • Yogurt, Apples & Bananas
    • Crunchy Peanuts & Honey
    • Lamb & Apples
    • Whitefish & Sweet Potato
    • Chicken & Cheddar Cheese

$4.99 for 8 Oz. bag; $9.99 for 20 oz.; $18.99 for 45 oz.

Old Mother Hubbard® Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier Dog Snacks:

  • Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier are snowflake shaped biscuits, made with peanut butter and molasses flavors for a healthy, irresistible holiday treat!

$3.39 for 6 Oz bag.

….and something for the special Cats too!

Wellness® Holiday Kittles:

Wellness® Holiday Kittles are tasty crunchy cat treats, with under two calories per treat. The #1 ingredient is real turkey.

  • Flavors Include:
    • Turkey & Cranberry

$2.79 for a 2-Oz bag.

Looking for a new Pet Bed? Brentwood Home is the place to look! The Runyon Pet bed is so modern and a comfy place for your pet to sleep! It is made with high-quality materials and it looks so stylish in your home! Check out all their great products at

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday post. Some images were provided. Bottom photo: Bink my dog.

Last Minute Holiday Gift Suggestions!

Still looking for gift suggestions? Here are some last minute ideas!

Giving a bottle of wine to someone that doesn’t drink or steaks to a vegetarian is never the desired outcome of giving a gift, but it happens, more times than anyone would care to admit.

That’s because it’s impossible to know everyone’s preferences. That’s the problem they solve at Loop & Tie. If finding the right gift is something you’re challenged with this holiday, let Loop & Tie do the heavy lifting and save you time and money!

I had the opportunity to try them out and loved the lollipops I received!


If you are looking for the toy that will be at the top of every child’s wish list this holiday season, look no further, Pillow Pets are here!  No holiday gift guide will be complete without Pillow Pets! All Pillow Pets are super-soft chenille plush folding stuffed animals. So cuddly you’ll never want to put it down! Pillow Pets start out as your pal and then quickly unfolds to become a soft, comfy pillow.

Pillow Pets come in a variety of sizes and feature some of children’s favorite characters, including Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars, Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, and Poppy from Trolls among many others!  New this year are the Pillow Pet Holiday Bear and Holiday Reindeer; Fox, Lynx and Bunny from Animal Jam; and Minnie and Mickey Mouse Emoji Pillow Pets, as well as many of their classic Pillow Pets!  All Pillow Pets products are recommended for children age 3 and up. Pillow Pets retail for $24.99 – $64.99 at major retailers and online.

I received an Eeyore one that is just too cute! I can’t wait to give it to someone special this holiday! I love how it is super soft and opens up into a pillow! 


Since 2003, Pillow Pet® plush folding stuffed animals have been bringing smiles to the faces of all ages. Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals add true function to that warm and wonderful feeling by combining the security of a stuffed animal with the functionality of a pillow. Made of high quality, cuddly chenille, Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals make the most precious snuggle pal for you or your loved one. The concept is the brainchild of a San Diego-based mother of two, who had grown tired of picking up stuffed animals strewn across her children’s rooms. An ideal naptime companion – not to mention a comforting partner on road trips or airplane rides – Pillow Pets plush folding stuffed animals are anything but just another stuffed animal. Extremely versatile, these unique creations have a strap that closes underneath to transform them into friendly pets. Simply open the strap and the pet becomes a pillow! You can visit Pillow Pets for more information about all of their products.

Paint-and-sip nights are all the rage across the country, and now a hot new gift shows how to bring the party home. Drink Laugh Paint: How to Host a Painting Party is a brand-new kind of book full of party tips, drink ideas, theme suggestions, paint instructions, and more. Whether giving it as a gift or keeping it to host your own parties, it’s a holiday season must-have. Find it on

Free from colorants, sulfates, and parabens, Treets Traditions is here to transform your shower and body care regimen with age old rituals and ingredients that are tried and true! Straight from the Amazon, the Energising Secrets Collection will keep skin nourished and soft no matter what!

The Energising Secrets Collection

Inspired by regional ingredients from the Amazon like Tamanu, Buriti, Passion Fruit and Sacha Inchi Oil that leave behind a refreshing fruity scent, this collection moisturizes and protects skin. Includes: Foaming Shower Gel, Shower Gel, Body Sugar Scrub, Body Cream, Bath Fizzers, Hand Wash, Hand Lotion, and Hand Cream

Price: $12-$22

And if you are looking for something delicious to take to someone this holiday about Graeter’s Ice Cream? It’s a favorite of mine! I love the Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip and the Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip! Graeter’s Ice Cream is a nationally recognized and awarded ice cream brand that was founded over 146 years ago in Cincinnati, OH. The fourth-generation family owned and operated company has perfected the art of using the French Pot, a traditional, small batch artisanal process of making ice cream. Known for their indulgent, premium flavors and ingredients, they’re also widely recognized for their gargantuan gourmet chocolate chips. Look for it at a store near you! I always find it at our local Ralphs!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday gift guide. Some images were provided to be used in this holiday gift guide. 

Help your Pup get rid of stinky breath with Dog Gone Breath!


Does your Dog have stinky breath?


Bad breath in dogs occurs from many different causes. None of the causes indicates a healthy dog. Two of the most common parts of the body that causes Halitosis (the medical term used to describe a foul order coming from the mouth) in your pet come either from the mouth (Periodontal) or the gut (Gastrointestinal tract).

Traditionally most products are aimed specifically at the owner’s pleasure by promoting a covering mechanism like a mint to try to mask the odor. This covering can be dangerous to your pet’s health. The foul order is like “Natures Fire Alarm”, alerting you that something is going on either in the mouth or the gut. Unlike all the “covering” products that are in the marketplace today, Dog Gone Breath has all-natural chewable tablets and powder attack the oral and gastrointestinal  root cause of your pets doggietosis  by bio-targeting the issues, potentially eliminating the need for a visit to your vet. We had our pup try these and a friend of ours had their pup try them and they really do seem to help with bad breath! My friend’s dog especially had a bad case of bad dog breath and it really has helped!

Find out more at:  

Photo Credit: Dog Gone Breath. 

Visit Queen Mary’s CHILL this Holiday Season!

We had the opportunity to visit the Queen Mary CHILL and had a blast! I highly recommend the tasty food and the delicious Hot Cocoa! I honestly don’t think I have even had a better Hot Cocoa!

The world-famous Queen Mary invites guests to embark on an international holiday expedition this winter with the unveiling of the all-new CHILL, open December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL offers a rush of icy family fun with nightly entertainment throughout the park including international cultural celebrations, live music, Rockettes-style dance performances, fireworks, light shows, DJs, dancing, tasty food, a nightly Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more.

Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park honoring international holiday celebrations with one-of-a-kind entertainment and traditions of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the North Pole. Embark in traditional Chinese entertainment in CHILL’s version of the Forbidden City with nightly performances by Shaolin Monks and experience first-hand the beautiful rhythmic movements of the traditional Lion Dance. CHILL’s Kung Fu Forest will offer fireworks every Sunday night. Glide through the finish line of Shanghai Speedway nightly ($5 add on) on CHILL’s big wheel ice bikes. Saunter down Lantern Lane into the Lucky Bamboo and meet CHILL’s Panda Character for warm bear-hugs and unique selfie opportunities.

Take in the traditions of Germany with a stroll through CHILL’s Munich Market and raise a stein to the nightly live tunes from the authentic Alpine Band. Meet the ethereal Christkindle, the German gift bringer and bearer of lights, and shop traditional holiday trinkets and souvenirs at the nightly festive market. Cozy up in Switzerland’s Alpine Square by roasting marshmallows and building gooey s’mores at the toasty fire pit. Dine in the Alpine Lodge, open nightly, serving traditional Swiss bites overlooking the Matterhorn Mountain tubing slide and meet the gift bearer of the Alps, Sinterklaas, for photos and celebrations of the Twelfth Night.

Show off your best grooves as the DJ spins today’s top hits at the Russian Disco in CHILL’s Blizzard Boulevard. Experience the magic of the Northern Lights Show offered nightly at the Aurora Borealis Light show and meet the gift bringers of Russia, Father Frost and The Princess. Holland’s Windmill Way will offer nightly performances on the Illumination stage with hourly performances by Rockettes-style dancers and a nightly tree lighting ceremony. Meet the magical Father Time, Holland’s gift bearer who will share interesting facts on stargazing and how the Dutch discovered the telescope. Skate over to America’s North Pole for a visit and photo with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Visit the Candy Bar to grab sweet treats for the little ones, and liquid candy sips for the adults.

The all-new CHILL also offers an opportunity to experience international fare. Tempt your taste buds with beverages and bites from around the globe including Germany’s Twisted Pretzel and Tasting Tavern and the Brat Haus. Pay tribute to Swiss delicacies with a visit to the Zurich Deli, the Fondue Pot, and the Alpine Lodge’s restaurant: Chateau Bar. Sip on traditional teas in China’s Zen Teahouse and the Hot Pot. Then warm up in the Russian Pierogi Paradise or the Stroganoff and Stew Pot. Curb your sweet tooth with gourmet donuts, make-your-own Gingerbread house or visit the Fire Pit to make holiday s‘mores.

CHILL pricing starts at $29.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $19.00 for kids. VIP Ultimate Expedition tickets are also available starting at $79.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $69.00 for kids. CHILL will run Dec. 13, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018, excluding Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, including an entertainment schedule, hours of operation and to purchase tickets online, visit

 Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids. 

Get Holiday RED-Y with Rimmel London!

Let Rimmel London get you holiday RED-y with the hottest Red Lip Colors! Pair it with the amazing Moisture Renew Clear Lip Liner to get a perfect pout that will complete your holiday look!

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Firestarter ($5.79)
Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear. I absolutely love this shade and that it is long-lasting!
This one is my new favorite to go-to beauty item!

Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Oil Tint in Pop Poppy ($5.99)
Reinventing lip gloss as you know it, Rimmel London’s Oh My Gloss! Oil Tint fuses pure color pigments into lips for a refreshing juicy pop of color with an ultra glossy finish.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Clear Lipliner ($5.49)
Defines Lips and Protects Color. Prevents lip color from smudging and fading-the perfect way to keep that beautiful red color locked in place.
All these items would also make great stocking stuffers! Find them where Rimmel products are sold!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images were also provided.