12.06.17

Gift Giving Guide 2017

Christmas is upon us again! Can you believe it? Another year flew by and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s true what they say, ‘The older you get the faster time goes’. YES and YES! Why…….. time please slow down for those of us desperately trying to savor every smile and laugh our babies give us. Back to the fun part that comes at the end of each year, GIFTS! I like giving gifts. It’s my primary love language so why wouldn’t I? If you guys are like my husband though, you’re horrible at the gift giving thing. You never know what to buy and it gives you hives just thinking about picking out the right gift. Lucky for my hubby I send him periodic e-mails letting him know what I have my eye on, just in case he needs a life line. But for the rest of the special people in your life, what in the world do you get them? I like to think of myself as a master gift giver. I love to give and shopping for the perfect gift is actually a fun task for me. Here are 10 items that would make great gifts this year.

1) Fit Bit 2
These Fit Bits have come a LONG way since I bought one for Tom for Christmas 5 years ago. This was actually something I got for Christmas, and since I couldn’t wait I’m already using mine. So far I love it. Not only does it track your activity like steps, heart rate, and sleep, it also connects to your phone so that every time you get a text or phone call it will show up on the watch. I love it! Yesterday I was around the house doing chores and every call or text I was getting made my watch vibrate. The texts even show up ON THE WATCH! I haven’t used this during a workout yet so I can’t say how I feel about the heart rate monitor. I know the first generation of this watch was not great for people circuit training because it had trouble keeping up with the HR changing so often. I hope they fixed that because I cannot exercise without a heart rate monitor. It also has a cool function that walks you through a 2 minute breathing session when things are getting too stressful throughout your day. PLUS it all connects to your phone so you can track your calories, customize your settings, and set activity alerts and goals for yourself. You can even buy different bands to customize your look! So in my book this gets an A+ because anything that can help us be a little healthier is a welcomed gift.

Pros:
Great for men, women, and kids
Easy to use
Connects to phone
Great easy app
Bands are changeable
2 sizes for different wrists

Cons:
$149 may be too much for some to spend, but it’s worth it for all it does!
Wish it came in yellow gold
Not waterproof

2) Rodan and Fields Lash Boost

Give the gift of great lashes (or brows)! This year I started my business with Rodan and Fields and I have been blown away by their products. As a blogger, I’m constantly trying out new products but these have beat them all. One product that shines bright is the Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Serum. This stuff is amazing. I’ve used so many lash growing serums in my time and this one has blown them all out of the water. I cannot be without it! Since starting my business my friends are now addicted to it as well! I’ve learned for some reason people avoid spending money on skincare products for themselves. That is why giving it as a gift becomes the gift that keeps on giving. Once people feel and see the difference they will see what a great gift it is.

Pros:
It works!
Lasts 3-4 months
No Side Effecs
Dermatologist created
Unique
Works on brows and lashes
60 Monday back guarantee!

Cons:
$150 PC Price But it’s only $135 if you are a PC Perks member!
Can take up to 12 weeks to see results (you WILL see results)

3) Rodan and Fields Redefine Regimen
For the same reasons I listed about the lash boost. Most people don’t like spending money on their skincare which is why gifting it is such a great option. This Redefine regimen is our anti-aging flag ship. It comes as a no fuss kit. Use 3 products in the morning and 3 at night. It comes with a day cream WITH SPF and a night cream. For the price you get 4 products that will last months! If this isn’t the right regimen for your receiver we have 4 others. Reverse lightening for skin discoloration (age spots, freckles), Reverse Brightening for a brighter complexion and dull skin, Unblemish for those with acne, Soothe for those with sensitive skin.

Pros:
Easy to use for those who are new to skincare
Results results results!
60 day money back guarantee

Cons:
Retail is $199 – But please don’t waste money paying retail price.
PC perks is only $179 + free shipping for 4 products

4) Convection Bowl
This may seem like a silly gift to some, but that’s just because you haven’t seen how awesome this thing is! We use this thing almost every day. This is essentially an updated toaster oven. A better toaster oven. It cooks faster, the food tasted better, it fits more, it’s easier to clean, it’s just all around better. You have so much variety on what you can use it for. Have you heard of those “air fryers”? These are essentially large air fryers. They cook the food exactly the same way. But with the convection bowl you can actually cook things. We primarily use it to re-heat leftovers (pizza is so good heated in here), chicken tenders, frozen foods, fried foods. I stumbled upon this thing while I doing research about air fryers and I am SO glad I did. It has changed our food/kitchen game. I barely use my oven which saves a ton of energy.

Pros:
Fast
Efficient
Can use for a ton of things
Inexpensive at around $50
Great gift for any adult or student

Cons:
The bowl gets very hot so make sure kids can’t reach it

5) Alterna Haircare Caviar Moisture Duo
These are SO SO GOOD! I went over a year with my hair out of whack when we first moved to Texas. The climate was just too different from Colorado. We went from no humidity to 50% minimum and that was hard for my hair. I tried many many products and everything left my hair dry or greasy. I saw this duo and I gasped at the price. I was intrigued because it had great reviews but it was so expensive. Though, there had to be a reason why people kept coming back and spending the money on it. I caved and bought it thinking that there was no way it was going to be worth the money. Well after the first use I was sold. It left my hair silky soft and perfect. I could go longer without washing my hair and it wouldn’t get greasy! It was some weird hair magic and I cannot explain how or why these products are so amazing. All I know is that they are!

Pros:
Amazing!
Left hair silky soft
Hair didn’t get greasy for several days after washing

Cons:
Expensive for shampoo and conditioner
May not be worth it for men with short hair

I hope these ideas are somewhat ‘out of the box’ from the typical (boring) bath set you can find at any store. The main thing I focus on when gift giving is making sure I’m buying something that will be USEFUL! If it doesn’t get used then it becomes a waste of money for both me and my receivers. I don’t ever want to give a gift that becomes “It’s the thought that counts”. Some of these items are available at Nordstrom which is where I HIGHLY recommend you buy they from. They offer free shipping and free return shipping. The also have the best return policy in the biz. The Rodan and Fields stuff you can get through me or my RF site. Feel free to email me at sarahmarie55@gmail.com.

04.07.17

e-cloth Give Away!

Hey Y’all! I am having a give away on my youtube channel. I was sent these great products for Elliot and I am really impressed with them. Basically they are clothes that kill bacteria with just water. Once they are dirty I toss them in the washer to use again. Baby Care by e-cloth removes 99% of bacteria. They also last 300 washes, which is approximately 6 years and removes ALL risk of chemical exposure for your little ones.

To enter watch my video to see what you have to do to enter. Easy as that! But hey if you don’t win just head over to their site and purchase the starter pack. It’s worth it, I promise.

Good luck to everyone who enters! Be sure to subscribe and follow my blog as well!

03.09.16

Venus vs. Intuition? The Women’s Razor Standoff

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I started shaving my legs when I was 13. My older sister Ally, took me to the store and bought me a fancy new Venus razor and some shaving cream. I was SO excited! This point in a girls life is the start of becoming a woman. I felt the transition and being able to shave my legs made it feel more official. I was so excited!

I was loyal to Venus because that’s what I started using during this exciting time in my life. It was also the newest razor on the market for women. Later the Intuition came out. They marketed themselves as a razor with a solid moisturizing bar to get a close shave without the razor burn. My younger sister got an Intuition and when I tried it I did not like it at all. The first design was not good. The moisturizing bar got in the way of the razor so you’d miss a lot during your shave. I was really disappointed and I never used one again.

Fast forward 12 or so years to now. When I go to the gym I like to shower and shave. My Venus razor doesn’t work well without shaving cream. I wanted to avoid adding yet another thing to my gym bag so I started brainstorming. I decided to give the intuition another try because all I needed was water to use it. I really loved the concept but I wasn’t sure if they had updated the design. I used it at the gym that afternoon and I was blown away. They fixed all the issues I had with the original Intuition. In the old one the razor was stuck in place, but with the new design the razor tilts and goes up and down. It was working so well I had to stop shaving to see if it was actually doing anything. It felt like I was just rubbing a bar of soap on my legs. I didn’t feel like I was shaving at all!

Pros:

Cheaper than most Venus razors at $9.97
Close Shave
Razor moves to accommodate a close shave
Less bulky that original
Comes with lid
The only thing you need to shave
Comes with an extra shaving head
Comes with a holder for your shower

Cons:

Bulky
Feels a bit cheap

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My favorite Venus razor is the Venus Snap. It is small and easy to hold. I can shave my legs faster with this little guy than any other razor. It does prevent razor burn with the moisturizing bars, but you still need to use some type of shaving medium. I love the case it’s cute and easy to place the razor in. It’s a lot more compact that the Intuition, but I’d still have to carry some type of shaving cream. I bought this razor on sale at Target and I have not seen it anywhere else. My Walmart used to sell it but not anymore. It’s annoying that I can’t find it in stores around me.

Pros:

Small
Easy to hold so I can shave quicker
Case

Cons:

Still need a shaving medium
Hard to find in stores
Moisturizing bars dry out and curl quickly

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These are my two favorite razors but if I had to choose it would be the Intuition. They had a bad start and unfortunately for them it was bad enough to lose me as a customer for 12 years. But with their new design I think they hit the nail on the head for me. I love that it’s the only thing I need to get a good shave. I don’t have to worry about turning the shower off so my shaving cream doesn’t rinse away – heck I don’t even have to worry about shaving cream at all. I don’t have to pack as many items with me when I travel, and let’s face it girls that’s priceless.

 

01.25.16

Sam’s Club Family Meal

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FamilyPizzaCombo #CollectiveBias

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Getting ready for a big game? We love game day! It gives us a chance to sit around and nibble on yummy food. I want to share some game day goodies that we discovered recently. Every time we go to Sam’s Club, we end the shopping trip by eating at the café. It’s amazing how far a dollar will go there. I love that I don’t have to choose between breaking the bank and a good meal. I can feed my whole family for $13.98 with the Sam’s Club Cafe Pizza and Coca-Cola Bundle.

The $13.98 combo includes:

  • 16 Inch Pizza
  • Cheesy Breadsticks
  • Cookies
  • (1) 2 L of Coca-Cola
We look forward to game day and I look forward to a low maintenance meal. Any time we eat somewhere other than the dining table I get anxiety about the potential mess. Pizza is already considered a finger food, unless you have little toddler fingers. For our game day spread we cut everything small and plate them with dips. It’s a super easy idea and it decreases the potential for dropped food. I just take my pizza cutter and cut slices into bite size pieces. Now this is true finger food!
Get creative with your dips. I recommend trying BBQ sauce, ranch, blue cheese, and marinara. Try everything to find what you like. Everyone will love having the freedom to experiment and you’ll love how easy it was to set up.
The next thing I do to make game days run smoothly is avoid spills. Use press’n seal plastic wrap to cover everyone’s beverages. Then stick a straw through the top and you’re off! This will save your carpet and rugs from the inevitable beverage spill. The Sam’s Club Bundle comes with a Coca-Cola product of your choice so you’ll have everything you need to enjoy the game.
Deals like this help me maintain my ‘on the go mom’ sanity! I can get my groceries and dinner in one stop and that is so helpful. Did I mention it comes with dessert? You get 6 large chocolate chip cookies in this meal deal as the cherry on top. How can you beat a 3 course meal for $13.98? All I have to say is thank you Sam’s Club for making my game day tasty. Click here for more information and head to Sam’s Club today!
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