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Spruce Your Do with Cantu!

Spruce Your Do with Cantu!

Do you suffer from dry or damaged hair?  Then you need to check out Cantu!  The following two products are designed to help with your hair needs and leave you with soft manage and shiny results!

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream
Formulated for severely damaged, dry or coarse hair and made with pure Shea butter. Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream is an intensive deep penetrating leave in cream conditioning treatment that is made with pure Shea Butter and other natural oils to stop and mend breakage, repair split ends, and add manageability and shine with every application. 



Available for $7.99 at Wal-Mart and drugstores nationwide.


Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream
Formulated for dry or coarse hair, infused with 100% pure Argan Oil, Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream stops and mends hair breakage while leaving hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Cantu Argan Oil infused deep penetrating conditioning treatment that is made with 100% Pure Argan Oil and other natural oils to help protect hair from the damage of every day styling. When used daily, Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream helps promote strong, long healthy hair.



Available for $7.99 (SRP) at Wal-Mart and drugstores nationwide.

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Lime Ricki Swimsuits

Lime Ricki Swimsuits

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Spring Has Sprung which means that many of us are getting ready to be on Spring Break very soon and some are just returning.  Either way we are getting closer and closer to swimsuit season and with that being said, I just recently had the opportunity to check out Lime Ricki swimwear.

They have a wonderful selection of swimsuits that are super stylish and are designed to make you feel comfortable.  No need to hide behind over-sized swimsuit covers when sporting one of these swim pieces. 



I chose the Tied-Bust Parrots Tankini Top.  It has adjustable drawstring with ties that let you customize your fit.  You can go halter or strapless which is fantastic!  The material is very thick so there is no chance in it being see through even when wet and it isn't like the cheaper made suits that tend to stretch out when we either.  It fit me very true to size and is priced at $42.50.  

I also chose the Contrast Aqua Bottom.  It's a low rise brief cut with an aqua stripe front panel.  It sits on the hip about 2" below navel and it's very flattering.  I always say that either swimsuit bottoms are getting smaller or my bottom is getting bigger.  Either way this suit offers full coverage which is awesome when going out with my boys for homeschool pool parties, etc.  These bottoms are also very true to size and are a thicker material.  They are priced at $28.50

They have some really awesome and unique suits to offer.  Here is a one piece that caught my eye.  I love the look and design of this suit.  

A built-in shelf bra and foam cups give just the right amount of support for a most flattering fit. Find perfection plus skin-loving protection in our UV 50+ fabric. Featuring black-dot cross-back straps, our cream dot print, and aqua trim, this suit works well with bust sizes A-D+.


All in all this is a fantastic place to purchase that perfect swimsuit.  The suits are very well made and I can see it lasting for a few seasons.  Not only that but the shipping and ordering process are easy.  

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John Cena 10-Week Body Change

John Cena 10-Week Body Change


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This coming Monday (April 21) I will be starting the John Cena 10-Week Body Change program.  I'm actually
excited about starting it since I have been in a major plateau lately.  I am always up for trying new ways of eating but I admit that I was a little nervous at first.  There are just some foods that I choose to not eat and haven't in years and I was a little worried that the John Cena 10-Week Body Change program might have me eating some of these foods but that is not the case, but i was so wrong!! This really is 10 weeks of simple, step-by-step coaching.  You'll adjust your nutrition for optimal fat burning, you'll have fun exercising regularly with John Cena.

I just finished watching the videos for starting my week 1 and looked at all the amazing recipes.  You do get a sample meal plan, but you get tons of recipes.  With this meal plan he states that you can follow it to a T or you can mix and match your favorites.  Now I for one love that the recipes are set up to make two servings.  This is great if you have a spouse you are having prepare food for as well or you like extras in order to have leftovers.  Yes, in the plan he does have you use the leftovers which I LOVE!! One thing that has always turned me off on eating plans in the past is that every day is different and who has that kinda of time and money to buy that much food up and over half go to waste?  So this is definitely a plus when it comes to this plan.

You aren't eating foods that have difficult recipes or long lists of ingredients. There are no weighing and no measuring .. Win, Win!!  You also get one free day for the week.  I always take a free day so I love that this plan still gives me that.  But honestly once you see the delicious recipes and food ideas you will question if you really need a free day.  

So I have talked about the food... can you tell I am a major foodie?  Now let's talk about exercise in case you are curious.  You will get two workouts a week.  You can choose to do only do those two (which can be done at home) or you can add more.  I for one will be adding more, but that's because I already workout six days a week, but for two days I will incorporate the workouts that I am sent.  I haven't had the chance to preview one yet but I have heard wonderful things about them!

On Monday morning I will be posting my before picture for the start of this program and other information.  That way you can follow me through this to see if it's a plan that might work for your lifestyle. 

You can find out more information by visiting John Cena 10-Week Body Change Program site.

Stay tuned.......
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TRANSFORMERS ENERGON Volume 1 On DVD 5/13/2014

TRANSFORMERS ENERGON Volume 1 On DVD 5/13/2014



 COMING SOON!!! 

Do you have a Transformer's Fan?  


On May 13, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS ENERGON VOLUME ONE DVD on family home entertainment shelves at Walmart stores. Featuring the first seven adventure-filled episodes from TRANSFORMERS ENERGON, this new DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids and parents will enjoy! Bring home TRANSFORMERS ENERGON VOLUME ONE DVD at an affordable low price of $5.97 SRP. 

Synopsis:
Featuring the first 7 exciting episodes from TRANSFORMERS ENERGON

Ten years of peace have passed since UNICRON’s destruction, but all of that’s about to change. A mysterious enemy has unleashed the Terrorcons on the Autobots’ cities, gathering energy for plans of total domination. Enter a newly revived Megatron and the universe is in for a war unlike any it’s ever seen between the Autobots and the Decepticons. And once again, Earth is caught in the middle!

Can Optimus Prime and his valiant Autobots — alongside their human allies — protect the Earth against this new threat? Find out with Transformers Energon!

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Angry Birds Toons: Season One: Volume 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD April 15

Angry Birds Toons: Season One: Volume 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD April 15

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Just in time for Easter, the fan-favorite birds are back with more exciting animated adventures as Angry Birds Toons - Season 01 Volume 02 soars onto Blu-ray and DVD today (April 15).  Fans of all ages can join Chuck, Matilda, Red, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they attempt to foil the sneaky scheming of the Bad Piggies in 26 entertaining episodes, incorporating more than 80 minutes of Angry Birds fun. Based on the No. 1 paid mobile app of all time, Angry Birds Toons - Season 01 Volume 02 is the next installment in the globally beloved Angry Birds story. The whole family will get to ride along for new adventures, as the beloved birds are brought to life.


Synopsis
Welcome back to Piggy Island, where the Angry Birds’ survival is at stake! Join Red, Chuck, Matilda, Bomb, the Blues and Terence as they continue to hatch up schemes to foil the sneaky Bad Piggies who plot to steal their eggs. Based on one of the most popular games in history, ANGRY BIRDS TOONS: SEASON ONE - VOLUME TWO brings back fan-favorite characters for 26 more fun-filled adventures. Will our heroes defeat the mischievous Piggies once and for all? Toon in and find out! 

Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Includes:
  • Easter Holiday Special: “Easter Egg Hunt”
  • Three all-new, “Meet the Characters” Pods, featuring Bomb Bird, Terrence and Chef Pig
  • Previously released “Meet the Characters” Pod for Corporal Pig
  • Four Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:

  1. “Behind-the-Scenes Character Design” – Go behind the scenes to see how Rovio’s artists design and animate the characters
  2. “Behind-the-Scenes Producing, Directing and Coordinating” – Learn about the work Rovio’s production staff does to create the Angry Birds Toons
  3. “Behind-the-Scenes Compositing, Tools and Color Grading” – Discover more about the kind of work that goes into the composting and color grading the animation.
  4. “Sound Design & Voice Acting and Music Behind-the-Scenes” – Learn how the sound is designed and about the voices behind the characters.  Also see how the music is created for the Angry Birds Toons series

You can purchase Angry Birds Toons - Season 01 Volume 02 with a SRP of $19.99


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1 Prize Pack that includes: 1 DVD copy of Angry Birds Toons, Season 1, Vol. 1 , 1 DVD copy of Angry Birds Toons - Season 01 Volume 02 , 1 plushie, 1 lunchbox and 1 backpack (colors may vary)

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Fisher Price Little People Noah and the Animals (Lift-the-Flap)

Fisher Price Little People Noah and the Animals (Lift-the-Flap)

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My three year old loves flap books and also loves reading bible stories.  Recently we bought the Fisher Price Little People Noah and the Animals (Lift-the-Flap) and love it! I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect at first.  I want him to learn the story of Noah and the animals and I think all in all this book did a good job.
 
 Obviously it doesn't go into major detail since this is a flap book but it does give him the story of Noah and has 50 fun flaps to lift. Noah's amazing adventure comes to life with dozens of exciting flaps in this book based on the popular Fisher-Price Little People Noah's Ark play set. Early learning activities thoughout and 50 flaps that are both educational and entertaining make this a book that your little one will go back to again and again.

My three year old loves this book and we usually read it about twice a day.  When we aren't reading it, I often finding him sitting int he floor or his favorite spot on the couch looking quietly at this book. He loves finding the animals, numbers, shapes and just looking at the adorable pictures.  He is now pretending to read it and does a pretty good job and telling me the story of Noah that is just perfect for a three year old to understand.

Fisher Price Little People Noah and the Animals can be purchased on amazon for $7.82.
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ANTBOY Debuts in Theaters April 16

ANTBOY Debuts in Theaters April 16

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We recently had the opportunity to sneak peak Antboy.  This will debut in theaters tomorrow, April 16th.  At first I wasn't sure what my boys would think about it but I have to say that they absolutely loved it! They are ages three and seven and have found this movie exciting and funny.  They are still talking about everything that happens!

A young boy who years to be something "special" transforms into a mighty super hero in the quintessential family adventure, Antboy.  Hitting screens in Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle, the highly acclaimed film, based on the popular Danish comic series by Kenneth Bogh Andersen, premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.


Synopsis:
Ordinary, overlooked 12-year old Pelle is transformed into an extraordinary superhero after he is bitten by a super-ant and inherits its abilities.  Overnight, the boy who nobody noticed becomes a local hero as he is dubbed "Antboy."  With the help of his new friend and sidekick, comic-loving Wilhelm, climbing walls, flipping cars, stopping robbers and saving babies all become part of his new dream life.  But all this changes when super-villain "The Flea" kidnaps a young girl, the subject of Pelle's affection and terrorizes the citizens of Middelund.  Antboy, with his sidekick Wilhelm and their friend Ida who won't take no for an answer, must fight this treacherous evil, rescue the damsel in distress, save the town from a super-villain and be home in time for dinner!

If Antboy will playing at theaters near you. It is definitely worth checking out!!
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Revlon Nutrifusion Hair Tools Review

Revlon Nutrifusion Hair Tools Review

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Have a pre-teen or teenager you are creating an Easter Bakset for?  If you are, I have a great product idea to include.  It's the  Revlon Nutrifusion Triple Oil Infused Curling Iron.  I recently had the opportunity to test out this product and was pretty impressed.

The size that I tried out was the 1 1/2" curling iron.  I wasn't looking for tons of curl, just some extra body added to my hair and it really did the trick.  It's easy to use and I felt like when I was using it that it wasn't burning my hair like some other styling tools can do.  The 1 1/2" curling iron that I used was very light weight which is always a plus.

Before and After
The Revlon Nutrifusion line consists of three curling irons and a multi-styling straightener, each of which are coated with moringa, macadamia, and argan-three of nature's purest oils that are valued for their nutritive properties.  These oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that condition strands and protect hair's natural luster, helping to reduce damage and restore hair's healthy shine each time you style.



The Revlon Nutrifusion line consists of the following:

  • 3/4" Curling Iron ($21.99 SRV)
  • 1" Curling Iron ($21.99SRV)
  • 1 1/2" Curling Iron ($24.99 SRV)
  • 1" Straightener ($29.99 SRV)
As I mentioned above, this product would make an awesome addition to a pre-teen or teens Easter Basket and comes at a very reasonable price. As far as holding curl, I think it did a great job.  You could still see all the extra body that the 1 1/2" added even the next morning.  This product is also available at Walmart.com.



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Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes Review

Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes Review

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As I mentioned it's Easter and with that comes time to make awesome desserts.  Now I'm sure that almost all my readers have a family member that absolutely loves Nutella.  My husband is a huge fan, so when I heard that there was a Nutella: The 30 best recipes book out there I just knew I had to try it!

Nutella is perhaps the world's most famous chocolate and hazelnut spread.  Sweet and rich, it is divine on toast for breakfast, in a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, and as a topping to a favorite dessert.  But Nutella, surprisingly versatile and easy to work with , can do even more than most realize!!

This is an awesome book and might I add the perfect size to fit into an Easter Basket for an older child or an adult that loves to cook!  It includes 30 recipes that will literally make your mouth water looking at.  Here are a few that you will find in the book:

  • Mini coconut and Nutella palmiers
  • Nutella whoopie pies
  • Nutella and coconut coulants
  • Banana and Nutella tartlets
  • Mini Nutella Croissants 
  • Nutella Creme brulee
  • caramel cream nutella lollies
  • Nutella and petit beurre cheesecake
  • Pear and Nutella crumble
  • Nutella truffles
Here is a delicious recipe that is in the book:


NUTELLA truffles 
Makes 15 TRUFFLES 
preparation time : 20 min • cooking time : 5 min • chilling time : 30 min 
Ingredients:
2 tbsp caster/superfine sugar 
15 whole hazelnuts 
2 oz plain Chocolate 
½ cup Nutella 
2 tbsp single/light cream 
1 oz Hazelnuts, toasted and chopped 
Directions:
1. In a saucepan, dissolve the caster/superfine sugar with 2 tbsp water to make a caramel. When it is ready, add the hazelnuts and mix thoroughly. When the hazelnuts are well coated with caramel, place them on a sheet of baking parchment and leave to dry. 
2. In a saucepan, melt the plain chocolate cut into pieces with the cream and NUTELLA®. Mix thoroughly until well combined then remove from the heat and leave to cool. 
3. Use a teaspoon to scoop up a nut-sized piece of the chocolate mixture. Add a caramel-coated hazelnut and roll in the palm of your hand to form a small ball. Repeat until all the mixture has been used, then roll the balls in the toasted, chopped hazelnuts. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. 

Nutella: The 30 best recipes is whimsically bound in the shape of a jar of Nutella and is divided into sections such as little Nutella treats and Nutella for sharing that make it easy to find the perfect recipe for any occasion.  Better yet, each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous full-color photo.

Nutella: The 30 best recipes is available on amazon with prime shipping so if you want to get it to your door in time for Easter then there is still time to do that!!  It has a SRP of  $10.95 but right now on amazon it is available for $8.91
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LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN #LegendsofOz

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN #LegendsofOz

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 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.

Starring Lea Michele, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Stewart with new music by Bryan Adams

Also:
Legends of Oz Express Tour: Join The Fun In A City Near You!!

Join Dorothy and friends for a day of FREE family fun with activities, games, character meets & greets, and story time when the Legends of Oz Express comes to your town!

For the latest information on the event in your city, click here.

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Frozen Read-Along Storybook & CD ~ Review!

Frozen Read-Along Storybook & CD ~ Review!

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I have another wonderful Frozen feature for you today!  Frozen's Read-Along  Storybook and CD.  If you have a little one that can't get enough Frozen than this is the book for her!  


about:

This USA TODAY best-selling novel tells the story of fearless optimist Anna who sets off on an epic journey—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Masterfully done - this book includes a narration CD that features character's voices and sound effects.  

My thoughts:

Frozen is such a hit and this is an awesome book.  I love the cd that comes with it.  Perfect for young readers or those who can't quite read yet.  Disney really brings the story alive with beautiful narrations.  The character's voices and sound effects make it a real auditory treat!  


You can find your copy of Frozen Read-Along Storybook & CD at your local bookstore or online at Amazon!

Peter Som Collection Coming to Kohl's  #PeterSomForKohls

Peter Som Collection Coming to Kohl's #PeterSomForKohls

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One of my favorite places to shop at online or in store is Kohl's.  They always have the latest fashions at affordable prices.   With that being said I am excited to announce their partnership with renowned American Fashion designer Peter Som!!  Now for those of you that may not be familiar with Peter Som, he is an renowned American designer that is inpsired  by St. Barths.  His collection features beautiful bold patters and bright colors in feminine skirts, dresses and separates.  Now I don't know about you, but with summer around the corner, I always get excited about purchasing clothing that has a beach feel.

On April 4th, Kohl's had their first ever Kohl's Peter Som Watch & Shop Google Hangout.  This was an awesome hangout where Peter Som was talking with fashion bloggers and giving peaks from his collection!! I still encourage you to go check it out if you missed it.  Here is a video from the hangout.



After you have checked out this awesome collection online and really want to see it in person and even try a few pieces on, then I have news for you!! Today (April 10) is the day that this collection comes to stores!!
I won't be able to make it into Kohl's today, but I have checked out the new collection online. This outfit caught my eye and I admit that I can't wait to get into the store to try it out, or maybe I will just order it ASAP.  Either way, I love the look of this collection and I hope you take the time to check out it!!


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Dr. Natalie Strand’s Spring Cleaning Tips

Dr. Natalie Strand’s Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is here and that means it's time for Spring Cleaning.  When most people think about Spring Cleaning the first thought in their mind is the house, but have you ever considered that it's also a good time to Clean your health!  Here are some awesome tips from Natalie Strand (winner of The Amazing Race and contributor on The Doctors)
 
Dr. Natalie Strand’s Spring Cleaning Tips:

1.      Relax, Don’t Just Rest - Stress is a huge contributor to poor health, but many people don’t know how to manage it. People often mistake resting for relaxing, but it’s not the same. Learn some stress reducing techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation or meditation.
2.      Get Seasonal - Check out your local farmer’s market. Buy seasonal foods and try to incorporate them in your meals every day. Seasonal produce is more flavorful and densely packed with nutrients.
3.      Make Exercise Fun - Spring is the perfect time of year to combine exercise with social activities. Be creative to get endorphins pumping and think of things to do with friends such as taking a salsa class, archery lessons, or an evening walk around the neighborhood.
4.      Get A Spring Tune-up - Doctor’s appointments are important, but often pushed to the wayside. Make a list and schedule all your appointments at once: yearly check-ups, dental exams and cleanings, eye exams, etc.
5.      Spruce Up Your Mouth Health - You’re already brushing your teeth twice a day so take the chance to switch to using oral care products that do more than just protect, but can actually help improve the health of your mouth.  Using Colgate Total regimen is proven to eliminate fifteen times more bacteria and improve mouth health in two weeks.  It's a simple change with a powerful impact.

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Tide The Sweet Dreams Collection

Tide The Sweet Dreams Collection

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Let me start off by saying that I am one of those people that sniff laundry detergent in the store aisle before purchasing.  Seriously I can't help myself and most of the time the smell is what sells me on a certain product.  With that being said, recently our family had the opportunity to check out the Tide Sweet Dreams Collection. I will say that seeing the words "Sweet Dreams" in a product was very appealing, especially since I have a six year old and three year old that refuse to sleep.  

Honestly The Sweet Dreams Collection could not have come at a better time.  Can you believe our sleep schedules are still wonky since the time change? My little dude says it isn't bed time until it gets dark and the minute a little light peaks through his window he is up like a little rooster, ready to start his day.  Talk about a kid at Christmas...that's what I was when this awesome smelling box of Tide Sweet Dreams Collection arrived at my door. 

Did you know that 41% of Americans report having problems with tossing and turning at least a few nights a week?  This is something I struggle with so I know exactly how frustrating it is. It's so hard to relax at the end of a busy, stressful day.  My mind goes crazy at night and even if I wake up in the middle of the night I start making a to-do list in my head.  Did you also know  that people jump to drastic measure to help with their sleep issues, but what many don't realize is that a great sleep can actually start in the laundry room!! By simply switching how you care for bedtime fabrics such as bed linens and pajamas, it can help relax the body.  100% of doctors agree that an appropriate sleeping environment is critical to aid in a person's ability to relax so they can fall asleep and half of physicians would recommend their patients use clean, lavender scented bedtime fabrics as a way to help them relax.


Now I wasn't able to wash the sheets in it the day it arrived since it was later in the evening but the next day I washed both of my boys bedding in the Sweet Dreams Collection. Did I mention that it smells amazing? My six year old was eager to jump into bed that night to test out this new scent to see if it really helped him sleep.  Little guy for the first time was out like a light within 20 minutes of laying down.  Towards the end of the week and nearing our usual laundry day for the sheets I noticed he was taking a little longer going to sleep as the smell started to fade.. so in my opinion, did it help him sleep better...I would like to think so. Now it didn't make him go to bed any earlier or sleep any later but it made out bedtime in general much easier and he slept through the night.  Yep, my six year old generally wakes up through the night as well.

The Sweet Dream Collection includes the following:  
  • Tide  plus A touch of Downy Sweet Dreams: Perfect for sheets, pajamas, and other nighttime fabrics, Tide works to clean fabrics from things you can see, like dirt—to things you can't see, like perspiration. This product includes lavender overtones with gourmand vanilla undertones to create a calming scent to help soothe you to sleep. 
  • Downy  UNSTOPABLES Dreams: An in-wash scent booster that allows consumers to control the amount of lavender scent added to each laundry load. The relaxing lavender scent will last 12 weeks in storage ensuring your bedtime fabrics can always be ready for bedtime. 
  • Downy Infusions Sweet Dreams: A premium liquid fabric softener with SilkTouch™ to infuse fabrics with a silky softness that makes your everyday fabrics (and you) feel fabulous. Contains a dual perfume system with Renewing Scent Pearl Technology that imparts your bedtime fabrics with a multi-layered lavender scent experience that continues long after your fabrics have been washed. 
  • Bounce  Sweet Dreams: Small but mighty— just toss one dryer sheet in the dryer to soften, freshen, control static, and help repel lint and hair on bedtime fabrics. 

So now that I have told you how amazing this new collection is, here are a few simple steps you can take to spring clean your sleep environment.

  • Wash sheets: We all know there is a problem when it comes to sleep hygiene in America, but the question is what can we do about it? First, the frequency at which you wash your sheets is critical. You should wash your sheets every week to maintain a healthy and comfortable sleep environment. In fact, 100 percent of doctors polled in a recent Healthcare Research & Analytics (HRA) study agreed that an appropriate sleeping environment is critical  to aid in a person’s ability to relax so they can fall asleep and half of physicians would recommend their patients use clean, lavender scented sheets (like what you can get using the Sweet Dreams Collection) as a way to help them relax so they can fall asleep.

  • Controlled room temperature: A cool room, somewhere around 65 degrees, makes for the best sleep. The feel of your mattress, pillows, sheets, and pajamas also affects the quality of your sleep. 
  • Turn off Electronics: Many people will lie in bed and check their phones and iPads before falling asleep, but the use of these electronics can have negative effects on your ability to fall asleep.  The above HRA study also found that 54 percent of doctors reported one of their patients’ biggest hindrances to falling asleep is engaging in electronics such as phones, computers and televisions too close to bedtime. Commit to a better night’s sleep every night by turning off technology at least 30 minutes before bedtime and taking the “Tuck In. Turn Off.” Pledge at www.TuckInTurnOff.com.
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No Time For A Slow Filtration System? Check Out The NEW CamelBak Relay!!  Review

No Time For A Slow Filtration System? Check Out The NEW CamelBak Relay!! Review

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We are huge fans of CamelBak in our house.  We have the hydration packs, water bottles and now the CamelBak Relay Pitcher,

The CamelBak Relay is pretty awesome! The size fits perfectly in our fridge and can even fit in the door area if we need it too and the filtration is fast.  It seems like some filtration systems are extremely slow when it comes to filling them up, but not the Relay!!  It was designed to filter water at the speed of your faucet and it does just as it promises!!



So how does CamelBak filter water 10x faster than the leading competitor?  It relies on a unique, pleated Double Filter Technology system that filters water twice.  Once as the pitcher is filled and again as water is poured.  The Relax Fresh Filter lasts four months with regular usage which makes it twice as long as leading competitors and when tested to NSF/ANSI Standard 41, independent test results have shown Relax removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor.

Features that made the CamelBak Relay so awesome:

  • Filters at the speed of your faucet
  • Double filter technology allows you to filter your water as you fill and again as you pour.
  • 10 cup capacity in a space saving design fits on your counter or in the door of your fridge.
  • Spill-proof locking lid prevents leaks when filling or pouring
  • Easy to read filter reminder dial (no batters needed)
  • Controlled pour makes it easy to fill all types of containers
  • Ergonomic handle design is comfortable to carry and pour 10 cups of water
  • No filling reservoir gives you more space for freshly filtered water
  • Dishwasher safe: all parts, except the filter, are top-rack dishwasher safe
  • 100% BPA-FREE
  • 4 month filter life is 2x the leading competitor
  • Last but definately not least..it has the CamelBak Guarantee that you can see even o my water bottle in the above picture.  It's simple really.... "If we build it, we'll Bak it with our lifetime guarantee"

Why we love it:
As I mentioned above we have yet to be disappointed with any CamelBak product and with this filtration system it is no different.  The speed that it filters water is just amazing.  We have tried many systems in the past and I admit that I eventually have stopped using them because honestly I didn't have time to sit and wait for it to filter the water.  Seriously, who has time for that nonsense?

Another feature that told me immediately is that it has a locking lid!! How many times have you had to deal with a lid slipping or feeling like it's going to fall off when dealing with other filtration systems?  I hate that and it makes me super nervous for my boys to pour water from those, but using the CamelBak Relay I have no worries.  The lid is locked and no spills with happen (well, unless they over-fill their glass).

This product is available in three (3) color choices (Charcoal, Aqua and Purple) and has a SRP of $36.99.  If you are tired of your super slow filtration system or if you are looking to upgrade to a new one...seriously check out CamelBak Relay Pitcher.  I am 100% sure that you will not be disappointed!!

You can also purchase CamelBak 3-Pack Relay Accessory Filter for only $28.50 which is very reasonable since one filter lasts approx. 4 months.

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