Saturday, April 12, 2014

#DIY #Easter Candy Terrarium #HopItForward


Who's getting into the Easter spirit? If you haven't yet, World Market will definitely get you there! As an ambassador, I was provided the opportunity to put together another creative project and I thought it would be lots of fun to create an Edible Easter Terrarium. It makes the perfect gift for any candy and desert lover and equally a beautiful center piece or as part of an Easter Decor tablescape or a party place setting.

When hunting for the perfect terrarium holder, I had so many options, It was hard to settle on one. I thought the best choice was one that could easily be reused for other things. I chose the Half Gallon storage Jar,  as it's perfect to store things in later. Re-usables make the best gifts!

Once I had my terrarium bottle picked out, It was time to pick out the goodies in order to put together the Easter garden scene I had in my head. I used the cutest limited edition World Market Easter fabric chicks that I perched atop the cute Easter birds nests, small Lindt chocolate rabbits, pastel chocolate eggs, candy flowers, large white chocolate rabbit, green licorice to mimic mossy logs, and the Ghirardelli double chocolate brownies that I used to mimic dirt.

Directions: 

Step 1- Bake the brownies as you normally would. Let cool and then crumble them up to resemble dirt or soil. 

Step 2- Take handfuls of the crumbles and pat them down into the bottle to look like soil for a garden. 

Step 3-  Push the big rabbit, small rabbit and eggs  into the "dirt"

Step 4- Add the flowers to make a bed on top. 

Step 5- Add two licorice logs on either side and perch the fabric chicks on top. 

Voila! Your terrarium is finished. 




I cut a medium square sized piece of pretty pink gingham parchment paper to add more decoration and make it more presentable as a gift. 


How freaking cute are these little chicks and nests? They all look like they're singing. 

And now it's giveaway time! Help World Market Spread Random Acts of Hoppiness and enter for a chance to win a $2,000 World Market gift card and a Year’s supply of Divine Chocolate! 

There will also be 3 Runner Up Prizes for a $500 World Market gift card and Divine Chocolate! 

Help us reach our goal of 5,000,000 hops and we’ll Hop It Forward by donating 50,000 meals to regional food banks. Earn bonus hops by sharing with us your Random Acts of Hoppiness for more chances to win. Sweepstake runs from March 31st – April 18th .. Let’s get Hoppin’


Enter Below and GOOD LUCK! 

This post is sponsored by World Market and in accordance with FTC Guidelines. All opinions are always my own.

Friday, April 11, 2014

@WorldMarket @HopItForward #sweepstakes!



Help us and Cost Plus World Market spread Random Acts of Hoppiness and enter for a chance to win a $2,000 World Market gift card and a Year’s supply of Divine Chocolates in their #HopItForward Sweepstakes! 

For details: http://bit.ly/ORNEZy


Monday, April 7, 2014

#DIY #Nautical #nailart #notd

I have been into everything nautical lately. I always get obsessed with it, once spring rolls around. A cute new nautical shirt I bought the other day from ROSS inspired me to do my nails with the classic nautical designs. I have a shaky hand and can barely draw a straight line, let alone without my dominant hand so I am proud of the nail art I do succeed with. It's never near perfect, but that just gives it character, right? ;)

Hope you enjoy my nautical nails and i'd love to see yours! Excuse the wretched cuticles!



Can you tell this was with my non- dominant hand? ;) 

Nail polish Used: 


For the base, I used Sally Hansen's "Midnight watch" from their Complete Salon Manicure Collection. This stuff  goes on so smooth with a wide brush and dries like a dream. This is a deep dark beautiful blue similar to the striped on my shirt. Also see more nail art I did using "Night watch" & Fuzzy Coat.

For the Gold trim and outlining, I used Sally Hansen's "Wedding Glitter" from the same collection- A gorgeous gold glitter that was the perfect color to mimic the gold in the shirt's buttons.  

I used an LA Colors nail art pen in white for the anchor and wheel. 

And here is the shirt. Isn't it adorable?! Sometimes Ross has the cutest hidden treasures, don't they? They are so cheap too. For 8 bucks, I was not leaving without it! 








Sunday, April 6, 2014

@KushyFoot #Review & #Giveaway!

This review has been inspired from samples by Kushyfoot.
I'm back with more kushy foot and a lot more products! Have you heard of Kushy foot? They are one of my absolute favorite brands for fashionable footwear, shapewear and accessories. I have reviewed a scarf, foot wear and now I've got more designs to share with you. They are super fashionable, comfortable and most importantly, affordable!


I have the pleasure to introduce and giveaway some of their newest designs in foot wear and I'm really loving these. So far I have worn them with high heels, flats, tennis shoes, and boots. All of these padded socks have made my footsies happier in my shoes. Especially in my flats, as a lot of them like to come without enough cushioning.

                                   Tennis shoe foot covers. 

These are awesome, because they are comfortable and not too thin or thick, but the biggest plus is that they are breathable so you won't get sweaty. You can get your footsies nasty as can be from running or walking all day and still take them off to reveal fresh, funkless feet. They also have plastic attachments on the hell so that they don't fall off during movement. I thought that was really nice, considering I have battled that problem several times. No more escaping socks bunching up into your shoe!

Sheer Anklet


These sheer anklets have a special ribbed bottom to add a little bit of a massaging effect on your soles. The rest of the anklet is sheer like pantihose and the sock reaches just above your ankle. They are super comfy and great to wear with work pants and flats for a bit of extra comfort if you're on your feet all day or to put on after a long day. I have icky carpet and i love to wear these when I walk on it. I can't feel the unpleasant texture. 

Toe covers

These toe covers are also sheer aside from the bottoms, which feature a massaging padding. They are for when you need extra comfort in the middle of your foot. These are great for heels! 

Foot covers- Extreme Low cut


These foot covers are extreme low cut for those skimpier flats that show more skin. They are undetectable when you are wearing your flats and they deliver extra comfort in the heels or toes with padding. So often flats come with very little padding and this will help with that problem. These are perfect for any close toed shoes. They come in lace and other pretty designs and like all Kushy foot's other footwear, they are super comfy.

These also come in Super Ultra low cut , if you need them a little less low cut. Some are padded at the toe and some at the heel for your convenience.

I am very happy with these footwear and I have noticed that they also keep my feet from being irritated by the materials of some of my shoes. Definitely worth the low cost at just $12 for 3 pairs and up! 

Right now you can take advantage of their 20% off  sale when you spend $40! ALSO, check out their clearance for $5 slippers and more! 

To keep up with promotions and new products, I encourage you to follow their social media! 

And now i'm excited to giveaway the same collection of samples valued at $50, to one lucky winner! 
Good Luck! 

Open to US Only 
Starts 4-5 12 am est
Ends 4-19 am est 


This giveaway and review is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

#DIY #Roses #Nailart #notd

Spring is in the air and flowers are all over clothing and nails. I love this time of year. If you came here looking for a way to do rose nail art, have no fear. It is ridiculously simple to achieve this design.  The ones I did are inspired by my shirt. I attempted to get them to match my shirt and got very close with the colors I had on hand. I love this little DIY rose design. Read on for directions.






Step 1. Paint the whole nail bed Green. (I used Sally Hansen's vibrant green "Kelp out") It's a gorgeous bright green.

Step 2. Dot 3 big circle "blobs" using a dark pink (I used Sally Hansen's "Punch Drunk")  Put two on the top of the nail and then one on the bottom.

Step 3.  Grab a lighter pink or purple color (I used Zoya's "Brigitte") and use a thin nail art brush, nail art pen or toothpick to draw a medium thick line on either side of the circle. Then add one or two right in the middle of the circle from bottom up and lightly swirl or turn it in. This will give the shadow illusion and an opening to the flower.

Step 4.  Using the same tool and a lighter green color (I used Nail Art by Diamond Cosmetics in Lime), add the leaves by drawing them on either side of one or two of the roses.

Step 5. Cover with one top coat (I used  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. The stuff is amazing)

* Make sure to let your nails dry in between steps! 


Voila! Instant roses and so pretty.  You can get more detailed and really go in depth with the design, but this is the very simple and efficient way to get that cute rose nail art.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Qi Pillow Review & Giveaway. #Backpain relief is here.

 This post has been inspired by free samples. It has been a long time since I have found significant relief from my constant back pain, and now I am happy to share a recent breakthrough that has helped me! Have you heard of the Qi pillow? It's a specially designed pillow that helps support your back, legs and anything else you can rest on it. Body support disguised as a beautiful throw pillow.

Where did this come from?

Patrick Lee is a Human Spinal Biomechanics Researcher and the founder of an international medicaldevices manufacturer. He and his team of thousands of doctors collaborated  for a decade to finally bring you the invention of the Qi Pillow. They have helped over 2,000 licensed back pain specialists from around the world in enhancing their patients back care.

The magic

 Unlike traditional pillows that have very little support, the Qi pillow has a lot and you can adjust just how much. How so? Because it uses the convenience of inflation. Yup, just like you blow into an inner tube, you blow into this until you have reached the level support you want for your back. Because of it's form, it allows for adjustment to unique the shape of your back. This idea is so simple, yet so genius!


It couldn't be more simple to use.

All you do is unzip the protective pillow cover to reveal a covered plastic tube with a cap to blow in. Pull up the cap and gently hold it with your thumb and forefinger. Only blow a few times the first time and take care to never over-inflate. That's it! Just put it wherever you need support and enjoy the relief. 


The Aesthetics

I love that fact that as convenient as these are, they are not an eye sore on my couch. A lot of products may be helpful, but are just so not fun to look at. Qi pillows are made of a faux suade that is so pretty and soft to the touch. These pillows are very generously sized at 18X18, which I really appreciate for my frame. Pictured above are the ones I own in the sage color. They also offer a camel color. 

How I use it 

I like to have one pillow behind my back at my workstation or when i'm sitting on the couch. I also like to slightly deflate one pillow to put under the weight of my legs, behind my knees for added support on those really bad low back pain days. It honestly helps and is so much better than one flimsy pillow.You just can't get that kind of support for your back without stacking upwards of 4 pillows behind you. All it takes is ONE of the Qi pillows to find comfort.

Eternal fluff

We all know pillows lose their fluff sooner or later. Well, imagine having one that stays puffed indefinitely! That is the Qi pillow. Supportive, comfortable, stylish and innovative.

Proven

This pillow has been time tested and has been proven by a clinical study to help 91% of back pain sufferers relieve their back stiffness, pain and fatigue, and improve their sitting posture and comfort.
Check out Qi pillow and experience it for yourself ! 

The pillow can be found at the following retailers: 

K-mart

Keep up with promotions and learn more through their social media!

Website
Youtube
Newsletter
Facebook
Twitter 
Pinterest


And NOW, I'm SO excited to be able to offer one lucky winner a pair of their own Qi pillows! A $100 value! Enter the Rafflecopter below and Good Luck! US and CANADA Only


Live at 12 am est April 2nd
Ends April 17th 12 am est








Monday, March 24, 2014

The top 4 reasons to take #Vitamin D Supplements



Are you big on vitamin supplements? It wasn't until my late 20's that I started to get weird, illusive symptoms indicative of vitamin deficiency and sure enough when I took the advice of friends to take more vitamins, those symptoms disappeared. Even if you are the slightest bit low in an important vitamin, it will manifest several ways in your body.

Vitamin D is a big one for me now, as I don't go out in the sun nearly as much as I used to and that is one of the most important vitamins for your immune system and whole body function in general. Especially bone health. My 3 biggest vitamins are Vitamin B-12, C and D. D is harder to get, because it's nearly impossible to get from food if you don't go out in the sun enough and I rarely consume cow milk. This is where supplements come in and help a lot, when you take the right kind. 

In the United States, a big part of the population suffers from a vitamin D deficiency, but many Americans have no idea that they aren't getting enough of this essential vitamin. Vitamin D is a little different from all other vitamins; it's a steroid hormone that the body gets from supplementation or sun exposure. The vitamin has an ability to influence your genetic expression, so getting enough of it can produce a range of health benefits.

It's not always easy to spend time in the sun, so it's important to take vitamin D supplements to prevent chronic disease. When you supplement your intake, you benefit in the following ways:

Regulate Calcium

Your body needs calcium to maintain bone strength and density. If your body doesn't properly absorb calcium, your bones end up brittle and weak. The best way to regulate your calcium absorption is to take a high-quality vitamin D supplement. Since vitamin D acts like a hormone, it triggers the production of extra parathyroid hormones (PTH) in your body. PTH produces calcitrol in your intestines and kidneys; these organs absorb the substance and convert it into calcium.

Immune System Health

Vitamin D helps your immune system fight off common illnesses like the cold and flu. There have been many studies done that prove vitamin D to be beneficial to a person's immune system. It's been proven to enhance immunity while inhibiting the development autoimmunity.

Fights Cancer

When a person properly supplements vitamin D, they encourage cell differentiation; this means that cells in their body can perform their functions correctly. When this happens, your body can fight off foreign cancer cells, and it can also slow down the rate at which foreign cells multiply. Cancer is caused when your cells can't differentiate properly; it can't hurt to take some vitamin D on a daily basis.

Reduce Inflammation

New discoveries have shown that chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of illnesses like cancer and heart disease. Vitamin D is a way to reduce the amount of inflammation in your body.

Supplementing your vitamin D intake should be an important part of your daily routine. When taking high-quality supplements, you stay healthier and happier. Try Ovitaminpro for some high quality vitamin selections, among many other places. Vitamin D benefits are being discovered by researchers on a daily basis, and all the discoveries show just how important it is to make sure that you take extra vitamin D daily.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Ovitaminpro. All information is in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Announcing the latest winners!



Winner of the Candle warmer plus melts is:  Vikki B. 

Winner of the Build A Bear $25 Gift Card is: Linda M.


E-mails have been sent and please respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Thanks! :) 



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sitara Collections $100 Gift Card #Giveaway and #review


This post was inspired and sponsored by Sitara collection. All opinions are 100% my own. 
I have had the lovely chance to work with SitaraCollections.com. An online jewelry, home store and more that features unique pieces from all over the world. 



The piece I chose to review is this hand made Mango wood bowl set with spoons, that sits on a pretty tray. The tray has a stunning Tree of Life design engraved into both sides. and everything is made of sustainable mango wood. It's so lovely to look at and I use it for holding many different foods. The quality is very nice, thick, heavy but not too heavy and sturdy. It's just beautiful to look at. I love the woodsy and earthy feel it gives to my home. Very happy with this product. You can tell the Artisan of this design put a lot of care into making this. 


Wait till you see what else they offer, like the beautiful earrings above. A very pretty array of jewelry and home collections is waiting for you. Go take a look! 

AND 

Right now, Sitara Collections is giving away a $100 Gift Card! There will be 5 lucky winners !!

 Sweeps ends April 15, 2014, get your entry in! 

Good Luck! 


Coastal Contacts #FREE #Glasses offer is up again!

I would highly suggest you take advantage of this offer if you or a loved one need new glasses. It's only your first pair and it so worth the cheap shipping costs! It averages about $13, give or take what add ons you choose. Pictured below, is me in my own snazzy glasses from Coastal Contacts. Your pair will come with every single thing you need in a beautiful case. Trust me, you don't want to miss this! They are quality glasses. This offer comes around rarely now!!


Use code: FIRSTPAIRFREE (includes standard lenses) to get the deal. – Try them on at home and if the frames don't fit, return shipping is free!



Me in my FREE Coastal Contact glasses from 1 year ago. Still perfect to this day! 


What your glasses will come with.



Grab your new FREE glasses while you can and make sure to have your prescription information ready to go! These go fast!