Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It is Time to Embrace Our Curls with Dove Hair's Love Your Curls Campaign! {#LoveYourCurls}

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After spending so many years using a variety of tools and products to attempt to tame my thick curly hair, when I hear that a company claims that they understand the unique concerns of all kinds of curly hair... I have to admit that I'm skeptical. How have they managed to figure out the secret that has caused so many struggles for those of us with waves, curls, ringlets and more?

However, I've long been familiar with (and a fan of) Dove Hair products, so of course I wanted to see just how much their passion for making individuals feel their most beautiful could translate over to making women and girls of all ages love and celebrate their curls.

It's time for Dove Hair's Love Your Curls campaign!

Dove Hair Love Your Curls

Did you know that only four in 10 little girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful? Or that while one in three women in the U.S. have curly hair, only 10% of them actually feel proud of their hair? It really isn't any wonder that Dove Hair launched the Love Your Curls campaign to encourage women to celebrate their curls and inspire future generations to do the same!

First up, Dove Hair's Love Your Curls book!

Dove Love Your Curls book

A poetic tribute to curly hair, the new Love Your Curls book came about when Dove Hair was inspired by thousands of stories from women with curly hair. In fact, it was these real stories that were the background for the poems in the book by best-selling author, Taiye Selasi (gorgeous illustrations are by Annick Poirier).

Whether you have a head of curls yourself or you have a family member or friend that could use a little encouragement to embrace their locks, this beautiful book is the perfect gift for just about anyone. While I have been adoring turning the pages in the hardcover version...

Love Your Curls book

...the eBook of Love Your Curls is available to anyone and everyone for FREE!

Simply visit Dove.com/LoveYourCurls and you are not only able to download and share this book, but in a few easy steps you are able to create a personalized eBook with a custom dedication and illustration for the special curly girl in your life.

Love Your Curls dedication

Along with personalizing, downloading and enjoying Love Your Curls, Dove Hair has also set out to help women and girls with curly hair feel more confident with the introduction of their Dove Quench Absolute products.

Dove Quench products

Naturally curly hair is physically different to other hair types and requires a higher degree of nourishment. Therefore, Dove created Quench Absolute as their most deeply nourishing range for 4X more defined, natural curls.

This three part system makes it possible to finally embrace the natural beauty of our curly hair and get more nourished, bouncy curls with every wash!

Dove Quench Absolute products

Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo gently cleanses curly hair, leaving it feeling soft and smooth and strengthened from the core. At the same time, Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Conditioner absorbs effortlessly into the hair to increase manageability of curls and result in a smooth finish.

Or, after reviving your naturally curly hair and strengthening it from the core with the shampoo, the Dove Quench Absolute Intensive Restoration Mask can take things even further by enveloping each curl to deliver intense nourishment for ultimate smoothness. This deep conditioner can be used twice a week after shampooing for best results!

Finally, the Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum is a fast absorbing, lightweight curl leave-in nourishing treatment that contains high levels of glycerine to penetrate and nourish hair. Whether used on wet or dry hair, this serum has been fantastic at taming frizz and providing a sleek, smooth finish for me.

In fact, this entire line has been providing great results for me — from the soft feel to the fantastic smell to the overall way that my hair feels smoother and more manageable! Dove Hair has actually made me love my curls so much more!

Dove Quench results

Whether you have tight ringlets or a soft wave, Dove Quench Absolute products can help give you a healthy, frizz-free, easy-to-manage solution for your curly hair lifestyle. The formulas, infused with protein, nutrients and Buriti Oil, help provide soft, touchable, beautiful-looking curls and who doesn't want that?

To find out more about Dove Hair's impressive products as well as their Love Your Curls book (remember, it's free to personalize and download!), visit Dove.com/LoveYourCurls and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Motherhood and Dove and I have been compensated and provided product in exchange for my participation. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tasting is Believing with Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods! {#TasteAndBelieve}

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I participated in a In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As much as I would like to say that I always make the healthiest choices when it comes to snacking, I can't help but scoff at how far that is from the truth. Is there anyone that can make that claim? If so, how in the world can they stand some of those low-calorie options that say they taste great... but instead resemble a lightly sweetened piece of cardboard?

In fact, from salty snacks to savory desserts, it has always seemed to me to be near impossible to truly enjoy portion-controlled offerings. Will I simply just always have to give up flavor in order to reduce calories?

The answer is a resounding NO! Thanks to the arrival of Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods, it is now 100% possible for me to indulge my sweet tooth without going overboard in calories! Skeptical? I was, too! But I'm telling you, Tasting Is Believing!

tasting is believing

Words can't accurately portray the incredible taste of the Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss, a sweet and salty decadent treat that delivers the perfect combination of rich chocolate brownie and real caramel at only 90 calories.

But again, the lower calories wouldn't really matter to me if these individually wrapped little brownies tasted like pretty much every other low-cal dessert that I've ever tried (which tend to leave my cravings less than satisfied). However, in this case Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods has actually done it! The Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss is really truly bliss!

However, If you don't want to take my word for it (take my word for it! I LOVE THESE!), then you still have no excuse to not try Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods right now due to their Tasting Is Believing Challenge.

weight watchers free rebate

Easy as that. Simply purchase Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods treats until May 31st and, if you aren't in love, you'll get a full refund (complete details and full customer reactions can be found at TastingIsBelieving.com).

If you ask me, there isn't a chance that a single rebate will be issued after people try the Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss. Instead, they're going to take one bite and will join me in shouting from the rooftops that they are fantastic! Amazing! Delectable! Delicious!

In fact, that is just what happened when I had the opportunity to host a "Try and Reveal Tasting Party" recently with these magnificent treats. I had no doubt that my family and friends would be just as infatuated with the Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss as I am, not to mention that they would never guess that they were from Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods.

Weight Watchers brownie bliss

After removing the Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss treats from their packaging and arranging them on a platter, it was time to put the blind taste test into effect.

My mouth was watering even before my guests were anywhere around!

Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss

Alas, it was time to (reluctantly) share.

WW Salted Caramel Brownies

Without question, eyes lit up around the room as soon as people took a look at these little bites of perfection. And then when they bit into the Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss the reactions were just as positive — I knew that they would love these!

Weight Watchers Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss

After everyone had the chance to eat their Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss (and lick their plate clean), it was time to let them guess the brand they thought was behind the divine treats.

Once all of the guesses were made and the cards were in the jar, it was time to reveal that the treats were in fact Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods!

Weight Watchers surprise

Complete shock, I tell you! How could this sweet and salty treat deliver such flavor yet only have a Weight Watchers PointsPlus value of 2 points? (I'm pretty sure the answer contains some sort of magic.)

What are you waiting for? Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss are available at grocery stores now for a suggested retail price beginning at $3.29 per box. Or, if chocolate and caramel isn't your thing, other Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods products include Red Velvet Crème Cake, Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss, Mint Chocolate Brownie Bliss, Carrot Crème Cake and more.

weight watchers sweet baked goods

Find out much more about all of the delicious Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods products, where to purchase them, the Love It Or It's Free refund, and more at TastingIsBelieving.com. You can also connect with all things Weight Watchers on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Brighten Up Spring and Summer with FabKids Children's Clothing {Review}

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Even though it is a bit sad that it took until May for all of our winter gear to finally be packed away for good (you just never know when it might still snow here in the Midwest!), there is no doubt that the arrival of spring and the impending summer has everyone happy.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the ability to throw open our closets and pick from the bright, cheery, warm weather clothing (and not layer it under five other items) always brings a smile. Where have you been all winter, bright yellows, pizazz-filled pinks and bold turquoises?

Around here, there is no doubt that all of these colors and more have been on display even more lately thanks to the arrival of our newest high quality apparel from FabKids.

FabKids May

We were thrilled to join the FabKids team last month and, without a doubt, Little Sister B couldn't wait to see the colors, styles and fashions that were going to be introduced for May. Would there be more high quality fabrics, age-appropriate designs, and comfortable-yet-chic looks?

Yes, yes and yes!

FabKids girls clothing

I wasn't surprised when Little Sister B chose the Rainbow Hearts Outfit as her favorite and, with the arrival of this dress and leggings set, I could tell that she was over the moon with her choice. But I really couldn't blame her, as does it get much more fun than this?


The Rainbow Heart Skater Dress is not only adorably appealing with all of the bright hearts in varying colors, but the durable, stretchy fabric feels smooth and soft on your skin. The little pleats along the waistband give form and shape to the dress while the bold pink zipper down the back is lined for safety and ensures a quick and easy fit.

Add in the classic (ultra soft!) Fab Soft Legging in pretty much any color and this outfit comes together just right.

FabKids quality

Little Sister B has adored wearing her new FabKids clothing to school (and has received multiple compliments) and comes home each time telling me about the new friends or teachers that have commented on its cuteness. Who doesn't love hearing that?

In fact, she has already declared how excited she is to to head into Memorial Day weekend in this great outfit!

Our plans include spending time with family, heading to a major league baseball game and more, and all my stylish little fashionista needs to do is bring along a light sweater in case the wind picks up or for when the sun goes down and she will be all set to soak up the fun and sun of the holiday!

FabKids review

Once again FabKids has shown that they are the place to go for kids that love fashion and for parents that love quality, style and comfort!

Every outfit they offer is age-appropriate and colorful, while being designed to work at home, at school, on the playground and more. And remember that while pricing for Regular Members starts at $42, once you sign up as a VIP Member (which is free and can be canceled at any time), you'll receive outfits for $29.95, with items that start at $14.95 and shoes from $16.95. VIP Members also rack up reward points, earn special savings, and more!

FabKids childrens clothing

To find out more about FabKids and the ways that they can effortlessly style the children in your life from head to toe, visit their website at FabKids.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Other than the Rainbow Hearts Outfit that we received from FabKids in order to facilitate this review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this site and their products.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Green Mountain Summer Sunrise Blend Limited Edition K-Cup Coffee {Review}

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For decades manufacturers and artists have tried to capture the essence of nature to put it into products for consumers' enjoyment. Paintings of bolts of lightening or the wonders of outer space, candles with the aroma of ocean waves or tropical jungle mists, sound machines depicting a bubbling stream or the croak of a bullfrog, and more.

But what about the taste of nature — in particular a sunrise? We can close our eyes and imagine the beautiful colors, hear the early morning crickets or even smell the warming of the dew on the grass, but taste? How what sort of flavor would that early morning scene provide?

There's no doubt in my mind that Green Mountain Coffee has accomplished it spot on with their Green Mountain Summer Sunrise Blend limited edition K-cup coffee!

Summer Sunrise Blend

A limited edition, fair trade certified coffee, Green Mountain Summer Sunrise Blend is a seasonal roast that only makes an appearance in late spring. We all know the feeling of fresh, bright sunshine to start the day, so why not embrace the same cheerful warmth in our favorite mug?

I was intrigued to try Summer Sunrise Blend simply after hearing the name, but then when I saw that it is medium roast, is made from 100% Arabica beans, and that it contains citrus notes and provides a sweet, clean finish, I was even more excited to start brewing.

Green Mountain Summer Sunrise Blend coffee

I'm the first to admit that I'm not always the most cheery person in the morning, so taking a deep breath of this aromatic, seasonal blend has been a great way to make me feel a little more sunny.

I love that Green Mountain Coffee created this special coffee to reflect the best aspect of the season and that the essence of summer is found in each sip!

Green Mountain Summer Sunrise Blend k-cups

Mmm, mmmm! Full-bodied, medium roast, rich aroma, and a smooth, almost-creamy flavor with the tiniest hint of sweetness? I really couldn't ask for much more and am looking forward to waking up to these K-cups for as long as they are available!

If you're already a fan of Green Mountain Coffee (who isn't?), make sure to pick up some Summer Sunrise Blend delectable K-cup coffee (head over to the fabulous Cross Country Cafe for a great deal!) for easy and delicious brewing in your Keurig. I'm telling you, it's like a slice of uplifting sunshine right in your mug every morning!

As a Cross Country Cafe Ambassador, I have been provided with products in exchange for my continued work with their company and affiliate links are included in the above post. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.