Switch & Go Dinos – Review & GIVEAWAY {#sponsored}

Yes, another giveaway! This one is for the little ones in your life. My 5 year old is actually responsible for this review…he was more than happy to help mom out ūüôā Upon opening the Switch & Go Dinos…

We were given the opportunity to review a new toy from VTech‘s Switch & Go Dino line. ¬†Is it a helicopter? Is it a dinosaur? No, it’s Blister the Velociraptor!


It’s a helicopter that easily transforms into a dinosaur…what little boy wouldn’t like that?! (And probably some little girls too!)

Mr. Three immediately went to work transforming his helicopter into a dinosaur. He was amazed by all the sound and visual effects he discovered. The helicopter makes realistic flying sounds, has an LED search light, and things you can launch, which my son loves!

This was my favorite however. After changing it over to a dinosaur, he discovered that the dinosaur’s eyes are animated. He was so funny, I’m glad I still had my camera out!
There is more to this than ‘just a toy’ too. As I have come to expect and appreciate from VTech toys, they are educational as well.¬†In dinosaur mode, there are sound effect buttons that make dinosaur sounds, but also phrases that teach facts about each dino. In addition to Blister the Velociraptor, there is also¬†Jagger the T-Rex‚ĄĘ, SkySlicer the Allosaurus‚ĄĘ, MC Roar the Giganotosaurus‚ĄĘ, Stompsalot the Amargasaurus‚ĄĘ, Quiver the Stygimoloch‚ĄĘ, Torr the Therizinosaurus‚ĄĘ and Akuna the Velociraptor‚ĄĘ! Kids can have a army of helicopters and a family of dinosaurs!
 
I was thrilled that it sparked my son’s imagination, kept him entertained, and away from his hand held video games. I have found Blister in dinosaur mode, ‘guarding’ the entrance to the playroom – I guess my son is trying to keep his other toys protected ūüôā
 
Now that I’ve told you about this awesome toy, you want one too right?! Well, the fabulous folks of VTech have offered just that. One Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader will win a¬†Blister the Velociraptor‚ĄĘ, and with Christmas right around the corner, this would be a great toy for Santa to have in his sack! ¬†To enter, just complete the Rafflecopter form.
Open to US residents.
As stated, I received a sample product from VTech to review. All opinions expressed are my own or that of my official toy-tester (my 5 y/o son).

Pizza Puffs & Cookbook Review + GIVEAWAY!

One of my favorite food bloggers is Nicole of Prevention RD. I’ve been reading her blog for years now, and she has inspired me to try many new things…like tofu! Yes, my family wasn’t thrilled with that, but I discovered tofu isn’t so bad ūüôā We share the desire to take our favorite foods and lighten them up, and that healthy eating can be delicious! I was very excited for her when she announced she was writing a cookbook, and I was even more excited when I was contacted by the publisher to review the book! Not only that, they are offering a free copy to one of you!!

You know when you start looking over a cookbook, and immediately start bookmarking pages that it’s a good one. One of the first recipes in the book is for Pizza Puffs, and I knew they had to be made immediately. My kids and I love all things pizza!

Pizza Puffs from Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking Cookbook

3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup fat free milk
1 egg, lightly beaten (I used Egg Beaters since I was out of eggs)
4 oz. (1 cup) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
34 slices turkey pepperoni, quartered (I used about 20)
1/2 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought; I used this easy version)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, thinly sliced
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375ňöF. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and oregano; whisk in milk and egg. Stir in mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand 10 minutes.
Stir batter, and divide among mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20-25 minutes.
Warm pizza sauce, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil. Sprinkle puffs with remaining 1 tablespoon basil. (I omitted) Serve puffs with pizza sauce for dipping. (if desired, my kids didn’t want sauce.)
Yield:
24 pizza puffs
Nutrition Information (per pizza puff):
38 calories; 1.4 g fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 123 mg sodium; 3.5 g carbohydrate; 0.1 g fiber; 3.0 g protein (stats per book)
*using the above stats, I calculated these as 1 Weight Watchers Point Plus (per puff)!
These made a great portable meal for the kids the other evening when we they had an insane schedule and had to actually eat dinner between volleyball games. I preferred them at room temp, so they will be great to pack for lunches at school, to have as appetizers, you name it! (When hot they are puffy and airy with melty cheese; when cooled they are more dense like actual pizza bites – they are good both ways!)
The cookbook is like Nicole’s blog, it has a wide variety of recipes with amazing pictures of each dish. The next on my list to make is the Greek Orzo and the Chocolate Dutch Baby. I’ve also already made Oven Fried Pickles from the book! It’s also the perfect time of year to try the Lightened-Apple Crisp, and the Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze looks absolutely amazing!
So who’s interested in Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking Cookbook with 100 Light and Delicious Recipes?! Just enter via the rafflecopter form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure – As stated in the post, I was given a copy of the cookbook for review. All opinions are my own.

Molten Deep Dish Cookies from Krusteaz & a GIVEAWAY!

Yes, you read correctly! I have another giveaway for you guys!! And this one is for COOKIES {said in best Cookie Monster voice}. Not just any cookies either, but molten. deep dish. cookies. ¬†Yep, you know when I was asked if I would like to sample the new line of cookie mixes from Krusteaz, I could not hit reply fast enough to say….yesss! My kids were definitely on board too, as a matter of fact, they made the first batch as soon as they arrived on our doorstep.

These are the Molten Deep Dish Chocolate with Caramel Cookies. They are also available in Sugar Cookie with Chocolate and Classic Cookie with Chocolate (see their entire line of cookie mixes here).
The cookies are baked in a muffin tin, so you get a nice big cookie, with a creamy center. However, I think it would be fun to make our next batch in a mini muffin pan. Because everyone knows when they are mini, you can eat lots more at one time ūüėÄ ¬†The cookies are easy to whip up, b/c as I said, my 10 and 12 year old made these. They were a little difficult to remove from the muffin pan, but since I wasn’t watching the girls, they might not have sprayed it quite enough. I’ll be making more very soon…for testing purposes of course *wink wink* ¬†They were definitely a hit around here, as they lasted about a millisecond.
I’m pretty excited to try some of the other products from Krusteaz too, like the new line of Crumb Cake and Muffin Mixes…they look pretty amazing, but I’m MOST excited about their pumpkin line! Y’all know I’m kind of a pumpkin freak (I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to pumpkin now!) and Krusteaz has Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix, Quick Bread, Pancake Mix, and Pumpkin Pie Bars!! I’m in love! Now, if my local grocery store would just get them in! (They are seasonal from Sept-Dec.)
SO, who would like to win the entire line of Molten Deep Dish Cookie Mixes?! Krusteaz is offering one winner a prize pack including:
  • Molten Deep Dish Classic Cookie with Chocolate Center
  • Molten Deep Dish Chocolate Cookie with Caramel Center
  • Molten Deep Dish Sugar Cookie with Chocolate Center

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway open to US residents only.
Disclosure – as stated, I received sample boxes of the Krusteaz Molten Deep Dish Cookie mixes. All opinions expressed are my own (or that of my children!) No other compensation was received.

Easy Cake Mix Cookie Bars & Chinet Bakeware {GIVEAWAY} #sponsored

To commemorate back-to-school for my girls, and entering Kindergarten for my little man, we had to have a little celebration. A par-tay if you will. And nothing says party in the Mo’Betta house better than CHOCOLATE. These bars start with a cake mix, so they are quick and easy, and you can add in anything you have in the baking drawer/cabinet/pantry (yes, I have baking supplies in all those places. #hoarder)

The original recipe was a cookie bar, but I reduced the fat by replacing some of the oil with applesauce, resulting in a more cake-like brownie texture, which is why I am just calling them Cake Mix Bars. With chocolate chunks, cookies and cream pieces, and M &¬†M candies…they aren’t exactly low-fat…but hey, I tried. Sort of.
Not only were these bars quick and easy to make…there was very little clean up too. (Always an A+ in my book!) I used the new Chinet Bakeware (9×11 pictured here) and Chinet dessert plates for serving. Yes, you read that right, Chinet now has bakeware! Disposable pans that come in a variety of sizes, making any situation where you need to carry food somewhere, (or just needing easy clean-up!) very convenient! Each pan also comes with a lid, so transporting is so easy, and you don’t have to worry about getting your pan back! These cake bars made for super happy kids, and easy clean-up made for a happy mom. It’s a win folks.
And speaking of winning…the nice people over at Chinet would love for a Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader to win a set of Chinet Bakeware to try out for themselves! One winner will receive a set of bakeware in each size. More info after the recipe…

Easy Cake Mix Cookie Bars

  • 1 box cake mix (I used Dark Chocolate)
  • 1 small box Jello instant pudding (I used Sugar Free/Fat Free chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce*
  • 1/4 cup canola oil*
  • 2 eggs (I used Egg Beaters)
  • 1/2 cup cookies n’cream and chocolate chunks (that’s what I had on hand)
  • 1/2 cup M and M’s
*The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup oil. I substituted a half cup of applesauce. This changes the texture, so if you want a dense cookie bar, use more than 1/4 cup oil. My kids didn’t mind ūüôā
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding, water, applesauce (if using), oil and eggs or Egg Beaters.
  4. Fold in your add-ins
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, spread evenly (my batter was pretty thick).
  6. Bake for approx 20 minutes or until done around edges, but slightly soft in middle (if you use different ingredients, they may need to cook a little longer)
  7. Let cool. Top with whipped topping and sprinkles if desired!
Recipe adapted from Shari Blogs
This was a fun and easy treat to celebrate back-to-school! Now, about that giveaway…
The winner will receive a set of Chinet Bakeware including one of each size:
8×8 Square Pan
7×11 Large Oval Pan
9×11 Rectangle Pan
7.25×9 Small Oval Pan
 
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. If you are viewing this in an email, you will need to click over the actual post. Shipping only available within the US.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received a complimentary set of bakeware and stipend for supplies from Chinet. All opinions are my own. This is part one of a 4 part series featuring Chinet, so if you don’t win this one, stayed tuned!

Pillsbury Heat-N-Go Pancakes & Waffles {GIVEAWAY} #sponsored

It’s giveaway week here on the blog! I’ve got several things lined up to giveaway over the next 2 weeks, so I hope you will keep checking back, and entering any and all that look good to you! First one up this week is designed to make your life a little easier. With 3 kids, I know how hard it can be to get a decent meal on the table when this child has to go to this practice, and that child has to be at that game, and the other child needs to be read too, and so and etc.¬†Pillsbury¬†knows that too, because they keep coming out with great products that make meal times easier. For example, the new Pillsbury Heat-N-Go Pancakes and Waffles

Individual bags of pancakes or waffles with the flavor baked right in! The pancakes come in 
  • Maple Burst‚Äôn¬†
  • Blueberry¬†

The waffles are available in 

  • Maple Madness

¬†Your kids can get a hot breakfast in seconds without the mess.¬†No need to add extras to these little gems, just heat-n-go. Not only are they super convenient, each serving has 14g of whole grain, 0g of trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup. And hey, they don’t have to be just a morning thing – we like breakfast for dinner, and there are several nights where dinner has to be eaten in a hurry to get my girls where they need to go.¬†

Pillsbury feels so confident in their product that they are offering a¬†Money Back Guarantee! If you are unsatisfied with the product, all you have to do is visit¬†heatngoguarantee.com. So, head on over to Wal-Mart to pick up your own packs of Heat-N-Go pancakes and waffles or enter to win this handy prize pack…
MBS7312A
 PRIZE PACK: 
  • 10 VIP Coupons to try each of the three flavors
  • Double-walled stainless steel tumbler (includes infuser for tea)
  • Insulated Bag (holds up to 24 cans)
  • Retail Value: $60
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. If viewing in an email, you will need to click through to blog post to enter.
Due to shipping and coupon restrictions and product availability, this giveaway is only for US residents. 
 
Disclosure – I received the same prize pack as listed above.

Huge Ice Cream GIVEAWAY! #sponsored

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Unilever Ice Cream for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s HOT outside, and I don’t know about where y’all are, but here in NC, it’s not only HOT but it is H-U-M-I-D. The air is so thick with moisture you practically have to swim through it. And what beats the heat better than….

Yep, good ol’ ICE CREAM!! And I’m here to help you with that, along with the great folks of Unilever Brand Ice Cream. Now, you may not be familiar with Unilever, but I bet you are VERY familiar with their awesome products like¬†Breyers,¬†Popsicle,¬†Good Humor,¬†Klondike¬†and a couple of newer ones,¬†Magnum Ice Cream¬†¬†and¬†Fruttare. I can tell you from first hand experience….they’re all good! Most of these I’ve been buying for years. Breyers has been a favorite in my family for quite some time. I was thrilled when I discovered that a lot of the Breyers varieties do not contain eggs so my son could enjoy ice cream with the rest of the family. Thankfully, he has outgrown his egg allergy, but we still enjoy the many, many Breyers ice cream flavors. He recently had the Breyers M&M ¬†ice cream for his birthday, while my daughter had the Breyers Birthday Cake flavor for hers. ¬†Pictured above is my absolute flavor combo….Reese Cup!! Yes, chocolate and peanut butter, together, in ice cream. ¬†It’s amazing.


Unfortunately, my girls really, really liked it too. ¬†It didn’t last long.

As a matter of fact, my middle child is happily scraping out the container one rainy day in this pic, while my oldest is enjoying a Good Humor Chocolate Eclair Bar, and my son is eating (one of MY) 100 calorie Klondike bars! {3 PP for those doing Weight Watchers! They have a No Sugar Added version too!}

The¬†Magnum Ice Cream¬†¬†bars have been something my girls have been talking about for a while now, but I had not tried. Let me just tell ya…they are not your ordinary chocolate covered ice cream bar. ¬†They are covered in Belgium chocolate! Rich, creamy, delicious chocolate, over velvet-y smooth vanilla ice cream. They are decadent. They are delicious. They are gone. I don’t even trust myself to have these in the house. They will be for special occasions!

However, I have already mentioned that¬†Klondike¬†has some calorie friendly options (plus ice cream sandwiches, and the fun ‘taco’ treats!), as does¬†Popsicle. My kids picked out a variety flavor pack of Popsicles that are low in sugar and make for a great every-day kind of treat. They have been enjoying them after swimming! They have absolutely been LOVING this review opportunity ūüôā What can I say? I have too!
I have enjoyed some of my old favorites, and have learned about a lot of new ones.¬†Fruttare¬†for instance, is a fabulous new bar filled with real fruit and juice (and some varieties have milk as well.) I really wanted the coconut and milk flavor, but my kids out-voted me and got strawberry. It’s so good!
 photo 5d20da5d-48e8-47b6-aa37-0b59ecd8a0c2_zps2303edc5.jpg
SOOOO….who wants to try SIX different Unilever Brand Ice Cream Products…for FREE?!!! *I see hands raised everywhere!* All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what brand is your favorite or which one you are most interested in trying. Check out the links to learn more information about all the different varities.¬†¬†For additional entries, share this post on any social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc.) – you will need to leave an additional comment telling me each way you shared, with a link so that I can verify.
I will be awarding SIX free product coupons to ONE lucky winner. (US residents only, please make sure I have an email address to contact you if you win!)
*GIVEAWAY ENDS 07/25/13 AT MIDNIGHT (EST)*
Visit Sponsor's Site

My Experience with The Fast Metabolism Diet

You may have seen or heard about a new book The Fast Metabolism Diet¬†by Haylie Pomroy. ¬†She was recently on the Dr. Oz show and is a celebrity nutritionist to stars like¬†Reese Witherspoon (Do you know who I am?!), Jennifer Lopez and Robert Downey Jr. The book claims that you can lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days…without starving, without counting calories, and without crazy exercise. ¬†The cover says ‘eat more food, lose more weight’.

 

Fact or Fiction?

Welllll….it’s true that you do not have to count calories, you do not have to workout everyday, and you do eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. ¬†{But}You also must go without caffeine (she doesn’t even want you to have decaf coffee and tea since it contains a little caffeine. ¬†She suggests water and naturally decaffeinated herbal teas), wheat, sugar (except from fruit) and dairy – and no artificial sweeteners either, except for stevia. ¬†You need to drink lots and lots of water too.

(Tuna and apple salad. Recipe from book)

You eat real food, all day, every day...but they must be the correct portions. ¬†I learned that my concept of portions is very wrong. You must make sure that you are having 1/2 to 1 cup of grains (depending on the phase you are in), 4 ounces of meat or 6 ounces of fish, 1/4 cup nuts or 2 T. almond butter on Phase 3….these all seemed normal to me. No problem. ¬†Except when I actually started to measure stuff out. ¬†4 ounces of meat….not very much. ¬†2 T. of almond butter? ¬†Scant. ¬†NO caffeine? Lord help me.

The phases I am referring too…the diet is broken down into 3 phases. ¬†Phase 1 last for 2 days and consists of mainly carbohydrates from fruits and whole grains (brown rice/quinoa/steel cut oats etc.). Phase 2 is also for 2 days, and is low carb and low fat. This was definitely the hardest phase for me. You have to eat lean proteins (egg whites, lean meats) and lots of veggies. ¬†Phase 3 is the best, and it lasts for 3 days. During Phase 3, you get to have carbs, whole grains, and healthy fats (think avocado and nuts!). Here again, portion control is key.

So how did I fair? ¬†The diet is a 28 day program. ¬†Honestly, I lasted 9 days. ¬†I blame it on Mother Nature. Not PMS, but the stupid weather! It turned cold and rainy, after being 80’s and sunny, and on the 3rd day of rain and grey skies…I broke. ¬†I was cold and miserable and had a cup of coffee. ¬†Now, that shouldn’t have totally derailed me, but I have that mentality of…’well, I already screwed up by drinking that coffee, I guess I will have some crackers.’ Then later in the evening, I was like ‘well, I’ve really messed up now, so I might as well have some chocolate too.’ ¬†And just like that….I was off the wagon. ¬†And now I am kicking myself for being so weak! In the first week, I lost 6 POUNDS! I was losing a POUND A DAY for the first week, but then it slowed down. ¬†I knew it would, but when the scale was only decreasing by .2 for 3 days, that also led to my destruction. ¬†Again, stupid on my part…I should have stuck with it. ¬†The scale was going down, even if in small amounts. ¬†Here are my stats for the 9 days…

6 lbs lost
Inches lost –¬†
1/4″ loss on arm
1 1/2″ from belly
1″ from butt
1/2″ from thigh
1/4″ from calf

That’s in just 9 days! I can’t believe I quit. ¬†SO…my plan is to start again. I’ve already loaned the book to my sister, but there is a great app¬†that I used on my iPad everyday. (It was offered free of charge by SheSpeaks, but I had already purchased it on my own.)

Fabulous blueberry oatmeal smoothie with avocado!

It is great for planning your meals, tracking your food and water, and planning is the KEY to success with this.

(steel cut oats with blueberries and cherries)

The more meals you have prepped and planned for, the greater the¬†likelihood¬†to succeed. ¬†I would recommend getting some meals in the freezer before ever starting the diet (frozen oatmeal, however, not so good!), and stock up on your favorite veggies. If you like vegetables, you will probably do great with this. If you prefer wine, cheese and chocolate like me…well, it’s going to take will power! I would say this diet is similar to the Whole 30 diet, except there are specific phases that you follow.

Basically, it’s no miracle – you eat real food, in the correct amounts, drink water, and exercise at least 3 days a week. Even though there is the app, I would still recommend reading the book before starting. ¬†The book goes into what to expect each week, mentally and physically. ¬†She is pretty dead on with what you will experience, and backs up her plan with facts that made a lot of sense.

I also learned a lot, just in the brief time I followed the plan. ¬†One, I definitely need to keep drinking water. I can tell a difference in my {gross!}cellulite on the back of my thighs – it was very much improved and I think the weight loss helped, but the water I think was a large part of it too. ¬†Two, I need to continue incorporating whole foods into my diet and stay away from the processed junk!! I am continuing with the sprouted wheat bread that Haylie recommends, and found that I really like gluten free rice crackers. ¬†My dairy weakness is cheese and yogurt, but I have decreased my families consumption of cheese. ¬†I was already drinking almond milk, and I will continue with that. ¬†Hopefully, when I tackle this program again, I will be more organized and ready for it. ¬†The whole point of following the plan for the full 28 days is to “re-set” your metabolism, and turn your body into a fat burning machine ūüôā That’s exactly what I need!

Learn more by checking out The Fast Metabolism website, following on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I’ve also got a Fast Metabolism Diet Pinterest board if you want to check out some of the recipes I’ve got pinned.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/FastMetabolismDiet. I received the book free of charge to review. All content is my own.

Linking up with Mums Make Lists

Boar’s Head heart-healthy deli meats & best sandwich ever

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boar’s Head for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I recently had the opportunity to try some of the¬†Boar’s Head heart-healthy deli meats, and because I love trying new things, when I saw the Boar’s Head Horseradish Cheddar, well…I had to try that too. ohmigaaaa…so good! ¬†As a matter of fact, I had two of the best sandwiches I have had in a long time – and they both had one thing in common. ¬†Boar’s Head. ¬†It’s official, I’m a fan!

The first sandwich I tried was actually from the deli I bought the Boar’s Head meat and cheese. ¬†They had a variety of Panini sandwiches, using the Boar’s Head products. ¬†I tried one called ‘The Beamer’. It was on wheat rye, ¬†had a couple of different cajun and spicy meats and cheeses, red onions, banana peppers, and I don’t even know what else. It was ahhh-mazing.

One item I purchased is this. the¬†EverRoast¬ģ Oven Roasted Chicken Breast. It is one of their certified heart healthy deli meats. ¬†Since my mom has recently been in the hospital for dangerously high blood pressure, has high cholesterol, and heart disease has deep roots in my family tree, I realize how important it is to follow a heart healthy diet. ¬†It is also nice to know that I don’t have to give up some of my favorite foods. ¬†

I love a good sandwich, but a lot of deli meats have very high sodium contents. ¬†It’s nice to know that Boar’s Head offers choices that¬†are low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and meet specified limits for sodium. ¬†Not only are they great for sammies, but there are all kinds of recipes you can create! ¬†For example, I’ve also been incorporating more quinoa into my diet, so this¬†EverRoast¬ģ Chicken Quinoa Pilaf¬†¬†sounds good. ¬†I think I will use cranberries in the place of the raisins. Check out Boar’s Head for more information on a heart healthy diet, and for more recipes!

My sandwich had the oven roasted chicken breast, horseradish cheddar, spring mix salad, red onion, and an avocado ranch spread. It was delish. ¬†Wheat or other whole grain bread would have been a healthier choice, but I happened to have this thick sliced bread so I used that. ¬†What can I say, I’m a work in progress.

What about you? Are you taking steps to prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases that plague so many of us? ¬†Are you like me, and genetically predisposed to have high blood pressure and cholesterol? ¬†I know I need to work harder to fight these things, and I’m trying! ¬†I’m also trying to instill the knowledge of making healthier choices into my children, b/c they are swimming in the same genetic pool!

Visit Sponsor's Site

L’oreal Paris B.B. Cream Review

We are deviating from food today to talk about a new product I have had the opportunity to try. ¬†I don’t usually get excited about new skin care products b/c I have such wacky skin. ¬†It’s super sensitive and there are SO many things on the market that I can not use. ¬†However, I always like to try new things, b/c I feel like the fountain of youth is around here somewhere. ‘Cuz I ain’t gettin’ any younger. ¬†Partly b/c of my skin sensitivity, and partly b/c I’m just lazy, I don’t like to use a bunch of different products on my skin. ¬†My make up routine is very basic….foundation, blush, eyeliner, lip gloss, mascara. ¬†And now, L’oreal B.B. Cream!

I am now sold on this product, and plan on continuing to use it after my free sample runs out. ¬†This one tube does the work of FOUR different products. ¬†It¬†primes and¬†smooths¬†to hide flaws, hydrates, and corrects by evening skin tone. The product has such skincare ingredients as Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization. ¬†The best part is IT DOESN’T BREAK OUT MY SKIN! ¬†I can wear a primer and moisturizer (in one) that doesn’t make my skin go¬†berserk¬† ¬†This is awesome! I have tried primers in the past, to help my makeup stay on longer (since it’s oily), but the one I tried was chalky and didn’t go on well. ¬†This one is so light, you think it isn’t doing anything, but it is! It helps cover imperfections (like some of my dark spots, and fine lines), it goes on completely smooth – no chalkiness, and it hydrates. ¬†
 
I can’t believe I am posting these, but I am hoping you can see that the product really does help. ¬†The lighting ¬†in my bathroom at 7AM is pretty terrible, but here goes. ¬†The top pic is no makeup. ¬†The second, is after applying BB cream, and the last is with a light dusting of my mineral foundation. ¬†That is another reason I am loving this product…it takes much less time to apply foundation than before, and I use a lot less. ¬†I like that my already simple routine, is even faster! ¬†No more standing there blending and adding more powder and blending some more. ¬†The BB Cream has a tint to it, and all I need is a little foundation now. ¬†It covers up most of my sun spots and evens out my reddish skin tone. ¬†I am using the Light, but it comes in 4 different shades and retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz. Also, it is sold at mass food and drug retailers nationwide, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding it. ¬†
 
So, that’s my review. ¬†As you can see, I’m pretty fond of it!
 
¬†I received a complimentary product from SheSpeaks/L’Or√©al to facilitate this review.

Friday Fun Finds

¬†Friday Fun Finds is where I post things I’ve discovered…usually new foods, but also household products, things for the kids etc.
Purex Baby detergent. Even if your ‘baby’ is 4 years old (or you have no babies at all!), you should try this! It smells soooo good (and it’s hypoallergenic). ¬†I was sent a bottle to try as a Purex Insider and I am in love. ¬†I have been washing the entire family’s clothes in it, even though it is formulated for infants. ¬†It just has such a pleasant, soothing, scent. ¬†(And I am super excited that they have come out with Purex Crystals for Baby too.) ¬†I can’t wait to find it in my local store. ¬†Seriously, give this stuff a whiff! There is also a sweepstakes going on right now where¬†3 lucky winners will each receive a¬†grand prize of $500! And¬†250 winners will win free Purex Baby Detergent! ¬†Check it out here –¬†http://insiders.purex.com/oh-baby?id=628. ¬†Baby is completely optional ūüėČ
 
You may have seen this pic if you follow on Instagram. ¬†Holy moly are these things good. ¬†I found them at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx, can’t remember which. ¬†They are by¬†Mrs. May’s Naturals. This is the only flavor combo I have tried, but I love toasted sesame seeds and you can really taste them in these. ¬†I am definitely a fan now. ¬†Very unique snack, so if you like sesame seeds and dark chocolate, you should try these.
I received this cool Holiday VoxBox¬†to try as a member of Influenster. It had all kinds of stuff in it, ¬†like –
NYC NEW YORK COLOR in Nude York City. ¬†KISS NAILS, which I love, but not crazy about the pattern I received. ¬†My girls are trying their best to get them, but I’m thinking I could handle the pattern on my toes. ¬†I need a DIY pedi! (They are nail ‘stickers’, but stay put really well and are easy to apply.) ¬†QUAKER REAL MEDLEYS – this was yummy. It tasted a lot like the oatmeal from McDonald’s, without the high price tag! You prepare it right in the container it comes in, so it’s great to take on the go. ¬†GOODY QUIKSTYLE, a hair brush for wet hair…my favorite product in the box. I’m going to talk more about it in just a sec. ¬†SOLE SOCIETY, a¬†$25 off coupon that only lasts until the end of the month, and I can share the code with all of you! ¬†Just go to www.SoleSociety.com and use the code INFLUENSTER25 at checkout! Offer ends January 31, 2013. ¬†Last but not least¬†EBOOST, an effervescent powder that is supposed to give a natural energy boost. ¬†Why haven’t I used this yet?! I’ll let you know on this one. ¬†
I liked everything I was given an opportunity to try, but this brush….this brush is awesome!! ¬†Miss Two, my 9 y/o, has long hair, and she refuses to wrap it in a towel after her shower. ¬†She is always walking around with it dripping wet, soaking her shirt, and tangled to boot. ¬†This brush has been so great for her, because it is made to be used on wet hair, and it reduces the water by 30%. No more dripping wet hair! I love it! ¬†It has little microfiber bristles that ‘soak up’ the water. I love finding great new products! ¬†I hope you enjoy me sharing them with you.
Have you discovered any new products recently?  Share it in the comments!
Disclaimer РAs stated in the post, I received the Purex Baby and Holiday VoxBox for review purposes.  No other compensation has been received.  The chocolate I bought all on my own.  Twice!  All statements are my honest opinions of the products.