Thursday, April 30, 2015

Posh products review #1

When my friend, the gorgeous Desiree Pineda signed up to be an Independent Consultant at Perfectly Posh, I was instantly intrigued. Never having heard of this company, I had to check it out. After kinda hanging in the background during a party, the opportunity to be a product tester came up and I JUMPED on that! A few days later, I got my first package! Check out what I got! The little circle containters of product are about quarter sized, and sadly, that beautiful card that says Seas the Day came with a totally drool worthy square of the sweetest soap! Sadly, my monster child dissolved it before I got to use it. *sniffle, sniffle* I can say it smelled, truly AMAZING! But unfortunately, that's about it.
I'm always a sucker for a mask. My mom and I used to do all kinds of different masks, and I still have a soft spot for them today. According to the super cute card that came with my sample, this is a sea-rich mask to nourish face and neck.
The card also says "What does it do? Algae to preserve youthful skin and kelp to nourish and clean, and aid in the prevention of free-radical damage."
I gave this a try, and after 5 minutes of having a light coating, my face was slightly tingly. There is actually a warning that says the first couple of uses may burn slightly, but the tingle I had was definitely not worrisome. More of a tickling tingle, than a painful one.
After rinsing with cool water, as instructed, my skin felt firm and refreshed. There was no drying, no itching, no oily residue. Just nice soft skin. My son even had to do a double take when he patted my cheek. Which kind of worries me, since I didn't think my skin was all THAT bad before. lol

I can not say how much I really LOVED the smell of this soap. The card sort of explains why it smelled so delicious. On the back of the card it says:
What does it do?
Shea butter & wild cherry extract are just a relaxing wash away.
How to Use
Use in shower or bath. Lather into hands and clean yourself from head to toe. Rinse thoroughly. Use daily for best results.

(Note to self: Do NOT remove yummy smelling soap from bag, and set in shower until you actually have time to get in to said shower, and use it!)

Next sample that I DID use, was the BFF (Best Face Forever) Exfoliating Daily Facewash.
This has to be the first exfoliater (is that a word?) that I was ever instructed to use only a pea-sized drop, and had that tiny amount actually feel like there was plenty! With peppermint, cucumber, grapefruit, and aloe it goes on smoothly, and feels fantastic! I've used a lot of different scrubs, and some are almost painful in their abrasiveness, this was not the way with BFF. Felt fantastic on my skin, smelled great, and my skin felt very clean getting out of the shower.

With all exfoliating face washes, you need a good moisturizer to follow up with! It's super important. Every cosmetologist I've ever known has told me so. (My mother in-law and sister in-law included) Thankfully Desiree, provided me with a Posh moisturizer to try.
Moisturize 911, is a caffeinated moisturizer. A frist for me. I don't drink anything with caffeine in it, because it makes me sick. But I'll NEVER give up my chocolate. The card for this cream said it would nourish, moisturize, brighten, and tighten.
I found that it left certain zones of my skin a little oily, but I'm pretty sure that's my skin. I do think that when I used it, it helped my under eye baggage to tighten up a little. (And I have a LOT of baggage under there)

I was also gifted a sample of The "It" Girl. It's super thick and creamy, and even though it didn't have a card on it, I was able to check out Desiree's website, and find out it was a hand creme. Super smooth, and did NOT leave my hands greasy. Leaving my hands nice and soft, that's all I can ask from a lotion!

If any of these products have intrigued you, I highly recommend you go check out my friend's website! This company has fantastic standards, beautiful ingredients, and (oh my good golly miss molly) the smells! I LOVE THE SCENT OF THIS STUFF! I'm a big nose person, but that's another tangent. Seriously, go check this site out!

A Change of Plans by Donna K Weaver

 Originally posted February 1st, 2015 DAY 1 of a Count Down to Valentine's Day Book blitz event. 
Updated with reviews April 30th, 2015

A Change of Plans 
by Donna K Weaver

Book Blurb:

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiancĂ© was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world and its temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.
However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn’s painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.
Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn’s fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

Author Bio:

A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, and karate black belt. Author of the
Safe Harbors series and Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series.


*I was gifted a copy of the audio version in exchange for an honest review*

When Donna sent out a request looking for people who'd be willing to listen to and review her audio version of A Change in Plans, I was slightly hesitant. The last time I listened to an audio book, it was scriptures on cassette, which my parents forced us to listen to when a road trip ended up taking over a Sunday that it wasn't intended too. It was so boring that I pretty much slept the entire time. But audio books are getting bigger and bigger all the time, and a few of my friends swear that they'd never get to keep up with books if it wasn't for them. So I volunteered. With a couple long drives to out of town doctors ahead of me, I figured this would either be a great way to stay awake, or I'd have to send her an email apologizing that I wouldn't be able to do the review. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! Narrated by a lovely lady by the name of Karen Kruper, the book was as spell bounding as it was in print. It was easy to follow along with, and I found myself itching for a chance to put it back on when I wasn't able to finish it before getting back home from the long drives. I absolutely adored all the accents Karen managed to pull off, and she kept the voices organized very well. I suppose the only thing I'd change, would be I wish Lyn (the main female character) wasn't done with such a slow deliberate voice every single time. But even that wasn't a huge issue.
There is so much fantastic symbolism in this book, and it's not that you have to shred the book into pieces to find it either! The names of best friends Lynn and Elle were selected perfectly. Besides that, the characters have you wrapped around their fingers in seconds. I found myself a new BBF (Book boy-friend) in Braedon, and quickly despised Jason as Lynn's back story was craftily revealed. All in all, I give this book a 5 star review! BRAVO Donna and Karen!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Blitz: The Guilt-Free Guidebook by Amy Price

Ready to learn how to  "Eliminate guilt and perfectionism, identify the “Superwoman Burnout” cycle that keeps you trapped in monotony, escape the “Compare Snare” to shine in your own light, and FINALLY and fully embrace the joy cradled in your arms and in your heart"?

Then let's get to know this book!!!

Written by a veteran mother of nine still up to her eyeballs in mud pies and mayhem, The
Guilt-Free Guidebook for Moms is sure to keep you tickled, tearing up and turning pages as you
learn how to break free of the chokehold of an endless To-Do list, so you can finally enjoy the
beauty that is all around you.

Author Bio
Amy Price loves to create, write, and dream in and around managing the chaos generated by
her amazing husband, their nine children and their lively homeschooling lifestyle. Amy
considers herself a “recovering addict” where babies are concerned. She just can’t get
enough. Her hobbies include preserving memories, quantum physics, designing wild and
delicious cakes, and death by pasta. Her kids and their friends consider her everything from
hilarious to crazy, and she just gets better with age.
From only child to “CEO” of a bustling household, one constant in Amy’s life has been her love
of writing. Team that with her natural draw to children and studying at the Institute for
Children’s Literature became a given. Amy and her family currently terrorize the Rocky
Mountains of Idaho, but she looks forward to sharing her message of Joy around the world.
With a wealth of ideas from self-helps to coaching programs, mysteries to fantasy novels, you
never know what Amy will come out with next, but it is sure to revolve around her continuous
message of love, family and joy.

Pre-Order your copy now!


"Fortunately, I seldom got sick while pregnant, and I commend & empathize with all those woman who suffer so much physically to bring children into the world!  My heart goes out to you for your sacrifice.  For me, the ‘suffering’ was more emotional.  Instead of being those lovely young mothers who have a ‘certain kind of glow’ about them, I was more like the bi-polar meth addict on steroids."

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