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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Baby Wash and Lotion


I am a huge fan of SheaMoisture. I use the products on my body from head to toe - I’m talking body wash, shampoo, conditioner, black soap, you name it and I’ve used it. I am drawn to the brand because the products have no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or other synthetic ingredients. I pretty much live by the rule that if I can’t pronounce it, I won’t use it on my body!  As important as this is to me, I of course feel the same way about what I use on my son and what I recommend to my friends for their babies and children too. My son is 7 years old but he has dry sensitive skin that is in need of intense moisture and the SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Wash & Shampoo do the trick. We follow it up with the Head to Toe Baby Lotion. These products are amazing. I love them and so does my son but here is a video letting him explain it in his own words.


Using these SheaMoisture products can help if your child suffers from exzema or dry skin like my son does. If your child has exzema, here are a few tips that may help:


  • find out what is causing the itch. Eczema may be heritary but it also can be triggered by external irritants like detergent, fragrance or food.
  • Eliminate the triggers
  • Use cloth wipes for babies skin instead of wet wipes that contain synthetic ingredients
  • Use sulfate free soap or wash because sulfates can further dry skin and worsen eczema symptoms.
  • Add chamomile oil to babies/childs bath water to soften and soothe skin irritation
  • Lock in moisture by using SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Camomile & Argan Head-to-Toe Baby lotion. When I tell you this is ultra moisturizing, please believe me! It has done wonders for my son’s skin.
  • Aloe vera is a superfood that helps keep the skin and body in shape, add this to your diet by adding it to smoothies. Your kids will never notice it!
  • Use camomile tea as a compress for eczema flares, it soothes and calms skin irritation. Follow up with a light layer of lotion.

I am telling you, I am in total love with SheaMoisture products. The scent, the moisture and the fact that they are made from natural ingredients make this a brand that I am a big fan of. If you are looking for something to use on your child’s skin, I highly recommend SheaMoisture Raw Shea, Camomile and Argan products! They are available at Walmart.




Sunday, April 19, 2015

Burt's Bees Renewal Skn care line {review}



I am a long term fan of Burt’s Bees. I love their lip balm and have been using their Acne line for a long time. I like knowing that their natural approach to skin care helps with my skin issues. When I was provided with the opportunity to try the new Burt’s Bees Renewal line as a Walmart mom I immediately said yes. The Renewal line is clinically proven to smoothen skin, improve firmness and reduce the look of wrinkles, and in 28 days there is a  difference.  I have  been blessed with skin that does not show signs of aging. Thanks to genetics and melanin I have always been mistaken for being at least ten years younger than I am. However in the last year as a result of trying to combat my adult acne, I have developed dark circles under my eyes. I decided that my use of the Renewal line would focus on making a difference in my eye area.


For the last few weeks I have been using Burt’s Bees Renewal refining cleanser ($9.76) and the smoothing cleanser and have been pleasantly surprised with the results. 
Week 1
The refining cleanser has made a significant difference in the appearance of my skin.  It is brighter and smoother as a result of using this product. On more than one occasion I have noted that I am an everyday user of make-up. I am very sensitive to the appearance of my skin because as a result of adult acne I have hyperpigmentation aka dark spots on my face and wearing makeup helps me to hide this flaw. However, because of my use of the Renewal cleanser, I have been comfortable leaving my home without makeup as my daily routine.

Week 4
The Renewal cleanser has made my skin brighter and less dull. I still have hyperpigmentation but I feel comfortable showing my skin in public. The cleanser has microbeads that help remove my top layer of skin and brings out the new youthful skin that lies below. I am no longer subconscious about my flaws because I feel in spite of them my skin still looks good. When I begin using the Renewal line I was not expecting this result, I really thought that I would be focusing on diminishing the appearance of the dark circles under my eyes but I am truly overjoyed that my skin looks better all around as a result of using these products.



The Burt’s Bees soothing eye cream($18.76) has helped diminish the appearance of my dark circles under my eyes and although it may not be blatantly clear from my photos, in real life I can see a difference. I have been using the skin Renewal line in conjunction with the Burt’s Bees acne solution moisturizing lotion and am extremely happy with the results. I plan on being a long term user of the products and am confident that my skin will continue to improve as a result of my use.


If you are concerned about wrinkles and would like more youthful looking skin, I highly recommend the Burt’s Bees Renewal line. Burt’s Bees Renewal line is clinically proven to smoothen skin, improve firmness and reduce the look of wrinkles, and in 28 days you’ll see the difference.  You can sign up at burtsbees.com/28days and be entered for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Kimberly Snyder's transformation retreat plus many more prizes! The first 5,000 entrants will get a free sample of Renewal Serum. Prior to visiting the store, check out the walmart.com coupon gallery to download $1 coupon! And be sure to post your results along the way using #28DayFaceCleanse! I am truly a fan of Burt’s Bees and the Renewal line has not disappointed me!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

Help fight hunger in America!




One of the things that I like most about being a Walmart mom is having the opportunity to share the wonderful things they are doing to help feed the hungry in the United States. From building markets in areas which were formally food deserts, to associates volunteering at food banks and finally the partnerships with Feeding America to provide food for food deprived Americans.  Today I’d like to share the Spring Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign.

Walmart is working with six suppliers to help Feeding America secure 75 million meals for affiliate food banks across the country, to provide hunger relief to the millions of individuals who don’t know where their next meal will come from at some point during the year.

Through the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, Walmart is working with six suppliers — Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft, and Unilever — to give millions of customers an opportunity to help fight hunger in local communities.  This campaign is started April 6th and continues through May 3rd.  


There are 3 ways you can get involved to help fight hunger!
  • Purchase: Purchase one of 239 participating products in Walmart stores nationwide and the supplier will make a donation to help Feeding America secure a meal on behalf of a local food bank. For every item purchased, a meal will be secured for the local Feeding America food bank.*      

  • Donate: You can donate on behalf of a local Feeding America food bank at the cash register during check out.

  • Share: Grab your friends, family or co-workers and take a picture of six people who share their commitment to fighting hunger. Then, publish the picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  Make the post public and include the hashtag #WeSparkChange. For every public post connected to the hashtag #WeSparkChange, Walmart will donate $10, up to a maximum donation of $1.5 million, to Feeding America and their member food banks.
Walmart is kicking off the effort with an initial $1.5 million donation and has a goal of donating a total of $3 million, enough to help secure 30 million meals, to Feeding America and their member food banks.
Help Walmart reach this goal by posting multiple pictures, tagging your friends and giving them a 48 hour challenge to do the same.
I am attending a day party this weekend called Celebrate and I personally plan to try to post at least 10 photos during the party and raise $100 to help feed the hungry. I hope you make a personal goal to join Walmart and help feed the hungry in your local community.
*DISCLAIMER: For every participating product purchased at Walmart between April 6th and May 3rd, 2015, the manufacturer will donate $0.10 to Feeding America® - enough to secure 1 meal on behalf of local food banks - up to each manufacturer’s maximum donation.  Each manufacturer’s maximum donation is provided on the participating packages.  See package or Walmart.com/FightHunger for details.



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NailMedic for Natural Nails



One of the latest trends in fashion this year is a return to a natural look. You may have seen my post earlier this year with my natural makeup and now the trend has extended to nails. I absolutely love having my nails done however running around doing household chores and things can wreak havoc on a manicure. For a few months I was rocking with acrylic nails but the upkeep can become cost prohibitive, so I’m more interested in returning to my natural nails. As luck would have it, when I decided to make this transition I was introduced to Nail Medic by Pretty Woman.


Nail Medic is a three phase system to help strengthen nails and give them a healthy natural appearance. Depending on your needs you can choose the product from each phase (there are 5 available in each phase) that works best for you. For phase 1 I was sent buff & shine nail surface smoother, Phase 2 - shea treatment nail & cuticle intensive moisturizer and for Phase 3 - nail blur fine line & ridge filling base coat. These are actually excellent products for my needs because once acrylic is removed, natural nails have a tendency to be weak and easily broken.

I plan on using Nail Medic for the next month to see how it helps strengthen my natural nails. I am excited about the products because they each are reasonably priced at $7.99 and available exclusively at Walmart. I now have an affordable option to strengthen my nails as I repair the damage from using acrylics.



Friday, March 27, 2015

Skylanders Easter Basket - DIY




It is hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. This year is truly flying by! I have already prepped an Easter Basket for my son using items that are available at Walmart. My son is a huge Skylanders fan, we have Skylanders Giants, Swap Force and Trap Team so I just know he is going to be ecstatic when he receives his basket this year! I choose 6 megablocks featuring characters from the game($2.00 each)  and added them to Skylanders pail ($4.98) that I found on the 20 foot wall of licensed themed merchandise at Walmart

Check out the video of my finalized Skylander Easter Basket below:


There are a large variety of items there, including Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Paw Patrol. In addition to toys, you can find stationary and games depending on your child’s interests. If themed baskets aren’t your cup of tea, you can find a wide assortment of traditional willow, bamboo and woodchip baskets($7.98)  to suit your needs.


Of course I had to add a little bit of candy to his basket and found our favorites - Sour Patch Kids but instead of kids they are bunnies! I also added some Sour Patch sugar free gum. 


As a fun activity on Easter I plan on letting him try Mystery Peeps($1.00) to see if he can guess the flavor. I admit I’ve already sampled them and am totally in the dark about the flavor! 



We of course are going to decorate some eggs and I am really looking forward to trying out the Spraytastic! egg decorating kit found exclusively at Walmart.

What fun things do you have in mind for your child’s Easter basket this year?



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