Monday, August 31, 2015

Back to School Supplies


This month has been all about back to school. Here in the South we’ve been in school for almost a month! Unbelievable, I know but we get out early and return to school early in these parts. But no matter if you live in the North, South, East or West, when you have a child returning to school, back to school shopping is a necessity. I’ve already covered a variety of options for school clothes and I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss school supplies. When I received the list for my son I was a little overwhelmed but I quickly recovered and found all of the supplies at Walmart.

One of the things that I like about back to school shopping at Walmart is that they have the supply lists for all of the schools in the area readily available in store. If I’d forgotten my list at home, I could simply look for it at Walmart and begin buying all of the items without worrying about having to take a trip back home to retrieve the list. For my son I had to purchase all of his supplies at the beginning of the school year and when I saw 10 composition books listed I thought to myself, this is going to be the most expensive year yet!

However, I was pleasantly surprised to find both wide ruled and college ruled composition books for only $.50 each at Walmart. For only 5 dollars I was able to tick this item off of my list. My son has already began writing in his journal and has been sharing his summer exploits with this class.

In addition to composition books, he needed crayons and 2 prong folders. I found them all for $.50. I was pleasantly surprised to also find the dual pack of glue sticks he needed at this awesome price too. As a matter of fact, I was able to purchase all of my son’s school supplies for under $20.00. If you are finalizing your back to school shopping and want prices that are excellent, I highly recommend making a stop at your local Walmart!

Back to school style with graphic tees

Early this summer I took a trip to Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas and had a chance to get a sneak peak at back to school styles. I guess it is the geek in me but I was totally enamored with the graphic tees that highlighted my favorite Marvel characters. When I took a trip to Walmart I was happy to see graphic tees that were highly varied and yes, my beloved Marvel tee shirts were available too!

Graphic tees are a great way for teens, young adults and even this mom to show individuality at a price point that is sure to please. The graphic tees that I saw ranged from $5.00 to $7.88 prices that work well with my pocketbook! If you have a college student or high schooler you can send them shopping on their own and with $50.00 they can purchase a great selection of tee shirts. I personally find tee shirts to be a staple for my wardrobe and with licensed tees to kitchy and even a tee that highlights shark week, there is something for everyone.

All of the graphic tees are available in the junior’s section and I saw so many that I liked I plan on stocking up on them all season long! One of the things I really like about tee shirts is having the ability to dress them up or down. For a student going to class, pairing a tee with a pair of blue jeans or shorts works well. For an evening look instead of blue jeans, black jeans and a nice pair of pumps make for a cute outfit for a night on the town.

Walmart has the graphic tee shirts at a price that can’t be beat so for back to school shopping be sure to check out Walmart.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Burt's Bees Soy Candles

I am a big fan of candles for several reasons. The most obvious one is the scent that candles bring to a room - scented candles are a must for me, I can’t imagine burning scentless candles! And of course, candles add ambiance to a room that various from relaxation to romance depending on the scenario. I have been using soy candles for as long as I can remember. Soy candles are burn cleaner than paraffin candles, they have no carcinogens, toxins or pollutants.  They also burn cooler which means that they tend to burn 30-50% longer than other candles. I have been known to pay a pretty penny for soy candles - sometimes upwards of $20.00! I consider it an indulgence that I don’t do frequently but I keep for a long time.

On a recent trip to Walmart headquarters I learned that one of my favorite companies - Burt’s Bees, now has a line of soy candles available at Walmart! Burt’s Bees candles are made from soy wax and coconut oil, the wicks are lead free and the fragrances are all natural. Of course I was ecstatic because these candles are available in three different sizes with great price points! Small jar candles are $4.00, 3 wick jar candles are $5.00 and tall jar candles range from $7.00 -$8.97 depending on the scent you choose. The candles are available in tins for $3.97 and soy wax melts ($2.97). A great bonus because I love to take candles with me when I travel and stay at hotels. I feel like I am bringing a little piece of home with me.

The candles are available in a variety of scents including: eucalyptus, hibiscus bloom, farm fresh apple, birch bark, cucumber melon, tropical mango, ruby grapefruit, cotton blossom, herb garden citrus, vanilla honey. My favorite is raspberry lemon but there are many more scents to choose from. You can find the Burt’s Bees candles in your local Walmart.

Dyson V6 Slim Review

My home is wall to wall carpet and I have to tell you, that is a lot of carpet! I have gone through more vacuums than I can remember and have never been satisfied with a vacuum until I began using Dyson. I was recently sent a Dyson V6 Slim exclusive to Walmart and this is the third Dyson I own. Each of my Dyson vacuums serve a particular purpose in my household. The new Dyson V6 Slim is quickly becoming one of my favorites because it is lightweight, cordless and easy to use.

The Dyson comes with two attachments, the long tube and a shorter one that I utilize for cleaning the steps. The Dyson V6 Slim helps me get the hard to reach places like my vents and stairs. I tend to struggle with my steps because lugging a vacuum up stairs and maneuvering around the cord can become tedious. Now that I have the Dyson V6 Slim , vacuuming on my stairs is a breeze.

Another bonus of this vacuum is that it is lightweight. Not only am I able to do the vacuuming now but I can assign vacuuming as a chore for my 8 year old son and he has no problem getting the job done. This vacuum has a filter that I wash once a month, let dry for 24 hours and replace. When it runs out of a charge, I simply plug it in for 3.5 hours and it is ready to go. It will run fade free for 20 minutes which is more than enough time for me!

I also am able to use it in my car. A necessity because no matter what I do, my backseat tends to be filled with crumbs left behind by my son when he snacks in the car!

The Dyson V6 Slim 6 is available at Walmart on rollback from $289 to $259 during a Labor Day promotion that is running from now until September 12th.  

Check out the Dyson V6 Slim in action in the video below.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Getting Gorgeous Lips with Restylane Silk

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Restylane® Silk. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Last month I had the pleasure of attending Getting Gorgeous held by two of my favorite people, Vera and Audrey. Both of these ladies exemplify the name of their event and as a lover of beauty and fashion, I had to attend to support my friends and check out all there was to offer. The title sponsor of the event, Restylane® Silk had a wonderful lounge filled with refreshments, mini makeovers and an opportunity to have a Restylane® Silk treatment with Dr. Whitney Bowe. If you aren’t familiar, Restylane® Silk Injectable Gel is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles around the mouth. It consists of hyaluronic acid, a sugar that is naturally found in the skin that helps provide hydration, fullness, and elasticity. Like any other area of the face, the lips and the surrounding mouth area can become wrinkled.  Restylane® Silk is designed to reduce the appearance of the lines and wrinkles in the lips and surrounding area.

I became intrigued when I heard about the treatment and was quite curious about what it could do for me. I have to admit that I’ve never had a treatment of this type on my face, I happen to have been blessed with exceptional genes and have never considered any type of manipulation. However, I am interested in trying new things and sharing the experience with you so that you can make an educated decision if you are considering the treatment. When I arrived at the Restylane lounge, I met the very personable Dr. Bowe, sat down in her chair and she assessed my lips.

Well........I didn’t get the treatment. As a matter of fact, Dr. Bowe told me that my lips are perfectly bowed and look exactly like lips people desire to have after the treatment.  I did ask her if my blessing was a result of being African American and she said that our skin tends to age slower as a result of the melanin but also a factor to consider is my genes. I know that all of the people in my family are often mistaken to be at least 10 years younger than their true age, so yay me! After my assessment I celebrated my perfect lips with a makeup touchup that highlighted my lips!

Some of my friends had the treatment and looked great. If you are considering having a treatment that will look natural and enhance the appearance of your lips, research Restylane Silk and see if it is right for you. I think the results are great because it looks totally natural. I was told that the treatment did not hurt although most experience swelling, possible bruising and redness for a brief time after the treatment.

 Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane®. Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, and Perlane are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.

Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane and Restylane-L for lip enhancement and Restylane Silk should not be used by people under 22 years. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except the dermis, superficial subcutis (Perlane and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine only), or lip submucosa (Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Silk only).

Use of products in the Restylane family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.

The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Perlane are available at Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at

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