Product Reviews: J'Adore VoxBox

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I know I have said it before.. I love trying out new products.  The J'Adore VoxBox was full of them for me to sip, savor and pamper myself with!

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea

The first think I saw when I opened the box was probably the smallest .. It was packets of Red Rose Simply Indulgent Tea.  I received 4 packets of the Creme Caramel.  I was so taken by the smell and the flavor that I had to try it immediately.  It didn't hurt that I had a cold and tea sounded so good right then.

When it was steeping, the scent was intoxicating!  I couldn't wait to see if the flavor matched up with the smell.  And it did not disappoint.  The flavor was not as strong as the scent but I was grateful for that.  If it had been as sweet, it may have overwhelming but what I got was a smooth mild caramel flavor.  I did not add anything to the tea and drank it straight and for me that was perfect but you could add a touch of milk if you like your tea that way.  This one will definitely be a staple in my house!

John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray

I felt like I hit the jackpot with this gem!  I have been straightening my hair for years.  It is naturally curly and every time I wash it - I spend a painstakingly long amount of time to get it straight.   I tried out the John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray.

What a fantastic product.  It really kept my hair straight for 3 days - even sleeping on it.  My one recommendation - you don't need a lot of it - just a few sprays!  It left my hair feeling silky and smooth!

Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

I know  - you are jealous.. I get to sample and review Hershey Kisses!  And I am not so sure what to say about them but ... they are Hershey Kisses!  They are delicious.  I love to just let them slowly melt in my mouth like a sucking candy.

I loved the packaging I received.  It was dressed and ready for valentines day - with Pink, Red and silver wrappers.  These are perfect little treats to give to your kids.. not too much and if you give them 2 - they feel like they won the jackpot!  Here's a tip - if you or you have a little girl who loves the color pink - stock up on these and freeze them so you can have them for months to come!

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

I love treating my self to a mask every few months.  They always make my face feel really fresh and starting over.  I feel like all the grime that got sucked into my pores are coming out and I can begin again.

When I tried the Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask - I loved how my face felt after - super clean. And the scent wasn't too overwhelming.  In fact, it was very light.  Some suggestions when using it - it is a bit runny so be careful - and shake the bottle before each use.. it made it a bit less runny.  Also - wait until it is completely dry before washing off.  It does dry your face a bit - so make sure you use a good moisturizer after.

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes

Every now and then I like to go glam!  And what says glam more than some long and thick lashes.  I have had fake lashes before - like at my wedding.. but each time they were put on by a professional.  I was a little nervous about doing it myself and I am a bit uncoordinated.. so with a shaky hand, I set out to put them on!

To my surprise, they were really easy to apply and felt really light and even looked pretty realistic.  Some tips that learned: Let the glue dry a little bit - let it get tacky before you apply the lashes.  They stayed put the whole night and it looks like I can reuse them.

All in all - I was very happy with my J'Adore VoxBox!  What products would you try?

**I have received all of these products complimentary to test from Influenster.  All Opinions expressed in this post are completely my own!***

Product Review: Dove Advanced Care Deoderant with NutriumMoisture #RaiseYourArms

I love being a part of the Influenster nation!  I get to try products that I never would have before and often times I switch my product preferences.  This is one of those times!  I got to try out one of Dove's newest deodorants - Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture.  Now I am usually not one to talk about arm pits - but I am making an exception.  This deodorant moisturizes while it fights odors. For all those gals out there that shave their underarm - this deodorant is a nice upgrade.  For me, gone are the irritating red dots you get from shaving and basically all the irritation that shaving and clothes and sweat leave.

There are some great scents to choose from.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture is now my go-to deodorant.

You can follow @Dove on twitter and on Instagram  and on Facebook

**I received Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture free from Influenster and Dove.  All opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.**

How do you show your #DisneySide?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I love Disney.  Really everything Disney.  I am definitely not afraid to admit it.  I don't see them as an evil empire.. I see them as genius'... specifically marketing genius'.  One of my most outward ways I show my #DisneySide is actually at work.  (and no I don't work for Disney)   I have 35 vinyl Mickey's.  I love the individuality of each of them.  There are different lines and each are done by different artists.  But essentially they just make me happy.  And that is what I think of when I think of Disney -- Happiness.

Recently I hosted my own Disney party to show off mine and my guest's #DisneySide.   Disney Side @Home Celebration supplied the party supplies, including table ware, decorations, games and give-aways.

It all came in a big brown box and when I opened the box there was an amazing gift for me, A piece of American Tourister Luggage.

On the night of the big party we took out all of the decorations and found some of our own Disney stuff to add to the mix.  My kids were so excited to see all of the Mickey decorations.  Four families - 6 kids and 7 adults were able to join us.

We played  Disney Bingo and Disney Trivia and had some amazing snacks - including Hamburger cupcakes (not very Disney but totally awesome!)

It was such a fun party and the only reason was to celebrate our Disney Side! 
If you want to host your own #DisneySide celebration you can get some great ideas, tools and information at

**I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own."

Meet the Beatrix Girls (REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Have you met the Beatrix Girls yet?  No??  Well Let me introduce you to Ainsley, Lark, Brayden and Chantal.  These are the new line of Pop-Star dolls that come with their own original music.

These beautiful Beatrix Girls have super trendy outfits and big gorgeous eyes.  But that is not all - they’re musicians, they’re dolls, they’re role models for a new generation of empowered young girls, with great clothes, fabulous hair, and original pop music developed by platinum-winning songwriters and producers.  

What I love about these dolls is that girls can not only play with these dolls, but also listen, sing and dance to their music.

The Beatrix Girls website is full of music (5 songs) and videos plus a ton more of great interactive content.

My daughter has said over and over that she want to be a ‘singer’ when she grows up.  I love how this line of dolls and music is geared toward kids.  I much prefer her singing to the Beatrix Girls than to Niki Minaj.

Also - each of the 4 dolls have their own personality.

Brayden: With her gorgeous purple flowing hair, Brayden is the song writer and guitarist for the band. Born in the flats of Hollywood to entertainment industry parents, Brayden is a genuine LA Woman. She is willful, driven, ambitious, sharp-as-a-tack and sweet, considerate and socially conscious. She is passionate about music, song writing, and the environment. She makes Bienstock, the band’s manager, book The Beatrix Girls at ecology rallies, but then fights like a hellcat for top billing and a mention in all the events’ PR. Brayden is a writer. She writes the super hooky hit songs that have made The Beatrix Girls one of the hottest acts in the world. Her lyrics reflect life experiences, friendship, and lessons like standing up for who you are. Her style is unique and edgy but with cross-over appeal.
Ainsley: Ainsley is the willowy charming blonde drummer.  She is spunky, charming, and possesses and touch of pouty haughtiness. This seemingly frail Southern Belle from Atlanta plays totally against type. Ainsley is as sweet and quiet as they come until she gets behind the drums. Then she becomes a monster who can bash a drum kit into oblivion quicker than you can say Keith Moon. She is sweet and conscientious but also strong and determined. Her quiet drive and determination got her the gig as the drummer on The Beatrix Girls, one of the hottest acts in the world!  She channels Scarlett O’hara and Jane Eyre with her corsets, hats, and gloves, but she’s thoroughly modern in how she puts it all together (think Betsey Johnson.)
Lark: Lark is the bass-playing redhead with hot Irish blood. She has a beautiful shock of red hair that covers one of her eyes, the rumor of a tattoo somewhere personal (it’s behind her knee, ok? Jeez…) and a piercing sense of humor that punctures many pompous balloons. Lark is passionate about life and everything she does. She is not only a phenomenal bass player, but she is also an extreme athlete. She loves every extreme sport, and especially surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. And, when it comes to competing, Lark always gives it a thousand percent, whether in a skating competition, or in earning.  Lark is the true “rocker chick” of the group. A little bit grungy, a little bit punk.
Chantal: Chantal, the keyboardist, comes from Montreal. With her thick Canadian/French accent, Chantal is the gentle, logical, level headed member of The Beatrix Girls. But when her excellent advice goes unheeded, as it often does, Chantal flips out and throws a French fit. Chantal has soft, wavy brown hair, often worn in a loose up-do. Her make-up is very precise and discreet in comparison to the other girls. Chantal’s sensibility with just enough ‘tude, coupled with lots of passion and hard work, earned her a spot as The Beatrix Girls keyboardist. Chantal has a no-nonsense look about her, preferring to wear sensible shoes and sticking with a classic 50’s style.

With the holiday and lots of birthdays coming up - this will be my go-to gift.

You can find the Beatrix Girls Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at  The Beatrix Girls music is NOW on iTunes and Amazon!  (Ages 5 and Up and retails for $24.99 each).  

But you can win a doll of your choice!  The Beatrix Girls team will be giving away a doll of your choice to one (1) Living Changerously reader!!  

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People Will Surprise You

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For the past two years I worried.  Would my daughter be able to handle kindergarten?  What if they told her to do something and she didn’t want to, will she throw things or stomp off and refuse to participate?  Would her need for time to warm up to new situations and new people prevent her from making friends and participating?  Would her teacher have the time to understand her needs as a spirited child?  Would having a male gym and music teacher send her to cower in the corner?  When she gets frustrated will she clear the table sending the materials on the table to the four corners?

These all have happened, both at home and at pre-school.   We saw a parenting coach who helped us tremendously with understanding what was going on and how to help my daughter through these intense emotions.  We have come a long way.  A very long way.  She still has these strong reactions but they are few and far between.  So as we approached the start of Kindergarten I was worried.   I had a hard time sleeping that week leading up to the first day of school.  

But there were signs. Signs of hope.  Signs that things were going to be all right.  The first came with a rocky start.  We brought my daughter in for her scheduled reading assessment.  (All k-4th graders took part in this before school started).  She was to meet with her teacher, alone, and go through some exercises.  When I brought her into her classroom she sat down right away but she wanted me to stay.  I tried to sit in the back.  Be close enough for her to know I was there but far enough away I wouldn’t be a distraction.  No luck.  As soon as the teacher asked her a question, she ran and hid behind me.  I quietly walked her back to the table, gave her a hug and told her I was going to wait outside for her to finish.   And you know what - she did just fine.  She worked with her teacher and answered what she could.

I spoke briefly with her teacher after that and explained a little about my daughter and her temperment.  Mind you - I have known these teachers since my son started in Kindergarten 4 years ago and have been telling them about my daughter - so they were fully aware of my concerns.   Her teacher was awesome.  She heard me!  We confirmed that 2 of her friends were going to be in her class and that would be a comfort to her on the first day.

The second sign.  About a week later we came back for our Open House / Back to School night where we get to drop off our school supplies and see where the kids desk’s and lockers were located and most importantly re-connect with friends.   When we walked my daughter down to her classroom, she was excited to see she was not only sharing a locker with her friend but also sitting right in the middle of her two friends.  Immediately she was at ease.  She went right up to her teacher and told her about her day and really just chatted her up.  She then strode through those hallways like she owned the place.  She was all smiles.

The final sign.  The first day of school.  The day I feared.  What were we in for?  Well, the morning started out perfect.  We all were up and out of the house on time with no arguments or struggles.  When we got to school and went to stand in line at the Kindergarten door, I expected to be asked to pick her up and hold her, or to find her hiding behind my legs.  Neither of those things happened.  She proudly, and a bit nervously, stood in line and waited to be brought into school.  When that time came, off she went.  Without a look back at me.  Without me carrying her in behind her class.  Without crying.  Without trepidation.  

My big girl!

All my worrying, all my fears  were fortunately unfounded.  I am so proud of how far my little girl has come.  How she has stepped up and faced the unknown with grace and excitement.  I hope she continues to love school as much as she does now and that she also continues to get teachers who understand her and what she needs from them to be successful.


Monday, August 12, 2013

I have a chair.  It is not the nicest chair.  It used to be.  It was gorgeous.  It matched my living room perfectly.  A great accent piece.  But then my dog and my kids happened.  And that great, gorgeous chair went from being a source of pride to a source of embarrassment.  The fabric was not only dirty but it started to tear.  And it tore in many places.  What I did not realize when I  picked out the fabric just how thin it was.  I loved that it accented my cranberry colored couch and golden walls perfectly.  I never even thought to consider what a dog and 2 kids could do a lovely chair.  It is now still in my living room, but the fabric has been replaced with an equally terrible and ill-fitting slip cover.   I am not going to even post a picture of it because it is that bad.

I have priced both replacing the chair and getting a new fitted slip-cover made and both are just too much to spend right now.  But I still look.  I love looking, and dreaming.  One day.....

One day I was walking through the expo hall at BlogHer and saw that La-Z-Boy was there.  I honesty always thought that La-Z-Boy’s were recliners.  I was so impressed with their fabric - both the looks and the durability.   And they were so comfortable.  I sat down and got quite comfortable and was soon joined by a guy wearing a suit made of La-Z-Boy material.  That was not a pretty suit and I thought he was probably very warm.  But still cool to see.

When I am ready and able to finally replace that chair, it will most likely be with a La-Z-Boy.

**unfortunately I have not received a chair or anything else in return for this post... Everything I have expressed are all my own opinions***

Random Clothes

Thursday, August 8, 2013

This is another sock.  A single black sock.  Next to some one's car in the parking lot of the grocery store.  Where they just sick of the sock and threw it out of the window?  Did it stink and they couldn't be near it any longer?  Do they have a car full of discarded clothes and it fell out when they opened the door?  I guess we will never know.