Friday, July 18, 2014

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish

During the summer I really like to have both a pedicure and a manicure. I have the tendency to lean toward bold and bright colors because they match my personality! So it should come as no surprise that I was attracted to the range of 29 colors in the Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish collection that is available at Walmart. I was sent a few of colors and they are absolutely beautiful. The colors are available in three categories - iridescent, pop and glitter. Prior to having samples sent to me, I purchased Play Koi, an orange pop color which I love.

The colors in this collection are fun and vibrant. One of the best aspects of this polish is that it is waterproof. It has the exclusive Ultimate Shield which protects from washing, sports and daily wear. I can say that this polish did remain intact for several days with no chips despite my dishwashing and other household duties. One thing I will note is that I think because of the staying power, this polish (in my experience with Play Koi) may stain your natural nail. I highly recommend using a base coat before painting your nails when you use this polish.

I cannot wait to try out more of these awesome colors and play around with accent nails and maybe even some nail art. The Triple Shine polish is available for $4.57 and is available in store and online at Walmart. I think this is a great price because I can mix and match colors and do multiple manicures at a fraction of the cost at a nail salon.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Willy Wonka Peel-A-Pop

This is a sponsored post.

It is summertime and I have been busy, busy, busy! My son is taking his annual trip to “Camp Grandma” and I wanted to send him off with a bang so we had a party. Although we were a party of two, we had a grand time and he enjoyed the featured treat the Wonka Peel-a-Pop. This frozen confection brought a serious smile to his face. But before I go any further, I must tell you that one of my favorite movies ever is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And to be clear, I am NOT talking about the Johnny Depp version(love him but I need Gene Wilder in my life)!

If you are familiar with the film (who isn’t?), you know that Willy Wonka is responsible for all types of fun and creative treats. All Wonka treats are inspired by Willy Wonka, and new Wonka Peel-a-Pop in my opinion is fun on a stick! You see, when you open this treat it looks like a banana on a stick, you can lick it and unpeel the edible “peel” to reveal banana or vanilla creamy filling (depending on the flavor that you choose- grape vanilla or banana vanila).

This was fun! My son liked the experience of “peeling” and loved the creamy pop. He was so excited that he asked for a second one and I had no qualms about it because each one is between 60-70 calories depending on the flavor. Both of us thought peeling the pop was fun but we weren’t thrilled with the taste of consistency of the “peel’. This was perfectly okay because we were able to completely peel the pop and enjoy the center.

I think this is a fun treat for a party, if you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am more of a healthy eater but will highlight treats that my son enjoys. We have a ton of these pops now at Grandma’s house and while my son is at Camp Grandma, he will have Wonka Peel-A-Pops to help bring a smile on his face on the hot days of summer!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Motorola Slim Pack 4000 mobile charger

My phone is the lifeline of my business. I use to keep up with social media, write posts and take pictures when I am on the go. It is essential to me when I attend events and run races that I want to share with my friends, family and people who read my blog. However, when I have heavy usage of my phone, I inevitably use up the battery fairly quickly. To ensure that I don’t run out of juice on my devices at any time, Verizon sent me the Motorola Slim Pack 4000 mobile charger. I absolutely LOVE it!

It lives up to its name and is extraodinarily slim and small. I can throw it into my purse and be confident that my devices will not run out of battery.  When I carry the Slim Pack 4000, I know I have two full chargers for my phone and/or camera that I carry when I want to take better photos and upload them immediately.  I put my Slim Pack 4000 to the test several times.

When I attended the 20th Annual Essence music festival in New Orleans, I kept my Slim Pack on me at all times. I was able to record video, upload photos to my various social media channels and stay connected to WiFi without worrying about my battery life. And even if my phone and camera were both low on battery, I could charge them at the very same time.

When I visited New York for the Blogger Bash conference, I once again was not let down by my Slim Pack 4000. I took tons of pictures, uploaded them and was using WiFi without a care in the world. I have never used a mobile charger device that I was more happy with!
If you want to be sure to keep to extra charges for your mobile devices without taking up much space in your bag or be  bulky when you are charging devices, I highly recommend the Motorola Slim Pack 4000.

Disclosure: I am a Verizon Life ambassador and was sent this product to try out. All opinions are own.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Disney's The Little Mermaid

I am a native New Yorker and one of my best childhood memories is going to the theater with my mom. She took me to both Broadway and off-Broadway shows and we had a blast. Although I am now raising my child in Atlanta, I love the Broadway Atlanta series at The Fox Theater. I love being able to expose my son to Broadway quality productions right in my own backyard. 

We had the wonderful opportunity to check out The Little Mermaid and had an absolute ball. I think I've only seen the movie once and seeing it on stage was a real treat. I pretty much had forgotten the storyline so it was all brand new for me. The singing in the show was outstanding! All of the voices were beautiful, of course Ariel sounded like an angel but all of the characters were amazing. My favorite song was Under The Sea, Sebastian the crab showed up and showed out! The scene was based on a carnival atmosphere and it was my absolute favorite part of the entire show.  I also was blown away by the voice of King Titan. His voice was so pure.  All in all my son and I both give the show two big thumbs up. The best indicator that my son liked it is that he paid attention the entire time despite having a very long day at camp. 

I highly recommend The Little Mermaid and quite frankly, I have never been disappointed with any of the Broadway Atlanta productions. If you have an opportunity to see one, please take it! 

Disclosure: I recieved media tickets for the show, all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Cake

The 4th of July is Friday. Backyard celebrations abound and this time of year and I love to try out new recipes. Admittedly, I focus primarily on healthy options but sometimes I will prepare some more traditional sweets. Walmart challenged me to do a recipe for the 4th and as I was walking down one of the aisles I saw Duff’s cake products. If you aren’t familiar with Duff Goldman, he is the star of the show Ace of Cakes and owner of Charm City Cakes and Cake Mix bakeries.  

I absolutely love watching cooking shows, especially the ones featuring cakes. It is funny because even at the gym I’ll watch cake decorating and cupcake decorating shows. I think the designs are really impressive and although it isn’t a talent I personally possess, I enjoy watching the creative process.

My friends frequently get upset with me because when I make a cake or some other confection because inevitably I take it with me to a party and leave it at their house. It is better to give than to receive, right? Well, the same goes true for this red, white and blue cake for the 4th of July. I will be sharing it (aka giving it away) but enjoy the baking process. Although I rarely use boxed cake, I was so fascinated by the Duff products, I wanted to give this one a try.

I am quite pleased with the results and admit that it tastes just as good as it looks! The trick for the red, white and blue swirl is to separate the batter into three batches, add food coloring and layer in the cake pan. 

It is a fairly simple process and provides the cake with both a festive and unique look. Although I am no Duff, using his cake mix I can sort of pretend I am!

I followed the directions on Duff’s Stars and Stripes premium cake mix. The only change I made was to use butter instead of oil in the recipe. I figure if you are going to make sweets, it might as well be as decadent as possible since it is a special treat! When I added the various colors of batter, I did give my cake pans a shake to help the batter distribute. The final result really does end up living up to the name with red, white and blue striped cake topped with stars!

This is a fun and festive cake and I’m glad I decided to try making it!

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