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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 www.RestylaneUSA.com. Complete Instructions for Use for Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is available at www.RestylaneLyft.com


Monday, August 24, 2015

Join the PURELL 30 Day Challenge! #PURELL30 #ShakeOnIT #ad

We are in week three of back to school and my son is loving his new school. Being back to school means meeting new friends and interacting with a ton of people. We all know that school is filled with germs and this is why I’ve decided to join the PURELL 30-Day Challenge. The 30 day challenge is designed to encourage people to practice good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of illness causing germs. Check out this video by my friends Vera and Audrey.




My son and I have agreed to join the challenge and we have pledged to use PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer 3 times a day for 30 days. To make things easy for my son, I’ve added strategically placed PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer within his reach while he is at school.  He has PURELL Hand sanitizer on his backpack - in school he has a computer on his desk and using it after being on the computer all day will help cut back on germs. 


I’ve also placed one on the handle of his lunchbox so that he can use it before he eats. He has already decided his favorite is the Coconut Beach Siesta.



I keep PURELL sanitizing wipes in the car, have a small bottle in my purse and I also keep one by my sink in the kitchen to use it after handling meats. I am ready for the challenge and the first day has gone well! There are several reasons why my family has decided to join the challenge


  • It has been reported that 80% of illnesses can be transmitted by hands
  • The CDC recommends hand hygiene as one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick and spreading illness causing germs and,
  • Hand hygiene at key moments is a simple and effective way to keep your family healthy and well. Key moments include: before and after food handling, after using the restroom, before eating, before and after caring for someone sick or being around someone ill, after sneezing and coughing and after touching a surface that has been touched by many like grocery carts and door handles.

Will you and your family take the 30 day challenge and stay healthy? You can join and learn more on the PURELL 30 Day Challenge website. By joining you will automatically be entered to win one of three daily prizes!

This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

My UltraShape Body Contouring Final Results! #ultrayou #ultrashape




This is my final post in my four part series about my experience with UltraShape. If you’ve missed any of my posts, here are my links to part 1, 2 and 3. UltraShape is the only FDA cleared non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses pulsed ultrasound for fat reduction. I received 3 treatments in total as recommend for the best results. My belly fat was treated over the course of 9 weeks and I was amazed that my body started changing after the first treatment!

I recorded my measurements prior to each of my three treatments.



To say I am pleased is an understatement. I am actually amazed. In a little over 2 months I have lost 2.5 inches from my belly without any effort on my part! When I started UltraShape I said that I was going to work on eating cleaner and exercising. Well, summertime was fun time for me and although I didn’t go hog wild with my eating, I didn’t really change my habits much. I did some exercise but nothing close to the level that I do when I am really in beast mode. I can only imagine what my results would have been had I really been hitting my healthy living hard and receiving UltraShape treatments. Check out my before and after photos!


After results like these, I am motivated to pick up my healthy habits to keep the momentum going. I am sure by the winter my body will be even further transformed as a result of my diet and exercise and I might just reward myself by taking a trip to a tropical climate to show it off!

My final thoughts about UltraShape

UltraShape has been a great experience for me, there was absolutely no downtime and no pain associated with the treatments. At times the machine did get a little hot but I simply told my technician and she moved from the area that was being treated. My treatments had a duration that ranged from 25 - 35 minutes although the times vary depending on the individual. I think UltraShape is a great way to get rid of the stubborn belly that is associated with having a baby, or the last few inches after weight loss. I would really advise pairing healthy eating and exercise to see the absolute best results but I can tell you despite not being on top of this the way I wanted to be, I am more than pleased with my final results. I know that the fat can come possibly back if I do not live a healthy lifestyle and this has motivated me to really focus on healthy living.  You can find more information on the UltraShape website and also be sure to watch my video below to hear more of my thoughts about the process!




Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Social Moms and UltraShape. I have received the UltraShape treatments and been compensated for sharing my experience and thoughts. As usual, all opinions are my own. 


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