Wonderful Holiday Gifting With Workman Publishing #Review

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Workman Publishing are publishers of award-winning cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, books on gardening, country living, and humor, as well as children’s books, gift books, fiction, and the bestselling calendar line in the business.  When I received a couple books to review with my daughter, it was easy to see why Workman scores so many awards.


Train: A Journey Through the Pages is quite possibly one of the coolest books my daughter or I have ever seen.  This fun little story of a train moving across the American landscape has an actual three-dimensional miniature train that loops up and down and across each page, without ever leaving the pages!  Your child will have fun moving the red steam engine out of the depot and onto the front page where the sun is just coming up over the bay.  Take a journey across wide plains, up mountains, and down hills into a city at night, and finally, back to the rail yard.  The panoramic landscapes are filled with incredible details that young children will want to explore further with their imagination.  Living in a very rural area, we get to see trains often on our journey into town to go grocery shopping so my daughter really loved being able to get hands on for the journey that a train goes through every day.


ABC Animals is another fun Workman publication.  It was really hard to capture the movement of the animals in still shots…this book is AMAZING in person!  The timeless appeal of alphabet books meets the richest Scanimation book ever. ABC Animals is a romping, stomping journey from A to Z, and all the animals come alive…as many as four per page. I t’s the alphabet as it’s never been seen before: watch the alligator snap, the bats swooping, the camel trot. There’s L for the lion proudly prowling along, and M for the mouse scurrying inside his wheel.  It all culminates in the largest Scanimation image yet, and my daughter thinks this book is just the best!

Workman Publishing has SO much to offer for young and old alike…make sure you check out Workman for all of your gift-giving this year!


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Sally Hansen Must-Haves For The Holiday Season #Review


Sally Hansen has everything you’ll need to keep your manicure looking great this holiday season.  From quick drying polish, to gel polish without uv lights, to complete manicures in a bottle, Sally Hansen has it all.


Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is the #1 no light gel system.  In just two easy steps you can get up for 14 days of color, shine, and ‘ooh la la’.  The Miracle Gel formula is more chip-resistant than regular nail polish, and with over 70 shades to choose from you can match any outfit in your closet.


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure has 7 benefits in one little bottle…plus a flawless finish brush for easy application and salon quality results.  This formula features a base coat, growth treatment, runway-inspired color, top coat, gel-shine finish, chip-resistance, and a strengthener with keratin complex for up to 64% stronger nails.  This all in one formula will deliver up to 10 days of beautiful, chip-free nails.


Sally Hansen Insta-Dri is a fast drying nail polish formulated with a base and top coat for extended wear and stunning shine all in one coat.  This Sally Hansen polish features a unique brush that contours to the nail for a smooth, easy application.  Insta-Dri is available in 40 fashionable shades for you to rock this winter.


Miracle Gel #829, Rock On, totally rocks!  What a fun look to take out for a fun night on the town!


I paired Miracle Gel #500 Mad Woman with Complete Salon Manicure #381 Gilty Party to create a fun holiday look that I will be creating again for my husband’s work Christmas party.  It matches my dress perfectly!


I used Complete Salon Manicure #121 Let’s Snow as a base for this fun look.  I used a cosmetic wedge sponge plus Complete Salon Manicure #560 Mermaid’s Tale and sponged on in layers for a fun ombre look…don’t be afraid to get creative and make colors your own!


Insta-Dri #220 Flashy Fuchsia is such a fun color!  I absolutely love the pigment!


Last but not least, Insta-Dri in #120 Go For Gold.  My 5 year old daughter doesn’t sit still long enough to let nail polish dry so Insta-Dri is a great way to keep her nails looking nice too.  You can see her adorable little nails modeling the color above, I love the color, it’s so sparkly!

Make sure you have everything you need to dazzle and shine this holiday season with Sally Hansen.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***


Get the London Look…Rimmel London Cosmetics #Review


Make a statement this holiday season with Rimmel London.  Rimmel has everything you’ll need to change up your makeup look any way you can imagine so you can make a statement, no matter how subtle or in-your-face.  I got to try an assortment of products for my holiday looks and I am in love!


Perfect your face in just a few simple steps with a few quality products from Rimmel.  The Fix & Perfect Pro Primer uses a unique, advanced formula.  Your foundation will glide on more smoothly, more evenly, and wear longer.  Fix & Perfect Pro smoothes to minimize pores, resurfaces for an even complexion, brightens skin all day, mattifies to eliminate shine, and will protect your skin from environmental aggressors.  What more could you ask for?  Hide The Blemish Concealer is a great way to hide problem areas before applying your foundation.  Effortlessly cover blemish areas or dark spots all day long!  BB Cream and BB Cream Radiance are some of my favorite products out there!  This specially formulated BB Cream is packed with matte perfecting benefits, resulting in gorgeous and shine free skin!  It minimizes the appearance of pores and evens skin tone while controlling shine.  The lightweight formula makes it perfect for combination to oily skin, with ideal benefits: soothes, conceals dark circles and even helps prevent blemishes.


If you’re like me and you have pale eyelashes, you know that the struggle is real!  I look like I have no eyelashes at all without mascara when they’re actually very long!  Wonder’Lash Volume Clourist Mascara to the rescue!  Wonder’Lash Volume Colourist will darken bare lashes in two weeks!  (I was actually able to see a difference in a little over a week.)  The tapered, lash intensifying brush wraps every lash with blacker than black pigments.  In an instant, your lashes will appear fuller, longer, and oh-so-luxurious.


Every woman needs a great lip color to top off her look and I’m no exception.  Provocolips 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour is perfect for a woman on the go.  Provocolips is kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof HIGH impact endless color.  There are no tight or dry feeling lips.  Just smooth, moisturized, beautiful looking lips.  Easily remove your Provocolips at the end of the day with oil based makeup remover for hassle free cleanup.

This holiday season, get the London look with Rimmel London cosmetics.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Java Factory Roasters Sinful Cinnamon #Review


Give into your Devilish desires this Halloween with Java Factory Roasters Sinful Cinnamon.  Starting your day with a fresh, hot cup of Sinful Cinnamon you’ll be ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you.


Java Factory carefully handcrafts each of its specialty roasts with obsessive attention to detail…they are after all, coffee lovers just like you and I.  They labor over each flavor, note, and aroma to give the world coffees that are smooth and flavorful so you can enjoy them all day long (and I do!).


This Sinful Cinnamon flavor is a tasty cinnamon/caramel coffee that tastes like a little bit of fall right in my mug.  Java Factory uses only 100% Arabica beans that are perfectly roasted and ground for a robust never-bitter flavor that you will love.  The attention to detail for your individual cup of coffee doesn’t stop there.  Java Factory has even specialized the brewing pods.  Independent testing proves that the Java Factory advanced filter system helps the grounds diffuse better throughout, and enhancing their flavor by 15%.  Have the freshest, best tasting cup of coffee in the world right from your own home time and time again.

Be sure to follow Java Factory Roasters on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest and greatest.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***


Skylanders Costumes Are Back Just In Time For Halloween!!


If you have children, chances are you can’t go one day without hearing about Skylanders.  My kids have been into the Skylanders franchise since day 1 and they love all of the changes and upgrades that come out with each new game.  Skylanders costumes are back with fan-favorite characters like Spyro, Jet-Vac, Snapshot, Wallop, Chop Chop, and the most evilest, evildoer of all, Kaos…and just in time for Halloween!

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  • Package includes jumpsuit with attached chest piece and wigs, hand and shoe covers and mask
  • MSRP $39.99
  • Available at Amazon.com and Party City

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  • Package includes jumpsuit with chest piece, shoe and hand covers, belt and mask
  • MSRP $39.99
  • Available at Amazon.com and Party City

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  • Package includes jumpsuit, mask and inflatable weapon
  • MSRP $34.99
  • Available at Amazon.com, Party City, Walmart

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  • Package includes jumpsuit, mask and inflatable weapon
  • MSRP $34.99
  • Available at Amazon.com, Walmart

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Chop Chop

  • Package includes jumpsuit, mask and inflatable weapon
  • MSRP $37.99
  • Available at Amazon and BuyCostumes.com

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  • Package includes jumpsuit with body armor and shoe covers, shin guards, gauntlet and mask
  • MSRP $39.99
  • Available at Amazon.com and Party City


Last but not least…the most evil evildoer of all…Kaos!!

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  • Package includes robe and mask
  • MSRP $27.99
  • Available at Amazon.com, Walmart


Head out today and find your child’s favorite Skylanders character costume just in time for Halloween!

Learning Resources…Education and Fun Brought Together in All New Ways! #Review


Learning Resources offers products that are not only incredibly fun, but also incredibly educational.  They are a leading global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products trusted by teachers and parents and loved by children.  The company’s 1100+ high-quality products are sold in more than 80 countries, serving children and their families, preschool, kindergarten, primary, and middle-school markets.


The Learning Resources Shining Stars Projector was a HUGE hit with my daughter!  She loves the multiple slide discs included and is fascinated with all of the images that are projected onto her wall, ceiling, dresser…wherever she can find to project onto.


It’s a galaxy of stars in the palm of your hand!  Young astronomers can explore early space science by beaming images of space onto any surface for a close-up view of stars, planets, and more!  Just place the discs into the slot for quick and easy viewing.  Features an easy-carry handle, automatic shut-off to conserve battery life, and a stand for projector mode. Includes 3 discs, with 8 images on each (24 images total)…and all of the images are so incredibly clear!  The pictures above honestly do the actual images no justice.


A SUPER fun item available from Learning Resources is the Code & Go Robot Mouse.  The race is on to build hands-on coding skills!  Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts.  Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.  Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (sold separately).

Check out all that Learning Resources has to offer to help grow your little one’s brain.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Bring Education and Fun Together This Holiday Season With Educational Insights #Review

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Educational Insights is probably a name most of you will recognize…I worked with them earlier this year and my daughter and I quickly fell in love with their products.  We were offered the opportunity to test out some new items for the holiday season and we just couldn’t say no.


Once Upon A Craft is a fun way to get kids engaged in the story.  There are 8 different story/craft combinations so you can pick the one that’s just right for your child.


My daughter chose Twelve Dancing Princesses and she really enjoyed the story and the crafts she got to make to bring her story to life.  Watch your child’s creativity shine as YOUR princess colors five fun characters for use against a full-color storybook backdrop. Plus, she can create and decorate a mosaic dancing shoe and princess crown!


Another fun Educational Insights toy for the holiday season is the GeoSafari My First Telescope.  Discover amazing, up-close lunar exploration My First Telescope!  Little ones can explore the moon with this focus-free telescope, built specifically for little hands and growing minds. Perfect for STEM learning. The 10x magnification provides fantastic views of the moon, while keeping the field of vision wide, which is essential for young children’s understanding of magnified views.


As dusk neared my husband got the telescope set up outside for our daughter.  It was a complete surprise to her and when she came outside her reaction was priceless…she couldn’t wait to start looking at everything.


Anything Jade could look at, she did.  Later on in the evening the My First Telescope gave Jade some pretty spectacular views of the moon and stars leaving a lasting impression on her little mind.  There’s no better way to encourage exploration and discovery than providing hands-on experience with a scientific tool.  Show your child the wonder of space this holiday season with the GeoSafari My First Telescope.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***