Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Friends With Kids - Coming to theaters March 9, 2012...

I love a good movie and can't wait to see this one...

Friends With Kids 
www.friendswithkids.com






Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there’s a better way.  They decide to have a kid together - and date other people.

Jennifer Westfeldt wrote, directed, and stars in the romantic comedy Friends with Kids. She plays Julie, a Manhattanite whose biological clock is about to run out, so she convinces her longtime platonic best friend, Jason (Adam Scott) to father a child with her. They seem to have a much easier time juggling the responsibilities of new parenthood without the complication of being in a relationship with each other, which is in contrast to the two couples they are closest to. As their friends' marriages implode, Julie and Jason's happy equilibrium topples over as well when he falls for a hot young artist (Megan Fox) and she begins dating a successful businessman (Edward Burns).

There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional 'experiment' leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.

You can watch the trailer below...




Friends With Kids stars Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation"), Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns.   
Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein).   



I think this movie looks great - will you be making plans to see it?  


Lionsgate and Roadside Attraction will release Friends With Kids on March 9, 2012!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary Friends With Kids Goodie Bag in exchange for sharing this movie with you!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Do you love Pinterest?




Oh my, I'm sure by now you have all heard the craze about Pinterest.  If you haven't you have to join.  You can only join by being invited, if you need an invite e-mail me at jacksonfivefamilyblog@hotmail.com and put "Pinterest" in the subject line and I will be happy to send you an invite!

I could spend hours browsing the site, looking at crafts, clothes, makeup and hair tutorials and I am loving all of the new recipes that I have found.  I made chocolate chip cookies today and of course I found the recipe on there.  They turned out soooooo good so I just have to share with all of you!  If you love a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie then this is a must try.  It's definitely not for you if you like a crispier cookie.









Here is the Recipe - "The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie"

3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter (Softened)
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 Egg
2 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Chocolate Chips

In a bowl cream butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla into the mix.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.  Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Refrigerate dough for at least a half hour.   In the meantime grease a cookie sheet and cover with flour... shake off excess.   Drop dough on cookie sheet (I rolled dough into 1 inch balls). 

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  (I have made 2 batches of these the 1st batch I made the dough balls about 1 inch, the 2nd batch I made them a little larger and I did bake them for about 10-12 minutes the 2nd time)

Oh my these were soooooo good!  My family LOVED them - I will definitely be adding this recipe to my collection for future use!

If you want to follow me on Pinterest click HERE!  I would love to follow you back, feel free to leave your Pinterest link in the comments section below and I will be sure to check out your pins!! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sue Devitt Beauty Review and Special Offer...



This time of year is so fun when it comes to watching television - Red Carpet Season you could call it.  The SAG Awards and the Grammy's were both recently on,  I love watching not only for the awards, but the best part is seeing the celebrities outfits, hair and of course their makeup!  

Well one of my favorite makeup brands, Sue Devitt Beauty has some tips and makeup steps to help you get Red Carpet ready in no time...

First let's show you how to get a Radiant, Glowing Complexion...

Whether you want to be red carpet ready or just have a fun lunch date planned, a great complexion gives you confidence and makes you feel beautiful while wearing a dress or jeans!

When you want to look sweet rather than sultry, the best way to do it is to use a peach or coral hue on your cheeks and keep the rest simple.




To replicate Michelle William’s dewy skin, prep skin with a light foundation like Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation to even out your skin tone and cover up any imperfections. To achieve a natural flush, apply Sue Devitt Gel-to-Powder Blush in Malay Reef to the apples of your cheeks.  Finish the look with a few generous coats of Sue Devitt Luxury Lash Mascara in Black Chocolate to add a sexy yet sophisticated edge. Finally, to pull the look together slick on a nude gloss like Sue Devitt Lip Enhancing Gloss in Golden Triangle. Who knew sweet could look so sexy! 



The next look is all about Smoldering Eyes...  




For this sexy makeup look, keep the focal point on the eyes.

Start off by lining the top and bottom lash lines with Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Kenya. Using the smudger end of the pencil, blend the color up and out to create a bold smoky eye. To intensify the look even more, apply a bronze-hued eyeshadow like Sue Devitt Silky Sheen Eyeshadow in Burma to your entire eyelid. Amp up the wow-factor by applying the bronze shadow into your lower lash line as well. Finish off the look by coating your lashes with Sue Devitt Lash Intensifier Treatment & Lengthening Mascara to create lush, look-at-me lashes that demand attention.  Your date won’t know what hit him! 


The last look is so great for spring.  Everyone wants that Glowing, Sun-Kissed look. It just makes you look so healthy and is so fresh and the best part is that you don't even have to worship the sun!



Have a hard time getting the right glow?

Start by evening out your skin tone and camouflaging any flaws with Sue Devitt SpaComplexion Hydrating Marine Minerals Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15.  Then apply Sue Devitt Gel Bronzer SPF 40 to the apples of your cheeks and upward toward your temples to accentuate your cheekbones and give your face definition. Next, sweep Sue Devitt Hydrating Marine Minerals Destination Eye & Cheek Palette in Beausoleil onto your cheekbones, across your forehead and down the bridge of your nose to create a seamless, bronze glow.  Dust the same bronze shadow from the Eye & Cheek Palette onto your eyes to keep the look uniform and sweep on Sue Devitt Luxury Lash Mascara in Black Widow to make your eyes pop. Dab Sue Devitt Balanced Matte Lipstick in Suva onto your lips to create a kissable pout. Getting a sun-kissed glow has never been easier! 

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Sue Devitt sent me a few items to review,  let me show you what I received...


The first item sent was the Sue Devitt Microquatic Prime Target Intensive Eye Treatment.  If there is one area that I complain about most it is the lines and bags under and around my eyes, so when they sent this I couldn't wait to give it a shot.  



Microquatic™ Prime Target Intensive Eye Treatment gel features a revolutionary, calculated-release delivery system. When applied, the gel targets areas that require intensive nutrition and hydration, similar in nature to the GPS tracking system. This transparent gel formulation should be applied underneath makeup. Pen-tip applicator controls release, dispensing a very small quantity to ensure maximum results. Light reflective properties create a gentle luminescent finish. Liquid Caffeine, instantly tightens and firms the eye area, eliminating the appearance of dark circles and increasing circulation under the eye which reduces puffiness. Amino Peptides hydrate and regenerate damaged skin while Orchid Extract, a natural moisturizer, fights against free radicals, promotes healthy radiance, protects eye vitality with antioxidants and reparative properties. Portable and perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. May be used as a daytime eye moisturizer.

I loved trying this.  The applicator is so nice - it's like a soft gel pen-tip making application so easy.  I have been applying it before I go to bed to help reduce the puffiness and dark circles in the a.m.!  

The next product is the Sue Devitt Plumping Lip Gloss -  Luxurious Lip Enhancing Gloss creates a visibly fuller look. Marine Filling Spheres smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and work in tandem with Peptides that promote collagen production. Available in 5shades, lip enhancing lip gloss is designed to impart a flattering shine and sheer wash of color for healthy, hydrated lips.

I was sent the color Alanya which is a really pretty pink hue.  This gloss goes on super smooth and I love that it gives them some fullness without a harsh tingle like some brands do.

The last product sent was the Sue Devitt Gel-to-Powder Blush in the color North Cape which is a gorgeous light bronze color. 


I love these blushes.  This is my second one and they are amazing.  I love how easy they are to apply.  The Gel-to-Powder is great - it's very soft and blends so well.  If you don't like traditional powder blushes then you MUST try this!  There are 4 pretty colors to choose from and I'm sure one is perfect for you!



To view and purchase any of the Sue Devitt Beauty products mentioned above please visit:

WWW.SueDevittBeauty.com 

They have a great deal going on right now until February 27th at midnight...




 When you purchase a Lip Enhancing Gloss for $22 you will receive a FREE Gel-To-Powder Blush in the color Malay Reef which is a $20 value!!  

As mentioned above I have tried both the Lip Gloss and Blush and I promise you if you purchase these you will LOVE them!!   View their site to take advantage of this offer!


Disclosure:  I was sent complimentary samples to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and may vary from yours!


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

KidsExclusive.com Review...




I love shopping and getting a good deal is very important to me.  I almost never pay full price for an item and love online deal sites, so when I was recently introduced to a new one called KidsExclusive.com I was so excited to check it out.  

Let me tell you all about it...



KidsExclusive.com is the new, mom-friendly deal site featuring heavily discounted designer fashions for girls and boys ages 0-9.  

So what makes KidsExclusive.com special?

  • Better deals than available through competitors
  • One, low shipping fee
  • Returns allowed for store credit (YES!)
  • 5-day delivery vs. the typical deal site 3-4 week wait
  • Share the love and get the $$$  -Earn $20 store credit when a new friend makes a purchase!

Like I said I couldn't wait to check this site out.  I've ordered from other deal sites and love that KidsExclusive.com is a little bit different.  I love that they allow returns, even if it's only for store credit, I will take it!  Most deal sites are final sale and if you are not familiar with the brand you are taking a gamble when you make a purchase.  If it doesn't fit or it's not exactly what you thought, well it doesn't matter because there are no returns at most, not even for store credit.

I also liked that the items ship out in just 24 hours and they offer 5 day delivery.   I have waited several weeks for items that I have purchased from other sites, so 5 days is awesome!  I also love that they offer one low rate for shipping.  I believe it is $5.95 which is pretty reasonable. 

Another great perk from this site is that if you share KidsExclusive.com with your friends and family you can earn money to spend on the site.  That's right for every new friend that you refer you can earn a $20 credit.  As soon as your friend makes a purchase and their items ship, you then get the $20 to spend on the site!


So I ordered a few things so that I could share my thoughts with you.  First off browsing the site was fun and easy.  There were so many designers to choose from and I love that they have them sorted by categories ie Top Sellers, Girls, Boys, Baby Girls, Baby Boys and they even have a Less than $10 category, love that one!!

So let me show you what I ordered...



My nieces 1st birthday is coming up so after browsing the site I knew I had to find something for her.  They had so many adorable little girls items. 



I fell in love with this outfit above - it is the Isabella and Chloe Two-Piece Lilac and Pink Outfit set that was originally $70 and only $19.90 on KidsExclusive.com!  This is available in several colors on the site and just too cute!



Here it is, oh my how cute.  I just love it - it is so girly and adorable and I love the sequin detail on the ruffles. How adorable does she look in this, I just love it!!


The next item that I picked out was the Pocket Zip Up Pink Diamond Sweater (shown below)



This must have sold out because I couldn't find it online tonight.  It is just adorable - it is the softest velour zip up jacket  by Ragdoll and Rockets and has the cutest ruffles on the back.  Hoe cute does she look above, awe!




Overall I was very pleased with my shopping experience from KidsExclusive.com.  Ordering was easy, the prices were great, shipping was fast and my items were just adorable!  I will most definitely be purchasing from them again!

To view the amazing deals that KidsExlcusive.com has to offer please visit:




Disclosure:  I received a store credit to make a purchase to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and my be different than yours!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Living Proof RESTORE Haircare Products Review...




Science is beautiful.
We are Living Proof.



As a former hairstylist I love hair.  I love coloring my hair, changing the style, curling it, flat ironing it and everything in between.  Unfortunately though when you do all of these things to your hair, you also damage it in the process. 



I was recently introduced to Living Proof hair care products and I am so excited to tell you all about them!  Just because you have damaged hair doesn't mean you can't help fix it and "restore" the beauty. 



Watch this video provided by Sephora below to learn more about this line...






 So let me tell you about the Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner I recently reviewed...


I was so excited to try these products out - The Restore line of products was created to restore the moisture in your hair using something called PolyfluoroEster, which is their proprietary moisture-controlling molecule which helps heal and protect each strand weightlessly, making dry, damaged hair look, feel and behave more like virgin hair.  The PolyfluroEster actually coats each strand of hair, so it locks in the moisture not letting any more in, say from humidity or rain and not letting what's already in out!

The first step in restoring dry damaged hair is to use the Restore Shampoo which is sulfate-free so it gently cleanses hair of dirt and oil without stripping it.  It is made to replenish hair moisture by improving the manageability, restoring the softness and renewing the shine all while healing each strand.



The next step is using the Restore Conditioner which nourishes the hair by removing tangles, restores the softness and again renews the shine which helps heal each strand. 



The last product in this line is the Restore Mask Treatment which is an intensive weekly treatment used alternatively with the conditioner.  By applying it once a week it will help increase strength, manageability and shine. 



Like I said above I was sent the Shampoo and Conditioner to try.  I have been using it for several weeks now and can honestly say that it makes my hair feel so much better.  It looks smoother, shinier and the overall condition of it is better.  I wish I could have tried the Restore Mask Treatment along side these two products so that I could tell you about the whole line and process.  My hair already feels amazing after using it for a few weeks and I just wonder how much better the mask would have made it feel.



If you have dry, brittle, damaged hair I really think you should give this a try!  It is safe for color-treated hair which is great.  It is a little pricey as the 8 fl oz Shampoo and Conditioner retail for $28 a piece and the mask $42, but if you are like me and your hair is very important to you and part of your overall look then it's definitely worth every penny! 


Living Proof has 4 other hair care lines as well as the Restore



Straight which is created to help you achieve sleek, smooth, shiny straight hair without the use of silicone s or harmful chemicals.



The Full line of products which was created to give you body, fullness and volume.




Hold which is their hairspray line - flexible or firm, you choose!




And their Frizz line of products which of course helps you get rid of frizz and give you beautiful frizz free hair!






To learn more about Living Proof and to find out where you can purchase their hair care products please visit:


WWW.LivingProof.COM

"like" Living Proof on Facebook HERE

or

Follow Living Proof on Twitter @LivingProof

 Disclosure:  I received a complimentary sample product from Living Proof to facilitate this review. All opinion are my own and my vary from yours!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Yantra Mat (acupunture mat) Reveiw and Give-a-way ends 02/25/2012...



CLARITY . FOCUS . ENERGY. PEACE .



Your piece of mind is not a luxury...  It’s an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle.



Are you stressed out?  Do you sleep poorly at night or experience fatigue during the day?  Do you get headaches, experience muscle tension or back pain?

If so let me introduce you to the Yantra Mat...



The Yantra Mat ($49) is similar to acupuncture without having actual needles stuck in you.


This mat has hundreds of these plastic dics(shown above) which gives you 8,820 effecttive acupuncture points that you lie down on in the comfort of your own home, more than any other mat on the market!  Lying down on the mat provokes the kind of clarity and focus that usually comes with prolonged meditation or intense physical activity.  This mat like acupuncture has many benefits - it may induce the release of endorphins and oxytocin, the body’s own pain-relieving and happiness hormones. And, there is some evidence that it increases metabolism as well.  It can also increase circulation which means lower blood pressure and better nutrient delivery!




I received my Yantra Mat about 2 months ago and have been trying it out since! I have to admit I was very intimidated by it when it first arrived.  It literally is a mat that is covered with plastic spiky discs.  You are supposed to slowly introduce yourself to it and then as time goes on you can increase your time on it.  So I first laid down on it with a sheet between the mat and myself.  It felt pretty good but after a few days I decided to take the plunge and lay on it bare skinned.  I have to admit it felt better than I thought it was going to.  It definitely stimulates your skin!  Now after a month of laying on it I can honestly say that I LOVE the way this feels.  It is actually very relaxing and now I look forward to my time on the mat. 



 I thought that there was no way that I would fall asleep on this but I have!  I really do feel better after I lay on it - I can't say that I have back pain or anything like that so I can't tell you that yes it will help or no it will not, but I do know that I feel so much better after laying on it.  You only need about 10 minutues on this, you can do it more but that's all it takes to feel the effects of it.  I feel more relaxed and just love that way it feels.  It tingles your skin... almost like a rush of energy when you get off of it! 


- The Yantra Way -


 You’ve got the wisdom to value your well-being. So give your mind the rest it deserves with the ancient stress relief system.

With every use, the Yantra Mat reminds us: the body and mind are not distinct. The condition of one can affect the health of the other.


That’s the Yantra Way: living fully – feeling more whole ­– through experiences that promote our body/mind connection.

To find out more information about the Yantra Mat and to purchase your own please visit:


WWW.Yantraway.COM



- Now for the give-a-way

I'm SO excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win their very own Yantra Mat $49!


- ENTERING STARTS HERE - 



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Disclosure:  I received a sample product from Yantra Mat to facilitate this review.  No compensation was received and all opinions are my own and may vary from yours.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day - Smart and Sexy Lingerie Review and Give-a-way ends 02/29/2012...




Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Today I am so excited to be able to be able to introduce you all to Smart and Sexy Lingerie!  




Smart & Sexy Lingerie strives to bring you quality, fit, comfort and value - that's Smart!  They also bring you the latest trends, great design, fabulous colors and the best silhouettes to enhance your body and increase your confidence and best of all it's very affordable!  

Smart & Sexy sent me 3 different items for review so let me tell you a little about each...




First they sent me one of their Satin Extreme Push-Up Bra's.  First I will tell you that I fell in love with this bra - it features bust enhancing padded pushup cups which I love, love, love!  I am very small chested and this bra  has so much padding and gives me so much extra lift!  Not only does it give me so much pushup, but I love the way it feels.  The satin is so smooth, it's honestly one of the most comfortable bras I have owned and definitely compares to those expensive labels that you pay a fortune for. 

What I love the most though and was super surprised about is that some of the Smart & Sexy Line, like this bra is sold at Wal-Mart.com and in stores!  You would NEVER believe that this bra retails for less than $10!!  I was so excited when I went to my local Wal-Mart and they actually had this brand!  I already purchased another bra!



The next item sent was very similar to this Smart and Sexy - Extreme Push-Up Chemise that is also available at Wal-Mart.com for only $14!  Of course I am loving the underwire push-up cups in this chemise.  I also love how stretchy the fabric is, making it so comfortable.  There are many other styles similar to this one the Smart and Sexy website as well and I was happy to find out that they are only $18-$20!




The last item that I received for review was a Smart and Sexy Skirted Thong Panty ($12)- these skirted panties offer 2 - in - 1 sexy and flirty coverage.  I love how girly it is and I love the extra coverage it offers in the front. 


Overall I am loving my new Smart and Sexy items.  They are all very comfortable, made with great materials and best of all I love that some of the products are available at Wal-Mart.com and at such reasonable prices.  Their website also offers a full line of products and surprisingly enough they are also very affordable!  I love this brand and hope you will too!


Let me show you a few fun, flirty Valentine's Day perfect items...


I love this red and black animal print Smart and Sexy Mega Bump Chemise - only $10!






I think this print is just so pretty and flirty - Smart and Sexy Triple Mesh Racerback with Lace only $16.96!


I also think these Smart and Sexy Assorted Tanga Panties  are just too pretty.  Loving the feminine floral print - this set of 4 retails for only $12!





You will love knowing that for every Smart and Sexy purchase made a portion of the proceeds are donated to support efforts to empower women!  





 To check out the full line of Smart and Sexy products including Bra's, Panties, Sleepwear, Bridal and Swimwear items please visit:




- Now for the give-a-way

I'm SO excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win a Smart and Sexy prize package valued at $50!  (Items will be hand-selected by winner's size request and based upon availability!)


- ENTERING STARTS HERE - 


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