Thursday, March 29, 2012

Journey Gym - the World's first truly portable universal gym - Review and Give-a-way ends 04/13/2012...

Workout Wherever and Whenever You Can With the World's First Truly Portable Universal Gym

Working out isn't easy, a gym membership isn't cheap and finding the time with a busy family just makes getting in shape and staying in shape that much harder.  Well what if you could have a home gym right in your living room and be able to pack it up easily and take it with you wherever you go?  Well now you can...  

I'm so excited to introduce you all to the 

Journey Gym

The Journey Gym is the world's first truly portable universal gym.  It's lightweight, compact, and durable design allows you to effectively get a great workout in no matter where you are or where you're going! 

That's right with it's compact design you can take it on a plane, in the car, to your office or anywhere else your little heart desires.  We all struggle to find the time to get in a little workout, but with the Journey Gym there is no reason not to get that heart pumping and those calories burning!

Watch this video below to learn more about the Journey Gym, how it works, how portable it is and to see what it can do for you!

The Journey Gym comes with 30 resistance bands (five on each side plus ten additional bands) for a customizable resistance system of  5 to 75 pounds per side.  One set of adjustable handles so resistance only begins when you are in the correct position.  Full set of legs which are used to raise the gym into a stair stepper for a full cardio workout. A workout DVD specifically designed for the gym with a 5 minute set up video, a 10 minute circuit tone workout and a 20 minute circuit strength workout. 

Not only do you get the full gym but you get a whole online community to help you achieve your fitness goals and the best workouts customizable to your needs!  You will love that there are Pre-Developed 5, 10, 15 and 20 minute Journey Gym exercise videos and the world's first customizable exercise video creator software so that you can create your own workout. You also get online tracking so that you can record what you eat and what you do activity wise to help you better attain your goals.  The best part is with the online community you have professional star trainers at your fingertips who will motivate you, answer questions, run live workouts, build exercise programs for web users all via the web, e-mail and via phone.


So of course my husband and I were so excited to receive our own Journey Gym to fully test out and feature to all of you!  We loved how light and compact it was.  It's like carrying a small suitcase.  We immediately opened it up and got it set up by watching the 5 minute introduction video which was nice.  It gave step-by-step instructions which made setup super easy.

After we got it set up I did the 20 minute workout provided on the video sent along with the gym.  I loved that they mix cardio with strength training , providing you with a full circuit training workout.  After I did the first video I wanted more so I got on the website and loved being able to find other videos that I could workout to under their "training" tab.  The trainers on them are great and really get your heart rate up and keep you motivated the whole time.  I loved being able to choose which video that I wanted...they have such a variety.  It doesn't matter if you have 5 minutes or 20 minutes they have one to suit your needs.  

I also loved being able to choose a Full Body Workout, an Upper Body Circuit or a Lower Body Blast.  If one of the videos doesn't fit your needs you can actually choose to put together your very own workout, choosing different videos, music, body parts to work etc... which is so great since everyone has different fitness goals.

I wasn't sure if my husband would like this because he used to workout in the gym, lifting weights and doing all of the "machines".  He was actually surprised at how many different exercises he was able to do with this and loved that he could use lots of weight with it, feeling the burn just like at the gym.

We have let several of our family members and friends try this as well and of course they all want one after trying it for themselves!  They all love how light and compact it is, giving you no excuse to get that workout in.  Any time, any place, any where!

Overall we would highly recommend the Journey Gym!!

To learn more about the Journey Gym or to purchase your own please visit:

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I'm SO excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win their very own Journey Gym valued at $249!!


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Disclaimer:  We received a complimentary product sample from Journey Gym to facilitate this review.  All opinions our honest and may vary from yours!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fill your Easter Basket with a gift from GUND this year...Review Give-a-way ends 04/11/2012...

Wow, can you guys believe that it's almost Easter once again?!  Where has the time gone?  We've been experiencing extremely nice weather for this time of year which makes time fly even faster.  So with Easter being so near it's also that time to think about what's going to go in your child's Easter basket.  One thing that every basket needs is something soft and cuddly and GUND has just the thing...well, lot's of things!

For more than a century, GUND, a division of Enesco, LLC, has been known worldwide for its top quality, soft and huggable plush designs and gift products.  Award-winning GUND products appeal to all ages, from infants up, and are perfect for both play and collecting.

This Easter, why not include a Fuzzy in your little one's basket?  Perhaps the most huggable plush ever, Fuzzys are extra soft and extra floppy making them the ideal companions everywhere you go!  They retail for $15 and come in a variety of characters like the cutest dog, a green frog and the adorable bunny shown above, not to mention several others!

Maybe your kids are a little older like mine and would love a Nuzzle!

We were recently sent the Earl the Bull Nuzzle which is the latest addition to the popular line.  He is a soft bull with an extra large head and a ring through his nose and my 3 year old LOVES him!  My 6 year old even likes him and yes they have fought over him a time or two - imagine!  Nuzzles are designed to lay gently and comfortably against your neck and cheek.  A great decorative addition to any child's bedroom or playroom. Nuzzles also offer a soft place to lay your head on longer car or plane rides, or while you're watching TV.  

The nuzzles retail for only $20 and they even have Alice the Bunny which would be perfect for that Easter basket!

GUND not only has adorable plush animals to choose from but other items that would be perfect for your little one this Easter.  How adorable are these Hoppy Days Headbands that are only $8 - so cute!

Maybe your infant is a little too small to celebrate Easter just yet, well that doesn't mean that he/she can't look festive on this special holiday.  Dress them up in this Infant Bunny Coat, oh my loving it!  This retails for $30 and is available in a Duck and Lamb style as well which would also be adorable this Easter.

To find the perfect Easter Gift you can view the GUND Easter Gift Guide by visiting:

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Disclosure:  We received a complimentary product sample from GUND to facilitate this review.  All opinions are honest and may vary from yours!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MPG Mondetta Performance Gear Review and Give-a-way ends 04/04/2012...

I'm so excited to feature the Mondetta Performance Gear Spring/Summer 2012 Collection to you guys!  Working out is hard, but looking good while doing it doesn't have to be!  

MPG  fuses fashion sensibility with performance function. Inspired by the smooth, strong movements of performers such as athletes, dancers and yogis, MPG is designed with these individuals in mind, to create garments that are perfectly suited for a wide variety of athletic pursuits but maintain the fashion forward styling the company has built its reputation upon.  

MPG creates active and athletic men's and women's apparel for dance, yoga, pilates, running, cycling and everyday workouts. Their garments utilize high tech fabrications to provide 4-way stretch, moisture-wicking, breathability and are quick dry to be inherently suited for any condition.

I was recently able to choose 2 items from their new Spring/Summer 2012 Collection that just launched and I was so excited about that.   The hard part was picking a few items out because they have so many to choose from.  

After browsing all of the items I chose the Zen - Performance jersey warm-up Jacket ($90) and the Essential Active Capri Pant ($48).

Oh my I can't tell you how much I love my new MPG items.  The very first thing that I noticed before even trying them on was the material of both the pants and jacket.  They are both made from unbelievably soft and stretchy material. The pants are made from Nylon-Spandex blended brushed jersey and have four-way stretch which = AMAZING!!  The website says they have a luxurious sueded feel and that is exactly right. Love them!

The jacket is just adorable.  Not only does it fit perfectly but I love all of the features that it has.  For one it has ruched front and back side panels which make it so cute which is hard to find in workout wear.  It has soft sheering at the elbows, thumb hole features on the sleeve cuffs so when you are running or working out they won't ride up.  It has front zippered storage pockets and a zippered back storage pock with MPG flatlock puller.  I love this jacket for working out but it's also great to just wear.  It fits awesome, is so comfortable but doesn't compromise style at all!

Let me show you a few more of my favorite items from their new Spring/Summer 2012 Collection...

I really like this Helix performance workout skort with a built in compression liner. It comes in Black or a Regal Blue and retails for $60. Again you CAN look cute while getting our workout on!!

I also really like this Bolero french terry relaxed fitting sweatshirt with sonic welded pocket details which is available in Black or Ash Grey for only $64.  Totally looks like something I would wear!

I showed my husband the MPG website and he really liked this Arcansus micro french terry hooded zip jacket with elastic rib trim $90.

To view the new Spring/Summer 2012 Collection and all of the products available for purchase please visit:

MGP is offering all of you a 25% discount now until April 22, 2012 - Just use the below code at checkout to receive this awesome deal!!


 - Now for the give-a-way -

I'm SO excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win any item of their choice from the MPG website (excludes outerwear!!.


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   Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary sample product(s) from MPG to facilitate this review.  All opinions are honest and my own.  Opinions may vary from yours.

Monday, March 19, 2012

All new Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler Review and Give-a-way ends 04/02/2012...

Do you all recycle?  We do, it's very important that we do our part in this world and help make it a better place.  One simple step that we can all do is recycle.  It really doesn't take that much effort on our end and it really does make a difference in the long run!  

One thing with recycling though is how do we keep it organized?  If you are like me you don't like things just laying around the house.  Well we were recently sent a new product from Rubbermaid that helps you better organize recyclables and keep them off the counter by giving them a place to live in your kitchen. I am excited to share this product with all of you!  

It's the brand new 
13.2 Gallon Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler

The Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler makes recycling easy!  This two-unit bin allows you to either contain trash and recyclables all in one location OR you can use it to sort different types of recyclables.  

The top 5.8 gallon unit is perfect for collecting recyclables and has a fold away handle that makes it easy to take out and empty into your big recycling bin.  It holds up to 10 lbs of recycling items!

The lower bin tilts out with the touch of your foot for easy access, and holds an 8 gallon trash bag in place with the Liner Lock™ system which keeps your bag in place.  Alternatively, you can use the lower bin to sort another type of recyclable and carry it out with the built-in handles.  The bottom can hold up to 20 lbs.

- Product Features -
  • Contain trash and recyclables all in one location or sort your recyclables
  • Sleek design blends into kitchen dĂ©cor while using 25% less floor space compared to typical divided containers
  • Features LinerLock™ bag management in lower bin so your bag stays in place, neat and tidy - never messy
  • Removable lid
  • Fold-away handles
  • 5.8 gal sorting bin
  • 7.4 gal tilt out bin with Liner Lock™ handles
  • Total capacity = 13.2 gal
  • Perfect for multi-stream or single stream recycling


 We knew we were going to love this recycling bin right away.  Why?  Well because of all of it's features.  First we love the look of it.  It's black, very sleek and is going to look good in our house.  It's big, but not too big.  We can easily fit this into our pantry but it also looks good in our kitchen if we choose to put it there.

We love the built in handles on each bin.  Maybe one is fuller than the other, no worries just grab the convenient handles and off you to go to empty it into wherever your recycling is stored for pick-up or transport.

We love how easy the top bin's lid lifts up and love the easy tilt out feature of the bottom bin.  Just press the bottom ledge with your foot and you don't even have to touch it to put your trash or recycling into it.  We are using this strictly for recycling but love that you can put a trash bag in the bottom and use it for that as well.  You will love the Liner-Lock bag management on the bottom.  You simply put a trash bag in and lock the handles over the bag so you will never have to worry about your bag slipping off and making a huge mess.  I know you have all had this happen you to at one time or another.  I have and it's not fun trying to find the edges of the bag and worrying about trash spilling all over the place.  

This product is a great option for you if you need a 2 bin recycler or a recycler/trash bin.  It's very inexpensive, retailing at only $39.99.  It's easy to use, very convenient with lots of simple features that make it clean, tidy and it's very modern which we absolutely love!

To learn more about this product and to view the other great products that Rubbermaid has to offer, please visit:

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I'm SO excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win their own Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler!!


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Repechage - How to Wash Your Face and Proper Cleansing Techniques...Plus a product review!

You guys all know how I feel about Repechage products.  Repechage is a wonderful skincare line that is sold at the Finest Resorts and Spas Worldwide since 1980. 

Repechage recently sent me 2 more of their products to review and I'm excited to share them with you today!  One of my biggest concerns is my eye area.  As I am getting older I have noticed a few fine lines around my eyes and they drive me CRAZY!  I tend to wear more eye makeup than anything else.  I like to play with different eye shadow colors, liners, mascara etc... and I have not taken the right steps to remove my eye makeup which might have helped create these fine lines I am now dealing with around my eyes.  

Repechage sent me their Opti-Cleanse Extra Gentle Non-Oily Eye Make-Up Remover ($27) AND they shared a video with me of their Corporate Educator, Lauren Streeter who demonstrates "How to Wash Your Face and Proper Cleansing  Techniques" which I really enjoyed.  I was definitely doing things wrong and learned a lot from this video.  I'm excited to be able to share it with you all below...

I wasn't using an eye makeup remover before and this has made a huge difference in getting all of my eye makeup off.  This super gentle oil free formula foams gently to remove eye make-up thoroughly, then rinses off clean without leaving any residue. Perfect for the delicate & sensitive eye area. It's also Hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.  I am a contact wearer and a lot of things bother my eyes, not this one.  It's just amazing how something can be so gentle but still get the job done!  

The next product they sent to help with my eye concerns was their Vita Cura Opti Lift Serum ($56) which gives you an instant lift around your eyes!  Based on patented technology and advanced science, RepĂȘchage Vita Cura® Opti-Lift Serum utilizes a three-dimensional biopolymer from Pure Almond Protein that creates a net-like structure to instantly "lift" out the appearance of lines and wrinkles for immediate and dramatic results. Hexapeptide-8 helps diminish the appearance of visible crow's feet and other signs of premature aging. Hexapeptide-8,  also known as Argireline® Hexapeptide — the first peptide targeting expression lines. Laboratory studies show potent alternative to Botox®. The inhibition of glutamate release at mM concentrations is a clear indicator of the potent anti-expression wrinkle activity of this hexapeptide.

I also love this product!  Just the tiniest bit applied around the eyes gives your eye area a little pick-me-up.  It only take a few a few seconds to apply and let it dry and the results are awesome!  I would highly recommend both of these products!  I know I am not getting any younger and products like these are just so great in helping me stay looking young :-)

To view all of the products available from Repechage along with the two that I featured above please visit:


Disclaimer:  I received complimentary sample products from Repechage in exchange for this review.  All opinion are honest and my own and may vary from yours!

Monday, March 12, 2012

All New Road Rippers Vehicles by Toy State Review...

If you come to our house you will find cars, trucks and other toy vehicles in the toy box.  My two boys love anything that has wheels and drives around.  So when we were recently sent several new vehicles from Toy State they thought it was Christmas all over again!

Toy State is the maker of Road Rippers, Road Rippers R/C, DUB Garage, Ripp's Garage, CAT, CAT Preschool and Freedom Force toys.  We are huge fans of this company and their products.  I'm sure if you have boys you are familiar with this brand already and if not you must check them out.

The Toy State Road Rippers line has several New Products out and they sent us several to review,  let me show you what they sent...

First they sent us 2 of their Road Rippers Flash Rides - Flash Rides are cool free-wheeling vehicles styles with lights and sound features.  They are easy for kids to hold in one hand and drive around.  Perfect for kids to take with them everywhere they go as they are fairly small.  These are recommended for ages 3+  which is how old Grady is.  He has loved playing with these and takes them with us everywhere we go!  

Available Styles: Race Car, Baja, SUV, Pickup, Speed Bike, Street Bike, Baja Sand Scorcher and ATV

The next product is the Road Rippers Wheelie Bikes.  Both boys LOVE these.  They are 
motorcycles that work with the push of a button.  When pushed the Wheelie Bike's motorized drive function  kicks in and triggers its signature pop-a-wheelie feature. With realistic motorcycle sounds and fun music your kids will have so much fun with these exciting bikes!

Available Styles: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and Kawasaki KLX-140 Moto-Cross Bike 

The next product is the Road Rippers Lightning Rods - Light up the road! A motorized drive feature with a distinctive authentic light-up engine really gets this car moving. Lights, sound and exciting tunes “bring the noise” in Lightning Rods!

   Available Styles: Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang 5.0 and Chevy Camaro


They also sent us a Road Rippers Wheelie Power car- Oh my the boys absolutely loved this one too.  The Wheelie Power vehicles also have pop-a-wheelie action along with lights, sounds and music effects. They love seeing it go up on 2 wheels and drive around the floor.

Available Styles: Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang 5.0 and Dodge Viper 

Last but not least they sent us 2 of their Road Rippers Come Back Racers which were the boys favorite out of all of them.  These are so awesome as they first drive forward and then, just like their name says they stop and come rolling back to you in reverse!  These feature realistic lights, racing sounds, vocals and great licensed music! 

They love starting all the vehicles at the same time and watching them race around, they dance to the lights and music and have had so much fun with each one! 

We would 100% recommend any of the Road Rippers toys.  Toy State makes quality toys that are fun and entertaining.  They are also very affordable which makes parents very happy!  My boys have played with these so much and their friends think they are so cool too.  Even my niece loved playing with these this week when she stayed with us.  She loved the lights and music on them.

To view all of the products available from Toy State please visit:

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Disclaimer:  We were sent complimentary sample's from Toy State to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and may vary from yours!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cattiva Cosmetics Review and Give-a-way ends 03/22/2012...

Cattiva Cosmetics sent me another product to review and to feature to all of you!  Have any of you purchased any the Cattiva products yet?  If so I would love to know what you got and what you think of this makeup line?

I have loved every product that I have had the opportunity to try so far.  So when they recently sent me the Belezza Blush/Bronzer Duo ($28) to try of course I got excited! 

This Brush/Brozer Duo fits perfectly into the Square Crystal Compact that is sold separately for $18.  I love this compact because you can fill it with eyeshadow quads, blush and bronzers or their foundation. The  products are magnetic so they stay in place making your makeup secure in the case.  You can also store a Cattiva brush as shown in the above photo, above the product and there is also a mirror making it easy to apply anywhere you go!

I have been wearing this blush/bronzer duo almost every day since receiving it.  The colors are so natural and you can wear them all over for a full/face glow or you can use them to contour the face.  Spring is almost here and this duo is perfect for giving you that healthy glow without being out in the sun damaging your skin.  


I just love the subtle glow it gives to my cheeks!  I would definitely purchase the blush/bronzer duo again!  I love that you can buy the full refill OR you can just purchase a 1/2 moon of either the Diva Blush or Diva Bronzer if you use one more than the other and they are only $12 a piece if you buy them that way!


I'm also excited to share some exciting news with you guys!  Cattiva Cosmetics has partnered with with the founder of E! Entertainment – Alan  Mruvka who is the owner of and the Cattiva products are now launched on their website as well as participating in The Look Bag which is being endorsed by famed eye brow king Damone Roberts!!   

If that isn't exciting enough I'm also happy to share with you that Cattiva has launched at one of the most prestigious department stores in the county too, Stanley Korshak!

To view the product that I featured above or to view the full collection of products please visit:

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I'm SO excited to tell you that 1 lucky reader is going to win a Cattiva il Primo Bacio Lip Gloss in Shade #4 valued at $24!!



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Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary product from Cattiva Cosmetics to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own and may vary from yours!