Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HBL Heath. Beauty. Life Hydrating Haircare System Review and Give-a-way ends 07/10/2012...

Today I am so excited to introduce you all to HBL --Health. Beauty. Life. haircare products.  Watch the above video to see why Patrick Dockry, Developer of HBL Haircare and Hair Stylist started this line of products!

HBL offers many haircare products and there is something for all hair types.  Whether you need more hydration, are looking for extra volume or just need a great finishing product you can find it in the HBL line.

  has several neat things on their website to help you find the right products for your hair type and style.  First they have a Product Recommender.  This is basically a list of several simple questions asking you about the condition of your hair, your hair texture, length etc...  After you answer these questions they will then recommended the products that would best suit your hair.  I took this test and they recommend several products from their Hydrating line for my dry, colored treated hair.  They then offered to send me several of these products for me to try!

HBL sent me their Hydrating System which consists of Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner and their Hydrating Masque.  They have a great deal on this, if you buy the Shampoo and Conditioner you receive the Hydrating Hair Masque for FREE which is a $39.95 value! 
I have been using these products for several weeks now and have really been enjoying them, especially the Hydrating Masque.  If you are in need of something super conditioning this masque is for you.  It's very thick and very, very conditioning.  My hair is thick, wavy and dry from coloring and this makes it feel like silk.  I really love it and would definitely buy it again. The shampoo gently cleanses and the conditioner moisturizes parched strands and the best part is they smell amazing!  Long after I have my hair dried and styled I can still smell the scent which is nice!

I am a huge fan of Real Housewives of Orange County if you are familiar with this show then you know Gretchen-- Love her!!  Watch this video to see Gretchen talking about the Product Recommender...

They will also recommend products based on your particular style. This is nice if you are looking for a new style or just don't know which styling products would work best in your hair.  You can check that out by clicking "Start Now" below...

After having the opportunity to try the HBL haircare line I would 100% recommend them to you!  I love the Hydrating System and am going to continue using it!

To learn more about the HBL -- Health. Beauty. Life products and to find which ones are best suited for your hair please visit:


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Disclaimer: HBL Health. Life. Beauty provided me with a product sample to conduct this product review and give-a-way.  However, my opinions of the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cattiva Cosmetics --Dual Purpose Shadow/Crease Brush Review...


You guys know that I am a huge fan of Cattiva Cosmetics.  I have been given the opportunity to try several of their cosmetics products and love each and every one that I have been sent.

 For our latest review I was recently sent a Cattiva Dual-Purpose Shadow/Crease Eye Shadow Brush...

Of course, like all of Cattiva's products they come wrapped and tied in their signature red bow, making each shipment special! The Dual-Purpose Shadow/Crease Brush was created to simplify your eye shadow application.  Made with real goat hair (cruelty-free of course!) this super soft brush makes creating a natural look or a more dramatic smokey eye easy.

One end is very fluffy allowing you to dust on all over lid color or it can be used to add a highlight to the brow bone.  The other end is angled and allows you to accentuate the crease giving you a more defined look for day or night.  

I am loving this new eyeshadow brush.  I love that it is adorned with crystals.  It's just too fun!  This brush has dual ends so that you can apply the look you want, natural or dramatic with only one brush.  There are so many uses for it.  I have been using the fluffy end to apply an all over color.  I then go in with the crease brush and apply a darker color, giving me a more detailed look.  I also use the angled end to smudge my eyeliner once it's on, making my liner more natural than just a defined line. 

If you are looking for a new eye shadow brush, one that you can do it all with then I would definitely recommend this one!  I have been using it for a few weeks and love it.  The brush itself is so cute, you can do so much with this as far as applying shadow colors and I have washed it several times and it's just as perfect as the day it arrived!

  Cattiva also has several other brushes, you can view all of them HERE!

Cattiva has more exciting news to tell you all about!  If you haven't tried their Lip Gloss yet, well now is a great time!  They have recently added Coconut Water and Hyaluronic Acid to their gloss to add maximum moisturizing, hydration and plumping benefits!  

Another neat thing about their Lip Gloss is that you have the option of "naming" the gloss! This is awesome for Blushing Brides/Bridesmaids, Shower Gifts, Bachelorette Parties or just a fun gift for the girl who has everything!  You can view their lip gloss and learn more HERE!

To learn more about Cattiva's amazing products pleases visit:


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stephen Bonanno Sandals Review...

Tomorrow is officially the first day of Summer!  It has already been incredibly hot and I couldn't be more excited about that.  I love summer clothes, I love bright jewelry and especially a great pair of sandals.  

That's why I am so excited to introduce you all to Stephen Bonanno Sandals.

               Let me first tell you the story behind these sandals which date back to the early 1960's --   Stephen Bonnano's were originally designed and hand-made for Jacqueline Kennedy by shoe designer Luigi Pucillo who teamed up with Stephen's parents Benny and Eva Bonanno of W.Palm Beach Florida.  They created the Palm Beach style sandal for her a.k.a. the Navajo.

Both deaf as young children, their handicap never held them back. Benny, a cobbler and shoemaker by trade and Eva, an expert with color, displayed their hand-crafted sandals on the counter for custom ordering (see photo above). Eva loved to pick bright colored leather hides to display her craft. She hand-cut the patterns, punched all the holes, then hand-cut long strips of leather for whip-stitching, while Benny lasted, sewed and sanded to perfection one pair at a time in their little downtown WPB cobbler shop, while their son Stephen worked side by side with them learning the craft. Jackie Kennedy made an appearance with her Mother in-law several times and ordered Black/White, White Multi, Baby Blue/White and Bright Yellow/White to name a few. The sandals were all the rage with the Palm Beach crowd.

Today the tradition continues with Stephen taking over the family business-- each pair is still an authentic hand-crafted work of art.  Stephen said “We never lose sight of my parents vision to keep it all hand-crafted of 100% leather and completely made from beginning to end in the USA!" 

How awesome is that!  I absolutely love that this business has been around for almost 50 years and they are still hand-crafting each pair!

(Stephen's sister also plays a big part in the business -- she has designed the website and manages it as well!) 


I was so excited to be able to pick a pair out for review.  With so many pairs of beautiful sandals to choose from it was definitely a hard choice.  I finally decided on a custom pair...

I chose the Emma Monogram sandals with my initials.  I wanted something that I could wear with anything so I picked a Platinum Base with Silver Whipstitching.  I wear a size 7 shoe but have a very narrow foot so I had them customize the top to a 6 1/2. 

I love that you are able customize them to your liking.  Whether you need a custom size, want a specific heel height, want them monogrammed or a logo added, they can do that for you!  There are so many colors of leather to choose from that I am sure you will be able to find the perfect pair.  Have them made to match your favorite ball team, customize them for the sorority you are in or have several made for your bridesmaids, whatever your needs are the kind people at Stephen Bonanno will help you out!

I couldn't wait to open the box when they arrived to see just what they looked like and how they fit....

Here they are, they are absolutely gorgeous.  Better than I expected.  I have been wearing them for a few weeks and they are just perfect.  I love the colors I chose, I can wear them with almost any outfit! The shoe is so well made and the fit couldn't be any better!  

They already feel like I have had them for years.  The leather is so soft and you can tell by looking at them that they are all custom, hand-made to perfection.  

I am already trying to pick out my next pair.  With so many colors and styles to choose from it definitely won't be an easy decision!

My Bonanno's were on the 16th floor rooftop terrace last weekend at our Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati, OH  :-) 

For my next pair maybe I will choose a bright colored Palm Beach "Core"...

or an adorable pair of Jamie's

or maybe I will just order another pair of the Emma Monogram's because I am loving mine so much!

Stephen Bonanno not only sells Women's Sandals, but they also offer Mens and Childrens Footwear as well as Handbags.

To learn more about Stephen Bonanno Sandals and to find the pair that is perfect for you please visit:


 "LIKE" Stephen Bonanno on Facebook HERE

Disclaimer: Stephen Bonanno provided me with a product sample to conduct this product review.  However, my opinions of the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company/product in anyway!

Friday, June 15, 2012

What To Expect For Father's Day --Fisher-Price Diaper Bags featureing FastFinder Pocket System Review and Give-a-way ends 06/29/2012...

Can you believe that Father's Day is just two days away?  It's so hard to believe that another year has pass by.  This Father's Day, Fisher-Price is celebrating new dads with their brand new FastFinder Diaper Bags. These bags are unique and different for that new dad or anyone who is expecting a new bundle of joy in the near future with their sleek, modern, more manly designs.

The Fisher-Price FastFinder Pocket System offers so many great features. It lives up to its name thanks to functionality that lets dad reach for anything he needs with one arm, while holding Baby in the other.

We received the Fisher-Price FastFinder Fashion Diaper Tote in Brown.  This bag is wonderful.  On the outside you will LOVE the 4 exterior pockets featuring one insulated zippered bottle pocket, an exterior wipes pocket that includes a wipes case that can be accessed without removing it from the bag, a small zippered pocket specifically for pacifiers, a pocket for quick access to diapers and there is plenty of space for your extras like your cellphone, wallet or keys!

The inside of this tote is very roomy with one large zippered pocket and 3 nylon pockets to help organize everyday items like children's cups, snacks, creams and a change of clothes.  It even comes with a cushioned changing pad, so dad will have everything he needs when on the go!

Dad will love the little extras this bag offers like the picture label tags showing him exactly where the pacifiers are stored, extra diapers will be and where to find that bottle. This bag is also easy to keep clean as it can be wiped down, and the 4 plastic feet on the bottom keep it slightly raised keeping the bottom cleaner. 

There are several different styles and colors to choose from -- which one will "he" prefer...

To view ALL of the Fisher-Price FastFinder Diaper Bag styles available please visit:

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Disclaimer: Fisher-Price provided me with a product sample to conduct this review and reader giveaway. However, my opinions of the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company/product in anyway!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hen House Linens Review...

I love decorating our house and adding fun little touches that make it our home.  That's why I am excited to introduce you all to Hen House LinensHen House Linens is a fresh and affordable line of casual table linens and home accessories.  They sell things like Cocktail and Dinner Napkins, Placemats, Table Clothes, Aprons, Oven Mitts, Pot Holders and so much more. 

I was able to review their Dinner Napkins and they are just adorable!  They have so many colors to choose from and you will love that their linens are made of soft and inviting 100% cotton using color-fast dyes that allow you the ease of machine-washing and drying.

 I am loving these adorable Aprons that come in a variety of fun colors.  They would be perfect for summer barbeques...

 If you are entertaining on your patio this summer then you must have fun Cocktail Napkins for your guests to put their drinks on!  Love these...


Looking to spruce up your outdoor entertaining area this summer?  Hen House Linens offers many fun pillows that are sure to brighten up that porch swing or patio bench -- giving your space an inviting feel for all of your guests, or just a relaxing place for you to sit and enjoy that favorite book.

To learn more about Hen House Linens and all that it offers please visit:

You can also visit the Hen House Linens blog which offers you inspirations and ideas to help you live gracious everyday!

Like Hen House Linens on Facebook HERE


Follow Hen House Linens on Twitter @HenHouseLinens

Disclaimer: Hen House Linens provided me with a product sample to conduct this review.  However, my opinions of the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company/product in anyway!

Produce for Kids - Get Healthy Give Hope Campaign Give-a-way ends 06/27/2012...

Produce for Kids® launched its annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign with 16 major supermarket chains across the country to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Now through June 23rd, shoppers like you can support local children’s cancer research programs and get healthy at the same time.  Thanks to the annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign hosted by Meijer and Produce for Kids, the more produce shoppers add to their shopping lists the more hope they can give to local children. 

Celebrating a milestone 10th birthday in 2012, Produce for Kids is excited to kick off this year’s campaign with a new partnership with Sprout® and LazyTownTM. During the campaign, Produce for Kids will offer shoppers collectible Ideal MealsTM – quick and easy healthy meal ideas, which are free and can be found in displays featuring LazyTown characters from the popular, health-focused, children’s series airing exclusively in the U.S. on 24-hour preschool television channel, Sprout. 

Ideal Meals offer shoppers chef-created/nutritionist-approved easy solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables as the main ingredients, Ideal Meals are great for busy families who crave fast meal options that don’t require stopping at the local drive-thru. 

Below are some delicious and healthful summer-inspired Ideal Meals perfect for any upcoming picnics or BBQs you may be attending and nutritious summer lunch recipe ideas for you and your kids:



Serves 4
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes

·   1 lb. ground turkey
·   1 cup panko breadcrumbs
·   1 egg
·   1 Tbsp. fresh basil, (or ⅓ Tbsp. dried) chopped fine
·   1 cup mushrooms, washed/dried, sliced
·   ½ medium sweet onion, sliced
·   2 Tbsp. butter
·   4 slices, deli style mozzarella cheese (¾ oz. each)
·   1 large tomato, sliced
·   4 whole grain burger buns

1. In large bowl, mix breadcrumbs, egg, basil, and salt. Once mixed, add ground turkey and mix well. Make patties about the size of the bun.
2. In frying pan, on medium/high heat add butter, mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes until tender and brown. Turn heat to low and keep warm.
3. Pan-fry or grill, on medium heat, burgers until firm (about 4-5 minutes a side).
4. Assemble bun with burger, cheese, tomato and onion/mushroom mixture.

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
·   1 apple, cored, sliced
·   4 rainbow peppers, seeded, sliced
·   ½ mango, skinned, diced
·   ½ fresh lemon, juiced
·   2 Tbsp. olive oil
1. Thoroughly toss apples, peppers, mango, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
Nutrition Information:
Turkey Burgers & Rainbow Salad Calories 689; Fat ; Protein ; Carbohydrate ; Fiber 14g; Cholesterol 154mg; Sodium 606mg; Calcium 34%DV; Vitamin A 41%DV; Vitamin C 160%DV; Iron 25%DV


Serves 4
Preparation Time: 25 Minutes

Rosemary Garlic Marinade

·   ½ cup olive oil
·   2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced 
·   4 cloves garlic, minced 

Pineapple Pork Kebobs

·   1 lb. pork tenderloin, cut 1-inch chunks
·   1 cup pineapple, cut 1-inch chunks
·   1 cup sweet onion, cut 1-inch chunks
·   1 cup rainbow peppers, cut 1-inch chunks
·   10-inch skewers, soaked

Rosemary Veggies

·   2 cups broccoli, chunked
·   1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
·   4 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

Rosemary Garlic Marinade

1. Mix olive oil, rosemary and garlic in small mixing bowl. Divide in half.

Pineapple Pork Kebobs

1. Thread pork, pineapple, onions and peppers onto skewers. 
2. Brush skewers with half of Rosemary Garlic Marinade, season with salt. Let stand 5 minutes.
3. Place skewers under preheated broiler 5 inches from heat; broil 10-15 minutes or until meat is firm and lightly browned.

Rosemary Veggies

1. Heat remaining marinade in large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add broccoli and cherry tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes, or until broccoli is bright green and tender. 
2. Remove from heat and add cheese.

Nutrition Information:

Pineapple Pork Kebobs: Calories 580, Fat 33.7g, Protein 33.3g, Carbohydrate 34.8g, Fiber 5.5g, Cholesterol 83mg, Sodium 335mg, Calcium 257mg, Vitamin A 1171 IU, Vitamin C 103.2mg, Iron 3.3mg


Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
·   8 slices whole wheat bread
·   4 Tbsp. hummus
·   4 Tbsp. guacamole
·   4 romaine lettuce leaves
·   4 Tbsp. goat cheese
·   2 mini cucumbers, sliced
·   1 medium tomato, sliced
1. Toast bread. Spread 1 Tbsp. hummus and guacamole on 1 slice of bread, add 1 romaine lettuce leaf, spread 1 Tbsp. goat cheese, then add cucumber and tomato slices.
2. Top with second slice of bread. 

Nutrition Information:

Tasty Hummus Sandwich Calories 381, Fat 9.7g, Protein 15.1g, Carbohydrate 59.3g, Fiber 9.8g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 452mg, Calcium 122mg, Vitamin A 3187 IU, Vitamin C 15.6mg, Iron 4.3mg


Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
·   2 whole wheat English muffins
·   4 Tbsp. tomato sauce
·   ¼ lb. deli roast beef
·   ¼ lb. mozzarella cheese, sliced
·   4 Tbsp. guacamole
·   1 medium tomato, sliced
·   2 mini cucumbers, sliced
1. Toast English muffins.
2. Spread 1 Tbsp. tomato sauce on each English muffin. Add roast beef, cheese, 1 Tbsp. guacamole, tomato and cucumber.
Nutrition Information:
Perfectly Petite Pizzas  Calories 256, Fat 9.1g, Protein 18.7g, Carbohydrate 24.9g, Fiber 5.1g, Cholesterol 43mg, Sodium 391mg, Calcium 257mg, Vitamin A 861 IU, Vitamin C 26mg, Iron 2.2mg


Check it out at a retailer near you!
·         Meijer: May 27th – June 23rd
·         Homeland: May 30th – June 27th

·         Publix: May 31st – June 28th

·         Kroger Southwest: June 13th – July 24th

·         Fred Meyer: June 14th – July 26th
·         Price Chopper: June 17th – July 28th

·         King Soopers: June 20th – July 31st

·         Kroger Central: June 21st – July 18th

For more great meal ideas please follow Produce for Kids on Pinterest HERE

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Disclaimer: Produce for Kids provided me with a Goodie Pack to conduct this review and reader giveaway.