Thursday, August 30, 2012

Island Company Review and Give-a-way ends 09/13/2012...

I am so excited about this next company...

I am in LOVE with the Island Company's signature quote and it's exactly how probably most of us parents feel when school is starting and how most of us feel when summer is over -- wouldn't it be nice to..


Wouldn't it be great to be able to just quit your job, buy a ticket to somewhere tropical, get a tan while there and never return and just live happily ever after?  Ahhhhh we can all dream, can't we?!

Well now you can just dream about it while sporting the quote on one of the Island Company's products.  They recently sent me a 'Quit Your Job Tee' in the prettiest Coral color.  "Paradise will become a frame of mind" while wearing one of their tee's or other products sporting this quote!


I am in love with this new tee!  It's made from 100% vintage cotton jersey, making it so soft and comfortable.  This tee is available in so many Men's and Women's styles and there are many color choices too.

The Island Company products are sold in hundreds of the top resorts and boutiques in the tropics and has opened many freestanding stores - Locations include Nantucket, Grand Cayman, Martha's Vineyard, Palm Beach, Naples and East Hampton.  Their collection consists of Men's and Women's Linen and Cotton Clothing, Classic Women's Swimwear, Men's Swim Trunks and Boardshorts, Bags, Accessories, Vintage Sunglasses and an Original Line of Suncare Products.

I was so excited when I opened my package thinking that I was only reviewing the Quit Your Job Tee and they were so kind to also send me a suncare sampler of three of  their Suncare products

Traveler-  Is a SPF 15 Lotion and has blend of Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and their unique Tahitian, Vanilla fragrance recipe.

Tourist- Is a SPF 30 Suntan Lotion and has a blend of Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and their unique Banana Daiquiri fragrance recipe.

Local- Is a Dark Tanning Oil that has a perfect mix of Aloe Vera, Vitamins A and E, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter and their unique island Coco Love fragrance recipe.

As you can probably tell by reading the ingredient list's that these suncare products smell amazing!  They are all so tropical!! I've used these many times while in my parent's pool and you can just close your eyes and feel like you are on your own little island - LOVE THEM!  I would highly recommend all of these products and would definitely purchase from the Island Company in the future!

Here are a few of the other Island Company products that I really like ...

In LOVE with this Navy Dots Beach Tunic


I am also digging all of their Vintage Sunglasses


My husband loves linen shirts and he would look so good in this Coolor Linen Pilot Shirt, I love the pockets and the color!

You can view the entire Island Company collection and purchase the items online at:

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One lucky reader will win a Quit Your Job Tee

(Choice of Men's or Women's, Size and Color based on availability) and they will also receive receive the Full Suncare Collection including 8oz  Traveler, 8oz Local, 8oz Tourist, and 8oz Local.

 All of this has a value of over $120!!


Disclaimer: The Island Company provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a product sample to conduct this product review and reader give-a-way.  However, our opinions of the product are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BACK-TO-SCHOOL WITH Traylor Papers Cupcake Treat Products Review and Give-a-way ends 09/12/2012....

School has started and it's back to the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.  Running kids to and from school, sports practices, school meetings, field trips, holiday parties and all of the things that we just forget about during the summer.  Another thing that I find I am having to do more often is provide snacks for my children and their friends.  Whether it be a snack for after the soccer game, a snack for my son's preschool class or a snack for my 1st graders school party, we are always needing something to bring.

That's why I was so excited when Traylor Papers offered to send us several adorable products to bring treats in style!  Before I tell you about the products we received, let me first introduce you to 

Traylor Papers is your source for stylish invitations, stationary and fun gifts. They are in their 12th year helping people commemorate life's greatest joys: Brides, Babies, Birthday's and Friendships.  You will love that their products are above average quality with very fair pricing, not to mention absolutely adorable!

Traylor Papers sent us several products from a brand they carry called Meri Meri: It's a Goal Cupcake Kit, Trick or Treat Cupcake Kit, Tweet Tweet Cupcake Kit, Flower Shop Cupcake Boxes, and the Patisserie Small Cupcake Boxes.

Let me show you each...

It's A Goal! Cupcake Kit - Includes 24 Cupcake Cases and 24 Assorted Toppers, all soccer themed. My son just started his first year of soccer and he can't wait until it's his turn to treat, on his birthday at that!  We know what we are making, soccer cupcakes!  How appropriate.  We did make some the other day to show you what one might look like, here it is - love it!  The kit comes with 4 different toppers a soccer ball, trophy, a cleat and a jersey.  


The next kit is the Trick or Treat Cupcake Kit perfect for Halloween themed parties.  The boys were both excited about this kit as Halloween is their favorite holiday.  Included is 24 cupcake cases and 24 cupcake toppers.  The cases have spiders and webs adorning them and the toppers include a ghost, a pumpkin faced scarecrow, a witch and of course Frankenstein.


Next is the Tweet Tweet Cupcake Kit.  These are just adorable, the kit includes 24 striped cupcake cases and 24 bird toppers that come in the prettiest colors. These would be cute centerpieces for a shower or I can see them on a tiered cupcake stand.

They are so sweet and pretty :-)


Last but not least are the Patisserie Cupcake Boxes and the Flower Shop Cupcake Boxes (Both are available in Small or Large sizes).  If you are wanting to make a bold statement then these are for you.  

The Patisserie Cupcake Box is a stylish cake box that holds a single cupcake, beautifully illustrated and decorated with pastel colors. In the style of a shop and even featuring shutters.  Embellished with a red ribbon and features a removable stylish tray. 

The Flower Shop Cupcake Box is complete with a flowery window and a sumptuous satin ribbon. The large cupcake boxes hold 4 cupcakes and the small only hold one.  What a fun treat, perfect for birthdays, giving to a special teacher or favor's at a party!

Traylor Papers carry designers like Meri Meri, Lilly Pulitzer, Doc Milo, Claire Bella, SanLori Designs and many others! 

Whether you need products for a wedding or bridal shower, a baby shower, personalized gifts, a birthday or holiday party, graduation or any other special event then look no further because I'm sure you will fall in love with the products that Traylor Papers has to offer!

To check out all of the products available from Traylor Papers please visit:

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One lucky reader will all of the products that we featured above including: It's A Goal Cupcake Kit $12.95, Trick or Treat Cupcake Kit $12.95, Tweet Tweet Cupcake Kit $12.95, Patisserie Small Cupcake Boxes $8.50 and Flower Shop Large Cupcake Boxes $10.00!


Disclaimer: Traylor Papers provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a product sample to conduct this product review and reader give-a-way.  However, our opinions of the product are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!

Monday, August 27, 2012

BACK-TO-SCHOOL with Willa Skincare - Review and Give-a-way ends 09/10/2012...

Skincare is so important and it's never to young to start a skincare regimen and teach young girls how to properly care for their face/skin.  

As the motto of Willa Skincare goes -- "Start young. Stay young."  that's really the truth isn't it!?  If you start taking care of your skin at an early age you can really stay youthful in the long run with beautiful skin.

So today, I am excited to introduce a skincare line geared toward young girls, tweens and teens created by a young girl named Willa...

Willa's Natural Skincare was founded on the philosophy that embracing simple and important skincare routines at an early age sets a girl up for a lifetime, Willa promotes healthy skin. Willa's 17-product range cleanses, nourishes, and protects the skin without damaging chemicals, parabens, dyes, or sulfates. Each one is special and different because they were developed by girls, for girls.  Willa's friends in NYC and cousins in CA have been helping her test and tweak the products, not only are they great for skin, but they look cool too!

With school just starting and new beginning's happening, why not add another important regimen into your girls' schedule  --skincare!

Willa recently sent over a few of their products for us to try and we are excited to tell you about them.  Of course I am no young girl (31 at that!) so I called in my niece, Shi, who is just starting her senior year of high school to give these products a try.

We received the Willa "Start Fresh Foaming Face Wash" to try. This luxurious liquid-to-foam cleanser with anti-oxidant green tea and leaf extract removes dirt, oil and the remains of the day with a gentle touch to reveal your most beautiful healthy glow with a fresh summer scent.

*Paraben and Sulfate Free
*DEA and Phthalate Free
*Not Tested on Animals
*Made lovingly in the USA

We also received the Willa "On The Go" Gentle Cleansing Lavender Facial Towelettes (available in a 10 or 30 count pack)

Give your face a quick pick-me-up with On The Go lavender facial towelettes. They refreshingly clean away daily debris revealing perfectly balanced skin. Infused with soothing lavender, hydrating aloe and detoxifying green tea, there's absolutely no need to wash off!  So even when you have no time tos "wash" reach for the On The Go towelettes to always look and feel your best wherever you are at.


My niece Shi loves looking and feeling her best.  She's so pretty (see below) and skincare is very important to her.  She goes to school, works part-time and is involved with many other activities.  She was so excited to try the Willa products out.  She loved the facewash.  She enjoyed the light scent and said the foam was so soft and made her skin feel great.  She also said she loved that it came with a pump, making it easy for her to use just the right amount and she likes to keep it in the shower so she can easily wash her face during her normal bathing routine! 

She also loved the facial towelettes.  She really like the lavender scent and loved that she could put these in her backpack or in her car so that she could easily freshen up when she got off work, after gym class etc...  She said she would definitely purchase these again and loved that they could be found at Target for an affordable price!

I gave both a try as well to make sure these were as great as she said.  The foaming wash was so gentle and the foam itself really was so luxurious and soft.  The wipes got all of my makeup off and the lavender scent was very nice.  They are both very gentle and light scented, making them perfect for girls of any age. 

Willa Skincare offers so many other products and can be found at places like, Target and JCREW Crewcuts stores/websites--

Clean --On The Go Facewash and On The Go Cleansing Towelettes

Face --Face Friendly Moisturizer, Face The Day SPF, Take Action Acne Treatment and Fresh Face Cucumber Mask

Body --Born To Glow SPF Shimmer Lotion and Be Brilliant Natural Body Lotion

Smile --Smile Butter Lip Balm, Smile Shimmer Lip Gloss and Smile Shine Lip Gloss

Travel --Travel Kit Sleep Over Cosmetic Bag

Over all we loved the Willa Skincare products!  We would definitely recommend you checking them out and want to thank the kind people over at Willa for sending us several for review!

To view all of the Willa Skincare products please visit:

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Disclaimer: Willa Skincare provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a product sample to conduct this product review and reader give-a-way.  However, our opinions of the product are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Week 2 Nutrisystem...

Hey everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your day.  I am back to tell you about my experience on Nutrisystem so far. I am a little over two weeks into my Nutrisystem program and so far it's going great!!

I am getting adjusted to the eating schedule now -breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and a dessert. (Not to mention, lots of water throughout the day!)  Doesn't sound too bad eating that often, does it! I don't mind at all because I love food and am actually really enjoying the Nutrisystem entrees. 

I have read several places that some people don't like the food, but I really do.  Usually in the morning I will have something like this omelet above or french toast with the one of the Protein Shakes-- my favorite is the chocolate! 

I will then have a morning snack which is usually a low-fat yogurt or a string cheese.  Then for lunch I might have chicken noodle soup or my favorite cheesy homestyle potatoes.  Not only do you get to have a lunch entree, but you are also allowed a "powerfuel" as well.  Depending on what my meal is, I might at non-fat cottage cheese or 2 tbsp's of nuts.

  For my afternoon snack I try to eat some berries or grapes.

I loved having this Butternut Squash Ravioli for dinner one night. It was created by Chef Mark Estee. It's ravioli in an orange sage sauce, topped with caramelized onions and it was so good! Along with the dinner entree you get to add a "smartcarb", I like to add a veggie or a small whole grain roll to my meal.

Last, but not least you have to have dessert and I really enjoy the ice cream sandwiches or the thin mint crisp bar.

There are seriously so many choices to choose from and I have only had the same thing maybe once or twice.  I love the variety of foods that are available with Nutrisystem. I haven't felt hungry yet or overly deprived of anything. 

I will tell you that on the weekends I might eat out somewhere, but I use the dining out guide to make sure that I am making a sensible decision and love checking out the restaurants menu online before I arrive so temptation doesn't get the best of me when I get there!

Having a plan and sticking to it when I arrive has really helped.  I also don't deprive myself of something that I want because I know it will get the best of me. Instead I might have a bite of something or a very small portion.  Like last night we went to Tim Horton's and the boys wanted timbits which are very small dougnuts.  I allowed myself one doughnut and knew my limit.  If I told myself I couldn't have one at all, I know that would drive me nuts --I do have to be realistic and just realize that instead of eating 5 like I probably would have before that one is plenty!

I am happy to tell you all that the first day I weighed myself the scale read 131.4 and today it said 125.8!  Not too bad for just a little over two weeks into the program.  I am already starting to feel better and have started working out more.  I have been running on our treadmill in the morning and doing several workout's that incorporate aerobic activity and weights.


I hope you all will continue to follow me on this journey and I will be back next week for another update! 

If you want to join me on this journey in losing weight and getting healthy on Nutrisystem, you can join today by calling


or by visiting


*I am being provided four months of Nutrisytem food and counsel for free as a blogger. All opinions are 100% my own*

Friday, August 24, 2012

Back-to-School with - Global Online Optical Store

School is starting, why not kick off the new school year with a fresh new look.  If you wear eyeglasses now is the time to update your look because every new customer gets a FREE pair of glasses from -- yes I said FREE!  

We recently received our first pair of free glasses from  My husband wanted a pair of prescription sunglasses so he picked out this pair - Men's Full Frame Mixed Material Sunglasses item #OTO2305 ($43)

My husband loves his new sunglasses!  He is glad that he can now see better having his prescription built right in to his shades.  Ordering from was easy.  They have so many styles to choose from and the quality is great!  We would definitely order from in the future!

Another thing that you will love from is that they have a Virtual Try-On System.  The virtual try-on system makes you see just how awesome you'd look in Firmoo Eyewear! Use your own picture to find the style that fits you best or compare the different styles on one of their models. From now on, you don't need to rack your brains thinking about how your ideal frame looks on you, worry about the frames you are interested in and then virtually try them on!  No need to consider the risk of shopping eyeglasses online, see how you would look today! Firmoo's virtual try on system will get rid of all of the worries for you. Just a few steps may help you find the perfect frame!

To view all of the styles available from and to learn more about how you can get your first pair free, please visit:

Disclaimer: provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a free product sample to conduct this product review.  However, our opinions of the product are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Gotta Get Gutzy" -- Gutzy Gear Review...

Have your kids started school yet?  Ours started this week.  One thing every child needs is a backpack.  Why not let them express themselves by adding a fun new product called Gutzy Gear to their bags.  

Gutzy Gear is a fun, new way to let your child express themselves by customizing their backpacks, sports duffel, messenger bag, fishing pole or anything that they fit around! 

Gutzies are cool looking removable patches.  Gutzies stick to a Gutzy strap cover that you put wherever you want to go Gutzy!  

With 56 Gutzies in a series and new Gutzies constantly being introduced, you can collect and trade a world of Gutzies

 But Gutzy Gear is even more... Gutzy Gear is a lifestyle!  Gutzy Gear is about showing the world who you are, taking chances and being the best YOU can be.  So wherever you are, whenever it is, whatever the plan...


We recently held a Gutzy Gear party right before school started and the kids absolutely loved the products!  

Here is a picture of a few of them with their goods...

They loved the different Gutzies and were so excited to be able to put them on their backpacks for school...

Here is a picture of what your kids backpack might look like...  

The straps just velcro around the bookbag straps and then the Gutzy designs just velcro onto those.  There are so many fun designs for boys and girls.  My kids love that they can collect them, trade them and change then whenever they want.  

(Jace sporting Gutzy Gear on his backpack - 1st day of school!)

Here are just a few neat designs that are available...

The boys were also excited when I told them they have Spongebob, Spider-Man, Avengers, Monster High and Sonic Gutzies too.  

There are so many choices, let your kids express themselves with Gutzy Gear!

You will be happy to know that you can purchase Gutzy Gear at retailers like Toys 'R Us, Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Office Depot and select specialty stores.

To learn more about Gutzy Gear please visit:

Disclaimer: MomSelect provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a Gutzy Gear sample to conduct this product review. However, our opinions of the product are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or product in anyway!