Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Birchbox Man is the perfect gift for Father's Day --June 15th, 2014

Father's Day is a few short weeks away and we have a great gift idea to share today -- it's the Birchbox Man.
Birchbox Man is for the stylish dad who loves to be groomed and stay looking his best. My husband is 'that' dad so he was excited to check out this monthly subscription box.
With a subscription available for as little as $20 bucks a month you can ship this gift directly to dad's doorstep. Included each month is 3-4 deluxe grooming samples and 1 full-size lifestyle product.
Included in the box my husband received was a sample of English Laundry Notting Hill cologne, Gentleman's Brand Co. Foaming Face Wash, PRORASO Shave Cream, Sachajuan Hair Repair and the lifestyle product, Men in Cities Jump Rope (a $40 value alone!)
Included with the products is a card that tells about each one, how it's used and how much the full sized item costs. If dad loves a certain product he can visit the Birchbox website to learn more about it, watch how-to tutorials and order the product right there where he will also earn rewards.
Birchbox Man is a unique gift idea perfect for Father's Day --June 15th, 2014
 Check it out by visiting:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Learn to Swim with SwimWays Swim Steps products...

The pool is finally open and the boys are ready for another season of swimming! They were doing so good last year, but living in Ohio and not being able to swim year round really takes a toll on their confidence and skills from summer to summer.
Jace does pretty good without wearing any kind of flotation device as long as we are nearby and believe it or not last year Grady was swimming without any as well. 
He was in the water today for the first time while Jace was at school and he definitely needs lots of practice to gain that confidence and learn some things once again.
We were excited when SwimWays recently sent each of the boys a Sea Squirts Swim Assist Vest. SwimWays has many products that will help assist in teaching children to swim and these vests are one of many products available.
Available in small, medium and large these vests will make learning to swim fin-tastic. They feature 3 removable flotation pads for adjustable buoyancy as children develop swimming and confidence skills.
You will love the quality of the neoprene outer shell and fabric liner that gives kids ultimate comfort when they have them on. The back fin is flexible and folds flat so when children are taking a break they can sit in a pool chair without having to take the vest completely off.
The boys both think these are so cool --they love that they look like sharks walking around or swimming in the pool. Grady did really well in the vest and Jace can't wait to put his to the test!



I love that the SwimWays Teach Me To Swim website offers their 'Swim Steps' Swimming Training guide. They show you which products are the best based on your child's swimming abilities.

Swim Steps 1 -- First Time in the Pool
Swim Steps 2 -- I'm Ready to Paddle and Splash
Swim Steps 3 -- Teach Me to Swim So We Can Swim Together

The site also offers some great information and resources as well as great products. Teaching kids to swim will ensure safety and lots of fun in the water!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Lighten up with OGX Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo and Conditioner...

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

I'm so excited that's it's finally warming up! I absolutely love summer and everything that the warmer temperatures bring. One thing that I especially love about summer is having blondie, blonde hair.
Whether you're a natural blonde or wish you were like me, adding some summer highlights is always fun during the warmer months.
 So today I'm excited to tell you about the Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo and Conditioner from OGX.

This shampoo and conditioner combo features a tropical blend of brightening lemon citrus oil to enhance shimmery, sunlit highlights all year long. 
They also have rich coconut oil to smooth and add shine while exotic key lime extract takes you away to a sensual paradise. 
These smell so good and I love that by using them they brighten my highlights --Perfect for the summer months!

You can learn more about the OGX Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights line by visiting:



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day -- Celebrate with 20% off at MrsFields.com!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
Mrs Fields  Angry Birds  
Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day --can you say yum! Mrs. Fields is celebrating with their Cookie Cakes and new Milk and Cookie Boxes.
The boys were so excited when I showed them that Mrs. Fields recently partnered with Rovio Entertainment to offer their favorite Angry Birds characters. Who wouldn't love a huge party sized cookie cake decorated with Angry Birds or a fun box filled with treat cookies and milk!

I know my boys' would love these treats!
To help you celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Mrs. Fields is offering 20% off of all purchases from today May 15th through May 20th!
Go ahead treat yourself, you deserve it :-)
Simply use promo code NCCCD at checkout:

Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day this Saturday, May 17th!

I hope it's warm and sunny where you are!  It was sunny and 80 here a few days ago and now it's rainy and chilly and only supposed to be about 60 the next few days. We are so ready for pool season! My parents have an in ground pool and they are getting it all ready for the next warm day. We can't wait!
As you know I'm one of the 2014 Swimways Swim Team Ambassadors. As part of this select group I will soon start sharing great products from the Swimways brand, but today I want to talk about National Learn to Swim Day.
 National Learn to Swim Day is this Saturday, May 17th. In it's 3rd year, it was created to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim which I feel is very important having two little boys.
 According to the American Red Cross, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-14. I don't care if you are a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle or a care giver if you are around children in the water whether it be a pool, pond, lake, beach etc... please keep an eye on them at all times and if they don't know how to swim please teach them or find someone who will!
 Swimways has a  website called www.TeachMeToSwim.com where you can learn more about National Learn to Swim Day. The site also provides you with some great tools and resources to help support you with teaching kids to swim, including swim tips, accomplishment certificates and much more!
Here are some great swimming safety tips:
1. Get your child comfortable in the water at an early age
2. Introduce your child to the water using a baby float designed to help children feel comfortable and build water confidence, like the SwimWays Baby Spring Float
3. Once your child is ready to learn to swim, use a graduated flotation device such as the SwimWays' Swim Steps Power Swimr
4. While you may feel your little one has the skills to swim unassisted, remember it takes a lot of courage to traverse the water without help
5. It's often beneficial for a child to ease into swimming with a little extra support, like a kickboard before taking their first solo strokes
6. National Learn to Swim Day is an opportunity for families to learn about the importance and benefits of learning to swim before Memorial Day Weekend and the start of summer
7. NEVER leave your child unattended in or near the water. Teach children to understand that they must always ask for permission before they go near the water
As a part of the National Learn to Swim Day celebration, SwimWays is hosting a coloring contest. Kids can create their own artistic masterpiece by simply downloading a coloring sheet from TeachMetoSwim.com for the chance to win a pool prize pack, which includes a Swim Steps item, pool toy and Spring Float! Three winners will be selected, and the contest runs through May 31st.
15% COUPON --Just in time for summer fun, SwimWays is offering a 15% off digital coupon on items in the Swim Training category on SwimWays.com. Enter coupon code SWIMSTEPS at check out to receive your discount. Expires 6/30/14.
I can't wait to share some of the great Swimways products with you soon! I hope you have a safe and fun summer and get lots of pool days in! Don't forget to celebrate National Learn to Swim Day this Saturday! After all swimming is an invaluable life skill that will ensure lots of fun in the water and safety too.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Introducing the new Softsoap Decor Collection hand soap --Review and Giveaway...

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample from Colgate to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway! However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

We are big on hand washing around here. The boys' are constantly outside getting dirty or getting into something and I'm always saying "go wash your hands", not to mention the million times a day that they are in the bathroom. After all they are boys! 
So today I'm excited to introduce you all to the brand new Softsoap Décor Collection liquid hand soap line that will get your hands clean and dress up your sink with the elegant new bottles.
The new Softsoap Décor Collection is available in 3 exquisite scents --Wild Basil and Lime, Orchid Petals and Mint Water and Peony and Plum.
They are affordable for around $2.49 each at major retailers like Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and other food stores.
I absolutely love this new collection! I love that these hand soaps are affordable, smell awesome and the best part is that they actually look pretty sitting at my kitchen sink and in our bathrooms while getting my family's hands clean!
You can learn more about the new Softsoap Décor Collection by visiting:
One lucky reader will win each of the new Softsoap Décor Collection hand soaps: Peony and Plum, Orchid Petals and Mint Water and Wild Basil and Lime!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day -- Last Minute Gift Ideas...


It's almost Mother's Day, have you found the perfect gift for your mom yet? If not I have some great last minute idea's to share with you, but first let me share my special gift that I received from Jace. In class he made the cutest 'mom' card with "E-SPA-cially" for Mom coupons in it that I can redeem from him! It's adorable, his teacher did a great job picking this one out. I felt like it was meant for just me!
Inside the coupon book were things like --Breakfast in bed, a back rub, a foot massage, one for a nice cold drink and my favorite, 30 minutes of peace and quite. Jace has already brought me a glass of orange juice. We will see if I can redeem the others, he told me they don't expire. Love it! The boys also made me the colorful bead necklace that I'm wearing above, so cute! They know me too well :-)
Last minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas...
1. Nail Polish --Such a fun, easy gift for mom. Pick out some bright summery shades, throw in a base coat and top coat and you have a lovely last minute gift that any mom is sure to love. Offer to give her a manicure yourself and she will love you forever!
2. Sandals --With the warmer temperatures here why not get mom a fun new pair! Whether she loves a great pair of flip flops or the new wedge trend there are so many to choose from and you can find them just about anywhere!
3. New bake ware --If your mom loves to cook or bake then why not get her new items that will make her job in the kitchen easier. I'm loving the Food Network's line available at Kohl's. My favorite is the Mini Brownie Pan and the 2-Layer Cookie and Cupcake Carrier. Mom will love these item's and will love you even more if you bake her some cupcakes or brownies to go along with her new goods!
4. Mini Vacay --Why not surprise mom with a planned 'mini vacation'. You don't have to plan something far or even for very long, just one night away will do her good. One of our favorite places to go is the Great Wolf Lodge and there are many locations to choose from. While the family enjoys the waterpark, book mom a massage and mani/pedi at the Elements Spa Salon. She will love knowing her family is having fun close by and will enjoy being pampered!

I hope YOU have a wonderful Mother's Day and get pampered this year!
Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Give mom the beauty of a Birchbox subscription this Mother's Day...

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
Mother's Day is Sunday, have you found mom the perfect gift yet? If you haven't we have a great gift idea --the Birchbox.
Birchbox is a monthly subscription and something that any mom would LOVE having delivered straight to her doorstep (and how easy for you!!). Included in each month's Birchbox is 4-5 deluxe beauty samples --everything from life-changing hair treatments and on trend nail lacquers to the latest perfume scents.
I just received my very own Birchbox and received these 5 samples which I'm so excited about it! I love that Birchbox includes a card telling what each product is and exactly how to use it. You can also hop online to view the samples and learn more about each brand, watch how-to videos, read in-depth articles, see expert interviews and much, much more!
Birchbox is very affordable and allows you to pick the subscription that fits your budget: 3 Months is only $30, 6 Months is $60 and a full year is only $110!
I loved trying the samples that I received! Birchbox is definitely something that I would enjoy receiving for Mother's Day or any other day of the year! I love that it shipped directly to my house and with a subscription it's a gift that keeps giving long after Mother's Day is over!
(Father's Day is around the corner --make sure you check out 'Birchbox Man' too!)