Monday, May 21, 2018

Great Polar Bear Book Review!

**This was not a paid post. The products mentioned below have been provided by Quarto Knows for the review  free of charge however my honest opinions were used. The opinions expressed below are solely my own & they may vary from others.**


Reading with my kids and seeing them read on their own is always such a treat, I love seeing them get lost in a good book whether it is a picture book or a chapter book but I love it even more when they are able to learn fun facts while enjoying the book as well. I recently received a book called Great Polar Bear from Quarto Knows Press and it is a fun mixture of a picture book and fun facts. This book is a scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear presented in a poetic manner.



This book might only be 32 pages long but it is packed full of information and great watercolor based imagery. Instead of being a book that might appear boring to kids this book allows the child the chance to relax and enjoy the story while learning at the same time. At the end of the book there is a neat little chart that shows you where you can find polar bears in the wild plus there is a page of explorer notes.




My kids both seemed to enjoy this book and are happy to add it to our collection. My son's favorite part are the images of real polar bears in the back of the book, and he likes seeing the other small animals shown in the drawings through out the book. I enjoyed reading this book as well, everything was written so well that the book read quite smoothly. This book retails for $17.95 and is available in hard cover.


"Jurassic Fight-Night" at Pangaea Land!

**This is not a paid post, this is being posted in exchange for a chance to take my family to this event this weekend but it is not guaranteed that I will get the tickets.**



PANGAEA LAND OF THE DINOSAURS PRESENTS "Jurassic Fight-Night" May 26th, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm

OdySea in the Desert Courtyard

Come watch in astonishment as elite carnivores from the prehistoric era compete head to head in combat to unveil who is at the top of the food chain. Which carnivore will come out on top and who will face extinction?

3-Fights (3 two minute rounds)

Rex-"The Carnivore King" -Vs- Rowdy Roddy Raptor

Steve-"The spine crusher Spinosaurus -Vs- Harry- "The Hammer" Utah Raptor

Championship Title fight for the belt from the Winners of first two Bouts

Click Here To Get Tickets! - https://estore.pangaealandofthedinosaurs.com/mainstore.asp?cid=1288

This event is brought to you by Pangaea land Of the Dinosaurs-and is sanctioned by Jurassic Dinosaur Commission (JDC) Daniel the Commissioner.

General Admission & VIP Tickets Available. General Admission: First come first serve seating. VIP Tickets: First 3 rows around stage for the best view up close to dinos.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spa Life Review + Giveaway (12 face masks)!

**This was not a paid post. The products mentioned below have been provided by MySpaLife.Net  for the review & giveaway free of charge however my honest opinions were used. The opinions expressed below are solely my own & they may vary from others.**





Summer has hit here in Arizona which means hot and dry weather which can do quite the number on your skin especially if you aren't staying hydrated. I always go through a bit of a crappy transition from winter to summer when my skin is dry in patches but slightly oily in other spots so I decided to look into some face masks to help balance out my skin. SpaLife or as some may know it MySpaLife.Net is the perfect place to look for masks, peels and cleansers to try out because they offer dozens of different products for you to purchase. For a review I wasn't sure what I wanted to try out so I just provided a long list of things that looked like they would be good to try and they selected random items from the list to send out along with two sets of twelve face masks to giveaway so I decided to do an unboxing video for them. I was super nervous as I've never recorded a review or unboxing video before, I will include a link to it on the rafflecopter form and you can gain extra entries into this giveaway by watching and commenting on the video.



Pore Minimizing Hydrogel Nose Mask pack of 6 - Retail value $25 - These masks are great for those who are prone to getting lots of small black heads along their nose area. I generally don't get a lot of acne on my face expect for my nose where I always seem to have a small cluster of black heads so I was excited to try these out. The nose mask was large enough to cover my entire nose from the tip of my nose up to in between my eyebrows. The masks come individually wrapped and are a bit cold when you put them on, once on you can kick back and relax for 20-30 mins while the mask does it's job. I did notice that my nose started becoming itchy by the end of the treatment but it wasn't uncomfortable, and I did notice a bit of a difference in the appearance of the pores on my nose after using this.

Hydrating Collagen Lip Mask infused with red wine & antioxidants pack of 6 - Retail value $25 - I've never used a lip mask before so this was entirely new for me, I generally don't like when masks sit too close to my eyes or lips. The masks smell nice they have a light rose scent to them and they are light weight so you don't have to worry about it falling off your face. Each one has a small slit down the middle so you are still able to talk normally while wearing these but I found having the slit made it to where the mask didn't sit on my lips properly so I over lapped the top and bottom lip to keep them covered and just didn't talk for 20 mins while I used this. My lips did look a bit more hydrated using this but I didn't notice a huge different in how my lips looked or felt.



Pore Cleaning Bubble Mask - Single $8 3 pack $22 - This mask was so strange to use! When you first place the mask on your face it is completely smooth but as you start to wear it the mask begins to bubble almost making your face appear hairy. You can feel the bubbles working, it gives your face a tingly feeling and the bubbles are fun to smooth out with your hands when you are about to take the mask off. My face felt clean and refreshed after using this and I liked that the mask didn't sit too close to my eyes.



Pore Clarifying Lump of Coal Activated Charcoal Mask + Assorted masks. With the chance in weather and what it does to my skin I didn't want to overload my face by using multiple face masks in one week so I have not used all of these masks. As I use them I can update this post on what I thought about them but based off the other products I've tested out from this brand I have a feeling I will like these masks as well.



PRIZE ALERT:
Two lucky readers are each going to win a set of 12 assorted face masks as shown above. Each mask has a different effect such as moisturizing, soothing, energizing, etc. Value $42

💋 Plus as an added bonus you'll want to be following my Instagram for another giveaway soon where I will include one of the nose masks, a lip mask, a face mask and a few other goodies in a IG only giveaway. (Those who follow just to unfollow after the giveaway then re-follow to enter a different giveaway will be banned from all future giveaways)

This is open World Wide!! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 06/03/2018
 
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Treat yourself to these 22 Birthday Freebies!

* This is not a paid or a sponsored post, this is just a fun post I put together for my readers. I have included links directly to the sign up page for each birthday treat.

Birthday's can be a lot of fun but it can also be a bit of a bummer if you don't have anything planned but luckily for you there are plenty of places that offer free birthday treats so you can spend the day treating yourself to some free treats. If you are single or use some of these places for breakfast/lunch you can go almost a week with a free meal per day. Most of these places are food related but there are a few makeup freebies as well. My birthday was on the 6th so I will include some photos of the freebies I scored!

Here is a list of lots of different places that offer freebies on your birthday! (Note: Several of these will require you to show ID to prove it is your birthday). In order to get all of these freebies you need to be signed up for the newsletters/birthday club/rewards program with your updated birthday, none of these places charge to be part of their programs. You need to be signed up for these programs at least two weeks before your birthday to get some of these.


 

Ulta - Offers a different freebie depending on which quarter of the year it is, currently they are offering a travel size NARS blush. This reward can be claimed at anytime during the month of your birthday.

Sephora - Offers your choice of two birthday gifts which will stay the same year round. This year they are offering your choice between a Bite lip sample trio or a GlamGlow sample set. This reward can be claimed at anytime during the month of your birthday.

Disney Movie Rewards - Offers a free 100 points for your birthday!

Disneyland/Disneyworld - If you happen to be lucky enough to be at either Disneyland or Disneyworld around your birthday you can request a birthday pin to clip onto your bag or shirt. (ask any of the shops for the pin) plus you might get lucky and have one of the cast members offer you stickers, free front of the ride passes and more from showing off your pin but remember to be in a happy/nice mood :)

Dave & Busters - Offers a free $10 in game play for your birthday (must register one of your cards)



RedBox - Offers a free one night rental on a DVD or game. 

Out Of Africa Zoo (in Camp Verde, Arizona) - Offer a free admission into the park during the month of your birthday with photo ID. 

At Home Store - Offers a 10% off coupon for your birthday

AMC - Free Large popcorn, but if you are a STUBs member ($12 a year and completely worth it if you watch a lot of movies) you get a large popcorn and a large drink.



Dunkin' Donuts - Offers a free coffee in your choice of size, you'll also get a free coffee just for signing up for an account.

Krispy Kreme - Offers a free doughnut plus your choice of a coffee or a soda, you'll also get a free doughnut for signing up for an account.

Denny's - Offers a free Grand Slam on your birthday! This offer is only valid on your birthday and requires ID but you do not need the coupon to claim this just tell your waitress and show your ID at the restaurant.

 IHop - Offers a free breakfast on your birthday (I believe the coupon is good for the week of your birthday)

Einstein Bro Bagels - Offers a free egg breakfast sandwich. (coupon is valid for a week after your birthday)



Jamba Juice - Offers a free small smoothie. (coupon valid for 30 days)

Baskin Robbins - Offers a free scoop of ice cream plus a coupon for $ off a cake.

Starbucks - Offers a free coffee  (you need to have a starbucks gift card linked to your account for them to load this freebie)

Red Robin - Offers a free Burger. (valid anytime during your birthday month)

Del Taco - Offers a free milkshake.



Firehouse Subs - Offers a free medium sub of choice. (Coupon good for 7 days, you won't get sent this coupon until the day of your birthday)

Jersey Mike's Subs - Offers a free regular size sub + a med drink.

Sprinkles Cupcakes - Offers a free cupcake.

There are also a bunch of other places that offer different freebies or coupons for Bogo items such as Dairy Queen, Cold Stone, etc that require you to buy something to get a freebie. All of the places mentioned above are places I can confirm do the freebies because I either visited them on my birthday or I was sent a coupon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bodies Revealed is at OdySea in the Desert!

**This was not a paid post. My husband and I were invited to a media preview night to check this exhibit out before it opened to the public we attended free of charge provided by Bridges Media PR. however my honest opinions were used. The opinions expressed below are solely my own & they may vary from others.**


Have you heard of Bodies Revealed? No? well you are about to learn what it is and what it is about. Bodies Revealed is a traveling exhibit that goes from state to state to show the public a interesting and in depth look at how the body works and what is inside of us. Bodies Revealed is currently set up on the second story of OdySea in the Desert near the OdySea Aquarium, they opened on May 12th and will be here until Next May.


 I wanted to note this review won't have as many photos as my reviews normally do, this exhibit does not allow photography inside of the exhibit and yes that included those who were there for the media night so the image above I pulled from the stock of Bodies Revealed photos on google.

Everything you see at Bodies Revealed is real, every last body, organ, heart, etc is real. It takes the team behind Bodies Revealed one week to one year to get each specimen ready for show. They have so many different things to see it was unbelievable some of the ways they were able to display the specimens to show how everything lays in the body. There were a few things that might make a few people feel a little uneasy otherwise everything is pretty fascinating seeing exactly how many different working and moving parts you have inside of you.

The exhibit was significantly larger than I thought it was going to be, it seemed to go on for quite some time and they had everything spaced out well so you aren't running into people while trying to take in everything. They also have several organs and even brains that show cancer and other health related issues. I don't want to give away too much of the exhibit so I will leave it off here and tell you to go see what it is all about. Tickets are $19.95 per adult and $14.95 per child or you can buy combo tickets that include one of the other attractions located inside of OdySea in the Desert.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MouthWatchers ToothBrush Review!

**This was not a paid post. The products mentioned below have been provided by MouthWatchers  for the review free of charge however my honest opinions were used. The opinions expressed below are solely my own & they may vary from others.**




Did you know it is recommended to replace your tooth brush every 3-4 months due to a variety of factors? I do replace our tooth brushes often however I am closer to the 5ish month mark as no one in my family brushes their teeth aggressively enough to break the bristles on the brush. This time around my husband and I replaced our normal toothbrush with a brush from a company called MouthWatchers.



So what sets MouthWatchers apart from what you can pick up at the store? This brush offers a  unique combination of antimicrobial and dual layered flossing bristles which give you a deep clean feeling. What is a flossing bristle? It is a long, soft dental floss for cleaning between teeth and in hard to reach locations, you can see both the antimicrobial and flossing bristles in the photo below.



The bristles look a little scary because you can see all the small flossing bristles sticking out everywhere but they are all actually quite soft. I personally loved this toothbrush as soon as I used it, I could feel where the longer bristles were getting into spaces of my teeth that my regular toothbrush was missing. My teeth felt super clean after using this brush, I could feel where it made a difference where some of my teeth are closer together and it seemed to do it in half the time my normal toothbrush did. I've been using this toothbrush daily for about a week now and I look forward to using it every time because I know my mouth will feel great after using it. 

My husband is a big fan of this brush as well, he has a few issues with his teeth especially when it comes to sensitivity and this brush didn't give him any issues. He agreed that during the first use it felt a little odd because you could tell the difference between this brush and a normal brush but you get used to feeling the brush cleaning the deeper spots the more you use it. Their brushes generally run about $4.99 each and you can buy a year supplies which will get dropped off one package at a time every three months.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Starbucks & Ulta Gift Card Giveaway!

Hey Everyone! I have a fun new giveaway for you that includes two of my favorite things, makeup and coffee. 💜 But before we get to the giveaway I have a few things I wanted to share. I recently celebrated my birthday on the 6th, I had a lovely birthday weekend. I spent Saturday running around doing birthday things with a good friend of mine who is also a May baby, and I stopped by a local rescue to drop off a big box of canned cat food plus I managed to find a abuse shelter close to me to donate some clothing I've been piling up to donate so that made me pretty happy. Sunday was spent with my family, relaxing and playing some board games (Catan & X-men!) . While we are speaking of birthdays I will have a post up soon highlighting several places that offer birthday freebies and I'll let you know how to get them as well!

In other news I recently recorded my first unboxing video which I was super nervous about but I don't think it came out that bad so I am excited to get it up (coming soon!). Plus I have many other giveaways on their way including the giveaway I try to hold monthly where I giveaway a book and beauty goodies, this month since it is my birthday there will be an extra book plus some other goodies not normally included in this giveaway. I am trying to figure out a new name for the giveaway as I had just been calling it my monthly book and beauty giveaway but it isn't that catchy, I was thinking possibly The Beauty & The Book Giveaway or The Beautiful Bookworm, but I can't make up my mind.

To all the mama's out there I wish you all a early Happy Mother's Day, although at times it may not feel like due to tantrum weeks, not being able to catch a break, etc you are all amazing strong and beautiful women and I hope you have a great Mother's Day weekend.

Now onto the giveaway!



I am giving away a $25 Starbucks Gift Card + a $25 Ulta Gift Card!

This is open to anyone who has these stores located near them and are able to use these cards!! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! 

This giveaway ends on 05/30/2018
 
 Giveaway winners are announced on FACEBOOK, If you would like to see who won my latest giveaways please visit and like my facebook page.
 

Giveaway entry question: Pick one of these options to comment on:


1. Leave a relevant comment about the info included in the post.

2. Tell me something you'd like to see reviewed or given away on my blog.

3. Tell me two of your favorite things that make you happy! 


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