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With a family of asthmatics, it’s important to have quality air in our home.  Airfree Onix 3000 Air Purifier has been our saving grace the last several months.  Today I’m finally sharing my thoughts with all of you on this product.

Interested in watching my review on YouTube?  Click here or watch the embedded video below.

Airfree Purifiers to the rescue

Hawaii has been experiencing a series of earthquakes and volcano eruptions over the last several months.  Many homes on the island of Hawai’i (otherwise known as the Big Island or Hawai’i Island) have been destroyed due to the volcano.  Air quality issues throughout the island haven’t been ideal and the voggy conditions make for horrible breathing.  While being outside sometimes can make breathing difficult, it doesn’t have to be when you are indoors.  The Airfree Air Purifier systems sterilize your air without the use of a filter.  These units allow air to flow in and out while killing airborne allergens.  Things like pollen, dust mites, mold and contaminated air are killed leaving fresh air behind.

How do Airfree Purifiers work?

By using heat to destroy airborne allergens and contaminated air, Airfree draws microbiological antigens and kills them.  Airfree has won many awards for its efficiency.  It is a patented technology that requires absolutely no maintenance.  We have the Airfree Onix 3000 and it is a purifier recommended for rooms up to 650 square feet.  The Thermodynamic TSS Technology destroys all the yucky stuff in our air like:  mold, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, pollens, pet dander, tobacco and other organic allergens.  Airfree reduces indoor harmful ozone levels and is perfect for mold-contaminated areas as well as asthma and allergy sufferers.  As I mentioned previously, my whole family suffers from asthma and our Airfree Purifier has made living with asthma so much easier.  

So what is the Airfree Onix 3000

Airfree’s exclusive technology is completely silent and we love that there is no expensive filters or maintenance required for the unit.  It’s small and portable and makes it’s easy for us to use in our house, while still keeping it out of the way.  The unit releases neither ozone nor ions and is has low energy consumption.  We plug it in and leave it on for as long as we need it.  Our current unit has been plugged in and running for several months without issue.  We also love that it offers environmentally friendly technology and is so user-friendly.  Simply plug it in and let it do its job. 

How does the Airfree Purifier get rid of all the yuck in the air?

Airfree’s exclusive technology works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens, destroying them in a fraction of a second.  Depending on the model you have, between 14,000 and 20,000 liters of air pass through the Airfree device every hour.  (Can you even imagine how much air that is?  It’s a lot!!) The Airfree can easily treat the air in a room in a very short amount of time.  The process works similarly to sterilizing water by boiling it.  Basically, when water is boiled, microorganisms within the water are eliminated.  In the same way, Airfree continually draws in air from the room, heating it to over 400°F and instantly sterilizes it.  The purified air is then cooled inside the device before it is released back into the room.   The entire process is so silent that you don’t even know that it’s happening.  The only thing I do notice is that our unit is warm to the touch, sometimes, it even feels hot, but never burns the skin.

Check out my video review on YouTube

What are my thoughts on Airfree?

After using the Airfree Onix 3000 in our home now since June, I have found such a huge difference in our air quality.  There is less coughing in the middle of the night and our asthma has not been as bad in the last few months.  Our Airfree Purifier is so easy to use, just plug in and let it go.  These purifiers come with a hefty investment, but there is literally no maintenance or changing of filters.  If you ask me, in just a few short months, the unit pays for itself.  I don’t know what we would do without our Airfree.  It has easily become one of our favorite products we’ve tested over the years.  So much so, that we purchased a unit for a family member who suffers from asthma too and she loves it.  I also love that the air in my home is so clean and cleaner air makes for less Eczema flare ups.  It’s been a great last few months using this product.   The Airfree also helps to eliminate bacteria and viruses in our home.  Unlike traditional air filters on the market, Airfree is efficient enough to work with the smallest microorganisms.  

Have you heard of the Airfree Air Purifier systems?  There are a few different ones to choose from.  They come in different price points as well.  You can get all the details on these units by visiting the Airfree website.  

Thank you, Airfree and my PR company for giving my family the opportunity to test out a unit.  I apologize that this post and video are so delayed in being released.


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It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is approaching.  Now, I’m kind of late the punch in getting this post up this year, but I digress… and it’s getting done anyway, right?  I’ve said this time and time again, but while my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day, we both feel that our love for one another should be shown and given every single day of the year – every day of our lives.  Let’s face it, some of you may find that corny, but the fact of the matter is… we shouldn’t need a holiday to celebrate love, right?  Regardless, each year I share a great little gift guide for you – whether you decide you are going to take advantage of it for the holiday or any time of the year or use it to treat yourself, it’s entirely up to you.  So, without further adieu, let’s get into some Valentine’s Gifts shall we?

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Let’s talk about rings… jewelry per say.  Now, if you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, then you know that my husband is a law enforcement officer.  Over the years we have looked for rings that he can use that are not only stylish, but that will allow him to be able to use his rings to work.  In the type of job he has, a metal, gold or silver band can injure the finger and are a huge safety concern.  While it’s allowed for them to use it, it’s suggested that they use a silicone band to help protect against injury and to aid in safety.  That’s where FX8 (Fixate) comes in to play.  These fun silicone ring bands are made of Premium Medical-Grade Silicone.  They are stylish, functional and definitely durable.  The are comfortable to wear with a tapered dome design and are available in Men’s & Women’s styles and sizes.  I like the fact that they offer custom engraving and these rings are designed for an active lifestyle.

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Outside of work, we can use our regular wedding rings, but while my husband is at work, I know that this ring will work well for him.  Athletes, racers, extreme sports participants, fitness and gym trainers, mechanics, military personnel, construction and factory works and law enforcement officials all enjoy wearing these.

Each Fixate ring comes with a durable ring bag with a rugged metal “S” clip that is large enough to fit your drivers license, credit card, cash, ring and earbuds.  They are priced reasonably, starting at $19.95+ and while they are not the ideal choice for many, in our instance, it works for my family and our lifestyle.  They come in a variety of different colors too – so I think they are perfect for anyone and they are definitely an affordable, cost effective choice.

Get your FX8 bands here: https://fixatedesigns.com/

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Now, I consider Valentine’s Day to also be Gal-entine’s Day.  A fun way to celebrate your lovely gal pals is by giving them a little treat for themselves.  Let’s face it, most of us love makeup and what better way to have a little fun and treat ourselves and our gals by giving them some makeup delights.  Bodyography is a new to me brand, as well as Omega Labs USA.  I thought this would be an awesome time to share the products with you while giving some ideas for shade choices that make great gifts.

Looking for a classic red lipstick?  Try out Bodyography’s Lipstick in Red China ($17.00 – 0.13 oz/3.7g).  I talk about how I think red lips are so enduring and this shade is showstopping.  With a satin matte finish, this gorgeous and long lasting lipstick is super-pigmented and contains moisturizing Aloe Vera as the base to help protect the lips from signs of aging.  Rich mineral pigments provide amazing color payoff and you can find a variety of shades in ranges from pinks to purple and nudes as well as finishes of creams, shimmers, sheers and satin mattes.

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The Bodyography Glitter Pigments ($23.00 – 0.105 oz/3g) are also a great choice for a little sparkle any time of year.  These one of a kind eye shadows are made with a technology that incorporates the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream, and the silkiness of a powder.  These gorgeous pigments are high glitter with a gorgeous pearl finish.

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This gorgeous shade I have here is called Halo.  It’s a very shimmery and sparkly silver that reminds me of tinsel.  This color is quite bold but would make a wonderful eye lid topper to add a little sparkle and shine or popped right into the inner corner of the eye to brighten the eyes while adding a little sparkle.

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There are eight colors to choose from total.  A little of this product will go a long way and I definitely suggest applying this product wet or foiled using a synthetic brush or with your finger and utilizing tapping motions when applying the product to the lid or where ever you want to go.  This is not your usual mica style pigment where it is finely milled.  These pigments are much more glittery so using these as a standalone shadow may pose some challenges.  But, they are glittery and gorgeous and I think definitely something fun for anyone to try.  Besides… we all love glitter, don’t we ladies?

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I love getting nail polish as gifts and these gorgeous polishes from Omega Labs are long wearing lacquers available in a wide array of high fashion shades.  Omega Labs lacquers are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.  I have the color 389 Peek-A-Boo, a gorgeous nude toned soft peach shade is that is perfect for every day wear or a night out on the town.  The shade is neutral and gorgeous.  Omega Labs Nail Lacquers retail for $7.00 (0.44 fl.oz.)

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Now, I obviously couldn’t leave out a little bath and body action, right?  I mean come on… nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little body treatment.  One of my favorite Bath & Body brands, FarmHouse Fresh released this gorgeous Whoopie! Deluxe Gift Set that features the White Velvet Hand and Body Creams, Body Wash and Candle all of which have the irresistible whoopie pie aroma.  Let me just say – this is a set that I love and have purchased one for each of my sisters this year.  I know they will LOVE it.

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Packaged in a “ready to gift” box, this Deluxe Gift Set offers one of my favorite fragrances from FarmHouse Fresh.  I am loving the buttercream aroma that wafts through the air when I open any of these products.  This gorgeous set includes these wonderfully smelling delectables (do not eat them) amd retao;s fpr $54.00.  I can’t rave enough about this set and I loved it so much the last month that I had to pick up a set for each of my sisters (I have two) because I know they would love it.  With moisture boosting properties in each of these and a great smelling candle to fill a room with a sweet fragrance, I’m a happy camper.

*I plan to have a review detailing each product in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that.

This this set and so much more at: http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com/

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Not everyone is into body care, makeup and jewelry – but house decor is always something fun.  That’s why I am recommending a gorgeous Mandala Tapestry from Rajrang.  Whether you decide to get a Single, Double or Round tapestry these are just gorgeous pieces of art.  I use mine as a throw, but you can definitely use it anyway you please.  A few popular ways are to use them as a wall hanging, home decor and in some cases, just like me – some may want to use this as a layout blanket.  I have taken it to the park or beach to lay on while reading a book.  These are made of a good quality fabric and are absolutely gorgeous.  Did I mention these were affordable?  I even like using these as backdrops to my videos and photos because they are so easy to work with.  Starting at about $10.00+, these beauties would make a great gift for anyone, anytime of the year.

Purchase a gorgeous mandala tapestry for you or someone you love at: https://www.rajrang.com/

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Last on my list is some gorgeous fragrances from DefineMe which I think would make an absolutely wonderful gift for any of your gal pals.  This is the Girls’ Night Set which includes the Audry and Sofia Isabel fragrances for $74.00.  This gorgeous set includes a combination of romantic florals and sweet intoxicating citrus.

Audry’s notes include:  jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood

Sofia Isabel’s notes include:  mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.

Layered together this set is a wonderful fragrance I absolutely enjoy wearing and I think many of my girlfriends would enjoy this as a gift.

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Now that I have shared a few favorites with all of you, I think you’ll have a list of fab items you could share with a loved one or pick up for your best friend or yourself.  I often get asked why it is that my lists like these are so odd and often times provide “interesting” items.  Here’s the deal… I love sharing a variety of products with all of you and many times I select them based on the fact that they are what I’m liking, enjoying and are favorites at that time or any given moment.  These are just suggestions of products I’ve tried, purchased or that I was sent to try and I like.  Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if this is something you may want to check out for yourself or to buy as a gift.  I also didn’t include many “male friendly” items in this gift collection this time around, mainly because I am just not sure what the hubby would like this year so I’m at a lost as to what to suggest.  Remember, like I said before – Valentine’s Day should be considered an “every day” kind of holiday.  Love should be celebrated each and every day.  Heck, my husband and I do it and it is a part of who we are.  No matter what you decide, make your Valentine’s Day something special – even if it means just treating yourself to something you like.

Happy Love Day, Every Day!

Signature Honey

Check out some of my previous posts over the years for Valentine’s Day inspiration:

Gal-entine’s Day

Gift Guide for the Man in Your Life

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Some of my past Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks / Tutorials: (top to bottom – left to right)

Be My Valentine – featuring Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Valentine’s Day Lookbook 

Bombshell Love

Cherry Truffle – featuring Too Faced Cosmetics

Just Call Me Sweetheart

Cupcakes & Hearts – featuring Jordana & Milani Cosmetics

Genuine Sweetheart – featuring Too Faced Cosmetics


Disclaimer:  Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration while some were purchased with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are listed through out.

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No, this is not what you are thinking… I’m not going to show you a demo on how I get wrinkles out of my clothes… ha ha ha!  But, I did want to share with you a product that my family and I have been loving lately and it has been such a huge helper for me each day.  You see, laundry for a household of 5 people can be a daunting task and I’m thankful that my eldest son Kevin Ka’eo has that chore to do.  But, clothes get wrinkled… especially when your sons like to toss them in a basket for later use.  With my husband needing freshly pressed clothes and the fact that I am constantly ironing my tops, the Downy Wrinkle Release Plus has been a huge help for me and my family.

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Do you ever experience those days where your child wakes you up in the morning, telling you that they forgot to inform you the day before that their band uniform needs to be ironed because they have a concert at school that day?  Well, my child has – on more than one occasion.  And, that is just a small tidbit of what goes on in our household when it comes to wrinkled clothes.  While clothes are clean, most the time they are a wrinkled mess… due to running late in the morning and tossing clothes everywhere through out the day.  There truly is no time to pull the iron and the ironing board out of the closet in time to make the morning tardy bell for school.  That’s where Downy Wrinkle Release Plus comes to our rescue.  This awesome product (which is available in travel size, I might add) has been our lifesaver since first discovering it a month or so ago.  I don’t know how I got ahead without it… oh wait, I do – I rushed to iron clothes the traditional way… ha  ha ha!

Using the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is so simple.  You just spray the clothing (sheets and other items work too), tug and smooth the garment and hang to dry.  It literally is ready in seconds and perfect in a pinch.  I like to spray the clothing item in the wrinkled areas and toss it in our dryer for a quick, no fuss wrinkle release.  Hanging to dry doesn’t take long however and most the time it’s ready within a matter of minutes – usually I have the boys put on their shoes and socks or make their snack for school and then put their shirt on.  The Down Wrinkle Releaser is safe on virtually all fabrics, though they do advise that fabrics that may water-spot (silk and rayon) that you should test in a hidden area first.

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My family and I are always on the go so having something that can assist at a moments notice helps to cut down my busy schedule.  But, while Downy Wrinkle Release takes care of the wrinkles, it is also an odor eliminator, fabric refresher and static remover.  I love that I have so many ways to utilize this product.  I spray Downy onto my car seats and on the floor to help eliminate the odors from shoes and stuff and it has made a big difference.  You can also use Downy Wrinkle Releaser as a fabric refresher and static remover or use it to aid in ironing (like spray starch).  I love that I have so many options for this product that I literally keep one in every room.  It’s perfect to spray our beds with if we are going to be out all day – because it really freshens the whole room and house.

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Okay – now that I have shared with you my little secret helper, how’s about you head on over to your local store or check them out online and pick one up for you.  Reasonably priced, great fragrance and it takes out wrinkles… well now, sounds like a keeper to me.  Check out your local store to see if they have Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus in stock or visit: http://downywrinklereleaserplus.com for more details.

Signature Honey


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We are literally a couple of days away from the new year and ringing in 2017, so I thought this would be the perfect time to go ahead and share my thoughts on the 2017 KITLife Planner with all of you.  I’m a huge lover of KITLife Planners, this particular planner being my fourth that I own.  Each year I have found a new way to use the planner and I’m so overjoyed with the changes that KITLife has made to the planner that I’m excited to share it with all of you.  The KITLife planner is a daily planner layout that allows you to literally grab life by the hands and make it wonderful.  The KITLife planner is more than just a planner, but a community – encouraging women to be productive, grateful, healthy, giving and live a life full of intention.  This Planner has made such a difference in how I do things daily and yearly and I’m going to share it with all of you.

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The KITLife Planner retails for $58.00.  I know, I know… many have told me in years past that that is such a hefty cost for something that you may throw out at the end of each year.  But here’s what I have to say about it… “Life is an Investment and to make it fruitful, we need to invest in the proper tools to help it grow.” (Yes, I wrote that… lol)  A Planner is just that, a tool to help keep you organized.  The KITLife Planner is a daily planner that consists of a monthly and daily layout.  I find that a daily layout is my favorite for the lister in me, I love writing out my daily to-do’s and track my progress as I complete each task.

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There are three different types of planner covers available for 2017 – The Classic Edition (which is what I am sharing with you), the Crown Edition ($72.00 – the Gorgeous White with Gold Foil cover) and The Festival Edition ($65.00 a fun cover with pink, blue and purple triangles).  Each Planner also offers you the opportunity to add in additional pages to customize your planner (at an additional cost).  The pages include:  Note Add-In, Graph Add-In, Budget Add-In, Direct Sales Add-In, Direct Sales Team Add-In and Teach Add-In.  These add-ins must be ordered at the time you order your planner.  Each plan is estimated to ship in 5-7 business days after placing your order.

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So, let’s get into all the fun details.  The 2017 KITLife Planner has a new hardcover which feels much like suede.  The Team at KITLife call it the Velvet Technique in printing the cover.  It has a really cool and smooth texture that make this planner feel so luxe.  I absolutely love it and I LOVE that the planner cover is now a hardcover instead of their laminated cover like they have had in previous years.  This new hardcover makes the planner much more durable and protects the pages within.  The KITLife Planner also comes with a movable dashboard as it did last year.  I really enjoyed this option last year, but sadly, my dashboard didn’t last me past the 2 month mark.  I’m pretty brutal.  But, KITLife made some revisions and now has a very sturdy design that’s perfect for the 2017 planner.  I love that it is still easy to move and flexible without being too flimsy.  It’s a great addition and I love it.

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The planner is smaller in size in comparison to past years.  Honestly, I LOVE this because it was a bit cumbersome to take my KIT with me on the go.  While I still do not take it with me usually, I love that I have that option should I decide to do so.  While it is a bit smaller in size – you still get the same amount of writing space as you did in previous years.  The monthly calendar spread also offers the same amount of space for writing which is great.

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The Daily pages offer a variety of different options for daily planning.  A Checklist that also has a place for daily tracker stickers (available through KITLife), The Big 3 for Top To-Do’s each day, Time Slots from 6am to 8pm for appointments and time management listing, Wellness Tracker (to help keep track of water intake, weight and exercise and Gratitude to list what you are thankful for each day or special events that occurred.  Each weekly page also includes a Quote by various people (one of my favorite parts of this planner) and you still get a Doodle Break that is listed on the months that have a spare page before the monthly layout.  These doodle breaks are what I use to jot down any notes for the month that I need to reference like conversations on the phone, etc.

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The Daily Pages have been revised in comparison to previous years which I LOVE.  I really needed an area to list my appointments and I love that there is an option for that now.  Below is a photo of last year’s layout for the daily section.  As you can see, the Fit & Fab Tip is no longer on the page, however, I still have the same amount of writing page, but I have it organized in sections to really list out what I need for the day.  I LOVE IT!

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Saturdays and Sundays are still sharing one page with the “Peek at the Week” for the week following which I enjoy.  I really liked that option on my previous KITLife Planners, so I do like that it was continued.  But, I love the layout for this year’s 2017 planner much more.  I think it’s just streamlined overall and makes it so much more appealing to my eyes to keep organized.  The Peek at the Week is my place where I tend to plan out my blog posts for the following week, so I like that it’s still included.

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KIT = Keeping It All Together

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The KITLife Planner has a great Welcome Page for each month that talks about Wellness, Food and Extra Tidbits to keep you motivated and you still get your Quarter Check-ins every 3 months as you have in previous planners.  I love the simplicity in this planner in that it takes you to the last day of the month without adding extra bulk, unless you purchased any of the add-ins I mentioned previously.  At the end of the planner you get a paper pocket on the back cover (I’ll be using this for receipts for donations) as well as a zip pouch which I plan to use to hold my post-its and stickers.

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The KITLife offers gorgeous colors through out and is perfect for someone who loves a decoration or color but doesn’t really do the decorating themselves.  The planner through out offers a theme that really is visual and perfect for inspiring you to keep on top of your tasks.  I love that this is overall a Functional Planner for me.  Each year I use several planners and the KITLife is what I consider to be my “Hub-all” planner, where I plan my days out while keeping myself on task.  I list everything in this planner from my daily life (quick excerpts) and my to-do list as well as my blog and youtube channel tracking.

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 All of the KITLife Planners are designed, printed, assembled and packaged in the United States.  The 2017 Planner is 8.5″ wide by 8.75″ tall and is less than an 1″ thick.  Each planner is bound with a metal coil which is approximately 2″ in diameter.  The Planner pages are printed on 70# paper, which is sturdy and has held up to me using highlighters, felt tip pens and even some of my markers.  And, this is a traditional yearly planner that begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.

Walk through the product layout and get an overview in my video here:

The KITLife Planner is one of my favorites because it is something I can use for my entire life’s organization.  Like I’ve mentioned before, I use several planners at any given moment, but my KITLife Planner is my hub for EVERYTHING – my personal and family schedule & appointments, to-do’s, blog and YouTube and so much more.  Since it is not quite 2017 yet, I’ll come back in a few months and share how I have been utilizing this planner so you can get an idea on what might work for you.

So – what about you?  Are you a planner addict like me?  Do you think this planner would work for you in planning and keeping you organized?

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Fall is here!  Hawaii doesn’t get much change in weather – well, it’s colder, but not by much… but it’s still my favorite season… woohoo!  With Fall and colder weather come a change in clothing and accessories and today I’m going to be sharing with you an unconventional one.  Who says a water bottle can’t be the newest fall accessory trend?  I think it’s a great idea.  So, today I’m going to share with you some Fall goods that I think would be a great accessory and make fun and festive holiday gifts too.  While we are all changing out our closets and prepping for the newest beauty and fashion trends, I want you to complete your outfit with the latest and greatest accessory from Contigo.

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Purses, shoes and jewelry are all fabulous things any time of year – but especially during Fall when dressing up is fun for colder weather.  But, Contigo has added a new addition to their line of hydration products and I want to share it with you because I think it’s important to stay hydrated during colder months.  The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle is a glass bottle that is plastic free and adorned with a flower petal silicone sleeve in bright, vibrant colors.

Retailing for $14.99 this reusable glass water bottle offers style with your hydration.  The BPA-free Purity Glass Water Bottle has a stylish silicone sleeve which really makes this glass bottle so chic and perfect for on the go.  It comes with an attached silicone lid to make this convenient along with a carry loop to ensure that Purity will be ready for you and on your side for on the go.  I love the wide mouth which also makes it easy to add ice to keep your water cold when you’re ready to hydrate.

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The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle by Contigo features:

  • Made completely of glass, steel and food grade silicone; no plastic parts
  • Contoured wide-mouth design
  • Attached silicone tethered lid
  • Comfortable, stylish non-slip silicone sleeve to help with durability
  • 100% BPA-free
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • 20 oz. capacity
  • SRP $14.99
  • Available in: Very Berry, Scuba, and Grapevine

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If you are someone who loves to drink tea or coffee (that’s me), then the Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug may be one for you too.  Available in Stainless, Polar White and Matte Black – the AUTOSEAL knows when to close.  It is the ultimate commuter companion and so sleek and chic that it will go with any outfit.  It’s basically the Holy Grail of travel mugs and I love it.  It’s Spill Proof, easy to clean and stays hot for hours on end.  It was thoughtfully engineered with a CleanGuard lid to keep out dirt and germs and is perfect for transit and for a ride.

The AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug retails for $24.99.

So, are you on the lookout for a fun Holiday Gift Idea or just want to add to your list of fashion and stylish accessories this Fall?  If so – I highly suggest checking out these finds from Contigo.  My plan is to pick up a purple one to have on hand of the Purity Bottles because I just love how simple but stylish they are.

You can check out all the info and more on Contigo and their complete line of products here: http://www.gocontigo.com/  And, if you have a coffee or tea drinker or water lover on your holiday gift list, I definitely suggest you get them one of these – it will be a great gift.

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As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to cut my cleaning time in half.  Whether it be delegating the duties at home to a “willing” helper or accomplishing each chore a little at a time to get it done… I try my best to make it happen.  Though, I’ll be honest – I always think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all have our own personal Robot like they had in Bicentennial Man?”  Well, not really… because I’d probably develop a motherly bond and have difficulty letting go, just knowing me… lol.  But, I think I have a solution and my family and I have been loving it the last month.  Today, I introduce you to bObi Kaho’ohanohano, the new baby in our house.  But, bObi is not your traditional or typical baby.  Nope – she is a robotic vacuum.

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When my family and I was given the opportunity to give bObi a test run, let’s just say we were quite overjoyed and completely ecstatic to receive her.  She came bundled in a sturdy box, well packaged and even included a little card that welcomed her to our family.  The directions are easier to follow than I would have ever imagined and getting her going and started was a complete breeze.  We were all excited to try her out… well, almost all of us.  Ikaika who is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is still currently on the fence about her and still hasn’t decided if he likes her or not.

Our family has a traditional vacuum, which I’ll be honest – I really enjoy.  It does it’s job but obviously, it can’t do it without someone behind the wheel actually doing the vacuuming.  I don’t mind running the vacuum, it’s kind of soothing – but finding the time in my hectic schedule can pose many issues.  We have a small house in general, so a standard vacuum will surely do the job without issue in very little time, but finding the time in my day is what seems to be the biggest problem.

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Immediately after receiving it, my boys were so excited, they couldn’t contain their excitement.  While our living area is small, we were eager to try bObi out for ourselves.  I plugged her in the night prior to let her charge through the evening and then the next day, we were able to take her for a run.  Our biggest challenge is a small living area and the fact that things move around in our house consistently.  The boys have a table they do their homework on and it gets folded up and put away when we vacuum usually, so we wanted to be able to leave it out and have bObi work around it.  The vacuum learns a pattern of where everything is in the house, or you can easily use the remote control and guide it in the direction you want for yourself.  There is also a sensor on the vacuum so you do not have to worry about it bumping into things.  It has run me over a few times, but I noticed it’s normally when the sensor is on the opposite side of the unit.

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bObi has a small sweeper attached to it with brushes that work to pick up all the little pieces or sweep them into the cleaner… it’s awesome.  I love that it gets near to the base boards in my kitchen or in the areas where dog hair gets caught and sweeps it up quickly and easily.  bObi does not get all the rubbish in certain areas all the time, but it’s still learning to make its way around our house the the boys ever-moving their things around the rooms.  While it won’t get that piece of lint or hair the first run sometimes, as it comes back around – it picks it up and leaves my house clean.  With bObi’s dirt sensors, she is determined to go back around and get it done – so no lint or dust will be left behind.

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I set bObi on a timer so it will run a sweep through the house and kitchen area each day at 10am while I’m sitting at my desk working.  It’s so convenient for us that I think our traditional vacuum is starting to feel a bit left out.  I use bObi daily and run my traditional vacuum on Saturdays to get a really good, deep into the carpet clean.  bObi will reach under the beds and tables and below the cabinets because she’s so petite.  It’s nice not having to bend to get under those areas with my traditional vacuum.

bObi Classic retails for about $269.00 on Amazon ($749 USD on bobSweep website) and comes with all the attachments to get it done.  A charge overnight and you’re good to go and ready to clean the next day.  Mop, sweep, sanitize… have lots of fun and get a few moments of breathing time for yourself.

You can see bObi in action while she goes through our hang out area.  As you can see, Ikaika (our dog) is not yet a fan.  But, he’s warming up to her… especially since she keeps his area where he sleeps, nice and clean!  We are looking to replace our carpet and I can’t wait to see how bObi performs on the new one.

Oh, I forgot my favorite part… bObi mops.  My bObi unit comes with a mop extension and 2 mop cloths which can be attached to the unit to do a quick mop.  bObi comes with a UV light that kills bacteria and filters the air with her built-in HEPA filter.  She’s seriously genius!  I use this specifically for my kitchen.   This is the perfect way to “spot mop” or do a quick mop during the weekdays until I do my thorough cleaning and mopping on Saturdays.

Charging bObi is really easy.  It comes with a charging station and you can either let it run it’s course for it’s usual vacuuming and let it return to its dock or press the “juice” button on bObi or the remote control and it finds the docking station and recharges itself… simple and easy.

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I think technology advances are so fun and exciting and I’m so thankful to have bObi to help me complete a few of my chores – mopping & vacuuming… check!  I have never tried a robotic vacuum before so this is an experience my family and I are enjoying and we’re very thankful for.  If you are in the market for a new vacuum, I highly suggest giving bObi or any of the other bobSweep family members a try.  After having bObi in our house for just about a month now, she’s settled in and is a great addition to our family.  Even Ikaika is starting to enjoy her (since she’s so quiet in comparison to our traditional vacuum), he has made her his friend and even rides her from time to time, lol.

Now that you’re done reading my thoughts (and my family’s) on bObi, do you think she will join your family?  We’re just a humble family with a little home that we love and I figured instead of staging or prettying up the post, you could see bObi in real life and experience what we experience – good cleaning and a little less hectic-ness and stress for mom.  Hope you enjoyed!

Check out the rest of the bObi family here or the whole bobSweep family here.

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With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered.  The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  Are you a Target shopper?  If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.

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Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection.  These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.

Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador.  The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here).  This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum.  It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist.  Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.

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Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each).  I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now.  These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair.  Key Ingredients include:  Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair.  Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation.  I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.

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Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood.  The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products.  The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome.  Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.

Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink.  Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors.  Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured.  Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics.  10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind.  They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.

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Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school.  These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family.  They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.

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Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods.  Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.  It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice.  But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.

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Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target.  Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains.  Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin.  It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.

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The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love.  The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands.  It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most.  It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family.  Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more.  With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs.  It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.

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The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house.  It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera.  Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients.  Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals.  I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this.  Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue.  Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse.  Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent.  I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.

Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60)  I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one.  Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth.  These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler.  But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it.  I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.

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Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free).  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do.  Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.

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Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us.  Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables.  Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard.  The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors:  Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham.  They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery.  My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.

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Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle.  The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack.  The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.

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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs.  These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new.  The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free.  Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria.  What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies.  I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.

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As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands.  This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.

It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.

Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website:  http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.

Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.

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If you have been here before, then you know from time to time I have random reviews on products I enjoy.  Today is no exception.  About a month ago I received the TowelLab 100% Microfiber Cleaning Cloth in the mail for consideration of review.  I’m not gonna lie, I was excited to try these out because you can find a huge stack of microfiber towels in our linen closet.  My husband uses them to polish and dry our cars and I love drying dishes with them or cleaning surfaces.  They work better than your standard dish towel when it comes to drying dishes and I especially use them to clean my television screen which is an LCD (a good/clean microfiber cloth should remove most finger prints and add a little distilled water and you can clean off any stains, etc.)  The options for use with these are endless.  I even stash a few away in my beauty area to help with removing makeup or cleaning my brushes.

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Like most Microfiber Towerls, these have the same feel and texture.  The are engineered by TowelLab and are ideal for kitchen use, screen and windows.  They are 6x lighter than a standard towel (major plus) and dry 4x faster.  I especially like that they are anti-bacterial as they are treated for odor prevention.  They are really soft and make it ideal for using on the skin, which I like.  Each set comes with a total of 4 TowelLab clothes that are machine washable and can be reused  hundreds of times.  I have washed and dried mine many many times without any problems and they are still soft and durable.  These are lint-free (woohoo) and offer streak-free cleaning.  They are non-abrasive and won’t scratch surfaces, paints or clear coats (which make it ideal for cleaning the car).

You get 4 towels that are 12″x 12″ in size and are made of a 100% Microfiber that has a blend of 80/20 polyester / polyamide.  What’s awesome is that these are affordable – retailing for about $18 regular priced but on sale right now for $8.  That is a steal considering the costs my husband and I have paid on for other microfiber towels on the market.

If you have a touch screen phone as I do, these make great cloths to clean the screen with and I find that the use for these towels are ever growing.  You can purchase your set here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X6T5SJA or check out more information if you so choose.

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As a mother with skin sensitivities, I’m constantly on the hunt for products that will help to make my “mommy duties” a little less hectic and keep my family healthy.  With three boys running around and keeping active, I’m always on my toes to be one step ahead of them at all times.  Since cleaning products are a part of my every day routine in keeping the house and family in order, I’m always on the hunt for products that provide natural ingredients and a limited amount of harsh chemicals we see in most products sold in the stores today.  Since I have many sensitivities to products, I’m constantly looking for products that will not affect my Eczema or cause any skin issues for my children as well.  Recently I’ve been introduced to method laundry detergent and I’m fortunate to have found a product I know will work for my family.  Since doing laundry and keeping clothes clean are essential in any family, I wanted to share a few tips on how my family and I keep on top of these mounds of threads.

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To keep our work load at a minimum for our family of five, we tend to do laundry at least 2 times a week and on average 3 or 4.  This helps to cut down the size of the load but also makes it easier so that we are not washing 5 loads of laundry in one day.  I think it is a bit more convenient for our family to drop a load in every couple of days and it keeps us on top of the laundry and piles of clothes that we often accumulate.

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When using a detergent, find one that is effective and that works.  There are so many brands on the market today and it’s essential to find one that will provide you with clean clothes each and every time and still keep your colors bright and your whites – white!  The new 4x concentrated method laundry detergent has naturally derived cleaning power that is tough on dirt and stains.  It works great in cold water – which helps you use less energy for every load and it is great for pre-treating stains.

Use products that will work double-duty… make sure they are not only effective for removing stains, but also keeping your children’s clothes (and yours) fresh and smelling clean until it’s used.  With a fragrance-forward expansion of their laundry portfolio, memory laundry detergent includes a wide range of scents that are different then the same old, common laundry ones.  There is a scent for everyone from fruity (ginger mango), floral (spring garden), herbaceous-woody (beach sage and fresh clover) and for those who are sensitive to fragrance – free + clear which has no fragrance at all.  Use your favorite scents year round or change it up with the season.  This offers your household and your clothes a fresh smell all the time.  This is especially helpful for use on linens as it will offer a soft fragrance throughout the entire home.

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Most importantly a laundry detergent that offers a great design for use may seem like it is not important, but it will help in saving money and time.  Have you ever experienced pouring your laundry detergent in  the included measuring cup only to spill it everywhere because the packaging was too bulky or just difficult to hold?  With an easy-to-use grip on the bottle instead of a handle, memory laundry detergent is not only easy to work with but also includes 100% post-consumer materials and is fully recyclable.  The bottle is also transparent, which means you will ensure to get down to the last drop.  No more are the days of wasting product since you can’t see what is left in a traditional detergent bottle.

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method Laundry Detergent is biodegradable and has a hypoallergenic formula which gives this sensitive skinned momma peace of mind that it will not cause adverse reactions for my families skin and health.  The bottles are fun and will be perfect to incorporate into any laundry room decor and again, method is available in fun scents that the family will enjoy.

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Looking for fun Spring and Summer fashion inspiration?  Be sure to check out the ASOS and method collaboration for great fashion ideas inspired by method’s new fragrances.  These finds are all machine-washable!

Interested in trying out method laundry detergent for your family?  Use code: THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase.  Click here to read more and see what is available.  Happy Laundry Washing!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I am a photographer for weddings and portraits.  I love capturing photos that evoke love and happiness and have enjoyed capturing images of couples for several years.  With a growing photography industry, there are a plethora of companies that are available for prints, personalization and design for yourself and to offer your clients.  Over the years I have used many different sites and vendors and quality is a definite a must when providing anything to a client.  Today I want to share with you an online site that makes customization easy and the prices are definitely on par with what is on the market today.  Today I introduce you to Minted.com.

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Minted is not a normal print website.  It is a design marketplace.  Creative content from a global community of artists can be found online and can be purchased in the form of art, home décor and stationery directly to consumers.  Minted not only allows you to be creative, the site offers challenges that are open for submission and voting which makes Minted. unique in that it gives an additional option for creators.

Photo by: Honey Kaho'ohanohano
Photo by: Honey Kaho’ohanohano

 

Started by Mariam Naficy in 2007, Minted held their first design challenge with a save-the-date card design competition that attracted 66 entries.  Now a few years later and thousands of design and art entries, the company has expanded into the art business and home décor business and their products have now reached 40 million homes Worldwide.  Founder Mariam loved art & design after seeing a variety of types through out her travels as well as those created by family members and for this reason, she wanted to have the hidden creative talent of those around the World accessible to consumers.

Use inspiration from the available artists or create your own artwork with an easy to use interface via Minted’s online site.  As easy as uploading your own images, adding text and purchasing, everything about Minted provides you with an ease of use, quality product and a plethora of art work to decorate your home, office and everything in between.

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Minted.com is the perfect solution if you’re looking to give a house warming gift.  How great would it be to offer the new home owners a personalized gift for display.  Newlyweds and newly engaged couples will love this option as well.   If you are an artist, photographer or someone who just loves art, Minted is a site that I know you will love and if you are anything like me, you’ll be spending hours going through all the options available.

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Image by Minted.com

Minted is not just for photogs alike.  Get great DIY tips for your special events or day to day as well as fun items to add a little spunk to your everyday.  Complete your party with favor bags, straws and all the fun decor you need to make a simple party an absolute blast.  From stationery, invitations and announcements and decoration, Minted offers more than you could ever imagine.  After hours of browsing through Minted’s website, I have yet to discover everything it has to offer.  You will be amazed at everything available and how much you can customize.

Check out Minted.com for all the fun and inspirational ideas for your life and everything in between.  Have you heard of Minted before?  What do you think about sites like these that offer you a creative outlet as well as inspiration?

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As a child, the holiday season was always my favorite time of year… and it still is.  The scents of delicious food cooking all day, pies and sweet delectable desserts, coffee and teas and everything in between.  Many scents also evoke the memories of my childhood, reminding me that while we didn’t have any money growing up – my parents always made this time special for us and I do my best to translate those memories in our family traditions today.  Since we are still a few days away from really starting the 24 hour cooking sessions the holidays may bring, I love adding candles to our scenery to add warmth and a waft of scents in the air to get us a bit festive.  As a child we didn’t have many candles in our house unless the electricity was out because my mom lost her house to a candle fire when she was little and my siblings and I also have asthma and it made it difficult to breath.  Now that I’m older, I still don’t use candles often due to the asthma, but after trying these Old Factory Candles from the Coffee Shop Set, I’m definitely impressed.

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Each Old Factory candle is handmade in the USA and retails for about $30 (currently on sale for $25.00) for a set of three candles. Available in 12 sets – I got Coffee Shop which includes Coffee Bean, Hazel Nut and Chai Tea.

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Each candle is made of natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks and pure fragrance oils.  Candles are guaranteed to burn clean and even and true to scent for 20 hours.  Since the fragrance oils are pure, you may notice that the scent is not as strong as a traditional scented candle (or at least that is my opinion – but I’ve been sick lately so it could just be that I’m stuffed up) though I don’t think that to be a bad thing since I like a light fragrance, not something to overpowering. I am definitely loving that the candles are burning evenly which makes it easy to light.  Each candle is of white wax and labeled with the designated scent at the bottom of the jar.

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Since my family and I are asthmatics, we do not burn candles in our house very often due to the lack of oxygen that can be in the air while the candle is burning.  It is however something we enjoy to do during the colder months and holiday season since it not only makes the house smell yummy but it also adds an essence of warmth to the home.  I have been enjoying the clean burning of these candles and noticed that my family did not have issues with breathing while we had a candle lit.  The scent lasts and I love the light scent of coffee, hazel nut or chai tea through out the home.

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With a variety of fragrances from sexy and sultry to holiday themed and delicious delectables, you can easily find a scent range that will fit in your home and if you don’t have a fire place, this is a sure way to add a little warmth to your house.  I especially love the subtle jar as it will allow you to easily match this to any theme or home decor for any time of year.  Since you get three candles, this could easily make a great stocking stuffer or Holiday gift for someone who loves candles.

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Looking to give the entire set away?  Simple tie a cute little ribbon or bow around the box and your set to go.  The box holds all three candles snug and ready for gift delivery.  I personally use the box to store my candles when they are not in use, since I don’t like to keep candles around because the twins are so young I would rather keep it out of reach.

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Have you tried Old Factory Candles before?  If so – what is your favorite scent from this brand?  If you haven’t and love candles, comment and let me know what your favorite candle scents are.

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It’s absolutely too cold to be going out for a run or dressing up to go to the gym… or at least that is my opinion, lol.  But, while it’s too chilly we shouldn’t neglect our exercise, or family time for that matter.  Since the boys and I tend to be on our own while my husband is at work we find ourselves exploring or often times going on walks, but the colder months make it a little more difficult.  Well, luckily we have a little fun and easy way to get our exercise in as well as family time.  One of our favorite workouts comes from moving along with the Just Dance 2015 Game for Wii.  Since my family loves music and loves to dance, this is fun in a case and we love it.

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Just Dance 2015 is the perfect game to get the whole family up and moving. With a fresh tracklist of more than 40 of the hottest hits and throwback tunes, there’s something for everyone! Players can dance along to hit songs like “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, or classic favorites like “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith.

As a family we have really enjoyed the Just Dance games over the years and were super excited to get our groove on to the 2015 game.  In our opinion, while each song is definitely a hit and gets our heart pumping and our bodies moving, a few of our favorites include:

  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Rount (Like a Record) *A Personal Favorite since that is from my “Dancing Queen” era. lol
  • Maroon 5 – Maps
  • Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora – Black Widow

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Since all three of my children love to dance, just like their parents – when the disc gets put into the game console, everyone eagerly awaits their turn and then goes for it when it’s their time.  My ten year old loves the music selection since many of the songs are popular with he and his friends and the twins, they just love to rock out – dancing the night away while we all get some extra exercise in and our body moving for some extra cardio.  Just Dance 2015 is a great way to get the entire family on their feet for some exercise in disguise—have fun while burning calories!

Just Dance 2015

The Just Dance 2015 release includes new songs and fun wacky choreography to keep you moving and dancing to the beat of your own drum… but most importantly, it’s fun and keeps us active during this time of year when going out to play is not as feasible.

To bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention Month, Just Dance 2015 and Stomp Out Bullying have partnered to show people everywhere that “it’s okay to dance to your own beat!”

Purchase Just Dance 2015 available now on Amazon for Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.  Depending on your system and console, pricing can and will vary.

Get your fun and dance on with your family and friends and dance to the beat of your own drum with Just Dance 2015.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

I’ve done posts and tutorials on my homemade alfredo sauce many times, but I have never talked about my easy One Pot Chicken Alfredo.  Being a mom of three very active and hungry boys pasta is probably a favorite in our house…. whole wheat pasta, regular pasta, macaroni, rigatoni, penne, spaghetti… you name it – we love it.  While I love to cook and take pride in my recipes and meals, I would be lying if I didn’t experiment from time to time to try making an already fast meal – even faster.  Today I bring to you my One Pot Chicken Alfredo with Spinach and Mushrooms.

This meal will take you from pan to table in 30 minutes or less and what I love so much about it is everything will cook in just one pan or pot.  Pair this recipe with your favorite side dish, salad or in our case – the boys just wanted a cheese biscuit.  Want to know how I created this super easy dish…?

Let’s Get Started…

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Start with your chicken.  I used boneless skinless chicken thighs because they were readily available and on sale.  You can use chicken breasts which is what I usually use.  Brown the chicken or cook them on medium high heat until the chicken is cooked.  I saute the chicken in coconut oil (extra virgin olive oil works too) and I also add in some minced garlic and sometimes chopped or minced onions.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Since we are using chicken thighs instead of breasts, your pot will naturally develop it’s own chicken stock.  Pour out the stock if you wish or you can flavor this one and use to complete the dish.  I sprinkle in some dried parsley, dried basil (or fresh basil if you wish – but that goes in with the veggies), garlic salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and oregano.  What ever seasoning you wish to add – this is the time to do it.  Turn your pot down to medium and let your stock develop it’s flavors… I usually leave it for about 2 minutes.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

While your stock is developing flavors with your chicken, now is the time to prep your vegetables.  This is my favorite part because you choose what you want to add.  Mushrooms and spinach is a popular choice in our house.  This is also the time I would choose to prep my fresh basil as it will go into the pot the same time as the vegetables.  A few favorites of mine that you can also add in the pot would be… cherry tomatoes or sundried tomatoes, olives, kale, asparagus, broccoli – pretty much any of your favorite veggies that you think will go well with alfredo sauce.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

With the chicken and the stock at the bottom of your pot or pan, add in your pasta of choice (dry of course), spinach, mushrooms and other vegetables you are planning to have in your alfredo.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Add water to your pot so that it covers your ingredients and bring up to a boil – I usually will turn the heat up a bit back to medium high and will leave the pot boiling for about 5 minutes and then lower to medium heat the rest of the time.  Total cook time to cook your pasta will vary but usually that is the time you will cook what you have in the pot.  This specific organic pasta takes nine minutes to al dente – so that is how long I cooked everything for.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Once the pasta is cooked to the right al dente, I then drain the pot of excess liquid though usually you will only be removing about a cup or so of liquid since the pasta will soak up quite a bit of it as it cooks.  Turn your pot down to low heat.

Add in your heavy cream.  With a large pot as I have here I usually use about one cup of heavy cream to 1 1/2 cups.  I also season with a little nutmeg and then add 2 cups of shredded Parmesan cheese.  While on low heat I will stir and combine all of the ingredients until they are well coated with the heavy cream.  The cream will also start to thicken.  This will take just about 2 minutes, so do not leave unattended. Turn your fire down to simmer or the lowest possible heat and get ready to serve.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo Recipe

 

And dinner is served!  Like I mentioned before serve this up with your favorite salad or veggie sides.  My sons love to eat pasta along side pizza or sometimes the simplest way is to bake a few biscuits and put that on the plate with the pasta.  From start to finish including prep time, you should have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes or less.

I hope you enjoy this really easy recipe and if you try it – definitely let me know.  Happy Eating!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken breasts or boneless skinless thighs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 box or package of pasta – your choice (uncooked)
  • 1 – 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 – 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 1-2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • seasoning / herbs to taste

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