NYC Expert Last Lip Color In Sugar Plum, Review

This is another item that I wear daily, lipstick. Have I mentioned that I love getting beauty products in the mail from Influenster? Yes, of course I have mentioned it several times. I also love trying brands that I don’t normally use.

In this Influenster #FrostyVoxBox I received the following items free in exchange for my honest review:

*NYC Experct Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

*No7 Protect & perfect Intense Advanced Sachet Sample

*Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*EcoTools hair Brush

*McCormick Gourmet Thyme

*Fruit Vines Bites

So far, are you thinking that Influenster really knows what to send? I have been pleased with everything so far.

As I have mentioned before I wear makeup daily, regardless if I have appointments outside of the house or not. I have probably been this way since high school. This includes wearing lip stick, even if it took a little more time to apply once I got my braces. So I was excited to get the NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum to review. It went on silky smooth. The sugar plum color that I received was great and actually a color that I would actually purchase for every day wear, although I do wear lip liners daily with my lip sticks as well. The products says that it is long wearing, lasting up to 6 hours. I believe that this could be true, however I drink water (and tea) all throughout the day so it is not uncommon for me to reapply my lip liner and lip stick.

Do you wear lip stick? Is this a product that you would consider purchasing based on my review?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box NYC Expert Last Lip Color

Isn’t this a pretty color?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box NYC Long Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner, Review

Yet another beauty product review from Influenster. I have loved reviewing the #FrostyVoxBox items, especially with so many beauty products. So now it is time for something that I use daily; eyeliner.

In this Influenster #FrostyVoxBox I received the following items free in exchange for my honest review:

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

*No7 Protect & perfect Intense Advanced Sachet Sample

*Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

*NYC Experct Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*EcoTools hair Brush

*McCormick Gourmet Thyme

*Fruit Vines Bites

Influenster may be reading my mind when they get my box of goodies sent to me. I am not really that hard to please, but do love everything that they have sent.

I wear black waterproof eyeliner daily, so I was thrilled to get the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner to review. Its creamy formula went on smoothly. My eyes tend to water throughout the day and that leaves an unpleasant look when my eye makeup smudges underneath. I look more like a football player, and it isn’t a good look on me. So I was thrilled to try this eyeliner. It went on smoothly without having to tug. This eyeliner will require sharpening. I haven’t used this type in quite some time. It did seem to last throughout the day without running or smudging. I was pleasantly surprised. I will be looking to purchase this product.

Do you like waterproof eye products? Is this a product that you would consider purchasing based on my review?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner

McCormick Gourmet Thyme Seasoning, Review

I think I will break things up a bit and share with you about my experience with the McCormick Gourmet Thyme Seasoning. You probably thought that I would tell you about all of the beauty related items first! I’ll finish with those items in a bit, but if you love cooking and using Thyme you’ll love this review.

I probably don’t have to tell you that I love getting boxes of goodies from Influenster. Who wouldn’t love that?

In this Influenster #FrostyVoxBox I received the following items free in exchange for my honest review:

*McCormick Gourmet Thyme

*No7 Protect & perfect Intense Advanced Sachet Sample

*Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

*NYC Experct Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*EcoTools hair Brush

*Fruit Vines Bites

Influenster must know that I love to cook and wanted me to try the Thyme Seasoning. I did use it and in a new recipe at that.

With the McCormick Gourmet Thyme I actually tried a new recipe. I am sure that I have used Thyme in recipes before but couldn’t recall a specific recipe, so I tried a new one. I am always open to trying new recipes. Using Thyme added a warm, aromatic flavor to the dish.
Instead of sharing the recipe with you right now I am planning to share that in an upcoming post, but just know that my husband really liked it and wants me to make it again. I’ll give you a hint, it has chicken. It is a quick and easy recipe too!

Do you use Thyme when you cook? Would you consider using it now based on my review?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box McCormick Gourmet Thyme Seasoning

EcoTools Hair Brush, Review

I have already been able to share with you two of my reviews from the Influenster #FrostyVoxBox. So now I get to share with you about the EcoTools Hair Brush. I am still going to list all items that I received in the box. It is a great box of goodies.

In this Influenster #FrostyVoxBox I received the following items free in exchange for my honest review:

*EcoTools Hair Brush

*No7 Protect & perfect Intense Advanced Sachet Sample

*Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

*NYC Experct Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*McCormick Gourmet Thyme

*Fruit Vines Bites

I love that Influenster sends a variety of items, plus an added bonus is that I get things I will really use. Influenster is great at what they do and I love being able to work with them.

The EcoTools Hair Brush is great. I have purchased other EcoTools items previously. I feel that they are of great quality and value. This particular brush is not the type of hair brush that I use regularly but I did like it. It has bristles compared to the smoothing hair brush type that I normally use. It made me wonder if I have been using the wrong brush all of these years. This bristled hair brush was great, going through the hair without pulling the tangles, leaving my hair manageable. I have long hair so this is important to me. I would consider purchasing this brush in the future.

Do you use this type of bristled brush or would you consider it based on my review?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box EcoTools Hair Brush

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Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea, Review

In my last post I mentioned that I had received a box of goodies from Influenster. Who wouldn’t love getting a box of goodies, right?!

I love getting items from Influenster.

In this Influenster #FrostyVoxBox I received the following items free in exchange for my honest review:

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*No7 Protect & perfect Intense Advanced Sachet Sample

*Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

*NYC Experct Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*EcoTools hair Brush

*McCormick Gourmet Thyme

*Fruit Vines Bites

The next item that I will be telling you about is the Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample. I love tea. It can be hot tea or iced tea. It is definitely my drink of choice. But green tea isn’t something that I purchase regularly. So I was excited to try this green tea that had a candy cane accent. It is a great holiday tea. Notice I made it in my holiday snowflake mug! I enjoyed it hot and I actually really liked the hint of peppermint (candy cane) in the tea. I think this is something that I will purchase in the future. Now I have not looked for it in the stores yet, so I am not sure it can be purchased at times other than the holidays.

Do you look a good cup of hot or iced tea? Would you consider trying it based on my review?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Celestial Seasonings Tea

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Celestial Seasonings Tea 2

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Review

Influenster Frosty Vox Box

Last month I received a box of goodies from Influenster. I love getting free things in the mail to review. Often times they are items that I haven’t tried yet, and this is a great way for me to try them before I purchase.

In this Influenster #FrostyVoxBox I received the following items free in exchange for my honest review:

*Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

*No7 Protect & perfect Intense Advanced Sachet Sample

*Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

*NYC Experct Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

*Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Holiday Tea Sample

*EcoTools hair Brush

*McCormick Gourmet Thyme

*Fruit Vines Bites

I love that Influenster sends a variety of items, plus an added bonus is that I get things I will really use. It’s like they’re secretly living in my closet or pantry. It might be hard to review things that I am not interested in, but Influenster is great at what they do.

First I will tell you about the Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. That is the first item that I pulled out of the box. It just happened to be something that I was out of and planning to purchase. I had not used this specific eye makeup remover previously. I feel that it worked well and took off all eye makeup. However, even though it says that it will remove waterproof makeup I felt that it didn’t remove the waterproof mascara that I wear as well as I had hoped. Maybe it is because I apply my waterproof mascara in more than one application. It did remove it but I had to leave the cotton ball there for a bit longer than I normally do. Would I consider purchasing in the future, yes!

Is this a product that you would consider using based on my review?

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover

Influenster Frosty Vox Box Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover 2

The Ultimate DIY Bundle Is Here

Do you consider yourself a DIYer?

Do you find yourself drawn to Pinterest for DIY ideas?

I love to create, even more so when I am successful and can share the final results. But sometimes I need a little guidance and maybe fresh ideas. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? If you are like me, then you have good intentions but sometimes need a little nudge. Maybe you are looking for ways to cut costs when gift-giving, by making them yourself.

If that is the case, are you looking for more DIY tips, ideas, and suggestions?

These DIY tips, ideas, suggestions can be for anything related crafting, decorating, home décor, painting, photography (my son would be interested in the photography) just to name a few.

Well, I am excited to share with you The Ultimate DIY Bundle. Leading DIYers and Bloggers have carefully curated this library of 75+ DIY eBooks. This will be your new “go-to” guide for just about anything DIY. This could be the motivation that you need to be the next leader in DIY and crafts.

The Ultimate DIY Bundle that is only available for a limited time. And if you shop for any books on these topics then you know they can get costly. So The Ultimate DIY Bundle has so much to offer anyone that is interested in creating from simple to more complex. It is at the low price of $34.95, but don’t forget that this is only available for a limited time. Plus it comes with 4 bonuses and has a 30 day money back guarantee. Can’t beat that, right?!

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

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Lasagna Recipe, Red Gold Tomatoes Products

On January 13th, 2015 Red Gold Tomatoes launched a new campaign “Lasagna Party”!

That sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well, it is! For a couple of reasons. Their campaign is geared toward “Food Brings People Together”. So it is time to make dinner and invite the family and friends over. And lasagna is a great entree to serve, whether it is a family of 4 or more. Another reason that this is exciting is because Red Gold Tomatoes is having another Giveaway! I love Giveaways and I am sure you do too. So jump on over to the Red Gold Tomatoes FB Page and enter for your chance to win. The Giveaway runs from January 13th through February 3rd, 2015. They’re giving away 750 aprons and 6 gourmet Lasagna Party Prize Packs which include a Le Creuset Lasagna Pan (I’d love one of those, wouldn’t you?).

I have had the pleasure of working with Red Gold Tomatoes in the past and was thrilled when they contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I was interested in working with them again. Then with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the box was delivered and set aside. Then we had some family things going on which delayed me getting around to making a meal using the products that they sent. This week I finally pulled everything out of the box and made lasagna. We love lasagna!

The recipes that Red Gold sent to me this go around are the same recipes that I had received from a previous time, so I decided to use a recipe of my own. Of course, I did make a few adjustments even to my own recipe since I am using Red Gold Tomato products. I know they won’t mind!

I have probably used my lasagna recipe for 20+ years, but still don’t mind trying something new from time to time. I am fortunate that my family is open to trying new things too, even when they love the things that I already make.

Red Gold Tomatoes Lasagna Ingredients

Lasagna Recipe & Ingredients

1 Can Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes, 28 oz

2 Cans Red Gold Diced Tomatoes (Italian), 14.5 oz each

1 Box Lasagna Noodles, uncooked

1 lb lean ground meat, browned & drained

16 oz container of cottage cheese

2 Cups mozzarella Cheese, shredded

½ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

2 eggs

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp salt

1 tsp Italian seasoning

½ – ¾ cup water

Directions:

Brown the ground meat, drain.

Then add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and water. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs, and seasoning.

Pour enough of the tomato meat mixture to cover the bottom of a casserole dish (about 1 cup). Preferably one that is 13 X 9 or larger.

Then put a layer of lasagna noodles over the sauce.

Then put a layer of the cheese mixture.

Do this a couple of times, unless you end w/ a layer of the sauce mix and cheese mixture on top.

Then cover with foil and bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes, take off the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes (or until heated through and cheese is melted)

Tips:

I use the low fat cottage cheese, but you can use ricotta cheese

I suggest using a casserole dish that is a bit larger than a 13 X 9

If using this recipe, I would suggest using ¾ cup water. When using only ½ cup water it was a bit on the dry side.

You could sprinkler a little more mozzarella cheese on top, if desired.

This recipe will serve 12+ and is great served with a salad and garlic bread.

Red Gold Tomatoes Lasagna


In my Red Gold Tomatoes of goodies was:
1 28 oz Red Gold Crushed Tomato
2 14.5 oz Red Gold Diced Tomatoes, Italian
1 box of Creamette Lasagna Noodles
1 Red Gold reuseable bag, great for canned or jarred items, not pictured
1 Laura’s Lean Beef arpon, not pictured
Laura’s Lean Beef card, recipe, and coupon, not pictured
Lasagna recipes, not pictured

Red Gold Tomatoes Lasagna Products

Are you ready to make lasagna and invite your family & friends over for dinner? Don’t forget to come back to let me know how you like the recipe.

Fresh Wave All Natural Product, Giveaway

Fresh Wave Home

Have you ever heard of Fresh Wave? Have you had the opportunity to try it?

Personally, I have not tried the product yet myself, but a friend and fellow blogger that I really admire had the opportunity to try it & really liked it. So when Fresh Wave asked Brianna with Mending the Piggy Bank if she was interested in hosting a Fresh Wave Gift Giveaway valued at $50 she accepted. She was kind enough to ask if I wanted to participate in the Giveaway with her and a couple of other wonderful bloggers. I said “of course”! I love Giveaways & love even more when I can offer my readers an opportunity at winning something that may benefit them and that they’ll really love. Again, I haven’t personally tried the product but I do trust Brianna’s opinion.

If you’d like to read more about Brianna’s experience with Fresh Wave products you can read about that here Mending the Piggy Bank.

If you haven’t heard of Fresh Wave, then you are probably wondering “what is it”? Well, Fresh Wave is a natural odor eliminator that is safe and effective. It doesn’t mask odors with fragrances. Instead, Fresh Wave eliminates odors with plant oils and water, using no harsh chemicals. Since Fresh Wave is an all-natural product it is safe to use anywhere and around everyone, including kids and pets. Did I mention that it is non-toxic and non-hazardous? It is. Does any of this sound appealing to you?

Even as hard as we try, we all have smells. It may be from frying up catfish for dinner, smelly teenage boys, pets, or any number of other reasons. For myself, I don’t like using the air fresheners that can cause problems with allergies and asthma, so this sounds like something that I may need to invest in.

If you have also thought a more natural odor eliminator would be more suitable for your family but didn’t know where to even start, now is your chance to try Fresh Wave. Register here for your opportunity to win a Fresh Wave Gift valued at $50

There are a few other bloggers included in this Giveaway, so please consider visiting their blogs and social media pages.

Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular

Have you ever wished that you could travel back in time? How about traveling back in time to live among the dinosaurs? Ok, realistically maybe only when you were a child unless you really love dinosaurs as an adult. But, I know that most kids (and some adults) would love to experience dinosaurs outside of a book or museum.

Well, now is your chance to experience life-like dinosaurs in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. But you’ll need to hurry because it is only through this weekend.

Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular
The additional show times this weekend are:

Friday, October 24 at 7pm
Saturday, October 25 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, October 26 at 1pm and 5pm

We had the pleasure of attending last night with free tickets in exchange for me spreading the word about the show. Now I love going to events like this and even more when they are free.

But, I have to say that my youngest wasn’t looking forward to going. Yes, he likes dinosaurs, but he is often hesitant to try new things or places. But I assured him that if he would just give it a chance he would have a good time.

As he watched & listened intently I knew that he was having a good time. In fact, so intent that he never even asked to get up for a potty break or a snack. Not once did I miss having to crawl over others in a mad rush to get to the restroom or have soda & popcorn sloshed over others as we got back to our seats.

It was definitely an attention getter for my son and it seemed that everyone around us was that intent on watching the show as well. Although, I will have to say that even though this show is certainly for any age, the babies may not be able to sit through the show, which is about an hour and a half long. There were a couple of babies that we could hear crying through the event. I wasn’t bothered by it but I am sure that the parents were frustrated with trying to keep them quiet until the end of the show.

The dinosaurs were definitely life-like in size, detail, and roars from the hatching of the eggs. I also love that the storyteller told of the dinosaurs and time period that they lived in. He was able to keep the attention of the audience, making it interesting.

Words from my 8 year old son: “I love the show. I thought it was cool. I am telling all of my friends and think they should go. I want to go again.”

Words from my husband (still a kid at heart): I thought how the narrator took the crowd from each type of dinosaur and time period to time period, he did a really good job. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we were walking in but once it started it was really cool and I’m glad that we got to go. The dinosaurs were a pretty good likeness of what dinosaurs would have looked like back then.”

And there you have it, 8 year old and husband approved! If you have the opportunity to go see Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular, we highly recommend it.

The additional show times this weekend are:

Friday, October 24 at 7pm
Saturday, October 25 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, October 26 at 1pm and 5pm

Are you planning to attend? Which showing will you be going to? I would love to hear back from you on what you think of the show.

I wanted to share some of the pictures from our awesome experience at Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular. I wasn’t able to take video or flash photography but did take some pictures with my phone, so they aren’t great but I think you’ll be able to understand we had a wonderful experience.

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Walking with Dinosaurs Collage

Walking with Dinosaurs Program

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