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A real mom of 4 reviewing various products & services with honesty & integrity. From natural beauty products to household items to groceries - the truth - so you can save dollars, time & sanity. No flames, no games, just a real mom reviewing.

Friday, April 27, 2012

O! My Awesome New Mop (No, Not My Hair, Silly!)

I've owned quite a few mops over the years. I was ecstatic back in the day to get to trade in my old-fashioned sponge-type mop for the new Swiffer one. It was so handy, so quick and so much less icky.

But then, as I kept having to buy new pads and new spray stuff, over and over, I began to see the ridiculous outlay of cash it truly required. So, I saved up a little money and bought the Bona mop for wood floors. It had a washable pad and no spray thingy at all. I just had to put floor cleaner in a spray bottle with some water and spray by hand as I cleaned, tossing the pad in the wash afterward. I loved that I didn't have to keep throwing cash in the trash, literally. Alas, after a number of years it eventually broke.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Weapon EVERY Woman Should Have In Her Arsenal

I discovered something awesome in my April Birchbox.
For those who don't know, Birchbox is a subscription service that ships a small box with awesome beauty & fashion samples each month for only $10 (s&h included). The samples are specialty, high-end, and sometimes are actually full-size products. It's a great way to try out lots of beauty products without paying a lot of dough.

What did I discover that's so awesome?!? Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tape.

When I opened my Birchbox, I noticed the Fashion Tape Assortment Sample Pack, but didn't think too much about it. A couple of days later, however, I was getting dressed in my new lace tank top and noticed that the front kept slowly sliding forward, exposing more of my decolletage than I desired.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

How About A Great Foundation for Oily or Combination Skin?

I'm kinda' picky about my foundation. It's important because I think it sets the stage for all the other cosmetics we apply. It is the canvas we start with. What type we need depends on so many things that are unique to each of us: what does our bare skin look like, what does it feel like, how do we want it to appear in the end, or feel like after the cosmetics are on, what is our skin's age and problems...and I'm sure there's more.

All of which points us to the fact that choosing makeup is highly subjective. I may love something that works like a dream on me, yet it may do horribly on you and you promptly throw it in the trash. Because of that, I can't simply tell you a makeup is great and you should buy it. Beware of advice that tries to do so. It's a bit arrogant, really.

Better to tell all the little things you've figured out about makeup so that a person can try to determine if it meets their unique needs and desires. So that's what I'm going to do for you.

I'm reviewing Natureluxe by Cover Girl.
(I used #325 in Sandstone, by the way.)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Eat Italian! Giveaway Winners Announcement

We love winners!

Especially winners who get to eat Italian!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined me for this giveaway.
I have another one in the planning right now, so I hope you'll stick around and check back in often.

The following winners have been emailed:

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Thanks also to Johnsonville and to HouseParty.com for providing the giveaway prizes and the products which I reviewed. Thanks also to all my friends who came to my House Party and were my guinea pigs. Love ya!