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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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

EASY Highlights for under $10?!? WHAT?!?

Can you can get highlights at home, EASY, for under $10?


Let me introduce you to a new product I found and tried out.
You see, I spent a few months in South Florida and got a NICE tan. My hair even lightened up a touch. I thought it might be fun (and a change of pace) to get some highlights to go with said tan. However, I am not one to go spend $40 on touch-ups every month, so I figured highlights were out of my league.

Monday, August 20, 2012

6 Reasons I Don't Like My Sleep Number Bed

I've had my queen size Sleep Number bed for a year and a half. In that time, I've come to realize a number of things about my bed that I wish someone had told me before I sunk big $$ into it. I reckon it might be nice of me to share it with ya'll so you can be aware before you make a decision whether or not you want to sleep on it for the next 10-20 YEARS. Yes, the life expectancy of the Sleep Number mattress is 20 years. That's a big commitment. 

Before I get into the details, you need to understand that a Sleep Number bed is a glorified air mattress with 2 separate air chambers. Do you understand the way an air mattress works? Then you will "get" my explanations below quite easily. If you aren't familiar with the functionality of an air mattress, you may need to stretch your imagination a bit to fully comprehend my reasons.

It's also important that you understand this bit of important info:
If you like your mattress softer, then you must have less air in your side. If you like it more firm, then you will have more air in your side. That's how it works. I prefer mine a medium softness/firmness. Maybe a touch more on the soft side. So I have mine somewhere about 1/2 to 2/3 full of air, I suppose. We didn't opt for the more expensive Sleep Number bed that has the digital readout which tells you what number you have yours set to (1-100). So we have no idea what "setting" we fancy. We just air it up/deflate it until we find the setting that feels right. Now, on to my reasons.

Here are 6 reasons I wish I had not bought it.

Monday, August 13, 2012

How I Cover Up Sunspots And Freckles (Mostly!)

Despite my best efforts (Neutrogena Age Shield Face 110 spf), I spent so much time in the sun this summer that a whole new crop of freckles and sunspots were born. I'm not real happy about that.
I want to cover them up. That's just me. You can love your sunspots & freckles all you want to.

I began to search for a medium to full coverage foundation on the pages of my fellow beauty blogger's sites. Several kept popping up, but one in particular got loads of raves, even if it did get a few rebukes, too.

ColorStay by Revlon.

And at drugstore pricing, I could afford to try it out without it being a huge loss if it didn't work out for me.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

$25 Sams Card Giveaway/BIG Box Tops for Education Opportunity

I have a wonderful opportunity to share three things with you that I value:

1) A Giveaway! Who doesn't love to get free stuff? And I love to give AWAY free stuff like a $25 Sam's Club Gift Card this time.

2) Sam's Club. I shop Sam's Club several times a month. With 6 people, one who starts college this month (!), saving money is essential and Sam's Club helps me do that. I save on lots of things at Sam's. A few of my faves to save on: toilet paper, cat food, milk, eggs, fresh veggies, coffee flavoring syrups and "freezer convenience foods", such as Totino's Pizza Rolls.

3) Education. I believe strongly in a great education. We homeschool and our co-op has a General Mills Box Tops for Education (BTFE) account, just like most public and private schools. I actively seek to buy items that have BTFE on them, and I always cut and save them to turn in. I'll bet most of you guys with kids (and some without) do, too. Otherwise, it's like you are throwing away FREE money. Who'd do that?!?! And right now you have BONUS opportunities to get BTFE at Sam's Club. Let me share them with you below.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Crayola Summer Fun Giveaway Winner!

A big congratulations to
Amanda W.

Her  "Follow @Crayola on Twitter" entry was the randomly chosen winner.
A big "Thank You" to MyBlogSpark and Crayola for this wonderful prize package.

If you didn't win, no worries...
there's always another giveaway just around the corner
here at The Real Mom Review.

Next up: $25 Sam's Club gift card.
I know I LOVE to save me some money at Sam's!!

Disclosure: The information, products and additional Crayola Summer Fun gift pack was provided by Crayola® through MyBlogSpark. My opinion, however, is always my own and represents my honest assessment of the products.