Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nerd Block JR January Unboxing

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I received samples for this review/feature. All opinions expressed are my own.

A few weeks ago, I unboxed December's Nerd Block JR box and you can read about that right here.
We weren't actually around when the box showed up, Christmas and all, but this month my son has been counting down the days until the boxes usually ship, usually on the 15th, and then patiently watching the mail truck each day. The anticipation is probably one of the best parts of these monthly subscription boxes! As the company is out of Canada, our box take a few extra days to get here because of customs, but Sonshine finds it worth the wait!

So without further ado, January's Nerd Block JR box:

Compared to last month's, this month was pretty awesome! Six items went into this box, most of which were surprises until you opened them! Sonshine loves the mystery items, so he slowly opened each! The Mashem in our box held a squishy Bumblebee from the Transformers franchise. A fan favorite around the house. The Kre-O Mini Figure was from Dungeon and Dragons, so, it was a bit of a bust since he has no idea what that is, but it was nice to add to our mini figure-building collection regardless. I threw the Avengers Assemble First Aid Kit into our car bag, since someone is learning to ride a bike, the antiseptic wipes will come in handy I bet!

Johnny Test! We just recently discovered the show and he was pretty thrilled to get not one, but two vinyl characters, especially when one was uncommon! The kid is all about the hard to get things already! 

Inside the Gacha balls were Harry Potter inspired figures. We just happened to get the happy couple of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly in his variant form. I'm a huge fan of the books and my husband loves the movies, so they're nice figures to add into the mix!

Hurry on over to the Nerd Block JR page to start your subscription today, so you can get a fun box delivered to your door next month! They're available in both 'boys' and 'girl' boxes!

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Gold Elements make your skin feel like a Million Bucks!

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

The older I get the more I feel taking care of my skin is super important. At a young age all I remember is wanting to be tan. Not realizing the consequences and what it would do to my skin I would lay out and not use sun block, for hours...boy was I uneducated and naive. I wish I would have listened.

I have many products I use now that I'm older and a little more aware of what the sun could do to me, so I use great SPF moisturizers and SPF foundations. The moisturizers I use at bed time I feel I can "splurge" a little more on, because at night while we're sleeping our skin repairs and restores the damage that we've done to it throughout the day. 

So today I am going to share with you a "splurge" item I think would make you feel like a million bucks. An item that you could add to your nightly routine and truly restore your face.

This product is D'or Facial Cream by Gold Elements. Gold Elements is the most luxurious and glamorous gold cosmetic products available today. 
The GOLD ELEMENTS line offers advanced and effective cosmetic treatments and customized facials, giving an over all treatment to the skin. It also aids the reduction of wrinkles and helps brighten the complexion. Inspired by advanced cosmetic research it contains effective age defying ingredients combined with trace elements of gold to give a youthful appearance to your skin.
For over thousands of years, genuine gold has been used in all cultures to glamour the human body. Long admired for its ability to remain unchanged and untarnished by time and environment, pure gold endures as the ultimate natural element. Gold continues as a source of inspiration, artistry, creativity, charisma, and of course, enduring love. It sustains our senses and fires our imagination. The GOLD ELEMENTS line of products brings all these magical assets directly to you, in unique, active skin care applications.

I have been using the D'or Facial Cream for a month now and I'm truly hooked! This cream helps re- balance the skin, leaving it feeling smooth, refreshed, and healthy looking. 

Since the products contain elements of 24k gold you may be wondering what the benefits of this may be? The gold particles help quicken cell renewed for radiant glow,  increases the oxygen and blood flow to the skin, and boosts college and elastin production that helps firm and tighten the skin.

So if I recommend one "splurge" item for your skin I recommend Gold Elements! They have other products that sound amazing like their serums, toners and even Truffle Infusion! Wow! Head on over and see if any thing sounds right for you and make your skin feel like a million bucks!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes with McCormick® Skillet Sauces

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This article was written in partnership with Agency Moana for the #McCormickSkilletSauce campaign. All opinions are my own.

With all of these boys in the house, things like Sloppy Joes are a staple around here. We have them about one or two times each month and since they can easily and inexpensively feed a crowd, I serve them at our gatherings from time to time. But I've got a new take on Sloppy Joes thanks to the new McCormick® Skillet Sauces that recently hit store shelves. It's a perfect blend of sweet, smokey and bold all mixed into one and let me tell you, these Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes sure do tantalize my taste buds!

McCormick® Skillet Sauces are available in 7 delicious varieties and all you have to do is add your meat and veggies. It really doesn't get much easier than that!
  • Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon: Whip up a quick and easy weeknight chicken dish with smoky BBQ flavor.
  • Taco with Chipotle & Garlic: Add a hint of smoky chipotle heat to your favorite weeknight tacos.
  • Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry: Classic flavors like ginger, garlic and soy sauce give you the perfect stir fry every time.
  • Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes: Barbecue flavor gives this classic American meal a smoky sweet twist.
  • Fire Roasted Garlic Chili: A robust combination of fire-roasted garlic and chili pepper boosts the flavor of this dinnertime staple.
  • Fajita with Roasted Chili, Garlic & Lime: Fire up fajitas with this sizzling blend of roasted chili pepper, garlic and lime.
  • Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic: Infuse Italian-style chicken and mushrooms with a savory blend of sweet basil and garlic.

I'm looking forward to trying each of these tasty McCormick® Skillet Sauces, but for now, I'm going to share with you how to make the Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes! You'll need 1 lb of ground beef, McCormick® Skillet Sauce and 5 rolls. I love to get fresh rolls from the bakery and toast them.

Start off by browning your meat until it's cooked thoroughly. Then drain the grease and add the Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes McCormick® Skillet Sauce. Stir well and bring it to a boil, then let simmer for about 1 minute. That's it, you're done. Pretty simple, right?

Spread some butter on each side of your rolls, drop them on the griddle and in just a few minutes you'll have perfectly toasted rolls. Load them up with the meat and you've got almost instant Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes. Serve them up with a tasty side like Tuna Salad and you've got the perfect lunch or dinner that your family is sure to enjoy!

What side dish(es)would you serve with Sweet & Smokey Sloppy Joes to make a complete meal?


Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program & Disney Pixar Merchandise

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

I've made it no secret that I enjoy helping others and even more than that, I love companies that give back to the community. That's why Kohl's happens to be one of my absolute favorite companies and I'm happy to shout it to the masses.

Kohl's gives back to our communities in many ways through Kohl’s Cares® and they're just announced the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program where over 2500 kids will be awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Each of these students will have made a positive impact in their community in some way. You can nominate a child you know who stands up for what's right and benefits their community. Kids ages 6 - 18 are eligible to be nominated for the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program by an adult age 21 or over.

But that's not the only way in which Kohl’s Cares® gives back to others. Have you ever been in a Kohl's store and noticed the racks with books, stuffed animals and/or other items right behind the registers? Well those products are part of the Kohl’s Cares® merchandise program and every penny of the net profit from the same of those items goes straight to wonderful organizations.

The current Kohl’s Cares® merchandise consists of the new Disney Pixar collection which is available in stores and online through April 4th. This collection will benefit children's health and education initiatives nationwide. There is a plush toy and book for Cars, Monsters, Inc, Toy Story: 2, Finding Nemo, Up and Wall-E; the later two available online only. The Disney Write-and-Erase Look and Find book completes this Kohl’s Cares® Disney Pixar collection.

I've spoiled my siblings and my own children as well as nieces, nephews and friends' children with items from Kohl’s Cares® for years and I will continue to do so because not only am I supporting a great cause, but I'm also able to pick up nice gifts for just a few bucks!


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