Stilettos and Diapers Reviews

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Delicious, Healthy and Right To Your Door

With the start of school, snacking around here is at an all time high. There are snacks for the lunch box, snacks for the pickup line and snacks when we're rushing from school to football practice, errands and more. When I'm home all day, I usually don't snack much. Now that I am heading out to school pickup, I find myself rushing out last minute and grabbing easy snacks. I try to go for healthy ones, but lets face it. That isn't always easy. 

When I got my first NatureBox in the mail, I was hooked. You get carefully sourced and nutritionist approved foods right to your door. 
NatureBox has over 100 different snacks to choose from, all made with no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. 

I loved every one of the 5 items I got this month. But, there were 2 major winners. The Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops are little balls of goodness. Crunchy, sweet and salty at the same time. I just have to take a handful and walk away! They're addicting! 

And then my absolute favorite...Praline Pumpkin Seeds. I love Pumpkin Seeds and have tried all sorts of recipes to make them tasty. No more. I'll just buy these! They are amazing. 

When you join NatureBox, you'll get 5 different snacks each month. You can choose yourself, or be surprised! (But seriously, get the praline pumpkin seeds!)

Interested in getting some delicious and healthy snacks right to your door? Click here to get 50% off your first month’s NatureBox delivery! ($10 value) using promo code: SNACKTOSCHOOL

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Vacation Entertainment and Beyond: LeapPad3

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with LeapFrog and MomSelect. All opinions are my own.

Anyone else have electronic loving kids like I do? They love playing games on our phones and iPads, but it's always scary to me what they can quickly find online that isn't good for them. Before we went on our cruise a couple weeks ago, I got this LeapPad3. I knew we would need some distractions since we would be traveling in the car, eating in a restaurant every meal and waiting in some lines. The LeapPad3 did the trick!
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First, there are personalized profiles for every child. That means they can both play the same games, but keep track of their own progress and learning within their profile. And my is this nice when you have a 6 and 2 year old. The 6 year old cares about every score and level, where the 2 year old just wants to undo it all.
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If you have any of the LeapFrog DVD's, you'll recognize some of the learning songs. Our favorite? Punc, punc, punctuation. 
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There are several built in apps for music, games and learning. There is also an app store, where you can buy eBooks, videos, games and 800+ educational apps fit for your child's learning level. The parent settings allow you to control what is bought as well as what is seen over wi-fi. Yes, it is wi-fi compatible and only allows age appropriate videos from the web. 
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One of my favorite features, is the built in camera. You can take photos and video, as well as selfies while relaxing in the Caribbean. 
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And pictures of your little brother right out of bed. These pictures can then be decorated and edited to make them their own!
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As you can see, the LeapPad3 was very handy on our vacation. I love that it wasn't just entertainment, but that my boys are learning math, reading, writing and more from it!

If you have a little electronic lover, the LeapPad3 is sure to make them and you both happy. With LeapFrog's durability, we were able to carry (and drop) this thing all over our vacation without a problem. The LeapFrog3 5" touchscreen tablet has a retail value of $99 and is available in 3 colors. I would definitely recommend it to those of you with young kids!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Beauty: Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

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Today, I'm talking all about summer beauty for your hair and skin! One of my favorite was to care for my skin is one of my most recent finds. When I was in Georgia visiting my family, my sister convinced me to try her shaving cream concoction. A blend of sugar and coconut oil that she uses it for shaving her legs. I've since whipped it up for myself at home and am using it as not just shaving cream, but a really awesome sugar scrub, too. 

I love using sugar scrubs to combat dry skin. It really helps to buff away those dry flakes and when you use it for shaving, you're just scraping even more away. 

Here's how it works: 

1 cup of coconut oil 
3/4 cup white sugar

Mix together in a container with a lid. A mason jar works perfectly! After a little time in the shower to let your pores open up, rub a small handful in between your palms to melt the oil a bit, then scrub away. When using as a shaving cream, you will have to rinse your razor every few passes from all the dry skin being removed. Just make sure you rinse the shower out well after you're done since it can get a little greasy! 

Now there are some other products I swear by in the summer time! 

Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist
This one isn't just for summer time. I use it all winter long and then just a little in the summer for areas that didn't get so much tan. Like my back. I really need to work on laying on my stomach sometime! 

Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hair Spray
Y'all, this stuff smells amazing! It keeps a curl in my hair (not easy to do!) but doesn't get it crunchy at all. 

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion
Sunscreen? Shimmer? Lotion? Sold! This sunscreen gives you a little shimmer, while moisturizing, yet not making you look greasy. Win! 

Walgreens has a fantastic assortment of beauty products, perfect for completing your summer beauty collection. Right now, if you spend $20 or more on a beauty or personal care purchase at Walgreens, you'll get a Free travel-size make-up brush set! Visit here before you shop to try some of my summer beauty favorites for yourself! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The new way of shopping: #AmazonCart

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Have y'all heard of the new #AmazonCart collaboration between Amazon and Twitter? In a nutshell, it allows you to reply to any tweet that contains an Amazon link and the product ends up in your cart. Cool, huh? 

Now you may be thinking, why not just go to amazon and shop for what I want? Well, you can. And you, of course, still have that option. But, I love Amazon's flash deals and I'm constantly missing them. (Probably because I'm busy on Twitter.) I love that I can see a tweet, reply with #AmazonCart and the item is ready for purchase. I don't have to go searching for the item, it's already in my cart and all I have to do is checkout! And on top of that, it's just plain fun! 

Honestly, when I tried it for the first time, I was confused. Tried to add a cool phone charger to my cart and ended up with a nice tweet back from Amazon saying my account wasn't set up. This video cleared things right up for me to easily link my accounts and get to shopping! 

Over the past few days, I've bought Rubbermaid containers (huge deal on a flash sale!), baby wipes, socks for the hubs and packaging for my boutique. It's so nice to have the reminder of things you need, while you're on social media.

Here's a look at how it worked for me. 

Isn't that tweet back to you so cool? A little reminder to go buy your goods! 

This was a little different situation. I replied #AmazonCart for a flash deal on a Rubbermaid storage set. Amazon replied back that the item was no longer available, which happens sometimes for flash deals. BUT. When I went to buy the diapers, it was in my cart! Wahoo!!! 

After the tweet, all you have to do is go to Amazon and checkout. Of course, I used my Amazon Prime account! I can literally get things I need delivered to my door before I can schedule in a run to the store. It's amazing. 

You can share on Twitter about your purchases, making it possible for your friends to buy the same things you do. Something you love on an Amazon deal? Tweet the link to share it with your friends! 

There are several Twitter handles you can follow for Amazon, including @amazon, @amazondeals, @amazonfashion and @amazontechdeals

Happy Shopping! 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Teeth in Training

Did you know brushing should begin as soon as your babies first tooth comes in? I totally didn't with my firstborn. 3 months into motherhood, I was still busy trying to get into routine and back to normal. By about 5 months or so, I realized we needed another toothbrush in the mix! Luckily, with baby #2, we were well prepared when that first tooth came in. 
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Callan thinks brushing his teeth is so much fun, especially when big brother is brushing his right next to him. He loves stand on the stool, even though he can barely see over the sink. He also loves to brush himself. I take a turn, then he takes a turn. Making brushing a fun routine is essential to keeping your kids teeth healthy! photo 7cf1925c-845e-4d1d-a1c8-500a296952b8_zps2bc1e629.jpg
Fluoride-free and safe to swallow (when used as directed), you can feel good about your little one using Aquafresh training toothpaste. With no artificial colors or preservatives, it's a natural choice, too. It's all we've used for our little guys until they learn to spit and we have 2 little mouthfuls of healthy teeth!
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Have a baby 2 or under? Head over here for a coupon to try Aquafresh for your little one! 

Please use product as directed on label.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aquafresh through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Aquafresh, all opinions are my own.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Healthy Home with Ology

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Since moving into our house back in December, we've been cleaning things out, trying to get rid of stuff we don't need. We both tend to be "savers" and I don't mean that in a good financial sense kind of way. We've gotten to the point, after several moves, that we just don't want to move this stuff around anymore. We just want an organized, healthy home. We've been slowly but surely, weeding through unnecessary things and and giving things to people that may need them. 

In all of this cleaning out and organizing, I've been doing actual cleaning as well. In our quest to be eating as healthy and naturally as possible, I've been paying a lot of attention to chemicals and processed foods. Why haven't I been looking at the labels on the back of my cleaners? I'm wiping these chemicals on the counters that my kids pick up food from and the bathtubs they sit in. It's actually so gross! 
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After being introduced to the Ology line at Walgreens, I decided to give it a try. Now, Walgreens isn't somewhere that I would automatically think of as having natural products. Wrong. The Ology line is very large and has not only cleaners and detergent,  but paper towels, toilet paper and tissues. My store didn't have everything from the line yet, but they also make shampoo, hand soaps, paper plates, napkins and much more. 
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Ology products contain no ammonia, bleach, parabens, formaldehyde, artificial dyes or fragrances. The wonderful thing about these Ology products doesn't stop at their ingredients, though. They're tree free, not tested on animals and are cost effective. With these products I bought, I got $8 back on my Walgreens Balance Rewards card! 
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These products fit right into our goal of a more natural, healthy lifestyle. Sometimes, eating healthy is much more expensive than junk food. I didn't find that comparison with the Ology products. They are very comparable in price to other products I buy and the sales at Walgreens are fantastic. I so appreciate Walgreens for actually making it easy for us to care better for our bodies, our homes and our environment. 
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You can find Ology products at your local Walgreens right in the aisle with their counterparts. No searching around the store for a natural section. 
You can check out more about Ology products in this "Mom's Cool Things" video from Walgreens.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Make a Caramel Macchiato at Home {with Verismo}

Did y'all know that I used to be a Barista? Yep. Through nursing school, I wore that Starbucks apron proudly. I loved making fancy drinks, seeing regular customers and of course, drinking all that coffee myself. I loved that job so much, that after I graduated and worked as a nurse, I kept working there. I would open at 4am and do a 4 hour shift before my nursing shift started. It was awesome. Until I realized that I couldn't go on very little sleep anymore, no matter how much coffee I drank. 

10 years later, I'm still a huge fan of the good ole joe. But probably the last coffee drinker on the face of the planet to not have a single cup coffee maker. Until now. I just got the Starbucks Verismo brewer from Staples. And take a look, it's champagne! 
Caramel Macchiato with Starbucks Verismo
This beautiful little machine makes a darn good cup of coffee. The House Blend pods are my favorite variety for a good cup of coffee in the morning. 

But, the barista in me loves this machine for more than just a good cup of coffee. The Verismo won my heart when it gave me a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato at 7am, while I was in my bathrobe. See, the Verismo has Milk Pods and Espresso Pods that let you create a "fancy drink" right in your own house. 

First up, I bought a bottle of Starbucks Vanilla Syrup. It's the same thing they use behind the counter and it comes in a bottle big enough to basically last your whole life. Put a Tablespoon of that stuff in your cup and get to brewing. 
Caramel Macchiato with Starbucks Verismo

The milk pod actually makes the milk froth up a bit, creating a thin layer of foam on top. When the milk pod is done, run the espresso pod right on top. You know what's next. Ooey gooey caramel. You can use the stuff you find with the ice cream toppings, or make your own. Give a generous drizzle of that stuff over the top and you're ready to serve! Caramel Macchiato with Starbucks Verismo
At 7am, when I just finished packing lunches, fixing breakfasts and am about to start on the mountain of laundry, a fancy coffee is just what I need. And I love that I can make it now in the comfort of my own robe! 
Caramel Macchiato with Starbucks Verismo
Now that the weather is warming up, the Verismo would be perfect for an iced drink as well! Put your vanilla in the bottom of a 12 oz glass, as you would in a hot caramel macchiato. Fill the glass halfway with ice, then almost to the top with the milk of your choice. Brew one Verismo espresso pod and pour it through the center of your drink. Drizzle with the caramel and enjoy! 

I am so excited to keep trying new drinks in the VerismoI will also be impress guests this weekend with some coffee alongside dessert! 

I was given the above Verismo brewer by Staples in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.