Frosty VoxBox – What’s in the box?

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Here is another “What’s in the box” Influenster addition! It is my Frosty VoxBox I just received from Influenster. I love doing these “What’s in the Box” reviews because I know I am always curious when I see someone post something they received. I am one of those who like to watch unboxing videos and product reviews. I feel like getting a VoxBox is somewhat of an elite team, because it’s very rare that I actually get one. It’s like a flip of a coin. Anyway, I got this one..So here it is!

20141213_095315 Packed with goodness. Random goodness. Just the way I like it! Here is a car with the rundown;

20141213_095453 It might be hard to see in this picture, but here are the products up close and personal!


#1. McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme.

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I have to explain… I am SUPER excited to have gotten this. I have a cabinet FULL of seasonings of all types (literally.. I need an organizer of some sort..) There have got to be over 50… Funny enough, I do not… well DID NOT have Thyme in dry form! Crazy right? So this will fit right into my collection! Woohoo #Winning!


#2. Fruit Vines Bites – Strawberry

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This is going to go so fast in my house. My husband LOVES Fruit Vines, as does my 6 year old and myself. Not much to say about Fruit Vines except, if you haven’t had them yet, what are you waiting for?!


#3. Celestial Candy Cane Lane Tea Sample & Coupon

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I am a morning coffee drinker. I don’t usually have tea in my routine although I know it is good for you, especially in the Winter to warm you up. I think Candy Cane tea is a unique flavor and I am definitely going to be trying this sometime this week and reviewing it on Influensters site. If I like it, I’m excited that the 55 cent off coupon will DOUBLE to $1.10 off at my local grocery store!


#4. EcoTools Styler and Smoother brush

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This is a SCORE!!!! This brush retails for $10 in drug stores. It is supposed to help your hair to dry when brushing through it, and also the shape and bristles are supposed to stop extra damage and split ends. I am really looking forward to adding this brush to my hair routine. Currently I have a Conair flat brush, but I feel like I need something new anyway…


#5. Rimmel London Eye Make-up Remover

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 I wear eye makeup everyday. I am not a big make-up EXCEPT for my mascara and eye liner. Funny enough, I don’t use eye make-up remover ever. I think I have some type somewhere under my bathroom cabinet, but I just don’t ever think to use it. I know this is a great brand, so I may give it a shot but I feel like my full face make-up remover sheets work fine for my eye make-up so far. Anyone ever use this – comment below?


#6. Scandaleyes Black Eye Liner by Rimmel London

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If there is one thing I’m known for, it’s eye liner. I LOVE trying all types. I am usually OK with any kind for my lower eyelid as far as pencils go, so I know I will use this. I just hope it’s as good as my Urban Decay 24/7. This is a FULL SIZE by the way. SCORE again! #StillWinning


#7. NYC Lipstick in”Sugar Plum”

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I am definitely not a big lipstick wearing person. I love my strawberry chapstick and cannot live without it. I think that contributes to the reason I do not wear lipstick.. My lips feel dehydrated LOL. Since I rarely every wear it, when I do try it on, I feel like my lips look weird, or too flashy regardless of the color. But that doesn’t mean I am not a lipstick hoarder. This color is cute, and it’ll stay captive in my collection until I decide to go through the lipstick phase, or give it away..


#8. Boots No.7 Advanced Serum

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Apparently this product is all the rage in the UK. It’s supposed to visibly reduce even fine lines. I feel like they were a little skimpy on the package they gave. I know it says it is $22-$29 for a full size of this. The problem is, it says within 2 weeks to notice the difference, and I doubt I’ll get 2 weeks out of this tiny trial packet. There is a $2 coupon attached, but $2 off $29 not sure I’m all for that being that I’m not sure it’ll even do what it says. I feel like I’ve been fortunate to try a ton of creams, expensive name brand items that all promise extreme results in a short time, and not one of them has delivered fully. I am young, and some laugh when I say it, but I KNOW I have fine lines. Even if they are “Smile” Lines, I have lines, and I don’t want them.. I’ll give this a shot, for as long as it’ll last, and if I do see any results that are worth it I promise to amend this and review it.

That’s all for my Frosty Voxbox this Dec 2014. Some really cool stuff that I am glad to try and review for Influenster on their site.

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Telling Cigarettes to “Butt Out!” – My experience with quitting smoking…

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Tis’ the season for a new you. High hopes of kicking the habit for good for the new year.

I have tried quitting smoking before, but I didn’t know I wasn’t doing it right at the time. I tried quitting and succeeded once for 2 whole years…

Don’t you think I should have said I quit for 2 whole years instead of tried quitting? Well I’ll tell you why I strategically chose my wording on that, because it’s a big deal.

I’ve had numerous small attempts at kicking the habit. Going hours at a time cringing, forcing myself to stay out of the pack I had, only to fail a few hours later and give in. The first time I really tried to quit smoking, I found out I was pregnant with my first son. I knew I didn’t want to smoke while pregnant, even though my mother did with me, and her mother did with her, and so on. I knew they didn’t know better back then and that we know better now. I couldn’t find any reason that I should continue to smoke while pregnant, and I used it as an excuse to finally quit.  I tried Nicorette gum, and it worked a little bit, but I felt that I was still missing the physical act of smoking, so I put them away in the closet and gave up for now.

A few days go by, and one of the days, I woke up, saying this is the day. I remember it was some of the hardest days of my life. Wanting to pick up a cigarette and light it… but I did it. I put my mind to it, and I quit. Cold turkey. Or so I thought. I saved my last few cigarettes I had left in my pack, and kept them in my car. I remember that helped a lot. I found comfort knowing they were there if and when I needed them.

It was 2 years, almost to the day that I had stayed smoke free. I know I always wanted to smoke, and still continued to get the feeling of wanting to smoke but sticking to my secession. I wasn’t pregnant anymore, in fact, my son was 1 year old. I didn’t need to watch what I put in my body anymore, and work was getting really stressful. I had to fly alone for the first time for my job, and I gave in. I bought a pack of cigarettes, and once again, just like that, I was a full-fledged smoker.

That feeling once again of instant light-headedness with each pull of the cigarette felt so good and wrong at the same time. I knew I’d love smoking again once I did it, and I knew I’d almost instantaneously regret my decision as well. Why did I go back? What did I hope to gain? I mean, It’s been 2 years and I know I didn’t need it, but now I’d be a slave to the nicotine once again.

Fast forward 5 years later, and I’m still going strong as a smoker. Braving the Winters with standing outside just to get my fix of nicotine. I never smoked inside of my home I should mention, never near the kids. Every morning waking up coughing, saying that I can’t wait to finally quit smoking, and that today might be the day. In fact, I have vague memories of attempting to quit smoking even in my dreams but always failing and giving in.

It was November 2013, once again, I was determined to quit for good. I tried the brand new (at the time) vapor cigarette cartridges and for days, put myself through semi-withdrawal only to find out that they’re not much better for you. I was still a slave to the nicotine, and all I was doing was extending my habit.

I remembered that the Nicorette gum I had tried helped a little bit, and thought that maybe that was just the jump start I needed to really quit this time. I looked through my closet and found the almost full box.This time, I realized that there was a little paper in the box that should’ve been filled out. It said “My reasons for quitting are:” and had blank spaces after it. I looked at the side of the box and realized that the Nicorette gum had expired in 2011. I immediately figured it out. I had to put my mind to it and be stronger then the habit. I could only do it alone, and if I wanted to succeed in quitting, I couldn’t have a crutch like a vapor cigarette or gum.

I ripped the paper off of the box of Nicorette gum, and threw out the box. I filled the paper in and here is the exact paper and taped it to my cigarette pack. If I wanted to get a cigarette out, I’d have to rip the paper with my reasons for quitting on it. It was a subliminal message to myself that I’d be destroying that (literally) if I failed;

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It states my reasons for quitting.

#1. My Health, #2, My kids =)

Simple as that. My Health, so that I can be strong and healthy for my kids. 

As you can see, I still have this pack of cigarettes. I took this picture yesterday specifically with this post in mind. There are a few in there. The same few that were in there when I quit a year ago and I am damn proud. This time I know it is for good.

I specifically chose to quit before the new year, because it wasn’t just a resolution that I was going to be OK with if I failed. I wasn’t trying to quit this time. I was quitting. And I did.

Here are the steps that are a MUST to make you succeed in quitting in order;

Hint, its mind over matter – that is what these steps are about

  1. Quit for yourself. No one else. #1 needs to be for yourself which is why I chose #1. My health. It had to be for me so there was no excuse to ruin it. Subconsciously it was for my children, my family, but I wrote it as for me.
  2. TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW. Social media is a great outreach for quitting. Not only are you getting support from others cheering you on, you’re also feeling that you let everyone down if you fail, not just yourself.
  3. Write it down. You don’t need a fancy pre-made template from Nicorette to write down your reason(s) for quitting. Just rip a small piece of paper and write it.  Tape it to your pack so that you’d have to rip it open to get a cigarette.
  4. Be sure to keep some cigarettes. You CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT quit “after this pack” because mentally, you get nervous that there aren’t any there just in case, and you’ll buy another pack. I kept mine in my center console of my car, and even now they’re still there. I learned from the last time I tried to quit that it’s very important that they’re near to you always for mental reasons.
  5. Start fresh in the morning. You already have those sleeping hours under your belt. Lets say 8 hours for sake of this article. You already have 8 hours smoke free, so hour 1 awake will be 9 hours – you’re well on your way to 24 hours smoke free.
  6. IMPORTANT NOTE; If you mess up, even 1 puff, don’t lie to yourself. Continue smoking for the rest of that day and start over the next day when you can start with your sleeping hours under your belt. Nicotine physically stays in your blood stream for 3 days. You revert back to hour 1 even with that one puff of nicotine entering your body.
  7. Remember you WILL be uncomfortable. Don’t try to avoid triggers even with the first hour of quitting. Continue to drink coffee, alcohol, or whatever it is that you’d normally want to smoke with and don’t avoid smokers. This will help avoid future triggers when you’re placed in these situations.
  8. As you get the urge to smoke, use mouthwash. It’ll help keep your mouth occupied, and the mint flavor will make you feel at ease. Keep in mind the physical withdrawal urge to smoke will alleviate within 15 minutes and come back every hour.
  9. You cannot tell yourself you are “trying to quit”. There is no trying. There is only quitting or not. It is mind over matter. Your body is telling your brain to smoke. It is telling your brain it needs nicotine. Just like water, or food. It actually feels it depends on nicotine. Rest assured your body does not need nicotine. You will be just fine without it. After the 3 full days pass, it is just a mental withdrawal.
  10. Remember, you will still always crave the comfort of smoking. You were a smoker. You know you enjoyed it, it was comforting, it was a digestive assistant, and it was something to occupy your down time or social experiences.  Remember WHY you quit. Remember what you went through to quit.

It’s been 1 year for me that I QUIT. I am a non-smoker. I still think about smoking more often then not. I no longer have that horrible physical withdrawal, and it is a mental game, I know from experience I am no safe from it. If I were to even take  1 puff, it would catapult me back to the vicious cycle of being a smoker and wanting to quit. I know the statistics and refuse to be one of them. I know this time I quit for me and my children. Not an excuse, but I quit for my LIFE.

I hope that you can take at least some of my tips and some of my store to quit. I am here if you need help, or support. Please leave a message below if you have any questions or just need to talk about your experience.

Good luck! You CAN and WILL do it.

Please let me know if this helped you kick the habit and tell cigarettes to BUTT OUT of your life!!!!

“I See Me” Personalized Books for Children – Review

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It’s the holidays. Perfect time for this review of I See Me personalized books for children.

I have been wanting to do this review for a long time. If you need something for a Christmas gift, a birthday, a baby shower or congratulatory gift, or even just a special memory from mom and dad, I suggest you check out http://www.ISeeMe.com.

My son received a personalized book from my late great aunt when he was born in 2008. I was unfamiliar with the company, and was so excited to see his personalized “My very own name” book. Unfortunately, she had misspelled his first name, as there are multiple spellings of it. They had great, no, excellent customer service. She had called to explain the misspelling of the name on her part, and without any issues, they re-sent a new book with the correct spelling and said to keep the other book as well.

I kept the other book for him to play with and see the pictures, he was young and I knew it may get damaged throughout the years. I kept the new book with the correct spelling locked away with my other sentimental stuff. I pulled it out for this review. Of course I had to let my son read it now that he is 6 years old and reading on his own. He was so excited reading it seeing his very own name in this book. Here it is looking brand new!

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First, middle, and last name. That is what is in his book. You can choose if you want to omit the middle name, but I think it makes it more unique. It depicts a story starting with the date he was born. Obviously all of this information being is entered by whoever is ordering the book so be sure everything is accurate before submitting your order.

The story reminds me of The Lion King when the animals all come together to watch for the child being born to be held up. All having a part in the circle of life. The animals joyously give their reasons why certain letters should be used in the naming of the child, and that there is something special tied to each of them.

All books are unique and specially created based on the letters of the name and the book that you choose. I’ll get into the other options later on.

Here is some of the content in our book;

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They have since added tons of book options. There are princess themed books, as well as some that you get sent to you, have your child draw in them or write the content based on which book you choose, you send it back, and they will create it into an actual story. I am really looking forward to trying one of their newer books for my 3 year old. It is something special they can have when they’re older.

Another option is whether to have it sent in a gift box or not. Mine was in a gift box, and has a cute gold tie on it. I think it adds a little extra to the book, and makes sure it has somewhere safe to stay. There is an additional fee for the gift packaging of $5.95.

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When you first go to their website, you’ll be greeted with the option of giving your email address to receive future promotional information about them, as well as a 20% off coupon code to new members – which is awesome!

They have virtual book tours which can definitely be a plus. You can make sure the book is exactly what you want it to be for your unique child.

Here are some of the other examples of book options from their website;

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They are growing and are not limited to just books any longer. They offer personalized puzzles, story boards,  ornaments, coloring books, placemats, stickers, growth charts, and so much more! They also offer gift certificates which are great as a gift for any occasion.

They are a fairly priced in my opinion. Maybe a little pricey, but definitely worth it for the keepsake. Books run anywhere from $29 – $40 plus shipping depending on the options you choose. Remember, you can get a 20% off code for signing up, which will bring the price down a bit.

If you’ve gotten a product from I See Me, I’d love to hear your experience and what book you chose!

There are so many to choose from it is going to be hard to pick just one!

Influenster – what’s in the box?

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I got this Influenster voxbox in the mail today, and at first I thought it was the new Tresemme’ one that I am expecting. To my surprise it wasn’t! So what is in it?  Let’s check it out!!!

20141206_125408It was actually from the Neosporin brand badge that I won from getting the TLC Voxbox. It has a ton of full size products from Neosporin brand as a thank you for completing specific tasks.So exciting! Lets take a closer look…

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My kids are going to LOVE The Muppets band-aids. We saw The Muppets movie in the theater this past Summer, so my son is very familiar with them. Whenever I see Band-Aid I can’t help but sing the commercial song “I am stuck on Band-aid brand so germs don’t stick on me!”. I didn’t realize that they were the same company as Neosporin. Cool!

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What mom can live without this? The good ol’ normal, Neosporin. I always have some on hand, so this will certainly be put to use!

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I haven’t seen or used this product before today. Its an antiseptic foam made by Neosporin. It is made for kids and promises not to sting. I look forward to trying this out!

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A box of flexible fabric band-aids which are my absolute favorite (next to the antiseptic band-aids with neosporin built in the pads) so I am so happy these were included in this package. They’re so comfortable and stick on really well.

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The next item is Bengay “Zero Degrees” which I also have never used or heard of. It is a pain relieve that is similar in looksto a gel deodorant. It says you should freeze it after the first use, so I am not sure if it stays a gel or how it works. Still, it’s greatto have around just in case!

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Lastly, there is this Neosporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing cream. I haven’t tried this either, but I know it goes for about $12 at Walmart, even more at other stores. Hopefully it’ll help with my dry, cracked skin on my hands from this Winter already (and it’s only started!). This is definitely good to have this time of year.

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Overall, I am so happy about all of these products I received and I am thankful to Neosporin company and Influenster for choosing me as a brand badge winner!

Check some of these products out for yourself and check out Influenster.com

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