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I received these pouches of Downy Fresh Protect Beads in my Influenster Goddess Voxbox.

We make our own laundry detergent (click here).  We don’t any sort of beads that make our laundry have any particular smell.  Putting these beads into our laundry was a good change.

One pouch is good for one load.

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I put the clothing into the washing machine and poured the contents of the pouch onto the top of it.

That’s all.

I didn’t add any extra fabric softener because I wasn’t sure if it was going to clash with the scent in the product.

Our laundry came out smelling so fresh and clean.  I really liked the scent of the beads BEFORE I put them into the wash, so I was expecting to enjoy the way they would make our laundry smell.

Overall, it’s a good product.  It’s easy to use, and my clothes came out smelling nicely.  There really isn’t anything else to comment on.  I do recommend this to others.

Fine print: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  I did not pay to receive them, nor will I be paid to review them.

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I got it!

I got my first VoxBox from Influenster.

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This VoxBox includes the following:

  • Downy Fresh Protect Beads
  • Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner
  • Always Radiant Feminine Pads
  • Nail Polish from the Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Satin Collection
  • Pantene Expert Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

I’m very excited to have these items and to test them out.  I hope I have a change to review all the items in this box within the given time frame.  I’ll be doing my best to take pictures!

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The reviews will start soon!  Stay tuned.

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The girls’ latest obsession is sidewalk chalk.

For $1, I purchased a pack of 12 pieces at Target.  I feel like ‘Super Mom’ because this chalk can keep them occupied for at least an hour, and I didn’t pay an excessive amount of money for it!

Yup, Super Mom.

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The girls love it.  The back yard concrete is full of colorful drawings and lines.  It’s really brought our backyard to life!

The Target chalk is great.  It gets the job done.  It’s chalk.

However, I found an old pack of Crayola side walk chalk that we received as a party favor years ago.  I brought that out to them for them to try.

Crayola chalk is vastly different than Target chalk.

Target chalk feels like, well, chalk.  Crayola chalk has a creamer and smoother feel.  It’s not a dry to touch.

Target chalk makes fainter lines on the concrete.  Target chalk makes chalky lines.  Crayola chalk makes darker, more pigmented, lines.  The colors are more vibrant and noticeable.  The chalk glides on the concrete in a creamier way.

But honestly, the kids don’t care.  Chalk is chalk, no matter what the brand.  They are having fun with both sets and can spend a whole afternoon out there playing and drawing.

I love watching them enjoy some time outside!

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I love to color.

I’ve recently discovered my love for Traveler’s Notebooks.

Combine the two and, “Poof!”  Yellow Paper House adult coloring books.

Yellow Paper House is an Etsy shop that specializes in various inserts for the Traveler’s Notebook system.  Visit the shop here for the full selection of items they offer.

Purchasing these coloring books were the first purchase I have ever made with this shop and I’m in love.

They offer three volumes of coloring books, but I decided to only get two because I wasn’t really into the third volume.  However, after getting through the first volume and working on the second, I’m definitely feeling the urge to purchase the third.

The paper quality is AMAZING!  I am currently using the Crayola Fine Line Markers to color in the book and there is NO bleed through or shadowing.  It’s amazing!  I’ll be posting photos of my colored pages in a future blog post about adult coloring.

For now, here are two examples of coloring pages that these books have to offer.

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This is from the Volume One coloring book.  Simple patterns.  Fun images.  I love it!

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I’m super excited to finally get into this book.  The patterns look so fun.  I could see myself getting lost in the pages and enjoying the coloring process.

Click here and here for the direct links to the coloring books.

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Do you know about Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector?

One of my friends downloaded it on her phone and told a group of us about how addicting this game truly is.  I’m always a sucker for a new app/game, so I downloaded.

Now you can call me the crazy cat app lady.

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That’s my little yard.

The premise of the game is simple.  Create a yard interesting enough for cats to hang out in.  These cats visit your yard and leave you fish.  They can either give silver or gold fish.  Those fish are currency.  Those fish are what you use to purchase new toys and furniture to entice more cats to visit.  And it just cycles on and on from there.

I recently earned enough gold fish to purchase the yard expansion which allowed me to get the inside of the house.

It truly was a happy day.

It’s also a very low maintenance game.  The cats only come when you leave the app.  You have to make sure that there is enough food for the cats to visit.  And when you pop back into the app, there could be cats there just hanging out.  You can also have rewards waiting for you, which are their gifts of fish.

Did I mention that these cats are all so super cute?!

It’s also a great way for M to play with cats and not have an allergic reaction.

WIN WIN!

Tell me what kind of game apps do you play with?  If it’s interesting enough, I’ll try it out and review it here too!

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I love Harry Potter.  I love coffee.  I love mugs.

When I saw this, I HAD to have it.

I loved it so much, I bought more than one and shipped it out to my brother, another Harry Potter fan!

The Pink Polk Dot Custom Creations is an only store found on Etsy.  Click here to go directly to the shop.  This shop has so many different designs on mugs and reusable coffee cups.  This shop even has glitter dipped items!

Glitter!

There is an endless selection of items in this shop.

The mug arrived packaged so secure.  It came in very good condition.  As you see in the photo below, the shop owner adds a bit of flair and fun in her packaging.  I totally loved the little purple tinsel.  It was such a cute way to make her packaging stand out from other shops.

Customer service is also excellent.  The shop owner responds so quickly and is so accommodating and friendly.  That personal and friendly service is why I love shopping small.

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I’ve already used mine several times, and I still get a kick out of it!  I absolutely love it!

To clean the mug, the shop specifies that it should not be soaked and should not be placed in the dishwasher.  These mugs are to only be handwashed.

Seriously, isn’t it the greatest?!

Click here for the direct link to the item.

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Supporting the small shop community has kind of been my thing lately.  I respect the hard work of every ‘momtrepreneur’ out there.  It’s tough working from home, juggling the kids, and trying to keep a business running.  I should know.  I promised myself I would try to shop small and from the handmade community as much as I can and that I will try my best to promote them in my small corner of the Internet.  So, here we go!

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This sweater is from Fresh Apparel.  They specialize in various sweaters, T-shirts, and tank tops for children and adults.

This has got to be one of my favorite designs they have.  I’m definitely ‘living that mom life’ and love wearing this sweater during these cool spring mornings.  It’s soft and super comfy.

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Yup, that’s me!

However, I do know that this sweater is a seasonal item for the shop.  I believe that by the time this blog post publishes, this sweater is no longer available until next fall.  I’m still featuring it on the blog because I would love for you to visit their website and check out all the other awesome items and designs they offer!

Visit them on Facebook at Fresh Apparel for my information about the shop and their products.  Don’t forget to visit their shop directly at Fresh Apparel.

Happy shopping!

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I like product reviews.  I rely on them heavily whenever I’m looking into something I’d like to try, such as hair products, facial care, food, and just about everything in between.

I’ve been a member of Influenster.com since 2012.

I’ll admit that I haven’t been very active in all those years.  In fact, I’ve only recently rediscovered the site and have decided to become more active.  In becoming more active, I increase my chance at receiving free products from them to try out.

This is where you, my lovely readers, come in.

I’ve struggled with the product review section of my blog.  I never know what to review.

With Influenster, I have the opportunity to be giving things to review, from food to cosmetics and whatever is in between!

Occasionally, you’ll see a product review on this page, and it may come from an Influenster campaign.  I’ll always make sure to indicate that in the description of the product.

I look forward to receiving items and giving my honest opinion about them.

If your interested in joining, you can click the badge on the sidebar of my blog page, or click on this referral link.

I’m so excited!

Oh, and I’ll also try to incorporate some product reviews that are solely my own, meaning I purchased the product and tried it out without any influence from any company.  I like sharing what I use on a daily basis and why I like using them.

I can’t wait to expand this part of the blog and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

The Target $1/$3 rack is amazing.  It’s got some pretty great little toys for a very reasonable price.  I use that rack to buy M some potty rewards (potty training.. a whole other blog post that I’m still trying to figure out how to put together..).

M earned a potty reward recently.  This time it was a Hello Kitty Imagine Ink activity book.

BENDON_26041_1361588351-1The image isn’t the exact book she played with.

She actually enjoyed this book every much.  She loved that she just needed one marker to color everything.  She loved finding all the hidden pictures on each page.  She also enjoyed how colorful everything was.  She enjoyed it so much, she finished the whole book in two days.

I loved that it was mess free.  The marker only worked in the activity book.  If she tried to color on other things, the marker didn’t work and it didn’t leave any unwanted marks on anything.  I loved how engaged she was every time we played with the book.  I loved, that when opened properly, the plastic holder the marker is stored in can be used to store the marker when not in use.  Less clutter for me!

I didn’t like were that the marker did have a little bit of a chemical smell to it.  I just wish it didn’t smell that way.  I also didn’t like that the marker was starting to dry out after the second day of using it.  Luckily, we finished the book in two days, but I’m not sure the marker would have lasted much longer had we decided to stretch out the fun and only do a few sheets a day.

Overall, it was a great $3 purchase.  She liked it so much, she asked for more of these books.  I’m definitely getting her more.

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M loves to sing.

As children, my brother and I had a microphone stand that we loved to use.  We used to get together with our cousins and have little concerts using the microphone.

Naturally, because M loves singing, she had to had one too.  My mother took to Amazon to find the perfect microphone.


Winfun Sing N Jam Platform

This is great. 

This is a stand-alone microphone that can get pretty tall.  It will definitely grow with M for several years.

At the base, there are four buttons that are sounds of applause, cheers, and some percussion.  There is also disco ball lighting that M loves.

The microphone is pretty loud.  The quality of the sound is decent, but it’s a children’s toy, so I didn’t expect super clarity.  There is also a bit of feedback that occurs if the microphone is tilted down or too close to the speakers. 

M LOVES this.. she totally jams out to her My Little Pony songs.  She’ll sing her favorite Strawberry Shortcake songs. 

I’ve been known to belt out a little “Let It Go” from Frozen with this microphone too!

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(Don’t mind the mess.. just focus on the cute kid rocking out on the microphone…)

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