Michael Todd’s CX 35 Vitamin C Complex Plus Retinol Rejuvenating Serum #clearskin

Michael Todd has a great new product: CX 35 Vitamin C Complex Plus Retinol Rejuvenating Serum. Vitamin C and Retinol work together in this concentrated gel to correct uneven skin tone and texture. Plus, it stimulates collagen production. It’s special formula helps rejuvenate and smooth fine lines, correct dark spots and improve your skin’s texture.

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I have been using this serum for about a week and I absolutely love it! It goes on so easy and does not feel greasy or heavy. My skin feels younger and more elastic too! All you do is apply morning and night to clean washed skin. Plus, a little goes a long way! Just a small dollop will cover your entire face.

Key Ingredients:

Contains 5 of the most effective and stabilized versions of vitamin C available to correct uneven skin tone.

3-0- Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
Ascorbyl Glucoside
Sodium Ascorbate
Textrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
Ascorbic Acid

Contains stabilized concentrated versions of vitamin A to optimize product performance

Retinyl Propionate

Other Key Ingredients

Niacinamide – brightening capabilities to improve uneven skin tone
Rosehip & Pomegranate – antioxidant rich to fight free radicals
Macadamia Nut Oil & Vitamin E nourishing emollient rich to seal in moisture

Keep Healthy And Energized with You Plus Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Platform

If you are like me, you feel like you never have time to “get healthy.” With the stresses of everyday life, we often overlook what will help use feel and look better. When we are unhealthy, we can become even more stressed!

Introducing the You Plus Healthy Lifestyle Coaching Platform. This platform includes a new book, Reprogram Your Life: Bioscience of a Healthier You, a You+ interactive phone app, and a website. The platform was developed by a network of scientists, physicians and software engineers, led by Dr. Steven Willey, a weight loss expert and author of the book.

The Book

Reprogram You Life, by Steven Willey, is the perfect place to start for a healthier you. This book talks about why the YOU+ method works and then discusses the three pillars of the method: nutrition, exercise and sleep. Included is a YOU+ Food and Drink Plan as well as a exercise plan that includes strength training, aerobic exercise and core strength and stability. The author believes that in order for the plan to work, it must be simple. How often have you quit an over complicated diet or exercise plan? The nutrition plan guides you in choosing healthy choices and avoid sugary foods and drinks. However, the actual choice are up to you. You also work in a 1/2 day cheat period where you can have some of the foods you usually wouldn’t choose such as pizza or ice cream. The exercise plan gives you some easy exercise for home or gym.

Reprogram Your LIfe

The App

The App is called You+, but to find it, search using the term ‘youplus’. You will see a green, blue and yellow plus sign. The App is free and incorporates what you have learned from the book. There are three sections, just like the book. Create a login (free) and answer a few questions and you are ready to go. The workout section is my favorite. First it give you three goals for the day: Cardio, Resistance and Core. On my first day, my goals were 20 minutes of Cardio (my choice, such as walking), 13 different resistance exercises that had about 10-15 reps each, and two core exercises that included an exercise ball crunch and a dumbbell side bend. You do not have to do all of the exercises at one sitting and can split them up over the day.


The nutrition section of the app guides you through appropriate choices. There isn’t any calorie counting, you use your hand to give you an idea of what is the best portion side. There is a eating in and dining out section to help you make wise choices both at home and out and about.

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You are even presented with yummy recipes to make it easy to choose what to eat.

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The sleep section did not work on my phone. Perhaps it is a bug that will be fixed in later releases, but it always kicked me out of the app so I can’t review that section for you. However, I love the app so far! So easy to use and will definitely keep me healthier.

The Website

The website has an overview of the program. If you signed up with your mobile app, you can use the same username and password. It offers the same functionality of the app and the two sync with each other as well. If you mark off that you completed a specific exercise on the website it is marked as completed on the app and vice versa. On the website, I was able to view the sleep program which gives great tips for improving sleep time and keeping track of how well you are sleeping.

Author Steven Willey, MD says about the program: “You Plus is a comprehensive lifestyle improvement and support platform promoting the prevention of illness and encouraging the development of healthy behaviors. This healthy lifestyle system was developed by doctors for doctors, to help their patients and people everywhere. People especially love the app, because it is their anywhere, anytime nutrition, fitness, and sleep coach.”

Summer on the Go With Healthy Essentials #Moms4JNJConsumer #sponsored

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Summer is under way – but are you prepared? Now that the weather is warmer, my family loves to spend time outdoors and we are always on the go. That is way I am always prepared with a to-go-bag of necessities that we can grab as we head out the door. I have a mesh bag that I included all of the essentials that I need and I leave it right by the door (you probably do not want to leave it in the car due to damage to products by the heat). Of course, the best part is that I saved money by visiting HealthyEssentials.com to save more than $45 in savings this summer.

Healthy Essentials Summer To Go Bag

Here is what is in my to go bag (and how much you can save by visiting HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® and printing coupons):

  • NEUTROGENA® Sunscreen (save $1.00)
  • NEOSPORIN®,BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages, and BENADRYL® Topical (save $2.00 on three)
  • VISINE® (save $1.00)
  • PEPCID® (save $1.00)
  • LACTAID® (save $1.00) for my husband who is lactose intolerant
  • BENADRYL® (save $2.00) for my daughters who have allergies
  • MOTRIN® IB (save $1.00) for any aches and pains
  • AVEENO® lotion (save $1.00) for my dry skin

You will find many more coupons plus tips and tools perfect for the summer season. Learn summer hair how tos, the secret to glowing skin and even summer grilling tips. You’ll find the coupons below and more at HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®.

• Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (excludes trial size)
• Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages, BENADRYL® Topical or JOHNSON and JOHNSON RED CROSS® Brand products (excludes all trial and travel sizes, First Aid Kits, 10 ct Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, and On-the-Go First Aid Kits). Must buy (2) different brand products to qualify for this offer along with a third product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml
• Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser
• Save $3.00 on any (1) REMBRANDT® Whitening Kit or Strip or any (2) REMBRANDT® Whitening Paste or Rinse
• Save $1.00 on any (1) VISINE® product, 5 oz. or larger

What would you include in your Summer To Go Bag?

Too Faced Cosmetics: Mascara For Longer, More Beautiful Lashes

This is a Fashionista Events opportunity.

I was just recently introduced to Too Faced Cosmetics. They have a whole line of quality makeup that is perfect for any face! They just introduced a new line of mascara, check out the video below:

Better Than Sex Mascara is:

Film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear
Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place
Unique Peptides for the deepest, intense black possible
1,944% more volume*
100% saw longer lashes**
100% saw dramatic volume**
93% saw base-to-tip curl**
8 out of 10 say it’s the best mascara they’ve ever used**
Vegan Friendly
*results observed in a clinical study.
**results observed in a consumer study.


Renew Your Skin with Neocell Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

While we often think that creams and lotions are the only products that will make our skin look younger and healthier, we forget about one of the most important routines for beautiful skin comes from the inside. I have noticed that my skin looks better and feels better when I eat healthy and stay hydrated, however, sometimes I know I may be missing important nutrients.

Beauty Bursts are an easy way to get the necessary nutrients that your skin needs. Personally, I avoid taking some vitamins because the pills really upset my stomach. Not so with Beauty Bursts! Why? Because these nutrient packed chews are delicious. Instead of a pill or liquid, these little gems are chocolate mint flavored soft chews. Each chew contains:

Collagen Type 1 & 3 For Firm, Smooth Skin & Strong Hair & Nails
Hyaluronic Acid For Skin Hydration & Renewal
Vitamin C: Collagen Enhancer

Plus, the all natural formula is just bursting with flavor. Made my NeoCell, these Beauty Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients to your body. The Collagen Type 1 & 2 strengthens skin hair and nails, while the Hyaluronic Acid helps hydrate the skin. We all know that Vitamin C is a beneficial nutrient and it is also essential to boosting collagen in the skin. Between the ages of 25 and 30, collagen production begins to decline at a rate of about 1.5% each year. Beauty Bursts are a great way to replenish collagen!

I have been trying Beauty Bursts for three weeks now and I have noticed that my nails are definitely stronger (I tend to have really brittle nails) and my skin is looking firmer. Used along with my daily moisturizing routine, I believe these will make a difference in the look of my skin.

Beauty Bursts are available in Chocolate Mint, Fruit Punch and Acai Berry Flavors. NeoCell Beauty Bursts are available in more than 10,000 retail outlets, including CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe and most health food stores.

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oh-lief Natural & Organic Body Products for Baby

There are just way to many chemicals and other unnatural ingredients being used in products today! Have you ever read the label on some items and just can’t pronounce anything? I am especially concerned with some of the ingredients in baby products. I value natural and organic products that are made for baby, because I know that these products would be best for baby’s skin.

oh-lief makes natural and organic products for baby and mom too! Ingredients used in their products include olive oil, beeswax, evening primrose oil, grapefruit, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, tea tree oil, citronella oil, lavender oil, lemongrass oil, coconut oil, chamomile essential oil and baobab oil. These are the types of ingredients I love to see on baby products!

Some of my favorite products include:

oh-lief Natural Olive Bum Blam – This product is anti-bacterial and healing and is perfect for those nasty rashes that baby sometimes gets. Apply as a barrier after every diaper change. This product is certified organic and is made from cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, beeswax and lavender oil.


oh-lief Natural Olive Insect Balm – Summer will soon be here and then there will be those terrible mosquitoes! I certainly don’t like to use insect spray that is full of chemicals, especially on baby. Instead try this organic insect repellent. Apply small amounts to uncovered skin for protection against mosquitoes and insects. Made from Cold pressed extra virgin Olive Oil, Cold pressed Grapeseed Oil, Beeswax, Lemongrass and Citronella.


oh-lief Natural Olive Shampoo and Body Wash – This shampoo and body wash is gentle and organic and is made with olive oil, natural clay and a light scent of Roman Chamomile. It is also anti-allergenic and has relaxant properties to calm baby, naturally.


oh-lief Natural Body Lotion Grapefruit – My favorite product for mom is this natural body lotion with a great citrus scent. Made with natural and organic ingredients including coconut oil, sesame, olive oil, grapefruit oil and vitamin E.


If you are looking for better products for baby, oh-lief produces natural and organic products that are perfect! Visit ElmBaby.com and find more oh-lief products as well as other products for mom and baby.

I Love Prom Season!

The weather is getting warming and that means that the end of the school year is getting closer! What that also means is that it is almost Prom Season!

Why I Love Prom Season

When I lived in New Jersey, the end of May was always filled with excitement. The high school was close to our house and we always had a number of kids that lived on the block that attended. We always knew when the big Senior Prom was being held because the high school kids would take pictures on the lawn in front of their houses. My daughters and I would love to drive around and see all the girls in their beautiful dresses and their hair in curls. The boys looked so grown up in their tuxedos.

Then it happened at our house! My daughter graduated from high school two years ago and prom was so exciting. We shopped for the perfect dress and shoes. She had her hair and nails done. The boy’s mother called to get the color of the dress so that they could match. It was so much fun!

I must say, though, that the hardest part of the whole prom thing was shopping for the dress. I wished I had know about JenJenHouse back then. Instead of finding the perfect dress online, from the comfort of our home, we tramped around to a number of different stores.

JenJenHouse has some great new arrivals (http://www.jenjenhouse.com/Prom-Dresses-c18/new-arrival/). Here is my favorite dress. It is very similar to the dress my daughter chose for prom and her dress was gorgeous!

Prom Dress JenJenHouse

I love that you can search for a dress by color, straps, sleeve, price, color, fabric, embellishment, neckline, silhouette, and hemline. Want a beaded, strapless, ballgown in purple for under $200? You can narrow down your choices and find the perfect dress:

Ball Gown JenJenHouse

I am so excited that my second daughter will be attending high school next year. It will be so much fun to be able to help her pick out a prom dress when that time comes and now I have the perfect resource in JenJenHouse!

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Wash Up Fun with Sud-Z-Buddy


My kids loved to take baths when they were little, but they didn’t always like to wash up. Often the soap would get in their eyes, or they just were not patient enough to use it! Now, there is a new way that makes washing up fun and easy for kids – Sud-Z-Buddy!


Sud-Z-Buddy is a fun, interactive way for kids of all ages to use soap in the shower or tub. The soap is actually an interactive toy that lights up. Inside the toy is a battery that is completely safe. The battery voltage is so low that there is no chance of shock. Plus, the toy and battery meet the Safety First choking hazard requirements.

How does it work?

Simply put the soap in water and the toy automatially lights up with different color lights. Encourage children to use the soap to wash up and eventually they will have a small light up toy to play with after the soap is gone. The toy continues to light up when wet. The battery should lasts over one year if the contacts are properly cleaned. When the Sud-Z-Buddy dries, the lights will stop.


There are six different characters to collect: Octopus, Clown Fish, Duck, Whale, Frog and Blue Fish. Each are sold separately. You will be able to purchase the characters at the online store that is coming soon!

Find out more about Sud-Z-Buddy:

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Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event – March 6-14 – Over $25,000 in Prizes!

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Spring Fashionista

Welcome to the Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event. Be sure to scroll down and enter The Shopping Duck Giveaway at the end of this post – $195 in prizes!!

The SPRING Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from  Modly Chic http://www.modlychic.com/.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 in prizes!

Covered Perfectly is providing Spring Fashionista Events Grand Prizes (Enter the Grand Prize here: http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2014/03/spring-fashionista-events-2014-covered-perfectly/). Two Grand Prize winners will receive 12 tops, 1/month over the course of a year, valued at approx. $600/winner! Isn’t that stunning? Covered Perfectly makes flattering tops (misses and plus sizes) comprised of a full collection of super-soft MicroModal tops in a variety of colors and the cute patterns.  www.coveredperfectlyplus.com  US Shipping is FREE and they also now ship worldwide.

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Monroe and Main is providing our first and 2nd place prizes. $200 & $100 shopping spree to their site, Monroe and Main. You will find fashion that is FIT FOR YOU with both Misses and Plus sizes. They also carry shoes, jewelry and other accessories.


Agnes and Dora – Two pair of leggings and one pencil skirt (your choice of designs). Agnes and Dora make the BEST leggings that I have found anywhere. I am so excited for their new line of pencil skirts to be featured in the Spring. Read more about Agnes and Dora.

Agnes and Dora Striped Pencil Skirt

Nelle & Lizzy – Beautiful hand stamped jewelry is their specialty! These pieces make great gifts for Mother’s Day and all year long! Winner will receive the All I Ever Wanted Ring. Read more about Nelle & Lizzy.

Nelle Lizzy All I Ever Wanted Ring

Flirty Aprons – Look good in the kitchen too! One winner will receive a Flirty Apron of their choice. These are so cute! Read more about Flirty Aprons.


Mialisia Jewelry – This jewelry is so clever! You can add pieces together, turn a necklace into a bracelet and more! Winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to choose the jewelry of their choice. Read more about Mialisia Jewelry.

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One winner will receive all prizes valued at $195.00! To enter, simply fill out the Giveaway Tools form below:

18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 48 hours to respond once contacted. Still Blonde after all these YEARS, Modly Chic, Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby.In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway received a sample for this review. Compensation was not provided. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook. Happy Entering!

{Spring Fashionista Preview} Hand Stamped Jewelry by Nelle & Lizzy

The Spring Fashionista Giveaway will be here in just two days! Over 100 blogs are participating and that means over $25,000 in prizes! The event will run from March 6th through March 12th so make sure you visit back and enter to win all the great prizes. Covered Perfectly is providing the Spring Fashionista Events Grand Prizes. 2 Grand Prize winners will receive 12 tops, 1/month over the course of a year, valued at approx. $600/winner!

Spring Fashionista

I love personalized jewelry and hand stamped jewelry is all the rage right now! Fortunately, I have found a great resource for hand stamped jewelry – Nelle & Lizzy. Nelle & Lizzy was started when one of the founders tried to have her triple band sterling silver ring stamped with the names of her three boys. After visiting numerous jewelry shops, she decided the enlist the help of a friend and the Nelle & Lizzy concept was developed. Years later, they released the original Nelle & Lizzy rings and were thrilled to be included in the November 2007 “O List” of Oprah’s favorite things!

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Now, Nelle & Lizzy have a variety of personalized jewelry products on their website including mother’s jewelry, name rings, stamped necklaces, charm bracelets and stamped charms. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

Peapod Necklace – This necklace is perfect for those with two or three children. The peapod comes with two or three peas and names and birthstones can be personalized.

Nelle Lizzy Peapod Necklace

ID Bracelet – What a perfect gift for a grandmother! You can personalize the nameplate and then add charms as you see fit. Add all the grandchildren to this bracelet and give this gift for Mother’s Day.

Nelle Lizzy ID Bracelet

All I Ever Wanted Ring – This double ring has the saying “You’re all I ever wanted…” on one ring and room for 22 characters/spaces on the other. You can even insert symbols as separators between names.

Nelle Lizzy All I Ever Wanted Ring

The Shopping Duck is giving away the All I Ever Wanted Ring as part of the Spring Fashionista Prize Package. Be sure to visit on March 6th and enter to win this fantastic prize valued at $73.00 from Nelle & Lizzy!