Aqua Beauty Giveaway & Coupon

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

When it comes to my beauty concerns, nothing is more important than finding products I can feel good about, use every day, and that leave my skin glowing!  That is why I’m excited to share with you about a brand that is new to me, Aqua Beauty.  It’s probably not new to many of you because it’s available at Walmart locations nationwide but I somehow managed to pass it by.  Aqua Beauty has luxurious products without the hefty price tag.

Aqua Beauty

Check out all of their great beauty care products:  

  • – Skin Conditioning Cloth Facial Mask – Combats impurities with Vitamin B, marine & tea tree extracts.  Their one time use packs are easy to use, create a fun spa experience at home, and left my skin feeling amazing!

Aqua Beauty Body Serum

  • – Hydrating Body Serum – Improves skin tone and texture with algae & marine extracts.  This has a feature I’ve never seen on a body product before – it has a roller ball applicator!

Aqua Beauty Loofah

  • – Sea Foaming 2 in 1 Soap and Sponge – Gently cleanses and massages skin with algae extract & sea salt.  I’ve never seen a body sponge like this before and I just love it!  The attached soap even massages you as you wash.

Aqua Beauty Scrub

  • – Ocean Fresh Salt Scrub + Polishing Glove System – Dual exfoliation reveals younger looking skin with sea sale & marine extracts.  I’ve never tried exfoliating gloves before and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to.  I don’t think my skin has ever felt so smooth! …especially after I added the Hydrating Body Serum afterwards.  Heavenly!
  • – Hydrating Cloth Facial Mask – Replenishes dull, dry skin with Vitamin E, aloe, & marine extracts.  This is another one of their one time use masks and I found it to be wonderfully refreshing as well!

Right now by taking your very own Aqua Beauty product quiz you can get a $1 off coupon for Aqua Beauty at Walmart!

Aqua Beauty Quiz

I took the quiz, which only took me about 5 seconds, and it gave me their recommended products to address my beauty concerns!

After you take the quiz you can scroll up, click the + sign near any of the products, and click “Save $1” to print your money saving coupon.

Aqua Beauty Coupon



One lucky winner will win an Aqua Beauty at-home spa kit featuring all of the products I have mentioned today!

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Save on Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer at Walgreens! #MyTotalBeautyForecast

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Lunchbox. All content and opinions are 100% my own.


My skin has become accustomed to being moisturized.  I feel like it aches without it.  No matter what the season or what the weather is, I need a convenient moisturizer on hand.  Here lately, with the unpredictable weather days, my go to (and convenient!) moisturizer is Vaseline Spray Moisturizer which is available at Walgreens.

There are several Vaseline Spray Moisturizers to pick from.  Wondering which is best for your skin?  Go here and enter your zip code to get the current weather in your area. 🙂  Once you have that, you can answer a few questions about how your skin is feeling and then voila, you’ll have the perfect Vaseline Spray Moisturizer for you!

Print: $2/1 Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

Vaseline Coupon

#MyTotalBeautyForecast recommended the Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Healing Spray Moisturizer for my rough, not quite ready for warm weather yet skin.  Go get your beauty forecast and if you do you’ll be able to snag a $2 coupon for it…which you can conveniently clip directly to your Balance Rewards card or print from the site.  Sweet!  No matter the weather, you can have a beautifully moisturized skin with Vaseline Spray.

My Battle with Leg Hair

Like most girls, I have battled leg hair since middle school (or junior high as we used to call it).  I had to use a men’s razor or I’d get razor burn, I had to use gel shaving cream or I’d get razor burn, and I couldn’t apply lotion right after or it would just BURN.  As if those years weren’t awkward enough, they were also painful.

Waxing has never worked for me and I honestly don’t know why.  It’s like those thick hairs are anchored in there with cement.  I tried at home waxing and was eager to endure the pain for some relief but all I did was waste my money.  Professional waxers got the job done but every visit they would talk amongst themselves about how unusual it was that they had to go over a spot several times.  Sigh.  That’s not exactly what an awkward teen wants to be known for.

I tried those chemically creams that promised to melt away my hair.  Nope, they did nothing.  Didn’t even soften it.

I followed beauty magazine directions closely as I mixed my own natural body pumice hair removals.  Those were cruel jokes.  Coffee, honey, and oatmeal are all great for breakfast but not for removing hair (in my experience).  Pumice stones were rough on my skin but not on my hair.

To my embarrassment, I’ll admit that on lazy summer days I would take tweezers and pull out the hairs on my legs.  I would only get a small patch (say one knee) each time but I hoped that would damage the hair follicle and keep it from growing back.  Because I did this all over I can’t say that it worked or not but I do know that it was painful and I still have a lot of thick hair on my legs to this day.

My mom loves her epilator but I never had the guts to try it.  If you don’t know what an epilator is, it’s a torture device that features multiple rotating tweezing discs.  I’m a wuss, I admit it!  I just couldn’t do it.  I wanted to and attempted to on occasion but I never had the courage to bring it to my skin.

I tried an at home-electrolysis system where I would insert a little needle near each hair and it would send a low-level electrical current through destroying the hair follicle.  It wasn’t too painful but didn’t give the results the infomercial boasted.

I had a doctor in high school recommend that I get a professional electrolysis or laser hair removal for my awkward hair growth.  She said that my hormones must have been out of whack to produce hair like that and she put me on birth control.  It made me sick and was unnecessary for other reasons so I quit taking it.  I then researched electrolysis and laser hair extensively and while it was fascinating to understand hair growth and the treatment possibilities out there I knew it was out of my parent’s price range.

My leg hair is not only thick and pesky to get rid of but it also appears very quickly.  Five o’clock shadow?  I wish!  One cool breeze sends those little prickly hairs through the skin.  As you can imagine, this made swimming a little daunting.  I would shave immediately before going (shaving up, to the left, and to the right to get every angle)  I would jump in the pool and quickly rub my legs to get them warmed up as fast as possible.  Even then I was conscious of everyone around me so I didn’t bump into them and scratch them with the mini razor blades hairs on my legs.  I have always loved swimming and I hated having to turn down invitations to the pool because I didn’t have time to go home and shave before going.

Fast forward a few years, okay decades, and I’m still battling leg hair.  However, now it’s not just the hair on my legs that are bothersome but hair, well, many other places.  It’s embarrassing, annoying, and at times downright painful.  A few years ago I won a radio contest for a gift certificate to a laser hair removal place.  It was a big amount so I was stoked until I went in and saw how expensive the packages were!  After I talked it over with my husband we put down money, a lot of money, for a series of treatments.   The treatments were drawn out over a long period of time and they worked fabulously.  I have very little hair growth in that area and the hairs that are there are so very fine that they don’t bother me.  Laser hair was a little painful but nothing too terrible (I’m a wuss, remember?).  Now that I have little ones around the house I can’t justify spending so much on myself.  I want to but I just can’t.


This March, I was invited to join Tria’s blogger review program.  Try a new inexpensive, at-home method of hair removal?  Yes, please!  I was given an FDA-Cleared Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X in exchange for sharing my honest opinions on it.

What are my opinions on it?  You’ll have to wait till next week for the full-review but here’s a quick overview!

  • –  Tria 4X has the same diode laser hair removal technology found in the doctor’s office.
  • –  Tria 4X is a one time investment of $449 (equal to one or two treatments of laser hair removal)
  • –  Tria says that when used once every other week for three months, you can achieve permanent results!
  • –  …and I LOVE IT!  Come back next Monday for more information!

Walgreens Saturdate with Colgate 11/15

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Colgate Enamel

I’m a big fan of Walgreens.  It’s my go-to store for cosmetics, hair products, and photo developing.  It’s right down the road from my house and it’s so nice to get in and get out when I’m running errands.  Not to mention that their weekly coupon deals combined with their Balance Rewards card program saves me BIG money on the things I use most!

I’ve written about a few Walgreens’ special Saturdate events and I’m here to tell you about another one – one that’s happening tomorrow!

It’s short notice, I know, but if you can manage to hop in your nearest Walgreens you could get a complimentary sample of Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste.  There will be helpful Walgreens employees on hand to help educate shoppers about this new toothpaste and to answer any questions you may have about it.  Our Walgreens’ staff is always so friendly and eager to help.  You can learn more details about this Walgreens’ Saturdate here.


I think that a person’s smile can be one of their best traits.  Taking care of that smile is important.  Drinking coffee, soda, and acidic drinks can not only terribly stain teeth but it can also wear away at tooth’s enamel.  Colgate has been my go-to toothpaste for quite some time now and Colgate Enamel Health is my new favorite Colgate toothpaste.  Head over to Walgreens tomorrow to pick up your sample!  Even if you can’t make it there tomorrow you should try and swing by there some time.  It’s good stuff. 🙂

Colgate Enamel Health


Are you going to the Saturdate tomorrow?

Update: I went with my grandma and picked up a sample for each of us.  They were having a killer sale and coupon combo.

If you went to your local Saturdate event and took a picture share a link to it in the comments or share it on social media with the hashtag #EmbracingBeauty and #ColgateEnamelHealth.

Back to School Skin Care with Healthy Essentials

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.

Back to school is a great time to reevaluate your schedules, priorities, habits,….and skin care routine.  Back to skin care!  A good skin care regimen determines how your face glows or doesn’t glow, how your make up lays, and more importantly how you feel in your skin.

Welcome to Skin Care 101!  I’ll help you get your skin back in shape just in time for fall.

For Soft Hands

  • – Let’s start with the basics, moisturizing your hands.  Anyone can get botox but your hands will always show your age if you don’t moisturize well.  Keep a pump bottle of lotion near all of your sinks as a visual reminder to moisturize every time you wash your hands.
  • – Wash your pillowcases at least once a week.  All of that oil, dirt, make up, and drool that is on your pillow ends up back on your face.
  • – Wash your make up brushes at least weekly.  Daily is even better.

RoC Deep Wrinkle

  • – Use a killer night cream.  I’ve recently given RoC Deep Wrinkle Cream a try and I’m in love.  It’s very light weight but leaves my skin feeling very moisturized.

RoC Night Cream

  •  – Beauty rest may sound like something out of a fairy-tale but it’s far from it.  Getting 6-8 hours of sleep a night will help keep your skin looking clear and refreshed.
  • – Even if you don’t shower immediately after a workout it’s important to wash the dirt, sweat, and oil from your pores.  Try Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash with Pink Grapefruit.  It’s refreshing, especially in the morning or after a workout!
  • – Gently exfoliate.  Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Scrub is effective but gentle enough to use every day.
  • – When you get a spot or two of acne, keep calm and use Clean & Clear to well, clean and clear your skin.

If you want to check out some of the items I mentioned above click here for $40 in coupons to save on them!  Give them a try and I bet you’ll like them as well as I do.

Class dismissed!

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Confidence With Dove Advanced Care

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review. #MC #Sponsored


This summer I’ve been enjoying sleeveless shirts and dressed thanks to Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture.  Thanks to Dove I’ve felt confident and haven’t had to worry about sweat or odor.Dove Advanced Care

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture keeps you dry and odor-free for a long-lasting 48 hours. Not only that but it’s also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just three days.  I’ve been trying out this new Dove deodorant for a month now since I first posted about it here.  I also shared a sample with my grandmother to try.  She has always been faithful to another brand so I was curious if she liked it as much as I did.  She tried it for a few weeks before getting back to me and as I expected, she loved it.

Dove Deodorant

My favorite thing about this deodorant is that it makes my underarm feel smooth.  Some other brands that I’ve tried in the past left me feeling a bit itchy through the day.  Your underarm area isn’t something that you want to think about every day so it’s nice to know that you can put this deodorant on in the morning and forget about it.  Your skin isn’t irritated and it won’t keep bugging you through the day…and you don’t have to reapply midday either.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant NutriumMoisture will keep you smooth and dry all day.

Deodorant Life Hack

Do you want to know a silly secret?  All of my life I used to pull and tug on the protective cap covering Dove deodorant.  Not the outside cap but the inside one that you throw away.  It wasn’t until I was married and complaining about it that my husband said, “Why don’t you roll it up?”  This was ground breaking, people!  Earth-shattering!  Why I had never thought of that, I’ll never know.  Now I can remove the cap with ease.  {By the way, Dove, if you’re reading this I miss the little Dove impression on my deodorant.  I always thought it was a cute touch.}  Just for kicks I made this #LifeHack image in case there are more people who struggle with removing deodorant’s protective cap.  I really doubt there are but you know, just in case. : )

Dove Advanced Care

Erin Walsh is an A-List Hollywood stylist and the new spokeswoman for Dove. She has shared a lot of advice on how to help women look and feel their best and I have included two of my favorite tips below.

  • – Our clothes will always look better if you feel beautiful and confident in them. As a fashion stylist, I know that sleeveless can often feel scary and make women feel vulnerable or exposed; however the Dove Advanced Care product line provides softer, smoother underarms in just 3 days, so that all women can feel confident going sleeveless.
  • – Lightweight cardigans and summer scarves are my best friend during this season. I always have them with me when I am traveling. I prefer to buy them in semi-neutral colors, such as ivory.

Healthy Habits Booklets from Girl Scouts and Together Counts

This is a sponsored post with Mom It Forward. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Healthy Habits

When I was in high school my best friend convinced me into volunteering for the Girl Scouts with her.  I had no idea what a troop was or  what to do with it. Ha!  We had a lot of fun together teaching the girls, encouraging them, and being active with them.  When I look back on my time with those girls my heart smiles.  There’s nothing like pouring your life into kids…giving them self confidence, being real with them, and teaching them how to be responsible.  It’s the best!

Have you heard that Together Counts and Girl Scouts are partnering together?  Yep, they are!  This Together Counts Program is active nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend.  That makes sense, doesn’t it?

  • Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
  • Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities

Girl Scouts with Healthy Habit

Free Healthy Habits Journey Booklets

There are now three Healthy Habits Journey booklets available for download here which include the following titles:

  • – Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits
  • – WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits
  • – Get Moving! with Healthy Habits

My daughter is too young for the Girl Scouts now but it’s never too early to begin teaching her healthy habits. By the way, the picture at the top of the page is my daughter (in green) and her friends.  Boys are not part of Girl Scouts and I didn’t want there to be any confusion. : )

Be sure you join in on the #gno (girl’s night out) Twitter Party with Mom It Forward happening September 9.  If you’ve never been party of a #gno Twitter party then you’re missing out.  They’re so much fun!  Follow the hashtags #HealthyHabits and #gno. I hope to see you there!

Would you like more information on these great programs?  Here is a handful of useful resources.

  • – Healthy Habits Journey booklets download: Here you’ll be able to download three free booklets for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve “energy balance.”
  • – Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities.
  • – Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from Together Counts.
  • – Together Counts Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
  • – Together Counts Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity.
  • – Together Counts Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets (video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and partner news.
  • – Together Counts Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

I’ll see you at the party on the 9th, right?

Celebrate Father’s Day with Dove’s #RealDadMoments & a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Dove Men+Care and The Motherhood. #RealDadMoments

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I love Father’s day!  That’s probably because I had wonderful men in my life as I was growing up.  I loved spending time with my grandpas and my dad.  I would do anything to spend time with them.  “Dig” a ditch? I gave it my all!  Chopping wood?  I would carry the chopped wood to the pile.  Anything and everything to spend time with them.

Now that I’m married to a dad I think I love it even more!  Watching my husband cuddle with my kids when they are sick, spend his evenings playing puzzles and blocks, and every evening reading them books before bed is heartwarming.  My daughter has the best daddy, I’m confident!  She would agree too!

Daddy and Daughter Reading


I took this snapshot this evening while they were watching YouTube videos of their latest musical obsession, Justin Roberts.  Aren’t they sweet together?

I appreciate my husband being involved in their lives.  I know appreciate really isn’t the word I’m looking for but I am …immensely grateful for him.  He knows what they like, dislike, and how their day went.  It’s such a blast sharing parenthood with him.  For instance, today I got a laugh when my daughter told me the lunch that I prepared, pizza sauce and cheese on bread, was “pretend pizza.”  To you that probably isn’t funny but to us it is because we’ve been watching her learn what it means to pretend this week.  It’s fun knowing someone else cares about the little details of their lives like I do.

Dove Men+Care is committed to portraying how real men and dads care for their children New Dove Men+Care research reveals a disconnect between the media’s representation of father’s roles and how fathers actually see themselves:

  • – Three quarters of dads say they are responsible for their child’s emotional well-being, while only 20% of dads see this role reflected in the media
  • – Only 13% of dads believe the media portrays fathers as responsible for childcare
  • – 3 out of 5 dads say the media portrays them negatively (61%!)

Those are some pretty sad statistics, right?

The Dove Men+Care has created a ‘Calls For Dad’ film that spotlights the expanding and often unrecognized ways fathers care for their children:

  • – Nearly all dads (97%) say they are involved in their child(ren)’s life and 7 in 10 see themselves as highly involved
  • – An overwhelming majority of dads (94%) prioritize their families over their careers
  • – Dove Men+Care understands that dads’ role as caregiver is often unrecognized and is sharing real, authentic moments of care just in time for Father’s Day
  • – Features real dads and their kids

I think Dove Men+Care did a phenomenal job in creating this video.  You can view it below.

Dove Men+Care celebrates men who know that more care is better.  They have a whole line created JUST for men!  Surely, ya’ll knew that though, right?  It’s pretty great…or so I’m told!

Body Wash (Skin Care Built In)

  • – Dove Men+Care Body Wash is clinically proven to fight dry skin better than regular men’s body wash
  • – Formulated with ultra-light MICROMOISTURE technology, a unique gel technology, that activates on skin during lather to guard against discomfort

Body Bar (Skin Care Built In)

  • – Dove Men+Care Body Bar is clinically proven to fight dry skin better than ordinary bar soap
  • – Uses Dove signature ¼ moisturizing cream to boost the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which works to replenish moisture in the skin’s outer surface layer

Share your family’s #RealDadMoments with Dove Men+Care:

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5 Light Bladder Leakage Tips!

Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this post!

I have talked about Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) on the blog before, and I think it’s something that warrants further discussion considering the numerous people who privated messaged me or emailed me saying how helpful my honest discussion was for them.  Considering one in three women experience LBL at some point in their lives it’s no wonder women are looking for answers.

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Here are some handy dandy don’t pee your pants light bladder leakage tips:

  1. Try out the new Poise microliners with SAM (Super Absorbent Material) which now comes in a sleek fold-able design for easy purse storage. Coping with accidents is much easier if you have the right tools for the job, says Wendy Fries of WebMD.
  2. Do your Kegals!  Seriously, do it.  Put post it notes around the house with smiley faces on them to remind you.  You’ll never look at a smiley face the same way again will you? 🙂
  3. Stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause constipation, and constipation can contribute to bladder leakage for some women. (source:
  4. Take time to go to the potty more often.  Set a timer until you get in the habit of going more frequently.
  5. Limit your caffeine if at all possible.  It’s a natural diuretic so only drink it if you’ll be near a bathroom.

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Donate a Photo with J&J and Coupons!

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Donate A Photo is a service that helps give to the people who need it most.  Do you like to take pictures and share them with friends and family?  I know I sure do!  We all do, right?  I share pictures on a daily basis…if not on Facebook or Instagram I at least mail pictures to show my husband or family.  Did you know that you can take pictures and help people who really need help?  I just found out about it and I’m pretty excited!

Photo Donation

Share a photo and Johnson & Johnson will make a $1 donation to a charity of your choice.  This money will help go toward fixing up a public park, getting medicine for an infant, or helping kids play sports safely.  There are a lot of options.  You simply choose the cause you want to help and Johnson & Johnson makes it happen.  There’s absolutely zero cost to you and it’s easy enough that you can do it directly from your phone.  Give it a try and check out the pictures I’ve shared!  You can donate one photo per day!

How Does Your Photo Make a Difference?


1. Your photo raises money.

Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and for every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson gives $1 to the cause you want to help. That $1 does things like fix up a public park, get medicine for an infant, or help kids play sports safely. Each cause will receive a minimum donation and will appear in the app until its donation period ends or its goal is reached.

2. Your photo raises awareness.

When you share your photo, you spread the word about causes that need help, and you and your friends can help those causes meet their goals.

3. Your photos add up.

You can donate one photo every day. Those days turn into weeks, months, and years. And you can see all the causes your photos have helped, and how

4. Your photo can inspire others.

If you’re cleaning out your bathroom cabinets for spring cleaning don’t forget to check out all the great coupons, tips, tools and more that Healthy Essentials has to offer.  You can save over $55 in printable coupons by visiting the Healthy Essentials site this month!

Check out a few of these deals:


• Save $1.00 on any JOHNSON’S® Baby Intense Moisture Cream

• Save $1.00 on any LUBRIDERM® product (6oz or larger)

• Save $1.00 on any (1) CLEAN & CLEAR® product (excludes trial and travel sizes)

• Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Sun product (exclude trial size)

• Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® SMART RINSE Anti-cavity Mouthwash, 500 ml

• Save $1.00 on any (1) REACH® Total Care Floss, or REACH® Gentle Gum Care Floss, or REACH® Dentotape® or REACH® Access® Flosser

• Save $2.00 on any (3) NEOSPORIN®, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive bandages 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)

Go here to get these great money saving coupons!