Influenster Frosty VoxBox Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello Friends! Today I want to talk to you about the Frosty VoxBox that I was sent from Influenster. There was some good and not so good items in this box, so let’s get started!

Eco Tools Full Volume Styler This brush is too big for my hair length which makes me sad, because it looks like it would be awesome! I have seen a smaller version of this at Walmart and I will probably purchase that size, because the bristles are excellent and I’m curious to try claim that it dries 20% faster.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACelestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea I was super excited to receive this tea. I LOVE drinking hot tea to relax before bed and I love getting to try limited edition holiday teas! As you can see below, I already had a stash of Celestial Seasoning Teas. Sleepytime is a must have at my house (it works!) and Gingerbread Spice is a Holiday Tea that I stock up on and hoard all year long. I will be adding Candy Cane Lane to my hoarding list, because it is YUMMY!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA cropped tea cup cropped tea boxRed Vines Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry Who doesn’t want to receive yummy candy in the mail? These didn’t last long at my house because Liam found them and devoured them. I did manage to sneak in a few bites for myself and trust me when I say these taste good!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMcCormick Gourmet Thyme Trent is the master cook at our house and he was excited to receive a brand new bottle of Thyme. He generally likes to use Thyme around the holidays as part of a brine for turkeys and part of the stuffing.

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Now on to the things that were not so great (for me). These may be perfectly wonderful items, but they aren’t cruelty free so I will not use them. I will probably give these to a friend or family member. The items in this category are pictured below: Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Black Eyeliner, NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum.

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Well folks, that is a wrap on the Influenster Frosty VoxBox! Have you tried any of these items?

Thanks for reading!

*All the above items were sent to me free for review and testing purposes from Influenster

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Braun No Touch + forehead thermometer

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I received this Braun No touch + forehead thermometer in my #BraunTherms Influenster Box free for testing purposes and I have to say, I am so excited I was chosen for this #VoxBox! I wish I had had this, for the last four years! I know I am gushing about a thermometer, but for our family it is such a stress reliever.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know you are probably thinking: Why would anyone be excited to receive a thermometer??

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know Liam has autism. He has made huge leaps in his language skills, but at 4 years old, he still can’t tell me when he feels sick. He has no way ( right now anyway) to communicate “my head/throat/tummy/ear  hurts” we generally have to use our observations of his body language and actions to know if he is beginning to feel sick. Now, that is frustrating (for him and us) enough, but Liam HATES having his temperature taken. It is a full on two person job no matter if we are using an ear or forehead thermometer.

Here is why I love this thermometer: I never have to physically touch Liam to get an accurate reading AND I can use it while he is sleeping!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you are using this thermometer, it will read FWD until you are in a good position and then it quickly gives you an accurate reading!

You can purchase the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer on Amazon!

Have you used this thermometer? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

 

Influenster: TLC Vox Box Review

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I recently recieved my second VoxBox From Influenster.  In case you haven’t heard of Influenster it is a neat site, where you fill out quizzes and review products that you have used in the past.  Influenster will occasionally send out a box to it’s members for them to test products and review the items on social media.  The items I received were free, but all opinions expressed are my own.  The box I received was the TLC VoxBox for the Moms of Influenster Nation.

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Let’s get started on my mini reviews for each product!

Ivory Soap

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Liam and I were bored so I got on Pinterest and found that if you put a bar of Ivory Soap (this only works with Ivory Soap) in the microwave for 90 seconds it turns into a big fluffy cloud thing and it is so much fun!  Liam loves sensory type activities and this was absolutely a hit in our house.  I am still in the process of researching non beauty related cruelty free products, and I did find that sadly, Ivory Soap, does test on animals.

Puffs Plus Lotion To Go Pack

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I love the purse and shoe themed packaging and this went straight into my bag and has already come in handy!

AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother

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Per Avon: This translucent balm blurs the look of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes instantly.

I have tried this a few times and didn’t notice any wrinkle blurring.  It is possible I am using it wrong.  I did like the way the compact slides open instead of flipping up.  I did not like that there was no sponge or applicator and we are supposed to use our fingers to apply. I will see if my mother would like to try this product. AVON sells in China so they are not a cruelty free company.

Neosporin Neo To Go!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfirst aid 1This stuff is awesome!  When Liam is playing outside he never ever stops running.  So we do get some accidents when he gets going too fast.  I love that this is in a spray formula, so I can spray him down and slap a band aid on him and he is off again!  This also fits in easily in my travel sized first aid kit!

Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have an addiction to Rewards Cards.  My wallet is full of them.  If a store tells me they have a rewards program, I must sign up! This will absolutely be put to good use!

Breyers Gelato Indulgences

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I also received a coupon for free Gelato!!  I chose Tiramisu because my husband loves Tiramisu, so I thought it would be a good test of the product.  He, of course, had no problem judging the tiramisuness of the gelato.  I thought it was delicious and when I asked for his expert opinion all I got was two thumbs up because his mouth was full!  I got one scoop and he devoured the rest! We will be trying more from this line.  I want to try the Vanilla Caramel next!

That brings us to the end of my latest VoxBox adventure.  I enjoyed almost everything I was sent and I hope one day to be eligible for another VoxBox!

Are you a member of Influenster Nation?  Have you ever gotten a VoxBox?  Tell me about it below!

My Mini Summer First Aid Kit

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When hot weather arrives here in Florida, it brings with it a need to have certain items with you at all times.  I like to make a mini kit that will fit in my purse, so that if we find ourselves unexpectedly playing at the park or just outside in general, we are totally covered!  I’m going to break down what the must haves in my summer first aid kit!

First up: Sunscreen!  This is really a year round need here in the Sunshine State, but once it starts getting really hot, it is foolish not to have backup!  I bought this travel sized Banana Boat Sport at Target.  Ideally, if we are going to be in the water or outside for a long time we would use a higher SPF, but SPF 30 works in a pinch!

Second: Neosporin Neo to Go** Liam has a tendency to get going really fast and sometimes he trips and scrapes a knee, arm, and one time his face!  I love that this is in a spray form as it is much easier to spray Liam down that try to get him to stop and let me apply the gel version.

Third: BUGSPRAY! Seriously, Florida is swarming with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies and pretty much any other unpleasant biting/stinging insect you can imagine.  I also bought this travel sized OFF Deep Woods Spray at Target.  Liam and I both have pretty ugly allergic reactions to insect bites (think major swelling and oozing) and the Deep Woods Spray is our go to prevention method!

Not Pictured: Bandaids and Baby Wipes.  The Bandaids tend to settle at the bottom of the bag and I keep the wipes in their own separate bag.  The wipes are a quick way to get dirt out of scrapes and of course they work at cleaning up dirty faces and hands!

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I try to have as many quick products in my kit as possible because this cute guy on the slide?  He rarely slows down for anything!

What are your must have summer first aid products?  Anything I am forgetting?

**I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and I am entering a Brand Challenge for a chance to win a prize.

 

Sargento Ultra Thin Slices Vox Box

If you look over to the right of my blog, you will see a button that says I am a member of Influenster Nation.  If you don’t know about Influenster, it is a site that is free to join and you earn points by reviewing products and taking quizzes. Occasionally, Influenster will send you a Vox Box (it’s FREE!) and they ask for your opinion on the products they send you.

I am not sure what magical computer algorithms Influenster employs to choose who gets what box, but however it works, it peered through the vast internet and said “Yes! Amber is our Sargento girl!”….and they were right!  When I got the notice that I qualified for this program I went into my refrigerator and snapped this picture:

Clearly Influenster knew what they were doing.  We almost always have Sargento in the house!

Clearly Influenster knew what they were doing. We almost always have Sargento in the house!

Then the box came!

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Inside the box was a cute lunch bag and a voucher for a free package of Ultra Thin Sliced Cheese:

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As you can see above, I chose Sharp Cheddar.  The Ultra Thin Sargento  Sharp Cheddar Slices have 45 Calories per slice as opposed to 80 Calories per slice of the Deli Style Sliced Sharp Cheddar.

One of our favorite things to eat at our house is grilled cheese.  I know that doesn’t sound super exciting, but we do like to mix it up with different cheeses.  I chose to make a grilled ham and cheese on fresh sourdough bread, as it was a simple sandwich that would showcase the cheese:

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You can’t have a grilled cheese without a yummy dill pickle!

It was so yummy!  I made several more sandwiches and then used the remaining slices on top of Triscuit Crackers as a post workout snack.  I have tried other flavors in the Ultra Thin line, but this was my first experience with the Sharp Cheddar, but it definitely will not be the last!

Have you tried any of the Sargento Ultra Thin Cheeses? What did you think?