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3 Ways to Ease Aches and Pains with Sunbeam ~ #TeamSunbeam

3 Ways to Ease Aches and Pains with Sunbeam ~ #TeamSunbeam



Who else is excited that the holidays and school vacation are over? Or is it just me?! That's why I'm eternally grateful for my Sunbeam® Renue® Neck Wrap that helps to ease my aches and pains away from all the stress that the season wrought on my body. The holidays can be exciting, and I relish seeing the kids open their gifts on Christmas morning with wonder on their faces. However, before that happens, it's all spent busily running around making sure that everyone gets what they want on their list. Visits to Santa can mean waiting in line for hours, and paying for said gifts can also mean another long wait time in lines.

This 5 Ways I Ease Aches and Pains with Sunbeam is sponsored by the Sunbeam brand. All opinions are mine alone #ad.


Madison wrote to Santa, while the older kids just gave me their list, so from store to store I ran, carrying bags upon bags into the house while trying to find the best hiding place I could. After the end of a busy day of shopping, even though I just love shopping, at this point I just want to relax and put my feet up. However, as a mother it's not going to happen. There is always something that has to, or needs to, get done. However, all I need is a few minutes with my Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap, to help relieve the ache that starts in my neck and moves its way down to my shoulders and eventually to my back.


So how exactly do I relieve my aches and pains? Here are my three ways!

1. Massage
Whenever my neck, back or shoulders hurt, I generally would ask my husband to give me a massage, or if he's not around I would have my youngest daughter just walk on my back. I'm not telling you to have someone do that, but it seems to help for me. There are times however when I need to get it done professionally. Massage therapy does wonders!

2. Relaxing bath
A warm bath not only relaxes you but also helps to relax and ease your sore muscles.  It's also a treat for you. Put some music on, add a bath fizz or bubble bath, sit back and relax.

3. Heat
Heat is by far the most effective way to aid in muscle relief. It helps to take the edge off pain associated with sore muscles by promoting blood circulation. The increased blood flow restores oxygen and nutrients to inflamed areas to help accelerate healing. It also relaxes and comforts you. And that's exactly what the Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap does.


The neck wrap contours to the shape of your neck and upper shoulders and provides you with concentrated heat for maximum pain, tension and muscle relief. If you've ever used traditional heating pads, you know how difficult they can be to keep in place. You always have to readjust, or sometimes they get cold before you're even feeling better. That's not the case with the Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap. The magnetic closure not only keeps it in place allowing you to maximize your treatment, but it never gets cold.


The Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap can help you unwind after a long day of shopping, running errands or even after a workout at the gym. It's a new year and we're all now focusing on our "new me", so purchase a Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap and get pain relief from injury, stress, sleeping poorly or the strain of everyday activities. You'll love it!

Do you know someone that can benefit from a Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap? Or how would you love to have one of your own? Well if you're a US resident it's your lucky day. One of my readers will have the chance to win one of your own. This giveaway will last for approximately 7 days, then the winner will be announced. Good luck everyone!


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My Top 7 Designer Fragrances

My Top 7 Designer Fragrances


I recently shared my top 5 budget fragrances that you can find at discount stores, and promised that I would share my top 5 designer fragrances. I really wanted to go with my top 5 designer fragrances, but it was a bit difficult narrowing down my favorite five, thus my top 7. Now, what I consider designer fragrances are fragrances made from top designers, and ones you can find at higher end department and specialty stores. The price is usually around $70+ for a 1oz sized bottle, however, I typically purchase the biggest sized bottle which may be the 2.5oz - 3.4oz since they last so much longer.


I also tend to invest in the eau-de-parfum or EDP as the eau-de-toilette or EDT scents don't last quite as long. Generally if you want a fragrance to last a long time, it's best to acquire the actual perfume since it's more oil concentrated, but those can be very costly so the EDP's are the next best thing. I'm also a sucker for beautiful bottles, but to be honest, it's truly all about the fragrance. Some pretty bottles don't always have a pleasant smell, while the unassuming bottles may be the opposite. This list is my top 7, and while these are the ones that I just adore, my sniffer may differ from yours. So without further ado, here goes!


1. Prada Candy
Can you tell that my Prada Candy is number one? It's currently my go-to fragrance and the one that I grab on my way out. I am in desperate need of a new bottle which I plan on purchasing very soon. Prada Candy starts off rather sweet but dries down to warm musky/floral scent if there's such a thing. This scent truly stays with you and even after a day or two, if you've spritzed it on your clothing, you'll still smell it. The price tag is truly worth it.


2. Dolce & Gabbana The One
I fell in love with The One about 7 years ago and it' generally replaced whenever it's finished. There aren't a lot of fragrance that gets that honor, especially after 7 years. The One is what I wear whenever I'm going out on a date night with my husband. It speaks class and will bring out the diva in you. The dry down on The One is spectacular, but even the initial first spray will leave you wanting more. If you're a fan of vanilla fragrances, then The One is for you!


3. Chloé Love Story
While I own both Chloé and Chloé Love Story, Love Story made my list. While Chloé is a classic, their Love Story just smells better to me. I'm really big on fruity florals and Love Story is just that. Love Story will leave you feeling as sensual as the name suggests with hints of Jasmine and Orange Blossoms. Love Story is another that I just can't live without.


4. Burberry My Burberry Blush
This is another fragrance of which I own two of the three versions; My Burberry Black and My Burberry Blush. While I love My Burberry Black's musky notes, My Burberry Blush is another fruity floral. With notes of Pomegranate which you smell when first applied, it dries down nicely with hints of rose and jasmine. It's as sophisticated as the Burberry brand itself. I'm a huge fan of the brand and this is by far one of my favorites from their collection.


5. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
There is a lot of hype around both Victor & Rolf's Bonbon and Flowerbomb. My daughter currently owns Bonbon and not wanting to have the same fragrance as she does, I opted for Flowerbomb and this is the BOMB! Believe the hype! This isn't one of the fruity florals that I usually navigate towards, however, I couldn't resist the warm sweet fragrance. With Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Patchouli, this is a winner all round and doesn't disappoint.


6. Cartier La Panthère Légère
There's  a bit of a backstory to this one. While in London last Spring, Madison and I decided to make an impromptu trip to Disneyland Paris. While Disneyland Paris isn't exactly in Paris as the name suggests, it isn't too far away. A 45 minute train ride took us into Paris since it's a shame to visit Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower. Then it was off to Champs-Élysées, the world famous shopping center of Paris, like 5th Ave is to NYC, and the headquarters for Louis Vuitton. One of the first store that we happened to pass on our way from the Arc de Triomphe was Cartier and I couldn't help but to go inside. Unfortunately Cartier jewelry prices was totally out of my price range but luckily for me their perfumes weren't, and I decided to pick up the Cartier La Panthère Légère. As you can see from my bottle, I've barely used it since I want it to commemorate my trip to France. This is another floral but also has a musk undertone.


7. Carolina Herrera Good Girl
This is one that I received because I fell in love with the bottle before I even did the fragrance. I remember when I asked my husband for this one and his response was "you don't need it". Come on! I mean which girl doesn't need a new perfume? He took one whiff of it and ended up purchasing it. My husband isn't big on perfumes and think they generally all smell the same, but he loves Good Girl. Good Girl is both sweet and dark at the same time, let's just say that it brings out your sweet and 'bad' side all at once and is very complex. This is another that lasts all day, just like the others, and is a must buy!
"Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world."—Carolina Herrera de Báez

Here's a bonus fragrance making it 8. I told you it was tough narrowing down my choices.

8. Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Lavande
While I'm not big on Tory Burch's products, or really consider her a top designer, I have to say that her Jolie Fleur perfumes outdid themselves, and I just had to add this one to the list. If you're into powdery florals then this is the scent for you. Jolie Fleur Lavande is a very feminine scent and while you would expect it to smell like Lavender, it really doesn't. Instead the dry down is one of freesia that is just magnificent.


While this list may be too extravagant for a few, they are simply breathtaking and I would suggest at least giving one a try, if not the entire list. If you would prefer something more budget friendly, you can check out my top 5 budget fragrances.

What's your favorite designer fragrance and what are you most wanting to own or try? 

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To Infinity & Beyond! Luciana Vega American Girl of the Year 2018

To Infinity & Beyond! Luciana Vega American Girl of the Year 2018


In lieu of Martin Luther King Jr's Day I decided to write about the New American Girl of the Year 2018 Luciana Vega. Just like the famed Martin Luther King Jr., had a dream, I also have a dream. I have a dream that girls would be treated equally everywhere. That they will be able to do whatever they want to, become whoever they want to be without fear of discrimination and retribution. That's why I've always love the American Girl brand and how they empower our young daughters. Their newest girl of the year doll Luciana is no exception.


Luciana Vega is an 11-year old Chilean (Hispanic) who dreams of being the first person on Mars. And why can't she be? In a world where women are portrayed as being the weaker sex, it's time that we taught our young women that everything is within their reach, and with hard work and determination it can be achieved. However, American Girl doesn't just teach that all you need is skills and smarts, but that you also need to be a team player and good leader as well. They all go hand in hand.


STEM (Science -Technology - Engineer and Math) based learning has become a big thing in schools, including elementary schools, and there has been lots of benefits in regards to STEM play. That's why American Girl worked with NASA, including a task force of advisors (scientists, astronauts, and more) who helped ensure the accuracy and authenticity of Luciana’s world—from her story and products to a STEM-based educational program in partnership with Scholastic and Space Camp.


Looking beyond her cool line of space-inspired products (like a Mars habitat and flight suit!), American Girl’s purpose behind her character is what’s most important. Luciana shows what it can mean to be a girl of strong character today, where creative thinking, collaboration, and STEM literacy provide opportunities for meaningful growth and development. Technology continues to revolutionize what we do and what we know, and Luciana is a character that can bring visibility and valuable lessons to girls at a time in their lives when they’re learning about their infinite potential to change the world.


Additionally, Luciana’s story is chronicled in a chapter book series written by Erin Teagan and published by Scholastic. The first two books, available now, introduce readers to Luciana, a young girl of Chilean descent with a serious science streak, who loves the idea of exploring new territories in space. After winning a scholarship to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Luciana is thrilled to launch her dream of landing on Mars. But as she ascends from Space Camp kid to youth astronaut trainee, she faces many challenges that test her competitive spirit and self-confidence, and she must find the courage to embrace the unknown with bravery, curiosity, and wonder.  


There will be quite a few Luciana-related initiatives being held throughout the year including the following:
  • Luciana Online Play: Here girls can read excerpts from the Luciana books and enjoy fun space-inspired activities.
  • American Girl World™ App: Fans can step into the worlds of Luciana and their other favorite American Girl characters and experience their stories in a whole new way. The app is available to download later in January through the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Kindle.
  • Luciana-Themed Space Camp: Girls and their families can train just like astronauts—including taking a tumble spin in the Multi-Axis Trainer and designing a robot—at a special Girl of the Year experience created in partnership with Space Camp starting in summer 2018. American Girl is also sponsoring 20 scholarships to attend Space Camp. 

The Luciana collection is currently available through American Girl’s catalogue; at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; and at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ locations in Canada and online at Indigo.ca. The Luciana books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers, and select Luciana products will also be available at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center gift shop.

To learn more about Luciana and the Girl of the Year™ line visit:



To request an American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

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