Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throw back Thursday brings you...HOLLY HOBBIE :)

Today for throw back Thursday, I bring you Holly Hobbie!  As a young girl I came to love Holly Hobbie!  I have always been intrigued by her innocence and her calming nature.  I owned a few signature Holly Hobbie pieces as a child including, The Holly Hobbie Rag Doll.

The Holly Hobbie Record Player

I had  holly Hobbie bedding

A T.V. tray

and My Most favorite prized possession My Holly Hobbie Lunch pail!!

Who was Holly Hobbie?  Holly Hobbie was born (Denise Holly Ulinskas) in 1944.  She is an American writer and Illustrator, and the name of a fictional character based on this person. She grew up on a farm in rural Connecticut.  In 1964 she married her high school sweetheart and writer Douglas Hobbie.  They made their home in Massachusetts.  Holly used her children, Brett, Jocelyn, and Nathaniel from which to draw inspiration.  
 In the late 1960's, Hobbie sold her distinctive artwork of a rag dress wearing girl with a giant bonnet to American Greetings.  This series of Illustrations became popular, and her originally nameless character became known as "Hollie Hobbie".  In 1974 (the year I was born) Knickerbocker toys licensed the Holly Hobbie character for a line of rag dolls.  This was a popular toy for young American girls for several years. 

 In creating the character which bears her name, Holly Hobbie has captured in great detail the serenity and innocence of a world long ago.  Her designs possess the quiet pleasures of a simpler, gentler way of life.  Hollie Hobbie states, "While I was not deliberately, trying to denote a specific time or person, my style and subjects bring back memories of a more tranquil and charming time period".  "for younger people, they seem to evoke 'the good old days' captured in books or on film...a time beyond memory."

 Holly Hobbie products are now once again being marketed by American Greetings in association with Carlton Cards.

Thank you Holly Hobbie for the memories...Have a peaceful day!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Day I Took a Bubble Bath With My Camera :) Dial Coconut WaterRefreshing Mango Body Wash!!

Hi there!  Back when I started this blog I told you I would meet everyday life and I would review products and share my honest opinion with you, my readers!!  Today I am sharing with you an honest review of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body wash.  This was not a normal review for me and was somewhat difficult.  Let me explain why.

 I often hear of "Bloggers" being lazy stay at home moms who just sit around on their computer all day not doing anything.  To be honest I may have thought that at one point in my life.  There is nothing further from the truth!  Many bloggers have degrees in Marketing, journalism, photography to name a few.  Some make six figure incomes and work upwards of 16-18 hours a day, anyhow what I'm trying to say is these women (and men) put a lot of hard work into what they bring to their fans and readers.  Now I'm not quite a rock star...Yet, but I do put a lot of effort into my work.  This particular review took a little extra time and you are about to see why.

The Dial Brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

The Fed Ex truck pulled in the drive and brought me a package.  I opened up the package and was excited to see a 16 FL OZ bottle of  Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash.  I was so happy to see it was not only coconut water but also Mango!!  I love the scent of Mango!

I wanted my review to be genuine, so I needed to try it out so I could tell you all the great things about it!  I wanted to include photos of me using it, but thought that would prove impossible in the shower, so I ventured to the "kids" bathroom and started running a bath.  I got a towel, the  Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash, my very own pink pouf, my camera, and a rubber duck!

Now the next few pictures were a little tricky!  I had to keep drying my hand with the nearby towel, grab the camera and try and snap a picture while I was sampling the body wash.  This was no easy task!!  I added a few drops of the Coconut Water mango body wash to my pouf.  I then applied to my legs.  I was right to be excited!!  The Mango scent was to die for!  The body wash lathered up beautifully and instantly made my skin feel more hydrated!

I had some other pictures that may have been a better choice, but later found out the shiny faucet makes a really wonderful reflective mirror, unless of course you are needing pictures to post on the Internet! 
I continued lathering up my body really enjoying the fresh scent of the coconut water and Mango!  Now it was time to relax in my nice warm bubble bath, right!?

Hahaha, Nope!  Not relaxing, I'm working here!  Working at not sliding in my slippery tub as I hold a camera, trying to keep the shiny faucet out of the picture.  Looks good though, right?  (I had to keep putting bubbles on the duck, because they would all pop by the time I wold get myself back situated for the picture!)

So anyhow, not the most relaxing bath, but I did LOVE the Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash!  SO if you are looking for a great family body wash or just healthy skin, I would definitely recommend this nourishing body wash!

Here are some great facts!  Coconut water is found in young green coconuts and known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration.  Mango is known for being nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness!

This body wash leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh, and moisturized.  If you close your eyes you feel like you are on a tropical island somewhere with fresh mangos in abundance. So if you are like me and can't afford a real vacation to a tropical paradise,  let the fresh hints of green coconut and tropical mango whisk your mind away to distant Island shores without ever leaving your bath or shower!  

Have a beautiful day

Win your very own bottle of this wonderful body wash by entering below!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Madame Tussauds Hollywood opens Marvel 4D Super Hero experience!!!

Are you looking for something really cool to bring the family to this summer? Madame Tussauds Hollywood's Marvel 4D Super Heroes Experience is NOW OPEN! 

 Madame Tussauds Hollywood has announced the grand opening of their brand new, multi-million dollar Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater expansion as they bring their most legendary super heroes to life. The new technologically advanced renovation will include innovative 4D experiences with multi sensory entertainment including water, smoke and trembles in your seat- allowing visitors to come face to face with the action.

In addition to the theater, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will grant attraction goers unprecedented access to mix and mingle with Marvel's most beloved and idolized superheroes, including: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, TONY STARK and IRON MAN.

Right now at Madame Tussauds Hollywood with the purchase of Adult admission KIDS GO FREE!!  Sounds like fun, right!?  My family and I are going to be visiting this great attraction, and I can't wait to tell you all about our personal experience!  Stay tuned :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ThrowBack Thursday...The cassette tape!!

What's today??  It's throw back Thursday!  Today we will throw back to the cassette tape!  Remember those little buggers?  Actually I still own quite a few and I am one of the Lucky ones who has a mini van equipped with the latest model cassette player!  You know you're jealous!  Over the years most of my tapes got warped from sitting in the hot car or on the dashboard.  Do you remember the sweet sound coming from a warped tape?  Or what about when you push the eject button only to find your cassette tape has been eaten by your player.

 As you tug to pull it out in hopes of not ripping the tape, wondering exactly how bad it has been eaten.  Back in the day when your electronics were indeed real live monsters, eating your prized possessions!  Will this be a quick fix or do we have twenty feet of loose tape to deal with here, tangled in a big heaping knotted mess!?  This is where the #2 pencil comes in handy!

But even worse you pull your cassette from the mouth of the monster to find it has been chopped into two separate pieces.  This is where the true concentration comes in!  I bet a lot of great surgeons today learned a lot of their skills from fixing a torn tape!  You must have a steady hand!  You must get the two pieces to fit back together perfectly to avoid any skip in your favorite song and to function properly the next time you push it into the player.  You finally get the two pieces aligned perfectly, then you need some scotch tape!  Tear off a tiny itty bitty piece and tape the two pieces back together!  The joy you get when it works is to not be compared!  SUCCESS!

 What about when the eject button decides to not keep it's end of the deal and decides to not return the cassette which is rightfully yours!  This my friends is when you need a butter knife!  Gently place the knife inside the compartment door and try and release the little grabbers and pry your favorite tape in hopes of not ruining the player or cracking the cassette case.  If you don't get it out you are stuck listening to the same cassette for the rest of your cassette players life!
I have no Idea why it was decided they needed to come up with something better than the cassette tape!?

The new generation of children are sure missing out on all that cassettes had to offer, the intuitiveness and the drive to fix what's broken, and mad problem solving skills!

Have a wonderful Thursday...til next time :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to School with Yak Pak! Product review and GIVEAWAY :)

Disclosure:  Product received.  Yak Pak sent me a backpack in exchange for a review, however all opinions expressed here are that of my own.

It is that time of year again, where parents and their school age kiddos rush out to get the latest and greatest back to school trends.  First day outfits, supplies, backpacks and lunchboxes!  I think my kids favorite part about back to school shopping is picking out their backpacks!  This bag has to be sturdy enough to carry their ever growing pile of books and supplies,  comfortable enough to get through their day, and stylish enough to stand out in the crowd of an endless sea of backpacks!

 My oldest daughter who is now a "teenager" is all about the latest trends!  When Yak Pak gave us the opportunity to pick out a new backpack for this coming school year, Yak Pak was just the style she hoped for!  she picked out the "Limited Edition Earth Day Yak Pak bag".  When we received it in the mail, she was as excited as I  at the cool design and the good quality of the bag!  The Yak Pak is big enough to hold all her books this school year, it is made with quality that will last, and has big padded shoulder straps to provide her with the comfort she needs!   


Yak Pak was founded in 1989 and is a New-York based lifestyle brand that manufactures a full range of products, including backpacks, messenger bags, and casual accessories for teen and college consumers.  Yak Pak first started out of a college dorm room, has proven to be a pioneer in the backpack industry!

Yak Pak known for its innovative style and designs has shifted the largely monochromatic backpack market to one of bold colors and expressive prints!  This open minded approach to product design is the foundation of Yak Pak's spirit of freedom and independence that resonates throughout the brand.
So if you are out looking for a backpack this fall, I would recommend the Yak Pak!  It is were trend meets functionality!  You can't go wrong!  there are many styles to choose from at Amazon!  Check them out today!! Yak Pak Fuchsia Zebra Print Deluxe Backpack Bag

Not only are YAK PAKs  awesome so are GIVEAWAYS!  Yak Pak has partnered with me and has agreed to give one of my lucky winners a Yak Pak!  Please enter below for your chance to win!  Good Luck :)

Back to School Trends!! Now at Zulily!!

Disclosure:  Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

Looking for the Hottest Back to School trends?  Look no further!  Zulily has everything you are looking for!  From the first day of school outfit, to Dorm room essentials, To must have supplies, Zulily is your one stop shop!

                     According to Zulily, five of the top trends for the new school year include:
  • Northern Exposure – From faux fur capelets and moccasins for girls to hoodies for boys emblazoned with bold animal faces, wild looks are big for back to school

  • Galaxy – Starscapes, planets and are other galaxy themed prints make their way onto clothing and accessories alike for fall Sublimation is really big and should be said in here

  • 90’s Flashback – They say if you’ve lived through a trend once not to wear it a second time around, which is why today’s school kids are the only ones cute enough to pull off 90’s inspired looks, including acid washed jeans with bold bright 90's prints along with Harem pants - Can't touch this.

  • Camo Cool – From backpacks and binders to shoes and jackets, expect to see camouflage prints in a wide variety of colors in school hallways this fall

  • London Calling – Trench Coats and hooded jackets paired with textured wool and corduroy will keep kids on this side of the pond warm when fall’s crisp temperatures return!
So what in the world are you waiting for??  get to shopping, because before you know it, it will be time to wake up for school!!  

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