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Friday, February 19, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty Idea - CandyLipz

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

CandyLipz



  Need a great finishing touch to your glammed up holiday style?  How about finishing your look with gorgeously plump lips without having to get any expensive procedures done...sound impossible, well it's not thanks to CandyLipz.

  CandyLipz is an all-natural, non-surgical Xtreme Lip-Shaper System.  No waiting either...results are immediate!  It has also been clinically proven and dermatology tested to be safe and effective.

  Just decide if you want to plump both or just one, squish the base of the system and line it up on your lips and release.  The longer you leave the plumper on the larger your lips will be.  

  CandyLipz is currently running a special of 50% off all Lip Plumpers!!!

  Mommy in GA:  I am a little cautious about the use of this product right now due to pregnancy and gestational diabetes.  I will post in the future if able to use the product.  

  Mommy in PA:  Ok so this has to be the #1 scariest product we've gotten to review yet LOL!  Due to the fact that it warns you about possible bruising it was hard to find a time to initially try it when I wouldn't be going out in public shortly after.

  After getting over my fear and actually attempting it I was surprised that I could get good results without having to leave it on for very long.  It took me a couple of tries to get it lined up and get the suction correct but it wasn't really difficult.  It actually made my lips hurt a little bit, like a pinching feeling but it did make them plumper : )  I will be gradually working my way up on how long I leave it on, I think I am a long ways away from the one to two minutes they suggest LOL!

  Oh and don't worry, the product comes with a lot of info for new users and their site is also jam packed full of helpful info for those who need it.  

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Travalo

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Travalo




  So do you know someone who travels a lot?  Or maybe you do a lot of traveling?  Well ladies with the strict rules on what you can and cannot take on planes with you these days it gets a bit daunting.  What if you have a signature fragrance that you wear all the time.  Well what if that fragrance doesn't come in a small enough container to take with you on your flight?  Well Travalo has the answer.  

  The Travalo Excel and Milano is the perfect size to take in your carry-on luggage, and even has a pressure regulating system built in to prevent leaks.  And for all of you eco-friendly people out there it is also 98% recyclable.  

  I know what you are thinking...how on Earth do I get my fragrance into the Travalo?  Well it's simple.  Just remove the plastic cap from the top of your fragrance bottle (the cap you push on to spray) and place the bottom of the Travalo over the tube.  You then just move the Travalo up and down until the Travalo is full (which is easy to tell by the clear side window that they nicely provide).  When full the Travalo holds 65 sprays of your favorite fragrance.

  Travalo Excel comes in 9 different colors and is also available at ULTA.  Travalo Milano comes in 8 color choices.

  Mommy in GA: These are a fantastic gift for all those ladies in your family that have to do a lot of traveling be it to come home and visit, to travel for work, or that just travel for fun!

The Travelo allows you to pack your favorite fragrence  and carry along in your luggage without having to worry about security confinscating it!!



  Mommy in PA:  How cool is this.  I don't really do a lot of traveling but I do like to keep some fragrance handy without having to lug the whole bottle around.  This is really cute and fits in my purse nicely : )  Filling it really was a breeze too, now I didn't fill it completely up but I did put enough of my fragrance in for a few days and had no issues at all.  

   What a wonderful gift idea at an affordable price.  The Excels sell for $19.99 and the Milano for $49.99.  

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Snikiddy

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

Snikiddy



  Well as most of you already know, we are always looking for healthy snacks for our families, especially when thinking about back to school time.  And so in our searching we stumbled upon Snikiddy.

  Snikiddy is actually short for persnickety which makes a ton of sense seeing as how trying to eat healthy often brings out the real picky eater in all of us : )  But no need to be persnickety when it comes to Snikiddy, read on to find out what our families thought of Snikiddy.



  Mommy in GA: I was SO excited about this review!!! Disappointment set right in as shortly after we got the good news I got some not so great news of gallstones while in my first trimester :( That meant strict diet of next to nothing so I did not personally get to try this review but the kiddos were in heaven!!!


Smashpop: My 9 year old was the only fan (She likes salt on everything lol I have to keep it put up!!!) She said "They are not my favorite," I would like to point out that did not stop her

Grilled Cheese Puffs: Ok so cheese puffs of any sort and I have a long history lol.  I was really like almost in tears when I realized these were in our fantastic box of goodies :(  The kids' all loved these and thankfully ate them up quickly so my suffering was shortlived!!!!

Baked Fries: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid gallbladder!!!!! I was scared to death to eat anything...... If you have had gallbladder issues you understand my fear of food!! Iwas exited about these also and again thank you kids' for your enthusiasim to eat everthing  the house as qicklyas possible!! I am pretty sure they inhaled and these were gone lol!!

Lastly were the
Jalapeno Ranch: My 12 year old daughter was a huge fan and actually ate all of these herself, the other kids' are not fans of hot or spicy lol, My 12 year old told me these were amazing and begged me to put them on our grocery list :)



  Mommy in PA:  Oh Heavenly Goodness, how can healthy taste so good!!!  Opening the Baked Grilled Cheese Puffs and then proceeding to leave the bag at home unattended was a terrible, terrible mistake.  When I did return home a few hours later all that was left was a very small handful nestled in the corner of the bag...just enough for a taste but not enough to satisfy the craving : (  

  I was much smarter with the Baked Fries.  I got the first taste but I was kind enough to share. Although I really didn't want to, these were almost as good as the Baked Grilled Cheese Puffs.  

  Everyone in my household loved the Grilled Cheese Puffs and the Baked Fries.  That was not the case for the Eat Your Vegetables Jalapeno Ranch...but that's ok with me because these are my new favorite chip!  Now granted I can only eat a handful in one sitting due to my tongue not liking spicy things but that just means they last me longer that way : )  

  Nobody in my house even wanted to try the SMASHPOP : (  I did try it but I am not a huge fan.  It just tasted really salty and left my lips feeling funny from the salt : (  Oh well, you can't win them all...especially when you are being compared to Baked Grilled Cheese Puffs : )


Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - BrickSwag

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

BrickSwag



  Looking for the perfect gift for the Lego fan in your house?  How about a gift that keeps giving all year round?  Well now you can have just that with the BrickSwag monthly subscription.

  Each BrickSwag box contains an exclusive t-shirt, real Lego bricks, an issue of their Build Magazine, plus some extras.

  The November box that we received also included a poster and a plastic drinking cup.

  Subscriptions range in price from $26 to $240 depending on if you are doing month by month or paying for a few months to a full year at a time.  Right now they are running a discount of 10% off using code HAPPYTEN at checkout.

  Mommy in GA:I apologize to my kids for being the worst mom ever!!  My kids' were not super interested in LEGOS,  and I am not going to lie I did not push the issue (Hello 4 kids' all different ages and stages!!!), We got the offer to do the lego swag and it sounded kind of cool!

My 11 year old daughter got ahold of the box first and dug in, she had a blast building her turkey and even made a space ship :) She also really enjoyed the cards included in the turkey pack of LEGOS!!  All I heard from my 6 year old son was "It's not fair, It's my turn to build now!!!"

We have had to re-draft letters to santa to include LEGO sets!!! So this box has showed us that they are interested even though I was not so sure!!

Mommy in Pa elaborated on the other goodies below but we really enjoyed the t-shirt and the drinking cup also!!



  Mommy in PA:  My son has never been more excited about receiving something for the blog LOL!  Needless to say the box was open and things were being constructed before I even had a chance to take a picture (as you see I was able to get a picture of the finished project though).

  My son is a HUGE Lego fan!!!  He has an under the bed size tote to keep all of his in but still has boxes of them sitting around that just don't fit anymore.  This was a dream come true to him.

  The project this month was a turkey which my son had a blast building.  They also include a build pack which your child can create their own project based on the theme provided.  I do believe the theme for November was food.  There is actually a type of contest where the child uses their build pack to create and then submits their entry for a chance to win.  We did not really have time to attempt it this time but hope to in the future.

  The t-shirt is really cute and unique (my son won't have to worry about someone having the same Lego shirt as him) and the plastic drinking cup is awesome : )

Here are my 10 year-old's thoughts:  "I really liked the concept of what they are doing.  The challenge sets are also really fun to try, they are actually a challenge.  It's really fun to build what they have set up even though it is small.  I like how it has a lot of pieces.  They also have pieces that you don't get in most Lego sets that you have to buy individually off of the Lego website.  It is definitely worth the money because it takes them a lot of time to get the Legos that they put into the sets."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles




  Another great gift idea for the pizza lover in your life (or for yourself if you love pizza as much as I do).  The Pizzacraft Round Glazed Pizza Stone with Handles will leave yourself asking why you never owned one of these before.  

  Mommy in GA:
Ok I try to reserve my OMG moments for those really great moments in life!!! Let me just say
OMG!!!!



This Pizzastone is AMAZING!!!!!!! I am not sure how I functioned before owning one of these!!!!





Ok the above picture is of my new FAVORITE kitchen item!!The pizza stone........ now I know it is called a pizza stone but......I have used this bad boy for MANY things!!! 
Pizza (obviously!!)
pig in a blankets (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
bagel bites
biscuits
those are just a few things off the top of my head and I have not had this stuff for very long!!


  The picture above is of my first homemade pizza with my pizza stone (I have been going through some stuff this pregnancy so I did not get to try this pizza BUT, the kids said it was AWESOME!!!)
It looked and smelled AMAZING for the record!

Super easy to clean no soap required (seriously!!!Do NOT use soap!!!) the flavors soak right into the pizzastone!!!

As for anyone in your life that may say oh something else you don't need.........The same thing happened to me and now when I am cooking I get asked," why not use the pizza stone??"

Holiday Gift Guide - Kitchen Helper - My Pain Away After Burn Cream

disclaimer:  We received the product below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

My Pain Away After Burn Cream



  Ok so baking during the holidays is a big deal for both our families.  Whether it's cookies, pies, or dinner rolls we all bake our fair share.  There is one thing that makes the whole experience a little annoying...burns.  It never fails, everything is going great, and next thing you know you are bumping your arm off the edge of the oven...that is if you even remembered to put on your oven mitt...LOL!

  Well the people over at Topical BioMedics have incorporated one of our favorite products (Topricin) into My Pain Away After Burn Cream that works for sunburn, wind burn, blisters, chaffing, itchy skin, scar healing, and you guessed it...oven burns : )

  As with the Topricin we reviewed, this product is also homeopathic so no need to worry about scary ingredients or using it too much.  It is also Diabetic-friendly.  

  How it works is by helping the body remove all the excess toxins and fluids at the injured area which in turn allows the oxygen and nutrients to flow back into the cells.  

  3 Percent of all sales of the Burn Cream are being donated to burn centers.  

  Mommy in GA: We LOVE homeopathic products in my house!!! You never know what you are putting on yourself or your kids when they have harsh chemicals :(

As for it being a burn cream, Hello you are right down my ally!!

I work in a school cafeteria so I burn myself a lot at work and at home!!!
I have used the after burn cream several times and it works great every time,  It pulls the burn out every time and almost instantly!

  Mommy in PA:  We are always excited to try out new products and always more so when we get to try out a new product from a company that we already love : )  

The very first test we used this product for was sunburn.  We had been out at the flea market for two days and my daughter had forgotten to apply sunblock to her arms : (  Needless to say she got a little burnt but no worries the After Burn Cream saved the day.  This is the first burn cream we have tried that worked in relieving the pain right away and helping to heal the sunburn quickly.  She put it on in the evening and by morning the redness had all but disappeared.  

The next test was the dreaded stove burn...she had been making some mac n cheese (noticing a trend here yet...don't worry, she's old enough to operate the stove by herself LOL) and had brushed her arm up against the pan.  My Pain Away After Burn Cream to the rescue again.  We don't even bother reaching for anything else at this point : )  

I haven't tried it for scar reduction yet but plan on doing so soon.  I really just wanted to make sure we had enough for burn treatment at this point : )

This is another one of those products that will be in our house for many years to come.  It is so great not having to worry that you are applying something too much or what terrible side effect it could be having on your loved ones.  Thanks again Topical BioMedics for another great product!


Holiday Gift Guide 2015!!!



To see a complete list of our favorite products for the holidays just click on "holiday gift guide" in the label section to your left.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.  

Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter




  Do you love pizza as much as I do...well I guess it's possible LOL!  Well if you are a pizza lover or know a pizza lover that you are looking for the perfect gift for then the Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter may be just what you're looking for...if not stay tuned for other products from the Pizzacraft line that may be right up your alley.  

  The pizza cutter is made of solid wood for easy cleaning and also features a hole for hanging.  

  Mommy in GA:  Holy crap do I LOVE pizza!!!!  I was so excited when they opted to let me review the Pizzacraft items!!!

I always thought that the rocking pizza cutters were the coolest things but just never really got around to trying them........BOY have I been missing out!!!

The wooden Pizzacraft Rocking Pizza Cutter is wooden so you do NOT want to use soap just wipe it clean with a wet rag, let dry and put away!!

I was a little skeptical about the wooden part thinking only metal would cut through the dough...... they proved me wrong!!!

Plus BONUS this is  an under $10.00 gem  for any pizza lover that you may know :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Gift Idea - Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plates

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.


  Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plates




    Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for the foodie in your family?  Are you wanting to add a little bit of elegance to a special holiday dinner?  Well you don't have to look any more thanks to Charcoal Companion Himalayan Salt Plates.

  These Himalayan salt plates can be used for serving meals on or cooking meals on your stove top or grill.  They can also be placed in your freezer for serving cold desserts or sushi.

  Mommy in PA:  I loved the fact that these came in a four pack that can be either used as one cooking/serving surface or divided up and used individually.  We chose to use them individually as serving plates for a meal consisting of venison steak and parsley potatoes (My son decided to have homemade french fries on his).  With there being four of us this worked out just right.  

  The first thing I noticed with these was how heavy they are.  So if you do decide to get these just be prepared that the package will weigh a lot more than you expect : )  After opening the package I was utterly amazed at how beautiful these are and how unique each one looked (everyone got to pick out which one they wanted to use and it was easy to keep track).  




 I was so excited to plate these up!  Just look at how gorgeous they turned out.  I am no professional but this sure did make my meal look more like it came out of a fancy restaurant : )

  One of the wonderful benefits of the salt plates is the fact that there is no need to salt the food you are serving as the salt is the plate itself.  We were all a little skeptical as my hubby and son love their salt and we were thinking that it wouldn't be enough salt flavor.  Well needless to say, nobody was reaching for the salt shakers during dinner : )  My daughter even tested a little further by taking a bite of her food that hadn't touched the salt plate and then one that had and said that it made a huge difference.  

  It is super easy to clean these too thanks to the fact that salt is a natural germ buster.  Just scrub them down with warm water to get off all of the food residue and oils and then just dry them very well.  Do Not Soak! 

  Great product that we will be using time and time again : )
 

 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide!!!



  Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?  Hard to believe the holiday season is upon us.  Well here at Money Saving Mommies X 2 we like to take this time to give our readers some ideas for unique holiday gifts, beauty products to help you look your best during these hectic times, and healthy snack ideas to help keep those calories to a minimum : )  Stay tuned over the next week or so for our favorite holiday picks.  Some will be things we have written about before and some will be brand new so be sure to check back regularly.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

SweetLeaf

disclaimer:  I received the products below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

SweetLeaf



  The holidays are quickly approaching.  And what does that mean?  Holiday weight gain...yuck!!!  Well we could all just drink water and lose a lot of extra calories but if you're like me plain water seems just a little too boring for the palate.  

  Here's where SweetLeaf steps in.  With their SweetLeaf Water Drops you can choose one of four flavors to enhance your water drinking experience.  The flavors are Raspberry Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi, Peach Mango, and Lemon Lime.  

  The SweetLeaf Water Drops contain zero calories, zero carbs (great for the diabetics), no sugar, and no artificial sweeteners.  In place of the artificial sweeteners they use Stevia.  

  Mommy in PA:  My family and I got a chance to try all four flavors of the SweetLeaf Water Drops and here is what we thought:  

  I was excited to be trying these as my son is a Type 1 Diabetic and we are always looking for ways to cut down on carbs.  My son didn't really care for any of these flavors but we are hoping that they will come out with more flavors soon : )  On a side note:  With these not containing any of the normal artificial sweeteners that my son is used to I believe that is why he wasn't a fan, as most of you know the artificial sweeteners have a certain aftertaste that I believe people just get used to tasting.  

  My daughter really loved the Lemon Lime and we were out of it in no time.  I don't think she wanted to share LOL!

  My mother seemed to enjoy the Peach Mango ones the best.

  I personally thought the Strawberry Kiwi was pretty good but none of us were fans of the Raspberry Lemonade.

  Another thing that I totally loved about these is the fact that they are clear.  So not only is this great for schools where kids are only allowed to bring in clear beverages but also great at preventing a colored mouth as I know all too well from some of the drink sticks we've tried in the past.  

  These are a great addition to the selection of water drops currently available : )
  

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

derma e Purifying Skincare Line

disclaimer:  We received the products below for free in exchange for our honest opinions.  All opinions remain our own.

derma e Purifying Skincare Line



  You read that right...derma e has a new line of products and we couldn't be more excited!!!

  The new line contains the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, Purifying Youth Serum, Purifying Toner Mist, Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, and Purifying Gel Cleanser.

   Using ingredients inspired by the Earth and sea (marine algae extracts, Activated Charcoal, Green Tea, and Aloe Leaf juice) this line will help draw out toxins, replenish nutrients, and restore skin's resistance to oxidative stress.

  Mommy in GA received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and Purifying Youth Serum.  The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub is  gentle enough for daily use.  It lifts away impurities and pollutants leaving behind a healthy radiance.  The Purifying Youth Serum is a mineral rich treatment that shields the skin from environmental and age damage.

  Mommy in GA: I LOVE the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub!!!! I absolutely use it every day because I love the way it makes my face (and an added bonus my hands!!!) feel!!!

The smell when you use it is not fantastic but it does not linger on your face and it is not a horrible smell while you are using it. I am huge on smell good stuff and I will just tell yall it has not stopped me from usimg it!!!

Again, the Purifying Youth Serum didn't smell as great as I would have liked it too...but it could also be due to my oversensitive sense of smell due to the pregnancy.  As far as the product performing well I have noticed a definite glowier complexion...but alas, that too could be due to the pregnancy : )  Most folks say that I appear younger than I am anyway so I really didn't expect a whole lot from this product.  I am happy with it keeping my skin feeling radiant though.  

  Mommy in PA received the Purifying Toner Mist and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.  The Purifying Toner Mist is a pH balanced skin mist that replenishes minerals and antioxidants to your skin.  The Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask is a dual-action, deep-detox formula that purges pores of toxins and exfoliates away micropollutants.

  Mommy in PA:  I just can't put into words how much I love the 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.  As I have said so many times before I am a HUGE fan of 2-in-1 products and this is no exception.  What sets this mask aside from any mask I've used before is the fact that after you allow it to dry and you go to remove it with water you actually just wet your hands and exfoliate your face while removing the mask thanks to the Apricot Seed Powder within.  May I just say...BRILLIANT!!!  Now onto the even better news...this stuff really works.  I use this on Monday mornings and could literally get away without using any other products all day and my face feels wonderful.  

  The Toner Mist also works well, it leaves my face feeling cooled and refreshed though I don't really care for the light tackiness I feel after application but it does go away within a matter of minutes.  Well worth the fresh feeling : )  The mist also has a very pleasant scent which I personally enjoy in any product I put on my face.  

Monday, October 5, 2015

FramedArt.com

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions remain my own.

FramedArt.com

  Do you ever just look around your house and feel like something is missing?  It's amazing what one art print or a collection of them can do to finish making a room feel complete.  Or do you have a multi-purpose room that needs a little help designating the areas...well art can help there too.

  Well once you decide on what type of art your are looking for then you need to find a place to order it and we know just the place.  FramedArt.com has a little bit of everything.  And not only do they have a little bit of everything, they have prices that make museum-quality art affordable.



YAY!!!!! Its here!!!!! I have been VERY excited for this review :)



They packaged it so well and snug so it wouldn't crack on the way to my house!!!!



Everything you need!!Just grab a nail and a hammer and get to it :)




  Mommy in  GA: This was one of my favorite reviews!!!!  I had looked everywhere for something to match the kids' crazy peace bathroom!!! So I went onto framedart.com and actually just typed in my peace sign search and it brought up all of my choices!!



I found my perfect print...... picked my frame (several to choose from!!!!!) and you also get to pick your glass or plexiglass and your matte

I chose the colors for the matte also.



Super fun, easy and I got exactly what I wanted!!!!! You should head over and have a look!!!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dermaflage

disclaimer:  I received the product below for free in exchange for my honest opinions.  All opinions remain my own.

Dermaflage

  Scars...we all have them.  And when they are in a noticeable location they can really be upsetting.  Well what if there was a way to help conceal the scar without some expensive technique or cosmetic surgery?  That's where Dermaflage steps in.

   Dermaflage uses a simple three-step procedure to fill and conceal the scar.  And unlike makeup, Dermaflage is flexible so it moves with your skin. It is also waterproof (go ahead and take that shower or go swimming), and can last up to 36 hours.

  It was created by a Special Effects makeup pro and has been used by television and movie stars.  But don't think that superstar product means superstar price...Dermaflage costs $50 for a starter kit that contains multiple applications.




No Dermaflage above....... Ugly scar but a great day behind it!!!!




The pic above is the light color Dermaflage (A tad too light for right now I think!!!) Also my first attempt at Dermaflage ever!!!!!



The pic above is the medium tint and matches much better!!! My second attempt at dermaflage :)

  Mommy in GA:  I was super excited about trying the Dermaflage and got the entire starter kit!!! As stated above you get multiple applicators and also get to choose 2 color tones. you will get several uses out of one applicator (even more if your scar area is smaller)  You also get the compact where you keep the spnge to smooth your application.

It didn't look great but it was very easy to use and mine looked way better the second time!!!  After you use it for your special occasion or are just done it peels right off, super easy and no big mess :)