Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hey Charlotte, Let's Get Naked (with a Little Help from CoolSculpting)!

One thing that I love about my husband is that he loves me just the way I am- thin, pregnant, a little thicker than usual- it doesn't matter to him. Unfortunately, it matters to me. In  a world where thin is always in, I try to keep myself trim and in shape. Of course, this was much easier when I only had myself and my husband to worry about- pre-baby days. Now, I'm nearing thirty, my metabolism (while still pretty fast), is starting to slow down a little bit, and because of stretched out skin from my pregnancy, extra weight shows much more easily and a lot faster than ever before. I hate seeing my baby pooch when I step out of the shower every morning. My once flat tummy sort of looks like a rolled out lump of playdough. 
I'm not one for extreme exercising or crash diets, and am not overly crazy about taking supplements, either. Someone told me that they only way my stomach will ever look the way it did before I had a baby is to have a tummy tuck- and I've seriously been considering asking for one, once I know we're done having children.


I don't want to have to have surgery to regain a flat tummy, though. It's expensive, it will be deemed unnecessary, and recovery would be pretty tough (I imagine it's not much unlike recovery from my c-section). You may be thinking that this very thing sounds a lot like you- thoughts you've had, and ideas you've toyed around with. Your reservations may be similar to mine, as well, which means that many of these options just aren't for you.
Image courtesy of CoolSculpting

Well, what if I told you that there's a cool new, non-surgical procedure that could help get rid of that stubborn fat? CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared procedure that non-invasively uses cooling technology to selectively reduce fat layers in problem areas: i.e. baby pooch, muffin top, love handles, etc. This procedure gently cools the unwanted fat cells in the body, and induces a gentle elimination of those cells. It reduces bulges in the treated areas without doing any harm to the surrounding tissue.

Look at these amazing before and after photos...
 Image courtesy of CoolSculpting
Image courtesy of CoolSculpting


Absolutely amazing!

Benefits of CoolSculpting:


No needles, non-invasive!
No surgery or downtime
Painless: Patient can read, nap or even work on their laptop while the procedure is taking place!
Convenient: Most treatments last 1-2 hours, so it can be done without disrupting your whole day.
Quick, Dramatic Results: Patients see an average of 20% reduction in fat within the first four weeks following treatment.
It's Safe: Cooling technology targets only the selected cells, leaving adjacent issue unharmed.



Watch this short video to see if CoolSculpting might be right for you...


If you'd like to know more about how CoolSculpting works, check out the CoolSculpting 101 video!
Are you as intrigued as I am? Want to know where you can have this procedure done, or where you can learn more? Check out Let's Get Naked Charlotte to find a CoolSculpting Center near Charlotte, NC. For a complete list of CoolSculpting centers near you, visit CoolSculpting.com. For more information on CoolSculpting, visit CoolSculpting.com.
Image courtesy of CoolSculpting

Want It? Win It!

Head to the CoolSculpting Facebook page and enter to win the Let 's Get Naked in LA Giveaway! You could win a CoolSculpting treatment and a VIP trip to LA. Prize details:  Win a VIP weekend getaway for two to Los Angeles to stay at W Los Angeles and receive the ultimate celebrity experience poolside. PLUS a free CoolSculpting treatment before your trip to help you get bathing suit ready! Hurry! Giveaway ends June 30th, 2012!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, brought to you by CoolSculpting through my affiliation with Mom Bloggers Club. Compensation has been received for sharing this information. All opinions expressed are my own.

~Ondria~

Friday, June 29, 2012

Nature's Sleep Slippers (Review & Giveaway)

I'm a mom who likes to be comfortable. When I wake up, I stay in my pj's (usually a pair of yoga pants and a tank top) as long as possible- through my first cup of coffee, through two hours of morning blogging and work, etc. I'm not someone who likes to wear shoes around the house, either. I would almost always rather be barefoot, unless the floor looks like it hasn't been swept in a while. No shoes and no support for my feet, however, leave my poor tootsies calloused, and my heels dry and cracked. In an effort to try to take better care of my feet this summer, I decided to give a pair of house slippers from Nature's Sleep a try.





Nature's Sleep offers amazing memory foam products, designed specifically to promote healthier, more restful sleep. Their products cradle the body in perfect balance, which offers support and relief throughout the night. All of the products available from Nature's Sleep are organic and hypo-allergenic, leaving you well-rested and rejuvenated. 

My new pair of slippers from Nature's Sleep... they look so comfy!

I was lucky enough to receive a pair of the tan open toe slippers by Nature's Sleep. I was kind of excited about receiving them. I haven't worn slippers around the house since I was a little girl, but there have definitely been moments where I wished that I'd had a pair to cradle my feet in recent years.

I tried on the slippers almost right after taking them out of the package. I loved how they felt on my feet. They fit well, and seemed not tight, but just snug enough around the tops of my feet. I walked around in them, and there was no sliding out of them, as I often do with slippers. They stayed on my feet the entire time I was wearing them, and they felt nice and light. I have hardwood floors and tile floors in my home, so I am walking on hard surfaces all day. These lovely slippers from Nature's Sleep make me feel like I'm walking on a puffy cloud!

Features of the Nature's Sleep Slippers...



  • High quality Genuine Nature’s Sleep Next Generation Memory Foam
  • Provides pressure relieving comfort all day long
  • Naturally conforms to your foot in cool comfort
  • Distributes weight to reduce pressure points and improve circulation
  • Ideal for indoor use on multiple surfaces
  • Attractive style and look

  • These are so comfortable, and they actually look good on my feet!


    I've been loving my new slippers so much that I have been wearing them morning and night! I know that I'll definitely appreciate having these around during the winter months, when the floors are nice and chilly in the mornings. Since it's summertime, I am loving that these are an open-toe design, letting my pedicure show through, and letting my feet breathe. My feet do get a little sweaty after wearing them for about an hour or so, but at least that is a good indication that my feet are being kept warm!

     I wish I'd had this comfy pair of slippers when I was pregnant- they probably would have been wonderful for my aching feet. I also wish that I'd had them while in the hospital after Balian was born, and at home, while recovering from my C-section!

     Love the colors of these slippers...

    The Nature's Sleep slippers also come in a closed-toe design, and are great for men, and women! They're also available in a variety of attractive colors, in sizes XS to XL. Everyone deserves to treat their feet to a comfy pair of slippers!

    Along with super soft, comfortable slippers, Nature's Sleep offers other great products to ensure that you have a delicious, restful night's sleep- night after night! Be sure to check out their:

    Mattresses
    Mattress Toppers
    Pillows
    Pet Beds
    Foundations & Frames


    Want It? Buy It!

    You can purchase your own comfy Nature's Sleep Slippers for just $25.00 on their website! These slippers would make a fantastic gift for: moms-to-be (pair with a new robe), kids heading off to college (dorm floors are yucky!), mom or dad (or anyone) for Christmas, get well or recovery gift, birthday or appreciation gift, etc. Don't forget to visit Nature's Sleep on Facebook and give their page a like, so you never miss out on a great deal or giveaway. You can also follow Nature's Sleep on Twitter. Oh, and Nature's Sleep has a monthly mattress giveaway, so be sure to sign up for their newsletter, so you can qualify to enter to win one of those!



    Want It? Win It!

    One lucky reader will win their own pair of comfy and cozy slippers from Nature's Sleep. Just use the rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win! And don't forget- you must complete ALL mandatory entry fields in order for your entries to count!
     
    Special thanks to Nature's Sleep and Makobi Scribe for sending me this great pair of slippers and offering up a pair to give away to our readers!

    Good luck, and thanks!
    ~Ondria~

    Disclosure: Other than the above featured item, which I received directly from Nature's Sleep, free of charge, for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.

    Scentsy with Patti-June Spotlight Sponsor Review and Giveaway

    The beach. I love the beach, all the smells and sounds, the sand and water. For me it is a time to relax and enjoy all that is around me. Living in Indiana is not always the beachiest place on earth, so I do what I can to bring the beach to me.

    Scentsy with Patti had me covered for my most recent beach addition. Patti is one of MBP's Spotlight Sponsors and we love working with her each month. Click here to read Patti's Scentsy story. Patti contacted me and let me know what she would be sending for this month's Spotlight. I was excited because I had yet to try out this fragrance.

     My Scentsy package has arrived safely!
    Patti sent me a Scent Pak and Scent Circle, both with the Rio Beach fragrance. Yum!

    All of Scentsy's Scent Paks retail for $7. They are the perfect size for drawers, closets, hampers, gym bags, anywhere that needs a bit of freshening. I put my Scentsy Scent Pak in my workout drawer, just somewhere to freshen it up a bit. It is such a pleasant greeting when I open up my drawer. There are currently 44 fragrance choices. My favorite scents are Black Raspberry, Love Story, and now Rio Beach.

    Rio Beach is a great combination of coconut milk, tropical fruit, and tonka bean. I had to look up tonka bean because I hadn't heard of it; the fragrance of a tonka bean is similar to a combo of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon, and cloves. It smells just like a tropical beach would, which is fine by me. The scents, once out of the package, tone down to a gentle fragrance that is not overpowering.

    All of Scentsy's Scent Circles retail for $3. They have a hang tag to be able to use in a car, but they are really a great size to stick anywhere. Mine is currently in our car, the kids think it smells yummy now. The Scentsy Circles are available in every scent, which are over 50. I would love to also try the Clean Breeze, Cherry Limeade, and Paradise Punch.

    Visit a few other Spotlight Sponsor reviews of Scentsy with Patti
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    Want It? Buy It!
    Patti would love to help you find some great Scentsy products. She can easily send you a catalog or find her here to place an order. You can also find her on Facebook, give her a "Like" and tell her MBP sent you. The June Scent of the Month is Lotus Cove. All Monthly Specials are 10% off through the end of June. Shop the Scentsy Close-Out items here.

    Want It? Win It!
    One reader will a Rio Beach Scent Package ($14 value), including a Rio Beach Scent Circle, a Rio Beach Fragrance Foam, and a Rio Beach Scent Bar. You must sign up for Patti's monthly newsletter, and follow her Twitter and Facebook page to be eligible to win.
    Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win. Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory.

    Many thank yous to Patti with Scentsy, my car and workout drawer smell great thanks to the Scent pak and circle. I am sure one lucky reader will be thanking you too!

    Thanks and Good Luck!
    ~Steph~
     
     
    Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned products, which I received directly from this sponsor for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. Mommy's Block Party and its team members are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment- this is the understood responsibility of the giveaway sponsor.



    Summer Haircut

    Well, I finally got my hair cut, and it was definitely long overdue!

    My sister always insists that I get a bob, which I'm not up for. This isn't a bob, but I think it'll do. Britt- do you approve? I'll have to get used to having layers around my face again, and little whispies!

    Whatcha think?



    The humidity doesn't help anything, but at least it's shorter and all of that dead stuff is gone! 
    Much lighter-feeling, too!

    ~Ondria~

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

    Late Night Winners

    So, I have lots of winners for several giveaways to announce, and I'll do them a few at a time over the next few days. Sorry for the delay- we have some projects going on at our house, and family here visiting, and yes- I am still trying to catch up from vacation!

    Here we go...

    Ah Goo Baby Plush Pad: #135- Ashley M.
    Aurora World Crinkle Brights: #731- Jennifer H.
    Ah Goo Baby Go Bag: #89- Da Freebies
    Hank Player Kids T-Shirts: #476- Carolyn A.
    Potty Time DVD: #365- Michelle D.
    StoryLand Yoga DVD: #408- Alicia K.
    Subway $25 GC: #1365- Tim L.
    Anvanca: #106- Sarah W.
    Farm Rich Winner 1: #1285- Sherry N.
    Farm Rich Winner 2: #1225- Erica L. 
    Tastefully Simple Bring the Party Pack: #772- Rachael M.

    Congratulations to our winners!
    You have all been e-mailed (from themommyblog83(at)gmaildotcom) and have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize! Please make sure to check your SPAM folders as well and change your settings to allow for MBP emails
     
    Didn't win this time?
    No worries- we have tons of other great giveaways going on right now, and many more to come! Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter, so you never miss a giveaway.

    Shout® (Review & Giveaway)

    When my husband and I got married, almost five years ago, I realized that I was being introduced to a different way of life. Fun and fancy-free, and full of things like messes in the kitchen, piles of laundry on the floor, and stained clothing. When I became a mom, I had no idea that I would quickly have to become a master stain-remover- working quickly to remove stains like spit-up, stains from cloth diapers, onto strained peas, pureed carrots, etc. Now, we've moved on to more sophisticated stains, like tomato sauce, salsa, grass stains on khaki shorts, etc.

     

    I hate stains, and they hate me, too! Many stains, if left untreated, stick with you forever. I can't afford for our personal wardrobes to be ruined and riddled with stains, so when I find a stain remover that works well, I like to stick with it. 

     My stain-fighting package of goodies from Shout®...

    I recently received a package of goodies from Shout®, a well-known family of products for stain removal. They sent me:
    • Shout® Advanced Ultra Gel Brush
    • Shout® Wipes
    • Shout® Triple Acting Formula
    • Shout® Color Catcher
     I was excited to receive these stain-fighters, mostly because I had just run out of the stain-fighting product we had been using, and I hadn't used Shout® on stains since I still lived in my parents house! 

    Unsure of which product to try first, I noticed the Wipes. The Shout® Wipes are portable, and are meant to be used for removing stains, right after they happen! I thought back to the last time my dad and I had lunch together. He dripped something on his dress shirt, and we spent ten minutes dipping napkins in a water glass at the restaurant, trying to get the stain to come out before he had to head back to work. I took about six of the wipes (they come twenty to a box) and placed them in our diaper bag. Stains are really unavoidable, so I thought it would be best just to have those on hand. This past week, when  we were out to lunch, right on cue, my dad dripped salsa on his new polo shirt. He started to reach for the water glass, but I stopped him, and handed him one of the Shout® Wipes. He removed it from the package, and wiped at the salsa stain, then blotted excess moisture away, as directed, with a dry napkin. The stain was instantly lifted! He was impressed, and so was I. This is one of those things that I'm going to have to keep with me at all times! I love that these wipes can be used on clothing, carpet, and auto interiors. They literally lift the stains right away, and they go wherever you go! 


    Of course, the Shout® Triple Acting Formula has quickly become my new best pal. Balian is a busy, active twenty-month-old, and stains occur multiple times a day at our house. I am constantly having to work my magic on stains like mac and cheese, pizza, chocolate, grass, etc. He recently stained his new white onesie from Funkoos, and I had Cheerwine soda sprayed on one of my new shirts a couple of weeks ago. The soda stain was an accident, but I was not happy. Cheerwine is a local soda, with its headquarters right here in NC. It's a thick, deep red soda. Tastes fantastic- there's nothing else like it, but it leaves the worst stains ever! So, I removed my shirt, laid it on top of my washing machine, and gave it a spray with  the Shout® Triple Acting Formula. This spray is formulated with stain-fighting ingredients and enzymes, which break up tough stains, and remove them. It's safe for all colorfast washables, and works in all water temperatures.
    So, I put it to the test with my shirt, Balian's onesie, a mac and cheese-laden shirt, and a pair of his new church shorts that wound up with a grass stain.

     Here's the pile of stained clothing- my shirt, Balian's shirt, onesie and khaki shorts...


    I am pleased to report that all of the stains came out! I was really worried about the Cheerwine stain, and the grass stain- but the clothes look as good as new, and we can go on wearing them, without having to worry about them looking stained!

    Here's something else every mom is going to want to have in her laundry room- the Shout® Advanced Ultra Gel Brush. What I love about this product, is that I can use it to treat a stain right away, and then let it sit for up to a week before washing! So, when my husband stains his shirt while helping me cook dinner on a Tuesday night, I can use this thick stain-fighting formula by rubbing the gel directly onto the stain with the built-in brush at the top of the bottle, let it sit until laundry day, and then wash, as planned on Saturday. This has worked wonders on all of those grease-splattered shirts my husband leaves like little presents in the laundry room!

    The Shout® Color Catcher is completely new to me, but I've seen it in the store, and have heard a lot about it. Not long ago, I did a bad mommy thing- I washed a mixed load of whites and colors, thinking that if I washed everything in cold water, as I usually do, they would be fine. Well, everything that was once white, came out tinted pink. There wasn't a single red article of clothing in that load, so I was baffled as so what caused the white stuff to turn pink. I later realized that my hot pink work out top was the culprit, and was mad at myself- because I hadn't had a laundry accident like this in years! If I'd used the Shout® Color Catcher, this never would have happened! The Shout® Color Catcher sheets absorb and trap loose dyes in your washer, and help to protect clothing from color bleeds, and preserve original coloring. The sheets change colors as they absorb the loose dyes. They also reduce the need for sorting laundry. So, if you're like me, and you often commit this cardinal laundry sin, the Shout® Color Catcher will make it right, and take all your washing fears away! I'll never do a mixed load again without the Shout® Color Catcher!

    All of these featured products from  Shout® have a SRP of less than $5.00, each. Nicely priced, I feel like I can't afford not to have these stain-fighters in my laundry room. My favorite product of these four is the wipes, just because they're so convenient, and we live in a world of convenience, for sure!

    Want It? Buy It!

    All of these featured products, as well as other great products from  Shout®, can be purchased in your local grocery store, mass merchandise store, and drug store- they are available nationwide. You can learn more about these great products from Shout® on their website! Be sure to give Shout® on Facebook a like, connect with Shout® on Twitter, and tune in to their website for stain solutions, and coupons and special offers, too! Shout® is also running a fun contest on the Shout® Facebook page through July 1st! Check that out to win great prizes!
     

    Want It? Win It!

    One lucky reader will win the same  Shout® product package that I received for review! Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win... and remember, if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory!

    Special thanks to Shout® and FRN for making this review and giveaway possible.

    Thanks, and good luck!
    ~Ondria~

    Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned products, which I received free of charge, directly from Shout®, for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

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