Friday, August 30, 2013

Danity Accessories + A Huge SALE from Azuli Skye! (#Review & #Giveaway)

As we begin winding down the summer over the next few weeks, I'll be picking up some new fall wardrobe staples. I'm usually always happy for fall to roll around, because it's my favorite season of the whole year, and I love fall accessories. I'm ready to trade in my sandals and bring my boots back out, style and outfit with some fun scarves, etc. One thing I don't have to swap out between seasons, though (and thank goodness), is my jewelry. I have very few pieces of jewelry that seasonal, which is great, because I really like to rotate my accessories.

Presented by MBP Spotlight Sponsor, Anna Howard

I have grown seriously fond of the gorgeous jewelry from Azuli Skye. We've been blessed to be able to partner with some wonderful ladies through the MBP Spotlight Sponsor group, and I can't say enough about the fabulous, sassy and sweet Anna Howard. Anna is a phenomenal business woman, who is truly invested in Azuli Skye, knows and loves the products and really cares about her customers. Anna's personality is so much fun, and she loves getting together with the gals to party while she presents them with beautiful, quality jewelry!

Azuli Skye was founded by Deborah McNaughton in 2008.Deborah literally began this business in her dining room, with the goal of making quality, affordable jewelry that appealed to a variety of personal tastes. Not only does Azuli Skye offer gals everywhere fabulous jewelry, they offer women the chance to become their own boss, and find financial freedom in becoming a consultant and building their own team. Anna is no stranger to this concept- she's actually a founding director with Azuli Skye!

My package from Azuli Skye... let's see what's inside!

I was thrilled to work with Anna this month. We decided that I would review some earrings this go around, and though I looked through the catalog, I was having a hard time selecting a pair. I love all of their earrings, and it was about to become a huge process of elimination, so I let Anna select a style for me, and surprise me. Anna knows that I'm pretty modest, I prefer silver, and I'm not into big jewelry. I couldn't wait to see what she chose for me!

My pretty package from Azuli Skye...

Azuli Skye takes great care to make the presentation of your newly purchased jewelry magnificent. Seriously, it's like being presented with a special gift, each and every time! The jewelry comes to the recipient in a lovely black satin pouch, with the Azuli Skye logo printed on the front. I always keep these pouches... they're so pretty!

Awesomeness Enclosed!

Even after you open your pouch  to find your jewelry, there's more fun in store. My jewelry was all wrapped up in tissue paper, held closed with an Azuli Skye sticker. It just kept getting better and better... it sort of felt like it was my birthday or something!

Beautiful packaging to make any gal feel special...

When I opened the tissue paper, I found a beautiful, dainty pair of earrings waiting for me. As I took a closer look, I saw that they were post earrings with two crystal dragonflies on each post, sort of stacked on top of one another. I also received a couple of cards with my jewelry- one with tips on jewelry care and cleaning, and the other with info about Azuli Skye, and how to connect with the company.

Care cards and my pretty new earrings...

Dainty and adorable earrings from Azuli Skye!

It was love at first sight with these delightfully dainty earrings. And of course, Anna knows me so well- she knew I would love these! I couldn't wait to try them on, and didn't waste any time! These are Cubic Zirconium, and are just gorgeous. They embody serenity and harmony, and sparkle and shine, just as if they were diamonds!

Whatcha think? Are they gorgeous, or what?

I felt really special when I put these earrings on. I haven't worn post earrings in quite a while, because when you become a mom, you figure out really fast that it's better to wear fish hook earrings with no backs, so they'll just slip out if they're pulled on by your little one. I was thrilled to have a new pair of post earrings- beautiful ones, at that. They're the the type of earrings that can be very casual, or can really dress up a nicer outfit. Plus, unlike a lot of post earrings, these don't pinch, and they're very light.

I love these sweet little dragonflies...

The dragonfly earrings are perfect for every season, and I am definitely going to be wearing the heck out of them these last few weeks of summer! I went to a meeting and had these on, and the other moms were just drooling over them. I told them I wasn't sharing, but that they could order their own from Anna, especially since they're on sale right now for just $9.90, down from their original price of $37.50!
I feel extra special when I wear these, because they were given to me by a friend. They would make a beautiful gift! Thank you, Anna!

So, I mentioned that the Dragonfly earrings are on sale... and guess what? So are lots of other Azuli Skye items. Seriously, this is a HUGE sale! We're talking prices are down as low as $6.00 on some items! This is the perfect time to do some Christmas shopping, ladies! I know that many of us aren't in holiday mode yet, but seriously- do not miss this sale! If you buy 2 items (even at their sale prices), you'll receive your 3rd item for 1/2 price! Plus, if you order by today, Anna is holding a drawing for a fabulous Azuli Skye necklace for all those who order from her!

Check out some of these AZ sale items..

Chic Happens Set: On Sale for $13.90!

Ohh La Luxe: On Sale for $15.90!

Isis Cuff: On Sale for $19.90!

Carnivale Stretch Ring: On Sale for $9.90!

Seriously, you guys- don't miss out on this sale! If you see something you like on Anna's Azuli Skye website, tell your husband... or whoever buys your special holiday gifts! Get your AS wish list to them ASAP, and direct them to Anna's website! Guys- if you're wanting to surprise your sweetie with some amazing jewelry for her birthday, Christmas, your anniversary, etc- let Anna help you out. Trust me, she'll take good care of you, and your love will be ecstatic to receive some special Azuli Skye jewelry!

Want It? Buy It!

Head on over to Anna's Azuli Skye website to browse the entire line of Azuli Skye jewelry. Sale items are marked in red- and supplies are limited, so hurry! Anna is standing by to assist you by answering any questions you may have, or to help you place your order! Anna would also love to share about the Azuli Skye business opportunity, or help you earn free jewelry by helping you host your very own Azuli Skye party! Anna would love to connect with you through her personal Azuli Skye Facebook page.

Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win this beautiful pair of Azuli Skye CZ Dragonfly Post Earrings from Anna! Isn't she fabulous? Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win! Remember- the more entry fields/tasks you do on the entry form, the greater your chances of winning are! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older.

Special thanks to Anna Howard with Azuli Skye for allowing me to once again share about AS's beautiful jewelry, and for offering this lovely giveaway for our readers! Catch Anna back with us around the holidays for a fabulous AS holiday review & giveaway!

Goood luck!

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The Best Beaches Are in Britain!

While films and the media depict beaches as having idyllic white sand, azure waters, and thirty-degree temperatures, the Brits know there is still something great to be said for the traditional seaside of the UK. The coast of the UK has its own unique charm and holds a place in most resident’s hearts. Beach resorts in this country were once the destination of choice for holidaymakers, but this trend tailed off as flights became cheaper and more accessible. UK beach holidays are back with a vengeance however; why not head to the coast this year to find out why.

Some of the UK’s top holiday parks are located on the coast. Combine a traditional seaside holiday with all the facilities of a holiday park for the ultimate beach experience. There are currently Butlins UK holidays up for grabs when you enter a code online in the Cushelle competition. You will stay close to the seafront and have the added advantage of activities for both kids and adults, swimming facilities and a fully staffed complex.

Whether you head to a sandy or stony beach you can’t leave without dipping at least your toes in the water. Kids will show even the toughest of grown men up, as they run headlong into the bracingly cold waves. Build sandcastles, collect seashells and soak up a bit of British sunshine as and when it appears, for an experience unique to our coastline.

When at the beach you have to have a chippy tea at least once. Yes you may be able to buy it anywhere in the UK, but the seaside is the home of fish and chips, and it tastes best eaten from paper bags huddled metres from the crashing waves. Ice cream too was made for the coast, and no warm beach day is complete without a 99 cone. 

British beaches will always be a big part of the country’s national identity and it is important that families pass down old traditions and customs to their kids. Holidays abroad are a great experience, but it is just as important for children to see what is on offer in their home country. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Keep that Summertime Glow Going all Year Long with Pure Romance Sugar Polish! (#Review & #Giveaway)

My family and I just returned home from a week long vacation at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina. I love the beach... truly, there's no place I'd rather be. We had nice weather, so we spent a good bit of time out on the beach, and by the poolside, too. I love being at the beach, not just for the beautiful surroundings, but the beauty benefits, as well. The sand and salt water are amazing natural exfoliators for your skin, helping to wipe away dead skin, etc. My skin always looks and feels beautiful after we've been to the beach (and it's tanned, too!) and I'd like to keep it that way, even at home.

Presented by MBP Spotlight Sponsor, Karen Marder

I am delighted to once again be sharing a fabulous beauty product with you, from Pure Romance, and to be working with the fabulous Karen Marder. Karen has been sharing her fantastic products with us for quite a long while now, and we feel pretty lucky to get to work with her on a regular basis. You may hear Pure Romance and think about spicy products for your love life (and you'd be correct, because they do offer all sorts of fun things), but they also offer an incredible line of beauty products to make any gal look and feel beautiful.

Sugar Polish, by Pure Romance

This month, Karen chose to send me the Pure Romance Sugar Polish. I am a huge fan of sugar polishes. I love using them right after I shave my legs, because it just leaves them feeling so silky and smooth! I have been using different Pure Romance bath and beauty products for a couple of years now, and have yet to be disappointed. I knew I'd love the Sugar Polish!

I couldn't wait to get into a hot shower after we returned from vacation, and give the sugar polish a try. I wanted to keep that summery glow to my skin, which can quickly disappear once you're back to your regular routine, and um- take steaming hot showers, which dry your skin out.

Green Tea Sugar Polish

I only needed a little bit of the sugar polish for one use. I gave the tube of polish a little shake, so the oils could mix, and then squeezed out a bit of the sugar polish into my hand. I gently rubbed and massaged it into my skin, and it just melted right into it. The sugar polish is comprised of natural sugar and oils, and is available in scents like Pink Cupcake, Pear Berry, Sweet Fantasie and Pomegranate.

After using the sugar polish, the water just beaded up over my skin. My legs looked gorgeous after using the sugar polish in the shower! They were bright and vibrant, and super soft to the touch. I'm sort of funny about wearing shorts to bed, because I hate the prickly hairs or dry skin on my shins rubbing together in my sleep. After I used the sugar polish, however, I couldn't wait to shed the yoga pants and sleep in my shortie shorts! Hubby was happy to see the yoga pants go, too. He commented on how silky soft, and smooth my skin felt, which definitely made me feel a little sexier.

I love my Green Tea Sugar Polish from Pure Romance!

I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone who's wanting to revive their tired skin, or who just wants to pamper themselves a little bit. For just $24.00, you're getting a lot of bang for your buck (no pun intended- well, maybe a little!), and you'll love the way you look and feel after you use it. This is a great product to use all over your body, or in drier spots like elbows, knees, etc. Just be careful- the oils will make your tub slippery! You'll want to try to wash that away a bit, before letting little ones into the tub, etc.

Along with the yummy sugar scrub, Pure Romance has a whole lot of other bath and beauty products that will help you stay looking summertime terrific through the fall and winter seasons!

Coochy Rash-Free Shave Cream (My favorite PR product!)

Skin Therapy

Body Dew


These products are perfect gifts, too! Whether you're looking for a fun bridal shower or bachelorette gift, some pampering products to shower a new momma with, some items for yourself, or some fun surprises for your spouse, Pure Romance has something for everyone, and at just about every price point. Take it from me, these are affordable, quality products that you'll be very happy to have on hand!

Want It? Buy It!

You can purchase any of the above featured items and many more through Karen's Pure Romance website. Please note that you do have to be 18 years old to enter to Pure Romance website. Karen would love to assist you by selecting the perfect gift, or in making your purchase. She's available to answer your questions, and would be happy to fill you in on the awesome Pure Romance business opportunity, help you earn free Pure Romance products (by hosting the ultimate ladies night!), and more! Feel free to leave your questions for Karen in the comment section, or contact her through her Pure Romance by Karen Facebook page!

Want It? Win It!

One lucky MBP reader will win their very own Pure Romance Sugar Polish from Karen! Just use the handy dandy Rafflecoopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win! Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older.

Special thanks to Karen Marder for allowing me to try out another wonderful Pure Romance pampering product, and for offering this sweet giveaway for our readers!

Good luck!

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Getting to Know You Thusdays

Thanks for dropping by to get to know the MBP team of bloggers a little better. This week, we're catching up with MBP Sr. Contributor, Ondria Witt.

Good Eats- What's For Dinner Tonight? 
I have no idea- I have to work tonight, so I'll be home while the boys go to grandma's house. Maybe leftovers?

Whatcha Reading? 
The Boleyn Inheritance, by Phillipa Gregory (It's good, too!)

Listening to Anything Good?
 Jesus Culture... I listened to their song, 'Holy,' for like, an hour yesterday.

Whatcha Been Watching? 
Not much- I caught a re-run of The Middle last night, though. I love that show!

I Dreamed a Dream of...
No dreaming last night for this gal. I didn't fall asleep until 2:30 am, and then the alarm went off at 6:20. Gross! I'll be grumpy all day, for sure!

What I'm Lovin' this Week... 
Family birthday celebration this weekend for my hubby, his cousin and his grandmother. We have lots of family birthdays all in a row from July through October. It's kinda crazy!

I am so Done With... 
Summer. Let's go fall, I'm ready for ya.

Silliest Thing this Week...
My son wound up in bed with my husband and me the other night, and in the middle of the night, I heard a sweet little voice saying, 'Can you guys help me?' His nighttime pull-up was all bunched up and half pulled down. It was just the funniest way to be woken up at 3 am.

Thanks for catching up with me this week! I'd love to hear how you've been doing this week, too! Pick a topic from the list and tell me about it!

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Essential8 #Review and #Giveaway

Part of the MBP Pregnancy & Newborn Reviews
**Since we at MBP like to bring an assortment of things to our readers, it makes sense that we offer a range of pregnancy and newborn items right now. We searched around for some of the best companies we could find and we have been blessed with some amazing products.**
Newborn baby skin is very fresh and extra sensitive to everything. As I expected, baby C, with going through a million diapers in the first few weeks of life, developed some diaper rash. With my other two, I had my standby, a spray that was easy to apply, prevented and treated rashes, and was easy to find. It is no longer available and I was not happy. I liked everything about it, including that it wasn't full of random ingredients that I could not identify. I didn't know what I was going to do until I was contacted by a company who produces natural products for home and body.
Essential8, based in Central New York, is an Etsy Shop dedicated to providing high quality, natural products for the home and family. Sarah is the owner and creator of Essential8 and also a wife and mom. When her daughter had some skin issues, she set out to find something, and after reading many personal care product labels she was completely overwhelmed with what she found. She started combining essential oils with high quality, organic, all natural ingredients to provide people with healthier options for themselves and their homes.
Sarah decided on the name Essential8 because she wanted to keep things simple. Her goal in creating her handmade products is to use 8 ingredients or less and ingredients that are only beneficial and necessary. She also only uses pure essential oils in her recipe, no artificial fragrances of any kind. I don't know about you, but I can't stand fake smells, especially in baby products.
Sarah is very friendly and passionate about her company. She wanted to make sure to choose baby items for us to showcase in our Pregnancy/Newborn feature. She quickly sent her items and made sure to follow up that we had received them. Many Etsy stores I have purchased from don't take the time to make sure their customers know like Sarah did, I appreciated that a lot. Essential8 is a 5 star Etsy shop and has more than 50 positive reviews after just one year, so they are well on their way to providing healthy, sustainable, and eco-friendly products.
Our Essential8 package is here!

 Safely packed so no damage can occur.

 Can't wait to see what is all here!

 We found a variety of products from Essential8, a New Baby Gift Set (including organic cotton reusable wipes, Tidy Tushies Diaper Spray, and Healing Diaper Salve). All individually packed and included a thank you note card that also included the Essential8 Facebook and Pinterest links.

My first Essential8 product was the Healing Diaper Salve. It retails for $8.50 for a 2 ounce container.
"This herbal salve is perfect for assisting with dry, irritated or chapped skin, rashes, diaper irritations, and other skin disorders. This gentle salve is a Vaseline-like consistency. Dried herbs including Calendula, Chamomile, Lemon Balm and St. John's Wort are hand infused into skin-friendly oils. Each herb included in this mix is well known for its healing properties. Ingredients include Olive, Safflower and Fractionated Coconut Oil infused with Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Lemon Balm and Organic St. John's Wort, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax and/or Candelila Wax, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Neem Oil, Lavender, Tea Tree and Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Blend. The scent is very mild."

I was very pleased with the Healing Diaper Salve. It comes in a cute little round tin, beautifully labeled, and easy to open. It is filled almost to the top, so no skimping on product. You are immediately greeted with a mild, fresh scent that you know is natural. It is incredibly easy to use and apply. It absorbs quickly after application as well. When I change baby C's diaper, I apply a little to her chubby crevices that are irritated and by next diaper change seems happier. It does not seem to stain the clothes either, which is sometimes a worry. I have been quite happy with my new diaper salve, especially since I can no longer find my old standby! 
My second Essential8 product was the Tidy Tushies Concentrated Wipes Solution. It retails for $11 and comes in an 8 ounce container to make a full gallon of wipe solution.

"This gentle and all-natural cloth wipe concentrated solution contains no alcohol, sulfates or artificial fragrance.

Dilution instructions are clearly described on the bottle. The scent is a light blend of lavender and tea tree. All natural ingredients include: saponified organic oils of coconut, olive and jojoba, distilled water, baking soda, aloe vera and essential oils."
I really like the Tidy Tushies a lot. It is in a great, easy to use metal spray bottle with a clear to read label. It is so simple to make, I just add 1 tablespoon of solution in to a cup of hot water and let cool. The fragrance is so sweet and refreshing, it reminds me of something fruity but not fake. I can then spray my new solution right onto baby C's bottom and wipe clean with a dry cloth, no need to use wipes. This is so gentle and freshens up the whole room, not just baby C. I love the fact that one 8 ounce container makes a whole gallon of solution too, saves me money while being environmentally friendly, plus no wipes fake smell either.
My third Essential8 product was the Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes. They retail for different prices, depending on how many you order.

"100% pure organic cotton flannel wipes are approximately 6.5 x 8 inches. Finished with a serged edge so they won't unravel. Simply throw them in the washer and dryer and reuse them over and over."

I LOVE this wipes! First, they come all wrapped up with a sweet little ribbon. Even before I washed these, they were super soft, but after washing they just got softer. They held up really well through washes too. They are thin but not too thin, which is perfect for wiping small areas. I am using them with the Tidy Tushies and the combo has been great for baby C's skin, I think it looks better than the other two at that age.

Essential8 also carries household products and other body products which I am sure are just as wonderful as the baby products we received.
Want It? Buy It!
All Essential8 products are made from only the highest quality ingredients. No parabens, phthalates, sulfates or artificial fragrance, Start your shopping now! Essential8 specialize in creating products that are healthy, sustainable and eco-friendly. Sarah can create customized wedding, bridal shower and baby shower gifts and favors. You can follow Essential8 on Facebook or Essential8 on Pinterest for more information, photos, and specials.
Want It? Win It!
One MBP reader will win a $25 gift certificate to the Essential8 Etsy Shop. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win. Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory.
Thank you to Sarah and Essential8!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Winners

How about a little win to get through the 
last few hours of Hump Day? 

Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet: #415- Paula S.
Princess Twins of Legendale DVD: #1305- June C. S.
Daddy Scrubs: #1425- Rochelle H.
Little Pim Language DVD: #225- Carmen V. D.
$25.00 Build-a-Bear Workshop Gift Code: #4795- Jean M. A
The Wedding Chapel DVD: #505- Madonna F. D.
UM Cheeky: #85- Bethany N.
CitiBlocs: #1820- KT
Tidy Books Box: #5775- Mary H.
Cool Gear Can: #100- LaTanya T.
Arthur Lauer Gift Card: #122- Angel J. L.
Soy Serenity Candle: #126- Michelle D. H.

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