Archives for November 2014

Neutrogena Face-to-Face Foundation Challenge {Big Reveal}

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While I am an Ambassador for Neutrogena, all opinions remain 100% honest.

As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try lots of the brand’s products but never done an actual head to head challenge with any other brands….until now.  To participate in the Face-to-Face Challenge, I was sent two identical bottles of foundation just labelled “A” and “B”.  I was instructed to use each product for at least 2 days and report back on the results.

Up first, Foundation “A.”  The texture of this product was fairly thick and I was surprised at how light it actually felt on my skin. This product provided great coverage without over drying my skin.

The following week, I tested Foundation “B.”  This product was was noticeably thinner in texture (almost watery).  While this foundation provided good coverage initially, I feel like it did not stay put throughout the day.

At the end of the testing period, I chose Foundation “A” due to its’ staying power.  At the end of the day, I felt like my makeup still looked fresh which is essential for this busy working Mom.  After providing my results to the people at Neutrogena, it was revealed that Foundation A (the one I chose as superior) was NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 which sells for $12.50 and Foundation B was actually NARS Sheer Glow which sells for $45.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin® liquid makeup takes over where your skin care leaves off. Silky-light coverage glides on for a perfectly natural look, while the exclusive blend plus Broad Spectrum SPF 20 work together to visibly improve skin’s luminosity, tone, and texture.

Lesson learned: a higher price does not always equal a better product.  What’s your favorite foundation?

 

Under the Tree: Animalz by ReTrak

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% my own.

Last year, Santa decided that it would be a very Merry Tech-y Christmas and both my girls found iPad Minis under the tree.  They could not have been more thankful and those gifts are still their favorite almost a year later.  But now that they are older, the trend this year seems to be all about the accessories.  From fashion cases to fun backgrounds, my girls are finding new ways to make their iPads as unique as their personalities.

Neither girl likes earbuds that go inside the ear, so we have had a hard time finding quality headphones that are to their liking, safe, and affordable.  And I think every tween Mom will agree that headphones are a necessity! Fortunately, my daughters each received a pair of ReTrak Animalz Children’s Headphones to give a try.

Animalz by Retrak headphones are a fun, furry accessory for family road trips, airplane rides and casual listening. Designed for little ears with volume-limiting technology and a retractable cord for tangle-free travel and storage, Animalz are available in six fun fabric animal designs.

Furry headphones that are comfortable on the head AND look like stuffed animals….SCORE! The girls love the “cool” and fun look of the Bunny and the Panda (but the bear, dog and monkey headphones are equally as awesome).  Plus, it’s my job to make sure my little one’s ears are protected so I love that the Animalz’ volume limiter sets the maximum volume at 85 decibels.

 

But, my absolute favorite feature?  The retractable cable! No more meltdowns caused by tangled and broken cords makes my heart sing and officially puts this item on my “Best Gift for Tween Girls” list.  Looking for more gift ideas, check out my daughters’ blog for a tween girl gift guide.

Celebrating Friendsgiving with Netflix

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Netflix.  All opinions remain 100% honest.

The last few days have been a whirlwind.  Surrounded by family and friends, we have shared everything for which we are thankful.  We are truly blessed.

Now that my daughters are getting older, their circle of friends is of the utmost importance to them and we are thankful that they have found such great people to make up their support networks.  My husband and I took the opportunity on Thanksgiving to talk to our girls about what it means to be a good friend…kindness, respect, generosity, humility, and honesty are tops on our list.  To demonstrate our points, we found some titles to stream on Netflix for our Thanksgiving family movie night.  Our favorites:

Veggie Tales in the House: an all new Netflix original!

Charlotte’s Web: Who can resist Wilbur?

Lilo & Stitch:  Disney movie…need I say more?

LEGO Friends: My 6 year old’s favorite!

While the movies certainly help demonstrate what it means to be a good friend, my husband and I lead by example.  Being kind and respectful to each other and to our family and friends goes a long way when teaching our little ones.  I hope you all had a memorable Thanksgiving surrounded by your own family and friends!

Rayovac Batteries: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Rayovac.  All opinions remain 100% my own.

Best Feeling Ever:  Waking up Christmas morning to find that you were indeed on Santa’s nice list and got THE toy that was tops on your list. You know, the one that plays music, lights up and is the best toy in history like ever? OMG….SCORE!

Worst Feeling Ever:  Spending 30 minutes opening said toy to reveal that batteries are not included. Big Christmas bummer.

Can you relate?  In order to avoid having this happen to my own kids and to squash the Christmas meltdown, we always ask that Santa leave some Rayovac batteries as stocking stuffers….just in case.  Better to be prepared, right?  And better yet, let Santa know that he can find two printable coupons for Rayovac batteries online which will save $0.50 and $1.00 off any one package of Rayovac Alkaline batteries.

And while you are out playing one of Santa’s jolly elves on Black Friday, please take heed this public notice:  Check your gift to see if batteries are included.  Even if they are, why not get an extra set of Rayovac batteries and be the holiday hero!

What will you need batteries for this holiday season?

Stitch Your Pictures with Kwilt

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Kwilt and The Motherhood. All opinions remain 100% mine.

As a Mom, I can never be far away from a camera. Add to that the fact that I am a blogger and pictures become my lifeline.  I have precious memories stored on Facebook, Instagram, my iPhone and my iPad but connecting them to create an entire storyline can be cumbersome and time consuming.  But, I was recently introduced to the new app, Kwilt which has been a great tool for stitching together photos from different places to give family, friends and even my sponsors a look at the whole picture.

Kwilt  is an app focused on ensuring that photo aggregation is a pain-free, cross-platform and beautiful  experience. This mobile application dynamically accesses photos streams from any platform onto one seamless, elegant destination and displays them in a unique mosaic design called a Kwilt.
I easily downloaded the app to my iPhone, created a free account and connected my Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Flickr and Dropbox accounts.  Instantly,my photos from all connected platforms appeared in one photostream organized by date.  I decided to make a collage of photos taken at a recent family day at the WWII Air Show in New Orleans to share with family and friends.  By touching and holding pictures you want included in the collage, the photos are selected and can be “stitched” together into a seamless Kwilt easily shareable or even beamed onto TV using Airplay,  Chromecast, Roku, LG and Panasonic.

Not happy with the arrangement? Shuffle the photos for a whole new look!  Kwilt also has some great features to make you look like a pro including 16 state of the art photo editing tools with fun stickers (which my daughters love). And no worries about taking up space on your mobile device, Kwilt streams your pictures live, dynamically in real time without taking up your precious storage space.

Are you ready to start #Kwilting with me?  Download the app and take a look at this video to get started!

Don’t Miss a Thing with TV Everywhere

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by TV Everywhere. All opinions are 100% my own.

Who loves the holidays? The lights, the music, the cooking, the family, the merriment…..the lines.  I love almost everything about the holidays.  While I try to do most of my shopping online, there is inevitably a gift or two that focus me into the local mall and if you know me, you know patience is not my virtue.

Standing in line is one of my least favorite activities in the entire World but I just learned about something that could make this experience SO. MUCH. BETTER.  Have you heard of TV Everywhere?

TV Everywhere is the technological ability to watch whatever you want, whenever, however you want it (from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) as part of your cable subscription service. The TV Everywhere site (www.youcouldbewatching.tv) will guide you through the log-in and authentication process online and direct you to the individual cable and networks apps so that you can start watching TV everywhere.

Bottom line? You can pass the time watching your favorite shows on your smartphone instead of staring at the back of the head of the person in front of you in line. Now, you don’t have to miss that episode everyone will be talking about tomorrow. You can watch it on the go….anywhere you go!  It’s simple.

You can watch live and later (including full-length, next-day episodes) with the added bonus of being able to start, stop and rewind. And the best part? It’s totally free for cable subscribers. Which means more gifts for me for my family.

Fox Network & TV Everywhere have teamed up on their Stream It and Dream It Sweepstakes to get the word out about the convenience of watching your favorite TV shows on the go! Fox Network offers 5 platforms to choose from: FOX NOW, FXNOW, FOX SPORTS GO, BTN2GO and NAT GEO TV. Simply choose a network to watch, enter your TV service provider username and password and the sweepstakes code will appear while watching your favorite show. Then, enter your sweepstakes code here for a chance to win $25,000! Hurry because the contest ends November 20th.

What shows will you watch first?

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Quality Time with My Girl and Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build ‘n Play #FabMansion

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While a product was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

The cold weather is rolling in and with it was come sinus problems for my youngest daughter.  Unfortunately, she had to stay home from school with my Dad (who graciously offered to babysit).  In an effort to find an activity that they would both enjoy doing together, I pulled out the Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build ‘n Play Fab Mansion. Perfect…it’s quiet, it’s stationary, it’s creative and it’s fun!

You’re the designer with the Build ’n Play Fab Mansion by Mega Bloks Barbie™. Snappy modular rooms make it easy to build and decorate the perfect mansion for your Barbie™ and Skipper™ mini fashion figures. Design your dream house and arrange the rooms any way you want. Build the bed with beautiful canopy, put the big screen in just the right spot, and set up the perfect vanity for lots of fashion fun! When you’re done building and arranging the mansion, relax under the big umbrella on the patio, take a bubbly bath, or kick back for a super fun movie party with Barbie™ and Skipper™ mini fashion figures!

My Dad, being a retired civil engineer, loves to build things and his granddaughter is definitely following in his footsteps.  I left them alone, headed to work and was stunned to see the entire mansion completed when I returned.  My Dad said the picture instructions made it very easy for my 6 year old daughter (a beginning reader) to take the lead on the project.  My daughter said she loved decorating with the included stickers and making Barbie cook hotdogs on the patio for lunch!

Both my Dad and my daughter loved spending quality time together away from the television and electronics.  In fact, my Dad said he thinks he had more fun than expected and now he knows exactly what to get my daughter for Christmas.  The Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Play Fab Mansion retails for $39.99, but one lucky reader will win one right here (U.S. only)! Enter below:
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