Turning Back the Clock with Neutrogena #RapidResults

With New Year’s Day just a few hours away, I am reflecting on all that 2014 has been to my family and I.  My girls are growing up before my eyes, we had the opportunity to travel to some great destinations such as Disneyland, Canada, Honduras and Jamaica and the real eye opener was that I turned 40.  Yes, 40.

So, for my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions, I am focusing on me (something I have been ignoring for the past decade with two small children in my home).  But it is time to put some of my energy into self development: learn more, eat better, get exercise, and take care of my skin.  Fortunately, Neutrogena is helping me develop a skin regimen that will keep my skin nourished and healthy.

I took the Neutrogena Anti-Aging 7 Day Retinol Road Test to see if I could verify the clinically proven claim of noticeable improvements of fine lines and overall skin tone in just one week. The products including Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer (Day and Night), Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum and Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream contain a unique combination of three key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glucose complex and Retinol SA.

The latest breakthrough Retinol technology developed by Neutrogena®, Accelerated Retinol SA combines the highest concentration of Retinol with Glucose Complex and Hyaluronic Acid. This nourishing formula boosts the efficacy of pure, stabilized Retinol, making it highly effective yet gentle. Skin is left feeling smoother and younger-looking. In fact, it’s clinically proven to visibly improve the look of wrinkles, fine lines, tone, and texture.

Time for the test drive.  For the first time, I took a really close look at my skin, searched for wrinkles and identified problem spots.  Apparently, I have more wrinkles than I realized! The worst areas for me are wrinkles in the forehead, crow’s feet and dark circles around my eyes.  Could Neutrogena help me in just one week? I was skeptical.

The system is quite simple. I started with the serum, followed by the eye cream and topped with the appropriate moisturizer (day or night). All of these products work great under your foundation.  I immediately noticed that my skin just felt healthy.  I think my skin literally drank in the moisturizer and I have never felt my skin feel so soft and smooth.

After one week, some of the fine lines on my forehead were definitely diminished (I think the deeper wrinkles will take more time).  My eyes looked more “awake” and overall younger and more vibrant.  I was concerned that the number of products used on my skin would feel heavy or greasy but that was totally not the case.

If your New Year’s Resolution includes taking better care of yourself and your skin, check out the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair for immediate results.  To help you get started, one of my readers will win a YEAR’S SUPPLY of the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair line.  Enter below:

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New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids

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

With only 48 hours left of 2014, there is no time like the present to make the most of it.  My family and I are busy deciding how we we usher in 2015 and I thought I would share some of our front runners curated from Pinterest.

1. Hide family activities inside marked balloons.  At the specified time, kids pop the balloon and perform the activity such as “Make Your Own Pizza” or “Light Sparklers”.

2. Light the Night with a Glow in the Dark Party!   These mini Rayovac flashlights would be a perfect party favor at just $2.99 each!

3. Don’t forget to toast the New Year!  Kids will love feeling like grown ups with root beer floats in a flute.

4. Capture the memories with a fun photo booth with themed props. Even better? Have the kids take their own pictures with an Instax camera powered by Rayovac alkaline batteries.

5. Spend some quality time together making a time capsule to not only commemorate what you have accomplished in 2014 but to look ahead to all that 2015 will bring.

Happy New Year!  How will you celebrate?

Ring in the New Year with Netflix’s All Hail King Julien

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam.  All opinions remain 100% my own.

My girls must have been good this year because Santa was very nice to them on Christmas Eve.  But of all the gifts my youngest received, the one she was the most excited about was the Netflix gift card Santa left in her stocking. She absolutely loves discovering new shows to watch and I love sharing my own favorite childhood movies with her.

But now, we can enjoy a totally original and hilarious new series, All Hail King Julien.  A favorite character from the Madagascar franchise, King Julien will take on the jungle’s craziest adventures in the new comedy series, along with his loyal sidekicks Maurice and Mort plus a whole new cast of colorful animals.

Both of my girls love Madagascar and could not stop giggling at the trailer so I knew the series would be an instant hit.  The first five episodes (23 minutes each) are already available so it’s time to catch up! And if you can’t get enough Madagascar, check out these holiday themed shorts:

1. Merry Madagascar
2. Madly Madagascar
3. The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper

Happy (almost) New Year!

Fashionably Festive with American Girl BeForever

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

It’s no secret that my own American girls love American Girl. The brand has been featured on this blog numerous times over the past 6 years and now my daughters are including the dolls in their very own gift guide for girls.  As a Mom of two daughters and because American Girl celebrates girls, all that they are and all that they will become, this brand is one I truly love.

My husband is a history teacher at an all girls high school so he helps to encourage leadership in young women at work and at home.  So it is no surprise that he loves seeing our daughters excited about learning history through the American Girl BeForever line which connects girls to timeless stories, inspiring characters and endless possibilities.  Building on the historical characters, my husband uses them as a starting point for conversations about the past and what we can learn from them.

The BeForever line will debut with eight characters; all-new, historically accurate outfits and accessories for dolls; new and refreshed fiction books; and an original line of historically inspired clothing for girls.  But I absolutely love that the BeForever line is including contemporary fashions for girls inspired by the historical characters in sizes 6-16.

My daughter could not wait to try on the American Girl BeForever Pretty Plum Dress inspired by Rebecca.  About the outfit:

Inspired by Rebecca, this herringbone dress features a Peter Pan collar and cap sleeves with velvet trim, and decorative side buttons on the bodice. A kicky knife-pleated skirt and velvet sash finish the look. Dress is lined, with in-seam pockets and a back zip.

It was the perfect out for a Girl Scout Mother-Daughter Tea!  The quality was top notch and the style of the outfit turned quite a few heads.  My little one was proud to wear the outfit and told her friends all about Rebecca and the character’s story.

If you are still in need of a holiday gift that will make you the best Mom/Dad/Aunt/Uncle/Grandma/Godfather, head to a local American Girl store and check out these adorable outfits!