Stop Stress Sweat with Secret Clinical Strength {Giveaway}

This post is written by Lena of Experimental Mommy.  Secret® provided me with a Wal-Mart gift card to buy Secret® Clinical Strength. While the product and technical details were provided by Secret®, opinions remain 100% mine.

When Secret asked me to review the new Secret® Clinical Strength, I was intrigued.  I have tried antiperspirant, deodorant, and antiperspirant/deodorant, but have never had much luck with any of them. It seemed like all of them worked fine until I got stressed.  When I stress, I stink.  *blush*  And none I’ve tried have ever been able to mask it.

Thanks to Secret®, I learned why stress sweat smells worse.  Did you know that sweat caused by physical activity and temperature is produced by eccrine sweat glands and is 99% water and 1% nutrients?  And that sweat caused by stress is produced from the apocrine gland which increases bacteria and Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor.  Knowing THAT tidbit of information is bound to make me popular at trivia night!  Score!

Here’s a little more about Secret® Clinical Strength:

Moisture activated, and formulated with odor neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent, Secret Clinical Strength is proven to give you 4X the protection against stress sweat. You can feel confident that Secret Clinical Strength will provide stress sweat protection regardless of what the day brings. Visit for the scoop on stress sweat!

Secret Clinical is available in three varieties and four scents including Clear Gel, Invisible Solid and Smooth Solid which come in Completely Clean, Powder Protection, Ooh-La-La Lavender and Sport Fresh scents.

All this information is great, but DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? 

I’m a corporate trainer, so I meet with external customers and teach strangers almost every day.  I’ve been teaching for a long time, but I still get nervous before each class. That nervousness causes my nemesis: stress sweat.

For me, it worked! I hosted a six hour training class and did not sweat.  I also DID NOT STINK!  Honestly, I was shocked.  I have been using Secret® Clinical Strength for over a week now and I absolutely love it!  I feel fresh and smell good all day long.  I’m sold!

Want to try it yourself?  Walmart is a one-stop-shop for all of your personal care needs.  Find Secret® Clinical Strength products at your local Walmart or online at  In fact, one lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to try Secret Clinical Strength for yourself! Enter below:

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Celebrate Earth Day with Neutrogena Naturals {Giveaway}

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

Inspired by Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite natural products.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try many of their products.  Admittedly, my first thought was that natural=less effective.  But I am happy to report that I absolutely love the entire NEUTROGENA® Naturals line.  A bit about the products:

NEUTROGENA® Naturals is the brand’s first fully natural line.  It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals which features bionutrients (highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature). Bionutrients are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment and detoxification.

The entire line is Earthwards recognized for their sustainability but the great thing is that Neutrogena doesn’t stop at the skin care line.  The brand is committed to supporting sustainable forestry so packaging is made up of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.  Plus, to reduce its footprint and sustainability, NEUTROGENA® Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill.  From start to finish, this is a product line you can be proud to own (not to mention your face will look fab, too)!

Neutrogena continues to build on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identified a great need for cleansers within the naturals space designed without additives like surfactants, products Neutrogena® Ambassador, Kristen Bell can stand behind. The line includes cleansers and a lip balm which offers true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.

Ready for an all natural experience? One Experimental Mommy reader will win the entire Neutrogena Naturals line including lip balm, face and body bar, makeup remover, purifying pore scrub and a facial cleanser! Enter below:
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Disney Apparel By Jumping Beans Capsule Collection at Kohl’s #MagicatPlay

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

Tomorrow morning, I will be heading for an adventure of a lifetime as I will be joining 150 other bloggers at Disney Social Media Moms Conference at Disneyland.  I was fortunate enough to attend the very first conference in Orlando but this time, I am bringing the family.  To say we are excited would be an understatement.

With two daughters ages 6 and 9, you can imagine that they are all about the wardrobe and getting “Minnie-fied” before the big day.  Fortunately, the new Disney Apparel by Jumping Beans Capsule Collection arrived at Kohl’s on April 3rd!  Because there isn’t a Kohl’s near my home, I did some online shopping (I love not having to wait in line!).

Plenty of red, white and blue in this collection which is perfect for Summer month celebrations.  And of course, plenty of pink for the girly girls, too!  My daughter selected a Minnie Mouse top that has red stripes, a peplum, and some bling.  When the tops arrived, we tried a few different looks and found the top went great with leggings and shorts. As a Mom, I love that the tops were just $14 each.

Look for my girls sporting these new looks if you will be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference this year, too!  Does your child’s wardrobe need a little Mickey or Minnie?  One luck Experimental Mommy reader will win a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card to get you started.  Enter below:

Remember to  use the hashtag #MagicAtPlay and tag @DisneyLiving and @Kohls when sharing with your social media community.

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I Love Max.

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger and all opinions are my own.

Lines.  I hate them.  I have absolutely no patience for navigating crowded stores and waiting in long lines making online shopping very attractive.  I try to get the majority (if not all) of my holiday shopping done online but shipping fees can really do a number on the budget.

Fortunately, there’s a new guy in town and his name is Max.  There are millions of reasons to love Max.  Max opens doors and carries your bags. He brings gifts (delivered in two-days or less!). Max is the real deal. And at just $39/year, he’s a steal. The other guy is just past his PRIME.

Meet Shop Your Way MAX, which offers free two-day shipping on Sears and Kmart merchandise for just $39/year. Shop Your Way MAX is available to members of Shop Your Way, a free online social shopping program that offers perks and points whenever you shop at Sears or Kmart.

At just $39/year, less money on shipping means more money to spend on gifts.  Members get free two-day shipping on tons of items, from tools and clothing to footwear and more.  Not convinced?  Try Shop Your Way MAX free for 90 days! Sign up and activate free two-day shipping for just $39/year.

Learning About Skincare at the RoC Academy

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with The Motherhood and RoC.  While I am being compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

For the last two weeks since my first post about the RoC Academy, I have immersed myself in learning about how my skin ages and how I can effectively fight back….and you can fight back.  I didn’t want to keep all this great info to myself, so I invited  few friends to take the RoC Academy courses as well.

While your skin starts aging at birth, normal signs of aging start to appear in your 20s.  What I love about the RoC Academy, is that you can personalize the experience by choosing your age and topics you are most interested in learning more about.  Here are a few fun facts we learned:

  • Retinoids are a type of Vitamin A that occurs in many foods such as milk, eggs and colorful vegetables.
  • All retinoids are not equal.  Retinoic Acid is most effective but requires a prescription.
  • Retinol is the number one dermatologist-recommended cosmetic anti-aging ingredient. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles to improve the look of collagen-depleted skin while complementing the skin’s natural processes….and it’s over-the-counter.
  • The RoC® Brand launched the first pure, stabilized form of retinol in 1995.

The RoC Academy answered some of our most pressing questions, but my readers also submitted a few questions, too.

Sadie asks, “There are so many issues from dullness, to dark spots, but my top concern is how to get rid of the deep lines in my forehead.”

The RoC Deep Wrinkle Filler is specifically formulated to show results immediately and after four weeks.  This breakthrough dual-action formula, with an exclusive fusion of hyaluronic acid and pure RoC®RETINOL, is clinically proven to fill creases and diminish the look of deep wrinkles. It’s noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores) and dermatologist tested.

Karen asks, “What can I do about the dark circles under my eyes?

The skin around your eyes is very delicate and deserves special treatment After just four weeks of use, the RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream will even out the look of dark eye circles and reduce puffiness.  In 12 weeks, you will see wrinkles vanish, too!

Want to learn more?  Make plans to attend the #RoCAcademy Twitter Party this Thursday, April 3rd at 1pm EST.  A dermatologist will be on hand to answer your pressing skin care questions so make sure to RSVP here.

Step in Spring with Shoebuy {Giveaway}

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

It’s been quite a rough winter for some so it is no coincidence that I heard a collective sigh of relief on this First Day of Spring.  If you are like me, you are ready to switch out the sweaters and boots for tank tops and sandals.  But after taking a look at my Spring wardrobe and accessories, I realized I am in need of a major overhaul.

As a longtime customer, I headed to their blog to check out the latest trends for Spring.  I absolutely love pastel flats to add a fresh feel to your outfit or  a pair of cutout sandals perfect for the many outdoor festivals here in New Orleans.  After a bit of window shopping, I headed to the running shoes because I will be doing my first ever RunDisney event in April at Disneyland!

So the race is only two miles, but it is a big deal for this non-runner.  Thankfully, has tons of running shoes from some of my favorite brands such as Sketchers, ASICS, and New Balance.  After careful consideration, I selected a pair of ASICS Gel-Storm 2 in black and turquoise.

Ordering was very easy and my shoes arrived at lightening speed.  Ready for training, I put on my new shoes.  The fit is true to size and they are very comfortable. I can definitely tell the difference when running on the track between the ASICS and my old, worn out sneaker.

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Is your wardrobe in need of a Spring overhaul?  Use code SPRINGSHOPPING at to receive 20% off your total purchase (offer valid 3/20/14-4/20/14)!  To help get you started, one lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win a $50 gift card!  Enter below:
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Fight Wrinkles with RoC Skincare Products #RoCAcademy

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with The Motherhood and RoC.  While I am being compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Come closer. I have a secret. But you have to promise not to tell anyone…..and I mean ANYONE. I will be turning 40 in just 4 months. What? I only look 21 you say? You are too kind. In fact, I love you. But alas, the truth is that 40 will be reality this July.

My Mom has really great skin, so I am hoping to follow in her footsteps.  But, rather than relying on genetics alone, I am taking this anti-aging thing seriously.  Fortunately, I have been asked to participate in the RoC Academy with some of my favorite bloggers which is an exclusive online resource that provides a behind-the-scenes look into skincare.  Over the next several weeks, I will be checking out the NEW RoC Retinol Correxion Line which focuses on anti-aging products.  Watch the video below for a quick introduction to what is available (and what you can win!):

Learn more about the products at a #RoCAcademy Twitter Party this Thursday, April 3rd at 1pm EST.  A dermatologist will be on hand to answer your pressing skin care questions so make sure to RSVP here.

Need help with pesky wrinkles?  The RoC Skincare line is available at Walgreens but one lucky reader will win all of the products discussed in my video by simply asking one skin care question in the widget below.  In my next RoC post, some of your questions may be answered!

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Nail Art for Kids with Piggy Paint

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

My Mom is a wonderful artist, but I got absolutely none of her creative talent.  I can’t even paint my own nails without making a huge mess.  But both of my young daughters are really into nail art and I love spending girly time with them, so I am doing my best to create fun and easy designs we can do together.

Piggy Paint, a water based nail polish, recently sent us many colors to try.  As a Mom, I have been a long time fan of Piggy Paint as it does not have a harsh chemical smell.  Since the weather is getting warmer and flip flop season is almost here, my daughters decided they wanted Spring Strawberry nails.  We found a great tutorial that looked simply and easy for us to recreate with Piggy Paint.  Here’s how we did it:

Paint all of your nails using Piggy Paint’s “Something Sweet.”  Use several thin layers instead of a thick coat to allow the polish to dry faster.  You can also dry with a hair dryer set on warm for 1 minute.  If your kids are anything like mine, sitting still is not their forte.

Next, we used a white polish to create the leaves by zig-zagging close to the cuticle.  Color the leaves with Piggy Paint’s “Ice Cream Dream.”  Finally, using black polish, create seeds. Ta-da! Our nails are completely Spring ready!

If your daughters are itching to create their own nail art, Piggy Paint can be found in select Walmart stores and online at  You can also stock up on your favorite colors by heading to Piggy Paint’s website and using code piggypaint20 which will expire March 31st.

Ready to get started?  One lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win the Piggy Paint Glitter Girls Gift Set! Winners must be 18 years or older, are limited to the continental United States and are only eligible to win one giveaway prize per campaign.  Enter below:
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Saving on Spring Style at Carter’s {Giveaway}

I participated in this program on behalf of Carter’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Here in New Orleans, winter doesn’t normally last too long.  We are already in shorts and flip flops so it is just about time to switch out our closet and welcome Spring.  My youngest daughter generally gets the hand me downs, so she was thrilled when I told her she could go shopping at the Carter’s Baby and Kid Up to 50% Off Sale!

A brand new Carter’s, which carries clothing items sizes 3-7, opened very close to my home so I couldn’t wait to see what my little fashionista put on her Spring wish list.  As I could have guessed, the bright colors drew her interest quickly as she made a bee line for the Spring Separates.

The store was very easy to navigate and the prices (and amazing sales!) were marked very clearly which made our purchasing decisions that much easier.  My soon to be 6 year old was able to quickly coordinate outfits and I really enjoyed watching her style shine through.

Because of the Up to 50% off Sale plus an additional 20% off coupon, we were able to score three complete outfits for less than $50! Want to get in on the deals, too?  From now through March 4, 2014, clothing items from Carter’s spring collection are up to 50% off in store, and the coupon below provides an extra 20% off your in-store purchase of $40 or more. Use Carter’s store locator to find a store near you!

To jump start your Spring Style wish list, one Experimental Mommy reader will win a $50 Carter’s gift card!  Enter below:
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Show Hometown Pride with The Home T

This post is written by Experimental Mommy Contributor, Rita.  Momma of 2. Entrepreneur. Owner of 2 Etsy shops. Geek. Photographer. Best virtual hugger. Doer extraordinaire. Blogging at While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

When I was asked to review The Home T onesie, I took the opportunity because the concept was intriguing. I love the idea of showing hometown pride. After all, I’m a New Yorker and proud of it even though I’ve lived in other states along the way. I even made sure my children were born in NYC too, in the same hospital I was born in (yes, I’m that mom).

After opening the package, my first impression of the onesie was the fabric. It’s soft. This is absolutely important when dressing your children. My children have sensitive skin like me so I’m very cognizant of material that touches their skin.

Second, these onesies stretch well. Why is this important? One of my lil ones has a good sized head even thought it’s only 50 percentile. Most babies at this age seem to have large heads that pediatricians assure us they will grow into. This means we need clothing that can stretch without ripping. The Home T does this.

Which brings me to the next thing I noticed… these onesies are thicker than most I’ve seen. Nothing against Carters or Gerber onesies (we have them), but these Home T onesies are definitely thicker. What does this mean? It means they wash better. Every shirt will eventually wear and tear, but these Home T onesies will last longer than the former because they’re thicker which makes them sturdier.

I love the simplicity of the shirts as well. What’s not to love, a state and the word home. There’s nothing to have to think about.

With all these good things to say, what is one thing I wish the Home T had? Long sleeves. Love short sleeves, but during the winter in the east coast, it would be nice to have long sleeve options too.

All kidding aside, if you need more reasons to really love the Home T, it has to be it’s cause. When you buy a Home T, you help raise money for multiple sclerosis. A portion of their proceeds are donated to MS research. And what’s not to love about that?

Good quality + good heart = good brand

Check them out at  The Home T website.