Sunday, April 30, 2023

We saw the Harlem Globetrotters!


Back in December I posted how excited I was to get the chance to see the Harlem Globetrotters in action. As an 80's kid I remember hearing all about them and watching them on TV and thinking they were the coolest. When I told my husband Chris that I had received complimentary tickets to see them he was also excited. He said when he was a kid it was his dream to go see them. He told me they had a knock off version of the Globetrotters in the small town in Oregon he grew up in, and was sad when he didn't have the $2.00 for the tickets to go see them. I thought the story was amusing, but I didn't realize how much finally seeing the Harlem Globetrotters really meant to him, until February when we hit the Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs ready to watch the show. 

Here we are ready for the show to begin. The Harlem Globetrotters don't just play basketball they put on a great show with comedy, action and tricks, all the while showing off their amazing athletic abilities. 

It was so much fun! The players interacted with the audience who were all enjoying themselves. I saw families with small children, families with older children and even groups of adults, probably fulfilling their childhood dream like my husband. Speaking of Chris, he had a blast and when it was all over he told me I had made one of his boyhood dreams come true.

If you didn't get the chance to see the Harlem Globetrotters in action during this tour be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay informed of when they will be touring around the states again. I believe they are currently finishing up their international tour. You can also watch them on their show Harlem Globetrotters Play it Forward streaming on NBC

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Gifts for the Cookbook Enthusiast!

I know I have mentioned this before but I am a collector of cookbooks. I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes, so having an array of cookbooks at my grasp is a must. My favorites are the ones with colorful photos of food and stories behind the recipes. I received two new cookbooks to add to my collection and I absolutely loved them. From independent publishers Ulysses Press, 50 Things to Bake Before You Die and The I Love Trader Joe's Air Fryer Cookbook.

Author Allyson Reedy puts together an assortment of recipes from some of the best bakeries and bakers. Cakes, cookies, pies, crème brulee (my absolute, all time, favorite desert ever), you name it. The photos are lovely and make you want to try every single recipe in the book. 

I made these Salted Peanut Butter Cookies and they were sooo good. I am not a big baker mostly because I am not a big fan of sweets but these were yum! My daughter Penelope is really into baking so I thought she would love this cookbook. I was right! She has bookmarked several pages of recipes that she plans on baking. 

Author Rita Mock-Pike has put together over 100 recipes using foods found at Trader Joe's and my favorite kitchen appliance ever, the air fryer. Trader Joe's is so much fun to shop at and carries some delicious items. When I saw this cookbook which paired my favorite grocery store with my favorite cooking tool I was sold. The book is full of appetizers, sides and main dish recipes that are tasty and quick to make. This is a must have cookbook if you like cooking but also don't want to spend hours in the kitchen prepping and making a mess. I am so excited for my next Trader Joes shopping trip! 

Both of these cookbooks would make great additions to your collection or as a gift for someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. You can find copies of these and more books from Ulysses Press on Amazon. 

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Fab Fit Fun Review and Complimentary Starter Box!


A few years ago I purchased a FabFitFun subscription for my mom as a Christmas gift. She really enjoyed receiving the seasonal boxes filled with surprises and I was always eager to see what had arrived in her box. I finally decided to try it out for myself and share the Winter FabFitFun box I received a couple months ago. I have also since received the Spring box which I will share on a later date. I am pretty sure FabFitFun needs little introduction as ads for their boxes are everywhere. It's basically a seasonal subscription box filled with beauty and lifestyle products. You are able to choose certain items that come in your box and others are a complete surprise. If you enjoy getting fun stuff in the mail, you will love this. It's only $59.99 per season and you can cancel anytime. You can also opt to pay for an annual subscription up front with a little extra perks. So here is my first ever FabFitFun box...

It came in this cute winter themed box. 

Each box comes with a magazine that tells you about the items and value in your box. The value of each box is supposed to be over $200, that's a pretty good deal! 

So here are the items that I received in my box. I was able to customize a few of these and choose between several items. 

I chose this olive oil decanter because I was annoyed with the one I had that kept spilling everywhere. I was very pleased with this one. It even has a a cover so oil doesn't drip all over the place. 

The Beekman 1802 Dream Booster  was a surprise. I have not tried this better aging serum yet but I always love receiving skin care. 

This Living Proof Night Cap overnight hair protector was also a surprise. I have been using this hair treatment and loving it. By the way, these products have already paid for the price of the subscription box and more. 

This Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask  was another surprise. I decided to gift this one since I had already received another hair product. 

This Quick Slick  to tame fly away hairs was yet another surprise. This one was grabbed from me by my daughter Penelope. 

Finally, these Social Studies Nesting Bowls were an item I chose because they match my color scheme in my kitchen, and you can never have to many bowls. These are smaller bowls perfect for prepping ingredients when cooking. 

All in all I enjoyed the winter FabFitFun box. I will share what I received in the spring box shortly. 

Ladies! I have 5 complimentary FabFitFun starter boxes to give away. The first 5 readers to comment on this post with their email address and first and last name will receive an invite to receive a starter box. You will have to pay for shipping. Who wants a box?!

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Dignity Coconuts Review- A Gift that gives back

If you have not heard of Dignity Coconuts  this is a company you need to know about. I love companies that give back and Dignity Coconuts is doing just that by helping coconut farmers escape debt, providing them with education and skills and giving them a source of clean water and holistic help. I had know idea that coconut farmers are at risk of trafficking due to being trapped in predatory loans and corrupt pricing. Dignity Coconuts is changing the coconut industry by providing jobs to otherwise distressed communities all while being committed to making the best coconut products for consumers around the world. 

I was sent a jar of Dignity Coconuts Raw Coconut Oil for review. Raw coconut oil has many uses from cooking to moisturizing. You can even add it to our morning smoothie for a great source of antioxidants! My lips were seriously dry and chapped since the cold weather arrived and recently I have been using this coconut oil as a lip balm to keep my lips moisturized. It really works, and my lips are feeling so much better. I also love the smell and taste of this 100% raw coconut oil. My pooch has also been reaping benefits of this coconut oil as his nose has been dry and scaly. I have been putting it on his nose to help, as it is super moisturizing and contains anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. I also don't have to worry about him licking it off as it is perfectly safe for dogs. 

Dignity Coconuts is currently offering a Holiday special from now until December 16. They are offering 20% off their items and if you order by noon December 16 your items will arrive by Christmas. This is a great gift that gives back! It would also make a great addition to a gift basket. Maybe you have a baker in your life you are looking for a gift for. Pair a jar of Dignity Coconut Oil with a a nice mixing bowl and spoon and your favorite baking spices and you have a really nice and thoughtful gift! Looking for a gift for a beauty enthusiast? How about a jar of Dignity Coconuts coconut oil along with some vegan cosmetics and bath products? They even offer a Beauty Guru set  that is perfect! 

Go check out Dignity Coconuts  now! 

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

RevitaLash Review

 I was recently introduced to a company called RevitaLash Cosmetics. The story of RevitaLash is pretty amazing. It was founded in 2006 when a physician wanted to help his wife feel beautiful during her fight against breast cancer. RevitaLash Cosmetics is a line of beauty products designed to enhance the health and beauty of lashes, brows and hair while giving back to the cause that started it all. 

The two products I was sent for review are their RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner and RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner. The eyelash conditioner addresses the signs of aging due to chemical and environmental stressors. It is designed to give you more luxurious lashes by protecting against breakage, improving flexibility and shine. A 6 week consumer study reported a 98% improved lash appearance. While a 13 week study showed an increase in natural eyelash curl. 

The RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner  is designed for more luxurious brows. After 8 weeks a study showed a 92% fuller looking eyebrows and a 96% improvement overall. Both products are hypoallergenic, clinically tested, Vegan friendly and cruelty free. They do not contain any parabens, phthalates, or fragrance and are made in the USA. 

I have been using these products for for 4 weeks now. They are super easy to use, you just swipe along your eyebrow and lash line once a day. That simple! 

The photos above are my before photos. I am planning to post some after photos in another 4 weeks to see if if their are any visual changes. So far I have noticed a little filling in on my eyebrows, particularly a spot on my inner left eyebrow that was previously thinned out. I have not skipped an application in the month that I have been using these products so I am anxious to see what another month will look like. 

If you would like to learn more about these products and the RevitaLash Cosmetics company be sure to check out their website. Also stay tuned for some more photos coming in January! 

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone. 

*Deal alert* Harlem Globetrotters!


I don't know about you but as a little girl in the 80's I remember hearing all about the Harlem Globetrotters and thinking how cool it would be to see them. I had no idea that this was still a thing! 

The Harlem Globetrotters 2023 World Tour presented by Jersey Mike's is coming with game like never before! Your favorite Globetrotter stars are bringing out their amazing basketball skill, outrageous athleticism and a non-stop LOL good time. Join the Globetrotters as they go head-to-head against the Washington Generals who will stop at nothing to try and defeat the world's winningest team! In 2023, every fan is getting in on this action...that means YOU, so get ready! It's GLOBETROTTER game time! HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2023 WORLD TOUR Tickets are now on sale!

That's right! You can go see the Harlem Globetrotters strut their stuff during their 2023 world tour. Check out their world tour schedule to find a venue near you. You can also save 20% off tickets by using the promo code USFAM when purchasing at least a weeks in advance. This sounds like wholesome funs the kids will enjoy. I am pretty excited to check out the show in Palm Springs in February, but my husband Chris is even more excited. He also had a dream to see them when he was a kid. Check out the video above to see them in action!

You can also check out the new television series Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward! Hosted by actor and comedian Craig Robinson, these ambassadors of goodwill are on a mission to spread joy as they travel around the country to inspire and learn from communities that are making a difference. Find out where to stream it here

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or PR company representing them. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by  anyone.

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