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I'm a mother of two and a wife of 1 lol. Originally from England,  Right now I am a stay at home mama although I've worked in numerous childcare positions in the past. My passion is books I can read for hours given the chance. In my free time I product test and write reviews for fun, I also write a blog. 
We are big soccer fans at my house, We love outdoor advantages such as hiking, biking and attending sporting events. My daughter is a mini me we share a love for all things country!

My husband and I recently joined the gym so fitness is a big part of our day..

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Bed Bug Stigma


Recently I experienced one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. My apartment got bed bugs! While that may sound a little melodramatic, let me tell you until you have suffered through this experience you really have no idea!

Sitting on my couch one of these dreaded bugs walk across my arm, my first thought is oh no it can't be.. sure enough I had bed bugs. I was honestly seeing tunnel vision, how can this be!? I'm a clean freak! Bed bugs only go into dirty homes right? WRONG

My daughter over this summer has had a bunch of kids inside to play, living in an apartment complex I guess at some point it was going to happen. It later came to my attention that one of my neighbors had bed bugs and yup sure enough that kid visited my house BOOM.

I went to war with my complex management hello why do people have infestations where I live and nothing was done to prevent this issue? Needless to say they wasn't pleased with my outburst so made me wait a week to get fumigated!

Wait a week? ARE YOU CRAZY I can see them and they breed like wild fire. My kids have allergies no way could I just wait a week with these suckers.

I couldn't eat or sleep I was scared of the dark and slept with a light and a bottle of rubbing alcohol next to me in order to spray the ones I seen. The anxiety was out of control really I can't explain it to you. I never felt more alone in this period, Friends who have known me stayed away.. While I understand because nobody wants bugs it hurt bad! I felt like I was being punished for something that wasn't my fault.

In the week I waited for the Fumigation I became proactive:


  • Wash all Clothes, fabrics, linens, sheets etc on a hot wash and dry on a hot heat
  • Declutter your house anything you can get rid of do it! Those little bugs like to get in EVERYTHING!
  • Get rid of the source if its your mattress, couch etc and you can afford to get rid.. do it! If not then get mattress covers with zippers. It prevents bugs getting out and new ones getting in.
  • I sprayed all my kids toys with alcahol and disinfectant 
  • Put everything in black bags and tie them 
If you can afford to get a fumigation then do it! Its expensive but these things are hell to get rid of, If you rent tell your land lord ASAP. Don't use Sprays such as Raid from what I've read this spray although kills on contact will only send the bugs you don't see to other area's of your home. 

  • Vacuum like a crazy person everything that can be! Use a steamer if you have one.. Always empty the bag because they can still survive your vacuum. 
If you can not afford an fumigator be prepared for a battle! After researching like a crazy person I found that the most effective results come from multiple sources used together, sprays, powders etc.

  • Temprid 
  • Bayer Advanced 
  • Harris bed bug killer
  • Boric acid 
  • DE powder 
Now am NOT stating this will get rid of your problem but I figured I would share what other people where saying out there since I know how lonely this experience can be. If you do get a company in then be prepared for more then one visit! So look for a company who come over a few visits.

Final thought!

So many people have bed bugs and don't even know it. If it happens to you it doesn't mean you are "dirty" your kids can go to school and have a bug "hitch" a ride home, you can go out to watch a movie and one be left behind from the previous person, taxi's, trains, buses, hotel rooms? You see where I'm going with this?

Whats KEY is you be proactive in your quest to get rid of this... Even if it means drilling holes in your wall to put powder in them! Cos sometimes a girl just gotta do what she has to in order to get her life back . 

Good luck 


This post is about my own personal experience, I am not speaking on behalf of a company or guaranteeing you a same result, you are responsible for your own actions 



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Soleil Glow by Bic - Bzz Agent post


 


 I love the Bic Soleil glow razors I got as a Bzz Agent. I was super excited to try my free sample and give my honest opinion

I have tried many disposable blade and a lot have fallen short! When I look for a razor it has to be easy on the skin, comfortable to use and kind to the pocket.

I fell in love with the shape of the Soleil Razor it was super easy to grip and moves across the skin while showering with ease.

Having sensitive skin I was impressed that this Bic razor did its job without irritating my legs, which happens often with other brands I've tried.

The only issue I had with this product was that I had to fight a little to get the top off razor in order to use it, but other then that no complaints! I would buy this product again for sure it definitely offers a super close, comfortable shave.





Thursday, August 20, 2015

Schwinn Bicycle Blue tooth speaker!


Thanks to Mitch @ http://www.gaynycdad.com/ Blog I won the Schwinn Bicycle Blue tooth speaker in his blog giveaway. 

Needless to say I was super excited, why you say? Because of this guy :

My husband, the love of my life and a super dupper bike nerd! He loves everything "bike life" This man can ride the streets of NY or the Trails of Jersey for hours and everything else slips away. He always has a hard time with listening to music on his cell phone when out on a ride so when I came across this contest I thought I have to win!


and I did! I won...


This speaker boosts:

  • Bluetooth speaker for your bike
  • High quality sound
  • Built-in light
  • Built-in subwoofer creates an extremely high quality audio performance
  • Rechargeable battery and mount included

So he got this and I asked his honest opinion because I was intrigued to hear what he had to say since he is a avid bike enthusiast...

Dony said " I really like the idea of a none tool speaker that is easy to put on to my bike. The light is of good strength and can double as a handheld flash light. The sound is great better quality then some of the more expensive brands.  However the fixture to mount this speaker to the bike is bulky and could be a lot smaller for the quality of the speaker itself they could of put a little extra thought into the mount. While this would be a good speaker for road biking or causal riding I don't think I would ever mount this to my mountain bike and hit the more rockier trails. I like that is rechargeable and for the price you get good value"


Sum up: Good quality speaker, better for road biking or casual rider, good price.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sally Hansen Airbrush perfect legs Review from Influenster Voxbox



Thank you to Influenster for sending me the Sally Hansen #AirbrushPerfectLegs Voxbox for FREE in return for my honest thoughts and opinions. 



The photo above shows my leg on the left - freckles, scars and whiteness galore lol . The photo to the right shows one leg with Air brush legs and one without.
This product was not what I thought it would be honestly, I have been a victim of many a self tanning product in the past! Air brush legs was a nice change!


  • It gives you a nice natural glow that does not seem fake or make up caked on.
  • No nasty odor like other "tanning spray" products
  • I didn't end up with lots of lines in places I had missed
  • It doesn't ruin your clothes. 
  • I reminds me more of a tinted moisturizer and can be applied in much the same way.

Over all pretty impressed with this product this is the way to go if you want a little extra help covering blemishes on your legs. Air Brushed legs comes in two varieties Spray and lotion. I tried the lotion, It is my opinion that if you want to cover a larger area the spray would be much easier and quicker to use.

Check out more about Sally Hansen products HERE 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Judging a SAHM



Being a stay at home mom is sometimes hard, you don't get the same social interaction that you would in the work place, what I find annoys me the most is this concept that SAHM actually sit at home and do nothing all day! I can not tell you how many times I've been asked "So what do you do all day?' or when I god forbid complain to being a little sleepy.. "Well don't complain to me, I have a real job talk to me about needing sleep"
YES that has been said to me!
Sometimes I feel like saying: when do I need to justify my life to anybody!
I made the choice to stay at home with my children I totally understand not everybody can do this, you don't see me judging mothers who need to go to work.
Can you imagine me saying "Well I choose to raise my kids myself instead of paying somebody $1500 in day care fees a month to do it for me" I can just imagine the uproar. It's a total double standard!

I used to work in the child care system and so when it came to my own children I personally thought it was better to stay at home with my children. Furthermore the cost of Child care in my area was so crazy it was actually pointless for me to work.. In my case why would I pay somebody else to do it then?
As my children grew and my son got into school full time I realized he was finding school difficult, which resulted in a huge amount of Speech therapy that was time consuming, home work which would take 1 hour would take 3, I would not of been able to dedicate the amount of time I did to him if I would of been in full time employment, it just would not of been possible.

So what do I do...

Well I manage my home... I cook 3 meals a day, I clean.. I clean a lot because unlike other families that leave their home at 8am and come back at 4pm. My house is lived in all day long which means constant up keep.
School runs/ Ride drop off
I manage my bank accounts and pay bills
I do laundry, We are a family of 4 and my son plays sports so when I tell you the clothes pile up, they do!
I spend 4 hours a week at soccer practice and Sunday afternoons taking my child to games.
I food shop because heck we got to eat.
I get involved in school activities and trips
When my children are at home we go over what they have learnt during the day, we do home work and other activities.
Hair cuts, doctors appointments, dental appointments all of this is done by mom in my house!
preparing book bags for the next day, ironing clothes.. ME too!
I don't complain about the role I play within my house because my family value me and the things I do. My husband is always telling me his job away from home is made easier because he knows everything at home is taken care of...

When I do get time to myself I exercise for an hour, read or blog.. I don't really have a social life because the majority of my time is with my kids and that's fine by me!

 I am not a lazy person I have a job that is important and I think the people who judge others on their chosen path have never had to walk in those shoes! Respect others because at the end of the day is somebody else and their family really your business? What works for them is what works for them, right?



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lalaloopsy Super Silly Party play set - Review

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Any mother who has a little girl right now has heard of Lalaloopsy! As a member of the View Points Sampling program I was Sent the Super Silly Party Play set in return for my honest opinions:


To Say this was a hit is a understatement my daughter was thrilled with this toy and has had hours of fun with it. I was happy to see she could use her previously bought Mini dolls as an add on  with this set. I was impressed with the quality of this toy, in the past many of her Lalaloopsy play sets have broken this one defiantly stood up to her play. 
With its bright pretty colors and musical feature this was very good with engrossing young minds into creative play.





*I was not given any compensation for my review, My review is my honest opinion*



Saturday, August 1, 2015

My free Klout perk - Pasta Chips




Thank you to KLOUT for sending me a FREE Perk sample to try!

I think I found my new favorite snack, PASTA CHIPS are really something else guys. It's kind of hard to explain how yummy they are! Their baked and have a cracker feel when eating them.. The flavor is something else.. PACKED full of flavor.  My free sample was GARLIC OLIVE OIL and it reminded me of garlic knots you buy from an Italian restaurant!

Here is why I enjoyed them so much;

  • They are non GMO product verified
  • Baked made of fresh pasta
  • Crispy 
  • Only 120 calories each serving 
  • 20% less fat then similar products on the market
  • For my vegan friends YES they are vegan

For more info check out the Pasta Chips Website