“Make It Epic” with Schick Hydro and get two FREE movie tickets



When you have children, life is full of milestones – your child’s first word, first time they walk and the first day of school. Right now we’re dealing with a bunch of milestones with our daughter – first job, first boyfriend, graduating high school, senior prom and she just got her driver’s license.

Thankfully our son still has some milestones left to reach.

Two milestones that were hard for me to deal with was when he hit puberty and his voice went from squeaky to Barry White practically over night. The other was when he started to shave. I still find it weird that he shaves. I never expected my son to tell me “I need new razors.” How is it that my baby boy shaves? Sigh…

Both of my men shave – my husband and our son. Interestingly they both require different razors. My son can use any razor I pick up for him. My husband needs one for more sensitive skin.

Schick Xtreme

Schick Hydro is a brand of razors I know that both my husband and son can use (Schick Hydro has a razor for sensitive skin).

Schick Hydro razors are no ordinary razors. They contain a special gel reservoir that activates when wet. The gel is released on the skin making it feel hydrated. It also helps to reduce razor burn and helps the razor glide gently across the skin helping to minimize knicks and cuts. As a women I know how important that is for my legs. I want my husband and my son to experience the same benefits when shaving their face.

My son hates to shave. He finds it time consuming. With Schick Hydro’s special hydrating gel the shaving process is quicker and easier. He tends to shave more when the shaving experience is more enjoyable for him. As a result I get to see more of my son’s “baby face.” He may be growing up but he still has that adorable face he had when he was younger – when it’s free from facial hair.

As for my husband, he looks at least 10 years younger when he shaves. Because he has sensitive skin he hates to shave.

Schick Hydro 5

I bought my husband from Shop Rite the Schick Hydro5 Sensitive Skin razor. It’s been dermatologist tested to ensure it can handle sensitive skin. Just like the other Hydro razors, the Hydro5 Sensitive Skin razor hydrates the skin with use. The hydrating gel contains aloe and Vitamin E and helps to lubricate the skin which reduces irritation and redness and provides all around comfort when shaving.

I am NOT a fan of facial hair. I like my husband clean shaven too. I don’t like to kiss mustaches or beards. Plus my husband does look younger when he’s clean shaven.

I purchase our Schick Hydro razors at Shop Rite.

Schick Make It Epic #MakeItEpic

Schick Hydro is having a special campaign where you can get two FREE movie tickets. The campaign is called Schick Make It Epic (#MakeItEpic).

Everyday Schick® Hydro gets you ready to face the world. Shaving clean or just cleaning up – when you get hydration throughout each shave you’ll be ready when epic happens.

You can get two FREE movie tickets (up to a $20 value) to see ANY movie with the purchase of participating Men’s Schick® or Edge®.

The purchases much be made in a single transaction (another words purchased at the same time) between May 25, 2015 through July 10, 2015.

I found a FREE shaving cream with purchase deal at my local Shop Rite.

I found a FREE shaving cream with purchase deal at my local Shop Rite.


Draw a star (*) next to the qualifying items on your original, dated receipt. Take a clear photo of the entire receipt and text it to 811811 with the word SCHICK by July 10, 2015 for validation. Message rates/terms apply.

If validated you will receive a text back with a code valid for a movie certificate for two admissions (up to a $20 value) to see any more.

For Schick Make It Happen promotion details visit the campaign page or www.ActivateRewards.com/Schick

For more information about Schick Hydro products visit Epic.Schick.com.

The official hashtag is #MakeItEpic.

Does the man in your life use Schick Hydro razors? Why or why not?

Do you plan on taking advantage of the FREE movie tickets promotion?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® Men’s Shave. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs


Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs

I love bath and body products. I have a really nice collection of products. Some were sent to me to review, some were given to me as gifts and others I purchased myself.

I am a big fan of things like scrubs and soaking salts. I use scrubs pretty much every day as well as lotions to keep my skin moist and hydrated. Other products like soaking salts and bath bombs I use on occasion. Sometimes I enjoy them “just because” and other times I “need” them after a rough day at work or a stressful week.

People will spend a crazy amount of money on bath and body products. Did you know that you can make these products in your own home for just a fraction of the cost? Many bath and body products can be made with just a few simple ingredients too – many of which you might already have on hand.


I sometimes make my own hand scrub with a dash of olive oil and about a 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar. I put the ingredients in my hand, gentle rub my hands together then rinse them off. The sugar acts as an exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and the olive oil helps to moisturize your skin.

You can also use the same ingredients to make a sugar scrub for your lips to remove dead, dry skin. Just be sure to rub carefully because the skin on your lips is thin.

You can find recipes to make your own bath and body products online, but honestly, unless you know specifically what you are looking for you’ll no doubt miss out on a lot of great ideas. I prefer flipping through the pages of a book. That way I an find things I might not have ever thought of before. That is why I am an enjoying the book Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs by Kate Bello that I was sent to review.

Introducing “Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs,” a new collection of 300 easy, fun, DIY recipes to take bath time to the next ahhhh-inducing level.

These personalized creations utilize fragrant petals, powerful essential oils and exotic ingredients, including sage, lavender, peppermint, rose, jasmine, himalayan sea salt and much more.

Made of all-natural ingredients, these bath additions elevate your soak and help to relieve common ailments such as allergies, stress, acne, dry skin, sunburn and more.

If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll see that I have a whole board dedicated to Beauty. There you will find some great DIY beauty recipes.

What I love about this book is that it contains recipes for products I would never think to make. Not only that it gives you information about the ingredients and how they can benefit you.

There are plenty of great recipes to create products to help you create your own at home spa, but this book goes beyond that. It also provides you with recipes to create products to help you with different ailments you might be suffering from such as stress, eczema, arthritis and even the flu.

Salt and shampoo with nettle on board

The directions are super easy to follow. Each recipe provides you with a list of supplies and ingredients you’ll need.

Many ingredients you might already have in your home. Other ingredients you’ll have to shop around for, such as the specific essential oils you might need. I have an assortment of essential oils but I found recipes that require different oils. I have those pages bookmarked so I an refer back to them when I pick up all the ingredients that I need.

I’m impressed by all the wonderful things you can make simply and easily in your own home. Best of all you can make these products to give as gifts to family and friends. You’ll just need some creative packaging like bottles, jars and boxes. I’m sure you can find great ideas at your local dollar store so that you don’t have to spend a fortune.

If you have every been curious about making your own bath and body products, or you want to find a way to make your own so that you can save money, look no further than the book Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs by Kate Bello.

Look for it where ever books are sold (I saw it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble too).

Have you ever made your own bath and body products? Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments. I always love to hear from readers.

lavender salt


*I received a free sample copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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One of the best beauty secrets…


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When it comes to beauty many women won’t stop at nothing to ensure that their hair is perfectly coiffed, their make-up is flawless and their skin is glowing.

I used to be like that. As a busy mom who works part time out of the home and maintains a blog, I don’t have time for a regular beauty regime. Give me a scrunchy for my hair, some face powder and mascara and I’m good to go. LOL. I also don’t tan or use “fake bake” tanners. I’m part Irish, Welsh and Norwegian. We are not known for our golden tans.

There is a great beauty secret that many people over look, and it has nothing to do with make-up or your hair. It’s your teeth. Clean, white teeth can help you look your best, even when your hair is not cooperating and your make-up has worn off. A healthy, clean, white smile is one of the best kept beauty secrets.

Oral health is not only important for your looks, but also for your overall health too. It’s important to brush and floss a few times every day, 365 days a year. My family and I brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day, sometimes more if we eat or drink something that could stain your teeth or if something gets stuck in your teeth (hello corn on the cob).

Make sure to visit you dentist every six month for a cleaning and check up too. We had to skip going to our dentist for almost a year and even though I brush and floss properly I still had some tarter build up and that stuff is icky.


Three products you might want to consider adding to your daily beauty routine are;

Optic White Express White Toothpaste

  • Breakthrough formula offers whiter teeth in 3 days* just by brushing.
  • Professionally recommended whitening ingredient, hydrogen peroxide.
  • Contains 2x the whitening ingredient.**
  • Safe for daily use. Protects enamel and provides anti-cavity fluoride protection.

Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

A convenient and affordable way to get whiter teeth in just two days.* The Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen.


Brush as you normally would with your regular toothpaste. The Colgate® Optic White® toothbrush is specially designed with polishing bristles and stain removers to help remove surface stains.


Turn the dial at the bottom of the whitening pen and apply gel. It takes only seconds to apply and adhere to your teeth. No waiting, no rinsing.


Store pen inside brush.

Optic White WhiteSeal Mouthwash

  • Freshens breath
  • Helps Remove Surface Stains
  • 2% hydrogen peroxide formula whitens as it freshens.
  • WhiteSeal® technology forms a shield around teeth, to help seal out new stains.

Healthy Smile

I’ve been using Colgate Optic White products for a few weeks now.

My teeth are not that bad to begin with. I honestly didn’t really see a difference for a couple of weeks, but that is OK with me. I wasn’t looking for anything instant.

My teeth look brighter and have a less visible yellowish hue to them. I am a coffee drinker so I’m sure my daily cup of coffee or two are hindering the effects. I think I would have seen quicker results if I didn’t drink as much coffee.

I really like the brush. It feels good on the gums. It also leaves my teeth feeling clean. Some toothbrushes don’t seem to clean enough and I feel like my teeth are still “dirty.” I did not have that same sensation with my Colgate brush.

Colgate Optic White Products

The toothpaste is pleasant. It has a nice taste and leaves my mouth feeling fresh.

I like the mouthwash, but it is a bit too strong for me. It burns my mouth a bit. I have to add a little water to it to make it a tad bit weaker. Hopefully that is not ruining the whitening effect?

When I follow up brushing and flossing with the mouthwash my mouth feels super clean. Even my teeth feel smooth. It almost feels like I just got home from a dental cleaning. I like that feeling. That is why I brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day.

If you would like to learn more about these and other Colgate products visit ColgateOpticWhite.com. Check them out on Twitter too (@OpticWhite).

When you are going through your beauty regime don’t forget to include a healthy white smile too.

Are you a fan of Colgate Optic White products?



*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Break Up with Your Makeup (giveaway ends 6/25/15)



I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup. I used to when I was younger. I would not leave the house if my hair wasn’t perfectly coiffed and my makeup “just right.” You wouldn’t catch me out and about without any makeup on. No way!

Fast forward to “the mom years.” Once I became a mom things like my hair and makeup were not as important anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still do my hair and I wear makeup, but I’m not as crazy about them as I used to be.

The summer months I especially don’t like to wear much makeup. When I do wear it I am quick to wash it all off the moment I get home. I simply do not like the way makeup feels on your face when you are hot and sweaty. I don’t want it clogging up my pores with.

I’m OK with not wearing makeup – even going out in public totally fresh faced. I like the way a clean face feels. When I step out of the shower and my face is nice and clean the last thing I want to do is slap some makeup on.

I do feel that at times I need to wear makeup, especially if it looks really red. You see, I have a condition call Rosacea. It’s not contagious or anything like that.

Rosacea is a vascular condition caused by inflammation, with symptoms that include facial redness, pimples, eye irritation and can even lead to thickened skin and permanent visible blood vessels.  If left untreated, rosacea can actually worsen over time.

My Dermatologist diagnosed it years ago. Thankfully mine is not that bad. It’s mostly the top of my cheeks in an area about the size of a quarter. It’s not very prominent, but at times it does seem like it is. I’ve actually had people mistaken it for sunburn.


I’m not alone. It is estimated that over 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, and many don’t even realize they have it. Some have it really bad – so bad that it effects more than just their appearance.

Because of the physical manifestation of rosacea on the face, the condition can cause embarrassment, anxiety and frustration, and can have a negative impact on the patients’ social life.

According to the results of a new national survey*, the impacts of rosacea go more than skin deep, with half of sufferers saying they feel unattractive, as well as embarrassed (42%) and less confident (30%).

I can relate to the results of this survey. There are plenty of times that I too feel embarrassed and self-conscious about how I look because of it. If it’s especially bad I will wear product on my face to cover it up as best I can.

There are certain products you can use to help clean and moisten your face gently, which is important for rosacea suffers. The last thing you want are harsh products on  your face. It can only make matters worse.

Cetaphil Products

Cetaphil makes a lot of very gentle products for your face that are ideal for rosacea suffers (men, women and children). Their products are also great for acne prone skin as well as Eczema suffers (I also have Eczema – I get it on my scalp, neck and face often).

If you suffer from roseacea, or think you do, please consult with a Dermatologist to discuss the best course of action you should take to lessen the severity of your rosacea and to prevent it from getting worse.

For more information please visit www.RosaceaFacts.com.

This year Cetaphil is inviting consumers with rosacea- or those who think they might have the condition- to share a #nomakeup selfie of themselves and tell others how they stay confident even on “tough skin days.”

Upload your image and story via a digital hub for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to NYC for the New York Film Festival this fall. Submissions must be done by June 24, 2015, which will be voted on during a sweepstakes from July 27 – Aug. 14. People who vote on the submissions, during the sweepstakes, will also have the chance to win additional prizes. Winners will be contacted in August.

I know that uploading  photo of yourself with no makeup on might sound a bit daunting, but it can also be very liberating. Participating in the contest will also show you that you are not alone. Let your inner beauty shine!

To encourage you to enter the contest I have a nice giveaway for a lucky reader. 

The Break Up with Your Makeup gift basket include a wonderful assortment of Cetaphil products as well as a “Selfie Stick” to help you take fun photos of yourself and with others.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this gift basket and/or tell me if you or someone you know suffer from rosacea?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.  

*This survey, fielded among 500+ U.S. rosacea patients and 300 U.S. dermatologists, was developed by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) and Galderma Laboratories, L.P. For more survey details, check out this infographic.

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths




I am NOT a fan of heat and humidity. I know this sounds weird to say, but summer is my least favorite season. Fall is my favorite.

I don’t like summer because of the heat and humidity. If it wasn’t for that I would enjoy the summer months.

I can’t sleep when it’s too hot. I also can’t get comfortable when I am hot and sweaty.

I hate it when my skin gets sticky and sweaty. It’s the most uncomfortable feelings. Sometimes I hope in the shower to wet my skin down even if I’ve already showered. I find that it helps me to cool off and feel refreshed.

When I can’t hop in the shower I’ll use a cold, wet wash cloth and run it over my arms, face, neck and any place else that I want to cool down and refresh. Sadly that option is not always available, especially if you are at work or on the go.

Luckily there are Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths to help me cool off and feel refreshed. These body clothes are portable making them ideal for tucking in your purse or gym bag to use whenever you feel like you want to freshen up.

Ban Cloths Group Shot

The first on-the-go cooling cloths in the US are now available in Energize, a light citrus fragrance. For those who love the patented refreshing experience of Ban® Total Refresh® Cooling Body Cloths, that leave you feeling completely invigorated with just one wipe, now you can enjoy even more fragrance options. Choose from NEW Energize (light citrus scent), Enliven (fresh spring scent), Invigorate (soft clean scent) or Restore (light powder scent), to pair a revitalizing scent with your every mood.

Featuring unprecedented, proprietary PowderSilk™ technology imported exclusively from Japan, Ban® Total Refresh® Cooling Body Cloths are a revolution in refreshing. These innovative cloths instantly cool skin on contact, helping you reset without any sticky residue. Each cloth leaves behind a translucent, superfine powder to keep skin smooth and comfortable for hours, transforming hot, sticky skin into soft, silky, reinvigorated skin in an instant.

Ban sent me several samples of the Cooling Body Cloths to try out for myself.



Each packet is resealable and comes with 10 decent sized cloths.

I love each of the scents. They are very light fragrances so you don’t have to worry about the scent staying around for two long. I think the scent is more so for you when you are using them to help lift your mood and senses. After the wetness is absorbed into your skin the scent mostly goes away unless you put your nose up to your skin where you used the wipes – then you can smell them a little longer.

I enjoy all the scents. I honestly can’t pick a favorite.

They don’t necessarily cool you off like being in an air conditioned room or taking a cool shower. But they do provide a bit of cooling relief.

These are more so when your skin is hot and sticky and you want to remove the damp, sticky feeling from your skin. The powder that these wipes leave behind (which you can’t see or feel) helps to absorb perspiration and give you a sense of being cool.

Hopefully I am explaining it correctly.

I keep a package in my purse so I can use them at work. Our room gets very hot and humid at times. I can freshen up in just a few seconds with a wipe or two.

How to Use

The wipes are not too wet and not too dry. They are not rough on the skin nor do they leave your skin wet. The products absorbs into your skin quickly.

I wish the wipes were a bit larger. They are kind of on the small size. That is why I often use two of them. If they were larger you could cover more area with one wipe.

My daughter has a pack she keeps in her gym locker to fresh up and cool down after gym. I wanted to give a pack to my son but he says these are “girly” products. Maybe the company would consider making these more masculine friendly?

Over all I enjoy them and find that I use them often. They are handy to have.

Look for Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths in the deodorant aisle of your local grocery store as well as mass retailers nationwide.

Please note these are not to replace deodorant. They cannot be used the same way. These wipes are for refreshing your arms, legs, neck and so forth – they are not a deodorant.

The wipes have a retail price of $3.29 for a package of ten wipes.

For information about these and other Ban products please visit FeelBanFresh.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook.

Have you ever tried these wipes before? If so, what do you think about them? Do you have a favorite scent? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Five Tips to Help You Age Gracefully


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I just turned 47 years old. Ugh!!! Even typing that out makes me cringe. I can’t believe I’m that old. Even worse, I can’t believe in three more years I’ll be 50! Yikes!

I don’t get how some celebrities who are 20+ years older than me look 20+ years younger than me. I always attribute it to their wallets – they can afford the world’s best products and plastic surgery. Average people like me cannot afford the same luxuries.

Joey Thurman, celebrity trainer and nutrition expert, has some great tips to share to help you look your best and age gracefully.

Stars like Dame Helen Mirren and Demi Moore seem to defy aging. Is it possible for the average American to maintain a smooth face and lustrous tresses even as time marches on? Model, celebrity trainer and nutrition expert Joey Thurman says it is, provided you follow an age-defying diet and fitness plan.

“The food you put inside your body is going to reflect on your outside appearance, and I don’t just mean as far as your waistline,” says Thurman. “There are some foods which can actually age you faster than others, leaving you looking tired, bloated, and years older than you actually are. Thankfully, there are also plenty of foods which can help improve cell repair and keep you looking as young as you feel.”

Here are Thurman’s top five tips to help you age gracefully:

1. Eat healthy fats. “People tend to think that fat is the enemy,” says Thurman. “Yet that just isn’t true. There are bad fats such as lard and butter which are dangerous for your waistline and your heart health, but there are also healthy fats such as those found in olive oil and avocado. Not only do they taste great, but they have properties which can help to keep you looking young and feeling great.”

2. Hydration is key. “Your body needs water in order to perform even the most basic functions. It also needs water to help it stay looking young,” says the trainer, “Work more water into your diet by making infused waters at home with watermelon and other summer fruits.”

3. Eat guava. “Guava is a very trendy fruit right now in Hollywood,” says Thurman. “It is very high in Vitamin C which is an important component of any anti-aging diet. Not to mention, it just tastes great!”

4. Reach for sweet potatoes. “Sweet potatoes have been called the perfect food because they are low in calories but still high in fiber. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, and they can assist in cell repair. Bake or steam them, and then add some cinnamon. Or you can mash them and add a little garlic. No butter or sugar needed!”

5. Omega Fatty Acids. “Omega Fatty Acids are a key part of any anti-aging diet, not to mention any healthy lifestyle. You can get them from things like chia seeds or flax seeds, or foods like whole grains. You can also take supplements to help boost your intake.”

I love the tip about sweet potatoes. I didn’t realize just how good they are for you, although I have to admit I like mine with butter. I’ll have to give them a try without butter and just use a sprinkle of cinnamon (cinnamon is also good for you).

Do you have any tips on how to look younger? Feel free to share them. I always love to hear from my readers.

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About Joey Thurman:
Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Joey was named the best trainer in Chicago by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015. He has appeared on CBS, WGN, FOX, ABC and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer, published author and nutrition expert. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, People Magazine, Livestrong.com, BodyBuilding.com, Inspiyr, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, American Global Traveler, CaliDiet, Chicago Sun Times, and Brazen Women. Joey is a fashion model represented by Chosen Model Management where he works with brands including Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, Kohl’s, and Carson Pirie Scott. He has also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and TimeOut Chicago. Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional (CCNP) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit www.TheLifestyleRenovation.com and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.


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