Get ready for fun in the sun with UV Skinz



After a brutally cold winter it feels like “summer” when we hit 50 degrees these days. Fifty degrees is still very cold, but it’s a lot warmer than the 2 degree temperatures we had just weeks ago.

Even though it was only 50 degrees yesterday I wore a short sleeve top to work and when I left I didn’t put my coat on. Ahh… warmer weather feels so good.

Warmer weather means short sleeves, tank tops, shorts, capris and flip flops. It means that we shed the many layers of clothing we’ve worn for the past few months in favor of more skin baring clothing. We also spend more time outside.

Exposing your skin to the sun is fine for  few minutes each day. It helps your body with an important vitamin – Vitamin D.

Exposing your skin to the sun can also be very harmful and downright dangerous. Too much sun can prematurely age your skin, give you sun burn and even skin cancer.

Did you know that you should always wear sunscreen even in the winter months? Any time your skin will be exposed to the sun for more than 10 minutes you should apply sunscreen. During the winter months when you are covered up you should consider wearing sunscreen on your face and neck if it’s exposed in any way.


Growing up I never wore sunscreen – ever. As an adult I am paying the price for that. When I was younger there wasn’t s much information about the potential harm from the sun’s rays as there is today. My kids always wore sunscreen. They are teens now and don’t always apply sunscreen, even at our insistence.

When I was a young girl I had skin poisoning several times, sometimes swelling up to the point of non-recognition. My cousin’s remember one time when that happened and we were camping. My whole face ballooned up because I had really bad sunburn.

As a result of too much sun I had to have many “suspicious” moles and marks removed from my skin. And let me tell you it was NOT a pleasant experience. It hurts – A LOT. I hope and pray I don’t ever have to go through that again.

I hate wearing sunscreen. Its ooey, gooey, sticky and slimy. I’m always on the look out for alternative products that will help me to protect my skin.

I have heard of clothing that is made in such a way as to block the harmful rays from the sun. Sunscreen alone is not always enough.

Did you know that 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed each year? That is scary! Not only that the incidence of melanoma in teenagers has increased by 100% over the past 10 years.

UV Skinz, the leader in UPF sun-safe clothing, which blocks out 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. Their products are certified to have upwards of UPF 50+ sun protection. They have products for babies, children, women and men including plus sizes (yeah!) and accessories.

I have never tired clothing made to protect you from the sun. I assumed it would feel weird, stiff and not very comfortable.

UV Skinz outfit

I was under the false impression that UV protection clothing had some kind of chemical or residue on it to protect you from the sun. That is not the case. The material the clothing is made from is so tightly woven that the sun’s rays simply cannot penetrate into the clothing, therefore blocking the harmful rays from getting to your skin.

UV Skinz let me try out some of their clothing to see for myself how it feels. I received a pair of capri pants and a swim top that looks a lot like a sports bra. I’m not one to hang out at the pool or beach too often so I wanted something I could wear that could get wet and dry quickly if I decided to go into the water, but at the same time look like clothing so I could wear it to take a stroll on the boardwalk too.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the clothing was very soft and light weight feeling. I thought maybe it would feel a bit heavy seeing as how the fibers are tightly woven together. The clothing has a very lightweight feel to it. It kind of reminds me of parachute material. I think that is great considering on stifling hot and humid days I certainly do not want to wear heavy clothing. UV Skinz is lightweight and breathable and very comfortable.

Sorry that I don’t have any photos of me modeling the clothing. I’m not keen on having my picture taken, most especially anything that shows off my plus-size figure.

The products I received to review are the Swim Bra (black) and Swim Jammers capri-like pants (also in black so they look like a set).

UV Skinz

Of course I don’t look as wonderful in the clothing as the sexy model does. LOL! Plus she’s wearing shorts. I have the Jammerz which are more like capris because they come down to my knee. The above picture makes them look like shorts. They really look like this.


These are super comfortable to wear. So much so I could easily wear them around the house (I wouldn’t wear the top “as is” – I would put another shirt over it). I can wear the pants just about any where (except work). I like that my legs are covered up and protected from the harmful rays of the sun.

UV Skinz are not just for the beach or the pool. Their clothing is for most any activity you do outside in the sun whether it’s golf, walking, hiking or simply running errands around town or playing with your dog in the backyard.

Here are must a few more examples of UV Skinz clothing.

UV SKinz clothing

If you would like to see what UV Skinz has to offer you can visit them online at UVSkinz.com. They offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50.00. You can also find the brand on social media (all links are found on their home page).

What do you think about UV Skinz? Do you have any experience dealing with the harmful rays of the sun? Do you make sure you and your family are always protected? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free products 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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Baggallini – fun, colorful and fashionable bags



Baggallini Avenue Tote in “Ocean” color


I have a confession to make – I never really was into bags. When I was a teenager I did like bags that were big enough to carry all my “stuff.” When I became a mom I traded in my bags for diaper bags. As you know, diaper bags are huge because you have to stuff them to the max with anything and everything your baby might need.

After years of toting around diaper bags, and finally being able to carry a regular bag again, I opted for teeny, tiny bags. I often joke that my purse/pocketbook is a “wallet on a string.” That is because they basically only hold my car keys and wallet – that’s it.

For many years tiny bags have always been OK with me. It wasn’t until I went back to work outside the home that having a larger bag became a necessity again.

I like to carry things to work with me like my laptop (to get some blog work done if I am working a double shift – it gives me something to do on my long lunch break), snacks, my wallet, keys and other necessities. Needless to say I need a big enough bag to accommodate everything.

I used to use a small tote bag for my stuff and put my laptop in a grocery bag when I had to work a double shift, but it was bulky and didn’t exactly provide me with protection for my laptop. What I needed was a bag big enough to carry everything I needed AND was fashionable.

I was sent to review a bag (pictured above) from a company called Baggallini. Baggallini offers consumers totes, handbags, backpacks, shoulder bags and travel bags.


I was sent to review a Baggallini Avenue Tote bag. I received the bag in the color called “Ocean” (a bright blue). The bag is also available in several other colors and patterns.

At first I wasn’t sure how well this bag would fit my stuff. As soon as I received it I took everything out of the bag I was currently using and put it all into the Baggallini Avenue Tote bag. To my surprise it fit all my stuff – and then some!

There is a special pocket on the inside that fits my laptop perfectly. There are also two other pockets on the inside to hold your cellphone (or whatever else you want) and even slots for pens/pencils or make up.

Even with a laptop, the power cord, and a few other things there is still ample room in the bag for even more stuff if I needed it.


Inside my bag are snacks, essentials, my laptop, laptop power cord, iPad Mini and a smaller purse I use with just my wallet in it. As you can see I have plenty of room left.

Inside my bag are snacks, essentials, my laptop, laptop power cord, iPad Mini and a smaller purse I use with just my wallet in it. As you can see I have plenty of room left.

One features I really like is that adjustable (and removable) shoulder strap. My previous bag didn’t have a shoulder strap and I really wanted a bag with a shoulder strap to make carrying it easier. Sometimes I stop for coffee and hot chocolate for me and my boss. I need both hands to carry them so having a bag with a shoulder strap makes things a lot easier for me.

The strap is 52″ in length and could easily be used as a cross body strap too. The bag also have 11″ drop shoulder straps.

There is also a back pocket that converts to slide securely over a suitcase handle which makes this a great bag for traveling with too.

The Baggallini Avenue Tote is made with lightweight, water resistant nylon and measures 13”W x 12”H x 6”D.

Not only does this tote bag fulfill all my needs it’s also fashionable. I get a lot of compliments on this bag.

I’ve never considered myself much of a bag person until now. Baggallini has many beautiful bags to choose from. Even someone like me who doesn’t go crazy over the latest and greatest “must have” designs found several on the Baggallini website that I would very much love to have.

Here are a few other bags I like.

Baggallini Bags

Baggallini has so many to choose from in a variety of styles. There is something that every Baggallini shopper would enjoy. They also have bags to fit most budgets, ranging in price from $17.00 – $200.00. The Avenue Tote (the one I have) is priced at $99.95.

If you would like to check out Baggallini please visit www.Baggallini.com. You can also find the brand on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube). All social media links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about the Baggallin Avenue Tote? Do you enjoy purses/handbags? What’s in YOUR bag?



*I received a free product sample 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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Keep your feet toasty warm this winter with Lamo footwear


Lamo Shoes Boots

I’m not sure what the weather has been like in your “neck of the woods”, but here in the Northeast the weather has been bitter cold.

Normally I don’t get cold. I’m overweight and have added “padding” which usually keeps me warm. However this winter has been the exception. Brrrr!!!! Even I’ve been very cold on several occasions.

I used to be a stay at home/work from home mom. When the weather outside was cold and bitter I didn’t have to worry much about it. The only time I would venture out is to take my kids to/from the bus stop and walk the dog. Now that I work outside of the home I have no choice but to be prepared for the winter weather.

One thing I quickly noticed is that my sneakers are NOT appropriate footwear when you need to trek across a parking lot and sidewalk like I now have to do at work. Sneakers don’t have enough “threading” on the soles to keep me from slipping and sliding all over the place. The last thing I want to do is slip and fall on my butt – or worse!

Sneakers also don’t keep your feet very warm. In fact my feet are FREEZING by the time I get into our classroom. What I need is appropriate footwear.

A long time ago I received to review a boot from Lamo. Back then the weather was way too warm to wear boots, so the boots sat in my closet waiting for appropriate weather to wear them. The weather we’ve been having is more than appropriate.

Lamo "Sporty" boot in brown.

Lamo “Sporty” boot in brown.

I received to review from Lamo a boot called “Sporty”. It’s an ankle boot with made out of suede with faux sheepskin lining. I wanted a taller boot but I have big calves and I didn’t think that would be too comfortable. Not only that I wanted a shoe that I could easily get on and off since I’d have to change shoes when I got to work.

In addition to being made out of faux sheeskin and suede the “Sporty” boot features a decorative buckle and leather heel patch. It’s also made with a high density Comfort-Flex rubber sole.

These boots are very lightweight. They are not heavy and “clunky” like other boots.

I have not worn boots in years. I’m a sneaker girl. All I wear is sneakers.

These boots are incredibly comfortable. So much so I liken them to slippers more so than boots. The are super soft and snugly on the inside. They are so comfortable that I don’t want to take them off.

I love that my foot slides easily in and out of the boot. I don’t have to struggle to get my foot in them or require help from someone to remove the boot. I remember when I was little and I wore boots – I needed my mom to help me pull them off because they were so tight on my feet. Not the Lamo Sporty Boot. It slips easily on and off. It’s the perfect boot to wear to work because you can easily slip it off and replace it with your works shoes.

Lamo Shoes

These boots have a nice thread on the bottom. Unlike when I walk in snow and ice with my sneakers I DON’T feel like I’m going to slip and fall when I wear these boots. I feel more secure on my feet.

These are NOT waterproof. Suede can get marks on it when wet. I would suggest if you purchase these wonderful boots that you invest in a can of waterproof shoe spray. We sprayed my Sporty boots with the waterproof spray and they are holding up nicely in the snow. There are no watermarks on them at all. In fact they still look almost brand new even though they have been worn plenty of times recently.

The inside is very soft and “furry”, even around your ankle. This helps your feet to not only feel comfortable but also very warm too. Not once have my feet or toes been cold while wearing these boots out in the snow, cold and freezing rain.

Lamo Sporty Boot in black.

Lamo Sporty Boot in black.

Currently the Sporty boot is available only in black. The one I have is more like a chocolate brown. I’m assuming that color is currently out of stock.

The boots sell for $54.99 on the Lamo website.

I would most definitely purchase these boots again. These are fantastic boots and A LOT less then similar boots (I won’t mention the brands but I’m sure people might know which ones I am referring to).

Lamo has a lot of footwear options for women, men and children. They also sell accessories such as hats and shoe inserts.

If you would like to checkout other products available from Lamo visit LamoFootwear.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.



*I received a pair of shoes to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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New Teflon® Coated Apparel ($100 Amazon GC giveaway ends 1/18/15)


Teflon Flannel Shirt

When you think of Teflon®, what comes to mind? For me it’s the pots and pans in my kitchen that I use every day.

Did you know that there is clothing available that is made with Teflon®? It’s true!

In apparel, Teflon® fabric protector fends off soil, stains and spills on wool, cotton, and blends without impacting the fabric’s weight, look, feel, color or breathability.

Fabrics with Teflon® stay looking newer longer, and are easier to care for. All without impacting the look, touch, feel, color or breathability of the fabric.

The first time I heard about this my first thought was that the clothing must be stiff or feel weird. That is because I think of the Teflon® I can’t help but think about the coating on pots and pans that prevent foods from sticking. Wouldn’t you?

I was offered the opportunity to review some products with the Teflon® fabric protector. They came from Amazon.com.

Hoodie lined with Sherpa coated in Teflon® fabric protector.

Hoodie lined with Sherpa coated in Teflon fabric protector.

I received two flannel shirts and a “hoodie” for my son. My son loves to wear hoodies (as do most teenage boys). I also thought the flannel shirts would be ideal for this time of the year, especially on a day like today where the wind chills make the temperature drop down to subzero.

I couldn’t wait to feel the shirts and see if they were stiff or felt funny. To my surprise they felt perfectly normal – no different than any other clothing we own. In fact I was surprised at just how soft the flannel shirts felt. I wanted one after I felt it (LOL). Flannel is such a snugly fabric.

The hoodie is very nice too. It’s lined with Sherpa.

My apologies for the horrible pictures (my camera is not working properly – I have to use cellphone photos). My son was also not up for having his photo taken, as you can see from the photos.

Both of the flannel shirts and the hoodie have been washed a few times since we received them. They wash and dry very well (I think the flannel even got softer).

We’ve only tested the hoodie and one shirt by sprinkling water on them to see what happens. Unlike other clothing the water doesn’t soak right in. You can wipe the water off and the clothing is still dry. Not that my son is going to go out in the rain without an umbrella, but I like that he can take the dog for a walk and if snow gets on him it will brush right off without getting his hoodie or shirt wet and cold.

Awesome flannel shirt (so soft and snugly!) coated in Teflon® fabric protector. My son should have tucked it in. He also likes things to be large on him.

Awesome flannel shirt (so soft and snugly!) coated in Teflon® fabric protector. My son should have tucked it in. He also likes things to be large on him.

I can see why clothing with Teflon® fabric protector would be great for people who work in “messy” jobs (plumber, construction, mechanic…) and those who enjoy working and playing outdoors (the fabric can protect against dirt and mud).

I have seen a video where paint was splattered on a shirt made with Teflon® fabric protector, but I was too nervous to try that at home.

I’m impressed. It does protect the clothing from water, mud, dirt – even paint! Plus it feels super soft. The clothing will clean easier, last longer and keep on looking fresh.

Many brands and retailers offer products with Teflon® fabric protector.  Look for the Teflon® brand hangtag or logo when you shop. The Teflon® product line includes various styles of jeans, pants, shorts, tee shirts, polos, button-up shirts, jackets, and sweaters.

Telfon fabric protection

If you are interested in the clothing I received to review here are links to them on the Amazon site (these are NOT affiliate links – just regular links).


Blue/Gray Flannel Shirt

Red/Navy Flannel Shirt

For more information visit the DuPont Teflon website.

Teflon® would like to give a lucky reader a $100 Amazon gift card that can be used to purchase clothing with the Teflon® fabric protector. Thank you Teflon®.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 18, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 try (or need) clothing made with Teflon® fabric protector?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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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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Get in shape in the new year with Gaiam


Cherry red summer apple isolated on white

Let’s face it… it’s that dreaded time of year where we need to narrow down our resolutions for 2015. Most people (even though they won’t admit it) often resolve to eat healthy, lose weight and exercise regularly. I have to admit I am one of those people.

I actually don’t make resolutions. I feel like they set you up for failure. Instead I like to set reasonable goals for myself.

Losing weight, eating healthy and exercising are ALWAYS my goals for any new year. I just lack the motivation to do them. Sigh…

If exercising and getting in shape is one of your resolutions you’ll need some great work out apparel. Some ladies also would like “cute” work out gear for those trips to the gym. LOL!

Gaiam has an apparel line specifically designed to be lightweight and warm, which is great for the cold weather months ahead of us for most people.

Gaiam’s apparel features breathable, quick-drying performance wear made from the softest fabric possible—so you’ll stay cool and dry during your workout, but won’t feel the chill on your way home.

In addition, Gaiam’s apparel line is built for a life in motion, with body-friendly designs that fit and flatter from any angle – and in every pose.

Here are just a few items available from Gaiam which will make working out in the new year more comfortable and fashionable.


Curve Legging ($78.00)

The yoga-specific fit hugs your curves and follows every movement; Wide 3″ comfort waist band with hidden key pocket and anti-chafe seams extend the comfort.


Petal Back Racer Tank ($64.00)

This fun, flattering tank has an on-trend cowl neckline, integrated shelf bra with removable cups and back panels designed to help you extend your reach. Mesh back inserts for zoned cooling. 

Follow My Line Jacket

Follow my Line Jacket ($98.00)

Soft and breathable with a snap collar cowl neck and handwarmer pockets. Two way adjustable zipper, edge stitching, a curve-enhancing pleated back and long arms with petal cuffs.

Infinity Scarf


Infinity Scarf ($34.00)

The generous length creates warmth and multiple wearing styles. Inside zipper pocket cleverly stashes key, card or phone. Made with two types of fabric. 


Many Ways Belt ($34.00)

Made from soft, stretchy cotton, this reversible belt/skirt has ruched outer seams and a wicking lining. Make it narrow to cinch in your waist or pull it down for a layered skirt look.

Cinch Wrap

Cinch Wrap ($70.00)

This loosely structured layer is made from a softly textured heather knit fabric with an adjustable fit you can play with: an open neckline with drawcord fabric tie and adjustable length sides with self-ties that change the shape of the integrated pockets.

If only they came in my size. Then again, I don’t think I’d look as good in them as the models.

My daughter enjoys working out. She visits the gym in our condo complex on a regular basis. I commend her on that.

My daughter has the Organic Cotton Throw Wrap from Gaiam.

Cotton Wrap

Currently her wrap is rolled up in a ball and shoved in her drawer (got to love teenagers!).

The wrap is very light weight. I wouldn’t think it would keep you warm but my daughter says it does help her stay warm when she’s working out on the treadmill.

My daughter has a condition called Raynaud’s. Its an autoimmune disease. She tends to be cold all the time. Even in 70 degree weather she can feel cold. Her hands are ALWAYS like ice cubes. He skins also turns snow white (literally – WHITE!) when she’s cold, most especially her hands. Even in weather most people feel comfortable in she needs to wear a sweater or sweatshirt. She NEEDS a wrap like the Organic Cotton Throw Wrap from Gaiam. Its lightweight weight and doesn’t interfere with most of her exercises at the gym. It helps keep the chill off. This will be especially helpful when it’s warmer outside and they crank up the AC in the exercise room.

She likes the wrap. I’ve even seen her wear it to school and out with friends as if it was a regular wrap and not work out wear.

It feels very soft, and as I mentioned, it’s very lightweight. It’s a wee bit long for her (she’s very petite) but she doesn’t mind. It also rolls up very small so she can tuck it in her school bag and take with her on days she has gym.

If you would like to learn more about these and other Gaiam workout apparel visit www.Gaiam.com. You can also find their social media links on the bottom of their website.



*I received a free product sample 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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A great gift idea for Disney’s Frozen fans – Frozen Snuggies!


Elsa Snuggie

If you are looking for last minute gift ideas I have a fun one for the Disney’s Frozen fan in your life – a Frozen theme Snuggie!

I’m sure you are familiar with Snuggies. Snuggied are similar to robes, except they go on “backwards” so that your front is kept warm. Usually you use a Snuggie when you are watching TV or reading in bed (as examples) where your back is already kept warm by the furniture.

A Snuggie keeps your front warm without having to worry about a blanket falling off of you. Snuggies also come with sleeves which allow you to eat, drink, read and do other things without having to worry about the Snuggie falling off of you.

Snuggies are also a bit long to make sure your legs are covered too.

Think of a Snuggie as a blanket with sleeves to help keep you warm on a cold winter’s night.

People used to make jokes about Snuggies, however they are popular items. My husband and kids all have Snuggies and use them often. I know other “Snuggie Lovers” too.

This year, just in time for the holidays, Snuggie has released Frozen theme Snuggies. One features the ever popular Elsa and the other features the lovable Olaf.

I received the Olaf Snuggie to review. Even though I don’t have little kids the Snuggie fits my teenage daughter just fine. She’s 5’2″ and as you can see the Snuggie covers her whole body from her neck to her feet.

Olaf Snuggie

My daughter was having a “bad hair day” and requested I crop her head out of the photo. :-)

Even though my daughter is almost an adult, she’s petite in size. This Snuggie would only fit petite adults.

The Olaf Snuggie is very soft. It’s made out of fleece.

The long length and long sleeves helps to keep the chill off.

It’s super cute too! I love Olaf. He’s adorable.

The Frozen Snuggies are available at Walgreens and will retail for around $14.99.

This would make a fun gift for the Frozen fan in your life.

What do you think about the Frozen Snuggies? Do you know someone who would love to receive one of these for the holidays?

Olaf Snuggie 2


*I received a free product sample 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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