Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tips for Trips - Walmart Best Plans

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias

this week the kids and i decided to take a little 'staycation' adventure and do a Dessert Tour of our city. we traveled to some of our favorite dessert locations and enjoyed the tastiest of treats. we brought along our LG Leon purchased as part of the Walmart Family Mobile plan to capture some of our favorite moments and keep us connected. check out my video below outlining some features of the phone, what we did and the Walmart Best Plans.

the Walmart Family Mobile service is available for $29.88/month for the first line with Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data*. you can find the phones in the Electronics Section of Walmart in their own Walmart Family Mobile section as pictured below. the phones are on display and you can pick up a tag and a sim card to take to the register to redeem for your phone and active line.

below are some photos i snapped of the kids and i enjoying our summer staycation Dessert Tour. our favorite stop was definitely the homemade popsicle shop with every flavor of popsicle imaginable. we had a lot of fun deciding which flavor to enjoy and taking our time eating. we had our LG Leon Family Mobile phone on hand to snap some great shots of the popsicles - they were just too pretty not to photograph!

we have some delicious donut options to choose from but the kids insisted on the newest donut shop that just arrived to town, Krispy Kreme! they loved picking out their own personal selection of donuts to enjoy later (we were just too full to eat them all in one stop!). they had their WFM LG Leon to play games in-between traveling from location to location and once we arrived at Krispy Kreme they shot a short video. i would say the hats were their inspiration to act as employees of Krispy Kreme for the video. it was too cute.

the kids and i had such a great time cruising around the city and enjoying the best treats. what are you favorite staycation ideas? leave me a comment below - i can use all the suggestions i can get!


Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dermalogica Skin Care

a few weeks ago i was sent the dermalogica skincare products courtesy of Fohr Card. i was asked to try the products for several weeks and share with you what i thought. first, let me begin with the disclaimer and i am a fan of dermalogica and have been even prior to this posting trial. i think the products are well formulated, work well and provide results. that being said i went into this with a positive mindset thinking that i would like the products.

and i did.

i tried out the Age Smart system which includes some major players to help combat the signs of aging. my favorite of the bunch was the Power Rich Potent Firming Cream. this is a maximum intensity cream that you apply to problem areas. it includes THREE formulas in one cream to help maximize results and minimize time spent taking care of your skin. that right there is a slam dunk! this product can also be used as an eye treatment to firm and brighten skin.

the cleanser works well but i am not super picky about cleansers. even the worst, most-drying of cleansers can be improved with some hydrating serums and moisturizing creams. it was the Multivitamin Thermafoliant that really had me impressed. this product uses both physical and chemical exfoliants to help smooth skin and it works like a charm.

all in all the system was a treat to try and i look forward to using every last drop.


Friday, July 24, 2015

TRIA Hair Removal Laser Results

this post is sponsored by TRIA Hair Removal Laser however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

alright, ladies (and the occasional gent), my time with the TRIA Hair Removal Laser is coming to an end and i can honestly say that managing my body hair has never been easier. i know, that is a weird statement/claim to make however it is definitely the truth. not only did the TRIA Hair Removal Laser help to slow down my hair growth it also helped prevent razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin sensitivity that can result from waxing. it has made body hair care so simple. with just a quick treatment every week i am finding the results to last longer and longer.

my routine typically goes something like this. i shower and shave the areas i would like to treat (waxing prior to treatment is discouraged). i hop out of the shower and dry off and spend the next 5-10 treating the areas i would like to eliminate hair growth. i do this once/week and my results are definitely visible and i couldn't be happier with the outcome. i have gradually increased treatment strength each treatment and that has helped to make the hair removal more effective.

i had a friend private message me to ask if it really works and i can assure you my answer was YES! the amount of money i spend on waxing during the summer time can be invested in a TRIA Hair Removal Laser and in the long run i will be saving a lot of money. right now you can save 15% by using the promo code FAMILY.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunglasses Shop Ray-Ban Review & Giveaway

i love a good pair of sunglasses. seriously, i love them. i live in a very sunny location, i spend a lot of time on the water and sunglasses seriously save my hiney in the summertime. but that's just the functional use of sunglasses - how about the stylish aspect? coordinating them with your wardrobe, selecting the perfect pair for your outfit is also a fun way to accessorize. Sunglasses Shop contacted me to put together a post showing how i style my favorite sunglasses for summer - Ray-Ban Sunglasses.

pictured below are my Ray-Ban Light Ray sunglasses. they have the traditional Wayfarer frame with a modern spin. the frame is clear and the ear pieces are metal, rather than plastic. they are extremely light-weight making them ridiculously comfortable to wear. there's nothing worse than a sunglasses headache because your sunglasses become too heavy throughout the day. these Ray-Ban Light Ray sunglasses are so comfortable i have forgotten they were on. more than once.

to say i live in my Ray-Ban Sunglasses during summer is an understatement. i own five pairs (over-kill, i know. i justify it in the name of fashion blogging) and rotate them through my wardrobe daily. i have different colored mirrored frames, i have a tendency towards the aviator and they just work with any outfit. seriously, they can be chic or casual, it doesn't matter.

now on to the best part of this post - a giveaway! Sunglasses Shop has generously offered to give away a frame from their Ray-Ban collection*. follow the Rafflecopter instructions below for giveaway instructions.

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*excluding Polarised/Titanium and Limited Edition frames

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Subscription Service Reviews - FabFitFun, Glossybox & Scentbird

today's post is all about subscription box services. this is a service where once you resister you receive a monthly or quarterly box featuring seasonal and favorite items. the boxes typically have a theme whether it is beauty related, fitness related, food related and in this case even be perfume related!

i received three different subscription services this month and i wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on them with you. the first is the FabFitFun box. this box includes a variety of items with a very high dollar value for only $49.99 a box. included this month was the gorgeous Wren necklace pictured below with a value of over $100. additionally the boxes typically include beauty items, fitness and wellness. this month's box included a jump rope, a Japanese sponge, nail wraps, a gift certificate, a portable speaker (which has impressive sound quality, we've been using it at the pool!) a conditioning spray, perfume, a Tarte lip stain and a Vaseline spray lotion.

the great thing about the FabFitFun box is that it includes full size products. no small sample sizes here. not only are they full size products but they are products that you will want to use! often times i find subscription boxes include products that are just meh, nothing i am dying to try. that is what sets FabFitFun apart, they are actually products you have been wanting to get your hands on.

FabFitFun has offered a coupon code that Blushing Basics readers can use. simple enter the coupon code "BLUSHINGBASICS" to receive $10 off their first box at  

next up is GLOSSYBOX. for $21 a month you receive five full size products delivered to your door. GLOSSYBOX boasts luxury beauty products. having received this box a few times i can honestly say there are months where i am pumped at what is included and other months where i am a little underwhelmed. this month was one of those months. the products included are great products, however a single use face mask, a single use facial peel and a chapstick do not feel like 'luxury full size products'. the eyeliner is good but not a brand i have been wanting to include in my lineup and the cellulite lotion is probably my favorite product of the bunch. it makes up for the $21 price tag, however the other products fall slightly short.

like i mentioned before there are months where i am fist pumping at the products included. i suppose that is what makes subscription services enticing, it is like rolling the dice to see what you'll get!

last is one of my favorite subscription services, Scentbird Perfumes. for roughly $15 a month you are sent your pick of perfume. included is enough spritz to get you through the month. i love this concept and idea for several reasons. one, i tend to get sick of wearing the same scent over and over. this allows you to experiment with different scents without the price commitment. two, did i mention price commitment? perfumes can be extremely spendy and how quickly are you really running through that bottle? if you are anything like me you have bottles that have been on your vanity for years. this allows you to use product without the hefty price tag and without watching it sit unused. last, the monthly change is welcome. i need that gentle nudge to remind me to use my perfume or switch to a new one or just mix things up. perfume is something i have always thought of as the icing on a cake. you can look good but when you smell good it takes your outfit to new heights.

visit to subscribe. take the TruScent test to find out which perfume is best recommended for your lifestyle.


Monday, July 13, 2015

#ProjectHustle With vitaminwater

this post is sponsored by vitaminwater and #projecthustle however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #myhustle #ad

in March, vitaminwater created the crowd-funding inspired program to bring “hydrate the hustle” to life for their fans and help them chase their dreams. they invited aspiring entrepreneurs, artists-in-training, dreamers and film directors to develop an elevator pitch and submit it at, for the chance to become a finalist and secure funding to help bring their projects to life.

this summer, they’re opening it up to the public and asking them to help decide which of these 10 finalists deserve to have their projects funded (up to $50,000 each). by using codes on participating vitaminwater and vitaminwater zeroTM caps, people have the power to allocate virtual funds to one of the 10 finalists’ projects. plus there are great prizes to be won by using the codes – so there’s something in it for everyone. 

as a blogger i am self employed. i am in charge of my income, i am in charge of my content, i am in charge of my success. i have to hustle to make money. i have to hustle to secure funded content. i have to hustle to promote myself. while i don't have a film to create, music to produce or clothing to design i do have a network that i manage and maintain and i can definitely relate to hustle!

be sure to visit to vote for your favorite finalist in the running to help them secure funding for their dreams.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! shop my favorite picks from the sale using the widget below. don't see something you like? click through to check out the rest of the sale items here.