How Many Lip Balms Does a Girl Need? Def This One!

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Like everyone I know I am completely obsessed with lip balm. My husband thinks I’m nuts because I’m always buying new ones, acquiring ones, etc., I have a gazillion. And guess what? I have more!

The folks at Rimmel London knew how much I love lip balm that they sent me a few of their new Keep Calm and Lip Balms—the perfect lip product for hot summer days to add moisture and soften dry lips.

IMG_1063Seriously…. How cute are they? Right? But not only are they super cute and a great conversation piece but they are super moisturizing (which is the point, right?)

The Keep Calm and Lip Balms come in six shades and they each provide a slight tint and sheen while healing those dry cracked lips.

Available Shades:

  • Keep Calm and Shop: clear
  • Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
  • Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
  • Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
  • Keep Calm and Party: violet blush

WHAT THEY COST: $2.50 (that’s a steal!)

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide.  Visit www.RimmelLondon.com for store locations.

*Disclaimer – The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. The kind folks at Rimmel sent me these lip balms for review.

 

The Difference Between Colds vs. Allergies – CVS MinuteClinic #SneezeFreeSpring

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Achoo! Excuse me. Well it’s that time of year. The seasons are changing and there is a lot of sneezing, itchy eyes going on in our house. My husband and I both have horrible allergies. Mine are more seasonal. His are seasonal but he is also allergic to a number of other things. Which is why with our renovations we got rid of the carpet and refinished the hard wood floors. Less allergens that way.

Usually at some point in April I wake up and think I have a horrible cold or that I’m on the verge of a sinus infection. It turns out it is always allergies. I’ve been lucky that if I wake up feeling like I’m sick I’m usually fine the next day. But I always question whether or not I have a cold or not and completely freak out and say I can’t get sick I have this and that coming up. Who has time to get sick right?

Do you often wonder if it’s allergies? Here is some great info provided by MinuteClinic on allergies that will help you navigate allergy season.

The Lowdown:

What IS an allergy?

An allergy is the body’s hypersensitivity to substances in the environment. Mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and even some foods can cause allergic reactions.

What causes seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are a reaction to small airborne substances. These allergens are small proteins that usually float around in the spring, summer and fall.

So, those springtime colds may actually be allergies?

Yes. A cold will typically clear up pretty quickly, within 7-10 days. Allergies may last weeks or even months!

Colds vs. Allergies

Did you know that 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it? That’s because many people confuse the symptoms of spring allergies with a common cold. Here’s what you need to know about the two:

  • The main difference between a cold and allergies is that a cold is caused by a viral infection while allergy symptoms are caused by your body’s own immune system’s attempt to fight off an allergen.
  • If you start sniffling and coughing at the same time each year and your symptoms come on suddenly, it may be allergies.
  • If you have a cough, it’s probably a cold. Most people with a cold will have a cough, but not everyone with allergies has this symptom.
  • If you’re aching all over, it’s probably a cold, not allergies. Aches and pains are not symptoms of allergies.
  • Itchy eyes are a common symptom of allergies but RARELY occur with the common cold!
  • If you have a fever, it’s not allergies! A fever is sometimes present with a cold, but will never occur with allergies.

Treatment and Relief:

How can I protect my family and myself?

Symptoms can usually be controlled with treatment. Nasal saline, decongestants and over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may help relieve symptoms as well.

So, how do I get allergy relief?

There are plenty of options! At MinuteClinic, our nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.

If you’re diagnosed with allergies, medication may help relieve your symptoms. The best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergen – whatever it may be.

Stay on top of your allergies by following MinuteClinic on Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more visit: http://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic

 

                                                                                                                             

*Disclosure – The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was provided a CVS gift card as compensation for this post.

Have Pasta Anytime, Anywhere! – Pasta Chips

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Growing up I barely ever ate pasta. My mom made spaghetti once every other month. Needless to say I married an Italian and was quickly introduced to pasta (the proper way) along with cheese, meats and bread. Boy was I missing out.

I learned how to make my mother in law’s gravy, plus I’ve learned a number of other pasta recipes along the way. We especially love my Roasted Garlic Fettucene Alfredo. To make a good sauce it takes time. The flavors need to marinate for hours and it can be tedious.

Introducing Pasta Chips! You get the flavor of pasta without all the hassle and hours hovering over the stove. Plus you can bring them on the go with you.

I recently tried a bunch of their flavors and I am completely in love with the Garlic Olive Oil. That was by far my favorite. That being said I really enjoyed them all. My hubby’s fave was the Marinara.

Last week I was in New York and brought them along in my bag so I had a snack just in case. I shared them with 2 women at the event  I was attending and they loved them just as much as I do.

Since we are in the midst of renovations things are a little bit chaotic in our home. I would love to try them with a nice dip. On the back of each bag they feature different dips that pairs well with the chip.

Pasta Chips are now available at stores and markets located all over New Jersey!

Pasta Chips are lighter,  healthier and better for dipping than any other chip on the market…pasta normally gets a bad rep for being heavy…but that’s not true with Pasta Chips…get all the pasta flavor with none of the carb-filled guilt.

 

Quick Facts:

  • 5 delectable flavors inspired by the sauces and tastes of Italy: Marinara, Alfredo, Spicy Tomato Basil, Garlic Olive Oil, and Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • Made with All Natural ingredients – Premium Semolina Flour and Farro
  • Oven Baked – Thin and Crispy
  • 120 Calories and 20% less fat then leading pita chip brands
  • No Cholesterol
  • Kosher Certified

So next time you are in the grocery aisle keep a lookout for Pasta Chips then come back and tell me what flavor you tried. I can’t wait to hear.

 

*Disclaimer – I received these products from Pasta Chips. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

 

Origami Owl Free Gift With Purchase – #MothersDay

WHO LIKES FREE? Oh wait, WHO DOESN’T LIKE FREE? Origami Owl has an AMAZING FREE gift with purchase!!!! Starts TODAY at 12pm EST!!! Share with your hubby and family…Makes a great Mother’s Day gift..hint hint hint!

Shop Here! www.katiedevito.origamiowl.com

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MOTHER’S DAY MUST-HAVES FROM DELL – FOR ALL KINDS OF MOMS

When Mother’s Day calls for creative gifting, Dell offers a wide array of laptops, tablets, all-in-one desktop devices and accessories to make mom’s life sweeter.  Whether she needs an easier way to organize her recipes, a tool for redecorating her home, or a mobile device as versatile as her busy schedule, Dell has the perfect gift that will become an essential part of mom’s life every day long after the holiday, remaining a constant symbol of the love and appreciation she receives from her nearest and dearest.

 

FOR THE CREATIVE, CULINARY-INCLINED MOTHER

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Dell XPS 18

Give a gift that celebrates mom’s creativity. With the XPS 18, the world’s thinnest and lightest portable all-in-one desktop, a top chef mom can easily channel her daily inspirations into delicious creations. The XPS 18 can be effortlessly transported around the house, whether mom wants to view recipes in the kitchen or jot down tips from her favorite cooking channel in the living room. Not only is this powerhouse portable, its 18.4” full HD touch screen (nearly three times the screen size of an iPad) allows her to quickly navigate and organize her recipes. And once the goods are ready to be presented and enjoyed, she can take selfies and pictures to share with family and friends using the front and rear cameras. After snack time, she can use the device’s built-in feet to transform it into a gaming table, playing digital air hockey with her kids on the touchscreen display. With Windows 8.1 and the latest Intel® Core™ processors, she’ll get all the power of an all-in-one desktop and the portability of a touchscreen device. The XPS 18 has more than 6 hours of battery life and weighs 5 pounds.

Starting price: $799.99

 

FOR THE SAVVY PROFESSIONAL MOTHER

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A CES Innovation Awards 2015 Nominee, and winner of a slew of ‘best of show’ awards, the new XPS 13 isn’t just the smallest 13” laptop on the planet. The notebook also has the world’s first virtually borderless infinity display, along with an optional touchscreen. The size of the computer – fitting a 13-inch display into an 11-inch laptop – makes it great for moms with home offices, while its light weight makes it easy to fit in a briefcase or purse when commuting to and from business meetings. Leading the industry in battery life, the XPS 13 boasts up to 15 hours of run time to keep her going all day long without charging. If the kids get a hold of it, no worries! The Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ QHD+ display is incredibly scratch-resistant, so no more scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping.

Starting price: $799.99

 

FOR THE ON-THE-GO MOTHER

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This 2-in-1 laptop’s unique convertible form factor makes it the perfect gift for the mom always on-the-go. It combines the powerful performance of a premium laptop with the versatility of a 13.3” tablet to accommodate Mom’s busy and ever-changing schedule. She’ll easily be able to manage her schedule of basketball games and little league, or retouch family photos thanks to a built-in stylus and vibrant Full HD touchscreen display that makes details pop on screen. The Inspiron 13 offers up to a 500GB hybrid hard drive (14 times more storage than a 32GB tablet), providing enough room for all her favorite music, apps and more. She can switch between a laptop for work, and a tablet with a built in stand to edit photos or stream her favorite shows with her family by her side.

Starting price: $549.99

 

While enjoying entertainment features on the Inspiron 13, mom can also stream up to 10 hours of dramatically clear audio with the Dell Bluetooth Portable Speaker. The portable, lightweight wireless speaker features a long-lasting rechargeable battery and has a wireless range of 10 meters so she doesn’t have to stay put while listening to music. The speaker’s sleek modern design fits seamlessly in a variety of settings, from the office to the beach. And at less than 7 inches long and weighing less than 1 pound, it easily fits in a backpack or tote bag.

Starting price: $59.99

FOR THE STYLISH DECORATOR MOTHER

Dell Venue 8 7000 Series

The Dell Venue 8 7000 series is the world’s thinnest tablet at 6mm, and the perfect tool for every mother with an eye for style and interior design.  Redecorate the family room with the first tablet to offer the Intel® RealSense™ Snapshot Depth Camera, a depth-mapping device that enables her to capture and measure dimensions in photos without ever picking up a ruler. A 2015 CES Innovation Award Best of Innovation Honoree, the Venue 8 7000 also comes with the Dell Gallery to help her organize and share her own home designs, and most importantly, enjoy them with her family this Mother’s Day.

Starting price: $349.00

Mom can put a fine point on decorating schematics with the Dell Active Stylus, designed to work with the Venue 8 7000 Series and select Dell tablets. The stylus provides better interaction, more precision and improved productivity: whether she is taking notes or sketching pictures, the stylus will give her a more natural and precise way to interact with her tablet.

Starting price: $34.99

 

What are you getting mom for Mother’s Day?

 

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