Influenster-How can you get into these great boxes

What is Influenster?

Influenster is an online community where people can get to try name brands products and share their opinion about the products on social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,. The site to sign up is

I was so excited when I first saw posts about this brand new site, which also includes InfluensterApp for your phone so you can keep track of your campaigns. So, how do you get invited you can have a friend invite you our go under the Help section and request an invite. You will get a form that will ask you enter your name, email, and will using and check all that apply. When you get an Influenster account you will not be getting boxes right away you will first have to complete all information that is requested of you and then start building up your influence by filling out small surveys on their web site or write small reviews on the things you like or don’t then share them on social media. The great thing is that it is all free, you will never be asked to enter your credit card information.

If you are chosen for a free product VoxBox you are chosen based on the badges that you unlock and the influence that you show.

I remember when I go my first box the Sugar & Spice Box. I was so excited because you don’t always know what is inside the box. The box was a diversified box, it contained some new products such as Belvita, Colgate Optic White toothpaste, Colgate Optic White Toothbrush, and Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer. These products were so different but I was so excited to try them all.

I love that these boxes are all a surprise sometimes we are given hints via twitter parties, but it is always a box of fun

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Duracell & SheSpeaks Teams Up for the Holidays-#PowerTheHolidays

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks & Duracell

With the holiday season around the corner, imagine that you have picked out the perfect kids for your children you are all sitting around the tree exchanging gifts. After all the gifts are open your kids begin to open the packages and want to play with the toys and you read on the package that batteries are not includes. You then notice that it needs AA batteries. You walk over to the drawer that you keep all your batteries and find that you are out of them. Panic sets in as all the stores are closed and now you have watch your kids be upset that they can not play with their new toys.

This problem could have been avoided if you had stocked up on batteries before the holidays. With the all of the electronic games, toys, remotes, and let us not forget the all important smoke alarms, we need to always have a fresh supply of batteries on hand. I have a routine that I follow whenever I buy a gift I check to see if it requires batteries and I purchase them and add them as a stocking stuffer with the gift.

Duracell Cooper Top All-Purpose alkaline batteries are not only dependable, they are also long lasting. It provides you with a 10-year guarantee in storage with Duralock Power Preserve Technology. The main thing is it is a brand that we have all trusted for years and is one that we can be confident in. CooperTone batteries are available in AA,AAA,C,D and 9V. These all purpose alkaline AA batteries come in 4 pack and 16 pack.

Be sure to check them out

Hashtag: #PowerTheHolidays
Twitter: @Duracell, @Walmart

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I recently attended a Target event and got a chance to preview the new TOMS collection that will hit the stores on November 16, 2014. This season Target and TOMS are working together to focus on the basics, while adding a charity element. Giving back around the holidays is always a great thing.

The TOMS for Target limited edition collection includes clothes, accessories, housewares, kids stuff, shoes and so much more. You will be able to buy things for your parents to your friends. The TOMS and Target items are just as cute as they are affordable: nothing is over $50.

The best part is that with each purchase you will help provide nourishment, warmth, or pair of shoes to someone less fortunate, and isn’t that what the holidays is all about.

Here are a few items that you will be able to find:

1. Throws
Winter is coming. why not give warm, cozy and neutral throws to that always cold person in your life.

2. Sweaters
You will have to go and grab one for your stylish friend and one for yourself. These neutral knits are begging to be paired with skinny jeans, leather minis, and boots.

3. Shoes
Who does casual shoes better than TOMS? The slip ons are a dressier alternative to sneakers, but just as comfy and wearable.

4. Scarves & Hats
Protect your neck and prevent heat from escaping through the top of your head during those bitter cold days that we having coming up. These are so cute and can be used with any color.

5. Beautiful Jewels
The line includes simple and beautiful bracelets that reminds you not to worry about the small stuff.

6. Candle
Candles add elegance and warmth to any room or holiday celebration. This is one is a classic.

Disclaimer: I received products to test for my review, however, all opinions expressed her are my own.

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Guest Bedroom Guide

We can all be overwhelmed with the holidays; especially with the idea of us having guest coming to stay over. We want to make sure that our out of town guest have all the essentials in their room and that we make it look as homely as possible for them. The below items are just a sampling of the stuff that you can purchase to make your home look so much better for your out of town guest. Happy Shopping


  1. Custom blanket – A custom blanket that says “Welcome” would be instantly heartwarming. Or personalize or monogram it any way you’d like. Order it here.
  2. Custom pillows – It’s easy to add color and custom designer touches to the guest bedroom (or the entire home!) with this service by Simply click a pillow style and customize it with the fabric of your choice. Also consider creating your own custom designs in bedding and window treatments. It takes about two weeks from order to delivery. Start designing here.
  3. Bamboo towel set – Bamboo fiber is incredibly soft and absorbent. Bamboo towels are an addition to the guest bedroom that will make your guests feel pampered. Buy them here.
  4. Unisex bathrobe – A Turkish cotton bathrobe that will only get softer with every wash. A must for every guest room. Find it here.
  5. Fold-able luggage rack – So your guests can get their suitcase off the floor and more accessible. This one accommodates a smaller bag on the bottom shelf. Check it out and other models here.
  6. Reed diffuser – An elegant way to freshen up a room. Guest will certainly enjoy the distinctive scents developed by Nest Fragrances. Buy it here.
  7. Orchid in vase (a faux) – You could get the real thing, but this faux orchid will last forever. And look beautiful that whole time. Check it out.
  8. Bedside water carafe – A simple, colorful glass bedside carafe will brighten up the room and be useful too. Find it here.
  9. Wireless charging station and clock – Your guests forgot their chargers? No worries, small electronics can be charged here. The wireless charging station also doubles as a clock. Find out more here.
  10. Sample organic spa gift set – A beautifully packaged set of sample beauty products by Hollybeth Organics. All true beauty USDA Organic Certified products that smell amazing. Order the spa gift set here.
  11. Mattress topper – Offer your guests luxurious slumber for the price of a fluffy mattress topper. Shop for it here.

In order to make your guests feel extra special, consider offering some spa-like amenities, such as this aromatherapy eye pillow, to make them feel extra relaxed and so happy to be in your home instead of a generic hotel room.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Big Hero 6 Battle of the Bay Review

On November 6, 2014, I was invited to attend a special viewing of Big Hero 6 Battle of the Bay. I also got to see a presentation by John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity, VP of Production and Andy Koehler, GameMill Entertainment VP of Licensing & Business Development. They gave us a sneak peak at the Big Hero 6 video game.

This is a wonderful movie for the whole family and one that you can enjoy during the holidays.

It is about a boy and his robot that go on an adventure. Hiro and Baymax do use technology to eat the bad guys it’s the reason behind why they do that makes this movie move along, not just about the fact that they are trying to save the world.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but Hiro is taken to a very sad place after the loss of his brother Tadashi. Due to this Hiro connects with Baymax, a personal healthcare companion who seeks to help heal Hiro. You have to understand the emotional pain that Hiro is in. Baymax finds it harder to help Hiro feel better with far reaching consequences.

In order to help them on their mission of healing, they recruit adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. This introduces us to the Big Hero 6 team. These young modern day superheros was not so super at first. It took time for them to adjust to their new position and abilities. However, they do adjust and become amazing using their techie ability.

This movie has characters that you can relate to and the team has both guys and gals who are brilliant in the technology field and support each other. Which is a great lesson for kids to learn. As the team’s bond they really become ahndy as they battle the bad guy to save San Fransokoyo, a city that’s lovely blend of both western and Japanese culture.

I will not spoil the surprise for you but you will like the ending. All I can say is that you will enjoy it.







Disclaimer: I was invited to this special screening of the movie and received a copy of the Big Hero 6 game; however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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Holiday Series-Target-Frozen Pin Board

If you have been asleep for the past year, then you probably don’t know that the hottest times on the market today are associated with the movie, Frozen.

Frozen is the story about sisterly love and girls-turned-women harnessing their power,I applaud Disney for making an effort to bring that franchise into this millennium with more evolved female characters.

If you have a young daughter then she is probably asking you for Elsa, Anna, or Olaf dolls and other toys this holiday season. However, what do you do if you have a little older child that loves the theme but may not want a doll. Well Target has something just for her, it is Frozen Fabric Covered Pin Board.

These are easy to hang in a room and does require alot of space, the bright colors allow you to be able to pin notes and pictures on it, and makes a big splash with your daughter. I love how it makes the room festive and brings the love of the movie to life.

These also make great stocking stuffer gift for any young lady in your life. These pin boards don’t go out of fashion and will take a beaten and still stand up.


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Holiday Series-Toy Review-Animal Planet Radio Control Flying Fire Dragon

The Animal Planet has brought us a great new product the Radio Control Flying Fire Dragon. Let your imagination take flight as you maneuver the Radio Control Flying Fire Dragon to soar through the sky. This legendary creature flies with the power of wireless radio-control technology, while built-in propellers provide extra precision and stability. The dual joystick transmitter is easy to handle, even for beginners. This dragon has an 18 inch wing span and is made of durable material to withstand crashes! Dragon uses a built-in rechargeable battery that recharges by connecting directly to the remote.

It took a while get the hang of it, but once you did it was a blast. This was make a great gift for the young boy in your life who wants to learn about flight and wants to discovery the art of radio control.

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Holiday Series-Entertaining with Target-Macaron Baking Kit & Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

I recently attended the Target Holiday Event and got to preview some of the new products that will be available this holiday season at Target.

One of the area that was a big feature for me was the entertaining and baking area. Target has some new products out that are going to baking more fun for you this year, and items that can also make great gifts for anyone.

Macaron Baking Kit
If you are like me you have been looking at all of the new places that are popping up serving macaroons. These small friendly french baked goods are a special treat.

Target is not pulling any punches with with its recently launched line of wallet-friendly, authentically French sandwich cookies. Because we’re all sugar addicts to varying degrees, we will love this new product. This is the Chocolate Macaron Baking Kit, it includes the Chocolate Macaron Baking Mix, White Mint Filling Mix and the Macron Silicone Mold.

Macaron Chocolate Mix
All you need is 2 egg whites. You place your oven rack in the top position and preheat oven 325 F. In a mixing bowl, whisk 2 egg whites on high for 2 minutes or until stiff peaks are formed. Gently fold in mix,about 10-12 stokes, to combine, let rest 1 minute. Form dough into 24 1″ balls and bake 14-16 minutes. Let macarons cool completely before applying filling, yields 12 filled macarons.

Macaron Filling Mix
You will need 1 stick or 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 tbsp talk. In a mixing bowl, combine mix, butter and milk, mix on medium high for 2 minutes. Spread 1 tsp on fully cooled macaron cookie.


Another great thing from Target is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet.

This is the perfect dessert for family fun. This dessert is not only delicious, it is easy and fun. Kids will love to prepare their own Chocolate Chip cookie. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Cast Iron Skillet. This skillet is also great for personal pizzas, fajitas, and much more. The Cast Iron Skillet is made with the highest quality cast iron. Our cast iron skillet is seasoned with natural oils that are baked into the iron to create a black finish. This creates a a natural, non-stick finish and it’s ready to cook with right out of the box. Cast iron is a great material for cookware. The advantages of cast iron include even heating, superior heat retention, and a natural stick-resistant finish. This makes cast iron great for baking an cooking.

When you get your skillet clean it water and soap before using.

You will need
Bag of chocolate chip cookie mix (which is included), 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 1 egg.

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. In a medium bowl add 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 1 egg to the mix.
3. Mix well ad spread the dough evenly on the skillet until the dough nearly touches the edges.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven using an oven mitt
5. Serve with ice cream along with your favorite toppings and enjoy.

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These will make ideal gifts for the holidays

A couple of recipes that were given to us that I wanted to share with you

Hot Sauced Popcorn
What You’ll Need:
8 cups of popped popcorn
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Hot Sauce (any from the Target Holiday Heat Collection)
2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese

What To Do:
1. Place popcorn in large bowl
2. Combine, butter, sugar, salt and hot sauce in small saucepan. Heat on Medium until butter is melted and sugar
is dissolved, stirring frequently. Drizzle on popcorn, toss to mix.
3. Sprinkle with cheese.

Holiday Heat Dip
What You’ll Need:
1 (8-oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Hot Sauce (any from the Target Holiday Heat Collection)
Fresh cilantro, if desired
Finely chopped red pepper, if desired

What To Do:
1. Combine cream cheese and hot sauce in medium bowl.
2. Mix on medium speed until blended. Garnish with cilantro and red pepper. Spread on crackers or costini, or serve with veggies for dipping.

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Holiday Series-Wrap your self in Luxury this Holiday with Rituals Hammam Collection

Rituals is a product that I was recently introduced to a couple of months ago.

The Hammam is one of the oldest cleansing traditions in the world. The steam bath from the East purifies both body and soul. Originating in Turkey, the Hammam, meaning “spreader of warmth, helps to cleanse both sould and body to promote inner and outer and balance. Skin is energized and refreshed through the effects of steam and exfoliation. Inspired by this ancient custom, the renewed Hammam collection brings this wisdom to your home. Enriched with revitalizing Rosemary and Eucalyptus, the nine products cleanse, soften and nourish the skin. Close your eyes and feel the warmth of your own personal wellness ceremony.

A ‘Hammam’ is a steam room similar to a Turkish Bath, where Moroccans visit weekly to cleanse themselves. The Rituals Hammam Collection is designed to offer the similar, luxurious cleansing experience without having to leave the house. It’s described as ‘a purifying ceremony for body and soul’, enriched with both Rosemary and Eucalyptus to cleanse, soften and nourish the skin. The scent is really invigorating, uplifting and spa-like and would be ideal for when you need a mood uplifter or even a cold. Within the Rituals Hammam Collection there is; Hammam Delight Foaming Shower Gel 200ml, Hammam Olive Secret Shower Paste, Touch of Hammam Body Cream, Hammam Hot Scrub.

I have previously tried and loved the Rituals Foaming Shower Gel in the Ayurveda scent, so I couldn’t wait to try the Hammam variation. This Foaming Shower Gel is so amazing, you only need to dispense a coin size of gel, which instantly transforms into an abundance of foam. I like to apply the gel to my shower puff as it helps the gel to foam, and then cleanse my skin thoroughly. I really love the Rituals Foaming Shower Gels and will definitely repurchase this particular scent as I like how we can both use the same shower gel, plus it smells so lovely and wintery.

The Rituals Hammam Olive Shower Paste was the product I was most intrigued about. The Shower Paste has a thick gel like consistency, which you then smooth over your skin. It doesn’t foam up at all, so it’s like a shower gel which doesn’t lather. At first I was a little worried that a non-foaming shower paste would thoroughly cleanse my skin, but it’s very effective. It also claims to leave the skin feeling nourished and hydrated, while removing dead skin cells. I really liked the Shower Paste but for me, I prefer the Foaming Shower Gel as it goes a lot further and then use a separate body scrub. I’d be inclined to save the Shower Paste for the times when I want a more pampering shower experience.

The Touch of Hammam Body Cream which is an heavenly whipped, rich body cream. The Body Cream contains Rice Milk which works to soften and hydrate the skin, while Fresh Fig perfumes the skin. The light, whipped consistency is really lovely and for such a rich lotion, it absorbs into the skin effortlessly. Due to how rich the lotion is, I apply it in the evenings where my skin needs a boost of moisture. If you suffer from dry skin on your body, this would be ideal as it’s thoroughly hydrating. The fresh fig gives the cream such a beautiful, delicate perfume which lingers on the skin for hours. I particularly enjoy applying this after I’ve used the Shower Paste to layer the scent.

The jar of Rituals Hot Scrub which is a very generous size. The scrub is sea salt based, and Rituals claim it has an ultra-purifying and nourishing effect. The scrub is a mint green colour, and has such a warming scent of ginger and eucalyptus. You can see the layer of oils on the sea salt granules. To use the hot scrub, I scoop a small amount at a time, and work the scrub into my skin in circular motions.. which activates the heat – it feels amazing, and spa-like, and leaves the skin tingling after you’ve rinsed. The ginger and eucalyptus really clears your head, so I imagine this would be incredible if you had a cold as it’d totally clear your nose. Once out of the shower, my skin is left so buffed and smooth as if I’d already applied body lotion.

I am impressed with this line of products. I really like everything within the set and think anyone would love to receive it as a gift. I think this set would make a lovely gift. The scent is really wintery, and reminds me of pine which is so apt during Christmas time. Rituals products are all such high quality.

Thanks to our friends at Rituals you are going to get the opportunity to win something from the collection

Simply leave a comment and follow me on twitter, instagram, pinterest, or facebook.

This contest will run until the end of December 15, 2014, please make sure to include your email so that you will be notified if you win.

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Disclaimer: I received these products to test, however, all opinions expressed here are my own

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Medimmune/RSV Awareness #RSVawareness #PreemieProtection

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Medimmune and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

When you have a new baby at home you think that you will experience crying and sleepless nights. If you have a premature baby many parents face greater challenges to protect their children.

Each year worldwide, 13 million babies are born prematurely. Despite these overwhelming numbers, many parents still aren’t aware of the risks of premature birth — the leading cause of neonatal death. In fact, 75 percent of parents don’t know the definition of prematurity (birth at or before 37 weeks gestation), and during prenatal care, most pregnant women don’t ask their healthcare provider about the risk of delivering prematurely and the potential consequences  of preterm birth for their child.

Because of their immature lungs and fragile immune systems, preemies often have specialized health needs. Preterm infants do not receive the full amount of infection-fighting antibodies that are transferred in utero, leaving many susceptible to a variety of illnesses and infections, especially during the winter months. In the time leading up to November 17—World Prematurity Day—we’re hoping to educate all parents of the increased risks that often come with premature birth, particularly around one seasonal virus that poses a threat to infants – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

It is not until your baby gets sick that you understand what true panic feels like. Many times you don’t know what is wrong with your little one, you are lucky if you have a good pediatrician that can listen and see you when you need too.

After a good examination, your baby could be diagnosed with upper respirator infection  or RSV.

What is RSV?
• RSV is a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, and
typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies.
• RSV occurs in epidemics each year, typically from November through March, though it can vary
by geography and year-to-year.
• RSV disease is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of
life in the United States, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant
deaths each year.
• Despite being so common, many parents aren’t aware of RSV; in fact, one-third of mothers have
never heard of the virus

Why are preemies at Higher Risk of RSV?
While every baby is at risk of contracting RSV, babies born prematurely are at increased risk for developing severe RSV disease. In fact, preterm infants are twice as likely as full-term infants to be admitted to the hospital for RSV-related symptoms.

What are the Symptons of Severe RSV Disease?
Contact your child’s pediatrician immediately if your child exhibits one or more of the following:
• Persistent coughing or wheezing
• Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
• Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
• Fever (especially if it is over 100.4°F [rectal] in infants under 3 months of age)

How can I protect my baby from RSV?
RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical. To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
• Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
• Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
• Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
• Never let anyone smoke around your baby
• Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick

There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical. A pediatrician is the best way for mothers to get answers to their child’s health issues. Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so what additional steps maybe recommended. For more information about RSV and prevention, visit

No once their child to be sick, but being armed with all the knowledge that is out their regarding all illnesses will make parents better able to prevent and cope with these types of viruses.


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