Enjoy a Sleeveless Summer with Dove Advanced Care Deodorant



I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.

This summer has been a busy one. Since June, we had traveled to Louisville, Kansas City and Branson. We have had a ton of family fun and made lots of memories. As much as I love being active with my family in the summer, that also means being out in the heat. And in the case of St. Louis in the past few weeks it means 100+ degree heat. I’ve never been too confident about going sleeveless, but thanks to Dove Advanced Care Deodorant, I do now!


Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture will keep you dry and odor-free for  48 hours! As a busy Mom, I love that it keeps me smelling good throughout the day – even 2 days! It comes in a variety of scents like Cool Essentials {my favorite – a combination of cucumber and green tea}, Shea Butter and Sensitive.

Full LineUpDove Advanced Care Deodorant is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just three days. The NutriumMoisture contains ingredients like Humectants, Sunflower Seed Oil and Occlusives to keep your underarms smooth and soft.

The other day my Mom was over and we were getting ready to go to an event when she asked to borrow some deodorant. I gave her my Dove Advanced Care and she couldn’t stop raving about it – she loved how smooth it was going on and the smell. I was so happy that I was sent an extra sample as I was able to just hand it over to my Mom so she could just keep it! If she thought it was smooth going on, just wait until it actually made her underarms smoother and softer.

I can’t imagine getting through another summer without Dove Advanced Care Deodorant!

Style Tips from Erin Walsh

I always love to read tips from stylists, as I’m always in need of some advice on style! Here are just a few of my favorite style tips from Erin Walsh!

Lightweight cardigans and summer scarves are my best friend during this season. I always have them with me when I am traveling. I prefer to buy them in semi-neutral colors, such as ivory.

Some classic summer staples that every woman should have in her wardrobe are: a crisp white blouse, a lightweight summer scarf (I like neutral colors), and a sundress that isn’t too tight fitting. I am also a big fan of Greek/Bohemian inspired sandals – such a fun way to add style to your look this summer season!

Do you go sleeveless in the summer? What are some of your style tips?

Amp Up Your Style with TRESemme #TRESWalmartStyle


As a work at home Mom of three, most days I just throw my hair up in a ponytail or bun and call it a day. There aren’t many occasions where I have to actually do something about my hair. There’s tons of cute hair styles out there that I see but I figure I just don’t have time for them or I can’t achieve them myself. Well, thanks to TRESemme, I’ve learned that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on getting a red carpet look.

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If you’re looking for salon-gorgeous hair and how to get it, TRESemme has 5 short videos that will tell you how to achieve hairstyles like Super Sleek, Full Blown Volume, Pumped Up Pony and Rock and Roll Waves. The videos even include which TRESemme products to use to rock these looks.

Since I got a perm a few months ago, my hair has been pretty wavy. When I had a wedding to attend recently, I knew that I wanted something a little different. After watching the Super Sleek video, I knew that I could achieve this style.

Sleek Style

If you’re looking to amp up your style and deviate from the everyday “Mom hair”, check out these videos and see how you can get the look you want for less! All of these TRESemme products are available at Walmart at an affordable price!

Which salon-gorgeous hairstyle do you want to try? 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The Importance of a Family Selfie



I’ve never been a big fan of the selfie, only because I’m not crazy about taking pictures of myself. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized how important the selfie was – especially if you’re a Mom. So often I am never in a family picture because I’m the one that is always taking pictures. Even when my husband would want to take a picture of me and my son, I would say no. But you know what? Forget the insecurities. Forget the fact that you haven’t showered yet or that it’s an unflattering angle. Grab your phone and your loved ones and take a family selfie. Capture the NOW and capture the moment.

Family Selfie

I love looking at the family selfies that pop up on my Instagram feed from my fellow friends. I love getting a glimpse into their lives, of them experiencing a special moment with their loved ones. I’m getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about them – below are some of my favorites!

Family Selfies

A Mom’s Impression - Joy of Momma Joyner - Roubinek RealityHappenings of the Harper Household - My Silly Monkeys - Babes and Kids Review - Mom Spotted - Mama Chocolate - Sweet Lil’ You - Crazy About My Baybah - Carrie with Children Travels - My Crazy Good Life

Didn’t they just capture their family living beautifully? Suave wants YOU to take a family selfie this Friday and then post it on Instagram. You could win a $175 Walmart Prize Pack and just for submitting your photo, you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off Suave at Walmart.

Image 1Enter the #SuaveFamilySelfie Contest

- Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)

- Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart

- Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

I want to see YOUR family living life beautifully – leave me a link of a family selfie!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. 

Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast on DVD



My 6 year old son has been a fan of Sofia the First for awhile now – I love that it’s a great show for both boys and girls. But lately, my 18 month old twins have been LOVING Sofia the First. Olivia sleeps with Clover, her “Blue Ribbon Bunny” each night and Evie sleeps with a little Sofia doll too. They are so young but their eyes light up whenever they hear the theme song to Sofia the First!

All of my kids were thrilled to watch Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast which is available now on DVD!


In Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast, the wicked fairy, Miss Nettle, disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and attempts to steal Sofia’s magical amulet. With the help of Snow White—Sofia must learn to trust her instincts and speak up when she suspects someone is not who or what they say they are.

The DVD also comes with four additional episodes AND a free Enchanted Mirror – which I have to admit is so cool!

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Buy Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast for your little Princess or Prince! The DVD is available now to buy!


Disclosure: I received the DVD for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Back to School Must-Have: Verizon Educational Tools #VZWBuzz



The new school year has started and Hayden is adjusting from going from half-day Kindergarten to full-day 1st grade. It’s always hard getting to know a new teacher but I’ve been so thrilled to know how much they embrace technology. Our school encourages students to bring in their own devices and have set the students up with accounts from Storia and XtraMath.

I love that there is so much technology out there available to help kids and I know Hayden learns so much better when technology is mixed in. I’m not one to shy away from technology – I think it can help kids and is the future of learning. By keeping technology away from kids, we are only hindering them! But, how do you know what apps are appropriate and helpful for your child? How do you know what a quality app is versus one that is just thrown up on the app store?

That is where Verizon Educational Tools comes in! Verizon has teamed up with leading education service providers to bring you some of the best educational apps for kids K-12 plus exclusive discounts on premium services like Tutor.com, Storia from Scholastic and more. No more searching through pages of the app store to find a good, educational app for your child – Verizon takes the guesswork out of it for you! 

Verizon Educational Tools

You can search for both age appropriate apps and videos for your child and filter by grade level or subject matter. When applicable, the apps and videos will align with Common Core, which is the standard in many schools including my son’s. There’s even sections for Special Education and Standardized Testing. If you’re wondering what an app or video is about, you can read the reviews and ratings from teachers and educational professionals.

Verizon Educational Tools Apps Chosen

I even love that they have a Creative Expression section. My son has a huge imagination and he loves anything creative. Here, he can find apps that encourage painting and drawing, music, photography, digital storytelling and more.

Verizon Educational Tools Creative Expression Apps

Hayden loves watching videos on the tablet and I’m thrilled to find educational videos that will supplement what he is learning in 1st grade. This video called “The Sentence Song” is so fun for him. I love that there is a Report Card for me to look over.

Verizon Educational Tools Video

Verizon Educational Tools was developed by Appolicious and each app is scored a number between zero and 100. Obviously, apps that are closer to 100 are ones that score higher with parents and educators. We have now found quite a few apps that both Hayden and I love. He’s learning on our Samsung Galaxy Tablet but having fun too!

Special Offers with Verizon Educational Tools

Download Verizon Educational Tools and you’ll have access to special offers and discounts like:

- 3 free issues of Parent & Child Magazine

- 10% off BrainPop subscription – an award-winning app

- 7 free e-books from Storia, an app from Scholastic

- 45 free minutes of tutoring from Tutor.com

- 60% off select titles from Copia, an e-reading platform to improve literacy

- Free content from TinyTap, an award-winning app

Download Verizon Educational Tools

Verizon Educational Tools is available from both the Google Play™ Store and the Apple® App Store. You can also add it through your My Verizon account. Verizon Educational Tools is available for $2 per month, per line but is currently FREE with The MORE Everything Plan.

I’d love to hear how you would use Verizon Educational Tools. Does your child use a tablet for school?


Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I have received some great items from Verizon Wireless. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback.  All opinions are my own.