Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who's Fidgeting?

I'm probably that mom that all of the teachers hated last spring. Yes, I bought my boys fidget spinners. A couple actually. I did not give them permission to take them to school, but unfortunately that did happen. I did notice that they helped them concentrate, however. For the past couple of months, they have been able to carry on conversations without becoming antsy to look at a screen in their lap. They've been able to watch a show on tv all the way through! These are very good things, as long as you don't mind a fidget spinner whizzing around on a finger while you talk to the kids. Ok, it's not that bad, but they really have helped.

I can say that I honestly don't mind. At times, I feel like I'm the original fidgeter. For me, my body is just restless. I have a hard time getting comfortable, and will often shift my weight, tuck one leg under, and then untuck a few minutes later. At least I'm able to recognize that I do this, and I can also tell you-it's frustrating to me. It is torture trying to sit still in meetings. My husband says it's like my skeleton wants to jump out of my skin. I've tried hard to control it by modifying my need to, well...fidget.

Renascent Studios makes a unique fidget chain ring that is both dainty and feminine. An original style ring that looks like two rings in one. With dainty jewelry being on trend right now, the ring is perfect. I always wear dainty jewelry, so my ring is like my version of the fidget spinner.

The Renascent Studios worry ring is a squared sterling silver band with a delicate chain gently dangling from the band. There are three little rings attached that move freely around the front of the ring, perfect to fiddle with. Renascent Studios offers several variations of their fidget ring-with or without the chain, the color of the chain and the rings. My ring (shown below) is sterling silver with a 14kt gold filled chain. It has 2 gold filled rings and one silver ring. It is so unique-I have people ask about it all the time.

These rings make great stacking rings and they are perfect for people with busy hands (yes, that's me). For people that are anxious or stressed they provide an excellent distraction and they work great to help focus your mind when meditating. Think of it as a beautifully adult version of the fidget spinner. Renascent Studios was ahead of the times! They have a whole shop full of lovely items.


If you'd like to find Renascent Studios, you can follow any of the links in this post (they are not affiliate links), or you can go directly to https://www.etsy.com/shop/renascentstudios/
Facebook/Instagram: @renascentstudios
Pinterest: @renascentjewels

*Renascent Studios sent me a ring for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own, and I was not compensated for my review.*

Friday, July 7, 2017

How Sensitive Are You?

It's no secret that I seriously struggle with my skin. I think that people with extremely dry, sensitive skin can be just as self conscious of their skin as someone with acne. Before you roll your eyes at me, please read on.
I've never really had breakouts, even as a teen. Maybe a lone pimple here and there, but that's about it. While I may be lucky in that department, my complexion has been anything but peaches and cream. My skin being red, blotchy and dry has caused me to stay home from many a function over the years. When I was younger, I would try and try to cover my redness, only to end up with dry patches and frustration. This completely ages me, but in junior high we had to square dance in gym, but the boy that I had a huge crush on complained because my hands felt leathery. It's not like I was an outcast or anything, it probably bothered no one but me, but oh how that has stayed with me through the years.
To my huge disappointment now, I do not have a single picture of myself from either of my pregnancies. As a matter of fact, my irritations, reactions, redness, itchiness and more attacked my entire body. I would scratch until I bled. One night, while in the ER for a kidney stone (being pregnant did NOT agree with me), I must have scratched off my wedding ring, which we never found.
I'm telling you all of this to let you know what a long road it has been for me-my entire life with severe eczema. I've been on steroids, used prescription creams, been through light therapy and more. I think one of the reasons that I became so interested in cosmetics and skincare is because I had to learn to cover up my redness, while also fighting irritations and dry skin. I've found a few moisturizers that have worked for me, but I've finally found a full line of products (for both face and body) that are soothing and non-irritating. 
I was excited to try Aixallia Skincare. I had to wait to try them because of a HUGE eczema flare, but it was worth the wait. Aixallia is an entire line made for sensitive skin. Made in Aix en Provence, Aixallia's products are made from ultra pure water and only the finest ingredients. They use an ultra-purification treatment to remove all chemical and bacterial contaminants from the water used to formulate their skin care. This purity makes Aixallia the most effective beauty treatments possible. Their active ingredients are used in a whole, natural state, making them safer, more effective and less susceptible to deterioration.
Aixallia sent me several products to test for review purposes. Their soft water base and neutral pH respects the skin's dermal/epidermal border. Their products are suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive conditions. Of course I was anxious to try their products!

I tried the Coconut and Calendula Exfoliating Shower Gel, the Rose and Almond Body Lotion, and the Olive and Rose Hand Cream. It did take me a bit to try these three, as I pretty much had a rash from neck to feet. I have pictures that the dermatologist took, but I will not be showing them. Trust me, it was bad! So, I added things very slowly, even though I knew everything from Aixallia was for sensitive skin.

The shower gel is probably my favorite product from Aixallia. It gently exfoliates, has nice suds, and can be used every day. My husband and kids use it, too. This is a must try product! The body lotion is also very gentle and it absorbs quickly. I'm not very good about remembering to put body lotion on, although with my dry skin, I really should be. I use cortisone creams so often that I just kind of miss other moisturizers. Aixallia's body lotion is very nice though. Their hand cream is very nice-I definitely recommend it. It is very light and it doesn't leave my hands sticky. It has little to no scent, and it's easy to have in my purse. There isn't sunscreen in it, although I really love this cream for during the day. I use a much heavier hand cream at night.

For my facial care, I tried the Emulsifying Make-Up Remover, the Green Tea Day Cream, the Lavender Night Cream and the Rose and Argan Eye Cream. Again, I added products slowly to make sure I didn't react. I didn't have even the slightest reaction.

Aixallia's Micellaire Water is fantastic! It is very gentle, yet extremely effective, packed with cornflower water and organic plant extracts. It removes my makeup effectively, including mascara. It doesn't irritate my face at all, which most things do. It doesn't leave any sort of film on my face. My husband and son have used it to cleanse their skin as well. Great stuff! I recently swapped out my heavier moisturizers for Aixallia's day and night creams. I'm actually kind of obsessed with the green tea day cream. It's light and fresh, and it leaves my face glowing. It's absolutely lovely. The night cream contains lavender water, which is soothing (and it's supposed to help you sleep). I like the night cream, and I'll continue to use it. My face does look fantastic these days, and I think the two work nicely together. I'm not a huge fan of lavender, but the scent is extremely faint. The rose and argan eye cream is light and it absorbs quickly. It leaves my eye area moisturized, but I don't feel like it has enough anti-aging properties for my 45 year old eyes. Since childhood, my eyes have taken a beating, and it's completely my fault. Having eye allergies and also itchy facial skin, I've rubbed my eyes and scratched the skin for as long as I can remember. Now I know what that did-aaarrrggghhh! I don't have crow's feet so much as deep horizontal lines under them. I need major moisture and major anti-aging benefits in my eye cream, and this one doesn't give me quite enough. I feel badly, because I really like it, but it isn't my primary eye cream. If you are younger-this is a seriously fantastic eye cream to revitalize and moisturized your eyes. Start early, and DON'T rub your eyes!

I am so happy and grateful to have been able to try Aixallia. The products have no impurities, no alcohol, synthetic fragrances, phenoxyethanol or parabens. Quite literally, it's ultra pure skincare.

If you'd like to find Aixallia Skincare, you can follow any of the links in this post, or go directly to their website at: www.aixallia.com. You can also find them at:
Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @aixallia

*I was sent products from Aixallia for review purposes, but this review is 100% my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review.*

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Girl's Best Friend

They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but I would argue that jewelry in general holds that special place in my heart. I admit that I spend an unusually lengthy amount of time looking at gorgeous jewelry and gems online. 

I'm actually fascinated by gemstones, and I think that working in that area may have been my true calling. I don't mean working in a jewelry store (can you imagine where my paycheck would go?), but actually designing jewelry, cutting gemstones and making gorgeous jewelry. Perhaps in another life!

For now, I get the chance to introduce you to some amazing jewelers, and to show off their work. I love how unique each designer is, and how their personalities show in their jewelry.

I purchased this beautiful moonstone ring from Gardens of the Sun. Meri Geraldine is the owner/designer in Bali. There are so many amazing things about Gardens of the Sun. Obviously their jewelry is spectacular. Each piece is completely unique, and their prices range from affordable to not (at least for me). I love how dedicated Gardens of the Sun is to its customers and to the environment. They use sustainable materials and they honestly want to sell jewelry that speaks to the individual.

Something else to love? "Gardens of the Sun values sustainability, tree planting, craftsmanship and quality materials. These are jewels you are proud to wear. They make you feel more beautiful inside and out, and remind you to be kinder to yourself." Each piece of jewelry purchased directly supports a women's tree nursery initiative in Indonesian Borneo. Gardens of the Sun is truly a company that I recommend with all of my heart. I adore my ring, and I love their mission.

www.gardensofthesun.net
Instagram: @gardensofthesun

I was sent these sweet little silver and cz studs by Violetta Blues. Violetta Blues is a new line from Idylle, a home decor store in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Store owner, Eva Graschi has started the new jewelry line, and the pieces are delicate and perfect for every day. She is extremely helpful and responsive. I'm very excited to see her jewelry line grow, and I'll be anxious to share more information as it does. 

The easiest way to see Violetta Blues' jewelry and to reach out to them is through Instagram. It is so fun to see gorgeous jewelry from new designers!

www.idylle.ch
Instagram: @violettablues

I love these dark wood and sea glass bracelets from Sea Candy Jewelry in
Laguna Beach. I'm actually kind of obsessed with the beach. Odd that I live in Iowa, or perhaps being completely landlocked is the reason that I dream of the beach. I am fascinated by sea glass. The journey that these smooth pieces of glass make to shore is remarkable. I have a zen garden that has pieces of sea glass among its sand, and I find it incredibly soothing.

Sea Candy Jewelry has a variety of jewelry made from sea glass, including pieces made from rare colors and types of sea glass.

Owners Olivia Oddo and Sean Malek donate 10% of their profits to ocean cleanup projects. They are doing their part to protect our oceans and beaches, so they can continue to be loved and enjoyed. 

www.seacandyjewelry.com
Instagram: @seacandyjewelry

It is such an honor to share these three companies with my readers. I adore their jewelry so much, and I truly hope that you will get to know them as well. Whether new or established, each is worth supporting. Their owners are all so genuine and love what they do. 

**I was not compensated for my reviews. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's Julep Mystery Box Time!

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NOTE: Offer expires on 5/11/17 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last. Purchase of multiple units of the same type of mystery box will result in polish or product overlap. There is no overlap between different types of mystery boxes. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). No exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BarkBox Review

Waffles got her very first BarkBox!

Bark & Co. Andi's Famous Dumplings

Nootie No Grainers NYC Jerky Chews-Roasted Duck Recipe
Grain and gluten free

Bark & Co Best Treats Ever! Duck and Turkey Strips

Bark & Co. Lady Liberty Ball

Butcher's Block Bones Krunchie Tube


She absolutely loved everything! She carried around all 3 of the dumplings at once, showing them off to everyone!

Right now, you can get 50% off your first box at www.barkbox.com or if you use my referral link, your first box is FREE! https://www.barkbox.com/r/JVCXAYDXP3. Their regular price is $25/month with a 6 month subscription. SO worth it!


Preppy Mom's Kisses💋


I signed up to be a LipSense distributer, and I'm super excited. I named my business Preppy Mom's Kisses💖

If you haven't heard of LipSense, it's gorgeous lip color that you can layer to create new colors, and it seriously stays on all day. It doesn't come off when you drink, smooch, or even when you wipe your lips (it takes a special remover). 

9am wearing Roseberry

5pm

LipSense is the absolute hottest thing right now. They can't even keep it in stock. If you're looking for a color that LipSense is out of-don't be discouraged! Let me know, and I'll see if I can find it for you💋

We also sell amazing eye color, foundation, skin and body care!

Check out the website (just put my distributer ID in to shop). Again, if what you're looking for is out of stock, send me a message!

Thank you for supporting me💖

Distributer ID- 354068
Preppymomm@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DAFNI Straightening Brush

I must have missed the class when they taught girls to style their hair. I'm a complete disaster! Even my biggish bangs of the 1980s were sub par. I'm not being hard on myself, I seriously have never had any hair styling game. In high school and college, I either wore my hair half-up or in a pony tail (in a bow or scrunchie, of course).

I've been wanting straight hair for ages, but can't afford a pricey treatment, and I'm a mess with a straightening iron. I've worn my hair either in a super easy pixie or bob most of my adult life, so I could avoid having to do much to style my hair. I've been growing it for a while now, and it just seems even more curly than I remember it! My sister (who has long, thick, really pretty hair) made me promise not to cut it for a while, so I've been at a loss. I had seen DAFNI advertised, and I thought it looked like something that would help me get my crazy hair under control. I sent them a letter to see if they would send me a straightening brush to review, and I was thrilled when they said yes.


The DAFNI Straightening Brush was developed in 2012 by Sharon Rabi and her father Kobi. It's really interesting to me that they came up with the idea after Sharon got a too-short and unmanageable haircut. I've had so many of those in my time-I see a cute picture, bring it in to my hairdresser, and leave in shock (and sometimes tears). They wanted something easier than a straightening iron. It took them two years before they came up with the perfect model, but their straightening brush was the first of its kind.

Using DAFNI is as easy as brushing your hair. The unique 3D surface of the brush is wider than that of a traditional straightener, allowing you to style large sections of hair with each brushstroke, reducing the time it takes to straighten your hair by as much as 10 times. Due to DAFNI’s ceramic coating and protective structure, you can use DAFNI exactly as you would a regular brush.


I hate HATE having my picture taken. I'm trying to be better, as we realized that with the exception of a few pictures with the boys when they were newborn, there were no pictures of me. So, I'm trying. Unfortunately, I don't look anything like the me from before marriage and children, but I couldn't very well show you how well DAFNI works without pictures.

So, the picture above is my hair before using the DAFNI brush. It was completely air-dried, although you can blow dry your hair with it as well. This was the very first time I had used it-I thought it would be good to show my very first result.


The picture above is after I've done about half of my hair.


Finally, the finished product. It's straighter than I've EVER gotten it from a straightening iron or blow dryer! I don't have any finishing product in it at all-I wanted to show it from just using the DAFNI brush for the first time. It stayed straight until I washed it again, and I think it was more manageable for several days. Each time I use the DAFNI brush, it gives me a better result. This may be because I'm better used to the brush, but regardless, it's fantastic!

If you've seen DAFNI, and you're wondering if it works, I can tell you that it absolutely does! I'm so happy with mine.

If you're looking for the DAFNI Straightening Brush, you can find them at:
Facebook: @DAFNIofficial
Twitter: @DAFNI_hair
Instagram: @dafnihair @dafnihairus
YouTube: DAFNI Hair

*I received the DAFNI for review purposes, but the opinions and this review are 100% my own.*