In My Makeup Bag // Aquaphor & $50 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway


I spend a lot of my time here talking about Bryson and Bella’s favorites, so today is going to be a little different.  I’m going to share some of my favorite makeup picks as part of a Fall into Autumn with Aquaphor beauty campaign.  Read on for your chance at an Aquaphor Prize Pack & a $50 Sephora Gift Card giveaway!

I’ve enjoyed playing with makeup from a young age and over time, I’ve learned a little about what I’m doing, thankfully.  My junior year in high school, I discovered beauty blogs, makeup tutorials, and MAC cosmetics.  I became obsessed and my entire minimum wage grocery store check went straight to MAC some weeks, haha.  I loved experimenting with new colors and looks.  Nowadays, I still love my MAC products, but I am more into natural looks.  My entire makeup routine can be completed within 5 minutes and consists of department store and drug store brands.


In My Makeup Bag – A Few Favorites

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (Light)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
Aquaphor Lip Repair
MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner (Dipdown or Blacktrack)
Maybelline Highlighting Concealer (Ivory)
CoverGirl Classic Blush (Rose Silk)
Rimmel Natural Bronzer (Sun Light)
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (Cherry Tart, not pictured)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadows

My makeup bag is very basic and that’s exactly how I like it.  I rarely wear foundation, but did recently discover BB cream and I love it.  It has a very lightweight feel and SPF 35 protection.  I cannot stand the cake-y feel of most foundations and I do not need a lot of coverage which is why I had given up on wearing it, but BB cream is the  (Yes, I just said  Another new to me beauty product (not makeup) is Philosophy.  How have I never tried any of their products before!?  I splurged on a big bottle of Philosophy Shampoo, Bath, & Shower Gel and now I feel spoiled.  You can bet I’m totally NOT sharing it with the little ones!

And of course, I can’t leave out Aquaphor.  I keep a tube of Aquaphor Lip Repair in the bathroom at home and in my purse so I’m never without.  I hate chapped lips (who doesn’t, right?) so I make sure to apply it throughout the day, before bed, and if needed, I’ll apply Aquaphor then layer my lipstick on top.

Aquaphor Sephora Giveaway

One winner will receive a prize pack that includes Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Aquaphor Lip Repair + PROTECT and $50 Sephora Gift Card!  The giveaway is only open to US Residents who are 18 years of age or older and will end at 11:59PM on Friday, October 11, 2013.  This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. If you are reading this via e-mail or feed, please click over to the post to enter. Thank you!

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Eco-Friendly Back to School Products: KIWI Shop {Giveaway}

Green Sprouts On Safari Bento Box

With school right around the corner and some of you already back to school, I wanted to introduce an online store with fun, eco-friendly, natural products- KIWI Shop.  The folks at KIWI Shop sent us a fantastic selection of their back to school products.  KIWI Shop was born from KIWI Magazine and offers items from over 300 of the greatest green brands.  Green Sprouts On Safari Bento Box

Green Sprouts On Safari Bento Box – $7.99

First up is the adorable Green Spouts Safari Bento Box.  This sweet little crocodile offers a locking lid, nesting tray and bowl.  What’s great about this Bento box is that it’s super easy to open and close so it works for even little kids.  It’s also free of BPA and PVC so you can feel confident that your child is eating out of safe materials.

ECOLunchbox Solo Cube

ECOlunchbox Solo Cube- $20

Up next is another great addition to the lunch box- the ECOlunchbox Solo Cube.  It’s made of stainless steel and is plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, phthalate-free and waste-free.  It’s dishwasher safe and can be used in a medium-hot oven.  I love that it doesn’t stain or absorb smells!

Wean Green Cubes

Wean Green: Wean Cubes and Snack Cubes- $11.99- $22.99

Our final lunchbox picks are the Wean Green cubes.  Available in several sizes, shapes, and colors, these cubes are durable and made to stand up to kids.  They are made from 100% recycled glass that is strong enough to stand up to kids and is freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe.  The leak-proof locking kids are easy-open.  Wean Cubes are BPA-free, PVC-free, Pthalate-free.

Eco-Friendly Health Products for Kids

LiceLogic Repel Conditioner- $18

I know, just the thought makes me start scratching my head, but lice happens.  LiceLogic is a natural alternative to the chemical-based treatments out there.  It’s safe for daily use and is natural, non-toxic, pesticide free, no sulfates, no parabens, no phthalates, no DEA or PEG.  It was created by a mom on a mission and is made from 100% plant based ingredients.  LiceLogic is available in three kid-approved, refreshing scents–Lavender, Lemongrass, and Rosemary Mint.

Good for You Girls Gel Cleanser – $13.99

With so many natural products for baby and adults, Good for You Girls fills that void young girls.  It contains none of the following: GMOs, gluten, parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, silicones, phthalates, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances or dyes.  Good for You Girls Gel Cleanser is enriched with healing plant extracts and fruit based organic oils, it contains beneficial organic botanicals such as aloe, calendula and lavender.  It offers a refreshing, citrus scent.

alternaVites Kids- $15.99

alternaVites Kids is the only full spectrum children’s multivitamin and mineral designed to be sprinkled on the tongue. Using a proprietary blend of ingredients, alternaVites contains essential vitamins and minerals specially formulated for children ages four and up. It is extermely versatile–you can melt it in your mouth or mix into smoothies, yogurt, puddings, shakes, or even sprinkle onto fruit.  alternaVites contains no suguar, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.

Wee Can Too Grab & Go Paint Set

Wee Can Too: Veggie Tempera Paint Set- $30

I am always on the hunt for safe, non-toxic crafting supplies for the kids and this Veggie Tempera Paint Set from Wee Can Too is perfect!  It comes in a powder form and you just add a bit of water for painting.  These paints are made with organic fruit and vegetable powders and have no harsh chemicals or dyes like traditional tempera paint.   They are available in 2 ounce jars with 4 colors and makes over 12 ounces of paint.


Arttero Art Journal - $12.95

The Arttero Art Journal kit includes a spiral-bound (6.5 x 8) journal with solid book board cover to personalize, 14 inspiring project pages, 5 pages of handmade decorative papers, 6 solid colored papers, and pocket folder to store pictures, scraps, and found images.  It is handmade with recycled paper for collage and artist-quality drawing paper.

KIWI Shop Back to School Giveaway

KIWI Shop is giving away a complete Back to School Goodie Box with an average retail value of $535!  Products include:

  • 1-year supply of alternaVites Kids Multivitamin
  • Artterro Art Dolls Kit, Art Journal and Bookmaking Kit
  • ECOlunchbox Solo Cube, Lunchtray and Snack Sack
  • Good for You Girls Body Lotion, Body Wash, Gel Cleanser, Face Toner and Face Moisturizer
  • Green Sprouts On Safari 4-piece Set
  • LiceLogic Repel Kit
  • Wean Green Snack Cube and Wean Cube Sets
  • Wee Can Too Veggie Crayons, Grab & Go Finger Paint Set and Tempera Paints

Visit to enter!

I received this product for free from the KIWI Shop, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Brushing is Fun with FireFly Ready Go Brush & ToothFoam #Firefly4Kids

Firefly Oral Products for Kids


I’ve mentioned before that one of my least favorite tasks is brushing Bryson & Bella’s teeth.  If Justin is home, he usually takes over teeth-brushing time.  Bryson and Bella like brushing their teeth, but they want to do it independently and I know that they will miss half of their teeth if we let them do it alone.  It’s a struggle to keep them interested, because even though they like it, they get bored rather quickly and then they are ready to move on.  The thought of a timer has crossed my mind more than once, but I’ve never implemented it as part of our routine.  We were given the opportunity to check out some new kids oral products from FireFly and I was so excited to see that they have a built in timer.  So cool!

Firefly logo

I thought it was just my kids that loved traffic lights, but since checking out the new Firefly Ready Go Brush products, I realize that almost all kids like those red, yellow, and green lights. When I showed Bryson his new FireFly toothbrush, he was ready to go brush his teeth immediately. Instantly, he put it together that the toothbrush was like a traffic light. Of course, Bella follows him around so she had to check it out too. They were both in awe and insisted on brushing their teeth over and over again. Those little lights are mesmerizing to kids and if that’s what it takes for the to really get into brushing their teeth, so be it!

Firefly Oral Products for Kids

How the FireFly Ready Go Brush Works

Dentists recommend that children brush their teeth for 60 seconds per row.  The light-up timer is activated by an easy to press button.  The FireFly Ready Go Brush features the colors and mimics the cycle of a traditional traffic light.  For the first 30 seconds, the light flashes green for “go.”  Then, the light changes to yellow to signal that brushing is halfway over.  When the red light comes on, the user can stop brushing.  The cycle is then repeated for the second row of teeth.

Another great feature of the FireFly Ready Go Brush toothbrush is the suction cup at the bottom.  It holds it upright like a traffic light and helps keep the bristles dry, clean, and out of the sink.

FireFly Fluoride Foam Toothpaste

In our oral care package, we also received the new FireFly Fluoride Foam Toothpaste, which is different from any other toothpaste we’ve used before.  Unlike other toothpastes, you can spray the light foam directly into your child’s mouth.  My kids do not like most toothpastes.  As soon as we begin brushing, they are ready to spit.  I admit that I was worried about putting toothpaste directly into their mouths, but they surprised me.  Not only did they not hate it, they actually like the FireFly Fluoride Foam Toothpaste.  It has a whipped cream-like texture and a yummy bubblegum flavor and my kids would literally eat it if I let them.  If you have a child that hates toothpaste, you seriously need to try this foam.

Of course, you can’t have fantastic kids oral products without some fun characters.  Both new FireFly products are available in Original, Angry Birds, Spiderman, Barbie, and FireFly.  For ages 3 – 12, you can find FireFly Foam Toothpaste ($2.99) at Walgreens, Target,, and and the FireFly Ready Go Brush ($3.99) at Target, Kroger, Meijer stores,, and

Keep up with the latest FireFly products by “liking” the FireFly Facebook page and checking out

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