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[I am a BzzAgent and I was sent free products to give my review.  I was not compensated in any way for my honesty]

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Burt’s Bees Campaign for their new product – Intense Hydration for the face.  I have always heard of Burt’s Bees and have heard of all the raves it’s gotten from their line of products but for some reason, I never got around to trying them out.  This was a perfect opportunity for me!  I am a Burt’s Bee virgin and thanks to BzzAgent for letting me try out their products!

I love the fact that all of the products are 100% natural and their packaging is also very good to the environment.  None of that icky stuff with ridiculously complicated names on your skin.  They also have a huge line of products for everything, including babies!  Good to know!  I perused the website and now I want one of everything on the site.  🙂

This is the model they work by:

Good for you — Natural products that nourish your skin, body and well-being

Good for us — Company practices that create a thriving, sustainable business

Good for all — Being pioneers of sensible practices that benefit the world and being good neighbors too

This is like 3 pluses in a row!


Ok, back to the Intense Hydration line.  This is great for dry skin.  The main ingredient used in this line is Clary Sage.  Apparently after some research, they discovered that this plant was able to retain moisture especially since it thrived in dry climate in the Mediterranean.  The Intense Hydration is a facial line and there are 5 products in the line:

The Burt’s Bees® Intense Hydration Face Care line:

  • Clinically proven to intensely hydrate dry skin
  • Helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Is dermatologist-tested and noncomedogenic
  • Is 99% natural
  • Enhanced with probiotic technology
  • Can be found in mass retailers (like Target or Wal-Mart), drug stores, grocery stores and natural health food stores nationwide

Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

  • Provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles*
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and revitalized
  • Removes dirt, oil and makeup
  • Rinses easily without leaving a residue
  • Costs $9.99

Intense Hydration Day Lotion

  • Provides intense hydration for a revitalized appearance
  • Leaves your dry skin feeling soft and supple
  • Absorbs quickly thanks to a non-greasy formula
  • Costs $17.99

Intense Hydration Eye Cream

  • Helps increase skin’s ability to retain moisture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a revitalized look*
  • Leaves the delicate skin around your eyes feeling soft and supple
  • Absorbs quickly thanks to a non-greasy formula
  • Costs $17.99

Intense Hydration Night Cream

  • Replenishes moisture while you sleep — wake to skin that feels soft, supple and revitalized
  • Provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Absorbs quickly thanks to a rich, non-greasy formula
  • Costs $17.99

Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

  • Clinically proven to provide immediate, intense hydration**
  • Leaves skin looking revitalized
  • Easy to apply — goes on wet and stays wet; wipe off with a tissue or washcloth
  • Costs $17.99

*When used with the complete Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Face Care regimen.
**In clinical studies, 100% of women tested showed an increase in skin hydration after one hour.

Here’s the BzzKit un-veiling:

What I saw when I opened my BzzKit

I was ecstatic to find full sized products in my box!
My BzzKit contained the Cream Cleanser, Night Cream and Treatment Mask,
along with an information booklet and a bunch of samples and coupons I can share with my friends!

These cute little samples are of the Day Lotion and Night Cream.
I shared these with my friends and family!

I jumped on this campaign because winter is here.  My skin tends to get dry in the winter (I’m sure for most of you, too!) from the harsh winds and the dryness from the heat in the house and other places.  Just so you know, my skin wasn’t super dry at the start of this campaign.  As days went by, some days I felt my skin was starting to feel tight and just a little dryer than normal.  I’ve been using the Cream Cleanser almost every day for the past couple of weeks and I feel that my skin has gotten much softer since the start of this campaign.  I haven’t been using the Night Cream or Hydration Mask daily (it’s recommended to use this 1-2x a week) but I’ve used them sporadically.  I think it’s because the Cream Cleanser is doing such a great job at hydrating my skin!

The scent of the products may be a little too strong at first.  I wasn’t sure if I liked the smell in the beginning but I’ve grown to love it.  It’s very different from other smells and it takes time to get used to but I think it smells great!

In conclusion, I would highly recommend the Intense Hydration line of Burt’s Bees products to anyone who has experienced dry skin.  This will surely make your face nice and soft. It surely has to mine!  If you don’t suffer from dry skin, do make sure you check out their whole line of products. I’m sure you can find something that would be a correct fit for you.  So uhh…don’t be surprised if you find Burt’s Bees products in your Xmas gifts from me this year! 🙂


Influenster – Palmolive® Fresh Infusions™ Review

This review is long overdue. Sorry!

What’s a VoxBox?

It’s a reward you might get for being a great Influenster. Too vague? OK fine, it’s a box filled to the brim with the hottest products that interest you. Paying attention now?

Here’s how it works: Influensters are selected for FREE themed product shipments based on the Expert Badges they have unlocked and based on individual demographics. This ensures members receive products that match their interests.

Members with high scores — within the specific badge we are targeting at the time — are prioritized, which is all the more reason to get your Influenster and Expert Badge scores high.

I received my first Influenster box a couple weeks ago. It’s not an official Voxbox (please see above to see what a VoxBox is) where there are several different items that I can try out but a new product from Palmolive.  Influenster is one of those sites where you can try out new products for free, as long as you spread the word about it.  Signing up is free and you need to earn badges. The more you earn, the more boxes you’ll get!  Click here to learn more about Influenster. I’ve actually posted up a blog about the newly vamped Influenster website in the past.  Click here to view it.

We have a dishwasher but we only use it when we have a lot of guests over.  We prefer to wash our dishes and we do have a dish rack. We loyally use the regular green colored Palmolive for our dishes.  Sometimes we will stray and get some Dawn (like when it’s on sale at Costco) but we mainly use Palmolive.  It cleans well and it’s not harsh on our hands.  I know people use rubber globes to protect their hands from drying out while doing the dishes but I hate rubber gloves.  I hate how I can’t feel anything and the dishes always fall out of my hands when I’m wearing gloves – which result in broken dishes and glasses in my porcelain sink. Yep, you saw right.  Porcelain sink.  IT TOTALLY BLOWS.  DO NOT GET A PORCELAIN SINK.  My parents had the kitchen re-done a few years ago and the stupid people actually recommended a porcelain sink.  God knows for what ridiculous reason but what we didn’t foresee was that dishes and glasses (especially!) will break easily in a freaking porcelain sink.  Bad mistake!!!  Always go with a stainless steel sink!  It doesn’t look as nice as a porcelain sink but at least it doesn’t break/chip all your nice china and wine glasses!  Grrr!

*End rant on porcelain sink* 😦

So I qualified for the new Palmolive product. I had to take a survey and shortly after, I found out I qualified and that they were going to send me a box. It took a while but I finally received it:

Card that came with the box –

Palmolive Fresh Infusions!
I think this is a fairly new products since I can’t find a specific website for this product.
It is readily available at Target and Walmart, though!

I received 3 full-sized bottles in 3 different scents:

– Ginger White Tea
– Lemon Thyme
-Lime Basil

I kept the Ginger White Tea scent because I love that scent. I know that Dial soft soap has that scent that smells divine. Bath & Body Works also has that scent and I absolutely love it.  I gave the other two bottles to my mother and my sister because they told me to share and share, I did! 🙂

I like how the bottles look.  They look very updated and trendy.
I also received $1.50 coupons for the product.
[Please disregard the jade elephant – he did not come with my package – I needed something to stop the bottles from rolling around so I could take a picture, lol]

A closer look at the bottles. Looks nice, right?

I think they all smell great although Ginger White Tea is definitely my favorite.  We’ve been using it every day now and I find that it lathers up well and also cleans well.  I think if you want a trendy look to your kitchen sink and are sick of the same basic dish liquid scents, you can always get this.  It’s the same trusty Palmolive product with just an updated look and yummy scents!  I love them!

Thanks to Influenster for giving me the opportunity to try this out. I’m definitely looking forward to my first official VoxBox though, whenever that will be.

[Note: I received these products from Influenster to try them out for free.  This review is entirely my own and was not compensated in any way to state my honest opinion.]

House Party – Mrs. Prindable’s – Review

Sunday was an eventful day.  We did hold our Football Sunday party to watch the Giants game (so much for a win, huh?), in connection with the Mrs. Prindable’s House Party I was picked to host for (yay, finally!) and lastly, but not least, for my birthday. 🙂 We invited our closest friends and my family for the Football Sunday part of the day and for dinner, I had dinner with my family.  There was so much loot in the House Party package that I had enough items to share with my friends and with my family.  And oh boy, I am totally impressed by Mrs. Prindable’s.  I have heard of this brand in the past but never got around to purchasing or trying anything from them. My go-to place to buy gifts was formerly Harry & David but I think I’m going to start purchasing gifts from Mrs. Prindable’s!

The gatherings with my friends have changed dramatically.  Before, back in the day, we would pig out on buffalo wings made by Meanie (So good!) and other finger foods appropriate for football parties on Sundays.  We would also drink a lot of beer and alcohol.  These days we’ve gotten a little tamer and there are more of us now…tiny little munchkin versions of us.

The Next Generation Party Animals (some of them)

I have a ton of baby equipment so we brought them all into one room so the babies could have fun. Ha ha ha. I could run a daycare!

Ok, back to the Mrs. Prindable’s stuff. I received my package on Wednesday, 11/7, just like they said it would and my package contained all of this:

Your exclusive Mrs. Prindable’s Party Pack will contain the following items for you and your guests:

  • 1 Triple Chocolate Gourmet Jumbo Apple with ornament & signature gift box
  • 1 Milk Chocolate Walnut Pecan Gourmet Apple with holiday bow*
  • 1 Box of Chicago-style Milk Chocolate Toffee in holiday gift box
  • 1 Bag of Holiday themed Pretzel Bites*
  • 1 Box of Assorted Truffles (24 pc.)*
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s flexible cutting boards for guests
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s catalogs and special offer for guests

I unfortunately do not have pictures of the un-boxing since Meanie had opened the stuff and plopped them into the fridge by the time I had gotten home from work.

I actually thought the two apples would be different in size – one bigger; one smaller.  They both looked the same to me –> Ginormous.  They were packaged really nicely and I would love to give these out as presents for any type of holiday or event.

I was marveling over the informative pamphlets that told of the Apple Story that came with the goodies.  They pick a nice huge green apple, then coat it in caramel and then roll it around in a topping and then dip the whole thing into chocolate!  *swoons*  They use really good quality ingredients and everything tastes so good.  When you cut into these apples, all these little bits of heaven fall off!  We put them in a bowl for later munching and every time I looked for that bowl of chips of heaven, it was gone. Someone else had gotten to it before I did!  LOL

Here are some pictures of the loot:

This is the Milk Chocolate Walnut Pecan Gourmet Apple, in its packaging – $22.95
People said this was their favorite.  Even my parents really liked it.
They’re not huge sweet tooth(s) and prefer dessert to be on the less-sweet side and this was not overly sweet.
This was definitely a win-win!

Out of the bag.  Yum.  We were amazed and how huge it was.

The Triple Chocolate Gourmet Caramel apple – $22.95.  This looks as big as the other one.
The chocolate is excellent on this one and it looks so impressive.

It also came in a really nice looking box.

This also came with a decorative ornament which would be perfect for the holidays.

The innards – You can totally see the layering of the green apple of caramel and chocolate.

This one was my favorite. I don’t like busy foods and I felt the Walnut/Pecan one had way too much going on. I prefer things nice and simple and this one was excellent.  The green apple is perfectly tart and goes very well with the caramel and chocolate.  So freaking good!

For the football party, we had all sorts of finger foods – Meanie’s awesome buffalo wings, french fries, chips & salsa, jalepeno poppers, mini assorted quiche and Greek spinach pie – Spanakopita and beer, of course!  I busted out these apples for dessert and my guests’ reaction was like, WHOA!  LOL

In addition to the gourmet apples, I also received:

  • 1 Box of Chicago-style Milk Chocolate Toffee in holiday gift box
  • 1 Bag of Holiday themed Pretzel Bites
  • 1 Box of Assorted Truffles (24 pc.)

(pictured above)

The Pretzel Bites [$23.95] were covered in white chocolate and had red and green sprinkles on them. These were a hit. My parents loved them and they are so cute!  Perfect for a gift!

The Chocolate Toffee [$21.95] seemed to have disappeared fairly quickly.  They resemble flat Almond Roca’s if you’re into stuff like that.  It was very good, too!

There were four flavors of the Assorted Truffles [$21.95]. I printed out the guide and stuck it into the box so people knew what they were eating- Salted Caramel, Red Raspberry, Madagascar Vanilla & Dark Chocolate.

I knew I should have taken pics before people started eating. LOL

Pretzel Bites, Toffee, Truffles and the Walnut/Pecan apple, sliced up

Here is the Triple Chocolate Apple sliced up with the other items, too.

Here’s a picture of the family I posted up to House Party.  LOL
Pretty tame, yes.  It was hard to take a pic of them gobbling up pretzel bites. I should have taken a pic of my sis gnawing on the apple cores!  LOL

Thank you to House Party for finally picking me to host a party.  This has got to be like my 10th application to host a party. I was going to give up because I had never gotten picked and the Mrs. Prindable’s party was my very last attempt.  I’m very glad to have this opportunity and share this with my friends and family.  My guests seemed very interested in the House Party concept, too, so hopefully they will all sign up and have their very own chance to host one of the House Party’s.

We all loved the Mrs. Prindable’s products.  Next time, I will not hesitate to purchase gifts from them.  These munchies are awesome!  I also created little gifts bags to give to my guests containing the Mrs. Prindable’s cutting boards and a catalog so my guests can peruse the gifts available to them. I forgot to take a picture of them! Doh!

If you’re interested in hosting your own House Party with a fantastic Party Package, you can sign up for free at House Party. Totally worth it! Click here to learn how it works.

[Please note that I received the items for free from House Party.  The opinion is all of my own and was not compensated in any way for my opinion.]

Getting Back to Normal

We finally got our power back on Monday TUESDAY evening. [I’m so out of it that I don’t even remember when I got our power back.]  Thank the Lord!  After 9 1/2 long days without power, we finally have it back.  We just got our first snow yesterday and I was frightened we would lose our power again.  We moved all of our crap from my parents’ house to our house Monday night and we were so happy to be home again – in our own beds – and just back at home again. CB was so happy to see his toys again and his playroom!  I was a little sad because we left BB with my parents.  I got a bad cold last Tuesday when we were shivering without power and I spread the cold to my bear cubs and BB had it bad.  My mother begged me to stay for another night but we were so eager to come home finally so my parents are taking care of BB as he recuperates.  He’s doing great and he’s being uber spoiled by his grandparents that now he wants to be held all the time!  Gah!  That’s OK. Poor BB was sick so he’s entitled to some spoilage. 🙂

In the meantime, I get to sleep through the night to recuperate myself.  I’m always a little sad when I pass BB’s room but I know it’s for the better and temporary.  We would both be miserable if we were together and I’d be a Grumpster because I need to trek into work early in the morning.

Meanwhile, CB is totally happy that he’s got both Mama Bear and Papa Bear all to himself.  He surprised me, though. When we got home on Monday from my parents, CB was asking where his little brother was.  It just made me even sadder. 😦 I miss my BB dearly!  I think this is the first time ever I left one of my babies somewhere else. I know he’s in great hands but we miss him! Even CB.  I think I’ll get him back either tomorrow or tonight (if they are tired of him) but something tells that we’ll get him back tomorrow. Hee hee.

Halloween Update [taken from here]

I know that celebrating Halloween may not be a priority to many of you right now given the fact that so many are still experiencing power outages.  But it is in times like these that we cannot forget our children.  They have been hurting also and this is one holiday that they look forward to. 

I want to give them a little happiness and an opportunity to have fun so I am asking everyone to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, November 10.  This is the date I have selected because I am hoping that power will return to everyone by then.  Please note that this date is contingent upon the nor’easter coming our way and the conditions after the storm.  

I will continue to update you if anything changes.  Let us try to put this awful experience behind us and give our children something positive to remember.  Thank you.
                                                              Mayor James R.Barberio

Life is starting to become normal again after the arrival of Sandy.  Power is finally back, commuter buses are running again so I can get into work, schools have finally resumed after being closed for 1.5 weeks.  Halloween for my town has been postponed till this Saturday.  I only found out via the Parsippany Police Department Facebook page.  How do the majority of people find out about these things if they don’t have Facebook or go online to check it out on the town’s homepage?  I don’t want to ring a door only to get stared down at because people don’t know about the “new” Halloween date.  That would be awkward.  At least I’m relieved I won’t be stuck with a Costco sized bag of Halloween candy for the rest of the year.  I was joking that instead of giving out holiday cookies this year, I will be giving out holiday candy.  Hah.

I received my Mrs. Prindables’ Party Package from House Party yesterday.  Meanie had already taken it out of the box and put them in the fridge by the time I came home so I didn’t get to take a picture of the box opening. 😦 I will take a picture of the goodies once I’ve arranged them on Sunday, for the party. Yes, we are still holding it!  I need people to come over and help me eat the goodies!  The Party Package contains the following:

  • 1 Triple Chocolate Gourmet Jumbo Apple with ornament & signature gift box
  • 1 Milk Chocolate Walnut Pecan Gourmet Apple with holiday bow*
  • 1 Box of Chicago-style Milk Chocolate Toffee in holiday gift box
  • 1 Bag of Holiday themed Pretzel Bites*
  • 1 Box of Assorted Truffles (24 pc.)*
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s flexible cutting boards for guests
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s catalogs and special offer for guests

WOW!  I was totally impressed with what I found waiting for me in the fridge.  These would totally make great gifts for all holidays or just for the hell of it.  Can’t wait to try it all!

House Party – Mrs. Prindable’s


After applying to at least 8-10 House Party’s since I became a member this summer, I finally got picked to host a party.  I was going to totally give up after this try, too. Good thing I was persistent!

I will be hosting a Mrs. Prindable’s party.  I’ve always heard of Mrs. Prindable’s but I’ve never tried any of their products. Have you?  They look delicious and so bad for you. 🙂




These would be great as presents, especially since the holiday is coming up really soon.

I was looking for more websites that had programs like BzzAgent, where you can try out products for free.  A lot of people had recommended House Party so I went to check it out myself.

It’s pretty simple and it sounds too good to be true:

First, you sign up for an account at House Party and then you:

Apply. Let’s get the party started. We tell you about upcoming parties from the products and brands you love and you decide which ones make your heart beat a little faster.

Invite. Spread the love. We give you all the tools you’ll need. All you do is invite your friends. In return you get exclusive access to try and share some cool products with them, courtesy of a rockin’ Party Pack.

Join a movement. When you host a party, it’s more than you and your friends who are having a blast. Thousands of other hosts and guests from across the US are also having an awesome time, on the same day.

Sounds too good to be true, right?  I’m not sure what their picking process is but I’m sure the more you publicize about these parties, the stronger a chance you’ll get?  I’m not sure really but I will definitely say that persistence pays off.

The party pack sounds pretty awesome:

Your exclusive Mrs. Prindable’s Party Pack will contain the following items for you and your guests:

  • 1 Triple Chocolate Gourmet Jumbo Apple with snowflake ornament & signature gift box
  • 1 Milk Chocolate Walnut Pecan Gourmet Apple with holiday bow*
  • 1 Box of Chicago-style Milk Chocolate Toffee in holiday gift box
  • 1 Bag of Holiday themed Pretzel Bites*
  • 1 Box of Assorted Truffles (24 pc.)*
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s flexible cutting boards for guests
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s catalogs and special offer for guests


Coincidentally, we are having a Football Sunday on 11/11, which also happens to be my birthday. So we’re having a Football Sunday with buffalo wings, birthday cake and Mrs. Prindable’s confections. Yum! Hee hee.  I just hope that people come to help us eat the dessert because Meanie and I will be totally ginormous (like we aren’t already fluffy) even more so!

So if you’re into throwing gatherings with your friends and family, go sign up for House Party. I’ve only heard good things about it and several people I know have already been picked for this party or something else.  There’s also a Keurig party where you have the chance to get your very own Keurig! Those aren’t cheap either! I signed up for that one and didn’t picked.  Ah well. It is better that way. I don’t have room for Keurig in my house – I don’t have enough counter room.  If I had won it, I’d be caught smuggling K-cup cartridges from my work. Ha ha!  Can you imagine that?  Embarrassing!


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