Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fresh Produce Clothing

About Fresh Produce Clothing

For nearly three decades, Fresh Produce has delighted women as a lifestyle brand known for its original prints, vibrant color and stylish, comfortable clothing. Today, Fresh Produce designs, manufactures and markets a leading women's and children's lifestyle brand of clothing that is primarily made in the USA.

The heart of the Fresh Produce is rooted in the positive impact of color. We love color and want our customers to light up the room in our clothes. From casual tops and feminine dresses to decorative scarves and stylish pants, Fresh Produce is dedicated to creating feel-good clothes women want to wear every day. The coastal-inspired colors and broad assortment of easy-to-wear pieces are flattering and comfortable on all shapes and sizes and are available in Extra Fresh plus sizes as well as children’s styles. The comfortable fabrics, fit and style reflect carefree ease.

Fresh Produce clothes are available at 26 company-owned retail boutiques, online and at more than 500 independent retailers throughout the continental US, Canada, Hawaii and the Caribbean, including 13 ‘Handpicked’ dealer locations. The Handpicked dealers utilize the Fresh Produce retail trade dress and stock a broad assortment of Fresh Produce’s most current styles.

I was excited when offered the opportunity to review one of their shirts. 

I received the Baby Rib Island Top.  

This top is perfect for the summer. It's stylish and made of quality cotton, not the thin kind like other brands.  The ruffling is a beautiful detail that makes the shirt stand out. It is fitted and fits me well.  The only thing I would change is I would prefer the shirt be a bit longer.  It is offered in many beautiful colors and retails for $46.

Fresh produce offers both regular and Plus size options.  Check them out HERE.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rethink traditional cleaning with Lysol's new concept of Healthing

LYSOL is introducing the concept of Healthing – a new idea centered on keeping families as healthy as possible, by looking beyond just cleaning and ensuring that the proper steps are taken to stay well.

LYSOL believes it's the little things that we do every day – particularly our hygiene and cleaning habits – truly can make an impact on our health. This is especially important on the heels of one of the worst cold and flu seasons in a decade. So, this season, do more than Spring Cleaning.

Let’s practice Spring “Healthing.”
o This new season should be more about adopting a healthier overall lifestyle instead
of just merely cleaning out your closet.
o It’s not just about having a clean home, but a healthy home.

It is very important to my family to stay well. No one likes to be sick but since I have a 6 month old baby the consequences of her getting sick can be much worse that myself,  my husband or 5 year old son.  In order to stay healthy we wash our hands several times a day.  In the kitchen and bathrooms, I use Lysol Disinfectant wipes to kill germs.  I also use the Disinfectant wipes to wipe down all the door knobs and kids toys once a monthWhen we are out we use hand sanitizer to kill germsIf one of us does happen to get sick I spray LYSOL Disinfectant Spray around the house to try and prevent the rest of us from catching it

LYSOL’s tips on ways to incorporate Healthing into your cleaning routine  

1. Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you - take it one room at a time and stock up on
products that will help you to get the job done effectively, including LYSOL® products,
paper towels, sponges, and trash bags.

2. Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting! Both are important components
of the Healthing process and LYSOL® has products that can help with all related tasks.
While cleaning and organizing is certainly important, killing germs on commonly
touched surfaces can lower the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses between members
of the family.

3. Start with the basics – wipe down easy to reach surfaces and then move onto the little
nooks and crannies.

4. Remember to dust around wall art, photographs and woodwork.

5. Use a disinfectant product, like LYSOL® Disinfecting Wipes, to help ensure you’re
killing germs as you clean, and think beyond the usual places. Be sure to clean even the
smallest surfaces, such as light switches.

6. Don’t forget to disinfect places that you don’t see or think about often, like the door
knobs, cabinet handles or sink drains.

7. Make it a family activity and tailor tasks to specific age groups. Give younger children
simpler, one-step tasks like dusting or picking toys up off the floor, and save the more
complex jobs, such as vacuuming, scrubbing, and disinfecting for older members of the

8. Remember to practice proper hand washing as well after you clean, either with soap
and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer. Hand washing is the single most important
thing you can do to prevent illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC).

 These are some excellent tips. With a 2,200sq foot home, cleaning can feel overwhelming so I really like the idea to take one room at a time so I don't get overwhelmed. I always disinfected our door knobs but never thought of the light switches or cabinet handles. I also think its a fantastic idea to include my 5 year old son. He can take a Lysol wipe and wipe down the counters and other reachable areas. I can't wait to implement the above tips.

Did you know LYSOL and television personality Giuliana Rancic have partnered together to visit YMCAs in select markets across the country to demonstrate Healthing in action. At each YMCA location, LYSOL will provide attendees with hands-on education about the products and steps required to practice improved hygiene habits in their own home, while making the idea fun and relatable to kids. LYSOL will also provide educational information and disinfecting products to the local YMCAs, along with the donation of a one-year membership to a deserving family.  

 For more information and to take part in Healthing with your family visit 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for LYSOL®. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Monday, March 25, 2013

FRAAS Mystical Waters Scarf for Spring

A must have Mystical Waters Scarf Perfect fashion for this Spring

   The rising interest in chic, year-round accessories and fashion layering is evident everywhere. Fashion-savvy women have discovered the versatility of scarves as an accessory and are collecting them each season to accent their wardrobes and individualize their personal style.

 FRAAS is on target with an exciting new range for Spring-Summer 2013, which focuses on three stories. Mystical Coast incorporates an opulent, iridescent, natural composite for prints and deluxe, yet gentle detailing.

East Meets West presents modernity meeting tradition.

Jungle Fever is a lively, hot summer story encompassing the plant life of the jungle and the vivid creatures that occupy it. Lightweights in cotton, modal, silk, viscose chiffon, acrylic, tropical weight wool and blends flow beautifully in solid, ombre’, floral,fruit, stripe, plaid, dotted, splatter-paint, animal, sea and abstract patterns.

Some are textured via crinkling, embroidering and puckering effects, others are classic, and several are sheer and gauzy. Infinity silhouettes continue and are clearly understood by consumers because they are so easy to wear. There are several options that are unisex so that everyone can own a FRAAS scarf this season. FRAAS is also on the mark with their color trends in which the season's prettiest neutral/soft, mid-tone, and bright palette options are represented within the range.

There is no other fashion accessory that makes such a strong fashion statement for this affordability and has so many flexible wearing options. Several styles can be folded as head wraps, waist wraps, sarongs, and depending on the style, even a halter top. Others do double duty and can be used as a shawl for cool nights, air conditioning, travel and, again, the creation of a chic fashion accessory statement. Easy to wear, simple to drape or tie, this line makes great sense for a self or gift purchase. Style 623949 which is appropriately named, MYSTICAL WATERS, is a very beautiful, oversized printed style that measures 40x72 inches. Therefore, it is a versatile look that can worn as a wrap or scarf. It retails for $48 and is available in vibrant combinations, including turquoise and coral options. It works with day or evening looks and is on target with its flattering palette and popular viscose yarn.

Visit FRAAS Here to check out all their beautiful Scarfs
Select styles are also available on Amazon

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

VaccUFlex...A must have for your current vaccum

Having a baby in the house makes me want to keep my house extra clean. I can't stand dust and sometimes my vacuum cleaner cant reach places I need it to in order to pick up dust. For example, my current vacuum alone couldn't get into the grooves of the air return vents, in my dryer vent or in between my cabinet and fridge.

I have found an awesome solution VaccUFlex. An attachment kit for both canister and wet vacs that helps get where no vacuum could before.

 Check out this short video to see what the VaccUFlex can do This has been a life saver in my house.

Not only that but my husband who is a Collision Estimator has borrowed it to get glass from inside cars when they are towed in from accidents. He said customers used to complain of glass between the seat and center consul. The vacuum in the body shop couldn't fit to remove glass from tight areas like that but now he can get that cleaned up using the VaccUFlex.

This is seriously a must have in every house.  For $14.95 plus shipping, You can do everything from unclog a toilet, to save a ring that has fallen down a drain to get clean hard to reach places such as inside toasters, and tight spaces in cars. Plus it inflates and deflates items.  

You can learn more about VaccUFlex and purchase one on their website

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cutest Girls Clothing.....Diva Girl Boutique

I love stylish yet unique clothing. Those who know me wouldn't be surprised as I am also like that with names. That's why my son and daughter don't have common names. So recently while looking at dresses for Jacey, I found an awesome Etsy shop called Diva Girl Boutique.

I fell in love with this Boutique Girls Party Dress.

I am so thrilled to have been given one for Jacey.  It is trendy yet unique. The perfect dress for her.  Candice the owner is a really great seamstress. This dress looks like it came from a high end store. Perfect stitching and beautiful thick fabric.

Another favorite of mine is her Dr Suess Cat in the Hat Thing 1 Thing 2 Birthday Outfit

How adorable is this and who doesn't love Dr Suess.  Nice bright fabrics perfect for this spring /summer.


Candace is a stay at home mom to 3 beautiful and fun little girls.  She is blessed to be surrounded by people that support and love her unconditionally. She has always been a very creative and crafty person, but never dreamed that she would be able to make a living out of it someday. Both of her grandmothers are extremely talented and creative so she likes to think that it runs in the family.
  Her oldest daugher is in kindergarten right now and the other two stay home all day. Her goal is to open up a local boutique, when all of her kids are in full time school.

Be sure to  check out here etsy shop Diva Girl Boutique and like her on facebook for the latest coupon codes and ready to ship items

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

PAAS/Heinz New egg decorating kits and App to make virtual eggs

Heinz Vinegar and PAAS Easter Egg Dyeing Kits have partnered to bring you the Easter Egg Decorator app, available both online via desktop or laptop computer and through the iTunes App Store. Now through March 31, when you decorate and share a virtual Easter egg with family and friends using the free app, Heinz and PAAS will donate $1, up to $25,000, to Make-A-Wish®.

This year, PAAS has seven new egg decorating kits, including Volcano Eggsplosion, a kit that uses melted crayon shavings to provide instant color and Touch of Velvet, a kit that uses double stick adhesives and flocking powder to create fun, fuzzy shapes on your Easter creations!

For the brightest, most vivid colors, add one tablet and three tablespoons of Heinz Distilled White Vinegar to a PAAS Color Cup or a one-cup container. Once the tablet has dissolved, add ½ cup water and stir gently. Also, to help keep hard-cooked eggs from cracking, add two tablespoons of Heinz Distilled White Vinegar per quart of water before placing the eggs in the pot. The shells will also peel off faster and easier when they’re done.

The app is a lot of fun it can be found by Simply searching “PAAS/Heinz” in the iTunes App Store  or access it from your desktop or laptop computer at

We decorated virtual eggs that we sent to family and friends out of state. Shane thought it was a lot of fun and I thought it was great that PAAS donated $1 each virtual egg we shared to the Make-A-Wish®.

We also had a blast decorating real eggs using the new kits from PAAS. Shane and my step daughter Kylee loved the new Doodles kit and all the bright colors. We found the brightest colors come from mixing the dye tabs with Heinz white distilled vinegar.

  Here is their completed eggs. 

Heinz Vinergar can be found at most major grocery, drug and mass market stores.

PAAS egg kits can be found at most major grocery, drug and mass market stores for an average price of around $4.25.

"I have been provided free product samples for review by Heinz and PAAS"

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cutest Girls Clothing...AddisonAva

I couldn't share my favorite girls clothing and not include some handmade dresses. I especially couldn't leave out one of my favorite etsy stores

Julie the owner and creator of AddisonAva is just such a talent.

She started sewing when she was just 10 years old. She learned from her mom but didn't really start to get into it until she had her two little girls. She wanted to make them cute, unique clothing.

Julie works full time as an interior designer and has love for color and fabrics. She loves the color blue, especially turquoise!

Her spring line this year was themed off the color blue and she wanted it to be soft and sweet. So she picked The Les Amis collection by Patty Sloniger which she felt was a perfect fit!

 Here are a couple examples of dresses from her spring collection.  Love Love Love these dresses!

Jacey was lucky enough to receive this dress.

The pictures don't even do it Justice! The stitching is perfect. It is extra lined with the most beautiful fabric.  This will be her picture dress for next year.  I can just see her red hair and blue eyes with thus gorgeous dress and of course a pair of cowgirl boots. A perfect Picture.    

I highly Recommend AddisonAva if your looking for cute clothing for that special little girl in your life.

AddisonAva Dresses are Available in Sizes: 12mo, 18mo, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t

You can follow Julie/ AddisonAva on Facebook HERE 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cutest Girls Clothing...Swanky Baby Vintage

I fell in LOVE the minute I saw the trendy clothing from Swanky Baby Vintage. Their 2013 Spring line "Farmers Market" is absolutely adorable. Some of the cutest clothing I have seen!

What did I get for Jacey?

The Bella's Baby Doll Top-Cream , Brown Sugar Stripe Triple Ruffle Leggings in Mint Julep and  Kayla's Comfy Ruffles in Chocolate Milk

I can't wait for her to wear them.  They start sizing at 18-24 months thru 14.  She will be owning several pieces from future lines as well.  I just love the quality of these clothes.  Not only are they well made but they are so trendy. I just love the fabric and the ruffle details.  Swanky Baby Vintage is an excellent place to get clothing for pictures.

About Swanky Baby Vintage

"The simplicity of being classic, the ease of being comfortable and the
luxury of being quality create Swanky Baby Vintage, a modern clothing
line with old fashion appeal. Southern in charm and timeless in style,
the fashions of Swanky Baby Vintage offer bold patterns and colorful
prints in traditional silhouettes updated with contemporary
expectations. The easy, mix & match collections create the perfect
wardrobe essentials for on-the-go little ones. Children become
carefree centerpieces amidst the playful colors and prints that make
up Swanky Baby Vintage, allowing them to laugh endlessly, play vividly
and love blindly as their day passes in comfortable, classic fashion.
Easy to care for and easy to wear, Swanky Baby Vintage is the modern
answer to timeless style!"

If your in LOVE as much as I am hurry on over to the Swanky Baby Vintage website as they only have a few pieces left from the Farmers Market line.

You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news and new line releases :) 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Extra time for yourself with the BISSELL CleanView Vacuum

I have to start out by saying before testing out the BISSELL CleanView Vacuum I wasn't a fan of bagless vacuums.  I had a a prior bad experience from a bagless vacuum made by another company.  Given that I currently own a Bissell carpet cleaning machine that has saved my light beige carpet on numerous occasions and I seriously could not live without, I was eager to give BISSELL'S CleanView Vacuum a shot

 Set up of the vacuum was super easy. I had my husband do it but watching him I could have done it myself in 5 minutes or less

It comes with a crevice tool, extension wand, dusting brush and turbobrush tool.

It features an easy empty dirt tank, HEPA media filter, 25-foot cord wrap, 6-foot expandable hose and washable foam tank filter. 

As you can see from the above picture my carpets look pretty clean. The rest of my upstairs carpet looked just as clean. My upstairs includes a large loft area and two average size bedrooms.

 I plugged in the vacuum and I gave it one pass along the loft and two bedrooms. Then I attached the turbobrush tool and used it along my 14 carpeted stairs leading to the main level. 

Here is what was in the Dirt Tank 

I can't believe all this was in my carpet and my other vacuum missed it. 

 How it works:

OnePass Technology allows for fast and easy cleaning with powerful suction so you can
spend less time vacuuming and more time enjoying family, friends and pets.

Innovative brush design cleans on initial pass* for excellent carpet cleaning.

Includes Bottom Easy Empty™ Dirt Cup for added convenience.

Lightweight design is modern, uncomplicated and easy to maneuver.

On-board attachments include a 4” TurboBrush® tool for cleaning stairs, upholstery
and hard-to-reach places, a 10” crevice tool for nooks, crannies and corners and an
upholstery tool and 11” extension wand for added convenience.

What I love about this vacuum. 

It's lighter than my other vacuum so it much easier to carry up and down the stairs as well as push along the floor.  The OnePass Technology speeds up the vacuuming giving me at least 10 extra minutes. This allows me more time with my children. I really feel the suction power and I feel that is due to the cyclone technology that keeps the debris at the bottom of the dirt tank. The Dirt tank conveniently opens from the bottom, making it very easy for me to empty the tank and I love that there is a washable foam filter. The less replacement parts the better.

The only change I would like to see is in the hose. It is honestly a little short in my opinion.  

Overall, I am very Impressed with this vacuum and would recommend it to others. Currently at $79.99 it is a great value. 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BISSELL. I received a product sample to help facilitate my review.”