Saturday, December 13, 2014

Idina Menzel "Holiday Wishes" Christmas Album

I received a copy of the Idina Menzel holiday album “Holiday Wishes” as a member of One2One Network. As always, my views and opinions are my own.

I'm a succor for a good Christmas album. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, that's it. My Pandora, my Songza, the CDs in my car, Itunes, you name it I've got it. That also includes an actual Bing Crosby Christmas recond....I'm serious about my Christmas music people.

It is full of your classic Christmas songs, including a duet with Michael Buble. Hello people, swoon! Sign me up for whatever album he is singing on. While Idina's voice is definitely a Broadway type voice (clearly that is where she is most at home), and not a classic, more pop-sounding voice the album is still good. I'm not sure that everyone would notice or care about something like that. But its like watching classic Broadway actors in on-screen movies. Its just different. For your little ones that love Frozen, this might be fun for them. "Hey, its Elsa and she's singing Christmas music!

Songs Included

  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • The Christmas Song
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael BublĂ©)
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • All I Want For Christmas
  • What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  • December Prayer
  • When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Silent Night
  • River
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • White Christmas

It is definitely an album to add to your Christmas Music collection. Very rarely does one come out that adds something new or different to the season. Frequently albums are just the same old songs being sung in the same old way. Idina adds something a little fresh and new; and while her voice might not be everyone's favorite and might be a little too "Broadwayish (I swear that's a thing", it is sure to add a little holiday cheer to your day.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MakeUp by 1D - Mascara, Lip Gloss and Nail Polish Oh MY! *WIN*

Make-up by 1D Haul! OMG, I'm in make-up heaven!!! 

It's so much that I'm planning a couple review posts and videos for you all, but I wanted to share the haul first; as well as giving you the chance to win some of your very own Make-Up by 1D.
What I will say is that so far I'm loving it. These are all new sets so let me update you on what they have now. Again, the different make-up items are named after 1D songs.

 ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA -  ($16.50) this is a tri of colored mascara for your lashes (or HAIR). This, along with a lot of the other make-up in this collection, will react to UV light. This is probably good for all that clubbing we do right? LOL. Although my first thought was the next time I do a Glow Run I'm going to be set! I wore the pink the other day for fun and I got tons of compliments on it. People totally thought it was cute! It isn't overly bold when not worn in a UV setting. Haven't tried it yet in my hair, so we'll see when I give it a go.

LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS - Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.

ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani. Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!


These glitter pods are interesting, because it is literally loose glitter sitting in a little pot. you sprinkle it over your wet nails. It's basically like elementary school all over again where you have to pour the glitter on over a piece of paper. Then you have to bend the paper and dump it back in the pot. So, its not easy and a little time consuming but its pretty cute. It covers really evenly but you definitely have to put clear polish over the top because it will come right off. I forgot about this and within the hour the glitter was gone.

The actual glitter polish is really awesome though, it has great coverage and can be worn alone, instead of as an overlay. The blue polish is kind of watery so it takes several coats (probably close to four) to get a solid color. These are heavy polishes at all. I'm not really sure how I feel about that considering most of the polish I like and use is the complete opposite of that. This set will run you about $16.50 at Macy's.

Makeup by One Direction arrived in stores November 15th! and can be found in Macy's, Dillards, Lord & Taylor, Boscov's, Stage Stores and Beauty Brands.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Military Monday: This Land, supporting American Made Products *2014 Holiday Gift Guide*

Boy, its been a long time since I've done a #MilitaryMonday post. Since Christmas is upon us I thought I 'd do some combining and share a possible gift guide item with everyone. I just recently came across this company on the page of a friend of mine. And while I don't know a ton of the details of where the proceeds that do go to Veteran's go to, I will do some digging around and find out more. What I do know is that the owner comes recommended, and it is a veteran owned business and I can get behind that. Plus, when you're talking about support American-made products, that's even better!  So lets get on with it.

What is This Land

A clearinghouse of amazing American Made products for you home and your body! All made here in this beautiful country of ours by local craftsmen. How cool is that? And a lot of this stuff is really affordable. Usually I'm scared of buying American Made, because even though I know the price is worth it, its still terrifying. But this stuff isn't scary one bit.

Some of my favorite items

They even have toys!!

Check this link for gifts under $50

"Inspired to reconnect with America's spirit of craftmanship...." I love that! If you want something hand-made, with love and passion...sometime to be treasured check out This Land and support local artisans and this great country of ours.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lemony, Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When I started getting The Farm Table boxes I was so excited to get all these new and interesting vegetables to try out. I also experienced my first White Sweet Potato. Since sweet potatoes aren't something that we usually partake of I was really at a loss of what to do with I stood and stared at my pantry for a little while and eventually came up with this! This was also my first time using my Lemon Olive Oil that I got from a friend in Italy. OH man! I wish I had used it earlier, but I was totally nervous.

- cut up your sweet potatoes (after washing and drying) and lay them out on your cookie sheet

- drizzle Lemon Olive Oil and stir around to coat (doesn't have to be perfect)

- salt and pepper to taste

- for 3 cut-up sweet potatoes I used 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and 1/2 tsp of rosemary

- bake on 375 for about 30 minutes

- half-way through go in, stir them around and flip some over

- done when they are golden

If you try it let me know what you think? Does your family love sweet potatoes? If you live in the Northern Virginia area and want to check out The Farm Table, use my code RheannaTFT for $15 off or ask me about about a trial box by emailing me!

play around with it, but this combination is absolutely magical! Baking the sweet potatoes really brings out their flavor and the mix of sweet and savory on this is epic!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why I Love Being an Influenster #VoxBoxLove

The most obvious being reason for loving Influenster is the free stuff. I mean, lets be honest the free stuff is amazing. Trying new products, being trusted to talk about them and let people know what I think about them is pretty awesome. I've been blessed with so many cool things, and many times its things that I may never have purchased for myself that I now get the awesome opportunity to try out. Influenster is also a really neat place to get reviews from other people. You can see what others, just your regular average everyday person thinks about something. They aren't actors getting paid to love something in a commercial, or a company paying big bucks to have something advertised in a fabulous magazine.

One of my favorite boxes was when I got one of Cindy Crawford's iconic skin care line, Meaningful Beauty, that she has been talking about on infomercials for years! When I got it I was so excited!!  I might not have ever bought this for myself, but I loved this product so much it is actually on my repeat buy list. As a blogger that reviews a lot of products, a lot that I like too, many of them don't always make the "I Would Actually Buy this Later" list.

What's great about Influenster is that you don't have to be a prolific blogger. They want to hear from you! If you want to try to give influenster a try let me know! Leave your email and I will send an invite your way. Start by reviewing products that you've tried on the website and get active in The Hub. It's so much fun and you'll love it.

Are you already an Influenster? What has been your favorite VoxBox?
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lego KidFest, is it worth it?


Lego KidFest came to Richmond last month and boy was it a hit! Tickets for Lego Events here in the National Capital Region sell out fast and furious. Richmond was your second opportunity this year to check it out. If you are a Lego fan KidFest is your playground, your dream come true and must see. While tickets can be pricey I would characterize this as "worth it" in my book. Tickets stop being free after two years old so that is something to consider. For us, my three year-old would not be worth the price-tag of $22 that is required for kids 3-17. He likes Legos, but I don't know that he would really fully appreciate it for that price. It is a huge, fast-moving and crowded experience.Watching the kids can be a little intense, so I liked my odds at one kid per adult in this scenario.

If you've never been to a Lego event I 100% suggest it for the true Lego lover.  The adults in your group might have even more fun than the kids. I'm not even going to pretend people....there was a brief moment when I considered making it a date night kinda thing. Lego building is super cathartic for me.

Lego KidsFest has released dates for their 2015 season to make sure to check out these upcoming events!

Arizona February 27-March 1 
Missouri March 20-22 
Tennessee April 17-19
Texas September 4-6

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LEGO KidsFest minifigure

**I received tickets in partnership with UsFamilyGuide Mom Bloggers Guide. I was not compensated in any other way. As always my views and opinions are my own.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cammo Style Love Gift Guide 2014 - Space Scouts

The Holiday Season is upon us ya'll and while some of us may have gotten a jump start on shopping, there may be some of us that are still searching for the perfect gift. This year I really wanted to focus on unique and not necessarily "toy" type gifts for the family. Things that might be more educationally driven, practical, but still able to grab the attention of the recipient. That's why I'm especially excited to present the first item on the 2014 Gift Guide. This one is targeted for your children, and especially your space-loving children.

Space Scouts monthly subscription club for kids is a delightful learning adventure aimed at discovering the wonders of the universe! Each month your child will explore a new place in space -- stepping into the worlds of space exploration, space science, and astronomy. Join Roxy and Jett as they scout about the galaxy engaging your child in fun learning activities, hands-on discovery, and exciting challenges. Packages arrive each month filled with fun additions to your collection -- magnets, stickers, toys, and more!

Space Scouts is a stellar vehicle for launching your child's interest in science & technology! This is not your typical grab-bag subscription box. Space Scouts is a fun, educational experience where each month builds upon the previous. It's a great way to learn! Price is affordable at $11.95 per month + $3.00 shipping. Discounts for multi-month purchase. Space Scouts is designed for kids age 6+. Visit our website to learn more! 20% discount - Use promo code USFAMILY20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on initial purchase of any Space Scouts subscription plan.

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**this post is brought to you in partnership with USFamilyGuide and Space Scouts - I received product in exchange for my post, but was not compensated in any other way. As always my views and opinions are my own, and I don't present a product to my audience unless I believe it will be of interest to my readers.

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