Friday, October 21, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide|| Gemmies

Disclosure: Party of 5 received a sample in order to bring you this review. All opinions are my own.

My kids love using their imagination and making things. We always have out the craft box for them.

Gemmies are the next evolution of the popular 3D beading craft. Following a simple process, kids clip Gemmies crystals to elastic rings then join completed rings to create a 3D sparkling creation! Design templates are intuitive and use a repetitive pattern that lets kids develop their cognitive abilities and progress to designing their own creations.

You can make anything out of Gemmies crystals. starting series include animals, flowers and more! Store all your Gemmies crystals and accessories in the Gemmies Design Studio and display your favorite creation on the light up pedestal.
MSRP: $24.99
Age: 6+

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide|| Magic Sketch

Disclosure: Party of 5 received a sample in order to bring you this review. 

Magic Sketch, a fun new way for your kids to draw, play, and learn!

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 The flexible, LCD screen is transparent, allowing kids to trace with the provided stencils or from their own images!  Magic Sketch is from the makers of the hit product Boogie Board who are also the leaders in crystal display technology. 

With Magic Sketch your kids can create all kinds of amazing art and, unlike most tablets, the Magic Sketch is super kid proof!  They can drop it, toss it, even step on it -- it won’t break!  It’s completely water resistant, so if they have a spill, just wipe it off and keep going!  With the advanced internal electronics, you can clear the screen with just the push of a button! The best part?  With the Free App you can save, edit, and share your child’s work!

Each Magic Sketch retails for $29.95 and includes:
      Magic Sketch
      Protector Guard
      1 Roller
      3 Stamps
      20 Learning Stencils
      20 Games Stencils
      20 Art Stencils

This Mom loves that her 3 year old can play and play for hours and if she drops it, I know it will be ok! Perfect toy for those destructive kiddos. Even better on car rides! Keeps my kids entertained for a while. Each kid now needs their own! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Eight O’Clock Coffee, America’s original gourmet coffee brand, introduces three innovative coffees that deliver a new coffee-drinking experience for consumers. Debuting this summer, Eight O’Clock’s Infusions line features two new varieties of coffee; Alert and Relax. In addition, a new 100% Brazilian Breakfast blend join’s Eight O’Clock’s traditional line.

Eight O’Clock’s Infusions line blends unique ingredients to its treasured coffee to deliver an enhanced coffee experience whether you’re looking for a hi-caffeine boost or a relaxing, decaffeinated blend.

Infusions Alert is a premium full-bodied 100% Arabica coffee that is medium roasted for a full-bodied bold, robust flavor.  Gently blended with caffeine and guarana, ALERT offers consumers a way to brighten their day with a hi-caffeine blend. Guarana is rich in caffeine and is a popular ingredient in energy drinks and teas.

Infusions Relax is a premium, medium-bodied, decaffeinated 100% Arabica coffee blended with chamomile and lavender cuts. The lavender and chamomile in Relax subtly complement the taste of the coffee. Lavender and chamomile are familiar aromas and flavors associated with tranquility making  Relax the perfect coffee to enjoy when taking time out to relax.

For those who drink coffee throughout the day, 100% Brazilian Breakfast serves up an unparalleled smooth experience.

100% Brazilian Breakfast was created for coffee drinkers whose stomachs prefer a less acidic, blend.  The variety contains 100% Brazilian Arabica Coffee beans that are sourced from the Cerrado Minas Gerais region in Brazil. With a soft-bodied, less acidic cup profile, this variety is perfectly suited for multiple-cup coffee drinkers.

“Consumers today are drawn to products that provide an enhanced experience – these extensions to the Eight O’Clock family are truly unique and disruptive in the coffee aisle,” said David Allen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Tata Global Beverages USA. 

Eight O’Clock’s Infusions line and 100% Brazilian Breakfast will roll out nationally this  summer. The product launch will be supported by a multi-market experiential sampling and publicity tour during the fall.

About Eight O’Clock
Part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands, Eight O’Clock Coffee is America’s original gourmet coffee, brewed with passion for over 150 years. Made with 100% Arabica beans, Eight O’Clock Coffee features a full line of great tasting gourmet coffees in whole bean and ground form, with fourteen varieties and blends ranging from light to dark roasts. Eight O’Clock Coffee sources its high-quality coffee beans from the world’s best origins, then expertly blends, roasts and packages them at its facility in Landover, MD. Headquartered in Montvale, NJ, Eight O’Clock Coffee products are available at most U.S. retailers where groceries are sold. For more information, visit

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Taking Care Of My Face With Neutrogena Naturals #BrighterDifference

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Neutrogena and C-Comm Group. All opinions are my own.

Taking care of my face now that I am older is super important to me. Finding the right facial care often proves to be tricky.

I was sent a nice package containing Neutrogena Naturals products to test out.

Neutrogena developed  natural skincare products so eco-minded women can have it all. The product line was allergy tested and free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes and phthalates.
This means I am putting product on my face that I can trust.

It's not often that I wear makeup but when I do, my mascara takes forever to wash off. The Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleaning + Makeup Remover helps rid my face of the days makeup without stripping the moisture from my face. It goes on with a nice lather and rinses completely clean.

For the days I don't wear makeup, which is most days I use the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub.  It washes away dead skin cells to keep skin looking and feeling healthy. It has what feels like tiny little beads in it. These aren't the rough ones we are all used to. Instead they seem to soothe my skin.

Every morning I like to use the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. These bad boys pack a big punch! Just one removes over 99% of makeup leaving skin clean and fresh. They remove oil and dirt as well and are gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and around the eyes. 

Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Everyday it's a smart idea to use a moisturizer with sunscreen. The Neutrogena Naturals Brightening Daily Moisturizer with spf  25 leaves me completely covered. It features lemon peel for skin brightening and you can achieve that in just 4 weeks. I love that the formula is lightweight and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. 

Neutrogena® Naturals Brightening Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 25
After using these products for a few weeks I am hooked on this skin care line. My face feels better than it has in a while and I have had less breakouts. 

The Neutrogena Naturals line can be found at drugstores nationwide. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide|| hugOne sleep monitor system

Shareable with the whole family, hugOne is a next generation sleep monitoring system that tracks sleep patterns, temperature, humidity and air quality to create the ideal environment for the most restful night’s sleep.  hugOne learns each family member’s sleep cycle uses an alarm clock app that automatically sets and sounds when the best moment in the sleep cycle is identified - resulting in the whole family waking up more restful and ready for work and the school day.  Consisting of a base unit and up to eight mini sleep sensors called miniHugs that tuck out under sheets next to the mattress, it monitors sleep cycles with an algorithm developed specifically to adapt to sleep patterns. 

 hugOne is designed with safety in mind – the miniHugs shut off electronic transmissions when a presence is detected – the device begins recording sleep data until the user leaves the bed and then forwards the data to the app.

  To expand management of the sleep environment, hugOne is compatible with Nest and Philips Hue light bulbs which allows users to fall asleep with sunset light and wake up to sunrise light, while holding preferred nighttime and daytime temperatures for comfort.  The hugOne base unit with two miniHug sleep sensors is available from Amazon for $179, with additional sensors retailing for $49 each.