PINCHme New York Fashion Week Sample Box

I was recently introduced to a free sample box service called PINCHme and I am immediately in love. I am definitely a fan of being able to try products/samples for free! Many of the items I use in my daily routine are from being able to try/test them out previously and then fell in love with them.

What is PINCHme?

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It’s simple – you choose a product from one of their leading brands, and they then deliver it to your home or workplace for free. But be quick, they’ll reserve the products in your box for a limited time, to ensure that everyone has a chance of receiving the available products. Once you’ve tried, tasted or touched the exciting products they offer, you can leave your feedback.

Sounds fun, right?!

New York Fashion Week just finished up and I was excited to receive a PINCHme box full of products from NYFW sponsors.

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Just look at all this amazing stuff! I couldn’t wait to start trying everything.

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First up, some guilt-free snacks: Skinny Pop Popcorn, Skinny Cow Chocolate and Pure Via Stevia Sweetener.

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These came at the perfect time! The Skinny Pop Popcorn was 100 calories for the bag and was very light and tasty.

The Skinny Cow Chocolate was 110 calories and although I don’t typically like chocolate and fruit mixed together in candies like this, this was quite tasty, especially since it reminded me of those chocolate wafers I used to eat as a kid.

I didn’t get to use the Pure Via Sweetener yet, because I am going to save it for when I go back to work and want to sweeten drinks without going to the vending machine for a soda.

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I am trying to have a better makeup brush collection, so I am excited to add this real Techniques brush to my arsenal.

As often as I do my nails to try to correct the damage I’ve done, I go through nail files often. This Revlon nail file lets you peel away layers to have a new one when they get worn down. So awesome!

When I first saw the No. 7 Lip Pencil, I thought it looked a little too orange, but after applying it, I really like the light shade of coral that it came out to be.

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Two of these products I’ve reviewed before and was so happy to get more!!! (The ecoTools Pure Complexion Sponge and the RenewYou Spleep Spa Mask – yay!)

Also included were some skin care products I haven’t been able to fully test yet, but definitely will once I finish with the products I have now: ROC Retinol Correction Eye Cream & vbeaute anti-aging product samples.

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These Band-Aid Blister bandages are PERFECT for those sore feet you get from walking around Disney Parks all day! We ALWAYS pack a box with us on every trip – they help prevent blisters from appearing, getting worse, or causing you pain while you walk.

I have never used Tom’s deodorant, but the Wild Lavendar scent is pretty strong. It says it lasts 24 hours, so I will see if that is true!

The box also included a purse-sized container of tissues! I’ll be ready when I inevitably get sick 10 times during the Winter…

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We really like these babble bottles, because it has a built-in filtration system. These are perfect to bring on cruises or anywhere that you want to make sure you are drinking clean water.

Last, but not least, was this Essenza Rosemary Mint hand soap. It smells so good that I may keep it in our personal bathroom and not the guest bathroom!

 

You can sign up to PINCHme for FREE by going to this link and submitting your info. Then, keep an eye out for notifications of when new samples are available…Be quick! Samples go fast (after all, they are free!), so you’ll want to get your hands on them before everyone else does.

I also recommend liking them on Facebook to be notified of new samples!

 

Aubrey’s Nursery

For Aubrey’s nursery, we decided to keep it fairly simple and chose a general color theme: purple, gray and white. Our reasoning was similar to why we chose a general colorful theme for Trent’s room…it’s easier to decorate and add in extras along the way without clashing. Since this room was full of stuff, we definitely procrastinated in getting it cleared out and ready and then decorated. As you’ll see, we also added in some some other colors (the brown dresser and futon), but stuck with the main pieces being either purple, gray or white. We really love how light and airy this room feels.

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Purple Crib sheet from Target
Gray area rug from IKEA
Purple & white curtains from IKEA (love these!)
Photos are Brett’s and available on his website

 

Contrary to the many craft projects that went into Trent’s room, we did one craft project for Aubrey’s room, and that was her name display over her crib.

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The letters and paint were from Hobby Lobby. I just painted her name in alternate colors and then hot glued them and the crown onto a wooden board. For the rest of it, we got the shelf and sheer curtains from IKEA.

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We removed the closet doors and put up sheer curtains instead. The closet is so large that we wanted it to be a part of the room and an area for toys that can be quickly grabbed. There is an additional storage area behind the closet, which is that small door which we painted purple and glued a little castle in the center. You can see some of her Disney Princess outfits hanging and ready to be worn! Expect photos of her in those!

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Bookshelves are from IKEA.
Princess Growth chart is from Etsy.
 

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Gray chevron changing pad cover from Amazon.
Purple blanket, purple heart pillow and gray pillow: all from IKEA.

 

Show Off Your Photos with Posterjack {Review}

With a photographer in the house, it’s no secret that we take a lot of photos. I’ve also said before that the majority of those photos remain in the computer or hard drive. However, when we do print them, we prefer to do more with them than just printing a regular photo. We prefer unique methods of printing, like on canvas, metal or acrylic. Plus, sometimes we just don’t feel like buying frames!

There are many photo-printing companies out there, so we do love trying new-to-us companies to see the quality that is delivered. When we needed a very large photo for Aubrey’s nursery (we had a very blank wall to fill), we turned to Posterjack!

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We had never tried Posterjack before, and after being introduced to them, we chose to get one of our favorite Cinderella Castle photos from Brett as a metal print. We initially wanted it to be an acrylic print, to give it a more glossy and vibrant look, but chose to get a bigger size in the metal print for 2 reasons: 1) it’s a little cheaper and 2) it offered a unique look that we thought would be great in her room.

I will admit, we had an issue with our initial print. Mr. Photographer noticed something that needed correcting, so I contacted the company and they rushed a brand new print out to us. I was pleased with how they handled it.

Once we got the 2nd print, we were very pleased with how it came out and how it looks in her room.

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Printing on metal has several benefits:

- The colors are extraordinarily vibrant and the depth of the coating gives photos a luminous quality that no paper print can achieve.

- Less costly than having to buy a frame and matting. Also, no glare from being covered in glass.

- Provides a modern look and several hanging options.

- Lightweight, but rigid.

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We chose one of their hanging kits to come with the print (stand-off kit). It looks ultra flat and almost like it is floating off the wall.

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Depending on how you look at the photo, the image seems to have a 3D effect, with various things in the picture “popping” out at you.

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We really like how the deep purples and blues are displayed…perfect for her purple and gray room! A large print like this is a great focal point for any room!

All prints are available in a variety of sizes, from 8×12 to 36×48 to panorama to fit your decor style.

Ordering from Posterjack is easy! Simply go to Posterjack.co, upload a photo, choose your print and size, then sit back as it gets delivered straight to your door!

If you can’t find a photo, you can visit Posterjack’s art shop and choose from 1 million photos to create a piece that’s perfect for your home.

Which ever you choose, the end result will always be the same: a stunning piece of photo art that’s unique to your home.

 

To learn more and buy, visit the Posterjack website.

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I received a credit to go towards this purchase, but I paid a portion of the total. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!

 

 

Aubrey’s Newborn Photos

Newborn photo sessions can be tough. You want the baby to be asleep because that’s when you can pose them however you want and they won’t be crying/eating/pooping. The benefit to having a live-in photographer is that of instead of trying to get all the photos in one session, we can just try to get one or two photos during random naps over the course of a few days.

Of course, us being the Disney fans we are, we had to get a photo of her in a Minnie Outfit! (Crocheted Minnie Mouse outfit from Etsy)

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The little mouse tail kills me!

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And don’t even get me started on those booties….adorable!

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We also couldn’t resist a newborn princess crown (newborn princess crown on Amazon!)

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I love the contrast of the bright yellow on the gray in these next photos. We also gave up on keeping her asleep for these photos, since she was wrapped up and couldn’t move around anyway!

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We also started her weekly progress photos. (Baby Age Blocks from Pretty in Polka Dots)

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We also got monthly progress stickers just like we did for Trent! (Disney Princess Monthly Progress Stickers from Etsy)

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We originally thought her hair was brown (we even asked her doctor and my boss what they thought because we were unsure!) but these photos and how it’s looked in recent days make us think she will have blonde hair! Wouldn’t it be funny if it turned red like Trent’s hair?!

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I started a “See Aubrey Grow Page” to keep all of her milestone posts on one page, just like we have for our “See Trent Grow” page.

Stay tuned for posts/photos of her birth story and nursery…coming soon!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons {Hormel Family Post}

Macaroons are all the rage right now and unfortunately, I have yet to even have one. :( I almost bought some at Epcot during our last trip, but I think I was sidetracked by another treat and never ended up getting one.

Well, today is National Peanut Day, so let’s celebrate with a yummy recipe from Hormel for Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons

Serving Size: 8+

Total Time: More than 1 hour

Preparation Time: 1 Hour

Preparation Method: Bake

Meal Occasion: Desserts & Baking

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

 

Ingredients for 12 Servings:

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 egg whites
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup SKIPPY® Creamy Natural Dark Chocolate Spread

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Fit piping bag with plain 1/2-inch tip.
  2. In food processor bowl, combine powdered sugar, almonds and cocoa; process until finely ground.
  3. In bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating after each addition; beat until sugar is dissolved and mixture forms stiff peaks. Gradually fold in almond mixture. Spoon mixture into piping bag.
  4. Pipe 1 1/2-inch rounds 2 inches apart on baking sheets; smooth tops. Bake 20 minutes or until set. Turn oven off; cool in oven.
  5. To make chocolate-peanut butter filling, in small saucepan, heat cream until bubbles form around edge; remove from heat. Add chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in peanut butter spread. Transfer to small bowl; cover. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until thickened.
  6. Spread heaping tablespoon filling on each of half of macaroons. Sandwich together using remaining macaroons.

 

Original recipe from Hormel.

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