Walmart Beauty Box – Winter 2014

I recently received my quarterly Walmart Beauty Box!

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Ahh I love opening a box full of surprises. I didn’t think I would like spending money and not knowing what I would get, but the surprise has been really fun! Plus, it’s only $5, so what have I got to lose, right?

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I kinda felt like my last box had a little more “meat” to it with more value. This one had 1 full size item, some travel sizes, and some single use samples.

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-Loreal OleoTherapy Shampoo & Conditioner (travel sizes)

There was enough in these bottles for at least a week or two of uses. While I used the entire bottles, I wouldn’t purchase this for normal use. The shampoo is really thick and almost sticky, while the conditioner is not as thick as I would like…it’s like the shampoo and conditioner switched consistencies. I also wasn’t too fond of the smell…sort of chemical-ish.

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-Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (travel size – enough for a few uses)

This lotion is tinted and it’s supposed to improve your skin tone over time. While there isn’t enough in this container to achieve that, I still liked it. It had a nice, light scent and left my skin soft and smooth.

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-Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in Maple Kiss (Full size)

Honestly, I haven’t used this yet. It’s just not really a color I would choose, so this was kind of a fail. :(

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-Olay Fresh Effects Make-Up Removal Wet Cloths (7 towelettes)

Confession: I just use my face wash to remove makeup. I’m too lazy for the extra step. Regardless, I tried these and liked them, but I’m not sure I would continue to use them just because I don’t have a need for them.

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Do they work? Just check out this after photo!

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-Nivea Cocoa Butter lotion (super small sample – not even one full use) and a coupon

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-Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder (Super small sample – probably one use)

I haven’t used this yet, it’s kind of a weird way to have a sample in my opinion, but I was happy about the $1 off coupon on the back because my current powder is almost empty!

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I’m looking forward to my next box!

This is not a paid or sponsored post. I signed up on my own and paid the $5. If you are interested, you can visit the Walmart Beauty Box site here. They also have a Baby Box, with specific boxes tailored to your pregnancy trimester or age of your baby (you can see that box here).

 

New Year, New You: Chopped Salad with Bumble Bee Tuna {Recipe}

It’s no secret that getting fit and healthy is on my priority list this year, as it is with many people. As a working-outside-the-home mom, I often struggle to think of healthy lunch ideas to eat at work that don’t require a lot of preparation while at work. I don’t mind putting in a little time to prepare it while at home, but once I bring it to work, I surely don’t want to stand in the break room for half of my lunch getting it ready!

I have also stayed away from frozen meals since I was pregnant with Trent. I had an aversion to them and never went back. I think it’s a good thing, though, because not only do I not have to wait in line to use the microwave, but it forces me to not take the easy route and instead, try to bring fresh, not over-processed food for lunch.

One lunch item I enjoy is a chopped salad. Face it, we all know the best part of a salad is when you get to all the small bits at the bottom, why not make an entire salad like that? It’s super easy to make and will usually make enough for at least 2 lunches and a dinner. Adding a protein source, such as tuna or chicken, increases the health benefits and can keep you full even longer…which I definitely need because we got all new vending machines at work and the junk food calls my name by mid-afternoon! And while I like to joke that salads take me longer to eat, that also means that I’m not shoveling food down my throat and I am giving my body time to tell me that I’m full so I don’t overeat.

Without further ado, here is a Delicious Chopped Salad featuring Bumble Bee® Tuna!

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I used the Solid White Albacore Bumble Bee® Tuna in water for this salad. You can find this, as well as many other Bumble Bee Seafoods varieties, in your local grocery store. This salad would work great with any of your favorite Bumble Bee® product. Available in can or pouch, each Bumble Bee® product is an easy and delicious way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet, including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.

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Another great thing about chopped salads is that you can make it unique to you! Add however many of your favorite ingredients as you like – just chop everything into bite-size pieces! I kept my salad on the simple side – it included:

  • Spring Mix Lettuce (yup, chop that up into pieces too!)
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Craisins
  • And really pretty sweet peppers

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You could also add hard-boiled egg, beans, celery, seeds, carrots, low-fat cheese, fruit, quinoa, etc.

Combine all your ingredients into a large bowl and mix it together. Drain the tuna and add it to your salad. Finally, top with your favorite dressing (or have your dressing on the side to dip your fork in for each bite). I enjoyed my salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.

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You can top the salad with the tuna or mix it all together. After these photos, I ended up mixing it all together so I could get all my ingredients in every spoonful.

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Tuna isn’t just for sandwiches! For lunch prep, I would bring my container of salad and either a small container of dressing or the entire bottle (if I knew I was having several days of salads). The tuna can be stored in the same container as the salad; just be sure to consume it within a couple of days. I just pour the dressing on and enjoy at my desk! Yum!

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Our Yearly Photobooks from MyPublisher {Review}

A new year means another year has ended, and what better time to order photobooks of the prior year than now! This project has been something we’ve been wanting NEEDING to do for a long time. Having a photographer in the family means we have lots and lots of photos, and while we have gotten many printed for frames or on canvas, there are still so many on the computer. I tried to scrapbook a while back in order to have somewhere to display photos, but I got as far as buying a scrapbook and that’s it….it’s still in the plastic. But when we saw someone else’s photobook, we knew that would be the perfect option for us. A photobook is a great way to scrapbook your photos into one convenient book, but in an easier and less messy way! I was so excited to finally create our photobooks using MyPublisher!

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We decided to create books by year, that way it was easily categorized and would include all our events and milestones for both kids throughout the entire year. We kept putting this project off because we thought it would take us forever to do, but since Brett already had most of our photos organized by month and MyPublisher’s creation process was fairly simple, it only took us a couple of nights…the hardest part was deciding which photos to use out of the thousands we had to choose from!

MyPublisher.com is easy to navigate, but provides plenty of options. First, select your book style.

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Then, choose the type of cover for your book. We chose the Photo Finish.

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Then, time to design!

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You can choose from various layouts based on how many photos you want to put on each page. You can change this with each page, so your options are endless! And if you want something different, you can make your own layout!

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You can choose to have a white background, one of MyPublishers backgrounds, or you can upload your own photo as the background.

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You can also add decorative accents (clip art) onto your pages. IF we had one wish, it would be for more accent themes available. They had a few options, but this was a fun way to explain our events/milestones, so more would have been nice.

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You can also add text anywhere on the layout.

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Once you’re finished creating your layouts, you can view your book in it’s entirety to know how the finished product will look. It’s easy to insert pages if you realize you missed something or want to add more.

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Once you place your order, you can check on the status and know when to expect your special delivery. :)

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They turned out amazing!

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The covers are sturdy and the colors are beautiful and vibrant. I also like how we can put information on the spine, so they are easily identifiable when lined up on a bookshelf.

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We chose glossy pages and each page looks so good! The pages are decently thick and won’t be easily ripped when flipping through.

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The photos aren’t distorted in any way and the colors are true to the original.

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I especially love the pages with one of our photos as the background…it gives it a unique look that no one else has!

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Brett insisted on the lay flat option for the pages, and boy does it make a huge difference. Here is a photo from the MyPublisher site showing the difference between lay flat pages and regular pages.

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I definitely recommend it, especially if you have any page layouts that span two pages because it allows you to see more of each page.

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For instance, in this next layout, the castle would have been hidden if it were on regular pages and not the lay flat pages.

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Just look at these amazing colors!

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The photo quality is amazing…of course, it helps that the photos are great to begin with, but they transfer beautifully to the printed photobook pages.

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We are extremely happy with our MyPublisher photobooks and I’m glad we finally ordered them. Maybe we won’t wait so long to order 2014!

MyPublisher is awesome about offering promo codes! You can sign up to be on their email list and you’ll receive emails with new promo codes, or just head to their website and the current promo is displayed on the home page! Today, they are offering up to 60% off photobooks with free add-ons – and new customers can get a free photobook :)

 

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Nuby Wacky Ware Bowl

Today, I’m sharing another fun Nuby item with you guys…the Nûby Wacky Ware bowl! The Nûby Wacky Ware was designed to put the fun back into feeding!

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The Wacky Ware Bowl is microwave safe and comes with a lid that seals tightly to prevent spills and store food…perfect for carrying snacks in diaper bags or the car. I also like how the two handles make it easier for Trent to hold, but also help make the bowl more sturdy on a flat surface.

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It’s colorful and fun, but is also made from tough, durable materials. It’s the perfect size for goldfish, cereal, cut up fruit, etc.

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Snacks don’t have to be served in a plastic baggie…whether your toddler is lounging on the couch, at a table, at a friend’s house or in the car, make snack time fun with the Wacky Ware bowl!

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