Sammy Makes Six

May 20, 2016

An Essential Summer Upgrade

This post is in collaboration with Lunchbox, however all opinions are my own.

Summer is coming up and since we're planning to get away for a week, I'm already planning on what I will be taking with me. Since we will be traveling with the entire zoo, as per usual, I'm not going to have a whole lot of space for packing and have to stick to whatever fits into my Lilly Pulitzer bag. Seriously, this bag is pretty roomy, but not that roomy! That's why whatever I end up taking will be the absolute essentials for me during that week of travel. I definitely can't forget to pack a few lip balms, my Kindle, at least three extra lipsticks and my favorite perfume as well as some of my holy grail personal care items. 

Something that will definitely be in my bag is not just one but a few tubes of Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. Not only is it going to be extra hot in San Diego this year, so I will need that extra protection to stay fresh and dry (48-hour odor and wetness protection plus NutriumMoisture technology for the ultimate underarm care) but my underarms are going to be on display too. I've recently ordered a lot of cute, summer tanks and I plan on living in those all summer.

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant does double duty by taking care of wetness, odor and gives me smoother and softer underarm skin. 

Our underarms are a forgotten part of our skin but they shouldn't be. Think summer and all of those sleeveless dresses, tanks and bathing suit days. Oh my! 

There's still plenty of time to get those underarms in gear for summer ladies,  add Dove Advanced Care Deodorant to your daily beauty regimen. Find scents that will keep you dry and fresh all summer long at Walmart.

If you're looking for a very clean, everyday scent I suggest the Original Clean, but there are so many to choose from. 

I can't wait for summer and my mini vacation to arrive. I'm having fun just planning on what will be going with me and just looking forward to that one week off.  My bag is going to be ready to go filled with all of my summer essentials. 

See why Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is this summer’s essential beauty upgrade at Walmart

May 19, 2016


Watching on Netflix

I am currently binging on so much stuff when it comes to Neflix. A week ago I finished Season 3 of House of Cards, before that I finished Marvel's Daredevil and right now I am quickly going through Grace and Frankie. I'm also in the middle of a few other shows, these are shows that I go back to in between binge sessions of full series watching. One of those shows is the amazing Luther, with that hunk of man Idris Elba. A few months ago I fell in love with his acting when I watched the entire season of The Wire on my HBO app and I think he's such a great actor. I love my Netflix app and I love that I have been able to watch so many great shows in recent months because I almost never watch tv. So my Netflix, HBO and Showtime apps are my saviors. 

This is one of the best shows I have seen in a long time, and I love the two leading ladies. Which one am I more like. I'm pretty sure that I am a lot more like Frankie than Grace and I think that's a good thing fo sure. 

 The Wire, the best series I have EVER seen!

Reading on Kindle

Chicklit at it's finest, this is a really cute little book, quite funny and though I am only at the beginning I am enjoying it immensely. I have a ton of chicklit titles on my Kindle and don't know why I haven't read more of them...oh yeah because I spend my time on social media. Need to read more!

Listening on iTunes

Purple Rain of course has taken the #1 spot anytime that I want to listen to some musica. I can put it on over and over again as I work and I never get tired of listening to any of the songs. Other favorites on my iTunes list is a lot of Hawaiian music, some Dean Martin, 80's rap and Gypsi Kings. I have a very eclectic taste in music and when I love something, I really love it. 

Watching on the Tele
Million Dollar Listing NY is a favorite of mine. I am a fan of the entire franchise but the NYC guys have to be my favorite. I don't always catch the show but I do watch for reruns to catch up.

Game of Thrones is a must on Sunday nights though I watch it on my app and not on the tv. 

I think that's it, I don't have a lot of time for television honestly. 

Gossiping About
Politics? Though it's not really gossip but anger. Anger at all of the crap that is happening during this election and how many people are such "proud" Trump supporters. The man is an idiot and just talks out of his arse so I have no idea how anyone can stand behind him, but whatever. 

And that would be all for me today. I don't get a lot of time off but those few precious moments that I can give to my movie and series apps or my books, those are awesome moments. What are you currently loving, watching, reading or gossiping about?

#ShareASmile With Family

Thank you to Nestle® Pure Life® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.

With our super busy weekday schedule life is incredibly hectic these days. That's why our weekend outings are so special to us and why we go out as a family no matter how much we'd rather stay home and pass out. A lot of times we hit the park, drive out to the beach for a day of sun or if we're lucky, we road trip to LA to one of our favorite destinations. Heading out for a full day in Los Angeles means packing up plenty of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® water for the kiddos. These smaller bottles are more appealing to them because of the cute design and smaller presentation. Have you noticed how hard it is to get kids to drink the larger water bottles? My Sammy is terrible when it comes to drinking water, so much so that we've had to cut down all sugary drinks in her lunch bag because that's all she ever wanted to drink. If we packed juice she would drink it and leave the water bottles unopened, so after a while we had to stop packing juice at all. It hasn't been super easy teaching her that sugary drinks are okay in moderation and that water is important for healthy hydration.

I'm not the only parent who struggles with getting their kids to drink more water. Drinking water is one of the biggest "healthy habit" struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like "eat your fruit" (29%), "get enough exercise (23%), "eat your breakfast" (19%), and "drink your milk" (18%).

Did you know?
Replacing a single 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar sweetened beverage with water each day for a year can cut more than 50,000 calories from one's diet.

Kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits, such as:
  • Getting their own water when thirsty,
  • Eating their fruits and vegetables at meal times without reminders
  • Requesting healthy food and beverage options for school lunches

Water doesn't have to be boring with NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®. These bottles are perfect for children's small hands, they have fun designs and are easy to pack. I can just throw a few bottles in my purse and know that we're covered as soon as they get thirsty. If you have kids you know they get thirsty the minute you leave home, so it's great to always have these little bottles on hand.

These moments with family are the best. We spent an hour listening to a live band, broadening the kids love of music and dance. We also got to just sit back and relax for a while at lunch, which was so nice after such a busy week. We took a ton of photos, which is important when you have kids that are growing and changing by the day. Little Anthony just gets bigger and bigger and more handsome, while Angel is starting to look like a teenager. The girls are at an age where they still want to hang out with mom and grandma, which won't be the case much longer so I really have to take advantage now. We had a great day overall and I could not be happier for the memories.

Plus I'm really happy that the kids are much more into drinking water and that they reach for it themselves. Sometimes it just takes giving them easy access to water bottles so that they don't ask for a soda. Does your child love the cute, kid-friendly design of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® water bottles and think they can design their own label? Here is their chance!

NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® "Share Your Smile" Contest

The NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® brand is thinking outside the bottle, creating an interactive contest that engages the entire family, by inviting parents to have their children Draw "What Makes Them Smile" and enter their child's design in the contest for a chance to have it included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection. The two Grand prize winners will each also receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip for four to Florida and NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® Purified Water for a year (awarded as 24 coupons, each good for a half liter or 8 ounce 24-pack of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® Purified Water)

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY MAY ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. Parents may submit a label design created by their child between the ages of 6–12 into the Nestlé® Pure Life® "Share Your Smile" Label Design Contest ("Contest"). Parents or legal guardians must be at least 18 years of age and legal U.S. residents residing in the 50 United States or D.C. Contest void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited. Entry deadline 6/6/16. For full Official Rules, submission guidelines and prize details/ARVs, visit  Sponsor: Nestlé Waters North America Inc., Stamford, CT.

To learn more about NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® and to enter the Share Your Smile contest visit Did you submit a design? Share on social with # ShareASmile and tagging @nestlepurelifeus.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle® Pure Life® . The opinions and text are all mine.

A Bold Spring Makeup Look

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ListerineBOLD #CollectiveBias 

Springtime is a very bold time when it comes to the beauty world, everyone is in the mood for really bright, bold colors and the beauty brands have definitely delivered. One of my girls gave me the most beautiful, bright & bold eyeshadow palette for Mother's Day and I have been dying to use it, but scared at the same time. Would this old lady be able to pull off a bold and colorful look?

Well today I was inspired after my morning skincare and oral care routine.  After using my new bottle of LISTERINE® Total Care and feeling that bold freshness in my breath, I wanted to try to create that same feeling, on my face. Funny how fresh breath can give you so much confidence, but it does. Not only did I create this bold and colorful look, I am also sharing how you too can create this look. 

So this a very bold, colorful and not very average makeup look. But it's perfect for spring and even though it's scary I do think women my age can pull it off. Why not? I know we are now over the age of 40 and we're "supposed" to stick to neutrals, but neutrals are boring! Today I am sharing how I created this look, step-by-step so you can see just what I started with (scary, I know) and I hope that it inspires some of you to pull out the bright, bold colors too. 

I started by applying moisturizer and foundation plus doing my brows. Now for the eyes: start with an eyeshadow base or primer and apply all over the lid. I then took the green shadow and placed it in all over my lid. I then took a purple shadow and began to apply that into the crease and at the corners of my eyelids. I do have hooded eyes so it takes quite a bit of blending out but just go slowly, we will be cleaning up any fall out or mess ups. Next I took lined the top eyelid with a liquid liner, the waterline with a pencil liner, and added the same purple eyeshadow to the bottom water line and smudged it out. Now you can take a clean blending brush and blend the purple eyeshadow out on top so that all harsh lines are softened out.

Now we will be cleaning up and brightening under the eyes, this step also helps conceal those awful bags. Using a concealer that's a shade lighter than your foundation apply under the eyes and gently blend into the skin. This is where you can clean up the eyeshadow edges too. Now apply mascara liberally, I apply three coats at least. This next step is integral to me as it makes a huge difference to my overall look. Using a contour powder, contour the hollows of your cheekbones, under the jawline and the sides of the nose. You will see what a huge difference this step makes. Now just add blush to the apples of you cheeks and we finally begin to look human! Last step is my favorite, finish off with a beautiful spring lipcolor. I chose a pinky, berry shade that I think ties it all together. 

I am super happy with this look and proud of myself for being able to put my Mother's Gift to good use. I know that bright, bold eyeshadow or lipstick can be scary. But look how fun this look is! 

No beauty routine can begin until you've done your oral care and there is no other mouthwash that cleans as well as LISTERINE®. LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE in Cool Mint Kills 99.9% of bad breath germs and germs that lead to gum disease (in lab studies). Plus no other mouthwash gives that same bold, fresh feeling that you can conquer the world. LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE in Cool Mint emboldened me today to step out of my box and try something new with my makeup, and I am glad that I did!

Don't forget to freshen you breath on-the go with LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS®, these cute, little containers are super portable and will give you fresh breath just when you need it! They dissolve immediately and kill 99% of odor causing bacteria in 30 seconds. 

Find LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE Fresh Mint and LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS® at Walmart. Get your 24 hour germ protection taken care of and use the confidence of a clean mouth and fresh breath to try something new and bold today!

May 18, 2016

Enjoying Lunch On-The-Go

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ElevateSalads #CollectiveBias

As a busy mom, grandmother and business owner, I am on-the-go from morning till night. I know that most of you ladies are in exactly the same boat right? As moms that seems to be our job, to go-go-go all day long. That usually leads to us neglecting ourselves, especially when it comes to our meals. Yesterday was one of those crazy days for me, and I can tell you I handled it so wrong. I had been on the go since morning and at about four I had the worst headache come on, where I could barely see as I was driving the kids to the doctor. So what did I do? I pulled in to a drive thru and ordered a large coffee drink and a hamburger that was loaded with enough calories to last me two days. Not that I don't like to enjoy a good burger and calorie-laden drink, but I usually treat myself to those on the weekend or on family nights.  I can not eat like that daily, especially now that I am really giving a healthier lifestyle a go. 

Today I decided it was time to plan ahead and not fall into that same trap of skipping lunch and then eating badly. Today I packed myself a healthy lunch, a refreshing fruit bowl and my Kindle so that I could take an actual adult lunch break. 

Before heading out for the day I grabbed my cute, floral lunch bag and loaded it up for my day. I packed my water,  I dislike mater so much but if I don't pack some up I will stop for soda all day and that's a no-no. I picked out an elevĀte salad. The flavor I packed for today was the Spinach Pow which is SO good, you will wonder how they made spinach so yummy. Also added some fresh watermelon that I picked up at Costco, I grabbed two of these watermelons and we ate them all up, this was the last of it I am sorry to say. Each elevĀte salad has it's own fork packed inside so you literally just pack up a bowl and everything you need to enjoy it is in there. I picked mine up at Costco and I am thrilled to have heard about this brand of superfood salads because we are loving them. 

Packing my lunch is not only faster than stopping at a restaurant to eat, it allowed me to sit down and enjoy some reading time while enjoying my food. What's nicer on a super busy day than getting some time to enjoy the lovely day, a few chapters in my new book and a really nutritious meal? elevĀte salads feature ingredients like ancient grains, plant-based proteins, nutrient-dense greens, nuts, legumes, and seeds that are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and full of naturally occurring vitamins and antioxidants. elevĀte salads are Non-GMO Project Verified, Organic or Gluten Free and they never use antibiotics in the chicken.

This Spinach Pow salad is so fresh and delicious, it seriously doesn't taste like one of those "healthy" salads. I love the fresh spinach, the cranberries and that dressing! I want the recipe for the dressing because I could eat grass if it had that dressing on it. 
It's lunch time! 

How good does this elevĀte Spinach Pow salad look? I've done the math on these salads and not only are they very convenient, they are affordable. You pay about $3.29 for an organic salad that is full of anti-oxidants, high in omegas, and just plain better for you than eating out. This is an easy and portable way to enjoy good food during the week so we can splurge on the weekends.

If you have older kids like I do, these are great for stocking up in the fridge so they can always find something to eat that they don't have to cook. Yes, my girls love salads. It's a miracle!

elevĀte features 8 ready-to-eat superfood salads that are a healthier option while still being really good to our taste buds. Check you local Costco for these salads and grab a few flavors so you can try them out. I am sold on these and will be grabbing more on this weekend's Costco trip. 

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