February 8, 2018

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Nourishing Body Lotion

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For those of you that have been with me for awhile will know that I have skin issues.  The winter brings the worst out in my skin.  I have extremely dry scalp that I current treat with a number of different shampoos, conditioners and leave-ins.  Then I have severe dry patches of skin that drive me insane and make me feel very self-conscious.

Sometimes I swear my skin hates me.  My elbows get so dry that they get scaly like an alligator and they even catch on my clothes and it hurts.  Then me shins get dry and itchy.  Apparently they get so itchy that during the night, in the middle of my sleep, I scratch and dig them.  This leaves my poor legs looking like hamburger meat.  This is definitely not cute and it leaves me wanting to keep my body covered up, even when I am home with my hunny.
Video review on this premium body lotion, is it really worth the money?

This winter has been worse for my skin.  I personally think it is due to the little stubborn bundle of joy that I am currently carrying (you will find out why I call the baby stubborn in a future post). However, I thought when you are pregnant, your complexion is flawless and you face glows.....that is clearly not the case for me.  Since finding out that I was expecting, I have been battling with extremely severe dry patches on my face on and off again.  One patch ends up forming right under my nose and the other patch forms right under my bottom lip....so they are very noticeable and make me feel very self-conscious when I go out in public or when I want to kiss on my hunny.

So, when the patches first appeared, I quickly started using a variety of different lotions because none of the lotions that I used, worked.  Not even the two different lotions that my mother makes that always takes care of my dry patches.  I was desperate because not only did the patches look bad (or at least I feel that way) but they also hurt.  They were extremely dry, which made my skin crack and sores to form.

Then I stumbled across a sample tube of Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Nourishing Body Lotion!   Upon reading the tube, it promises all the right things that I need....clinical skin care that is "mega-effective" to "instantly soothes and nourishes dehydrated skin".  Ulta has a 8 oz tube for $18, however, my mother found that Amazon has the same size for cheaper!!!! 

That is a steep cost for lotion, especial for someone like me that is just trying to make sure all my bills are paid!  Does it even work on my severe skin problems?  Does it actually work as it says to?  What are my thoughts on this expensive lotion?  Watch the video below to find out!

-Rambling Holly

February 7, 2018

Infusium 23 Hair Care

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Ladies, our hair tends to be one of the things that we spend the most money and time on.  We want our hair to look and feel just right.  Having your hair on point helps bring your look all together.  I love my hair, even though most days it doesn't love me.

My hair has always been a beautiful feature that I have....at least when I take the time to style my hair.  I have really thick blonde hair that is curly when I keep the length short.  I have had a long love/hate journey trying to figure out what is the best way to wear my hair.  I have picked up a bunch of tricks along the way and I happen to have a great hairdresser that I know personally who knows how to cut curly hair.

When it comes to my personally preference, I do not want my hair long anymore because I would get such severe headaches from the weight of my hair and I don't want to go through that again.  Above all that, I want my hair to smell amazing and to fell soft to the touch.

As simple as those two wants sounds, I had one hell of a time finding a shampoo/conditioner set that would provide me with both the good smelling and making my hair soft and silky.

Video review on Infusium 23 hair care products.....Is it worth the money?!

Two years ago, I went to a blogging conference where Infusium 23 had a table there.  They were offering free hairstyles for all bloggers and the stylish washed your hair and styled your hair with Infusium 23 products.  I tweeted about my experience with the stylist and won a prize package from Infusium.  The prize included a full set of products : Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-In Treatment Spray.  The 3 step regime.

You can mix and match your Infusium products by clicking here....just remember there is a shampoo (step one), conditioner (step two) and a leave-in (step three).  But before you buy anything, check out the video below to find out why Infusium in my new hair products obsession.

 Infusium 23 Review

-Rambling Holly

February 6, 2018

Signature Prenatal Vitamins

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So, we all know that after a long time of false hopes and let downs, the timing was finally right and I am currently expecting my very first bundle of joy!  Now, my hunny and I were definitely not planning on becoming pregnant, however, now that we are....we are excited.  As the days go on, we get more excited and anxious at the same time. There is so many preparations to get done.

Review on Shaw's brand of prenatal vitamins and Shaw's pharmacy.

Preparing for a baby entails a lot and anyone that has a child knows this.  It is not just about the items that you need, such as, cribs, diapers, clothes, and bottles.  There are the slew of doctors appointments and labs (where it feels like they are going to suck you dry of all your blood).  Then there is the diet change to ensure that you are eating healthy for not only you but now your baby.

On top of all that, you also have to start talking prenatal vitamins.  So, as soon as I got the positive blood test back announcing that I was expecting, my doctor put in a prescription for prenatal vitamins and I had to pick them up at my local Shaw's pharmacy.

My pharmacist ended up convincing me to get Shaw's brand (Signature) prenatal vitamins, where I was able to get 100 tablets for under $10.  But was it worth it? Does it provide me and my baby with the much need vitamins we needed?  And why did I go with a different vitamin than what my doctor prescribed?  Watch the video below to find out.

-Rambling Holly

February 5, 2018

Omelet Toast

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Breakfast.....most of us skip it, even though we have been taught that it is the most important meal of the day.  It is the meal that sets the tone for your day and if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, eating breakfast will help prevent you from binge eating later.  Knowing this still doesn't get most of us to take the time in our already busy morning to eat breakfast.

I am definitely one of those people that will skip breakfast, especially after working at Dunkin Donuts for an extended period of time years ago where I had all the breakfast food I wanted.  On top of that, I never really was hungry first thing in the morning and that was the only time I would be able to eat breakfast because I had to race out the door.  Even if I didn't have to go any where that morning, I still would not get hungry until lunch time.

However, I have been eating breakfast since I first started my weight loss journey with Weight Watchers.  I will tell you, eating in the morning really did help me from binge eating later.  Once I stopped Weight Watchers, I went back to not really eating breakfast again, but it is hard now not to eat breakfast.  There is a little person growing inside of me that not only wakes me up several times a night to use the bathroom but also has me hungry almost as soon as I wake up in the morning.

So, after eating breakfast now for a few months, I am getting kind of tired of the few breakfast items that I have been eating.  It is time to experiment with different ingredients.  Hence...

Omelet Toast

Step by step recipe to make a hearty breakfast by putting a twist on the omelet.

What you need:

2 slices Pane bread (I used sunflower pane)
2 eggs 
1/3 c. diced green pepper
1/4 c. diced onion
1/3 c. diced mushroom
2 slices provolone cheese


1.  Cut out the center of the pane slices.
Step by step recipe to make a hearty breakfast by putting a twist on the omelet.

2.  In a bowl scramble eggs.

3.  Take a tsp of butter and melt it in a pan with half the amount of each vegetable over medium heat.  Cook for about 4 minutes.

4.  Place the outer piece of pane around the vegetables around the pan, pour half the egg into the center.  
Step by step recipe to make a hearty breakfast by putting a twist on the omelet.Step by step recipe to make a hearty breakfast by putting a twist on the omelet.

5.  Fold cheese in half to tear and place on top of egg mixture.  Add center piece of pane.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Step by step recipe to make a hearty breakfast by putting a twist on the omelet.

6.  Repeat steps 1-5 with the rest of ingredients.  ENJOY!

-Rambling Holly

February 3, 2018

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

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We know that it is important to eat healthy, however, it is also important to treat yourself with the occasional yumminess.  If you don't treat yourself when you are working so hard to eat healthier, then you will end up getting to a point where you just give up and binge on all those yummy foods that you denied yourself.

It is even harder for me to control my cravings now that I am pregnant.  I go through periods where my cravings are mostly healthy, such as veggie italians, pickles and black olives.  But then there are periods where all I want is pizza, ice cream and chocolate.  So, I am currently a bit more lax on my eating habits now that I have a little one deciding on the things that I really want to eat.

With that being said, I am a sucker for Subway's Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies.  They are so soft and taste amazing, I swear they just melt in your mouth.  But I am really not trying to buy those cookies when I am trying to save money and I can make them myself. I can even alter the recipe to make it even better.

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies 

Step by step recipe to make soft, chewy cheesecake cookies similar to Subway's Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

What you need:

2 boxes Jiffy Blueberry muffin mix (can get the raspberry instead)
1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
1/4 c. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, room temperature
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. baking soda


1.  In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and cream cheese until well blended.

2.  Add eggs, baking soda and brown sugar, mix until thoroughly combined.
Step by step recipe to make soft, chewy cheesecake cookies similar to Subway's Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

3.  Add muffin mix and chocolate chips, until completely blended.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Step by step recipe to make soft, chewy cheesecake cookies similar to Subway's Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

4.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease cookie pan and scoop dough to form and place 2 inches apart.  Bake until edges are golden about 12 minutes.  Cool and ENJOY!!!!
Step by step recipe to make soft, chewy cheesecake cookies similar to Subway's Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

-Rambling Holly

February 2, 2018

Shopping Hack: Return Used Items to these Stores

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Retailers that accept used items for full refunds

I know about y'all but I love shopping.  I don't like spending money, but I do enjoy shopping.  I love getting new things and getting things that are going to make my life prettier or better.  However, I have had to tone down on my shopping because I have to stretch my money to make sure that I can pay my bills.  I also have a baby to prepare for....so spending money on unnecessary or more costly items.

So, when I do end up purchasing something, that happens to be a new item, I do not want to spend money on something that doesn't work, fit or just don't go with what I purchased for.  The problem with a bunch of companies is that once you use the item you purchased, they don't want to give you a refund.  So, then you have a bunch of items that you don't use and you can't do anything with....and let's not think about all the money that is just sitting there.

Well, I happened to find a bunch of retailers that will give you a full refund when you tried your item and just wasn't satisfied.

      Gently used items can be brought back within 30 days of purchase for item exchange or store credit.  You don't have to have the receipt, they can look up the purchase with the card you used to purchase it or your Beauty Insider member number.

       Their return policy allows you to bring back an item no matter how long you have had it, for an exchange or full refund.  You do not need a receipt because all purchases are tracking with your membership card.  You can even get a full refund for your membership.  There are some stipulations on items such as, electronics, diamonds, liquor, cigarettes, batteries, and tires have their own time and specific limitations.

       Any item (except premium electronics) at ANY time can be returned for a full refund with receipt.  If you do not have the receipt, you can return it for an exchange or store credit.

L.L. Bean
        Gives full refunds with receipt for items that were purchased years ago.  Item could just have normal wear and you would still get your money back.  Without a receipt you can exchange or get a store credit.

        Can return ANY worn clothing at any time for a full refund.

        Can return worn items and there are no times limits (with the exception of special occasion dresses and must still have tags on them).

Bath & Body Works
         Return half used items at any time with a receipt for a full refund.  Without a receipt, if they still carry the item they offer an exchange.  If they don't carry the item anymore and you don't have the receipt, you will get a store credit for a portion of the cost of that item.

Bed Bath & Beyond
        With a receipt, return any item (used or not) at any time.  If there is no receipt and they cannot find your purchase, receive a store credit for the item minus 20%

        With a receipt, any beauty item (used or not) at any time for a full refund.  Without a receipt, store credit will be given on a card.

        Items that are in resale condition (can still be used) and in original packaging can be returned at any time.  Exception for electronics and furniture which is 14 days of purchase.

       Full refund with receipt for gently worn items within a year of purchase.  Items without a receipt with get a store credit for the lowest sale price in the last 180 days.

So what are y'all waiting for????  Go out there and shop.  Try new things without worrying about getting stuck with something you don't like!

-Rambling Holly