Category: Summer Fun Guide

Cute Customized Jewelry And Nail Art With Cutie Stix



If you have a little girl that loves jewelry, nails, or just plain being creative…you’ve got to get Cutie Stix!  Cutie Stix is the most amazing thing that I had never heard of, but my daughter is so SO glad we found them.



The Cut & Create Station comes with everything your little one will need to get creating.  With the Cut & Create station,  your daughter will be able to customize her own jewelry, nail art, and fun figures as freely as they want.  It’s as simple as pick the design, cut it with the safe-for-little-hands cutter, and core out the center however you choose!  You and your child can make fashionable bracelets and necklaces with endless possibilities!

Cutie Stix Cut & Create Station Box Contents:

  • 1 Storage Station: upper & base levels
  • 1 Cutting Unit
  • 1 Stix Wand
  • 2 Cutting Frames
  • 1 Sheet of Adhesive Dots
  • 8 Jewelry Clasps
  • 24 Connectors
  • 1 Coring Unit
  • 1 Coring Wand
  • 2 Coring Containers
  • 1 Threader
  • 2 Threaded Spools
  • 24 STIX, 3 Sizes: 4 Mighties, 14 Cuties, 6 Teenies


Trust me on this one…you WILL need Cutie Stix Refill Packs!  It’s not that there’s a lack of product to create with in the Cut & Create Station, it’s how much your daughter is going to want to create with it.  At right around $6 per pack, you really can’t help but pick up one (or more) of each.  Each refill pack comes with an assortment of mightie, cutie, and teenie sized stix to refill your favorite set and continue the play!

Cutie Stix Refill Stix Package Contents:

  • 11 Unique Stix: 3 Teenies, 6 Cuties, and 2 Mighties
  • 4 Sets of Jewelry Clasps
  • 1 Threaded Spool
  • 12 Connectors
  • 1 Small Sheet of Adhesive Dots


The only thing I was concerned about was the safety of my daughter cutting the stix alone.  As you can see, the cutter is well enclosed and there’s really no way for little fingers to get injured, just good clean fun!


I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun my daughter has been having with her Cutie Stix Studio!  She has been creating up a storm and having a blast while doing it.  Back to school is just a couple short days away for my kids, and my daughter can’t wait to show up on her first day of kindergarten with her very own customized, self-created jewelry.

Whether you’re kiddos are still on summer break and bored out of their minds or headed back to school early,  you can’t go wrong with Cutie Stix.  It’s a great way to kill boredom and allow self expression while having fun…what could be better?


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Fun Despicable Me 3 Coloring Books And Journals From Insight Editions



Despicable Me 3 is the absolute HOTTEST family movie this summer.  Those silly little Minions are back and better than ever!  My kids have been on the hunt for anything and everything Despicable Me 3, and when we came across some items that Insight Editions had available we knew we just had to get our hands on some.


Whether your kiddos love to color or just enjoy writing down thoughts and daily events, Insight Editions has the best Despicable Me 3 accessories.


Despicable Me has never been so close to your little one’s finger tips!  The world of Despicable Me is yours to color and design with this Despicable Me 3 Deluxe Coloring Book based on the hilarious new film!  With this coloring book, you can join Gru, Lucy, the girls, and the Minions on a colorful journey through the fun and heartwarming world of Despicable Me.  This deluxe coloring book features amusing scenes, mischievous character art, and complex patterns inspired by the new film—all that’s needed is a little color to bring them to life!  One thing that my kids absolutely loved is how there’s a little extra space on most of the images where they can add their own details and make the drawings truly their own.  There are even several full-color pages in the back for inspiration which my youngest loves looking at to make sure she’s getting the colors JUST right.  This book offers hours of creative fun and relaxation for Despicable fans of all ages.


If your little Despicable Me lover loves writing, this Minions Mania Hardcover Ruled Journal is the perfect thing!  Celebrate the adorable heroes of Despicable Me and Minions with this writing journal, bound in debossed leatherette.  With sturdy construction and sewn binding, this journal lies flat, and the 192 ruled, acid-free pages of high-quality heavy stock paper take both pen and pencil nicely to invite a flow of inspiration.  Includes a ribbon placeholder, elastic closure, and 4.5 x 8-inch back pocket, perfect for holding photographs and mementos.  My kiddos can’t wait to take these to school to keep track of homework assignments and show it off to their friends!  From my kindergardener to my high-schooler, these journals were a huge hit!

There’s lots of great creations available from Insight Editions, so make sure you check out everything they have to offer and find just the thing you’ve been looking for.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Summer Fun For The Whole Family From Goliath Games



Goliath Games is an international manufacturer and distributor of toys and games that the whole family can enjoy, especially mine!  Goliath is one of the few remaining family-owned and run businesses in the world of toys and games. Goliath was established in 1980 and ever since has grown tremendously.  (Not to age myself, but I remember creating great memories with my family surrounding a Goliath Games creation.)  In today’s ever-growing technological world, non-tech toys are a favorite of mine especially during the summer where kids seem to become electronic-driven zombies.  I like to encourage my three children to use their imaginations, play, have fun, and just enjoy the world around them.  This summer we found a few new favorites from Goliath that we just couldn’t spend the summer without.


Living in Arizona means that we like to stay cool by hitting the river or lake and enjoy a day of fishing, swimming, and just having fun.  Sometimes fishing can be frustrating for my daughter so we thought the Rocket Fishing Rod was the perfect solution.  The Rocket Fishing Rod is the only kids fishing rod that accurately casts its line up to 30 feet.  Great for kids of all ages, because it replaces standard kids fishing poles and takes the hassle out of fishing.  Just pump, launch and reel in real fish!  Fishing has never been easier for my 5 year old and she’s really loving the whole new fun fishing has taken on.  Sometimes I think she just likes launching it out, haha!  A safety bobber keeps the hook enclosed until it hits the water, so it all but eliminates snarls and snags.  Once the bobber is in the water, the lure/bait compartment opens to drop the lure/bait to the desired depth.

You can’t go fishing without a great bait bucket so we were also really excited to try out the Rocket Fishing Rod Bait Bucket.  You can securely hold your bait in the heavy duty bucket without worry, your bait is safe and secure!  The bait bucket combined with the Rocket Fishing Rod make a duo that you just can’t live without this summer.


Phlat Ball V3 is a great way to keep kids active and get them to engage in play.  This unique sports toy transforms from a 9″ flying disc into a 6″ fun ball.  Its time-delay transformation adds a twist to the classic game of catch and easily fits into a backpack or overnight bag.  We took the Phlat Ball to our 4th Of July celebration and all of the kids just couldn’t get enough of it!



Last, but certainly not least, we also tried out the Zoom Ball and Zoom Ball Hydro.  Whether you’re using the original Zoom Ball or the Zoom Ball Hydro, grab a friend and get ready to zip it to rip it!  Pull the handles to send the Zoom Ball flying over to your partner and get ready for them to send it right on back!  The fast action makes it fun for kids, and the addition of the water balloon element in the Zoom Ball Hydro make for fun that just won’t quit.  You never know when the balloon will pop so it adds a delightful twist of surprise that kids just seem to love.

If you’re looking for a great way to keep your kids entertained this summer WITHOUT electronic devices, check out everything that Goliath Games has to offer.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Summer Fun From Peaceable Kingdom


Peaceable Kingdom is a name I’m sure most of you will recognize by now.  Peaceable Kingdom games both inspire cooperation, and cultivate kindness.  When kids can play well together, they can play well in the world.  I was very impressed with the Peaceable Kingdom games that we tried out last year and I couldn’t wait to partner with them again to help keep my kiddos entertained this summer…I’m sure we all know how hard it can be to keep bored kids entertained!


There are a variety of new games available that my kids and I couldn’t wait to try out.  From adorable playing cards, to board games and even games on-the-go, Peaceable Kingdom’s new items are fun for kids of all ages.


Mermaid Island quickly became my daughter’s favorite board game and she just can’t get enough of it.  Players work together in this fun game to help the mermaids swim to Mermaid Island before the Sea Witch gets there.  The tension will build as the witch creeps closer to the island, but with a little teamwork there’s nothing that can’t be accomplished.  Spin, move, and pick up a wand to gain the power to defeat the Sea Witch.



I have never seen such a fun way to improve memory skills in children!  Blue Plate Scramble is a high paced, fast-flipping matching game that helps build memory skills in children of all ages.  There are all kinds of strange combinations of food at the Blue Plate Diner, and players will work together to remember which foods go to which plates without looking.  Make it through breakfast, lunch, and dinner without making the customers mad, and you’ll be a real winner!  If the pace is too fast for little ones, you can eliminate the timer and let them work into completing the plates before the timer runs out.


The Peaceable Kingdom Games To Go quickly became a hit in my household last year with my daughter.  With us being in the car and on-the-go a lot more than usual this summer, I figured it would be perfect to have my sons try some out as well!  There are hours of activity fun to be had so no matter where you are or where you’re going, the kids will be entertained and just enjoying the ride.  Really Ridiculous Games To Go is full of fun games like Story Fill-Ins, Wacky Math, Word Finds, Find It, Mazes etc., while the Spy Games To Go features games like Code Breakers, Optical Illusion Riddles, Top Secret Math, Squiggle Doodle, Mazes, Fingerprint Find It and more.


What little girl doesn’t love unicorns, right?  When my daughter saw these Unicorn Playing Cards, she just HAD to have them.  The classic game of “Go Fish” has become “Go Unicorn” and my daughter just can’t get enough of them.  You’ll get a full deck of 52 brightly colored unicorn cards that will melt little girls hearts all over.

If you’re looking for a great (non-electronic) way to keep your kids entertained this summer, check out everything that Peaceable Kingdom has to offer.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Spark Imagination This Summer With Great Pretenders



Being a mother of three children in an ever evolving technology driven world, I have set out to find ways to keep my kids entertained this summer that DON’T involve electronics.  Too often these days kids are sitting in front of a tv, playing a video game,  using a tablet or playing on a phone.  Playing dress-up and using imagination is a great way to keep kids entertained and keep their imaginations engaged.  Whether your little one is into being a firefighter or police man, pirate, mermaid or princes…Great Pretenders has TONS of adorable costumes and accessories that will help bring their imagination to life.


My little girl absolutely loves dressing up as a princess.  She is your typical girly girl and anything pink, sparkly, or princess related becomes a favorite immediately.  I got this Parisian Pink Hoop Dress for my daughter to try out and just as I thought, it quickly became her new favorite thing and she’s hardly taken it off since.


Doesn’t she look just adorable?  As soon as she put the dress on, she had to wear the heels and tiara…of course!  This new princess dress from Great Pretenders has a crystal organza inset trimmed in silver, puff sleeves and a full hoop skirt for the complete look.  What little girl wouldn’t feel like a princess wearing this beautiful dress?  The tiara is also an adorable Great Pretenders item that my daughter has had and loved for a while now.  The Pink Ribbon Tiara is crafted with rigid wiring which allows for reshaping to fit any little Princess’ head.  This tiara features a ribbon-wrapped foam based, and is further decorated with gems and rosettes, finished off with ribbons which can be left to dangle, or tied into a bow.  Silver beads glimmer in the light adding that little extra bit of sparkle.

Spark a little imagination in your little one this summer with Great Pretenders.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Delicious Summer Snacks from Mighty Organic



If you’re looking for a good summer snack that’s good for you, Mighty Organic is your one stop shop for snacks that will help you fuel your body.  Whether you’re spending the summer biking, hiking, swimming or just laying by the pool, there’s no wrong way to enjoy Mighty Organic.


Mighty Organic makes a variety of meaty, delicious snacks that you just won’t be able to get enough of.  Using simple ingredients like organic apples and cranberries, Mighty Organic was created to be the best tasting 100% grassfed, organic beef snacks on the market.


Jerky is always a crowd favorite in my household and the Mighty Organic Grassfed Beef Jerky was a huge hit!  This jerky is handcrafted in Minnesota with 100% grassfed beef and just 5 other simple ingredients. The Mighty approach is straightforward: great grassfed, organic beef with just the right amount of salty, mouth-watering, paleo-friendly perfection.  Although the jerky was just a little too tough for me, my kids enjoyed every last bit of it.


The Mighty Organic Beef Bars are a delicious snack that are easy to take on-the-go.  Normally, snacks that are good for you aren’t supposed to taste this good.  But when you combine grassfed beef and delicious complimentary ingredients, it’s easy to make a delicious, healthy treat that can be there with you for 100% of your journey.


The Mighty Organic Beef Sticks were my absolute favorite snack.  These meat sticks are certified organic and crafted with 100% grassfed beef.  With 6 grams of quality protein, these meat sticks are paleo-friendly and ready-to-eat.  The Spicy Jalapeno was my favorite snack and I have to say I will be ordering these by the case!  They are perfectly spiced with organic jalapeño flakes and just the right amount of sea salt for a snack that’s out of this world good.

No matter what your summer activities are, refuel your body with these tasty Mighty Organic snacks.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

All-Natural Iced Coffee and Cold Brew from Coffee Mate


Summer is the time of relaxation and fresh, cold beverages while we lounge around the pool.  Just in time for the hottest dog-days of summer, Coffee Mate is bringing all-natural Iced Coffee and Cold Brew to stores all over the west coast!  If you’re a coffee lover but hate hot coffee on an even hotter day, these are the perfect summer treats to cool you down and keep you going all day long.  There’s never been a cold coffee drink so smooth and bold all at the same time!


There’s really nothing like a cold coffee beverage on a hot afternoon and these drink will put some pep in your step while refreshing you completely.  Whether you enjoy these poured over ice or blended with ice to make a coffee-house style drink, you absolutely can’t go wrong.


Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee is expertly crafted for those who like a deliciously smooth and bold cold brew, while the Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Mocha Cold Brew Coffee is expertly crafted for those who like a deliciously smooth and bold cold brew with a hint of cocoa.

Coffee Mate starts with the finest, responsibly sourced 100% Arabica beans from Brazil steeped cool for 12 hours, then add fresh California milk and cream from cows not treated with added growth hormone, and just the right touch of cane sugar and responsibly sourced cocoa, or fresh California milk and cream, depending on which flavor you’re drinking.  GMO ingredients? Not in this cold brew coffee!  Coffee Mate uses nothing but the best for a product that truly stands out among the rest.


The Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Caramel Iced Coffee was my absolute favorite out of all three.  The sweet yet mellow flavor is absolute perfection.

Coffeemate Natural Bliss Caramel flavored Iced Coffee is a great tasting and refreshing all-natural iced coffee experience that’s simply beyond compare.  It’s made with only a few ingredients, including responsibly sourced medium roast coffee, fresh California milk and cream from cows not treated with added growth hormone, natural caramel flavor, and pure cane sugar.  This iced coffee is ESPECIALLY delicious blended up with a dollop of whipped cream and caramel sauce on top.

Be sure to check here and type in your zip code to find your local retailer with these awesome new Coffee Mate treats.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Summer Beauty Must-Haves from Rimmel London


Make a statement this summer with Rimmel London.  Rimmel has everything you’ll need to change up your makeup look any way you can imagine so you can make a statement, no matter how subtle or in-your-face.  This summer, no matter what event you’re preparing for, let Rimmel London guide the way and watch the world unfold at your feet.


When it comes to putting together my look for the day, there are three staple items…foundation, eyeshadow, and killer-good mascara.  My makeup was in dire need of replacement so I found a few Rimmel items I fell in love with to replace my old dried out products.


If you’re looking for a great face base, this Insta Flawless is going to be your new best friend, I promise.  Insta Flawless is a perfecting, radiant skin tint that can be worn alone for a radiant glow or under makeup to extend the wear.  You’ll get the benefits of primer and perfection with a natural looking glow that just won’t quit.  The 24 hour moisturization combined with SPF 15 leave your skin looking and feeling better than it ever has before.


The Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette is the only eyeshadow palette you will need this summer.  With a mix of high-shimmer and matte shades, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect sculpting, shading and defining.  The colors are rich, intense, and long lasting so you can finish the day looking as radiant as when you first left home.  These fabulous eyeshadows are crease proof, smear proof, and wear all day for maximum satisfaction.


Complete your summer look with the Scanaleyes mascara.  You’ll get unstoppable volume with long wear so you can be confident in your summer look no matter where you’re going and how long you’ll be there.  The max density brush created bold lashes that will turn heads everywhere.  No smudging and easy removal make this my absolute favorite summer beauty accessory.

Check out everything that Rimmel has to offer and get the best summer look for you.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Super Cute Mommy And Me Summer Manicures With Sally Hansen


If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, it’s probably pretty obvious that I am totally nail polish obsessed.  This summer is the perfect time to get your nails looking fabulous (like mine) at unbeatable prices with incredible quality to boot.  Sally Hansen is available at almost everywhere you already shop, so pick up your favorite colors and have fun expressing yourself this summer.


My 5 year old daughter is a carbon copy of me and has quickly picked up the love for everything nail polish and loves it even more when we have matching manicures.  If you have ever even been around a 5 year old girl, you’ll know that they aren’t great at sitting still.  My daughter loves sitting for me to do her nails, but getting her to sit still long enough to let the nail polish dry is absolutely impossible.  Within 10 minutes her manicure gets ruined and it was just a big fat waste of time.  I picked some matching colors from both the Miracle Gel and Insta-Dri lines so in about a minute my little girl is ready to go and our “matchy” nails stay looking fabulous.


What could be cuter than a matching mommy and me manicure this summer?  Thanks to Sally Hansen and the wide variety of colors, you and your little girl can customize your looks to your own personal styles.  I absolutely love the look we came up with and 7 days later our nails are still looking just as fabulous as day one.

Head to your local retailers to pick up some Sally Hansen polish that best suits you and get summer ready today!  (If you’re looking to purchase the colors we used, the Miracle Gel colors are Sugar Fix, Street Flair, and Shock Wave.  The Insta-Dri colors are Set Sail, Lively Lilac, and Pink Blink.)


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

The Best Summer Haircare Products to Fight Humidity and Frizz #MacadamiaProfessional #ColorProof



If you’re like me, chances are you have to fight stubborn hair all summer long to combat the humidity and frizz.  Nobody wants to walk around looking like a dog with a bad blow-dry treatment, so I’ve hunted down some of the best haircare products to help you keep your locks luscious and strong.




Macadamia Professional has a wide variety of products that will become summer staples after you’ve tried them.   Macadamia Professional products contain an exclusive Pro Oil Complex, a blend of therapeutic Macadamia Oil and Argan Oil, rich in Omega 7, 5, 3 and 9 fatty acids, which deeply yet weightlessly nourish and repair hair from the inside out, rather than just conditioning from the surface, to renew hair’s natural texture.  The Anti-Humidity Finishing Spray, Curl Enhancing Spray, and Texturizing Salt Spray are just a few of the great products that Macadamia Professional has to offer.

The Anti-Humidity Finishing Spray is a lightweight finishing spray designed to shield hair from humidity and fight frizz, maintaining your style all day even in the most humid of climates. Provides light hold.


  • Protects all styles, from sleek blowouts to curls and coils
  • Creates a residue-free shield to protect hair and fight frizz
  • Repels external moisture and locks out humidity
  • Finish – light shine

The Curl Enhancing Spray has been a heavensend for my daughter and her curly hair.  This spray is a curl defining and reactivating product that leaves curls looking smooth, frizz-free and shiny. Polymers enhance curl shape, manageability and body of the hair without weigh down. Retains moisture and hydrates for greater flexibility and tensile strength. Revitalizes curl pattern between washes.


  • Refreshes and increases moisture for greater tensile strength
  • Defines curl pattern and provides long-lasting memory
  • Defrizzes and smooths hair cuticles

The Texturizing Salt Spray is a very well working salt infused styling spray that adds texture, fullness and light hold. Perfect for creating tousled beachy waves with just the right amount of volume.


  • Create natural, texturized waves without drying out your hair
  • Provides beach-inspired volume and body to all hair textures
  • Helps strengthen hair and protect against damage


Color Proof is another great brand that has products that will help your hair look it’s best this summer.  I got to try out Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum and Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque and I have to say that I am absolutely in love!

The Radically Smooth Anti-Frizz Serum instantly smoothes for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. Features our proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.


  • Instantly smoothes, defrizzes and adds shine
  • Calms, controls and protects for ultimate smooth style
  • Seals in moisture, while locking out humidity
  • Dramatically reduces blow dry time
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

The Crazy Smooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque will instantly defrizz, moisturize, repair and transform frazzled tresses into omg-crazy-smooth-soft-sleek-gorgeousness. Breakthrough ingredient blend including soybean lipids, seaweed and shea butter dramatically condition, miraculously tame, restore integrity and add much needed elasticity and tensile strength for healthier, more youthful hair. In just one use, hair instantly looks up to 10 years younger.


  • At-home treatment eliminates frizz and restores hairs’ integrity from the inside out while infusing unsurpassed smoothness
  • Instantly more youthful hair in just one use
  • Returns hair to its shiniest, healthiest condition ever
  • Detangles and leaves hair smooth as silk
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

Check out everything that Macadamia Professional and Color Proof have to offer and get your hair looking it’s best this summer.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***