Dec 27, 2011

Simply Orange review and Flash Giveaway (4 winners)


I love having a cup of orange juice in the mornings with my breakfast. I do not drink artificially flavored beverage which is one of the many reasons I prefer Simply Orange. I love the fact that it is natural juice. It tastes like fresh squeezed orange juice.

Simply beverages are naturally delicious, the way nature intended. The gently pasteurized, not-from-concentrate orange juice never has water, sugar or preservatives added.

In addition to Simply Orange Juice (my personal favorite), they also offer Simply Apple, Simply Grapefruit, Simply Lemonade and Simply Limeade.

For more information on the Simply products please visit and via like them on Facebook.


The generous folks at Simply Orange have given me four free product coupons for my blog readers. The coupons are for one free 59 oz. Simply Orange, Simply Apple, or Simply Grapefruit juice. The coupons expire on 12/31/2011 therefore this is a flash giveaway. This giveaway will end at midnight EST tonight. The winners will be drawn and notified and have one day to send me their mailing addresses so that I can get the coupons in the mail ASAP.

Dec 20, 2011

Gift Card Weekend and a chance to win a $20 Sephora Gift Card!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gift Card Weekend for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Hey ladies - Want a chance to win a $20 gift card to Sephora?!? You're in luck!

'Gilbert the Gift Card Machine' is giving away more than 100 gift cards a week leading up to Gift Card Weekend.

What is Gift Card Weekend? Gift Card Weekend is a once-a-year event where participating retail partners give featured offers for gift cards purchased during the Holiday season and redeemed from January 6 - January 8, 2012.

That $20 Sephora gift card we mentioned? We're giving those away daily to Facebook fans from December 19-23.

All you need to do is 'like' Gift Card Weekend on Facebook. Share with your Facebook friends and you can receive an extra chance to win for every 'like' you influence. Then stick around through the month for more giveaways!  Yes, it's that simple! "Like" and share! 

After you like Gift Card Weekend on Facebook take a chance to familiarize yourself with them. Gift Card Weekend is a once-a-year event where participating retail partners give featured offers for gift cards purchased during the Holiday season and redeemed from January 6 - January 8, 2012.

Participating stores and restaurants:
-Regal Cinema
-Bass Pro Shops
-Buca di Beppo
-Spa Finder
-Giant Eagle

So, if you're a gift-giver, increase the value of your gift by purchasing gift cards from participating retail partners. These featured offers will be available to your gift recipient for redemption during Gift Card Weekend, January 6 - January 8, 2012. Basically, you will be giving them more without spending more!  Be sure to let them know about Gift Card Weekend so they understand it and wait until January 6th thru January 8th of 2012 to spend their gift cards!  Who wouldn't want to start off the New Year with extra cash?  Good luck and remember to "like" and share!  Be sure to check the page often because they will be giving away gift cards all month!

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Dec 17, 2011

The LG DoublePlay...amazing phone...amazing capabilities!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG DoublePlay™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you looking for an amazing top of the line phone?  If you answered yes, look no further because the LG DoublePlay™ is now available exclusively at T-mobile. 

Features of the LG DoublePlay include:

The LG Doubleplay™ is equipped with dual customizable touch screens, the first is a  ¾ a 3.5-inch main display and the second is a  2.0-inch sub display ¾ that operate independently or in tandem.

The LG DoublePlay also features a  full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Swype® for easy text input.

The LG DoublePlay™ allows users to perform multiple tasks at once such as updating their Facebook pages while simultaneously surfing the Web, texting or checking email.  How cool is that?

o The LG DoublePlay™ also comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recorder, allowing users to capture and share pictures and videos via messaging, email or Facebook.

o The device also offers multiple messaging options, including Cloud Text™ and Group Text™, giving users the ability to send and receive texts from a PC or tablet or create group chats on-the-go for faster, more efficient content sharing.

o LG DoublePlay™ features Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) with access to Android Market™ and delivers complete user customization with seven home screens and up to nine touchscreen shortcuts for one-touch navigation.  Now that's convenient! 

Now that you know a few of the amazing features of the LG DoublePlay, lets talk about what you can do with this amazing device.  Since it has two keyboards and two touch screens you can do multiple activities at one time.  Talk about multi-tasking.  You can check your email while updating your Facebook status. 

I personally send around 200 text messages a month and spend a few hours a week updating my Facebook status and checking my Twitter account so this phone would be amazing for me.  I would love to be able to check Facebook and Twitter at the same time or read multiple text messages at the same time.  I would use the LG DoublePlay all the time especially while cruising around (as a passenger, not driving). 

How would you use this phone?  What features do you love about the phone?  How many hours do you typically spend texting or on Social Media networks like Facebook and Twitter?  Please comment below!

Head over to your local T-Mobile store and check out the LG DoublePlay for yourselves and let me know what you think of it.  Remember the LG DoublePlay is only available at T-Mobile!

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Dec 14, 2011

Spring 3-Day Sale 12/12-12/14

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprint for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sprint is having a huge 3-day sale!  From now until 12/14 you can score great deals at Sprint.  You can get the HTC EVO 4G or EVO Shift for free here!  These phones are incredibly fast (4G) and are Android powered (so you know they are reliable).  They are both rated between 4 and 5 stars (out of 5 stars).  And if that is not enough you get your activation fee waived for new lines of services as well as free shipping.  These are huge savings!  Visit Sprint now and complete your Christmas shopping.  Better yet, pick one up for yourself, you know you deserve it!

Sprint offers a wide range of Android™ powered EVO 4G devices and has plans that will meet and exceed all of your needs as well as your budget.  Sprint also offers early nights (starting at 7 PM verses the normal 9 PM on other networks) so you do not have to worry about going over your minutes and they also have truly unlimited plans which include unlimited minutes, messaging, and data (on their network) for one flat rate.  Sprint offers individual and family plans.   Hurry this offer expires soon!  Visit Sprint today and take advantage of this mega sale! 

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Nov 30, 2011

FREE $10 Target Gift Card w/ $50 purchase (Printable Coupon)

Hurry, Hurry! This hot coupon will not last long. Head over to the Target Facebook page to print your coupon.  With Christmas right around the corner this deal is sure to save you some money!  Print your coupon to receive a $10 Target gift card with a $50 Target purchase!  Remember to use it by December 3rd (this coming Saturday).

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Sep 28, 2011

Tips for de-cluttering and organizing toys in your kids' playroom

I have been re-organizing my kids' rooms during the past week. I have noticed a lot of mishaps on my behalf. It really should not take me a week to organize two bedrooms, however, it has and to be honest, I am still organizing. During this time, I have realized that a lot of this re-organizing could have easily been completed in steps or stages so I am going to share ten tips for de-cluttering and organizing toys in my kids' bedrooms.

1. First of all, get rid of toys when your child has outgrown them. Do not hold onto them (unless you are expecting or planning to have another child). Donate the old toys to any charity of your choice or a less fortunate family. One persons trash is another persons treasure.

2. Bins, bins, bins! Purchase colorful bins to sort smaller toys. This is a great way to introduce your child to colors and to have a clean play area for your child. I sort items in bins. My son has a bin for his crayons and markers, a bin for his Hot Wheels, a bin for his blocks, a bin for his flash cars, and many more bins. Bins are a great way to organize a room and they are very affordable, many dollar stores sell them.

3. Make a fun cleaning song to encourage your child to help clean and organize his or her play area. You can find numerous clean up sons online or on kids' television shows. My son loves the "Dora the Explorer" clean up song. This make children enjoy cleaning up and will give Mom some much needed help.

4. Toy boxes with book shelves are another great way to keep a kids' room organized. We have one made by One Step that we picked up at a yard sale for $5. We place the larger toys in the toy box and the books on the book shelves.

5. Prior to Christmas and Birthdays look through your child's toys. Both of my children are November babies so they get tons of toys for their birthdays and then a bunch more on Christmas. I have started to go through the toys prior to their birthday and the holidays to make room for the new toys that I know they will receive. This has really helped me to be more organized and get the rooms clutter free beforehand. It is much easier to go through the old toys without the new toys in the room.

6. Another major tip is to clean out the toy boxes when your children are not home. Children become attached to their toys even if they do not play with them. At least my children do. If you clean out the toys when they are not around, you do not have the child crying about keeping the toys and it allows you to focus.

7. Purchase a stuffed animal hammock. You can pick one of these bad boys up at your local Kmart and Wal-Mart for a few bucks. These are great. They hang from the ceiling so you have less toys on the floor. Your child can see all of their toys and if they want one, you can simply take it down for them.

8. Shelves are another great way to de-clutter a room. Shelves provide extra space that you may not have on the floor and are a classy way to organize. Shelves are also great for toys that may be collectible or are more fragile than others. Shelves are also fairly easy to install.

9. Under the bed storage is another great alternative for organizing a room if you do not have a lot of room. Under the bed storage is great because the room looks clean and neat and still provides adequate space for your child to play.

10. Last but not least, teach your children to pick up their toys and start from a young age. If you can make organizing fun, it will really help both you and your child in the long run. We sing and play games when we clean up and organize. We have races, I will tell my kids that I can clean up the room faster than they can and they love it and the room gets organized and cleaned in a jiffy.

Organizing a kids' play area is a chore, but if you use some of these tips it may become less of a chore. Cleaning and organizing is necessary, but shouldn't be an all day event. If you organize in baby steps, it will give you a lot more time to run around and play with your kids' rather than be cleaning their rooms all day. I hope that my tips help a few of you. Happy organizing!

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hot Wheels® blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Sep 21, 2011

TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

TRESemme has done it again.  They have created yet another line of incredibly hair care products.  This time it's line of dry shampoos.  A complete line of dry shampoos that revive your style’s look and feel on days you skip a shampoo.  Uniquely formulated to absorb excess oil and remove odor, the full line of dry shampoos rejuvenates hair without a drop of water. With a renewing burst of citrus extracts infused into every product, it leaves hair with a clean, fresh scent.

Dry shampoos are all the rage now.  I have to admit that I love dry shampoos.  I have incredibly curly hair that I like to straighten and I hate how the next day it needs to be washed.  Now, I just use my dry shampoo and magically my hair looks like first day hair!  I have always been a huge fan of Tresemme so I was very excited to see that they have came out with a full line or dry shampoos for every hair type.

The full line of TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo includes:

o Strengthening Dry Shampoo: The formula, with B12 vitamins and keratin, helps strengthen hair and leaves it full of healthy body.

o Volumizing Dry Shampoo: The formula, with mineral clay and citrus, removes oil while injecting hair with salon-gorgeous volume.

o Smoothing Dry Shampoo: The formula, with Vitamin H & Silk Proteins, refreshes your straight style by removing excess oil, impurities and odor to ensure your smooth look lasts.

o Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo: The formula, with Witch Hazel, Citrus, and Aloe Vera, refreshes your hair by removing excess oil, impurities and odor while moisturizing hair.

Being the awesome company that TRESemme is, they have included a few tips so that you get the best results from their amazing new line of dry shampoos.  Yes, TRESemme is thoughtful! 

Are you ready to try the new line of TRESemme dry shampoo?  I am!  TRESemme has shared a few tips on how to get the best results from TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

- Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.

- Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots

- Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head

- Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)

- Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.

- Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly

- If clogging occurs, remove nozzle and rinse the nozzle under warm water, then reattach.

TRESemme has even included videos so that you can see how to rock their new products.  Be sure to check out the videos and get the most out of your hair. 

YouTube Celebrity Elle Fowler (…) has teamed up with TRESemmé and created a tutorial to teach people how to use TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo properly. I highly suggest that you check out these videos:

Top Hair Products for School

TRESemme has always been my "go to" brand for hair products.  I highly suggest that you check out their new and existing lines of products.  Salon hair at a fraction of the cost! 

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Sep 19, 2011

Work It! Express Business Suits

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Just because you are at work does not mean that fashion and style do not matter.  First impressions are everything especially when in the workforce.  A first impression can either get you the job not get the job.  What you are wearing is a major part of a first impression.  Don't worry though, Express has got you covered! From the Executive to the Professional and even the Creative Professional, Express has the suits that every man/woman needs!

Express women's suits are incredibly stylish and also incredibly affordable.  The suits are very flattering and do not look like your typical bland and boring suits that we all despise so much.  These women's suits are amazing, you have to check them out for yourselves.

My personal favorite suit is the Women's Tweed jacket and Tweed pants. I love how flattering this suit is.  I love the material.  This suit just screams "hire me!"  I would definitely rock this suit to my job interviews. 


And just when you think it can't get any better, Express does it again!  You can enter to win a $500 suiting makeover from Express in the new Express sweepstakes  You can enter daily so make sure to bookmark the page or set a reminder on your phone. 

So now I must know, what are your favorite suits and why do you love them?  What would you use the suits for? Word, networking events, job interviews?  Please comment and let me know!  I love hearing from you!

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Sep 7, 2011

Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic week loaded with wins! Here is my list for the past week.

I have started the "Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins" post and will post a new one each and every Wednesday. I will post the items that I have won in the past week and hopefully hear of items that you have won.

With that said, in the past week I have won:

* $25 Ebay gift card ( @eBay )

That is my list for the past week. What have you won lately? Please comment below, I love to hear about your wins!

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Sep 1, 2011

Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins (very late)

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic week loaded with wins! Here is my list for the past few weeks.

I have started the "Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins" post and will post a new one each and every Wednesday. I will post the items that I have won in the past week and hopefully hear of items that you have won.

With that said, in the past week I have won:

* A Sidral Mundet gift package ( @SidralMundet )
* $10 gift card to Mick Lite Sports ( @MickLiteSports )
* $100 Bealls gift card ( @Bealls )
* $75 Linen Table Cloth gift card ( @LinenTableclth )
* 2 pairs of False Lashes  ( @EyelureUSA )
* Vendetta Shape wear ( Carrie's Rambles )
* $50 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card ( Klout Perks )
That is my list for the past week. What have you won lately? Please comment below, I love to hear about your wins!

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Aug 22, 2011

My message-in-a- bottle wedding invitations!

I know that I haven't been posting much, but I have been incredibly busy planning my wedding! I want to show you my invitations. Yes, I made each and every one of these and I am very proud of them and I have been receiving tons of compliments on them.


I am not the most crafty person. When I saw message-in-a-bottle wedding invites, I wanted them immediately. I started looking at companies that sell them pre-made and they were way to pricey. Then, I began looking at do-it-yourself kits and these were rather pricey too. I happened to find a friend of my fiance's whose band drank beer that was in clear bottles. He started saving all the bottles for me. I love the bottles too because they are engraved and say "The one and only" and it completely fit.  I removed the labels and the adhesive residue and then started washing the bottles by hand. After hand-washing the bottles, I put them in the dishwasher for a cycle. I allowed the bottles to dry for a few days and places a few drops of ocean breeze scented oil in each. I purchase parchment paper from Office Depot and printed my invitations at home. My fiance and I hand-burnt the edges of each invitation to give them an antique look. We had to let the invitations sit out for a few days so the smoke smell would go away.




After the invitations we smoke-free, we rolled them up and tied them with raffia and left extra raffia hanging. My son was my little helper. He began putting sand in each bottle and then the shells. After the shells, I put the rolled up invitations in the bottle, left a little extra raffia hanging inside the bottle, sealed them with a cork and used the excess raffia to tie around the bottle and make a bow. We tied them so when guests open the invitation, they are able to easily remove the invite by pulling the excess raffia. I purchased adorable labels from and placed those on the bottles, added an extra dot of ocean breeze oil on the corks, and they were complete!





We had a lot of fun as a family putting these together.  The project went much smoother than I had presumed and I am very happy with the way they turned out.  So what do you think?  Comment!  I love to hear from my readers! 
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Aug 17, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Prepping for my Wedding with YBF Skincare

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75 days to go until I walk down the aisle to marry my love! Yes, I am incredibly excited! We are having a beach wedding in October. I am excited about this as well. However, beach wedding = natural light, which means that I need my skin in tip-top shape because too much makeup in natural light is a big no-no! Which is why I am prepping for my wedding with YBF Skincare.

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I have said it before and I will say it again, I love YBF Skincare. Their products are truly amazing. Their products actually do what they say they do.

The YBF products that I own and have been using are Prep, Correct, Define, Antioxidants, and Balance. I received a sample of Hydrate B from YBF and I have been using that as well.

Hydrate B

Hydrate B helps your skin seal in moisture which is a big plus in my book because I have dry skin. I actually used Hydrate B instead of my normal foundation primer and wow what a difference it made. Usually after I remove my makeup my skin is dull but with Hydrate B, my skin was vibrant. I am very impressed with this product and will definitely be purchasing a full size bottle as soon as I am done with my wedding budget. Yes, I have had to spend a little less in some areas to make up for it in other areas.


The next product that I love and use daily is Balance. I use Balance at least twice a day, sometimes I use it three times. Balance rocks because it helps fight breakouts and blemishes, who need those suckers anyway? Balance also calms my skin and makes it look radiant. I love this product and highly recommend it!


Prep, we simply cannot forget about Prep. I use Prep 2-3 times a week depending on my skins dryness. Prep is a microdermabrasion treatment that totally rocks and leaves your skin feeling healthy. I have seen a huge difference in the amount of blackheads on my face since using Prep. Prep is infused with botanicals, vitamins, and antioxidants that leave your skin glowing. It is a definite must-have.


Correct, you are correct. Correct is another fabulous product from YBF that I use daily. Correct has decreased the dark circles under my eyes dramatically. It is also a double agent, it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area.


Each and every night I apply a nice coat on Antioxidants to my face. Antioxidant is a great and refreshing product for your skin. You can combine in with pretty much any other product you have to increase its effectiveness. Hands a little dry? Use Antioxidants with your lotion. Does your face need a little extra moisture? Add antioxidants to your facial moisturizer and you will see and feel the difference.


Do you want your lips to be more defined? If you answered yes, then you need to get Define. Define targets the lip area to create a smoother, firmer contour and brighter, fuller lips. Yes, we all want our lips to be fuller! I apply Define nightly and use it as a lip mask overnight. I am a mommy so I need soft kissable lips and this product does the trick. Plus I need super soft lips for when my fiance and I seal our vows with a kiss. Thanks Define, you rock!

Restore, Boost, and Defend are on my wish list for now. So if anyone would like to get me a wedding gift...just kidding! What YBF Skincare products do you love? Which products are on your wish list? Please share, I love reading your comments! Be sure to follow YBF Skincare on Twitter and "like" them on Facebook to stay in the know.

I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Aug 12, 2011

Baked Classics Review & Giveaway


Recently, I was contacted by Baked Classics to review their savory snacks. I jumped at the opportunity, who wouldn't want to try a new snack?!

When the package arrived it was loaded with Baked Classics Vanilla Frosting Multigrain Crisps as well as a package of Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Mesquite BBQ Potato Crisps. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about trying the Vanilla Frosting Multigrain Crisps, but much to my surprise they were delicious. They are a light, yet filling snack that completely took care of my sweet tooth. And the package is only 120 calories! Another thing that I love about Baked Classics is the packaging, it is tough. Each bag that I opened had very little broken crisps, if any.

Here are a few reason to try Baked Classics Popped Crisps:
* Popping processes produce a crisp, crunchy, and delicious snack.
* An alternative snack choice for those who want a healthier snacking experience.
* Savory popped potato crisp flavors and sweet popped multigrain crisp flavors.
* Made with only the finest, all-natural ingredients.
* Orders are made fresh to ensure top quality product with maximum shelf life.
* Competitive pricing.
* Practical and satisfying portion sizes.

I bet that as you are reading this review your mouth is watering and you cannot wait to try this delicious low calorie, no cholesterol, no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fat, no MSG, no artificial flavors or colors delicious treat. Well you are in luck because the generous folks at Baked Classics are giving one lucky One Haute Mommy reader a 10 pack of Basked Classics Vanilla Frosting Multigrain crisps! Can't wait? Buy it now, right here!

The product(s) provided for the review were sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Aug 7, 2011

Prepping for my Wedding with Luster Premium White!

As you all now, I am getting married this coming October! Yes, I am excited, my fiance is too. As I was planning my wedding, I realized that my teeth are not nearly as white as I want them to be. I also realized that I simply cannot afford to get them professionally whitened and was a bit bummed. I didn't want to walk down the aisle with a white dress and not-so-white teeth. Then, I found Luster Premium White and I got excited again!

Luster Premium White was generous enough to me send me their 1 hour white kit, Weekend White,  and their amazing Luster Now Instant Whitening Toothpaste.


About 1 Hour White:

Luster 1 Hour White puts the perfect tooth whitening experience into the palm of your hand. The dentist-invented system contains three components that work in conjunction to revitalize your smile in the comfort of your home. Independently Clinically Proven to be Safe and Effective.

Contents: System includes everything you need to get up to 6 shades whiter in 1 hour. -Activating Whitening Light: Similar light technology as used in dental -Accelerator Mouth Rinse (8 fl oz./236 ml): Enhances efficacy of the professional strength whitening gel. -Super Whitening Gel (.34 fl oz./10 ml): Same whitening agent used by dentists. -4 AAA Batteries. -Custom stand for storage of light when not in use. -Shade Guide to measure results. -Instructional Guide.


Product Features:
*Whitens Up to 6 Shades in 1 Hour
*Similar Technology to Dentist Light Treatments
*Zero Tooth Sensitivity
*FDA Cleared
*100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

About Luster Now!

Luster NOW! contains Bluverite, a unique formulation that delivers the optical effect of whiter teeth after only one brushing, providing safe and instant whitening results that last for hours. Will help remove stains and daily use. Delivers super fresh breath. Gentle on teeth and safe for dental restorations, use restorations, use whenever your smile needs a boost.

Luster NOW! comes in 3 convenient tubes, so you can always have one handy when your smile needs an instant whitening fix. Keep one in your bathroom, one if your purse or desk and one ready for travel so you can have an instantly whiter smile whenever you want. After brushing with Luster NOW!, you may notice a slight blue tone to teeth and gums which disappears in a few minutes to reveal a brighter, whiter smile!

Luster NOW! features:

*Contains Bluverite technology that instantly whitens teeth with just one brushing that lasts for hours
*Provides intense stain removal with daily use
*Safe for daily use.
*Dentist developed

About Weekend White:

Weekend White is independtly clinically proven to whiten teeth 6 shades in only 3 days without causing any
tooth sensitivity.  The zero tooth sensitivity formula was invented by dentines and uses the same whitening agent as used in the dental office.

Contents: Accelerator Mouth Rinse (6 fl oz/177 ml), Super Whitening Gel (.25 fl oz/7 ml)

Weekend White Features:
•Whitens Teeth 6 Shades in 3 Days
•Clinically proven to not cause tooth sensitivity
•Can be used as a refill for Luster 1 Hour White

My thoughts:
These products rock! They whiten your teeth and are easy to use. I have used several other store bought whitening products before and these truly top them. The prices are well within reason and these products actually do that they say they do. They definitely beat all my expectations and have rid the stress of having white teeth on my wedding day, because I do.

If you are looking to whiten your teeth, I highly suggest that you visit Luster Premium White and take a look. The prices are reasonable and you can buy your products straight from their website.

Want to see pictures? Well you will have to wait until after my Wedding. I will be posting a second review of Luster Premium filled with my wedding pictures so you can see Luster Premium in action! 

The product(s) provided for the review were sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Aug 4, 2011

Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic week loaded with wins! Here is my list for the past week.

I have started the "Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins" post and will post a new one each and every Wednesday. I will post the items that I have won in the past week and hopefully hear of items that you have won.

With that said, in the past week I have won:

* H EVO sunglasses ( @sundogeyewear )
* A coupon for a free box of ice cream ( @SnickersIceCream )
* A beauty bag (not sure what's inside)  ( @TargetStyle )
* Gourmet Popcorn ( @PopcornPalace )
* $10 Subway Gift Card  ( Klout Perks )
That is my list for the past week. What have you won lately? Please comment below, I love to hear about your wins!

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Aug 2, 2011

Tropical Tradition Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Review & Giveaway


As you know, I love trying new items so when Tropical Traditions offered to send me some of their coconut oil to review, I jumped on the opportunity. I have heard many good things about Tropical Traditions coconut oil, but had not tried it before this review.


Things I love about Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

* It is certified organic according to USDA standards.
* It is a versatile product, you can use it for cooking and also as a beauty treatment (excellent product for dry scalp)
* It smells great!
* It has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties.
* It is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.

From the website:

How We Discovered this Unique Oil

 When I first read about the wonderful benefits of coconut oil, I asked my wife Marianita, who grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines, if there was a more natural way to extract the oil from the coconut, so that we didn’t have to buy the refined coconut oils found in all the stores in the Philippines. She said there was a method the older generation used to extract the oil by grating the fresh coconut, extracting the coconut milk, and then letting the coconut milk stand in a covered container for about 24 hours. After about 24 hours, the oil naturally separates from the water producing a crystal clear oil that retains the full scent and taste of coconuts. So we started making our coconut oil that way and using it for our cooking needs with our three children. We couldn’t believe how wonderful it tasted, and how great we felt. We had been living on Mt. Banahaw in the Philippines for almost two years by that time, and in the year 2000 telephone service was provided to our rural farming community, allowing me to put up a website about our Philippine Herbs. I decided to also put our Virgin Coconut Oil up on the website, not really expecting people to order it because it was a bit expensive since we had to hire people to make the oil, and shipping cost a lot because of the weight. We were so surprised when people started ordering, and then re-ordering it because they felt so great after using it! They told us there was no other coconut oil like it on the market. (See a sample of testimonies below.)
Before long we had businesses contacting us asking how to order it in bulk. So we discussed how we could mass produce this kind of oil, and almost abandoned the product because we didn’t want to lose the traditional way of making it. In the end, we decided to just keep making it the same way, by having others in our coconut community also make the oil the traditional way. Many of our producers are in areas so remote, that if they did not use their coconuts to produce Virgin Coconut oil for us, no one would buy their coconuts because it would cost too much to transport them to manufacturing plants. In these areas, the coconuts generally just fell to the ground unused until we started training people to make our Virgin Coconut Oil. We were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the US market. The success overwhelmed us.
Today, more than 9 years later, there are other companies now selling coconut oil again in the US, most of them mass-produced by machines from dried coconut. But we are committed to time-honored traditional practices that have produced healthy coconut oil for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is still produced by hand, using the wet-milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts. Our producers have learned a lot of things over the years, since most of them have been producing this oil for over 9 years now. They have learned how to pick out the best coconuts from each harvest that produce the best quality oil, for example. Independent laboratory analysis shows this to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market, having the highest levels of antioxidants. This enhanced Virgin Coconut Oil is now in the US market under the Tropical Traditions Gold Label brand. It meets our strictest standards to earn this designation. Today when you buy Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, you are buying the highest quality coconut oil we have to offer, and it is still made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.
Brian Shilhavy, Founder, Tropical Traditions, Inc.

How is This Oil Used?

Virgin Coconut Oil is a food, and is one of the best cooking oils you can use. It has been a staple cooking oil for thousands of years in tropical climates. As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss. For hundreds of tasty recipes from people who use coconut oil, visit

The generous folks at Tropical Traditions have offered to give one lucky One Haute Mommy readers the chance to win their very own jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  Can't wait?  Get it now, visit Tropical Traditions and order  a quart for $29.50 (usually $40.00). 

Disclosure: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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Aug 1, 2011

Women's Express Jeans: Born to Rock the Sidewalk, Bred to be Epic

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Express for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you checked out the hot jeans from Express recently?  If not, you need to.  They totally rock! 


From boot cut to flare jeans and even the ever so popular jean leggings, Express has the denim essentials you need!  Express has recently added colored jeans (available in red, gray or white) which is one of the hottest denim trends for women right now.  And of course Express has jean leggings and wide leg jeans too. 


My favorite women's jeans are the dark wash flare jeans.  I love the thick waist band and how they can flatter any figure.  These jeans can be dressed up or down which is also a huge plus.  I love jeans that are versatile.  I also love the whisk wash patter under the front pockets. 

And just when you think that things could not get any better, you find out about the Express giveaway. Yes, you read correctly. For a limited time Express will be giving away 50 free, yes I said free, Express jeans  So what are you waiting for? Go and enter now and you could be one of the lucky winners chosen.  You could be rockin' a hot pair of express jeans.

After you enter the Express giveaway please come back and comment below telling me your fave Express jeans and why you love them?

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Jul 31, 2011

Want to save money? Switch to STRAIGHT TALK

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

With the current economic status, many families are trying to save money.  With modern technology, pretty much everyone has a cell-phone or needs one.  So why not save money and stay current with technology by switching to Straight Talk?

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Jul 26, 2011

Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic week loaded with wins! Here is my list for the past two weeks.

I have started the "Win It Wednesday: Weekly Wins" post and will post a new one each and every Wednesday. I will post the items that I have won in the past week and hopefully hear of items that you have won.

With that said, in the past two weeks I have won:

* Free product coupons for Mom Made Foods ( Saving U Green blog )
* Richard Solo 1800 Battery ( @richard_solo )
* The I <3 iCarly Collection DVD ( @NickelodeonDVD )
* $20 Linen Table Cloth GC ( @LinenTableclth )
* Green Tea Glee Recharging Bath Salts  ( Joyful Bath Co. )
That is my list for the past week. What have you won lately? Please comment below, I love to hear about your wins!

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All of the winners have been posted on the "Winners" page. I am now using Rafflecopter for my giveaways and they post the winner on the entry form once the giveaway is closed.

I have a lot of reviews and giveaways coming up. I am working on a food month...yes a month loaded with food giveaways. Yay! I take no responsibility if you gain weight, haha! I am also working on a Wedding review and giveaway event. As you all know I am planning my wedding! Yes, I am super excited. I have a few sponsors that are working with me for this event so keep checking back and read the reviews and enter the giveaways!

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Jul 24, 2011

I'm back after a well need mini vacation from blogging!

Hey everyone! I'm back! I took 10 days off from blogging! Did you miss me? LOL! Anyways, I have been working on tons of wedding ideas and decor. I am trying to get everything planned out and get my projects in order. My fiance  had to leave for 3 to 4 weeks for work so I wanted to get some family time in before he left. But I am back now. I will be announcing winners of the giveaways listed either tonight or tomorrow morning. I also have quite a few reviews and giveaways that will be published this week. Also I was wondering how you like the Rafflecopter giveaway system versus the original?  Pros? Cons?  Let me know!  I hope that you all have a fabulous week!

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