Saturday, April 25

Mother's Day Must-Haves from Dell: For All Kinds of Moms

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When Mother’s Day calls for creative gifting, Dell offers a wide array of laptops, tablets, all-in-one desktop devices and accessories to make mom’s life sweeter.  Whether she needs an easier way to organize her recipes, a tool for redecorating her home, or a mobile device as versatile as her busy schedule, Dell has the perfect gift that will become an essential part of mom’s life every day long after the holiday, remaining a constant symbol of the love and appreciation she receives from her nearest and dearest. 


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Give a gift that celebrates mom’s creativity. With the XPS 18, the world’s thinnest and lightest portable all-in-one desktop, a top chef mom can easily channel her daily inspirations into delicious creations. The XPS 18 can be effortlessly transported around the house, whether mom wants to view recipes in the kitchen or jot down tips from her favorite cooking channel in the living room. Not only is this powerhouse portable, its 18.4” full HD touch screen (nearly three times the screen size of an iPad) allows her to quickly navigate and organize her recipes. And once the goods are ready to be presented and enjoyed, she can take selfies and pictures to share with family and friends using the front and rear cameras. After snack time, she can use the device’s built-in feet to transform it into a gaming table, playing digital air hockey with her kids on the touchscreen display. With Windows 8.1 and the latest Intel® Core™ processors, she’ll get all the power of an all-in-one desktop and the portability of a touchscreen device. The XPS 18 has more than 6 hours of battery life and weighs 5 pounds.

Starting price: $799.99


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A CES Innovation Awards 2015 Nominee, and winner of a slew of ‘best of show’ awards, the new XPS 13 isn’t just the smallest 13” laptop on the planet. The notebook also has the world’s first virtually borderless infinity display, along with an optional touchscreen. The size of the computer – fitting a 13-inch display into an 11-inch laptop - makes it great for moms with home offices, while its light weight makes it easy to fit in a briefcase or purse when commuting to and from business meetings. Leading the industry in battery life, the XPS 13 boasts up to 15 hours of run time to keep her going all day long without charging. If the kids get a hold of it, no worries! The Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ QHD+ display is incredibly scratch-resistant, so no more scuffs caused by handling, cleaning or wiping.

Starting price: $799.99


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This 2-in-1 laptop’s unique convertible form factor makes it the perfect gift for the mom always on-the-go. It combines the powerful performance of a premium laptop with the versatility of a 13.3” tablet to accommodate Mom’s busy and ever-changing schedule. She’ll easily be able to manage her schedule of basketball games and little league, or retouch family photos thanks to a built-in stylus and vibrant Full HD touchscreen display that makes details pop on screen. The Inspiron 13 offers up to a 500GB hybrid hard drive (14 times more storage than a 32GB tablet), providing enough room for all her favorite music, apps and more. She can switch between a laptop for work, and a tablet with a built in stand to edit photos or stream her favorite shows with her family by her side.

Starting price: $549.99

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While enjoying entertainment features on the Inspiron 13, mom can also stream up to 10 hours of dramatically clear audio with the Dell Bluetooth Portable Speaker. The portable, lightweight wireless speaker features a long-lasting rechargeable battery and has a wireless range of 10 meters so she doesn’t have to stay put while listening to music. The speaker's sleek modern design fits seamlessly in a variety of settings, from the office to the beach. And at less than 7 inches long and weighing less than 1 pound, it easily fits in a backpack or tote bag.

Starting price: $59.99


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The Dell Venue 8 7000 series is the world’s thinnest tablet at 6mm, and the perfect tool for every mother with an eye for style and interior design.  Redecorate the family room with the first tablet to offer the Intel® RealSense™ Snapshot Depth Camera, a depth-mapping device that enables her to capture and measure dimensions in photos without ever picking up a ruler. A 2015 CES Innovation Award Best of Innovation Honoree, the Venue 8 7000 also comes with the Dell Gallery to help her organize and share her own home designs, and most importantly, enjoy them with her family this Mother’s Day. 

Starting price: $349.00

Mom can put a fine point on decorating schematics with the Dell Active Stylus, designed to work with the Venue 8 7000 Series and select Dell tablets. The stylus provides better interaction, more precision and improved productivity: whether she is taking notes or sketching pictures, the stylus will give her a more natural and precise way to interact with her tablet.

Starting price: $34.99

Your mom and even yourself would love having these Dell electronics!

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Friday, April 24

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Thursday, April 23

Family-Friendly Meal Ideas

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The appetites of children and those of adults are very different, and pleasing both can be a challenge.  However, there is no reason to have two different menus to satisfy everyone at your table.  The next time you are planning to feed your extended family or have a celebration for any occasion, you can fall back on these tips for making something that will satisfy everyone (except maybe those meticulous eaters).  If you are going to be cooking with your kids, there are also some helpful hints for keeping them occupied in the kitchen.

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Comfort Food
There are many great comfort foods for all kinds of get-togethers, including big pots of steaming chili, savory chicken and dumplings and ever-popular dishes like pot roast and mashed potatoes. You can even make your mashed potatoes healthier by switching out russets for sweet potatoes; boil and mash them just like russet potatoes, but add a little crunch with chopped, toasted walnuts.  Short ribs are another great option, especially when paired with fun foods like corn on the cob. 

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South of the Border
Homemade nachos are a great option for family dinners; lay out the separate ingredients and let everyone build their own.  Stock the crock-pot with some Ro-Tel and Velveeta cheese; when it is all melted together, it makes a wonderful spicy queso.  With build-your-own options like nachos and burritos, everyone can make their favorite; make sure to offer a wide variety of ingredients to fit everyone’s taste.

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Italian Inspiration
Nothing says family dinner like a big pot of spaghetti and savory garlic bread.  This is one meal that is tough to mess up and just about everyone, loves a good spaghetti Bolognese and fragrant French bread with garlic and butter.  Meatballs are another great option for a family spaghetti dinner and can be made from turkey for a leaner option.  Serve up a family-sized salad in your trusty salad bowl and watch everyone dig in!  Other simply delightful Italian options include mouthwatering pans of lasagna and design-your-own pizzas.

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Great Grilling
When it is warm outside, why be stuck in the house slaving over a hot stove?  Instead, move the party outside and make use of that grill that has been waiting all winter to be used.  Grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, roasted potatoes and grilled corn make outstanding fare for warm summer evenings.  Finish everything off with a couple of ripe watermelons and enjoy relaxing time with your family instead of worrying about making a big production of the meal.

Tips for Keeping the Little Ones Occupied
If you are going to have, little ones running in and out, you might be better off to keep them busy helping than to try to keep them out of the kitchen.  Kids can be a big help in getting things out of the refrigerator or using plastic measuring cups to measure out ingredients.  Depending on their age, they do not have to actually accomplish anything as long as you succeed in convincing them that they are being a big help.



What are your favorite go to meals?

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Wednesday, April 22

Happy Earth Day! Win Green Beauty Products! Ends 5/1

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Hey yall!  Happy Earth Day; a day to celebrate planet earth!  What better way to celebrate by starting to use skincare products that are better for you without all those chemicals. 

A great natural skincare line you can start using is derma e® , their natural skincare products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free.

I have partnered with derma e to give one lucky reader a set of their natural skincare line.   

Winner will receive:

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About derma e®

Family owned and operated for 30 years, derma e® has pioneered the development of vitamin-rich, high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions.  The award-winning line features over 80 doctor-developed and clinically-test products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum.  derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan.  Manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power.  derma e® can be found in over 8,000 retail outlets across the U.S. with additional distribution in 25 countries internationally and on

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I have been using derma e for the last week and love all of their skincare products, especially their microdermabrasion scrub.  Their scrub really buffs out my skin to reveal a more radiant and soft skin.

Their skincare line is refreshing and gives your skin what it really needs without all the harsh chemicals.  I recommend derma e to everyone!

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Tuesday, April 21

All Natural Facial Cleansers You'll Love

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Today I have guest Emerald from Pink Balloons For Lunch sharing some all natural facial cleaners that you'll love!

Your face is the first thing that people see and a clear complexion allows us to make a great first impression. After all, the face is the first to show signs of aging with wrinkles, age spots and dark circles. Most people head to their local stores to pick up a bottle of facial cleanser, never realizing that all they need for glowing and radiant skin can be found right in their kitchen. Not only are homemade facial cleansers effective, but they are safer and more nourishing to your skin than store bought cleansers. Check out the recipes below to give your skin the tender loving care it deserves!

Avocado & Honey Facial Cleanser 

1/2 cup Avocado Oil
3 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Castile Soap  

Directions: Whisk all ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl and transfer to a small squeeze pump. Use warm water to wet your face, then pour a small amount of cleanser into hands and then gently massage cleanser into face. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Milky Oats Facial Cleanser

1 Tbsp. Powdered Milk
1 Tbsp. Organic Oatmeal
1 Tsp. Distilled Water

Directions: Grind oatmeal in a food processor until it becomes a fine powder. Then add the oatmeal and the powdered milk into a bowl together. Add a teaspoon of distilled water and mix with spoon until your desired texture is reached. Add another teaspoon of water to thin out if the mixture is too thick. Wet your face with warm water, then massage the paste into your skin in small circles until your entire face is covered. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Whipped Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Organic Castor Oil

Directions: Place your coconut oil in a medium sized bowl and use a mixer to whip the oil until it's light and fluffy. After the coconut oil is whipped, gently add the castor oil and continue to mix for about a minute. Use a small amount of the mixture and massage into your skin in circles, concentrating on problem areas. Then take a hot washcloth (not too hot) and use it to gently wipe the oil from your skin.

Honey Yogurt Purifying Cleanser

4 Tbsp. Honey
4 Tbsp. Yogurt
2 Tsp. Lemon Juice

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Pat cleanser onto face in upward circular motions over your entire face. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry.

Homemade cleansers are excellent for skin and you can control the ingredients so you know exactly what's going on your face. I would also recommend following up with a moisturizer for all recipes except the Whipped Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser. There are enough oils left behind that a moisturizer may not be needed. 

Have you ever made your own facial cleanser? What was your experience?

Emerald Lavender is a Marketing Copywriter for fashion and interior design brands and also freelances as a Fashion & Beauty Writer. You can check out her Blissful & Bubbly Blog, Pink Balloons For Lunch to learn more!
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Monday, April 20

Travel Packing Tips

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Packing correctly for your trip is as important as making sure you confirm your reservations.  If you pack well, your trip will be much more enjoyable than if you pack in a hurry and forget essential items.  Packing too quickly can also result in heavy bags with far too many things packed into them.  Nearly every airline now charges an “over weight limit” fee for luggage that is too heavy.  Packing correctly can help you have a more enjoyable and less expensive trip.

Roll With the Changes
Many seasoned travelers agree that rolling is a far better way to pack clothing than folding it.  Rolled clothing takes up far less space and is not as likely to develop deep wrinkles.  For longer trips or to save space, rolling your clothing is the easiest solution for your packing needs. 

Make a List (and Check it twice)
Having a packing list will help you ensure you have all of your essentials and that you are not missing anything vital.  You should start with your list as much as a month before your trip, so that you can add things as they occur to you.  It will also be easier to purchase any items you may need if you know you need them earlier than the night before you plan to leave.  A packing list offers a fail-safe for your packing; you will not forget anything important.

Everybody has Baggage
Airlines have begun charging fees for baggage and the fee schedules can be atrociously tough to understand.  Most airlines allow each ticketed passenger one suitcase on international flights, but domestic flights often charge fees even for a single checked bag.  These fees range anywhere between $25 and $100, depending on the carrier; knowing whether you have to pay additional fees can play a big role in your desire to save as much space as possible in your luggage.

Following the Rules
Since September 11, 2001, the rules regarding the liquids allowed aboard an airplane have changed drastically.  You are no longer allowed to bring full-sized personal care items such as gel deodorant or mouthwash on board in your carry-on.  All liquids must be contained in bottles that are 3.4 ounces or less, and they have to be packed into a clear zippered storage bag.  While liquid medications are typically exempt from these rules, foods such as mashed potatoes and pudding are also considered liquids and the TSA’s rules apply.  Take the time to examine the list of liquids that are governed by TSA rules and ensure your carry-on meets their regulations.

Make the Most of Your Carry-On
By packing everything you need into a backpack or other suitable carry-on bag, you will avoid excess baggage fees and the possibility that your luggage will be lost.  If you are a woman, do not waste your carry-on allowance with a purse; for men, a briefcase is also a waste of your carry-on allowance.  Use the largest possible bag for your carry-on and pack everything you will need for your trip into it.

What do you do when packing for a trip?

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Saturday, April 18

Save $5 on Admission to Alive! Expo in Atlanta

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It's that time of the year again yall!  Time for the girls and I to start attending Expos!!!!  WOOT WOOT!

Last year we went to the Alive! Expo and had a blast, so we can't wait to attend again and learn more about healthy living. 

If you are attending and would like to save $5 on admission use promo code LPRM15

11th Annual Alive! Expo Atlanta

May 2 & 3, 2015

Saturday11:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday11:00am - 6:00pm

Georgia World Congress Center
Hall C4
Corner of Northside Drive & Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
235 Northside Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

Directions and Discount Parking Passes for purchase can be found here:


General Admission

Adult Ticket:
Ticket Price: $10.00 per day
General Admission ticket includes admission to the Expo Show floor, Exhibiting Companies, Educational Lectures from Industry Experts plus Demonstrations


VIP Ticket:
Ticket Price: $35.00 per day
VIP Admission ticket includes admission to the Expo Show floor, Exhibiting Companies, Educational Lectures from Industry Experts, Demonstrations PLUS a VIP Gift Bag filled with full size natural & organic products from companies present and not present at the Alive! Expo — VIP Gift Bag valued at $100+
Children 12 and under — FREE general admission
Military with a Valid ID — FREE general admission


Please do not forget to bring your Food Donations to Alive! Expo. Help Us Help the Less Fortunate In and Around Atlanta. Non-Perishable Canned or Packaged Items Welcome. No Glass Please! No Expired Items Please!

Use promo code LPRM15 to save $5 on admission

Proceeds from Alive! Expo benefit various local non-profits in Atlanta, GA including Project Green.

Project Green- Save $5 on Admission to Alive! Expo in Atlanta  via www.productreviewmom.comProject Green is a registered 501c3 non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia whose mission is to protect green space for future generations and invest in “A Green Tomorrow.” Project Green will develop “Back to Basics” Summer Camps for under-served children and teens. The eco-camps will focus on building self-esteem and awareness of the environment and will also encourage healthy lifestyles through nutrition, exercise and by incorporating challenging and fun activities. The eco-summer camps will be designed as one-week away camps for all qualified kids. Project Green plans on running five to six of the eco-summer camps each summer. To donate directly to Project Green please visit —

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We hope to see you there!

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Friday, April 17

Product Review Weekend Link Up Party #ProductReviewParty #55

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Thursday, April 16

My New York and Company and Sephora Spring Haul

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Hey yall!  A lot of you enjoyed my Old Navy haul post and as promised I have for you a New York & Company haul post along with Sephora.

I really love New York & Company!  There was a time that I was so loyal to their brand that it became the only place I shopped for clothes, but that changed about 2 years ago when I started to wear Old Navy clothes as well.

NY&CO clothes fit me perfectly.  I look great in their clothes and their clothes stretch for a good and comfortable fit.  I love all their bold colors and prints which really make their clothes stand out.  

I know I said my style is casual, yet chic, but when I wear prints I can really go all out!  I remember when I went to work with bold red and pink colored floral pants one day and my boss had to do a double take looking at how loud my pants were.  Since I work at a conservative office my outfit was a bit much so I had to tone it down a bit.

Before my family’s trip to the Smoky Mountains, I did a bit of shopping at the mall since I left work early and had time to kill before I picked the girls up from their childcare (don’t you just love shopping without the kids around?).  First stop was NY&CO and they were having a 50% off everything sale.  But what ticked me off was finding out a few days later they were having an up to 80% off sale.  That really made me want to return all my stuff but I didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle of going back.

Another thing I like about NY&CO is that they’re always having sales, the price on the tags are never what you pay for.  You can really maximize your savings by using their coupons too.  I can get a lot of clothes and accessories from them paying less than $100.

During this shopping haul, I got myself a pair of palazzo soft pant-floral, floral midi sheath dress, embossed jacquard dress, mercer soft popover shirt (also got a tank top to go underneath), a pink short sleeve  cardigan sweater (not pictured), a few pairs of earrings, a necklace, and a jeweled flat sandals.  

Let me know which look you like on me


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After my shopping at NY&CO, I went to Macy’s and purchased a few shoes from their clearance rack.  I haven’t worn them yet since they are more of winter style shoes.

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Last stop on my shopping trip was Sephora.  I have run out of face primer and was in need of more so I had to go to Sephora to pick me up some.  I didn’t want to continue to use the previous primer I’ve been using since that primer didn’t have a matte finish so a makeup consultant directed me to a primer called Becca that she said a lot of people have been raving about it because it make your makeup last all day with less shine and also it helps make your foundation glide on smoothly when you’re applying it to your face.

When I’m wearing makeup I like to contour my face so I was checking out the contour section and found Smashbox contour pencils that included contour, highlight, and bronze.  The makeup consultant said it was good so I added it in my cart.

Last thing I needed was a good moisturizer.  I have been terrible lately of not moisturizing my face and it shows!  My face hasn’t been as smooth and I’m having break outs bad but that can also be from stress and not drinking enough water.  The skincare consultant pointed me in a direction of a skincare kit with a moisturizer, facial wash, toner, and powder wash called Amore Pacific.  She said this was her favorite skincare line and had me touch her face to see how soft and smooth it was- weird.  I popped that pack in my cart too.

I knew my bill was going to be high and that is why I don’t shop at Sephora often.  It is the Holy Grail when it comes to beauty products but the way my bank account is set up, it’ll scream and fuss at me.  I consider going to Sephora as a treat to myself every now and then.

Out of all the stuff I gotten from Sephora I only liked my skincare set and the facial primer.  With the facial primer I find myself still a bit oily throughout the day and I continue to keep blotting my t-zone on my face but it does make my makeup last all day.  Those contour pencils were not all that good because it is cream base and also made my skin oily, I found myself sharping those pencils after almost each use.  I’ll stick with powder base contour palettes.   The skincare set is great but only wish it came in a bigger size, but I do like how it’s easy to travel with.


 I’m wondering, which beauty stores do you like the best, Sephora or Ulta?

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Wednesday, April 15

Why Bounce Rate with Your Blog Matters

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If you have been blogging for a while, you are well aware of Google Analytics and that it is something that you should monitor frequently. Google Analytics allows you to know which areas of your blog need to be improved. One section is bounce rate and today I am discussing why your bounce rate matters for your blog.

Bounce Rate Explained

Bounce rate shows a percentage of the visitors that visit one page and then leave your website. The lower the number is the longer visitors are staying on your site visiting multiple pages. 

Is Bounce Rate Important

The main thing that the bounce rate shows is how engaging your blog is. Some will say that it shows how easily readers are able to find what they are looking for. For example, let’s say that you rank on the first page of Google for a specific keyword. However, despite the fact that you are getting a lot of traffic, majority of the users leave your site in less than ten seconds. Google is going to lower your ranking because there is no way possible that they were able to get the information that they were searching for in that short amount of time. 

Overall, if you want to rank higher in the search engine your bounce rate is definitely important.

The Ideal Bounce Rate

There is really no “ideal” bounce rate since bounce rates are going to vary based on the blog, the niche, and the audience. For example, if you have, many affiliate links; users may find what they need quickly and then go directly to the site to make a purchase. This is good for you as you are bringing in income. Your bounce rate would be high but your site is still successful. Therefore, this example is exactly why an “ideal” bounce rate cannot be determined. 

Keep in mind the average blog has a bounce rate between 70-98%. However, less than 40% is considered an excellent bounce rate. 

If you are a blogger that is all about providing high quality content to your readers, you should have an excellent bounce rate. It shows that your readers find your information valuable. Additionally, some brands will ask to see your bounce rate and they want it to be low. There are things that you can do to lower your bounce rate, however, if you are in a specific niche where it is normal for visitors to leave your site quickly there is not much that you can do. 

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