5 Clever Tips to Avoid Colds in School Kids #ChildrensMucinex


This post on clever tips to avoid colds in school kids is brought to you by Children’s Mucinex. I was not compensated, however I received complimentary product and other goodies in exchange for an honest post as part of a Smiley360 campaign. Deck the school halls with sneezing kids, fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be snotty, fa la la la la blah blah achoo. Don we now our bright red noses, FALALALAAAA…oh, you get the point. It’s cold season. Want to know how I know this? Not because I’m a former nursing […] Read more »

‘Tis the Season for…Migraines? Not with Ausanil! #ThankfulforMigraineReliefSweepsEntry

Don't let a migraine ruin this view!

This post is sponsored by the maker of Ausanil® severe headache and migraine nasal spray. I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. ‘Tis definitely the season to be jolly, but all those fa la la la las can really bring on a headache for migraine sufferers.  I love the excitement, the lights, the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen, the shopping, the wrapping, the dashing through the snow in my one-horse-powered ancient car…you get the idea. Oh yes, I love the holidays. My head, though, sometimes not so much. Headaches are pretty much a fact […] Read more »

A Better Night’s Sleep for Neck Pain Sufferers with Mediflow Waterbase Pillow + Giveaway

Mediflow Waterbase Pillow

I received a complimentary Mediflow Waterbase Pillow. All opinions are my own. Do you suffer from neck pain? If so, you know how hard it is to find the right pillow to help you get a good night’s sleep. Let me tell you a little story (those keeping a tally of my random medical issues, get your pen out). Last year, I was talking on the phone when I felt a horrible pain in my neck. A real pain, not the person I was talking to acting like a pain. It was so weird and came out of nowhere! The […] Read more »

Tips & Goodies to Keep You Healthy & Beautiful All Winter Long

Winter Health and Beauty

Oh the weather outside is frightful!!! Not quite as frightful as my singing yet, but it’s getting there! I think I actually saw a flurry the other day. A FLURRY! It’s barely the middle of November! With the temperatures dropping and the dry indoor heat rising, my skin is looking not so shiny-happy today. I’m also taking new medicine to prevent migraines. It has the unfortunate side effect of sucking all the moisture out of my body, so I’ve been blotchy lately. Over the last month or so (in some cases, more on the so), I’ve been trying out some […] Read more »

Protect Your Preemie from RSV #RSVAwareness

Jacob Preemie Awareness RSV

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. World Prematurity Day on November 17th is an important day to me.  on It’s no secret here on Pretty Opinionated that I have quite a bit of experience as a mom to a preemie. Jacob was born at 32 weeks due to my preeclampsia. He was a whopping 3lbs, 5oz. At one point, he dropped down to 2lbs, 9oz.  So itty bitty that I had to wait for […] Read more »

Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine on those Crazy Days + $1,000 Giveaway!


We all have those days where our regular morning beauty routine just isn’t going to happen. You know what I’m talking about, right? The days that the alarm clock somehow forgets to go off (certainly NOT because YOU forgot to set it!), your kids lose their shoes or you just have to be out the door earlier than expected. When days like that happen, primping and preening for an hour just isn’t in the cards. Here’s a secret: I can go from sleeping to out the door in about twenty minutes, and about half of that time is spent downing […] Read more »

Restore Your Hair’s Vitality with Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins for Thicker Hair

I’ve talked a lot about my hair over the years here at Pretty Opinionated. Mostly about how it’s crazy thick and out of control. In the comment section of those posts, many of you said you wished you had that problem; that you were dealing with the opposite issue: thin, brittle hair. I really wanted to share a solution for YOU. That’s why I took this opportunity to tell you about Hairfinity Hair Vitamins. Breathe Life into Fine, Thinning Hair with Hairfinity Hair Vitamins Thinning or brittle hair is often caused by a lack of vital nutrients. Like every other […] Read more »

Outbreak… Breakdown: A Forensic/Medical Author’s Take on Ebola & the CDC

Louisiana Fever

Welcome D.J Donaldson, author of Louisiana Fever. He’s sharing his views on Ebola and the CDC. I am super excited to have him as a guest here today. I’ll shush so you can get to reading. My book, Louisiana Fever, involves the spread of a bleeding disease known as Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever. This is a real disease that, like its close relative, Ebola, is caused by an infectious virus.  And having researched this thoroughly (and having come from a forensic/health background) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Ebola outbreak. When I was plotting Louisiana Fever, I figured I ought […] Read more »

Go Confidently in that Strapless Dress with Jolen Creme Bleach #GoConfidently

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Funny story, the other day I was at a new doctor, filling out the forms. They asked my nationality. I needed two lines! On my mom’s side, I’m Italian, German, French and Lithuanian. On my Dad’s: Irish and English. Why am I telling you this? It’s pertinent, don’t worry. See, I got my dad’s Irish skin. It borders on ghostly pale. When I was a goth chick in high school, I didn’t need much makeup to accomplish the vamp look! I also have my grandmother’s Italian hair. Dark, thick and wild. On top of my head, that’s great! On my […] Read more »

30 Days of Perfect Hair with Living Proof PhD


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”   Last month, I told you about the Living Proof hair challenge. For 30 days, I used only Living proof PhD products. That meant clearing out the five or six other brands of hair care products (I like to mix things up!) from my shower and replacing it with just the Living proof PhD shampoo and conditioner. I also cleared off my bathroom sink of all the random styling treatments and […] Read more »