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 »

Get the Airbrushed Look at Home with Dinair!

Dinair Kit

Ever notice how celebrities look airbrushed, even in real life? Their makeup is always so perfect, it looks like it was applied with angel’s wings or something. Well, what would you say if I told you that you didn’t need to hunt down and pull the wings off an angel to get that look? That you could get a perfect, airbrushed makeup look right in your own bathroom? If you’re like me, you’d say “no way, really?” Flawless Airbrush Makeup Made Possible by Dinair Dinair is a super cool airbrush makeup kit that lets you get the celeb look in […] Read more »

Celebrate Morton Salt Girl’s 100th Birthday with a Spa Party!

Morton Bath Soak

Did you know that the Morton Salt Girl recently turned 100? She looks pretty fantastic for her age! A milestone like that deserves a party, don’t you think? Fortunately, Mommy Parties sent me a great kit to help make it happen. It was filled with Morton products, coupons, themed candies, an umbrella, coupons and plenty of ideas for an amazing party. Before this, I had no idea that Morton made Epsom Salt! Let me tell you, their Eucalyptus scent is so wonderful for when you have a cold! Have a Spa Day with Morton When you think of Morton Salt […] Read more »

We’re Stronger Together: Stand Against Breast Cancer with Estée Lauder #BCAstrength

Breast Cancer Awareness: Togetherness is Strength

As I’m sure you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While finding a cure for breast cancer should be on our minds year-round, having a month dedicated to raising awareness does help a lot. Estée Lauder is one of the biggest supporters of breast cancer research, and every year they have a different theme to help raise awareness. This year, the theme is:  “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.” Throughout the month, they’re calling on you to hear their stories and share their own. Start by watching their very special, touching trailer:   We’re Stronger Together: How You Can Support Estée […] Read more »

Dr. Cocoa Takes Some of the Challenge Out of Medicating Your Sick Child

Dr Cocoa

Have you heard of Dr. Cocoa yet? It’s the first medicine for kids that actually contains real cocoa and tastes like chocolate. If you have a child that is a challenge to medicate, you know how the right taste can make a huge difference between war and peace. Jacob is one of the hardest kids to medicate. I’m not exaggerating, when he was little it took five adults to get cold medicine into him. Once he reached school-age, a time when I should be able to reason with him better, it became even harder. We’ve actually had massive meltdowns and […] Read more »

Get Billion Dollar Brows Exclusively at KOHL’S


Ever wish you could have stunning brows like the models and actresses do? With the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit, available exclusively at Kohl’s, you can! I received a complimentary kit to try out at home, and I’ve been experimenting with it for the past week. Read on to check out my thoughts and find out more about the kit. So here’s the thing: I never really gave much thought about my eyebrows. I have like a zillion different eye shadows, eyeliners and mascaras, but not a single product designed to make my brows look better. As a total […] Read more »

Cold Care Bath Soak Recipe with Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

Cold Care Bath Soak Recipe

I received a complimentary bottle of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil. However, the opinions and the Cold Care Bath Soak recipe are mine. As I write this, I am feeling pretty miserable. I’ve been battling a cold for the last week. Just when I thought I kicked it, it rears its ugly head yet again. When I’m feeling miserable like this, I like to take a soothing bath. When my Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil arrived, I knew just what I wanted to do with it: mix it with some epsom salts and a bit of peppermint oil to create […] Read more »

Have a Perfect Hair Day with Living Proof PhD

Living Proof

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.” Ever wish you could have a perfect hair day without spending hours styling it? I sure do! I remember the days as a teenager when I had awesome hair. I never had to do anything with it and it still looked good. As I’ve aged, my hair has become less agreeable. It’s gotten thicker, although I don’t know how that is humanly possible! It’s coarser than it used to be, and […] Read more »