L’OREAL Paris Review

Im not sure how many readers realize that I am a bzzagent and that is how I get my free products to review.  This last package consisted of the Loreal Paris The One Sweep Eye Shadow and Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara. 

What they want you to know:

Loreal Paris The One Sweep Eye Shadow

*Defines, color and highlights in one easy sweep

*Features a one-of-a-kind applicator designed to fit the shape of your eye to easily achieve a complete look

*Coordinated shadows come in natural and playful palettes expertly designed to enhance your eye color: Blue, Green/Hazel, Brown

*Additional expertly selected paletes available to enhance all eye colors

*Suggested retail $9.95


Loreal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator

*Professionally developed to enhance and illuminate your eyes

*Lengthens, intensifies and illuminates in two simple steps

*Clump-free, flake and smudge resistant

*Available in 4 shades: Black Copper for Blue Eyes, Black Bronze for Green/Hazel Eyes, Black Quartz for Brown Eyes, and Black Crystal for all Eyes.

*Ophthalmologist- and allergy-tested

*Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

*Fragrance free

*Suggested Retail $10.95

My opinion:

The One Sweep Eye Shadow is a great concept but I found it to be unreliable.  The suggestions are to apply with the darkest shade along your lashline.  I prefer a very thin line of eyeliner with lighter colors along my lashline to give me a more “awake” look so this didnt work for me.  I thought the applicator was awkward.  I decided to try the colors with a different applicator and really do like the product.  I use the white as the highlighter under my brows, the pink for my eyelid and the brown to accent the corners but not along my lashline.  They are similar to the colors I was using with my previous brand.  The eyeshadow stays on and lasts throughout the day.  I have not had problems with smudging or creasing.

The Double Extend Eye Illuminator was my favorite! I have trouble with mascara because it usually irritates my eyes and I tend to pull at my eyelashes.  It may be more of a habit now.  Because I tend to do this, I was able to feel that the mascara did not leave my lashes brittle or hard; they stayed soft throughout the day.  I believe it made them appear longer and fuller.  The illuminating color really brightened my eyes and enhanced my shadow.  I am using the Almay eye makeup remover and I have noticed that I need a little extra effort to remove the mascara but I have not had any trouble removing residue.

I should also say that I used to be a Mary Kay Consultant and was trained in colors and in technique.  I think the instructions did a great job providing tips for successful application and they chose colors that will enhance the eye color they were intended for.  I would buy this product and will probably from now one.  Hope this was helpful

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SC Johnson Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner: Eileen

and our two coupon pack winners: PricklyPineCone and Lisa

You will be contacted to provide your contact information and you will have 48 hours to respond.  Items will be mailed on or before Friday, April 1st, 2011.


I had the opportunity to review a t-shirt from www.TSHIRTPRINTING.net and received a Medium size woman’s shirt in light blue with a monkey applique.  The tshirt is a soft cotton (100% cotton) and very comfy.  The size Medium seems true to size, maybe slightly larger than a medium you might buy in some brands.  The tag says GILDAN.   I have to say the monkey really isnt my style but it is very cute and held up perfectly in the wash.  The tag recommends washing in warm water with like colors turned inside out.  I dont follow directions well and washed it in cold water with every color clothes I have right side out.  I dried it in the dryer.  The colors stayed true and the size did not appear to shrink.  Overall I say its a great product!

Here’s what the company has to say:

When it comes to ladies T shirts, here at TshirtPrinting.net we can screen print your design onto just about any style you can think of. We have longsleeve, short sleeve, skinny fit, strappy, sleeveless, v neck, polo and if we don’t have just what you are looking for then we can almost certainly source it for you.

We are pleased that we are able to offer ladies T shirts in organic cotton for extra comfort and to help take the strain off our planet.

We have years of experience screen printing ladies T shirts and would be happy to advise you – please call now on 0800 046 7633.

Price Guide

The cost of supplying your printed clothing is dependent on a number of factors:-

  • Type and quality of garment.
  • Number of garments.
  • Number of prints per garment.
  • Number of colours in each design.

Check out their website for more information about company logos and personalization.  www.tshirtprinting.net or contact Martin at martin@tshirtprinting.net

Petals Newborn Hat

I love this pattern I got from AlliCrafts Blog! Its so cute. Im hoping to figure out sizes soon so I can make it for my daughter who is 20 months today! Comments are welcome!

SC JOHNSON ~ Bzzagent Review & Giveaway

 I recently had the pleasure of reviewing some SC Johnson products including:

One 4 oz. Glade Limited Edition  Spring Collection Jar Candle “Sparkle of Spring”

What they want you to know: features a zesty lime, ginger and vanilla scent.  They also carry Bring on the Blossoms(featuroing a medly of jasmine, rose, peony, and sandlewood) and Jump for Joy (featuring orange oil, apple, pineapple, mango, and black current) scents in the Spring Collection.  These scents are available in the 4 oz. candle which burn up to 22 hours, Glade Scented Oil Candles in refilable decorative glass holders to quickly fill the room with fragrance, Glade Premium Room Sprays which instantly fragrance the air with a gently quiet mist, and Glade Plugins Scented Oil offering continuous, long-lasting scented oil fragrances.

My Opinion: I loved the 4oz jar candle that I was provided.  I usually buy candles from Partylite so the standards were set pretty high.  I was pleasantly surprised that the candle melted similar to the partylite candles and much like a soy candle.  During the first burn I didnt seem to notice the scent as much as the next couple times I burned the candle.  I walked away from it for a short time (oops, sometimes I forget) and was curious what I was smelling from the other room.  It was the candle! The scent carried from my kitchen to my living room two rooms away in a very short amount of time.  It was the perfect addition to the open windows and fresh air.  I think I would have liked the “Bring on the Blossoms” scent best but I am delighted with the “Sparkle of Spring” scent.  Ive burned the candle for probably 5 or 6 hours and you cant tell that the wax has deminished…I believe it will be long lasting, maybe longer than the 22 hours claimed.  


One Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refill  ***Giveaway Item

What they Want you to know: Spring Collection includes scents – Hawaiian Breeze described as vacation in a bottle, Lavendar & Vanilla described as “relax the day away with a soothing blooming blend of lavendar and vanilla”, and Crisp Waters described as “soak up the pure, invigorating scents of the great outdoors.  When used with the Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lating impressions warmer it provides up to 60 days of fragrance that doesnt fade away to help make every room in your home a springtime oasis, alternates scents every 45 minutes for a fragrance that always feels new, available in two complementary scent combinations “Clean Linen” and “Sunny Days” or “Hawaiian Breeze” and “Vanilla Passion Fruit”.  The lasting Impressions warmer works with any Glade Plugins scented oil refill, so you can enjoy any two of your glade favorites every single day.

My Opinion: I did not use the Plugins scented oil that I will be giving away below.  I do not have a dispenser and dont have any available plugs to purchase one at this time.  Please enter the giveaway below if you would like to enter.  It is a 1 refill package of the Crisp Waters scent.  A coupon for the dispenser will be included.

One Pledge Lemon Clean Aerosol Spray

What they want you to know: Provides a noticeable clean on wood, granite, stainless steel, leather, and more.  Removes up to 90% of allergens.  Also try Pledge wipes for a quick easy clean.

My opinion: I was surprised to know that you could use pledge on more surfaces than just wood and that it helped remove allergens.  That makes sense since you use it ofr dusting – duh! I remembered using to help my great-grandmother clean her wood furniture back in the day.  I dont have wood furniture so I havent bought it in a really long time.  So, when I used it, the familiar lemon scent was present but not offensive.  It appears to be slightly slimy when you use too much but wipes up clean and greaseless. 

One 20 oz bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer with Extend-A-Clean

What they want you to know: New and improved formulat made with Extend-a-Clean technology keeps bathrooms cleaner for 4 days! Invisible grime barrier is activated each time the surface gets wet, keeping soap scum away longer.  Goes to work on contact, penetrating , dissolving and removing soap scum and reducing mildew stains.  Features a wide spray to cover more completely than splotchy trigger sprays.  Leaves behind a brilliant shine.   Makes removing soap scum easy and scrubbing virtually obsolete.  Available in 20-oz bottle whereever scrubbing bubbles products are sold.

My opinion: I hate to admit this but, I never clean my shower.  My husband does but it’s definately not every 4 days.  I took some pictures but my bathroom doesnt have the best lighting so I’m not sure it was helpful.  I will post them though.  I dont think my shower was that dirty prior to using the scrubbing bubbles but I did notice the faucet was much more shiny after just a rinse.  I did not scrub because the bottle said there was an option for rinsing or scrubbing.  For someone who doesnt like to clean the bathroom, I chose the rinse option.  I did make cleaning less painful and lots easier.


after scrubbing bubbles


One Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel kit with dispenser and gel discs

What they want you to know:  Prevents build up of lime scale and toilet rings, comes ready-to-use with one disposible and one gel holder (contains 6 gel discs), eliminates odors as it cleans, each disc lasts up to one week and leaves no residue, available in 3 fragrances: Fresh Clean, Fresh Mountain Morning, and Citrus.

My Opinion: I love this product! I hate cleaning the bathroom and most of all the ucky toilet! The disposible gel holder is easy to use, it has adjustible grooves so you only apply one gel per use.  It stuck immediately with very little force.  Best of all, it has a plastic cap for the part that you stick on the inside of the toilet bowl to prevent spreading germs.  Ive had the gel tab in my toilet bowl for a week and the water is slightly tinted blue, the gel tab is still in place and still has a lot of use left to it (appearingly) and the bowl is much cleaner that it would be after normal use without the gel tab.  Now that I’m writing this, Im wondering how long each tab lasts.  I assume it would depend on your household’s number of toilet users and frequency but that would be nice for consumers to have an estimate. Ill update this post when I notice the gel tab being completely dissolved.

And One megasavings coupon booklet***giveaway item!

Giveaways: 1 Grand Prize winner will receive the Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refill with a $3.00 off coupon for the Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder

2 additional winners will receive coupons for all of the following: $3.00 off any Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder, $1.00 off any pledge product, $$1.00 off any scrubbing bubbles toilet cleaning gel, $.75 off any scrubbing bubbles mega shower foamer, $3.00 off scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner starter kit, $2.00 off any two glade spring collection products, $1.00 off any glade plugins scented oil twin refill or two single refills.

How to enter: Complete mandatory entry plus any of the following entries to gain additional entries.  Include your email address with all entries.   Once the giveaway ends, a winner will be randomly chosen for each prize and will be contacted for mailing information.

Mandatory entry:  Tell us what Glade product is your favorite.

Additional entries: 

1.) Follow Princess Pipers Mama on Twitter

2.) Subscribe to Princess Pipers Mama blog

Enter each day for better chances to win! ENDS MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011

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Mom’s Medical Maladies ~ Just for fun

I found this in the “Parenting: Early Years” April 2011 edition.  Thought it was cute.

1.) Congestive Art Failure: The inability to find room for one more cross-eyed portrait of Daddy on the fridge.

2.) Sexzema: The way your skin crawls when your husband tries to cop a feel after you’ve spent a long day with a whiny, clingy kid

3.) Mallergies: Severe aversion to large shopping centers after enduring multiple $80 detours into Build-a-Badger (not sure what this is)

4.) Damnesia: Disorientation at hearing your child use a bad word, until you remember he heard you use it first.

5.) “My”graine: Throbbing headache after a two-hour playdate refereeing fights over a single toy ina chock-full basement

6.) Hymnsomnia: sleeplessness due to anxiety over how one’s offspring will behave in church

7.) Manopause: Overwhelming need for a girls’ night own following an afternoon of baseball widowhood

8.) Gum Dis-ease: Anxious monitoring of kindergartner enjoying a chiclet, wondering if it’ll end up on your sofa or in her windpipe

9.) Gastrointerestitis: excessive focus on teh contents of a sick toddler’s diaper

10.) Carpool tunnel Syndrome: Sensation of spending one’s days endlessly shuttling rowdy kids to tumble classes and playdates.

I dont think they fit everyone but I think everyone can giggle at one or two of them and relate 🙂

Have a nice day!

The Claim: Home-Births Double the Risk of Infant Mortality ~totally bogus

People are so consumed with their own opinions that they cannot read an article with an open mind and decide for themselves on what they believe.  To go further, they eliminate useful and real data to make their point.  Hopefully this article provides some insight to the disillusionment of the recent arguement that homebirths are an unsafe choice.

The Claim: Home-Births Double the Risk of Infant Mortality

Posted by heatherturgeon on March 22nd, 2011 at 3:43 pm
2543407434 16fe993b07 e1300821591880 The Claim: Home Births Double the Risk of Infant Mortality The home birth safety debate

Earlier this year, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told us that babies born at home are two to three times as likely to die in the first month of life than hospital-born babies.

The backup for that claim (one that has been hotly debated): a meta-analysis (an accumulated review of multiple studies) last year in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. That review — headed by a specialist in maternal fetal medicine at the Maine Medical Center in Portland — looked at 12 studies on home birth and found that babies born at home without birth defects were more likely to die within 28 days.

This month, the journal Nature breaks down some of the claims and criticism to the original research. Here’s the latest in the home-birth safety debate:

One of the biggest criticisms to the original research is that it excluded data unnecessarily. Of the 12 studies examined, the researchers only used data from a subset of four. One of the omissions was a large Dutch study of 300,000 women that found no increased risk of death in the first week of life.

Epidemiologists also take issue with the fact that the original paper combined studies without measuring the variation in methods and outcomes between the studies.

Recently, at the request of the publisher, the study author posted more of his original data (the journal was officially investigating the validity of his findings after they drew so much criticism). The data changed a bit, but the author drew the same conclusions: a higher risk of mortality for home-birth.

The perspective of the ACOG that home birth carries risks isn’t likely to change, but the scientific basis is clearly up for debate. And with their statement earlier this year, the ACOG also wrote that, “women who decide to deliver at home should be offered standard components of prenatal care, including Group B Strep screening and treatment, genetic screening, and HIV screening.” In other words, they acknowledge a woman’s right to choose this path (at least that’s the way I take it).

As Ceridwen Morris – a trusted, well-informed and rational voice on the topic of childbirth – writes on the debate “It is my belief that home birth safety absolutely must be considered in light of each woman’s personal health, care and circumstances.” This seems like a really important point, because the risks of complication depends so heavily on each woman’s individual health, pregnancy, and support — a nuance that a meta-analysis will not detect.

If you feel somewhere in between the natural and medical birthing camps, earlier this month, Ceridwen wrote a truly helpful post about harnessing the lessons of home birth even when you’re in the hospital

Retrieved from: http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2011/03/22/the-claim-home-birth-raises-infant-mortality/?utm_source=Babble&utm_campaign=e842581c2f-3_243_23_2011&utm_medium=email

House OKs bill requiring couples to get breastfeeding info before marriage – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News

While I think information on breastfeeding and nutrition is especially important to everyone, I hardly agree that it should be a requirement for marriage licenses.  There are plenty of couples who never intend to become parents and plenty more who are single parents who plan to never wed.  This doesn’t make sense to me.  Maybe they should consider teaching this information to high school students, while they’re at it, throw in some budgeting skills…just a couple of my pet peeves.  See the article below to read:

House OKs bill requiring couples to get breastfeeding info before marriage – Nation – GMA News Online – Latest Philippine News.

The 20 Rights Of Childbearing Women

The 20 Rights Of Childbearing Women

by Pulver Family Chiropractic, PLLC on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 2:26pm

This article was originally published in Pathways Magazine Issue #20

This statement was developed in response to serious and continuing problems with maternity care in the United States, including:

  • The United States is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not guarantee access to essential health care for all pregnant women and infants. Many women, especially those with low incomes, lack access to adequate maternity care.
  • A large body of scientific research shows that many widely used maternity care practices that involve risk and discomfort are of no benefit to low-risk women and infants. On the other hand, some practices that clearly offer important benefits are not widely available in U.S. hospitals.
  • Many women do not receive adequate information about benefits and risks of specific procedures, drugs, tests, and treatments, or about alternatives.
  • Childbearing women frequently are not aware of their legal right to make health care choices on behalf of themselves and their babies, and do not exercise this right.

We must ensure that all childbearing women have access to information and care that is based on the best scientific evidence now available, and that they understand and have opportunities to exercise their right to make health care decisions. Women whose rights are violated need access to legal or other recourse to address their grievances.

The Twenty Rights of Childbearing Women

  1. Every woman has the right to health care before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth.
  2. Every woman and infant has the right to receive care that is consistent with current scientific evidence about benefits and risks.* Practices proven safe and beneficial should be used when indicated. Harmful, ineffective, or unnecessary practices should be avoided. Unproven interventions should be used only in the context of research to evaluate their effects.
  3. Every woman has the right to choose a midwife or a physician as her maternity care provider. Both caregivers skilled in normal childbearing and caregivers skilled in complications are needed to ensure quality care for all.
  4. Every woman has the right to choose her birth setting from the full range of safe options available in her community, on the basis of complete, objective information about benefits, risks, and costs of these options.*
  5. Every woman has the right to receive all or most of her maternity care from a single caregiver or a small group of caregivers with whom she can establish a relationship. Every woman has the legal right to leave her maternity caregiver and select another if she becomes dissatisfied with her care.*
  6. Every woman has the right to information about the professional identity and qualifications of those involved with her care, and to know when those involved are trainees.*
  7. Every woman has the right to communicate with caregivers and receive all care in privacy, which may involve excluding nonessential personnel. She also has the right to have all personal information treated according to standards of confidentiality.*
  8. Every woman has the right to receive maternity care that identifies and addresses social and behavioral factors that affect her health and that of her baby.** She should receive information to help her take the best care of herself and her baby and have access to social services and behavioral change programs that could contribute to their health.
  9. Every woman has the right to full and clear information about benefits, risks, and costs of the procedures, drugs, tests, and treatments offered to her, and of all other reasonable options, including no intervention.* She should receive this information about all interventions that are likely to be offered during labor and birth well before the onset of labor.
  10. Every woman has the right to accept or refuse procedures, drugs, tests, and treatments and to have her choices honored. She has the right to change her mind.* (This established legal right has been challenged in a number of recent cases.)
  11. Every woman has the right to be informed if her caregivers wish to enroll her or her infant in a research study. She should receive full information about all known and possible benefits and risks of participation, and she has the right to decide whether to participate, free from coercion and without negative consequences.*
  12. Every woman has the right to unrestricted access to all available records about her pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum care, and infant; to obtain a full copy of these records; and to receive help in understanding them, if necessary.*
  13. Every woman has the right to receive maternity care that is appropriate to her cultural and religious background and to receive information in a language in which she can communicate.
  14. Every woman has the right to have family members and friends of her choice present during all aspects of her maternity care.**
  15. Every woman has the right to receive continuous social, emotional, and physical support during labor and birth from a caregiver who has been trained in labor support.**
  16. Every woman has the right to receive full advance information about risks and benefits of all reasonably available methods for relieving pain during labor and birth, including methods that do not require the use of drugs. She has the right to choose which methods will be used and to change her mind at any time.*
  17. Every woman has the right to freedom of movement during labor, unencumbered by tubes, wires, or other apparatus. She also has the right to give birth in the position of her choice.*
  18. Every woman has the right to virtually uninterrupted contact with her newborn from the moment of birth, as long as she and her baby are healthy and do not need care that requires separation.**
  19. Every woman has the right to receive complete information about the benefits of breastfeeding well in advance of labor, to refuse supplemental bottles and other actions that interfere with breastfeeding, and to have access to skilled lactation support for as long as she chooses to breastfeed.**
  20. Every woman has the right to decide collaboratively with caregivers when she and her baby will leave the birth site for home, based on their conditions and circumstances.**

* At this time in the United States, childbearing women are legally entitled to these rights.

** The legal system would probably uphold these rights.

More motivation to kick the cola habit

I just received this email from the Dr. Mercola website and had to share the info on the effects of drinking soda on a regular basis.  Please read on…  Dr. Mercola

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