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Mothers Day Gifts On Sale Now! 4/25 thru 4/28

Mothers Day Gifts on sale, click the link below and take advantage of it, supplies are limited on the sale items and they run out fast! I love the products they make wonderful Mothers Day Gifts, they have products Aprons to pot holders and gloves (for washing dishes and cleaning)  to keep those manicures beautiful and look beautiful while protecting the manicures!

Mothers Day Gifts Coupon Code to save 40% this is the Venetian Rose Apron a beautiful vintage inspired fabric that reminds me of victorian in apprearance.Hi all, I’ve been laid up in terrible pain here (more info soon in another post)… I found this announcement of a Mothers Day Flash Sale at my Favorite Apron place online! These Aprons are one size fits all, the apron waist and neck sashes have plenty of room to tie them, they are super duper long!

These make an easy, beautiful Mothers Day Gifts, for the women in your life that love to cook, bake, grill or just love to wear something pretty while hosting a dinner with friends and family! Enjoy (click on the link below to see more about what is on sale).

All aprons, mittens, gloves, bibs, everything on sale, 50% off and free shipping from Friday through Monday for Mothers Day.

Order now, supplies on these sales are always limited.


Mothers Day Madness – MOTHER50 = 50% Off + Free Shipping from friday through monday only on any purchase.

Skin Care System – Spa Sonic Review & Sale (4/30/13)

I was contacted by Spa Sonic to test out their Sonic Skin Care System (AKA: Sonic Face and Body Polisher) and, you know me (well most of you do) I jump on the chance to review products that fit into my Cosmetology knowledge (Hair, Skin and Nails), beauty and beauty tools.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System Box

Your first question, if you’ve read my review and how to with manual and mechanical skin care systems (along with the product that I found to be the best system at the time of the writing of that post) in the past should be, “Well, what’s the major difference, between this and the other system?” The difference here is that this Skin Care System is Sonic. What does Sonic mean when it comes to these systems? Sonic is a specific sonic vibration/sound that helps to clean better and make products like this Skin Care System penetrate better. Spa Sonic Skin Care System Box

I received the Spa Sonic, Sonic Skin Care System and immediately started to use it so that I could get this review out ahead of their sale date (more about the sale later in this post). The Sonic Skin Care System box contains, 2 Facial Brushes (both are so wonderfully gentle), 1 large Body Brush, 1 Facial Buffer (a really supper soft sponge for after cleansing and application of your Moisturizer) and a really gentle pumice stone and of course the Sonic Unit that all these attachments go on. The 4 AA Batteries required are included too. Also inside the box you will find a 30 day Money Back Warranty, the place to register your unit and an instruction manual.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System Warranty and instructions

Now when I went to put the batteries in, I thought for sure I knew how since on the handle of the unit, it had in raised print “Open” and so I kept trying to pull off the end… then I tried squeezing it. My husband looked at me laughing, then I realized how silly I looked. I won’t say much more then that end of the unit is rather phallic looking and I knew by my husband’s eyes what he was thinking, so as I handed it to him, he did say “trust me I have more experience with this sort of thing than you do.” I burst into laughter and stated that perhaps I need to say that you need the guy around the house or a guy friend to open this for you. Ok enough of that, after reading the instructions out loud, and grabbing the unit from my husband, and failing to open it again, I handed it back over and made sure to repeat that the instructions say “Minimal pressure during pulling of the cap. It is more easily pulled off.” And woolahhh my husband had the cap off in a moment.

Inserting the batteries was easy enough as you can see markings, once the cap is open telling you where the + and – ends go… nice that you don’t have to refer to the instructions each time you accidentally pull out the batteries to replace them and forget to take note of how they were inserted… this is something I do on a regular basis and I’ve had skin care systems with brushes that didn’t even bother to leave you a clue as to how the batteries go in. Well I do have to say that this skin care system is much newer than the one I tried, that I believe was from Avon or some such (an ugly green thing) that didn’t even work for one whole facial wash, and that was back about 8 years ago when these things were first coming out.

I have tried several systems like this in the past, I have to say that I love the fact that this comes with 2 facial brushes, you can use one for the 2 or 3 months and then use the other so no worry about replacements until 4 to 6 months later or you can shave the unit with someone else, just get out the ol’ nail polish and mark the 2nd one with it… towards the brush side of the brush head, so you can readily see it. This nail polish idea will work great to help you also keep track of what brush you are saving for use in 2 to 3 months down the road.

Removing the attachments, especially the sponge like attachment from the plastic insert, should be done by pushing in on the plastic below it. This way you easily remove the attachments and for the delicate sponge attachment you don’t rip it or pull off the sponge.

Me (Mariah) Preparing to Use her Spa Sonic Skin Care System
Me Preparing to use my Sonic Skin Care System, make sure to get all the hair secured away from you face before you use this system.

Remember to get all your hair out of your face before you use the system. When you use these systems, especially with the sonic units, I recommend a gentle liquid wash for cleansing.  I also recommend that you first do a light wash of your face before using the unit for deep cleansing… just because I like the idea of getting off some of the surface impurities first before you use the brush (thus you are just pushing around the impurities from the deeper cleaning and not the surface, such as makeup etc). This way you also keep your brushes cleaner so you may rinse well after use easily and not have to clean the brush by disturbing the bristles by rubbing back and forth on your hand.

I did notice that the facial brushes with this skin care system were about 20% smaller then the last system I reviewed and have been using. And I admit that I actually like these smaller brush heads more… I like them more because they catch all the facial angles of the face more easily and I actually found it easier to keep the brush flush with the face for me. And this brush and unit are sonic in it’s cleaning and for me I can actual feel that my face feels much more stimulated and as a result it’s tingly even a while after use.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System with one of the two facial brushes attached

Please remember not to push in with your Unit, like any of the others, just hold the brush or attachment flat to the surface and let it gently glide over the surface. I have read some about people bearing one when they use some of these types of Skin Care Systems and that should NEVER BE DONE, if you hear the motor in it working harder then you are pushing down on the unit too much. Think of feathery touches, more and harsher exfoliation etc doesn’t mean it’s better as a matter of fact you can damage your unit as well as your skin!

The little sponge like attachment is so very soft, I don’t know if this is made with latex or not…so if you have a problem with latex you may want to think twice about using this product… however I don’t use it with too direct a contact to my skin as I use my moisturizer on the sponge. I like using this soft little sponge as it adds a delicate microdermabrasion for your skin as it helps the moisturizer sink into you skin more. For me the moisturizer sunk in much better than the plain rotating brush from my past review (it wasn’t sonic), so I use moisturizer with this one and I actually feel a big difference in my skin.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System Spong and What I use for moisturizer
Use the Sponge Head with your moisturizer.

I love to use the body brush, this too is very gentle but has the extra cleaning action of the sonic action of this Skin Care System. And the pumice stone has a nice gentle texture to it as well, helping to exfoliate those rough areas, it’s gentle enough to use on those elbows and knees as well as your feet! I really like that and recommend using this before application of instant tanning lotions that we all should be applying if we want to look tan (please avoid the sun and use sunscreen daily) as the exfoliating will help make sure that your knees and elbows won’t be too dark when you apply your instant tanning lotion.

I have found this Sonic Skin Care System to work wonderfully on my skin and much more efficiently then the last system that I tried that just has rotating brushes. This system may cost more than the ones that weren’t sonic and were basically just a rotating brush, but I feel that this Spa Sonic Skin Care System is well worth the price… don’t get me wrong this skin care system is still much cheaper then the Clarisonic ones out there.

Spa Sonic Skin Care System comes in 3 choices of colors White Lavendar and Pink

The Sale:

Just in time for Mothers Day these Skin Care Systems will be on Sale at Target.com

Sale Date: Tuesday April the 30th , 2013

Sale Price: $36 (The Regular Price is $60, that is a Savings of 40% off.)

Here is your link for this Sale. Or you can click on this link here (as you can see I am in no way affiliated with this Product or Sale: http://www.target.com/p/spa-sonic-skin-care-system-face-body-polisher-7-piece-pro-kit/-/A-13556048

As of this writing (4/28/2013) The Pink and the Lavender Sonic Care Skin Care Systems are out of stock, and I am not sure if those two colors will be on sale on the 3oth, since the link goes directly to the white Skin Care System, I would count of this one being the sale item and being in stock too! 🙂

Spa Sonic Gifts with Bows on the boxes
Before I close I have been asked for my recommendations for facial cleansing and moisturizing by others and here is what I use on my skin, keep in mind that my skin is normal with combination areas through out (and that I just turned 50 on the 22nd of this month) so what I use may not work for you. Here is what I use:

Olay Foaming Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. It is fragrance-free, oil-free and soap-free (again I don’t recommend bar soap cleansers, it can stiffen your brushes prematurely, so I recommend a gentle liquid cleanser). And Regenerist Moisturizer from Olay (you will notice the moisturizer in a picture above).

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received the Spa Sonic Skin Care System for testing and this review. 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.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Target and me.

 

Mothers Day Gift 40% off Coupon Code for Aprons

 

Coupon Code for Mothers Day Gift giving at Flirty Aprons,

this is not just 40% off (like the one earlier this month) Now a coupon code with free Domestic Shipping too!

These Aprons make a great Mothers Day Gift, as well as gifts for anyone else who cooks, bakes or grills.

Let me introduce you to my Favorite Company for Aprons, “Flirty Aprons”… I received a Flirty Apron as a gift, I was told ahead of time what to expect shipped to me from the person that sent it (since it was going to be late for my birthday). I was so very excited! I have fallen in love with some of their Aprons and have shared the links with Friends and Family, it seems that so many love these Aprons, even the guys, the aprons for the men are made of very sturdy material and have wonderfully funny sayings on them… I love the one that says “I Turn Grills On”.

So you don’t have to wait to find the link and the coupon code, I am placing it here (and again near end of this post):  40% Off + Free Domestic Shipping (First Class & Priority)  This offer is Good through 05/05/13. Easy Coupon Code (just Copy and Paste this upon checkout) MOMSDEAL40

A great Mothers Day Gift Idea. This is a Beautiful Apron with an Oriental Flare in Cherry Blossoms.  The colors are in Black and Red with white background, from flirty aprons on sale now to save 40% off with the coupon code

Well the person that sent me my Apron, evidently had her own favorite and it really didn’t match favorites at all. I sighed with disappointment after all the build up of expectations… that is until I tried this Apron on and looked in the Mirror! My heart was lifted as I was hoping for a totally cute pattern on the apron and in cheery colors, not black. Why did my heart lift? It looks so adorable that even as a more understated less vibrant or cutesy in color and fabric pattern that I’d choose for myself, this apron was still very striking and flattering! As a matter of fact everyone that has seen my apron loves it and they gasp at the beauty of it when I put it on, asking repeatedly what place they can purchase from.

I have had to write down the website link for all my family and friends before they left my home… when I play hostess I get distracted but before they would leave, I would get my hug and either a request that I write down the place to purchase these or a card shoved in my pocket with a reminder on it to email them the information and share with them any sales I find. lol In other words I may forget that they want the information, but they are sure to remind me before they leave. 🙂 The requests come from all sorts of people from young women to older women (one a Great Grandma) and all shapes and sizes, yes I must be a good sales person for these Aprons since I often show too how very very long the tie around the waist is on these Aprons, even a very big friend of mine (from the apartments I lived in before I moved) is well over 300 lbs and she could easily wear these aprons.

Mothers Day Gift Idea. This is the Women's Brown polkadot and pale blue apron.

Needless to say I am in love with the Women’s Aprons from this company. They are so cute and each design is so unique that you are sure to find an Apron for any taste and any age.

These Are Not only Great Gifts for Mothers Day, stock up for others while you can really save.

Do like I do and start up your own “Gift Box”

I am up to several Gift Boxes Now. I label each item for whom I had in mind for the gift and I have a miscellaneous box with gifts for surprises or special occasions (from New Mothers & their babies, House Warming gifts, to Hostess Gifts). You could also start your secret gift stash for your sweetie and children too… nothing wrong with getting something that locks (they have those foot lockers for college students that you can lock) and stashing gifts in there for those people living with you! *wink*

Flirty Aprons carry cute bibs for the babies as well as Aprons for the whole family! And that’s not all, they have wonderful looking oven mitts and the cutest gloves for washing dishes (& housework) too! Think of that Gal in your life that gets manicures and loves to have beautiful nails, help her keep them by adding in a lovely oven mitt and rubber gloves to go with that apron. Caution Guys don’t you DARE give her just the rubber cleaning gloves, she’s bound to get quite upset… instead get her instead a whole set, oven mitts, gloves and an apron, this will make the gift extra special!

 

Okay here is the info you have been waiting for:

40% Off + Free Domestic Shipping (First Class & Priority) Good through 05/05/13 Use Code: MOMSDEAL40

Remember your Mothers Day Coupon Code! Just Copy and Paste —-> MOMSDEAL40

I hope to add my pictures to the blog soon, it seems my camera didn’t want to work to well the other day, and I need to wash my apron again before trying this again.

Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored product review, as I already have owned the product for about 2 years now as a gift. Non the less, I, Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received my Flirty Apron as a gift from a friend.  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.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Flirty Aprons.
 


Beautiful Wood Furniture And Enjoyable Scents, Thanks to Daddy Van’s – Review and Giveaway

 

Daddy Vans Logo Daddy Vans A Whole Lotta LoveHowdy Folks! This Colorado gal is pleased to introduce you to another great Colorado Company and their products! I simply love the ingenuity and that the products, that I’ve found in Colorado, are typically environmentally friendly, all natural and safe for the family. Daddy Van’s is no exception, the company has “The National Products Association Seal of Approval”, “The USDA BioPreferred Certification”, the approval by “Green America” and much more. Check out their Daddy Van’s Home page and their “About Us” page for all the wonderful things about this Company. I would be remiss to leave out the fact that a portion of all their profits are donated to Healthy Child Healthy World. Healthy Child Healthy World is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures.

 

Daddy Vans products that I receivedNow lets face it, like most people, I hate house cleaning, polishing furniture and caring for the cupboard exteriors are no exception for me. Not only do furniture polishes tend to smell of either the same old boring lemon scent (artificial and it smells like housework!) or they smell of chemicals. Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t make much of a difference in appearance to me in most cases, if it does it’s short lived. And a lot of polishes out there actually start to build up on your furniture, so much so that some companies started selling products to use to get rid of the build up (from their other products) a few years ago.

 

 

Daddy Vans Sweet Orange Oil Furniture Polish that I used on my cupboardsAfter receiving my products from Daddy Van’s, I went to work right away on my cupboards, it made a huge difference on the cupboards in this house. Imagine a house that has spent many many years with renters in it, as most of you can imagine we have a lot of work to do. It seems that the landlord (that we bought this home from) not only hired people that did not do their jobs right or only did their jobs halfway (no supervision) but let the renters who couldn’t pay their rent fix things up to make up for past due rent. Including the cupboards which were varnished terribly and obviously the doors were varnished while they were still hung up and they were handled while they were still wet.

 

Cupboard badly varnished and fading before using daddy vans sweet orange oil polish
Before Using Daddy Van’s.
These are the badly finished cupboards I’ve been living with, areas without finish and drips as a result some serious fading of the wood.
Cupboard that was badly varnished and fading after using daddy vans sweet orange oil polish
After: My Cupboards look so much better now after using Daddy Van’s Sweet Orange Furniture Polish.

I didn’t think that I could make a change to how these cupboards looked, and when I read about using the Sweet Orange Oil Furniture Polish for cleaning up cupboards, I went to work. I couldn’t believe the difference, what a joy! The scent of this polish is a wonderful Orange scent to it and it makes you almost want to eat it! The job that the Sweet Orange Furniture Polish could speak for itself but, as with most pictures, it doesn’t do the changes justice. The Furniture Polish will help me hold off on taking down the cupboard doors and stripping  and refinishing them…. the cupboards look so much better. The faded and dulled areas on the cupboard door wood, now look nice and shiny and deeper in color and it goes better with the areas that someone did manage to cover with varnish… it almost disguises the areas of dripping and where they were handled while they were still wet.

 

daddy vans beeswax and lavender steel container on a wood drawer that it made look lovely
Daddy vans beeswax and lavender steel container on a wood drawer (before inserting into the buffet cabinet). Doesn’t it look beautiful?

The Beeswax and Lavender Furniture Polish I used it on a special piece of furniture that my parents delivered to my old apartment, just before I moved into the new house 2 years ago. The piece of furniture is a beautiful buffet cabinet that has been in my family since I can remember. I regretted that, when we moved into our new house, I set down some Spray on Bug Repellent onto it and I was shocked as there was just enough of the product from the aerosol spray on the bottom of the can that it ate through the finish (kind of frightening when you think about it)!  I also regretted that we placed the Buffet up to one window and the house is so small that the opposite window shines light on it here in the tough Colorado Sunshine, fading everything that gets exposed. And in two years time I could already see the difference not only in the top of the buffet but on the front. So it’s time to move the buffet cabinet and take good care of this important piece of furniture.

 

My 1950s or 1960s buffet before I realized that the window was not only a bad place but I needed to revarnish top
My 1950s or 1960s buffet before I realized that the window was not only a bad place but I needed to refinish the top due to a bug spray can.

Before applying the Beeswax and Lavender Furniture Polish to the buffet cabinet, I decided that we needed to refinish just the top of the buffet cabinet especially since this is where we keep our coffee maker in my tiny kitchen. I left the rest of the Buffet alone as the wood was once so lovely and I believed that Daddy Van’s furniture polish may improve the appearance (I was crossing my fingers).

My 1950s or 1960s buffet before using daddy vans beeswax and lavender furniture polish
Before Using Daddy Van’s beeswax and lavender furniture polish. The Buffet Cabinet is not as rich looking as it used to be.

As with the cupboards, I applied the polish onto my buffet and let it soak in a few minutes. After some time went by I buffed the buffet with a nice clean soft cloth. I love the smell of Lavender and this product was very pleasing to my senses as the smell made me smile, later on my husband even commented on how great the scent was! Wow, if you hear about the scent from my husband, you know it’s great!

I moved the banquet away from the window and it was a blizzard outside 2 days later (so the picture is a little less light on it than it had during our nice weekend when I refinished the top) but here are the results. It looks fantastic, just like I remembered it looking years ago.

After Application of Daddy Van's Lavender Polish. Now my 1950's or 1960's Buffet Cabinet Looks lovely and rich in color and shines beautifully!
After Application of Daddy Van’s Lavender Polish. Now my 1950’s or 1960’s Buffet Cabinet Looks lovely and rich in color and shines beautifully!

 

In Conclusion:

Daddy Vans Ingredients and FAQs
I saw this on Daddy Van’s Ingredients and FAQ’s Page and had to insert it here! With their Trademark “A Whole Lotta Love” isn’t this just perfect and so precious? 🙂

Daddy Van’s has made the best furniture polish that I’ve ever tried, and I love it that it’s environmentally safe and safe for the whole family… I caught my dog licking the cupboard after I used the Sweet Orange Oil Furniture Polish and though I stopped him from doing it, I wasn’t in a panic worried about what he just digested. I love the results and the scents and dare I say it? Okay I will, it made one of my least favorite tasks much more enjoyable, seeing beautiful results and smelling the lovely scents of both the lavender Polish and the Sweet Orange… I am even thinking about bringing some up to my parents house to “test” it out on their old yet very lovely furniture… maybe I should pick some up just for them. With my Mother returning sometime (hopefully soon) from her paralysis from surgery and her limited mobility, I will be up there for a week, up to a month to help out at home. This would be a great joy as I am sure she’s going to wish to have a lot of dusting and cleaning done… this stuff makes these tasks such a pleasure!

Giveaway:

As you can see in the picture of all the products I received, I also received a nice spray bottle of Room and Linen Spray, I chose the Relaxation as I just adore the scent of the lavender and the mixture of essential oils sounded interesting. Continue reading Beautiful Wood Furniture And Enjoyable Scents, Thanks to Daddy Van’s – Review and Giveaway

Mothers Day Savings on Flirty Aprons – 40% Off With My Link & Code!

Beautiful Apron in Black and Red with white background, from flirty aprons on sale now to save 40% off with my link and code

I just love my Flirty Apron, it looks great over anything I wear, and company loves the apron and the women wanted their own when I showed them it and put it on. It’s beautiful enough to display in my kitchen, if I had the room to put a hook up. lol

I highly recommend Flirty Aprons as a Great Mothers day Gift, use my Coupon Code and the link below or the picture below to get great savings on a wonderful Mothers Day gift!

Huge Savings, 40% off any item to celebrate Mothers Day, code MOMSDAY40, through April.