Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Asperger Syndrome The Oasis Guide Third Edition


I was sent this book for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review no other compensation was given other than the book.

Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide by Patricia Romanowski Bashe






To start off with I have a 12 yr old Daughter who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when she was 7. I remember not knowing a thing about this and wanting to read more about it and the 1st Oasis guide was actually given to my by my daughter's school teacher and I thought it was a lifesaver. Very easy to read and full of very practical advice. It was like a new friend helping you along the way so when the opportunity came to review the 3rd edition I was in. I have to say that this is not the kind of book you read straight through I tend to read the chapters I want to know more about or have as a support guide, I found the tone to be somewhat different this time and a bit less tolerable when it comes to behaviors with AS. 
The upside is the books have tons of resources and supportive guides for you if you want to join a support group, dealing with your occupational therapist and the right questions to ask, dealing with day to day parent stress etc.. I like how it breaks down every facet of AS and makes it easier to comprehend rather than going the scientific or medical route. I would highly recommend this guide for anyone wanting a more comprehensive, broken down approach to AS and how to get support. This book has also inspired me to do more vlogging in regards to my parenting experience with my daughter by choosing several aspects and topics in the book I'd like to cover and elaborate on in our life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

*I was sent this product for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review no other compensation was provided*




I have been reviewing hair products for some time and I find myself to be very cautious as to what I put in my hair, Over the years I have had many hair disasters and products that were NOT for me what so ever. A few years ago when I started my Youtube channel I was mainly researching Keratin products and treatments for my hair as I heard such wonderful things about the effects it can have and also the damaging effects it could have so I found a line by Suave and I fell in love with their entire Keratin line of Shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Soon after I was trying more and more of other lines but nothing did for my hair what the Suave line had done. However, I had always been open to trying any products that were as natural as I could find and mainly that would nourish my hair. Out comes the opportunity to try the InstaNatural Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask and when I read the ingredients I was sold on giving it a go.

The mask itself is very creamy and smells like marshmallow to me.
I applied this to the tips and mid-shaft first and then to the crown and roots and left it in for 5 minutes. It rinsed out clean and my hair felt very smooth and hydrated but the best was yet to come when I went to style my hair, My hair is wavy and thick and takes quite a bit of time to blow dry and then straighten and I am always concerned that the natural moisture is stripped due to styling and dyeing. I found that styling when I used this was a lot easier and it left such an incredible shine and body to it when I was done that I had never experienced before in a deep mask without having to devote over and hour for it to really work. 

This mask retails for  $17.95 

I would definitely recommend this product for those who need moisture and hydration and really want to nourish their hair.



INgredients: Argan Oil
+ Amino Acid Complex
+ Coconut Oil
+ Shea Butter
+ Vitamin B5



Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: Mrs Cavanaughs Chocolates

The following product was sent to me for free to review. The following is my 100% honest and unbiased review.


When i think of indulging in a box of chocolates it's usually not until that dreaded holiday in February where there are variations of just about every chocolate combination you can think of, but what happens when you get that box when you bite into that one piece and really don't like what's inside?? A chocolate disappointment. 

That definitely did not happen with MRS CAVANAUGHS CHOCOLATES. Every single one I tried was delicious and satisfying. The centers were fresh not dated and you cannot stop at just one which is it's only drawback.

A Holiday staple Mrs. Cavanaughs, was created in the heart of Utah where only the best chocolate was made. Beginning with making Pecan rolls before she ever dipped her first batch of chocolate, Mrs Cavanaugh was encouraged by her friends and family after sampling her product and inspired her to create these wonderful chocolates.

For me it was hard to choose which were my favorite from the chewy to the crunchy. The soft centers and the smooth ones. All in all a very indulgent experience for anyone, on anyday!

Now YOU can enjoy Mrs. Cavanaughs infamous 1b box of chocolates and receive a FREE one with purchase!! use the code: usfamily2014 http://www.mrscavanaughs.com/

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Review: Old Factory Candles Winter Wonderland Scents!

*I was sent these wonderful candles for free in exchange for my 100% honest and unbiased review no other compensation was provided.*



When I discover something by being given an opportunity to try things I like to spend my time thoroughly with a product to make sure I either really enjoy them or have an opposing opinion. With the Old Factory Candles I have now the privilege of getting to review these twice. The first time I had these candles it was the Fall Scents and now for this go around I went with the Winter Wonderland which includes: Winter Wonderland, Hot Cocoa and Roasted Chestnut.

Before I get into these scents I just want to give you a little background on these candles.
 
 Old Factory candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. 

Now to the scents themselves: Winter Wonderland if you want to know what a cold, crisp, winter day is filled with sugar cookies baking in the air, the bustling of people shopping and warm mittens this candle is for you, It encompasses all the elements of a wonderful Winter day and fills the air with Christmas.

First Snow: This one was my favorite out of the 3. I burned this candle one night while I was wrapping gifts and I felt such a sense of calm and contentment. The smell lingered in the air and if you looked out the window you can swear you see snowflakes drifting and forming a beautiful white canvas.

Roasted Chestnut was burning on Christmas morning and smelled of freshly cut wood and delicious roasted chestnuts catching the fire just right. I reveled in this one as well.

All in all I love every one of these candles they were truly a gift for every one who had the pleasure of being in the room while they were burning. 

Bring home these scents today there are so many wonderful themes to choose from:OLD FACTORY CANDLES

Review: Anavita Wrinkle Cream

I was sent this cream for free for review the opinions are my own and are 100% honest and unbiased no other compensation was received for this review. I was excited to try this cream for a number of reasons, #1 It's all-natural paraben free, cruelty free and non-irritating. It is designed for every skin type and is also proven to stimulate collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The cream itself is thick, emollient and very moisturizing. I used this cream for a few nights and then I would also use it during the day as suggested before I would apply my makeup foregoing my usual face primer. 

This definitely made my skin feel smoother and ready for makeup however, the consistency of this cream did not feel like it absorbed in my skin and in fact I felt it was a bit heavy for daytime even though it is recommended as a day cream and makeup base I really did not like it for pre-makeup application and much more enjoyed this as a night cream. I did see a more of a difference when I awoke with this cream, my skin felt firmer and smoother.

I would recommend this as an anti-wrinkle cream and cell booster for those who want serious fine line removal and softer skin. This cream is valued at $29.95.





Anavita  Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream serves as a moisturizer, day cream, night cream, and makeup base. This product promises that you do not need any other primers or serums when using this product.
It promises to stimulate collagen production and rebuild the cellular matrix of the skin using 3 clinically proven ingredients.

1. Hyalauronic Acid- Helps in Cell production, keeping skin firm and smooth.

2. Argireline- Decreases visible signs of aging 

3. Matrixyl-is palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3 and this is a peptide that specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair. This means it qualifies as a long-term aging system.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Best Holiday Ever Starts With The Best Gifts from Best Buy

While we are in the thick of the season and the holiday shopping has started to seriously commence I thought I would add some awesome ideas for those really special gifts we all want under our Christmas Tree this year and thanks to Best Buy here are some awesome suggestions for your holiday gift guide.These gifts are definitely on my gift list and here is why they should be on yours.


Best Gift Ideas From Best Buy


Xbox One: The  XBOX ONE  is the best console to have come out in years. Built by gamers, for gamers, Xbox One offers impressive graphics and can integrate and control live TV with Kinect.Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps. Games with the best exclusive titles like(Halo and Sunset Overdrive). Blockbusters such as(Assassin's Creed, and Call of Duty)and lets not forget the hottest franchises (Madden, 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and of course family favorites like(Skylanders, Just Dance 15, and Fantasia:Music Evolved) XBox One takes gaming to a whole new level.


JBLPortable Speaker: Here is something I definitely will be adding to my own personal wish list this year. JBL has a series of really great electronic gifts this year to allow you to take your music and bring it new levels of rich sound. JBL speakers are compatible with most Bluetooth enabled devices, USB charging capabilities, and so much more. Whether you choose the Charge 2 which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own lists on a single speaker. You can also go with the Flip 2 for its superior SoundClear echo and noise cancellation to pick up calls on a speaker. Lastly to round it out are a pair of awesome ergonomic earbud headphones with built in magnets to keep your buds on standby without loose cables.




Garmin and Tom Tom: Finally to round out this list of must haves, What is more important than arriving to a special destination?? Well you need to know how to get there first,  and with Garmin and Tom Tom devices you can do just that.Featuring bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest.




Bottom line is Best Buy is  your one stop shop for all your gifting needs this holiday season!

Happy Shopping!














*
 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Giveaway With Freebie Ninja and More!!

Hello all and Welcome to CholyFlower!
My name is Dawn, I am currently 44 and a Mom, actor, volunteer, substitute and of course a vlogger/blogger.
My main focus here on my blog is reviews on products and also lifestyle experiences, giveaways and an occasional personal entry of my life which I will be expanding on in the coming year.

This is where it all started for me about 2 yrs ago when I first decided I wanted to break into the beauty community but more importantly on how to save and get deals!

I first started out with a Rite-Aid Haul to first get my feet wet on my YOUTUBE channel. If you know anything about me I love a good deal especially if it has anything to do with makeup, beauty, clothes and jewelry. After some very raw and awkward filming of hauls etc.. I branched out into the freebie and samples world and that is how I hooked up with my good friend..FREEBIE NINJA. In my opinion he is the King of Freebies!! Since following him I have been able to get to know so many great people in this community and score awesome freebies and samples!! Since I also love to review subscription boxes, coupon for beauty items and receive freebies I decided to start a page dedicated to swapping samples called SampleSwapShop on Facebook. Come and check it out if you have never been!!

Now to the GIVEAWAY!!!

When I heard that Freebie Ninja was compiling a huge giveaway with other incredible bloggers I knew I had to get involved and I also knew it had to be big so here is what I will be personally giving away:

This is the INstyler Tulip Curler Wand:Curling your hair has never been so fast and easy. With the tap of a button, you can have perfect curls and waves every time. With the unique open barrel design of the TULIP, your hair is visible and exposed at all times, preventing hair from getting tangled in the unit. Retail Value: $99.99 *(Now through 1/31/15 use code:SAVE30 GO HERE TO PURCHASE.
Entry in my giveaway will be simple. Just follow the Rafflecopter below with my code:Budling and please make sure to enter the other codes as well for all the other bloggers participating.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and also to Freebie Ninja for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful giveaway.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Home Depot Giveaway


Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway (Value: $100)

My blogger friends and I have joined forces to present you with this amazing giveaway!

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We want to thank our readers and wish you a happy holiday season by offering the opportunity to win this giveaway. It was sponsored by the websites listed and is not affiliated at Home Depot at all. The prize will be mailed to you from WomanlyWoman.com and other blogs participating are not responsible for the delivery. This giveaway will begin on 12/10/14 and end on 12/15/14.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Website Get Great Deals on High End Brands, Accessories, Clothes and Drugstore Makeup

The following post is sponsored by DIVINE AND SEXY I was sent these products through their website for free all opinions are my own.


As you all probably figured out by now I love to get a great deal especially in relation to beauty products and makeup!  Recently I was given the privilege of 
a $20 gift certificate and a chance to choose anything I liked off the site. 

This of course is a hard task when you consider all the possibilities. 


1. New Items are added everyday!!

2. Under $5 section: Here's where you really score the deals as they offer great brands like BH Cosmetics, B Vain, NYX, Clinique, Hard Candy at a fraction of what you would find them anywhere else.

3.Luxury and High End Products: My jaw literally dropped when I saw some of the brand names that were offered and again at a fraction of what you would find at any Sephora or Ulta store. (ex. GlamGlow, Bobbi Brown, Essie and China Glaze) just to name a few. 

4 .An array of different boxes: If you like surprises you will love this feature! They offer all sorts of boxes and price points (anywhere from $49.99 for a clothing box to a $14.99 makeup box) if you are stuck on what to pick out this is definitely the option to go with. 

5. Free shipping when you spend $20: This is one of my favorite features on the website because you can really get a lot of bang for your buck and shipping is free. I also received my items very well packaged and was shipped out the same day I placed the order.

Shipping varies internationally make sure to check before you order!!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide Review and Giveaway:Kno-Bu Brand Button and Knob Wrapz

Winter is vastly approaching us here in NY as we speak we are set to have snow here on Thanksgiving!!! and although winter weather is definitely not one of my favorite things. Hats certainly ARE.  Ask anyone who knows me I am definitely a hat girl. Fedoras, knit ones, pull overs, baseball caps.. you name it I have it.

Up until I was asked to review these KNO-BU BRAND BUTTON AND KNOB WRAPZ. I was sent this pom-pom hat as you see pictured below and some "wrapz" to change it up. 

Let me tell you a little bit about these adorable wraps before I continue.
Kno-bu wraps were created by a New England Mom simply because she was bored with
the standard buttons on her coats and accessories. So she created these interchangeable wraps you can quickly swap out anytime you feel like a change!

The fabric coverings are made to stretch over any button and transform them from blah to voila! an idea that I think will quickly catch on because of all the styles and options you will now have to be different or to really complete your look!!


I absolutely love this idea and I love this hat!!! Check out my video below to see how it looks!! Additionally they also carry kids accessories from the San Diego Hat Company that are not only unique but adorable!! Also just in time for the holidays I will be giving away a set of the Kids faux fur beanie and wrap duo. Wanna make a statement?? Now is your chance all of my readers will get 40% off everything off the site AND free shipping!!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Another "Irresistible" One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Tin Review and Giveaway

Just in time for the Holidays created for and inspired by their fans all over the world ONE DIRECTION has designed and created another Limited Edition tin set for all those who love makeup and are a tad mischievous just like One Direction!

I incorporated the help of my 11 yr old daughter Julia who I thought would make a perfect model for their exclusive makeup line as it is geared towards the younger of us makeup lovers.

Kits Include:

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member). Tins include:

Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink 
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes


Now let's talk about the makeup itself
First we have an array of shimmery shadows which felt very buttery to the touch and glided on her eyes smoothly (however be warned there is a lot of fallout) but the colors show true to what's in the pan and they don't wear too bright or too garish. 


I applied "Nobody Compares" a silvery shadow to her lids and then "Tell me a Lie" in her crease. Followed by "I Would" on her outer V and voila! But wait she wasn't completed yet without an attempt by me to give her a cat eye with the pencil provided. It wasn't as smooth as I would have liked it but we made it work.
Next up was her lips and for this we chose "Irresistible" a gorgeous and glittery shimmery pink that I think compliments her beautifully. She topped it with the "Over Again" glittery topcoat and we were done.

HERE IS HER COMPLETED LOOK:


We then of course had to experiment with the funky nail varnish which took about 2-3 coats to show up but it's a fun and spunky color!!



All in all this is a really fun and experimental palette for any preteen and up. My Daughter gave it a thumbs up and I do too!

Now you have a chance to win your own ONE DIRECTION Limited Edition Tin Set for your cheeky girl! They will love you for it. 
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I was sent these products for review for free through Brandbacker for my honest review. All opinions are mine and I was not compensated other than the free product,

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway

One of the more simple pleasures in my life I love to indulge in are scented candles especially those that can burn an extended amount of time, fill a room with delicious and enticing smells, and be safe for the environment and my lungs!

Old Factory Candles Made in the USA of natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks provides numerous options for those of you who love strong, sumptuous smelling candles without the lingering of wax smoking up your room after you blow it out.

The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. There are exactly 12 options of candles to choose from everything from the delicate romantic smells of ROMANCE to the decadent, wafting smells of that walk in a COFFEE SHOP.

I chose candles from my favorite time of year FALL HARVEST. In it you get Pumpkin spice, Autumn Leaves and Cranberry and all are so equally reminiscent of a perfect Fall day filled with crisp air, warm cranberry tarts and of course what Fall day would not be complete without that Pumpkin Spice Latte?? I absolutely love these candles and although they can be burned together as a set I chose to take my  time with them and burn them individually.




Now that I have told you about these wonderful candles which also include a much needed SPA DAY for any Mom, Dad or Grandmother.
The dark and naughty 50 SHADES OF GREY for that unforgettable night.

Or just in time for Christmas WINTER WONDERLAND that will have you wrapped up in a warm blanket with a good book and the smell of delicious hot cocoa.

Now here is your chance to be the winner of (1) set of 3 Old Factory Candles
Perfect for that candle lover on your list.




*I received these candles to review through Brandbacker I am not compensated for opinion*