Shaving, Simplified (Review)

I recently took a trip to Arizona with my daughter (boy, do I love traveling solo with a toddler) and I was thisclose to having to pay extra for luggage that was over the weight limit.  I’m convinced that even a travel-sized can of shaving cream would have tipped the scales in the wrong direction.  Enter the Schick® Intuition.

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It’s my new favorite thing, when it comes to packing efficiently and streamlining my morning routine.  The shaving cream and moisturizer are built right in to the razor.  Seriously, what’s more annoying than shaving your legs in the shower and discovering, mid-leg, that you are out of shaving cream!?  With the Intuition razor, the problem is solved!

To get a $3 off coupon on this razor, head over to their facebook page through the end of October,  and take their quiz to fight out which razor is right for you!

Whiter Teeth in Just Two Hours: Before/After Pics!

whiter teethAs I mentioned the other day, I was taking the Crest 2 hour challenge.  Just two hours to whiter teeth with Crest’s 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips!  Confession time: several years ago I tried one of those at-home whitening kits that took TEN days to get whiter teeth and, although I started to see results, by the third day my teeth were too sensitive and I had to stop using the strips.  These strips were different.  I had no sensitivity and with only a 2 hour time commitment required, I was free to go about my busy day without being tied to the house.

The box includes 4 sets of strips.  Used every 3 months, one box should last you a year.  Now, for the big reveal.  Here are my before and after pics:

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Don’t forget you can get some really good coupons for your own Crest Whitestrips by heading here, you can check out Crest’s facebook page for a chance to win $25, 000, and you can enter our contest for a chance to win your very own package of Crest’s Whitestrips!! For the mandatory entry, tell us below what life event you would want to whiten for in 2 hours.  For an additional entry subscribe to AMKB’s blog by clicking RSS button.  For an additional entry click the “like” button at the top of this post.  For an additional entry, click the “retweet” button.  For an addition entry “stumble” this post.  For each entry, leave a separate comment below and let me know what you did.  Thanks and good luck!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by One2One Network & Crest, but all opinions are 100% my own!

 

 

 

 

Whiter Teeth in Just 2 Hours?

white teethA few weeks ago I was staying with my BFF, Beth, and I forgot my toothbrush.  She let me borrow her motorized toothbrush.  Now, before I get a collective “Ewww!” from all of you, let me just say Beth and I have been best friends for over 25 years AND she had a spare head for the brush.  Rest easy, my friends.  This was, however,  my first experience with a power toothbrush.  AMAZING!  I felt like I had just been to the dentist.  Seriously, y’all, those things rock.  The next day, THREE people told me how white my teeth looked.  Coincidence? I think not.  The timing was perfect. Blame it on the red wine, the coffee, or age, but my pearly whites have been looking more like dingy yellows.  Now that I am no longer using the toothbrush, my teeth are back to their “normal”, ahem, shade.   So, I was delighted when asked to try out the the new Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips that promises to whiten teeth in just two hours!  It’s perfect for those last minute special occasions when you don’t have a week or two to do a traditional at-home treatment and you don’t want to spend the cash on an in-office treatment.  Here’s my “before” picture:

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Please ignore crooked smile

Our friends at the One2One Network and Crest want to know, what life event would I whiten for in just two hours … and what life event would YOU want to whiten for in only a couple hours?

Most of you know that I am a news anchor, by trade.   Let’s be honest, who wants to watch someone on TV with nasty teeth?  Yuck!  I am whitening my teeth for the job interviews I’ve been going on because most stations have you do on-set auditions.  What event would you like to whiten for with Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips in just 2 hours?

I’ll be posting my “after” picture soon, stay tuned…

If you want to whiten your teeth, here are some terrific coupons that will get you $7 off a box!

Disclosure: I am participating in a Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips campaign hosted by One2One Network. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.

Some Inspiration, Some Girl Time, Some Networking AND a Discount

 

There’s something about the experience of being in a room full of women.  Nothing against men, but you have to admit there is a different energy. Women need one another for the support and laughter that gets us by and adds joy to our daily lives.

 

Women’s Club SWANS is having an event on May 19th where you have an opportunity to not only  connect with other women, but also be inspired.  Attendees will have the opportunity to chat with other women over dinner and also gain some insights from speaker, Patricia Raskin.

 

Patricia Raskin will be presenting on the topic “Staying Positive in Challenging Times”.  As president of Raskin Resources Productions, Inc, Patricia is an award-winning media producer, veteran radio broadcaster, speaker, media coach and author who focuses on the positive side of life. So she has a lot of experience staying positive and helping others do the same.

 

In her 25 years in radio she has interviewed many inspiring people including : Mariel Hemingway,  Jane Seymour, Joan Lunden, Debbie Ford, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Thomas Moore,  Dr Mehmet Oz and Dr John Gray (just to name a few).  She has a lot of insight to pull from not only her own experiences but also the experiences of others.

 

Women’s Club SWANS has hosted  these dinner events for the last 4 years to help women connect and be inspired. Women from in and around RI can benefit from this social and business club.    While networking is often only associated with business, women often network about other things than business as well.  What makes this club unique is that it is open to women of a variety of ages and backgrounds to “network” about whatever interests them or even to just to enjoy socializing. So women do not have to own a business to attend or be a member. However, those women who have businesses have opportunities to promote them.

 

On May 19th, women will meet at the Water Street Café 36 Water Street, Fall River, MA  from 6pm to 9pm to enjoy dinner, Patricia Raskin’s inspiring presentation, and have opportunities to connect with other women in the area.  Admission is $20.00 members/$30 non-members (additional fee may apply).  Pre-registration is required. Here’s more info about the club and the event.

 

As the director of Women’s Club SWANS I wanted to offer Amomknowsbest.com readers a special discount of $5.00 off a non-member admission. Just use discount code “momknows” or use this link to register. Discount is good until 5/15

 

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A FREE Women’s Get Away for Amomknowsbest.com Readers!

Southern New England Women's ExpoHere’s a great chance to grab your girlfriends and get away for the day for FREE! The co-organizer of the Southern New England’s Women’s Expo, Pat Paolino Cruz,  is offering our readers FREE admission!  Just print out this article. To easily print this article just go the bottom of this page (but above the comment section) where there are several buttons (ie. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc). The 2nd button in from the right is the “Print with PrintFriendly” button.

The SNE Women’s Expo is 4/17 from 11am-5pm @ Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln, RI. Parking is free.  Regular cost (without printing this article) is $18 at the door. If you pre-register you can get $8.00 off or 2-for-1.  Children under 10 are free but no strollers permitted.

I’ve been to the event before and it’s a lot of fun. You can see some pictures from previous years on their website. There are a variety of presentations and vendors to check out.

Jessica-GranatieroOne of our own writers on amomknowsbest.com will be speaking at this year’s event. Jessica Norris Granatierois is the owner of The Savory Grape, a boutique wine store.  Her presentation is titled “Wonderful Wine Tasting Tips for Women”. A true wine aficionado, she will be just returning home from visiting a vineyard in France!

 

Tara Sage SteevesI noticed another speaker who I knew on the presenter list. Tara Sage Steeves of Create Your Life will be presenting on the topic “The #1 Misconception About Dream Realization and How to Prevent It From Sabotaging Your Dreams”.  Tara is an author, a speaker and a life coach who focuses on helping people achieve their dreams.

 

Fellow mommy  blogger, Jennifer Frosch Leal of Savor the Thyme, will be presenting on the topic “Time Saving Tips and Techniques for Getting Meals on the Table”

 

 

In addition to variety of other speakers, there will also be fashion shows and cooking demonstrations. If you visit the exhibitors at the show you can have a chance to win Gift Certificates or Prizes Valued at $500 .

On the SNE Women’s Expo’s website this event is described as,

“…dedicated to the celebration of women. One special day where women can be pampered, shop, sample great food, watch fashion shows, attend seminars, relax, de-stress, laugh, be entertained and learn about things relating to their lives and well being”.

 

For more info just check out the SNE Women’s Expo website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or check out their T.V. ad.
Of course don’t forget to print this article out for your FREE admission.
A special thank you to Pat Paolino Cruz, Co-Producer SNE Women’s Expo, for this generous offer to amomknowsbest.com readers!

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How to Become an Extreme Couponing Master

     We both have four kids, a husband, and a dog to feed, yet Kathy Spencer spends 75 times less than I do each week at the grocery store.  Clearly, I had to find out how.   She is, of course,  the self made Coupon Guru, with a new book out on the topic, and a website, where she shows shoppers how she does it.  When I heard she was giving an hour and a half “coupon class” at the RI Home Show, I knew I should to attend.Coupon Queen

     I was impressed not only by her ability to feed a family of six on $4 a week, but by her candor, her humor, and her willingness to share her money saving secrets.  Paying it forward seemed to be a large part of her message.  Along with the information she generously shares, she donates those items that she does not need, to others that do…pediatric hospitals, nursing homes, food pantries or friends in need.  She strategically combines coupons found in fliers from the newspaper, with sales going on in the store to get items for pennies or free.  One example of how she shops would be a  $1.00 off coupon used for an item that then happened to be on sale at the store for 3 for $3.00 that week, in which case she would by three & use three coupons.  That means free!   Another of her tactics is that when she does find those amazing deals on non-perishables like toothpaste or toilet paper, she stockpiles them to avoid having to pay full price in the future.   What she wants us as consumers to understand is that to survive day to day, improve our lifestyles, or to get the things we want, more money is not the answer, but saving money is.

     I was so excited by what I learned I immediately went home and started clipping away at coupons.  What I found when I tried to put what I had learned into practice, is that I have a lot to learn!  I combined coupons with sales, but only a few items I had coupons for coincided with sales, and I still needed some things that I did not have coupons for, or were not on sale.  On my first enthusiastic foray into coupon shopping I ended up saving $23.00 off my still astounding shopping bill , and  then $25.00 the second time around.  I have to admit the wind was taken out of my sails a bit, but I am determined to work on my strategy and figure this out.  I don’t ever expect to be able to cut my bill to mere dollars, but with a family of six every bit counts.

     Extreme couponing gained momentum with the economic downturn, and there is an entire T.V. show on TLC about it.   We don’t all have to go to the sometimes crazy lengths that extreme couponers might be willing to go through to get a bargain, like leaving their house at the crack of dawn, and going store to store to get the deals.  Kathy seems confident that we can all save with coupons, even if it just means cutting our grocery bills by 10 or 20 percent.   It takes some organization, but the payoff can be big.  Hearing her speak certainly inspired me to try.  My coupon organizer, (of course I had to run out and buy a cute one) is now bulging with yet to be had deals.  I guess if I can manage to shave $25.00 off my weekly food bill, adding up to $100.00 a month that is a pretty good start.   

     If any of you have mastered the art of coupon shopping, or have tips to help me learn I’d love to hear them!

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Top Trends for Spring Nails

I’m loving the fun colors for nail polish this season!  You can never go wrong with a French mani or pedi, but live on the edge of your peep toes or flip flop out over what is making toelines this season! I took a trip to NYC, with my AMomKnowsBest friends, this April for Getting Gorgeous, and I could not help but notice that women are ready to bring their toes out to play!  Some were showing off their first spring pedicure in great open toed shoes…others, like the ladies of AMKB, scored  adorable sandals from Flip Out Sandals and can’t wait to show off their cute tootsies!   I mean, really, how fun are THESE??  flip flops

So…here are the top 3 trends for Spring 2011 in nail color:

1) Blues Baby: How fun are these?! My other favorite is OPI Austin-tatious from their new Spring 11 Texas line!  I always love OPI  names, but this season they are based around Texas towns – Nothing Plano about it

2) Nudes have it: A nude nail always looks clean and fresh on toes or fingers!  It’s very easy to match with dressy or casual and goes with every color!  My favorite part is that you can’t see chipping as easily on a nude nail.

3) Shades of Gray: I loved dark metallic gray this winter and a lighter tone for summer is in style! A gray nail goes well next to the vibrant pops of color in clothing this Spring – can’t go wrong here!

New, different and off the Spring runways this season (and popular especially with the younger generation) is the “moon manicure” , gold foil and OPI’s black shatter that you polish over your current color to crackle or ‘shatter’ it!

 

What will you try this season? Do you have time to do it yourself or do you like to go to the salon?

One thing is for certain, it’s time to Spring on the Polish!

BONUS: All AMKB readers can get Flip Out Sandals for 20% off by entering code GORG at checkout.  Nice.

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Beautiful Boxed Tea Set 71% off!

TEA FOR 2

Doesn’t this picture make you want to curl up in your favorite chair with a blanket and your favorite book and sip on some hot tea?  So relaxing!  I drink my tea British style, with a little milk and sugar.  I learned it from my sweet grandmother, who we affectionately called Mumsy and she truly was one one of the sweetest souls to ever walk the face of the earth…she was also from England.  If Mumsy were here today, she would be getting this lovely tea set I spotted on The Today Show  this morning.  This deal is good all week.  A beautiful boxed set from Harney & Sons.TEA

The Harney and Sons tea chest is filled with a selection of 32 wrapped sachets including three different organic teas.  It includes a variety of  popular flavors like Hot Cinnamon Spice, Earl Grey, Organic Green, Paris, and Organic Bangkok. It also includes eight refill boxes of 20 satchels so you get a total of 192 tea satchels. For more information and to buy the $113 product for $33, be sure to enter  TODAYTEA  at checkout.  Great Mother’s Day gift!

A Day Away for $10 (or FREE!)

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Mom’s need a chance to get away! Well, here’s your chance. The DiscoverYou Holistic and Wellness Expo is happening this weekend at 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln, RI.  The event  focuses on your mental, physical and spiritual well-being.  There are a variety of holistic inspired activities and over 25  inspiring speakers. Over 100 exhibitors will also be present to educate you and offer holistic services and products.  The expo takes place this Sunday on 4/3 from 10am to 5pm.  What’s great about this event is that’s it a chance to get-away for only $10. Actually, it’s normally $10 to pre-register or $12 at the door. However, I wrote an article on the event for Patch.com and Susan Lataille, the organizer of the event, gave a discount to readers as well as allowed me to raffle off a free ticket.    Check out the article for more details on this event, along with info on  a discount and a chance to win a free ticket!  Here’s to you health!

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Get More Bang for Your Buck at the Best Restaurants

 

There’s not much this mama loves more than when it’s restaurant week in Rhode Island.  This little state has so many big offerings when it comes to food, but it often comes with a big price tag too!

Newport Restaurant Week  in RI once again returns, this time, with more than 40 participating restaurants March 25th through April 3rd, 2011. Scallops for dinner

Three-course lunches are just $16, and three-course dinners are $30.  Yum! 

Now…if I can just squeeze in a date night, I’m all set.

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