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May 4, 2016

It's "Go time" with High Sierra

Not too long ago I started exercising again at the gym where my husband works and even took the plunge and signed up for a yoga class. A long winter didn't prove to be too good to my body so I new it was time to get up and moving again. Equipped with my new Yoga Sport Duffel in hand I felt like I could take on the world. It's it funny how something as simple as a new bag can give us extra confidence? I didn't want to stand out as a "newbie" that didn't know what she was doing. I knew I needed a bag that would hold everything I needed and be fit for the job. This one definitely did that - and it got lots of compliments along the way.

• 26 liter, main compartment with large, zippered opening.
• Yoga Sport Duffel stuffs into makeup pouch for easy storage.
• Single poly mesh side pockets holds 1000 ml bottle (bottle not included).
• Large, adjustable over-shoulder webbing straps.
• Front zippered accessory pocket.
• Pass through for easily carrying yoga mat.
• Dual top webbing carry handles.

I also recently got a really awesome pullover from the High Sierra line. Oh my goodness let me tell you it's so super soft. Sometimes I wear it just so I can feel the softness on the inside. We took a weekend trip over spring break and I was so thankful I had this because in the evenings it cooled off quite a bit and I needed something to keep me warm. This pullover definitely did the job. And with the nice big pocket on the front I could even keep my cell phone close at hand still for taking photos of the kids.

• 245gm polyester space-dyed stretch fleece.
• 4 way stretching technology for superior comfort.
• Kangaroo pocket.
• Oversized comfort collar with hood.
• Thumb hole cuffs to seal out cold and weather.

And last but definitely not least I received this awesome lightweight jacket. It's been great this spring with all the up and down weather we've been having. It's even waterproof which I have to say has come in handy more than once over the last few weeks. I actually started keeping it in my car for those freak showers that seem to keep popping up. And because I ordered it up a size I can even put it on over a sweatshirt with no problems so it's great for layering. This is one of those jackets that's made for warmer weather, but can be worn year round with layering.

• Shell: 100% Nylon Micro-Ripstop – 120gm 
• Lining: Mesh body, Taffeta sleeves and hood 
• ARMADRI: Waterproof, breathable, durable and functional 
• ARMAREPEL: Repels water, dirt & oil
• Two secure zippered hand pockets 
• Center front zipper with hook and loop closure 
• Drop tail hem with cinch cord 
• Adjustable hook stows in collar

This was my first encounter with the High Sierra brand and I have to say so far I am hooked. Their line has awesome products that come in really neat color combinations. I'm one that likes the muted colors a big more than the flashy neons or pastels so they are great for my taste preferences. The other nice thing is they make products that are perfect for the outdoors and our family has really gotten into spending lots of time on the go and enjoying nature.

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Feeling clean and fresh with VO5 and Zest

If you saw my shower stall I would have to say I might be a bit embarrassed. I can honestly admit that I may have just a few too many products in there that I call "mine". I like to switch between body care products depending on how I feel and the status of my skin. I tend to use scrubs more when my skin needs extra attention and exfoliation. Sometimes I use a combination of them both. It all depends on how much time I have and what I need them for. With summer creeping up I've been using scrubs pretty much every time on my feet and legs to get them ready for shorts! I most recently added Zest Fruitboost Smoothie Body Scrubs to my array of products and since have actually been going back to them more than my previous products. I'm really loving the way they feel on my skin, and that even after I've rinsed and toweled off I an still smell them on my skin! Many times once you get out of the shower the scent of a cleaning care product is gone, I don't experience this with these and I love it.

Zest Fruitboost Smoothie Body Scrubs revitalize, smooth and soften skin with finely ground, natural apricot seeds that gently exfoliate, while natural avocado oils and other rich moisturizers help leave skin feeling soft and Zestfully Clean.

Fruitboost Very BERRY Scent
A smooth burst of succulent berries combine in this luscious berry filled scent that nourishes your skin leaving you...Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean®!

Fruitboost Peach Mango Scent
A deliciously sweet scent. An exotic burst of white peach and champagne mango to boost the power of your shower with this wonderfully juicy scent, leaving you...Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean®!

Fruitboost Citrus Splash Scent
The ultimate Citrus fragrance experience. A citrus sparkle with a touch of key lime to boost the power of your shower with an escape to the tropics, leaving you...Fresh. Fruity. Zestfully Clean®!

Another great line I've been introduced to is from Alberto VO5. They have a new line of haircare products that focus on individualized needs. This is great for my house because it seems like we all have something specific we need our hair products to do. I have been battling with frizz from flat ironing my hair, my daughter has crazy split ends, and my husband who wears a hat all day is battling dry scalp. Whew! Yeah it seems like we all have issues I know. But last but not least is my son who doesn't really have a specific need so their volumizer is perfect for him. I love having complimentary products when I wash my hair so I'm glad they have both shampoo and conditioner for each of the products. Plus they are super affordable so it's no big deal to have multiple sets on hand at the same time.

Alberto VO5 is once again delivering on its mission to make beautiful, vibrant hair accessible to all. Its new line of shampoos and conditioners, provide benefits to help solve common hair issues, formulated to provide results that go beyond expected at a remarkable recommended price of just $.99-$1.19 per bottle.

Dry Scalp: plus Almond Oil helps soothe, relieve and moisturize the scalp

Volumizer: plus Biotin boost and amplify limp locks for fuller -looking hair

Split Ends: plus Panthenol helps reduce damage to delicate hair, adding moisturize
and a smoother look

Anti-Frizz: plus Argan Oil helps tame and smooth unruly locks for sleek-looking hair

Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 now on DVD

There's no shortage of science and math fun in Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2, Nickelodeon's second DVD dedicated to the world of numbers. A hot topic for educators everywhere, S.T.E.M. education (science, technology, engineering and math) has proven to be the perfect tool in jump-starting children's interest in problem solving and technology. Nick's Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 contains more than 140 minutes of S.T.E.M. - themed adventures with Blaze and the Monster Machines, the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of S.T.E.M. in every episode, as well as fan-favorites Dora and Friends: Into the City!, PAW Patrol and Team Umizoomi. In addition to expanding imaginations and developing inquisitive minds, the Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 DVD also comes with a S.T.E.M.-themed worksheet to reinforce some of the lessons learned throughout the collection. Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 is available on DVD, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Cake-tastrophe
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Runaway Rocket
PAW Patrol: Pups Save Walinda/ Pups Save a Big Bone
Dora and Friends: Into the City!: Kite Day
Team Umizoomi: Job Well Done
Team Umizoomi: Race to the Top of Shape Mountain