Dec 7, 2016

The Travel Files: Tartan+Twine Cosmetic Cases

This has been a busier than normal travel year for me. I feel like as soon as I unpack my bags, I am repacking them. We go on plenty of overnight trips, but I find myself packing like I'm going away for a week. Does this sound familiar to you too? One thing that is important to me is my cosmetics. I usually pack my makeup, perfume and brushes in makeup bags and keep them all in one medium size tote. I travel exclusively by car, and it is not unusual that my makeup rides in the front seat. I am that serious about my
precious eye shadows, lippies, and fragrance.

I was oh so lucky to get some gorgeous new cases from Tartan+Twine to review. First up is the Large Organizer from the Tawney Steppe Collection.


I love the quilted micro-suede fabric and the generous space inside, including a zippered compartment. You can easily keep your toiletries on one side, and makeup on the other. This bag retails for $25 and can be purchased at Ulta Beauty stores.


Next is the Tartan+Twine Double Zip Train Case from the Caitlyn Grove Collection. I am obsessed with this big and beautiful case. It is large enough to fit ALL of my beloved cosmetics. 😍


It is perfect for my eyeshadow palettes and even has separate sections for cosmetic brushes, lippies, and more. This is so good for when I want to take 1/2 dozen lip glosses and 3 mascaras. A girl can never have enough color variety when out of town. 👄


Now I can travel in style and keep my makeup and toiletries all in one place. This is the perfect thing for my long beach vacation that is coming up. This case can be purchased at Ulta Beauty for $30. It comes in other colors as well. Tartan+Twine cosmetic cases are the perfect gift for your daughter, sister, mother, friend or even your favorite makeup artist or nail tech.

Check out all of the beautiful collections from Tartan+Twine on the web. Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates on their latest items.

I received product samples in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own as always. 

Limelens Smartphone Lenses - Holiday Photo Gadgets For Guys or Gals

If you are looking for a fun gift idea for the guy or gal in your life, I have something cool to share. I have heard of the lenses for smartphones before and was thrilled to get my hands on a set from LimeLens to play with. Oh my goodness, let me tell you that these lenses are amazing! The Limelens set is the perfect gift for those who are interested in photography in general, or just want to kick their photos up a notch from their smartphone. The set includes both The Thinker – Dual Macro / Wide Lens and The Captain – Supreme Fisheye Lens. In the case you will find all three versions of our Limeclip, a welcome envelope, instructional booklet, stickers and lens accessories such as protective lens caps and microfiber lens cleaners.







It is so easy to install your lens of choice. You simply choose the Limeclip that correctly fits your phone and you remove the backing and stick it on. I keep a case on my phone so that if I don't want or need the clip on there, I can simply switch cases. Honestly, it doesn't bother me and I love that it is already there for when I want to slide a lens on to capture a moment on my phone. 

So I'm sure you're wondering if it works. Here are some examples below using both lenses. 
This was taken with my iPhone camera (no lens) 

This was taken with the addition of the Macro lens from the same distance. You can clearly see how zoomed in it is.
Taken with just my iPhone camera
Taken with Limelens fisheye lens from the same spot. So cool!

As you can see, these lenses make your ordinary pics pop! I bet anyone you give this to as a gift would LOVE you forever. It comes in a handy case that can be stashed away and taken with you just about anywhere. They usually retail for $99, but are currently on sale for $49.99! What an amazing value! Go check it out, you won't be sorry. Come and and join #TheLimeLife This would make a great gift for anyone who owns a smartphone. 

I received a product sample in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own as always. 

Dec 5, 2016

Don't Let Pain Get In Your Way This Holiday Season (Giveaway)

I feel like I am in the thick of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Aside from that, I am also planning festivities for both my husband and daughter's college graduations that happen to fall within days of each other. We will be hosting an upwards of 40 people in our home so I have been deep cleaning and preparing like a mad woman. Seriously, I don't know how I will get through the month of December! One unfortunate issue I face from working so hard is physical aches and pain, especially in my old back. I have a bad habit of overdoing it and the end result is annoying back pain.

This holiday season, I can keep going with some help from Salonpas products. I'm a huge fan of avoiding taking any oral pain medication so Salonpas is perfect for me. They have a great product lineup to relieve even your worst back pain.


You can choose the product that suits your needs-- gel, spray, or pain patches in different pain relieving strengths. It's funny, I recall growing up that my dad always kept a box of Salonpas pain relieving patches in his night stand and often asked me to apply a couple of them to his aching back. Who new I'd grow up to use them myself.


Salonpas Lidocaine 4% Pain Relieving Gel-Patch:
  • Maximum strength available without a prescription
  • Desensitize aggravated nerves
  • Numbing relief 
  • Unscented

Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray. Just point and spray for long-lasting relief.  
Salonpas DEEP Relieving Gel contains: 3 powerful pain fighters, Camphor, Menthol & Methyl Salicylate. Provides up to 8 hours of relief in a non-greasy formula. 






I am so happy to have my supply of Salonpas pain relief products on hand for this busy time of year. For more information on Salonpas products, visit them on the web and follow them on Facebook & Twitter. I am excited to host a giveaway of the suite of Salonpas products valued at $100 for one lucky reader to win! Enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only and will end on December 15, 2016. Must follow rules in Rafflecopter. One winner will be chosen randomly. Mom Files is not responsible for any lost or stolen prizes. Good luck!

I received product samples for review. All opinions are my own as always. 

Dec 4, 2016

$100 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

Hooray, it's holiday time and also GIVEAWAY time! I've teamed up with a fabulous group of bloggers to bring you another great giveaway, just in time for the holidays. The winner will have a choice of $100 Amazon GC or PayPal Cash. $100 can be super helpful at this time of year. See the details below on how to enter and good luck! 
Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway  

This giveaway starts December 5 at midnight EST and ends December 19 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to residents of the USA, 18+. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The winner has 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter after they have responded

Dec 2, 2016

How to Make Time for Exercise – No Matter How Busy You Are!

Exercise is so very important. Government recommendations state that all adults should take at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, three times a week. In reality, many people do nothing more taxing that putting the trash out once a week, or making the perilous journey between couch and refrigerator.

The problem is that we all lead busy lives. Between working a full-time job and studying for a nurse practitioner doctorate degree, it’s hardly surprising that fitting in a gym session comes last on a long list of things to do. Any spare time you do have is probably spent sleeping or catching up on Netflix.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, so if you are looking at online doctoral nursing programs and wondering how you can squeeze in a training program for that half-marathon you have targeted next summer, read on for some tips.

Be Organized

Unless you are organized, you won’t be able to fit anything in, let alone a workout. Disorganized people end up wasting time unnecessarily, so don’t let this hot mess be you. Take a good, hard look at your schedule and see where there any gaps. There probably won’t be many if you work full-time, have kids to take care of, and study, but you should have a few small pockets of time you can utilize.

Once you have identified some gaps, plan your exercise schedule accordingly, so if you have a 30 minute gap between clients, make time for a quick workout in your office or go for a brisk walk to clear your head and stretch your legs.

Work Out before Work

The pre-dawn hours are actually pretty good for working out - unless you have a pathological hatred of getting up early. Personally, I like getting up early to go for a run: the streets are deserted and I can get home and showered before the rest of the house wakes up.

Five Minutes Here, Five Minutes There

Trying to fit in a 45-minute workout when you are run ragged is always going to be a tough call. Instead, break up your workouts into five-minute blocks. It’s a lot easier to fit in some squats, planks, press-ups and star jumps than it is to make time for a Pilate’s class or Hot Yoga.

Core Workout Program

In line with the tip above, develop a core workout routine that targets the main muscle groups. Squats, planks, star jumps, burpees, press-ups, etc., are all fantastic exercise. You don’t need any equipment, so you can do them at home, in the office, or even in a hotel room if you are working away from home or on vacation. Make this your core routine and everything else can be tacked on as a bonus workout.

Multi-tasking is useful when you have no spare time. Do squats while you load the dishwasher, jog on the spot while you watch Netflix, or sprint to the bus in the morning. Every little helps.
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