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View Life Better with LG’s Curved OLED Televisions

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Coopertize and LG Electronics. All opinions as always are my own.

Up until this past Spring our family owned one TV that was just around 20”. Did I just hear you gasp? I know – it was super small! But it did what we needed it to do and we spent our fair share of time singing along to many Disney movies! Earlier this year we took the plunge and purchased a 32” TV and WOW, what a difference! We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house, but when we do we desire to have a nice viewing experience. I thought my 32” was awesome, until I learned about LG’s Curved OLED televisions. And now my mind…is blown!

What’s an OLED television? Put simply, it’s the latest technology on the market from LG (released in 2013) that brings together breakthrough performance in a thin sleek design.

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The curved design provides a more natural viewing experience and with three times less blue light then LED TV’s OLED users experience less eye fatigue. So awesome!

These babies are gorgeous and I was able to experience the very obvious differences between LG OLED’s and competitor models. The difference was crystal clear. OLED televisions outperform LCD with a response time 1000x faster and just 4.5mm at its thinnest point! Talks about performance and perfect picture quality!

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It’s no surprise that LG’s OLED was named “King of HDTV for 2014” – it’s clearly the best technology on the market for curved display and are available in 55”, 65” and 77”. You’re making an investment with one of these bad boys as the starting price is $3,500!

While I don’t think we’ll be adding in one of these in our home anytime soon (it’d take up ½ our living room!) it’s fantastic to see how far we’ve come with technology and what is available for consumers!

Have you heard of OLED televisions? Would you purchase one?



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Mini Boden Review & $25 GC Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a credit at Boden USA to purchase some items. As always all opinions expressed are my own.

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I’m no fashionista – but my daughter? She can effortlessly put together an outfit in no time and is usually always dressed before I am! It’s been fun (and dangerous) being a Mom to a daughter, and now that she’s (GASP) 9 she is very vocal about her preferred style. This summer we went shopping for new jeans (she had a crazy growth spurt and none of her 8 pairs of jeans fit) and she independently went shopping in the girls section and asked for her own fitting room to try everything on! It was great to see, but really hit home that my baby is growing up! Though we have to be careful because as many parents know, not all kids’ clothes are made the same and my kiddo is tough on her clothes so we need pieces that are well made and also fit into her ever evolving style.

I was first introduced to Boden and Mini Boden & Johnnie B by my sister who loves to dress her 5 year old daughter in their pieces. It wasn’t a brand that I was familiar with, but after searching on their site for awhile I knew why my sister and so many others love Boden USA and their amazing kids clothes and accessories. Boden is one of Britain’s best kept secrets, specializing in heritage-inspired style with a colorful, modern twist. They make clothes for the whole family and launched their children’s line Mini Boden & Johnnie B in 1996 and we were lucky enough to add a few Mini Boden & Johnnie B items to review! 

blog3Top: Johnnie B Lucinda | Skirt: Crew Cuts | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Nordstrom

blog4Top: Johnnie B Pointelle T-Shirt | Vest: Made by Grandma

blog5Top: Johnnie B Pointelle T-Shirt | Cardigan: Johnnie B Scarlett Cardigan | Leggings: Johnnie B

blog2Jacket: Jessica Simpson Kids | Dress: Johnnie B Mabel Dress | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Nordstrom

blog1Top: Gap Kids | Sweater: Johnnie B Cable Cardigan | Leggings: Johnnie B | Shoes: Michael Kors Kids

As you can see by my daughter’s shining smile she absolutely loves her new pieces from Boden! She has exclaimed multiple times how comfortable all of the clothes feel and that’s huge since she’s on the go with school and various extracurricular activities throughout the week. I’m thrilled at the quality – they aren’t flimsy and you can see and feel that these items will be around to last…as long as she doesn’t have another growth spurt!

Even better – Boden USA is having a gigantic sale with everything 40% off plus free shipping on orders over $50! I’ll be ordering some more leggings and tights for the kiddo this week, just in time for this cooler weather here in Boston. What could be even better? I think a $25 Boden USA giftcard would surely help you pick out some items for your little ones…or yourself! Entering is easy and can be done using the widget below!

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Mabel’s Labels Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a  Ultimate Back to School Combo pack. All opinions as always are all my own.

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Anyone else feel like September crept out of nowhere? It seems like just yesterday I was at the beach and the kiddo was having a ball at summer camp. The days were long, the sun was bright and we took our time. Fast forward to now, I’m running around like a mad woman, trying to find and return school forms, trying to find the lid to my daughter’s favorite lunch container, and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had to ask my daughter to please put away your shoes! September is kicking my booty! I’m just hoping to get through this week because next week we’re off to beautiful Hilton Head in South Carolina to celebrate the kiddos 9th birthday at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (more on that later).

I can’t be the only one who hasn’t gotten their stuff together right? I created a back to school organization center to keep us on track, but I’m still kind of a mess. And her room? Sigh. Can you tell we need a vacation?! Ok back to Mabel’s Labels and my review and giveaway! Mabel’s Labels makes labels for the stuff kids lose!

There are two 3rd grade classes of about 20 kids each so you can imagine how many books, notebooks, pencils and bagpacks they all have. For years I’ve been using labels so my daughter could easily keep track of her items whether at school, camp or a friend’s house. But I quickly learned that all labels are not created equally. My daughter is hard on her stuff, it gets dropped, kicked, scratched and I need labels that are durable enough to keep up! Many labels quickly faded after a rinse or ride in the dishwasher making it impossible for her to figure out which waterbottle was hers at the end of camp. So frustrating!

Enter Mabel’s Labels. I was thrilled to receive one of their limited edition Ultimate Back to School Combo packs which included an amazing 108 labels for her shoes, waterbottles, lunchboxes and everything and anything in between! And let me tell you…we’ve finally found labels that are not only unique to my daughter’s interests (hers have peace signs) but they are colorful, durable and fun! We’ve been putting the labels everywhere and I’m crossing my fingers and toes that they will help decrease the amount of items she loses this school year! I love Mabel’s Labels because they help keep me organized especially in September and my daughter loves them because they are fun and easy to put on to anything!

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Now for the good part…a giveaway! Know how I mentioned the label pack was limited edition? Yup, it’s only available until September 30 – and I’m offering one lucky reader the bestselling Ultimate Back to School Combo which includes the following items:

  • 40 Skinny-Minis™ – dishwasher and microwave safe
  • 50 Tag Mates™ – washer and dryer safe, apply to a clothing care tag
  • 16 Shoe Labels – waterproof and UV resistant
  • 2 Teeny Tags™ – waterproof and UV resistant

You can choose from 4 limited edition solid palettes or 40+ multi-coloured designs, plus 3 special back-to-school motifs (bus, books and apple)! Seriously, these labels are mega awesome and will come in handy in our home! These would also make a perfect gift…there are only 100 days until Christmas!! Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget:

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Goodbye Laptop and Hello #Intel2in1! #ad

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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I’ve been pretty bummed ever since my Sony Vaio laptop broke earlier this year. My Vaio and I were close and I was devastated when Sony couldn’t fix her and I was without a computer. Even though I work full-time on the computer, I still needed time on a device at home to create and edit blog posts, compile pictures, communicate with friends and my daughter’s teachers – so being without a computer has been pretty difficult. I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy 5 which is amazing – but it doesn’t replace my need for a computer.

Just last week I was lucky enough to receive my very own #Intel2in1 device and I couldn’t be more excited! There has been a lot of buzz over #2in1 devices which are essentially the product of a laptop and tablet. These devices are not only sleek but portable, versatile, and sturdy. With an innovative slip-hinge design you can go from using the #2in1 as a touch screen tablet to ‘laptop’ with the addition of a sleek keyboard. Powered by 4th Gen Intel Core processors and Windows 8.1 with a HD display and over 8 hours of battery life – my new #Intel2in1 is wayyyy more than just a pretty face!

She Has Durable Style: Constructed with precision cut aluminum and carbon fiber, it maximizes strength and minimizes weight with premium materials.

She Has a Resilient Display: The edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® glass display resists damage from scratches, drops and bumps.

She is Stronger, Lighter, Cooler: The carbon fiber body is as strong as aluminum, but lighter and cooler to the touch.

Not only do I love the extended battery life (my Vaio only lasted 4.5 hours!) I love that it’s compact enough to throw in my bag without needing an additional bag. It’ll be my perfect on the go accessory this summer!



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Albion Fit: Review & Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS MARY RAY!!!!

It’s about three weeks since I’ve begun my health and wellness journey. I’m running, squatting, sweating, and starting to feel good! I was going to get a membership to a super fancy all women’s gym, until I was told the membership prices – $99/month…for one month!! With my upcoming Disney trip and summer camp expenses I knew it wasn’t something I could afford, so I’ve been getting outdoors and working out at home. My body is not yet at the point where I want it to be, and I’m a bit self-conscious, but I don’t want that insecurity to play a role in getting a good workout.

I want to be comfortable and looks good while I’m working out, and am so happy to be partnering with my social media BFF, Albion Fit. I first heard about Albion through a blog last year, and instantly became a fan. Albion Fit makes luscious clothing that woman want to wear! Their garments are fashionable and unique, but more importantly practical and technical. Designed by women, their apparel is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. Our clothes easily transition from work out gear to lounging gear: whether she’s running an errand or 26.2 miles across a finish line.

It’s like we’re a match made in heaven! They speak my language :-)

Wondering what their name means? Albion, hails from the Albion Basin at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon in beautiful Utah. They draw upon nature and its energy for their inspiration, always remembering that their ultimate goal is to reflect the power of natural femininity in their designs, as well as their lifestyle.

They really stood out to me because obviously their amazing clothes, but their engagement with people (like me) via social media. Sometimes you reach out to a company, retweet something they’ve tweeted and get no response. Kinda sucks! Whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Albion appreciates it’s fans, customers, and potential customers – and that’s how you build an audience!

They offer a variety of women’s fitness and swimwear and workout clothing. Below are a FEW of my favorites:

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I recently received their Gown Suit in Navy (left) for my June Disney trip. And once I lose a few more lbs I’m going all out and purchasing my *favorite* swimsuit they carry – the Midnight Dip Swimsuit (right)!! I’m in loooove with it!!

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Oh and another thing? They are forever having specials on their merchandise! So always checkout their Instagram or Facebook page to learn about their newest deals!

Go off and explore their site, and be sure to use this exclusive promo code alexandra15 up until May 12 to save $15 on any purchase of $50+! And I’m super excited to offer a GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader for the same swimsuit I have the Gown Suit in Navy (above on left), entering is easy – good luck & happy shopping!!

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Disclosure: I received one swimsuit as compensation – but all opinions expressed are my own! 



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