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Monday, October 20, 2014

Hyaluronic Acid Serum + 2.5% Retinol Serum Review Body Merry

*The opinions expressed here are my own. I receive no other compensation for my review other than  a free product.*




These days I am learning more and more of the real benefit serums have on my skin over creams, balms, oils and other methods of giving my skin moisture. 

Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharid found naturally in the human body. It not only helps cushion and lubricate joints, but is also a major component of skin tissue. The skin holds almost fifty percent of your body’s hyaluronic acid in the skin. It is also found in joints connective tissues and eye fluids. Hyaluronic Acid Serums not only plump and moisturizing skin, they also help heal and comfort skin. 

When i first went to try the retinol serum i noticed it had more of a gooey effect not like others I have tried before and I also have to say I am not a fan of the smell it resembles glue more than a pleasant citrus or lotion scent I have been used to in other serums I have used in the past. But, do not let that derail you from using this.

After a few nights of applying this product to my skin I would wake in the morning and notice a very dewy, clearer and more even complexion. My skin felt firm, hydrated and more supple than I have seen it by simply using night creams that did not have hyalaronic acid in them. I was definitely impressed with this one.
Body Merry Products

The second serum (in the blue bottle) is called the "morning dew" serum which promotes excellent hydration to kick off your day. Applied before moisturizer and makeup it serves as a wonderful foundation to your canvas before you complete your face for the day.

Similar to the hyalaronic serum in consistency and smell (unfortunately) it applies cool, slippery and sinks in very fast and I like knowing that I am giving my face it's proper nutrients for the day!!

The third in the series of products is the age defense eye cream which pack a ton of ingredients 70! to be exact.  Here are the most key ones: Peptide, Vitamins E and B5, Rose Hip Oil, Retinol and more!!


I really like the consistency of this product and it feels wonderful under the eye you can really feel all 70 of this ingredients work on those tiny lines, puffiness and tired skin and I love that there are no harsh chemicals or ingredients to irritate or harm that very delicate skin.

All in all I was very impressed with the entire Body Merry line and would recommend all 3 products.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Classic Harbor Line Manhattan Tour

I was recently given the opportunity to take my family members on a wonderful day trip to view NYC on the Classic Harbor Line located at Chelsea Piers on the West Side of Manhattan. Being from NY and also living in the boroughs I've only had the chance to see the city from very limited views either by car or ferry, never have i had the chance to see NYC so close I can almost touch it!


We arrived at the Pier about an hour beforehand weather was definitely on our side at a warm and breezy 77 degrees!!  we got a chance to walk around, enjoy a snack from the vending cart and see all the goings on around us. One of the neat things to see on the pier beside the massive schooners, cruise ships and sailboats docked is the carousel located at Pier 61.

We didn't get a chance to ride it but we did use it as an opportunity to take some photos and so we hammed it up for the camera. We also got a chance to view the overlook of the park and watch the skaters in the skater park as well.

 The view alone is breathtaking and we had many reasons to pull out our cameras to capture the environment and get ready for our tour!
Being silly on the Pier
My daughter Julia recording the sights overlooking the pier
A short time after our walking excursions it was finally time to board our boat and start the tour. We were taking the  1 1/2 hour sunset cruise tour on the Yacht Manhattan which is a 80 ft and can hold anywhere from 20-85 guests at capacity. On this day we were only about 15-18 at most!
When you first board you get a sense of "luxury" right away. Your greeted by many a friendly staff member and led inside the ship where there are comfortable booths and varnished tables which had drink menus waiting for us. (You're allowed one complimentary drink). 
I was most impressed by how serene and tranquil i felt right away ( I have not been on a boat in some years and there was a slight concern of sea sickness.) Whatever concerns I might have had quickly went awry as we started our journey around the Hudson.
America 2.0

Whether you're  from NY or not you will never know a better view I can assure you, the pictures only do it half the justice it deserves your breath will truly be taken away. We got to witness the NY skyline, Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, Empire State Building and more. My daughter and I spent the majority of the cruise outside on the deck recording and taking in all the sites below is just a small video I took of the Statue of Liberty and hearing the song "Can't you see" in the background made me tear up with pride and wonder as if I was seeing her for the first time, it is a memory I will forever cherish (You will also hear the captain in the background.)

One more thing I will never forget on this trip was while my Daughter and my friend were on the bow taking pictures a very strong current hit the water and the boat started to rock up and down and before we knew it they were lifted and knocked clear off their feet!! Many thanks to all of the crew who rushed to their aid quickly! I have to say I received a minor heart attack but they turned out to both be fine and even the captain came down to extend his apologies.
All in all this was one of the best life experiences I shared with my family and friends. I would highly recommend anyone who is coming to the city for the first time or umpteenth time to take this cruise it will give you a whole new love for the city that never sleeps. 
If you are interested in booking a tour please go CLASSIC HARBOR LINE and use the promo code:FAMILY10
Freedom Tower






*NOTE: I was given the opportunity to review this tour with USFAMILYGUIDE. 
This is NOT a paid review.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum




If you are a Native New Yorker like me or just visiting for the first time it is an absolute MUST that you visit MADAME TUSSAUDS It is the perfect tourist attraction as well as a conversation starter for anyone who loves celebrity, glitz glamour and famous people. I myself have NOT gone there and I have been living in this city over 21 years so I need to get on it and make my way there and so do you right now you can get 15% off for up to 8 people so grab some friends and family and grab the camera you're gonna need it!!











Become a star at MADAME TUSSAUDS with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment in the heart of Times Square. There are millions of things to see and do in New York City, but there is only one place where you can get up close with over 200 incredible wax figures of celebrities, historical icons, sports legends and more. From Marilyn Monroe to Barack Obama to Lady Gaga to Carmelo Anthony, there is a star for everyone! Don't miss the thrilling Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater featuring Marvel's legendary Super Heroes. Visit nycwax.com for more information.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Superior Source Vitamins GIVEAWAY!!

What Makes Superior Source UNIQUE: Superior Source Vitamins are MicroLingual - "Under the Tongue Technology" that works fast, as they are quickly absorbed into the body, dissolving in seconds - NO pills to swallow! By swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach. 



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Children's B Complex with Vitamin C: Children's B-Complex with folic acid, calcium pantothenate and biotin is formulated to provide the nutrients that support optimal health for the production and maintenance of new cells and supports nervous system health, energy metabolism, and healthy heart function.

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This product was sent to me through BrandBacker to submit a review, I received no compensation other than the product and below is my honest review.


Summer time is the most crucial time I believe for your skin and how you treat it. 
First of all we are dealing with the sun a known source for Vitamin D which is beneficial
but too much of it can lead to damaging effects often difficult to reverse.

Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin also bruises and tears more easily -- taking longer to heal. So while sun damage to the skin may not be apparent when you're young, it will definitely show later in life.

Knowing this I was more than happy to try the VALENTIA Vitamin C Skin Glow Serum with a 20% more concentration to boost the body's immune system and provides many benefits to keep skin tight, smooth and looking healthy.

I started to use this serum about 3 weeks now and I already notice incredible results, I have tried Vitamin C serums in the past and they were good but this one blows them away, I use this immediately after washing my face in the morning and pairing it with my favorite moisturizer before I apply makeup and it made my face soft, firm and ready for my makeup. I noticed a healthy, dewy glow from continuous use. 

First thing you notice about the serum itself is how concentrated it is so you really only need a tiny dollop. I also love the scent which smells of a juicy sweet orange. The serum is 98% all natural chosen specifically to enhance the Vitamin C efficacy on the skin. I found that this absorbed quickly into my skin and gave it a moist and dewy glow and as the use increased my skin is tighter and clearer as well.

Other ingredients include:

Organic Rosehip and Seed Oil & Buckthorn oil-These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) - This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) - Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT- The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.



                                                            First Week of Use
                                                           3rd Week of use
                                                           Acne scars clearing and smoother appearance
                                                           Fresh and glowing when makeup is applied

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Classic Harbor Line NY Boat Tour

Living in the city most of my life I have been able to see our great landmarks and sites but never have i had the opportunity to see them from the sea. Family Friendly Boat Tours of Manhattan makes it possible for lifers and first time tourists like me to get a taste of the true beauty that is in NYC. Take in all the wonders on a classic yacht (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, anyone??)
I know I'd like to get a taste of the good life even if it is for one day...





Family Friendly Boat Tours of Manhattan Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our classic yachts - the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (our motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.
My Readers receive $10 off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code FAMILY10 - Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard our 1920's style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan! 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: LegoLand Discovery Center of Westchester

I was recently given the opportunity to visit the LegoLand Discovery Center of Westchester with my family and give my honest review.

Located in the heart of Yonkers NY, In the most wonderful Ridge Hill Mall.
LegoLand is open to LEGO lovers of all ages and levels of building. This center has 15 different attractions which we were very excited to see!!

You are first greeted by the wonderful and friendly guides who will take your picture and give you a small tour on what's to come (as you can see in the photo below I was pretty excited).

 Here is where the tour begins as you are guided through the making of LEGO bricks and how many are processed in the factories.
My Daughter got to see her height in Lego blocks almost 160,000!!
After the tour we were onto MINI LAND!!
Mini Land was by far my favorite attraction takes over a million legos to build these wonderful landmarks pictured here are just some of the awesome displays you will see animate right before your eyes.

Football Stadium


GW Bridge
Times Square and NY Skyline
videoRock out!
LegoLand also features 4D movies every 15 minutes!
We also got to ride the Kingdom Quest  interactive Laser game!! video
With so much to do in one place it is hard to include it all but other things we got to experience:
Merlin's Apprentice Ride
Lego Construction Site and Model Builder Academy
Earthquake Tables
Duplo Village 
So what was the verdict from my family? I think the picture speaks for itself!!
 We also got to dine in the amazing Elevation Burger located above LegoLand Discovery Center

Tickets Range from $16.50-$18.00 online for adult and child 
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review:Schwan's Home Delivery and Coupon Code on your first Delivery!

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I was asked to review this service and give my honest opinion. I was given a free code to try Schwan's Home Delivery of quality food and desserts.
I perused over the site which has so many mouth watering options it is so hard to choose which way to go!!
You get a wide variety of choices of meats,fruits, breakfasts, vegetables, side dishes, seafood, desserts and even some gluten-free pizza for those of you who meet that specific dietary requirement and yes there are organic options as well.
All items are decently priced and even in some cases cheaper if you consider what you would need to make a gourmet meal for 4 and what it would cost you to breakdown those ingredients it can get very pricey!
Schwan's has some wonderful dinner options if you prefer not to cook but plan ahead!! placing an order with Schwan's you will need to be able to do it at least a week in advance from when you would need your items (Estimated delivery service is located BEFORE you order so you know when to expect it)
I was given a $25 code so here is what I purchased and what i thought:

Italian Style Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast $14.99 (You get 4 individually wrapped chicken stuffed with romano, parmesan ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and  sun dried tomato these were absolutely delicious and took no time to make (about 35-40min)
Roasted Baby Bakers $6.74 (You get a family size bag of frozen spuds when placed in the oven with some olive oil come out savory and delicious. We really enjoyed these.
Special Recipe Supreme Pizza $4.99 Always a staple in my house (made by me usually) but this was a nice change of pace although the crust is a bit thin for my liking it was really good!!

All in all I really did enjoy this service and the only con is probably the time it takes to have it delivered to your home, but it may vary on location otherwise I give Schwan's 

If you are interested in trying out their service please check them out:Schwan's Home Delivery

Codes below for discount on your first order

For over 60 years, Schwan's Home Service has provided superior frozen foods with convenient home delivery. Our foods are flash frozen at the peak of freshness and flavor. Choose from USDA Choice meats, wild-caught seafood, flavorful skillet meals, Grade A fruits and vegetables, plus our heritage ice cream, distinctive desserts and much more.

We offer delicious foods to satisfy everyone, including family members with special dietary needs including:

- No gluten ingredients
- Vegetarian
- No sugar added
- Heart healthy
- Low calorie
- Low sodium choices





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100% Guarantee! Love It or Return It! If you're unsatisfied one of our products - for any reason - we will gladly replace it or provide a refund.

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