Sun Si’belle Broad Spectrum SPF30 Tinted Sunscreen Review

If this sunscreen looks familiar to you it’s probably because a few months back I did a review on Sun n Fun Kids Broad Spectrum SPF30 from the same company Sweetsation Therapy! We really enjoyed that sunscreen so why not try the tinted version I would enjoy using?

Like the kids version, the Sun Si’belle Broad Spectrum SPF30, tinted by Sweetsation Therapy isn’t greasy, at all! It’s more like a lotion and doesn’t have a strong smell to it either. Like the name suggests this sunscreen is tinted and while sometimes people can feel a little put off by that, this tint is very subtle. It isn’t in your face, and doesn’t look orange or streaky. I really enjoy it.

While the weather isn’t exactly sunscreen weather yet, I have put it on a few times to just see how I like it, and see how it felt. It’s not heavy, and it’s not blotchy. I find some other sunscreens can feel a bit blotchy, but this stuff doesn’t have that feel at all. It doesn’t streak either which is always a huge concern.

It goes on smooth, and properly. It also lasts much longer than other sunscreens. However, I haven’t been able to really test it in the sun yet – once I do that I will have a different verdict on that, as re-apply will be needed.

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tintedscreenAbout Sun Si’belle Broad Spectrum SPF30, tinted – Direct from the Company:
Light and non-greasy
Moisturizes and hydrates all day long
Defends skin with mineral SPF 30
Tinted, leaves no white cast
Oxybenzone-free, Toxin-free, Gluten-free, NANO particles free, Paraben-free
Natural and Organic ingredients
EWG Safety Rating 2

Why Choose Sun Si’belle Broad Spectrum SPF30, tinted?
Well, if you are looking for a good, high quality sunscreen that you can feel confident wearing. That won’t streak, or feel heavy then this is a Sunscreen to consider. While I wish it was a little higher in SPF than 30, as I’m super pale and tend to burn easily I have a feeling this will be the only sunscreen I will need this summer. It’s light, it’s light smell which is nothing like traditional sunscreen won’t trigger headaches or migraines, and the price is great for what you get!

Where to Purchase, and Price:
You can purchase here on Amazon! Price is $28

What do you look for in a good Sunscreen?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

A Little Bit Of Zen: Buddha Board Review

buddhaboardBeing a parent can be stressful, working can be stressful and even being a kid in a big family can be stressful. When the Original Buddha Board was sent to me I was pretty excited to try it and see how it would help all of us with our daily lives if any of us needed a little bit of a breather, what could we do?

bboardWell the Buddha Board was exactly what we needed. My kids LOVE using the Buddha Board, and although they often hog it I was even able to use it for a few minutes and make a really neat picture out of squiggly lines. It turned out to look like a face!

zenmanWhat is an Original Buddha Board Exactly?
The Buddha Board is inspired by the zen idea of “Living in the moment”. Have you ever been stressed and just wanted to escape or get away for just a few minutes? With the Buddha Board you can do that. By simply dipping the brush into a bit of water, and putting the brush onto the board you can bring any creation to live. As you can see above I did some sort of weird looking face, and all I did was making squiggly lines and that’s what I ended up making. The few moments it took, it was relaxing and fun waiting to see what would appear at the end.

How does the Buddha Board Work?
Simply fill the little tray with an inch or two of water, dip the brush in the water and away you go. No paint, no fumes, no mess. Simple and Easy, yet relaxing and fun. The Buddha Board dries within 1-5 minutes and erases on it’s own so you can start all over again!

Benefits of using the Buddha Board:
It’s relaxing and calming. If you need to just get away for a few minutes, put your creativity to work, or just simply want to try something different. The Original Buddha Board will help, and even I felt the stress lift while sitting and concentrating on the board!

Where to Buy and Cost:
Check out the Store Locator for a store near you! Original Buddha Board retails for: $34.95

As most of you know we now home school our kids. Well, yesterday Ava wanted to take a break from some work and use the Buddha Board. All my kids love it, and love sitting to see what they will end up creating.

avazenShe ended up sitting for a few minutes to do one photo, then once it dried and disappeared did another.

zenstmI wish I had gotten photos of the creations all the kids did, but sadly I was working with a few kids on school work while the others took turns creating on the Buddha Board, but if you keep an eye on my Social Media I’m sure I’ll post some more as time goes on!

What do you like to do to bring a little zen into your life?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

Madonna: Rebel Heart #O2O #RebelHeart

madgeI have always been a fan of Madonna, but I’ll admit – I haven’t really listened to much of her newer stuff. I’m more a fan of her 80s stuff. That is until I received Rebel Heart. This is one of her best yet in my opinion! Not only is the album really great to listen to but it’s also packed full with 19 new tracks!

Rebel Heart Track List

01 “Living For Love”
02 “Devil Pray”
03 “Ghosttown”
04 “Unapologetic Bitch”
05 “Illuminati”
06 “Bitch I’m Madonna” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
07 “Hold Tight”
08 “Joan Of Arc”
09 “Iconic” (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)
10 “HeartBreakCity”
11 “Body Shop”
12 “Holy Water”
13 “Inside Out”
14 “Wash All Over Me”
15 “Best Night”
16 “Veni Vidi Vici” (Feat. Nas)
17 “S.E.X.”
18 “Messiah”
19 “Rebel Heart”

My favorite thus far being Living for Love! I also enjoyed Rebel Heart a lot too! Rebel Heart is Madonna’s 13th Studio release and was released on March 13th 2015. On Rebel Heart Madonna collaborated with other talents such as Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson!

She looks amazing, and still sounds amazing. Madonna still has it and she proved it with Rebel Heart!
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Although some songs on Rebel Heart aren’t exactly my thing, Madonna did recently comment in Billboard magazine, “Rebel Heart explores two very distinct sides of my personality, the rebellious renegade side of me and the romantic side of me”  – This is so very true and very evident when listening to the full album. I was a big fan of the more romantic side, than Madonna’s rebellious side!

I love listening to Madonna’s Rebel Heart while cleaning the house. The kids love dancing around to it too, however I do have to skip a few songs when they are around. Please keep in mind Rebel Heart does have explicit language! It wouldn’t be true Madonna without, right?

If you would like to download Rebel Heart for yourself, please visit iTunes by clicking here: http://bit.ly/REBELHEART

Follow Madonna on Social Media:
www.madonna.com 

www.instagram.com/madonna 
www.twitter.com/madonna 
www.youtube.com/madonna 

Disclosure: I participated in the Madonna Rebel Heart album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

20 Healthy Easter Treats!

20 Healthy Treats for Easter! Want to put something other than packaged chocolate in your Easter Basket? Looking for a nice treat for a family dinner? Here's all you need! - sixtimemommy.com

The Easter bunny will be here before you know it, and while that may usually mean pounds of sugar in your Easter basket, this year it doesn’t have to!

These healthy treats can be made at home for a fraction of the price of a bag of candy (why is candy so expensive?) and you get to control exactly what ingredients you put in that Easter basket this year. While these treats are healthy, you’d never know it–they’re decadent, chocolaty, and oh so yummy. Even the pickiest eaters will be fooled!

See my top 20 favorite healthy Easter treats below!

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1. Raw Banana Brownie Bars

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

3. Chocolate Nutmeg Cake Doughnuts

4. Raw Peanut Butter Cookie for one

5. Fruity Chocolate Bark

6. Naturally Sweetened Honey Popcorn Balls

7. Healthy Berry Streusel Bars

8. Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars

9. Chocolate Chip Pistachio Meringue Cookies

10. 5 Ingredient Paleo Brownies

11. Blueberry Lemon Scones

12. Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

13. Chocolate Chip Carrot Cookies

14. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

15. Chocolate Drizzled Pretzels

16. Skinny Funfetti Cake Batter Granola Bars

17. Healthy Low Calorie Cheesecake Bites

18. Skinny Chocolate Cherry Muffins

19. Peanut Butter Chocolates Naturally Sweetened

20. Healthy Red Velvet Cupcakes

What about you? What are your favorite Easter treats?

Cadbury Mini Eggs Milkshake: The Perfect Easter Treat!

Cadbury Mini Eggs Milkshake: The perfect, delicious and cool Easter Treat! - sixtimemommy.comEaster is just around the corner so I decided to start posting some Easter items from now until Easter! We don’t do much for Easter. Like most Holiday’s we just do our own thing at home. We do the Easter baskets, the Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts, etc but for dinner we just stay home and have our meal together.

As a kid I was always at my Grandparents for Easter dinner. That was one of my absolute favorite times. Spending the Holiday’s at my Grandparents. My Grandpa would always make me a Root Beer Float. It was incredible, and the only times I ever had one was with him because he made it the absolute best. I wish my kids got to experience that too. But, when I’m old and grey (okay, even more grey) I intend to have big family Holidays at my house and start new traditions at my house with my Grand kids, if I am lucky to get them in the far, far future.

I fully intend to introduce this little gem to them, the Cadbury Mini Eggs Milkshake. It is the absolute perfect treat for Easter. Cadbury Mini Egg’s are one of my favorite treats to indulge in during Easter so I always have a few packs on hand in the cupboard.

Want to make it yourself? It’s pretty simple, and delicious! Here is how you do it:

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Cadbury Mini Eggs Milkshake: The Perfect Easter Treat!
 
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This delicious Milkshake is perfect for a lovely Easter treat!
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Milk (any variety)
  • 2 Large Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Handful of Mini Cadbury Eggs (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add the milk and ice cream to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add in a handful of Mini Cadbury Eggs and pulse 5-6 times until the candy is broken into little pieces.
  3. Check thickness. If you want a thicker shake, add more ice cream.
  4. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Sounds and looks really incredible right? I’m pretty sure I would be the best Gran on the block if I did this for future grand kids! It’s so funny to me talking about grand kids, but milkshakes and float talk reminds me of my Grandparents who I really miss during these Holidays!  Don’t worry though, I’m in no hurry to become a gran…  My kids know there’s about 30 or more years more before that happens!  (haha)

CadburyShake_4bIf you give it a try be sure to come back and tell me how you like it! Hurry though before those Cadbury Mini Eggs are gone again until next Easter!

 

3 Tips to Help Keep Your Sanity as a Busy Mom

3 Tips to Help Keep Your Sanity as a Busy Mom: Busy? Stressed? Need a little guidance? Here are 3 tips I've learned over the years to help me keep my SANITY! - sixtimemommy.com I must be crazy! I have six kids, who in their right mind would have SIX kids, right??? Well, my friends I’m not insane (well, at least *I* don’t think so, I’m sure some would beg to differ) but some days my head feels like I just may be.

What are some ways I help deal with the stresses of everyday life with a large family? What are some ways I deal with kids yelling, pulling at me and needing my every waking moment to be theirs? Well, I will tell you.

Some days when I’m not curled up in a ball, in my room, in the corner, crying.. Okay, not really but you get the point – when I’m not up to my ears in stress I sit down and reflect on how awesome our day was, why it was much better than others and how I can make sure other days go as smoothly..

Here are the top 3 things I came up with to help me keep my already questionable Sanity…

1. WAKE UP WITH A SMILE AND A PLAN: Waking up already in a good mood is a sure way to start the day on a good note. But how does one actually wake up in a good mood? Going to bed earlier, having a healthy snack before bed and I find lots and lots of baby/kid snuggles before I even get out of bed helps tremendously! Have stuff you want to get done? School work? Baking? A Trip to the Grocery store or Park? Have your plan ready to go the night before! I have so many note pads just for this reason!

2. DON’T BRING YESTERDAYS STRESS TO TOMORROW: Have a bad day yesterday? Someone really tick you off? Leave it in yesterday. There’s no use bringing it to tomorrow and having to deal with it again. Who has time for that anyway? Not me.

3. BREATHE: What can you do besides breathe? Having kids, a spouse and friends doesn’t have to be stressful, it doesn’t have to feel like the walls are closing in and you need to scream. Just take a deep breath and move on! Hug those babies, kiss that spouse and tell your friend you care! If something isn’t going right, is upsetting or angering just breathe, and figure it out later. Something very important I have figured out during my motherhood journey thus far is freaking out, staying upset, or mad isn’t going to change anything. Breathe, walk away and come back to the issue in a while.

You’d be surprised. Some days I get so stressed out. Kids not listening, Dogs constantly barking, fighting/sibling rivalry – it can be downright chaotic. But other days it’s bliss. Laughter, love, and complete happiness. It all balances out but when you carry on any issues, bring over the baggage or harp on the subjects it does no good for anyone. Especially Mom. So, these are just the top 3 ways I sometimes need to remember and focus on to get through those rough days..

What about you? Anything you could add? What helps you get through those tough days?

Sports Emergency Kit: For Busy On The Go Families

3a41408c-a1b2-11e4-a399-22000afd2dc7It’s spring again and that means it’s finally time for families to get out and be active once again! In our family it means soccer season is approaching as well as Gymnastics! We are always on the go and always trying to stay active, and that means often times scraps, cuts and bruises!

I have always kept a little kit on hand for the Spring/Summer busy season full of sports, park trips and walks with the family! Sometimes it can be hard to know what to put in it exactly, because who knows what can happen when out and about! While, this year will be a little bit different. Although we will be on the go a lot, I won’t have to worry about making sure there are band aids, wipes, and trying to hunt down a tap with water and soap to clean any sort of scrape or cut that may occur because I now have the perfect little kit handy!

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purkitWhen at the soccer field with 2 kids playing, there’s another 4 playing at the park next to the field or running around playing on the empty side of the field! Last year we had scrapes with grass in the cuts from running on the fields, we had bumps from kids on the playground! This year we will be prepared! We will have Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser on hand in our Emergency Kit for any emergency!

pur2What is Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser?
Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound Skin Cleanser is the next generation first step in first aid for cleansing more powerful than soap – it hydrates wounds, and is formulated with a pH balanced  solution, designed to improve the most essential part of the wound treatment process.

Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound Skin Cleanser is a safe, effective and easy to apply first step in first aid management for minor, painful scraps, cuts and burns/rashes/insect bites. Doctor-tested for wound treatment, simply spray it on the spot and on-the-go; not only is it more effective than soap and water but it is non-stinging, non-irritating and free of antibiotics which is also safe to use anywhere on the body (even eyes, ears and mouth!)

pur3Not only is Puracyn® Plus Duo Care convenient to the otherwise messy art of cleaning up a wound, it is also more effective than soap and water and won’t cause damage like hydrogen peroxide (not to mention that awful sting!) This wonderful product is handy to keep in your diaper bag, purse or even that all important emergency kit! Not only is Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser a perfect addition to any bag or kit, so is Puracyn® Plus Foot Wash & Skin Cleanse! Similar to Puracyn Plus Duo Care Wound & Skin Cleanser, the foot wash is a safe, effective first step in first aid to feet! Yep, foot sores, irritations, blisters and dry cracked feet!

Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound Cleanser is available in a 4oz plastic spray bottle at Rite Aid and Walgreens for $14.99.

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This is a product-sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Puracyn® Plus Duo-Care™ Wound & Skin Cleanser. The opinions and text are all mine.

Some Things You Just Shouldn’t Do As A Blogger

Some Things You Just Shouldn't Do As A Blogger: Top 5 things to just NOT do... If you are a blogger - sixtimemommy.comI have been blogging on and off since I was 12… I will be 30 this summer. Let that sink in for just a moment.

Okay, now that we have established I am both old and been doing this blogging thing longer than I should probably admit to I want to jump right into some things I have learned over the years that as a blogger you just shouldn’t do…

1. When liking another blog Facebook page: Do NOT comment on the page saying “new personal like from such and such!” with your link. Not only is it spammy and annoying, it just looks bad.. On you. Like the page and if you must announce yourself send a private message! It will be received much better and probably won’t be deleted! You may gain some new followers and friends this way.

2. Don’t trick people into subscribing to your email list: This is so not cool. It’s been brought up quite a few times in some groups I am in recently and this just isn’t something you do. If I leave a comment on your blog and get tons of emails because of it I won’t be back to your site and if I feel that way, lots of others probably do too. Don’t drive your visitors and commenters away!

Instead: Make your subscription links accessible. Make a cute banner, or badge for people to easily click if they want to. Blog about your subscription or list and ask those interested to sign up. Tell them why they should and you’ll feel better about honest sign ups rather than tricking people into it (even if tricking isn’t your intention!)

3. Don’t sell yourself short or sell out: This one is more of a personal decision really – If you are like me I love doing reviews! However, recently there has been a lot of talk about bloggers paying for items to review (even if it’s just shipping or a few bucks the company will “reimburse”) this is something I won’t do and a few bloggers I have spoken to and help along the way I tell them too – don’t pay for anything you will be reviewing unless it’s an item you already own and just want to share. Why? Because your review is giving the company, brand and product publicity and if you aren’t getting paid for the post and are just getting product – that is your payment. You shouldn’t have to spend money to advertise for someone else, you work hard, use the product and delicate your time and space on your blog to it!

You can do that if you’d like, I just personally don’t. Even if they will reimburse and it’s only a couple of bucks.. But please make sure you are reimbursed because I have heard that often it isn’t the case.

4. Don’t alter your honest reviews or lie – This is something I feel so passionate about. Honesty when it comes to reviews is the only way to go. If you get a product, use it and do not like it let the company know before going ahead with your review. Let them know the problems, more times than not they are willing to work with you then go from there. If you post a review that isn’t 100% happy, but is truthful – don’t be bullied into changing it either. The whole point of blogger reviews are to be honest and let our readers know about the great products we use and enjoy!

5. Do NOT give out emails of those who comment on your blog: Even if a company or individual asks for your email list from your commenters you just don’t do it. Most, if not all bloggers have their contacts listed on our websites if they’d like to contact us they can do so. But please, do not give out any information without permission. This is a very big no no that is not only dishonest but it is also deceiving as most blogs require email addresses to be punched in before commenting however it does say they won’t be given out. Don’t make this mistake!

I’m sure in time this list will grow and I will add to it but these are the ones I’ve seen talked about a lot lately.

I’m no expert nor do I claim to know everything there is to know about blogging.. However,  over the years you learn, grow and pick up things and figure out what is cool and what isn’t.  I just wanted to make a post about it because I am seeing these things more and more!

Is there any others you can think of to add to this list?? I think these are the major ones but I would love to hear of any others you think can be big blogger no nos?

5 Tips for Busy Mom’s Who Do It All!

5 Tips for Busy Mom's Who Do It All: Laundry, Dishes, Cooking, Cleaning... Do you do it ALL? Here are some tips to help you out! - sixtimemommy.comIt’s no secret being a mom is a lot of work. Our days are long, our nights are short and often times help is scarce. My husband works during the day and has 1 day of the week off. Although he gets off work fairly early 3/330 daily, when he gets home there isn’t much he does so I find myself doing the majority of taking care of the kids, the house, the animals and everything in between. I’m a stay at home mom/work at home mom and I feel it’s party of my duty to make sure things get done.

I get asked all the time how I do it. How I have so many kids and get things done.. While I would LOVE a little bit of help sometimes – I’ve really had to come up with strategies to get things done when there isn’t any help provided.

1. Meal Plan: I sit down and actually plan what meals I’ll be making for the week. Although,  I don’t set a day for each meal I do write what I want to make down. I don’t set days because who knows what I will feel like eating those specific days, so as long as I have somewhat of a meal plan written down it takes the fuss out of figuring it out and making sure I have all indigents on hand. Every night we have a meal as a family. I always grew up having a nice home cooked meal every night for dinner, so this is super important for me with my kids.

2. Set a Cleaning Routine: Twice a day I clean. Seems like a lot, and it’s not EVERY single day, but on days that need it – Once I do a really good clean in the mornings when the littlest are napping. I take this time to wash windows, sweep, wash floors/walls, organize and get the bulk of the cleaning done. Then again when the kids go to bed I do another sweep, and pick up around the main floor. If there’s one thing I really dislike about messy kids its going to bed with a messy house. I hate waking up to a ton of stuff to do so I try to make sure I tidy before I go to bed.

3. Ask kids to help out when needed: No shame. There’s nothing wrong with getting the kids to help out when they are the ones messing up. Give each of them a job (pick up books, toys or go around gathering laundry) these aren’t chores it’s simply asking them to contribute to the household, and makes it easier on mom.

4. Crock Pot Cooking: I try to make as many meals a week in the crock pot. What is easier than chopping, prepping and throwing in the Crock Pot to cook away while you get other things done? Pretty sure nothing. I think Crock Pot’s were made for the busy mom, and whoever invented them – Needs a hug!

5. Don’t stress – There’s always tomorrow!: If I don’t get things done in one day I have learned not to stress about it. There’s always tomorrow… So, if I don’t get to the windows, or toilets today there’s tomorrow and I don’t stress about it. It is what it is.

Some days it’s hard. Others its a breeze. Some days I feel really fed up with the lack of help when I’m not the only one living in the household. I know a lot of people believe if the husband is working out of the home he shouldn’t come home to do anything, but I firmly believe in everyone pulling their own weight. If you take your socks off and leave them – it’s not my job to go picking them up, it’s yours. Use a cup? Husband Brings a plate up to have a snack at night – the least that can be done is take it to the sink.

My husband has been changing his ways a little bit. Having all the kids home now for homeschooling, and having to do just about everything in the house on top of running this blog which not only makes me happy, gives me a little bit of an escape and is also bringing in a decent income for our family – can be super stressful. I am so thankful that when I ask the kids to tidy up after they play, or after a long day with me they do it usually without hesitation or complaint.. Hopefully, it will continue and we can stay on this good path.

Busy moms never get a break. Our job is never done, and our days are long while nights are short. If you find you are just doing everything, and it seems like too much - don’t stress, there’s always tomorrow – and there’s no shame in asking for others in the house to pitch in too! Everyone lives in the house, so everyone should be able to pitch in when needed!

How does everything get done in your household? Does everyone pitch in, or does one person do the majority?