Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lee Jeans Spring Fashions

Spring is in the air, well in some places, some days - other days snow is still in the air. However, I didn’t let that stop me from adding some ‘Spring’ to our wardrobe. I love this time of year, and the bright fresh colors and styles.  Let’s face it, any reason to add something to my wardrobe is welcome. Most of the time me and my husband live in jeans and casual clothes in general, so our go to brand for styles all year round is Lee. Lee really is jeans and they have so much more to offer than traditional blue jeans (which we love)!

While my husband isn’t ready for Spring colors he was desperately in need of some fresh jeans. He works and plays very hard so I like to outfit him in something that looks great and will last under his constant action. For him we tried the Lee Premium Select in a classic straight leg. The color was a deep blue called Boss. When he first put on the jeans I was so impressed by how nicely they fit him. When I asked him how they felt he said, ‘they are like slipping into a new pair of your old favorite jeans.’ I told him he should be the blogger - that was a very good description! He went further to tell me the fabric was soft against his skin which is rare in jeans and they had a nice feel to the fit with a touch of stretch. The jeans look like they were tailor made for him and the best part of all is I know they will last. Lee guarantees it!

Now you know I had to freshen up my look too. For Spring I really love the mid length styles, they allow me to stay cool, look flattering, and at Lee they come in all sort of fabulous colors! The Comfort Fir Bristol Capri is so much fun! It is made from their sinfully soft fabric, which really is sinfully soft, and has a no-gap waist band, which means you don‘t have to worry about showing your underclothes. These rest just below the waist and come down to just below the knees, where they have some adorable ties. Speaking of adorable, inside the waist and pockets they have a really fun patterned fabric. In addition to the back flaps, and two traditional pockets at the waist, there is also a pocket on the side of the right leg. This style comes in a lovely Mermaid Green, Raspberry, White and the shade I have on called Rinse, which is a darker blue shade.

I also fell in love with the Comfort Fit Gretchen Skimmer style. These are a great stretchy twill Skimmer that fits and moves perfectly. The material is light and breathable and also has the sinfully soft no-gap waistband like the other pair. The wear just below the waist and are calf length. These have six pockets; two back, two waist and two on the sides of the legs. One thing about these that instantly caught my eye was the beautiful stitching on the pockets. The attention to detailing there really adds so much to the finished look - they are adorable.  They come in Black, Driftwood, and the color I have which is called Bayside Green. I think both styles that I picked are prefect for a relaxing casual day but can also be paired with more stylish tee or even a short sleeve button up for a more dress causal look as well.

No matter your style preference, I would wager Lee has something to fill your Spring needs and wants for the whole family.  The range of styles and colors is really breathtaking. Have you browsed the Lee site lately? I think you will be surprised by what you find. You can also connect with Lee on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest styles for the whole family.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Endless Options with We Love Colors!

As I have mentioned before, I love a good pair of leggings. I would live in them if I could. I wear them with pretty much everything. One reason I don't wear them everyday is because a good pair is hard to find. Most are too thin and not fully opaque. Leggings might be cute but showing your underwear around town is not! Let me introduce We Love Colors! I recently found, quite possibly, the best pair of leggings I have ever owned. They are completely opaque and fit like a dream!

They come packaged simply with a sticker tag around the rolled up pair of leggings. I really like that there is not excess packaging. Gotta love our Earth! These are a pair of Matte Leggings in the color Charcoal which is a few shades lighter than black. They are made of 90% nylon supplex and and 10% lycra. As you can see, they are also made right here in the US. 

The stitching used is really high quality and free of dangling thread. I know that the stitching will hold up through many days of wear and washing. I also put my hand in the leg and stretched it so you could see just how opaque these are. These are a little thicker than most of the leggings that I own but they were breathable and kept me cool, even in this humid Georgia heat. We also had a little bit of a cold front here recently and these held up great when it was a little chilly and kept my legs warm.

As you can see, compared to my black shoes, these are just a few shades lighter. I am only 5 foot 2 inches tall and these were not too long on me and the waistband hit me right on my natural waist. The waistband is stretchy and a little thicker than most. It really helped my leggings stay in place all day. I didn't have to keep pulling them up. If you like colorful leggings, fear not! They offer over 50 colors that you can look at in their Color Guide. They also sell so much more than leggings including tights, fishnets, thigh highs, knee highs, socks, gloves, dresses, and activewear. They even offer children's and men's items!

Are you in love yet? I know I am! Go checkout everything that We Love Colors offers. You won't be let down! Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Hurry back here though because We Love Colors is hosting a giveaway! One lucky reader will win a pair of leggings of their own! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Open to US residents, 18 year and older.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Affordable fashion with!

Like most women, I love clothes, shoes, accessories, and all things girly. That being said, having two children makes my clothing budget shrink dramatically. I know a lot of other mothers are in the same boat, so I love to share awesome websites when I find them! My most recent discovery is They offer great quality, trendy fashion items at spectacular prices. What is better than that?

The first item I chose, is quite possibly my favorite! As much as I love girly things, I also love vegging out and playing a good video game. Nothing combines both of those better than this awesome PacMan sweater! I have very fond memories of playing PacMan as a child and can probably contribute that to my avid gaming many years later. This sweater is great. It isn't very thick so it is perfect for Spring or Fall when is is a little chilly outside. This is a wonderful addition to any female gamer's wardrobe!

The next item I received was an adorable owl bracelet. I love charm bracelets because they add a lot to an outfit without being overbearing. This bracelet is brass in color and features 7 different charms: a feather, a teardrop shaped pearl, four different owls, and an elephant. I love owls so I really like that they are starting to become more popular in fashion. The charms range from small and dainty, to quite large. The different sizes really add a lot of dimension to this piece. I have received quite a few compliments when I wore this out. I also really love the jewel accents on the owls' eyes. 

The next item is something I have wanted for a while: a perfume atomizer. I love being able to carry around my favorite perfume and refresh it during the day without carrying around the original bulky bottle. This atomizer breaks down into four pieces. You have the sprayer, a glass vial, a protective sleeve to go over the glass vial, and the lid that matches the sleeve. I really appreciate that there is a protective sleeve. One reason I don't want to carry around original perfume packing is a fear of breaking the glass in my purse. I don't have to worry about that now! I also really like the way the sprayer sprays. It gives a nice, even mist. 

The last item I chose was just to unique to pass up! If I am wearing only one kind of jewelry, it is earrings, so I love finding different ones to compliment my outfits and moods. This pair features a gold heart stud and a backer piece that wraps the word LOVE around your earlobe. I have never seen a pair of earrings like this! One thing I really like this that the back piece has four different holes so you can position the word where you want it and adjust it to the size of your earlobe! There is also a cute, red jewel that forms the 'o' in love. 

I really like everything I received from and will definitely be making future orders! Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest! 


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Knittin' Kitten

Hello Krafty Kats! This week my knitting project was so much fun! My husband is always after me about my excess clothes. I have a really hard time keeping them in just a few dressers and really I still only wear my very favorites. Needless to say even after donations I still have a lot of leftover rag type shirts. Now you know I just can't toss them, because they may be useful... and now I know how they are useful! Pet beds and rugs!

I wanted to start with something small in case it didn't work out like I planned so rather than jumping into a rug I decided to make Sam a new cat mat for his box... yes box. He is all cat and loves his box more than any store bought bed we have given him. A few years ago we gave up on it and just let him sleep in a box. 

At any rate, to get started you need gather the shirts you need. To make this small mat I used three adult size large shirts. Cut them long-wise in one to two inch pieces, then cut one side so that it is now a long strip rather than a loop. 


Next make a small hole in the ends of two of the pieces and loop it through itself pulling it tight. It will now hold itself together. Do this for the remainder of your pieces. For this project I kept the colors separate, so I had three yarn balls to work with.

Now cast on 30 and knit a garter stitch, each color stripe was two rows to form the garter ridge. 

Often during the project Sam decided he wanted to help out! 


I didn't count rows, just continue in garter stitch until you get the length you want. I was very happy with the feel of it and will be making a bath mat/runner for beside the tub next. 

It was a perfect fit for his favorite box.

Sam approves!

I am still working a few other larger projects and I will share them with you when I have progress and decide if I will complete them! Have a great week.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Women seem to have always been in an eternal pursuit of beauty and it has taken them to some pretty unexpected places in order to achieve their legendary looks. The quest has even caused them to try some pretty out-of-the-ordinary products. Even in modern days we will try some pretty strange things in order to look just a little more beautiful - I know I have.

The Egyptians mixed crushed ants, beetles blood and beeswax into a paste to use as lipstick. I am so glad we don’t do that anymore! The Romans used a combination of swan’s fat and donkey milk to battle wrinkles. Can you imagine how unpleasant that was? During the Golden Age of Spain, women actually ate clay to help maintain a porcelain complexion. Ew! That really doesn't sound as nice as pizza!

Thankfully today, we really don’t have to go to such extremes. There are experts dedicated to unlocking nature’s secrets and putting them to work for us. Since 1945, AVEENO has worked with experts to harness the power of Oat, which has the unique ability to cleanse, moisturize and protect skin. You can find out more about this in the brand’s new “The Beauty of Nature” video series.

But don’t just watch the videos! You will want to try the best-selling AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion and see for yourself just how fabulously your skin can look and feel. The dermatologist recommended daily lotion moisturizes for 24 hours and helps to relive dry skin using soothing oatmeal. You will love the creamy feel and super soft skin you are left with.

I really love that is not greasy and absorbs quickly.  That makes it super easy to apply in morning before getting dressed for the day without worry of it getting on your clothes. It is also fragrance free so it won’t affect any scents you plan on wearing. I am so grateful that AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion gives me soft smooth skin effortlessly and without having to eat clay!

Please take a moment to browse the AVEENO website and see all of the great products they have to make your beauty routine simple, effective, and natural. You can also follow AVEENO on Facebook to stay up to date with news and special offers. Make sure you head back though because one lucky reader will win their own bottle of AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion! Open to US residents 18 and older. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Winners have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan

As you probably remember from past posts, Ozeri makes awesome household products. Most recently, I tried the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan. I'm sure most of you know how hard it is to find a good frying pan that will leave your food, belly, and wallet happy. I am happy to report that I have found a pan that offers a great balance between all of that!

My absolute favorite thing about this pan is that it has a GREBLON ceramic coating. GREBLON is a safe coating from Germany that is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. Since I dislike the nasty chemicals that a lot of nonstick pans can release into my family's food, I tend to stick with stainless steel, un-coated pans. I do like those pans, but I really do miss having nonstick pans in the house. They just make cooking and frying so much easier! You also don't have to use as much grease in nonstick pans so they can help you make healthier meals. I sure do love my butter and olive oil but I think my arteries might like a break every once in a while!

As you can see, this pan is not only safe to heat but also really stylish. I love the green color and the designs on the top and bottom of the pan. Not only do the designs look nice, they also serve a purpose. The texture on the top helps distribute heat evenly while also providing great nonstick qualities. The bottom is magnetized and induction stove safe which creates the perfect surface for fast heat transferring. I have found that the base really helps, even on my electric stove. This pan really heats up faster than any of my other pans. I have also noticed that I don't need to use as high of a temperature with this pan. That helps my food cook more evenly and not burn.

We are a fried egg sandwich eating family. My children also really like scrambled eggs in the morning. Both of these items can be difficult to cook if the egg is sticking to your pan. I didn't have any issue cooking our morning eggs in this. Not only that, but I didn't have to use any extra oil or butter. The only grease on the pan was the 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil that I used to season the pan. Also, cleaning is a breeze! Nothing sticks to it, so you never have to scrub! I am absolutely in love with this pan.

I know if you have been struggling with finding a great, safe nonstick pan like I have, you will love this pan and want every size Ozeri offers! Head on over to Amazon, where you can buy this 8" Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan as well as the 10 and 12 inch varieties! You can also find all of Ozeri's great products there as well!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bootights & Darby's by Shelby Mason

It is no secret that I am a boot girl. No matter the season, or weather, you will usually catch me in a pair of boots. Along with boots, I love a good pair of leggings or tights. Though the two are very different, my love for them is the same. Now if you also frequently don a pair of tights, you know the confusion that will follow when you look at your sock drawer. Socks and tights have been in a battle for years. Don't wear them and your feet will be slipping all over your boot. Wear them and the two layers on your feet can be uncomfortable, bulky, and hot. All of this being said, I have found the solution: Bootights. Bootights are tights with socks built right in!

I saw Bootights and knew I had to have them. My years of fighting with my sock drawer have come to an end! I received a pair of Essential 201 Ankle in the color Heather. These are a semi-opaque tight with an ankle sock. They are 50 denier with a soft, non-roll waistband, control top, and cotton gusset. The attached sock is wicking, cushioned, and contains arch support. The socks are so comfortable, I wouldn't mind having just a few pairs of them alone.

The socks may be comfortable, but so are the tights. Tights can be so hit and miss. Some sit far to low on your hips and can cause unsightly bumps while some come up high enough you could cover your bra. I really like where these sit. They hit me right at my belly button. This is where my body naturally curves inward so I don't have to worry about having curves in unnatural places. The weight of the tights makes them very versatile as well. They are thin enough that you can wear them in the spring but provide enough protection that they will be great for layering in the fall and winter as well!

Shelby Mason also offers Darby's which are knee-hi's with a built in sock. I got a pair of Lacie Lacy Darby's in the color Rain. These are going to be great for Spring! They are soft and sleek like a tight but have adorable lace detailing at the top. Knee-hi socks can be far too bulky in boots, especially in the summer. These are the perfect solution for warmer days when you still want to add a little flair to your outfit. They are also a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit. 

These are made with the same awesome sock and tight material. I like that on both of the Bootights and Darby's the material is durable and snag and run resistant. Nothing is worse than ruining a great pair of tights with a zipper, fingernail, or toenail. I found that my favorite way to wear these was over a pair of skinny jeans and with taller boots. I like that is gives a cute pop of color and lace without being overbearing to the outfit as a whole. I think these would be adorable with a pair of cowboy boots and a dress or a pair of shorts as well. Any boot-wearing woman really needs these in her spring and summer wardrobe.

I love both of these items and you will definitely be seeing them in many posts to come. If you want a pair for yourself, check out Shelby's website. Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to say up to date on new styles and any fun promotions! Their Instagram is full of awesome inspiration as well! 

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.