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Aftershokz On-Ear Headphones 


Want to parent and exercise? Now you can. I simply put on Aftershokz bone conductive headphones that allow you to play your music, audible books or podcasts and still hear the world around you. The Trekz Air open-ear headphones, sit above your ear and not inside it, thus allowing you to hear it all! And although they aren't plugged uncomfortably into your ear, you can still hear whatever you are playing. You’ve got to hear to believe, it's really cool. So much safer too since you can still hear cars, a horn honking, babies crying, dogs barking, etc. I just wish I had these back when I still took the boys on walks in their stroller.

They are wireless too and so lightweight that you can easily forget they are there. Available in Midnight Blue, Forest Green (that's what I'm wearing), Slate Gray, or a festive Canyon Red.

Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones in Forest Green 


Signature Halo Charles & Colvard Moissanite Necklace


Moissanite is the world’s most brilliant gem. It’s a white gemstone with unique optical properties that outsparkles all others. Unlike other sparkly gems, Moissanite is environmentally responsible as it's a naturally occurring gemstone made in a lab. Because it's not mined, tremendous amounts of earth aren't displaced, or water isn't contaminated in the creation process. No, blood diamond here, only a beautiful jewel that a woman can feel good about wearing too. I know I felt like a shining star wearing Charles & Colvard's Moissanite necklace during my annual holiday party this year. 

The Forever One halo necklace is set in 14K gold with a 6mm hearts & arrows center stone that is surrounded by 1mm pave stones.

Charles & Colvard Moissanite necklace shines bright during the holidays and all year long
Follow their social media handles (IG: @charles_colvard & FB: charlesandcolvard) and check out their website www.charlesandcolvard.com for seasonal savings.  

Fun x Fiorucci Women’s Sheer Crew Socks


These aren't just any crew socks, but have sheer/pantyhose-like cut-outs! This limited edition style is proof that socks are sexy. Neon red makes them festive for the holidays too and featuring sheer white filament panels that let you show some skin. You can dress them up with heels or down with sneaks. 

Available in women's sock size 9-11, which fits shoe sizes 5 - 9.5. The Fiorucci collection also includes winter accessories, t-shirts and more. Full collection can be found on FunSocks.com or at their two retail stores (SoHo, NY and Venice, CA).


Take an additional 15% off your entire order at FunSocks.com by using code BABBLEBOXX at checkout. Code expires 12/31/18. Discount is automatically applied by clicking the link: https://funsocks.com/discount/BABBLEBOXX


Dreaming of a Rose Gold Christmas ...


This mom is obsessed with rose gold. My phone and case are rose gold, my Mickey ears, etc. Here are some other chic and useful pink Rose Gold-ish items for your collection too:

Cocktail Shakers and Drinkware at ALDI


Pop into ALDI to pick up these Crofton Chef’s Collection Cocktail Shakers and Drinkware available for a limited time starting Dec. 19. So perfect for the hostess with the mostess, a house-warming gift, Secret Santa present or simply for your own entertaining this holiday season.

My holiday party cocktail table is on-point thanks to Crofton Chef’s Collection from ALDI
These shiny copper-plated Moscow Mules cups and wine glasses make it simple to dress your cocktails in their holiday best and are just $8.99 (for a set of 2!). Check out your local ALDI Finds here.  

Meanwhile, this beautiful large cocktail shaker is only $9.99 and the coolest part is that it includes 15 cocktail recipes built into the stainless steel outer layer. Simply swivel to reveal the needed ingredients and measurements from Pina Coladas to Old Fashions, so clever and helpful!

Handy cocktail recipes are built-in to this cocktail shaker available at ALDI


Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body Wellness Candles 


Now lets talk self-care and pampering. I love candles and I love essential oils and Chesapeake Bay Candle combines both! Chesapeake Bay Mind & Body Collection are natural soy wax candles that deliver a clean burn and are infused with 100% pure essential oil

I'm particularly loving their stillness + purity rose water candle, which not only glows rose in color, but smells fresh and clean like the flower too. Includes essential oils of cedar leaf, orange, mandarin, petitgrain, geranium, gurjun balsam and rose absolute. The scent is a blooming bouquet of Moroccan rose, fresh peony, and soft muguet rests on a base of clove leaf, resinous oud, and golden amber creating a pure and delicate aroma. *sigh* I'm relaxed already.

Chesapeake Bay stillness + purity rose water candle
You can order it quickly and stress-free via Amazon Prime for just $11.99. Even better...gift this candle with a coupon that entitles mom to an undisturbed soak in a hot bath!


Finishing Touch Flawless 


The new rose gold standard in facial hair removal! I've been wanting to try one of these for a while now, but was afraid it would hurt or cause my facial peach fuzz to grow back thicker and faster. Fortunately, I was wrong on both counts! 

From the #1 facial hair remover, this innovative device gently erases facial hair instantly and painlessly. No nicks or cuts and is hypoallergenic, so safe for sensitive skin. I had never shaved anywhere on my face before and thankfully didn't suffer any bumps or redness. It's also 18K gold-plated, sleek and compact, so it looks nice to have out on your vanity or in your makeup bag. It also comes with a built-in light to see even the slightest of hairs. 

Overall, Finishing Touch Flawless is a handy device and easy to use for flawless beauty -- definitely an affordable and comfortable solution for dealing with unwanted hair. So, don't wait, join the flawless club this holiday season! 


Mom's Holiday Gift Wish List - For Active & Stylish Moms and Rose Gold Lovers

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com
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Pampering Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Need some affordable holiday gift ideas and stocking stuffers to spoil the women in your life? Here are some great starters under $30 to pamper your friends, girlfriends, co-workers, mom, MIL, you name it and without breaking the bank too.

All of these pampering gift ideas have been tested, approved and selected by yours truly. I only share the stuff I love and hope your the women in your life will too. Cheers!

Pampering Holiday Gift Guide and Budget Stocking Stuffers for Her

Pampering Holiday Gift Guide for Her - affordable ideas and stocking stuffers under $30

Blooming Tea Set for Two


This modern pair of striking Twin Harmony double-wall glass mugs will provide years of tea drinking enjoyment. These glass tea mugs are the ideal way to enjoy on of Teabloom's stunning flowering teas. Two beautiful Teabloom Flowering Teas included in this set. Simply fill the mug with hot water and drop the tea pod in, watch it unfurl and drink. Although it's almost too pretty to sip. The double wall construction of the mug makes the tea appear to float effortlessly while staying cool to the touch and safe for furniture. $24.95

CBD Bliss Ball™ Bath Bombs 


Don't worry, these suds from Life Elements are legal and do not contain THC (cannabis), but still have the health benefits of relaxation, reduced inflammation and relieving aches and pains. And better yet, they're handmade with natural, non-toxic ingredients that will leave you with healthier, moisturized skin. Great for runners and athletes too. $14 

Makeup Eraser Bundle


I've spent so much money on makeup wipes over the years and not to mention the resulting waste, but not anymore. This makeup eraser wipe is magic. With just water, this soft cloth erases all makeup including waterproof mascara, eyeliner, foundation, blush and more. I have a mini one that I travel with too. This present will last your giftee 3-5 years and save them lots of money too. Plus, the prints are darling. I especially like the Tropical and Cheetah patterns.

This cute limited edition holiday candy cane set is perfect for a gift exchange or stocking stuffer and includes one MakeUp Eraser Full-Size Original Pink and 1 pink cosmetic bag perfectly gift-wrapped for the holidays! $20


Yes To Holiday Masks


Free of nasty toxic ingredients and filled with love and laughter. These paper masks contain at least 95% natural ingredients, are free of parabens and made with recyclable materials (keep mama earth happy!). The holiday packaging means you don't even have to wrap these, just slip into their stocking. Yes To Stocking Stuffer Masks can be found at Target. Great teacher and co-worker gifts too. $2.50 each.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Moisturizer Confetti Popper 


This is a gift and a celebration in one. Now available in a festive confetti popper for the holidays, IT Cosmetics travel size Secret Sauce™ Moisturizer contains the gift to get a lit-from-within glow! Developed with plastic surgeons, this revolutionary face moisturizer is formulated to deliver powerful anti-aging results, visible radiance and immediate skin-smoothing hydration. Plus, sparkle confetti! Yaas! Available at Sephora stores or online at ITCosmetics for just $12


Holiday Gift Tags and Personalized Stocking Stuffers


Add a special, personal touch to your gifts! At just $5 each, these sweet little label combos from Mable's Labels make unique stocking stuffers, party favors and personalized add-ons to other gifts. A minimum order of 6 sets is required. Each set includes 5 Personalized Name Stickers and a Personalized Bag Tag for the jet-setting girl. Confession: Mine might have my handle @TaraMetBlog instead of my actual name, lol. Social dork.

And/or you can order their general Holiday Gift Tags add the perfect finishing touch to presents and are too cute to pass up. Apply them to wrapping paper, gift bags, and wine bottles! Each package contains 12 square stickers, 12 round stickers and 12 gift tag shaped stickers for just $7.95.


Lands' End Mongramed Flannel Women's Pajamas 


Now that I'm living down south I'm totally embracing this whole monogram obsession, lol and flannel just makes me happy and cozy! Plus, nothing like new holiday pajamas to welcome the season with and to take family photos in. You can order adorable personalized holiday PJs at Lands' End, I did!


USB Cable Key Chain


For the person whose phone is always dying, this adorable tassel keychain can be hooked on to their purse or key ring - such a lifesaver! Only $9.99 on Amazon and available in both Pink or Black.

Boss Babe Shirt


Let her know that she's a boss and you're proud of it! This limited edition "Boss Babe - hold the babe" tee (only 30 available) is perfect for all the boss babes out there killing it. The coolest part is that you won't find someone else wearing the same shirt. Plus, they are super soft and simple and pretty in pink! $28 and free shipping



Local Hive 


Perfect for your honey! ;) Local Hive is natural, raw unfiltered honey – and is truly created by bees as if  "it is from your own backyard." Perfect for your holiday table and every day, Local Hive offers 16 different local varietals sourced exclusively in the U.S. including Local New England, Local Northeast, Local Florida, Authentic Clover & Authentic Wildflower. They work directly with beekeepers across the country to ensure each varietal yields incredibly delicious and subtly different natural flavors that will be great additions to your family recipes and holiday memories. Available online and in-stores $5.99 FL honey; $7.49 CO honey.


Read Between the Wines


Books, wine and a witty pun? These are a few of my favorite things ;) From Gibbs Smith, this little pouch can be used as a makeup bag, pencil case, or a purse organizer for the book lover in your life - $12



Love Handle 

For the last two years, I haven't held my phone or taken a selfie without the help of my Love Handle strap. I'm constantly getting compliments and questions about it too. Trust me, they are soooo much better than those pop socket circles that you have to pop up and grasp, because with these I can just loop my finger through it and go. It's great for walking and listening to music, or just texting and not dropping your phone. I have butter fingers and since the Love Handle strap I haven't dropped my phone in the longest time. I also love the adorable colors and patterns that they come in. They even have holiday ones. Right now, I have on a pineapple design of course. Best of all, it works with any case or type of phone and doesn't damage your case when you remove or apply. The perfect accessory for the techy chick or a clutz like me ;) $10 


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Affordable Dresses on Amazon for Under $20

I love shopping for clothes on Amazon and have found some adorable fashion finds. It's convenient plus free returns and free shipping?! Yaas!

Best of all, I'm always getting compliments on these affordable and fashionable outfits and never spent more than twenty bucks.

Fashionably Chic Dresses on Amazon for Under $25


Maxi Dress - $12.99

I was really impressed with the quality and soft fabric of this maxi dress. If black and white isn't your thing, it's also available in 6 other color combos.


Rainbow Chiffon Party Dress $11-24


Yellow Pineapple Dress - $20.99


Yellow Pineapple Sun Dress $20.99 on Amazon

Lemon Swing Dress with Pockets - $17.99 


As the saying goes… when life gives you lemons…wear a lemon dress! lol  Oh, and it has pockets -- yay! 
Chic Swing Lemon Dress on Amazon for $17.99

Floral Romper with Pockets - $15.99


Although the material is a bit gauzy and sheer, it looks great on, and everyone keeps asking me where I got it.

Floral Palm Leaf Romper from Amazon $15.99Floral Romper from Amazon $15.99

Blue Pineapple Dress - $20.99


I LOVE all things pineapple! I'm only 5'2 but am able to pull-of this long dress by opening up some of the lower buttons, providing a teasing slit too.

Pineapple not included ;)


Tucked in Blouse Mini Dress with Pockets
- $14.99



Long Sleeve Polka Printed Casual Button-Down Midi Dress with Pockets - $17.99 



Fall Floral Pockets Casual Swing Pleated T-Shirt Dress $19.99 - $20.99


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Wipe Out Breast Cancer with Pink Wiper Blades

I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this project, however, opinions here are my own. 
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Service in Estero, FL

Wipe Out Breast Cancer


October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... and when football players wear pink uniforms. While the pink ribbon might have become ubiquitous now, it's important we not forget that it represents an important cause and a reality that impacts many families.

I'm honored to be showing my support daily for Breast Cancer Awareness with AutoTex PINK Wipers on my car.

Say what? Yup, you read that right!

Participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) locations are selling special pink wiper blades throughout October with proceeds going to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). You can choose from full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers with a small pink ribbon. Each swish of my wipers during rainy/hurricane season here in Florida is a reminder of this health issue.

AutoTex PINK Wipers at Valvoline 
VIOC has raised over $86,500 for NBCF through this campaign to date. To learn more and find a location selling pink wipers near you, visit viocpink.com. Also, If you do end up Pinking Your Ride, you can submit pics in the pink photo contest for a chance to win up to a year of FREE oil changes here.

Double Donation Day


On National Mammography Day October 19, VIOC is making a double donation on all wipers sold that day. So if you're in need of new blades go in on 10/19/18 to make an even bigger impact.



Valvoline Oil Change Coupon:


The most convenient part about a Valvoline Instant Oil Change was being able to blog right there in my car while they performed the service and checked out my car. I simply drove up to my local VIOC store without an appointment and was waved to an open lane, then directed forward like at a car wash, but for a drive-thru oil change instead.

Customers stay in their cars during the entire service making necessary car maintenance easy for busy people and moms since, the kids don’t have to get out of the car. The whole thing took about 15 minutes and that included my inside air filter changed, new blades, the tire pressure checked and put to the recommended requirements and my fluids topped off. They even reset the annoying Service alert on my dashboard! All why I sat there like a VIP.

Get a $10-$15 discount off of an instant oil change by printing the following Valvoline coupon (Wipers cannot be discounted because it would lower the donation amount):



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Ant-Man & The Wasp Blu-ray Giveaway

Marvel Studios' Ant-Man & The Wasp is available on digital 10/2 and Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD on 10/16. I so can't wait for a family movie night in!

I really liked the first Ant-Man film in 2015 even more than I was expecting because although I'm a fan of all Marvel films, I didn't know anything about the character going into it. Now, I think he's one of my favorites. Plus, Paul Rudd is so adorable.


In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both theSuper Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis (Michael Peña) and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and her ally Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne).

Ant-Man & The Wasp was the 20th consecutive Marvel Cinematic Universe film to debut at No. 1 opening weekend and ranked in the box office top 10 for six consecutive weeks this summer.

Blu-ray Extras 


Exclusive Blu-ray extras include an up-close look at the making of the film, the tiniest Super Heroes in the world’s biggest film franchise, commentary, deleted scenes and more!

Ant-Man & The Wasp Blu-ray Giveaway 


Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray. Good luck!

Ant Man and the Wasp

Related post: Ant-Man Screening With Paul Rudd
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Behind the Scenes of Disney On Ice Mickey's Search Party


I received an advanced behind-the-scenes look at Disney On Ice's newest production, Mickey’s Search Party. It's called a "search party," because Mickey and the gang follow clues to help release Tinker Bell's fairy powers. The cast even calls out to the crowd asking for advice and answers. It's pretty cute seeing the kids jump out of their seat in order to lend a hand.


New Technology

While I've been to four previous Disney on Ice shows, this is by far the MOST stunning. It combines interactive audience elements, new technology, and high flying circus-like acrobatics.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party extends the performance space beyond the ice surface to better engage and interact with the audience on a new, transformative level. Executive Producer Nicole Feld explains that the ice gives them a large white canvas to work on, and this production takes advantage of it. Projection mapping visually immerses and transports guests to each of the magical worlds of the Disney stories, using 12 projectors and approximately 31,000 Lumens equaling about 186 classroom projectors.

High flying action with skates on!


New characters come out to skate too!
 


There are approximately 45 performers in the production and a total of 40 Disney characters featured. Plus songs from Moana and Disney Pixar's Coco, along with Classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Aladdin and Frozen! Plus, of course, the fab five and Tinker Bell and Captain Hook!

Maui from Disney's Moana joins Disney on Ice - You're Welcome!
This combination of new films mixed with beloved favorites will help to keep both kids and adults riveted. Also, it's a perfect balance of Princess and action ideal for both boys and girls alike.

Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party Behind-the-Scenes Look and Tips

Arrive Early! 


You don't have to wait until showtime to see the Disney magic. There is a preshow of sorts featuring Pirates and Tinker Bell.

Where to Sit 


Sit higher up in the cheap seats to see all of the lighting effects, however, if you'd like your children to interact more with the performers, try sitting close on either stage left or right. During the Coco segment, performers dressed like sugar skull skeletons and using a "sway poll" they practically fly over the heads of the audience, causing several gasps. It's really cool.

Disney On Ice rehearsal, performer using the Sway Poll
Also, during the Toy Story portion, the iconic Pixar ball gets thrown out into the stands to be tossed around. I actually had the chance to hit it back to the cast, so cool! Plus, if you're lower you'll also get snowed on during Frozen.

What to Wear


Your Disney gear obviously, but have your children wear something white or neon that will glow under the black light during the Coco section for added enjoyment. You might also want to order a light up wand ahead of time to bring with you too, but they can be purchased from the vendors at the stadium too.

Save Money on Tickets

Disney on Ice Mickey's Search Party will be coming to Southwest Florida at Germain Arena in Estero Sept. 21-23. Tickets start at $20 and are available online at DisneyOnIce.com, at the Germain Arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000. Get your tickets now!

Use code FTMMY18 for a $15 flat ticket price in lower level areas. Valid on all performances, on select price levels. Go through the checkout process and on the third step of the ticket purchase page, there’s a box in the upper right corner under the banner to enter the coupon code.

Read on for more tips for attending Disney on Ice with Toddlers


Tips for Taking Kids to Disney on Ice for the First Time

Disclosure: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.
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