Category: Product Love

Look Who’s Calling? Part 2

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM3

Every year my family attends a huge reunion during the summer, and this year I’m one of the co-chairs.  Everyone who is attending lives all across the United States, so I will be doing a ton of texting and making countless phone calls to get everything and everyone organized.Look Whos Calling Part 2


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5 Ways To Stay Cool In The Heat Of Summer

Sponsored Post:  Thank you Luma Comfort for the gift of your Luma Comfort Portable Evaporative Cooler EC111B. The content, photos, and opinions are all mine.

We’ve all experienced the heat of summer nights.  When you’re so uncomfortable and sticky it’s hard to relax let alone fall asleep.

I have 4 tips and 1 product to make you more comfortable!  They will make all the difference between tossing and tuning all night and sleeping like a newborn baby. (more…)

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Glamping And My EcoWash

Handsome and I have been invited to go Glamping this summer.  Just so you know I DON’T camp!  There are no if, ands, or buts about it.  But, when our friends came to us with this “glamping” invitation I was intrigued. They told us that Handsome and I would be staying in our very own 31-foot Airstream trailer.  Have you ever seen one of those beauties? I know…weird. I don’t camp yet I think an Airstream is beautiful!

Now this is the type of camping; or glamping as they call it, I can do. However, there is one drawback. There is no place to wash our clothes.  Normally when we go on vacation I bring a huge laundry bag and as we dirty our clothes we shove them in the bag. Then all we need to do when we get home is throw the bag in the laundry room. When we are ready to wash all the dirty clothes they are together in one bag and not in different suitcases mixing with the clean clothes I never ended up wearing.

I thought it would be nice to be able to wash my delicates while I’m gone so I don’t have to throw them in with the big pile of dirty clothes.

Enter Avalon Bay… They make this really cool portable (18’ high, 16” wide, & 17.5” long, when fully assembled) non-electric hand powered washing machine.

Glamping And My EcoWash

It’s lightweight and washes about 5 lbs of laundry in about 2 minutes.

Glamping And My EcoWash

The EcoWash’s pressurized cleaning technology gently cleans your clothes and removes the toughest stains. It only uses a couple of tablespoons of detergent per load depending on the size of your load. Because there are no agitators, it is extremely gentle on your clothes (that is why it is so great for your delicates).

Here’s what I washed.  The stains were removed and the clothes came out smelling clean.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 shirts

Glamping And My EcoWash

Photo Bombed by Biscotti

Do you answer yes to any of these questions?

  • Do you wash your dedicates separately?
  • Do you live in a dorm Room?
  • Do laundry only for yourself?
  • Does the power go out in your home frequently?
  • Do you wash cloth diapers?
  • Do you vacation on a boat or RV?
  • Do you go camping?

If you do, you need a EcoWash to make your life easier!

Using the EcoWash helps conserves water, electricity, and the chemical footprint on the environment.  Do yourself, your clothes and the environment a favor.

Want to know a secret? I keep my EcoWash in my bedroom closet, so whenever I need to wash my delicates I can set the EcoWash on my bathroom counter and wash away!

Avalon Bay and myself are giving my readers a special deal, if you order your EcoWash here using the code ECODEAL you will receive a 15% discount and free ground shipping!  This deal is only good through May 31, 2017.  So hurry!

Click here to find out more about the Avalon Bay EcoWash.

This is a sponsored post. The kind people at Avalon Bay gifted me an EcoWash to try out and let you all know what I think of it.  I love it!

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Alexa? Will You Rap For Me?

I have been needing an assistant for some time now and since that is not currently in the cards {or in the wallet}, Alexa is the next best thing!

Are you wondering who Alexa is?

Well, Alexa is actually an Amazon Echo.  It is as if Amazon Prime, Siri, and Google were all wrapped up in to one sleek-looking device.  The device answers to the name Alexa and she even has a sence of humor.  Although, you must address her by name to get your questions answered.


In the short time I’ve been the proud owner of Alexa, she has certainly made my life easier.

1. Lists: Alexa keeps a record of my shopping list.  I just tell her what I need and she makes a shopping list for me.  I am able to access that shopping list off the Alexa App on my phone when I’m at the store.  You will never forget an item again!  She can also help me in the kitchen when my hands are dirty and I need to convert measurements.  I also have a household to-do list that anyone in my home can access or add to.  This comes in super handy.

2. Alarm & Timers: Alexa helps me stay on task and organized.  Her voice controlled alarms are such a help to keep me on task while working.

3. Shopping:  Do you purchase a lot of items from Amazon Prime, just like I do?  You can re-stock your items in your Amazon history just by telling Alexa what you want to purchase.  All from the comfort of anywhere in your home.

4. Traffic:  Just tell Alexa where you are going and she will give you a traffic update.  Want to know how many miles it is from your home to Alaska? Just ask!

5. Jeopardy:  Are you a crazy fan of Jeopardy?  Alexa will ask you an additional 6 Jeopardy questions from the same categories that were on the show that day.

6. If you have an Echo remote you can say Alexa, Simon says… followed by what you want to say and Alexa will repeat it from her main unit.  Making the people in the same room as her think she is talking to them.

7. Math:  Not good at simple math?  Alexa is.

8. Music: She can play music from your Amazon Prime Music, then she adds the tracks to a Goole Sheet.  And then saves a playlist of all the songs to Spotify.

Some fun questions to ask Alexa…

Don’t forget to say her name before each question!

Ask her to Rap.  How far is the moon?  How old is Santa Claus?  What’s the square root of 32?

**This is not a sponsored post, but there are Affiliate Links.


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Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

There are two ways for Handsome and I to get home from Temecula, CA.  We could take the faster somewhat boring freeway route.  Or, we can take the freeway in to San Diego and drive up the coast to Orange Country.  Handsome and I will always choose to take the scenic Highway 1 coast route home.  For two reasons. One, it’s beautiful and we’re lucky enough to live by the Pacific ocean.  Two, there are always cute little shops that we stop at along the way.

Our first stop: Torrey Pines Gliderport

It’s amazing to watch the Paragliders and Hang Gliders run off the side of the cliff to soar among the birds.  Sadly, the weather wasn’t cooperating and there was no one sailing in the beautiful blue sky.  Did you know that since the late 1920s sailplanes have been gracing the bluffs just north of La Jolla {right behind the campus of University of California, San Diego}?  If you are ever in the area stop by.  Or if you have the guts, take a class and take flight!

Torrey Pines Gliderport

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037   {858} 452-9858

Our second stop: Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

“The mission of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association is to create and maintain a monument that pays homage to veterans who have honorably served our country and to educate the public on the contributions of military personnel throughout our nation’s history. Shimmering black granite stories tell a tale of honor and sacrifice for the greater good upon Mt. Soledad.”

The memorial is quite moving and a beautiful tribute to those brave men and women who have served our coutry.  I am honored to say my father served in the Army and I can’t wait to see his Veteran Plaque up on this memorial.  The views are breathtaking from the memorial.

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA 92037 {858} 459-2314

Our third stop: Timeless Furnishings & and Patio.

We were traveling through Solana Beach when all of a sudden I saw the most adorable shop on the opposite side of Driving Up The Coast From San Diegothe street.  We made a U-turn and in we went to look around.  They have a wide range of furniture {home, office and patio} , lighting fixtures, and accessories.

Driving Up The Coast From San DiegoHandsome fell in love with a beautiful Teak Patio table that seats 6 and extends up to 10.  We left, but Handsome couldn’t get that Teak table off his mind.

We are now the proud owners of this beautiful Teak table {it is currently in storage awaiting it’s debut in our soon to be renovated back yard}.

Go take a look, you won’t be dissapointed.  Tell Heather, Mary from Its All About The Pretty sent you!

Timeless Furnishings & Patio

301 N. Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92705   {858} 509-2620

Driving up the coast is always interesting.  You just never know what you will find and what you’re going to come home with!

Until next Time…


*This is NOT a sponsored post.  We purchased the Teak patio table.
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Is Your Smile Brilliant?

Do you love taking selfies, but when you look at your picture all you notice is your yellow teeth?

 I’ve got the solution,

Smile Brilliant!

Recently, when I was taking a few selfies with my daughters, I noticed just how yellow all of our teeth had gotten.  Too much coffee and red wine.  We’ve tried the whitening strips you buy at the store and they are expensive yet never seem to whiten our teeth to any noticeable amount.  So, when the wonderful staff at Smile Brilliant offered to send me a kit to try, I was elated!  Mia, Nina, and I played rock, paper scissors, to find out who was going to be the lucky one of us to get to try out the Smile Brilliant product.

And the winner is…


Smile Brilliant

Did you know to get your teeth whitened at a dentist office can cost as much as $700+ (depending on the area)?  When I did a little research on the Smile Brillant company I learned that they use the same ingredients as the whitening products used by many cosmetic dentists.  In fact, Smile Brilliant’s lab has been providing teeth whitening services to cosmetic dentists for over a decade. Same great product for a fraction of the cost!


The Smile Brilliant Process:

Creating the custom molds (just like at the dentists office)

Smile Brilliant

Once you place your order, within days you will receive a kit to make your custom impressions.  The step by step instructions makes it a cinch.  Mix the blue and white paste together, place it in the blue tray (one at a time) and place it in your mouth.  Once the impression molds are completely dry just pop them in the postage paid envelope provided to you in your kit.

Receiving your custom fitting trays.

Smile Brilliant

We were so excited to receive Mia’s custom trays back.  She couldn’t wait to get started.

It’s easy with the step-by-step directions.  Place the gel provided into the custom molds and wear them from 30 minutes to 3 hours (you get to decide). Mia wore them for 45 minutes the first day and loved the results, so each time she wears them 45 minutes.  If you have sensitive teeth there is desensitizing gel provide in the kit.

Smile Brillant
Using the custom trays. The first whitening session. The second whitening session.

And the best part…you get a beautiful smile and you never have to leave your home!

Please enter Smile Brilliant’s Giveaway HERE!

Professional Teeth Whitening

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to get updates on Mia’s teeth whitening process!

If you would like to see more Smile Brilliant before and after photos and read some reviews check out their page, here.  Or click on Smile Brilliant’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check out this awesome YouTube video by Danielle Mansutti and the results she got, click here.

**All photos of Mia are unfiltered and untouched, the photos were taken at different time of the day.

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February Make-Up Favs

My February Make-Up Favs

February Make-up Favs

I don’t know about you, but 9 times out of 10, I can’t pass a make-up counter without buying something new to try out.  Check back monthly to find out my new make-up favs!


One: Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Patented Spoon Brush fans out lashes from corner-to-corner, while our Pro-Keratin formula instantly builds volume without clumping.  I really like the way this brush separates the lashes and for a waterproof mascara how easy it is to remove.

Two:  Loreal Magic Lumi PrimerThe first time I used this product I could not believe how alive my skin looked.  It smooth the texture of my skin for a even natural looking complexion.  I love that this one product is a universal shade that is suitable for all skin types and skin tones.

Three:  Fleur DeForce, Quad Eye Shadow – If you follow You Tubers then you MUST follow Fleur DeForce Beauty Fashion Lifestyle.  She and her husband are absolutely adorable!  She came out with a make-up line a little while back and I was fortunate to get a few of her products and one of my favorite items is her eye shadows. The full-coverage formulas are incredibly easy to blend and Fleur’s can’t-go-wrong colourways make it easy to craft the loveliest of looks with minimal effort. The palette comes complete with a prestige style brush applicator for smooth application on-the-go.

Four:  Real Techniques Miracle Complexion SpongeI love this sponge.  I don’t always wear liquid foundation, but when I do, I always use this sponge.  My make-up goes on so smooth and the rounded corners of the sponge get in all the nooks and carnies on my face.

Five:  Urban Decay All Nighter – This is the perfect product if your make-up needs to stay on a long, long time, it has serious staying power.  All Nighter keeps your make-up looking fresh and gorgeous with that just applied look for up to 16 hours – without melting, cracking, fading, or settling into fine lines.  The sprayer delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it – and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there. If you’ve tried other setting sprays that feel sticky or tight on your skin, you’ll be amazed by how different this is.

Six:  Revlon Rose Glow Highlighting Palette – I really like the look of these softly shimmered shades when I want to give my face that sun kissed look without having to subject my skin to the harmful rays of the sun.  They are super easy to blend and they give my face that ever so slight sculpted look.

What are your make-up favs this month?

**None of these items were sponsored or gifted, although, there are some affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these items though my site I will receive a small sum that helps defray the costs associated with this blog, with no addition cost to you..  Thank you.

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Look Who’s Calling! Walmart Family Mobile PLUS

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

Recently, Handsome and I were looking over our bills and I was shocked to see how much we were paying to our cell phone company each month!  There are 4 of us on the plan and we pay over $300.00 a month. Most months we run out of data early and have to pay an additional fee for extra GB’s.  It’s CRAZY and I’m not even under contract any longer!

When I was telling a friend about this, she told me how her family just switched over to the new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan.

She said the plan has unlimited talk, text, data; which includes up to 10GB 4G LTE and 1 free movie a month (a $7.00 value) on VUDU.  You get all that for only $49.88 a month per line per month!

That’s a savings for my family of over $1200.00 a year!!!

Look Who's Calling

Handsome was so happy when he heard what we could be saving yearly and that I wanted to switch, we went straight to Walmart to pick out my new phone.  I decided on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, it has everything I need and more.  I love the brilliant 4.5″ display screen, and for blogging, the 2 megapixel front-facing camera and the 5 megapixel rear-facing camera will come in very handy when I’m taking picture for social media, and I love that it’s white!

Look Who's Calling

It was so easy to join the Walmart Family Mobile Plan, all you need is a cell phone and the Family Mobile Starter Kit ($25.00)  Once I purchased it all, the sales person at Walmart kindly did the rest, they called and had it connected for me right then, in a matter of 10 minutes!

I am so happy with the phone and especially the unlimited talk, text, and data, service plan.  I spend a ton of time in my car waiting on my daughters, so it’s great to be able to get on my phone, check my email, play a game, go on FB, or simply listen to music without worrying about using too much data. Plus, with unlimited talk and text I can talk to my bestie and catch up on all of my hometown happenings.  And, if i’m going to be waiting for an extend period of time in the car and handsome is with me, we can even have a mini date and watch the free movie via VUDU on my tablet.

Samsung, iphone, galaxy, sprint, apple, nextel, t-mobile

Walmart Family Mobile PLUS = Unlimited Talk, Text, Data; 10GB 4G LTE plus a free movie (rental, new release = $7 value) on VUDU every month, per line for $49.88 is music to my ears and my bank account!

Are you ready to start saving money on your cell phone plan?  Switch to Walmart Family Mobile Plan, today!

**Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to here or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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Items That Will Change Your Life


I recently found these two product that I just don’t think I can live without!

1. Amazon’s Voice Command Echo Device

Echo Device

Plays all your music from Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more with Alexa, a cloud-based voice service
Controls lights and switches with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, and other smart home devices
Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills–over 95 added since launch

Buy One Here $179.99

2. Digital Luggage Grip Scale, up to 110 LBS.

10 items that will make your life easier

Prevent unexpected charges at the airport for overweight or over sized luggage with the Northwest Digital Luggage Scale. This easy to use hand held scale is a must for frequent flyers! Simply hang your luggage on the attached hook and the super bright LCD screen shows the weight of your bag in pounds ounces grams or kilograms making it perfect for international travel!Easy to Use Hand Held Luggage ScaleAuto Power Save FunctionEasy to Read LCD ScreenMaximum Weight: 50 kg or roughly 110 poundsTare/Zero FunctionMeasures in Pounds Ounces Grams and KilogramsRequires 2 AAA Batteries (Included)DimensionsLength: 0.75 inchesWidth: 4.75 inchesHeight: 6.5 inches

Buy One Here $16.99

What is your favorite product that has changed your life?

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My New Obsession ~ Periscope!

I have a new obsession!  You ask, what’s your new obsession?

My new obsession… Periscope!

I can’t stop watching it, I can’t stop talking on it!  I’m still not 100% comfortable, but I’m loving every darn minute!

Periscope is one of the fastest growing new social media platforms for Smart Phones!

You may be asking, what is Periscope?

Periscope is an App that allows you to view and do live videos broadcasts from and to anywhere in the world.

I for one love it because those who are watching you live can ask questions and make comments in real time.  You can also send Periscopers love in the way of hearts that stream up the side of the screen, to do this all you need to do is tap on the screen.

So do you want to know how to use it?  Do Ya?

First you need to download the App.  You can do that here for IOS, and Android here.

When you open the Periscope App, you can log in with twitter or your phone number.  I recommend you using your twitter account.  If you have more than one Twitter account you get to choose which one Periscope is attached to.

To Broadcast:

It is so much fun to broadcast live what you are doing in the moment, share your experiences with others from all over the world.

It is easy to do, just the press of a button and you are live.  Your followers will be instantly notified through twitter you are broadcasting and they can tune in. They can also invite their twitter followers to follow you.

To View:

Just imagine this just for a minute: you can watch someone surfing in Australia…then switch over and watch someone taking a hot air balloon in Napa Valley, CA…then switch over and watch a concert in Milan, Italy. All while making comments, asking questions, and sending hearts!  Isn’t it all incredible?

Want to see who is currently broadcasting?  Just click on the world icon and this is what you will see:



If you miss a live broadcast of someone that you wanted to watch, have no fear because you can watch them on replay for 24 hours, after that they are forever gone into Periscope infinity {never to be seen again}.  Although, if you are the broadcaster you can save your Periscopes to your camera roll and save them for prosperity!

You’ll be surprised how many of your friends are already using Periscope.  Follow back the users who follow you, it’s a great way to build your following.  I would love for you to follow me, I promise I follow back!  You can find me @itsaboutpretty.


Hope I to see you on Periscope soon!

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