Talk Like a Pirate Day & My Very Own Pirate Tale from I See Me! Personalized Books!

~I received a copy of My Very Own Pirate Tale from I See Me! for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Did you know that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day? An international holiday where everyone in the world is to speak like a pirate! I first learned about this day while living out in Seattle where they take it very seriously. In fact, most people dress up as pirates; even to work! Kid’s always had the most fun with it and Teen grew up with all the amusement of treasure maps and foam sword fighting. Today, though, Tot was able to celebrate this entertaining holiday with the help of I See Me! Personalized Books who sent him his own My Very Own Pirate Tale with Personalized Bandana Set


The pirate tale is perfect for this day and any little captain to be. It tells the story of a Captain who finds a treasure map that tells him if he wishes to be truly great that he has to find the best First Mate for his ship and to open the treasure, he needs to know their name. Throughout the story sea animals give him letter clues that begin to spell out the child’s name. An Angular Fish, a Giant Squid, a Fairy Penguin and more each help the Captain with clues.


Once the name is given, the crew cheers as they are able to open the chest and the child is then known as a Captain (like Cap’n Judah!) and given their very own pirate ship!

Along with the fun story, the book also teaches children a little about each of the sea animals and has a little game at the end. Your child can go back to each page and find a gold coin hidden with each of the sea animals!


It’s a really cute book for kids and the personalized bandana really makes the whole package. You can also get a My Very Own Pirate Tale Placemat with all the sea animals on it or the Coloring Book version where they can color all the animals and pirates themselves! There are so many ways you can celebrate the little Cap’n in your life. You don’t need a holiday to give them celebratory treasures!

You can find more information about the My Very Own Pirate Tale Gift Set in their shop, or look around and see all the delightful stories designed to personalize the world’s of imagination for your child. 

Make sure to take a moment and Like I See Me! Books on their Facebook Page and/or @ISeeMe_Maia!

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FLUROwater is the Tasty Way to Drink Your Vitamins

~I received FLUROwater samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

I try and make sure everyone in my family is taking their vitamins. My problem is I often forget to give them their vitamins. With FLUROwater now they can drink them! Infused with 14 essential nutrients, this vitamin packed formula gives kids a head start on healthy living with zero sugar, preservatives, chemicals or dyes.


It tastes great and comes in four flavors including Dark Cherry, Kiwi Cucumber, Macoun Apple and Watermelon Raspberry. Watermelon Raspberry is my personal favorite but my girls prefer Dark Cherry.


FLUROwater is a good source of fiber and delivers 6 grams per bottle. Those 6 grams of fiber are responsible for FLUROwater’s caloric content of less than 10 calories per serving. Their bottles are recyclable #1 Grade PET and free of BPA


I usually drink mine in the afternoon while I am working on my computer and I definitely like it chilled. I drink a lot of water during the day but it is nice to drink this flavored water to change it up and to give me the vitamins my body needs anyway. Since it is tasty my family doesn’t let me forget to give them their vitamins as this is the after school drink they often grab first.

Connect: You can connect with FLUROwater on their website, Twitter and Facebook.


5 Essential Football Season Beauty Products

~I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

5 Essential Football Season Beauty Products

I am a massive college football fan. Having spent 4.5 years at The University of Florida and attending all the home games I became quite the fan. I try and go to as many games as I can each year since I am only 2 hours away. Saturdays in the Fall are exclusively reserved for GAMEDAY! I have all the tacky gator gear I can possibly own and on game day I am dressed head to toe in orange and blue. When I am supporting my team I still use beauty products to look and feel my best. Here are a few of my current favorites.

eos lip balm

A few years ago a close friend of mine introduced me to eos Lip Balm and from that moment on I was officially hooked! With all my game day screaming cheering my lips can get dry and chapped real quick! Especially up in the windy nose bleed seats in the stadium where I always sit. These Visibly Soft Smooth Spheres contain hyaluronic acid to help improve the texture of lips with each swipe leaving lips ultra-soft, smooth and beautiful. Enriched with Vitamin C, these lip balms help hydrate and moisturize lips from the inside out. Available in two delicious soothing flavors, Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint with Coconut Milk coming in slightly ahead as my favorite. These can be found at Target, Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and

eos lip balm

Japonesque Pro Makeup Artist Wipes are individually wrapped makeup remover wipes that are perfect for stashing in your pocket or wristlet for any necessary half-time touch ups. Game days aren’t always glamourous with crowded stands and the ultimate in heat down here in the south and sometimes you just need a quick refresher! The soft cloths instantly dissolve and gently remove makeup, dirt and grime, while hydrating the skin with Vitamin E. Each individually wrapped wipe is refreshing, alcohol-free and environmentally friendly. Available at Ulta &

Girly girls and tomboys alike can get in on the football action by creating perfect manis and pedis to support your favorite teams! With over 300 Zoya polish shades to choose from, finding the perfect shade to ensure your tips look fab should not be a problem! 

My absolute favorite thing about Zoya polishes is that they are 5-free. That means that they are free of  Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. These are even perfect for pregnant moms. When I was 8 months pregnant with my first I trekked all the way to the 92nd row of The Swamp stadium so it is possible to hit up game day preggo. Available at and don’t get lost in there browsing the colors!

Most of the football games here in Florida are wicked hot all season long and they don’t call our stadium The Swamp for nothing. I have to make sure to keep Whish Deodorant Swipes handy in my purse so that I can give myself a quick freshen-up before going to the stands for the game. I will admit I am one of those people with a body stink without deodorant and touch ups on really hot and humid days. Whish Deodorant Swipes are available at Don’t let a sweaty day of barbeques and beer make you feel uncomfortable when you get into the stands!

My most essential beauty product might have to be Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean UV rays are no longer a threat! I apply this antioxidant rich physical block before heading to the stadium to support my team! Formulated with nature’s most powerful sunscreen, Raspberry Seed Oil, and without any chemical sunscreens, Umbra provides effective sun protection without irritating the skin. This is the one defensive system that won’t let you down this season! Available at,, and

These 5 Essential Football Season Beauty Products get me through game day by keeping me comfortable and confident. If there are any football fans here visiting the blog, let me know your favorite team!378746_475323992487606_1217020552_n

Strawberry Shortcake – Berry Best Friends DVD & Coloring Page + Giveaway! {US & CAN}

~I received a copy of Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best Friends as a member of Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. Opinions and stories are my own.~

As a little girl I loved Strawberry Shortcake. Here’s a little odd fact about me, I actually still have the doll that smells like strawberries at my grandma’s house! She’s come a long way since the 80s, I must say. Now she has a new DVD out, Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends!


In Berry Best Friends, Orange and Strawberry learn about being honest with their friends and the importance of asking for help.

When Orange Blossom’s general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, she’s exhausted! Strawberry is excited to be building a new marketplace, but has a tough time learning how to graciously say, “no, thank you.” Both soon learn that talking about what you need is the berry best thing to do. When the BFFs form a new band called Strawberry and the Sweet Beats, they’re all jazzed to head out on the road…except for Orange, who is afraid to admit that she doesn’t want to leave home. Once she tells her friends how she feels, she’s ready to set out for a rockin’ good time!

The DVD has a few great special features, including: 

  • Printable Coloring Page
  • Bonus Digital Copy of Berry Best Friends
  • Bonus Digital Copy of Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Movie (for limited time)

To celebrate the release of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends, I wanted to share a coloring page for your little strawberry fans!


You can keep up with Strawberry Shortcake and all her friends on their webpage where your kid’s can play games, download activities and catch up on the show! Don’t forget to Like her on Facebook and/or @BerryBestBits.

Giveaway: How would you like to win a copy of Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends? Simply fill out the Rafflecopter Form below for your chance to win!

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