Children's Advil Fever Relief Kit Review

I don't know about you but we have had a pretty healthy winter here. We had a really bad flu bug that hit mid-January that sent my middle child to the ER with a 105.4 fever and laid the rest of us out for an entire week but since then, we have been healthy. No colds or sniffles to be found! I pretty much give the credit to the Elderberry Syrup that I make and give to the children daily...Elderberry is such an amazing immune booster and I wish I had made it in years past. This is our first winter with it and honestly, I have noticed a big difference in the health of my family. Anyway, I say we have been healthy but my youngest, who will be 2 in several weeks, has been cutting all four of his eye teeth and man oh man---he has been a cranky little guy! Fevers and fussiness are my first clue that teeth are coming in and as a mom, this is the worst part about raising babies and toddlers. Teething. :(  Needless to say, we go through a ton of infant fever relief medicine around here but since he is getting bigger, we have been switching to small doses of Children's fever relief medicine.
I can honestly say that as a mom, I have never used Children's Advil. I am a creature of habit and once I find one product that works well for me, I stick with it and don't change. However, when given the opportunity to try out some Children's Advil, I was interested to see how it would work in comparison to my usual medication of choice.
So, for the purpose of this review I was sent a Children's Advil Fever Relief Kit and I was super excited to check it out! Inside of my kit I found...

  • Children’s Advil® samples in Bubble Gum, Blue Raspberry and Dye-free White Grape
  • Children’s Advil® coupon
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Tissues
  • Toy doctor kit 
Oddly enough and without me knowing it, this kit came at a perfect time. Isaac (my almost-two year old) had been cranky for a few days. I had been managing his pain with his regular medicine and it was working for him but he was still cranky. 
So, on the day that my package arrived I immediately opened one of the Children's Advil bottles and measured out a dose that would be appropriate for him. The flavor I chose to try was the Blue Raspberry. 
Well, it must have been pretty tasty because he slurped it down quite quickly. :) He seemed much happier as the day wore on and the medicine did last a full 8 hours for him. By the middle of the night, he was ready for more. Fast forward to a few days later, my middle son woke up with a fever and a cough. I let him rest for awhile and waited to see if the fever went away on it's own but when I saw it climbing, I got out the Children's Advil and gave him a dose. He is 45 pounds so he can have more than his brother. It worked well for him too and his fever went down and he ended up with an awful chest cold. THEN, my daughter woke up the following morning with vomiting and a fever. She was much sicker than the others so I just tried to keep her hydrated and whatever she ate it came back up. Her normal fever medication wouldn't stay in her tummy so I waited until the evening and then gave her some of the Children's Advil and that stayed down. I was very glad that it worked for her and she has been getting better and better every day. 
The toy doctor kit was a HUGE hit with my kids. That was the highlight of this whole package and if they had their way, it would have been the highlight of this review. 
It was VERY hard to get them to share this kit...especially when big sister went to take care of her dollies. My littlest guy loved the play even had a button he could push to hear a heartbeat sound! He loved that. I played with them as well and laid on the couch, moaning and telling them I was sick and needed help so I could feel better. Before I knew what was happening, all three of them were next to me...wrapping the blood pressure cuff around my wrist (because that was the only place it would fit) and sticking things in my ears, mouth and nose. It was interesting to say the least but they had fun. :)
If you would like, please check out the Children’s Advil® Feel Better Activity Center located on the Children’s Advil® Facebook page: There are quite a few fun activities there to keep your little one occupied while they are under the weather. Let me know what you think!

So, we love the Children's Advil Fever Relief Kit we received. It is getting much use and I am very appreciative for the opportunity I was given to try out the Children's Advil. When I run out, I will definitely be purchasing some more as I found it to be very effective. Check out Children's Advil today and see what products they carry that will best fit your family's needs!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. The Children’s Advil® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All quotes and stock photos are from the Children's Advil websites and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. 

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh Review & Giveaway {3 Winners}

What will they think of next? That is always the question I ask myself when I find out about a new product that Purex has released. The creativity of the team at Purex is truly inspiring and they never cease to amaze me! I have heard of laundry enhancer before and have tried some scent-boosting products but never stuck to any of them because they were either too strong or way too expensive for my budget. I could never justify spending oodles of dollars on something whose purpose was to just make my clothes smell nice. 
When I heard about Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh I was instantly intrigued. How would it smell? Would it work as well as I thought it would? Would my laundry seriously smell fresh for weeks? I had to find out.
So, for this review I was sent a bottle of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh and as soon as I opened the box, it smelled amazing. I am one that loves to have my laundry smell nice so whatever I can do to help sustain the freshness is wonderful. As usual, the timing for this arriving was impeccable. These crystals arrived on laundry day and so I was eager to try them out immediately!
The Fabulously Fresh Crystals are lime green in color and again, the smell is fantastic. The cap has helpful lines imprinted on the side to show you how much of the crystals you should use for different size loads of laundry, which I always find helpful. I tend to over-measure so having a guide is great.
All you do with these crystals is dump them into your washing machine along with your detergent and let them work their magic! Because they go in at the start of your washing cycle, they infuse the laundry longer which equals longer freshness. With each load of laundry that I washed and dried, I was so impressed by how good my clothes smelled. Even my children's clothing smelled nice and even after a few days of being in the drawers, the clothes still smelled like they had just come out of the dryer.
I have been using Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh for about a week now and have done multiple loads of laundry and can honestly say that I love these crystals! They are true to their name and really do make my clothes smell amazingly fresh and beautiful. I plan on buying more when I run out and hope to keep using them in the months to come!! Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh is available for purchase in major retail and grocery stores and retails for $6 or less.
Also, there is a fun sweepstakes for YOU to participate are the details:

To celebrate the release of the New Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh, the Purex® brand will be hosting the Bring on Spring with a  Fabulously Fresh Wardrobe Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and a year’s supply of Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh while 100 2nd place winners will receive a coupon for free Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh! Click HERE to get your entry in today!
Now, I have three coupons for FREE New Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh to give away! Three of you will each win one coupon...have fun with this giveaway! :)
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Disclaimer: As a Purex Insider, I received no monetary compensation for this post. Purex did provide me a free sample of their Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh  for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Purex website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Gaslamp Popcorn Co. Review & Giveaway

We are munchers here. My husband always says "It's yum yum time!" and I know when I hear that, he is getting food out to snack on. It seems that even after breakfast and before lunch, my children are in the kitchen looking for food and also, as soon as they wake up from naps. I do try and keep their snacking somewhat healthy but honestly, it is hard. They don't always like the good food so having something sweet yet healthy on hand is important for me as a mom.
I would like to introduce you to a popcorn company that I have just recently learned about and they have some great snacking options! Gaslamp Popcorn Co. makes all natural, gluten-free, authentic popcorn that is delicious, satisfying and perfect for any snacker. Here is a bit more information about this company...

Gaslamp Popcorn was established in 1998 and acquired by Rudolph foods in January 2013. More than just popped corn, Gaslamp Popcorn is handmade in small batches and every kernel is popped by popcorn experts. Gaslamp Popcorn is operated out of an energy efficient plant in California and is dedicated to providing its customers with sustainable, top quality products and the highest levels of customer service at the best prices.

Being that we are big popcorn fans here in our home, I was very excited when asked to review Gaslamp Popcorn Co. It sounded wonderful and I just knew that my family would love it.
So, last week I received three bags of Gaslamp Popcorn in three different flavors...Cinnamon Caramel, Kettle Corn and White Cheddar. I have to tell you that my mouth was watering when I saw these flavors. It was sad that there was only one bag of Cinnamon Caramel as I knew that would be the first to be devoured. :)
I have such a soft spot for anything caramel, the Cinnamon Caramel Popcorn was probably my most favorite. It has the nice caramel flavor with a great cinnamon undertone that adds so much to the caramel! I would have never thought to combine those two flavors. It tastes utterly amazing. My husband tried a bit and came back a few minutes later looking for more. I should seriously hide the bag...........
I also really enjoyed the Kettle Corn. This flavor is what I always look for when we go to summer fairs and craft shows. Everyone loves Kettle Corn and this left no room for disappointment. I have just finished some and it too is pretty awesome.
My children LOVED this popcorn. It made the perfect snack for after nap time. They kept bringing me their empty bowls looking for more and I had to stop them before they ruined their dinner. While the popcorn was sweet, it was a good snack for them and really hit the spot. Popcorn is just plain GOOD but when you add flavoring, it gets so much BETTER! :)

Gaslamp Popcorn is currently available in stores only in sunny California but you can purchase online and have it shipped to you directly, which is great! It retails for $3.49/bag. Also, please be sure you check out Gaslamp Popcorn Co. on their social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I am sure they would love to meet you!
Gaslamp Popcorn has offered to giveaway $30 worth of popcorn to one of you! Here are you entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Gaslamp Popcorn for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Gaslamp Popcorn Co. websites and email.  Prize is being provided by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Mary Kay Makeover Day 2014 ~ Highlighting Delicate Details! {Review & Giveaway}

I am not a HUGE makeup wearer. Ever since I became a stay at home mom and ditched my career as an Administrative Assistant, makeup has become something that I wear for special occasions...weddings, dates with hubby and other events. I won't say that I look frumpy all day long but I may start wearing a little makeup to make myself look a bit more presentable. With Spring right around the corner (I believe that if I keep saying that, Spring will show up eventually!) it is time to set some new goals and one of those goals is to try to look pretty and put-together on a semi-daily basis. Spring is the time for new beginnings and getting a makeover is definitely a way to jump start the spring season.
Mary Kay had their Makeover Day on Saturday and judging by their Facebook page, there were loads of ladies enjoying makeovers! My weekend exploded and with the time change, my entire family was in overdrive so I didn't get to do much that day...but that doesn't mean I can't do something on another day, right?

Delicate Details was a theme that was featured this year and once again, Mary Kay's Celebrity Makeup Artist Virginia Linzee had some great tips and tricks to get women looking their best! Here are her suggestions, complete with a photo to give you an idea of what she means...

  • Apply Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Hazelnut to the creases and on the eyelids. Layer on Moonstone, taking it up to the brows. Apply Sparkling White as a pop of color in the middle of the eyelids.
  • Line upper and lower lash lines with Mary Kay® Deep Brown Eyeliner.
  • Apply Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara in I ♥ black.
  • Define brows with Mary Kay® Brow Definer Pencil in Brunette or Mineral Eye Color in Espresso.
  • Brush on Mary Kay®  Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush.
  • Apply Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in Red. Blot, then reapply at the center of the lips.
I was sent some products that would be used in the 2014 Mary Kay Makeover Day and wanted to share them with you quickly...they are all so lovely!!
The products you see pictured above are:
Translucent Loose Powder
Foundation Primer
Makeup Finishing Spray
Deep Brown Eyeliner
Lash Love Mascara
Facial Highlighting Pen
Brunette Brow Definer Pencil
Compact Mini
Red Rouge Creme Lipstick
Shy Blush Mineral Cheek Color
Light-Medium and Dark-Medium Bronzing Powder
Moonstone, Hazelnut and Sparkling White Mineral Eye Color
I'll start off first with the Finishing Spray and Foundation Primer. These two products are a favorite of mine and when I wear makeup, I do use them! The Foundation Primer basically sets the stage for the rest of your makeup. It is silky and glides on smooth and gives your foundation a smooth surface to adhere to. The Finishing Spray is designed for when you are all done with your makeup and it just "seals" everything in place...which is nice.
The Translucent Loose Powder is designed to eliminate shade matching and also, to control shine. Personally, I have oily skin that gets shiny so this is definitely a great powder for me! It is soft and silky, perfect for any skin type!
I have always loved using Mary Kay's eye makeup products. Each one wears beautifully and although I am not a fan of eye liners and pencils, Mary Kay's are super easy to use and look great once applied. I LOVE the Lash Love Mascara doesn't clump, isn't thick and goopey and stays put for as long as you need it to. I don't buy any other brands of Mascara because this does everything I need it to do!
The Mineral Cheek color is always beautiful. I prefer lighter shades and was running out of my current blush so this was wonderful to get. I honestly don't love the Bronzing Powder as my skin is so incredibly light but it is so shimmery and adds a nice touch to my look. I also like that it comes in different shades.
When I wrote about the eye products previously, I almost forgot to mention the lovely Mineral Eye Colors! These blend so nicely together and really do complement one another. Anytime I use this eye color, I love the end result. It looks great and truly enhances my eyes perfectly.
Now, the Facial Highlighting Pen is something I have never used before and was very interested in because it is designed to hide imperfections and add brightness to shadowy areas on your face such as under the eyes. I love that it is oil-free as well...I don't need any additional oil on my skin!
Last but certainly not least, I am just in love with the Creme Lipstick! Honestly, I am not crazy about the dark red color but on the right person, it looks simply stunning! Whenever I use this lipstick it wears for a long time and you really don't need to do many touch-ups. I also love that it doesn't dry my lips out. In the winter months and early spring months, dry skin and lips seem to be prevalent with me so it is nice to have a good lipstick that doesn't contribute to the drying, but rather moisturizes and nourishes.

So, it seems that having a Mary Kay Makeover is a good idea to help welcome Spring. My skin is a wreck right now (thank you, pregnancy hormones!!!) so once it clears up a bit more, I cannot wait to give myself a full-blown makeover!
Do you want to try and achieve a great makeover look too? Mary Kay has offered to giveaway a Makeover Day Prize Pack to one of you which will contain all the products I received for this review! Here are your entry options...
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Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Mary Kay products for review purposes from Mary Kay. All quotes and stock photos are from the Mary Kay website and email. Prize is being provided and shipped by the sponsor. This blog is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged prizes.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Shopping Planner for New Moms from ShopperIncite & FREE Shopping Planner For YOU!


As you all know, I am going to be a mommy again. Our little one is due August 1st and although this is not my first baby, I feel like I am starting at square one again. My youngest is sleeping through the night, walking, has just about all of his baby teeth and is eating all the same foods that we eat. Starting over means sleepless nights, teething and pretty much everything that comes with a newborn. It is definitely an exciting time but also a scary time...will I be able to juggle four little people without losing my mind or pulling out my hair? I am up for the challenge but it is still a daunting one. :)
When it comes to having a new baby in the house, there are so many expenses that are incurred. Diapers, breastfeeding supplies, formula, clothing, bath supplies and other things are so expensive these days so I am always looking for ways to save. I love couponing, although I have dropped out of doing that for some reason. Maybe I will be picking it up again soon...there are so many great coupons out there! Well, today I wanted to share a new Shopping Planner for New Moms with all of you and also give you the opportunity to get one totally FREE for yourself! This planner comes from ShopperIncite and it is perfect for busy moms.
I was sent a Shopping Planner for New Moms to check out and share with all of you. This book is not huge and is slim, making it easy to keep in your car, diaper bag or purse. The idea behind this planner is to help moms organize themselves when it comes to planning meals, shopping for food and saving money on some baby and mommy products.
If you are looking to build a book collection for your baby, this booklet has some cool coupons for books for little people. There are also valuable coupons for breastfeeding products, baby food and baby care products.
Ok, so it is hard to see the details on these pages but what you are looking at here are meal planning/shopping pages. These pages take up most of the planner. On these pages, you have the days of the week listed and next to each day, is a place to write out your shopping list for each meal for those days. 
On the bottom of the meal planning pages there are yummy baby food recipes, tips and hints for meals and caring for baby. I have never had a planner quite like this one and am definitely looking forward to using the meal planning pages for sure. The coupons are useful for first time moms and certainly, for veteran moms like me as well. 

ShopperIncite would love to give each and every one of you a FREE Shopping Planner for New Moms! These booklets will ship in April and they are very excited to share this book with you. Even if you are not a new mom, you will surely find this to be a help to you and your family. Simply fill out the simple form and your Shopping Planner will be on it's way to you. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I am working in conjunction with ShopperIncite and they have supplied the materials used in this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Don't Forget About Daylight Savings Time!!


Just popping in real quick to remind you all that tomorrow is Daylight Savings Time so be sure you SPRING all your clocks AHEAD! We are adjusting our mad about losing an hour of sleep though. Grrr. 

Have a great weekend!! 

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Review & Giveaway {2 Winners}

Ok. I will admit it. I am a hand soap lover. Anytime the seasons change, I typically have hand soap to match the time of year. During the fall season, I have pumpkin and apple scented soap. Christmas usually brings peppermint and sugarplum scents. For me, hand soap needs to be gentle on my skin yet effective in removing germs and leaving a pleasant scent behind. Not to be disgusting here but as a busy mom with two still in diapers, I change so many dirty diapers...I NEED a good smelling hand soap. So, anytime I have the opportunity to try a new scented hand soap, I am so excited! 
Today, I am very pleased to introduce you to a brand new soap from Dial and this soap is called Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap. It comes in three delectable scents and stylish bottles to complement any room in your house. I love soap that not only smells great, but also comes in containers that look great in my house. In case you aren't familiar, here is a small snipit about Dial...

Dial® has the perfect product for your skin. From bar soap, body wash, liquid hand sanitizer and our new lotions, our products will provide benefits such as moisture, exfoliation, protection, replenishment and more! Dial® products include body wash, bar soap, hand soap, liquid hand sanitizer and lotion.

Dial is so well known around here, you should probably already know all of that. :) Anyway, as a Purex Insider I was thrilled to find out I would have the opportunity to review some of these lovely new liquid hand soaps from Dial.
There are three beautiful scents that you can choose from: Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar, Water Blossoms and Coconut Lime Verbena. For this review, I was sent Water Blossoms and Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar to try out. I have to say, I could not wait to smell these soaps!!!
These soaps feature micro scrubber beads that help to gently remove dirt from your hands. The vibrant scents help to fragrance your hands beautifully, all while getting them as clean as you need them to be. I love the shapes of the bottles too...very classy and stylish. 
What I loved most about this Deep Cleansing Hand Soap is that it really does do a great job deodorizing my smelly hands after diaper changes and doesn't dry out my skin alot. I do have very dry skin and this soap doesn't keep my skin from drying out completely but is definitely gentler than the soap I was using. I also like that it bubbles up nicely. The scents are amazing too! My favorite of the two scents that I received was the Water Blossoms. Water lilies are the inspiration behind the scent and it is clean, fresh and very pretty smelling. Also, make sure you check out Dial on Facebook and give them a like there! They will be so thrilled you stopped by. :)
I am really enjoying these soaps from Dial and would love to give you the opportunity to try them out for yourself! I guarantee you won't be disappointed. With Spring right around the corner, these are the perfect colors and scents to spruce up your home. Two of my readers will each win two coupons for free Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap! ***UPDATE: These coupons expire 3/31/14 so I have adjusted the giveaway end date so you can get your coupons in time to use them.****Here are your easy entry options...
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Disclaimer: As a Purex Insider, I received no monetary compensation for this post. The Dial brand did provide me free samples for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Dial website and email. Prizes are in coupon form and will be mailed by myself. This blog is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen prizes and in this case, I am not responsible for replacing coupons under any circumstances.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Cosmos Creations Gluten Free Snacks Review

Do you or someone you love have a Gluten allergy? I do not deal with this in myself or my family but know of several people who do and sometimes I feel so badly for the things that they have to eat. The diet of a gluten free person can seem bland and boring, filled with chalky-tasting foods and textures that leave you wanting something different. This is why some companies have made it their mission to make delicious gluten-free snacks that even the person on the strictest diet can enjoy.
Today, I am going to introduce you to Cosmos Creations...a company that makes Gluten-free Premium Popped Corn in a multitude of yummy flavors. Cosmos Creations is also a company that I admire simply because they seek to honor God and the Bible in all that they do and because I love the Lord and am a Bible-believer, this is a huge deal to me. Supporting and promoting companies like this one is a blessing for me and a pleasure as well. So, Cosmos Creations was founded in Oregon in 2004. Here is more of their story...

Cosmos Creations began as “Cosmos Caramel Corn” in 2004 in the kitchen of a culinary artisan. After quickly becoming a local sensation, it expanded from the kitchen to a 5,000 square foot facility, producing over a dozen varieties of the unique caramel treat and gaining distribution across the state of Oregon. Attending many home shows and other consumer events, providing samples to attendees, Cosmos Carmel Corn developed a loyal following. 

In July 2011, Cosmos was purchased by the Strasheim and Tiller families, under the name 4 Him Food Group. Since the purchase, the company has moved to a new  production facility and the transition to Cosmos Creations began in September 2012 as the company sets up to expand on the national level.

Cosmos’s flavor sensation is hard to describe, so maybe think “old-fashioned tasty treat with a twist”. It’s actually a puffed, baked corn and while there are other baked corn snacks available, Cosmos is the only one that is gluten free, trans fat free, non-GMO and made with natural ingredients you can pronounce. Other products have husks, shells or kernels that lodge between your teeth and drive you crazy. Cosmos however, practically melts in your mouth.

I was very excited when I was offered the opportunity to try out these snacks from Cosmos Creations, but I wasn't sure what to expect as far as flavor was concerned . Boy, was I in for a treat!
So, for this review I was sent a variety of flavors of Cosmos Creations Popped Corn. I was sent Salted Caramel, Caramel, Sea Salt & Butter, Coconut Crunch and Aged Cheddar & Cracked Pepper.
The first thing I noticed is that this popped corn looks nothing like traditional popcorn. It looks like large pieces of puffed cereal and contains no hulls...which is great! Nothing to get stuck in my teeth.
The one flavor that interested me the most was the Salted Caramel. I am very weak when it comes to resisting anything caramel and this flavor was NO exception! These pieces of corn are SO delectable...I had to keep myself from eating the entire bag in one sitting. (Although, it would have been super easy to do!) Just because I loved it though, didn't mean my family would. 
Now came the biggest test. I put several flavors into bowls and let my children each have a bowl. Cosmos Creations make for a VERY yummy snack after nap time or mid-morning. I find myself munching on these tasty little morsels throughout the day. 
Well, it really was no surprise that my little people LOVED Cosmos Creations! My littlest son, Isaac, sat at the dining room table and didn't move until his entire bowl was gone. He was so stinkin' cute too. Check out that "I LOVE these things!!!" grin. All three of my children loved the different flavors but I think my favorite, hands down, was the Salted Caramel. I think I have a bag left that is going to get hid so it doesn't get eaten by anyone. :) I will also mention that my husband thought these snacks were amazingly good as well and that is always a good thing!
To find a store near you that carries Cosmos Creations, be sure to visit their Store Locator page. I am excited to know that these products are carried in many stores near me and will definitely be picking up some more bags in the near future. I would definitely recommend Cosmos Creations to anyone...whether you have a gluten allergy or not, these snacks are amazing and are a delicious, hunger-satisfying food for any time of the day! Be sure to visit Cosmos Creations on Facebook and also on Twitter...there is always something fun happening there! Check them out today. 

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive free Cosmos Creations products for review purposes. All quotes and stock photos are from the Cosmos Creations website and email. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.