Friday, October 26, 2012

Power Rangers Super Samurai Halloween Special Airing on Nickelodeon Tomorrow, October 27

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Saban’s Power Rangers Super Samurai kicks off the Halloween season with a special episode, “Trickster Treat” airing on October 27. Halloween gets spooktacular when an evil Nighlok invades the Samurai Rangers’ dreams and turns them into nightmares.

The Power Rangers are putting Halloween safety first again this year with a POWERED up PSA now playing in movie theatres nationwide and online. The Power Rangers have also partnered with Spirit Stores to help kids stay safe while trick-or-treating with a reflective safety bracelet, FREE with any donation to Spirit Halloween's "Spirit of Children" program, which supports children's hospitals across the country. Power Rangers costumes, including new Super Samurai costumes, are available at Spirit Stores nationwide. 

All-new episodes of Saban’s Power Rangers Super Samurai premiered on Nickelodeon Oct. 13, and continue to air Saturdays at 1p/12c.

The Rangers continue to power up this fall with their super weapons and super modes. To save their world from the continuing threat of the Nighlok monsters, the Rangers must master the ancient Samurai Symbols of Power, which gives them control over the elements. With the help of their devoted animal Zords, the Rangers battle to save Earth from the dark forces of the Netherworld and the continuing threat of Master Xandred.

Power Rangers Super Samurai stars Alex Heartman, Najee De Tiege, Hector David Jr., Brittany Pirtle, Steven Skyler and Erika Fong.

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Hair Color Options For Halloween

Happy Friday! Neon, purple, orange and pink are jus a few of the colors you’re bound to see in kids’ hair this Halloween. Costumes are flying off the shelves right now and your little one doesn’t want to go without the most crucial element of their costume – the right hair! Has your kid been attempting to dye their hair to go with the Cruella Deville ensemble? Or the Hulk? Hair authority and author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair, Cozy Friedman, has some tips on how to safely dye your child’s hair for their fantasy costume.

  1. Use Temporary Color
It’s less harsh than semi-permanent dye and won’t affect your child’s hair growth.  Streekers is an amazing brand that offers a variety of colors that washes out after shampooing. From light blue to neon yellow Streekers temporary hair color will leave your kids with beautiful bouncing hair.

  1. Kid-Friendly
Kool-Aid has often been used to color hair. If you’re worried about chemicals in temporary dye, or simply would rather use something you already have in you house try some Kool-Aid. Put the Kool-Aid powder onto a damp head and bake in under a dryer, after about 30mins you have colored hair!

  1. See A Stylist
See a stylist if you plan to let your child dye their hair often. A stylist will be able to ensure it’s kept healthy and recommend quality brands to try. Cozy’s Cuts for Kids carries Zach Wax Gel, a dye in gel form from So Cozy, that stylist often use to safely dye hair.

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Miss Body Butter Review, Vlog and GIVEAWAY for 3 Products

Is she not the cutest logo ever?

I recently got to review Miss Body Butter.

Paulin Soleyman is behind the company and she believes natural is best! After seeing her mission, I had to try some.  

Mission Statement:
Miss Body Butter…
  • We See all women as beautiful and deserving of safe, all-natural, skin care products designed to pamper their body and soul. 
  • We Believe in hand blending effective skin care products, using the purest essential oils and finest all-natural moisturizers and defoliants found in nature. 
  • We Hand Blend our products to order using all vegetarian ingredients and absolutely no artificial colors or preservatives. 
  • We Refuse to test our products on animals. Hence our products’ safety is tested only on humans. 
  • We Are Committed to sustainability. At Miss Body Butter we take pride in limiting our products impact on the environment while protecting animals as well as our clients. 

Sounds good to me! All of these things are things I am passionate about too. My daughter and I love smelling things as do many of my friends so the first thing we did was open them up and almost bumped heads to get a whiff!

Take a peek at my review and I apologize for the many times I had to take a whiff. Impossible not to smell it once you open it.

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Scunci Ponytailer Bracelet Review, Vlog & GIVEAWAY

scünci just moved the ‘arm party’ trend of stackable bracelets to your hair!  Introducing new scünci® Ponytailer Bracelet—the perfect accessory that doubles as a bracelet and a hair tie!

Wear just one scünci® Ponytailer Bracelet or a few to rock out a great hairstyle, or stack a few on your wrist to sport the stacked bracelets trend!  scünci® Ponytailer Bracelets are available in nine complementary colors and styles and match any outfit! 

The scünci® Ponytailer Bracelets are versatile to accessorize your hair or your wrist and are available in a variety of colors and textures so you can mix and match any combination. So get started with the stacking trend or add to your fashion bracelet collection and always have a hair tie ready to use. From casual to dressy, these scünci® Ponytailer Bracelets are a great addition to any wardrobe.

The new scünci® Ponytailer Bracelet can be purchased for approximately $3.99 and is available at Walmart and CVS stores. 

They are HOT and we LOVE them. In fact, we need to get more. Two isn't enough. Goddess and I are fighting over them. 

Check out my quick, little review. 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

You Can Now Add Ear Cleaning To Your House Hold Chores

Ok..we are going to go there...are you with me? We are going to talk about ear wax and it is not a subject I enjoy at all.

We all know that we should be sticking anything in our ears but sometimes we need to clean them better than others. Both of my kids have wax buildup the same way their daddy does. We are in the doctors office for ear infections often and usually we hear that their is so much wax in there they can't see anything. Goddess had trouble hearing out of one of her ears for a while and when checked it was confirmed that there was a wax build up so when I heard about WaxVac I was very eager to check it out.

Our routine has been to put peroxide in her ears periodically and allow it to loosen up. There never seems to be a lot of anything. Goddess was eager to be the first to try WaxVac and she actually liked it. Maybe it was the attention but she said, it felt good. I didn't see a lot of anything coming out but I still think it is a good product.

 WaxVac Blurb:

There is nothing worse than getting out of the shower or swimming pool and having water trapped in your ears. Often times, cotton swabs just don’t do the trick and you are left with that annoying feeling for hours. But what if you could get immediate relief in mere seconds? The WaxVac is the perfect solution to this frustrating situation. The WaxVac provides a constant gentle suction that safely removes moisture and dirt particles from the ear canal. WaxVac is the safe and effective way to clean and dry your ears. WaxVac is great for children and is so simple they can use it themselves! Simply attach a silicone tip to the WaxVac and insert it into the ear. WaxVac will gently draw out any dirt or water, without the slightest bit of discomfort.

Look at that price up above. Go ahead, I will wait for you! I know, crazy right, only $10.00. What a great price to try something out and you get one for a friend. Go halfsees with your friend or neighbor and you each can get one so even if you feel it isn't for you, you are only out a few bucks.

Check out the video presentation below:
FYI: The drops I received do not come with the product. You do not need ear drops to use the vaccum.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentry product for my honest opinion.

Start Smiling With A Holiday Photo Time Giveaway + A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION!!!

Can you tell how super excited I am to be hosting this amazing giveaway just in time for the most photographed time of the year!??

Thanks to The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) I have an opportunity to let all my readers know about a chance to win a Professional Photography Session PLUS the chance to win an Organic Bloom Frame!!! that I have had time to calm down lets talk about photos. If you are a regular reader of Maria's Space you know I love my photos. Taking pictures of my kids, life, friends, things, is a passion of mine. Trying to create memories in a split second is something I spend at least 35 minutes a day doing. Whether I am photographing, organizing, editing, or just looking at photos I LOVE every second. I also enjoying learning from other photographers and the following tips are so great, I just have to pass them on.  

My Favorite Shot this year:


National Association of Professional Child Photographers Shares Insider Tips for Parents

ATLANTA (October 23, 2012) – Preparing a photo session with children can be a daunting and exhausting task. Most parents can barely get their children to stay put long enough to eat a full meal, yet alone pose for an entire photo shoot. Despite the challenge, the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has a few tricks to help make an at-home photography session painless for everyone while still producing plenty of frame-worthy shots:

Get on their level: Lay or sit down on the floor to capture the perfect picture. Not only will you be able to see the world from their vantage point, but you’ll also have better perspective and angles when shooting.

Lighting is key: Most parents think that having great lighting can be replaced with a camera’s flash, but the flash can actually make children appear washed out. Instead, utilize indirect, natural lighting by shooting near a window in the house or under the shade of a tree.

Never stop shooting: For every good shot, there are typically about 8-10 bad ones, but that’s the beauty of having a digital camera! Change the setting to continuous shooting mode to capture lots of shots in the midst of action. Even most standard point-and-shoot cameras have some sort of “sport mode” that can accomplish this task.

Get to know your camera: Consult your camera’s manual or look up the settings online so that you can take full advantage of all of its different settings. Three key ones to experiment and get comfortable with are the aperture setting, the shutter speed and the ISO setting.

Consider black and white: Black and white photos are not only timeless and classic, but they can also easily cover up the redness and blotchiness on newborns and babies. Adjusting the black and white settings is usually easiest to do after the photo session in photoshop or picasa.

Make it fun for them: Kids love to play with their parents, so turn a photo session into play time! Play games, tell jokes and sing songs with them – pretty soon, they’ll forget that you’re taking pictures.

Get up close and personal: Get close or zoom in to capture all of the small details that make your child unique.

Pay attention to the background: Before you start shooting, make sure that any unwanted or distracting items, like a vacuum cleaner or piles of clothes, are out of the way and out of the shot.

Bring your camera everywhere: You never know when inspiration will strike. Camera phones make it easier to capture the everyday moments with your children – they can take decent pictures, but don’t always print well because of their low resolution.

Show off their personality: Standard portrait photos are parent favorites, but don’t hesitate to shoot pictures of them in their natural settings and behaviors. Their quirky and adorable habits today can usually create the best photos that you’ll treasure years later.

OK, so now for the really fun part!

Enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a frame from The Organic Bloom Frame

But it gets even better, the winner will also be entered to win a Grand Prize photography session. OK, OK...I know, I am rambling but this is so is the specifics...ready? There are 35 bloggers participating and we will submit our frame winner's information to NAPCP and a winner will be randomly drawn for a full professional photography session with Mandy Johnson.  Check out Mandy's site! She has photographed celebrities such as Ashley Williams and Sheryl Crow. NAPCP will fly Mandy out to your   hometown so that the photography session can take place in the comfort of your own home!! Imagine?!

If you are looking for a professional photographer in your area check out the NAPCP website .

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About NAPCP:
The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. The NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers in their area with its professional members by providing a comprehensive directory of photographers and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. Serving as a valuable resource for both photographers and parents, NAPCP continually strives to raise industry standards in child photography. 

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation to post this information.

Winner Announcements 10-24-12

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