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Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kick Off Your Spring Fashion With The Katie Cobalt 88 Handbag!

As a woman, I can't figure out which I like better; shoes or handbags! I love the choice of having quite a few varieties in both, but sadly I was born out of the money-having crowd.

So when I was offered one for a review, I was giddy with excitement!

What woman will turn down a beautiful handbag? Not me!


I was able to choose the color and style and I chose the Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel.

The color is truly beautiful and I love bold colors. The handbags itself is made just like I want it,  with separate compartments, and helpful little pockets for as many items as I desire to carry with me!


It's perfect for the workplace or going out!

It's my new favorite handbag and I take it everywhere I go.
I especially love to accessorize it with my blue pants suit that matches perfectly, or anything blue for that matter!

The Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel: 
The Katie is an unequivocally chic example what you'll need to navigate the town come rain or shine. She provides a modern sensibility with a go-getters attitude and surprises all who encounter her simple elegance in sumptuous saffiano. Our signature 88 brand handbag is a perfectly sized and durable addition to your already stylish and sophisticated look. A slender optional strap lets you masterfully switch from a handheld to an over-the-shoulder carry, and with two interior zip and smartphone pockets, your ever-demanding life just became effortless. Katie is exceptional!

Crafted with the highest quality, environmentally-friendly vegan leathers
12-1/2"W x 9-3/4"H x 6"D
4-1/2" handle drop 18" shoulder strap drop



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88-handbags has many styles to fit your daily needs.  Such as the Sophie Top Handle Crossbody above! It is such a statement piece! I imagine all I can wear it with from my wardrobe!

Check out their website and see which of their handbags you desire.

Sweepstakes + Coupon:
If you find a handbag that you need. You can get a *BOGO – FREE WALLET WITH PURCHASE OF BAG $49+: COUPON CODE (JSpice)
valid= April 18 to May 4 2016

Win: Visit 88Handbags website and enter for a chance to win one of their bags by signing up for their newsletter.  Don't miss your chance on this internal giveaway!


About 88 Handbags:
88 is a collection of bags designed by a design team that works on design for brands world wide.

This collection is their favorites.

It is the edited expression of the right bags for the season. Bags that are on trend, that look great and which work. Bags that enhance your life by helping you look good while working hard to carry the stuff you need.

They are created by people who love what they do. Designed by a team of optimists, experts in their craft.

Each is individually constructed and tested for durability.

Bags that work to help you in the wide and varied adventures of your daily life while looking great at the same time.

We hope that you will enjoy them in your life as much as we enjoyed creating them.



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I received the Katie Cobalt Satchel to fascilitate this review.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Forbidden Trails - Montana Trails Series

I just requested a book to read from our library, but I realize I need to finish the one I am already reading forever, first. haha.

What are you reading?



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Forbidden Trails FrontForbidden Trails (The Montana Trails series, Clearwater County Collection Book 2) Bonnie R Paulson

A woman with a cause falls for a man who hunts the very thing she wants to save. Working as a traveling ranch hand to keep food on the table, Jareth Darby’s wanderlust is satisfied and his fear of settling down at bay. But even Jareth can’t fight the draw of a damsel-in-distress.

Cyan Burns can afford to have principles and expectations of the world with parents on the top 50 list of the richest people in America. Her current cause has been the longest running – the Gray wolves of North America. Saved by Jareth from freezing winter weather, Cyan can’t ignore her attraction to the rugged Montana cowboy. But his new employer is out for wolf pelts and Jareth doesn’t see the problem with hunting the endangered species.

Can Cyan convince him the wolves – and she – are worth fighting for? Wrangle some time to read this story about struggle and survival of love against almost insurmountable odds. Sweet romance, continuing series - Check out Lonely Lace series to start out right with the Clearwater County Collection.
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About Bonnie R/ PaulsonBonnie Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive.
Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mardi Gras - Things To Know Before You Go + Best Coffee Choice

Mardi Gras is crazy around here.

I have not yet been to one, despite living here for so many years. I think I can't stand the crowds, unavailability of parking, and the worry for my young children.

Maybe one day, but for now I live vicariously.


Did you get to visit the Mardi Gras revelry as yet?  How do you feel about it? 


Here are some helpful tips to help you whenever you go! And if you are a seasoned pro, just add your tips in the comments section so others can learn!


Here’s a list of the top 5 things you should know about this lively holiday:

#5: How to spell “krewe” and “flambeaux” and “Mardi Gras” and, well, you get the point.

#4: Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Remember to coordinate your outfit appropriately.

#3: Once any beads have touched the ground, they are sullied and should not be picked up unless under the rarest of circumstances.

#2: The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnivale are from out of town.

#1: The Number 1 thing you must know about Mardi Gras season is that Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee hits the shelves. Celebrate with the “king” of all flavored coffees with some light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring!


Coffee - How Do you like yours? And are you an addict? 




And the coffee - I'm quite surprised at how immersed society has become with coffee. It's as if some people can't survive at all without the brew.

It's not my vice.

However, I'll take a nice cuppa as a treat every now and then. As a matter a fact, I've been enjoying those new frosted coffees!

I received the above pack and was so excited to try them. Truly if I could have a coffee spray for the house, I would.

I love the smell of the brew!

I did make my own and the kids loved it, but the husband said, it had too much cream :)

I must admit, I make my cream with some coffee :)

But the best tasting so far was the king cake flavored.  It was quite enjoyable.

I am very glad to make my own brew every now and then here at home.


What is your must-have coffee flavor? 



About Community Coffee CompanyNow in its 97th year, Community Coffee Company is the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees, using only 100% Arabica beans. For additional information, visit CommunityCoffee.com or find the brand onFacebook and Twitter.




I received the coffee pack to help facilitate this post.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lugz Court Classic Shoes #Giveaway

Ooh I have a lugz product and I gotta say, I recommend them!

They are very comfortable! At least my boot is!

I can't wait to try one of their running sneakers!

Enter below for your chance to experience the lugz!





Winners choice of color Lugz Court Classic Shoes $44.99

Sponsor: Lugz


A tried and true classic, the Court classic low-top canvas sneaker is a sure way to stay stylish. This sneaker features cotton drill lining, rubber outsole and a cushioned insole for added comfort.

DETAILS:

  • Canvas & ballistic nylon upper
  • Cotton drill lining
  • Cushioned insole
  • Rubber outsole
Dates: 4/23-5/7
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Aromasense Aromatherapy Shower Head #Giveaway - RV $85

I was just thinking of changing out my showerhead. The last one that was put in, I assembled myself. Go me!

I'm always looking for something unique and water saver.

Water saver because I have KIDS :)

Here is your chance to win a showerhead if you are looking for a change or in need of a replacement! Enter below:



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Sponsor: Aroma Sense

Prize: Winners Choice of Handheld or Wallmount Aromasense Aromatherapy Shower Head RV $85

With over 300 spray plate holes, this shower head is sure to provide the best spa-inspired experience, enticing you with refreshing and relaxing aromatherapy in your own shower. 

The Vitamin C filtration technology can effectively neutralize chlorine to support healthy skin and hair, while its microfiber filtration removes additional contaminants brought through your piping system. If you love spa jets, the laser cut spray plate that will boost weak water pressure to give you a therapeutic shower while using 25% less water than a branded shower faucet. 

Escape into paradise with this aromatherapy & vitamin c shower head to rejuvenate your mind and body

Dates: 4/23-5/7
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Protecting Baby's Sensitive Skin During Spring Allergy Season - #DreftSpring + #Giveaway

Dreft smells soooo good! I remember when my babies were babies and I would do their laundry, using dreft. I'd sit and just rub my face in the tiny, soft baby smelling clothes!

Sometimes, I still want to use dreft and I"m so glad I'll get to do so again!

All year round, dreft is perfect for the laundry, but even so much better in the high heat when the humidity sets into our Southern states!
Our Spring feels like Summer, but we can still enjoy hanging our clothing in the sun or just doing a quick load of laundry for our sweet ones.

Of course, the spring season brings more allergens to the air and rising temperatures can trigger skin irritations for little ones. With all this in mind, it's important that parents seek out products that are gentle on baby's sensitive skin.

Cleaning your little one's clothes in a gentle, hypoallergenic product, like Dreft, is a great way to help keep baby comfortable during the spring season.
Dreft is the No. 1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby's skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a baby scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.

As a mom and administrator for a group of local moms, I know they are always looking for information on the best products for their family. And ensuring all is going well with their newborns.

There will be a fun twitter party with much information for moms from Dr Dyan Hes. In the meantime, check out the informational Q&A below!



Dr. Dyan Hes Q&A:
Q. What would you say is the No. 1 most important piece of advice?
A. As parents look to reduce their baby’s exposure to allergens, it's important that they seek out
products that are gentle on baby's sensitive skin. Since clothes are in direct contact with baby, I suggest washing clothes with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the No. 1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians, to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby's skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a baby scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.

Q. Doesn’t fragrance bother babies’ sensitive skin?
A. It depends on the product – and on the baby, as some little ones are more sensitive than others. For
Dreft specifically, the product is hypoallergenic (and always has been) – even though it has a fragrance –and is as gentle as washing baby in water alone.

Q. What does "hypoallergenic" mean?
A. “Hypoallergenic” typically means that a product is less likely to cause skin irritations or allergenic
reactions. Dreft is considered to be “hypoallergenic” due to clinical testing of its unique & gentle
formula.

Q. What makes Dreft's formula hypoallergenic?
A. Dreft’s formula contains a unique blend of mild cleaning ingredients as well as a special technology that removes the pills and fuzz off fabrics, making clothes gentle and soft to baby’s sensitive skin. Dreft’s formula also ensures that soils in the laundry rinse out with the wash water, instead of redepositing back onto baby clothes.

Q: Can something be hypoallergenic and still have a scent?
A. Yes, it can. In the case of Dreft, the product's perfume is specially designed with low allergenic
ingredients that have been proven to be gentle on baby’s sensitive skin.



Dr. Hes Tips: Protecting Baby’s Sensitive Skin during Spring Allergy Season:

The spring season brings a welcome change from the cold winter months. For parents and their babies, the warmer spring weather means spending more time outdoors, but that also brings increased
exposure to allergens and the sun, all of which can be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin.

Dr. Dyan Hes has the following tips to ensure your baby is protected and comfortable during the spring months:

1. Shade the sun:
The long awaited spring season means increased outdoor time for parents and
their babies. When heading outside, don’t forget to practice appropriate baby skin safety.
  • For babies 6 months or older. If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen. Also, avoice exposing your baby to th e sun during peak hours --  generally 10 a.m. to 4p.m. -- and dress your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
  • For babies younger than 6 months. If your baby is younger than 6 months, keep him or her out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.

2. Make bath-time beneficial:
Over exposure to water can actually rob skin of natural moisture.
Scaling back on tub time will help avoid resulting itch — about 10 minutes is plenty of time for
water play and a quick scrub. Use warm water (vs. hot) and leave the suds to the very end. Use a
mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath
moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.

3. Load up on liquids: 
Staying hydrated during the spring months is important as baby gets more
active outdoor time and sun exposure. Start with the inside and ensure children get enough to
drink throughout the day. Infants should nurse or take a bottle often; older kids should tote a
sippy cup or reusable water bottle. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and smoothies
in your child’s diet too.

4. Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly:
When it comes to fabrics, it’s extremely important to seek out gentle and hypoallergenic items to care for the items that touch baby's sensitive skin. It's also essential that fabrics be cared for properly. Wash baby's items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby's skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a babyhood scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for
baby.

5. Protect Problem Skin:
Heat is a common trigger for eczema and as the weather warms up, there
are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups of such skin irritations. The sun is strongest
between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. so try to shield baby from direct sun exposure during
those times. There are also apps available that can inform you of the hottest part of the day –
which can be helpful for parents as they plan any outings with their little ones!



Please join @Dreft on May 9th from 9-10pmEST/8 CST  as they host a Twitter Party with pediatrician and mom, Dr. Dyan Hes (@gramercypeds). Dr. Hes will be sharing her tips to ensure your baby is protected and comfortable during the spring allergy season.  You can RSVP here:  bit.ly/1RMCLle


You get to win something for your family or as a gift for a friend! How exciting!


Giveaway Details:

Winner will get a Dreft Hypoallergenic Package (ARV $60) which will include:
Dreft product (Newborn, Active Baby, & Blissfuls)
Gender neutral hypoallergenic blanket - Ends May 16th 2016


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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine."


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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