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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winter Dryness Ahead: MY Fave Lotion AmLactin® Giveaway #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post brought to you by AmLactin®.


Hi! My name is Heather Murphy-Raines and I have plucked chicken skin. Yeah I said it!!

As an influencer, I get approached by a lot of brands, you guys.  A lot!!  However, I am picky. Incredibly picky. I only promote products I use, would use and love!  So imagine how excited I was when I was approached to share my favorite lotion AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion with y'all.  No brainer!! 

People, I have used this lotion on the DAILY for almost five years.

I buy vats of it at Costco...and then my teen daughter steals it and it's back online to get some more! Seriously it's that good.  I visited my sister a few years back, misplaced my bottle of it, tore her house apart looking for it, left as a sad panda, and when she finally found it, she offered to mail it to me...that good!!  No joke!!

Here's the deal.  I get those little bumps all over my upper arms that look chicken skin.  Yeah those. 

Hello Keratosis Pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is).  KP for short.

"Keratosis Pilaris creates havoc with the skin's surface as a raised, rough, bumpy texture and uneven nutmeg-grater appearance forms. It is often quite noticeable. Inflammation within each hair follicle can cause embarrassing pinpoint red or brown polka dots to form beneath each miniature mound of keratin. Seasonal fluctuations can be seen with improvement more likely during the summer." Dr. Oz.




Hello people.  Winter is COMING!!! And after that, SPRING which means we won't be able to hide behind scarves, chunky knits, mittens, and tights.

Funny enough, I actually didn't know that KP even had a name -- other than annoying dry bumps-- until a friend mentioned she noticed mine because she had it. Yeah I immediately covered my arms, but hey good friends tell it how it is. To think, I just thought my skin was bumpy.

Always bumpy.

Since I was a teen, I would try to squeeze those bumps like pimples.  I would use tools meant for thick calluses on my feet to try to exfoliate my skin... until it bled. Yeah I know so wrong, but gahhh bumps go away!!!  So finding AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion was what made a huge, healthier difference in improving my plucked chicken arm symptoms and it just so happens to be the #1 moisturizer brand recommended by dermatologists for rough, dry skin.

Will it cure KP?  

Uh nope. Sorry Charlie.  There is no cure for KP, but it makes an incredible difference!  It actually acts as an exfoliant with alpha-hydroxy therapy.  Know all those super scented, expensive lotions you use?  Throw them out.  This is it!! It's fragrance free with 12% lactic acid which is pH-balanced and encourages natural skin cell renewal through exfoliation combined with deep moisturization.  Bonus:  It's non-greasy so you don't feel like you need another shower or feel like you are leaving oily, dirt attracting footprints all over your carpets.  It also absorbs super fast. Most important though is the result: Smooth, silky, and less inflamed bumpy skin so no more covering your arms and more short sleeves.

Since then, I am such a fan, I've also added AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream  next to my kitchen sink because hello dry winter, chapped hands and dish pans hands and AmLactin® Foot Cream -- which so happens to be the #1 moisturizer brand recommended by podiatrists -- for my cracked heels. Yes, this swim mom has a flip flop habit even in the dead of winter and my cracked, dry heels scream at me for it!

My goodness, y'all are going to think I am a desert...and you would be right.

So anyone out there with KP or just rough, dry skin??  I would not lead you astray. Take steps to get skin that looks and feels softer, silkier, and healthier. AmLactin® moisturizers can transform dry, rough skin into soft, supple, healthy-looking skin. They contain alpha-hydroxy therapy, which gently exfoliates dry, dead skin cells and intensely hydrates. Their creamy emollients help skin retain moisture, and their rich humectants draw water to the skin so it looks and feels soft and smooth. 

With daily use of AmLactin®, you’ll be ready to come out of hibernation and welcome spring fashions with smoother open arms.

AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion  Go beyond everyday lotions with our powerful alpha-hydroxy therapy. Clinically proven 12% lactic acid, pH-balanced for the skin, boosts the skin’s natural renewal process through gentle exfoliation and deeply moisturizes. Reveals softer, smoother skin. Find it at Amazon.

AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream Say goodbye to those dry, pesky areas! Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to deeply hydrate. Helps smooth rough, dry, bumpy skin—including dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris (“KP”). Find it at Amazon. Find it at Amazon.


AmLactin® Cerapeutic® Restoring Body Lotion  Instantly transform your skin with this unique moisturizer. It’s the only formula to combine clinically proven, patented ULTRAPLEX® and three essential ceramides to relieve extreme dryness for 24 hours. Uncover visibly soft, silky, youthful-looking skin. Find it at Amazon.


AmLactin® Foot Cream Kick dry skin for good with daily use of healing foot therapy. Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to intensely hydrate. Helps prevent splits and cracks while smoothing calluses. Experience touchable, soft feet from heel to toe. Find it at Amazon.


Caution: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with the eyes. Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Be sun smart: use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward. AmLactin® moisturizers may cause stinging if used after shaving and if applied to cuts. Stinging should go away, but discontinue use if it does not. AmLactin® Skin Care is not intended for the face. AmLactin® Skin Care is not intended for young children. Please consult your child’s pediatrician before using.

$100 AmLactin® Product GIVEWAY
Would you like to try AmLactin® Skin Care for FREE? Follow these steps to enter my Soft Skin Giveaway:


  • In the comments section below, tell me about your winter skin care secrets AND provide a link to the product you’d most like to try by December 15th, 2016 to enter. 
  • On 12/16/17, I will randomly pick 1 commenter to receive $100 worth of AmLactin® products
  • Giveaway is open to United States residents only. Product and shipping provided by AmLactin® Skin Care.





   



Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin® Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin® moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin®.  The opinions and text are all mine.




Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tech & Gamer Family Alert: Linksys Wireless AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router @BestBuy @linksys #ad



Woot!!  Look what the mailman brought us to test drive thank to Best Buy!!

 Awww it's a bouncing baby Linksys Wireless AC Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router sent for me to review from Best Buy.





Of course, I put our rather enthusiastic resident computer geek to work installing...and then PB and I were off to take senior pics in the front yard.


Sneak Preview Alert

 Less than an hour later, we came back to seamless new Internet connection.

From my guy’s notes, there were many high notes to this new router.

First up were major bonus point for super fast and east installation.  CG was impressed also with the easy customization, parental controls and guest WiFi.   My daughter will appreciate the no less than FOUR antennas that are tilt-able considering her room usually ends up in a wifi dead zone.   No bueno when it comes to data overages on her phone. The range on this baby will definitely help that.
My hands-down personal favorite though is that is has a super fast eSATA port to plug in one of my external storage hard drives plus a USB.  Hello backing up as we sleep!  No more tragic lost data stories for me!! The only improvement we could see was that it tested a razor thin 4% slower wired than our current router, but honestly that could have been a fluke. Close enough! Where is shines is it's blazing fast wireless and ability to handle all the devices our family throws at it.
So now we are off check out the map of our network! It's already working, to our late on a school night gamers' chagrin? Hahah parental blocks when we need them. Luckily, he'll forgive us with the crazy fast gaming on the week-end!!


In the meantime, here's some techy stuff for you techy people. Check it out: The WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is powered by Tri-Stream 160 technology, which doubles the bandwidth on all spatial streams for the fastest dual-band router on the market. It is a great fit for PC Gamers and those who need speed and performance in a router.
Get ready for the one and only WRT.
The WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is powered by Tri-Stream 160 technology, which doubles the bandwidth on all spatial streams for the fastest dual-band router on the market.  Gain access to restricted DFS channels at full bandwidth for the clearest Wi-Fi not available to most other routers. The WRT3200ACM also boasts:
  • 1.8 GHz CPU for high-powered performance
  • MU-MIMO technology for high-speed Wi-Fi to multiple devices at the same time, same speed. MU-MIMO gives every compatible device its own dedicated full-speed Wi-Fi connection, so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down the network.
  • Open-source ready with OpenWrt and DD-WRT® for complete flexibility and customization of functions
  • Upgraded Smart Wi-Fi app to manage and monitor your home Wi-Fi from a mobile device, anytime, anywhere
  •  256MB Flash plus 512MB of RAM Memory promotes optimal performance.
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports offers a high-speed wired network connection.


Compatible with 802.11ac

Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks, so you can easily upgrade.

1 USB 2.0 / eSATA and 1 USB 3.0 ports

Allow you to connect a printer and enjoy 3G and 4G file sharing

Built-in media server

Allows you to play music and video and view photos.

Complies with a variety of standards

Including ICES-003, RSS-210, FCC and LVD.

Auto detecting and auto sensing

To simplify device connectivity.

LED indicators

Make it easy to monitor the status of your network.

Encryption

Includes AES and WPA2 to keep your network secure.

Plug-and-play operation
Makes setup simple.



The
 reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

For The Phone Challenged: Check out AT&T's Store of the Future & the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Active smartphone



Ya'll know I am phone challenged right?  In fact, most of our family is.  I cannot tell you how many cracked screens, bricked and lost phones we have dealt with...that mostly have not been backed up.

Ooops!

So I was excited to be invited with CG to AT&T unveiling event for the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Active smartphone at its store of the future at Lincoln Square Mall in Bellevue on June 6th. I received hands-on demonstrations with the AT&T exclusive ruggedized, water- and shatter-resistant device before it became available to the public on June 10th and was given my very own S7 Active so I could check it out and tell y'all about it.

First let's talk about this store of the future!!




My friends, I am always default to buying the same ol' newest iteration of the phone I had before and so never really branched out. 

This store gives you just that opportunity to check out ALL the latest phones, touch them, play with them...and already I was seeing my loyalty to a certain brand may have been misplaced.

Heheh!  Creature of habit I am!



I obviously needed to branch out!


This store of the future was pretty cool!!  My friends, I am the classic default,  buy the same ol' newest iteration of the phone I had before and so never really branched out.  This store gives you just that opportunity to check out the phones, touch them, play with them...and already I was seeing my loyalty to a certain brand may have been misplaced. Heheh! 

Creature of habit I was no more!





Sooooo AT&T’s retail store at Lincoln Square Mall in Bellevue was a great location for the event. The wireless carrier’s retail store offered an immersive product experience and engaging merchandising displays that feature everything a customer needs to support their mobile lifestyle.


The design has an open, lofty and high tech atmosphere, yet feels personal and intimate with three distinct, but interconnected zones - The Connected Experience Zone, The Community Zone, and The Explore Zone. Flexible design and open layout gave us room to explore and discover.


The "Connected Experience Zone" uses "Experience Pavilions," to create immersive experiences showcasing AT&T's connected products and services. 


 At the heart of the store is the Community Zone. It includes two large "Community Tables" that encourage customers to shop, interact and play in an open, active atmosphere. They create a place for customers and reps to gather, learn and share. 


The "Explore Walls" of the Explore Zone features the entire device line up, enhanced with visual accessory presentations.  This area connects customers to brands and inspires interaction through integrated digital monitors.







Best of all?  

Customers will no longer see the traditional retail “cash-register” counters. Instead, they’ll find round café-style “learning tables” that allow for personal interactions with the AT&T retail consultant to ask questions or learn about a product or service.

Basically the exact opposite of the impersonal Big Box experience.

Now that said, what I was really there for was the phone, riiight??





Stay tuned for my detailed review, but for now, here are the important parts to know:


AT&T is bringing customers the toughest Galaxy S device for the fourth summer in a row. The water- and shatter-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 active is available exclusively at AT&T.

Beginning on Friday, June 10, you can purchase the Galaxy S7 active at www.att.com/galaxys7active or at AT&T stores in Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, and Camo Green.



So go check it out at the store of the future!!

Disclosure: I was invited to the AT&T unveiling and was provided a Samsung S7 .  As always, all opinion are my own and I only tell you guys about stuff I LOVE!!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

On Time Flying at Lightening Speed: PB takes her SAT today





This little girl I took to pre-school I swear just yesterday??
She is taking the SAT today.
Good luck, PB!!

You got this!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America Civil War: What Team Are You On?




 “If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys.”—Tony Stark

“That’s not the way I see it.”—Steve Rogers


Hey guys!!  Remember me?  It's been a while, I know. Heh.  Honestly, it takes something BIG to lure me from the comfort of Instagram back to my old blogging stomping grounds....

...and Iron Man and Captain America are BIG!

It was with great pleasure when I was invited by Disney to preview their latest blockbuster that I was able to take my Eldest -- now a college SOPHOMORE -- with me.  I earned some BIG mom cred there already.  He showed up in his Iron Man socks and his Marvel T-shirt ready to take in the glory.



And glory it was.  We were able to watch it at Seattle's  Pacific Science Center in it's huge IMAX 3D glory.  Yes, I was ducking and dodging through the whole movie. 3D is a MUST for this one and the technology must have improved because this was the most realistic 3D that I have ever experienced!







I won't spill the beans since I am a no spoiler girl, but I will just say I started #TeamIronMan and was shocked to find myself #TEAMCAPTAINAMERICA by the end.

Team Cap?  Me??  Yeah, this is what civil wars do to you.

So, my friends, go.  Go. Go.

Look deeply into those playboy Downey Jr. eyes and then betray him by wanting to hold goody-two-shoes Cap's hand.

You'll be confused I guarantee it.  Honestly though, you can't go wrong with either team.


So go!  It opens today, May 6th so what are you waiting for???







PS And don't you dare leave until the END of credits.  Yes, the very end or you'll miss TWO fun extra scenes!!

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