Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book Review "Why is Dad So Mad" By Seth Kastle

I have done hundreds of reviews and none of them have struck me on a more personal level than the book "Why is Dad So Mad" written by Seth Kastle. I come from a strong military family stemming way back. My brother and I both Navy Brats and born in Navy Hospitals. We know the sacrifice that goes into serving, protecting and honoring your country!

The Arrival:  I waited eagerly as the mailman pulled into our quiet neighborhood the day I knew the book would arrive. My nerves on end knowing that this book was written because Seth Kastle's life was changed, knowing that he needed to do this for his family, knowing that I was safely reading it in my home because of him, because of all the brave men and woman willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us. I carefully read each page as my wiggly jumping toddler pointed at the pages.... "HOT" she says as we get to the page with the lion that has a fire in his chest. Yes, Sophia "HOT" that Daddy has a fire in his heart, he has that fire there because he was away protecting our country. She giggles and I feel a warmth of her innocence, knowing she nor I could ever fully comprehend what Seth Kastle, a now retired Company First Sergeant has endured. Or what the countless others have...yet we are so very grateful for this book. It actually amazes me that there are not these type of resources for families. PTSD is very real, it is not spoken about enough. Fathers, Mothers, children, friends and other family members struggle.  This book will help explain that feeling to young children in a way they can understand!
This has become one of Sophia's favorite books...she loves to look at all the pictures!

Seth Kastle is the Author of the children’s book Why is Dad So Mad? and the upcoming Why is Mom So Mad?.  Both of these books were written in order to assist military families who are struggling with PTSD.

Seth served 16 years in the Army Reserve, and retired as a Company First Sergeant.  He was deployed in January 2002 to Qatar, and then to Afghanistan for a total of eight months.  He was then deployed to Iraq in January 2003 until April 2004.  He has been married for nearly ten years now to his wife Julia, and has two daughters; Raegan and Kennedy.  He wrote the book Why is Dad So Mad? to try to help his children understand why he is the way he is now.  The overriding purpose of these books is to let children of service members know that no matter what, their parents love them more than anything, despite the challenges that are faced.  Seth resides in Kansas where he is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University. More information on Seth and these books can be found at www.kastlebooks.com.

About Seth Kastle, "Through my 16 years in the Army Reserve I served in many capacities culminating in my role as a Company First Sergeant.  I was deployed in January 2002 to Qatar, and then to Afghanistan for a total of eight months.  I was then deployed to Iraq in January 2003 until April 2004.  I have been married for nearly ten years now to my wonderful wife Julia, and we have two daughters; Raegan and Kennedy.  The topic of dealing with PTSD as a parent is something that is very close to my heart.  I have struggled with PTSD for ten years now, my daughters are young so who I am now is all they know.  I wrote the book Why is Dad So Mad? to try to help them understand why I am the way I am now.  This is not who I used to be, but it is who I am now; this is reality.  More than anything I want my daughters as well as the children of other services members to know that no matter what we, as fathers love them more than anything.  Things may not always be picture perfect , but as parents we will always be there for our kids."
Seth Kastle

He truly is a stand up guy, a real American Hero! Proudly continuing to honor his family all the while reaching out and helping thousands others! Thank you Seth for this amazing heartfelt book. It will be cherished in our home and Sophia loves that you autographed it for her.

I am strongly encouraging you all to go out and get a copy, you can purchase them HERE You can also buy in bulk, talk to your local bookstores, urge them to get this book on their shelves!!  

Coming Soon, Seth Kastle's second book "Why is Mom so Mad?"

"To say the resources are limited for fathers who struggle with PTSD is an understatement. However, there is NOTHING that I have found that exists for mothers with combat related PTSD.  We have already started on the follow up book Why is Mom So Mad.  This book was written in consultation with women combat veterans who are mothers, and struggle with PTSD." Kastle

You can find "Why is Dad So Mad" on Facebook Here also on Twitter Here

Friday, May 8, 2015

May Fab Kids Subscription

Memorial Day is rapidly approaching! Every year we spend the holiday weekend soaking up the sun with friends and family! We attend several BBQ's and always kick off the weekend with one of our own! Sophia is at that age where she we really enjoy the food and sun! I wanted to have outfits for her that would be adorable yet practical for all the events! That's where FabKids comes in! I don't have to give it much thought...the outfits are styled for me and I just pick and choose what I like! The outfit I picked for Memorial Day was the "Love Outfit" check it out and other cute FabKids outfits she will sporting this holiday!!
  We love reviewing for FabKids !!! What is so great about this subscription is the clothes are already styled! Not to mention the quality is fabulous and it is so easy to order! Plus you can always skip a month as long as you do so by the 5th and you have the ability to cancel at anytime! We are head over heels with Fab Kids! They are always offering great deals too!
FabKids is a monthly clothing subscription for boys and girls. Each month you get to pick out an outfit for $29.95, or you can skip any month. All the pieces are really well-made, and the designs are unique to FabKids.
Launched with mom & creative partner, Christina Applegate, FabKids offers monthly outfits for stylish kids, for just $29.95! FabKids is currently available in sizes 2-12. All FabKids outfits ship free on all orders over $49 Not to mention Sophia's outfits come in a super rad pink bag for girls and they also have awesome blue boxes for boys!

This month we went with the Love Outfit! Ruffled LOVE shirt with the most adorable yellow and gold tutu!! It really is stunning, comfortable and Sophia LOVES it! Not to mention her adorable gold sequin sneakers! You seriously can't beat their prices either! Sophia plays hard and as much as we have washed her previous outfits they have remained intact and still look new! The quality of Fabkids is like no other! Go shop Fab Kids Now :)

Also, keep an eye out for their Mother's Day Facebook Contest!!!! Fans can share a "mom-ent" for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack from JustFab, Fabletics & FabKids!!!!!

VIP membership
First outfit $15 plus FREE shipping
Save up to 50% OFF retail prices
Exclusive VIP pricing
Personalized outfit picks
Earn FabKids reward points
Cancel at any time

Purchase your clothing subscription box at FABKIDS
The Price: $29.99 per month
Right Now:Buy 1 get 1 FREE

Mothers Day is approaching rapid fast...don't forget to enter over at FABKIDS! Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see the latest clothes, special, and giveaways!

I also want to see your Kiddies all decked out for Memorial Weekend! What will be your style choice?? Lets see them...I will post my Favorites on my next "Sophia's Style" posts!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Brush Naked Review

We are Head over Heels For BRUSH NAKED!!!

A better choice for you and for the earth.

FREE Shipping to US and Canada
Our toothbrushes are 100% bamboo - not just the handle but the bristles are wood fibres too. Not all toothbrushes are created to be earth-friendly. Most are plastic which takes 10,000 years to decompose. Millions of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills every year.

The difference is in the details

Even so-called “eco friendly” toothbrushes often use nylon bristles which have to be plucked out before disposal. brush*naked is different. We’ve gone back to our roots. Everything is created by nature, from the packaging to the product itself. We just assemble. Switching to brush*naked is such a small choice, but considering you’ll use 300 toothbrushes over your life time, you’ll feel good knowing that your environmental footprint for cleaning your teeth is nearly zero.

About Brush Naked,

"The idea for the Brush Naked Bamboo Toothbrush Company was born in a hotel room. I had finished brushing my teeth and looked at my toothbrush. It had seen better days so I threw it in the garbage can. As it hit the bottom of the can I thought to myself, "What a waste! There has to be a better way to prevent hundreds of millions of non-recyclable plastic toothbrushes ending up in landfills every year." I did some research online and found the options for environmentally friendly toothbrushes to be extremely limited. The Brush Naked Bamboo Toothbrush Company was born."
 You can purchases brush-naked toothbrushes of adults and kids! Sophia is currently obsessed with brushing her teeth. She is also leaning her colors so the handles always make a fun teachable moment in the morning and at night!!
Well we are SOLD!!!! We are completely in LOVE with our Brush Naked toothbrushes and we will never go back to plastic! The quality of these toothbrushes is like no other! They really are one of a kind!! You really have to try these brushes out for yourself!!!  And I can't lie it feels REALLY good knowing every time I put that toothbrush in my mouth I am doing my part to help the environment! I want to leave my daughter with a better earth then it is now...That will only happen if we all take a stand and do our part! It is so worth it!

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook HERE You can Purchase Your Toothbrushes over at Brush Naked HERE

I received these products free for review purposes but all opinions are 100% honest.

Fab Kids Subscription April

I love little girl fashion. I have been having a blast outfitting Sophia but there are some days when I have no clue what to put on her! Yes we still struggle with this but ever since we have been building her wardrobe with Fab Kids it is so easy to get her dressed in the morning and look super cute too!!  When I was offered a chance to review FabKids a monthly subscription clothing box again, I was so excited! What is so great about this subscription is the clothes are already styled! Not to mention the quality is fabulous and it is so easy to order! Plus you can always skip a month as long as you do so by the 5th and you have the ability to cancel at anytime! We are head over heels with Fab Kids! They are always offering great deals too! Be sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with the Awesome News!!!

This month we went with the Love Sweatshirt (has the cutest ruffles on the shoulders with a zipper in the back) With an orange star tutu and her Gold Fuzzie Sequence boots! She Looks adorable and loves to twirl all around in her outfit! It was a Busy day for us yesterday as we started the morning playing in the yard, 4 wheeling, going to lunch at Whole Foods, movies and arcade followed by a stop at the Craft store for some fun activities! Yes this kid has the life! Everywhere we went people were commenting about her outfit. I'd say a HUGE hit!!! Go shop Fab Kids Now :)
Regular membership

Shop all outfits at regular retail prices                    
Outfit pricing starts at $42.00


VIP membership
First outfit $15 plus FREE shipping
Save up to 50% OFF retail prices
Exclusive VIP pricing
Personalized outfit picks
Earn FabKids reward points
Cancel at any time

Purchase your clothing subscription box at FABKIDS
The Price: $29.99 per month
Right Now:Buy 1 get 1 FREE

Happy SPRING Everyone!!! Don't forget to tag your Little's wearing Fab Kids #fabkidsmyway

Bowie X James


Sophia & I are totally LOVING the amazing swim line by BOWIE X JAMES!!!!!

I was so excited to review for this super rad company! Sophia received the Silver Lining Bikini and we seriously cant get enough! The quality is amazing...not to mention I'm a sucker for packaging and it came in the most adorable leopard tissued hand stamped brown bag!
Description- Silver Lining Bikini $68.00
* Printed adjustable triangle top and reversible tie side bikini bottom
* Wild leopard print is sweetened with bright floral pops of color
* Tie side bottoms reverse from print to solid black
* Shell: 82% Poly 18% Spandex
* Lining: 100% Poly
  A little background from the peeps over at Bowie X James, "BOWIE X JAMES was started by three moms who wanted to create and design swimwear that reflected their daughter's unique, stylish and caring personalities. We are all native Southern Californians with strong roots in the beach lifestyle and wanted our babes to be outfitted as we would outfit ourselves. BOWIE X JAMES bikinis are meant to be mixed but not to match, and many of our styles have reversible bottoms for maximum usage. Our designs are comfy, clean and modern and the tie side bikini bottoms facilitate a spot on fit. Each season our designs are influenced by nature and the world around us. In turn we donate a portion of our proceeds to a selected charity.  We want to educate our daughters on the importance of giving back and inspire them to make a difference in the world...all while looking adorable. BOWIE X JAMES is located in Encinitas, California and is designed for little babes, ages 2 - 12. We hope you love the collection and stay tuned for upcoming categories of beachwear."

Seriously LOVE that this line was started by three mommas You Gals ROCK!!!!! I seriously have been stumped when it came to Sophia's bathsuit this year! I have been in and out of every store from Gap, Janie & Jack even Target! When I tell you I have searched high and low and came up empty handed, I really came up empty handed! Well besides the cart full of non essentials that I always seem to leave Target with! I'm So Excited for Sophia's new Bathing Suit from Bowie X James, not only is the print adorable but it is also reversible. Sophia will most definitely be rocking the all black too, of course dressed up with her Bowie X James shades and a rocking head wrap!

Sophia & I will be hitting up the beach in the coming weeks....when this New England weather heats up! Check back for Beach Pictures and Hashtag your babes wearing #BOWIEJAMES
You can Find them on FACEBOOK, Instagram, and you can browse/shop BOWIE X JAMES HERE

Monday, April 13, 2015

Beauteque Review

I have just discovered the Beauteque BB Bag , the most amazing pampering monthly subscription.

What is the Beauteque Monthly?
Beauteque Monthly is an amazing beauty subscription created in the United Stated but is from a Korean beauty website, Beauteque. Each month, subscribers receive BB Bags (Beauteque Beauty Bags) jam packed with Korean beauty products! Everything you could imagine comes stuffed in this beauty product bag! The fun part...You get a new fun bag every month!

Want the Details
Subscription Types (3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions are Prepaid):
You get billed on the 15th of the month if you subscribe for month to month. If you subscribe after the 5th you will get next months bag.
1 Month (month-to-month) $24 per month
3 month $24 per month
 6 month $23 per month
12 month $22 per month
 Your bag ships out on the 15th
Want to spoil someone you love...perhaps Mothers Day?!?! You can order a gift subscription for anyone!
The nice part about this subscription and what sets it apart from others is you get to customize some of your options, you get a survey via email on the 15th every month! This is great because if you hate a certain flavor or wish to have another scent, color or perfume type you get to choose. Just be sure to get your option in by the 5th or they will just send you their choice. Which is not a bad thing if you love surprises! 

WHAT's In My Bag?
-7+ full sized products in every bag
-A value between $65 to $85+
-Makeup, skincare, jewelry, lifestyle products
-Products from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, America

Beauteque Beauty Bags ship to the US, Canada, and Europe.
-US shipping is $3.95 per month
-Canada shipping is  $5.95 per month
-Europe shipping is $8.95 per month 

Lameila: Razor ($8)
I threw this razor right in my travel bag! I feel like every time Ralph and I go away on a mini weekend getaway I'm always stopping at the store to buy a razor! Razors are always useful so I was happy to this in my bag!

It's Skin: Macaron Lip Balm in "Grape" ($9)
There is no denying I Love Lip Balm! I thought the packaging was super cute and what's not to love about lip balm!

Hanaka: Camellia Powder Wash (7 Single-Use Packets) ($11)
I love this product and I love that it came in single use packages! I have tried one so far and left my skin feeling great!

Holika Holika: S-Body Maker Jiggling Patch ($7)
I was so excited to try this patch and through it on my stomach right away, I love that you can feel it working like little bubbles working your skin. I left it on for about 30 minutes and the results lasted for a couple of hours! I guess I need to still do some sit ups ;)

Hanaka Magic Garden Series Sheet Masks in "Rose/Whitness" and "Marigold/Oil Control" ($2ea)
These mask are great! I always like to throw on a mask right before I get into the bath! Always makes my skin feel wonderful after! Both of these were a huge hit!

Holika Holika: Honey Sleeping Pack in "Canola" ($19)
This was fabulous! Like no lie, amazing!

Mizon: WaterVolume Aqua Gel Cream ($12)
This stuff is great with the harsh New England weather we get! I love the texture of this Aqua Gel Cream as well! Keeps my skin super hydrated!

Go Sign up for your BB Bag HERE

Every month there is a new them, previously they have had Milk, Pink, Breakfast, Spa....This month is Mad for Plaid!
Tonymoly is the "IT" brand in the world of  Korean brands! I recognized the name right away as I have followed a few Korean beauty artists! The Beauteque Head-to-Toe Bag is not part of the  subscription packages you can get, it is a fun monthly  limited edition bag that you can purchase any time on the Beauteque site.  I love that you get 7 to 8 full size products stuffed in your bag! This includes everything from makeup, skincare, fashion and lifestyle products!

 Bags are priced between $22-30. And covers you from Head to Toe ;)

This Tonymoly can still be purchased for $28 go buy yours HERE.

Tonymoly: Strawberry Seeds 3-Step Nose Pack ($3)
I love these little strips...I even caught Ralph trying one out :)

Tonymoly: Face mix Primer Lip Concealer ($12)
I haven't used this yet but I'm excited to try it!

Tonymoly: Make HD Hair Straight Cream Kit ($16)
I have stick straight hair so I don't need to straighten :/ Although I'm sure I will find a curly haired friend to take it off my hands!!

Tonymoly: Kiss Kiss Lip Scrub ($10)
I LOVE this lip scrub! I'm all about exfoliating and never like to skip something as important as my lips! This product works Great!!!

Tonymoly: Gold Black Sugar Mask Scrub ($11)
Again with the exfoliating! This is another huge hit!!! This bag really was the perfect score!!! This not only works amazing but smells amazing as well!

Tonymoly: Tangerine Whitening Hand Cream ($12)
This is a great moisturizer and the packaging is super cute too!
Pumice Stones ($3 ea)
I love pumice stones! I keep them in the shower and use them on my feet daily! I really do have the softest feet ever!!! Although one did go missing....I have a feeling I may find it in Ralph's Shower! Oh how I love that guy ;)

The Head-to-Toe Tonymoly bag cost $28 this is not including shipping and has a retail value of $70. I definitely think it is an awesome value pack, with tons of great items!!! Plus the packaging is super cute and would make a great gift if you wanted to spoil someone as well! ;)
 Head-to-Toe Tonymoly bag is AMAZING, you can order yours HERE.
Beauteque ships to the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Shipping rates do change depending on where the items are being shipped too.
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