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Permanent Hair Removal at Home with the Silk’n Flash&Go #SilknProducts

Silkn Go Hair Removal System

My morning routine is probably a little out of control.  Between showering, shampooing, conditioning, putting on make-up, blow drying, and either straightening or curling, it takes me forever to get myself out the door in the morning. Add shaving to the routine and you have to tack on even more time.  But with light skin and dark hair, skipping that step isn’t really an option for me.

Or at least it wasn’t until I found an at home permanent hair removal system that really works.

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A few years back, I splurged and went to my local medi-spa to have laser hair removal done on my armpits. Every time I shaved them, I would wind up with ingrown hairs, a rash, and putting on deodorant stung like the dickens. (Also a step I’m not willing to skip!) It took about 3 or 4 treatments and I was thrilled with the results – hair free and no more shaving!  I would have loved to have kept going and done other body parts as well – especially my legs!  The cost was prohibitive though, so I gave up the idea.

When I was at a Home and Housewares show last year, I saw a system that you could use at home. Rather than using lasers (which could be dangerous), it uses light.  I was intrigued and  thought it might be the solution I had been hoping for – if it worked.  When I was recently offered a unit to try myself, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

The Silk’n Flash&Go uses HPL technology which has been used since 2009 and is FDA cleared for permanent hair removal/reduction for the entire body. It is easy and safe to use with very little discomfort. The head of the device provides a nice large treatment area so that it takes less time to treat larger areas. You can even upgrade to the “lux” cartridge for a lifetime worth of flashes which means you’ll never have to purchase another hair removal item – ever.

silkn flash go hair removal device

Now, unfortunately, the Silk’n Flash&Go is not perfect for everyone.  Those with darker skin, tattoos, eczema, psoriasis, lesions, open wounds, or light/white hair are not encouraged to use it. While having light skin and dark hair usually feels like a curse, it is actually preferred when using this type of hair removal as it makes it easier for the light to “find” the hair follicle. Because of this, I may have experienced faster results than you would, depending on your particular characteristics.

I started using the Silk’n Flash&Go at the beginning of July. As suggested, I have used it every two weeks and saw a reduction in both the amount of hair that did grow back and its coarseness after just two treatments. In other words – the hair grew back sparsely and the hair that did grow back was significantly finer. After the third treatment, I am seeing large “bald spots” where hair has stopped growing back already.  I feel virtually no discomfort from using the device. Some people have described a sensation similar to having a rubber band snapped against their skin, which I did experience with the laser hair removal at the medi-spa. I also did not experience any post treatment burning or redness, despite having what I consider fairly sensitive skin.

I have not yet seen enough reduction of hair to completely skip shaving or to bare it all, but hope to be there by next summer.  If you can’t tell from my review so far, I am a HUGE fan of the Silk’n Flash&Go and would not hesitate to recommend it to my family and friends.  My recommendation would be to grab one now and start using it so that you can be hair-free by bikini season next summer. Starting at under $200, the device costs roughly what one or two laser hair removal sessions would cost and you would be left still needing more.


Cost – far less than what you would pay for hair removal at a medi-spa.

Privacy – you can do it yourself in the privacy of your own home.  Especially nice when treating your bikini area!

Convenience – no need to let hair grow out between treatments. You are instructed to shave before you treat, so no hairy in-between times like with waxing.

Painless – especially when compared to waxing. Ouchie!!

Versatile – you can use Silk’n Flash&Go on your whole body.

Save even more by using  coupon code EXTRATWENTY for an additional 20% off until September 30th, 2014!

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TONI&GUY® Hair Products at Walgreens

When I was younger, I had stick straight hair.  I could basically get out of the shower, comb out my tangles, let my hair air dry and it would be perfect. (Of course, I wanted nothing more than the head of tight curls my cousins were born with. Figures, right?)   Then I got pregnant with LJ and something changed.  At first it was great – with those prenatal vitamins my hair was thicker and stronger than it had ever been.  After LJ came along, I went through the usual hair loss which was actually pretty minor compared with what I was expecting.  But when LJ was around one, I noticed something odd.

My hair was no longer straight.  No, I didn’t suddenly have the head of curls I had always wanted.  It was more like my hair had bends in it.  It was straight on top and then did a half-hearted attempt at a wave around ear level and then just flipped whichever way it felt like it at the ends.  It looked like a mess.  And so began my need to do something to my hair everyday – either use a curling iron to try and make the most out of those lame curls or a straightening iron to smoosh them into submission.

Over the years, I’ve tried all kinds of products to make this whole process easier and (hopefully) less damaging.  Some of the products worked wonderfully but cost me a small fortune.  Some did not work at all, but still cost me a small fortune.  You can bet that when I finally found products I liked, I stuck with them!  I’ve found that TONI&GUY® products not only work well with my hair, when I buy them at Walgreens, they don’t cost me a small fortune!

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If I am going to be straightening my hair, TONI&GUY® Prep Heat Protection Mist helps me get the smooth and frizz-free look I am trying for without frying my hair.  I usually spray it on my hair while it is damp and use an iron designed to dry and straighten hair at the same time to make things go a little more quickly.toni & guy heat

If I’m in a curling mood, I’ve found that the TONI&GUY® Casual Forming Spray Gel gives the right amount of hold without making my hair stiff or sticky.

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Walgreens carries the whole TONI&GUY® Casual line which gives you the freedom to create the exact look you want. 

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Is an Eye Exam Up Part of Your Back to School Routine? #AOA #MC


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I got my first pair of glasses at age 5.  My eyes were bad enough that I could see a significant difference once I put them on.  Who knows how long I had been in need of corrective lenses – one doctor joked that I was probably born nearsighted. As I grew, my eyes continued to change and I spent a lot of time in the optometrist’s chair. At one point, my eyes were changing fast enough to need adjustments every six months.  Luckily, they slowed down eventually and now I am in maintenance mode, monitoring any changes and counting down until I will need reading glasses.


Knowing my history, we’ve had LJ see an optometrist every year since he was 4.  So far, he seems to have inherited Jay’s peepers rather than mine (thank goodness!!) but we know how important it is to keep an eye on him (pun intended) as a gradual change can be hard for a child to notice. With technology use by children on the rise, children may be experiencing side effects such as burning eyes, headaches, blurry vision, as well as head and neck pain.

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83% of children from ages 10 to 17 estimate that they use electronic devices for three or more hours each day. Optometrists are  growing increasingly concerned about the kinds of light everyday electronic devices give off – high-energy, short-wavelength blue light – and how those rays might affect and even age the eyes. When it comes to protecting eyes and vision from digital eye strain, optometrists recommend taking frequent visual breaks.  Children should make sure they practice the 20-20-20 rule: when using technology or doing near work, take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.

To help prevent or reduce eye and vision problems associated with digital eye strain and exposure to blue light, the AOA recommends:

Checking the height and position of the device. Computer screens should be four to five inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches away from the eyes. Digital devices should be held a safe distance away from eyes and slightly below eye level.

Checking for glare on the screen. Windows or other light sources should not be directly visible when sitting in front of a computer monitor. If this happens, turn the desk or computer to prevent glare on the screen. Also consider adjusting the brightness of the screen on your digital device or changing its background color.

Reducing the amount of lighting in the room to match the computer screen. A lower-wattage light can be substituted for a bright overhead light or a dimmer switch may be installed to give flexible control of room lighting.

Adjusting font size. Increase the size of text on the screen of the device to make it easier on your eyes when reading.

Keep blinking. Frequent blinking reduces the chances for developing dry eye by keeping the
front surface of the eye moist.

An eye exam by a professional eye doctor such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist is the best way to detect any eye issues in your child.  Back to school time is the perfect tie to schedule a check up and have your child evaluated.

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Protect Your Eyes from Long Term Damage #MC

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.

Protect Your Eyes From UV Damage

I’ve been in corrective lenses of one type or another since I was 5 years old.  With all of the time I had spent in the eye doctor’s office, I thought I knew quite a bit about eyes and eye health.  Then, I spent a summer working with my sister-in-law at a local eyeglasses store and realized how much I still didn’t know.

Part of my job was to help customers pick out frames, glasses lenses, and contact lenses that met their individualized needs. In order to do a good job, I started learning as much as I could about the different lenses and options we offered.  I was particularly interested in the information we had about the damage UV rays can do to your eyes.

I think most people are aware of the damage that UV rays can do to your skin, but very few are aware of what harm they can cause your eyes.  Here are a few things you need to know:

UV eye damage is cumulative

Basically, this means that even if you are just being exposed to a little bit of UV radiation each day, the effects can build up and result in eye damage later in life.  Since there really isn’t any way to know how much is too much exposure, minimizing it every day is your best bet.

UV eye damage is irreversible

While the effects of continued UV exposure may not be apparent for years, once the damage is done – it’s done.  There’s no going back.

Children are at particularly high risk of damage.

Because children have larger pupil, typically have clearer lenses, and often go without eye protection, they can be exposed to a significant amount of UV radiation by the age of 18.

Damage can occur even without exposure to direct light.

UV rays reflected off of surfaces such as  snow, water, and even grass and soil can cause damage as can UV rays that sneak through light cloud cover.

Sunglasses alone may not provide enough protection.

UV rays can sneak around the edges of most sunglasses as the sides, top, and bottom may not fully shield eyes.  Hats offer no protectionfrom rays bouncing up from the ground.

Some contact lenses offer UV protection.

Not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 81% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products.  Now, UV contact lenses are not a replacement for other precautions, but another layer of protection that can be added to precaustions a person is already taking, like sunglasses.

For more information on the effects of UV rays on the eyes and what can be done to protect yourself, check out Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know” on the ACUVUE® Brand website.


Treating Eczema Without Steroids #CLnSkinCare #MC

Fighting Eczema without Steroids

CLn When LJ was about 18 months old, he developed a pretty nasty rash all over his face and torso. When we took him to the doctor, we were told that he had eczema and given some advice on how to cut down on the severity and some steroid cream to use on his torso.  I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of putting steroid cream on a toddler, but the idea of getting a secondary infection from the raw skin left after all of his scratching was also pretty concerning. After a few years, his facial and torso breakouts went away, but he started getting a bumpy, itchy rash on his legs.  Once again, we were given steroid cream and instructions to only have him bath every few days to minimize any drying out the water and soap might be causing.   We wound up using the steroid cream much more than I would have liked and tried a ton of soaps, cleansers and moisturizers that promised results but rarely delivered.

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We were offered a sample of CLn Skin Care to try – both the facial cleanser and body wash.  LJ tried the body wash on his legs as he was in the middle of a flare up when the CLn arrived.  He showered as usual and then turned off the water and applied the body wash to his legs and let it sit for 90 – 120 seconds. He rinsed with luke warm water and patted his legs dry.  The first few times he used it, it complained of a little stinging, probably because his legs were raw from the outbreak.  By the end of the first week, he no longer felt any sting and his legs were looking visibly better.  By the end of the three week trial, his legs looked almost normal despite taking daily showers. We have not used the steroid cream since starting with the CLn. (I cannot remember the last time we have gone 3 weeks with no steroid cream.)

Eczema before and after CLn


As a side note, I tried the facial cleaner even though I didn’t really have any conditions I was aware of. (The facial cleaner is typically used to treat rosacea, acne, and eczema.)  While I have not ever been officially diagnosed with rosacea, it does run in my family and I have a pretty ruddy complexion that I typically cover with foundation.  It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been comfortable venturing out without make up on my face.  I liked the way the CLn facial cleanser made my face feel and used it for several weeks.  One day, I noticed that my skin tone had evened out considerably.  I was even able to give up my heavier foundation for a light BB cream instead.

These are just my anecdotal stories about how CLn has helped my family, but it has also received national recognition from such organizations as the National Eczema Association who awarded CLn the Seal of Acceptance.  While CLn does not claim to cure these conditions,  it calms and soothes the skin and reduces the appearance and feel of dryness and redness.  It is safe for children 6 months and older and can be used head to toe. The ultimate test for us as to whether a product really works is whether we are willing to spend our own money on it once the sample is used up. In this case, I’m sure you have already figured out that we will be using CLn long after this campaign is over!

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