Pond's Luminous Line #ad

Disclosure:  I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. By posting, I am eligible for incentive. I received product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own.

Luminous.  What does that word bring to your mind?  When I think of luminous, the words that come to my mind are healthy, happy, and smiling.   Some things that make me feel luminous: spending time walking through the park with my family, bike rides in the warm sunshine, and most recently a visit to the zoo for the first time with my two year old.  These things make me feel good on the inside, and when you feel good on the inside, you look better on the outside too!
skin careGood skin care is also an important factor to feeling luminous.  POND'S new Luminous line aims to keep your skin looking at its best all day.  It includes Wet Cleaning Towelettes, moisturizer, and skin cleansers to brighten dull skin.

skin careskin careI love using the Daily Exfoliating Cleanser in the morning.   It contains Kaolin clay and makes my face really smooth without leaving it feeling dry. ( I'm not a big fan of its floral perfumey scent, but it isn't a harsh smell.)  I alternate that with the Cream Cleanser on days I don't need exfoliation.  Both are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested and neither feel harsh on my sensitive skin.  

skin care, moisturizer
Before putting on my foundation,  moisturizer with SPF is a must.  POND'S Luminous Moisture with SPF 15 wasn't quite enough moisture for me.  It's light and I think I need something a bit thicker to help my very dry skin. 

skin care, make up removalMy favorite part of the Luminous Line is definitely the Wet Cleansing Towelettes.  These little wonders are perfect at the end of a long day when all I want to do is fall into bed.  It hardly takes a minute to wipe off all the make-up, dirt, and unknown substances my toddler may have stuck to my face.  These are awesome for tired moms!

Supermodel and actress Molly Sims is partnering with POND's to help women realize that great skin can help you feel more luminous.  Together, they are launching The POND’S® 30-Day Luminous Photo Challenge.  

This is a 30-day photo sweepstakes featuring daily challenges to inspire women to share photos of their happiest, most radiant moments. From March 4 through April 2, you can upload pictures to the POND’S® Facebook page or share via Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #LuminousEffectThere are 30 prizes including a $500 Walmart Gift Card!

Molly Sims' tips for looking luminous:

  • Never go to bed without washing your face
  • Start the day off with green juice for energy and an exercise routine to enhance your complexion
  • Tame stress to look your best
  • Moisturize with SPF to protect against skin-damaging rays
  • Exfoliate your face, body, even your lips for great circulation and even skin tone

What makes you feel luminous?  Do you have any great skin care tips to share?

A Night at the Circus in Baltimore #ad

Disclosure:  I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers,  Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.  The opinions and views are my own.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents DRAGONS has come to Baltimore this week.  My family had the opportunity to attend the show opening night.  It was an action-packed evening of incredible performances and amazing talent!

One of our favorite parts of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is the pre-show.  We were able to get down on the floor with the performers and see some of the animals up close.  They had stations where you could try on costumes, get your own clown nose, and even a bounce house!

circus, Baltimore, First Mariner Arena

We first visited the clowns, but the Attic Baby wasn't too certain about them.  She hid her face and didn't want to interact with them much, which I expected since she's never seen them up close before.  

circus, clowns, preshow, Baltimore

We then sat down to watch various performers in the ring.  It was great having a front row seat to watch the clowns, dancers, and the Shaolin Warriors (my son's favorite performers).

Shaolin Warriors

And of course, you can't go to the circus without trying on a clown nose!  They had a table full of them for any one who wanted them.

We weren't able to get over to the painting elephant, since there was a wall of people between the ring and us.  But we have seen the elephant paint before; it's pretty neat to watch up close!

After the pre-show, we went to find our seats.  We were located up in the highest level on the end.   We were unable to see the screens from that angle, so we asked if we could move down to empty seats where we had a bit of a better view. 

The theme of DRAGONS was woven throughout the show, even into the funny spoofs of the clowns.  The Shaolin Warriors captured my teen's interest the most, while the music and animal performances had my two year old's attention.   She especially loved the elephants!   They really put a lot of thought into the show to make it really enjoyable and geared toward all ages.

circus, Baltimore

I like that they give you an intermission so you can stretch your legs, take a bathroom break, or get a snack for your kids.  It definitely helps with little ones!

One of the highlights was seeing the Torres family on motorcycles in the Globe of Steel.  It's amazing to watch them fit eight motorcycles into that tight space and not crash into each other! 

The other was seeing the female acrobats inside these round bubble-like eggs; they actually opened and did splits while inside them.   It was a bit difficult at the height we were at to get a good zoomed photo of them, but it was really amazing to watch!

circus, Baltimore

The big dragon came out at the very end of the show during the wrap-up music.  I had been wondering if it might be scary for my daughter, but since we were at a distance and she was tired, it wasn't an issue.  It made a great finale for a very entertaining and exciting night!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents DRAGONS is showing now through April 7th, 2013 at the First Mariner ArenaYou can check out all the amazing acts in the show at www.ringling.com.

For Ticket Info. go to www.ticketmaster.com or the 1st Mariner Arena box office.

 About Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, and Disney Live! 

ProFlowers Spring Blooms #ad

Disclosure:  I received these flowers for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Spring is here.  Well, sort of.  The weather around Maryland has been very strange.  We've fluctuated from nice and sunny in the 50's to cold and cloudy in the 40's.  There have even been predictions of snow at various times.   We got about 3-4 inches the other day!

While spring is unpredictable and a bit gloomy, I thought it'd be nice to have some cheerful flowers to brighten up the house and give us a little taste of spring.  

Recently, hubby picked out a Birthday Pop bouquet from ProFlowers for me for my birthday.

Photo Credit:  ProFlowers website

ProFlowers has a 7 day freshness guarantee on every order and are hand picked and sent directly.  We have never ordered from ProFlowers before so we weren't sure what to expect.   

The flowers arrived on my doorstep mid-afternoon on the day hubby selected for delivery.  (I asked him to choose a week day delivery as weekends and special time requests have an additional fee.)  You will probably need to select a day when you will be home and can get them right off your porch so they won't be subjected to weather.

They arrived in great condition, carefully wrapped in plastic with their stems in a wet/green base.  The round vase was not cracked or chipped and was protected by packing bubbles.  

flowers, spring, gifts

I was surprised that the flowers arrive in bud form and were not yet in bloom.  The instructions said to cut the stems, put in the special plant food in room temperature water, and repeat the process again in 3 days.  

ProFlowers, spring, Easter gifts

I followed all of the instructions.  It took several days for these flowers to bloom; the purple flowers bloomed pretty quickly but the roses did not open as fast.  Unfortunately, half the roses in the first bouquet did not bloom within the 7 day period.  This was pretty disappointing for a $34.99 bouquet (not including the $9.99 for the vase and the shipping cost).

Birthday Pop Bouquet after 3 days

Customer service was easy to deal with over the phone.  The rep was very understanding and sent me another bouquet quickly.  So I tried the process over again.

The second bouquet was more successful than the first.  Most of the flowers bloomed after three days.  When I changed the water and added the plant food on the third day, many of the roses were open.  

The orange roses, however, never fully opened like the pink ones did.  

ProFlowers, spring, easter gifts

While their customer service is great, I didn't have the best experience with my flowers.   As you can see, they didn't resemble the beautiful bouquet in the website photo.

Maybe others have had more success than I had with the Birthday Pop bouquet.  I don't know.  If you're looking for a bouquet that is in bloom on the day that you receive them, then this might not be for you.  I can't say that this process has made me a fan.  I prefer my flowers to be pretty and in bloom right when I get them.

Have you had a similar experience with flowers?  Where do you usually purchase bouquets for friends or family?

Free Hot Wheels Family Event 3/29

Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  Info. provided by PR company for the enjoyment of my readers.  I love sharing free area events for families!

Are you looking for an activity to keep your kids busy while they're out of school on Spring Break?  The Hot Wheels Be the World's Best Driver Tour is coming to Annapolis this Friday March 29th.

free kids activities, spring break, MarylandThis is a FREE Family Event featuring larger than life Hot Wheels toys and a life size 2013 Hot Wheels Camaro. Your kids can even race their favorite cars down a 20 ft downhill 5 lane track.

Where:  Toys R US 2155 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401  
When:  3:30-6:30 PM 

Other fun Activities Include:

*Check in and Get a FREE "Pit Pass" Souvenir Limited Edition Lanyard

*Show off your precision skills by shooting the latest innovation in Hot Wheels, SpinShotz,  along tracks and at targets

*Compete to beat Hot Wheels Long Jump World Record

You can also enter the "Be the World's Best Driver" Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the Indianapolis 500.  

Sound fun?  Check out the Hot Wheels Site for more details.

In like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion {Wordless Wednesday}

Maryland, weather

This is what our yard looked like on Monday morning (it's melted now).  I think March got it backwards:  in like a lamb and out like a lion.  

How's the weather where you are?

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.  You can also share your post in the linky below. 

Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop {Ends 3/31}


Happy Easter and welcome to the Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop! 

BloggerPR is hosting this event so that we can bring all of our readers something to do as we await the arrival of the Easter Bunny!  Each participating blogger is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more.  This event will run until Easter (March 31st), which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list like a bunny!

Easter is one of my favorite holidays next to Christmas.  I love celebrating the arrival of spring, new life, and filling my kids' Easter baskets.

In celebration of Easter, I have two great prize packs for one lucky winner:

Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop
Take care of that lingering dry skin with Carmex Healing Lotion & Cream.  (click on the link to see review)

Enjoy a yummy snack from SuperPretzel:  new PretzelDogs


One winner will receive a Carmex Prize Pack (Healing Cream & Lotion) and a SuperPretzel PretzelDogs Prize Pack (3 boxes, variety based upon availability)

Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter. No P.O. Boxes pleaseEach prize will be delivered separately from the company.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count. 

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 4/1/13 at 12:01 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.

Disclosure: Each of the above items was received for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Carmex Healing Lotion and Healing Cream #ad


Disclosure:   I received these products for review purposes as part of the Carmex Blog Squad.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are my own; your experience may vary from mine.

Spring is here, but the weather has been all over the place; sometimes warm, sometimes cold and very unpredictable.  Today, we actually had about 3-4 inches of snow.  I am still suffering from dry winter skin.  My hands have especially taken a beating because of all the hand-washing due to The Attic Baby's latest cold.  They have been so dry at times that I have to continuously apply lotion to keep them from cracking.

The Carmex kit that recently arrived was perfect timing.  I received Carmex Healing Cream and Healing Lotion (along with a warm hoodie to cozy up with during this chilly weather).

The lotion is great for every day use while the cream is for really dry areas like heels, elbows, and feet.  I have been applying the lotion throughout the day to my hands.   It has a subtle scent that my hubby says is similar to butter cream.  I'm not sure how to describe the scent; it doesn't quite remind me of food but it is a pleasant smell.  My favorite aspect of the lotion and cream is that it doesn't feel greasy or thick; it leaves your skin feeling soft and light.

Thanks to Carmex, this mom's dry winter skin will (hopefully) soon be a thing of the past.

You can find Carmex Healing Lotion and Healing Cream at various retailers for about $4.99 each.

Follow Carmex on Facebook for coupons and fun giveaways!

Stay Tuned tomorrow for a Carmex giveaway in the Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop!

SuperPretzel PretzelDogs: Get Your Snack On #ad

Disclosure:  I received three boxes of pretzels and coupons for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Your experience may differ from mine.  For more info. see my full Disclosure Policy.

The guys in my house love to snack.   One of their favorite snacks is pretzels; soft pretzels, crunchy pretzels, they love them all.  We tried SuperPretzel Sweet Cinnamon soft pretzels a while back and they were a huge hit.  So when we were given the opportunity to try out the new PretzelDogs, the guys were all over it.

SuperPretzel, snacks, appetizers

SuperPretzel PretzelDogs are bite-sized hotdogs inside a toasty pretzel crust.  They come in Original or Cheddar Cheese varieties; my hubby's favorite were the cheese.

SuperPretzel, snacksWhat I like about these is that they are so easy to pop into the oven or the microwave.  They only take a few minutes!  (We prefer toasting them in the oven so they are not too soft.)  You can add your favorite dipping sauce like spicy mustard or even some good ol' Country Bob's (my hubby is a huge fan of dipping pretty much everything in Country Bob's).

You'll need more than one box to feed your hungry guys.  There are 12 to a box so we heat up two at a time.  Soft and salty goodness on the outside, hotdog on the inside.  It makes a great snack or appetizer for any occasion, but most especially for watching your favorite sport!

SUPERPRETZEL PretzelDogs are available in the frozen snacks section of your local retail store and supercenters. You can head on over to the SuperPretzel website to find a store that carries them in your area.

Connect with SUPERPRETZEL:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SUPERPRETZEL
Twitter:    @jjsnackfoods
Blog:   http://www.originalsuperpretzel.blogspot.com

Stay tuned for a SuperPretzel PretzelDogs Prize Pack giveaway in the Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop tomorrow!

Shattered by Dani Pettrey {Litfuse Book Tour}


Dani Pettrey
About Shattered

With All the Evidence Against Him, Only a Sister's Trust Can Save Him Now.

When her prodigal brother Reef's return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.

When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself-and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step. 

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/hLsy9        

christian fiction authors Meet Dani:  
Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. 

Visit her website at www.danipettrey.com

My Review/Thoughts:

 There are some books that grab you from the very beginning, and this is most definitely one of them.  From the opening scene, I was hooked.  This is more than just a "who done it" story.  It is a wild ride of intense action, suspense, and romance too set in the beautiful backdrop of Alaska.

The characterization is very strong in this story.  I think it's important for a writer to help you relate to the characters and their weaknesses, especially in the genre of Christian fiction where characters can sometimes be too "perfect" to be believable.

 I related to Landon a lot because of his trust issues.   Landon keeps people at a distance because he's been hurt by someone he loved.   I think we've all been hurt at some point or another by someone we love and trust.  But those deep hurts can be really hard to get over and cause us to put up walls. 

"All of Landon's comments about those closest to a person having the ability to harm them the most suddenly made perfect sense.  He knew the disappointment and disillusionment firsthand.  He'd lived through the betrayal of someone he loved letting him down in the worst possible way, of someone he loved injuring him."  pg. 277 

The relationship between Piper and Landon has some history that is unknown in this book.  Since it's the second book in the series, I'd like to go back and read the first to find out what that history is.  Regardless, it doesn't hinder being able to read this novel as a stand-alone title.  You will find yourself rooting for their relationship and hoping they can overcome the obstacles they face.  And that they can make it through this murder investigation alive.

See what others on the tour have to say:


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for the purpose of review.  For more info, see my disclosure policy.

Baltimore's Annual Pachyderm Parade {Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus}

circus, Baltimore

In celebration of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS coming to Baltimore for two weeks, the show is kicking off with its annual pachyderm parade.  

In the spirit of this year’s DRAGONS show, Ringling Bros. is lighting up downtown and inviting patrons to come see the majestic Ringling Bros. elephants as they march into Baltimore.   You will most definitely want to bring your camera for some fantastic photo opportunities as the pachyderms parade through the city! 

When & Where:

On Monday, March 25th at 7PM, the pachyderms will make their grand entrance by strolling down Pratt Street from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum/Mt. Clare Shopping Center (near the intersection of Pratt and Arlington Streets) and will continue to the 1st Mariner Arena.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to unpredictable train and traffic schedules, the start time and route are subject to change. For arrival time updates call the Animal Walk Hotline at 1-866-683-3670.

Will you be taking your family to see Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey® Presents DRAGONS?  It's going to be a fun event for the whole family!  

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
March 27 – April 7

Wednesday, March 27 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 28 – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 29 – 1:00 pm, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 30 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 31 – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 2 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 3 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 4 – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 5 – 10:30 am; 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 6 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 7 – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Baltimore Ticket Prices: $15.00/$20.00/$25.00 (A select number of Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP tickets are also available)

Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the 1st Mariner Arena box office. For additional information about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, please visit www.ringling.com.

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, and Disney Live! 

Disclosure:  I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers,  Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.  The opinions and views are my own.