Eye Brightening Cream by Belli® Skincare

For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an eye brightening cream because I felt like the skin under and around my eyes felt really dry and looked tired all the time. You see, I turned 35 last week. Normally age doesn’t bother me at all. I have never ONCE cared about getting older. Ever. Until I turned 35. I am finding a TON of gray hair. If the gray hair and the tired eyes aren’t bad enough, now when I fill out surveys, I have to check the “35-42” box. So now I could be in my 40’s. Prior to turning 35, when I filled out surveys, I could have been in my 20’s. Feel my pain?

However, a week or so ago, I was asked if I would like to review an under eye brightening cream. I couldn’t believe my luck! Of course I immediately emailed back that I would LOVE to review the Belli eye brightening cream!

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About Belli Eye Brightening Cream

Belli Eye Brightening Cream is a vitamin K and B enriched cream that revives and illuminates tired eyes, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines. Brighten your day and your look with this soothing and restorative refreshment for the eyes.

So why vitamin K and B? Well vitamin K has been scientifically reported to help reduce the appearance of dark circles* and vitamin B3 helps the area around the eye looked restored. This cream is allergy tested. It is free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. It also comes in BPA free packaging.

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My Thoughts

I have used this creameye brightening cream every single day for the last 4 days and I absolutely love it. I’m always hesitant to try new things on my face because I don’t want it to make my skin oil. The Belli Eyey Brightening Cream does not make my skin oily at all. It does, however, make the skin under my eyes feel smooth and hydrated…and, as a result, the entire area looks better!

One thing I would especially like to note is that this eye brightener cream is free of teratogens so it is recommended by OB/GYN’s as safe to use during pregnancy. It is also LactMed screened to avoid ingredients that may be harmful if passed through breast milk. I know it’s been awhile since my kids were babies, but I do remember how tired my eyes looked! This cream would have come in handy then…for sure!

You can purchase the Belli is available at Ulta.com and BelliSkincare.com, as well as other fine retailers nationwide. MSRP $39 for 0.5 oz.

Inventions I Should Have Invented

Do you ever see something on TV or at the store and think, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I invent that?” As a parent, I can’t tell you how many times I have thought that something would make a great invention, but never acted on it. Of course, I then see someone else acted on the great inventions ideas and is now a millionaire. For instance, when I was in high school, I started mixing Ranch and Ketchup together to dip my fries and chicken fingers in. I told everyone I was going to get it bottled and call it Ranch-up. Guess who has that product now…Red Gold. No joke.


Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here are some good inventions I came across that I think are genius!

Are you a new parent? Know someone that is having a baby soon? You have to get them this Baby Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicatorinventions. My daughter, when she was an infant, had the WORST diaper rashes ever. We went through tubes and tubes of diaper rash cream with that child. While diaper cream is relatively easy to apply, there is nothing more annoying or frustrating than getting that diaper cream stuck under your fingernails. How great would be be to use the Baby Bum Brush Diaper Cream Applicator and then quickly wash it when you wash your hands after changing the diaper?!? Easy peasy!

Or how about those plastic plastic bowls for cereal with a strawinventions? Those are genius! You have the ability to lick your plate without actually licking your plate! The day I brought those home for my kids was the best day ever for them! I also happened to have Cocoa Krispies…have your cereal and chocolate milk all at once! Those bowls always got washed by hand. If one child had cereal one day and then used the second bowl the next day, the other child would literally go nuts! Piece of advice, buy extra!

For those of you that go to the gym, you’ll feel my pain on this one! No matter how careful I am with my earbuds, they always get tangled. With these Zipbudsinventions you can say goodbye to tangled earbud cords! These are already in my Amazon shopping cart waiting for me to checkout! It’s so frustrating to sit there and untangle the earbuds each and every day!


Aren’t these great inventions?!? So simple, yet they make so much sense! Especially the cereal bowl with a straw. I was a kid that did NOT like to drink milk, however, you put a straw on the bowl and tell me I can get up from the table once my bowl was empty, I’d totally suck down that milk without a second thought! If you have ideas for good inventions, do something about it! Look at all the famous inventions we have…had they thought about it, but not did nothing about it, we would be without some pretty amazing things that we take for granted every single day.

What is inventions seem so silly, yet is so amazing to you?

New Movie Release – My All American

My husband and I love to watch movies on the weekends. Sometimes we watch two movies on Saturday and two on Sunday. So when we hear about a new movie release, we either pick it up at the store (if it’s one we want to own) or we rent it at Redbox or Family Video (yes…we still have a video store)! The latest movie we watched this past weekend, My All American, is definitely one that we are happy to own. It’s one of those movies you could watch over and over again.

*I received the following movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

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My All Americanmovie release, starring Aaron Eckhart is about the true story of Freddie Steinmark, the unlikely football hero that faced unexpected challenges with grit and grace. Despite his size and being deemed by all as being too short to be an athlete, Freddie dreams of playing football and is able to get noticed by legendary coach Darrell Royal. This eventually leads to a college scholarship to play football. With a victorious season within his grasp, Freddie receives a shocking medical diagnosis and it’s through this diagnosis that he, and everyone else, see just how much heart Freddie truly has.

About the Movie Release

My All American is coming to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and On Demand on February 23, 2016. Like to purchase new movie releases, but not sure which copy to get, maybe this will help:

  • Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • Digital HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Blu-ray™ and DVD Bonus Features

  • Spirit of Freddie Steinmark – Learn how the story of the true life hero who inspired the film was brought to the big screen.
  • A Look Inside – A behind the scenes look at the film featuring interviews with Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, and writer/director Angelo Pizzo.

Both my husband and I really enjoyed this movie. The message of the movie is one that we would love to instill in our children. Be sure to pick up your copy on February 23, 2016!

What 2016 movie release are you looking forward to?

The Use of Therapy Dogs After Traumatic Events

After the traumatic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012, therapy dogs were brought in to help provide comfort for the grieving children and adults. The dogs sat by the children as they read books to them, petted them and even talked to them. Not only did they provide a calming and peaceful environment for the children, but it helped the teachers too. The family of Charlotte Bacon, a precious little girl that lost her life that horrific December day, saw the comfort the therapy dogs brought to the children, they were convinced their beautiful daughter had something to do with that because she had an immense love for animals, and they decided to start the non-profit organization, Charlotte’s Litter.

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Charlotte on the 1st day of school

Using Therapy Dogs through Charlotte’s Litter

Charlotte’s Litter sets out to advocate for and support appropriate therapy dog programs in educational and societal settings. They do this by helping to connect resources and experienced people, as well as providing input and guidance to parents and educators. Research has shown that the use of therapy dogs helps the physical, social, cognitive, emotional and environmental needs of children. For more information about Charlotte’s Litter and how you can get a program started in your community, visit www.CharlottesLitter.org.

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As you can imagine, the Bacon family grieve every single day for their beautiful daughter. In addition to starting Charlotte’s Litter, two books have been published to help provide information about the amazing use of therapy dogs in the healing process.

Good Dogs, Great Listeners: The Story of Charlotte, Lily and the Littertherapy dogs
The Dogs of Newtowntherapy dogs
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I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of  Good Dogs, Great Listeners: The Story of Charlotte, Lily, and the Litter. This book is a beautiful story of a little girl and her love for her dog. In the story, Charlotte finds herself on many grand adventures with her dog Lily. However, one day, on one of those grand adventures, Lily gets hurt. Charlotte uses her love, imagination and a new found love for reading, to nurse Lily back to health.

Both books are perfect as a stand alone book, but they are also used in conjunction with the Charlotte’s Litter Program.

5 Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you have a kid in elementary school, you know they are getting ready to start filling out Valentine’s for all of the kids in their class. I don’t know about you, but I am hoping that I can stray Bella away from all the candy options and do something a little more homemade and fun! With all the different food allergies in classrooms these days, I would hate for a kid to go home with a box full of things he/she couldn’t eat. How sad is that? If you are looking for non candy Valentine’s ideas, then keep reading! I found some good ones!

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Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas!

non candy valentine's pencil

Aren’t these cute? And they are so easy to make! Head on over to Simply Being Mommy for a great printable (makes it soooo much easier for you! Your welcome!) and because I love you all so much, I found a 3 dozen assortment of Valentine’s Pencils that you can order on Amazon and BAM! You’re done! Just put the kids names on it and you have that project done without leaving the house!

non candy valentines puffs

I absolutely LOVE these! You can get the little puffs at your local craft store (and just order these Foam Heart Stickers. I think these are cheaper than the craft store). Head over to Momdot to find out how she put these cute things together for the kids in her daughters class. I can tell you right now, Bella would want to make these!!

non candy valentine's star wars

Star Wars is HUGE in my daughters class right now (3rd grade). She is always coming home telling me that they played Star Wars on recess! Head on over to A Grande Life for the adorable printable. Of course, like the other non-candy Valentine’s ideas, I found glow sticks on Amazon. You have more than enough for your child’s class and you can save some for fun this summer!

non candy valentine's window cling

These are SO CUTE! Milk and Cuddles has a great printable on their site for you to use. Every kid loves window clings! Shoot…my kids are 9 and 11 and they both like window clings too! My 9 year old is forever asking me if we can buy them and put them up! I found these Valentine’s Day Gel Clings on Amazon. I really like the monkey’s!

non candy valentine's applesauce

Now…I know this one is a food item (it’s not candy!!), but the pouches I’ve seen say they are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, etc. If your child’s school is like mine, the teacher usually posts on the door “this is a X free zone” so anyone coming in knows what allergies are in the room. I just had to include this adorable idea that Eat Craft Parent came up with. The Fruit Me Up applesauce pouches I found on Amazon are not only a good price, but they contain JUST apples. How great is that?!?

If you would liked these non candy Valentine’s day ideas and would like to see some other Valentine’s day ideas, please check out:

Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s

More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s