Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Toad



Summer isn't complete until one catches a toad. This little fella patiently let us snap some photos, then the girls took him down to the duck pond where we thought he'd be happier to spend his days.

Have you caught any toads this summer?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ottilie & Lulu Naturals is Skincare for Tweens!

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Some of the best advice I ever received was from an older friend of mine. She told me that the sooner I started taking care of my skin, the better it would look in the long run. I listened to her and started a facial skin care routine in my teens. I will be 35 this year, and will be forever grateful for that bit of wisdom, as my face isn't showing very many signs of aging yet. This is advice I have passed down to my girls, encouraging them to clean, moisturize and wear spf on their faces daily. They do a pretty good job of keeping up with their own routines, but the problem is, there aren't too many products that work on sensitive tween skin. The harsh ingredients in teen and adult products can damage tween skin, and 80% of skin damage occurs before age 17! Finding effective, but gentle tween skincare just got easier with Ottilie & Lulu Naturals skincare line for tweens.

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Ottilie & Lulu offer a full line of skincare products that are specially formulated just for tween skin. The products are filled with anti-oxidants, botanicals and vitamins, ensuring your tween's skin is getting the TLC it deserves.

My daughter Allison is going to be 11 soon, and she is just starting to see changes in her facial skin. It's getting oily from time to time, especially after resting her face on her hands all day at school, and after her gymnastics classes. Like most tweens, she should be washing her face twice a day, and the Ottilie & Lulu Morning and Night Gel Cleanser encourages her to do just that. It lathers up to cleanse, then easily rinses away, leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

In the morning, she likes to follow up with a moisturizer. If she is planning on staying in for the day, the Morning Pure Facial Moisturizer is what she will use. If she is going outside, the Everyday Facial Moisturizer & Sunscreen has SPF 20 included in it, so that's what she will use to not only moisturize, but protect her skin from the sun's damaging rays. Even though she hasn't sprouted any blemishes on her face yet, I like that they also offer a Spot Blemish Treatment. Made with a blend of White Willow Bark, Peppermint Leaf, and Tea Tree Leaf extracts, it calms the skin and reduces redness. We will definitely keep this on hand for when those pesky pimples pop up.

Of all the product Ottilie & Lulu offer, my favorite has been the Clean Skin Face Wipes.

The pre-moistened cloths are all-natural and alcohol-free. They come in a resealable pack, so they are ideal to take on the go. Tuck them away in a backpack for a quick cleaning during school, leave them in the car for cleaning on the go, or just keep them handy in the house to use to quickly wipe away dirt and oil throughout the day. We recently took these on the go. Allison went to her first concert this past weekend, and all the jumping and dancing caused her face to get sweaty and oily. She was able to do a quick clean up with the Ottilie & Lulu Clean Skin Face Wipes right in the bathroom after the concert. Her teen sister even enjoyed using them too!

The products smell great too! My kids will not use any products they think "stink". The O&L products offer a very light Mandarin and Sandalwood scent, which both of my girls find pleasing to use. Ottilie & Lulu products are dermatologist and allergy tested. They are NOT tested on animals. The full line is currently available to purchase on the Ottilie & Lulu website. If you would like to stay up to date on new products and promotions, be sure to follow along with them on social media:

Want the chance to WIN a backpack full of Ottilie & Lulu? Enter the Ottilie & Lulu's Got My Back To School Backpack Giveaway!

Simply Follow Ottilie and Lulu on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Take a selfie with your awesome backpack, then load it to your social media account. Tag your photo with #oandlhasmyback.

One winner each day will be selected to receive a package of O&L Clean Skin Facewipes. On 9/2, one winner will win a backpack of Ottilie & Lulu products- a $125 value! 

Enter as many times as you like, but hurry! There are only a few days left to submit your entries! 
(Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only)

At what age did you start a facial skin care routine? Which Ottilie & Lulu product would your tween be most excited to try?

NeoCell Giveaway!

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As promised, here’s the Neocell $100 Giveaway. One lucky reader has the chance to win $100.00 worth of Neocell products. And the best part of winning YOU get to pick out the products YOU want to try!!!

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I personally want to say Good Luck to all the entrants. I have been using NeoCell's products for the past year, and have had great results with them! I have even reviewed a few of their products on my blog. The Beauty Bursts are my favorite so far, but I am really looking forward to trying the Biotin Bursts too!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 year and older. The giveaway ends on 9/16/14 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be randomly chosen, once the winning entry has been verified, an email notification will be sent to the winner from My Best of Both Worlds. The winner will have 24 hours in which to respond to the email to claim their prize. If there is no response within the 24 hours another winner will be randomly selected then verified. The prize will be sent via US postal mail. By entering this giveaway, you release participating blogs and their owners from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, mis-delivery or acceptance of any prize. Good Luck!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms!

Woot, Woot! College football season has begun! Allison likes to pretend to get into the game with us, so I thought I would whip her up her own set of pom poms so she could cheer on our team. These tissue paper pom poms are so simple to make, they can be thrown together in about 5 minutes. Best of all, you can customize the colors to match your favorite team. Since we are huge Notre Dame fans, I chose blue and gold for our poms.

Start by stacking 4 pieces of tissue paper together. Fold stack in half. Starting from the open end of the stack, cut slits towards the fold, stopping about 1/2 inch from it.

diy pom poms

Hot glue the end of a wooden dowel at the end of the stack.

pom poms

Start rolling the folded end around the dowel until you reach the other end. Secure in place with another dab of hot glue.

 Flip it over, fluff it up, and you are all done! (For a more poofy pom, group 2 or 3 sets of the tissue paper cut outs together, then secure with glue and a ribbon.)

pom pom craft

Do you watch football? What team are you rooting for?


Friday, August 29, 2014

Life of Crime Fandango Giveaway #LifeOfCrime

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One of my favorite things to do is to curl up on the couch with my husband after the kids go to bed and watch a good movie. We do love a good drama or comedy, but we really tend to gravitate towards more dark humor movies. Pulp Fiction, 7 Psychopaths, anything by Tim Burton we just love. When I heard about this new movie, Life of Crime, I knew it was one we were going to have to add to our must see list since it sounds like it has all the elements we look for in a movie. 

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.



One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a $15 Fandango Gift Card so you can go see Life of Crime! The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 9/7/2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mia Mariu Giveaway!

I have been using Mia Mariu's makeup and skincare line for the past several years and can say it is one of my favorites. The makeup is long lasting and the gel cleaners feels like silk on my skin. That's why I am happy to partner with some great bloggers to bring you this Mia Mariu Refreshing Gel Cleaners giveaway!

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Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Cleanser - New and Improved anti-inflammatory formula with 8 natural botanicals! Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, plus nourishing essential oils: orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit are at the heart of this soft pampering cleanser. This improved formula has increased levels of Aloe along with the addition of anti-inflammatory Sea Lettuce and essential oils making it an extra gentle cleanser. Suitable for all skin types, non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free. The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mia Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value. Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!


One lucky winner will receive one full size Refreshing Foaming Cleanser. This prize is valued at $21.00. This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States & D.C. 18+. This giveaway will end on September 11, 2014 at 11:59. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. To enter for your chance to win please use the Giveaway Tools application below. Good Luck! 

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