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Lady Soma recently contacted me about trying some of their new beauty products. I was excited to accept the chance to try some new products and pamper my skin a bit. They sent me three products, all of which I really love.

My favorite has to be the Antioxidant Berry Masque. Oh my goodness. It smells wonderful and it feels great going on your skin. It’s not overly gritty and rough, but smooth and pleasant. It’s so easy to use and only takes about 10 minutes from application to rinse. It definitely leaves my skin feeling clean, moiturized and smooth. I would definitely recommend it!

I also love the Somaluxe Moisturizer. I use moisturizer every day, usually multiple times a day. This one is not greasy and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. I typically don’t wear a lot of makeup in the summe rmonths so this is a refreshing way to treat my skin. As an added bonus, the ingredients are also fighting away wrinkles each time I apply!

Last, but certainly not least, Lady Soma sent me their Brigtening + Collagen Peptide Serum. I love this too! I use it before the Somaluxe Moisturizer and it has helped even out my skin. The patented formula contains a powerful vitamins, amino acids, and natural antioxidants that repair, brighten and resurface skin. My face feels clearer and smoother.

Lady Soma offers a variety of beauty products. You can visit their website to order and learn more.

About Lady Soma:

They are located in New York City and are a niche provider of health and nutritional supplements. Lady Soma products are designed to assist in maintaining healthy and active lifestyles. They have been raising the bar in the health industry by instituting truth in labeling and ingredient safety. They take pride in our approach to ensuring quality through our commitment.

The word “soma” comes from the Greek language meaning “body”. Throughout history, Mediterranean food and culture, rich in fresh fruits, olive oil, vegetables, fish and whole grains, has been known to be the epitome of health.

Small batch production means they produce their products in small batches every three months to ensure the safest and freshest quality in our skincare products. All products are sourced and produced in the United States.

Lady Soma manufactures products under very stringent GMPs (Good Manufacturing Standards), regulated by the FDA. Their scientific researchers have worked closely with state and federal agencies to ensure the quality of products. They have heard many stories of women going to multiple doctors and trying alternative therapies for feminine discomfort – and we wanted to pose a solution. Lady Soma believes that every woman is the master of her own destiny and her own health. While taking the advice of doctors, it is also important for us as women to be empowered to make the decisions and take responsibility for our good health.

I have breastfed (and pumped breast milk) for three children. It is not always easy or convenient. Like all moms, I felt as though I was always multitasking. However, when I was pumping, it was extremely difficult to accomplish any other tasks.

Holding the pump, adjusting the settings, keeping the bottles in the right position all were a little difficult and time consuming. The Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra changes all of this!

This bra is not only covenient, it is comfortable and versatile. It is valued by moms because it gives them the gift of time. While wearing this bra, your hands are free. This means you can accomplish other tasks like typing (I pumped at work all the time!). Or, you can simply relax without the stress of holding everything in place.

The innovative design makes the bra adjustable.
This is great for a couple of reasons. First, there are only two sizes to choose from (XS-L or L-PLUS). And, it means that the bra will fit you from the beginning of your pumping journey until the end. It uses high quality velcro and ensures a perfect fit over time. The product is perfect for anyone sizes 30AA to 34J.

With this bra, mothers can type, talk on the phone, or read a magazine while they pump. An added bonus, the bra’s secure bottle-holding design helps reduce milk spillage, making for easier, more efficient pumping and increased breast milk production.

It’s machine washable too, making it easy to care for. It’s made of 83-percent soft cotton and 17-percent spandex for extreme comfort. It is easy to use and versatile. It can be used with any electric pump and accommodates the pumping of both breasts simultaneously. The bra’s convertible design allows it to be worn as a strapless band or in tank, racer-back, or halter style. It can slip on easily with or without removing your nursing bra and shirt. Elastic reinforcement has been built into the top of the bra for a secure fit, ensuring no slipping.

If you are a nursing mother who is busy and needs to pump breastmilk, this product is perfect for you! You can find it on Amazon less than $35!

*A product was supplied to Market Mommy in order to write this product review. However, all thoughts are our own.

I was recently contacted and asked if I would be willing to participate in a product review for an artificial plant from HedgeScapes.com. Thinking my home office could use spruced up a bit, I quickly agreed.

I was pointed toward their website where I had hundreds of products to choose from; all of which looked fantastic. I finally settled on this 42 inch floor plant. I love it! It looks amazing and you would never guess that it’s an artificial plant.

It was shipped to me in a large box and came straight out looking perfect, no assembly or rearranging required. It is ‘potted’ in a basket that is attractive and strudy. I am thrilled to have this in my home office; it makes it look so much nicer! The best part is, I won’t be able to kill it and it will look this fantastic forever! I am terrible with live plants!

Take a look at their website, or connect with HedgeScapes on Twitter and/or Facebook! If you’re a blogger and would like to review one of these great products, email me and ask for details!

 

Each and every year I purchase coordinating Christmas pajamas for our children. It’s been a fun tradition since they were all babies. Typically, we wrap them up and that is the one present they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve.

Every year it gets a little harder to find coordinating jammies that are approved by my 12-year-old boy and still look cute on the 6-year-old. This year, i was so thrilled when Butterfly Designs by Kristi came to the rescue. Butterfly Designs was featured in our Holiday Gift Guide last year and I absolutely LOVED the Santa bags I bought there. This year, when Kristi agreed to sponsor our gift guide with personalized Christmas pajamas, I was so excited.

The pajamas themselves come in a variety of sizes all the way up to adult, so there were no issues getting the sizes that I needed. Also, they were a cute, classic color combination that all three kids were happy with.

The best part? They are completely unique. Kristi personally created several design choices for me to pick from. They were all cute and we were able to customize my daughter’s a little more and give her some glitter to stand apart from the boys 🙂

They are great quality pieces and have washed up nicely. I would definitely recommend Butterfly Designs by Kristi. She can personalize almost anything!

 

I recently had the opportunity to review the new Epson Expression ET-3600 EcoTank printer. I am always impressed when I receive a new Epson printer and they always provide top-notch printing and ease of use for my home office. I’m not an overly technical person, so I like that they are easy to set up and operate.

Plus the speed and print quality are amazing. However, I think, the best part about this printer is that you rarely have to worry about running out of ink! The printer comes with enough ink for two years right in the box and there aren’t cartridges that you have to constantly change.That’s enough ink to print up to 8,500 pages! I know many of you probably print more than I do, but it’s going to take me a long time to go through that much ink! That’s equivalent to 50 ink cartridges; so think of how much time and money we’ll be saving without buying and changing cartridges constantly.

The printer is fast and I never have any issues with it keeping up with my demand. It prints double-sided, which I love and it’s conntected to my wireless network; allowing me to print from my laptop, smartphone and tablet. It’s very convenient and provides exactly what I need for my home office.

From Epson::

Expression ET-3600 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer – designed for the small office/home office market, this printer offers an in-box ink yield of up to 11,000 black and 8,500 color pages and fast print speeds of up to 13.7 ISO ppm (black) and 7.3 ISO ppm (color). The ET-3600 is packed with an unbeatable combination of convenience and value, boasting auto 2-sided printing, a 150-sheet paper capacity and offering wireless printing from tablets and smartphones.

Pricing and Availability

The WorkForce Expression ET-3600 EcoTank ($399 MSRP) will be available mid-September 2016 through major computer, office and electronic superstores and www.epsonstore.com. For more information and availability, please visit www.epson.com/ecotank.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

*I received a complimentary product in order to write this review; however, all opinions are my own.

 

It’s that time of year again when I’m asked to review some new toys and games from BRIO, Ravensburger and Wonder Forge! Admittedly, because of so many things happening in my professional and personal life, I’m a bit behind this time 🙁 Before Easter, I was sent these great products to review. And, although we’ve played with them several times since, I’m just now getting around to posting my review.

As always, they didn’t disappoint. My 11 and 10 year-olds have been having so much fun with the Krazy Words game. They love the Apples to Apples style where they have to guess their opponents responses. This game is great for language skills because it requires them to create words that they think mean a certain thing, and then guess others’ creations. We’ve had a lot of fun creating and guessing.

More from their site: GARBUNA? What is that!? An “Australian marsupial”? A “brand of chocolate bar”? Or perhaps “somebody remarkably smart”? This crazy word fits only one of the task cards on the table. It may sound or look like it fits multiple cards, but it’s up to you to guess the correct one! In this outrageous game of weird words, you’ll want to put your creativity and quick-wittedness into high gear to win!

We were also sent My First Take Along Set from BRIO. This, we requested to share with our small nephews that LOVE trains! This set was perfect for them (ages 1 &2). It’s easy to manuever and compact for clean up purposes. The boys have enjoyed playing with it and interchanging it with their other train sets. I am always impressed by BRIO’s high quality products and this one was no different. It is very sturdy and well made; great for toddlers!

More from their site: A play bag with bright colours, just for you! Take it along when travelling or visiting and play wherever you want. Just open the bag and drive the bell wagon down the track. Fun to use and easy to store.

You can read our past posts and reviews about several more games and toys by BRIO, Wonder Forge and Ravensburger, here.

*I recieved complimentary products in order to write this review; however all opinions are my own.


I am always excited when I get an email from Wonder Forge Games asking me to review some of their newest products. This fall was no different. This year, they have tons of new games for the entire family out in time for the holidays so I had several to choose from. I chose the games listed below and am glad I did. Our family had a wonderfully fun game night because of them!

Stick Stack

This game is sort of like a cross between the classics Jenga and pick up sticks. It was a lot of fun and created a lot of laughter in our household. The box says for ages 8 and up, but my 5-year-old enjoyed it immensely. You must keep a steady hand and stack the sticks on matching colors. I liked the rules that said even if some sticks fall the game isn’t over! It retails for just $16.99 and can be found at Target stores.

Suspicion Game

I was drawn to this game because my 9 and 11-year-olds love the classic Clue game. And, it turned out they liked this game too, although it’s different than Clue in several respects. In this game, you are the jewelry thief and have to conceal your identity while you steal priceless gemstones. You have to figure out who the other thieves are. It retails for $19.99 and can also be found at Target stores.

Really Bad Art Game

Our family loves drawing games and those that get our artistic abilities (or lack thereof) involved. And, who couldn’t love a game with this name?? You only have six seconds to draw your phrase. After everyone draws, you mix them up so people can guess which drawing matches which phrase. The box says the game is best for ages 12 and up, but my 9 and 11-year-olds didn’t have too much difficulty with it. It retails for $19.99 and is found at Target stores as well.

If you are looking for a great gift idea this holiday season, or are just in search of some fun things to do as a family over the holiday break, I definitely recommend these Wonder Forge games! More games that are available include; Dr. Seuss Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun Game, Disney Pixar Dory Bubble Science Game, Boulder Burst, Star Wars Eye Found It! Game, Marvel I Can Do That! Game and Disney Frozen Where’s Olaf? Game.

You can see more of my previous posts about Wonder Forge here. Happy Holidays!

I did receive these products free of charge in exchange for the review. However, the opinions are my own.

 

CardsDirect recently reached out to me and asked if I would like to review some of their holiday card designs. I always love sharing things with my mom business owner friends that I think will make their lives simpler, so I agreed! When it comes to Christmas cards, everyone wants something attractive, high quality, yet easy. CardsDirect has plenty of options to help with just that!

They sent me a variety of cards. Some folded, some flat, some personalized, some not. Each was made from high quality cardstock paper, was beautiful to look at and had unique features. Sending out the same holiday card as your neighbor is almost the equivalent of showing up at the prom in the same dress. Everyone wants unique cards and CardsDirect has plenty to choose from.

Some of the features that make their cards unique are die cut, foil, calendar and photo options. All of which can help your card stand out.

Of the cards I was sent, a flat Ice Pearl Metallic photo card stood out as my favorite. It immediately caught my attention and I loved the beautiful paper. The photo here doesn’t really do it justice. There are several cards that can be ordered in this spectacular paper, this was just one option. The glittery feel is elegant!

The easy-to-use websites gives suggestions on paper based on each different design. Many cards have size and fold options as well. It’s simple to customize your card to meet your specific likes. I also received some embossed cards and always love the look and feel of those. It really makes your card so much more dignified.

One thing I really love is photo cards. It is a great time of year to showcase your family, show how much your kids have grown, etc. CardsDirect offers more than 490 photo card options! That is amazing! If you aren’t sure which to choose, you can request some samples before making your final decision. This is a very convenient option.

Cards also include envelopes and there are several options to choose from. There are color, paper and lining options to choose from. Card prices start around $1 each, which is very reasonable for the high quality product offered. Combined with the number of customization choices, you really can’t go wrong ordering your holiday cards from CardsDirect!

Be sure to visit their website, and follow them on Facebook, for upcoming holiday specials!

I am beyond excited to say that Market Mommy is among the first in the blogosphere to review clothing pieces from the soon to launch CALZICO clothing line! What an honor! If you have tween girls, this is definitely something you should sit down and pay attention to!! CALZICO is globally inspired, versatile clothing for tweens with reversible and convertible features. “So many ways, she’ll have outfits for days.”

My daughter was thrilled when our package arrived and immediately loved the look and the feel of the clothes. Shannon, the company’s founder, graciously sent us a signature ‘zipskirt’ and jacket to try. The skirt has a removable layer revealing shorts underneath for two ways to wear it. The jacket can be worn four (YES 4!) ways. We show it here closed; using interior and exterior buttons, but it can be worn open as a cardigan and then reversed to wear both ways again!

The fabric and pattern were beautiful and the clothing had a soft, luxurious feel to it. If you’re like me, you struggle to find appropriate clothing for your tween daughters. Not only is my daughter on the shorter side, making clothes often disproportioned, she’s quite picky! I often find that clothes in her size range fit poorly and are sometimes too mature. So, when I discovered CALZICO and their concept, I was thrilled.

According to Shannon, , the CALZICO collection is for Tween girls, ages 6 to 14 years and is specifically designed for that in-between stage. She says that during the construction of each piece, consideration is given to how it will give tweens a boost of self-confidence. This is so critical at such a crucial age!

One of the strongest strengths of CALZICO clothing is its versatility. It can be worn multiple ways and multiple styles. You can see that in the two pieces we reviewed. All pieces of the collection are able to be flipped, zipped or layered to create multiple looks. This gives girls even more ways to express themselves, which is a definite plus at any age!

CALZICO is officially launching this December and its first season will feature six pieces. The collection includes reversible items, the skirt we reviewed (which converts to shorts) and other pieces, all of which are responsibly made right in North Carolina. CALZICO is cut and sewn in NC using textiles from the US, West and South Africa, Australia, Canada, and Indonesia that celebrate world diversity while aligning with others who empower locally.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until December! You can pre-order during CALZICO’s special Kickstarter campaign that was just launched this week. Check out all of the great information and pre-order options by clicking here now!

This isn’t the only way you can help to support this brand new mom-owned business. You can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for their e-mail updates. This way, you won’t miss a single announcement about their exciting new products! I can say that I am hooked and am personally so excited to see them unveil their entire line. Market Mommy is thrilled to be partnered with CALZICO and look forward to bringing you lots of information and product insights in the future!

I always look forward to the opportunity to review Wonder Forge products and games. This time, their representative contacted me regarding their Brio and Ravensburger brands. As always, I was impressed with the products they offer.

 

The Brio Countryside Horse Set is terrific. It’s made from high-quality wood (FSC certified) and it’s not so massive that it takes up your entire playroom. The wooden railway allows children to take their horse over the rocks and to the hidden pasture. It’s battery operated and great for toddler – preschool age children (I have a four-year-old). It’s very affordable at $64.00 and a great option for the train or horse fanatic in your house!

 

The Brio Highchair Toy is an adorable toy that fits securly to your highchair top. My nephew loves it! It is great to be able to put the baby in the highchair while you finish preparing the meal and have something to occupy them that won’t get thrown to the floor right away! The colors and design are bright and attractive. It also makes noise when the wheel is pushed! This is great for little ones. It retails for $27.99

 

Lastly, I requested the ScienceX Smartscope for my older children. This allows you to use your own smart phone or tablet to magnify your own objects that you find. Things like feathers, sand, water and insects can be used. Or, kids can study the objects on the included manual and poster. It’s very educational and interesting for kids 8+. It retails for $44.99 and is sure to provide hours of fun for a long time to come.

Any of these fantastic products would make great Easter gifts for the kids in your life!

Disclaimer: I received free items in order to write this review, but all opinions are my own.