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When I was given the opportunity to try out Aveda Smooth Infusions, I knew that I had to take the plunge! When I was younger, I had board straight hair and then I decided that I did want some curls in it so I got a few perms, colored it, etc. Then, lo and behold as I grew up my hair was no longer board straight but wavy and frizzy no matter that products I seemed to use. The Aveda Smooth Infusions products sound amazing and I couldn’t wait to try them out on my less than manageable hair! 

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As you can see in the picture above, my hair can be straight before I leave the house, but then it will frizz up and become unmanageable as soon as I leave. Then, it usually ends up in a ponytail by the end of the day! I would love to have straight hair all of the time, and then have the opportunity to wear it down or in other styles. This is where the Aveda Smooth Infusions comes in handy.

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Go from naturally curly to naturally straight. Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight is a lightweight styling creme that progressively loosens curls every time you style.

As you straighten your hair, Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight’s naturally derived plant fibers invisibly attach to hair to loosen curl and help lock in straightness. The formula’s humidity barrier of organic cassava extract and maize defends against frizz. The more you use it, the easier it is to create straight, smooth styles, so you can spend less time with a blow dryer and flat iron every day. It is safe for relaxed and color treated hair. After five consecutive applications of Naturally Straight, hair will stay straight for up to three washes.

Aveda Naturally Straight retails for $26.00/5 oz., 150 ml and is available at Aveda stores and salons and online at aveda.com. To find a location near you, visit aveda.com.

 

After using this product for a little over a week, check out my results:

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Woohoo, my hair is straight and ready for the weather ahead. I know that summer is over (it better be) and Fall/Winter are on the horizon but the frizz and waves don’t stop at the end of summer for me!! This product not only did what it promised but it has a great scent to it. The scent is sort of a fresh citrus and I love it. My husband even complimented me on how good my hair smelled when I got out of the shower and started to style it with this product. It doesn’t add much time to my daily routine of styling my hair! In fact, it saves me time as I don’t have to worry about trying to find a way to keep my hair smooth! 

 

 

 

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This N That with Olivia was given the awesome opportunity to review a gift pack of the newest Lemonhead products! This set was a drawstring Lemonhead bag full of classic lemonheads and their newest products! 

So much has changed since the first Ferrara candy rolled off the line and into stores over 100 years ago, (1908 to be exact)…but the same creativity and innovation that fed those early years remains at the heart of today’s Ferrara Candy Company. In fact, that’s what made Ferrara the #1 non-chocolate candy manufacturer in the US.

After more than a century, Ferrara still believes it is a treat to introduce beloved candy brands to new generations of candy fans and because of that, here’s what’s new with the world famous Lemonhead. Without question, Lemonhead is the most iconic sweet and sour candy brand known and loved ever since it first started tantalizing taste buds over 50 years ago (1962 to be exact).   This year, the brand (packaging and logo) not only received a fresher, updated look, Lemonhead also welcomes a new product into the family with the debut of Lemonhead Gummies. 

Rest assured, all Lemonhead candies continue to feature the same Pucker Power® of the original hard candy, as well as some of the sassiest flavors ever including Apple, Cherry, Grape, Orange and of course, Lemon.  And remember…look for your favorite Lemonhead, Chewy Lemonhead and Lemonhead Gummies at retailers nationwide and log on to Facebook.com/Lemonhead to learn more. 

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I love trying new things and since I’m already a fan of lemonheads, I knew I would like these! The hardest part was choosing which to open first– as there were so many different options. Garrett loves gummies so I opened those and that bag didn’t last long. Then, I moved onto the smaller boxes as those were good to help limit my candy intake– yum! I didn’t come across a flavor I didn’t like. My husband goes more for the blue raspberry ones, so that is what I tried to save for him. He ate those pretty quickly and I noticed that the bag of candy got lighter and lighter as we were both taking candy to work with us to snack on! 

The classic lemonheads were a favorite of mine while growing up, that was the candy I used to opt for on our way to church– if Dad would stop to get us something. I knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed in this prize pack, and the shirt and drawstring bag are definitely coming in handy. The shirt is a little big for me but Garrett is okay with me taking it as I’ve been wearing his a lot lately since being pregnant and recovering from a c-section. 

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I have the awesome opportunity to give ONE This N That with Olivia reader a Lemonhead Prize Package of their own. To enter, simply complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below! No purchase necessary to enter. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. The giveaway is open to the Continental US only who are 18+. The giveaway will be open from 01 October 2014 at 12:01AM EST to 15 October 2014 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. It is against Twitters rules to use multiple accounts or create new accounts to increase your chances of winning; therefore, you may use only ONE Twitter account to enter this giveaway. Anyone found using multiple Twitter accounts to increase their chances of winning will be disqualified. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

 

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Halloween is right around the corner and I am sure you’re stocking up on candy for those trick or treaters that will come to your door- or maybe you do non-candy gifts for those trick or treaters. Either way, I am excited to feature Yum Earth and share why this is an awesome opportunity to help those with food allergies and to give something a little healthier and different. This year we have Liam with us, but we won’t be taking him around trick or treating, instead we will be at home handing out candy to those cute kids that come through our neighborhood!! 

yum earth popsWe were given the opportunity to feature YumEarth Organic Pops on This N That with Olivia. Of course with the feature, is the opportunity to try them- and yum!! I am impressed with the size of the bag and the variety of flavors available. My favorites were the pomegranate and watermelon. My husband liked the strawberry the most. However, I like them all– I’m not picky when it comes to sweets. These organic pops are gluten free, provide 100% of daily vitamin C and are also fat-free and nut-free! This is awesome, as they also have no artificial colors or flavors- wow! All in all, these pops are better to hand out at Halloween than some of the other candy on the shelves! 

YumEarth, the #1 organic candy company in the US, makes Halloween treats that taste better because they are made with real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients grown on sustainable family farms. YumEarth Organics Lollipops come in eight fun and celebrated flavors: Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-face Watermelon. Strawberry Smash, Googly Grape, Very Very Cherry, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry and Mango Tango. YumEarth contains no artificial colors or flavors, no high-fructose corn syrup and no major allergens, such as gluten, nuts and dairy.  Each serving provides 100% of daily vitamin C and has 70 calories or less. “YumEarth helps make Halloween a safer, healthier and yummier fun family holiday,” says Rob Wunder, co-founder of YumEarth and father of three boys.

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I have the awesome opportunity to give ONE This N That with Olivia reader a bag of Yum Earth Organic Pops. To enter, simply complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below! No purchase necessary to enter. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. The giveaway is open to the Continental US only who are 18+. The giveaway will be open from 30 September 2014 at 12:01AM EST to 14 October 2014 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. It is against Twitters rules to use multiple accounts or create new accounts to increase your chances of winning; therefore, you may use only ONE Twitter account to enter this giveaway. Anyone found using multiple Twitter accounts to increase their chances of winning will be disqualified. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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I am excited to feature Born Free USA on This N That with Olivia!! I learned of Born Free when searching the web about wildlife conservation to see what measures we were taking in the USA! Born Free USA is a global leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare with the primary goal “To Keep Wildlife in the Wild.”  

Born Free USA is a national animal advocacy nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible. Our mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

Every year, millions of animals suffer in fur farms and circus cages. In our campaigns against such cruelties, we use powerful tools including legislation, public education, litigation, and grassroots networking. We also work actively with media to spread the word about challenges facing animals.

Our primary campaign areas currently include animals used in entertainment, captive exotic animals, trapping & fur, and the international wildlife trade.

Lately I’ve been more interested in Wildlife conservation simply due to the fact that I’ve seen a lot of cruelties and other issues with wildlife surfacing the news headlines. It is very important that we do not overlook the fact that these animals are in need of a bigger voice. We can give that to them with the help of organizations like Born Free USA. 

Through litigation, legislation, and public education, the organization leads vital campaigns against: 

Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film “Born Free,” along with their son Will Travers.

Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.

The issues mentioned above and how Born Free USA has helped through litigation, legislation and public education are vital in stopping these cruelties to our natural wildlife. There are many things that negatively impact the wildlife, such as the destruction of trees and their natural habitat, so we need to do what we can to stop it. 

One of my favorite all time animals are panda bears! When I was born, it was around the same time that a baby panda was being born– since then my love for Pandas has grown. It saddens me to see them as an endangered species and I only wish that I could do more to help them out. I am grateful that we have a panda and baby panda in the local zoo– Washington DC National Zoo and pray that we are able to sustain their species for a lot longer! :) 

More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

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giveaway I have the awesome opportunity to give ONE This N That with Olivia reader a Born Free USA T-Shirt and Baseball Cap. To enter, simply complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below! No purchase necessary to enter. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. The giveaway is open to the Continental US only who are 18+. The giveaway will be open from 28 September 2014 at 12:01AM EST to 12 October 2014 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. It is against Twitters rules to use multiple accounts or create new accounts to increase your chances of winning; therefore, you may use only ONE Twitter account to enter this giveaway. Anyone found using multiple Twitter accounts to increase their chances of winning will be disqualified. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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Welcome to This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide!

Are you a Mom-t0-Be or New Mom? Or maybe even someone looking for a perfect gift for the Mom-to-Be? This N That with Olivia’s Baby Gift Guide will feature products from the best baby brands out there in the form of reviews and sometimes giveaways. Our first little one, Liam Wesley arrived on September 22, 2014 – a few weeks earlier than his due date of October 1, 2014. We’ve been searching for the best baby products for our little boy all through my pregnancy and have already featured some in our Gift Guide! 

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Our next feature comes from Bert & Bratt and their portable sterilizer! “Bert & Bratt delivers quality UV sterilizers to make it convenient for individuals to make their health and wellbeing a priority.”  We were given the opportunity to review the UV Soother Sterilizer for Liam– I was super excited to have something portable and easy to use that would safely sterilize items like pacifiers. I know that items like pacifiers do get dropped quite frequently, or dirty so having some way to clean/sterilize them is awesome. We are very particular about everyone washing their hands before holding Liam, and I know that will continue as there are a ton of germs out and about that one may not think they carry. 

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You may not think about it, but contamination is instant– the ‘5 second rule’ does not apply! As you can see there are things like pacifiers, sippy cups, teethers and bottle nipples that are commonly dropped but the sterilization methods are not easily accessible! The Bert & Bratt sterilizer doesn’t use any heat, water or chemicals – yet it safely sterilizes your items.

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The sterilizer is SO cute, right?! It is very compact and lightweight making it easy to toss in a diaper bag and use on the go. It takes 3-AAA batteries and is easily used. Check out the sterilization of one of Liam’s pacifiers.

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Simply put the item you wish to sterilize inside of the sterilizer and close the door. 
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Press the button and hold it until it begins to pulse and let go. Simply go on your merry way until the light goes out and voila, you have a sterilized item! I’ve thrown this in Liam’s diaper bag so that when we’re out and about I can easily sterilize items that may fall– namely pacifiers!! 

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I have the awesome opportunity to give ONE This N That with Olivia reader a Bert & Bratt Portable Sterilizer. To enter, simply complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below! No purchase necessary to enter. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or the prize will be forfeited. The giveaway is open to the Continental US only who are 18+. The giveaway will be open from 28 September 2014 at 12:01AM EST to 12 October 2014 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by, endorsed, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. It is against Twitters rules to use multiple accounts or create new accounts to increase your chances of winning; therefore, you may use only ONE Twitter account to enter this giveaway. Anyone found using multiple Twitter accounts to increase their chances of winning will be disqualified. This N That with Olivia is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

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 I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

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Have you ever had a day where you say “wow, my hair looks great today?” I’ve had some of those, but they’re few and far between! I have always struggled with keeping my hair looking nice yet not overloading it with products. As a little girl I had really long hair and then cut it short when I was about 12 years old. Since then it has stayed around the length it is now, a little past the shoulders with some layers. I also have some natural waves and frizz! I am not on to spend a ton of time on my hair either, I’d rather not add anything to it that will weigh it down or anything that could possibly extend my time to get ready. That’s why I am always so excited to participate in promotions with companies like Living Proof. 

I was given the opportunity to try a variety of products from Living Proof including their PhD shampoo, conditioner, and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment! I love that the new PhD (Perfect hair Day) line which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment all treat and styles your hair to deliver smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish all in one set. This makes my time spent on my hair shorter and more effective.  The PhD shampoo and conditioner are a routine changing duo that keeps hair cleaner, longer reducing the need to wash your hair as often. These are sulfate-free, oil-free and silicone-free. After using the PhD shampoo and conditioner, apply 5-in-1 Styling Treatment to damp hair and blow dry or air dry to create smoothness, volume, strength, conditioning, and polish as well as heat protection, UV protection, and static control. This is oil-free and silicone-free. You can even add more volume by blow dryingyour hair with a round brush to enhance volume and body or blow dry with a flat brush to create a smooth, polished blowout.

I was excited to learn that in October 2012, Actress Jennifer Aniston joined Living Proof as co- owner and hair care spokesperson. Jennifer says, “What caught my attention about Living Proof is the company’s unique approach to hair care—using scientific technologies to offer women actual proof in a bottle rather than hoping for results.” It is awesome to have someone as a co-owner and spokesperson– great job Living Proof!

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I was looking for an easy and effective hair routine that would help me manage my dry, brittle, wavy and frizzy hair! The system that I was given the opportunity to try was definitely one that I hoped would live up to its claims. The first thing I noticed was that the bottles have a unique style to them– pretty neat. Then, I saw that it was a simple process- check in that box. Further, when I used the products I was impressed with their smells – fresh yet not overwhelming. I loved the fact that it could be used by myself or my husband and we could both benefit from the products. My husband, like me, looks for n easy routine as well…. he loves these products too! Now, I need to hide all of these from my husband so he doesn’t use it all up, hah!! I would love for you all to take the Living Proof Hair Challenge with me, I love the way my hair looks and feels– it is definitely cleaner for longer and smells great as well as easily manageable! I needed that with my busy lifestyle.

Are you looking for some products like I described above, go ahead and take the Living Proof hair challenge with me by trying out the products and signing up to win a set of PhD products on the Living Proof Website! I’d love to hear your results! 

 Check out Living Proof on their Social Media:

Living Proof Facebook page: @LivingProof
Living Proof Twitter page: @ LivingProof
Living Proof Pinterest page: @LivingProofInc
Living Proof Instagram page: @LivingProofInc

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How would you like to win a Disney Gift Card?! Here’s your opportunity– One winner will receive a $500 Disney Gift Card.

We would love to go to Disney soon, maybe when Liam is a little older. I’ve never been and my husband hasn’t been since he was a kid. :) Have you been? What would you buy with this gift card?

Giveaway ends October 14th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canada, excluding Quebec, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Have you ever had teeth sensitivity!? I sure have and it is brutal– I always thought that I would never find something to relieve it and then just dealt with it. I do have clinically soft enamel on my teeth and many fillings too. These items do not help relieve or prevent sensitivity. I use a ‘very soft’ bristled toothbrush and have tried every sensitive toothpaste out there…. I had given up! 

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I was recently given the opportunity to try out Crest Sensi Stop Strips on my teeth! When I was asked if I wanted to try them out, I knew it would be good for both my husband and I as he does suffer from sensitivity too! I knew the product would be great because it is made by a brand that I trust– Crest! The active ingredient in Crest Sensi-Stop Strips is oxalate.  The strips build a lasting barrier that helps stop sensitivity pain by blocking tubules.  The Sensi-Stop Strips are supposed to relieve pain for up to 30 days, with the use of similar oxalate products, but results vary. 

I had been suffering with some sensitivity on my lower right side of my mouth so that’s where I decided to try the strip. It is easy to apply, and after leaving it on for just 10 minutes, I noticed that after it was off for 30 minutes I decided to try it out!! I ate some ice cream, and was able to take larger bites without my mouth aching and throbbing like usual- how cool! 

The 6 ct sample of Crest Sensi-Strips retail at $19.99, which could potentially keep your tooth sensitvity at bay for up to 6 months.  Click here to purchase your own Crest #SensiStop Strips.

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I received samples of Crest Sensi-Stop Strips at no cost to myself, from Smiley360.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced by products received for review. You can join Smiley360 here!

 

 

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