Thursday, April 28, 2016

Let's see what all the Buzz is about! Gwynnie Bee Review

I've seen Facebook ads, bloggers sharing but it wasn't until I watched Corrissa (@fatgirlflow) unboxing on her Youtube channel that I decided to give Gwynnie Bee a try. Gwynnie Bee is a clothing subscription service that allows you to try and possibly purchase amazing fashion for those who wear sizes 10-32.  Many of the designers are unknown to the average consumer such as Indie designers & High End Labels so its a treat in every box.  They offer a 30 day FREE trial to let you experience so I thought Why Not?

The Process:

After clicking the link and entering my personal, mailing and credit card info (I choice the 3 items at a time package) They verify your credit card but you are not charged during the 30 day trial!

Now for the fun part! You need to build your virtual closet.... You browse the website and select items that you would like to try. You can filter your shopping by category, size etc to make selecting easier. When you have at least 20 items in your closet, they will begin shipping you items.  You can continue to add items, which they recommend, to make sure your closet is continuously fully stocked. Items are shipped via USPS Priority, you will receive email confirmation and tracking to let you know when your package should arrive.

The Arrival:

The items are shipped with free shipping both ways. I loved the presentation of the items and the

convenience of fully labeled bags to return the items when I was ready. I received 2 dresses and one
skirt. Each item fit great but..... Dress 1 was not my cup of tea... the print was okay but it was a body con dress (snug body hugging) and I cant wear shapewear so it was not an option.  The second dress also was perfect in my size but the pattern was terrible.  I took pics and shared on Snapchat but immediately placed them in the bags to return.  My last selection was a cute shark print skater skirt that I truly loved.  The material was heavy (not winter material/not cheap) , the fit was right and it had pockets!

The Return:

The next day I dropped my package at the post office (outside in a mailbox) then logged into my account and selected the option to inform them which items were on the way back. The items I returned were not worn but if they were, you would simply send them back and they will handle laundering the items!  Gwynnie Bee has a smart phone app that you can download from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (android) that makes it even easier to fill your closet or contact them!  I received email confirmation that they were getting my package together and again  when the next 2 items were shipped.  From the time I dropped my package off until the time I received the next 2 items was about 4 days... Wow, how cool is that!

Prices:

During the Free 30- day trial you can chose from 1, 2 or 3 items out at a time... I recommend trying with the 3 items so you can get a real feel of the  quality of the clothing, the selection and the ease of exchanging.

1 item out    $49 monthly                    5 items out  $139 monthly                                              
2 items out  $69 monthly                    7 items out  $179 monthly
3 items out  $95 monthly                   10 items out $199 monthly

Cons:

I really like this service and I really only found one real con... You can not pick the order that they send the items. You can select that items are a priority to you but with 3 shipments, I haven't received one of my priority items yet. So you can not plan an outfit for an event unless you have received in and chose to keep it until the special date.

Wrap-up:

Gwynnie Bee gives you the option to purchase any of the items for a discounted rate. For example the Cherry Velvet brand dress in the above picture has a retail value of $172.50 and their price is $90.50 so you can purchase and save 47% or wear it as much as you like and send it back when you've take too many pictures in it LOL! I am enjoying this free trial and I am considering subscribing because its a great way to not wear the same thing twice.


 I share my looks and opening of the packages in my Snapchat story so make sure you're following me to see some of the other looks!

Have you tried renting a wardrobe? Give it a try and share your experience with me!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

#BreakTheWalls - Shea Moisture Showing us How!

Shea Moisture has been my favorite hair brand since 2011 when I began documenting  my natural hair  journey. ( Here's a Throwback post - CLICK HERE) I've been impressed  with the ingredients, the company philosophy and the results. Anytime I'm asked to give a suggestion on an amazing line to try... Shea Moisture rolls off the tongue without hesitation....

Well they have made me a bigger fan! No, its not the inclusion of amazing bath & body products that allow a woman who is allergic to everything to use without worries, or the Men's line that my husband raves about to his friends & family not even the wonderful kids/baby line that makes me the life of every baby shower with them included in my gift bag....  It is the launch of this AMAZING commercial and the bigger goal they have demanded & achieved for women, men & kids that look just like me...


Shea Moisture has challenged the world to #BreakTheWalls of what is beauty... They have challenged me to stop accepting and being grateful for my "Ethnic Isle" and open my mind to the fact that my beauty is transcended across all races. I'm proud to walk down the isles of my Target stores and see my products on all  the shelves not just in a section! Thank you Shea Moisture! I won't let your efforts be in vain.

PS... I'm currently obsessed with their Tinted Moisturizer too!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Love is Waiting.... On You!

Falling in Love. Finding your Soul Mate. Discovering the One... Humans determine their success on accomplishing the goal of finding someone to make their life complete.  The need to be protected, loved and cherished is extremely important and becomes overwhelming and daunting. It's scary, un-nerving but NATURAL!

The problem arises in the approach.

We roam through the world looking for love as if  it will appear like a rainbow after a rainy day or as if its the most elusive act like finding a needle in a haystack. When its neither unless you make it that way.  Love is abundantly available for everyone! Yes, even you, especially you! I ask that you simply get out of your own way and make room for it.  Open your mind to a simply but controversial approach to find a life long companion that will be everything you didn't know you wanted and more.





What if I told you I could guarantee that you will have what you want in a relationship in 6 months? 

That you will be so in love, so content and have a feeling of bliss you never thought possible..... You would think....  She's crazy, Right?  Well I'm extremely sane but I know that I can help you find true love....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I Escaped! Huntsville's Escape Room


Are you you looking for something fun to do with your friends? Tired of eating out and hitting happy hours all the time? If so, Huntsville Escape Room is for you!

AWESOME.

The one word that accurately describes the entire experience. The staff members were friendly and helped to ease the impending sense of doom my team mates I and felt. 

TEAM MATES.

Your reservation is only confirmed when you pay online <-- MAJOR KEY! (More on this later). You need between 4-7 people on your team to be successful. You only have one hour to esape and there are a plethora of puzzles that must be solved. My team consisted of 7 people. Three of us knew each other already. The other four people were strangers to us initially.

INITIALLY.

I was the last of the group to arrive. No, I wasn't late...just later than everyone else. 😊 Upon entering the lobby, I recognized Jennifer and Eboni, but was surprised to see the new faces (refer back to the last paragraph). Apparently, the rest of our intended team members dragged their feet on securing their reservation and the slots were purchased by someone else. I shouldn't say "someone else". They were purchased by  Jacob, Michelle, Justin, and Bradley. By the end of the experience, I had four new friends.

THE EXPERIENCE.

What exactly does awesome mean? Awesome means that all those "useless" skills you've learned over the years and your quirky interests will finally benefit you! WARNING: You will need to use your brain!!! The puzzles aren't hard, but they're challenging...with some more difficult than others. Our team worked extremely well together. Everyone gravitated towards the tasks that they were naturally good at. It definitely helped that everyone was supportive of ideas that were thrown out. You really need everyone's input to escape.

ESCAPE.

We came, we saw, and we escaped! We only had 53 seconds to spare. Talk about an adrenaline rush!!! After it was over, we all felt like little kids and the conversation immediately turned to when we were signing up for the other scenario. Currently there are two different scenarios to choose from. Two more are in the works. I can't wait to go back!

GO.

Don't think about it. Don't wait. Sign up today! This will be the fastest hour of your life! Put your sleuthing skills to good use...legally. www.huntsvilleescaperoom.com. You can thank me later. 😊







Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Walmart Grocery - Easy Peasy

My free #SparkDelight with my order
I had the opportunity to give Walmart's New online Grocery service a try and I was pleasantly surprised.   I wasn't sure if the website would offer all the items I normally purchase  but figured what could it hurt.  I was able to log in using my Walmart.com log in info and off to the races I went.  You can shop by category, suggested items or look for specific items in the search bar. Selecting multiple items was extremely easy and I actually found everything I was looking for.  I did hope to do same day pick up (taking it too far) but next day service was available.  Walmart Grocery presents you with a page of time slots available to pick up your groceries in one hour time slots.   I selected a 8am -9 am slot and was ready to see how this worked.  The Madison Blvd (Madison, AL) has a designated area for grocery pick up with signs directing you to the correct isle to drive into.  I received a phone call from the store an hour before my schedule pick up letting me know that my order was ready and to confirm what time I would be there to pick up.

I was supposed to be there at 8am but didn't arrive on time but my groceries where out and in my car in less than 5 minutes of my arrival.  I simply pulled into the designated area, pushed the call button and let the associated know my name.  The associate was very nice, explained the two substitutions on my order (extremely minor & upgrade) and I signed for my delivery.   The groceries would have been placed in my vehicle by the associate but I was in such a rush that I assisted. The Walmart employee provided me with a receipt of my purchases and a free tote bag with goodies that they call #SparkDelight It was an around pleasant experience.  They do not allow tipping, just a smile & a thank you is accepted. 

I believe that I will use it again on occasion especially when I know we will have bad weather, an event that I will be pressed for time or simply a trying week.  This service is great for those who have problems walking far distances, small children you don't want to take out the car or busy lives.  Walmart Grocery currently only allows payment via credit or debit cards for , which was a bit odd that you couldn't use a Walmart card but it has no fees associated with this service so it's worth a try. 

I have a nice referral code for you guys, If use this link you will receive $10 off your order! http://refer.walmart.com/v2/share/6231136900334036185. Walmart Grocery isn't available in all areas but click the link, put in your zipcode and see if you can give this service a try!

Have you tried grocery pick up? What was your experience? Share, I love to hear your thoughts!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Better to Give - Volunteering with CASA

Holidays bring out the best in many of us.  Gift sharing, spending time with family and giving back to our community, are some of the reasons I love the month of December.  My family looks for opportunities every year to share our time and this year my youngest took the lead with an amazing organization.  CASA of MadisonCare Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound, offers a lot of ways to give back in the Huntsville area.  Jalen decided to focus his time with their Build a Wheelchair Ramp for Seniors program.  This volunteer lead program looks to make a difference in the lives of its recipients by giving the gift of mobility.  Teams prepare in the newly opened CASA warehouse, kits of material needed to build ramps and then come together again to build the ramps directly to the homes of the extremely grateful senior.  CASA is currently pushing to build at least 25 ramps for well deserving seniors during the December Blitz 2015..... so grab your friends, co-workers, family or come as an individual and make a few hours last a lifetime for a senior.  

CASA of Madison offers a variety of ways to volunteer including financial donations. Please visit their website to learn more and find out how you can help! (Click here)


How do you give back? Share your thought!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#BlogLikeCrazy with See Jane Write



Well, I'm suppose to be offering you guys some amazing, life changing and intelligently written blog posts everyday in the month of November but I've already screwed that up beginning on the 3rd... So, although the beautiful Javacia Bowser at See Jane Write has created a 30 day writing challenge to push us bloggers.... I'm going to just do some minor adjustments and make it a 28 day challenge LOL

Blogging daily is HARD! I currently work a 9-5, have 2 kids & a husband at home (so basically 3 kids), I
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do social media work for clients, I'm getting a non-profit off the ground, collaborating on a upcoming launch with the Queen of Coils (Coilyencounters-Marci) and working out at Planet Fitness but I will make it work. No excuses! Like Sean "Puffy" Combs said, "I can sleep when I'm dead". Don't know why that came to mind and I'm sure he didn't create the phrase but you get it, Right?  This challenge will hopefully push me to improve my time management skills, connect more with you guys, improve my writing and re-kindle my love and commitment to my baby, AsTheWindBlows.org

Yes, this is a bit of a "get by" post ( no denial here) but I'm ready for the journey. I hope you guys will hop on board and enjoy the ride!

Follow the hashtag #BlogLikeCrazy on Twitter to discover some other amazing bloggers that will be daily blogging  in the month of November!

What are my chances? Would the house bet on me? Place your chips, the wheel is spinning in 3..2...1...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Can the Grass be Greener?

Stranded on an island, of course one should wish they had family, food, friends ....Right?  Naw, this girl here needs Internet access and a Roku streaming device.  Just kidding,..... I think?  However, it is true that I would sell one of the unnecessary organs to pay my Netflix subscription. Judge me if you must. 

  I am extremely excited about some of the new shows streaming this Fall and I have boldly gone where a loyal Netflix lover doesn't belong.  Venturing to other platforms like Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime and a peek at Hulu Plus. I have discovered shows that have me rearranging my schedule to find time to binge watch every episode. 

First up is my  experience with Amazon Studio's Original offerings to the streamasphere (yes, I made that up). Previously I had an Amazon Prime subscription because of my extreme addiction to shopping in their marketplace.  If you need it, want it or just think it, it will appear so $99 was worth every penny to get 2 day shipping on almost everything.  I  explored selling items, buying music and purchasing movies but didn't know they had original content.  

I was browsing the site (no purchases made -WHEW!) and stumbled upon a show called, "The Hand of God". It starred the step-father in Sons of Anarchy (Ron Perlman) and the pilot episode was free.  This could be interesting so I signed into my account and pressed play. Let me begin by saying this show is about his discovery of  religion but not its not religious! It's rated M for Mature so please don't engage if you are expecting a show you will discuss with your prayer group on Wednesday evening. The show is centered around Judge Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman) desperately trying to save his sons life and make amends for the time he has wasted with him. He is hoping his new found connection with God is real and will be the key to discovering the answers to bring him out of coma, punish those responsible which will also save him too.  This show is a ride of intrigue, confusion, craziness, sex, arrogance  and more that keeps you hooked and wanting more.


 The pilot is free on Amazon (click here) and if you don't have a subscription (or a friend who willing to share their account info), you can get your own for $99 a year. They offer a free trial for 30 days (get yours here) and a little birdie told me they will be reducing the price during Black Friday. Amazon Studios offers other original shows in the genres of drama, comedy, family etc.  I've started watching  Bosch, a cop drama starring Titus Welliver who happens to have also been on Sons of Anarchy, the jury is still out on this one.  

I wish Amazon had a monthly option and of course I wouldn't pay $99 for just its streaming services but if you like to shop online, read books and all the other things Amazon offers for your Kindle, Kindle app or Fire stick it might be worth the cost. 

Have you watched any of Amazon Studio's shows?

                          What are your favorites? Duds? 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Please "Don't Let the Fat Fool Ya"

I openly discuss my struggles with my weight and trying to get myself healthy here on my blog with no apologies or excuses.  I have shared goals, challenges and defeats but I have never been ashamed of my size.  Daily I read stories of women who feel or are treated as if they are inferior because they are plus size and it disturbs me.  Yes, you want to be healthy but size can be extremely misleading. Thin doesn't equal healthy.

Social Media is a great place to find inspiring plus size women challenging stereotypes and breaking them in pieces. Some of my Instagram favorites are fierce, bold, beautiful and all around Rock Stars! +Garnerstyle (@garnerstyle) is a blogger that has a voice that makes readers buy and companies change their policies.  Her fashion style, her "she looks like me" appeal and passion for the plus-size woman make her a force that companies want on their side. Chasity and one of my other favs "The Plus Size Princess" Cece Olisa launched the Curvy Con this year.  It is a day event that I hope to attend next year, that is centered around the needs of the curvy girl.
Photo from her IG page

@biggalyoga is proof that a plus size body can be flexible, healthy and amazing.  I am a huge fan of Yoga and the way it naturally relaxes, strengthens and lengthens my body.  I thought it was cool when I found a great plus size yoga DVD ( Yoga: Just My Size w/Megan Garcia)  until I discovered @biggalyoga and was floored.   This aspiring Yogi motivates with her pics of poses, fun challenges and promotion of self love.  She is currently working to become a certified Yoga instructor and has a Go Fund Me page to help her reach this goal financially.  I wish Valerie much success because she has truly help me without knowing it.

+CeCe Olisa  (@ceceolisa) with her workout vids, @tessholliday killing the modeling scene (and her #EffYourBeautyStandards campaign) and @Ashley_Nell_Tipton taking over Project Runway,are helping women  find love for their curves and influencing them to accomplish their dreams.


Their inspiration and a phrase that I find myself using when I'm doubted because of my size evolved into a t-shirt.  This tee is my way of shouting to everyone that sees me coming.... I'm Beautiful, Talented, Strong, Smart, Healthy.... So please Don't Let The Fat Fool Ya!



I hope you like it & Please support!  Follow me on Instagram @mslawanda 

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Grab a Cup and Come on! - #MslawandaWC

Taking control of my health is a must! I know how important water is to our organs, hair, skin and weight loss so I need to rally the troops. So heres a H20 challenge  to encourage me while getting support from friends, family and my social media world.

The goal is to consume a gallon (128oz) of that crisp and refreshing recently discovered substance on Mars. (I'm in the #RocketCity so it must be said)....








Anyone can join, simply drink a gallon
a day,  cheer each other on via social media and use the hashtag  #MslawandaWC to find each other. This is a 10 day challenge but I'm sure it will last longer with the great participation I have seen.  I'm going to be on Periscope, Facebook(personal page) , Instagram & Twitter. (@mslawanda)

Who's in?

So far we have had some great sponsors! Winners for each prize are chosen randomly . To be enter for prizes simply respond on "Roll Call" posts or share your daily consumption total with #MslawandaWC

So Let's Get Drinking... Water that is!!!
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