youtheory review & giveaway

Disclosure: Thank you to youtheory for sending me joint collagen, turmeric and collagen vitamins. Your supplements are helping keep my hair, nails, skin and bones healthy and strong! I'm loving the results and I'm so excited to be hosting this giveaway :)

About Collagen supplements:
I'm sure you know that as we age our bodies decline in production of collagen, the stuff that makes our bones and llagements strong and also slows down the aging process. But did you know that collagen molecules are much too large for us to absorb so in order to be digested effectively youtheory has created an advanced formula that delivers all the natural collagen your body needs to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails while restoring vitality to your joints, tendons and llgaments. The youtheory collagen supplement provides a large 6,000 mg serving of easily absorbed collagen peptide that triggers reconstruction activities anywhere your body has a need for it. Taking this collagen vitamin daily means you are replenishing your body and replenishment is the best defense to help slow the aging process.

About Turmeric supplements:
Turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may help or delay the following:

*Heart attacks
*Joint pain
*Improve memory in Alzheimer's patients

My thoughts:
First, let's talk design - I just love the lovely bottle design. Before I would stash my vitamins in a drawer to hide the not-so-pretty bottles which made me forget to actual take them...yikes! My youtheory supplements are proudly displayed on my kitchen counter top so I never forget. I also like that there is a nice aftertaste to each of these supplements - I actually look forward to taking them. I really do feel that my skin, nails and hair have seen great improvement. I didn't take a before and after of my hair or nails but I do feel like they have become stronger and healthier. I have also noticed that my skin seems to be firmer :)

Youtheory supplements can be purchased here online or also in most major Retail stores such as Walgreens, RiteAid, CVS, VitaminWorld - for a complete list click here. What do you think? Have you tried any youtheory supplements? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you. Also, don't forget to enter for your chance to win the youtheory joint collagen, collage and turmeric supplements. Good Luck!

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Enjoy 2 Free Meals - Courtesey of Blue Apron

Disclosure: Thank you to Blue Apron for sponsoring this post and helping me make 3 fabulous dishes for my family!

Yah, I'm so excited to share my review for Blue Apron! Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not much of a chef. I think it was Carrie Bradshaw that said "The only thing that I have sucessful made in the kitchen is a mess and several small fires" might actually apply to me :) That's why I mostly stick to my crock pot and very easy meals. It was Mr. Sweetheart who actually left the Blue Apron page open on my computer (a hint maybe?) and it definitely peaked my interest. Could I actually say goodbye to hours spent meal planning and grocery store shopping (another not so favourite of mine)?

How it works:

Select your plan, Select your dietary preferences, Enter shipping and billing information and Viola! Blue Apron does all the rest of the magic for you!

Option A
For 2 people and 2 meals a week the total is $59.94

Option B
Family plan and 4 meals a week the total is $139.84

My thoughts:
I tried the Salmon Burgers & Aioli, Pork Bolgonese and Chicken Pad Mao. I was so impressed with how Blue Apron packaged my items. They sent out a reminder email of what to expect and other emails to get me excited. All items arrived beautifully wrapped and everything was fresh and perfect. Every last ingredient (even butter) was accounted for. The recipes were detailed and pretty simple. My favourite dish was the Salmon Burgers but the Chicken Pad Mao was close in running. I loved that the meals were creative and healthy. My only critique was that I would have preferred good ole fashioned pasta vs. wheat pasta for the Pork Bolgonese but that is only because I'm not used to whole wheat pasta as of yet (Yes, I know it's better for you). Blue Apron is a food experience. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed cooking together. I would say that because I wasn't too familiar with any of the recipes (remember I cook like Carrie Bradshaw) it was a little more time consuming to make with a toddler running around (not at all Blue Apron's fault). All-in-all my family and I really enjoyed our Blue Apron meals and will definitely be ordering more. I highly recommend trying it out for yourself.

To help get you started Blue Apron has generously given The Domestic Sweetheart a link for 2 free meals! For your 2 free Blue Apron Meals click here. Take advantage and let me know what you think. Would love to hear from you!

Why you should use no spill wax melts! Serene House Review

I was overjoyed when Serene House sent me their Dome No Spill Wax Melt Warmer. I was so tired of spending time getting my wax melts out of my plugin warmers and cleaning up the mess that came along with it. Then funny enough this happened!

Yikes!! If you can't tell from the picture, it was a hot mess in my bathroom. My husband accidentally knocked into the wax warmer and bam wax was EVERYWHERE...did I mention EVERYWHERE. It took us at least an hour to clean up with a plastic scrapper and other cleaning supplies.

With Serene House you never have to worry about an accident like this occuring. Serene House no spill wax warmers are carefree and easy to use. Just pull back the top film and place in warmer. Ta Da! I just love the tasteful designs of their warmers and the scents are delicious. Did I mention how pretty the warmers are?

I tried the Apple Cinnamon, Lavender Vanilla & Lemon Zest. They were all lovely but I would say my fave is the Lemon Zest. This scent makes me feel like my home is bright, light and fresh.

Here are some other scents I would love to try!

*Beach Cottage
*Jasmine Evening
*Morning Dew
*Spring Fresh
*Winter Blessing

Each package comes with a set of two pods. Estimated scent time per pod is up to 150 hours depending on conditions. Made with vegetable & soy wax with fragrance filled in recyclable aluminum pod with perforated membrane to prevent the wax from spilling. For more scents and info. click here.

What about you? What do you think? Have you tried Serene House? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Pursecase Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: Thank you to Pursecase for sponsoring this post. Your Pursecase is truly a gem!

I'm a minimilast and always only the lookout for products that are multi-functional to help keep me organized and light. That's why I'm thrilled with my latest find Pursecase.

As seen on ABC's Shark Tank & partners with Lori Greiner, this protective smartphone case exclusively fashioned with a pocket to carry cash, ID & credit cards, a sleek chain handle that doubles as a bracelet, and a compact mirror designed for those fashion emergencies!

This purse is darling and breezy. It holds all your important basics in one. Phone, creditcard, cash and keys. I like to carry it alone when I can, so I'm not bogged down but if I'm with my babes I just stick in my giant diaper bag. When I'm at Target with Isla I can pull out my Pursecase and easily use my Cartwheel and Redcard without scouring my endless pit of a diaper bag. :) Add some accessories to your Pursecase and fall in love even more! Oh, and I also love that your phone is totally functional in the Pursecase (need to turn up the volume, charge, text, take pictures, talk on the phone - no problemo!) Even my little one is a fan :)

Pursecase is available in iPhone 4, 5 & 6 and also the Samsung Galaxy S4. Click here to find your Pursecase style. Also, Pursecase is generously giving Domestic Sweetheart readers a 10% discount! Please use code: DOMESTICSWEETHEART at checkout.

My only other comment is - when will Pursecase come up with a cute and functional dipaer wristlet! What are your thoughts? Have you tried Pursecase? Don't forget to enter below for your chance to win a $50 Pursecase gift card!

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The secret to making your shave last longer!

I'm so thrilled to share with you a beauty product that I recently found and fell in love with. Soften Her is used to help prevent ingrown hairs by gently exfoliating and softening your skin. It's so easy to use! It's a spongey-like pad that you use by wrapping around your index and middle finger & then gently rub in circles clockwise then counter-clockwise motion for approximately 15 seconds.

My thoughts:
I have sensitive skin and I found this product to work really well with my skin type - causing no irritation. It's easy to use, just follow the directions provided and use gently on your skin. No need to rub which could cause discomfort. I love how small the pads are which make the product easy to use. Oh, and the packaging is so pretty. Soften Her is also, Hypoallergenic and Reusable. 1 box includes 3 hypoallergenic pads, lasting up to 2 months each. After one use my skin felt much softer and a little brighter from the exfoliation. I have been using for almost 2 weeks, and noticed that my hair is coming in thinner making it easier to shave which is ALWAYS a bonus! Please note: Soften Her does not remove body hair but it helps to make it less of a hassle shaving.

I'm in love with this super cute and wallet-friendly product. This is definetely a product that matches it's description and I highly recommend stocking up!

To purchase Soften Her click here. Also, for Men there is The Soft Goat which has remarkable reviews as well. Have you tried Soften Her? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Go Nuts for these Post-Workout Snacks!

Did you know that eating after your workout session is actually really good for you? Snacking post-workout is essential in helping the body replenish lost energy while also helping worked muscles repair and recover.

A great snack are nuts! Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Here are my fave 3 post-workout snacks to munch on:

Greek Yogurt & Walnuts
Why it's so good:
Plain Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt. Greek yogurt also has friendly probiotic bacteria which is great for digestion. Cut down on the sugar and add some fresh fruit and Walnuts, which are the number one nut for heart health.

Mixed Nuts
Why it's so good:
Low in carbohydrates & rich in fiber, mixed nuts are rich in nutrients, ranging from unsaturated fat to magnesium. has some really healthy and wallet friendly mixed nut options here.

Dried Fruit & Almonds:
Why it's so good:
Try dried peaches and almonds. Did you know that dried peaches contain 34% of your daily vitamin A? Almonds are also a healthy nut option as they are loaded with minerals and help to promote heart health, prevent weight gain and may even help to fight diabetes and Alzheimer's.

You can find dried peaches and other dried fruit from here. also offers their Raw Almonds (In Shell) for only $4.99 lb here! Looking for more healthy snack ideas? Just click here for some ideas from!

What are your favorite post-workout snacks? I'm always interested in adding new foods in my diet!

Why you need Showaflops!

Showaflops is now a must have travel accessory for me! I was so lucky to have these flops sent to me before driving across country on our way to Charleston. Showaflops protect your feet from public showers, gyms, steam rooms, dorms, camps, pools locker rooms or anywhere that germs lurk! Built with drainage hole designs and antimicrobial layers & slip resistant soles they protect your feet from mold, fungus and bacteria on floors. Not only are they very comfortable the designs are super cute as well!

Worth every penny, these fun flops are just under $25! Available in: Women, Men, Boy and Girl styles. These flops make a great gift for any adult or child.

Worried about ruining your perfectly polished toes after a day at the spa? Then you will love the Pedi Slide flops - perfect for when Momma can get away for some alone time! I just love the Printed Pedicured Toes - how adorable!

Another reason to love Showaflops is that Showaflops donates their flops to the children of Camp Good Days, so that when they shower, they can be better protected against bacteria and fungus that they are exposed to on shower floors. Camp Good Days is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Immune systems are compromised when battling this dreaded disease. Showaflops hopes that in some small way they can bring a smile to the campers of Camp Good Days by keeping them comfy and germ free in the shower.

Have you purchased Showaflops? What did you think? Would love to hear your thoughts. You can click here to buy a pair. Hurry, they are selling FAST!

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Your new fave home accessory! { Review}

Disclosure: Ah, it's time to talk pillows! I just love pillows and I was so so elated when reached out to me and asked if I would like to write a review. I want to give them a BIG thanks for sponsoring this post and for helping make my home even prettier with their stunning pillows!

I believe that everyone should have many pillows in their home. It's a way to dress up the living space and make it feel beautiful and cozy. Over the years, I have collected many pillows. Some of them have stayed and some of them I have replaced with new coverings to change the look and feel of my home. However, none of the pillows in my house came close to the quality, style and comfort offers.

My thoughts:
I'm very impressed by The are so many tasteful and striking design choices to choose from. I love how natural the pillows feel and the quality is remarkable.

The pillows I choose to review are:

Felt Garden Pillow
My absolute fave pillow out of all of them. I just love the feminine touch of floral and the natural color of the fabric!

Viviane Pillow
What a perfect fit for our beachy home. The blue peeking behind the print adds a pop of pretty color to this fabulous pillow.

Willow Pillow
I love this simple and beachy designed pillow. It goes with everything!

I have received so many compliments on my PillowCentral accessories and I'm so thrilled to show them off. When we recently moved we had to wait a LONG time before our belongings arrived. These pillows were one of the items I was most looking forward too :) Here are a couple of pics:

Here are two more pillows that I'm absolutely in love with! They would be a perfect fit for my bedroom makeover! is your home stylist! To find your perfect pillow fit for your home check out here. It's super easy to narrow your search by color, style, fabric, shape, prize, size, and filler. Oh, and did I mention Free Shipping on ALL orders!

What are your thoughts? Have you purchased any pillows? What designs and sizes would you choose for your casa? I would love to hear your feedback?

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Road Trip Essentials

Hi everyone! Here is my post about our road trip from San Diego to Ohio where we picked up Isla at Mimi & Bop Bop's :)
We wish we had more time to explore but we were in a rush to get to our girl! 5 days is a lot for two parents who had never been more than a night away from her :) It was also a good time for us to bond with our fur baby since he had been sad about not being the center of attention since Isla was born.

Our first stop was Flagstaff and it was gorgeous! The drive was exciting and it was also scary to say "see you later" (much easier than saying goodbye) to Cali. We arrived in Flagstaff around 11pm (so much traffic) and were surprised at how cool it was for a July summer night (64 degrees).

Next we drove on Route 66 to Tucumcari,NM. What an amazing drive on Route 66 and New Mexico is such a peaceful state. After New Mexico we drove to Tulsa,OK which we absolutely loved. We stayed at A Loft which was a nice treat. We even got to see fireworks from our hotel room (it was the 4th of July). Tulsa, is such a great small city. Everyone was so friendly and it was a nice welcome.

Our last hotel stop was the farm lands of Illinois. Lots of corn fields :) Driving with our pup was so wonderful and he is a great travel companion. The only con was that we really couldn't stop and grab a bite to eat and had to do a lot of drive thru stops until we reached the hotel (it was too hot to leave him in the car).

From Illinois we were only 5 more hours from our destination and OMG we were so happy to see that Welcome to Ohio sign! It was bittersweet that our trip had come to an end but we were so happy to get to our daughter and see our family. We were able to actually celebrate her 1st birthday with our family. I can't remember the last time we actually celebrated a holiday with our family so it was extra special! Here are a couple of pics from our trip. I also put together a little Road Trip Essential list as well. These are things I brought or would definitely bring on our next road trip. Although we don't plan on driving like this for some time, I personally think a good road trip is a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy being in the moment!

1. Car Charger. Very important! This was used daily.
2. GPS. I trust my GPS directions way more than my phone.
3. Emergency Roadside Kit. I recommend this being in your car at all times. You can get one for under $40.
4. A good weekender bag. I just love this Vera Bradley bag.
5. Car Freshners are a must on long roadtrips. I'm obsessed with Yankee Candle.
6. Tolietry Bag. I would love this Beyond a Bag for our next trip!
7. Comfy driving shoes. I just love my GoWalks from Skeechers.
8. A good playlist.It's Miranda all day everyday in my car & house!
9. Hat! I wish I would've brought a hat to hide my bad hair lol.
10. Doggie Tote for feeding, toys, etc. This one from Solvit is perfect!
11. This one from Doggie Diva looks great!
12. ShowaFlops are absolutely genius. I never go in a public shower barefoot - Yuck!
13. Snack bag is a must. I filled ours up with goodies from Trader Joes
14. Books on tape. I really wish I would've purchased Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone hanging out Without Me before leaving
15. LipGloss. I never leave anywhere without my Burts Bee's lip gloss. It's the best and the only makeup item I need if I'm in a rush.

Flying with a baby: Must haves and tips!

Hello my lovely readers! I'm finally back to blogging as we have finally made it to our new home in Charleston, SC! It has been a very long couple of months between selling our house in San Diego and traveling across country to get here. Thankfully my parents were a HUGE help during our transition and we are forever grateful.

The trip details:
Isla and I traveled by plane on a red eye from San Diego to Ohio for the first leg of our family journey. We were lucky enough to get aisle seats and she slept most of the way :) Once we got to Ohio our lucky lady was able to spend an entire week with her ah-mazing Mimi and Bop Bop (this is what she calls my parents) so that the hubby and I could then drive from San Diego to Charleston. Head spinning yet? Yes, it was a complicated plan but it worked!

Items to consider buying/bringing when traveling with a tot:

1. BagguPack
I borrowed Mr. Sweetheart's backpack for the trip which was really helpful since I didn't have one. It was definitely practical but not as cute as I would've liked and also I like bags without so many compartments as I tend to forget which pocket I put something in. I just love the style, color and price of this Poppy BagguPack!

*Note: I packed very light on the trip but I wish I would've packed even lighter by nixing the diaper bag completely and solely using a backpack to free up my hands.

2. Pink Lining Mum On The Run Diaper Wristlet
I think this slimmer version of this Mum on the Run Bag from Pink Lining is a much better option to bulkier diaper bags. Seems easy enough to slip in the backpack or if need be the strap is long enough to carry over your shoulder. Oh, and I just love this super pretty Flamingo design.

3. J.L. Childress Tall Two TwoCool Bottle Cooler
Wish I would have happened upon this before my trip. I just love how slim it is and that it comes with a compact ice pack.

4. Similac travel formula
These are so easy to use and take up minimal space. Just buy a bottled water & mix formula packet in bottle :)

5. Happy Baby Organic Food
Isla and I both love Happy Baby Organic Food. Always able to find good pricing at Target and other retailers. Here are some of her faves:

6. Joovy Grove Ultralight Stroller
This was the best investment I made for our trip. I just love my Joovy Grove lightweight stroller. It's super light (under 14lbs.), easy to use and has a long stroller strap to carry. I also love how much shade the umbrella provides. I use this stroller pretty much daily and I find that it handles well on sidewalks too :) Sign up for Buy Buy Baby and get a 20% discount.

7. Munchkin 36 Pack Arm and Hammer Pacifier Wipes
This is so worth the $4 price tag! Nothing is worse when you child drops pacifiers and toys and you realize you don't have another!

8. REI 3-1-1 Air Travel Liquids Bag
Make pulling your liquids out in the Security line a breeze with this wallet friendly Travel Liquid Pouch.

This is the perfect wallet for travel. Fit your licensce, passport, plane ticket and ear buds in this pretty and slim wallet pouch.

Additional items that I brought that were helpful:
Sippy Cup (I haven't found one that I totally love yet so I didn't share a pic), iPad with already downloaded kidoo shows, tylenol and thermoter (you never know), change of clothes for both of us. I also brought a carrier but unfortunately for me Isla does not care for carriers.

What about you have any tot travel tips or items that you could share? Would love to hear your thoughts as I'm always on the go and looking for input from others.

P.S. I will be sharing details of our road trip very soon! XOXO