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Proactiv – One Month Later & Giveaway Winners

14th January 2011

So it’s been a month already since I started testing Proactiv for Mom Central.

I have no idea how that happened.

I’ve been using Proactiv on my face for one month, twice a day.

I cannot tell a lie – there were a couple days there that I may have passed out on the couch, and was too dead to wash my face, but for the most part, I was a good girl. (FYI: This happens when you’re an old lady so it was out of my control.)

What did I think?

I have to say that I’m really happy with what I’m seeing so far. I thought the products were light, non-smelly and pretty gentle for their effectiveness.  The best part for me was that they did not dry out my skin, which is a big problem for me this time of year. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to show you but I can assure you that my pores look much prettier than they did 30 days ago.

Also during the last 30 days, you’ve had the opportunity to enter to win one of five full size Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizers. A little info about the moisturizer:

Most blemish treatments work to control and remove oil from the skin’s surface and therefore, by nature, can be drying. A soothing, oil free moisturizer is key to replenishing and repairing the skin. Proactiv Solution Green Tea Moisturizer is a light moisturiser that absorbs instantly, delivering soothing hydration to dry skin.  It is formulated for blemish prone skin with concentrated botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants that leave skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.  This mineral-rich, non-comedogenic formula won’t clog pores or leave skin feeling greasy and is suitable for all skin types.

And the five WINNERS (using random.org) are:

1. #20 – Lauren E

2. #1 – Sarah

3. #35 – Chantal

4. #31 – Londia

5. #17 – Chelsea

Congrats to all the winners!!! Please email me at maria (at) boredmommyblog (dot) com with your Full Name, Address and Phone Number. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Disclosure – I participated in the New Proactiv Canada program hosted by Mom Central on behalf of Guthy-Renker. I received a 30-day trial kit and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

New Proactiv Canada Blog Tour & Giveaway

15th December 2010

I used to have really nice skin – I would get comments on it all the time.

I was that person that never had acne during those years you’re supposed to be plagued by it. I was one of the lucky ones. Although, I did have braces and poufy bangs, so it all evened out in the end.

However, things changed when I had babies – or what I like to call – attack of the hormones.

Ever since then, I’m plagued much more often – it’s very annoying. I miss my cute skin. Now I get maam’d all the time – I blame the acne.

I’ve seen the Proactiv commercials many times, and I’ve thought about ordering their products, just as often. So I jumped at the chance to try out their products, thanks to MomCentral Canada – yup, I’m doing the 30 Day Proactiv Challenge (or what I like to call – the END of being Maam’d). I will be using the New Proactiv 3-Step System.

The new 3-Step System (Renewing Cleanser, Revitalising Toner and Repairing Treatment) are the same proprietary and effective formulas as Original Proactiv, with the same luxury skin-care ingredients – only the active ingredient (BPO) has been improved. New Proactiv also has the same great texture and fragrance as Original Proactiv.
So here are all the details on the 3-Step System:

The 3-Step System: Designed for daily use in the prevention and treatment of blemishes, it gently cleanses and exfoliates while targeting blemish-causing bacteria in the pores.
  • Step 1: Renewing Cleanser: A unique oil-free formula, with exclusive micro-crystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide, that contains smooth, tiny beads to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities.
  • Step 2: Revitalising Toner: A refreshing, alcohol-free toner with glycolic acid that helps balance skin tone and remove dead skin cells to reveal the vital, radiant skin beneath. Its special formulation to balance skin’s natural acids includes witch hazel to refine and purify pores and aloe and chamomile to soothe and soften.
  • Step 3: Repairing Treatment: A light, oil-free lotion containing exclusive microcrystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide. The Repairing Treatment penetrates deep into the pore to help heal blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. The advanced delivery system is safe for the entire face and any other blemish-prone areas.
After the 30 days, I’ll be blogging about any changes/improvements and announcing the winners to the giveaway!
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GIVEAWAY:
*Five (5) lucky winners will receive a full size, Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer valued at $33 CAD!*
HOW TO ENTER:

MANDATORY ENTRY:
Leave a comment below telling me about your experiences with Proactiv solution or why you would like to try it.
BONUS ENTRY:
Tweet the following and leave a comment below telling me you did:
Enter to win a full size Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer on @BOREDMommy’s blog – http://bit.ly/dNejAp  #CdnRes #Giveaway

*OPEN to CANADIAN residents only

*ENDS JANUARY 14th, 2011 (the last day of the 30 Day Challenge)
Please note: If you enter this contest on more than one blog, you will only be able to win once.*
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Disclosure – I am participating in the New Proactiv Canada program hosted by Mom Central on behalf of Guthy-Renker. I received a 30-day trial kit and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Snack Pack Share A Smile

8th December 2010

momcentralWhat are the little things that make you smile every day?

For me, it’s:

  • – my kids singing along to the Glee soundtrack in the car
  • – watching my husband play with the kids
  • – a new magazine and an iced latte
  • – a good book
  • – a gorgeous, brisk fall day

I could go on but just as important as experiencing those moments, is sharing them with others, as much as I can. I try my best to spread the smiles by acting silly to make the kids giggle, hugging and kissing them many times a day, putting little notes in their lunch packs as a special surprise. When I make eye contact with someone, stranger or not, I smile and almost always, they smile back. It’s really the little things that make all the difference between having a good day and having a great one.

The Snack Pack Smile Campaign is an initiative hoping to raise $20,000 to help Food Banks Canada in time for the holidays.  Even in Canada, every single day, adults and children go hungry.  Snack Pack has united with Food Banks Canada as a way to help raise some much needed funds. They need you! How can you help?

  • Log on to the Snack Pack Canada Facebook page, Like the page and Share a smile. By doing this, a $1 donation will be made on your behalf to Food Banks Canada.
  • Also, you can choose to opt to Share a Smile and a $1 donation will be made on behalf of one of your Facebook friends.
  • If you also register for their contest, you will also receive a ballot into their weekly prize draw.
  • You will also earn a point towards a Smile badge
  • REMEMBER – The more often you smile, the more donations, ballots and points you will collect.

You can find out more information about Snack Pack on their site here, and on Facebook.

Disclosure – I am participating in the Snack Pack program by Mom Central on behalf of Conagra Foods Canada. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

MENAGE A MONDAY – featuring One Nerve Left

18th January 2010

This is the first of a new series of Monday posts in which I will be highlighting a favorite fellow blogger. This week, its all about the lovely Lizz (@hereslizz on Twitter) and her blog ONE NERVE LEFT. She is funny, sarcastic and bitchy – absolutely right up my alley. Her Twitter bio proves how delightful she truly is: Bio Veteran Mom. Seasoned Wife. Humor Blogger. All tangled up in the web and not even trying to get out.

Please make sure to find her on FACEBOOK, follow her on TWITTER and go to her blog ONE NERVE LEFT to subscribe to her feed.

The following is the post she chose to share with you, and its one of my favorites. ENJOY!

Bert, Tom Selleck, Bigfoot, and Me

This could be me:

Or this:

Or, really quite honestly, this:

If it weren’t for the constant shaving, tweezing, waxing, plucking I’m quite sure my picture would show up in the tabloids. Fuzzy black and white pictures of me with headlines declaring “Bigfoot Girl Seen At Kroger”, “Female Yeti Drives A Minivan” or “Sasquatch Chick Orders Veggie Sub At Subway, Not A Carnivore”.

For someone that doesn’t have any Mediterranean ancestry or is not kept at a zoo, I sure do have a lot of fur. I’m a Irish lass. A British urchin. I have the pale, almost transparent skin. My hair has reddish undertones. I love fish and chips with malt vinegar, even. As far as I know, there is not one drop of olive oil in my DNA, so why does my body insist on producing so much hair?

I’ve been painfully aware of it since I was a teenager, when I began plucking my brows….or brow, I guess I should say. Around that time I noticed the fine downy fuzz on my upper lip was starting to get some color too. And my arms. And my fingers? OMG, my toes and feet too? Seriously. It’s not bad enough that I was a very late bloomer. (I didn’t get boobs until I was senior, really. But when it happened I exploded like a can of biscuits). So flat chested, metal mouth, ape girl. I had a bag packed and ready at all times, should the circus come to fetch me.

I went so far as to go to CVS on my own and buy a vat of body hair bleach. I’m surprised I even made it out of the store without shriveling away in agony. I’m sure I probably bought a million of harmless things with it. You know, I had to cover my shame with a Mt. Dew, some M&Ms, lip gloss, mousse, nail polish, gum, Seventeen magazine. Nothing to see here folks! Just normal teenage consumerism. I found that once I got home, I was too mortified to even use it. I was afraid that people who noticed my ‘stache before, would now notice I had altered it, thereby calling MORE attention to it. Oh the teenage mind.

I think back and compare past to present, I know that my body hair problems are more noticeable now than they were then. Really, my arms aren’t even that hairy. Nothing abnormal. It was just the magnification of the adolescent mind. Grizzly mountains of fuzzy molehills. I have since learned the art of self deprecating humor (as you can probably tell if you are a frequent reader). If I make fun of myself first and best, then no one can come behind me and sneak attack my ego with backhanded compliments and such. “Oooh Lizz, your beard is coming in much better than mine.” No sir. I’ve already been there with myself. You aren’t going to dupe me into a naive “Hey thanks! I just….waaaiiit a minute!” While I like to be better than other people at things, generally, competitive beard growing is not something for which I’d like to be known.

I pluck my eyebrows, and shape them. People ask me all the time who does them. You do them yourself? Aren’t you afraid of jacking them up? Bitch please. When you’ve been plucking for 20 years, you have mad tweezing skillz. Think Edward Tweezerhands. I trust no one but myself with them. However, my mother and husband have both been instructed that if I am in some sort of comatose state that they are to send in someone to take care of my brows every two weeks. And if I wake up and I look like Frida, there will be hell to pay. I digress. So, I do my brows. I wax my own upper lip, the backs of my hands and my fingers. Shave my legs, feet and toes. Then there is the whole lady garden business.

Shave, and I have to shave again the next day. In reality, it’s if I shave in the morning I really could use a shave at night too. My shins get 5 o’clock shadows. And shaving the bikini line? What a bloody pain. Literally. It grows back in with in 24 hours with bumps, irritation and the feeling that you have sandpaper in your pants. If I have on the right (or, I guess, wrong) sort of underwear, the stubble is like Velcro and I have to rip my undies off every time I go to the bathroom. Misery.

I’ve tried waxing, but I’m not good at waxing the Netherlands myself, nor do I have the time and expendable cash to get it done in a salon. I’ve done this once. My city has plenty of salons with waxing, but only one willing to do brazilians, and NONE skilled at doing brazilians. I was hairless, but also bruised. That’s hot.

In my quest to avoid stubble on the lower half of my body, I recently bought an epilator after reading somewhere that “epilators have come a long ways since the 80s” and I found myself cringing, remembering trying out my mom’s Epilady when I was a girl. Waxing doesn’t bother me. The pain of it doesn’t really make me jump out of my skin and claw the ceiling like a cartoon cat. I’m really OK with it. Also, some freaky part of me enjoys the endorphin rush. Same with piercing my ears. So I’m thinking that this epilator, which got great reviews, probably can’t be that bad.

Wrong.

So wrong.

So completely, utterly the King of Wrongdom.

It is a handheld torture device. WHY hasn’t the U.N. banned this gadget? I guaran-damn-tee you that no man could take it for any length of time and would spill his country’s terrorist secrets and confess any impure thoughts he’s ever had about the cast of The Golden Girls within a minute. My tattoo on the top of my foot hurt less. I’m dead serious. The arms weren’t too bad but the legs, especially around the ankle. Holy Mary. Save me. And….yeah…I went there. My bikini line. I died a little bit that night.

I got it out again last night because my hands were looking a little braidable. Yes. Again. My hatred for body hair far outweighs any pain this thing can cause. Plus I heard that it gets easier with use. Uh. Yeah, WHO writes this shit and what ring of hell are they going to for lying? Much to my dismay, I will continue to use it. I will cuss at it every time. I will hate and loathe and dread it. But it’s all in the name smoothness. All in the name of being womanly. All in the name of separating me from a species that throws its own poo.

Pain is beauty. And beauty fucking hurts.

Please make sure to check out the other bloggers in the Menage A Monday series:

Lizz @hereslizzOne Nerve Left

Melissa @rockdroolRock and Drool

Lynette @MyMessyParadise My Messy Paradise

Deb @NoReturnMomSpawnocalypse (Deb is featuring me this week, so please check it out HERE!!)

A Parent is Born

8th December 2009

One of the “scariest” things that I experienced in my life (after my wedding of course) was becoming a first-time mom. The unknown was somewhat daunting, and no matter how many books I read and how many people offered advice, it was still up to me to keep this little person alive and thriving. The great thing about my relationship with my baby was that I soon learned to read the cues he gave me, and we worked together to create our very special bond that we continue to share today.

I was lucky enough to have my mom in my life who, after having five kids of her own, and helping to raise her other grandchildren, was there to support me and help me in anyway that she could. So what are the best tips that she gave me?

  • Swaddle, swaddle, swaddle – the baby loves that feeling, and will absolutely help them sleep better.
  • Always make sure that you fully burp the baby to help relieve any discomfort due to gas bubbles.
  • Fresh air is key for the baby, so lots of walks and outside time with them will help them grow and be healthy.
  • You can never spoil a baby, so never ignore their cries, no matter what.
  • The baby is your number one priority – everything else, including housework, can wait.

Of course, my mother has been a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of motherhood, but I couldn’t possibly take note of every single helpful hint that she has offered me over the years – I don’t have enough space on this blog. My mother is superwoman to me, but there were some things that I would have loved to know about motherhood that sometimes can only be understood once experienced. Such as:

  • Fatigue – I have never known fatigue and sleep deprivation like I did when my son was born. He did not sleep through the night for the first 33 months of his life (no I am not exaggerating), so I now know that I should have been napping every time the baby was napping. SLEEP IS KEY TO YOUR SANITY MOMMIES!!!
  • Don’t feel bad about wanting your alone time and not wanting to be social during this time. Carve out as much time as you need with your baby, and enjoy it. Everyone will understand, and if they don’t, who cares.
  • Try to have date nights/date hours/a coffee date with the old ball and chain (the husband) whenever possible – even an hour of time together will help keep the dream alive

OK Mommies – Go to http://www.momcentral.com/cms/103748/pampers_a_parent_is_born to enter your own tips! You will be entering for the chance to win one of 25 gift cards ($20 each) or the grand prize of $500!!!! You will be asked to offer a tip in one of two themes –  How to cope with going back to work or Baby/Mommy sleep tips.

You can enter your tips at MOM CENTRAL until December 10th so HURRY!!!! ENTER NOW!!!

PLEASE NOTE: I partcipated in this blog tour as part of Mom Central’s Blog Campaign, and in doing so, will receive a $20 Amazon gift certificate.

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