Saturday, September 20, 2014

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! US Giveaway 18+ Ends 10/4

Amazon $50 GC Giveaway from Fronto


Sponsor: Fronto

I'm always amazed at what cool technology & apps are available with phones nowadays. You really can have everything right at the touch of a little button on your screen! That's where Fronto comes in!

Fronto began with a really simple idea: Your smartphone screen can be smarter.  By revolutionizing the front of your phone, making brands, news and other important information more accessible. You can download Fronto for your Android device here.

Now here's your chance to win a great prize, courtesy of Fronto!

Prize: Amazon $50 GC

Dates: 9/20-10/4
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below.

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi


Amazon $50 Gift Card Sponsored by Fronto











Disclosure: My Fab Fit Forties did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment

Friday, September 19, 2014

GiveForward Lets Us Help Prove That Love Conquers Hate

This is a sponsored post on behalf of GiveForward

I'm sure you've all heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been going on to raise money for ALS research.  While many people have taken this chance to do good and raise awareness for this great cause, a few have used it as an opportunity to be cruel to others. 

I'm speaking of the prank that was recently played on a 14 year old boy with autism in Bay Village, Ohio, in which five teenagers drenched him in a bucket full of feces, urine, and tobacco spit - under the guise that he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge to help others.

It's gutting to think of people being so cruel and having friends who have children with developmental disorders, this story absolutely grabbed at my heart just thinking of them possibly being bullied like this.

It seems like every day there is a new story out on people mistreating others...and worse, knowing there are others standing by filming the wrongdoing to put on social media, as was the case above.  Many of us hear stories like this and would love to help somehow, but just don't know what we can do. In fact, 98% of us will hear a story and say "that's terrible" or "poor kid" - and that's where it ends (I am the first to admit I am guilty of this)  - but if you hear stories that touch your heart and move you to action, there is an outlet!

GiveForward is the world's #1 fundraising site to help people who need it the most.  They have raised over $120,000,000, since 2008, to help people raise money to honor the people, families, and stories they care about.


We are a very giving nation and there have also been some remarkable shows of generosity.  For example, after the Boston Marathon bombings, we really showed how we can make real magic happen if we all come together...

Many fundraisers were started at that time. One for a newylwed couple, Pat and Jess, who lost their legs in the bombing. Friends, family, and so many others that didn't know them personally, but were outraged by what happened that day, raised almost $900,000 for them, taking the stress of having to worry about medical expenses away as they dealt with their new reality of life with prosthetic legs. 

We also saw it with the beautiful story of Michigan State star basketball player Adreian Payne and his devoted friendship to 8 year old Lacey Holsworth, who was fighting a battle with cancer.  Michigan State fan, Jeff Martin, heard of this story and decided he wasn't just going to be a bystander - and he started a GiveForward page for Lacey.  That page ended up raising over $100,000 to help with her medical bills.  

These cases prove that, when someone sets the ball in motion, others will jump in...and a little here...and a little there...really does add up to make a huge difference in someones life. It just takes one person.



GiveForward would like to make a difference in that 14 year old's life and show him that, while he was cruelly bullied by that awful prank, good does triumph over bad. 

There is a fundraising page set up on GiveForward for this young man where you can donate any amount that will go to him & his family (their goal is $5,000 and they're over halfway there!) - and they're also trying to gain 100 supportive comments for him. If you can donate money, that's wonderful. If not, sharing their fundraising page on your Facebook & other social media with friends & family would be great too!  

This boy was so brave to have come forward with his story, I think he's so deserving of whatever support we can show him - and hopefully, what started as a prank full of hate will wind up being washed away by a wave of kindness and love.

We have all stood idly by in the past feeling our hands were tied when we'd hear stories of tragedy or injustice, but we don't have to be bystanders anymore! GiveForward makes it possible for any one of us to be the catalyst for positive change and action!

When we band together, love really can conquer hate.  

xoxo,
Gigi









Disclaimer - this is a sponsored post on behalf of GiveForward in an effort to raise awareness for this fundraising cause. 

Some Favorite Products - Just in time for Yoga Month


Yoga is one of the best ways to get yourself physically & mentally balanced - while helping you create long lean muscles, increase flexibility, enjoy better posture and a reduced stress level. 

In honor of September being Yoga Month (cue the confetti!!), I've compiled some of my favorite products that can make the time before, during, and after yoga class even better!

Since you always want to make sure you're comfortable during class - the Hatha Capri Legging by Lucy Activewear is the best workout pant I have ever had (as I look at my closet shelf of about 16 different pairs that are now benched in favor of the Hatha) - they're flattering, not see-thru, you won't sweat through them, and they've got just the right amount of compression! My goal is to have them in every color! I also purchased a pair of the Lotus capris, which have a wider leg and looser fit, and love those as well.



In class, you'll need to take those shoes off, but sometimes you just don't want your barefeet on the floors or slipping all over your mat, so what I've found works great are these super soft, slip proof Yoga Socks by Kushyfoot! They'll keep your feet warm & clean while still allowing you to have the grip you need! They're also great to have on hand for those Winter pedicures!



Speaking of mats.  I have been through my share. I think I'm on number six, and I've found a mat, and a brand, that I really love - the Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat - it's extra long (72") and is ultra thick.  Look at it compared to my old mat....



This mat has truly made doing yoga infinitely more comfortable - and on one end you'll find a 'focal point icon' right in the center.  I thought it was just a cute added graphic at first, but it really does help you concentrate on your poses when you're focused on it.  

I also love Aurorae because they send a full sheet of tips on how to break in and maintain your yoga mat...this is something I've never received before with any other mat I've owned...and who knew there were so many things you can, and should, do to preserve your mat!! I also have one of their Slip-Free Rosin Bag which really helps keep me firmly planted on the mat!  

These mats come in every color of the rainbow and are biodegradable, contain no silicone, phthalates, or latex - and come with a full two year guarantee!! 

Whatever you're doing during the day, you need to make sure you stay hydrated - and a safe, high quality water bottle is imperative - and with up to 80% of plastic water bottles winding up in the landfill each year, we're not doing the planet any favors by using them. Healthwise,  plastic can break down in heat and other conditions, leaving us to ingest who knows what! We do know that BPA's in plastics are not good for us. The Pure Glass Bottle is the safest, best choice when it comes to a water bottle...and don't let the 'glass' fool you - if this sturdy bottle ever breaks, the shards and liquid are held together with its safe-shell technology - meaning no glass all over the place. You simply toss the 100% recyclable bottle into the recycling container - no mess!



No worries about spilling either - simply position the handle straight up and it's locked in place. When it's flipped down, you can easily flip open the top and access the drink spout. I also like that the drinking spout is completely covered by the lid - so no germs, dust, or other environmental nasties can settle on it.  It's not heavy at all and it's nice to have a container where the taste of the water won't be affected at all (like can happen with plastic & aluminum bottles).  I also love this bottle because it has a nice big opening, so you can add fruit slices and/or ice cubes to it with no problem! 

After yoga, you'll need to repair and rejuvenate those muscles you just worked out, and that's where my next products will fit in just right into your fitness routine.

A very important component of working out is actually the recovery period afterwards....when it's important to keep all those muscles loose and feeling good. Without taking care of ourselves during the recovery phase, we can experience pain, muscle soreness, and loss of flexibility. Yes, there are generic foam rollers out there, but you generally have to buy a few in different sizes to be able to work out large muscles & smaller areas.  The enso Muscle Roller by EvoFit is truly a game changer.  This roller comes with 8 discs (2 different sizes) that can be configured in a number of ways on the 13" aluminum tube to work absolutely every part of your body! Use just one to really zone in - or use all 8. It's easy to both click in place right where you want them on the tube and remove when you need to.



I love using this on my legs, where I simply apply a bit of pressure as I roll it (I have the discs positioned to where I can do both legs at the same time) and when I hit a spot that is particularly sore, I keep the pressure on it and stop rolling for about 20-30 seconds.  This is usually just the right amount of time where, if I'm really staying relaxed and keeping my breath flowing smoothly, I can really feel those muscles loosening up!

Whether you want to massage your thighs or pinpoint a small part of your back - the enso is truly like getting a professional deep tissue massage! If you experience any type of muscle soreness or those knots after physical activity, you are going to love this! 

For taking a little time out to relax, nothing is better to me than enjoying a little time laying on the Bed of Nails!!! I love this little mat and every one of its 210 plastic spikes!! You can read my full review for the complete scoop, but this is a fantastic acupressure mat that can leave you feeling more energized, relaxed, with better circulation and less muscle aches! 



When I'm spending my time meditating & relaxing after yoga (on that Bed of Nails!), I love to light my Scented Soy Candle from Aurorae. It's one of nine 100% soy wax aromatherapy pledge candles they have - with the intent being lighting and focusing on what you'd like to concentrate on working on while you meditate. I have the "Patience" pledge candle which has a very fragrant & relaxing rose scent. You can choose from Harmony, Compassion, Healing, Love, Patience, Creativity, Perseverance, Peace, & Spirit - all with a different fragrance. Three new candles are coming out soon - Warming, Cooling, and Growth. These all natural candles produce no black soot and have a burn time of 30-35 hours!



If you find you need a little something to help these aches and pains on the go, pick up an Arctic Ease Wrap, which is both a cold & compression wrap. It can keep help provide relief from pain and/or swelling for up to three hours. It's also nice because there's no irritating menthol that you might find in some creams and it's a nice wrap vs. a clunky cold pack. Just apply it and go on with your day.



If you're looking for a class near you, check out Yoga Finder, which breaks it down state by state and then into cities & towns - or simply search by zip code!!



No time to leave the house for a class? No problem - Acacia TV is your go-to spot for fitness classes at your fingertips...on your schedule! When you sign up, you have access to 100 hours of fitness programming...from yoga & pilates, to belly dancing & ballet, cardio, kickboxing, sculpting, and core work - and there's something for every fitness level!  If it's yoga you're looking for, check out one of the many classes offered by Yoga Master Shiva Rea. I checked out her "Daily Energy Flow" which I really liked because you can watch any of the 20 minute segments, plus there are 5-7 minute long meditations & stretches you can choose to do if you're short on time or just need a pick-me-up -- or there's the option of doing the entire 168 minute program. 



All of these programs are available to be viewed on your PC, Mac, iPhone & iPad (Safari), Galaxy S4 (browser), and on Roku TV.  There's absolutely no way you can ever get bored working out with so many workouts at your fingertips 24/7.  The best part....the unbelievable price! They're currently having a 10 day free trial and, once that's ended, the cost is just $6.99 a month!!! You can buy a 90 day pass for $14.99 or treat yourself to a year of home workouts for just $49.99! Try finding classes at the gym for those prices!!

So there you have it, some of my favorite yoga & fitness products.  Do you have any you love or want to try?

xoxo,
Gigi









Disclaimer: Some, but not all, of the above products above were received at no cost in order to facilitate reviews. All opinions are my own.

Review: Foxbrim Complete Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Vitamin A + Antioxidants


It's hard to find a good moisturizer that doesn't leave your face feeling heavy & greasy.  Personally, I don't like the feeling of a layer of heavy cream on my face, even after it has been absorbed.  I always feel like my pores are clogged and I'm going to wake up with a break out! 

It's also nice to find a product that is 100% natural and organic - so you're not putting any questionable additives or parabens which may adversely affect our health into our bodies.  As an animal lover, I automatically give a bonus point to any company who does not take part in animal testing.  

Meet Foxbrim!  I'd never heard of this brand before to be completely honest, but was recently able to try their Complete Anti-Aging Moisturizer and want to tell you a bit about it.

It's called complete because it contains all the great things you need to give your skin an all over boost...

Vitamin A (Retinol) - 100% pure Retinol works on your skin's elasticity by boosting collagen production, plumping up those fine lines! 

This also helps shrink your pores and can help with breakouts and calm down redness. Used over time, you may also see a lightening of discoloration caused by sun damage. 



A lot of products with Retinol can leave your skin irritated, dry and even peeling, but the addition of antioxidants (namely Aloe Vera) in this one gives you all the great benefits of Retinol without any of the unpleasant side effects.

I found this moisturizer to be gentle, non-greasy, and didn't clog my pores or leave a heavy feeling on my face, despite being a very creamy product. There is also no scent/fragrance for those who have sensitivities.

I did have a bit of an intermittent problem with getting the pump applicator to work right.  Sometimes it took me just one or two pumps to get the product to dispense.....sometimes it took me 20-30 and a few shakes and taps.  I may have gotten a bum pump, but must mention.  The product itself is great - the pump, not so much.

I like using this moisturizer at night as part of my pm skin care ritual and enjoy the healthy look and feel of my skin in the morning!

Foxbrim's Complete Anti-Aging Moisturizer has a list price of $79.99, but can be purchased from Amazon for just $17.99! If the price isn't enough of a 'wow!' for ya, they also offer a 100% (every-penny) money-back guarantee if you're unsatisfied for any reason.  So it really is a risk free purchase.

Foxbrim also has a full line of skin care products available - toner, argan oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c serum, and eye cream for dark circles & puffiness.

I'm happy to have discovered Foxbrim. If you're looking for a product that will moisturize and help fight off the signs of aging, this just might be the one for you!

xoxo,
Gigi 




Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product and brand. Yours may differ.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fashion: Kate Moss - My Casual Fashion Icon. Her Looks for Less

If I had to pick one celebrity style I most like when it comes to casual street wear, I'd have to say Kate Moss.

I love the ease of her layered outfits, her love of skinny jeans, basic tees, ankle boots and flat/low heels - not to mention she's a gal who likes a big bag and big sunglasses (my friends don't call me "The Bug" for nothin'!)....but if I could wave a magic wand over dear Kate, I would love her to switch out her furs & leather for the kinder faux versions....but we can't have it all.

The 40 year old keeps her daytime makeup nude & natural and always seems to look pulled together effortlessly....then again, I suppose when you're a supermodel, you can roll out of bed, throw anything on, and look like a million bucks!! 

Here are a few of my favorite Kate looks and some "Kate-spirations" I've thrown together on Polyvore --- recreating her original look for a lot less.  No piece is over $100, with most being under $40 & some under $20!



Kate-spiration


Kate-spiration 3

Kate-spiration 2

Kate-spiration 4

Kate-spiration 4 by myfabfitforties 


I'm completely loving the first & last look - especially the red jacket (I am a jacket addict in the Fall -- give me a good boucle jacket and I'm happy!) and the leopard tote is calling my name.

Do you have a signature casual style? 

xoxo,
Gigi

Halloween Giveaway Hop! Win 50 Classic Horror Movies/2-DVD Set! US Only Ends 10/2



I'm happy to take part in this blog hop with a couple terrific other blogs, where you can win some Halloween inspired prizes! 

My giveaway is for a fantastic DVD for all you old horror movie buffs out there!

You'll win the two-dvd set that contains fifty classic horror movies!! You'll find Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., and more!  

Perfect for a Halloween movie marathon or playing in the background at your Halloween party! Hours and hours of chills & thrills await, without all the blood & guts!

You'll get:



  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
  • Blue Beard 
  • The Corpse Vanishes
  • Night of the Living Dead 
  • Doomed to Die 
  • The Phantom of the Opera 
  • The Indestructible Man 
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
  • Nosferatu 
  • Swamp Women 
  • The World Gone Mad
  • The Little Shop of Horrors 
  • Tormented
  • The Monster Walks 
  • Monster from a Prehistoric Planet 
  • The Gorilla 
  • A Shriek in the Night 
  • Bloodlust 
  • The Amazing Mr. X
  • Last Woman on Earth
  • The Bat 
  • The House on Haunted Hill 
  • The Last Man on Earth
  • Dementia 13 
  • Phantom from 10,000 Leagues 
  • Carnival of Souls 
  • Atom Age Vampire 
  • Creature from the Haunted Sea 
  • Nightmare Castle 
  • Black Dragons 
  • Invisible Ghost 
  • One Body Too Many 
  • White Zombie 
  • Attack of the Giant Leeches 
  • The Screaming Skull 
  • Beast of Yucca Flats 
  • The Terror starring 
  • Revolt of the Zombies 
  • The Giant Gilla Monster 
  • The Fatal Hour 
  • Dead Men Walk 
  • The Mad Monster
  • Maniac 
  • Metropolis
  • The Vampire


  • If you want to enter to win, just fill out the rafflecopter form below! This giveaway is open to US only and will end at 11:59pm on October 2, 2014

    Only one entry per person/email/IP please! Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted via email after winning entry is verified.  Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

    Once you've entered, make sure you hit the other blogs for more chances to win - including the grand prize!

    Good luck!

    xoxo,
    Gigi


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    Disclaimer: My Fab Fit Forties is solely sponsoring her own giveaway & will be responsible for this giveaway only; however - other bloggers in this hop are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

    It's time for the 

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Review: The Best Natural Homemade Soaps by Mar Gomez


    I've been into making soap for a couple of years now - whether it's an easy melt & pour or a more time consuming cold pressed with lye, goggles, and the whole 9 yards - it's really fun to create new soaps and it can be a little addicting too once you get started!! 


    I think I'm stocked on essential oils for a while!

    I have a few books on soap making, some have been great and some have just been way too complicated for me.  I am definitely a beginner-intermediate level 'soaper'.

    I was happy to receive a copy of The Best natural Homemade Soaps book by Mar Gomez ($24.95) a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to go through it!

    The 224 page book not only gives you 40 recipes for olive oil based soaps (super moisturizing), it clearly breaks down pretty much everything you'll need to know about soap making....

    - The history of soap & soap making, which was really interesting
    - Utensils you'll need, how to prepare for soap making, which location is best
    - Ingredients & essential oils
    - A quick overview (great for referring back to)
    - Helpful Tips
    - Step by step instructions
    - A resource guide



    You'll find out how to make 40 different soap, all starting out with the same three bases: Olive Oil, Lye (caustic soda), and water!

    From there you can choose from soap recipes with ingredients like Sandalwood, Kiwi, Bran, Lavender, Oat, Lemon, Green Tea, and more.



    Each recipe contains an overview page explaining the soap or the essential ingredient in it.  For example, the coconut soap tells you the best type of coconut water to use, how to extract it....and interesting tidbits like - did you know the trunk of a palm tree tastes like asparagus??

    Then you get to the recipe page which also contains a side bar of fun facts, tips, and other important notes about the soap.  The next page is a section on how that particular soap affects the skin.  With the coconut soap, you'll learn that it's great for oily skin, but shouldn't be used on children.

    There are also gorgeous color photos to accompany each recipe!

    I wanted to make a lavender soap and decided to make it into a loofah soap (great for exfoliating!), so I left out the dried lavender - I found the recipe very easy to use and I can't wait until I can use these wonderfully scented soaps!!



    Once you have your arsenal of ingredients, you'll find soap making at home can be really fun and economical.  Especially if you're trying to weed out all the nasty chemicals & additives that are often found in soaps we find in stores.

    This book was just released September 11, 2014, so you can be one of the first to get your hands on it!! 

    I absolutely loved this book - and whether you're a beginner or a soap making genius, this book will absolutely teach you some things you never knew about soap making! You'll learn the best soap to make for any skin type or skin condition, as well as why certain ingredients are more beneficial than others!

    Robert Rose books has an amazing selection of cooking, baking, health & wellness, and parenting books.  I've had the opportunity to review a few recently (more reviews coming this week) - and I'm amazed at how all encompassing they are - I always love getting the mail and seeing something from them because I know it's going to be a great read.  

    You can connect with Robert Rose books socially on Facebook and Twitter

    The Best Natural Homemade Soaps book is one of three Robert Rose books I'm giving away in the "Fall In To Green Living" giveaway, so if you'd like the chance to win a copy for yourself, make sure you head over to enter before it ends on 9/22!! 

    Have you made soap before? What's your favorite scent?

    xoxo,
    Gigi



    Disclaimer:  I received the book above at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own opinion of, and experience with, this product.  Yours may differ.