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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VIDEO + RECAP:
Essence My City 4 Ways
presented by Ford
+
Ginuwine Interview



This past weekend Essence + Ford hosted the My City 4 Ways event in D.C. and it was freaking AMAZING.  Let me just say that I was totally taken back by how fab this event actually was.  I don't know what I was expecting... probably something low-key and slightly janky.  But, I should've known better with Essence and Ford being involved.

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Eloquii Dress


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Loni Love

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McBride Sisters 



The event space was doper than dope.  Longview Gallery in D.C was the perfect backdrop and gave off chic/urban vibes.  Upon arrival, I was greeted with FREE valet parking courtesy of Ford.  This in and of itself blew me away because if you've ever been to D.C. then you know the premium on parking.  Once I gathered my edges from the free parking situation, I was welcomed with complimentary drinks + smiles from the staff.  I made my way to the photo station (of course) where you could print out your photos if you used the hashtag: MYFORDCITY.  All of this had me oohing and aahing!!  The next thing I thought was I needed to share this amazingness with somebody and since I was by myself, all I could is pull out my phone and share with my Instagram Stories Fam.  I made my way through the space, gathered my free t-shirt, took a complimentary test drive in the Ford F-150 (which by the way, FREAKING AWESOME) and waited around for the man of the hour... Ginuwine!!

Wait, let's rewind!  Did I forget to share that I actually interviewed Ginuwine??  Umm, yes so let's take a peek at what tips he had to share for busy parents on the go...




Then of course, Ginuwine took the stage and took us down memory lane with songs like "Pony" + "In Those Jeans".  Girl, he had me screaming the words like I was back in middle school.  By the way, WHY were we singing these songs in middle school?!  Oh well, that's my mother's issue not mine! LMAO.  Once the concert ended, everyone pretty much began networking + saying their goodbyes.  Hence, my cue to chuck the deuces + head back home to my family.

Thank you Essence + Ford for having me at this super cool event.  Can't wait to do it again... Until next time XOXOMCS

Monday, May 15, 2017

DAY 7 (last day):
Mother's Day Gift Guide
Suja Juice Cleanse



Wow.  Am I the only one who feels like this week of giveaways lasted FOREVER?!  It was fun but also gave me a peek into the day + life of a blogger who actually posts daily.  I wouldn't say it's hard, it just requires LOTS of planning and pushing yourself even when you don't want to.  But, what better way to end the week of giveaways than with a nice cleanse from Suja.  I don't think it's any secret that I love my Suja drinks!  I'm constantly sharing deals on where to buy them for the low low on Instagram Stories, so if you're not watching those then you're missing out. (but shhhh... Target constantly has them on sale)



Anyways, Suja gladly partnered with me to give one deserving Mom a 1-Day Cleanse.  Read more about which juices are included, how many + so forth here.  In the mean time, you definitely want to enter this giveaway and give your body the jumpstart it needs (or could use).  We've been doing this for a week now so you already know how to enter but just in case, its below!

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @lovesuja + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. Tag a Mom on the Instagram Image for today's giveaway who would love to win this.

Giveaway ends tomorrow at 12 PM.  US Entries Only.  You can enter each giveaway but may only win once.  Winners will be chosen by May 21, 2017 and announced here in the comments section.

Huge thanks to Suja for participating in this week's giveaway!  Good luck ladies.  Until next time...
XOXOMCS


Saturday, May 13, 2017

DAY 6:
Mother's Day Gift Guide Giveaway
Care of Vitamins

care of vitamins


I tried to include a little something for everyone in this week's giveaways.  Whether skincare, haircare, or healthy living options... I've tried to include it all!  Today's giveaway sponsor is a new one to my own regimen but I am obsessed with it.  Honestly, I'm obsessed with anything personalized!!   LOL.  Care of Vitamins is another personalized addition to my life.  While I do love to take a Daily Supplement that has all the vitamins and nutrients that a body may need, sometimes I do like to narrow down my ACTUAL needs and Care of Vitamins does that.   I can order the exact supplements that I need without getting a bunch of other things that I may need.  It's perfect.



Interested in trying them out yourself?  Well Care of Vitamins has given me a 50% off (first month) code to share: CANDICE50 for all those that may not win the giveaway.  It's a Win Win for all.  I say try to win and if you don't then go ahead and get your customized supplements at half off.

As always, entering to win this giveaway is easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @careofvitamins + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. Tag a Mom on the Instagram Image for today's giveaway who would love to win this.

Huge thanks to Care of Vitamins for participating in this week's giveaway!  Good luck ladies.  Until next time...


XOXOMCS


Friday, May 12, 2017

DAY 5:
Mother's Day Gift Guide Giveaway
My Favorite Bliss Products





Hey girl hey!  Happy Friday boo.  I don't know about you but it feels like this week just dragged.  I kept waking up every morning thinking it was Friday, only to realize it was like Tuesday.  But Friday is here and it's pay day for some of us, heeeeey!  But most importantly, Mother's Day is just days away.  We are still amidst the Mother's Day Gift Guide Giveaways and today's giveaway sponsor is Bliss!  Yes, girl... they are about to get our skin ALL THE WAY right regardless of how drained we may be as Moms, we won't look it.  LOL.



When they asked which products I wanted to giveaway, I decided that my faves from their line would be ideal.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably seen these MULTIPLE times during my skincare sessions on Stories.  I am obsessed with Bliss skincare... have been for YEARS!  During my angry acne years when I couldn't find anything that would work, I came across the Bliss Peeling Groovy Serum + it changed my life.  From then on, Bliss + I went togetha!  Needless to say, I want to share my love for their products with you all.  This giveaway includes: Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Gel, Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser, and Micro Magic Treatment.



As always, entering to win this giveaway is easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @bliss_spa + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. Tag a Mom on the Instagram Image for today's giveaway who would love to win this.

Huge thanks to Bliss for participating in this week's giveaway and always keeping my skin right!  Good luck ladies.  Until next time...
XOXOMCS

Thursday, May 11, 2017

DAY 4:
Mother's Day Gift Guide Giveaway
Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest, Daily Harvest Smoothies


With it being such a gloomy day here in the DMV area, I'm super happy I have what I need right here at home and don't have to go out for food.  When I'm not snacking on some fresh fruits or veggies, my Daily Harvest cups come in handy.  I've shared this over on Instagram quite a bit already but never here on the Blog (I don't think think!).

Let me just give you a quick rundown of what Daily Harvest is.  They provide all the fresh ingredients you need to make the perfect smoothie, in a cute little cup.  It's delivered to your door frozen and you just stick them in your freezer until you're ready to blend.  The cost is a bit up there but when you take into consideration how much it would cost to have completely different smoothies with more than (5) ingredients each (all different), the amount of money you would spend on those ingredients would be astronomical!  Yes, I've done the math before.  LOL.  The best I could do was (2) smoothies with entirely different ingredients for the same price as the Daily Harvest package.  Personally, I like variation so this is right up my alley.

Daily Harvest, Daily Harvest Smoothies

Daily Harvest, Daily Harvest Smoothies

Of course, Daily Harvest was one of the first companies I reached out to about partnering for this giveaway.  Us Moms are always looking for short cuts especially when it comes to taking care ourselves.  So, Daily Harvest is giving one of you a chance to win one week of smoothies (6-Pack) in this giveaway.  Rules + Entry details are below.  Good luck + thank you Daily Harvest for sponsoring this giveaway!!

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @dailyharvest + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. Tag a Mom on the Instagram Image for today's giveaway who would love to win this.

That's it.  Giveaway ends tomorrow by 12 PM, when the next Giveaway item is posted.  US Entries Only.  You can enter each Giveaway but may only win once.  Winners will be chosen by May 21, 2017 and announced here in the comments section (make sure you subscribe so you don't miss if you're chosen as the winner).




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DAY 3:
Mother's Day Gift Guide Giveaway
Personalized Yankee Candle

A few years back (okay probably more like 5 years ago... bear with me), I had been laid off from a job in the most shady way.  It was the first time I had ever been let go from a job so I took it very emotionally.  Other than pack my bags and file for unemployment (please believe, I did that first), there was nothing else to do but be patient and see where God was leading me.  During this time, my family was super supportive and lucky for me, it was summer break.  Although, I had a camera at the time, it was rarely being used.  So, I decided to pick it up finally and actually LEARN how to use it by capturing photos of my children.  This hobby became my clutch to get through this rough phase.  Over time, I became better and better and from that came one of my favorite pictures of them to date.


I have this photo EVERYWHERE in my home.  It's in frames, it's been a Christmas photo... I even have it on coasters!  LOL.  So naturally, when Yankee Candle said they would partner for this giveaway I already knew what photo I wanted on the Personalized Candle.  I'm a candle LOVER... have been for a very long time but I never thought about Personalized Candles until I saw the Yankee Candle commercial... the idea is freaking genius!  What's better than getting an amazing smelling candle?  One that's been personalized just for you, that's what.  Not only am I sharing this adorable concept with you in case you want to grab your own here but Yankee Candle is actually giving one away to one of you amazing Moms.  Yep, that means you have a chance to personalize your very own candle should you win!  Pretty cool, right?


Entering is easy, as usual.  Just make sure you follow ALL of the directions.

The rules are simple.  

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @yankeecandle + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. TAG a deserving Mom you know on today's giveaway image on my Instagram Account

Giveaway ends tomorrow at 9:59 AM or when the next Giveaway item is posted.  US Entries Only.  You can enter each Giveaway but may only win once.  Winners will be chosen by May 21, 2017 and announced here in the comments section.

That's it!  Until next time... XOXOMCS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Day 2:
EDEN BodyWorks Citrus Fusion + EDEN Kids Line
EDEN Wonder Moms Takeover


EDEN BodyWorks



Hey ladies!  Today's giveaway is a little different as I will also be doing an Instagram Takeover with the sponsor, EDEN BodyWorks.  It has been a little while since I did a Takeover but I always love these #EDENWonderMom Takeovers because it gives me a minute to share a bit more about me and my life as a Mom.  This year, I will be focusing more on the things I do to care for myself... and basically, keep my sanity!  LOL.  If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instagram Stories, then you know I love on myself from the inside out with all types of good food.  I think I'll share a little of this with you today during the Takeover so be sure to come join me from 5PM-9PM on EDEN BodyWorks Instagram page.

On to the giveaway...

EDEN BodyWorks Citrus Fusion

EDEN has graciously sponsored a giveaway of both their Citrus Fusion + EDEN Kids lines today.  It's a goody!  The Citrus Fusion line is so bomb and it's what I used for my Perm Rod Set this week.  I applied the Butter all over my head as a Leave-In then sectioned into four quadrants.  To each quadrant, I sprayed the Refresher focusing on the ends that had started to dry a bit.  When it came time to roll the rods, I applied 1 pump of the Foaming Mousse to each section of hair before rolling.  Besides the amazing scent that these products have, they also left my hair super soft and defined.  Honestly, I haven't used them on my body yet because I've been using the EDEN Skin products I have!  But you go ahead and win so you can give me the deets on using them for your body as well.



I know it's Mother's Day we're celebrating this week but come on, let's include the little ones who made us Mothers to begin with.  Not only will you win the EDEN BodyWorks Citrus Fusion line but you will win the entire EDEN Kids Coco Shea line for your little.  This is one of our favorite lines to use on Kennedy.  We are huge fans of just about every single product in the line but of course we play favorites.  The Berry Natural Smoothing Gel, Berry Curly Creme and Berry Natural Leave-In Detangler are actually products we reach for on the regular.  Like, ALL of us!  LOL.  I use the Gel all the time for myself, Kennedy + Taylor.  Gregory (my son) will spray his hair with the Leave-In and smooth some Curly Creme on occasion.  So, if you think this is a line for "babies" you're going to be pleasantly surprised.  Hence, why we've been fans of this line long time.

EDEN Kids Shea Coco

EDEN Kids Shea Coco



The rules are simple.  

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @EDENBodyWorks + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. TAG a WonderMom you know on today's Giveaway image on my Instagram Account

Giveaway ends tomorrow at 9:59 AM when the next Giveaway item is posted at 10AM.  US Entries Only.  You can enter each Giveaway but may only win once.  Winners will be chosen by May 21, 2017 and announced here in the comments section.

Good luck to everyone + remember, if you don't win you can always find these EDEN BodyWorks products in stores like: Sally Beauty, Target, HEB, Rite Aid and of course www.EDENBodyWorks.com.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Day 1:
Mother's Day Gift Guide Giveaway



Yay, the giveaways have finally begun!  Today's giveaway is from Dear Naturalista and it's their "The Magic is Real" mug.  Whether your magic comes from caffeine, wine or the good ole' baby Jesus (or a mix of all three), we all need this mug!  Entering to win is EASY.

1. Subscribe to this Blog
2. Follow @DearNaturalista + (myself) @MyCandiShoppe on Instagram
3. Comment both here (in the comments section) + on the Instagram Post (of this giveaway item).  Where do you get your "Magic" from?

That's it.  Giveaway ends tomorrow at 9:59 AM when the next Giveaway item is posted at 10AM.  US Entries Only.  You can enter each Giveaway but may only win once.  Winners will be chosen by May 21, 2017 and announced here in the comments section.

Don't forget to check out Dear Naturalista for other really cute pieces from mugs to statement tees and everything in between.  Huge thanks to them for sponsoring this giveaway.
Friday, May 5, 2017

The Ultimate Mother's Day
Gift Guide + Giveaway

With the amount of support I receive from you ladies day in and day out, I knew that this Mother's Day write up needed to be a little different than what I've done in previous years.  Most of you that have followed me for some time now are Mothers or have become Mothers in that timeframe.  We connect on that level with so many different topics and I appreciate having you in my online community.  So I've carefully curated a list of items that we all deserve to have and yes, many are my favorites for sure!  Whether you buy your own Mother's Day gifts (like I've done many times) or you leave it to the family, get your pen + paper out to jot down your own must-haves.

As I said before, I wanted this year to be a little different so I've partnered with a few of my favorite brands to do giveaways!  There will be a new giveaway from the Gift Guide posted here each day from May 8-12 with very minimal rules.  But make no mistakes, FOLLOW THE RULES.  LOL.  You can enter as many of the Giveaways as you want but you are only allowed to win one (if you're a winner).  Fun, right?!  Okay, so take a look at what I consider to be the Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide and tell me what's on your list in the comments...
Until Next time... XOXOMCS





1. The Magic is Real Mug: www.dearnaturalista.com
2. Personalized Care of Vitamins Pack: www.takecareof.com
3. Pink Hurom Juicer: www.hurom.com
4. Coach Apple Watch Strap: www.coach.com
5. Bliss Favorite Skincare Set: www.blissworld.com
6. Daily Harvest Smoothie 6 Pack: www.daily-harvest.com
7. Function of Beauty Personalized Shampoo + Conditioner: www.functionofbeauty.com
8. Bauble Bar Acryclic State Pendant Necklace: www.baublebar.com
9. Clarisonic Fit: www.clarisonic.com
10. Amazon Echo: www.amazon.com
11. SUJA 1 Day Cleanse: www.sujajuice.com 
12. Personalized Yankee Candle: www.yankeecandle.com
13. EDEN Bodyworks Citrus Fusion Line: www.edenbodyworks.com


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