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Fried Hair? 5 Tips to Keep Your Hair From FRYING!!!

Fried Hair? 5 Tips to Keep Your Hair From Frying! Check Out these 5 tips to help keep your hair healthy!
Fried Hair? 5 Tips to Keep Your Hair From Frying!So often we don’t realize what we are doing to our hair, when we’ve finally fried it we wonder what the heck happened.  It can take a while to narrow down just exactly finally did it.  We’re skipping the questioning part so that we know at least a few causes.  Maybe these will keep us from the inevitable burnout.

When I got the HSI Ceramic Flat Iron to try out, I wanted to make sure that learning to use a flat iron didn’t do my hair in.  My first note of it was that it had adjustable heat, how necessary that is!  It doesn’t take the same amount of hear for every type of hair.  Thinking of stories I’ve heard about flat ironing ones hair back in the day, I definitely don’t want to do that, considering my hair is not at all coarse.  I also love that it has an on and off switch.  No need to worry about unplugging it every single time!

Fired Hair? 5 Tips to Keep Your Hair From Frying!

No More Fried Hair!

  1. Style with a heat temperature to your hair type.  Fine hair will need a lower temperature than those with coarse hair.
  2. When using a flat iron, don’t use it for long periods and make sure you are using a product to keep your hair from burning, the HIS came with a sample of Argan oil. It worked great for me!  Also, don’t hold it in one spot more than 2-3 seconds it’s easy to burn hair!
  3. Use your flatiron on dry hair, never wet or damp!
  4. Don’t use much hairspray before you use your flat iron!
  5. Clean your flat iron periodically with alcohol (once cool)

Got any great tips?

I’m new to this girlie stuff,

would appreciate any you’d like to share!

Originally posted 2017-07-11 14:05:05.

Handy DIY Wipes for Pennies! #UnleashTheCleanSquad @VivaTowels @Clorox @Walmart

DIY Wipes for Pennies with @Viva @Clorox & @Wal-Mart!Clorox is a household name, everyone knows it.  Viva however is new to the block, or at least new to my radar.  I picked them up originally because I was couponing and found a great deal.  Now that I’ve tried them, I’m hooked.  It’s funny, I love them so much I’m running around telling people how much they have to try them!  Now with Clorox BLAHBLAHBLAH spray, it’s like the newest all-star team!

 

DIY Wipes for Pennies with @Viva @Clorox & @Wal-Mart!
Viva Paper Towels are even strong enough to scrub the chopping block! Win!

I bought mine at Wal-Mart recently, didn’t even have to go inside thanks to the fabulous pick up they have now!  It’s great for when I have a hundred errands to run because I can place the order in advance, they’ll do all the gathering and then I simply have to pull up and let them know, then my groceries are delivered right to the car!  No worries, no hassle, just on my way!  It’s especially great when the kids have fallen asleep in the back while I’m running around!

 

 

Saving time not enough?  You can also save money on them with ibotta!  If you haven’t tried it out yet, it’s super simple and a guaranteed way to get money back on some of your purchases!  Viva currently has a deal (we are now stocked up on paper towels AND I got a rebate!)  I love using ibotta to have a little extra stashed back for holidays or emergencies!  They pay you directly to paypal in just a few days when you cash out so I know it’s going to be there when I need it!

My favorite use?  Cleaning up the sticky finger messes after watermelon or popsicles, like these amazing Strawberry IcePops! No matter how hard you try, it never seems like you can completely keep the sticky off of everything!  With my DIY Clorox wipes and viva paper towels, clean-up is quick and easy.  I put them in small containers so that I can keep them in my car, ready for any mess, any time.  I will admit, my friends think I’m totally winning life when we’re at the park and I have those handy!

Quick and simple: since Viva are already in half sheets, simple fold again and place in a container, then pour on Clorox Clean Up Cleaner with Bleach and you are ready to go!  I love having them on hand around the house and I don’t have to spend a ton extra on buying pre-made wipes!DIY Wipes for Pennies with @Viva @Clorox & @Wal-Mart!

Originally posted 2017-07-08 11:13:57.

Friendship Lesson for the Kiddos! #HalloweenTract

If you’ve never enjoyed the challenge of teaching children week after week, you may not quite get how big of a challenge it is.  However, if you have children you definitely get it.  Whether you are looking for non-scary ways to celebrate Halloween with your children or simply want an alternative to the traditional, I’ve found a great Halloween Tract to ‘hand out’ or just to get to teach your own children.  Let the Little Children Come has some awesome products, I especially love these little pumpkins they have!

This little craft product has so many great lessons!  Is there anything better than candy?  With the inside of each panel of the pumpkin comes a message that s essential for our children and ourselves!  It can be a challenge to come up with new and interesting projects.  This one is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or anytime for the Fall!  Perfect time to get yours ordered so that you are ready when September gets here!Friendship Lesson for the Kiddos!

Good friends listen to each other!

Have the children take turns with a ‘friendship item’ telling one thing they like about themselves.  This has two purposes; it builds the child up while teaching the children to find good things about others.

Next, ask the children to say something they like about another child.  In order to avoid everyone picking the same person, I suggest having the sit across from one another; definitely consider splitting up the children from their ‘normal’ group of friends, and having them pick something about the child across from them.

Making this quick and fun will help ensure that the kids maintain attention.  As you begin a craft or some other fun project, challenge the kids to try extra hard to listen to what people say when they speak.  You have no planted the best seed to help the children get on track to listen to others!

This little game goes perfect with the adorable little pumpkins featured and they are the perfect Segway into the lesson taught inside each side of the craft.  There are so many wonderful ways this fun little game can teach valuable lessons!

Looking for more great lessons for the little ones?  Or for the little one in you?  Check out what optical illusions can teach you!  If all this fun doesn’t lower your stress, this will so have some fun and enjoy life!

Originally posted 2017-07-01 06:59:48.

Feeling Lucky? @LugzNYC & an Herbal Foot Soak!

Shoes are absolutely awesome and most days I really like wearing them and then there are other days. Unfortunately, nobody lets me go barefoot and frankly I’ve seen the bottom of my feet after running through a parking lot and I really do not love that.  However, since society and filth dictate the necessity for me to wear shoes,  at least I feel like I’m barefoot sometimes. Let’s face it, our feet are made to walk.  *Queue the Boots are Made for Walking song to now be stuck in your head.  Your welcome. LOL*

My new Lugz Seabrooks are a great break from the dress shoes that I have to wear to work sometimes. They make me feel like I’m not wearing shoes at all sometimes except my feet are protected and stay clean. LOL Isn’t that nice? With the canvas on the outside, they are easy to wipe clean which makes them perfect for any kind of chores!  I love that I can work in the garden in them, hose them down and dry them in the dryer then wear them again with nearly anything!  Lugz Seabrook’s can go from the playground and casual dress to (in the right color) business in just a dusting of a hand towel and a change of clothes!  

Ahh, promotional items!  I did get these for free in exchange for this review.  However, my opinion is my own.  To that note, here are the things I don’t like…  Typically, I wear running shoes.  I always have.  This is the very first pair of shoes I have ever owned in this type.  It takes some time for your feet to adjust if you don’t normally wear shoes without support.  That’s it.  That’s my only complaint.  That being said, I will definitely be getting more shoes in this style in the future.  While they won’t be the shoes I wear for walks and runs, they will definitely be on my feet quitte frequently!

After a long day at work or play, we should all find a way to treat ourselves.  So, below is a fabulous way to make a simple foot bath to soak your feet in and relieve emotional stress at the same time!  What could be better after a long day when time is of the essence?

Hate your big feet?  Here’s a little tidbit I came across that I thought I would share.  The Karo Batik people of Indonesia find larger feet far more sexy, but then perhaps they aren’t bombarded with media telling them what to think!  So, ladies and gentlemen, perhaps if media didn’t control our opinions as if we were sheep we would all be loving big feet!  Until then, that’s a thought to keep in our arsenal!  I have big feet, I say it’s because I’m so tall I need the help with my balance.

Need an amazing foot soak? Check the Herbal Foot Bath below!  Catch Lugz on their SiteFacebook, Instagram & Twitter for awesome updates & more!

Not enough time for a full soak? My suggestion is to make the mixtures in something you can seal, then wipe down your feet and prop them up for a while!

Herbal Foot Bath

Soften feet & Relieve Stress

All In One

¼ Cup Carrier Oil: this can be olive, coconut, almond etc. Whatever you like!

15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Below are some concoctions you may find helpful:

lavender and/or chamomile – For Calming

bergamot and/or sweet orange – To Uplift You

* clary sage and/or sandalwood – To help you Find The Moment

* eucalyptus and/or peppermint – To invigorate you

*ginger – For Warming

*jasmine – For Sensuality

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Originally posted 2017-05-01 00:00:17.

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Originally posted 2017-04-06 06:49:33.

Reducing Emissions: Recycling Benefits in Perspective

5 Amazing Facts About Recycling And GHG Emissions

Originally posted 2017-02-18 00:16:32.

Most Uniquely Awesome Valentine’s Gifts Ever! @theApollobox

When I came across The Apollo Box’s website, time paused for me a moment and I got lost.  Somehow, when I came back it had been a couple of hours!  They have some of the most awesome and unique products!  Some of which I had seen other forms of, others that I had never heard of at all.  Regardless of who you are shopping for or what the occasion, you can find it with them!  You’ll even find some amazingly cool decor for just about any room design!  I have got a ‘Gotta Have’ List of decor for more than one room in my house, solely full of Apollo products!

Another cool thing about Apollo?  They partner with individuals to bring YOUR creation to their customers!  How awesome is that!?!  You all know by now that I LOVE small businesses and I am loving that The Apollo Box seems to share that sentiment!

I’ve put together some photos of their fabulous Valentine’s Gift Boxes to give you a little taste, soon I will add my personal review to this post as well.  Of course, you could always just pick your favorite products and build a more personalized gift, but as one who loves surprises, I’d say get a box and random surprises!  I’d love for you to check them out and let me know what product you were most in awe of!  Bonus kudos if you have a great reason that you love it!

Currently, if you order an Apollo Box, you receive an Augmented Reality Valentine’s Card for FREE!!!!

Unique & Awesome Gifts: Apollo Gift Box for Her: Beauty


 Gift Box For Her: Beauty

($50 to purchase, includes everything listed below)

Swarovski Lollipops ($22 ARV)

Super adorable and I love the touch of the accent ‘jewel’ on the end of the lollipops!  If the showmanship is in the details, then they have got it top notch!

Bath Bomb ($15.99 ARV)

Smells absolutely fabulous!  I haven’t tried it in the bath yet, but I know it’s going to be wonderful!

Jelly Lipstick ($22 ARV)

Let me just say, I love this Lipstick!  The color changes slightly with the temperature and it has a great staying power!  Not to mention, the flower and gold flakes in side are gorgeous!

Valentine AR card ($15.50 ARV)

Pictured on the end, I just love this card!  Pictured on the end, the top image is what it looks like at a glance, the bottom is underneath a light!  Not only is that really cool, it’s also just the sentiment my husband has been saying for years!  Yeah, sometimes he’s a sweetie!

Gifts for Her Beauty Box

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I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions are ALWAYS my own.

Originally posted 2017-01-27 07:49:24.

#TennesseeChristmas with Amy Grant Review

amy-grant-tennessee-christmasWhen I was growing up, I loved the smooth voice of Amy Grant.  I would listed to her songs over and over!  Among my favorites, Say You’ll Be Mine, Big Yellow Taxi and Lucky One to name just a few!  They always made me feel so good and I loved singing them in my room as I played.  Good memories of summer come up in my mind when I think of it, the warm breeze coming in through my open window.  Yeah, it brings a smile to my face!  I really needed that memory today and am grateful it came to me!

On to her newest album: Tennessee Christmas It is the first I’ve heard of her in quite some time and I was very excited when I got the offer to receive the album for free in exchange for this review!  A FREE Amy Grant CD just for doing what I already do?  Of course!  Her voice has changed over the years, not quite the same as it was 20 years ago.  In my opinion, she has developed a more jazz like voice that is very beautiful.  Throughout the album, she has added her own special touches and memories to share with us.  I would love to hear her do some blues and jazz!

They are asking us to share videos using the hashtag #TNChristmasSurprise that they will use to make a compilation video to share from Amy’s social media accounts.  It will be a video similar to this one.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Originally posted 2016-12-03 20:52:52.

Coupons for Good: 4 Ways to Decorate on a Budget This December

Coupons for Good: 4 Ways to Decorate on a Budget This December

Decorating for the holidays is a tradition many people look forward to all year long. The twinkling lights, brightly colored displays, and special pieces handed down through the generations are a signal that it’s time to reflect on the past year and spend time with the people you love most. However, holiday decorations can come with a hefty price tag. With so many other things to spend money on during the holidays, anything you can do to save money on decor helps. Here are four tips to help you get into the holiday spirit without breaking the bank.

Get Crafty

When you buy expensive holiday decorations, you’re partly paying for someone else’s creative labor. To keep costs down and have some fun, create your own festive touches at home. Give a plain, inexpensive ornament some sparkle with glitter and sequins from your local craft store such as Hobby Lobby. Pick up some construction paper at gift cards and have the kids create a one-of-a-kind wreath. Shopping at gift cards and other retailers you might not normally associate with the holidays is a great way to avoid seasonally inflated prices.

Make the Most of What You’ve Got

Before you run out and buy something new, take a look around and think about how you can re-purpose things you already have at home.  Having to buy more and more can quickly add up to a very hefty price tag! If you have a stash of buttons in case of a clothing repair, turn them into charming gift cards instead. Fill Mason jars with candles to light a snowy path to your door. You can even transform something as seemingly useless as an gift cards into an adorable smiling snowman.

Plan an Ornament Swap

You don’t have to buy something new. Now is the perfect time to gather friends and neighbors together for an ornament swap. It doesn’t have to be formal — just invite folks over for a potluck lunch and ask them to bring any ornaments they’d like to exchange. If hosting is one thing too many on your holiday prep list, suggest such a swap as an alternative to the traditional gift exchange at your office, school, or club.

Change Up Your Tree

For many, the Christmas tree is the cornerstone of holiday decor. However, trees also require a lot of time, money, and effort. If you’re willing to try something different, you can save a ton of money and start a new tradition with a fresh take on a tree.

Keep it simple by drawing a tree on a wall with a simple strand of lights. Give old wrapping paper new life by cutting it into shapes of leaves and branches to craft a colorful tree. (These are also great solutions if you have limited floor space.) For a show-stopping alternative, stack your book collection in a narrowing circular pattern to create a multidimensional book tree that will be the envy of the avid readers in your life.

These creative holiday decorating ideas do more than help you save money. They offer great ways to bring people together, start new traditions, and remind your friends and family of what the holiday season is really about.

 

Originally posted 2016-11-29 21:36:35.

Groupon Coupons! Get your Big G Savings On!!!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Huge Savings With the Big Green G

When I was approached about Groupon, I was super excited to jump on board!  I love Groupon, as you may remember from my post ‘My old friend, The Big Green G.  I can’t get enough of Groupon, finding myself going back again and again!  Just having a house full is enough to make anyone need to find ways to save money!  With birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas here and around the corner, the need to save as much as possible becomes even more important!  I’m always looking for ways and I’m loving the fabulous coupons Groupon offers!

One of our little ones is about to be introduced to both Thanksgiving and Christmas for the very first time and I want to make it one to remember!  Right now, Groupon is offering a code for 20% off and free shipping to Things Remembered and I have found the most perfect things for the little one’s first holidays!  If you’ve never ordered from them or checked out their selection, now is the time!  Their products are beautiful and having them personalized makes them even more special!  Plus, the discount!  There are other discounts for them as well, the one I mentioned just so happens to be my favorite!  If you’ve got multiple people you want to buy for, or just multiple items you want, there is even a buy one, get one half off coupon!  You seriously can’t go wrong with Groupon!

Another coupon code I am psyched about is 40% off at Lane Bryant!  This year I have lost about 45 pounds and I need new clothes.  Plus, forty percent is HUGE!!!  You can also find a coupon code that will give you 75% off of clearance items!  In case you didn’t get that, you get 75% off of items already reduced!  Yes, these are total wins!  So go ahead, buy yourself something new!  After all, one can never save too much!

Originally posted 2016-11-14 20:14:34.