Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Favorite Tools for the Perfect Hair Day (PhD) Challenge

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation. #MC

I'm going to share a secret with you, I don't really like going to a salon to get my hair done. I don't know why but it's just not my thing. I definitely stretch the months between cuts as long as I can. In fact, it was July the last time I had it done. Is there a way to do this and still keep my hair healthy and looking great? I think so, and it's all about using quality products to care for it.

Since the end of summer my daughter and I have taken the Living Proof Perfect hair Day Challenge (PhD). That doesn't mean that we want perfect hair every day, it means that we want to find a product that will leave our hair looking it's best while still being healthy. No one wants nice looking hair that's actually not healthy, dry, and damaged, right? Do the Living Proof products meet the challenge? Let's see...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season by Jessie Haas- For Young Readers {Giveaway}

When I was little, I loved horses. I read any and every book about horses I could get my hands on. I was convinced that I would have a pony waiting for me under the Christmas tree. I would've loved the Bramble and Maggie book series. Have your young readers had to pleasure to read them yet? Maggie is a sweet and relatable little girl, and Bramble is her horse with a colorful personality all her own.
Maggie and Bramble are both sure to please young readers ages K-3rd grade, and not only the horse lovers. We were recently introduced to this series, and my boys have liked all three of them. My oldest Joshua (third grade) reads them out loud to my youngest, Isaac.

We were very excited about the newest book in the series- Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Giraffe Planter- Why Simple Makeovers are Awesome!

I used to think that to share a DIY or a makeover here on the blog it needed to be a huge one with a big wow factor and a ten step tutorial.
Then you know what? I realized that sometimes it's the little updates I make to pieces that just go right, and they're easy, and they're makeovers that anyone can do that I need to share.

Some of the posts that you all love here on the blog are the simple and practical ones, like my No-Sew Dr. Seuss shirt or the How to Clean Wax from Jars (who knew that would be an all time favorite). So, I thought maybe once or twice a month I'd share some of the simple makeovers I've done that I think will inspire you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Look Out- It's the Teeth Police! Plus, a FREE Sheriff Badge Printable

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. #MC

A while back I wrote about encouraging our two youngest son's heroic habits regarding tooth and oral care. About how as a family, we've been trying to step up an effective oral care routine, my husband and I by leading by example. I mentioned how Josh and Isaac love their hero Avengers LISTERINE Smart Rinse.
Well that was great, but I've found as the weeks have gone by a new strategy has been working wonders across the household. We decided to change tactics a bit and actually let them think we are following their lead during tooth brushing time. We've made it their job to remind us when it's time to brush, rinse, and floss. And let me tell you, they've taken ownership of this initiative and run with it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CRAFTFAIL: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong

I was given a free copy of this book to help facilitate my review, but as always my opinions are 100% my own. 
I do include my Amazon affiliate link in this post.

Do you ever browse Pinterest and see all these beautiful crafts, yummy recipes, DIY home decor and think "Hey, I can totally do that!" only to find that it doesn't turn out quite as great as you thought it would?
Would it make you feel better to know that you're not alone? Crafters, bloggers, DIYers, we've all had those craftfail moments, we just don't always brag about them. Until now! The new book CRAFTFAIL by blogger and crafter Heather Mann of is the creative failure tell-all book. The inspiration photos side by side with the real results will leave you cracking up, and ultimately feeling like you should give yourself a pat on the back for the good job you did on your own craft endeavors!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mom, We're Home, Can We Have a Snack?

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

"Hey Mom, we're home, can we have a snack?"

That's often the first phrase I hear when my kids get home from school. They all eat lunch so early that by the time they're home, they're hungry.
So as a parent, of course I want to give them a little something that's easy but healthy that won't ruin their dinner appetites. Sometimes that's a banana, crackers, or applesauce, but recently they've found a new favorite- Jif To Go Dippers. The kids like them because, well, they taste good! And I like them because they're perfectly portioned, convenient, and they're packaged in either pretzels and creamy peanut butter or pretzels and chocolate silk (my favorite).
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