Monday, October 30, 2017

IT'S GIGI DAY! A New Adorable Member Joined The @MyFingerlings Family

Today's the day..

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It's GIGI DAY!
What's GIGI day you ask?
Well WowWee Fingerlings added the newest member to their interactive family today...Baby Unicorn Gigi!

She's adorable & sweet!
She's interactive and so fun to play with...just ask our daughter who, when she arrived, spent about an hour at the countertop figuring her out!
She makes fun sounds, responds to your touch & certain movements and will become your little one's "BEST FRIEND"!
WowWee Fingerlings are exclusive to ToysRUs and are selling like HOTCAKES!  
In fact, they are guaranteed to be one of the hottest toys for Christmas 2017.

HURRY...RUN...Have your friends pick them up for you...but grab your Baby Unicorn GIGI before everyone else has.

CLICK HERE to check out the entire Fingerlings Line!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Time For A SKIN DETOX - Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque

If you've been following my blog much lately, I've been doing a lot of MAKEUP reviews for Halloween.  
Which means that my poor skin has been worked over, messed with and washed more than normal.  

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What my skin needs is a little SKIN DETOX...and I have the perfect product to do that with.
I've used Queen Helene products before, for my skin before and really like the results.
So I MASQUED up with this "ANTI POLLUTION" masque and even though it didn't look pretty, it sure did feel amazing.  
I'm pretty sure every single pore I have on my face came to surface, which means it really did pull out the garbage that's been piling up in there.  
My skin was tight and tingly...I could really feel it working.  When I washed it off with warm water, my skin felt amazing and I always follow up with cold water to close the pores completely.  
MY FINAL RESULT was pretty fantastic!  
I will definitely be using this product again.  
I'm sure my girls will be begging to try it out too.

CLICK HERE to learn all about Queen Helene products, because they do offer more than just skincare products.  And in my opinion, this would be an excellent stocking stuffer for any mommy, tween or teen girl in your life.  
All girls love facial masks and this one is ON POINT!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's A @HardCandyLife Halloween - ULTIMATE Ariel Look

I am working on Halloween this year!  
That means that I get to "dress up" and have fun being a character who is a little different than myself.

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I love DISNEY PRINCESSES!  The first year I met my husband, I dressed as Snow White.  There's just something about their look that is so much fun to "dress up" like.


This year I chose "The Little Mermaid" Ariel.  
I am recycling part of a costume our daughter wore last year (the leggings) and I purchased the rest to give it a more "lifelike" look.  I chose a wig that isn't SUPER BRIGHT RED, but more natural red.  I chose an open shoulder swing top instead of shells...cause I will be working at a restauarnt and clearly can't wear shells.  I chose a sweet little starfish clip for my hair too.  All the details of the costume are worked out...it's just the makeup touches I needed a little help with.


THANK GOODNESS for HARD CANDY.  
You guys have seen our reviews and know this is a brand that we love using in our home.  Especially since I have two tween/teen daughters who are also learning to use make up.  They sent me a part of their Limited Edition HALLOWEEN Collection 2017, which went perfectly with my costume for this year, because it's all about sparkles and shimmer.  PERFECT for a Disney Princess costume.
As you can see, my finished look is very PRINCESS and very sweet.  It's exactly the look I wanted & will be perfect for my work shift!
These Limited Edition Halloween Hard Candy products brought just the perfect amount of shimmer to my already VIBRANT costume.
HURRY TO WALMART and grab your Halloween Makeup finishing touches from the Hard Candy display!  
You'll be all glittered up and ready to go trick-or-treating with all the Unicorns and Mermaids this year.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Hard Candy products!

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Achieve The ULTIMATE EMo-Gothic Look With @SallyHansen & @RimmelLondonUS

Halloween is such a fun time a year!  
You get to dress up as something you may have always wanted to be.  
Or you can dress up as something you've never imagined being.  
Regardless it's always fun to tap into your creative side when coming up with costume ideas and plans for how you'll dress and look on that night.  
YES...even parents can get into the HALLOWEEN Spirit!!

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I received some fantastic products from Sally Hansen and Rimmel London, to achieve the ultimate "EMO-GOTHIC" Halloween look on myself.  

First, I'd like to make sure to tell you guys that I am not really good with applying makeup.  
The simpler the better.  I really don't wear much makeup typically and application is not my high point.  With that being said, all the products that were sent were super easy to use and I think actually came out pretty well.
The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Set is awesome! 
It is way quicker & less expensive than actually going in to a salon to have your gel nails done.  It's especially perfect for me, because as a SERVER, I use my hands all day long at work and wash them a million times.  This polish will not only last my entire shift at work, but also throughout this coming week!  We used the Black-O color.  
The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is also fantastic (sent to me as well but not pictured), because it takes all the steps and puts them into one.  They sent me the Onyx color.
The Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens are SO MUCH FUN!  
I am horrible at art on nails or art in general, so this makes the process of adding some detail to my nails super easy and it actually turns out super cute.  I know I will be paid many compliments tonight as I head into work with my adorable Halloween nails.
I would never pick PITCH BLACK as an everyday color, but for this Halloween look, it really was ON POINT!  I did end up applying to layers, because I wanted the darker color achieved for the end result.  
Finally, the Rimmel London Scandeleyes Bold Liquid Eyeliner, simply made my eyes pop! 
I love that it can last up to 24 hours, because heaven knows that work shifts can be long, sometimes sweaty and I want my eyes to look fresh & HOTT for my entire work shift.
All of these products helped me achieve this above look...which in my opinion is pretty EMO-GOTHIC and Hott too!  
Not bad for a mommy of four and bonus mommy of two, right?

CLICK HERE to learn more about Sally Hansen Products!
CLICK HERE to learn more about Rimmel London Products!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Give A Gift That Will Give To Your Child's Teacher All Year Long - @ZeroWater

Christmas is coming, which means that you're probably starting to get your GIFT LIST together?  
We honestly just did that today at lunch...

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Every year, it seems that our Christmas list gets longer and longer!  
One of the most important people we have one our list is our children's class room teachers.  
Why?  
In reality, they spend more time with our kids during the daytime hours of the fall/winter/spring than we do.  They are responsible for the forming of our children's formal education and they honestly deserve a great Christmas present.  I'm not just talking about a Starbucks Gift Card (though I'm sure they appreciate that) or most of the other "trendy" gifts we often give.  

I'm talking about getting your teacher something for their classroom that will not only benefit them, but the classroom full of students as well.

Not sure about you, but our kids complain about the drinking water at their school.  
I send ours to school with reusable bottles (WE LOVE TERVIS) filled with water that's been filtered through our fridge filtration system.  To put it mildly, they are clearly spoiled.  
There are kids in certain parts of the world dying for a sip of clean water.  
Regardless, they complain about having to fill their bottles up with the tap water from the drinking fountains at the schools, and sometimes will go all day without drinking water because they wait to get home.  This is not good!
So what if we put ZEROWATER Filter dispensers on our list of things to buy for those teachers on our Christmas LIST...and make their whole year a whole lot healthier & happier?
ZeroWater Filter sent me their 23 cup dispenser (actually it's a 30 cup because 7 cups are in reserve) to check out & try for our family.  
Not only is it LARGE and capable of serving up several thirsty children (heaven knows we need this with six kids ourselves), it also removes things from the water that normal filtration systems might not get.  
Plus, it is under $40 for a gift that gives even cleaner water ALL YEAR LONG to your child's classroom & their teacher!
Did you know:  
The ZeroWater Filter 23 Cup Dispenser system is the largest on the market and easily fits inside the fridge or on the counter top.  Which means it would easily fit on a counter top or desk in a classroom at your child's school.  Our son would be willing to drink more water at school during the day if one of these dispensers was available to him in his classroom.  He could just refill his water bottle and head out to play!
It is also:

CLICK HERE to head over to their website and check out all the options ZeroWater has to offer.  
Maybe this isn't the perfect gift for your child's teacher, but even more so for your family or friends?  

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

@ShowMyCoco - Personalize Your Phone Case With Positive Energy

LIFE IS SOMETIMES HARD!  
Let's be honest, life can be hard a lot of times!
We could all use a little more positivity in our lives.

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I love learning about companies that were not only founded in hopes of making other's lives more positive but also companies that are created by families together too.
Show My Coco is a company that created a special "sliding door" phone case, with adorable epoxy & stainless steel charms to decorate them with.  These charms are guaranteed to make you smile and bring a little positivity into your life.
I mean, we use our phones all day, everyday, right?  
So what if your phone case was decorated with specific charms that simply cheer you up?
I designed mine with charms that make me smile thanks to Show My Coco!  
Decorating my Show My Coco iPhone 7Plus case was super fun and super easy.  
Each charm has adhesive on the backside to hold them into place.

Then you simply slide the clear door back over the top...and your case is decorated and ready for use.
My iPhone 7Plus looks adorable in my new Show My Coco case, and yours will too!
CLICK HERE to learn more about this adorable "sister owned" company and their products.
  
This product would make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your tween/teenage daughter.  She will have a blast picking out the perfect charms and then decorating it just the way she wants it.


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We Can't Stop Her From Growing Bigger...

It's PUPPY UPDATE TIME!!

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Harley is currently 5 months and 11 days old, to be exact.  
She is wicked smart, obsessed with her big brother's food (even though she's not supposed to eat it) and teething like crazy.
She's the only puppy I've ever had that I've actually found her puppy teeth around the house. 
 I think she's almost lost all of her baby teeth and these beautiful white adult teeth are growing in already!  
I try my best to keep her busy with bones and toys for her to chew on.
She loves to play with this one specific baseball squeaky toy.  
It's udderly annoying and she loves it!  
She's really good at playing fetch and even better at squeaky this silly ball.  The only upside...we've come to believe that she's a DODGER FAN too, since her favorite toy is a baseball.  
She still lets her mama hold her, even though she has grown to be almost as long as I am.
Though she isn't dressing up for Halloween, she's excited to see all the trick-o-treaters who come to say hello.
Not too much longer and she'll be as big as her big brother (who just got a fresh new haircut and looks like a total puppy again himself, minus the gray beard)!  
The best part about her?  She's so obedient for me!  
She loves her crate and feels safe in there, so much so, that she puts herself to bed sometimes...which makes me so happy.  She's a good girl!!
So there you go!  Harley is growing up big and strong (almost too big for her mama to pick up).  She's aware, protective already and loves to play with the kids and her furry brother.  
Can you tell we are still delighted still that she's grown into a wonderful addition to our family?

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about our puppy's growing up progress.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Healthier Condiments Do Exist & Still Taste Good? @ChutUpCondiments

WE ARE A FAMILY THAT LOVES CONDIMENTS!

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Whether it's ketchup, ranch, honey mustard, honey or even BBQ sauce...we LOVE to dip our food!  
Does your family have a need for all things SAUCY?

Some of our "favorites" are not the healthiest options when it comes to dipping.  Especially not when there are companies like "CHUT UP" out there!  Companies making condiments that are not only better for your, but may even be better tasting!
At first, I will admit I was iffy about the All Natural Beet Ketchup, because I really love KETCHUP a lot.  I wasn't sure it would taste right.  It does taste different than traditional ketchup, but it's really good.  LIKE REALLY GOOD!!  
I will definitely be dipping my french fries and corn dogs in this Chut Up Ketchup.
The All Natural Peri Peri Hot Sauce is HOT AND SPICY...but with good flavor.  It will be good served over enchiladas, on tacos, or even used to dip chips in.  YUMMY!!

Are you curious about healthier & even tastier (by some standards) condiments for your family?  Maybe this is an alternative perfect for you.  Maybe you're trying to cut down on sugar?  

CLICK HERE to learn more and check out how this business got it start...

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Can 16 Year Olds Find A Job Anymore?

When I was a teenager, I knew that I had to work!  It wasn't a choice, it was necesary for me to be able to drive.  My parents also wanted to teach me responsbility, which is so important at that age, and because of that...I got a job the summer of my Junior Year (when I was 16), which turned into a full time job my Senior Year (working 3:00pm-11:00pm everyday after school) as an x-ray clerk.

The world is not the same now, as it was when I was 16...OBVIOUSLY!

There were no companies coordinated with this feature.  I was not offered any monetary compensation by posting about his first job search experience.

We have a 16 year old son (even though he is only a sophomore).  He's smart, capable, handsome, creative, not super motivated (he just needs the right type of positive encouragement), and who needs to find some sort of employment to save money to buy a car, pay for gas, pay for his monthly car insurance and also so he can start dating if he wants.  All of this costs $$ and all of it requires him to push himself out of his comfort zone to walk into a place, shake hands with a stranger, look them in the eye and ask (almost beg) for them to give him his first work opportunity.



So who hires a 16 year old with NO work experience?

What types of companies are willing to give a young man the chance to step into his first experience with work responsbility, with earning & saving money he makes, with filing taxes, etc?


We spent this last Saturday morning driving around to places close to our homes (so he can walk, ride a bike or easily be dropped off/picked up) who have "help wanted" signs in their store fronts.  He also went into places that didn't.  He learned that some places won't hire under 18 year olds.  He also learned how to fill out an online application, do a personality/character test, etc.  We even created a resume for him to leave with each place he went into, even tough he has zero work experience so far.   He dressed nice, put on some cologne and styled his hair just right.  
It was awesome seeing his confidence build after every interaction.

I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE PROUD OF HIM!!  

He was brave, focused and the NEW confidence I saw spreading across his face made it worth it for sure!  
He needed this so much!

He is the first of our kids to start this process and I am hoping that it turns out to not only be a positive experience...but also encourages the younger kids too. 

So we will see...if a 16 year old can still get hired for a job with zero work experience!
  My hope is that he will get a call, start interviewing and that this will be the start of him growing into more responsbility and becoming more motivated towards his future goals.

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about this. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

@MacadamiaHair - Weightless Haircare Products For THIN HAIR!

MY POOR HAIR IS SO VERY THIN!  
Here comes a confession...
My hair is thinner than normal because I did the tape in hair extensions for our wedding in May (we did them ourselves at home and they were AMAZING), but I may have ripped half my hair out when it came time to finally take them out.

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I WAS ABSOLUTELY DEVESTATED!! 
I know...that's why most people pay to have their hair done professionally.  But to be honest, some people just simply can't afford to (budget has to be abided by)...which means we get crafty, watch YOUTUBE videos and end up ripping our hair out on accident.  The lesson?  
DON'T DO THIS AT HOME!

Because my hair is SO INSANELY THIN now...I need haircare products that won't weight my hair down even more.  I need products that are safe to use on color treated hair!  
This Mama has her fair share of WISDOM Whites!  I also need products that are not only going to help my hair look amazing but also improve the overall condition of my hair.
Macadamia Professional sent me some products to try out.  
Their products are made specially for hair like mine.  
Hair that needs a little extra help looking fuller and weightless!
Their products left my hair feeling soft, clean and airy (weightless).  
I am delighted by the overall feel, look and finished styling of my hair.  
I may not use the Foaming Volumizer Mousse daily, but I can't wait for my mom to come visit, so she can use it on her hair.  
She has not only thin hair, but uses mousse in her daily styling!  
She's going to love this stuff.  
Plus, I'll be using the Weightless Moisture Masque a few times a week to nourish my color and heat treated hair to it's best condition possible.  
I know these products aren't going to give me a miracle cure to my thin hair, but they are going to help me manage and even maximize my hair to it's potential.  
I am thrilled to have these products available to me, in my shower!

CLICK HERE to learn more about these amazing Macadamia Professional Products!

Right now they have FREE SHIPPING on all orders and you can save 25% with the code FALLNOW !
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