Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We put our tree up last night....

Every year I try to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put our Christmas tree. I tried it doesn't mean that it always happens. This year With both the boys being a little bit older and a little bit more excited about putting up the Christmas tree we decided to go ahead and do it a week early. 


It all started with the Christmas ornaments. I had to go ahead and get shatterproof so that my boys well, wouldn't break anything. 





I can keep my boys out of the ornaments and away from the Christmas tree for more than five seconds on my husband was trying to get it ready. If only you could see the expression look on their face when I finally gave him the "okay"


It was all downhill from there.






I do have to say that I love, love our Christmas tree. It was all made with love and fun and a tradition that our family will continue to do every year ending with the star on the top of the tree that we bought our first year of marriage.




I had to in this post with a simple picture to show that not only were the boys having fun putting the tree up Ryan on the left my little girl couldn't keep her eyes off the Christmas tree either. She also was included! Merry Christmas everybody. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make your BLACK FRIDAY easy with Flipp. ~$50 Visa Giveaway~


I was compensated for this review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours 


Aside from Thanksgiving we all know there's one other major thing going on this week. Black Friday. Like most others I myself love to get out and shop a great deal. Unlike others I never once have sat down for more than 20 minutes to look through the newspaper for ads and deals that are going on. It is one of my least favorite things to do. But now with flipp i'm going to be the most prepared shopper on the street. What is flip you ask? Flipp is a digital ad. Flipp has all of your ads in one area on your phone. In an app that not only let you check out all of the ads in your area at one time but also lets you circle the ads that you're interested in and save them for you in your clippings. No more carrying around your ads or cutting out your clippings or having an app for every store you want to go to just to look at the ads or have coupons. 


I decided to head out and give Flipp the ultimate test. I need a new decorations for my Christmas tree so I decided to go on flip, look through all the ads and find what Store had the best Christmas deals going on. Of course I found Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby always has amazing deals so I circled the deals that I wanted as shown in the pictures above and headed to Hobby Lobby. As shown in the pictures below everything that I circled in my Flipp ads was on sale. Although it took me about an hour and a half to find what I wanted I was extremely happy about Flipp. I even called my mother-n-law (the clipping queen) to tell her about it. Not only was I happy that I got all my Christmas deals but now I'm extremely happy and looking forward to Black Friday.


Flipp can be downloaded from both iTunes and Google. 


Now this was my isle. All shatter proof for the children. And let me tell you what. If I did not get the shatter proof i'm sure they would all already be broken. 

Hobby Lobby has the best items for gift boxes. Love it...


Now to the fun part. Erica's Walk is giving away a $50 gift card Sponsored by Wishabi. You must be 18 years of age to win this giveaway. Open to the US only.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

3 Easy New Looks for the Holidays with Conair

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias®, Inc. and it's advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #cbias #SocialFabric #collectivebias #HeartMyHair 

Besides Christmas and Thanksgiving the holidays are a busy time of year for parties. Today I want to show you a 3 easy new looks that I put together with my Conair Pro 3Q Blow Dryer and
The Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret Curling Iron that would be perfect for any holiday occasion and the everyday look. 



First I set off to blow dry my hair with my Conair Pro 3Q Blow Dryer. This dryer is something I'm not sure I can ever live without again. With me having such thick, curly hair blowdrying my hair with a "normal" blow dryer would take me about 30 minutes to completely dry and with my Conair Pro 3Q It only took me about 8 minutes. How amazing is that right? 


I wanted to show you my "before picture" before I set off to curl my hair with the Curl Secret. If you see in the picture my hair does not look like a lion either after I dried it like it normally does. I also got a picture of Jared after using the Conair 3Q. Check it out.



OK you can't really tell in this picture but lets just say a lot of volume. HE loves it as well.

Before I get started I should show you how to use the Curl Secret right? Here is a short video of how easy it is to use. No it is not of my whole head but just one strand so you can understand. 



Look number 1: 
This look I used my Curl Secret on high/12 seconds to get tight curls all over my head. I liked the tight curls better just because I know with my  hair it will last a little longer and will hold. 


Look number 2: 
For this look I brushed through my tight curls and pinned up the front with my Conair bobbie pins. Easy and simple to go from look one to look two that still can be used for both everyday and parties.


Look number 3: 
If you know me at all this has to be one of my favorite looks. I'm a huge fan of up-dues. If I could get away with it every day I would. This look was extremely simple after going from look one, to look two and now to this look. I literally just pulled my hair back to a tail. The Curl Secret did al the work for me. 

Now your ready to the day and the party at night. I hope y'all liked my looks and give them a try. 

Both the Conir Pro 3Q and Curl Secret can be found at Walmart. 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Share a Grapefruit with me from TexaSweet ~Holiday Ham with Rio Star Grapefruit Glaze Recipe~

I received this product for review.


I'm so excited to share with you my love for grapefruit. Now that grapefruit season is upon us I would love to share with you how I make my own homemade grapefruit juice. I got is grapefruit from TexaSweet mailed directly to my house. Now my recipe is quite simple. All you need is a grapefruit drainer like shown in the picture above and your TexaSweet Grapefruit and 2 tablespoons sugar. See easy! Now the reason I have pictures of Jared doing this instead of me is for one he loves to be in the camera and two he just had to do it himself so excited to make the grapefruit juice himself. I also want to share with you another  recipe that you can use grapefruit with. Now I know grapefruit is not the most common ingredient for a recipe (or atlases that's my opinion) so i'm excited to share them with you. 

I hope you all enjoy yourself some homemade grapefruit juice and have some amazing Ham as well. 


I do have to say that this is some of the sweetest grapefruit I have had in a while and it was mailed to me... That has to be the best part. 

 Holiday Ham with Rio Star Grapefruit Glaze  
Makes 10 Servings 



Ingredients 
1 8-lb. ready to eat boneless ham 
3 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit - 2 separate uses 
1 cup dry white wine 
6 tablespoons honey 
1 tablespoon cornstarch 
••• cup water 

Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 325. 
2. Score ham and place in roasting pan. Bake for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven. 
3. Squeeze the juice from two grapefruit and combine with the wine and honey. 
4. Pour grapefruit/wine/honey mixture over the ham and return it to the oven. Bake for an additional 40 minutes, basting with the sauce every 10 minutes. 
5. While the ham is cooking, section the remaining grapefruit. 
6. Remove the ham from the oven and transfer to a platter. 
7. Put the roasting pan on the stove over low heat. 
8. Combine the cornstarch with the water. Add this liquid to the juices in the roasting pan. 
9. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and just boils. 
10. Pour it over the ham. Garnish with the extra grapefruit sections and serve. 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Bring More Music into a Child’s Everyday Life

~Guest Post~


Music is very important for child development. Music has been proven to help children learn things, from simple shapes and colors to more advanced things like math problems, much more quickly and retain the information better than they otherwise would. Many teachers still incorporate music into the classroom because it is such a valuable learning tool. Parents, however, can use music to teach a lot of lessons that are not covered in the classroom to their kids and help them enjoy the learning process more. 
Music can be incorporated into a child’s everyday life a lot more easily than most parents might think. There are so many great tools and resources for stimulating growth through music that parents can use to engage their kids and give them the most enjoyable learning experiences every day. Additionally, parents can enjoy learning time with their children more knowing that they are not only retaining information, but having fun as well. Here are some ways that parents can bring more music into their children’s everyday lives. 
Have background music on often
Background music is a great way for parents to expose everyone in the home to music without having anyone put in a lot of effort. This is a great starting point for parents who do not usually use music in the home or for babies who cannot interact much yet. Having the radio on allows kids to learn the lyrics and begins to stimulate their memory without them even realizing it. 
Use musical TV shows
There are a lot of great TV shows that utilize music in educational ways for kids today. Parents can search through Direct TV to find the best shows for their children and allow them to watch one per day. The kids will think that they are getting a break from work and learning, but they will still be learning through the music in the TV show chosen. 
Encourage making up new songs
Making up new songs is a great way for parents to have fun and connect more deeply with their children. Making up new songs is also great to help develop a child’s brain and increase their memory. Parents can make up songs based on what they are doing at the time to create a fun memory with their children. 
Connect songs with certain events during the day
This is a great method for parents to use to help their children remember to do and enjoy doing certain daily tasks. For example, parents can use a song to help their children remember what to do when they have to go to the bathroom while potty training. These connections will make those processes easier for everyone. 
Add some movement
Singing and listening to music does not need to be done stationary. Parents can encourage their kids to dance and move while listening to music and singing, and they can even dance and move with them to make it even more fun. Adding actions to a song is great for coordination and keeps kids active and having fun.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stocking stuffer makeup that actually works




I for one love me some good quality makeup. I'm a huge fan of Merle Norman (maybe because I work there?) but... I have been trying to go cheep during the holidays to help save money for Christmas. I just so happened to come across this L.A. Colors stocking stuffer at Walgreens that I just could not pass it up. It had a fun look to it and colors that I normally do not wear. Plus it gave me a chance to see if I like fake lashes or not. Here is the final result. I actually like.


I realized later that night that I didn't have a good photo of the eye shadow so yes while holding my daughter I took one more selfie to show off the eyes hours later. Not to bad I would say for it to have lasted so long and I do like the lashes by the way. But one thing as you can see from the photo below is that the lipstick did fade a little but still left some color. 


Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more of my everyday looks i'm sure my family is getting tiered of.... :) Next i'll share with you how the cheep $3 eye brushes work... Stay tuned for that one. 

A Cheeky Way of Doing Good

I received this product for my review. 


Let me start saying how much I hate to do dishes. Like... Really HATE doing them. For the most party my husband does them for me. I know, I know i'm one of the luck ones who's husband will do the dishes right? Ok yes your right but still I hate doing them. I grew up with paper plates. Never doing dishes. One thing I had no problem doing. But now that i'm married and my husband has a say in what goes on in our house one thing that he never want's to spend money on is paper plates. Hints to him doing the dishes. :) But that is all about to change... 

With Cheeky...


Cheeky is a brand new line of fun, colorful tableware (aka paper plates as I call them) that hit the shelves this November (hint) just in time for Thanksgiving right?!?!?!?! RIGHT! But there is something amazing about Cheeky that you might not know and I want to tell you about.
Cheeky has paired out Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization. What is Cheeky doing pairing up with Feeding America you ask? Cheeky is aiming to provide 10 million (10 MILLION) meals to Americans facing huger by the end of 2015.

So it's time to get excited about not having to wash your dishes. Let's help Cheeky out by heading to Target and buying some of these amazing paper plates that are not only beautiful and awesome designs but also to help Cheeky meet there 10 million goal. I know that my husband will be getting a break from doing the dishes in my house. NO if's, ands, or buts about it. (I always wanted to say that hehe) 



ABOUT FEEDING AMERICA: Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


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