Love Is In The Air

Love Is In The Air - Valentines Day 2017

All holidays are a fun time at our house. We don’t get all crazy and plan huge splashy, fancy parties. But, I do always do a little something for my kids for holidays from Valentine’s Day and Easter to Halloween and Christmas.

I’ve always made little Valentine’s Day themed treat bags, buckets or baskets for each of my three children. They are all probably a little too old for this now being that they are 13, 17 and 23. But, I still enjoy making them and they love receiving them, so I don’t plan on stopping this tradition anytime in the near future!… [read more]

Heavenly Holidays Start With Chocolate

Heavenly Holidays Start With Chocolate - Hershey's Chocolate Kisses

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Do you have any holiday traditions in your house? No matter what holiday it is, from Thanksgiving and Christmas to Valentine’s Day and Easter, Hershey’s Kisses are a staple ingredient of holiday prep for me. I always have a candy dish full of Hershey’s Kisses themed for the relevant holiday and I usually use them to make cookies or desserts, too!

Christmas is a huge holiday, even though the kids are getting older and don’t get sucked up in the magic of making holiday cookies or decorating very much anymore. Still, every year I like to find cute little treats to make for my kids (and my nieces and nephews) that will bring a smile of delight to their faces…. [read more]

Read Your Way Through The Blah Days Of Winter

Read Your Way Through The Blah Days Of Winter - A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses:
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books (October 25, 2016)
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Language: English

A Portrait of Emily Price:
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 1, 2016)
Language: English

Beauty Brite DisclosureThe older I get the more I hate the gloomy days in the wintertime. But, on the upside, the kids’ extracurricular activities slow down and the cold weather gives me the perfect excuse to stay indoors and burrow into the couch with my favorite blanket and a hot cup of mocha cappuccino.

This winter, when I’m not crocheting or knitting, I’m hitting the books. You might have guessed from the picture that I read… a lot. I do. I read all the time, and I try to choose books from many genres spanning many topics. More often than not, you will find two or three books sitting around because I like to read more than one book at a time. Most recently, I’ve been reading A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay and Rejected Princesses: Tales of Histories Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath. With these two books, I have been traveling the globe and it’s been a fun ride!… [read more]

Cooking Healthy Just Got Simple

Kosterina 100 percent organic olive oil

Beauty Brite DisclosureCooking healthier is something I’ve been trying to implement on an ongoing basis for several years now. Extra virgin olive oil is one thing I’ve been trying to incorporate into recipes in place of vegetable oil and other various types of cooking oils.

Kosterina has this beautifully packaged extra virgin olive oil that I’m currently using in my kitchen. The bottle itself is so beautiful that I haven’t even bothered pouring it into the decorative bottle I usually put olive oils in (that pretty green one in the picture). I’ve just left the original Kosterina bottle on the counter with the other decorative ones that I have there. The clear bottle contains vegetable oil and the shorter one is filled with marsala cooking wine that I use when making Chicken Marsala, a favorite dinner dish in my family…. [read more]

Better Sleep For A Better You

Airweave Mattress Topper

Beauty Brite DisclosureA good night’s sleep is essential to function well every day. When we don’t sleep well we wake up sore and achy, feeling unrested and not adequately refreshed. It’s all downhill from there. When your day doesn’t start off well it can be hard to have the stamina and patience to tackle whatever is on your agenda.

My husband and I have a great mattress set, one of those fancy memory foam ones. But, we still like the comfortable feel of a good mattress topper. It’s just a personal preference. It was time to get a new one, as the one we’d had for about the last four years was getting noticeably worn and I wasn’t always getting the greatest night’s sleep on it…. [read more]

Bring Some Beauty To Your Life

Chrysmela Earring Backs and I Choose Beauty Tote and MugBeauty Brite Disclosure

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a long, difficult year for me. There have been a lot of extended family issues to deal with and the cold and flu season has hit my family uncharacteristically hard in recent months. It’s been a bit hard to find the beauty in the world around me, and it’s definitely taken its toll.

So, I’d like to start off 2017 with some fun and useful items that I’m using right now from Chrysmela and I Choose Beauty™. … [read more]

Fun Stuff For Your Hair

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AQUIS® and Scünci have some really wonderful products that I’m enjoying lately. Wrapping my long hair in a regular bath towel is a chore and is so bulky. But, I have found the perfect solution to that problem with AQUIS® Lisse Luxe Hair Towels. They are slim and non-bulky, super soft and absorb moisture from my hair so much better than bath towels.

I love my long hair, but it often falls down around my face when I’m looking down or bending or crouching. It’s pretty irritating because it’s thick and blocks my view from what I’m trying to see or do. Scünci Rhinestone, Ribbon and Metal Flower Choker Headwraps are a fun way to keep those long locks from obstructing my view. Much better than my usual method, which is to stick a pair of sunglasses on my head rain or shine. And it’s a different look than gathering hair back in a barrette, too…. [read more]

Fall For New Shades From Milani And Jordana

Fall For New Shades From Milani And Jordana - Milani Amore Mattes Lip Color and Jordana Made To Last Eyeshadow CollectionBeauty Brite Disclosure

My beauty routine can definitely use a little shaking up right about now. I’ve been wearing the same brand and color of lip gloss for years, only switching it up for special occasions. I can’t even remember the last time I wore eyeshadow or bold colored lipstick…. [read more]

Let’s Get Wild

Let's Get Wild -- DVD-The Wild Life from Lionsgate Entertainment

Actors: Matthias Schweighöfer, Kaya Yanar, Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Aylin Tezel
Directors: Vincent Kesteloot
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Rated:
PG
Parental Guidance Suggested
Studio: Lionsgate
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2016
Run Time: 91 minutes

Beauty Brite DisclosureEveryone in my house loves animated movies, especially when they combine human and animal characters. The Wild Life was a lot of fun to watch. I liked the parrot and cat characters, but absolutely adored the goat, Scrubby. He tries to eat just about anything because he can’t see worth a darn and can’t tell what’s food and what’s not. He was totally hilarious!… [read more]

Stocking Stuffers Your Little Ones Will Love

Stocking Stuffers Your Little Ones Will Love - DVDs-Shaun the Sheep We Wish Ewe A Merry Christmas-Power Rangers Dino Charge Hero-Care Bears and Cousins Take Heart Volume 1Beauty Brite Disclosure

Make some popcorn, get your favorite snuggly blanket and park your derriere on the couch for some down time with your kids this holiday season while they’re on winter break from school. These Lionsgate Entertainment kids’ DVDs will make great stocking stuffers, and an added bonus is that they won’t melt in your kids’ hands or get ground into the carpet like the candies and treats Santa typically puts in children’s stockings. It’s a win-win!

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