About Wendy

SAHM of 1 school age kid, two adult kids (my 24 yr old daughter & 18 year old son) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Castle Rock and Sharp Objects are current faves) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School

Back To Life Back To Reality AKA School--Betty Crocker-Junkless-Simple Mills

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So, yet another summer bites the dust as Open House dates loom, parents start gritting their teeth over the mountain of paperwork the first day of school brings them, and school buses hit the road, polluting up all of our summer fun with their hissing brakes, squealing doors, schizophrenic timeframes for arrival, and generally just causing traffic jams everywhere they roll.

If your kids haven’t had to endure this undignified return to early bedtimes, blaring alarm clocks, fights over what to wear to school, and skirmishing in the hallway amid shouts of “Bathroom hog!”, I envy you — a lot.

But, it’s inevitable that they surely soon will be heading off into another school year, so enjoy the unfettered summer freedom while you can, friends! Today, I’m hitting a little bit on must haves that my kids request for the start of school, but mostly (since we are huge snackers in my house) I’ll be talking about new after school and study time snacks that I’ve found for them from Simple Mills®, Junkless­®, and Betty Crocker™. [read more]

Small Changes Yield Big Results

Small Changes Yield Big Results--Oralgen NuPearl Advanced Teeth Whitening System-SoapStandle-Natures Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies with Biotin and Collagen-Main Pic Canva version

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Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. And most of us wish we could do more to help the environment, as well. There’s seems to be almost too much information floating around about these issues. It can be downright daunting to make decisions about what we can easily and effectively do to better the health of our bodies and the world around us at the same time.

You could look at this from a glass half-full perspective and decide that there’s way too much information for you to ever adequately process it and make a truly informed decision. But, I propose a much more radical response. Take a step back and look at it from a glass half-full perspective.

Yes, there is tons of information available about how to live healthier lives and take better care of our bodies, homes, and the natural world all around us. The good news is that you don’t have to read or learn all of it to make a positive impact! [read more]

My Favorite Summer Essentials

My Favorite Summer Essentials-KonaRed Iced Coffee-Knockaround Sunglasses-Showaflops Sandals-Love Sun Body Sunscreen

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I love summer. I hate the unbearable heat and humidity that sometimes comes with it but having some stylish fashion accessories, sunscreen, some delicious food and beverage treats, and a good book or knit/crochet project on hand definitely makes dealing with the heat so much easier and more enjoyable! Here are a few items that are helping me pass the longer, hotter days of summer this year. [read more]

Self-Care Is Totally Worth Your Time

Self-Care Is Totally Worth Your Time--Shir Organics-NaturaBrasil-Nature Lab Tokyo

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Personal care is important, not because it’s trendy but because we all are worth caring for, all of the time. In the hustle and bustle of daily life with all the exterior demands on our time and attention that being a woman entails it can be very easy to forget that. We often put everything and everyone else above ourselves in terms of importance, don’t we? Especially women, who care for everyone else — their parents, spouses, children, and friends — before giving their own needs more than a passing thought.

I’m certainly guilty of this passive and unthinking form of self-neglect at times. I mean, I apply sunscreen if I’m going to be out in the sun for long enough that I might get a sunburn. I apply lotion to my hands and arms pretty regularly. Though that’s mostly because my hands can get pretty rough from constantly washing them as I go through the average day during cleaning, meal prep, and caring for our various animals. I can’t even remember the last time I treated myself to something as simple as a hair cut, it’s probably been a year or more I’m sure.

There are a lot of different kinds of personal care products on the market to choose from. Products that address areas from skin care to hair care, internal health to physical fitness. Some are clearly better than others, but a large majority of what’s available is all very good and it can be a difficult task to weed through all of the advertising and information to make a choice about which brands to use.

The easiest area of personal care to address, I think, is taking care of one’s exterior, what others see when they look at us. That being our skin and hair. I mean, we all bathe and at least occasionally use nourishing bath products and perhaps apply body lotion afterward. These areas are where I’ve tried quite a few different products to support skin and hair care.

So, today I will be sharing the three most recent brands that I’ve been using and my thoughts on them. Since there are so many brands to choose from, it’s sometimes fun to share those that you might not find on the shelves of every pharmacy or mass merchandise retailer. Don’t you think?

And since I especially like trying new natural/organic products for personal care those will be what I share with you today. Brands you may not have heard of before like NaturaBrasil, Shira Esthetics, and NatureLab Tokyo. I hope you enjoy your introduction to these brands of skin and hair care and that you put yourself first and decide to try one (or more) of them for yourself. You deserve it! [read more]

Favorite Summertime Grilling Products

Favorite Summertime Grilling Products-Cameron's BBQ Grilling Pans-Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke Barbeque Rubs

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So, summertime in the South is in full force. The kids are out of school, my son (a recent high school graduate) is looking for his first job and getting ready to attend community college, and  my husband is puttering around the yard placing bird feeders and deer licks and grilling like a fool! Plenty of family events (and family drama), too, recently. LOL

It’s soooo hot and it’s been pretty stormy so far this year, but it would take a lot more than that to stop us from grilling out and enjoying our yard and covered deck. Cameron’s Products offer some really great grilling products that our family are enjoying this season.

Cameron's BBQ Grilling Pans and Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke Barbeque Rubs

My husband is the resident griller. I limit myself to using the George Foreman indoor countertop grill because I’m not going to be the one to mess up the outdoor grill. No Thank You!!! He really likes the Cameron’s Barbeque Grilling Pans because sometimes he likes to sauté peppers and onions alongside the beef or chicken, other times corn on the cob or potatoes. [read more]

Cell Phone Accessories With A Magnetic Personality

Cell Phone Accessories With A Magnetic Personality-VENA vCommute Phone Case and Magnetic Car Vent Clip

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We’ve all been there, on the road traveling around town or down the highway and needing to take a peek at our phones. While I generally try not to mess with my cell phone when driving, there are times that I have a destination programmed into the GPS and need to glance at it to make sure I’m not getting off track.

I’ve bought a few different car mounts to use but they just never seem to be just what I need. I don’t want one that permanently affixes to my dash, I want one I can easily take from vehicle to vehicle or get rid of when a newer, better one comes along. But, the ones I’ve tried either don’t seem to grip the phone securely or fall rather than staying in place. [read more]

Whitestrips That Really Work

Whitestrips That Really Work-Crest 3D White Whitestrips + Therapy

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If you are a regular visitor to the Beauty Brite Blog then you may have seen one of the several articles that I’ve posted about teeth whitening. I seem to have become the resident reviewer of these type of products in our little corner of the blogosphere. So you may already know that I’ve mentioned in these articles that I’ve tried quite a few methods in this area such as gel systems (both with and without accompanying teeth trays) and one that incorporated ultra bright light, as well as different brands of whitening toothpastes.

I’ve stated in these previous articles that quite a few years ago I tried Crest Whitestrips and wasn’t impressed as they didn’t stay put on my teeth and shifted all around my mouth. This turned me off of these kind of products since it didn’t inspire confidence that I was really reaping the benefits of the product.

However, I’m never one to refuse to try something again even if the first experience wasn’t a good one. I know most companies tend to do market research and try to listen to consumers issues with their products as they work to improve them. So, here I am with yet another teeth whitening article (this one featuring Crest 3D White Whitening + Therapy) and I hope you find it helpful to you! [read more]

Not So Light Summer Reading List

Not So Light Summer Reading List-Books-Chasing the Merry-Go-Round by Kelly Bargabos---Sanity Lost and Found by Tarra Judson Stariell-Elevate by Joseph Dietsch

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Books, books, and more books. Sounds pretty awesome to me. If I ever run out of books to read, I think I might die! LOL  Seriously, you know that fun riddle about what one or two or three things you’d take if you had to be stranded on a desert island? For me, I would have to have at least one book. Period, end of discussion. Books are essential for me.

I read all kinds, too. Fiction, non-fiction, horror/fantasy, memoir, biography, self-help, romance, history, political — you name a genre I’ve probably read something that falls within it. I’ve been reading a lot of fiction lately, some of which I’ve discussed on Beauty Brite in my articles. I’m itching to read the new Stephen King book, The Outsider, but haven’t started it yet.

I’ve recently read a few books that are non-fiction and that fall into the self-help genre. So, today I’m sharing this short list with readers, along with my thoughts on each.

Chasing The Merry Go Round by Kelly Bargabos — A fascinating look into the life of someone realizing the special needs a family member has and learning to provide them with the care they need.

Sanity Lost & Found by Tarra Judson Stariell — A true story of cult brainwashing and recovery, how to recognize one’s vulnerability to it as well as how to how to recover and heal from the experience. Forgiveness is a big theme in this book, both of ourselves and of others. I kept thinking of one person in particular while reading this book. She could definitely benefit from reading it as she has spent most of her life feeling victimized by the men in her life.

Elevate The Essential Guide To Life by Joseph Deitsch — Full of common-sense wisdom, this is one of the few self-help books I’ve read that I believe has the potential to really help. It not only explains why we do (or don’t) do things, but contains actionable steps to take to make your life your own and the best it can be. [read more]

All Natural Toothpaste For A Healthier Mouth

All Natural Toothpaste For A Healthier Mouth-Dr. Sheffield's All-Natural Toothpaste

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All-natural everything seems to be everywhere with the recent increase in attention by consumers looking to find healthier alternatives to food and personal care products that can sometimes be chock full of synthetic and chemical ingredients. There are many oral care products that have caught my attention recently so I’ve been trying some of them to see what the fuss is all about.

A brand my family is currently using is the Dr. Sheffield’s All Natural Toothpaste product line. There’s a variety for just about anyone whether they have sensitive teeth, want to use an activated charcoal toothpaste, or still prefer a fresh minty variety just without the harsher chemical ingredients that can be found in many other toothpaste brands.

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Easy And Healthy Pantry Swaps

Easy And Healthy Pantry Swaps - Angelic Bakehouse Whole Grain Breads and Wraps - Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey

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Life is hard. Figuring out what to eat can feel like a steep mountain to climb sometimes when you’re faced with this decision on top of the hundreds of other things you have to plan every day. You already have to plan and make a list when going to the grocery, so this is one of the easier times to think ahead. I usually sit down (or dig through the refrigerator and pantry) when the kids are at school and my husband is at work so that I don’t get interrupted. It allows me time to think without distractions (assuming there isn’t an animal puking, chasing a fly, or one of the kids isn’t texting me from school to bring something that they forgot).

Luckily, when it comes to most foods the family isn’t too picky about the brand and is willing to try new things that I bring home. I enjoy finding new brands to try, it keeps things a bit interesting. A couple of new brands I’ve tried recently in my quest to make gradual healthier food swaps in my home are Angelic Bakehouse and Wedderspoon®. [read more]