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]

Hungry For Love-A Contemporary Romance Novel

Hungry For Love-A Contemporary Romance Novel - Hungry For Love by Maya Sacher

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On any given day it’s pretty rare for me not to be reading a book for some portion of it, either while waiting for the kids somewhere, sitting in a waiting room, or tucked into bed late in the evening. I go from one right into the next one most of the time. Often I read several books at the same time, switching back and forth between them. People think I’m weird and wonder how I can keep the plot lines straight. I don’t know. It’s just how I do!

It’s fun to find authors I’ve not read before because it’s like meeting a new friend. You know? I mean, every book has its own narrative voice for me depending on how the book reads. I read many different genres from horror to sci fi, biography to history, classics to contemporary. It’s all game if the back of the jacket cover offers an interesting synopsis of the contents.

We’ve all read romance novels where the leading lady has to choose between two lovers, but Hungry For Love by Maya Sacher isn’t all romance. There is plenty of other action to keep track of, as well. [read more]

Show Your Mom Some Love

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Teleflora® offers the most beautiful floral arrangements I’ve ever seen. Every time I visit their website there are unique new arrangements available with some of the most stunning designs and vase options I think that I’ve ever seen.

The bouquets I’ve received from them have looked just like what they show on their website and are big, beautiful arrangements. I think it’s an incredible value due to the quality vases and plants used. My cats sometimes like to get up on the table to sniff them (and they’re not exactly gentle about it) but the durability of the arrangement means I don’t have to worry about them ruining it.

Teleflora Mother's Day 2018 Bouquet Collection-closeup of blooms-on Jamie's side table-1

I’ve gotten several Teleflora® bouquets to decorate my home over the last six months and have never been disappointed. My favorite part is that, even though the bouquets last for a long time, I found a way to get even more enjoyment out of them once some of the blooms start to dry out and fade…. [read more]

It’s Time to Watch Your Health

It's Time to Watch Your Health

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I’ll be the first one to say that I don’t take care of myself the way I should. Not for lack of wanting to but as a mom of four little ones six and under, I usually just don’t have the time. So I’ve been looking for ways to help me keep track of sleep, eating, and my everyday well-being. I usually try and make sure the kids are so well taken care of but I forget all about myself. So when I got the chance to try the GoBe2 by Healbe I was so excited at the prospect of something that goes everywhere with me and doesn’t take time away from my everyday life, it’s everything you need all in one place.

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Whiten Teeth The Natural Non-Toxic Way

Whiten Teeth The Natural Non-Toxic Way - My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste and Whitening Tooth Powder

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I try to do my best to keep my teeth looking nice. It’s one of the first things I notice about other people, so of course I want others’ first impression of my smile to be a positive one, too. I’ve tried many whitening products, everything from toothpastes and rinses to strips, gels, and lighted systems. Some methods I prefer over others (mostly due to convenience and quickness of use, since I don’t often have time to sit still for lengthier treatments).

I’ve tried most of the whitening toothpastes you can easily find in mass merchandise stores like Walmart, Target and CVS at one time or another. However, when I decide to do a whitening treatment, I usually want something that gives noticable results quickly. And, generally toothpastes whiten gradually over several days or weeks. Which, is fine if you have the time and can remember to use them consistently (and remember to purchase more when you use up your current stash).

I just heard about a totally different kind of teeth whitening product and tried it out. I’ve never seen anything like it before anywhere. My Magic Mud® offers a couple of teeth whitening options that I found interesting — whitening toothpaste and whitening tooth powder. Yes, powder. [read more]

Moisturize Your Hands in Luxury

 

Moisturize Your Hands in Florals 

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There’s nothing like treating yourself to luxury skincare. It’s great for your skin and your well-being. One of my favorite indulgences is the brand Molton Brown. I’ve been a fan since I first received a sample of their hand lotion. It was heaven on earth from my dry hands. Now, you can enjoy their Limited Edition Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise and moisturize your hands in this amazing floral scent.

Moisturize Your Hands in Florals

I wash my hands a lot, which can sometimes dry my skin out. And thanks to my already dry and sensitive prone skin, this can be a problem. I also have issues with certain soaps, so much so my skin can break out, peel or just itch. This never happens with the Molton Brown fine liquid hand wash or lotion.

Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Hand Wash

The Molton Brown Lily of the Valley & Start Anise hand wash and lotion are enriched with floral top, heart and base notes:

  • Top notes: star anise, magnolia and green mandarin
  • Heart notes: lily of the valley, peony and white tea
  • Base notes: ylang-ylang, sandalwood, and white musk

Molton Brown Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Hand Lotion

I’m not one to typically gravitate towards floral scents but I really like this one. I think the base notes help add a nice musky touch to help keep the floral notes from overpowering the scent. Whether you love florals or not, you will love this line from Molton Brown, and not just because of the scent. Both the soap and the lotion moisturize your hands to soft, hydrated perfection.

Moisturize your hands in florals - lotion results

I like to keep the lotion next to the soap on my sink. So, each time I wash my hands, I can follow it up with the extra hydration of the lotion. I find using the two in combination helps keeps my dry hands feeling and smelling amazing all day long.

Indulge in Molton Brown

As amazing as Molton Brown items are, you might not want to share them. But some secrets are meant to be shared. I definitely think the Lily of the Valley & Star Anise line is one of them. This beautiful set would make a great Mother’s Day, Birthday, Baby Shower, or Housewarming gift for the favorite ladies in your life. Moisturize your hands or theirs in the cruelty-free luxury of Molton Brown.

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What’s your favorite hand care scent? Have you tried products from Molton Brown?

 

 

Treat Yourself to Something New

Treat Yourself to Something New

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As the mom of four little ones under six and under I’m bad about not taking the time to do things for myself, or I don’t always put myself first. I’ve decided that lately, I needed to take time to change that because as a parent I’m important too.

How can I make sure to treat myself?

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How To Care For Press On Gel Nails

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I love getting my nails done, but my pocketbook doesn’t like it, so I’ve been doing press on gel nails lately.  Some brands are better than others, and I want to share one of my favorites, Super DX. 

Why Press On Gel Nails?

Being able to get press on nails to stay on for more than a couple days, is a chore but if you have a good brand, then it is a lot easier.  Super DX offers bold, perfect nails in seconds and all you need to do is peel, stick, press and go.  Yes, it is that easy.  Having a set of nails on just makes me feel good about myself, I know odd, but it is one of the happy things I like to do for myself.  I’m unable to afford to get my nails done in a shop but tell you the truth I like doing my own press on gel nails.

How To Care For Press On Gel Nails

Prep Nails

  1. File The Nails. If you want your nails to stay longer than you will need them to fit on your nail without touching the cuticle. If the press-on nail is touching anything other than your nail plate, then they will start to lift.  When that happens then, the nail will pop off!
  2. Push Back Your Cuticles. Pushing back and removing your excess cuticle is always a good idea. Once you’ve pushed back all of your cuticles, wash your hands thoroughly to remove all trace of the product, trim any hangnails with cuticle nippers, and you’re good to go.
  3. Remove Natural Oils. Wipe down with a prep wipe (Super DX they have it in the package) which is pure isopropyl alcohol, but pure acetone will also work. Please don’t use nail polish remover which won’t work and will cause the nail to lift too.

How To Care For Press On Gel NailsAppling the Press On Gel Nails

  • Find the correct size for each finger
  • Peel off and press on the bottom first.  For 30 minutes I keep pushing each nail down.  This helps a lot!
  • Wait an hour before doing anything with your hand, great time to read or watch TV.
  • Avoid Water! Use gloves when washing dishes or using water.  Washing hands I use hand sanitizer when I have my press on nails on. Taking a shower well needs to be done, now you can wear gloves, but I don’t.

When I do these steps my press on gel nails will stay on for a good week!  I like that time frame because after a week I’m usually bored with the color anyways.  Remember Super DX has exceptionally cool, quality, and affordable press on gel nails for you!  Check out their Spring and Summer Collections; I’m wearing BLUSH in the picture below!

How To Care For Press On Gel Nails

I also received one from the Diamond Collection of oval-shaped, premium textured Nadeco press on gel nails. They are a bold and iridescent blue-green shade. 24 press on nails in 10 unique sizes for a perfect fit for most. Medium nail length so this is perfect.

How To Care For Press On Gel Nails

 

 

 

 

Spring Must Have Items

Spring Must Have Items

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Spring is here and that means it’s time to clean out the old and in with the new. For me, that means getting some new must-have items to last the new year and make me feel refreshed. I’m always looking for new things that will help me do this, and I’ve found some great items that I’d love to share, so let us get started.

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Helping Your Kitty To The Loo

Helping Your Kitty To The Loo -- Kitty Box Ramp

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Ok, so no one likes to talk about bathroom issues. Except when it comes to kitty’s litter box. We’ve all got a litter box story, that hilarious one you pull out when you gripe about the cats making a mess…again.

  • – That time Fluffy tried to balance on the side of the box while pooping, lost her balance and fell onto the floor flat on her face.
  • – Or the time the new kitten finally figured out how to use the litter box, but then curled up and fell asleep in it.
  • – And how about the time the chicken you were recuperating from an injury in the mud room decided to roost on the wall of the box and laid an egg in the litter. No, never happened to you? Well, then you haven’t fully lived, my friend. LOL

If you have pets there are going to be times that they need a little extra help with their daily toileting needs whether it’s due to injury, illness, arthritis, or just plain old age infirmity. The Kitty Box Ramp is something I never knew existed, but I wish I had as I just lost a cat who could have really used this kind of assistance. [read more]