Thursday, April 30, 2020

Thicker Hair With Pureauty Naturals' Biotin Hair Serum Advanced Formula

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   As a person who has had naturally thin hair all my life, I have always been trying to find ways to thicken it and have a more fuller look. I was recently given the chance to try Pureauty Naturals' Biotin Hair Serum Advanced Formula, in hopes it would help make my hair look even the slightest bit thicker. This hair serum contains an advanced formula of hair growth stimulating ingredients such as Biotin and Pro-Vitamin B5, made to help nourish the hair follicles while strengthening the roots, and Pisum Sativum Pea Sprout Extract to soften and moisturize for healthier hair. Any hair type can use this product, whether you are a man or woman, have straight or curly hair, long or short, it will work the same to promote healthier, stronger hair. It's also very easy to use, you just squirt 2-3 drops directly into your scalp, in different spots, and gently rub it in. You leave this product in all day and night for best results. 

   I have been using this natural biotin serum for approximately 2 weeks now, which I don't feel is accurate enough time to fully test it, as it most likely takes months to really see results, but I keep thinking that *maybe* it's helping! I found it's best to use after I wash my hair and it's still wet, because otherwise it tends to make my scalp feel itchy. I love the scent of this serum, it has a nice peppermint smell and it doesn't leave my hair greasy. I do find it to feel a little sticky but once my hair dries and I comb through it again, my hair goes back to normal. I'm really hoping this serum will help thicken my hair... By the time the bottle is used up I should *fingers crossed* hopefully see some results!


You can find Pureauty Naturals' Biotin Hair Serum Advanced Formula available for purchase on Amazon.


    I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own. 


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Quiche for a Crowd


Bigger than the average Quiche, this one will feed a crowd and look good doing so ;)

It fills a 4 quart 14x10x2 rectangle casserole pan and is so easy to make, this will become a family favorite! 


To make this quiche, you begin by first making the Crust.

You need the following ingredients for the CRUST:

Dash of Salt
2 2/3 cups of Flour
1/2 cup or more of butter
4TBS give or take of water 
Your choice of seasoning 
(I used Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, and Black Pepper)

   Mix dough together to be moldable to form into greased pan. Kind of like pizza dough texture, though it will be a little bit stickier, just make sure you get the dough pressed all across the pan and edges to form a nice crust on this quiche. Use a fork to poke lil holes across, and to crimp the edges for a nice look. Bake crust in the oven at 375 Degrees for about 20 minutes. During this time, get your egg filling ready. You can use any kind of filling add-ins but you will need the following for the FILLING:

12 Eggs
Seasoning
1-2 Cups of Cheese
Veggies and/or Meat  

   For ours, I used Cajun seasoning, as well as Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder. For the cheese, I used Pepper Jack. I say 1-2 Cups, because it depends on how cheesy you want yours to be. I think I used maybe a cup and a half. For the veggies, I used Spinach and canned (drained) tomatoes. For the meat, I used pulled pork, but just about any meat would be fine for this. 

   Blend all ingredients together, and once the crust has completed its 20 minutes, pull that out of the oven and pour in your recently made egg mix filling. Make sure it is spread all across the crust, and place back in the oven for about 45 minutes. Be sure to check on it, as ovens vary so it could be more or less time. Once cooked through all the way, pull out of the oven and let cool. Then enjoy!!


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Easy and Adorable DIY Popsicle Stick Shelf


Looking for something fun to do with Popsicle Sticks?  

   Make a cute little shelf! 

   It can be of any shape and size you want, hexagon, square, house, ect. I chose to do mine in the shape of a house. I glued the Popsicle sticks together with hot glue, then spray painted it white, which looks great against tan colored walls.  

   I think the house shelf turned out super cute and it can hold multiple little treasures and trinkets!

Think Legos, knick knacks, mini stuffed animals...    

You can do this craft with your kids or enjoy it just for yourself! 





Monday, April 27, 2020

Ultra Comfort With Sleepwish Luxury Shag Duvet Cover and Shams

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


   Bringing back the shag decor with these amazing Luxury Shag Duvet Covers and matching shaggy pillow shams by Sleepwish! 

   Super soft and comfy, these pieces are made of fluffy Mongolian faux fur on one side where the color sits, and white Sherpa fabric on the other. You really feel like you're laying on a cloud, as you relax in these blankets. I received two different sets to review, a twin and a queen size.

 For the twin, the color is said to be Golden-Brown but it's definitely more of an orange color as you can see in the photos. Unfortunately the zippers aren't sewn on well so it may need sewn again, but it still makes a glorious duvet, or even a blanket alone! 

For the Queen size, the color is said to be peachy beige, but it's more of a soft pink. The zippers seem to be sewn on this one a little better. It fits a queen size perfectly, and can be used as a duvet or a simple blanket as well. 

   
I really like both of these sets, and find their comfort to be what dreams are made of! They really make the room feel a little extra, and are perfect for obtaining that shag look. You can find both of these products available for purchase on Amazon, the orange twin here, and the pink queen here


    I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Enjoying a Mug of Gourmesso Caramello Espresso

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 


    If you're looking for a really good cup of coffee, you gotta try the Gourmesso Caramello Espresso pods. That caramel flavor is so delicious and gives you a rich and creamy cup of coffee. The coffee is made of a 100% Fairtrade blend of finely ground Arabica beans from South America and Robusta beans from Asia, which is then combined with a slow roasting process. 

   I really like these little pods and the deliciousness each one holds. The aroma and flavor of the caramel, mixed with the perfect amount of crema is everything you want in a cup of coffee. You can enjoy your own personal espresso in the comfort of your home!


Each box has 10 Espresso Capsules that are compatible with Nespresso Machines and are available for purchase on Amazon.




  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer by Farmacy Beauty

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 


   An amazing moisturizer from Farmacy Beauty, the Daily Greens Oil-Free, Gel Moisturizer is made to hydrate and moisturize your skin, while aiding in clearing the pores and reducing shine. It's made with a wide range of great for you ingredients, including Moringa Seed Extract and Moringa Water, to refresh skin and remove impurities, and Papaya Extract to help exfoliate for a better complexion.

   I recently had the chance to try Daily Greens Oil-Free, Gel Moisturizer and I have to say, I really love it! Even though it is meant for skin more on the oily side, I find it to be great for my combination/sensitive skin. The scent is cooling and I can really feel it moisturizing and calming my face. I love that it is made with cucumbers as one of the ingredients, because this helps tone the skin as well. It seems to help ease the swelling in pimples also, which is a huge plus! The only thing I dislike with this product, is the stickiness after applying. I add another moisturizer overtop this one and it works great, making the stickiness disappear.


You can find Daily Greens Oil-Free, Gel Moisturizer by Farmacy Beauty available for purchase at Sephora, as well as other amazing products!



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Mexican Baked Eggs Cast Iron Comfort Food


   Awhile back, I came across this really delicious Mexican Baked Egg recipe that seemed easy enough to make. My sweet husband decided to make it for dinner one night, using supplies we had on hand, and with a little flare of his own added to it! Ours came out so delicious! This dish is a comfort food of sorts, and really hits that spot when you're craving a hearty Mexican dish.




 To make this dish, you need an approximate of the following ingredients:
 To see the original recipe, visit domesticsuperhero.com for theirs, plus full instructions.

6 large eggs 
shredded cheese
diced peppers
chopped onions
1 tsp olive oil
seasoning (we used Cajun, black pepper, and garlic)
1 can of chopped tomatoes in juice
1 can of beans rinsed and drained
1 can of diced green chiles

(In our recipe, we didn't really follow along exactly, we just used what we had on hand and added in tator rounds for extra deliciousness.)
 
   Preheat oven to 450F. Oil your cast iron pan and begin layering the tator rounds. In a separate bowl, mix together the canned tomatoes with juice, beans, and diced green chilies (I think he used pico de gallo for ours) and place all that atop of the tator rounds. Lots of cheese was also sprinkled throughout all of this. We used Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese. Once all this was layered into the pan, the eggs were cracked on top of it, and placed in the oven to bake until fully cooked. When the eggs were cooked, more cheese was sprinkled across the top, and set back in the oven on the broil to give the top a nice melted crispyness. Once cooked through, pull out the oven to cool for a few minutes. And enjoy!!


   I recommend adding extra pico de gallo and sour cream to the top! This dish was so very delicious. It's fantastic! One we will definitely be adding to our recipes to continue making in the future!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Rest and Comfort with the Mooka Weighted Blanket

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


   Made to help you sleep better at night, and ease stress and anxiety, the Mooka Weighted Blanket is an excellent comforting source for both your mental and physical well being. 

 
   The outer blanket material is made of 100% odorless and moisture-resistant Cotton, with Premium Glass Beads sewn into each pocket, and fiberfill around that for a sound barrier and extra comfort. This particular weighted blanket is a 20lbs, made for Adults that weigh between 160-280lbs. It's said to be great for those who suffer from sleep disorders, as it will give you a better nights rest, and comfort you into a sound sleep.


   
   This was my first time using a weighted blanket and I have to say, I am very pleased with the quality of it! The fabric is silky soft and cool against my skin, and the weight is evenly distributed across. It's much heavier than I anticipated, but it really feels like a hug over my body. I tend to feel a lot of anxiety, so I find myself really enjoying being under this blanket to calm myself down, while reading a good book. It's so relaxing, my mind settles down and feels ready to sleep. (I would love to have a smaller blanket, to sit on my lap during car rides in the passenger seat, to really calm those car riding anxieties I face!) I definitely recommend this weighted blanket. It's made so well and seems to have magic healing powers haha, well, at least to magically help you relax! 


You can find the Mooka Weighted Blanket available for purchase on Amazon in the weight of a 15lb (48"x72") or a 20lb (60"x80") like the one I received above.


  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Growing Kit

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


     Growing indoor mushrooms has been a breeze, using the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Mini Growing Kit! It only took a couple days to start seeing growth. At first, the little fungi looked really creepy and disgusting, because it seemed like giant mold spores were growing...but the three days later, the mushrooms really started taking on their form! After just over a week, the mushrooms were ready to be harvested and they gave me quite a bit! This has been a really fun kit to try, and amazed me with how fast the growth happened. I decided to see if I could get another harvest from the other side! I will update in about a week! :)




  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Hole Punch Stickers and Constellation Art


   A great way to get extra use from stickers, is to take a fun shaped hole puncher and punch out shapes from the sticker backing, that would otherwise be tossed. We did this today, using a star shaped puncher, to make fun constellation art. After reading about different constellations in Science, this activity made an entertaining project to complete our lesson. This craft is great for all ages and is so easy to do with the supplies you have on hand!


 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Vacuum Cleaner


Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 


   Vacuuming is one of my top favorite household chores, so having a good vacuum is very important to me! The Hoover WindTunnel 3 High Performance Vacuum Cleaner has been holding up well and keeps the floors nice and clean. It is amazingly easy to use with simple attachments. Here are some of their listed features:

  • QuickPass Brushroll 2X faster** by cleaning surface debris without having to pass over the same area multiple times
  • WindTunnel® 3 Technology - Creates 3 channels of suction to lift and remove surface debris and deep down embedded dirt.
  • Illuminating Headlight - Spot hard to see debris and dust in dim lighted areas for a better clean.
  • Multi-Cyclonic Technology Ensures a consistent cleaning experience with No Loss of Suction**
  • Great for Pets - Filter Made with HEPA Media, odor-absorbing carbon and Pet Turbo Tool
  • Brushroll On/Off Switch - Turn on/off brushroll for optimal cleaning on carpets and hard floors
 

   I really love that the cord is extra long so I don't have to unplug it while vacuuming throughout the house, and the suction is perfect. The carpets get clean, leaving behind lines as it should. The hose is easy to use and the add on attachments make cleaning things, such as the couch and stairs, a breeze. 
 
   The lightweight capability of this machine allows your children to easily use it as well, so they can clean up their own bedroom floors! Haha. You can switch between different modes to make the vacuum's suction power lighter or stronger, making it easier or harder to push. I like to keep the vacuum on the low floor setting so it really gets the floors clean! I would love for this vacuum to have an automatic cord wind up, but overall it's a great vacuum cleaner and gets the job done!


   You can find the WindTunnel 3 High Performance Vacuum Cleaner available on hoover.com, as well as more details and information on this product, and many other amazing Hoover products for purchase! 



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Stretch Island Organic Fruit Strips and Bites


 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 


   Stretch Island Organics Fruit Strips and Bites are tasty little snacks made with 100% real fruit ingredients! They are also Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, gluten free, and Certified USDA Organic. They make excellent snacks for any time of day, as they are delicious and healthy for you too!

   Awhile back, I received an awesome little kit of Stretch Island products to try. I really loved the blueberry fruit bites. They all have a great flavor but those are my favorite. They're fun to eat anytime, even on the go, but make sure you have wipes with you because they get sticky! 

   The strawberry fruit strips were my second favorite. These strips are sweet and chewy, making a fun little treat. The grape fruit strips were good also! These snacks are great to put in lunchboxes or to have as an after-school treat. Adults and children will love them. 🍓


Find more products and information at stretchislandfruit.com, as well as a location bar to see where to purchase their products.



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Friday, April 17, 2020

International Haiku Poetry Day


Happy International Haiku Poetry Day! 

What a great day to write a Haiku Poem. So easy to do, just get those creative juices flowing and start by making a 3 line stanza: the first line 5 syllables, second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables. My son made a silly little Haiku I will share with you. We also made delicious lemon cake! 

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Live Your Life - In This Present Moment


Just a little piece of art I made. A reminder to live in the present and find joy in every corner. Walk your path as best as you can, and never give up. Find happiness in the little things. Make your own rainbows. Enjoy your life!


"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." -Sarah Ban Breathnach


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

World's Softest Cozy Slippers Are Legit


Just as the brand is called: World's Softest Cozy Slippers...  

   They really are the softest slippers I've ever owned! They're so comfy and warm, and the non slip bottom really keeps me from sliding around the kitchen. I received these slippers as a Christmas gift, and they've really held up so far! Even after them being washed multiple times. I received them in the size 'medium', for my size 7 to 7.5 foot. I would say they're made a little bit big, as you can kind of see in the photos, there's some floppy extra at the top lol. A small probably would've worked better for me. But I love these slippers, I wear them every day and when the need arises, I will definitely get more! 


You can find the World's Softest Cozy Slippers available for purchase on Amazon in multiple design choices. 



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Kids in The Kitchen With Won Ton Wraps


   Looking for an easy way to get your kids in the kitchen to help out with making meals? Won Ton Wraps are perfect for beginner lessons! You can fill the wraps with all kinds of different filling ideas... whether you make it sweet or savory, the options are endless! My son loves working with won ton wraps...Some of his favorite things to make are pizza squares, cheese balls, or meat filled egg-rolls. Prepare the filling ingredients and make a "buffet line" for easy work space. The great thing about these wraps is you can bake or fry them. I personally love them fried, but baking is less messy haha. Either way, they come out delicious!




What are some other quick easy meals, your kids enjoy helping with?



Monday, April 13, 2020

Join the My Reader Rewards Club for Free Books!

   
If you're anything like me and missing the library during these stay-at-home times... missing that feeling of a physical book in your hands because Kindle just doesn't cut it... 

   Then join me at My Reader Rewards Club! It's free to sign up, and you earn points by doing simple activities. Once you receive a certain amount of points, you can exchange those for FREE BOOKS!! 

   It doesn't take long, and there is a nice list of books you can "purchase". I'm waiting for my first book to arrive so I can start reading again! 

Join the Readers Reward Club HERE to start on earning rewards to get free books!!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter! 2020



Happy Easter Friends!


Despite everything that is going on in the world, I hope you were able to enjoy today 💜 

We were blessed with getting "egged" for our Easter haha :) Got waaay too much candy, but we are so grateful for the sweet church that did this for the kids.


And then my son's Easter Basket...He had to hunt around the house to find it! Who knew he would think to look in the dryer ;) It took him like 30 seconds to find it haha




A relaxing weekend, that may not have looked like we expected it to... but it wasn't too bad at all! I hope your Easter day was spent in good terms! And now I will leave you with an Easter Poem, perfect for this 'renewal of life'


“Happy Easter..
May the renewal of life
At Easter bring new
Blessings of love, hope,
Peace, good health &
Happiness to you and
Your loved ones..
Embrace the renewal of life.” 
–Babz
  

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easy DIY Easter Bunny Hair Clip


   With Easter being tomorrow, why not make a fun last second cutie Easter Bunny Hair Clip! 

   All you need for this project is some foam paper or other sturdy backing, Easter Stickers, Googly Eyes, a Hair Pin (I used bobby pins) and hot glue! 

   You start by making the background using foam paper, then adding the sticker onto that, (I used pre-cut foam sticker bunnies for my project). Then you add the googly eyes and glue everything together, let dry and it's ready to wear! These clips take next to no time to make, and you can let your lil girl choose how she wants to style hers! You can use all kinds of material for this, including beads, fabric, ribbons, and so much more! Make it fun and she will have adorable little hair clips to wear for Easter! 
(or really any time of year!)




Friday, April 10, 2020

Herbal Essences Potent Aloe + Eucalyptus Sulfate Free Scalp Balance Shampoo & Conditioner

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


   Helping my scalp feel clean and refreshed with Herbal Essences Potent Aloe + Eucalyptus Sulfate Free Scalp Balance Shampoo and Conditioner! 
   Upon my first use, I was really surprised with how "spicy" the shampoo was on my scalp and face when the soap ran down lol. This is great for when my scalp is itchy (as long as I keep it off my face haha) I really love the scent and the cooling sensation. It helps ease scalp itch and makes my hair super soft. 
   Pairing the shampoo with Herbal Essences Potent Aloe + Eucalyptus Sulfate Free Scalp Balance Conditioner keeps my hair detangled and feeling extra soft. It smells amazing and lingers throughout my hair all day. I really love both of these products and am so glad to see the shampoo is sulfate free! 


Find more about Herbal Essences Potent Aloe + Eucalyptus Sulfate Free Scalp Balance Shampoo and Conditioner and more products available at herbalessences.com


  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Baking with Milkman Instant Lowfat Dry Milk

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   A great item to have in your pantry is Milkman's Instant Low Fat Dry Milk! It's shelf stable for quite some time, until you are ready to use it, and each bag is the equivalent to one quart of milk. You can use it in several recipes, wet or dry, depending on what you make, and it works just like milk should!

   I really love this brand of powdered milk. It took me back to my childhood when we would drink powdered milk after running out of 1% milk. The flavor is sweet and creamy, and it works great in baking recipes! I love that it can sit in your pantry as a powder and ready to use when needed, just by adding water! Such a great product to have on hand! I made delicious little biscuits and you couldn't even taste the milk in them! See how perfect they came out? :)




  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Soft Smooth Skin With Udderly Smooth Hand Cream

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


      Keeping my hands soft and moisturized with the original formula of Udderly Smooth Hand Cream! This lotion locks in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling oh so soft. I have always had a nostalgic feeling to using Udderly Smooth, because as a kid, I remember my mom purchasing the round tubs and keeping it in the car to use when her hands got dry. When I received this sample to try, all those memories came flooding back, which makes me like this lotion even more! I also love that they now carry it in a tube for easier transportation. You can keep a tube of Udderly Smooth in your purse and use it any time you need! I like keeping mine next to the kitchen sink so I can moisturize my hands after washing the dishes.

Udderly Smooth is a fantastic lotion to keep on hand. You can find different sized bottles in a store near you. Also visit udderlysmooth.com for more products and information.



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Moop the Silly Chickadee Craft



   Using the supplies I have on hand, I came up with this cute little Chickadee craft, perfect to add to your Easter decor! To make the chickadee, I used the following supplies:

  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Soft Feathers
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • A Yellow Balloon
  • A Foam Sticker for the Beak 

   This is a really funny, challenging way to make the birds body, but we shoved some Styrofoam balls into the balloon and tied it shut. You could easily just blow up a small balloon, or fill the balloon with other items to create a body. Once the body was made, we used the orange foam sticker wrapped around the end of the balloon -where we tied it off at- and made this into the beak. Then we glued on some googly eyes and feathers, and that completed the craft! My son says his name is Moop haha. So there you have it... Meet Moop 🐤