Tips To Help You Embrace Your Curly Hair

June 4, 2015

As long as I can remember, I’ve hated my curly hair. I’ve been called “Medusa”, and I was regularly asked, “Did a rat make a nest in my hair the night before?” I was the only curly-haired curl in my immediate family, and no one really knew how to tame my tresses. Honestly, if a product like the Dyson Airwrap had existed when I was a kid, my childhood may have been a lot easier. When I was younger my mom would try to tame my hair by braiding it after I washed it, and it was terribly uncomfortable to go to bed with damp, braided hair. Nowadays, it is a lot easier as you can just use specific hair products for curly hair. Back then though this wasn’t an option. Straightening irons weren’t readily available until my latter years of college, so my freshman year of high school I cut my hair off out of frustration. I kept it short for many years. Today I’m sharing some tips with the help of Dove, to help keep your curly hair looking its best and to help you #LoveYourCurls.

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Americana Appeal With Pier 1 Imports Outdoor Living

June 1, 2015

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports.

When Jeremy and I moved into our new antebellum style home last fall, we didn’t have nearly enough furniture to fill it. He spent the majority of his expendable cash trying to finish up the house, which went seriously over budget. And we were still thinking about getting the roof inspected, as when we first moved in, we were told that it hadn’t been done in ages. So, who knows what type of damage it has? We obviously don’t want to spend too much, but we still want to make sure that it gets done properly. That’s when my friend told me about Dominion Roofing, who offered a bonded roof service, ( which means that the contractor buys a surety bond and if there is a claim made against the bond, the contractor will have to pay the company back. It does, however, mean that the client is protected from any losses if the work isn’t completed properly. That sounds ideal for our situation. But I don’t even think we have enough money to pay for a reasonable service, plus we have other things that need looking at first. It’s going to have to wait I think. On saying that though, I have been buying pieces when I get extra money, but I’ve also been trying to save money for our wedding, which is just a few months away. Our double front porch was the first thing that visitors and passersby noticed about our home, and it has a scenic view of the barn and pond. We do our best to keep our porch looking nice and clean by getting a company that does pressure washing houston to clean it. Unfortunately patio furniture was on the bottom of my purchase list; it just wasn’t in my budget. I had a set of four canary yellow Adirondack style chairs that I placed on the front porch for seating until I could save up for patio furniture. They were distinctly visible from the road. Shortly after Jeremy and I moved in, he brought his grandmother over to the house. When we were pulling up the driveway, she commented, “The house is lovely, but I’m not sure about those yellow chairs.” I decided that day that those chairs really needed to go.

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A Birds Eye® View Of Flavor

May 11, 2015

Living on a farm has made me a vegetable “snob.” There isn’t anything quite like picking something fresh from our garden, and creating a meal around it. I understand that not everyone has that luxury, and there are times of the year that you can’t get fresh produce even if you do live on a farm. There are certain crops we can’t grow at all. When, for whatever reason, we don’t have fresh vegetables available I trust Birds Eye® products.

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Monogram Apple Canvas for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week if you didn’t realize. And I think this is the perfect time to truly show your teacher how much they mean to you. You can easily check out something like these gift ideas for college professors if you are planning on getting them something, or you could create something for them (obviously depending on what they would prefer).

I posted a photo to Instagram of a monogram apple canvas that Gabe and I made for Teacher Appreciation Week, and I received some messages and emails asking how I created it. I decided to make a quick tutorial for those of you that are interested in making one for a teacher, or maybe for your own classroom. I was very pleased with how it turned out, and Gabe’s teacher now has it hanging in her classroom. It was an inexpensive way to show our appreciation for her hard work wrangling preschoolers this year.
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Making Education Fun With SimplyFun

April 27, 2015

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions contained herein are entirely my own.

Do you want your child’s first educational experience to be fun? SimplyFun® wants to help make their educational experience fun by incorporating play with educational game play. I love the excitement on my son’s face when he learns a new skill or master’s a new word. He tells me that he stores things in his “big brain”, but he’s just a typical 5 year old. SimplyFun® has games available for a wide variety of ages and skill levels. We love family game night, and I love when I can incorporate educational/skill-building activities into our family game night. We also try to spend any free time that we have watching these YoutTube learning songs so that even when he’s getting ready for bed, or if we’re going on a long journey that he still has the opportunity to learn new things. These videos also allow him to build upon any skills that he has already learnt during family game night, amongst other things.

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars For A Mother’s Day Treat

April 20, 2015

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I remember the excitement of my first Mother’s Day. It is definitely a day I’ll never forget. I know we didn’t have a whole lot of extra money; I was still off work due to a complication from having my son. I received a beautiful card and we went to lunch. It was a perfect day for me. This year another family member will celebrate her first Mother’s Day. My sister-in-law gave birth to my nephew just a few weeks ago. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe that requires no baking and not a lot of culinary skill to reproduce. My brother has limited cooking skills, so this is just easy enough for him to make. This recipe is a great way to introduce children to the kitchen and to show the peanut butter loving mom in your life how much you care. Hopefully this post will give you a little inspiration to help make Mother’s Day the #BestMomsDayEver, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom you can enter a giveaway sponsored by American Greetings.

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Helpful Cleaning Tips For An Open Kitchen

April 13, 2015

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I love having an open floor plan. I enjoy being able to chat with my family or friends while I prepare dinner or do the dishes. Since I spend a lot of time there, I appreciate that I don’t feel disconnected from the rest of the house. On the downside, it’s the first room in the house that people see when they walk in; they’re either impressed by it or horrified by how dirty it is. That’s why you should always aspire to keep it as tidy and hygienic as possible at all times. This can be hard to do, though you may want to check out a page such as to give yourself a better idea of how you can achieve this. I’m sharing a few helpful cleaning tips for an open floor-plan kitchen and a peek inside my own home.

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