Sparkle time saves Dinner time!

*This is a Sponsored Post thanks to Dasani and Target.
#DASANIdrops #DASANIsparkling #Infusions*

So.  Moms.  You know the story with picky eaters, but let me regale you with a story of my own…this is still my blog, right :-)?

So we are sitting around the dinner table.  My Husband made dinner (I know ladies, right :-)?) the other day which was a very special treat.  He made homemade parmesan crusted chicken nuggets, french fries, and pan seared green beans with bacon.  It was delicious.  Of course our children didn’t share the same enthusiasm.  Except for fries.  And the green beans.

So we tried everything to get them to eat the chicken nuggets.  My husband, who usually is a master manipulator of our tiny children, came up short and my own wiles weren’t up to task.  So we resigned ourselves to them eating the fries and the vegetables, being grateful for that.  Pick your battles and small victories, right?

But I had just remembered…I had some Dasani Black Cherry that I had put in the fridge.  We had been drinking gatorade, grape and apple juice, milk, and my husband’s favorite, Diet Mountain Dew.  I had decided awhile back to try to go healthier and make the switch to something lower in calories, sugar and sodium, but everyone has their vices and pop and juice are my family’s vices, but I remembered that I had it in the fridge and decided to roll the dice.  I thought it had the sweetness of juice and the satisfying pop-and-fizz of soda when you open the can.  I figured it was worth the huge risk of trying to pry them away from their usual routine drinks.  If they thought it was a special treat then it surely would work right?

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Back to the original point…I made a dramatic show of how good this Dasani Black Cherry was to the kids and had them help me open the cans and forced offered it to the hubby to drink it too, ya know, to get the kids all into it (at least thats what I convinced him it was for lol).

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Wow!  Not only did my kids love it to the point where they ate the chicken in order to get more Dasani but my Husband showed up at home the next day with two more packs of it!  Its been two weeks and we haven’t spent a dime on sugary juice, or soda!  The Dasani Sparkling has been a hugely positive addition to our daily dinner routine, and the fact that it’s actually healthy for you can be our little secret (hehe).

Don’t miss out on getting your very own Dasani Sparkling and Dasani Drops!  You can find it on the Target Cartwheel app, where it currently has coupons for the sparklingly water and Dasani Drops for a limited time!

Check it out and leave comments if you guys like it too, trust me, its worth the try!

 



Simply Coral – a Makeup Tutorial

You know that I love a super simple eye looks – especially on days that I have to wake up early and still need to look presentable.  I especially love any shadow that really accentuates my blue eyes.  Anything bronze, brown, red, pink, coral, and gold just makes me happy.  For this simple coral makeup look I chose some of my favorite Makeup Geek Shadows.
I love Makeup Geek products for a few reasons.  First of all, they’re super high end quality.  Dare I say that some of them are actually better than my go-to MAC Shadows??  They’re super pigmented, and a little goes a long way which I love and is definitely something I look for when purchasing eyeshadow.  Second they’re very affordable at $5.99 for the pan.  And third, they’re cruelty free!

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Here is the full list of products used to create this makeup look.

MUG Peach Smoothie
MUG Cocoa Bear
MUG Mango Tango

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush
Sigma E25 Blending Brush
Sigma E15 Flatliner Brush
Sigma E30 Pencil Brush

MAC Eye Kohl in Costa Riche

Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS

Buxom Lip Polish in Stacy

If you would like to see how I created this makeup look, then click the video below!  Don’t forget to subscribe and give the video a thumbs up!!

I am always looking for ideas for new videos and makeup looks.  Would you like to see any specific tutorials on how-to?  Would you like me to use a specific palette, or brand?  Let me know in the comments below!

I am linking up with the Pleated Poppy!

Link Love

I’m constantly looking for inspiration, new recipes, new makeup looks, fun crafts to do for the kids….or just looking to look.  I love finding new favorites, and I thought I’d share some with you today!

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I love creating delicious foods with fresh ingredients.  I think it makes things taste and look more vibrant, and it makes the whole cooking process fun when I can get my kids involved in the prepping portion of cooking.  This Orange Marmalade Freezer Jam by Missy from Pink Pistachio looks mouthwateringly delicious, and I can’t wait to try it on freshly baked bread.

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I have been really loving jewelry a lot lately, and when I saw these bracelets last Friday on the Samantha Show I immediately fell in love with them.  Samantha always has super cute fashion posts, and she makes me want to run out and buy everything she’s wearing.  She and I have the same passion for arm parties, and I think these bracelets need to be added to my collection.

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I saw this awesome post on Pinterest the other day, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  We have been having some issues in the reading department with Ryder and I’ve desperately been trying different things to get him interested in books learning how to read better than he currently can (more on this in a post in the future…it needs it’s own explanation).

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Ikea is one of my favorite places in the world.  That’s definitely my candy store.  This post is a compilation of two of my favorite things – organization and Ikea.  There are some really great ideas that I never would’ve thought of, and absolutely things I will be doing in the future!

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I’m always looking for amazing books to fill the voids of those I’ve loved in the past.  Gone Girl was such a great book (and movie for that matter), and I’ve been searching for more books along the same story type ever since I finished it.  “Her” is supposed to be quite the competitor, and I’m super excited to start this as soon as I’m finished with the other billion books I’ve been dying to read. #bookworm

What have been some of your link loves as of lately?  Share some of your favorite personal posts or favorites as of lately below in the comment section and I’d love to share them here and on Twitter!

From Gold to Platinum

If you’ve a loyal follower of this little Blog of mine since the beginning you know full and well that I’ve changed my hair often.  Unfortunately I tend to get very bored with my hair easily, or frustrated because it’s not what I want it to be #firstworldproblems.
Recently I had found a new YouTube Channel purely by accident, and immediately fell in love with it.  The gal behind the camera is Mandie and she’s just the most adorable thing ever.  She’s a professional stylist, and loves to share her tips and tricks on YouTube!  I love her channel for a few reasons.

  1. She’s super informative, and very detailed about her products used as well as steps performed.
  2. She does major transformations that will have your jaw resting on the floor when you’re done watching it.
  3. She introduced me to what is now the ultimate hair coloring solution in my opinion – Olaplex.

What is Olaplex you ask?

“We started by finding two of the world’s leading PHD’s in Materials and Chemistry that had never worked on hair products before, Dr. Eric Pressly and Dr. Craig Hawker. With this fresh outlook, this dream team invented a single ingredient chemistry, that is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before….”

My hair is naturally an ash blonde, and is very blah to me.  I have been desperately trying to go lighter and lighter for about a year now, and just couldn’t achieve the level I wanted.  I’ve done the dark hair and it just doesn’t do well with my complexion.  I’ve done ombre and liked it, but again, got bored with it easily.  I’ve tried pretty much everything with the exception of a bleach and tone.  I’m very particular about not damaging my hair during processing, and I wanted to make sure that I could go blonder without the risk of breakage and/or frizziness.  In comes Olaplex.  OH.  MY.  WORD.  This is a Godsend I tell you!

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If you go to the Olaplex site you’re able to find a salon near you that offers this product as an addition to your coloring process – which is exactly what I did.  I now have a new way of getting my hair colored, and a new stylist who is amazing!  As you can see from the photos above, my hair on the left was very golden and brassy toned.  No amount of purple shampoo could pull this out.  I was super unhappy with it, and always felt like it was just boring.  Almost three hours and many foils later, I now have very platinum blonde hair that feels even more healthy than it was before I had it colored!  It feel thicker, more manageable, and the color is extremely vibrant.

What do you think?  Needless to say, I’m in love with it!

*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own.*

 

February 2015 Beauty Favorites

This month was all about trying new things for me.  I needed to revamp my makeup routine, step outside my comfort zone a bit, and test out some new products.  I’m happy to say that I was really impressed!

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  • NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland, Skorpios, and Aigle Noir – These three shadow pencils have been a great addition to my daily routine.  Whether it be a quick makeup look, or a base for more shadows, these shadow pencils hold up really well.  I initially gravitated toward these after my severe disappointment when I saw that Make Up For Ever no longer made their chubby Aqua Shadow Pencils (insert sad face here).  The NARS pencils aren’t the same by any means, but, I don’t have anything terrible to say about them either.  All in all, I dig ‘em.
  • Morphe Slate Get Liner – Oh, you guys!  Seriously the BEST gel liner I’ve used to date!  It’s super creamy, highly pigmented, and literally stays all day!
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation – All I have to say is WOW.  I’ve heard and seen SO many amazing reviews about this foundation, yet still never tried it.  This foundation is medium/full coverage, isn’t heavy or cakey on the skin, and makes your skin look velvety when worn.
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance – Y’all know that I love my skin to look fresh and dewy.  I naturally have very dry skin, and one of the main things I look for in primers is how it’s going to prep my skin prior to foundation application.  I love this primer.  It feels like a moisturizer, and leaves your skin looking beautiful and luminous.  It pairs perfectly with the Silk Creme Foundation.

That’s it for the month of February!  Short month = short list of favorites!  What were some of your February Favs?