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February 08, 2018

Shao Makeup Mirror Review

We recently moved as many of you know. If you'e interested in seeing the house tour, it's up on my youtube channel, but because we moved, our space changed. Because our space changed some of our furniture had to change. Because of this I got rid of my old vanity and switched to a desk, which had more room to work, get ready etc, but it was lacking a mirror. So I started searching for a great lighted mirror that I could stand on my desk to get ready. I came across this Shao trifold vanity mirror an decided to give it a try.

It has the ability to plug into a usb port, or take batteries for cordless use. It also has a 2x and 3x magnafication which is great for detailed makeup artistry. I also like that the whole thing swivels and tilts up or down depending on your height. It's has some very helpful qualities.

Find out my thoughts on this Shao trifold lighted mirror below:

I received this at a discount to review from Tomoson, a review program. I hope you enjoy!

Buy it here:

January 29, 2018

Lash Growth Serums

So I've been eyeing the lash growth serums on the market for awhile now. They make your lashes longer, but I wasnt sure how they worked exactly. I did some research and it seems that your lashes have a natural growth cycle where they grow for so many weeks and then they "shed" so that new lashes can grow. These serums extend the growth cycle so they don't shed as soon, making them grow longer. It's an amazing concept.

So around my birthday last year I decided to buy one that had good reviews called Grande Lash. I tried it from halloween through the first week of December and my lashes looked's very pricy. It's $65 for one tube of this serum. Because of this high price tag I wanted to see if there were more affordable options out there, and I found these below...

You do have to be careful with off brand items that you use on your eyes, as you don't want to injure your eyes. Some lash serums have been known to cause discoloration in your eyes if you get them in your eyes, so be sure to follow the directions to a tee! Apply a thin layer along the lash line on clean skin. I'm still testing these out, so stay tuned!

Find the possible dupes here:

I did receive these at a discount to review.

January 24, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Turbotax Code to do 2017 Taxes

Do Your Taxes w/TurboTax® This Year. File Online With Confidence.

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We've been using TurboTax for the past few years and plan to continue doing so because it makes filing taxes easier. I wouldn't say it makes them "easy" because ours were very complicated, but it was such a huge help. Since we had a failed adoption in 2012 and then a successful finalized adoption in 2013 we had the adoption tax credit to figure out for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Without the help of Turbotax we would be lost.

We are happy to say we have new adoption expenses in 2016 and 2017 for the adoption of our youngest son!!! 

What I like about TurboTax is that with just a click you can get explanations of what tax words mean, or in which situations you would quality. It leads you to answers instead of having to scour the web for them. It's a click away. I also appreciated that they cover EVERYTHING. They lead you through income and can even pull up records from employers (not all, but many). They ask about your investments, your loans, your deductions etc. You just keep pressing on until you're done.

New this year is TurboTax Live, which gives consumers on-demand access to personalized chat, phone, or video-based tax advice from a credentialed tax expert (CPAs, Enrolled Agents, or Practicing Attorneys) who can also review, sign and file the customer’s return.

...and now 2 of my readers will have a chance to file their taxes with Turbotax this year.  Each code below is good for one free federal + state preparation and e-file. See below...

WIN IT: 2 readers will each win a Turbotax Premier code to do their 2017 Taxes!!!!

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

January 22, 2018

Why visit Lancaster?

As many of you may know my family and I enjoy traveling to Lancaster for vacation. We've gone there the past 2 summers and have made some great memories. We love the slowed pace that life has when we're out that way. If you're wondering what else Lancaster has to offer besides farms, then just keep reading... 

 Our family really enjoys going on long drives or long walks to see the cows, farms, the Conestoga river flowing by. It's so peaceful and something we don't have much of where we live. If you're not really into farms or animals, then try stopping at a road side stand for a fresh baked soft pretzel, a bite to eat or an ice cream cone. What's not to like about stopping for food? Food is the highlight of my vacations. I don't have to make it, and it always tastes better. Those of you who are moms out there know what I'm talking about, right? ;-) 

There are cultural experiences like visiting an Amish farm, taking a buggy ride, touring a one room schoolhouse and more. We from these, but the don't usually flock to these as a family as out kids are young, but they are a great way to learn about a different culture and way of living. Summer break doesn't mean the kid's don't learn anything. There are always learning experiences. 

If you want to amp up your kids learning adventures when you visit Lancaster, try visiting a snapology location. At Snapology children will be guided through hands on activities using things they already love: LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Great for children ages 1-14. They offer classes, camps and parties that are so fun I bet kids won't even realize they're learning. That's the best kind of learning in my opinion. My oldest son would LOVE this. I wish I'd learned about it in time to go this past Summer. There's always next year!

We also visited the Turkey Hill Experience while we were in the area. I have to be honest and say this was a let down for the adults, but the kids had a good time. My boys loved the small slide and ball pit at the very end, and of course, the endless scoops of ice cream. It's something to do, but if you ask me, I'd say skip it. There are more interesting things to see and do.

If you're into shopping, then look no further. Lancaster has several sets of outlets. They have the Tanger and Rockvalle outlets. They have store ranging from high end names like Lord & Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft to Charlotte Russe and Rue21 to home stores like L.L. Bean and more. I feel like there is a store for everyone.

I think it's a really great place to go for a family vacation. It has great food, shops, family activities and peace and quiet. That's all I ask for in a good vacation spot. What's your favorite vacation spot? Let me know below!

November 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Kutless Alpha/Omega Album

With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and
have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

It's a fun and upbeat album that the whole family can enjoy!

Buy the record here:
Check out the music video here:

WIN IT: One reader will win this album for themself

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification

November 13, 2017

Holiday Glitzing and Gifting Inspiration

If you need some holiday gift ideas, or holiday shimmer and shine ideas, check out these videos for some inspiration!

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October 23, 2017

Things you don't think about...

When we decided to adopt and become foster parents, we knew that we could get children with different ethnicities than us, and that could bring new challenges we've never had to deal with before. We quickly learned when we adopted our first son that hair and skin care for African Americans is very different. My son struggled with eczema horribly for years to the point where his face and scalp were cracking, bleeding and pussing. We saw countless dermatologists, allergists etc. We tried so many wholistic products, natural products, oils, bleech water baths (doctor prescribed; I know it sounds awful), creams, washes, balms. You name it, we probably tried it, but nothing seemed to work for more than a few weeks.

Thankfully at almost 5 years old he has mostly outgrown his eczema, but the dry scalp remains. Someone suggested using hair product with tea tree oil because they have a bacteria fighting property. I know tea tree oil is used in combatting acne, and I've had success with this myself, so why not try it on his scalp? Around the same timethat this was suggested to us a company reached out to me asking if I'd like to try their tea tree shampoo. Coincidence? I think not!

I've been using this on B for the past few weeks and we've been able to let his hair grow a bit because his scalp isn't as dry under his hair. We formerly had to buzz it every few weeks to keep the dry skin at bay. We've also added coconut oil to his daily hair care regimen, and those two together seem to be working splendidly. He keeps saying he wants to grow his hair and get braids like his sister. :)

P.S. Try their free samples program!!!

If anyone else has hair or skin product suggestions for kids who suffer from eczema, please leave them below. We are always looking for products that work!

October 09, 2017

Youtube Made me!!!

If you're anything like me, you enjoy filling your free time with Youtube videos. I'm guilty of watching the funny animal videos, the "men try it" videos which are hilarious, and of course, the beauty tutorials and reviews. Because I've spent so much time on Youtube, it has influenced some of my shopping decisions. To find out what, check out the video below:

GIVEAWAY: Jeremy Camp

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

I've been a Jeremy Camp fan since my freshman year of college when I first discovered his music. It's energetic, beautifully written, and I never got tired of his albums. His newest, "The Answer" is no exception!  JEREMY CAMP’S “THE ANSWER” came out October 6th, and I've been listening to it non stop since it arrived!

Listen to one of the songs from this album below:

WIN IT: One of my readers will win this album for themself!!! 

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Birthday Freebies!!!

There are so many things you can get for free just for having a birthday, and we all have them! :-P

 Check out this video to find out some birthday freebies you may not know about:


October 04, 2017

Matt Redman's Glory Song Album

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first
releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs
Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also
features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

Social Corner:
Gracefully Broken Top Of The Tower Live Video:
Buy Link:

My Thoughts:
I found this album to be very one-note. All the songs had the same vibe, and same intensity, so I didn't really notice one song I liked or disliked more than the others. A little too monotonous for my taste. I prefer albums with a bit of variety to them. Some faster tempo, some slower etc. If you enjoy mellow music, you would enjoy this album.

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

September 13, 2017

GIVEAWAY & Visiting Ohio?

I feel like high school is the time when you make the closest friends as a kid, and some of them stick with you until you're an adult. I had a friend who was my go-to person all throughout middle and high school, and when she left the state for college I was crushed, but thankfully she only went one state away to Ohio. 

When my husband and I were dating, I still remained close to this friend, so we made a trip out to Columbus to visit her and see the campus where she went to college (Cedarville FYI) and it was beautiful.  Cedarville looks like a quaint city full of charm. It was a perfect fit for her, so I can see why she chose this, and then why she stayed in Ohio after college. 

While in Ohio, we toured the campus and buildings, ate at some local restaurants [see giveaway at the bottom], took photos on an old train track, did some shopping and, of course, spent some QT with our friend. Good memories!

So sometimes it can be hard if a friend relocates, or if you yourself have to relocate and leave people and places behind, but it's so much easier if you have someone to help you with that transition. Sooo....If you are looking for a change and are looking to relocate to Ohio, head on over to HER Realtors to get started on your search!

WIN IT: One reader will win a $25 Gift card to a Max & Erma's restaurant (a local, and chain)


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