August 02, 2015

DIY Arabian Eyes!!!

I've been getting bored with my regular day to day look and wanted to experiment with some date night looks. First thing I did was head over to youtube to see what tricks and tips I could find. I found this video, which was a "how to" video on creating the Arabian eye look and it's gorgeous, so I thought I'd give it a try too!

 ....and here were my results...
...with a nice hairdo, outfit and some lipstick, I'm ready for a night out on the town!!! 

It was easier than I thought to get this dramatic effect. I used some maroon/purple/black shadows that I had on hand to add dimension, white shadow for under my brows and inner eye, gold shadow to add some shimmer, black Tyra eyeliner, and just younique's 3d Fiberlash product [no falsies]!

July 28, 2015

Campus Book Rentals!!!

With a new semester approaching, I wanted to let all my readers know about a text book rental site,

Some perks are:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented 

How does Campus Book Rentals work?

So you've heard that they donate to Operation Smile, but what is that? I'll tell you...
Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life. Operation Smile provides these services to children in need. now has a new program, RentBack. This allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students. It would bring in 2-4 times the money compared to just selling a book back. And what college student doesn't jump at the opportunity to make more money??? 

How does RentBack Work? Take a Look:

Head on over and check it out for yourself!!!

July 25, 2015

Earn Money Blogging...Yes, You Can!!!

For those of you who were wondering how I get paid to blog and post on social media, here is just one way. Sign up today!!! I get paid a few dollars to tweet messages for brands, between $10-$200 for sponsored blog posts and campaigns. It's worth checking out!!!

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July 22, 2015

Aflac & Bad Hair Days

This post is sponsored by Aflac.  I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100 percent mine.

I don't know about you, but I have days where nothing seems to go right. I wake up late and have to rush around to get ready and out the door. Inevitably that is ALWAYS the day that my mascara smears across my lids, or the day that my selected outfit has a hole/wrinkles OR the day that my hair just refuses to cooperate. Apparently other people have days like this....days where communication is a problem and things don't go the way you expected them to, as you can see in this Aflac commercial:

In this ad the Aflac duck keeps trying his hand (or wing) at new skills and professions, but apparently hair styling is not for him. The commercial ends with a conversation between two women at the salon: "Oh, he's a horrible stylist,but, he's the best at paying claims fast." She later adds, "He paid mine in just one day." The first woman is so impressed with Aflac's new business day with the company’s new One Day Pay℠ promise that she overlooks the horrible hairdos.

If this were me I would definitely freak out, but the humor in this commercial is that she isn't phased by the hair because Aflac still give her quick payment for her claims. You win some, you lose some haha.

Aflac has a One Day Pay℠ promise. When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast – now in as little as ONE business day. One Day Pay℠ is Aflac’s way of making sure eligible claims get processed and approved the  same day they’re submitted, so policyholders can get paid in just a day. Aflac is built to process and pay – not to deny and delay – to help your life stay on track. A lot of insurance companies talk about how much money they’ll save policyholders on premiums, but people buy insurance to get paid when they need to file a claim. Aflac understands that claims matter and that it’s important to be there for their policyholders when they need it most.

Here's just one of my bad hair days, and how I remedied it!!!

Style Tip #1: Using round brush, pull your hair back in a high bun and headband. This is the easiest way to hide frizz, grease or just unruly hair.

Style Tip #2: Using comb separate hair into 3 sections at top of head, and work down one side, pulling in more hair as you go along (like a french braid). This will create a side braid using all your hair.

Style Tip #3: Using tip #2 to create your braid, twist the bottom of the braid into a side bun. This looks like a classy up do, in minutes!

Style Tip #4: If most of your hair looks decent, but you just have one side that looks greasy, try a small side braid using small portion of hair. Use bobby pins to pin the braid back and let all other hair hang down straight. It's a fast way to just remedy the problem area.

So even thought the Aflac duck isn't a great hair dresser, they are great about getting your money to you, and quickly. For those of you who aren't familiar with the company, here is some information.

* In the United States, Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site.  Aflac is different from health insurance; it’s insurance for daily living.

* Aflac pays cash benefits quickly and directly to you, unless otherwise assigned, to help with out-of-pocket expenses when you’re sick or hurt. The benefits are predetermined and paid regardless of any other insurance you have.

* Supplemental insurance policies such as accident, critical illness and cancer help protect workers from high out-of-pocket costs that major medical insurance was never designed to cover.
* Many supplemental insurance policies pay cash benefits that can be used for everyday living
expenses like groceries, child care, rent or parking at the hospital.
* If supplemental insurance policies are not part of your health plan, it may be worth approaching your employer to ask for them.

Learn more or follow them on social media here:



July 20, 2015

Create easy meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with Hillshire Farm Naturals®

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media®, and  Hillshire Farm®, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #HillshireNaturals

The farm. The food. The craft. These are the things Hillshire Farm values. Back in 1934, their founder knew that quality was the most important ingredient in everything he made. So he partnered with the best farms. Chose the best cuts of meat. And perfected his craft of smoking, curing, roasting and seasoning. His legacy has been passed down from generation to generation.

Their Naturals lunch meats are 100% Natural, 100% Delicious and now 100% Guaranteed.
  • No artificial ingredients (minimally processed), preservatives, or colors
  • No added nitrates/nitrites. *Except for those naturally occurring in the celery juice powder
  • 97% FAT FREE
  • Gluten Free

I don't know about you, but I love doing spontaneous lunch dates with my 2 year old son when the weather is nice. We will just wake up and decide to go into town for the morning, or go to the park for a few hours, or the marina. I'll ask him when he gets up if he wants to go to the library, the park, or watch Bob's Buddies (Bob the builder equipment in town), and it's usually the park or Bob's Buddies. He's at the age where all demo and road construction tools are the best things ever invented. He will sit there and watch the bulldozers, cranes etc for an hour and be happy.

So once he's made up his mind on where we will go that day, I have to think about what to bring. Always diapers/wipes and his blanket and of course, food! I don't usually know what to pack, so it's almost always peanut butter crackers or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but now that I have some Hillshire Farm Naturals® honey smoked and black forest ham available at Safeway, I can make a ham sandwich for each of us and take it with us in an insulated lunchbox. My son doesn't eat many meats, but ham is one that he really enjoys, so this is a win win. He's getting more protein in his diet, and he's happy!

I recently made him a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and used a heart cookie cutter to make the sandwich heart shaped. He loved this!!! And so as not to neglect my husband or adult food, I decided to make a ham and crustless ham and cheese quiche for the "big people." Because even though some days it feels like our lives revolve around the little person in our life, we can't neglect the adults in our home. It's so easy to make fast meals the whole family will love with Hillshire Farm Naturals® !

Right now you can save $0.75 on any ONE (1) Hillshire Farm Naturals® Black Forest Ham or Honey Roasted Ham with the digital coupon available through the Just4U online portal. Expires 8/9/15. (While Supplies Last) You have to register for Just4U to get access to the coupon.

Also “Hillshire Farm® is offering a “Love It or We’ll Eat It” Guarantee for those who try the product. They will donate a lunch to someone in need if you “Love it” or provide a rebate. I think this is great!

July 18, 2015

Bad Hair Day?

If you're having a bad hair day, like I was, why not try these fast and easy hair do's. I think anyone cane do them.

Side braid using all of your hair.

Side Braid, twisted into a side bun.

Small side braid, over straight hair.

...and finally small side braid, with hair pulled into a low pony.


July 13, 2015

Merging Lives & Meal Plans!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dannon. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All views and opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of Dannon

In our home we try to keep a good balance of health food and splurges. Growing up my family's meals consisted of a lean meat or fish, a fresh vegetable and a starch. That is how I learned to prepare my meals as I became an adult and started a family. Fresh vetegables or fruits, chicken/turkey/fish and a starch of some sort. However as many married people know when you merge lives you bring two, sometimes polar opposite, views into play so you have to find a happy medium. My husband came from a background that didn't pay as much attention to fresh or lean meal options. It can be hard to find foods that are healthy AND taste great. So many food "crazes" taste horrible, or are so bizarre who would do them? Right?

But one of the things I rarely had growing up as yogurt. It just wasn't something my family enjoyed so it was never stocked in our fridge. We got our calcium from cheese, milk and ice cream (haha). When I met my husband he was a fan of yogurt for breakfast and in smoothies, especially when he joined the gym. Slowly I became a fan of yogurt and added this healthy item into my meal reportoire, which is why I was thrilled to take part in the Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt campaign in partnership with Influencer Activation and Influence Central.  

For some of us, our guilty pleasure or comfort food we turn to after a long day comes in the form of sweets. These indulgences are delicious and satisfying, but can often lead to consuming empty calories that we regret later. Dannon Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu yogurt provides the sweetness we crave, without the guilt! This creamy breakfast, snack or dessert option is a treat that helps with managing diet, weight loss, or simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I'm not a fan of the runnier consistency yogurts which is why I was happy to find that Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt was thick and custard-like. It was a bit sweet for a breakfast yogurt, but delicious for dessert and if you wanted to treat yourself to something sweet, satisfying AND healthy this is the ticket! So often we deny ourselves desserts we want, but now you don't have to. If you want the satisfying taste of Tiramisu without the calories, try this yogurt!!! With 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 oz, Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt satisfies taste buds and helps reduce the temptations to eat the calorie laden real dealTaste the power of satisfaction with NEW Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt.

As we merged lives and meal plans we found that having a good mix of both worlds worked for us and that mix included a large supply of yogurt! My family now has yogurt almost every day for breakfast, which makes me happy because it's a healthy meal option and full of Calcium. Win Win!
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July 05, 2015

Tyra Cosmetics & the 6 Minute Tyover!!!

I've been a big fan of Tyra Banks for awhile now. She emphasizes being healthy and looking healthy, and she also embraces "flaws" or what makes each person unique. She has always been one to help young girls appreciate their bodies as they are, and have a healthy outlook on body image. Even her show, America's Next Top Model,  teaches young girls (and guys now) how to work their body and find their best angle. She doesn't stress dieting or ways to stay thin, but how you work with what you've got! I applaud her for this.

And now she also has a line of cosmetics. Tyra said, "Without makeup, I never would've been a supermodel. This is why I’ve created TYRA beauty —to give you the power to transform what you’ve got, into what you want—fast! Until now, quality makeup has been time consuming, complicated, and pretty intimidating. Forget all that! We’ve created innovative, luxurious and easy-to-use products to help you look and feel your fiercest—in just minutes!"

I had a chance to try Tyra's 6 minute makeover products, pictured above. It includes sculpt in a stick, light in a stick, cheek in a stick, eyes in a stick, line 'em & smack my fat lash. I had previously been using - face lotion, face primer, eye primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, white eye pencil for waterline, and 2 kinds of mascara and it would take me at least 25 minutes to do my makeup each morning. Time Consuming and expensive to keep all these products on hand. Tyra's 6 minute Tyover, literally, takes under 6 minutes to complete and costs $82 [sale price right now]. That's under $14 per product. That's a steal!

Check out my first attempt at the 6 minute Tyover here. It's not perfect, but looks pretty good for a first try: 

I'll let you be the judge. Do you think it's worth a try? You can ditch the bags full of cosmetics for 6 products. Give yourself more time to sleep in the morning, and do your makeup in only 6 minutes. Sounds good to me, how about you???

Want to check it out? Head on over to this site to purchase your Tyra Cosmetics:

And check out these facebook pages if you'd like to ask questions or see how other people are using Tyra Cosmetics: 

July 03, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Pampers Prize Pack #betterforbaby

There are so many things you can do to make life #betterforbaby, which is why I'm happy to partner with Pampers and Doubly Duty Divas on this campaign!!!

Pampers believes that babies bring out the best in all of us.That’s why there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to make life #BetterForBabyAs part of the campaign, Pampers is unveiling a video that celebrates all the profound ways babies change the world around them for the better – and in turn asks families to pledge how they will make life #BetterForBaby. Personally, I pledge to be more patient to make life #BetterforBaby.

Check out this hush little baby video to find out how you can make life #betterforbaby:

As the brand who supports the happy, healthy development of babies for more than 50 years, Pampers is committed to doing their small part to making life #BetterForBaby through their core brand commitments including: 1) protecting premature babies, 2) helping families in need through product donations, 3) preventing maternal and neonatal tetanus and 4) reducing their environmental impact. In fact, at the launch of this program they are making a significant donation to each of our charity partners (Graham’s Foundation, UNICEF and Feeding America) in recognition of their valued partnership in helping Pampers support the happy, healthy development of babies.

As a brand that has supported the happy, healthy development of babies for more than 50 years, Pampers is committed to doing their small part. For example, they donate millions of diapers each year to families in need through Feeding America, have partnered with UNICEF to help eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 15 countries, and they support premature babies and their families with special Pampers preemie diapers and other resources via Graham’s Foundation.

Visit Pampers YouTube and Facebook pages to watch the Hush Little Baby video and celebrate how babies bring out the best in all of us. To find out more information on Pampers commitments to helpinging make life #BetterForBaby, visit, Twitter, youtube or Facebook.

Also join us for the Pampers #betterforbaby Twitter Party On July 8th at 9pm EST. 

Join Pampers and the Double Duty Divas as we chat about how babies change the world around them and how we, as parents, can make the world a better place for them to grow up. The Pampers #BetterforBaby movement is just getting started, and we'd love to connect with you on ways to make the world better for baby.

Twitter Party Prizes Include:
  • Pampers Diapers and Pampers Wipes
  • Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
  • PUR Baby White Vertical Faucet Mount and Filters 
  • $100 TOMS GC
  • GRAND PRIZE: $300 VISA Gift Card
The link to RSVP for this twitter party can be found here:

ALSO WIN A PRIZE PACKAGE HERE ON MY BLOGA Pampers product package which includes: Pampers Swaddlers and Wipes, Magic BulletBaby Bullet Baby Care System, Spring Floral Scarf for Mom & NALGENE Reusable BPA Free water bottle.

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I received product free of charge, but all opinions are 100% mine

June 30, 2015

Tan Towlettes

About the Product

  • ☀ Amazon #1 Bestseller 50% Off Sale Expires Midnight ☀ When others double their prices when they reach #1 Best Seller status WE CUT THEM!!!
  • DOUBLE the quantity for HALF the price! Get this super-saver pack of 20(!) units for only $16.99 instead of $34!
  • Each towelette will produce Quick • Even • Streak Free • Natural Looking Tan • In less then 4 hours! No 100% satisfied? Send it back for 100% full refund! Price will go back up to original price of $50 soon - so make sure you get a box today or get FOUR (you'll still pay less then you would for 1 in stores!) and enjoy FREE SHIPPING! This special rate expires on midnight!
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My opinion:
It created a warm tan (not orange like others I've tried), but I had streaks where you could see the difference between my natural skin color and the manufactured tan from the towlettes. It didn't have an odor the first day, but the next few days I smelled like tanner, but no one around me noticed that I'm aware of.

I used a glove so my hands didn't turn tan, so that worked well, as suggested. I also exfoliated before applying, but after applying these tan towlettes my stomach got very patchy, but thats just how my skin is I guess.

They do produce a nice tan, if applied evenly, and if you prepped your skin correctly!

I received this product at a steep discount, but the opinion expressed here is 100% my own.

June 22, 2015

Girl Scouts

I'm so excited to be working with Mom It Forward to share information about Together Counts/Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital. I really like what both companies stand for, so happy to be part of this campaign.

What is the Together Counts™ campaign?
It's a nationwide program by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend. It makes perfect sense to me. If you eat more than you burn off, that's how people gain weight. Adults and children alike should be aware of how much they are consuming and how physically active they are, to make sure they have a balanced life.

How is Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital getting involved?
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Girl Scouts developed three "healthy habits" booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Through the use of these free resources for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance."

The three Healthy Habits booklets available for download include:
o Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits - girls learn about the many plants, trees,
and animals that flourish in nature, and also build important leadership skills.
o WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits - girls discover the many forms and
paths that water takes and how to protect it. They also learn how to engage in teamwork,
speak effectively to convey a message, and inspire others
o Get Moving! with Healthy Habits - girls learn how to use their energy to protect Earth’s
energy and build important leadership skills.

Why Girl Scouts?
Health and fitness have been part of Girl Scouting since girls ran foot races in 1912! I was never a Girl Scout growing up, but my step sister was and really enjoyed it. I always looked forward to the cookie selling time of the year, of course!!! But I like knowing that they put an emphasis on being outdoors and being active! After all camping is essential to Girl Scouts mission. It is about the outdoors, and developing a deep appreciation for nature. Girls enjoy camping with their troop or attending a Girl Scout day and evening or resident sleep-away camp. From high adventure with kayaking, archery and rock climbing to traditional camps with crafts, singing, hiking and cooking over an open fire, Girl Scout camps give girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Find your local council to enroll girls in camp programs.

Another nice thing about this organization is that Girl Scouts’ leadership program is girl-led. And Girl Scouts sure do a lot with guidance from caring adult mentors! From national badge programs to council-wide events, each council offers a variety of exciting program opportunities for girls of all ages. Volunteers are supported with program level and subject training courses online and in classroom settings. There is a lot of peer-to-peer support and mentoring, and quality publications to support the delivery of high quality programs.

To locate the council nearest you, see the Girl Scout Council Finder.

Our family enjoys being outdoors, walking, playing soccer, going to the park, boating and more! If the weather isn't ridiculously warm or extremely cold, I try to get my son outdoors. We visit the horses at the park, take walks, have picnics, kick a ball around, run around the track and more!

Check out these links for more information and to see how you can get involved:

Healthy Habits booklets download: Here you’ll be able to download three free booklets for
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.  Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance."
Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information  including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities.
Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page
shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from
Together Counts.
Together Counts Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators
and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
Together Counts Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly
news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the
topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity.
Together Counts Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets
(video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and
partner news.
Together Counts Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across
the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity
including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

This blog post was compensated by Together Counts/Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital for your participation in this campaign. I am part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

June 15, 2015

Sour Jacks Candy

Between playdates, summer sports and pool time – families are constantly on-the-go throughout the summer months. And typically with kids being “on-the-go” that typically means that they are always looking for the next snack or candy.

Sour Jacks Original and Sour Jacks Watermelon are the perfect treat for a day in the park, the best snack for a night at the movies and Jack is the perfect pal for a day at the game.  With two different flavors, these chewy treats are sure to excite all of your sweet fruit needs.

While these sweet candies shouldn't be your go to snack on a daily basks [in my opinion], if you or your kids like the occasional sweet splurge, then you would enjoy these. I don't take healthy eating to an extreme. I still enjoy my cookies, ice cream, and candy. I'm a fan of the sweet and sour combination, and especially candy with watermelon flavor! So I really enjoyed the watermelons, and the originals were good too.   I felt the sour was stronger than similar products by rival brands, but the fruit flavor was also stronger, so it was well matched! Kids and adults would both enjoy them.

Paperback Swap!!! (get rid of old books and get new ones)

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

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