August 26, 2015

GIVEAWAY- Turkey Hill All Natural Gelato

WHO WANTS TO WIN SOME FREE TURKEY HILL ALL NATURAL GELATO?

If you answered "me me me" then enter below and I'll pick two winners on September 6, 2015.


Explore all the great Gelato flavors from Turkey Hill





HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway

August 17, 2015

#TruliHome

Looking for a new home, or interested in $25,000???

Check out TRULIA!!! 

http://on.trulia.com/1SPFdND

It's so nice to have a home of your own where you can keep up with all your "at home" habits. Some of mine are leaving PJ's on the floor by the bed, or letting the dog clean up the crumbs that fall to the kitchen floor. Things I wouldn't dream of doing at anyone else's home, haha.

Braided Hair Tutorial & My Results

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A braided headband with loose curls is actually surprisingly easy. I tried to do this hair style while my hair was still somewhat wet, hence the excessive frizz in my photos, but I think for "day old" hair this would be perfect and fairly simple. Two small side braids tied at the nape of your neck, and then loosely curl the rest of your hair. I choose NOT to tease my hair for extra height because it would be even more frizzy, but maybe I'll try that next time!












My hair Inspiration for today was this video:

GIVEAWAY: Premama Fertility Vitamin Mix

Premama® was born from the idea that daily prenatal essentials and maternity supplements should be easy to take and easy on the stomach. Since 2011, Premama has endeavored to make all moms happier with its best-in-class line of natural powdered supplements formulated to support preconception through postnatal nutritional needs, concerns and conditions. Our pill-free, drink mix solutions contain high-quality, clinically-studied and physician-approved ingredients, and are designed to blend seamlessly with liquids and soft foods. Just mix and enjoy! Premama is available online at drinkpremama.com and retailers across the US, including CVS, Buy Buy Baby, Target.com and Amazon.







I know personally I HATE taking pills. I have a hard time swallowing anything larger than an aspirin which makes the whole experience stressful when it shouldn't have to be. I usually resort to finding chewable vitamins when I really need to take them but that can get pretty costly.  I also have to remember to take them. I had been taking prenatals for the past 3 years and eventually just stopped because I never remembered or kept running out of the chewables. Both these reasons are why I like premama's vitamin mixes. I almost always drink something in the morning - OJ, apple juice, v8 etc, so I just add the premama fertility powder into my mix. I am happy to report that it was odorless and tasteless. I had tried powder vitamins in the past and they had funky odors, but this fertility powder did not! I would definitely get it again! I did receive free samples for my review, but this is 100% my opinion, and believe me, I'd tell you if I didn't like it ;-).

WIN IT: One month’s supply (one box) of Premama Fertility

HOW TO ENTER: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

August 16, 2015

Eye Makeup Inspiration

I absolutely ADORE this photo that I found here. The blues and yellows make her eyes look amazing, so I thought I'd try to recreate it.


I had everything required to attempt this:
1. NYX mellow yellow shadow
2. BH cosmetics color pallette (blue color my brush is pointing to)
3. Jane Gold eye shadow
4. NYX liquid black eyeliner
5. ELF white eye primer
...and and any black eye pencil for the waterline (I used TYRA cosmetics) and black mascara. I don't use false lashes, so just black mascara will do.




I really love the finished look. While it looks more lime yellow than bright yellow in the photo, in person it's stunning! I started with the primer, added layers of yellow, then blue, then black shadows and blended. I brushed a light gold over the entire eyelid. Then i applied the eyeliner and mascara and voila!!!



August 14, 2015

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them.

My thoughts:
I've been a fan of Sarah Sundin's novels since I read her first novel a few years back, but I found this one a bit harder to get into. It was more about various crews in the navy and who did what which didn't capture my attention. However the intrigue and mystery around a possibly sabotuer did. The romance was semi-predictable, but still enjoyable.

Dive into Sarah Sundin's explosive new series, Waves of Freedom, with book one, Through Waters DeepWhen evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them in the midst of their budding romance.

Join Sarah in celebrating the release of Through Waters Deep by entering to win an Anchors Aweigh prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Through Waters Deep
  • A nautical tote bag
  • A set of compass rose notecards
  • A "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
  • A Boston Tea Party earl grey tea set
  • Through Waters Deep apron
  • A set of nautical tea towels
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. The winner will be announced August 25th on Sarah's blog.

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August 12, 2015

Sunrise/Sunset Eye Makeup

Sunrise/Sunset Eyes:
You'll need some yellow/peach/pink eyeshadows for the upper lid, some light green for the lower lid, and black liner and mascara to complete this sunrise/sunset eye makeup look.

Here's the inspiration
 

Here's My Attempt:


 
Next time I think I'll try some darker pinks in the crease instead of having mostly yellows and oranges for more dimension.

I used BH Color Palette shadows, NYX liquid black eyeliner and Physicians Formula black mascara (multiple coats) to get this eye look.

What do you think?

GIVEAWAY: Spartan Race!!!!


SPARTAN SUMMER

Recruit three friends and your next race is free.
We have more races than ever, in new locations. We also have new obstacles, new burpees, new finisher tees, new medals and new stories to tell. So when your friends hit you with excuses, you have the facts to hit them with.
Recruit three of your friends sign up, you’ll get your next race on us; completely free! Your friends will also get $20 off of their race. That means everyone wins.
We’ll see you and your team at the starting line. Use Code: TEAM




WIN IT: free race code for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway


GIVEAWAY: Avent Cups


First Smiles, First Sips
With the Philips Avent My Trainer Cups, toddlers can easily graduate from bottle to sippy cup. Begin with the familiar silicone nipple on top, and then graduate to the soft spout – the rubberized trainer handles make it easy for little hands to grip the cup when they’re ready.
More Milk, No Mess
With the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup, soft and hard spout options provide developing toddlers with a truly leak-free drinking experience, while soft-touch trainer handles help them grip cups independently. When toddlers are ready to hold cups without handles, the Philips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cup has an easy-to-grasp ripple shape, designed for a no-slip grip.
Spill-Free Explorer
A perfect companion for your on-the-move little one, the Philips Avent My Twist n Sip Straw Cup features a soft, silicone straw that will introduce your child to a bran d new type of drinking experience. The cup’s unique twist lid will keep its straw clean and hygienic while you and your tot are on the go.

Just Like Mom and Dad
A first of its kind, the Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cup promotes independent drinking with its 360 degree, lip-activated rim. Milk or water will only release from the cup if the toddler has his lip pressed against this rim, enabling them to drink like a grown-up, while staying 100% spill-free!

I think this is a really great evolution. Kids start with
 a "bottle" with handles so they get used to holding something. Next they move to a smaller spout so that they can transition away from the bottle. Step three is the straw which can take some kids a long time to master, but it's an important skill to master, and finally the cup. While some does spill out like a cup if the child is pressing down with his/her lip, it prevents water from rushing out all at once. So while it is not spill proof by any means, it's a step up from a cup when trying to teach kids how to drink from a cup with minimal messes.
My 10 month old niece loved her 6 month cup and was able to master the tipping up motion to get the water from her cup. It took her a few tries, but she got it! And my 2 year old LOVES his straw cup, and especially the twist close top. I think he likes closing it more than he likes drinking from it. Thats usually how it goes, right? :-P
WIN IT: the full toddler cup range as well as hard copies of “Sip, Sip, Hooray” 

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway  


GIVEAWAY: TobyMac CD

About TOBYMAC:
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001.  Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  "It's the truth," he says.  "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."   

ALBUM RELEASE DATE:  AUGUST 7th! 

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My Thoughts: It's a bit on the rappy/rocky side compared to music I usually listen to, but it's a fun album. enlightening lyrics. While the music style isn't my taste, I do appreciate the clean lyrics. My favorite was "Backseat Driver."  Fix my eyes so I won't look back...I don't want to be  a backseat driver. <---good i="" lessons="" remember="" to="">

WIN IT:  Tobymac's This is Not A Test CD



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, 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

August 09, 2015

Copper Eye Makeup for Blue Eyes - Beautiful!!!

Copper/Bronze eyes really make blue eyes pop, so I couldn't wait to try this look!

You'll need some bronze/copper shimmer shadows, a bronze or copper eyeliner and mascara. If you want to use a white base, that helps, but isn't needed.

The inspiration: 


My Results:

















While my results aren't quite as stunning as the video, it is a nice every day type of look that I plan to repeat. I think if I had a liquid liner it would have stood out more. I used The CG Ink It Copper Liner pencil, Physician's Formula black mascara and some BH Color Pallette shadows to create this effect.

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