Friday, February 27, 2015

Makeup Trick From a Busy Mom and a GIVEAWAY

I have a confession to make. Since I've become a mom, I really have become quite lazy in the makeup department. Even though I've never been known to wear excessive amounts of makeup, I have no problem with "painting the barn" once in a while! That said, I still think less is more. I've basically always had this mindset and I'll let you in on a little secret that fashionistas may cringe at! Since I tend to be simplistic in my efforts, I would actually use lipstick not only on my lips but as my eyeshadow as well! Is that crazy? I've actually never told anyone that I would use lipstick as eye shadow but it's the truth! I liked how my it would match my lips and I wouldn't have to mess with trying to find an eye shadow that matched my lipstick. Enter Paula Dorf Cosmetics. This line is a high quality collection of brushes and color cosmetics. And guess what? Their Ecstasy makeup is quite the multitasker that I have now replaced my normal lipstick with! This stick is created to be used on your lips, cheeks and eyes!
No more guilty feeling that I am committing some sort of fashion sin! This product is creamy and natural looking and can be worn without feeling like your standing out. This particular shade works perfect for me personally and again I love how my lipstick and eyeshadow (and now blush) can all be perfectly matching. Love it. It can fit easily in a purse if needed on the go. I hate clutter in my bathroom so having one item rather than a huge array of makeup products everywhere makes mornings run smooth.

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With each purchase, you will receive the gift of a mini No Color Glimmer, a gorgeously soft, lightweight powder to complete your look! The perfect accent to Ecstasy.


Paula Dorf is giving away a make up bag (not pictured) filled with One Lip Slides in Diamonds & Pearls, One Face Primer, One Perfect Color in Ecstasy and One Mascara in Licorice! Enter for a chance to win this Paula Dorf makeup kit ($125 value)

Disclaimer: Thanks to Paula Dorf and Brandbacker for providing their Ectasy product in exchange for an honest review. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Homeschool Phys Ed Idea: Rock Climbing

Homeschoolers! If you are looking for something fun and challenging to do in the Roanoke Area why not try your hand at Rock Climbing? The River Rock located in Roanoke, VA has opened their facilities to homeschoolers the FIRST FRIDAY of the MONTH during the school year. Many Rock Climbing gyms are not child friendly but River Rock is. Even children as young as five years old can climb on the homeschool days!

Here, my youngest has no fear 
free climbing these rocks!

Before you arrive, be sure to fill out The River Rock Waiver
online. This can be filled out on site but if you are bringing kids that are not your own, the parent must fill out the waiver online before you arrive, this is essential. Another thing to know when planning your visit is the amount of adults required to watch the children. You will need to have one adult for every three climbers ages 5-13. Children must be five years old to climb. If you have children under that age they are not allowed in the climbing areas and must have one on one supervision (someone other than who is watching the children climbing). So, if you have little ones, be sure to have an extra adult to watch them! This is important because once you go through the tour of the facility you are basically on your own! You are responsible to watch and attach your children to the ropes. There are obviously workers there to help the children with the ropes that don't work automatically but only a few so you need to be sure you can "spot" your children the whole time you are there. 

I'm glad my husband was able to come that day because it was much easier having two of us watching our three kids ages eight and under. Honestly, I think it would have been overwhelming the first time with just me. Now that they are comfortable with climbing and "know the ropes" I would take them alone in a heartbeat but not for the first time.

And yes, adults can climb too!

The Homeschool First Friday has a discounted rate of only $10. You can climb anytime from 10am - 3pm that day and the price includes gear rental, (which is normally an extra cost). It is recommended to allot yourself at least two hours to climb. You'll receive about half an hour instructional tour where you will learn how to attach and detach yourself (or your child) to the auto-belay. Once you receive a tour of the facility, go over the rules and master the auto-belay test you are on your own! There are two main sections to the gym. One has walls that you can climb where you don't need to be harnessed in. These walls may appear easy at first but not so! Some are quite tricky and angled in a way that is quite challenging. Then there are the walls with the belays. This was the fun part. At first the kids were hesitant. Then, after a bit, my six year old was all over the place! He was climbing like a pro. It was so fun watching him climb to the top, give the monkey a high five and let the belay slowly bring him down. It was cute.

At first my youngest only wanted to climb the walls without the harness. Then, once she saw her dad and brothers try she finally got harnessed in! There also was another girl her age there climbing the wall like a champ so I think that helped her gain some courage! After a bit she was going about halfway up and popping down by herself with no fear! I liked seeing her gain confidence. My other son enjoyed mostly the free  climbing. He climbed to the top and was so proud of himself each time. It was a great confidence booster for him since the larger walls were too intimidating for him. He loved climbing to the top seeing how fast he could go each time. It was great seeing how proud he was when he made it to the top!

There are still a few Homeschool first Friday's planned for this year, so check out The River Rock.

Disclaimer: This post is powered by The River Rock. All opinions stated here are my own.

Prevent Hair Loss

Recently, I had the opportunity to try Pura d'or hair products specially formulated to prevent hair loss. Hair loss is not a fun topic. It's one of those subjects we try to avoid in everyday conversation. There are many causes to this unfortunate occurrence, some that can be prevented, others that cannot. Nutrition can play a large part in hair loss both in younger and older adults. The first time I visited a third world country I was there for several months. The food I was given was the best that the people could give me, but void in nutrients causing many health issues, including excessive hair loss. I came back and people would just look at me and say, "what happened to your hair?" My beautiful, thick hair was thin, unhealthy and brittle. Fortunately, I was able to regain good health and once my overall health was revived, my hair thickened and became healthy once again.

In addition to maintaining overall good health, I would recommend using natural ingredients to help prevent hair loss whether you already struggle with it or you simple want to take proactive measures.

Pura d'or offers a line of hair and body care products which uses argon oil.
 It contains12 DHT Blockers, creates thicker hair and prevents from further hair loss.

Recently, I received the following products from pura d'or:

~ Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo.

~ Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner, Lavender Vanilla.

~ Pure and Organic Argan Oil


For the month of February,
Pura d'or is giving a special Valentines Day Coupon for 10% off entire order.
 Use code:
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You will also receive a FREE 1oz bottle of Argan oil on all purchases! This is a limited time offer, only for this month. 


I love the scent of these hair care products, especially the lavender vanilla conditioner! Since these products include only natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals I feel good about using them on my hair. I am very particular about my hair care in that I don't use dyes or harsh products on my hair anymore. I even have become picky about which shampoos and conditioners I use. Honestly, I would simply buy the cheapest brand I could find until I realized that those brands weren't healthy for my hair. Now I am willing to pay a little more for my shampoo and conditioner and have seen a difference! Now that I have been introduced to pura d'or, I'm hooked. It has ingredients I can feel good about, they have a great organic smell to them, and make my hair feel healthy and clean after using them! 

Disclaimer: This post is powered by Brandbacker. All opinions stated here are my own.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Beginner's Bible: Come Celebrate Easter, Sticker and Activity Book {Review}

The Beginner's Bible has now released a fun filled Sticker and Activity book for your little one to enjoy this spring called Come Celebrate Easter. This 16-page activity book is colorful and engaging for children in preschool through first grade. In the center of the book is a sticker page with over fifty reusable stickers to be used throughout the activities. The pages are a glossy material so the stickers can be used over and over again, if desired. The book includes coloring pages, a word search, handwriting practice and puzzles. 

The book begins by explaining who Jesus is and continues with the story of Palm Sunday going through the Holy Week including the Crucifixion, Resurrection and finally His Ascension to heaven. For children already familar with these events, this book is a great reinforcement to remind them of what Jesus did for them! On the other hand, this would also be an excellent resource to share this message with young children who have not yet been exposed to the Biblical details of the Easter story. 

It is short and easy to teach from. I could see parents using this to teach their little ones about Easter for the first time. I could see homeschoolers using this as a lesson in  preperation for Easter and I could see Sunday School teachers or outreach ministries getting one for their groups and going through it together! 

Personally, I plan on giving this to one of my little ones Easter morning for them to work on either during the church service or while we are having our Easter brunch! My kids love having books like this to keep them busy during those times. 
Disclaimer: I received this book from the Book Look blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Roadmap Genesis Film {Review and Giveaway}

What do you think of when I say the word,

A book of the Bible? 
A part of the Torah? 

Whether it's a familiar term or not, filmmaker and rabbi, Nolan Lebovitz presents Roadmap Genesis, a documentary showcasing how the book of Genesis truly is a road map that is relevant and needed in our society today to help guide, teach and produce strong family values. Lebovitz interviews those of the Jewish faith as well as Christian, to make his case for the book of Genesis. I personally enjoyed hearing from Mike Huckabee. The more I heard him speak about family values, Biblical principles and especially his support for the nation of Israel, the more excited I became that he might be a presidential candidate. I know that he hasn't made it official yet but after learning more about him through his interviews in this documentary, I'm leaning more and more towards placing my support behind him, if he runs. Another personal favorite of mine interviewed was Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis. I appreciate this man's heart to teach about Creation and the ministry he has. Others interviews include Rabbi David Wolpe, Alan Dershowitz and Erick Stakelbeck.

What I Liked 

Well, this documentary was presented by an experienced filmmaker, and you can tell. I liked his quirky style and random clips and scenes inserted throughout the film to bring some humor to the table. I appreciated his passion for the book of Genesis and his desire for our country to grab a hold of depth and richness found in the historical accounts of our patriarchs of the faith. 

Other Thoughts 

Presently, my third grader is studying Genesis in his history lessons along side Ancient Egypt. He has gained so much knowledge of this book of the Bible through these lessons and it has given him a great foundation. Genesis is the foundation and an important tool, road map, and guidebook to begin with. I appreciate the message of this documentary even though as a Christian I don't stop teaching my children at the end of Genesis or even at the end of the Old Testament.
I wonder though, is Lebovitz going to stop at Genesis or will there be more to come? Maybe a documentary about the book of Exodus? Hmmm...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Because it's your Business, To Make Sure Your Family Does Their Business, in Comfort

Ohhh, THAT kind of business! 

Well, it's true, isn't it?
 From day one, we make sure we use only the softest baby wipes. Maybe you even bought those baby wipe warmers to keep from shocking the little guy with a cold wet wipe during diaper changing time! Or, you could have been as extreme as me, and actually MADE your own wipes so you knew every single ingredient that was touching your child's skin. Yeah, I did that.

So why stop there?

Yes, I'm frugal. I'm thrifty. But I cannot stand rough, thin toilet paper!! (Is that TMI??) It runs out crazy fast and even though it may cost only $1 a roll, it never lasts! 

When I told my kids that we would be using Charmin, immediately the picture of the bear family popped into their heads and they said, "that's supposed to be really soft!" Those Internet commercials must have had an effect on them because I never thought they would be so excited over toilet paper!

Since I'm the one that usually realizes at the last minute that we have hit the last roll in the house, it was nice to see with Charmin that I had some time to get the store and buy some more with only one roll left! These rolls last much longer and are more effective than the cheap store brand ones. Charmin is a brand that most of us have heard of but often pass by to try to save a penny. This is certainly a great buy because it's thicker, lasts longer and well, it gets the job done!

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The Charmin Relief Project!
Save the butts that save our butts!

Disclaimer: Thanks to Charmin for providing my family with a pack of four 
Charmin Ultra-Soft Mega Rolls for the purpose of this review. 
All opinions stated here are my own.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Custom Valentine's Day Pillow Giveaway

 Why not say "I Love You" with a pillow this Valentine's Day? This unique and creative gift idea is sure to produce a smile on that special someone's face! I just ordered mine and can't wait to share it with you when it arrives in the mail. I wanted to be sure to share this deal with you NOW so you can be sure to have yours ordered just in time for the special day! And, for a Limited Time you can purchase your customized pillow for only $35 (Reg. $53.99). I wanted to be sure to share this awesome deal with you before you miss it!

I had a blast creating my pillow online because makes it easy to upload and format your pics quickly and creatively. There are so many background colors and designs to choose from for the actual pillow itself, (I personally like the vintage prints). Even though it is Valentine's Day you don't have to have your pictures placed into the shape of a heart, there are piles of shapes to choose from! I'll be sharing my full review of my pillow once it arrives but until then, get one of your own for your Valentine or enter below to win one!

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How to Raise Money-Conscious Children

 The following is a Guest Post by Mark Smith

Every parent knows how hard and time consuming it is to raise kids. Getting toddlers to perform 

very basic tasks can be a nightmare. Every day brings a never ending battle to get a little older 

children to finish their food, pick up their toys, or keep the noise levels down. In the midst of all this, 

teaching kids about money takes a distant back seat in most homes. 

Many parents never even try to teach their kids about money. This is because managing money 

is tough enough for most adults, most of whom have to learn the hard way. However, there are 

simple ways to get kids to understand the value of money from a young age.

Here Are Some Tips on How to Raise Money-Conscious Children: 

Explain Money

It is easy to assume that kids understand money, but they actually do not. Parents should explain

what money is, where it comes from, and where it goes when you spend it. This will give them

a basic insight into the money cycle, and how it constantly comes and goes. You should also

talk openly about money in front of the children, without necessarily scaring them with complex

financial difficulties.

Set Spending Limits

Kids can be forgiven for thinking their parents have all the money in the world. This is because

parents never set limits when buying toys or other items for children. Tell your kids that they can

only spend a certain amount in a set period, e.g. monthly or weekly. When they ask for anything,

check the price and inform them when it is over the limit. Never adjust this limit to please kids,

especially when they throw tantrums at the supermarket.

Reduce the Frequency of Purchases

Kids who see their parents spend money frequently tend to assume its supply is endless. Get your

kids used to shopping once a week, or a few times a month. Explain that this is aimed at saving

money, or waiting for the next paycheck. This teaches kids that money is limited, and buying

choices must be carefully considered since the next purchase is weeks away.

Give Them an Allowance

Some parents may be opposed to this. However, an allowance is the only way kids can experience

firsthand the folly of spending all their savings. It also teaches them to manage their own

expenditure, and budget wisely.

Teach Them to Save

This is part of teaching kids the importance of delayed gratification. The best way to do this

is to buy them a savings jar, where they can watch their savings grow. Match their savings to

encourage them to reduce spending. Kids who learn to save will be reluctant to spend it all. This is

because they feel the pinch of waiting for their savings to grow.

Encourage Them to Look for Bargains

At the same time, teach them to try harder and look for better deals. You can even introduce them

to the notion of using coupons. If they learn they can use the money saved to buy something

extra, they will quickly learn that settling for what they find first is not always the best option. If they

are old enough and you let them spend time online, show them  services like Discountrue that

focuses on frugal lifestyle. It will do no harm to show them they can buy things cheaper if they

are willing to make an effort.

Teach Them to Respect Property

Kids can learn to value money if they respect their property and those of others. Take away their

toys if they misuse or damage them. This will make them value every purchase you make for them.

With time, they will make the connection between the value of money and that of property.

Be a Good Example

Children learn behaviors from their parents. This applies to money management as well. Do

not splash money when the kids are watching. This will only encourage them to spend money

unwisely. Show them how reluctant you are to borrow or let debts accumulate. Let them see your

frugality, and they shall learn to respect money too.

The current economic downturn is a great opportunity to teach kids that money actually does not

grow on trees. Every parent should therefore learn how to raise money conscious children. This

will ensure they grow up to be responsible adults with proper financial management skills.

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