Monday, March 30, 2015

April Goals

The sky is staying light until 7 pm or later and I am one happy gal! Spring isn't always my favorite but I love that it's a little taste of summer. So today I wanted to share my April goals with you...

1. I really want to dive into the scriptures again. I'm starting The Book of Mormon over to complete my Personal Progress Virtue Value Project. I've been slacking too much and I'm trying to saturate my life with God's word. 

2. Take our puppies to Petsmart puppy training. This starts on Tuesday and I'm so excited to take our 7 month old puppy and 3 year old rescue to training. Heaven knows they need it.

3. Focus on keeping our home more clean. Clean homes make my husband happy. And even though I'm content to live in piles of clutter, he's kinda not. Plus, cleanliness is next to Godliness right? 

Happy April! 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Love About CARS Land

I've been going through some Disneyland withdrawals lately. So I decided it was time to share some more of my love for Disneyland.

One of my favorite newer things at Disneyland Resort is CARS Land. CARS Land opened on June 15, 2012 in California Adventures.

Radiator Springs Racers: This ride is built the same way Test Track is in Disney World. It's similar to a dark ride at first as you travel through Radiator Springs and meet a few of the characters from the movie. Then the track splits and you meet up with another car. Doc Hudson gives you racing advice and a randomized computer system let's one of the cars win the race. It is SO fun. I think I laugh the entire time on this ride. The line is always horrendous, but if you go first thing in the morning you can get on quick, or pick up some Fast Passes early in the day to use later on. 

Other Rides: Mater's Junkyard Jamboree is worth trying at least once, but it's got nothing on the E ticket ride Radiator Springs Racers. Luigi's Flying Tires was a flop. Whomp whomp. And they are re-doing the track and cars to be re-opened in early 2016. 

Shopping: There's 3 different places in shop in Radiator Springs. They all have similar items to buy, but they are fun to browse through because the theming in CARS Land is incredible. 

Cozy Cone Motel: You HAVE to wander over to this area to see what all they have for sale. Each cone has something different. Churros, ice cream, etc there's so many yummy things. We tried Ramone's Pair of Dice drink, it's pear flavored and so unique and yummy! There's also Red's Apple Freeze which I also highly recommend. 

Flo's V8 Cafe: The portions here are hefty,the food is good, and there's tons of seating (unusual for Disney restaurants inside the park). If you're looking for a little break from the crazy, go eat at Flo's. They also have yummy milkshakes!

So if you've been to CARS Land, tell me what you love most! 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Balayage is the New Black

Busy moms don't always have time to make it to the salon every 4-6 weeks. That's why I'm sooooo happy that balayage is still a thing. In fact, I think it's just going to keep getting bigger and bigger. 

What is balayage? It's a type of hair highlighting that looks more natural. More of the color/lightener is applied to the ends of the hair making it look more sun-kissed. It also means no line of demarcation, which means no horrendous regrowth. 

For Brielle's hair I used Paul Mitchell Synchrolift as the lightener with 40 volume developer. 40 volume?? Yes that's right, 40 volume. Because we also added Olaplex into her formula, which dilutes the developer down to a 30 volume. Her hair felt AMAZING after. This was my first time using Olaplex and I was super impressed by it, there was no breakage at all.

Take Home: Brielle took some Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo home to maintain her toned blonde pieces. She also took home some Olaplex No. 3. Olaplex rebuilds the bonds in your hair that are broken by lightening, coloring, and even heat styling your hair. The Olaplex No. 3 has the same ingredients as Step 1 & 2 which are done in the salon, just at a lower % of active ingredients. That way you can maintain your silky soft, healthy hair until the next time you're in the salon.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Fighting Povery With Donuts? CARE Knows How

I find myself reading a lot of articles about "world-changers." You know what I'm talking about. Those companies, organizations and people who are helping other people in one way or another.

Biti Rose lives in Africa. She and her husband were so poor that they had to pull their son out of school because they couldn't afford the $5 uniform. She saved her pennies every week and joined a CARE Village Savings and Loan Association in 2005. She secured a $2 loan to buy ingredients and started to sell donuts every day for just 2 cents. She began earning several dollars of profit a day, which was more than she had her entire life. She reinvested in her child's education and their family farm. They are now self-sustaining.

And it all started with an organization that gave the a $2 loan. You can learn more about their story HERE.

CARE facilitates lasting change by:
*Strengthening capacity for self-help
*Providing economic opportunity
*Delivering relief in emergencies
*Influencing policy decisions at all levels
*Addressing discrimination in all its forms

Any story about donuts gets me hooked, and I was drawn  to the faith that Biti Rose had in herself. She KNEW she could do it, she knew she could sell donuts and support her family if she only had a little help.

I think that's how so many of us are in life. We believe in ourselves, but we need others to be there as our support system. Cheerleaders are absolutely essential in getting through life. We need people who believe in us. My supportive husband and family have been amazing to me as I have chased so many dreams of mine. I couldn't do life without them.

Go visit CARE's website and consider donating to their cause. You can be someone's cheerleader that gives them that $2 that will change the course of their lives.

(Many thanks to CARE for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to learn about a great cause!)

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chop Chop //

My husband had last Friday off work so he took the initiative and did all the plumbing for the sink in my in home salon! I was so happy and it turned out so good.

It also meant I got to start taking real appointments in my home. The first lovely lady to be pampered was the lovely Samantha from Samantha Nishell.

She wanted to get all the dead ends off so with her permission I took a couple inches off and voila! With hardly any product or flat ironing her hair looked and felt flawless.

Doesn't she have amazing hair?

For any hair appointment inquiries you go HERE. Remember, I am working full time on top of finishing up my Associates Degree so my hair appointments are limited. Book today!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fear of Missing Out // SUDAFFED ®

I'm kinda a home-body. Even my husband says that all the time. I just LOVE being home. But I still have the #FOMO occasionally. Yes, I'm getting to the point in my life where I had to look that up. So for all you people like me, FOMO stands for Fear of Missing Out. 

When we go visit my husband's family in their small town, sometimes I get really bad sinus pain and pressure just from the area that we are in. Being the prepared wife that I am, I always carry my little pill case with me full of "in case of emergency" type medicines. I always take my little red pill with me just in case... SUDAFFED ®

There we are together on a hike in his hometown! Sinus pain and pressure free! 

Do you remember when Some E-Cards became a thing? How about some sinus relief E-Cards for ya?? Click HERE to check out more!

I still think Some E-Cards are hilarious! I love seeing them pop up in my Facebook feed. Does anything your life cause #FOMO?

 & a special thanks to SUDAFFED ® for sponsoring today's discussion!

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