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Friday, May 18, 2018

Great Hair Styling Ideas for Busy Moms

It is the rare mom who has time for 15 to 30 minutes of hair styling daily. Most moms are so that busy that they feel lucky just to get their hair washed and dried most days. If this describes you, here are four easy tips to help you style your hair in very little time so that you can feel beautiful and put together.

One of the best ways to save time is to give up washing your hair every day. However, you do not have to feel like a complete slob because you can keep your hair fresh and full with dry shampoo. Simply spray some along the roots, work it in with your fingers and brush it out after a few minutes.
Beach-style waves are a great way to look chic all summer long with very little trouble on your part. Choose a salt water-based spray with moisturizing ingredients, spray it all over your hair and scrunch with your hands. Letting it air dry will give you a natural beach look.

Reusable extensions are a great way for busy moms to look put together for any special event without having to worry about caring for long hair all year long. You can shop with Eden hair extensions for hair extensions online to find the right color and length for you. Clip-in extensions are particularly good if you want them for only one or two special nights.

Most important of all is to get a great haircut. Without a good cut, all your styling efforts are for naught because they will not set off your hair’s natural beauty. This is why it is important for you to build a great relationship with a stylist in your area and to see them every one to two months depending on what type of treatments you are getting. Ask your stylist what haircut is best for your type of hair. If you have thin strands, you may do best with a bob that does not weigh down your hair. However, if you have thick hair, you will want to choose texturized layers to add shape.

Busy moms should ask for wash and go hair styles that will look great with very little product and without professional blowouts. Once you have the right cut, you can choose easy products or styling techniques for certain occasions. While you may need to give up some of the time that you have typically spent in the bathroom fixing your hair for the day now that you are a mom, you certainly do not have to give up your unique style.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Playmobil Pirate Toys Review

I received a sample from Playmobil for the sole purpose of this review

Written by my co-writer Stacy!

My little boys were so excited to open up the Pirate Ship and the Pirate Island. Even my older kids were hovering and asking for a turn. I didn’t research the toys at all before letting my kids play with it, so I was shocked how fast they figured out that cannon shoots water! I love that the palm tree from the island ended up on the pirate ship at some point. My kids know how to pirate in style.

Green Fingers and Thumbs! Get Gardening with your Little Ones!

The garden is a magical place for everyone of all ages. With so much to look at, to smell, to touch and even taste it’s important to introduce the garden to your little ones as early as possible.
Garden activities are all about learning and fun, exploring and discovering – like how tiny seeds grow into huge plants! How wet and squishy the soil is and how important it is to fill your watering can right to the very top! You can find about more about what to plant in your garden this year by clicking here.

Get learning about all those plants
There are close to 400,000 different types of plants in the world, but if you’re gardening with your children you’ll only need to learn to look after a few of them! Bedding plants are a great place to start when you head into the garden together, we’re talking Begonias and Geraniums, Petunias and Busy Lizzies. You can get these from any plant nursery, and many supermarkets stock impressive ranges too.
The beauty of simple bedding plants is that you can pop them straight into the ground or pot, and you’ve got an instant plant. There’s not much work to do here, so your littles ones won’t get too distracted. Why not set aside a couple of garden pots or an area in a flowerbed that’s just for them and their plants?
All you need to help them with is create a small hole in the soil or compost, pop the plant in, cover it again and then water the flowers. Simple! If you think your child ha a bit more of an attention span and would like a bigger project, then consider planting some vegetables or growing some tomatoes or strawberries?

Growing their own
Staying with fruit and veg. Growing something that your children can tend to and then harvest and eat will give them a great sense of achievement. You could let them choose what they would like to plant and once they’re ready to be harvested, you could have a pizza night and let them add their veggies to their creations!
Here are some suggestions to get growing
       Salad veg: Tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, peppers and radishes
       Fruit: Strawberries, blackcurrants and blueberries
       Vegetables: Potatoes, peas, runner beans and carrots
       Herbs: Cress, basil, mint

Gardening indoors
You might not have a big, spacious garden, but don’t worry. If you have an apartment that comes with a balcony, then let you little one help you fill some plant pots instead. If don’t have any outdoor space then you won’t miss out!
Why not create a little indoor garden? You can buy potted herbs and have you little one water them for you. Or get some weird and wonderful cacti and watch them flower each year – or go for something out of this world and get them a Venus fly trap! They won’t be able to stop watching it – and it’ll get rid of all those perky flies in the summertime!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

DIY Car Air Freshener

Summer months are upon us! I thought it would be fun to whip this up real quick and share with all my readers this cheap and easy way to make your own air freshener for your car!

Small Jar

If you find a small jar that already has holes in top, you only need the jar and wax!

Are these even needed?
Hammer holes in the lid, place 2 cubes of wax in jar, screw on lid and place in the cupholder in your car!

As the Summer heat hits, your car will heat up and melt the wax, like a wax warmer, without using electricity!

I used Scentsy since I have a TON, but to make this cheaper just grab the $1 and $2 chunks from Walmart and switch out scents all Summer long!

To change out scents: When the wax is melty, just pour into garbage and use hot water to rinse out jar, then drop in 2 new cubes and you'll be good to go!

I can't wait for it to warm up in my car now!!!!

What scents are you excited to try?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Playmobil RC Turbo Racer

I received a sample from Playmobil for the sole purpose of this review

My first born is a girl and she's 4.5 years older than my second born, a boy, and raising them is so so different! I also have another boy that is 6.5 years younger than my oldest. 

At first I didn't know what I'd do with a boy, but it is SO fun!! And now that he's 6, we get to have a lot of new adventures together!
Something that comes along with age, in my opinion, is a remote controlled car. They are so fun and more targeted for boys so I was excited to get to work with Playmobil on one of their new RC Racers!

We received the RC Turbo Racer and my boy has a blast with it!