Younique Sunless Tanner

So…..once again when my friend Tammy asked for someone to check out a new Younique product, I jumped at it!! I am a ghost. So anything that makes me look less ghost like, I’m all for. That fact that it’s a product from one of my favorite companies, is a definite bonus.

You’ve got 3 choices, a lotion, a spray or an instant bronzer.  The bronzer washes off in the shower. I wanted something that would last longer, so I didn’t choose it.The lotion was what I was looking at, but it was on back order. So I went with the spray. I actually think it was more appropriate for what I wanted anyway. I didn’t want to go home ghost white and show up at work and everyone think—oh she got a fake bake tan last night. The spray from what I’m told is a lighter tan.

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   My New Spray.

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Tiny but mighty.

So when I got the bottle of spray, I must say I was a bit surprised. It’s tiny, as you can see in the picture there by the soda can. So instantly I messaged Tammy and said “I sure hope a little goes a long way with this.” She assured me it did. She said it covers an entire body twice. Well….I’m only spraying my legs (I run so I’ve already got some color on my face and arms-yes I use sunscreen!!) She figured I get 4 or 5 applications at least.

So off I went to make sure my legs were clean, dry, exfoliated and shaved. I hopped out of the shower and sprayed my legs, rubbed in the spray and washed my hands. I just used a light spray I wasn’t sure how dark it would turn me. Well….first things first….that stuff dries almost INSTANTLY!! Oh hallelujah! Finally a spray tan I can use and get dressed right away!! Totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I noticed a change within seconds. Then I checked back 15 minutes later and an hour later. It was slight, but it was there.

This is what it looked like 24 hours later. I was a happy girl. Now…it might not look like much to you. But…to me it was exactly what I wanted. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a runner. I occasionally have to tape my legs due to shin splints. Well….when I pulled the tape off, the tan came off with it. Which, I completely expected, it happened when I had a spray tan done as well. But, the great thing is, I’m probably the only one who would notice it and reapplication of the spray worked great!

I’m sold! I love this stuff! If you want to learn more, contact Tammy Ward at http://www.lashgirlparty.com or on Facebook

 

 

****Orginally Posted on Cecily’s Blog****

 

Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub Is Natural Goodness That Leaves You Inspired

WAHMReviewer – Kathy-Ann Mohammed
I received this product for free in exchange for this honest review.
Peace, Love, Scrub

A little bit about Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub and the owner Melissa Simoes:

 The name was chosen because we wanted to make all natural products. I also wanted a way to inspire people. So that’s where the phrase about all natural ingredients for your skin infused with inspiration for your soul, came from… every full size product has an inspiration quote on the packaging… because you never know who needs to hear some kind words.   Originally I loved peace love scrub but it was taken on FB where we started so I went with “Hippie Love” – I love things with a hippy/boho vibe and we try to bring it back to basics / natural. We just started in October doing local events and craft fairs, although I’ve been in direct sales for over 4 yrs (so the events & selling aren’t new to me, but creating is). I am a full time working mom and this is my side gig but I’m pouring my heart and soul into this business…I find creating to be therapeutic! I love all natural products but they can cost a fortune so we try to offer them at reasonable prices. We are launching a pet line coming soon, starting with dog lotion bars.
 Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub makes natural skincare using 3 major ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax & fragrance oil/s. 
I was sent the lotion bar in the scent Relax.  Relax consists of coconut oil, beeswax, lavender, pine, jasmine, vanilla and light musk oils.  The scent is lovely and uplifting and does exactly what it is supposed to do which is calming and relaxing.
How to use:
You place the entire bar in your hands to warm up, using the coconut oil as it melts to rub all over (like you would after putting a blob of lotion in your hands if that makes sense).
How to store:
comes in a bag to store. 
I met Melissa is a networking group on Facebook and she was actually looking for reviewers to review her lotion bar.  I approached her and told her I was relatively new with blogging and new to doing product reviews and would love the opportunity to review her product.  She was so kind to respond right away and even though I am in Canada and she is in the USA she agreed to send me the product for review.  She was patient as the product took 1 month to arrive to me and when we almost thought it could be loss in mail land  she was ready and eager to send me another but finally it arrived.
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I am so delighted to be given this opportunity to review my first product.  I am happy and grateful that she trusted me to give my honest opinion about her product.  I love skincare especially natural skincare and was excited to receive the lotion bar and try it out.
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So I received the Relax lotion bar on Thursday but had a slight fever so I wanted to wait until the weekend to use it as I didn’t want the fever to speed up the time it takes to melt into my hand as I wanted my review to be based on accurate findings.  Yeah I’m a geek like that.  LOL.
Saturday I tried the lotion bar as planned.  I could smell the fragrance from outside the bag which made me anticipate using the product more.  However I am highly sensitive to strong scents and the scent of the Relax bar was subtle and not over powering.  I found the scent to be calming and relaxing just as it said it would.
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I placed piece of it in my hands and began to rub my hands together gently.  The texture of the lotion bar as it melts into the palms of the hand is creamy and a cross between a balm and a butter but not greasy.  It looks like a soap bar so it is a cool concept that it is a lotion bar.  This was the first time I tried a lotion bar.
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I have very sensitive skin and is careful as to what I put on my body/skin.  I have hypothyroidism so my skin is very dry especially in the winter months.  Over the last year I developed eczema on the back of my hands mainly although I do have a bit of it by my elbows and by my ankles but not as much as my hands. The Relax lotion bar was lovely and seemed to condition my skin well without using a lot of the product.  I am muslim and makes ablution before my prayer so even after I had been in water and dried my skin my hands were still conditioned and soft.  I do pray 5 times a day and so I make ablution 5 times as well and being in the water constantly dries out my skin more.  I used the lotion bar before bed as well and my skin felt conditioned in the morning.  What I love about this bar is it is so easy to use and store so it is perfect for your purse or desk or even for by your bed to use nightly.  Regular lotion tends to come out in blobs and sometimes you have the dried crust from the last application.  Sometime too with regular lotion I squeeze/pump too much out and have to find places just to distribute it without wasting or I get my hubby to stick out his hands to get rid of the excess.  I really like the Relax bar as the size is perfect and you use how much you want and it is not greasy.   It left my skin and the eczema patches smooth and conditioned.
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 Again I was glad to be given the opportunity to review the Relax lotion bar.  I am quite pleased with the product and would definitely use it again.  I would recommend this product to family and friends. I would buy this product.  The cost of the product/s is reasonably priced. In fact the cost is much lower than that of businesses like Lush or The Body Shop.  I would totally support WAHM/MOM/WOMEN owned businesses and buy from them instead of larger corporations where you are just a dollar sign.  It was a pleasure to get to know Melissa.  I love the name of her company and loves the inspiration quotes that come with each product.  I would love to review other products by Hippie Love – Peace, Love, Scrub

The Mystery of the Lost Recipe and The Mystery of the Lost Uniforms #books #childrensbooks #IamReading

Book reviews are always one of my favorite reviews to do for authors. I love finding out about each author and their interests. Children’s books especially intrigue me as I am a licensed child care provider, but, when I was contacted to review a couple books about healthy eating AND exercise I was all in. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate this concept to the children at an early age.

While I was waiting for the books to arrive I did a little research about the books and the author that I was about to review. Jerome Jones is a teacher and a coach to school aged children from elementary to high school. While teaching in Utah he was inspired to start writing children stories. “The Mystery of the Lost Recipe” and “The Mystery of the Lost Uniforms” were written while Mr. Jones taught a 4th grade class about nutrition and exercise.

On a Thursday morning while putting my sons, Jayden and Gavin, on the bus I remembered that I had completely forgotten to get the mail Wednesday afternoon. I walked to the mailbox and there was a manilla envelope address to me. When I opened it I was absolutely excited. Every time I get a new review and it arrives it’s like Christmas for me. I opened the package and was amazed at the quality of the books that Mr. Jones had created. Not only had he sent his two hardcover books, he also sent stickers for the kids. My sons each took one before they got a chance to read the book (remember they were waiting to board the bus) and was excited to tell their friends about the new story adventure they would surely go on when they got home.

The Mystery of the Lost Recipe

After my sons got on the bus to go to school I decided that I would do a little experiment to see how well the different age groups would take to the books. When I was doing research I saw Mr. Jones was a elementary to high school coach and teacher, so I thought I would see how well my early childhood children would like the books as well as my elementary aged sons.

While waiting for my daycare children to arrive I was flipping through the book. The illustrations were amazing! Jose Galeano did an impeccable job creating bright and vibrant illustrations to go with Mr. Jone’s books.

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My daycare children arrived and were excited to hear that we were going to change up the lesson plans for the day and learn about Abby and Tommy, the main characters and mystery solvers in the book. During story time I read to the children, “The Mystery of the Lost Recipe.” The ages of the children are 1, 2, and 3 who were attending care at the time.

I started reading the book and was honestly expecting the children to eventually lose interest (not meaning this in a mean way, just because the children are so young and the books are pretty long) and move away from the circle. I was quickly proved wrong, even the 1 year old stayed to hear the story of Abby and Tommy solving the lost recipe issue. The children actually stopped me part way through to tell me they loved lasagna and blueberries on their waffles sounded yummy. After I was done reading the book, the 2 and 3 year old wanted to take the book and read it again!

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Later on that day my sons got home and were excited to go on a new adventure and find out about these new books that they told their friends about with their new stickers (which are plastered on their planner they are required to take back and forth to the teacher daily). Gavin started first and with help read through “The Mysteries of the Lost Recipes” and grabbed “The Mysteries of the Lost Uniform” without missing a beat. Jayden was there to help him read and finish the second book but both of the boys literally devoured both of the books. I was very excited to see how anxious they were to find out what happens in both of the books. Both Jayden and Gavin give “The Mysteries” books a big thumbs up.

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If you are interested in checking out these books for your children (or maybe you run a daycare too!) I would highly recommend them to anyone. These books are bright, colorful, and very well written to keep the children engaged and learning. The next day at daycare we had blueberries for a snack and the kids continued to talk about Abby and Tommy and what other mysteries they might solve.

Go over to Facebook and give Healthy Kids Publishing a like.

If you are interested in purchasing these books you can do so on their Website and Mascot Books

 

 

FaithBox : Get to know what’s inside #FaithBox #monthlysubscription #AllinGoodFaith

WahmReviewer :Kathy L. Crow
I received this product for free in exchange for this honest review.

Faithbox is an organization that will send a box out monthly with unique daily devotionals to strengthen faith along with fine curated products from companies with Christian ideals. The box I received held several small items along with a 30 day devotional book that had space for notes or journaling.

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There was a stocking cap from Krochet Kids Peru that was handmade and signed by the person who made it.

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There was a small chocolate bar from “ilmorso” that was flavored “coffee and Cream” (Yummmm!) Conscious ink manifestations tattoos and FaithBox sent a tattoo that reads “I AM GRACE”. Each word selected is selected to support the faith journey.

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There was also a pamphlet about the companies involved and how they each contribute to giving and showing LOVE. The point is to make an IMPACT in the world. The real benefit is that each box sold provides three meals to hungry kids.

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This project is quite impressive. The whole process is very ingenious in that marketing is being done for a variety of different companies at a minimum expense for the companies. When you purchase one of the boxes you are provided with samples of those products.

Whats inside FaithBox.

Our souls are being fed and feeling joyful at providing something for hungry kids, with each box that is shipped it will provide three meals to hungry kids at Christian orphanages through their partnership with RiceBowls.org .The companies represented in each Faithbox have also done an incredible amount of good since many have give back programs or support their own philanthropies.  It is a WIN/WIN situation and all done with the same ideals in mind. It truly speaks of the Christian spirit. Well done!

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Be sure to check out Faithbox on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and get your very own FaithBox when you visit their Website.

Make sure to check out the video of FaithBox too!

#OOTD with Kathy M

WahmReviewer Kathy M

I enjoyed playing dress up on this cold snowy day here in Ottawa. For today’s OOTD here’s what I picked out.

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Shirt: Shelton shirt from Silver Icing
Pants: Tummy Control crops in curvy from Silver Icing
Bag: Avalon tote in blush from Stella and Dot
Necklace: Initial pendant necklace personalized in my initials KFM
Stole: Faux fur stole from Zara
Boots: cute ankle boots in leather Leopard from Zara
Scarf: Chiffon in  Rose from Voile Chic
Hat: Burgundy hat from Garage

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All in A Day’s Work

“All in a Day’s Work”

All in a Days Work
My! What a versatile statement that is. Why, it could involve so many things. A lot of the time for me it become a dismissive statement when someone verbalizes awe at something that happened in the course of my day. You see, I am the clinical director of a delinquent boys group home. Believe me, there can be a number of incredulous things that happen in the course of a day. We may have had attempted assaults or AWOLs along with sick and vomiting boys or simply complaining boys. Rarely is there a quiet, boring day where I work.
I have done this same kind of work for over 37 years. I have worked in only three different agencies and with different populations. Yet many of the same things happen each day. One must be prepared for the day being anywhere from pleasant and to total chaos. Often I feel as though I have sixteen sons and they are all on the same “cycle”. Grumpy and whiney to grumpier and whinier. They are rarely satisfied and even more rarely smiling. (I guess if I were 15 or 16 and locked in a group home with a bunch of delinquents I wouldn’t be smiling much either).
Then there is this very rare day where one boy says “Good Morning, I missed you while you were gone” or they call after being discharged to tell me how they are doing and give a good report of going to school or getting a legal job, then say “I love you” before they hang up. I do love my 16 boys. Even if they aren’t always very lovable. They know they are loved also. They are told that repeatedly over the 7 months they are with us. In fact we are known across our state as a group home that “coddles” the kids yet are successful with them. They aren’t my birth children but they were placed there for a purpose and not just randomly. I have always felt that God put certain boys in my path to help them and thus they would bless me. And, they have blessed me greatly. Yes, it is very hard work. Very emotional work as well. We have lost a few along the way and our hearts were broken. A healthy young man with a future ahead of him, falls back into old behaviors and goes to rob a young woman and ends up being shot and killed by her in her attempt to save herself from him. This one really took a toll on our hearts. I say “our” hearts as all who work there for any time at all will learn to love at least most of the boys. I cannot count the times when there have been tears in my eyes and my boss’s eyes as one or another of the boys leave to go home. They have been taught new ways to think and believe as well as learning to cope with life in more appropriate ways. Often they return to a home that has made few changes and they must try to fit back in to the family, with their new beliefs. A struggle that few would want. Then a month or so after they discharge the phone rings and that eager voice says’ Hey, Ms. Kathy, I got a job”. That’s it! That’s what makes me get up and go to work every day. We don’t fix them all, but they all will know that they have been cared about and loved for a time.
My job may be very different from many others. Yet there are some things that are the same. Crazy, frantic days, boring quiet days, tedious report writing days even exhausting days.
So, how do we all handle those days?
Why, we just sum it all up in one small statement “it’s all in a day’s work”.
Kathy Crow M.S., L.P.C.
WAHM Reviewer

Yankee Banana Bread

It’s a cold and very windy day here in South Dakota, making it the perfect day for some baking! This recipe was created by my grandpa, who was “crunchy” before “crunchy” was cool! He spent hours in the kitchen creating healthy recipes that also tasted great! My sister and I always got to lick the bowl when he was done too! Bonus!

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Yankee Banana Bread

“The sweetness of molasses,

The whole wheat flavor’s zest

Join dates and ripe bananas

To make this loaf the best.”

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal (I’m sure he would recommend non GMO now)

2 tsp Best Baking Powder (recipe to follow)

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 Cup mashed ripe bananas

1 Cup Buttermilk

3/4 Cup Molasses (There are carrying degrees of molasses. Black strap is going to be the darkest)

3/4 Cup Dates, cut up

1. In mixing bowl stur together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and soda.

2. Mix together molasses, banana, and buttermilk.

3. Blend wet ingredients into dry mixture. Add dates.

4. Turn batter into three 5/12 x 3 greased and floured loaf pans, or four rouind one poind tin cans.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until tests done with toothpick.

6. After ten minutes remove from pans or cans and cool n rack. Enjoy!

Best Baking Powder

“Leavening that you can make;

It’s best for everything you bake!”

Best baking powder is low in sodium and free of aluminum compunds. Here is the formula:

2 parts cream of tartar

2 parts arrowroot powder

1 part potassium bicarbonate

Potassium bicarbonate can be found on amazon.

If you try it, let me know! I hope you enjoy it! ~Laura

Throw Back Thursday: The Quiet Game

Do you remember the Quiet Game when growing up?  It should be called the “Mommy/Daddy are desperate for a few minutes of quiet” Game.  Or “If you don’t close your mouths for 2 minutes I might just lose it” Game.  Or “Don’t You Ever Stop Talking” Game.  But I digress….  I was talking with someone the other day about our kiddos and the Quiet Game came up…she had never HEARD of it!  I mean she was about 5 years younger than me but COME ON!  Anyway, we were talking about travelling in the car with our kids and my contribution was how my two Bugs, who I love more than life itself (yes it’s a disclaimer because you might question the truth of that before this post is finished! lol) were on track to drive me absolutely crazy in the car! (which according to my husband is an exceptionally short trip!!!)  Anyway…my LoveBug suggested that we all play “the Quiet game.”  I of course was all for it because it meant I might actually get a few minutes of the all elusive thing called…quiet.  The game went something like this:

LoveBug (my 11 year old daughter):  “ok…1, 2,3…quiet”

*****About 2 seconds of silence passed*****

Bug (my 8 year old son):  “Pause…ok so if someone coughs or sneezes it doesn’t count.  Ok UnPause. 1,2,3…quiet”

*****About 2 more seconds of silence passed*****

LoveBug: “Aachoo!  (fake sneeze – Bug starts pointing)  Pause…I sneezed it doesn’t count.  UnPause.  1,2,3…quiet”

*****About 2 more seconds of silence passed*****

Bug:  “Pause…if you laugh without opening your mouth it doesn’t count.  UnPause. 1,2,3…quiet”

Bug:  “Pause”

Me:   STOP!!!  You can’t PAUSE the QUIET GAME!!!!!!!!

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We are a busy family – like most families are. We spend a lot of time in the car between school activities, sports activities and fun family road trips. We have a permanent site at a campground that we spend A LOT of time at during spring weekends and WEEKS at during the summer.  It’s about a 2 1/2 hour car drive to get there…and to get back home.  As a parent The Quiet Game is supposed to get me through long car drives, loud dinners…apparently the game has changed dramatically since I was young and it will not help me in this area. If only we could turn back time…

Seasoned Fish

Ingredients

1 lime or lemon, juice of
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup unsalted melted butter
I tsp seasoned salt, or to your taste
¾ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1.5 lb Sole fillet (about 10-12 thin fillets)
1 lime or lemon, sliced (optional)
¾ cup roughly chopped fresh dill for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil and melted butter with a dash of seasoned salt.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the seasoned salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder. Spice fish fillets each on both sides.
Place the fish fillets on a lightly-oiled large baking pan or dish. Cover with the buttery lime mixture you prepared earlier.
Bake in 375 degrees F-heated oven for 10-15 minutes. Do not overcook.
Remove the fish fillets from the oven and garnish with the chopped fresh dill optional.

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Served with steamed chinese mixed vegetables and just drizzled a little olive oil on.

My Homemade Granola Bar Recipe #TastyTuesday

My kids love granola bars…even my daughter who is picky about EVERYTHING! But when I read the list of ingredients on most store bought granola bars I do not feel love at all! Many granola bar ingredient lists include: corn syrup (in one form or another), sugar, and caramel color. All of which I prefer to avoid! What’s a mom to do?! Well I did a little research, tried a few recipes and then came up with one that both fit my list of “better for them” ingredients AND that my kiddos liked! It’s easy peasy with just a handful of ingredients! Try it…let me know what you think…then tweak it for your family and share with me!

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups organic rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup organic honey

2 Tbs peanut butter

2 Tbs flax seed

1/3 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with butter. Spread the oats and coconut evenly across a baking sheet. Toast oats and coconut in preheated oven until browned, about 10 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add flax seeds and raisins to mixing bowl too. Mix honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until smooth. Pour the honey mixture over the oats/coconut mixture; stir to coat. Spread the mixture evenly into the buttered baking dish. Bake in preheated oven until beginning to dry, about 15 minutes for slightly chewy granola bars, a few minutes more if you like them crunchy. (Note: they will seem under done/super soft and chewy when hot.) Cool completely before cutting.

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