My First Target Beauty Box

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I’m so excited to report that I’ve officially joined the beauty box craze.  Earlier this week I received my very first Target Beauty Box.  Target’s Beauty Box comes out each month.  It is not a subscription program, but is instead an item that you have to go on the Target website and purchase each month.  The Beauty Box sells for a $10 flat fee, plus tax.  (My cost $10.90.)  The box is available for sale at the first of the month, generally on a Thursday, and if you subscribe to Target’s ad by email, you will receive notice when it is available for purchase. [Read more…]

Rethink Your Hair Color + A Hair Straightening Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkYourColour #CollectiveBias

Rethink Your Hair Color Tutorial

A couple of week’s ago I discussed John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ products. (You can check out the post here.)  This product line is designed to help you easily and affordable lighten your brunette hair color at home.  My hair color is medium to dark brown; I say that because my hair is dark, but I’ve always had some natural strands of blonde mixed in.  When I was younger I embraced this by getting highlights at the salon.  But as I discussed in my previous post, each time I went to the salon, I had to get heavier highlights (in order to really see the effect), till I eventually looked more like a blonde than a brunette.  (And I’m talking about a blonde with dark roots and all, once my hair started growing.)  Needless to say, this isn’t what I wanted, so I stopped getting highlights.

Since then, I’ve considered getting highlights again, but I hate the thought of spending $70 to get them, so I was very excited to hear about John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™.  Today I’ll be discussing the results that I got from using the products, and I’ve also got a tutorial for straightening curly hair.

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10 Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?  This year I have a set of really cute bird plates for my mom.  But in the past I’ve given her some of my own handmade jewelry from my shop:

Simply Sweet Creations Jewelry

As an Etsy shop owner, I appreciate and am thrilled about every sale that I get, especially right now, which is a slow time for me.  I also know how hard it can be to get your name out their and get advertiser (especially when you’re on a budget).  For this reason, I like to give other Etsy shops and handmade businesses exposure on my blog though low-cost paid advertisements and free features whenever possible.

Today I’ve put together a nice Mother’s Day gift guide featuring some lovely things that I’d love to have and items I think any mom would love!

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5 Tips to Green Your Beauty Routine with Tom’s of Maine

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Spring is finally here!  For the last couple of weeks, the weather has been nice enough for us to sit out on our front porch or back deck, which is one of my favorite activities to do with my husband. Here in the South, we don’t get a lot of mild weather, so we’re trying to enjoy it while we can!   As I look around and think of all my “spring time to-dos,”  I can’t help but think of how spring is truly a time of renewal. As the trees and flowers are coming in to bloom, it is time for us to tend to our yards and gardens, do spring cleaning to renew our homes, and even renew and rejuvenate ourselves with new spring beauty routines, clothing, and more.

While I love to do things this time of year to improve my look, I’ve also been growing more health conscious and am trying to focus more and more on using natural products and products which won’t be harmful to myself and my family.  And as it turns out, a lot of these good choices we can make for ourselves are also good for the environment.  Today I’ll be discussing 5 tips to “green” your beauty routine with a little help from Tom’s Of Maine.

Tips to Green Your Beauty Routine

1. Use Natural Health & Beauty Products.  Check labels to see what kind of ingredients are in your favorite health and beauty items. Are they natural ingredients?  Products made with natural ingredients are not only safe for the environment but also safer for you and your family.  If the product is not made from natural ingredients, then what kind of chemicals are included?

Every day more and more companies are offering natural and organic health and beauty items for our families.  .Tom’s Of Maine is one of those companies.  They have a line of soaps, shampoos, body washes, oral care products, deodorants and more.  I recently purchased their Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste, Whole Care Toothpaste, Silly Strawberry Children’s Toothpaste, and Unisex Apricot deodorant.

Toms of Maine

You can find the products in the Health & Beauty section at your local Walmart.

Toms at Maine at Walmart

You can also Save $1 right now on any Tom’s of Maine products with this coupon.


 2.  Turn off the Tap.  Whether you’re washing your face or brushing your teeth, only run the water when you need it.  Turn the water off while you are actually brushing your teeth or scrubbing your face.  Just use the water at the start and for rinsing. Also, take showers instead of baths, and take shorter showers.

After Neutrogena Products

3.  Simplify Your Hair Routine.  If you wash your hair every day and then cover it in mousse, hair spray and other products, consider skipping this.  Just pull your hair back with a clip, put it in a bun, or wear it down with little or no styling.  This way you are putting less chemicals on your head. You are also consuming less, and your hair will be cleaner and more manageable.  You also won’t have to wash your hair quite as often.  This will help you save water and also save energy, as you won’t have to use the blow dryer and other electronic styling products as much. (It will also do less damage to your hair in the long run.)

Neutrogena Makeup

4.  Skip the makeup and use homemade skin care products.  Since I work from home, I go without makeup most days.  I only wear it if we’re going out or if I have a lot of errands to run. (On short everyday trips to the store or single errands I just skip it.)  By not wearing make up, you will use less products; it’s good for the environment, and it’s good for the skin.  And while you’re improving the look of your skin by using less make up, you can also refresh your skin with natural facial cleansers or make your own natural ones.  (Here’s a recipe for an Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub that I enjoy.)

Toms Facts

5.  Find products and companies that have a record of environmentally friendly practices.  Look for products and companies that do not use animal testing or animal ingredients. (Animal testing makes my furbabies sad.)  Also check the labels to find companies who use recycled materials and have other sustainable practices.  If you don’t find information on the product packaging, you can probably find this information online.


Shadow Dog

Do you consider yourself to be green?  Are you trying to improve your lifestyle by using more natural products or help the environment by greening your lifestyle?

Please leave a comment and tell us a change you’ve made in your household to work toward these goals.


Toms Deodorant

Friday Favorites- Week 144

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Hey everyone!  Welcome to Friday Favorites.  I’m running a little late this week, so let’s go ahead and get on to this week’s parties, starting with our features! [Read more…]

Blog Mania 2012 Giveaway

I’m really excited to be participating in Blog Mania 2012.  What is Blog Mania, you ask?  It is a fun giveaway hop, opening on April 25, where about a hundred bloggers are getting together to giveaway prize packs worth $100! Very exciting stuff!

For my giveaway today I’ve got a prize pack worth $110 dollars and featuring 3 fabulous sponsors! Check it out!

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