Thankful Thursday – Powerful Leaders

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This weeks Thankful Thursday is an appreciation I have for Michelle Obama(Don’t worry, this won’t get political).  You don’t have to agree with her politics or who she is married to, but it’s important to recognize strong, intelligent women who aren’t the “standard” that is all over the media.  It’s important to every little girl growing up to not only see this but also let them know they too can get an education and aspire to be something great – no matter what that great thing is because they are just as special.

I hope you have a beautiful Thursday!

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Fabulous Friday – New Lip Color

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Who doesn’t love trying out new lip colors?  I don’t follow the trends for each season because it’s pointless.  If something catches my eye, I will check it out.  This color is called, “Mauve Outta Here” by Wet n’ Wild.  I love their stuff to test out anything new.  It’s cheap, you can blend the colors together well too, and if it doesn’t work you won’t feel ripped off.  A lot of the more expensive brands have this color and variations of this color that I may get a tube too.  This product does go on a bit dry and has a flat finish but it serves its purpose.  I’m enjoying it.  Normally I stick within the red family because it blends well with my complexion or the darker reds really stand out.  Plus, who doesn’t love a striking red lip color?

Would you be willing to try this color?

End of Summer?

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We are approaching the end of Summer, so I’m getting the most out of my maxi dresses before it gets too cool. I love the color and fit of this dress. I could wear it every day. It’s from Target and was under $35. You can not beat that!
I paired it with simple makeup and hair.

What is your weekend go-to outfit?

Animal Print Makeup – Go Curvy

There is a weekly online show that I watch, and love called Go Curvy.  The video below is a segment on doing animal print eyeshadow.  I thought it was so awesome, I had to share it with you all!  This would be great to try for a fun night out.  I love playing with makeup to get different colors or effects because why not, right?

 

What is your favorite way to change your makeup style?

Product Review: Pantene “Repair and Protect”

926182_449273181875914_1812983449_n I recently got a sample of Pantene’s “Repair and Protect” in the mail.  I figured I would give it a shot because I love trying new products.  I know some who love Pantene too.

It did give my hair a shine, which is nice.  My hair is naturally oily to begin with, so within a day of using this product, my hair is already flat, and blah.

 

 

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This was the after picture after I dried my hair and straightened it.  A full bottle of each product retail around $4, which is reasonable.

Would I purchase this?  Probably not.  My hair felt  crunchy/dry after I dried it not soft like I’m used to, and I really don’t like the fragrance of their products.

 

Happy Shopping!

Remember Those Little Things

I often read articles about cleaning different items in your home and life.  It’s the usual list on how to maintain the dirtiest areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and possibly the laundry room.  What about the items we use every day?  The computer keyboard, mouse, TV remotes, door knobs, handles around the house and at work, common areas?  Do we forget to clean them in our routines?  it happens to the best of us.  Don’t forget about your phones and tablets either!  They are covered in bacteria, and possibly fecal matter (YEP!).  Even if you have the cleanest house, the bacteria on those surfaces can be transmitted to your body making you or loved ones sick, or sicker.  Not to mention, that acne breakout you are suffering through might actually be caused by using a dirty cell phone.  It’s true.  Below is a quick guide on when and how to maintain cleaning the little things.

 

  • Phones & Tablets:  Pledge makes a great multi surface product that cleans without damaging your devices.  Read the instructions carefully, and wipe them down once a week.
  • Computer accessories:  Canned air is your best friend.  I can’t stress that enough.  It is important to spray some in your keyboard once a week, and sometimes you can spray a little into the mouse, and tower (if you still use a desktop).  It does help remove any food particles or excess dirt or dust that can lead to malfunctioning or overheating.  Also, remember to wipe down the keys, and the mouse.  I’m sure you are aware of how often you are touching the keys then touching your face.  This is especially important to remember to get a jump on flu season.
  • Remotes:  We all use them, love them, and probably couldn’t live without them.  Remember to clean them once a week.  Don’t forget to wipe around the buttons too.
  • Door knobs & other various handles:  Antibacterial spray works well on these items every other day.  You do not have to buy a big name brand if you don’t want to either; they all work as well as each other.  One thing to keep in mind is these sprays can double as an odor eliminator.  I am not a fan of Febreeze because I feel like it just masks odors, and doesn’t eliminate them.  I’ve had dogs and that product never helped aid in removing the smell, but the antibacterial sprays did make a difference.  I actually spray some on my mattresses when I change the sheets, and a lot of other various items too.  I love it!  I do not recommend spraying it into your cat’s litter box.  It may confuse your cats, or using too much may poison them.
  • Blinds & Curtains:  I take my blinds down once a year to wipe them down.  They are usually covered in dirt and dust.  I use dawn dish soap and warm water to clean them.  It’s safe, quick and effective.   I also want to note, my blinds are the basic white ones.  If you have a better quality, or they are wooden, et cetera, follow the cleaning instruction that came with them.  Wooden blinds would be best with a quick wipe with Pledge cleaner.  The Venetian style blinds can be vacuumed every so often as well.

What works for me is to create lists or make notes in my day planner about what needs to be done when.  I understand that we are all very busy, and barely have time to breathe.  It is important to remember the little things, because they add up the fastest.  Your health and wellness is vital, and should be protected from inside and out.

What are some of your favorite household tips?