My Hair Color Horror Story (and how Madison Reed fixed it)

Madison Reed Hair Color Review

Do you want to know Best Hair Color For Gray Hair Cover? I bet you do are you tired of trying everything and only ending up horrified. I went on a mission to get hair color I could be proud of and do myself because I do not have $100 every four weeks nor do I have three hours to spend on my hair. I am sure you can relate. It is an act of epic proportion to get anything done.

I have found five things to be true with home hair color kits.
1) The color isn’t what I want
2) They do not last long
3) They ruin the texture of my hair.
4) They smell
5) They make a huge mess

Get the best hair color to touch up your gray hair. Check out my Madison Reed hair color review

I am going to tell you how Madison Reed handled my previous issues. I did what everyone else does. I went to their site. I ordered the hair color they suggested. I then ordered everything I could find related to the hair color that I would need to make sure my color lasted. That my hair looked great once I was done. I am a firm believer in having the whole system. I bought the two stylers the shampoo that deposits the color back on your hair and the pretreatment since we all know I have been trying every color on the market and my gray hairs came back. I also couldn’t find a color that made me happy.

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December 12, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters Review

Harlem Globetrotters Review

I have three children. The one thing they all have in common is how much they enjoy spending time with us. I know I am going to capitalize on that for as long as possible. We try each weekend to spend most of the day enjoying one another. We go to the pool on Saturday, and we play basketball on Sunday depending on the weather. We have a blast laughing and trying to score the perfect basket. These days with my kids get older I find myself looking for activities that they can all enjoy. I know have two kids that play basketball on teams, and we love to encourage their passion.

We find that keeping your children active and finding something they enjoy is the key to success. We love to find activities that encourage teamwork and hard work. I was over the moon when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters were coming to my town.

The reason is simple I went to a show when I was a little girl. I can’t tell you when but I do remember the time I spent with my dad and how awesome the experience was. I know all I said the whole time was “WOW! Did you see that?”

I know that family-friendly activities are an important component in developing a deep understanding of who our children are. It helps us get to know them and be able to meet their needs so they can be successful. I am also very selfish, and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. I know that the Harlem Globetrotters are a slam dunk in my heart and soon will be in my children’s.

Check out our fun experience at the Harlem Globetrotters

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December 11, 2017

The Best Gift Idea You Never Thought Of

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.

It wasn’t that long ago there was a young man. He was a kind young man and handsome too. He always did what his mother and father told him to do. He would spend his free time with them over his friends. He used his manners. He didn’t do drugs, drink, or cause any problems. He studied hard, and he put almost all of his energy into running.

He was fast. He was so fast he made it on a division 1 school’s travel team for cross country. He was one of seven, and he even ran with people who were in the Olympics. His life became filled with college, running, studying and a Nike shoe collection thanks to being on the cross country team. He didn’t have much in the way of money. He slept on a mattress on the floor in a room he shared with a smelly teenager.

He ate what was on his meal plan through the school for athletes. When he was on his own for food, he would grab a bag of salad and a can of something. He listened to talk radio and didn’t go out much. He didn’t have the extra money for fun.

His parents worked hard. They tried to help but the cost of tuition was so high for them, and he only got a partial scholarship, so ends weren’t being met. They had two other children to think of so how do you choose which one to help and which one you can’t? How do you pick a number you can give knowing that number isn’t going to be the full amount? They did their best, and they made sure he had food, a place to stay, a bike, and their complete emotional support.

That young man continued to get up early most times before the sun. He stayed up late studying. He gave it his all, but it wasn’t good enough. He realized that his dream career was out of his reach because of a test he didn’t score high enough. He became upset as his bills mounted, and his dream collapsed. He decided to run far away from college.

Where he ran to would surprise not only his parents but everyone he knew. He ran away because he wasn’t happy but he also didn’t want to put pressure on his parents to provide for him anymore. He let the weight of their sacrifices stifle his dream. He could have applied for a loan and continued, but he didn’t want to start out his adult life owing anyone. He wanted to be his own person, so he did. He joined the Navy.

The Navy taught and helped shape him into the man he wanted to be strong, independent, skilled, and patriotic. He became a Nuclear Engineer. Then everything changed, and he was no longer happy with his choice.

He met a girl. I know they change everything. Luckily, for him, it was for the better. She put things in perspective there are many things in life we will do together, many different roles we will try and fail at, there will be a significant crisis and even more significant accomplishments. There will be days of scarcity and days of abundance, but there is one thing that no one can take from you.

What is that one thing?

It is your education. Once she convinced him that education was the answer to almost all of one’s questions, he decided to return to college to finish his degree and serve in the military as an officer. That is just what he did.

That girl is still in love with that guy athey have been married for 17 years. They have three children together one diva and two sons. You aren’t going to believe this, but all three children like to run. The girl she only likes to run her mouth.

They have three children who will never have to choose between worrying about the cost of school, the impact their school’s cost will have on us, and their goal to achieve an education.

You see the best gift you never thought of isn’t wrapped with ribbon. It isn’t bought from a store. It is also one you can give.

That gift is peace of mind. We like knowing we have given our children the best gift in the world. We have given them four years each at a State School in Florida.

Yes, to give them that we had to say “No” to a couple of shiny objects each month but looking at our children and knowing that we have given them the key to the world makes the disappointment disappear into joy. We believe that education will enable our children to be the best versions of themselves.

These are the details for the best gift idea you never thought of:

4-Year Florida University Plan

o This Plan will start your child off at one of Florida’s 12 prestigious state universities and see them through their four-year journey.
o If your child decides to start at a college (typically less expensive), the unused funds from this Plan can be applied to a post-secondary degree, or you can get the remaining money back
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December 7, 2017

Pork Chops with White Wine Sauce Recipe

Pork Chops with White Wine Sauce Recipe

Thanksgiving is over, but I am still left with leftovers. I wanted to make something new and different but at the same time use the leftovers just to get rid of them once and for all. So I dug deep and found my pork chop stuffing recipe that I knew my husband loved so much. I pulled out the pork chops, I poured myself a glass of wine and began to cook my pork chops with white wine sauce recipe. It’s perfect for a simple stay at home date with an easy to make fancy meal. I used Cameron Hughes Wine in my recipe and it added more flavor and wonderful aroma to our meal. I can say I love all the varieties of wine they carry. Plus this month they are giving away 5000 movie downloads! So after you get all the kids to bed, you can have a stay-in-date. So, curl up on the couch with your wine and relax.

Cameron Hughes Wines, San Francisco, B.R. Chon Winery, Glen Ellen, CA, Photo Shoot, Portraits, Cameron Hughes,

Not only is Cameron Hughes Wine giving away movie downloads from FandangoNow but they are also giving us the opportunity to get 15% off all orders plus free shipping on their wines, now till January 2, 2018! They carry wines from all over, and they hunt down the best of the best! It could be a $100 bottle of Napa Cab and sell it to us for just $30, or a $60 bottle of Pinot for just $20. They have such amazing deals already. I paired my Pork Chops with White Wine Sauce with a bottle of Pinot, and it was amazing!

Cameron Hughes Wines, San Francisco, B.R. Chon Winery, Glen Ellen, CA, Photo Shoot, Portraits, Cameron Hughes,

Pork Chops with White Wine Sauce Recipe

Prepare a fancy dinner for your special someone or for yourself. This Pork Chops with White Wine Sauce Recipe is so tasty and so easy to make.

Prepare a fancy dinner for your special someone for stay at home date night or just a treat for yourself using Cameron Hughes Wine. This Pork Chops with White Wine Sauce Recipe is so tasty and so easy to make.

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Start a Family Holiday Tradition at HGTV’s Santa HQ

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of by Macerich but all opinions expressed here are mine. I hope you’ll be inspired to start your family holiday traditions.

The magic in her eyes as she tried to take in everything before her. The smile that spread across his face as his lips broke into a grin and a laugh escaped so joyful that my heart was full. There was so much to see and so much to do. What if you could make memories with your children that were so special that they will talk about them for years to come. Would you? What if those memories could be captured and saved for years to come?

That is what I did at Tyson’s Corner this holiday season. I took a moment to make a memory with my children one I hope they will repeat with their own children.

Santa HQ from HGTV and Macerich Shopping Centers

We got to experience all the magic that only HGTV and Macerich Shopping Centers could create. The Santa HQ set is located in the middle of the mall. You do not need to be young to experience the magic. This imaginative, engaging, holiday experience uses state of the art digital technology to create an experience with Santa that will leave your family breathless. Your children will be so excited that they will trip over their words. They will not know what to do first. I mean who could blame them with all the choices?Continue reading

Leftover Turkey and Broccoli Braid Recipe

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children® but all opinions expressed here are mine, and I believe it’s important to share their #FireandBurnPrevention campaign to everyone.

Leftovers are a staple in our household but eating the same thing over and over again can get boring. With the holidays here, leftovers are bound to be in abundance. I have started going through my favorite recipes to find new ways to freshen up those leftovers from Thanksgiving. Using my leftover turkey I remade it into one of my favorite recipes, and the best part is no one needs to know it came from leftovers. My leftover turkey broccoli braid recipe makes a great dish to pass at your next potluck. As you are cooking this wonderful meal though, I’d like to remind you to please do not forget to be burn aware!

It’s easy to get distracted this holiday season, with so much going on and so much to do one simple mistake can cause a fire and burn accident.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Be Burn Aware campaign reminds all of us of simple safety tips that could save lives. They have tips and resources available that we can all check out so we’re sure that our homes and families are safe. You can even test your safety knowledge with a five-minute quiz.

Did you know during the holiday activities can increase the risk of house fires and burns due to more cooking, open flames, and decorations?

Shriners Hospitals for Children recently conducted a survey, and it revealed some habits during the holiday season that could lead to serious injury or even death.

It’s easy to get distracted this holiday season one simple mistake can cause a fire and burn accident. Visit Shriners Hospitals for Children Be Burn Aware http://bit.ly/BeBurnAwareSH and test your safety knowledge to make sure you're ready and your home and family are safe #FireandBurnPrevention #ad

1. Don’t leave lit candles unattended. 27% of U.S. adults surveyed admit to leaving lit candles within reach of children. 2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep them out of a child’s reach. 25% of Americans surveyed reported that they don’t take this simple action.
3. When you’re cooking, keep a lid or cookie sheet nearby to put out a potential fire.47% of the people who took the survey skip this simple tip.
4. Water fresh-cut trees daily. 45% of Americans surveyed do not water live Christmas trees every day, even though 70% reported they knew they should. A dry tree can ignite in seconds making this one of the deadliest types of fires!
5. Keep trees away from heat sources like fire places, heaters, and candles.
6. Inspect your lights. Replace any that have kinked or frayed wires.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has been a global leader in pediatric burn treatment for decades. Since the 1960s, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided critical, surgical and rehabilitative burn care to children, regardless of the families, ability to pay. They are the go-to hospital for complex burn care and has pioneered many lifesaving burn care treatments.

Shriners Hospitals for Children goes beyond the limits of traditional medical care to provide social and emotional support programs that encourage children to reach their dreams. They provide all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support. They have transformed the lives of over 1.3 million kids and is an international health care system of 22 hospitals throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. All care and services at Shriners Hospitals for Children are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

If you know a child Shriners Hospitals for Children may be able to help, have their parent or guardian call 800-237- 5055. To learn more please head over to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

As you are cooking for your wonderful family this holiday season, please make sure to always keep the little ones out of reach and always have your first aid kit ready in case of an accident.

After Thanksgiving, you are always left with turkey, so what now? Here is one of my favorite recipes that I make with my leftover turkey. It is simple and so good! The kids even love it and its filled with broccoli so win, win!

Easy Leftover Turkey and Broccoli Braid Recipe

Got leftover turkey? Remake it into a delicious meal. Check out this Easy Leftover Turkey and Broccoli Braid Recipe

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