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My New Favorite Travel Essential

This post was sponsored by Gray Away as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

People ask me “What to pack for a short trip.” I inevitably start listing clothes. I now have a new favorite item. I pack my Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer Spray and Gray Away Root Touch-Up Quick Stick. I am not sure how I do not notice that I have stray gray hairs, but for some reason, I am blind until I go on vacation.

I know on vacation you aren’t supposed to care about your hair. I do. I admit it. I am vain when it comes to not having gray hair. I am trying to preserve my looks for as long as possible by eating right 90% of the time, exercising 90% of the days, and sleeping when there isn’t a big sporting event that I have to watch or when my kids decide to sleep all night.

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What is the best skin care for aging skin?

Can a red light 5 minutes a day take years off my face? When I say years I mean the parts that now smash together like wrapping paper at a two year old’s birthday party. You know how your skin use to just lay flat and now it has more ripples than the Atlantic on a windy day. That is where I currently am. It looks like I am thinking when I am not. That isn’t the half of my problem.

Have you ever had your kids or in my case my husband spit on their finger and try to wipe off your age spot? I did. I was like that is part of my face. He then looks at me and says, “I am sorry. It looks good.” I love him for that but we all know he was lying or why did he put spit on his finger to try and scrub it off if it “looked good.” I decided I wanted a face people didn’t spit on.

I am entering the red light zone.

I am using the RejuvaliteMD promises over time to help me replace by reducing the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and age spots by improving skin laxity and promoting collagen production.

I am in my 40’s and my skin has changed for the worse. Do you ever feel like you are in a battle to try to live life and not look like life has lived you? If you told me in teens that my skin would look like this after babies.

RejuvaliteMD

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  • Flexible arm
  • Protective goggles
  • Power adapter
  • User manual

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My New Favorite Gluten Free Snack To Practice Mindful Eating

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Every afternoon, I sink into my couch. I close my eyes, and I wonder what I have to do next? My living room floor looked like a camp dorm filled with random bags, shoes, and other people’s clutter. I deciphered that I needed a plan of attack.

I called my kids downstairs. I wrote a list full of chores and expectations. I set the timer, and I began scrolling through the Internet while they found the floor, counters, and the rest of the flat spaces that they covered in the remnants of their experiences.

I knew that was the moment that I needed to practice mindfulness.
I told my kids that would be in the dining room working on my summer learning goal to be more mindful in my actions and they asked if it is like when I say, “Mind your own business!”

It isn’t.

Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on by paying attention and acting with a purpose in the present moment without judgment.

It is actually something you have to practice since we spend so much of our time thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future, we often overlook the present.

I decided I wanted to be present. I was going to practice being in the moment by taking part in a mindful eating practice.

What is that?

It is when you really taste, savor, and enjoy your food. You only pay attention to what you are eating. You focus on the texture, smells, taste, and sensation of what you are eating. It is hard at first, but if you have the right food choice, it is easier.

I chose these Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit varieties since they are easily accessible at Walmart, and their flavorful combinations are perfect for mindful eating.

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The Perfect Military Shave with Gillette SkinGuard

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Gillette’s new SkinGuard razor – new at Walmart today.

Once upon a time I met a man who was enlisted in the Navy. That was 22 years and three kids ago a lot has changed but his razor brand hasn’t. He is still a Gillette user and I am still in love with his kissable face. Read his review below.

In September 1996 I joined the United States Navy as a young 20 year old.  I shipped off to Great Lakes IL – and became indoctrinated into Naval Service.  Uniformity and regiment were key components of the “boot camp” process. As newly minted sailors, we wore the same clothes, attended the same classes, and ensured we upheld the highest hygiene standards.  My memory of our boot camp morning hygiene routines is still vivid to this day, and shaving was unequivocally paramount to being “inspection ready”.

On arrival to Great Lakes, IL we had young men enlisting from all cultures and backgrounds – city, country, suburbs….Long hair, short hair…Military family heritage, or first timers.  The goal of boot camp is to break down barriers and impediments to conducting the mission. For Naval boot camp, on the second day onsite we were brought to the military issue exchange to receive our first razor and shaving cream. We were all issued a Gillette razor and Gillette foamy shaving cream. There were no other shaving options allowed, the Navy had to get hundreds of sailors processed through boot camp and to ensure uniformity and cadence.

23 years later, when I smell Gillette foamy shaving cream, my senses bring me back to fall of 1996 boot camp. I recall all the men in my division lining up at the sink for a chance to get five minutes to foam up, shave, rinse and get ready for daily inspection.  For some of my shipmates, they were shaving for the first time in their lives. For others in my squad, shaving presented immense challenges such as nicks, burns, bumps, and irritation.

After morning reveille, we were to line up at our posts for inspection. Our Chief Petty Officer at the time would approach each newly minted sailor and check uniform, shoes, hygiene to include hair and shaving within regulations. I had experience with shaving before boot camp, but with a condensed schedule, chafing, razor bumps, burn and nicks presented challenges.  I vividly recall some of my shipmates struggling during inspection with irritation and grief on their faces due to shaving complications. Our inspection Chief would make a mockery out of the situation by imploring these sailors to “shave properly” the next time. Root cause for these razor bumps and nicks is that every man has different skin which can mean sensitive skin reacts differently to shaving and shaving quickly!


When I recently tried shaving with Gillette SkinGuard and Gillette’s Pure shaving cream – I experienced a level of comfort unparalleled in my prior service years.  The SkinGuard razor glided over the contours of my face and throat – no razor burn or irritation on the first try! It’s hard to have a negative experience with a great razor.

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How to Find Happiness in One Minute

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Foods. All comments and opinions are my own.

How to Find Happiness in One Minute

This is a question I always ask myself. Do we create our own happiness or is it something we can find? Does it come in a jar? I especially find myself asking this question when I can barely hear myself think.

The car is loud. There are six of them rumbling around in the back. They are seat-belted, but items are still moving from the back to the front in an endless symphony of, “Can I borrow that?” or “Will you pass me this?”

I am just looking at my speed, checking my rear view mirror and counting down the miles until we emerge at a restaurant. There will be no rest at this restaurant, and we are on the vacation of all vacations with family.

I am tired. They are tired. I just bought dinner, and they want dessert. I told them no. Who can afford dessert out?

There is a solution to their need for dessert, and I need to be able to afford a vacation. The solution is not only reasonable. It is personable. It is perfect for road trips like mine, or anytime or anywhere that there is a microwave. It is easy to pack and just for a moment I can indulge in everything I had been looking forward to because in just one minute it is ready.

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November 23, 2017

Making My Own Flour with Mockmill Attachment for KitchenAid® Mixer

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Mockmill KitchenAid Grain Mill Review

Mockmill KitchenAid Grain Mill Review

We really try to eat as healthy as possible in our home. Even when it comes to packing my kids lunches for school or activities for summer I want my kids to eat fresh and healthy foods! Making our own bread is so easy and I KNOW what is in our bread too. All natural ingredients with no preservatives! We don’t stop there though, muffins and desserts too! I already have my KitchenAid® mixer on my counter, so I just add the Mockmill flour mill attachment, pour in enough wheat berries for my recipe and my meals just hit a whole new fresh level!Continue reading

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