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Natural and DEET-Free Insect Repellent that Actually Works

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It is two am. Who gets up at two am? This girl. Well, let’s be clear this girl and her puppy. You see we have a new member in our family. She is working on the potty training thing. She is also working on staying with the person who has her out on a walk.

She takes off right into the woods.

That means that we are running into the woods right after her. That is why this year it is more important than ever to use an insect repellent I can trust. It has to be a natural and DEET-free mosquito repellent that actually works.

Guardian Insect Repellent

We like Guardian Insect Repellent and feel like it is the best Non-Toxic repellent. It is important to me to use something on my children that I can trust.Continue reading

What Shampoo Should I Use For Dry Hair

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper, but opinions expressed are my own.

What Shampoo Should I Use For Dry Hair?

Do you have hair that resembles a leaf in the fall? Do you worry that if your hair gets any drier, it will splinter and break off? I used to.

Do you walk into ULTA and get confused? There are so many bottles filled with empty promises that left my wallet and didn’t create hair that turns heads.

I mean there are rows of them. I just wasn’t sure what shampoo would make my hair look like it did when I was twenty until I found one that smells like spring by the ocean.

Nexxus hair products

Did you know your hair ages?

I had no idea as I got older that my hair would become mature. Seriously, the last thing I needed was mature hair. That is what lead me to the great shampoo intervention. I knew I would need something that moisturizes my hair. I wanted to restore life and that bounce that makes guys wink. I didn’t want to look like a drowned rat, and I certainly didn’t want hair that showed my age.

That is why I turned to Nexxus. Nexxus was founded by Jheri Redding, scientist, cosmetologist and inventor of the modern day conditioner. He believed that when hair was treated with proteins, it at once become reinvigorated with life.

Dry Hair

This was me before I used the Nexxus Products. Note The dry, crisp, out of control hair.

Therappe Shampoo
• Salon Crafted with caviar & protein complex for 24-hour moisture
• Salon quality shampoo uses silicone-free formula
• Locks in moisture to unleash hair’s smoothness
• Treats hair with rehydrating essential nutrients and retains natural movement

Humectress Conditioner
• Salon-crafted with caviar & protein complex for 24-hour moisture
• Salon-quality conditioner for normal to dry hair helps restore lost nutrients
• Advanced conditioning treats each hair fiber and retains natural movement
• Deep moisturizing conditioner nourishes normal to dry hair

Humectress Ultimate Moisture Masque
• Rich in glycerin, deeply rehydrates hair by binding moisture within your hair
• Moisture penetrates deep within hair for reflective shine
• Retains natural movement and leaves hair nourished and protected
• Richly concentrated deep repair hair mask for normal to dry hair

Nexxus Review

This is me now! Can’t you see the difference if you lived near me you would be able to smell how fresh and clean my hair smells? I feel like a million bucks! If you have color treated hair, you should try this hair care system by Nexxus.

This product works so well on my hair, and it’s color treated! This shampoo and conditioner duo makes my old and brittle colored hair feel soft and silky, and it gets rid of all my frizz.

best shampoo for dry hair

I am a believer now too.

Nexxus Products has been revolutionary for 40 years now. They created a restoration answer by combining powerful natural ingredient to combat everything we do to our hair.

Think about it. We heat our hair, wash it, curl it, straighten it, pull on it, brush it, and style it.

The good news is Nexxus products are on sale buy one, get one 50% off at ULTA right now. You can fix everything as you lather away your troubles.

My Nexxus Hair Product Review left my hair healthy and me elated. Can you share a picture of your before and after?


Do not forget to score that Nexxus deal at ULTA you will be glad you did. Nexxus products are buy one, get one 50% off at ULTA right now 5/28/17 – 6/4/17.


April 26, 2017

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April 21, 2017

Save Big on Pampers, the #1 choice of hospitals

This post was made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Save Big on Pampers, the #1 choice of hospitals

I have shared how awesome Pampers Easy Ups helped get my daughter potty trained. Now it’s my son’s turn. Though training a boy is a big difference for sure! My son just turned two, and I learned with my daughter that it is a waiting game. When they are ready, they will do it! With some encouragement from you and with the help of Pampers. Early potty training is great but can be more challenging. Well on him own, my son told me he wanted to go on the potty just recently. So we grabbed his Pampers Easy Ups and began the journey.Continue reading

April 17, 2017

How to Buy Musical Instruments with Affirm

Thanks to Affirm for sponsoring this post! I was paid for my review, but it reflects my genuine opinion.

Affirm Review

Thinking of learning something new, like a musical instrument? For us, the cost of new musical instruments for hobby that may or may not stick with our kids was a bit of a deterrent. Until someone told us about Affirm! I am a frugal person by nature and necessity. Making a large investment all in one month goes against a lot of our set budget. We really felt like it was an investment that we were ready to commit to, but there wasn’t necessarily wiggle room in our budget to get started. Thankfully, Affirm is an accepted form of payment at stores online including Reverb where we eventually found our new instruments. It is also a transparent payment system so that you can see right off the bat exactly how much you will pay every month and with the interest rates are. It is laid out in clear terms that make using it simple, straightforward, easy to use, and easy to work into a budget. Using Affirm for online purchases makes using credit to buy a big ticket item not so scary because you know the terms upfront with no surprise fees or hidden costs.

Here is some history as to how I got to the idea of buying new instruments for our family. Spring break is now over, so that means one thing for moms: start searching for ways to survive summer. The preview of “what may be” that it is spring break is a great way to get yourself motivated to plan ahead and make summer more enjoyable and productive for everyone. Recently asked my friends on social media what could I do over the summer to keep my kids on the right path and not develop a “summer backslide”. My daughter is a high achieving student and specifically I was nervous what I could do to keep her brain engaged over the summer but offer for something that was fun as well. A friend offered me a solution in the form of a pop-culture reference. He said that he was not familiar with most of the long list of computer programs that other friends suggested, but that most of what he had learned about being a grown-up and a parent came from the TV show The Simpsons. The character Lisa on The Simpsons is also very smart and he suggested that music would be the way to go to keep her brain engaged while having fun, just like Lisa.

Affirm Review

Getting three kids started on a musical path is not as easy as it seems. We had a lot of debate over instruments. I played the violin and my husband played trombone, but both were frowned upon as uncool. My five year old son wanted drums and was vetoed immediately. My daughter wanted piano, but not a keyboard and there is no way I was buying a piano on a whim. The baby just doesn’t care but will inevitably be grandfathered into the instruments, so he still needed to be considered. We settled on guitars. Thankfully we had a great selection of affordable options on the website Reverb. There was something for every level of musician and budget. We chose two 3/4 guitars and a full size for us to play with them. The plan is to get a DVD series and learn together.

The process of purchasing using Affirm could not be more simple. You can find a list of stores that accept Affirm as a payment on the Affirm website. Once you have chosen the store you want to shop from click the link to take you there. We chose to purchase our guitars from

Affirm Review

Once you found the items that you wish to purchase make sure to check that they accept Affirm as a form of payment. If they do (on Reverb some did not because they were personal sellers using the site as a third-party) then add to cart and move onto your next step.

Affirm personal loans review

In the image above I underlined where it said “as low as $14/a month” In the image above I underlined where it said “as low as $14/month”. Another great feature I wanted to mention is that you can choose the terms of your financing as far as the links of the loan. You can either choose a three-month, six-month, or 12 month payment term. Isn’t that amazing?

Affirm loans review

When you get to your cart, make sure you choose “Affirm” as your form of payment before you proceed to checkout.

Affirm Review

I am sure there was another way to do check out that would’ve made it so that I didn’t have to purchase each item individually, but I did not do it that way. When I was checking out I had to check out with each item and process three separate Affirm loans. It was super easy, so it really didn’t make me feel a need to look for a better way to do (though I am sure there is!).

Affirm Review

Affirm makes a (real-time) credit decision each loan and all three went through quickly.

Affirm Review

After you’ve been approved you can either choose to enter your financial details for automatic deductions or you can choose to wait to set this up another time through your Affirm account. Review and agree to the terms and click to confirm the loan and you are all set!

Affirm loan review

Once my husband and I started looking into this genius summer idea, we quickly realized that the cost of this idea adds up fast. Also there was no guarantee that the kids would have more than a passing interest in this idea, so throwing our budget to the wind over it is daunting. I really dislike the idea of having extra guilt about using a credit card on an idea that may not prove fruitful. This way of paying for the instruments takes the guilt out of buying. Have any of you taken on a new hobby for your kids? How do you jump into the risk of spending a lot of start up money on something that you were not sure they will love?

How to Buy Musical Instruments

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Affirm, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

March 10, 2017

How to Deal with Hunger?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Balance. All opinions are my own.

How to Deal with Hunger?

This morning I got out of bed. I stepped on something. I was too tired to identify what it was I stepped on until I heard, “MOM!, you broke my toy.” Yes, I broke a toy with my Godzilla foot. The better question was why was the toy where I could step on it? I was only awake for a matter of minutes when the collateral collapse of all things toys occurred. I jumped in the shower only to be met with lukewarm water since the water heater fought a good fight but couldn’t handle three rounds of children before my shower. I will assume my daughter used the majority because my body wash is still lingering in the air like a dense fog on a warm morning. I get out of the shower and low and behold there is no towel anywhere to be seen. I consider my options. Toilet paper? Tissues? Washcloth? Oh, how about the PJs I just took off. I use those. I do believe I am at a seven on the annoying scale by now.

Will my number rise and will there be defeat in my house?

I then make my way to the linen closet to react just in time to towels that were crammed in there falling at a record pace. I select the last towel to fall and complete my attempt to wipe off warm careful to not balance on the foot that was injured by the rogue toy.

Then something else happened that raised my level to an eight. Eight is not okay. It isn’t good at 7:00 am, but yet I am at the eight.

I get dressed in something to work out. I put on my socks. Yes, they are both pink, one happens to be my daughters and one is mine. I try again only to find my socks are not in my sock drawer. They are in my son’s drawer. I am successfully dressed, but the question remains are the children?

Yes, they are dressed if it was summer and not late winter. There is one in shorts. Yes, shorts. It is 34 degrees out. The fight over the shorts ensues. I go into battle like a warrior knowing their last day is near. I win. He cries. He is in pants, and I am grateful to not be the mom this time with the kid in shorts in 34-degree weather.

I heard someone around here makes breakfast. I realize that someone is me.

We have cereal. I consider that making breakfast all seems to be good in the world until this happens.

He called her a name. It wasn’t a beautiful name. He implied she wasn’t smart and something about a donkey butt. The dialogue escalates to a rapid pace with some screeches that resemble an old hollowed door on its crooked hinge. It opens since it is slightly ajar and then it is closed so quickly the noise pierces your ear. She is soon quieted by marshmallows and grain.

Balance Energy Bar

I do what every parent should. I reach for a Balance Bar. I close my eyes. I may have closed my eyes while hiding in the laundry room with the door shut and all the machines on. They may or may not have had anything to them. I didn’t check. I just wanted the opportunity to achieve Balance. I wanted to enjoy the creamy caramel over the roasted peanuts. I wanted to indulge in quiet and in my favorite bar.Continue reading