10 Best Hair Care Tips & Tricks

This post has been sponsored by Global Influence. As usual, all opinions are my own.

Everyday I have to get up early, get 3 kids showered/dressed/brushed/fed, lunches packed, and out the door to the bus on time..and during this chaos I also have to make sure that I look presentable so that I can go to work and be productive. All while looking professional. My main focus every day is to make sure that my hair looks good – because when it look good, I feel good! So I decided to share a list of some of my favorite tips I’ve found to make sure I have a good hair day – every day.

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1. Keep frizz at bay by using a paper towel to gently wring water from your hair after a shower. The paper towel causes less friction than a towel so your hair will end up less frizzy.  It also absorbs more water than a towel, so it takes less time to dry!

2. Keeping your hair rid of build up gives you a natural, clean head (easier to fix, and better to look at). Mix baking soda and water to create a paste and use it to wash your hair. Rinse it out with apple cider  vinegar and volia!

3. Straightening your hair can take a long time – but it can take even longer if you don’t have the temperature setting on your flat iron high enough. If you have to go over the same pieces multiple times it’s going to take more time (not to mention cause more damage). Make sure to turn up the heat (mid-high temps) so you can be more efficient.

4. If you desire to have great hair you not only have to take care of your strands, but your scalp as well. Even a clarifying shampoo won’t do the trick; to get rid of the dirt and grime use an astringent on your scalp. Apply once a week and shampoo as usual.

5. To keep your up-do going all day, spray a dry shampoo on a bobby pin before setting it. The spray’s powdery texture gives the pin extra grip which keeps it from sliding out.

6. Even with the most cautious of care sometimes baby hairs and cowlicks want to make a great hair day go bad. But there is a way to tame the beasts – spray a toothbrush with a strong hold hairspray, comb down the baby hairs & cowlicks and they will sit with the rest of the hair. Problem solved!

7. If you want to keep your highlights fresh in between colors, squeeze a lemon into a dish, dip a toothbrush into the jice and gently comb it through your hair. Sit in the sun for about 45 minutes. If you do this once every two weeks or so, the lemon juice will naturally lighten your hair.

8. Don’t smooth the roots of fine/thin hair while blow drying. It causes the hair to collapse and flatten. Be sure to tousle the hair from root to crown with your fingertips as you  blow dry. Give the roots an extra lift by combing back the undersides with a clean dry toothbrush. The soft bristles will grip the rough up strands just enough to maintain lift.

9. Static in your hair is even worse than static in your clothes! use a simple dryer sheet for both! With one sheet smooth it over your head from roots to end. You can even rub the dryer sheets on your  brushes and combs before using them to avoid static altogether.

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See how you can live beautifully with savings on Suave products only at Walmart!

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Quick & Easy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

This is a sponsored post for Farm Rich and Sverve. All opinions are 100% my own.

As you know I am always look for a shortcut to cleaning and cooking, or anything that will make my life a bit easier and stress free. I’ve shared with you in the past, some quick & easy recipes, snacks and desserts and I am proud to say I’ve found another quick, tasty meal to add to our dinner menu rotation.

Last weekend I attended the Farm Rich sample event at Walmart to try the new #smokehouseBBQ meats. At first sample, I was sold!

 

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Farm Rich Smokehouse meats are in the frozen section at your local Walmart. They’re only $6.97 and are fully cooked and already shredded, making dinner time that much easier.

We are pizza lovers in my house, and sometimes I like to put a bit more substance in our meals than just your typical cheese and pepperoni. I’ve always enjoyed the chicken, bacon, ranch sandwiches that I purchase at a nearby deli, so I decided to use the Farm Rich Smokehouse Smoked Chicken to make my own ‘chicken bacon ranch pizza’.

I bought pita bread to use for crust, and the directions are as simple as they sound. Smear your favorite ranch dressing on the crust, layer with the shredded smoked chicken, cheese and bacon (I used already cooked bacon – it just makes this fast meal even quicker). I threw them in the oven for about 10 minutes and bam, dinner in just a few minutes.

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You could easily do a bbq chicken/brisket/pork pizza with BBQ sauce and cheese, or even a tex-mex enchilada using the Farm Rich BBQ Smokehouse meats as well. Whatever you decide, I PROMISE it’s going to save you loads of time!

Before you head to Walmart to pick up one of your favorites, don’t forget to print your high value coupon before you go!

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Platinum Point Rewards with CRYSTAL LIGHT & Miranda Lambert

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Since I gave up soda pop  I’ve tried various other drinks to give me some flavor instead of always just drinking plain water. I have never been disappointed with the variety of items that CRYSTAL LIGHT offers, available at Walmart. I usually stock up on pink lemonade, and I found a new favorite Strawberry Green Tea (completely delicious, and even my kids love it!) along with caffeine infused drink mix for those really hard days where I need an extra boost.

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In honor of Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour, CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert have partnered up to launch the ‘Platinum Points Program’ to reward CRYSTAL LIGHT drinkers with fun Miranda Lambert gear.

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Using the CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program is super easy:

  • Sign up here. Use Promo Code “mirandaic” to receive 30 free Platinum Points.
  • Purchase participating CRYSTAL LIGHT products at Walmart, see list on the Platinum Points website. (Make sure to save your receipt!)
  • On your smartphone, visit www.earnplatinumpoints.com. Click on “Snap,” choose “Walmart,” and then click “Select/Take Photo”
  • Take a clear photo of your receipt and click “Upload This Photo”
  • Once the process is complete: Receiving, Reading, Verifying, Rewarding. Points will be added to your account. Redeem points for Miranda Lambert gear, song downloads, CDs and more!

We buy a lot of Crystal Light so I’m really hoping we can collect enough points to get the Miranda Lambert signed guitar!!

What Platinum Reward are you hoping for??

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4 Tips to Beat Bedwetting

This is a sponsored post on behalf of GoodNites® & Cafe Mom. Though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

Bedwetting can be an extremely frustrating and embarrassing condition; for both the child and the parent. Though your child may feel like they are alone an estimated 1 in 6 children still wet the bed after the age of 4. Here are a few tips that we’ve found to help beat bedwetting, but you should always talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

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  1. Stop the Shaming

While most children grow out of the bedwetting phase one thing they will not grow out of is the shaming, and self-esteem issues that can be caused when parents blame the child for the accidents. Bedwetting can be stressful enough to a child and they don’t need any shaming from their parents. Be encouraging, let them know that they will grow out of it and that you are there for them no matter what. Give them lots of encouragement and love. Also make sure that no one is allowed to tease them about the bedwetting and don’t discuss the issue with those outside the family. This is a personal issue that will most likely resolve itself.

  1. Encourage Bathroom Trips Before Bed

This is a pretty basic step, but very important in the ‘dry night’ process. Have your child use the bathroom while starting their bedtime routine – before putting on their pajamas, brushing their teeth, reading the bedtime story. When it’s time to tuck them in take them one more time. Making sure they have an empty bladder before falling asleep can reduce the amount of wet nights.

  1. Talk to Your Doctor about Fluid Intake

By no means should you prevent your child from having a drink if they are really thirsty; but sometimes drinking constantly can be just a habit. When dealing with bedwetting it is ideal to talk to your Doctor about fluid intake. They may have some suggestions. Definitely keep away any drinks that contain caffeine as well. Caffeine actually increases the amount of urine produced, so they will actually need to use the bathroom more often if they are drinking caffeine.

  1. Keep them Dry

Recently I discovered the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear which are life savers – and they have built the self esteem of my son unlike other diaper-like counterparts. The GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear with Disposable Inserts keep sheets and PJ’s dry all night with outstanding nighttime protection. They are ultra-soft breathable cotton-blend underwear, with an inside water-repellent barrier and coating that is fully sealed at the seams and provides dry comfort. They also have an elastic waistband that stays comfortable and snug even after it’s washed.

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What I really love about these is we can have his cousin spend the night or a friend and not worry about the embarrassment of diaper-like protection. We keep extra pairs in the bathroom in a basket under the sink so if there is any type of accident he can take care of it himself without anyone knowing. This is definitely a revolutionary product that myself -and my son- are so grateful for.

Do you have a child that suffers from bedwetting? What are some of your tips for beating bedwetting?

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Space Crafts & Facts: Plus Interstellar Movie Releases IMAX Nov 5th/ Everywhere Nov 7th

 This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own


When I was a kid my dream was to become an Astronaut.  I was in that Punky Brewster/ Challenger era where we were obsessed with the thought of galaxy’s far, far away. The dream of going up into space and seeing all the stars, and the planets made me – and many of my classmates -super excited. Anytime there’s been a space launch I’ve watched or listened on the radio. There is just something so fascinating about the whole process. What’s out there? What is it like to look down on the earth from above?

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My kids haven’t really been around long enough to know the excitement of astronauts going off into space – sure they’ve heard of it, but to watch it on T.V. as they countdown and feel the rush of excitement as it takes off? They don’t understand what I’m so excited about.
To get them excited about what is to “infinity and beyond” I decided to find some creative space/science crafts and projects. I found a ton of stuff for us to do! I put together a great round-up of things to do, you can check them out here.  (Here’s a preview of some of the great things I found).

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My daughter’s have started their own research about Space and even started requesting some books at the library (Score 1 for Mom). They also found this really awesome articles including my favorite,  8 Facts About Space That Will Rock Your World (seriously – it’s true, it totally will – for example, did you  know the Apollo astronauts  footsteps on the moon will probably stay there for 100 million years? Talk about leaving your mark on the world!). They’ve really taken such an interest in it, that after watching the previews for the new Interstellar Movie I knew I was going to have to make it a family event. (Plus what Mom doesn’t love Matthew McConaughey??!)

Synopsis of the movie: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

I absolutely cannot wait to see this movie! With the stellar effects and drama, we are definitely taking in this movie via IMAX!

Paramount Motion Pictures “Interstellar” In IMAX November 5th and everywhere November 7th.

Be sure to follow Interstellar on Facebook & Twitter for updates and previews!

Get your tickets & movie times here!

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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