Best Blog Posts of March

I am in love with blog lurking.  I confess that I don’t comment as frequently as I should, but let me explain.  My off-hours computer time is limited.  So when I do get to squeeze in 5 minutes I want to be visually stimulated.  And then of course, I get blog surfing guilt.  I’m tormented by the thoughts in my head saying, “Isn’t there a load that needs to be washed, a toilet that needs scrubbing or a floor that can be swept?”  I even get surf-guilt when I’m riding in the passenger side because I feel like I should be asking someone about their day.  For all these reasons I think my mind subconsciously deflates my reading tolerance to zero.  Like an infant, if it glitters and sparkles, I want more.  Anyway, here are some of my recent favorite blog posts.
















Getting Your Little Girl the Perfect Gift

Little girls seem to like many different things. There are numerous commercials that seem to get little girls’ attentions; however, it can be difficult to gauge whether the items are worth getting. Also, it can seem difficult to discern whether something would be truly liked. There are a few things that virtually any little girl will like. When considering which items to get a little girl, consider these.

Most girls like to get shoes. Many shoes seem like they can only be worn for special occasions, but there are two types of shoes that are most versatile because they can be worn with almost everything and at almost any type of the year. Between these two options, a little girl’s feet will be well cared for. For instance, sandals present wonderful foot wear for the warmer months in the year. Boots present an excellent option for the colder months of the year. Both can be worn with jeans, skirts, certain dresses, leggings or shorts. Create any style imaginable. Girls love boots. For instance, little girls like boots like Kids’ UGG Boots.

Little girls like makeup and other accessories. Although it may be improper to give a little girl red lipstick, little girls still like the idea of having lip gloss or lip balm to put on their lips. Soft colors can be used for eyeshadow or blush too. Little girls like to receive nail kits too. Some kits provide fake nails that can be adhered to natural nails. Other kits include various colored nail polishes to paint neverending creations. In the past few years, nail art has reached all new heights. Nail kits help to recreate these looks in an easy way. A little girl will have weeks of fun with a nail kit.

Little girls love crafting supplies. To be more specific, getting a little girl a beading kit serves as a wonderful gift. A little girl could make herself jewelry with a beading kit, but she can also make presents for her friends and family members. Beading kits also help expand a little girl’s creativity.

Getting gifts for a little girl is not hard. Consider what is most useful. Little girls typically enjoy making things. There are numerous kits that can assist in making different crafts. Clothing is also highly appreciated. Accessories are other items that little girls like. Stay within these suggestions when shopping for a little girl and she will be happy.


How to Wear…PLAID

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Look No Further…Here’s how to wear plaid!

Plaid is everywhere, but how you style it is what makes your outfit.  My favorite is look one where the plaid shirt is styled as a wrap-around with all black.  Can you say…super simple.  Here are some looks for you to try.  Here’s my attempt to style a plaid shirt.

Recreate these looks on the cheap with the items I found below:













Have fun!

p.s. Hop on over to to join the #StyleWERKshop Link-Up.  The theme is PLAID!

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Julep Moisturizing Lip Crayon

How Plush is Your Pout?  Is it Julep-Moisturizing-Lip-Crayon Plush?

Plush Pout Lip Crayon

Plush Pout is a NEW full-coverage lip crayon that provides rich color and ultra-hydration with a unique visible treatment core built into the middle.  Order Plush Pout and get a free Julep Lip Gloss in Polished (a $20 value!).

To get your free gift, add a Plush Pout Lip Crayon in the color of your choice and Julep Lip Gloss in Polished to your shopping bag and use code PERFECTPOUT at checkout. Offer ends January 31, 2015.

Jane Park, Creator/CEO at Julep, talks about this ultra-hydrating customer favorite: “Go ahead and reapply as often as you want – putting on rich lip color has never felt so good. The color is so rich and gorgeous, but the formula is incredibly light and hydrating. Plush Pout makes me look forward to reapplying lip color, and I can do it as often as I want without worrying about it feeling cakey.”

Here’s what other customers are saying:

Will be buying more of these!

Got this in my latest Maven box and fell in love after one use. I will definitely be buying additional colors.


Cardinal Red is AMAZING!!!

I’ve gotten many compliments on the color and how great it looks on me from just about every female friend who’s seen me wear it. This is one of my favorite purchases in a very, very long time, from ANY brand!


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.


Wednesday Prayer – God Knows




Billion Dollar Brows {Sponsored Post}


Remember back in the 80s when eyebrows used to be normal looking?  Eyebrows weren’t even given a second thought in those days.  They just were.


Well, then came the 90s and Pamela Anderson and suddenly everyone’s eyebrows became super thin and almost nonexistent.


These days, eyebrows are a main focal point on a woman’s face it seems.  If your eyebrows aren’t perfectly manicured you end up the butt of meme’s like this poor girl.  I swear the only reason I laughed is because I totally remembered doing long division, because I was terrorized by it, especially the little “r” signifying the “remainder”.  So glad I mastered the concept of long division otherwise I don’t know where I’d be.  LOL  Just a little sarcasm.


My point in all this is apparently I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t really start paying attention to my eyebrows until about a year ago.  In fact, I don’t remember even touching my eyebrows when I got married (8 years ago).  Anyways, long story short, thanks to peer pressure and the Internet, now I do care about how my eyebrows look.  I can’t say that I’m anywhere close to being a pro at applying eye make-up but when I received a Billion Dollar Brows brow kit, I was more than excited to give an amateur’s attempt at doing my eyebrows.

So, because I really love you guys, I’m share this mug of me with no makeup.  Yes, my edges are struggling…the result of postpartum side-effects…the glory of motherhood. LOL

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Here’s what I did to my eyebrows:

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I first used the brow pencil (#2) fill in the areas of my eyebrow that needed some darkening.  {Note to readers: I am not by any stretch of the imagination anything close to a make-up artist.  This is not a how-to post, because I’m sure I’m not putting this on correctly.}

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Next, I brushed out the eyebrow to make them neat.  This also dispersed the brow makeup a little to make it look less drawn on.

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Next, there are two ends to the Duo Highlighter.  I opted to use the Concealer (#3) (darker) end of the pencil to highlight my brows.

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I then blended the concealer using the Smudge Brush (#1) so that it would act as a highlight.

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That was literally all.  And here’s the end product.  Tada!

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Okay so more about this product.  The kit I received is called the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit.  It contains: Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil – a unique product that will set you free from the headache of finding cosmetics that match your hair color. Universal Brow Pencil is a mechanical, self-sharpening pencil which goes on smooth and natural for all hair colors and skin tones.

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel Clear – an effective formula that will lock in your look, giving your eyebrows a long-lasting, radiant glow while keeping them perfectly in place all day. It’s the perfect finishing touch for giving your brows a polished, perfectly manicured look. Plus, it is a guarantee the Brow Gel never flakes.

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Highlighter – an amazing and unique two in one highlighter and concealer. With this innovative pencil you can get picture perfect brows. Brow Duo Highlighter allows you to highlight your brow bone to add gorgeous definition and warmth. Works with any skin tone. Plus, for those on-the-go touchups, a handy universal concealer to the opposite end of the pencil.

Billion Dollar Brows Smudge Brush – an essential item for applying Brow Highlighter. This flat, synthetic brush is the ideal mate for applying creamy cosmetics like our Brow Duo Pencil. Get your smudge on!

Billion Dollar Brows Pencil Sharpener – perfect for your Duo Highlighter, renewing the product of the pencil. All you need is a twist!

I was surprised to learn that Billion Dollar Brows is the only cosmetic company solely dedicated to eyebrow health and beauty.  Even better than that, you won’t have to spend a fortune.  The products are priced fairly to make beautiful eyebrows a reality for anyone.


The 10 Minute Workout Even I Can Do!

If I ever tell you that I enjoy working out, please know that I’m lying through my teeth.  I abhor working out.  Now, the euphoric feeling after working out…I love that.  It’s the whole process of actually working out that I don’t like.

Since I’m no spring chicken and gravity is becoming my arch nemesis day by day, I decided I really need to do something to “get my life” {do people still say that?}.  So, thanks to Pinterest, I found a routine that anyone, and I mean ANYONE can do.  It’s a 10 minute routine so, no, you’re not going to look like Beyonce in a week, but if you stick to it and of course eat right…yadda…you can come close…perhaps…maybe.  Let’s get on with it.


You can actually stop what you’re doing now and do this workout.  If you really put effort into it, you’ll get a good sweat.  I typically repeat this set 4 times, which for me equals 10-15 minutes.  Give it a shot.


Argan Oil Hair Mask {Sponsored}


I can’t say that I’m great when it comes to the care of my hair.  More times than not, I sleep without a bonnet, or whatever their called.  My pillow case covers aren’t satin.  Satin makes me hot.  I don’t pre-poo, poo-poo, or any of those poos that are all the rage now.  I’m doing good when I put conditioner on my hair.  I guess the way I look at it, hair is one less thing to stress about.  However, when it comes to my girls, I’m constantly looking for products that will be kind to their hair.  I want their hair to be moisturized and healthy more than anything.  I don’t put heat on their hair because I know heat is like the worst thing you can do, but I also don’t put any deep conditioners or anything like that on them.  Usually, I’ll just wash, condition and braid weekly.  As I said, I’m always on the hunt for products that will keep their hair looking nice so when I had the opportunity to try Argan Oil Hair Mask, I decided to give it a go.

My youngest daughter Jayde has a tight coil versus Julia who’s hair is curly.  Jayde is the one that I really struggle to find good products for. I tested this on her and after just the first use, it made a world of difference.  Her hair was much easier to comb through and it took much less time to style her hair.  I typically stray away from hair products that are white and creamy because I don’t like the look of caked up product on the hair and white creamy products seem to leave this kind of residue.  Argan Oil Hair Mask was different.  I combed through Jayde’s hair washed it out and was able to get a good clean wash. I love how Jayde’s hair feels much healthier.  I’ve now used it on her hair a few times and I’m very satisfied.

Enough about my experience with it, here’s some information about the product itself.  InstaNatural’s Argan Oil Hair Mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Its restorative ingredients – such as Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil & Vitamin B5 – work together to penetrate hair deep down and deliver ultimate nourishment and hydration to enhance texture and shine. This intensive blend full of organic ingredients also serves to strengthen hair to defend against heat damage and other external aggressors.

Key Active Ingredients:
+ Argan Oil
+ Amino Acid Complex
+ Coconut Oil
+ Shea Butter
+ Vitamin B5

InstaNatural is a leading online and global distributor of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Our products are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic centers in the US, as well as internationally in UAE, UK and Canada (coming soon). We are constantly in search of wonderful natural and organic ingredients from the around the globe, so we can bring you the absolute best products, no matter the cost. In addition, we strongly believe in treating our customers the way we would want to be treated. This is why our lifetime satisfaction guarantee and our customer service is unlike any other company in the industry.

This is definitely a product I’ll continue to use and hope to find in my local grocery store.  For now, I’ll have to buy it online here.