Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Social Week 115 Linky

It's time for another Sunday Social with Ashley Lately and A Complete Waste of Make-up!
It's been so long since I've done one, and I really missed it.  So here I am linking up.  If you've never linked up, please do.  I've found so many wonderful blogs doing this link-up; and Ashley and Neely are just the best.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

1. What is one item you wish you could splurge on right now
A Vacation!  Oh man I want to go on a real, long, vacation with the kids so bad right now.  That's what I would splurge on right now.
2. If you had an entire weekend of no plans what would you do?
I would probably do my cross-stitch pattern I'm working on right now, read and just relax.  I don't get to squeeze that in too much during the week.  that would be really nice.
3. What is the next place you are visiting outside of your current city?
I want to visit some of the smaller towns down south from where we are.  We've spent a lot of time exploring so many nooks and cranies of DC, but we haven't ventured out too much and I really want to do that.  Pennsylvania and New York are also on my hit list soon.
4. Are you a neat freak or a clutterbug?
I think I'm somewhere in between.  I'm not a crazy ocd neat freak, but I'm definitely not living in a pig sty.  So that's pretty good....a little bit of both and somewhere in the middle
5. What is your favorite summer purchase?
I finally had to get rid of some of my favorite summer sandals.  I just couldn't figure out what to
replace them with. I just loved them so much.  But I finally found these little babies at Target and on clearance too.


They have them in black and white too.  The white are pretty darn cute.

Thanks for stopping by and stick around awhile.  Let me know if you're new or if you see something you like!


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dear Nicholas Sparks....you suck *BEST OF ME Review and SPOILERS!!*

**CAUTION THERE ARE SPOILERS, SO IF YOU DON'T WANT TO CONTINUE READING STOP!!!!**

I wouldn't consider myself to be a glutton for punishment, but why oh why did I pick up Nicholas' Sparks latest "soon to become a movie" book.  Why oh Why!!!!?? *shakes head in hands*  I'll tell you why.  It was an evil trick and you suck Nicholas Sparks!!  Here's the trick people


The second trick is even worse!!!


Although, to be fair I hadn't seen Trick #2 when I went onto amazon and got the book.  So there I was, innocent and sweet, reading what looked to be like a romantic love story.  You know he lulled us into submission Safe Haven.  I loved the book and the movie.  It ended exactly how you wanted to end it; and it was almost as if a women had written it.  But I should have known better.  This is Nicholas Sparks we're talking about.  (and just for a fun fact - my 12 degrees of separation is that Nicholas Sparks went to high school with my mom's best friend - my non-biological aunt)  So I had faith; faith that the streak would continue and this would be a beautiful love story.  Oh man, love that spans time.....nothing can break it, even growing up and moving on.  But then......

**THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO STOP READING...BECAUSE I AM OUTING THE WHOLE THING MAN!!!**

So I started to read the book, and she was married.  Married!!  Freaking married! So anything she does with the love of her life is going to be an affair.  What?  Then, they try to make you hate her husband because he drinks; but there is so much more to the story than that.  Then, out of nowhere her son gets in a horrendous car accident, has to go to the hospital, starts to get better, and then his heart takes a turn for the worse.  And then it becomes like watching a horrible train wreck in slow motion.  You know the kind where you can't look away.  I knew exactly what was going to happen.  It all became clear, which either says a lot about me - that I am an amazing book reader and should be writing my own books - or it says that Mr. Sparks is running out of gusto.  You shouldn't be able to see the ending coming from a mile away, at least I don't think so.  Although I guess I should say you shouldn't be able to see a horrible ending coming from a mile away.  Seeing a happily ever coming from a mile away is somehow okay with me.

He dies, Dawson freaking dies because her son gets his heart.  Seriously??  I mean come on people?!!!  Oh, I was so mad!!!  And I'm still mad...seriously I will never fall for one of his evil tricks again!!!!  Fool me once, shame on me...fool me twice...shame on you!!

so, there you have it, A Walk To Remember was beautiful, despite the sadness.  I loved The Notebook.  You were lucky I found out about all the others before committing to reading them or going to see the movie.  Then Safe Haven totally lulled me into complacency.  Never again man!!!  You Suck!!!

**this review was not sponsored by anyone, my thoughts and opinions are my own...including my Snark and Sarcasm.  Don't hate me!**

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Read my latest on The HUN

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Sgt Ryan Pitts, the latest MOH recipeint, as well as several of his battle buddies.  I shared some of their thoughts on Homefront United Network this week.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on there by leaving comments and sharing the article. 


 


Medal of Honor Recipient, Ryan Pitts, Honors Spouses and Family…

During the Battle of Wanat, one of the fiercest battles of the war, Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts was the sole survivor of his outpost; but fought alongside many others. On July 21st, SSG Pitts received the Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor during a ceremony held at the White House. Shortly after receiving our Nation’s highest military honor,  former SSG Pitts sat down with several battle buddies in the Pentagon. Pitts sat alongside First Sergeant David Dzwik, Major Mathew Meyer, Brian Hissong and Mike Denton, all of whom were with him that day in Afghanistan.
Honoring the nine that died that day sheds the light on the kind of person Ryan Pitts is and has become. Before accepting the award, Pitts made it clear he would only attend and accept if the families of his fallen brothers from that day were also in attendance. The White House made that happen.

read the rest by heading over to The HUN.....
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Candle Addiction Continues with Prize Candle *review and reveal*

 

I love me some candles, and even more when there is jewelry inside.  Who wouldn't right?  Of course winning the jackpot, with the most expensive ring would be the cherry on top of the sundae; but I had no doubt that whatever Prize Candle delivered would be beautiful.

Prize Candles are eco-conscious, all natural, soy candles, which smell absolutely divine.  I received Adriatic Fig, which is a very subdubed but nice scent.  I love that the smell wasn't overwhelming and didn't give me a headache.  They are a nice size and pleasant to look at, fitting in with your decor.  I also love the little pink and white striped boxes they come in.  So cute right?



Now my favorite part!  I didn't really have to burn the candle all that long to get the ring out.  It did however require some digging, because it wasn't just in a little plastic baggy with protective covering.  It was in this plastic shell sort of thing, which was a lot bigger, and harder, to get out then I thought it was going to be.


 there it is!!  oh man, I'm so excited.

so I maybe should have waited a little longer because I took out a good chunk of wax.  But I just couldn't wait yo!
 
there it is!!!

Despite it being something I probably never would have purchased by just looking at it, I really liked it. It's unique and very interesting.  And I'm not sure how it's possible, but it fits perfectly.  How did they know?!! Perhaps the coolest thing about Prize Candle is that you get a little code with your ring so you can know 100% how much your ring is worth.  This little gem is only the $10.00 version but its still beautiful and I'm really happy with it.  Prize Candles are also super affordable at just $24.00.  I think its a really good deal and perfect for gift giving.  Its kind of two gifts in one, and what kind of awesome friend would you be if your friend landed the $5,000 prize.  I would only be a little bit jealous.....okay, maybe a lot jealous.  They might owe you big time.

**I received this in partnership with Tastemaker Moms.  I was not compensated in any other way.  As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.  Take them or leave them.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

One Direction Make-Up Preview and *Giveaway*

**this post is provided by a partnership with BrandBacker.**

So, I'm a grown women...but I'm a succor for a boyband.  I mean, come on?!  It's a guilty pleasure for sure, but when its associated with makeup I mean why not?  I love make-up and the stuff is really cute, as well as affordable.  These sets include stencil kits, which to mean scream perfect for a concert or decorating your face for a Color Run or a Glow Run.  I love doing stuff like that.  Plus this is your sneak peak at this collection 

There are three distinctive "Looks" associated with the collection, which are released August 11th at Macy's Stores.  You can find it August 25th at your local Dillards, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands and Lord and Taylor.

 

The "Up All Night" Collection

  • "Taken" - Liquilights Glow Gloss which is a glitter pink that glows neon orange under UV light
  • 4+1 Eye Shadow Pallete in "More Than This" pink, "Gotta Be You" silvered taupe shimmer, "Save You Tonight" shimmering turquoise blue, "Another World" royal blue shimmer and "Up All Night" sapphire glitter creme
  • "I Should have Kissed You" bubblegum pink creme lipstick
  • "Na Na Na" Aqua-blue metallic chrome nail varnish
  • "Stand Up" dark denim eye and body crayon
  • includes 5 piece decorator stencil set

 "Take Me Home" Kit

  • "Kiss You" glow gloss - orange to neon yellow
  • Eye Shadow Pallette - "Back for You" velvet creme, "Change My Mind" peachy shimmer, "C'mon C'mon" soft taupe, "Little Things" smoky brown and "Take Me Home" golden glitter creme
  • "Last First Kiss" nude-pink sheer lipstick
  • "Little Black Dress" volumizing mascara
  • "Live While We're Young" gold glitter nail varnish
  • "I Wish" chocolate brown eye and body crayon
  • includes stencil kit



"Midnight Memories" Kit

  • "Through the Dark" glow gloss - electric glitter poppy, glows to neon red-orange
  • 4+1 eye shadow palette - "Little White Lies" warm gray, "Don't Forget Where You Belong" soft pink shimmer, "Half a Heart" metal gray, "Strong" charcoal black matte shimmer, "Midnight Memories" silver glitter creme
  • "Best Song Ever" crimson red creme lipstick
  • "Little Black Dress" volumizing mascara
  • "Right Now" liquefied metallic steel nail varnish
  • "Better than Words" blackest black eye and body crayon
  • stencil kit

The eye shadows are pigment rich, designed to not crease, stay put and last from day to night.  The lipstick and gloss are designed to stand alone, or be paired together, which gives you so many options to design the look you want for any occasion. The nail polish is formulated for quick-drying and to last long.  I'm always looking for nail polish that lasts without paying a pretty penny so I'll be interested to give this polish a through CSL house testing!  I feel like at some point I'm going to have to shell out the money for one of those home "gel polish" kits.  But we'll see!

Check out the widget below to enter and good luck.  Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced August 5th!  It is open to US and Canada residents only.



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Guide 2014: Label Daddy *coupon*

As the School Year quickly decends upon us I am freaking out.  Yes, my tiny little baby girl is going to start Kindergarten.  What?!  I am really not okay with this, and I've already requested that hubby go in late to work so that he can accompany me.  I never totally lost it with Brian, but I was trying really hard to keep it together.  I'm sort of a semi-pro at this school thing, getting ready to start year three of school preparations and I've come across a couple cool things that I think every kid needs for school. 



Label Daddy was created by two best friends from high school.  How cute is that?  These Dads have a variety of business experience, and created Label Daddies after becoming parents. As a parent myself I get the annoyance of constantly labeling, deciding what to label and how to do it.  So, the creators wanted to come up with an easy and affordable way to do just that.

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*this is a sponsored post in partnership with US Family Guide.  I received product, but was not compensated in any other way.  As always my thoughts and opinions are my own, and I do not pass on products unless I believe in them or love them myself.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Tips for Being a Tourist with Kids





 Let's be honest...traveling with kids can be quite an experience, but more often then not when you are creating a family trip you do with children in mind.  Whether that be to Disneyland or another theme park, or maybe even a camping or beach trip, usually you have your children in mind and you are staying within that one location.  But what if you want to be a tourist?  Or maybe you have family coming into your town and you will be serving as their tour guide.  How do you do that with kids?  Walking around for hours staring at landmarks or going through museums might not be the ideal situation for children under a certain age.  For us, living in a location where people want to visit (and not just because of us) is pretty cool.  It not only gives us the opportunity to really SEE our city, but have our children experience it as well.  So how do we keep our kids busy and involved on our many tourist visits?

1. Keep them actively engaged!
If you happen to be visiting anything associated with the National Parks they have what is called The Junior Ranger program.  I remember going through the Junior Ranger Program and it can be lots of fun.  You can morph the program to fit your needs, ranging from tons of involvement from you, to self-guided for older kids.  The programs include simple booklets for kids to fill out and turn in for a patch or pin, or actual events run by park rangers.  If it's a place your children have been before have them help you be the tour guide.  My oldest loves to tell people all about the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.  You'd be surprised at what they might be able to tell you.

 
acting out a scene for the Washington Times at Madame Tussauds, DC

 
2. Get them a camera
Pick up a disposable camera or let them use a phone or other point and shoot.  Yes, they do make disposable cameras still and my kids love them.  Have them take pictures from their own perspectives.  Bring them out once an hour or so if you know you are going to be out.  Its a great distraction for your kids and an opportunity to engage them in whats going on around them.

3. Pencil and Paper
This is one of my simplest tips and tricks for traveling with children.  We try to refrain from technology with them if possible.  It's not a need, it's a want.  This last week we were out in DC for at least five hours and not once did we take out technology for any of them.  At their antsiest times we pull out that pad of paper and pencil/pen and they are quite content.  We let them go to Michael's/Target dollar bins and pick out their own little notebooks.  We take these with us everywhere, car trips, restaurants or any other time we might be waiting for a long time.



4. Snacks
This might seem like a no-brainer, but I'll just include it.  When we are walking around for long periods of time we tend to snack a lot.  We often don't eat regular meals when we are out like that, and we usually pack a lot.  Pack hearty foods like granola bars, but easy to eat foods like fruit snacks or go-gurts are good ideas as well.  I make use of the ziploc snack bags when we are on trips like this.  They are easy to hold and fit the perfect amount of food in them.  We also keep in mind hydration, bring more then you think you need and we always pack juice because I know that I tend to feel like I have low-blood sugar on trips like this.  A little juice goes a long way.

5. Just Have Fun
Surprisingly enough this can be hard for me.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming to travel with three kids and I let life pass me by freaking out with the kids over silly things.  You're making memories, even though they might not be ones they will remember, they are memories none the less.  To see the looks of awe and wonder on my kids faces when they see really neat things, or when they really begin to understand what it is they are looking at is priceless!

inside the Washington Monument the Week it opened!  The best day
of my Seven Year Old's life! 
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