Love Your Hair Again with Living Proof PhD Hair Products

**I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation**


A little over a month ago, I started using the Living Proof PhD hair care products. My previous hair care routine involved washing and drying my hair, and no matter what, I always had to flat iron my hair. If I didn’t, certain parts would flip out a different direction; it would be frizzy; basically, I looked like I just rolled out of bed. Kind of like this:


So, as you can see, the ends of my hair go whichever way they feel like and the over all smoothness of my hair is not that great…at least in my opinion. One thing I noticed right away was that I did NOT have to flat iron my hair every day! I mean, look at me today…I simply washed and dried my hair and it looks great!


(For whatever reason, I take my best selfies in the care…please note, I was NOT driving when this picture was taken)

I’m not the only one in my house experiencing great hair, thanks to the Living Proof PhD hair care products…I started noticing that my son’s hair was extra shiny lately. I then started to notice that my shampoo and conditioner was starting to run out, which was crazy. I don’t use that much…I mean look at my hair, it’s not that long! Come to find out, my son has been using my products! He thinks it smells great (which it does!!) and he loves the bottles it comes in!!

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If you are looking for a super easy hair care routine, then I suggest you check out the Living Proof PhD products. Their 5-in-1 styling treatment is great and for my hair, I only need to use about half a pea size. Seriously! And shoot…I’ve always wanted Jennifer Aniston’s hair and now I can have it by using the Living Proof PhD products!


Now through November 8th, with an order of $20 or more, you can enter the exclusive code NOV2014 to get a free Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment in travel size. With this order you will also receive free samples and free shipping!

Kazaz! Story Time App for Kids

My kids love to read. And I love that about them. I have so many fond memories of the different books I read when I was a kid. I’m still kind of bummed that I told my mom I didn’t want the complete set of The Boxcar Children books we had. My kids would have loved those stories. They love to read so much that we had to ban our son from taking his brand new book he purchased at the school book fair because he was reading it when he should have been doing other things at school!

*This is a partnered post. All opinions are 100% my own. I was compensated for my time*

Bella really likes to read on my iPad and that’s good because the American Story Channel launched Kazaz!, which has interactive and animated stories! With this app, kids don’t just read a story, they EXPERIENCE it!

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 What’s So Great About Kazaz!?

First of all, children don’t just read the stories, they learn by clicking on different gems hidden throughout the app and those gems revel fun facts and additional information that is related to the story topic! Not only are they learning, but it is allowing kids to expand a 10 minute story into a learning experience that can last an hour or more!! Bella absolutely LOVES things like this! Have multiple children…no problem! Kazaz! allows you to create up to three profiles so each child can maintain their own gems!

Kazaz! is perfect for kids between the ages of three and eight. I like that it is an app that children can experience independently or with an adult! Right now, Kazaz! is absolutely FREE through October 26th in the iTunes App Store!

Kazaz! on the App Store from Kazaz! on Vimeo.
 With the app, you get three FREE stories. They are:

  • The Magic of Kazaz is the history of how Kazaz! became a magical planet. This will always be a free story.

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  • I Am the Music Man is a story where you sing along with the Music Man. Right now it is free when you download the app through October 26th, but will be $1.99 after that.

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  • The Story of Wooding is the tale of a young swan that sets off on an exciting journey. It is free with the app download through October 26th, but is $2.99 after that.

Travelogue page of The Story of Wooding

Sounds great, doesn’t it?!? Kids can extend their experience by visiting the website and via the Kazaz! Post, which is the planet’s exclusive newspaper. Oh…that’s not all…Kazaz! will eventually take advantage of Apple TV so the app can be enjoyed on the big screen!

What Does the Future for Kazaz! Look Like?

Future plans include additional stories, more sophisticated gamification experiences, availability in 11 languages, 3D figures in real gold and silver, and a children’s animated TV series…and so much more!

Go download the app today!!!

Pearls by Laurel – Mothers Jewelry

It’s that time of year again!!! Time for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! I am very excited about my first submission in this guide! This is for all the mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers out there!! So sit back and be sure to read through this entire post because I have a great savings code for Pearls by Laurel for you at the end!

*I received a piece of jewelry for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

About Pearls by Laurel

Pearls by Laurel is a company that was founded in 2008 and they specialize in Mother’s Jewelry. Each bracelet features genuine Swarovski pearls. Designing your bracelet is super easy! Simply choose the birthstones you want in your bracelet and drag and drop.


I knew that when I designed my bracelet, I wanted it to have my birthstone and my husbands birthstone. I guess you could say I wanted more of a family bracelet instead of just a Mother’s bracelet. Both my husband and I have the same birthstone (amethyst), Zachary’s birthstone is alexandrite and Bella’s birthstone is tourmaline. Here is what my beautiful piece of Mother’s jewelry looks like:


Each bracelet starts at $29.95. That includes between one and six birthstones. If you need more that six birthstones, that’s OK! Each additional birthstone is $4 more. Once you’ve decided on the amount of birthstones, simply drag and drop your birthstones onto the bracelet! You can change things around as many times as you want until you get it just right!

How to Size

Pearls by Laurel has a sizing chart for you to use to determine the best size. According to the size chart, I was a size medium, however I do not like bracelets to be too snug on my wrist. It drives me crazy and I would end up taking it off and that defeats the purpose of buying a piece of jewelry! If you make a mistake in the size…don’t worry, Pearls by Laurel will re-size it for FREE!! Can’t beat that customer service!

Speaking of awesome customer service, Pearls by Laurel offers a lifetime guarantee! If you break you bracelet at ANY time, simple contact them via email and they will take care of everything!! It is helpful to have your order number available…so keep that in a safe place!

Referral Program

Love your bracelet? Then tell your friends!! For each friend you tell who purchases a custom bracelet, they will receive free shipping and you will receive a $15 credit!! There is absolutely NO limit on how many referrals you can earn!

If you would like to order a custom Pearls by Laurel Mothers Jewelry for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to use this code for FREE shipping: SHIPFREE.

What birthstones would you have on your bracelet?

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?

There is nothing that makes me laugh harder than those dog shaming pictures or funny dog videos. I don’t know what it is about dogs or any animal, for that matter, but it makes me laugh so hard. It could be that I grew up with dogs always and I can relate! The dogs we had were:

  • Booby…now technically I was not quite born yet when my parents had this dog. He got his name because he had this dumb look about him and my mom said “what a boob”…well it stuck and his name became “Booby”. Funny story…Booby got out once and my dad had to run through the streets yelling “Booby. Come here Booby”. Talk about embarrassing for him!!
  • Snickers…super cute Cocker Spaniel. She was a good dog, but had an underwear fetish. She would steal underwear from the hamper and chew holes in the crotch. We should have taken out stock in Hanes. Unfortunately she got hip dysplasia and eventually had to be put down due to her health issues.
  • Toby…this dog was crazy. He was a Springer Spaniel that was super protective of every single member of our household. Too protective. He also, for some odd reason, would run upstairs, jump on my bed and pee on me every single night for a week. No one knows why…all we know is that it was GROSS and I took a lot of showers that week!
  • Barkley…he was one of my favorites. My parents got him when I was a senior junior in high school. He was a Boxer. Such a sweet dog that definitely lived up to his name!
  • Zoe…my parents got her about a year after Barkley. She was also a Boxer with a horrible under bite that was hilarious. The funny thing about her was when I took her for a walk. If I went too far, she would lay down and then refuse to walk any further. Sometimes we would be a few houses down from our house!


*I received a copy of the book pictured above for the purpose of this post. All opinions and stories are my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

I am a huge fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I have been reading the Chicken Soup for the Soul books since I was in middle school. The newest book,Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? is just as good as the last one I read through (Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?)

In this book, you’ll find the following categories:

  • Who Me?
  • Learning to Love the Dog
  • Who Rescued Who?
  • That Little Rascal
  • Four-Legged Therapists
  • What I Learned from the Dog
  • Who’s in Charge Here?
  • Meant to Be
  • There’s No Place Like Home
  • Bad Dog!

As you can imagine, my favorite section in this book was Bad Dog! My favorite story was about an Irish Setter that would walk into a store and steal a loaf of bread…multiple times! This book is filled with so many heartwarming stories that I am sure you can relate to!

PomTree’s Mess-Free Crafts for Kids!

Bella has recently gotten into crafts. In fact, her birthday is on Friday and she is getting a box full of crafting supplies! But I will admit, I’m not all that into crafts. I mean I like doing different craft type things, but if you ask me to use glue and glitter, I start to shake. Once you use glitter it NEVER leaves. Trust me. Bella had a glitter party when she was four and I swear I still find glitter now (she’s turning eight).

**I received the products listed below for the purpose of this post. All opinions and stories are 100% my own**

When I was approached to try out a few of PomTree’s  Mess-Free crafts, I thought, “why not?!?”.

About PomTree

Newly founded in 2012, PomTree focuses on easy-to-assemble make and play craft activities for kids that do not require messy glue. The company’s premiere product line includes Playtown & Playscape Creativity Kits, Sticker Tubs and Stick Storybooks. PomTree is a division of 59-year-old Darice, Inc., and has a 750,000 square foot headquarters and distribution center in Strongsville, Ohio For more information, visit their colorful website,

The first one we did was the Felt Pillow Puff™ Kit: Felt Kitty & Mouse Pillow Puff.


This kit was SUPER easy and something Bella was able to do all on her own *SCORE*! Every piece of material has a backing that you peel off and simply stick together. You need to be sure where you are sticking things because once you stick it, there is no removing it! It cats aren’t your pet of choice, there is also a Felt Puppy & Bone Pillow Puff. Each kit retails for $13.


The next kit we did was the Pom Pals: Mommy & Baby Owl Kit. This was Bella’s favorite kit! In fact, it was mine too. Like the Felt Kitty kit, it was very simple because everything was peel and stick. One thing I noticed with this kit was that some of the pieces were a little difficult to peel the backing off. Mainly the eyes and the yellow feet. Other than that, it was very simple and super cute! This kit also retails for $13.


The final kit we tried out was the Pom Jewelry: Pom Jewelry Kit. This kit comes with 400+ pieces for kids to make bracelets, necklaces, keychains, or whatever it is they would like to make! Bella had a little bit of trouble with this kit. For her, it didn’t seem as simple as the other two kits. The Jewelry kit retails for $10.

pom-jewelryThese kits are a perfect gift idea for the upcoming holidays or birthday’s or just something fun to do on a rainy day! Have you tried any of these kits before?