Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Date Night: With Covered Perfectly

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.   I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Date Night: With Covered Perfectly 


Once a month every month my hubby and I have date night.  This month though we are having two date nights!  The kiddos are in bible school, so we have an entire week of 2 hours of free time each night.
Sometimes we just rent movies and play PS4 all night.  Other nights we head out for dinner, golfing, movies or some other small activity.
It isn't about how much money we spend, we try to make it about spending time together.  It is nice to have alone time with my hubby were we can act silly and just enjoy each others company.

My first rule to date night though is no phone calls, we take our phones just in case something would happen to the boys.  But we don't "Talk",text, check our emails, ect.

This date night was special, there is a local restaurant that both of us have been dying to try.  It went up in November, and we still didn't get a chance to try it out.  Even though I love my kiddos, I wanted to try it without them.  The food looks so good I wanted to eat when it was still warm :).
Also the restaurant is super nice and I didn't want to be the person with loud kiddos.

So our night was planned drop the boys off, go to dinner, pick the boys up and then head off for ice cream as a family.

I like to dress up for date night.  Even though my hubby and I have been together 10 years and have been married since 2008 I still try to impress him.  (I think it is one sided though, remember I said this place was nice.... Yeah my hubby tried to wear a shirt with a stain.  When I pointed out said stain, he attempted to turn the shirt inside-out :(.  Is this a man thing? lol)

Okay so I am that woman, the one with the color coded closet.  
The woman who has 4 rods in her closet, to keep summer, fall, winter and random (dresses,cover-ups, slacks and my hubby's 3 dress shirts on this rod) separate.
(My fall clothing behind my summer stuff)

The woman 60+ pairs of shoes and the hair accessory for every outfit.  I'm also the woman who gets super ecstatic over new clothing.  I spend hours sometimes looking for the perfect top, or the perfect shoes. 
And my hubby is that man who follows me around begging me to just please pick something. 

So with this in mind I want you to know I can't wait to tell you about Covered Perfectly.
Why you may ask?
Because I do love clothing shopping, and when I find a new store that carries awesome clothing I can't help but share.  
I'm going to share two photos in this post.  One is of me on date night and the other is my sister.  I totally convinced her to start shopping at Covered Perfectly.

So here is why I love the shop.
They offer stylish clothing at a great price.  And a lot of their designs come in several colors.  If you see something you like there is a good chance they will have it in your color.  And the offer so many designs!  Jackets, drapes, V-Neck, prints, stripes and so many other choices.  Oh and they offer plus size!  They want to make all women feel beautiful :).
I personally was able to review the Color Block women's top in teal black.  I love the sharp colors that stand out. 

 And I'm not sure if having it two toned is a slimming, but my hubby asked twice when I was wearing it if I lost weight. 
The material is amazing, it is summer time, so I wasn't sure if wearing a slightly longer sleeve would be to hot.  Once I tried the shirt on I knew instantly it would not.  The material is light and I truly think the top could be worn year round.  It is made of 94% Micromodal 6% Spandex giving it a nice flowing feel.  The top moved with me instead of being stiff and uncomfortable.
So far it gets two thumbs up for being comfy and slimming.
Finally though and this is what I can't stop bragging about is the softness.  I had both my hubby and sister feel the shirt.  After touching my sister demanded to try it on.  And even she couldn't get over how great it felt against her skin.

As you can see the top looks cute on all ages!  I am nearing 30 and loved it and my sister who is 19 looked absolutely adorable!

Covered Perfectly offers stylish, comfy clothing at a great price.  
I was excited about going out with my hubby to a new restaurant and even more excited I got to wear a super cute outfit thanks to Covered Perfectly.
Do you love my top as much as I do?  If so then please feel free to use my 20% off coupon!
Just enter code SMB at check out.
Covered Perfectly



Monday, June 29, 2015

THE DOVEKEEPERS

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  All opinions are still my own, I was not paid in anyway to write this post.

The Dovekeepers


Several months ago I seen a preview for The Dovekeepers.  My mom and I couldn't wait to watch and even set our DVR to record it at her house.  Than disaster struck and my mom's cat knocked over her DVR effectively breaking it and losing all our recorded shows!!
We were both pretty upset we didn't watch any of them, because we planned on doing a binge watch weekend.  We several shows we had recorded!
It is okay though, because a few weeks ago I was contacted to review it!!  Yes I'm sure you know within minutes of saying yes I was on the phone with my mom.  We were both pretty excited and I even forgave her email DVR ruining cat lol
The Dovekeepers is coming exclusively to Amazon on DVD and Blu-ray from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution June 30!
Synopsis: 
From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, THE DOVEKEEPERSis based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The series recounts the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

My review:
We loved it!  It was tough seeing women who are seen as little more then property, but these women were strong and didn't let life get them down.  And to be strong not only in a mans world, but also in Masada, where Rome could take over and every day could be your last gave these woman an extraordinary feel.  Each day they faced trials and yet always seemed to keep their faith and go on.
I've read several reviews and some of them felt the show strayed to far from the books.  I myself have never read the books, so I really can't comment on this.  Sorry :(
Seeing the back stories of these people and their incorruptible faith and unbreakable love for god is inspiring! 
Definitely worth watching!

To learn more please see my link below:

Dannon: A snack that is good year round

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Dannon: A snack that is good year round

During the school year after school snacks can be a bit hectic.  My boys play sports.  Most of the time we have to fit homework, practice, dinner, bath and getting ready for bed in a small period of time.  And we always try to get at least 30 minutes of read in before bed!
  I need a snack that is not only easy for on the go, but also something my kids love.
I normally turn to Dannon, now I mention a after school snack the thing is Dannon is good year round!  I use Dannon yogurt in my son's lunch, for late night snacking, mid-day snacking, brunch, on the go and even to cheer them up when they are having a bad day.  We sometimes mix our cereal with it and have it for breakfast too.  These are only a few of the many times my little guys snack on Dannon yogurt.  It is good year round all day long :)

Dannon makes over 200 different kinds of yogurt.  They make both fresh dairy and frozen products.  

They are an excellent source of calcium and the perfect way to work that extra "healthiness" into the lunch box and a midday snack.
They have fruit bottom, natural, classic, creamy, drinks, light and fit, danimals and so many other choices its hard not to find something you love.

My sons personal favorite is of course Danimals
I love that the Danimals is a great source of calcium, vitamin D, has no high high fructose corn syrup.  And most of their items have no artificial flavor or coloring.
Kids want something that taste good, parents want something that is good.  Danimals is the perfect combination of both.


Dannon has been around for 75 years and working hard to bring us yogurt that is both delicious and nutritious.
As you can see from the photo no matter if you are eating a fruit bottom (Blueberry flavor by the way) or drinking a Danimals, the taste is amazing and will always have the kiddos coming back for more.

To learn more please click my link below:


Sunday, June 28, 2015

#KelloggsParty #Sponsored

Disclaimer:  I am a member of houseparty.com and from time to time I am sent party packages to host parties.  Regardless all opinions are my own.
#KelloggsParty
There is one thing you can always count on being in my house... CEREAL!  My boys eat it for breakfast, snack, we use it in recipes and my youngest even makes homemade bird food with it.
Needless to say cereal is an essential part of everyday life in the Miller house hold.  I buy at least 2-3 boxes per week.

Recently when I discovered I would be able to host a Kelloggs/Redbox party  I knew my family would be the perfect fit.
Okay so we were all ask to bring a box of Kellogg's cereal.  Below you can see the awesome selection we had



It was like a cereal smorgasbord, my kiddos LOVED it.  I told my little guys to come up with a fun recipe using either Kellogg’s Krave, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch or Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats.

They choose the Raisin Bran Crunch and made a yummy cereal mix.  Using the cereal of course, chocolate chips, pretzels and even a dash of popcorn.
According to them it was all the best movie treats in one bowl.

Wondering what movie we watched?  We went to our local REDBOX and rented DUFF.  Yeah so maybe it was a bit mature for my kids.  They covered their eyes several times and yelled EWWW GROSS THEY ARE KISSING AGAIN.
The adults on the other hand loved it, and even though I'm not that into comedy I found my laughing too.  So DUFF gets a thumbs up from me, not from my kids though :P
I love that I can return my REDBOX rentals at any REDBOX center!  And they offer some pretty amazing prices, for a 1 night rental it is only 1.50 for DVD's.  
My hubby and I are planning to rent Jupiter Ascending soon :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Brisk: Find, Snap, Tag sweepstakes

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post, in hopes that I would hope to promote a sweepstakes. Regardless all opinions are my own.

Brisk: Find, Snap, Tag sweepstakes

Lazy summer days are my favorite.  I like finding a good book, relaxing on my deck and having something good to drink next to me.  I would take chocolate with me too, but summer and chocolate just don't mix to well.
My kiddos play in the yard, but I am content to just sit back and relax.
Brisk has become one of my go to drinks for these lazy summer days.  They offer both cans and bottles, making it easy to grab one and go.  And they take tea to a whole new level by offer several flavors!  Change your tea flavors to whatever mood you are in.  Feel like a lemony day?  Give their lemon flavor a try, want something with a bit more sweetness?  Try their raspberry flavor.
No matter what you pick you are sure to feel refreshed afterwards.


 Their bottles and cans even feature some pretty cool designs.  
Speaking of their designs right now Brisk is having a Find, Snap, Tag Sweepstakes!!
Wondering what that is?

Brisk is kicking off its national Kinda Out There Summer program with its Find, Snap, Tag sweepstakes, bringing its epic can art characters to life in many unexpected and engaging ways – one being a few awesome murals sprinkled around key cities such as Chicago, LA and DC. 

From now to August 9, consumers that spot any Brisk can art (mural, stencils and even the product) can take a photo of it, upload to Twitter or Instagram and use #ThatsBriskBaby #Entry to be automatically entered for a chance to win awesome prizes. Consumers can even re-post an image of the Brisk can and use the proper hashtags to enter to win. 

It is so simple to enter and you can win some pretty incredible prizes.  To learn more see my link below:

Campus Book Rentals

This is a compensated post.   All opinions are still my own and truthful.

Campus Book Rentals



Who loves saving money?  Hopefully everyone said yes :).
I am one of those people who always looks for a deal, doesn't shop without coupons and is always looking for ways to keep more of my money.  The easier the better.
If you are like me, then you need to check out Campus Book Rentals.  Never heard of them let me tell you a bit about them.
 CampusBookRentals.com offers you a cheap alternative to buying all your text books at full price.
Basically they make it super easy for you to save on textbooks!  I'm not talking saving a buck or two, I am talking super savings, up to 40-90% off of bookstore prices and you also get free shipping both ways.
Free shipping to you and free shipping back.
I don't know about you, but not even I am that good with a coupon to save up to 90%.
Are you thinking:
What if I write in them, or what if I like to highlight my notes...
You can treat the books as if they were your own.  You can highlight in the textbooks without being penalized!
Your next worry may be that you are forgetful.  That you may not return them on time.
 They offer super flexible rental periods.

Okay I know you are all amazed at this point. Don't worry me too, but don't go yet.  
Campusbookrentals.com is so confident that they offer 30 day risk free returns.  There is absolutely no sign up fees or hidden cost, the books are the same ones you would find in your book store.  Just at a huge fraction of the cost.

There site is so easy to you, heck you could even shop for books as you are eating lunch!
To use you can search for your subject such as history, Biology, and English or if you know the book you want you can also search by ISBN, author, and title.  

After you find your book you pick your rental terms and decide how long you wish to rent the book, you can even choose your own return date.

Which is awesome since everyone has different times when they will need to rent the books.
My dad went to night school in the summer, so for him the normal rental days wouldn't have worked.  Campusbookrentals.com understands this and makes their rental system work with your schedule


So far I have told you how this site helps you save money.  Now I want to tell you what takes this company from great to amazing.
They are huge supporters of Operation Smile.  They donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented.
Operation Smile is an organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families couldn't otherwise afford it.  These surgeries really improve the quality of those young lives.
So each time you rent from CampusBookrentals.com you can smile knowing that your business is helping to bring someone else a smile.






2015 Back To School Gift guide page

Welcome to the 2015 Back To School Gift Guide Page!


Okay I totally just did that in my Effie Trinket voice, because according to my son going back to school is like entering the hunger games....
:(  Yeah someone isn't ready for summer to be over, but this mama likes to be prepared.  I know you do too, so through out the summer I am going to be posting deals, amazing products and other cool Back To School stuff.  
Just click any photo below to be taken to that page.

Tips and Tricks to Save on Back-To-School Shopping

New traditions to start this year
Lunch/after school snacks


Avoid the Summer Slide
Style
School Days






Space Racers Parent & Educator Tool Kit

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Space Racers Parent & Educator Tool Kit


We are desperately trying not to forget everything we learned in school this year.  I signed my boys up for several learning sites, got my oldest several books to read and even made an at home learning camp.
I still worry though, and I am one of those moms that thinks you can never learn enough.
Which is why I am super excited to tell you all about Space Racers!

SPACE RACERS is an original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curriculum. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. 
Kids will travel with speedy Eagle, strong Hawk, smart Robyn, brave Starling and competitive Raven as they soar through the Solar System learning about the power of scientific investigation and observation, the wonders of space exploration and the importance of working as a team. 


 The Space Racers Parent & Educator’s Toolkit, developed in cooperation with WNET Education, includes a DVD with 13 animated episodes, 4 live-action segments, and a CD-ROM filled with corresponding Lesson Plans and Family Activities. These resources are ideal for kids in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade. 

Okay I was pretty impressed!  Not only did the DVD target Brandon my soon to be 2nd grader, but it also helped my little Quinn who will be starting his 2nd year of preschool.
The show is the best of both worlds, not only teaches, but lets kids have fun as they learn.
The characters were super cute and likable, which I think is one of the main reasons my boys kept coming back for more.

The CD-Rom has great lessons, that were challenging enough to keep my kids engaged, but not so hard that they got frustrated.  The family activities were fun enough for all of us and the printables were a collection of both the lessons and family activities.

I don't want my boys to fall behind this summer with Space Racers i don't think I have to worry as much any more :)
To learn more please see any of my links below:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ugly Benny DVD review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Ugly Benny DVD review


We have had quite a few rainy days in PA already this summer.  Even though it is great for my plants, my boys on the other hand hate being cooped up in the house all day.  I try to make it fun and get out board games and also let them play on the computer.  
The thing is I need time to get my stuff done too.  So we started a "Rainy Day Movie Club."  We made a list of movies we can watch on rainy days.  
The first on our list was a Despicable Me marathoner.  Yes we seen them both at least 10 times, but according to my kiddos we need to get ready for the Minion movie.

That was day one, as I said though we had quite a few rainy days.  So our next rainy day movie club movie was "Ugly Benny"

Ugly Benny, will be available on July 7th and is a super cute heartwarming story about an “ugly” puppy that befriends and inspires an entire town.
A fuzzy, frumpled, tiny ball of frazzled yarn with four paws and two sweet eyes peeking out, Benny certainly wasn't much to look at when he first arrived as a puppy on the doorstep of the pet store. Sam and Emma found him waiting there in a little box one morning, just staring up at them with those tiny, lovable little eyes, and to this day no one knows where he came from or who brought him there.
Benny reminds us to never judge a book by its cover though, because you can't help but instantly fall in love with this little pup.
Emma and Sam aren't sure what to make of this "Ugly" little pup that has been left on their pet shop door step.  Being frumpy doesn't stop Benny though, everyone is soon amazed how Benny easily becomes part of the little town.
And then he makes friends with a boy named Alex.  A little boy who really needs a friend like Benny.

This heart warming tale is something the entire family will love.  You can't help but love sweet Benny.
To learn more please see my link below:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Post Pebbles, Ice Cream Pebbles

Disclaimer:  I was given a sample to try and give my honest opinion.

Post Pebbles, Ice Cream Pebbles


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
 For the past several days this is the first thing I've heard every morning.  My boys are big cereal eaters.  They can eat it for breakfast, snack, in the back of car, the take it to the movie theater and they have even gotten into the habit of putting it into their yogurt.
Like most kiddos they have their favorites and can be a bit skeptical about trying new flavors.  At the end of the day though they are kids and when I told them that Fruity Pebbles (One of their favorites) is now offer Ice Cream Pebbles they both gave me equal looks of astonishment.  Ice cream flavored cereal!!  I mean really to my kids this was the best of both worlds.  They now have dessert for breakfast or are they having a breakfast of dessert lol to them this was mind boggling.
Ice Cream Pebbles – Rainbow Sherbet is the Perfect Treat to Enjoy All Summer Long!

It was around 9ish on Thursday night and we had a small dinner thanks to an local event in our town.  So we were a bit hungry before bed.  The entire family sat down to enjoy a late night snack.
The second we opened the box we were hit with a yummy fruity scent that had all of our mouths watering.  As I was pouring our bowls the boys kept going on about all the fun colors!  

They are actually cute sherbet colored.  Which totally added to the fun :)
And of course the final and most important thing was taste!  Now I can go on and on about how yummy it is.  I could tell you the fruity flavor is like having a mini party for your taste buds.... But at the end of the day I think my boys jumping up the next several morning cheering I scream, You Scream we all scream for ice cream says it all!
It is a flavor the kids cheer for and I'm kinda sad it will only be available for a limited time!

Oh and to really top it off you can use Post Ice Cream Pebbles is several fun kid friendly recipes!  To see them check out my link below:

Ice Cream Pebbles contains 10 essential vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of vitamin D.

Celebrate dad all year long!

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Celebrate dad all year long!

I know it is a day late, but I wanted to take the time to wish all you dads out there a happy father's day <3
I spent most of the day with my dad yesterday and we had a blast :)!  I even kicked his butt in Trivia Pursuit.
You may not know this about my dad, but he is funny.  He is always telling jokes and trying to lighten the mood.  Even though most of the time his jokes are towards me I still laugh.  
My dad is a manager at his job and is forced to wear clothing that kinda conceals his funny side.
I wont lie my dad looks pretty awkward in a tie!  It is his job though and he has to dress appropriately.
Recently I discovered BlackSocks.  I never heard of them before, but when I saw their "Funny" dress socks I knew they would be absolutely perfect for my dad.  He could still dress up for work, but also have a bit of fun with it.

It is a subscription based company that delivers socks right to your door.

They have so many designs from stylish stripes, to fun dots, and even some awesome triangles.  As if the design weren't cool enough they offer so many fun colors and patterns. Funky Socks are certain to add spark and fun to your wardrobe. 

My dad spends a lot of time on his feet, so comfy socks are a must for him!

The heels and toes are reinforced with extra strong polyamide fibers, and a  LYCRA is used to provide some stretch. 
Again I love all the thought that went into these socks.  They are stylish, comfortable and durable.  Everything you could possible want in a sock.

 The sockscription makes having fresh new socks a breeze.  You get to select your style this way you know you will like what you get.  Next you get to choose quantity, you choose how many pairs you think you&blue checks on purple. 

You also even get to select frequency!  You choose how often they come to your door.  And yes they are delivered right to your door, no shopping necessary.

I personally was able to review Funky THREE - orange and light blue checks on purple.

 Funky THREE is made from 50% mercerised cotton, 47% polyamide and 3% LYCRA and has been manufactured to Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The socks are therefore 100% non-irritating to the skin and allergy-tested. Manufactured in Northern Italy.

And this is just one of the awesome design choices available! 



As if this company wasn't already amazing you can also use them to order undershirts, boxer shorts and briefs. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Outdoor Oasis

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I like to garden.  In the past I would look at magazines and try to 100% mimic what I seen.  I hated it each and every-time, it never felt like me and to be honest the upkeep felt more like work than it did relaxing.

So the past two year I said no more and started to set my yard up the way I would enjoy.

So rule number one for the perfect Outdoor Oasis is do what makes you happy!  If you are quirky than add quirky touches, if you like the vintage look add antiques to your yard.
This is your paradise make sure it fits your needs.

I had a super old table and chair set that was so comfy, but I disliked the colors.  So one day I went to the store and got some spray paint.  In a last ditch effort to save them I painted my table (that was once green) bright yellow and my chairs a tealish blue.  Now I love them, so before you throw something old out make sure you can't make it fit your style better.  This could save you money!  It would have cost me at least $200 to replace my set... Instead it cost me $15 in paint.

Shade and comfort were the next top two things I needed.  For me sitting in the shade with a good book is a perfect stay-cation.  I have several types of chairs since I like to switch it up.
I want something I can plop down onto throw my legs over the edge and get lost in a book with. 
  So set the scene with furniture that you can not only relax in, but can also be proud to show off when you entertain.

The next huge part of my Oasis was flowers/plants and decorating.  

Pick colors that make you happy.  For me I like black, white and red.  So I tired to pick flowers/plants that showed this off.

Please note I started most of my flowers from seeds....  So we are still a bit on the small side.

The green stems you see in my hanging basket are Nasturtium - Night and Day.  So they will eventually look like this:
I planted them all over the yard and in my baskets, they are a shade plant and so far have been pretty low maintenance.  It is my first year growing them so fingers crossed they keep being an easy plant.
The white fencing I got from the dollar store.  Super cheap and makes a good no dog barrier :).  My pups still stick their noses in, but now they don't step there any more.
The cute red ladder was a yard sale find and the Winnie the pooh is my kids addition to the garden.

In this photo if you know anything about me you will notice the back lab right away.  I lost Lucy my lab in December and it broke my heart.  Now though I am able to look back and smile because even though I miss her she was a great dog and an amazing friend.  So my garden wouldn't be complete without her.
Speaking of Lucy I was able to add her plaque a few weeks ago to my memorial garden
Again the plants are new so you may not be to impressed with their size yet.
And please don't judge me I am SOOOO far behind on pulling weeds!!


Next I want to mention most things can be re-purposed! 
First was a metal bucket.  It has been sitting in my shed for a few years now and I finally decided to use it or give it away...
I have to say I'm pretty glad I kept it.


 My grandfather broke his wheelbarrow and was trying to get someone to take it to the junkyard.  I hopped in my car and told him I would take it off his hands for him...

I got as many large rocks for my yard that I could find and propped it up.  I know my Japanese weeping willow is blocking a lot of the view, but I tried to make it look like the wheel barrow tipped and  flowers are popping up inside and flowed out into the area in front.   I also added a cute Japanese maple to the middle.  There are so many seeds in there I'm hoping in a few weeks it fills out more and is filled with pretty flowers.
I always try to think big picture and imagine what the end result will be.

Speaking of big picture when I first moved into my home I planted 5 lilies in my yard.  I was told they would come back each year, this was great a flower that kept giving.....  I didn't know at the time just how giving it truly was.
Soon they will have pretty orange flowers, but I'm sure you can see that is a lot more than 5!  They keep multiplying and I LOVE IT!

Speaking of multiplying last year I was heartbroken when I thought to try my hand at strawberries....  My bush died in the first week.
Now this year it came back with a vengeance and I even have a few bushes popping up that I didn't plant.

I know silly to get excited over a plant growing!  It does make me happy though to see something I planted grow and flourish.  I started several other seeds and I'm waiting to transplant them.
(You can see my painted table in this photo and one of my teal chairs in the back!)
Above you can see my sunflowers.  These are the mammoth sunflowers..
So you see this cute little guy who already made his way to my yard:
Eventually he will be 12 feet tall!!  And the flower he gives will be bigger than my head!


These are a few more Night and Days I need to add to my yard.

My best advice for growing seeds is make sure you read up on them.  Some plants love the sun other prefer shade and a few tricksters like a little of both.

Always follow the spacing rule.  Otherwise you will stunt their growing and not give them the proper chance they need to grow.
Keep up on watering and if you are a lazy gardener like me get low maintenance plants.

And I think good soil is a must!

Add a few touches as you go, this year I added a new weeping willow tree to my yard.

And take things slow!!!  One of my favorite things about my garden is how I slowly add little touches.  I always keep an eye out for great deals or yard-sale finds.  I have my house since 2007 and have slowly been adding little things here and there.  
My brother and I have huge plans this year for my deck and fingers crossed in a few weeks I will have a DIY post about how to make an outdoor bar with pallets and cinder blocks....

And never get discouraged I have killed pumpkins for 7 years in my garden.....  Yes that is 7 years of sadly deceased pumpkins lol But don't worry I have a feeling, 2015, year number 8 is going to be my pumpkin patch year!!!  

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more garden and outdoor posts. 

Good Earth Beauty, naturally beautiful

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Good Earth Beauty, naturally beautiful 


Everyone has their own definition of beautiful.  I think everyone is different and that their uniqueness it was makes them beautiful.  
Today though I want to focus on the products that we use to make us beautiful.  Or more specially the products we put in our hair.

As someone with super thick hair everyday is a struggle.  If I use to strong of shampoo I have "hay" like hair.  I broke several brushes over the years from this.  If I use to much conditioner my hair feels as if it weighs 100 pounds.  And I am totally that person that has to keep buying hairbands since they always snap.  And to really top this all off, my hair has a natural wave.  So when I go to the beach and get just a dab of salt water in, my hair it poofs up!  My sister and brother have gotten into the habit of calling this my witch hair.....   My hubby always tells me to watch for seagulls they may think it's a bird nest!  lol

When my hair is being good though I love it!  Thick hair does have its advantages when I'm trying to style it.  So yes my hair and I have quite the love hate relationship going on.

I'm very carefully with what products I use and through trail and error I have discovered what I can and can't use.
One of my biggest surprises was that my hair seems to love natural products!  I'm not sure if the removal of chemicals is the reason why, but my hair seems to behave more when using natural.

So if you are wondering about the title of my post "Naturally Beautiful" now you know.  I am going to be talking about all natural hair products today!
I want to mention that I am reviewing a Coconut Lime scent, but in the past I have used other scents in the same line.  Each and every-time they leave my hair feeling soft, beautiful and refreshed!

The company is Good Earth Beauty.
Good Earth Beauty is a a unique beauty shop carrying only natural and organic products that are NOT tested on animals. All products are chosen and personally tested by their staff. Product lines include Cosmetics, Bath & Body, Hair Care, items for Babies, Pets, and more.  The even have a super cute kid's shop!
If you go to the about page Karen the company founder talks about why its important to her to use natural products that are not tested on animals.  She also talks about the products on her site and you can tell she is very passionate and puts a lot of time and thought into what she features.

I have 2 small kids, I try to keep harsh chemicals out of my home.  I use natural and organic whenever I can and to have a site that brings all the best products together in one place gets a HUGE thumbs up from me.


As I mentioned I have used Good Earth Beauty's hair shampoo and conditioner before.  So before my review started, I knew beyond a doubt I would love the results.  Their hair products let my hair feeling soft and smooth.  I also have a natural shine after using them.  And even better, my hair feels light.  Anyone with thick hair knows what I mean.  I can wear a pony tail without getting a headache :)!!
I wanted to show you a list of the ingredients, so you could see for yourself exactly what goes into it.  Below is the conditioner Ingredients: 

Organic Herbal infusion, Organuc aloe barbadensis leaf juice (aloe vera), cetearyl alcohol (plant derived), jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, olive fruit oil, evening primrose oil, coconut oil, shea butter, starflower seed oil, polysorbate-60 (plant derived), panthenol (vitamin b5), kosher vegetable glycerin (plant derived), leucidal liquid (plant derived preservative), collodial oatmeal, citric acid

I CAN PRONOUNCE EVERYTHING!  This is one of the few hair products I can look at the back and actually know what I'm reading.
And the coconut lime scent is amazing.  Every season I have a scent that reminds me of that particular season.  Fall is pumpkins, winter is sugar cookies, spring is fresh flowers and summer is coconut!  And this shampoo and conditioner definitely puts me in the summer mood :)
The scent is pretty and supply.  Not an overpowering perfume smell, I like that a little bit goes a long way.  And even though it is natural I still get a pretty good lather in my hair.

I have been using the Good Earth Beauty Coconut Lime Shampoo and Good Earth Beauty Coconut Lime conditioner for about a week now.  And as with all the other Good Earth Beauty hair products I've used, my hair feels soft, smooth, clean, refreshed and most of beautiful!
I love my hair and I want to keep it healthy.  I know my hair wont last forever if I continue to put harsh chemicals in it!  Good Earth Beauty offers me the chance to use natural products not only on my hair, but everywhere.
To learn more and see all the other products they offer please check out my link below: