Helpful Skin Care Tips for Women

A few years ago I hit the magical age of 40.  So far, I'm not all that impressed with this particular decade.  My metabolism has slowed down to the speed of a snail, I get injured just taking the dog for a walk, and my skin needs constant attention for one problem or another.  Getting old is definitely no picnic but I guess it is better than the alternative, right?  While I may FEEL 40, I don't want people to actually look at me and KNOW than I am 40.  The first thing that gives away a woman's age is her skin.  In order to trick people into … [Read more...]

Gifts for Teen Girls and Easy Nail Art at Five Below

This post about gifts for teen girls and easy nail art has been sponsored by SheSpeaks and Five Below.  All opinions are my own. Fall is a particularly busy time of year and definitely the hardest for us to budget for.  There are a number of holidays and birthdays over the next few months that require gift giving, goodie bags, party supplies, and an assortment of other budget breakers.  Gifts for teens can get pricey, not to mention they can be difficult to even find.  What gifts for teen girls will be a hit and which will fall flat?  I … [Read more...]

Back to School Beauty Tips for Teens for a Less Chaotic Morning

These back to school beauty tips for teens are part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Johnson & Johnson and Target. I received a gift card to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My teens went back to school this week and already my mornings resemble a carefully orchestrated battle between hostile nations.  With two teenagers in the house who both need to be getting ready at almost the same time, I have developed a very strict schedule that must be adhered to at … [Read more...]

Hair Care Tips for Thick, Wavy Hair #AvedaNaturallyStraight

These hair care tips have been sponsored by SheSpeaks and Aveda but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my daughter was little she had the cutest little curls and I was so sad when I had to cut them off.  Then, for years, she had stick straight hair.  She had it styled in an adorable little bob that flounced when she ran and it was incredibly shiny and straight.  Then she hit about age 10 and her hair started going wild.  I have no idea what inspired these hair changes but now at almost 13 her hair is thick, wavy, slightly frizzy … [Read more...]

This weekend’s nail art project!

I have never been much into painting my fingernails.  Seems like every time I put on a coat of nail polish I end up with my hands in the dishwater or digging up things in the garden.  Inevitably my nail polish would get chipped within hours of putting it on my nails.  Needless to say, I haven't experimented with nail art yet!  Seems like a lot of work for a few hours worth of sparkly nails.  Now, my daughter on the other hand LOVES painting her nails.  She would happily paint her nails a different color every single day of the week if she had … [Read more...]

The First Step to #NaturalBeauty Starts with Tree Hut!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Hut for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Over the past few years I have started trying to be more careful about the beauty products I buy.  I have always had sensitive skin so staying away from harsh chemicals, scents and additives just makes sense.  I have also started getting concerned about the not so obvious problems that could arrise from using harsh beauty products.  I can SEE a rash on my skin but what happens to my body when these harsh chemicals are absored into my … [Read more...]

How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

I was forced to learn how to dip dye your hair using Kool aid.  Why?  Because I am the mother of an 11-year-old girl who thinks I am the meanest mom in the entire world. I will not let her go to the salon and get her hair dyed!  Many of her friends are dying their hair...which honestly floors me completely because they are only 11!  Usually, they just get a strip of hair done or just the tips but I am too paranoid about the health risks associated with hair dye to let her get it done.  In an effort to find a 'happy … [Read more...]