Pick The Right Hair Brush

Time and time again I have clients tell me they can’t style their hair like I do when they get home. Well there are two things to keep in mind….number one: Use the right styling products, (I have a bunch of other hair tip posts so check them out to get more in detail on that) AND number two: the right hair tools (brush, combs etc)

There are so MANY different brushes and combs out there how do you know what to use each one for?? Well here is a picture to be able to show you what each one is meant for.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re standing in the hairbrush aisle of your favorite beauty store. With so many shapes and sizes, how can you be sure that you’re using the right one for your hair type or style?

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Kid 72 Hour Kits

During an emergency, kids will most likely become frightened, and depending on the circumstances, possibly traumatized. The thought of that literally breaks my heart! I want my kids to feel safe and calm knowing that regardless of the emergency, everything will work out! When making a 72 Hour Kit for Kids, it’s important to first provide for their basic needs and also specific needs that might just pertain to them. Do they wear diapers? Do they have a favorite blanket? If so buy 2 so you can put one in their kit. Do they take medication? What are their individual needs?

Fun Treats & Small Toys:

This can include but not limited too:

Fruit snacks, gum, suckers, applesauce, freeze dried fruit, mini snack packs (oreos, animal crackers etc.) Water bottles or 100% juice boxes.

Blankets, small mini pillows, a stuffed animal or small mini figures that they like; (Dinosaurs, animals, army guys) coloring books and small pack of crayons (the dollar store has some great coloring books), container of play-dough, (it’s a great stress relief), Mini photo albums you can also get those at the dollar store and insert some fun family pictures. Card games like go fish, story cubes, these are my kids FAVORITE you can get them HERE , a small first aide kit just for them.

All of these items whichever you choose or all, can easily fit into a backpack for your kids. The purpose of these are to make them feel comfortable in an emergency and have a little fun.  The parent packs will have the more important and essential items.

*NOTE: I am in NO WAY an expert, this is just what I came up for my family after studying a lot of information.  There is SO MUCH that you can have in your packs, it can be overwhelming.  Just start somewhere and get the basics, you can always add to it.  Also, this is just the KIDS pack, our parent packs contain more supplies.

Also, I don’t care HOW OLD your kids are, baby wipes are ALWAYS a necessity in an emergency! (:

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Porch Decorating for 12 Months

Here are some fun and easy porch decorating ideas that will get you though each holiday and all 12 months. I love to decorate my porch and I wanted something easy to be able to change out for each holiday. This is what I came up with and it works wonderful. I always get compliments on my porch decor. I hope these will help you with some of your own porch decorating. All of my filler items in my pots come from the dollar tree so it makes it VERY budget friendly.

First you need 2 matching flower pots. Fill them with dirt and make sure they are heavy and not plastic ones that can blow away easy (where I live it gets super windy sometimes)

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This is what I have in them at all times, this goes with every decoration I use for each holiday. After you have your pots and dirt add some neutral Christmas bulbs on top of the dirt. Then add some twigs for height and whatever else you would like to use to give your own signature decorating style.

 January:

I use the same decorations as in December but I take anything down that is Christmas related.

February:

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March:

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April:

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May-September:  

I like to show my patriotic side for more than just one month 🙂

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Kitchen Chair Makeover

If you have kids and chairs with any type of fabric on them you know how hard it is to keep them clean. I had to deep clean and scrub mine ALL the time. I have had my table and chairs for years now. I was getting sick of them but instead of going out and buying a new set I thought it would be fun to redo my table and chairs instead. It will be a process for what I want to do with my table but I have done my chairs already.

I chalk painted them with white Annie Sloan Paint with a clear wax over them. This is my very first chalk paint project and OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE IT! There is no paint smell it covers nice and you don’t have to sand everything down. Peace of cake!

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Here is the link to my brush I used and I loved it(CLICK HERE)

 I wanted a cute fabric to recover my chairs with. I found the perfect fabric that matches all of my other turquoise decor throughout my house.6034_10153796579466085_3849133646741597524_n

I didn’t want the fabric to be ruined within a few weeks with my kids so we also covered the seats with some plastic. I can not tell you how much easier and nicer it is so just wipe with a wet rag and not have to sit there and scrub and scrub each chair ALL the time to keep them looking half way decent. Why have I not done this SOONER?!

The before…stains waiting to be scrubbed again. 🙁

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Now it is going to be so much easier to clean and keep nice!

Here is what they look like now with the chalk paint, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this turned out! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon for more so you don’t miss a thing 🙂picmonkey-image45

I also have a live tutorial on my Facebook page

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Science Project

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What is blood?

We have been learning about the human body in school this year. Today we learned about what is blood? Here’s an easy way to make a microscopic model of  blood with ingredients found in your kitchen.We learned about all of its properties and made a Science project, my kids loved making it. Here is what you will need:

Clear container with lid

Karo syrup (plasma) 

Red hot candies (red blood cells)

Lima beans (white blood cells) I couldn’t find any big Lima beans at my store so I had to use baby Lima beans. White blood cells are much bigger than red blood cells.

Letntils (platelets)

Pour in Karo syrup then everything else and give it a little stir. You can have your kids write about what they learned in their science journals and there are some fun free worksheets online that you can print off that will help with this lesson.

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No More Squash Bugs!!!

Whoever has had a garden knows all about these pesty squash bugs! Well I can officially say I have finally found the solution. This was my first year in my garden I didn’t have ONE…..YES!!!! I don’t like to use chemicals in my garden I try to do everything all organic. So any harsh chemicals was a given no go for me.

I tried this same recipe I am going to share with you today the end of last year. I started to see the yucky squash bugs and it killed them and didn’t see any more.

This year I wanted to make sure I never got them, (once you get them they are hard to get rid of, in the past I would just pull my plants because I didn’t even want to deal with them) so I sprayed my leafs with my recipe a few times a month. I only sprayed it on plants where these little guys like to show up such as cucumbers, any squash or zucchini, and pumpkin plants. This really worked like a charm and I am SUPER DUPER excited!!!

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Only 5 ingredients:

Get a spray bottle and fill it 3/4 full of warm water. Add 2 drops of dawn dish soap, 30 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil, 40 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 40 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. That’s it!

I am still in shock it worked!

Take it from someone who has gone to great lengths to keep chemicals out of the garden 🙂 Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you 🙂

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Let me just say this Chocolate Zucchini Cake is AMAZING! It has a vegetable in it so it counts to say it is “healthy” LOL (wink, wink)

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Have you ever had a chocolate sheet cake or Texas sheet cake?  This zucchini cake is just like that, but with the addition of zucchini.  It’s dense, moist, rich and very chocolaty.  You can’t even tell there is zucchini in it.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. shredded zucchini, peeled or unpeeled

Chocolate Frosting
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook for 17-18 mins

For the Cake: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; add the cocoa powder and stir until smooth and combined.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add to the dry ingredients along with the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and shredded zucchini.  Mix until well combined.  Pour into a greased baking sheet and spread out evenly. When it comes out of the oven pour he frosting right on

For the Chocolate Frosting:  Add powdered sugar to a large bowl; set aside.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter; add the cocoa powder and buttermilk and stir until smooth and combined.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and pour over the powdered sugar.  Add the vanilla and whisk together until smooth and creamy.  Pour over hot cake and spread out evenly.  Allow to cool, slice and serve.

***NOTE:***I peel half of my zucchini and pulse it all in my blender a few times, but make sure you have it all measured after you grate it before you pulse it.  In my oven it is perfectly done at 17 mins just stick a tooth pick in the middle it can take 17-20 mins to cook every oven is different.

Now go make you some of this YUMMY cake and enjoy!

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