Living Proof PHD products and what I really think about them!

 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.

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Awhile back, I posted about trying out the Living Proof PHD hair care line of products and now after using them for over a month, I wanted to give you a little update and let you know what I really think of them! 

Since I have kinky curly hair, I will let you know how it worked on my type of hair. For people with curly hair, we have different challenges than those with straight hair.

For instance, I do not wash my hair everyday or it would dry it out. I wash my hair about every 3 days so I need products that will not make my hair oily.

I also need a good conditioner. Conditioner is a life saver when it comes to tangles. There has only been 1 product that has ever worked out most of my tangles so I was skeptical whether or not the Living Proof conditioner would work.

The problem is when the conditioner does not get out enough of my tangles, I spend at least 20 minutes just combing out the tangles, which leaves me with lots of broken hair and more hair pulled right out of my head!

The Living Proof conditioner worked so well! It worked out enough tangles where I spent less time than normal combing out my hair AND I found I could use less of the conditioner to get good results. I feel like I would normally have to use half a bottle of conditioner just to get the tangles out but with Living Proof I could just use a normal amount.

If you want to know how to get frizz-free curly hair with lots of volume, check out my step by step below!

First I washed my hair with the Living Proof shampoo and conditioner. 

After brushing out my hair, I make sure the ends are still damp. Sometimes it dries out while brushing it so just re-wet your hair in the sink.

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Next I get about a quarter size amount of the 5 in 1 styling treatment and run my fingers trough my wet hair. I have really long hair so I do this at least twice.

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Next run your fingers through your head over and scrunch the curls with a towel! 

Now flip over your head and spray a light spray of hair spray mainly on the ends of your hair. This keeps your curls from frizzing. You need some kind of binding agent to keep the curls in place.

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Let your hair air dry for a few minutes. I normally put on my clothes or makeup then blow dry my hair.

Now I bet you didn’t know hot rollers were still in but let me tell you they are! My hair is normally super limp after blow drying it. So I hot roll my entire head after it’s completely dry. This gives me volume and lots of it! Remember these are a few extra steps BUT if you’re like me you don’t have to wash your hair daily.

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Last but not least, take the rollers out and flip your head over and shake the curls loose! I then apply another light round of hair spray and then I’m done. I like big southern hair but don’t worry it doesn’t stay that big forever. Your hair should settle down a little and it will look amazing!

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And now through Nov. 8th, with an order of $20 or above you can use promo code: NOV2014 and get a travel size bottle of the PHD 5 in 1 styling treatment. Plus you will get free samples and free shipping!

 

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And if you’re like me, you love Jennifer Annistons hair! To get her look, go here!

And for more info and to shop for these products, check out the Living Proof website.

And now for my before and after picture!

The picture on the left is my before. You can tell my hair looks frizzy and processed!

Look at my after picture on the right! Doesn’t my hair look healthy and frizz free and the curls even look better. If you don’t have curly hair it’s hard to understand but when your hair is healthier, your curls curl better. 

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Save $2 on soda and Mars® candy for your Halloween Party!

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I know everyone is gearing up for Halloween! I know we are! I’ve got something special for my readers and you do not want to miss it!

You can score this special Halloween coupon for $2.00 off (1) 6pk. 8oz cans or (2) 2L of participating soda and (2) bags of Mars® candy.  

Click on the image above to get your coupon! *If coupon does not work on Google Chrome, you will need to use a different browser to print it (e.x. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

This coupon isn’t going to last long, so print it while you can and head over to Walmart to use it.

I love Halloween but costumes can be expensive so I love to be able to save some money in other areas like all the things we are going to need for our party including soda and Mars candy!

 

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Cowboy Casserole with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces

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With Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, you can take your supper time plans and spice them up without having to spend tons of time in the kitchen. There are so many nights where 4pm rolls around and I still don’t know what I am making for dinner! It can be stressful when you have 5 other mouths to feed and you have little to no time to make dinner.

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I like to keep quick meals on hand when these times arise! With Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, all you need is a few ingredients and you have a delicious meal in no time.

 

Today I decided to try the Imagine® Organic Portobello Red Wne Culinary Simmer Sauce. I make a mean Cowboy casserole and knew this sauce would kick it up a notch. This meal was cooked in no time and not only is it delicious but was super easy to throw together. Plus since we are using these organic sauces, it’s healthy for the whole family and a 1 pot meal.

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Ingredients
  • Imagine® Organic Culinary Portobello Red Wine Simmer Sauce.
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • instant cornbread mix
  • sliced chicken
Instructions
  1. Heat Oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Mash them then line the bottom of a 13X9 inch greased pan.
  3. Top with Imagine® Organic Culinary Portobello Red Wine Simmer Sauce.
  4. Top that with chicken.
  5. On top of that add mixed cornbread.
  6. Bake until top cornbread is brown.

 

These sauces come in the following flavors:

  • Portobello Red Wine
  • Latin Veracruz
  • Thai Coconut Curry
  • Louisiana Creole 

I cannot wait to try them all and I will post another recipe after I try the other flavors. I am kind of excited to try the Louisiana Creole for sure. I’m sure it will make me think of my Louisiana home!

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Enter our Pan with a Plan Sweepstakes for a chance to win a sauté pan, four Imagine Simmer Sauces and a $25 Visa gift card. Just comment on their Facebook page telling them what flavor you’re most excited to try and you’ll be entered to win! Forty Eight winners will be selected over the 6-week promotion. Each week, eight winners will be selected to receive a “Pan with a Plan” prize pack (includes a saucepan, four Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, and a $25 grocery Visa gift card.

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The Perfect Halloween finger foods with Parrano cheese as featured on Colorado’s Best!

If you watched me on Colorado’s Best this morning, these are the foods that were featured including lots of yumminess with Parrano cheese! These dishes will be perfect for your upcoming Halloween or Fall parties! 

If you want to find where you can buy some Parrano cheese, go here!

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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheese Ball

       Ingredients: 

  • 2- 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
  • 3 tablespoons minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons prepared salsa 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno
  • 12 Doritos, original flavor, crushed
  • 1 stem of a bell pepper 
  • Black bean chips, crackers or crudité, for serving

Directions:  

  • Put the cream cheese, Cheddar, onions, salsa, cumin and jalapeno into the bowl of a mixer, and blend thoroughly. Form into a pumpkin-like shape, and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. 
  • Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the crushed Doritos. Arrange the cheese ball on a plate, and press the bell pepper stem into the top – it should like a mini pumpkin stem.

 

Recipe: Cheesy Broomsticks

Ingredients:

  • All-Natural pretzel sticks 
  • Parrano cheese
  • Baker’s twine or strips of dry corn husks.

Directions: 

  • Lay a piece of baker’s twine, add a few Parrano cheese pieces and a pretzel stick. 
  • Add a few more shredded Parrano cheese strips to cover the pretzel stick. 
  • Grab the two ends of twine and make a knot.
  • Tip: I prefer to shred my own cheese as the strips come out longer and a little thicker than the all-ready shredded cheeses sold in stores.

 

Recipe: Jack-O-Lantern Burgers

Directions:

Cut eyes, nose and mouth out of each cheese slice to create a jack-o’-lantern. Place cheese on burgers; cook until cheese is slightly melted, about 1 minute. Serve on buns.

 

 Recipe: Mummy Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 2 tortillas per mummy
  • fillings – shredded parrano cheese, veggies of choice
  • 2 jumbo candy eyes 

 Directions:

  • For each mummy, you’ll need one whole tortilla and the other one cut into strips.
  • Top the whole tortilla with your fillings. 
  • Criss-cross the cut tortilla strips to create your mummy
  • Add the eyes.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven until the tortillas are lightly golden brown and the cheese is melted and fillings are heated through, 6-10 minutes.

 

Cheese Plate Tips

The Parrano provides a nutty base that holds this dish together and compliments the bold flavors of pizza sauce, peppers and olives.

Using new, different, or gourmet ingredients can be a great way to elevate favorite recipes. When looking for recipes, a great rule of thumb is to choose a dish that you already enjoy but incorporates new elements or ingredients you wouldn’t typically think of. 

 Variety of the spice of life:

  • Cheese boards should include a firm cheese, a soft cheese, a fresh cheese and a blue cheese 
  • Look for cheeses with different tastes as well as texture 

Lay the right foundation:

  • Your cheese board can set the tone from fun to serious. 
  • Arrange your cheese starting with the soft or fresh cheeses and progressing to the stronger cheeses such as the blue cheese. 

Keep good company: 

  • Parrano pairs well with foods that pack a flavorful punch such as spiced nuts, balsamic vinegar and cured meats.

Pick the right tools:

  • Each cheese should have its own knife, you don’t want to mix flavors.
  • Label your cheeses so your guests know what they are trying. 
  • Remember: take cheese out of the fridge at least one hour beforehand. Serving at room temperature is best.

 About Parrano®

Parrano® artfully captures two of the world’s best-known cheeses, Parmigiano-Reggiano® and Gouda, to create a truly unique cheese. Its five-month aging time produces a full-flavored cheese with the nutty, buttery characteristics of a Parmigiano-Reggiano and the smooth, creamy texture of a young Gouda making it pleasing for any palate. Parrano’s ability to slice, grate, shred and melt helps to elevate everyday meals. Parrano is highly regarded by the industry and was recently honored with high acclaim at the Superior Taste Awards 2013. 

 

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Enter to win a $50 Walmart Giftcard from Suave

 *This post was sponsored by Global Influence but all opinions are my own.

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We have 4 heads of curly hair on our house so we love Suaves detangled! My kids used to hate getting their hair brushed until we started using the Suave detangled and now they don’t fuss at me anymore! I love the Suave conditioner because for my tangle-y hair I need conditioner and lots of it so I go through a lot of it. With Suave products, they are such a great value, that I can buy more and it doesn’t hurt my wallet.

Now Suave has a new program call the  Suave Family Perks program which allows you to scan your Walmart receipts to earn perks from Suave.  Sign up for Suave Family Rewards at Suave Family Perks and every time you purchase a Suave product at Walmart, you will earn points that are redeemable for a $5 Walmart gift card!

Go here to learn more! It’s super easy to get started! I love that Suave makes great products that are wallet friendly items and here they are helping us save even more money! WOW!

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Plus you can enter to win a $50 Walmart giftcard through the Suave Family Perks campaign giveaway below!

 
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Jewelry Candle Giveaway

Jewelry Candle Review/Giveaway

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I love these candles!

Jewelry Candles was inspired by the famous classic movie, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory! We here at the company love that movie and thought it would awesome if we could have our own Charlie And The Chocolate Factory type concept but instead of using candy bars and golden tickets we would use all natural soy candles and beautiful jewelry! If you remember in the movie there were only a few golden tickets won by a few lucky kids but with Jewelry Candles, everyone is a winner! Inside all our candles is a hidden jewel that can be worth anywhere from $10 to $7500. Inside your candle could be a ring, necklace, pendant, bracelet or a pair of earrings! You just never know what you are going to get but you will always get a gorgeous piece of jewelry!

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When I was given the chance to review a Jewelry Candle I was very happy. I love candles. I think I have hundreds of candles in my house. I am always looking for the best scents.

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My package from Jewelry Candles arrived very fast. The website is very user-friendly. There is over 100 different scents to choose from. I went with the Apple strudel. The Jewelry Candles are made from all natural soy. The candle is pretty large 21 Oz.  There is two wicks so the candle burns nice and even. The aroma of apple strudel quickly filled my house.

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The Best part of the Jewelry Candle is not the amazing scent there is a piece of Jewelry hidden in each candle. The  hidden jewel within the candle has a value from $10 to $7500! I was good and let the aroma of the apple strudel candle burn down until I could see the foil along the side of the candle.  It is actually exciting waiting to see what Jewel you will get in your candle. Each candle has either a Ring, Necklace, Pendant, Bracelet or a pair of Earrings.

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 Once I removed my foil I had a wonderful surprise of a silver necklace with a purple cross. I was so excited. It feels like your birthday waiting to see what piece of jewelry you will receive.

Jewelry Candle wants to give one of my fans a chance to win a Candle!

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Old Time candy giveaway

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Hosted by Adventures of a Nurse and a lot of great bloggers. I need some of this candy in my life!

See the full review about Old Time Candy HERE

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Rada Cutlery giveaway

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Hosted by Adventures of a Nurse and a bunch of beautiful bloggers. What a fun giveaway!

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Learn more about Rada Cutlery and let me know what you like.

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$25 Amazon giftcard giveaway

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Welcome to the $25 Amazon gift card giveaway just to say thanks so all of our fans! 

We just love all of our fans and want to give back! All you have to do is enter the easy rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

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Honolulu Turtle necklace giveaway

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This giveaway is hosted by COUPON HAULS and their Blogger friends. The Giveaway is open to US only, 18+.  We are giving away a Honolulu Turtle necklace !

The Giveaway ends Nov. 4th at 1159pm est

Sponsored by: Honolulu Jewelry

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