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!

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

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!

 

#ScarySavings #CollectiveBias

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Cowboy Casserole with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 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.

Cowboy Casserole with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces
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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.

Rules:bit.ly/1wrd6qE

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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!

 
Suave Family Perks – Resourceful Mommy

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Shark Steam and Spray Pro Review.

 *I was given a Shark Steam and Spray mop pro free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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We are in the middle of trying to sell our house and what that means to a tired mom of 4 kids is my house has to be presentable at ALL TIMES! I need a nap just thinking about it! My realtor took one look at my hardwood floors and said they might need to de redone or at least polished. My thoughts were…well maybe I can clean them enough to where we won’t have to spend that extra money. It was a long shot but I thought we might as well try!

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So out with the old and in with the new. The mop I was using can be summed up into 1 word… TERRIBLE! My floor cleaning routine left my floors dull and semi clean at best. I never let my crawling baby on the floors since he puts everything in his mouth and the last thing I wanted was for him to be crawling around on our hardwood floors. 

I am totally in love with this Shark Steam and Spray floor. It not only cleans but sanitizes the floor! I can’t believe I have been living without this for so long!  For the first time Shark® has COMBINED the legendary Shark® steam with a powerful Steam Energized cleanser for a never before seen deep clean. I try to get people to take their shoes off at the door, but it always seems shoes get left on in the kitchen. I felt like my floors were never truly sanitized because of this!

Can you believe the before and after pictures??! Needless to say we decided against redoing the floors! Doesn’t my floors look amazing after using the Shark Steam and Spray pro??!

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You have the option to use the steam or just the spray. I chose to use both since my floors really needed some help. For the first time since moving in our house 4 years ago, I feel like my floors are actually cleaned. I feel like my crawling baby can crawl around in the kitchen and I don’t have to worry about him crawling around. 

I thought the machine was super easy to put together. I cannot stand appliances that take an hour to put together and actually figure out how to work. I had this mop put together in under 10 minutes and was cleaning my floors in 15!

I put the washable pad on the mop so when it gets dirty, I just have to throw it in the washer to clean it. There is also a disposable option you can use too. It’s a pad you use then throw away when you are done. Super simple!

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To learn more about this mop or to buy one for yourself, go here!  

You actually save money by buying directly through Shark because you will be given free shipping, free proitrity processing and a free lifetime limited warranty!

It’s funny how things change because I would love this for Christmas! If you know someone who struggles with clean floors, this is a great Christmas gift!

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Kids Snack Shelf idea with Jif To Go Dippers

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. 

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I know my kids are hungry 90% of the time they are awake. It can be exhausting getting 3 meals, snacks in between, drinks here and there all day long!

My friend Ashley came up with a genius idea and I totally implemented it in our house. It’s call the “kid’s snack shelf”! In our multi level pantry, there is one shelf, the one above the bottom shelf and the entire shelf is dedicated to the kids! I pack it with healthy snacks so anytime the kids get hungry and I am in the middle of doing laundry, or trying to get the baby to sleep, I tell them to go look on their shelf. 

The shelf is always stocked and always has snacks I know are healthy and items they can open on their own.

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A staple on our shelf if Jif To Go Dippers! They are little protein packed snacks that have pretzels on the top and either peanut butter or a chocolate spread on the top. The only problem is my kids love them so much I can never keep them in stock! My kids tastes change all the time but they are always a fan of these yummy little snacks. 

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The Jif To Go Dippers is a snack I never mind if they ask for! It’s a whole snack wrapped up in 1 little package. Sometimes it is hard to find wholesome snacks that are self-contained or that don’t take a lot of preparation and that is one reason I love the Jif To Go Dippers.

My kids love both flavors so I normally buy a mixture of both. I prefer the peanut butter but it’s the perfect amount I can have for my snacks while I am on a weight loss plan. So if you ask, I do sneak away a few of these from time to time but don’t tell the kids!

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Hillshire Farms Mac ‘n Cheese Dogs….this is a must try!

 *This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hillshire Farms but all opinions are my own.

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My family loves hot dogs, just about as much as we can devour mac ‘n cheese and the thought of those two dishes together is kind of amazing!

Have you ever added Mac ‘n cheese to your hot dogs? If you haven’t you are missing out!

Recently I headed over to my local Safeway, downloaded this hillshire hot dogs coupon that you can grab here, and bought some Hillshire Brand Ball Park hot dogs, hot dog buns and a box of mac ‘n cheese. You can make homemade mac ‘n cheese if you want but for this meal I needed quick and easy!

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To score this coupon, just sign into your Safeway account here. If you don’t have an account it is easy to sign up! This link should take you right to this ball park coupon!

To make these hot dogs, all you do is toast the buns, make the macaroni by the instructions on the box, heat up your buns and assemble! Super easy and majorly tasty! You can add a little paprika on top but it’s just for the color, it doesn’t do a whole lot for the taste but looks pretty. For my kids, I left off the paprika.

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I had a hard time deciding which Ball Park hot dogs to go with but ending up getting the Angus ones. I know both are super yummy but I have 4 boys who love their meat!

I don’t know about you but I have lots of hungry boys in my house who think it’s not a meal unless meat is involved so we eat a lot of Hillshire Brand products because they add the much needed protein to our diets! 

 For some other ideas on how to add more protein to your meals check out these meal ideas below!

Spooky Mummy Hot Dogs 

Zombie Muffins 

Buttermilk Biscuit Waffles 

Fried Rice 

Spicy Smoked Sausage wraps 

Chicken Sausage Skillet meal 

Hot Dog Kebabs 

Chicago Style Hot Dogs 

#BringHillshireHome  

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9 by Novogratz Sweet Dreams Bed in a Bag Bedding Set Review

 * I was sent this bedding set free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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Another rad idea for christmas this year is to rock out your kids room with a bed in the bag from Wal-Mart! I am in love with bed in a bags, because it cuts down the guess-work when it  comes to coordinating accessories for bedding. 

The 9 by Novogratz Sweet Dreams bed in a bag bedding set it not only super cute but super soft and comfy too! My boys have been sleeping with quilts for quit a while now with no theme to their room so I thought we would jazz up their bed a little with this spunky set.

I was actually shocked how excited they were. They bugged me for HOURS to open the bag. They even promised to make their bed every day if I opened the set. I am still waiting on that to happen ;-)

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I was sent the Twin XL set which includes: comforter (68″ x 90″), standard sham (20″ x 26″), flat sheet (66″ x 96″) fitted sheet (39″ x 80″), standard pillowcase (20″ x 30″) and decorative pillow (18″ x 18″).

My son loves to sleep with the red pillow every night since we got this set! 

I think it would be fun for a girl or boy room since this set has all colors in the set.  

The set is machine washable and the fitted sheets fit up to 17″ mattress. I love that it is machine washable because my kids are young and tend to get things pretty dirty. My kids have lots of dinosaur posters on the wall and I think this bedding set fit in just right! It gave the room some brightness with a little splash of fun!

I loved the theme and quality of this bedding set. My little girl doesn’t have bedding set of her own, so now I need to find a bed in a bag set for her.

To check out this bed in a bag set on Walmart.com, go here.

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Cascade Shining Reviews party and giveaway!

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This past weekend I hosted a Cascade party! We had an amazing supper including Calzones, homemade mac n cheese and a pan full of yummy brownies. I love to have friends over but I always hate the clean up afterwards and the mac n cheese and brownies sure did leave a mess! 

And you know what I hate…pre-washing!! I normally don’t have the time to pre-wash my dishes but if I put them in the washing machine to dirty, I end up having to wash them again and that sure is a pain!

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Normally if I put a pan like this in my dish washer, it would still have some food on one the cycle is done but not with Cascade platinum! It eliminates the need for pre-washing!

 

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Even Anna Kate is impressed! It’s so clear you can see her Frozen shirt through the glass!

All my guests were impressed at how clean Cascade got these dishes. We were having so much fun at the party, no one wanted to waste time washing dishes so we just through all the dishes in the dish washer and they came out clean! Did you know nearly 96% of people waste time pre washing their dishes?? If you want more facts, check out this survey!

And not only does it help clean your dishes but Cascade also helps in keeping your dishwasher clean too. 

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Now if you want to win an awesome Cascade prize pack, enter the giveaway below!

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