August Empties

September 1, 2014

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I had a ton of empties this month!

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August Favorites

August 31, 2014

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I think it’s required that I say something about how fast August flew by. It really did! And with the end of August comes the end of summer. I hope you enjoy my favorites from this last month!

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Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

August 30, 2014

Easy Updates to Increase Your Home’s Value & Save You Time (Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and […]

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5 Looks Featuring the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

August 29, 2014
5 Looks Featuring the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

The long awaited 5 looks in 5 days with Tarte’s Rainforest After Dark Palette. Which palettes do you want to see in this series?

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Smart Kids’ Rooms that Grow with Time

August 28, 2014

(Family Features) Costs for furnishing and decorating a child’s room can mount quickly, but with careful planning and a few smart purchases, the decisions you make for that nursery or toddler’s room can create a functional and clutter-free space that grows with your child well into the teen years. From convertible furniture to neutral walls, […]

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Vlog: First Day of School, Samson Attacks, TJ Maxx Haul

August 27, 2014
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Book Review: Losing Him, Gaining You + Giveaway, Review, Excerpt

August 26, 2014
Losing Him, Gaining You: Divorce as Opportunity

Losing Him, Gaining You is a refreshingly honest and uplifting guide through divorce. Based on research and her own experience, Corbin Lewars coaches her readers through tough territory with a direct, straightforward step by step approach to divorce. With inspiration and a large dose of humor, Corbin offers a way forward that will help others […]

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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Review and Swatches

August 25, 2014
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Review and Swatches

I am really loving this palette! It is such a great value. What do you think about it? Purchase for $38 at Ulta.

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Sunday Favorites, Fails, and Makeup Basket

August 24, 2014
clean and clear blackhead eraser

I am still up in the air about what I want to call this every week! If you have a suggestion, leave a comment! Products Mentioned: Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser, $4.58 on sale at Target Afterbite, $3.95 eos lip balms in summer fruit, $2.99 Dr. Brandt Pores No More, $45 Maybelline Instant Age Rewind […]

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How to help kids transition back to the classroom

August 23, 2014
First Day of School 2013

The arrival of a new school year can be both exciting and daunting. But parents can help their youngsters readjust to school in various ways after a relaxing summer.

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Free Beauty Box 5

August 22, 2014

Starting TODAY, when you sign up for any new subscription- monthly, quarterly, or yearly- you will receive an August box for free! Just use the code AUGUSTFREE at checkout. This sweet deal is valid until September 31st, 2014 and is ONLY open to first-time subscribers in both the U.S. and Canada. Subscribe here.

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MyTube TAG

August 22, 2014
myTube Tag

Ever wonder why I started YouTube? What does Dishwater Dreams mean anyway? Watch and find out!  

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Back to School Bites

August 21, 2014

(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will […]

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Lip Monthly Review August 2014

August 21, 2014
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I didn’t do an unboxing this month because last month I had a couple of comments from people that all of the Lip Monthly products were old and discontinued. I wanted to check on these products before posting. It also would be nice if their logo wasn’t all over the bag. I love the blue […]

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Growing Up is Hard to Do – Reflections on the First Day of School

August 20, 2014
First Day of School

School started for my boys today. Christopher is now in 4th grade while Dylan steps into 1st. Summer break is officially over. And I’m not ready. I know most parents do a dance of joy when school starts back up, and I probably should to. I work full time and summer means an extra burden […]

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What’s Vlogging Got to Do With It?

August 20, 2014
swimming

This is our first adventure in vlogging. We started doing it basically because they boys thought it would be fun and a good idea. So, here it is. Enjoy!

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Grilled Steak Fajitas

August 19, 2014
Grilled Steak Fajitas

Start to finish: 2 hours and 30 minutes Servings: 8 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef ribeye steak (may substitute strip, sirloin or flank) 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 green bell pepper 1 red bell pepper 1 medium-hot Poblano pepper, dark green and triangular 1 medium yellow onion 8 […]

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Wantable Makeup Box August 2014

August 18, 2014
Ofra 3-D Cream Shadow in Irresistable

The Wantable Makeup Boxes just keep getting better. Products in the Box: Ofra 3-D Cream Shadow in Irresistable, $20 This color is really pretty. I don’t have any products like this. All of my cream shadows are neutrals and in pots. I can’t wait to play with this! Mica Beauty Eyeliner in Silver, $20 I […]

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Sunday Favorites and Fails, L’Oreal, Tarte, Miche

August 17, 2014
Twilight Woods lotion

Lotion, Makeup, Books, Purses, what more could you want? Products in the video: Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in Twilight Woods, $12.50 Zoya Nail Polish in Odette, $9 Smashbox Primer, $36 Flower Beauty In Your Face Perfecting Primer, $12.98 Real Techniques Buffing Brush, part of the Core Collection Set, $18 Maybelline Fit […]

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Book Review: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

August 16, 2014
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

I love a good psychological thriller. I love my crime books. If you’ve been here a minute you know that! So this book was right up my alley. Jodi is a woman who likes things they way she likes them. Her life is a serious of tasks and events that add up to full, well-planned […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014 Unboxing and Review

August 15, 2014
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014

I have really loved my ipsy glam bag subscription. I was really happy with this August’s bag! This month’s bag is white with orange dots and an orange zipper. I like the change in the shape of the bag. Products in the bag: Absolute Lip Balm by NickaK. Ipsy seems to be really loving this […]

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Finding the Right Workout: Weight Training vs. Yoga vs. Pilates

August 15, 2014
Finding the Right Workout: Weight Training vs. Yoga vs. Pilates

There are a plethora of options when choosing a workout regimen. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to pick which is best for you. Just because a fitness video or class becomes the hot new thing, it doesn’t mean you will necessarily receive the best results possible by participating. Workouts produce individual […]

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Wantable Accessories Box August 2014

August 14, 2014
wantable accessories august 2014

August’s Wantable Accessories Box had three fantastic items, and one really questionable one. Check out my Instagram and you could win one item from the box! Products: Kelly Earrings, matte black hoops that thicken as they loop around, $15 I love these. They are light but substantial. And I love black. Alex Earrings, silvery filagreed […]

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Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

August 14, 2014

Ingredients 2 cups quartered and cleaned California strawberries 2 cups diced watermelon (yellow and red, if available) 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil 1 handful arugula Sherry vinaigrette (see recipe below) Salt and pepper, to taste 1/3 cup candied walnuts or pecans 1/3 cup blue or goat cheese 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or balsamic syrup Sherry […]

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Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

August 13, 2014
Me Before You

You will be changed by reading this novel. It is not just a love story. It is not just a caregiver story. It is not just a story about relationships. It is a story that takes some of the toughest issues we face and puts a real, human face on them.

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Birchbox August 2014

August 12, 2014
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I loved every single thing in my Birchbox this month! Products in the box: Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream, Full Size $20, Sample Value $2.95 This is a Birchbox exclusive shave cream. I got the scent Acai Grapefruit and it smells amazing! But at $20 for a shaving cream, it better be life changing! Update: […]

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L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor Review and Demo

August 11, 2014
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I am loving this new brow pencil from L’Oreal!

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Sunday Favorites and Fails, Kat Von D, L’Oreal,

August 10, 2014
Sunday favs

Favorites and Fails this week! Plus Juliet makes an appearance. Leave me a comment and let me know what the best thing that happened to you this week was! L’Oreal Miracle Blur Review Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Review GRWM feat. Poetica Palette Products mentioned:   John Freeda Straight Fixation Smoothing Cream Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea […]

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6 Suggested Apps for Women’s Health

August 9, 2014
6 apps for women's health

There are a lot of health apps out there, and research shows that women are more interested in using them than men, according to Wired. Women install 40 percent more apps, buy 17 percent more paid apps and spend 83 percent more on those apps than men. Health apps have become increasingly popular as smartphone […]

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Chit Chat GRWM featuring Kat Von D’s Poetica Palette | Purple Everyday Look

August 8, 2014
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I had several people ask me how I did this look. It’s an everyday purple look that is light and still has some drama. Hope you like it! Products Used: Smashbox Primer, $36 CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in 115, $7.99 CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer in Light, $7.99 Physicians Formuls BB Bronzer, $14.95 Kat […]

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What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

August 7, 2014
Playing Yatzee Ft. Morgan AL

I got to go on vacation for this first time in a very long time this year thanks to my parents, who took the whole fam to the beach. I am one of those people who is busy. I am always doing something, never bored. We just go and go and then go some more. […]

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Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara Review

August 6, 2014
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There are so many new drugstore mascaras on the market! How did Maybelline’s Pumped Up Colossal Mascara compare?

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

August 5, 2014
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

One thing I love about Gilliam Flynn is she keeps you guessing. Gone Girl was smart. So smart. Sharp Objects was really creepy. Dark Places is the best of both. It is creepy and smart. It keeps you on your toes. As with her other books, Flynn gives you what you need to figure out the […]

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Secret Diary of a YouTuber TAG

August 4, 2014
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Sunday Beauty Favorites and Fails | Kat Von D, Tarina Tarantino, L’Oreal, NYX, Gilliam Flynn

August 3, 2014
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Products in the Video: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, $6.99 at Ulta L’Oreal True Match Lumi, $12.99 at Ulta NYX HD Photogenic Concealer, $4.99 at Ulta Physican’s Formula BB Bronzer, $14.95 at Drugstore.com Kat Von D Everlasting Bronzer in Shady Business I, $25 at Sephora Wet and Wild Pearlescent Pink blush, $2.29 at Walgreens Physican’s Formula […]

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Versatile and Vogue: Style Tips for the Modern Mom

August 2, 2014
Versatile and Vogue: Style Tips for the Modern Mom

  As a modern mom, you know to steer clear of “mom jeans” and bedazzled sweater vests. But somewhere between playgrounds and PTA meetings, those comfy sweats and ragged tees undoubtedly became personal style staples. It may seem impossible to care for yourself and still put everyone’s needs first, but a tired look could lead […]

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