L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara NOT a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex

June 15, 2017

If you have been on the internet lately, you have seen everyone talking about how L'Oreal's new Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara is a dupe for Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara. I'm here to tell you they are NOT dupes. Watch the video to see why!  

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Best Summer Activities for Your Kids

June 12, 2017

"I'm bored." "There's nothing to do." "What are we going to do today?" These are the dreaded questions and complaints of summer. If your kids are already getting restless on their summer vacation, you need to find some new activities to keep them entertained. Here are a few ideas: Educational Activities You don't want your […]

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Empties – Makeup, Haircare, Skincare, Nails!

June 9, 2017
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Top Makeup Drawer for June

June 8, 2017

All of the products I’m testing and focusing on in June stay in my top makeup drawer. Check them out here!

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Pan that Palette Update #5

June 7, 2017

I really can not believe I'm still sticking to this project! Almost halfway through the year!  

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Talking Through the Tough Stuff: Explaining Assisted Living Homes to Your Children

June 6, 2017

Tough, uncomfortable conversations are part of the rugged terrain of parenting. From bleary-eyed parents of newborns to seasoned guardians wading through the teen years, noone will dispute that the tough talks serve as defining moments for a child’s emotional development. However, when it comes to explaining to your little one why grandma or grandpa is moving […]

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Fun things to do with kids when it is too darn hot outside

June 2, 2017

Summer vacation can be a blissful time for kids — free of school and homework, and full of fun activities like swimming, playing at the park and riding bikes. But there are times when the sun is beating down extra hard and it is just too hot to go outside. On those days when the […]

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How does a water filtration system in your home work?

June 1, 2017

What happens when you filter the water in your home? Getting access to clean water that is healthy to drink can sometimes seem like a complicated issue. You worry about the quality of water which comes straight from the tap, but you are also aware of the environmental issues associated with buying bottled water. So, […]

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Why subdivide your backyard?

May 31, 2017

Subdividing your property – what you need to think about There can be several reasons why you would want to subdivide your property. The most important thing you need to realise about any subdivision is that it's a complicated process and it can take a considerable amount of time to complete. There are many procedures […]

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3 Tips to Stop Mosquitoes from Ruining Summer Fun

May 30, 2017

(Family Features) Summer is here and warm weather beckons people into backyards across the country. Unfortunately, unwelcome guests like pesky mosquitoes often want to join the festivities. Not only can mosquitoes be a biting nuisance, but they can also cause allergic reactions in some people and pets. Certain species can spread dangerous illnesses such as […]

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Time-Saving Tips to Get Up and Get Glowing

May 26, 2017

(Family Features) If you wish you had more time to get ready in the morning, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of shortcuts you can take during your morning routine that can give you more time to sleep, eat or just make it to work on time without having to sacrifice looking anything but […]

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Maxim Lighting Fixtures Add Shine and Sparkle to a History of Sturdy Engineering

May 26, 2017

Despite our dependence on light, a design element often ignored is the light fixture. There are instances where the most notable component of the fixture is the light switch; that and when the light bulb burns out. Doesn’t this seem a tad strange when lighting is something people use daily? It’s high time that interior […]

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How to reduce the electricity bill for your business

May 25, 2017

Setting up and running a business can be an expensive process. There are many costs that need to be taken into account, such as payroll, marketing and the purchase and maintenance of equipment. The payment of utility bills can also be a significant expense for any business owner. If you want to make the most […]

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How Rural Women Can Make an Impact

May 23, 2017

(Family Features) For hundreds of years, women have been a key pillar of the agriculture industry, accounting for one-third of the country’s farmers according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. While not always thought of in a traditional “farmer” role, women make an impact in the industry and in helping feed the rapidly growing global […]

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A Purr-fect Season to Adopt

May 22, 2017

Kitten season creates need at shelters nationwide (Family Features) Cute as kittens are, kitten season often emerges as one of the most challenging times of the year for animal welfare organizations. Some experts estimate as many as 20 million kittens are born in the spring. That number of kittens is twice the number of people […]

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Add Sizzle to Your Fourth

May 19, 2017

Great ideas for grilling and more (Family Features) A dazzling fireworks display may be the grand finale for your celebration, but you can make your mouthwatering menu a close second with these ideas to light up your Fourth of July. From bold burgers to crisp salads and sweet sides, give your guests plenty of reason […]

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Plan with Me Functional planning with Annie Plans Printables

May 19, 2017
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Get Ready with Me featuring May Boxycharm and Ipsy boxes

May 18, 2017

I tried something a little different this month. Instead of an unboxing, I did a full face look with products from the May Boxycharm and Ipsy subscription boxes. Let me know if you love this format! Boxycharm Highlight & Contour Palette by IBY Beauty $40 Liquid Glow by Temptu $29.50 Round Contour Brush by Crown […]

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Stylish Storage for Renters

May 17, 2017

(Family Features) Just because you rent or live in small quarters doesn’t mean you can’t have ample storage space. It means you just have to be a bit more creative in figuring out where to put things, even when it seems hopeless to get a handle on organization and clutter under control.  The first rule […]

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Finish 6 by Summer Project Pan update

May 16, 2017
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Flosstube – Finishes, Maynia plans, and snakes!

May 11, 2017
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Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

May 10, 2017

As I was browsing through Audible last month, this book caught my attention. It was in my recommended section. I was intrigued by th subject matter and the cast of the audio book. The description states, " On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble […]

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Make Your Child’s First Fishing Trip a Success

May 9, 2017

Chances are, you aren’t entirely certain about how to plan and execute a fishing trip for yourself and a bunch of little kids. Luckily, we put together this handy little guide for planning your first fishing trip, which covers everything from picking a location to identifying the necessary gear for your trip. Get Legal, Ladies […]

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Pan that Palette Update #3 plus Life Update

May 5, 2017

I've been using this same palette now since January 1 and I have some serious pan going on!  

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Is tap water safe for my children to drink?

May 3, 2017

What is the best drinking water for my children? As parents, nothing is more important to us that the health and safety of our children. Not only do we want our kids to consume enough water to keep them healthy, we want to make sure the water we give them is the best quality.  For […]

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My taps are hard to turn. Do they need to be replaced?

April 28, 2017

Are you struggling to get the taps to turn at the kitchen or bathroom sink? It's not the end of the world, in a plumbing sense, but is quite a nuisance. When you get tired of fighting with the taps, it's easy to just give up and think about replacing the fixtures. Is that necessary? […]

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Choosing one-piece toilets or two-piece toilets for your bathroom

April 26, 2017

Looking for ideas to buy a new toilet for your home? Buying new items for your household needs a lot of consideration, mostly because what you buy is going to last in your home for a long time. So buying a toilet is also a matter that should be given more thought than we usually […]

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Why Choose Wall Cladding? A Look at Design Options

April 24, 2017

Making your choices for exterior wall cladding or siding is usually determined by factors like insulation, durability or cost. But you shouldn't forget the simple aesthetic and design benefits that come with various kinds of cladding either. If you’re interested in many a visual statement with your home siding, click this link to find out […]

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Spice Up Spring Cleaning

April 17, 2017
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(Family Features) While you're making this year's spring cleaning chore list, remember that a true deep clean means decluttering your kitchen from inside the cabinets out. "The idea of spring cleaning is especially relevant to the spice rack," said Mark Garcia, chef at McCormick Kitchens. "Many people keep the same herbs and spices in their […]

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8 Ways to Optimize Your Sleep

April 13, 2017

(Family Features) While a healthy lifestyle requires a balanced diet and exercise, sleep is another pillar of overall wellness that is both essential to your health and success, and often overlooked. By simply making small changes to your daily routine you can improve your quality of sleep. Follow these tips from Dr. Sujay Kansagra, Mattress […]

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Add Life to Outdoor Spaces

April 11, 2017

(Family Features) Once the structural elements and hardscape features of your outdoor living space are in place, it’s time to turn attention to the details that really bring the area to life. Vibrant textiles like cushions, pillows and rugs can all soften the look of a space while adding colorful charm, but another effective place […]

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Midnight, Texas – Books, TV show, what’s coming

April 10, 2017

I've long been a fan of Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse novels. The novels were the inspiration for the HBO series True Blood. I've read all of the novels and am working my way through True Blood on Amazon Prime video. I'm just getting started with season 3. I finally started reading Harris' Midnight, […]

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40 lessons I’ve learned in 40 years

April 7, 2017

Today I turn 40. I have earned every single one of those years so I'm claiming all of them.  I hope I've learned some valuable lessons along the way. 1. Don't give up on your dreams It is good to dream. And dream big. Don't listen to any of the lies you will hear when […]

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Make your workouts enjoyable for success

April 4, 2017

I live in a town of just less than 9,000 people. Our fitness options are limited. We have a beautiful running trail at our park, but I hate running. Plus, I have some knee issues that make impact less than comfortable and sometimes downright painful. Plus, that's dependant on the weather. We do have a […]

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I love my job – and how you can love your job

April 3, 2017

I love my job. I truly do. Just about two years ago I took over as the Managing Editor for my local weekly newspaper. 1. I am a writer. I have wanted to be a writer since I was 6 years old. I didn't always have my sights set on journalism. That just kind of […]

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Skin Care Innovations and Techniques for Flawless Skin

March 24, 2017
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Skin care is an important part of your health and beauty maintenance. You should have an arsenal of products and well-established routines that will keep your skin youthful and radiant. Through many blogs, like the Amway Connections blog, you can find skin care tips that will help you in your pursuit of the perfectly preserved […]

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