Friday Favorites #1

I am starting a new series on the blog called Friday Favorites. Each Friday I will share 5 products/things that I am currently loving and give a review of why I love each one. The things I share could be anything from a clothing item, beauty product, to some type of food or even a book.

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  1. The first item I will be sharing today is Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes. I mentioned in this previous post that I recently have cut out dairy and gluten and I have been on the hunt for a good breakfast option to replace the oatmeal I used to eat for breakfast. I stumbled upon these Paleo pancakes at Target and figured I would give them a try. The taste is AMAZING and the texture is exactly like a real pancake. These pancakes are so simple to make, you simply add water to the mix and cook for a few minutes. I use a sugar-free syrup like this one.

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2.The second item I’m sharing today is Garnier Fructis Micellular Water. Does anyone else find removing make up a huge pain? I hardly ever wear eye make up but when I do I hate the removal process. It doesn’t come off easily with water alone and most eye makeup removers leave behind an oily residue. Well I have found a better way to remove not only eye makeup but the rest of your make up as well. I always like to remove my make up and then wash my face with my cleanser to get it completely clean. The micellular water easily removes your makeup and does not leave any residue behind. I simply put a little bit of the micellular water on a cotton round and wipe my make up right off, no need for harsh rubbing and it will not burn your eyes. I have also tried the L’oreal Micellular Water but I prefer the Garnier brand more. Friday Favorites #1 3. The third item is another food item, the GFB, Gluten Free Bites. As mentioned above, I have recently removed dairy and gluten from my diet. I am a huge snacker and was looking for something I could snack on that would satisfy my sweet tooth that was also dairy free and gluten free. I stumbled upon these Gluten Free Bites at the grocery store one day and gave them a try. My favorite is the dark chocolate and peanut butter flavor but they have a number of other flavors you can try as well. Not only do these satisfy my sweet tooth but I am guilt free afterwards as well. Friday Favorites #14. I can’t leave off one of my newest obsession’s, Fake Bake’s Tanning Lotion. I have written a post comparing several different sunless tanners and what I liked about each one here. My aunt was the one who actually gave me a bottle of the Fake Bake lotion to try and I have been hooked ever since. I have rebought it several times since. I like how quickly the color shows and that it is more of a bronze color than an orange color like some other sunless tanners. It is super easy to apply and I have not had an trouble with streaking as I have with some others. Fake Bake also comes in a mousse and a spray version that you can try if you prefer it over the lotion. Friday Favorites #15. I’ve recently ordered a couple of pairs of tennis shoes and fell in love with this Adidas Running Edge Lux pair. I was looking for a pair that was comfortable and a neutral color that would go with anything. I had previously ordered a pair of the Adidas Running Alphabounce EM and loved the way they felt so I decided to go with another pair of Adidas. This pair is super comfortable and is currently on sale for under $80. I have worn them for weight workouts, running, and lots of walking the dog. I have been very pleased with the feel of these sneakers. One thing I would advise when ordering Adidas is that they do tend to run 1/2 size to 1 size big so I ordered a 1/2 size down and they fit perfectly. Friday Favorites #1I would love to hear what thing you are currently loving.  I would also love any recommendations on other products to try that you may swear by.

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Healthy Buckeyes

 

One of my favorites treats has always been buckeyes. I have always loved the chocolate/peanut butter combination. I recently have tried cutting dairy from my diet and I have tried to find a way to have some of my favorite treats while also keeping them dairy free. Chocolate is one of those dairy things that I can not do without so I knew that was something I had to find an alternative for. I found the perfect replacement with Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips. I was unsure how they would taste since they were dairy free but they taste just as good as milk chocolate chips. I have used these to make almond flour chocolate chip cookies, another of my favorite treats, and they were delicious! I knew I wanted to make a dairy free version of the buckeyes as well. Below I will share my recipe for healthy buckeyes.

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Healthy Buckeyes

These buckeyes are super simple and you will only need four ingredients to make them. Measure out 1/2 a cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup or maple syrup (I used a sugar free option), and 1/4 cup of coconut flour. Add these three ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until they are completely combined. Next you will want to grab a small amount of the mixture and round out into a ball (I made mine slightly smaller than a golf ball) and place onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. My mixture made about 9 peanut butter balls but it may differ based on the size of yours. Place cookie sheet with peanut butter balls into the freezer for them to harden.

After the peanut butter mixture has had time to harden ( about 15 minutes), its time to prepare our chocolate coating. Pour 1/3 cup of dairy free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips) into a microwave safe bowl. You can even add a small amount of coconut oil in with the chocolate chips that will help to make coating the peanut butter a little easier. Place the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir once time is up. Repeat the previous step until the chocolate is completely melted. I recommend only heating the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time as to not overcook the chocolate.

Healthy Buckeyes

Once the chocolate is completely melted, it is time to coat the peanut butter balls. Use a toothpick to pick up the peanut butter ball and place into the melted chocolate. I found it made it easier to coat the peanut butter by using a spoon to scoop the chocolate onto the sides of the ball. After you have covered the peanut butter in chocolate, place the ball back onto the parchment paper and repeat until each of the balls has been covered. Next place the cookie sheet back into the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden (about 10 minutes). Once the chocolate has had time to harden, it’s time to take them out and enjoy!

Healthy Buckeyes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of coconut flour to a mixing bowl and stir until completely combined.
  2. Grab a small amount of the mixture and round out into a ball (I made mine slightly smaller than a golf ball) and place onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  3. Place cookie sheet with peanut butter balls into the freezer for them to harden (15minutes)
  4. Once the peanut butter balls have hardened, pour 1/3 cup of dairy free chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. (You can even add a small amount of coconut oil into the chocolate to make coating the peanut butter easier)
  5. Place the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir once time is up. Repeat the previous step until the chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Use a toothpick to pick up the peanut butter ball and place into the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to scoop the chocolate onto the sides of the ball.
  7. After you have covered the peanut butter in chocolate, place the ball back onto the parchment paper and repeat until each of the balls has been covered.
  8. Next place the cookie sheet back into the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden (about 10 minutes).
  9. Once the chocolate has hardened, its time to enjoy!
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I think these healthy buckeyes taste just as good as the real thing. I look forward to recreating other desserts with Enjoy Life products. What are some of your favorite desserts?

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Workout Wear to Kick Off the New Year

Workout wear to kick off the new year

With the new year comes new resolutions. I feel like one of the most common new year’s resolutions tends to be fitness/health related. If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to keep those resolutions the first few weeks of the year but as time goes on it gets harder and harder. There are a few different things that can help you to keep those resolutions. One of those is having a friend to keep you accountable. Another is writing down your resolutions and the reasons that you are choosing those particular resolutions and placing the list in a place you will see it daily. It will help to remind you of your goals and reasons and give you extra motivation to follow through with them each day. I think another important part of resolutions is  showing yourself grace if you do find yourself failing on your resolutions. It’s easier to just give up when you feel like you have messed up on your resolutions and just resolve to try again next year but there is no reason you can’t just start again. Another way that helps me to keep up with my fitness goals/resolutions is by updating my work out gear when I start feeling like giving up. Cute workout clothes help to renew my motivation to workout harder. Today I will be sharing a few of my favorite fitness finds that I either own, just ordered, or are on my wish list.

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Shoes:
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Have any of you set health or fitness resolutions for this year? A couple of weeks into the new year, how many of you have been able to stick to those resolutions? What are some things you do to ensure you keep your resolutions each year?

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Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

Are any of you huge snackers like me? I find myself reaching for a snack several times through out the day. Most snacks that I crave and that are quick and easy to grab are not healthy. In order to try to make a healthier choice when I get that urge for a snack, I try to have several healthy options prepared so that I don’t reach for those unhealthy snacks. One of the snacks that I try to keep on hand is these delicious garlic pepper kale chips. They are not only super easy to make but they are a healthy snack alternative that is also delicious. (Find another healthy snack option here)

Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

These kale chips are so easy to make and only require 3 ingredients. You will only need one bunch of kale leaves, olive oil, and your seasoning of choice ( I used a garlic pepper seasoning). Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Next you will want to wash your kale leaves and make sure to dry them as completely as you can. Leaving the kale wet will leave your kale chips soggy instead of allowing them to crisp up.

Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

Once you have thoroughly dried the kale leaves, rip the leaves in the size of a chip, making sure to remove the thick stems. When tearing the kale, keep in mind that they kale will shrink in size when cooking.  Next you will want to lay the kale pieces on an unlined baking sheet. Using 2-3 tsp of olive oil, lightly coat the kale pieces. It may not seem like much olive oil but using too much will cause the kale to become soggy. I used a basting brush to coat the kale with olive oil to prevent from using too much. After lightly coating the kale in olive oil, sprinkle your seasoning of choice over the kale. I used one of my favorite seasonings, garlic pepper. I use it on everything.

Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

Now put the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Allow the kale to cook for 10 minutes and then flip the pieces of kale over so that the other side gets crisped as well. Allow the kale chips to cook for another 10-15 minutes. After removing from the oven, let the kale chips sit for 3-5 minutes to crisp up further. Now you get to enjoy your kale chips! You can create so many different variations of kale chips by simply changing the seasoning you use. My favorite flavor that I have made is the garlic pepper kale chips I describe here but I have also tried a sea salt version as well. If you give kale chips a try, I would love to hear what seasonings you use.

Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

Garlic Pepper Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch of kale
  • 2-3 tsps. of olive oil
  • garlic pepper seasoning to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degress Fahrenheit
  2. Thoroughly wash and dry the kale.
  3. Rip the leaves in the size of a chip, making sure to remove the thick stems. (When tearing the kale, keep in mind that they kale will shrink in size when cooking.) 
  4. Next lay the kale pieces on an unlined baking sheet.
  5. Using 2-3 tsp of olive oil, lightly coat the kale pieces.
  6. After lightly coating the kale in olive oil, sprinkle your seasoning of choice over the kale. I used one of my favorite seasonings, garlic pepper. .
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DIY Almond Butter

DIY Almond Butter

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We eat a lot of nut butter in our house. We eat it on everything from oatmeal, to rice cakes, to putting it in our smoothies and the list goes on and on. Our favorite brand is Justins Nut Butter and we have tried all the different flavors. The cost of buying nut butter can really add up, especially at the rate that we eat it. I decided to try making my own in an attempt to be more cost effective and to experiment with my own flavors.

DIY Almond Butter

You only need a few ingredients and a food processor to make your own nut butter. I decided to make an almond butter as that is what we use the most often but I plan to make my own hazelnut butter as well. I started with 2 cups of almonds because I wasn’t exactly sure how much it would make. I found the 2 cups to make the perfect amount, especially in the experimenting phase. I have a 7-cup food processor and would really need a bigger one to process any more than 2 cups at a time as you want there to be extra space when processing. The only other ingredients you will need are 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil and whatever you choose to sweeten the nut butter with but this is completely optional.

DIY Almond Butter

Begin by adding the almonds to the food processor and grinding into a fine powder. This can take 5-10 minutes. Next you want to add the coconut oil to the processor. Continue processing the mixture until it has a smooth, creamy consistency. You will notice the butter begin to stick to the sides of the food processor, make sure to scrape it down periodically. The nut butter should be creamy, if not, add a small amount more of the coconut oil and process again. The entire process can take 15-20 minutes to get the butter the right consistency. If you are going to add a sweetener or any other flavoring, wait until the very end. Once the butter is creamy, add the sweetener or additional flavoring and either stir in by hand or process for less than a minute.

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There are so many different options you could use to sweeten of flavor the nut butter, such as maple syrup, agave, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cocoa powder. I chose to add in only a small amount of cinnamon and sugar-free syrup. While the nut butter did taste good, I think adding in more syrup to sweeten it further would have made it even better.

DIY Almond Butter

Ingredients

  • 2-4 cups of almonds ( depends on the size of your food processor)
  • 1-2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • sweetener optional ( ex: maple syrup, agave, honey)

Instructions

  1. Add almonds to food processor and grind to a fine powder ( 2-10 minutes)
  2. Add the coconut oil and continue processing until a smooth, creamy texture
  3. Scrape down the sides of the processor periodically as needed.
  4. If texture is not a creamy consistency, add more coconut oil
  5. The entire processing time could take 15-20 minutes
  6. Once the creamy texture is achieved, add salt, sweetener, or other flavoring and stir in by hand or process for less than 1 minute.
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Let me know what variations of nut butter are your favorite or what flavors you would like to try.

 

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Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Do you ever feel like you’re in a cooking rut? I definitely feel that way sometimes. It seems that when we are busy I tend to put little thought into meal prep and instead cook the quickest and easiest thing, which usually results in a fairly boring meal. I really enjoy being creative in the kitchen but it often requires a little more time and some planning beforehand. A lot of times I use all my creative juices on the protein of the dish and the sides are an afterthought, which usually means a roasted or steamed vegetable.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

I decided I wanted to steer away from our regular vegetables and try one that we don’t usually eat, carrots. I love raw carrots but have never really been a fan of cooked carrots. I wanted to give them a chance to make it into my favorites by cooking them with a little extra flavor. I chose to roast my carrots in balsamic vinegar and honey and have officially converted to a fan of cooked carrots. Below I will describe how I made these delicious honey balsamic roasted carrots.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Toss 1 pound of baby carrots in 1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. (I used the tricolor carrots because I think they photograph better and half of being a blogger is having pretty food that tastes good.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the coated carrots out on the pan. Bake the carrots in the oven for forty minutes. Once finished cooking, you can season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley and a little more honey.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • * optional- salt, pepper, parsley and honey to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Toss the baby carrots in 1 1/2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp. of olive oil, and 1 tbsp. of honey
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the coated carrots out on the pan
  4. Bake the carrots for 40 minutes
  5. Once finished cooking, you can garnish with salt, pepper, parsley, and more honey
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Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

These honey balsamic roasted carrots have officially been added into our dinner routine and have been a welcomed addition. What are some of your favorite side dishes to fix? I would love to hear new recipes that I could give a try. If you feel you are in a cooking rut try this cauliflower cornbread recipe, or this roasted acorn squash recipe.

 

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Spring 2017 Trends To Shop For

Spring 2017 Trends To Shop For

Spring clothes are my absolute favorite to shop for much to the dismay of my bank account. I love the variety that comes with spring clothes; dresses, skirts, shorts, and so much more. Another thing I love about spring shopping is all of the bright colors and beautiful prints. Below I will be sharing some of the spring trends of 2017 to stock up on.

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The first trend I will be discussing is my favorite. It’s off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops/dresses. This isn’t a trend that is new to this season but its definitely one that I’m glad is sticking around. The exposed shoulder trend is one that anyone can pull off and is super feminine and flattering. I truly believe you can never have enough off the shoulder tops. Below are some off-the-shoulder looks I am currently lusting after and many are currently on sale so grab them fast.

Cold Shoulder, Off The Shoulder, and One Shoulder:
Brigitte Bailey - Esme Cold Shoulder Embroidered Halter Dress (Cream) Women's DressEllen Tracy - Open Shoulder Top (Blosson Pink) Women's ClothingOld Navy One Shoulder Ruffle Trim Blouse For Women Size M - Catch my driftOld Navy Relaxed Off The Shoulder Swing Top For Women Size M Petite - Cowboy blue

Another trend that I love is here for another season is the athleisure trend, and more specifically sneakers. It makes running errands in your gym clothes seem chic instead of just lazy for not wanting to put on real clothes. You can pair sneakers with a dress or skirt even, which makes a look much more comfortable to get around in. I have my fair share of sneakers but I’m constantly looking for more to add to my collection. I have rounded up some of my current favorites below but act fast because sizes are going quickly.

Sneakers:
adidas Outdoor - Terrex Agravic Speed (Core Green/Core Green/Black) Women's Shoesadidas Outdoor - Terrex Trailmaker (Easy Orange/Black/Tactile Pink) Women's Running ShoesNew Balance Classics - WL574v1 (Galapagos/Powder) Women's Running ShoesNew Balance Classics - WZ501v1 (Exuberant Pink) Women's ShoesSteve Madden - Elouise (Camel) Women's Shoes

What would spring be without some floral prints? Floral prints are on trend every spring but show up in new colors or styles. I love a good floral print blouse or dress for spring. I feel its the quintessential piece of my wardrobe for the season. Each spring season I look for new floral pieces to add into my collection. I’ve linked a few pieces that I’ve had my eye on below.

Floral Prints:
CATHERINE Catherine Malandrino - Wynn Blouse (Garden Floral) Women's BlouseOld Navy Relaxed Ruffle Trim Tank For Women Size XS - Green floralLucky Brand - Exploded Floral Pintuck Tank Top (Green Multi) Women's ClothingIvanka Trump - Ditsy Floral Georgette Blouse (Ivory/Petna) Women's Blouse

Embroidery is a trend that is new to this season unlike the previous trends I mentioned. I’ve seen embroidery everywhere from tops, to dresses/skirts, pants, handbags, and even shoes. While I haven’t loved every embroidered piece I’ve seen, as when it comes to embroidery I believe less is more. I have found a few pieces I want to add to my wardrobe. I’ve included several budget friendly options below.

Embroidery:
Gap Women 1969 Tencel Denim Embroidered Blouse Size L Petite - Light indigoGap Women Smocked Off Shoulder Embroidery Top Size XL - BlueGap Women Flowy Embroidered Crepe Top Size S - Admiral blue

The chambray trend itself isn’t necessarily new but it is being done in new and fun ways. One of those new ways is by combining the embroidery trend with the chambray trend. I have seen countless chambray tops and dresses with the most feminine embroidery details. I’ve included some of my finds below.

Chambray:
Gap Women Embroidered Off The Shoulder Top Size XL Tall - Light indigoJoie - Crissle 5230-D2800 (Vintage Chambray) Women's DressTommy Bahama - Chambray All Day Short Dress (Dark Wash) Women's DressSplendid - Chambray One Shoulder Top (Chambray) Women's Clothing

Last but not least, we need to talk about the trending spring handbags. Spring is definitely the time when I love to bust out a bright colored handbag or a fun floral printed bag, but another trend that is cropping up this season is straw/woven handbags. Also bags with fun details like tassels and pompoms are everywhere. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite on-trend handbags for this spring season.

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What are some of the biggest spring trends you’re seeing this year? Which of the trends that I shared above will you be wearing this season?

 

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Low Carb Protein Bread

Low Carb Protein Bread

Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog recently. My husband’s tournament fishing season is underway so we have spent a lot of time on the road. We travel with a camper and the campgrounds that we have been staying at haven’t had Wi-Fi. Most of the towns have been pretty remote so going to a Starbucks to work is kind of out of the question. We just returned home after 3 weeks on the road and it feels good to finally be able to blog again. Another reason for the lack of posts is the newest addition to our family, Piper, a very energetic 10 week old Airedale Terrier. (Don’t let her sweet face fool you)

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Since I haven’t shared a post in a while, I figured I would share a recipe I tried out before we started traveling a good bit. Its a recipe for low carb protein bread. Its very simple to make and its not only delicious but packed with protein as well. Let’s get right to it, shall we.

Begin by adding 1/2 a cup of almond flour ( I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour), 1 1/2 scoops of protein powder of your choice (I used Quest Cookies and Cream Protein Powder), 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 6 oz of egg whites, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and stevia and cinnamon to taste. Mix all ingredients thoroughly before pouring into a greased loaf pan. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F until the bread is golden brown. The low carb protein bread does not take long to bake so make sure to check on it frequently.

Low Carb Protein Bread

Low Carb Protein Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1 1/2 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 oz of egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Stevia and Cinnamon to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix 1/2 a cup of almond flour, 1 1/2 scoops of protein powder of your choice, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 2 eggs, 6 oz of egg whites, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and stevia and cinnamon to taste.
  3. Grease a loaf pan and pour in thoroughly mixed batter.
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F until the bread is golden brown.
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Low Carb Protein Bread

The texture of this low carb protein bread came out better than I anticipated and was not dry at all. It tastes great on its own or you can add some nut butter on top or sugar-free syrup. You could also try different types of protein powder or even add unsweetened cocoa powder to switch it up. I would love to hear what variations you try.

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4 Must Try Hair Products

4 Must Try Hair Products

It wasn’t until recently that I started trying to take better care of my hair. For years I straightened my hair daily which left me with severe split ends and dried out hair. It’s only been a couple of years since I stopped using my straightener to torture my hair and begin blow drying it out with a round bristle brush to achieve the straight look I desired. Even still I wasn’t taking any measures to protect my hair against all the heat damage I was putting it through. I started trying several different products to try to keep my healthy as possible while still being able to style my hair as I had been. Today I will be sharing with you 4 must try hair products that I have tested and added to my hair routine.

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4 Must Try Hair Products

The first product I will be discussing today is a budget friendly heat protectant. I tried the Tresemme Heat Tamer and instantly became a fan. I have tried other heat protectant products in the past such as the CHI Heat protectant serum and was disappointed that it left a greasy residue on the ends of my hair. This product leaves no residue and is supposed to protect up to 450 degrees F. Since using this product, I do feel as though I do not see as much damage from blow drying my hair as I used to. Between the very affordable price and overall performance of this heat protectant, I highly recommend adding this to your hair routine if you are looking for ways to improve your hair health and are not already using a heat protectant.

4 Must Try Hair Products

Another item I added to my hair routine in an effort to improve the health of my hair was a Wet Brush. Our hair tends to be most vulnerable when its wet. I am guilty of brushing and pulling at tangles which usually leads to breaking or pulling out several strands of hair. This is where the Wet Brush comes in handy. It makes getting tangles out super easy and painless. It has super flexible soft bristles that ensure it doesn’t break or pull out your hair when brushing through tangled hair. It can be used on both wet and dry hair. While some brushes can break the bank, this one cost less than ten dollars.

4 Must Try Hair Products

The next product I will be sharing is It’s A 10’s Miracle Deep Conditioner with Keratin. I am a huge fan of It’s a 10’s products and this one does not disappoint. I only use this one a couple of times a week and use a different conditioner on the other days. This conditioner adds shine back to your hair and helps to detangle you hair as well. It also works to strengthen your hair and prevent against split ends. While some of It’s a 10’s products can be on the pricier side, this deep conditioner is less than fifteen dollars and a small bottle goes a long ways.

4 Must Try Hair Products

The last product that I have added into my hair routine is a volumizer. I tend to have thicker and heavier hair so the longer it gets the heavier it is and tends to fall flat at the root. I had tried multiple products with little result until I tried Kenra’s Root Lifting Spray. This product was a total game changer for me. It gave me the volume I needed without leaving a greasy residue behind that I had experienced with other products. It’s a foam that you spray onto your roots and massage in to your scalp. It is also very reasonably priced and really lasts a long time.

4 Must Try Hair Products

I would love to hear what hair products you swear by and what products you use to take care of your hair.

 

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5 Easy Ways to Make Some Quick Cash

5 Easy Ways to Make Some Quick CashAll of the Christmas shopping in December probably left many of us with empty bank accounts or hefty credit card bills. Some people have probably had a chance to replenish those bank accounts or pay down the credit card bill the past two months but for those who haven’t, this post is for you. Today I will be discussing 5 easy ways to make some quick cash and help replenish those bank accounts and pay down those looming credit cards bills and put a little extra cash in your pocket.

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Sell Unused Clothing Items: One of the first ways I will be discussing is selling stuff you already have around your house. When I started putting away all the Christmas gifts I received this year I realize how much stuff I have sitting in my closet or house that is not being used. In order to keep from accumulating more clutter, I try to get rid of some of these items to make room for my new items. I typically receive lots of clothing as gifts for Christmas so I try looking through my closet and removing items I no longer wear to clear more space for the new clothing. I shared several tips for cleaning out your closet in this post here. I go over how to decide which clothes to trash, donate, or sell. There are lots of sites that you can sell gently used clothing on. One of those that I am familiar with and currently use is Poshmark. You can also sell clothing, as well as, tons of other items on Ebay. Ebay listing is super easy and hassle free.

Sell Old Phones, Ipad, or Computers: If you are anything like me, you hang onto your old phone after you upgrade just in case something happens to your new phone and you need a back-up. You know how many times I have actually had to use my back up phone- zero. I’m not saying that I wont ever need a back up phone but I haven’t needed one thus far. Gazelle is a company that will actually buy your old devices from you. They make the process super easy for you too. You go to their website and simply answer a few questions regarding your device and its condition and then they will quote you a price and you can choose to accept it or not. That price is conditional though, as they will inspect your device upon receiving to make sure it matches the condition you stated that it was. Shipping is free and they will even send you a box to ship it in if you would like. You can choose to receive your payment in one of three different ways; by check, paypal, or by amazon giftcard. I sold my last iPhone to gazelle and got a better price from them than other options I had looked into. I also received my money very fast.

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5 Easy Ways to Make Some Quick Cash

Open an Etsy store: If you are into crafting or making handmade things, then opening up an Etsy store could turn out to be quite profitable. I opened up my Etsy shop, Immeasurably More2, back in 2015 as a creative outlet after leaving my nursing job to travel the country with my husband and his fishing career. I also have a Shopify website but it is more costly to start and run than an Etsy shop. Opening up a shop on Etsy is actually free and each listing that you add to your shop cost only $0.20 for a four month span before you will need to renew it for another $0.20. Etsy does take a small 3.5% commission off each sale which is minimal considering the listing price of an item. Etsy is a huge community and the shoppers come to Etsy to find and buy handmade. Selling your handmade projects on Etsy is a great way to do something you enjoy and make money for doing it.

Take Surveys for Money: Taking surveys for money is definitely not a get rich quick scheme but can definitely earn you an extra $100 or so a month. I will typically spend a few minutes a day completing surveys while I’m watching television at night or waiting at a doctor’s office and just trying to kill sometime. There are tons of surveys that pay cash or with prizes for spending a few minutes to complete surveys on a variety of different topics. I will be sharing a few of the survey websites that I have personally used and had some success with.

    • Inbox Dollars– Inbox Dollars makes it easy and quick to earn some extra cash. They provide lots of survey opportunities and reward you even if you don’t qualify for a survey. They also have opportunities for you to earn cash for watching videos. They offer a very user friendly app that makes it easy to take surveys from your phone
    • Swagbucks – This is probably my favorite survey website. They offer tons of survey opportunities each day  along with tons of other ways to earn points towards rewards, such as watching videos, using their search for web searches, daily polls, and tons more. After building up points you can redeem them for cash or tons of other prizes. I have cashed out my points through Swagbucks before and they make the process super easy and fast. There is a mobile app available so that you can earn points directly from your phone.
    • Vindale– Vindale is another great survey website with lots of survey opportunities. I receive an email everytime a survey opportunity is available and it gives me the length of the survey, topic of the survey, and the dollar amount that the particular survey is worth so you can decide which you want to take. It is easy to quickly accumulate cash with minimal time spent filling out surveys. Most surveys take around 10-15 minutes to complete.
    • American Consumer Opinion– American Consumer Opinion is very user friendly. Once you create an account they will email you with screening questions to see if you qualify for different surveys. You earn points for filling out the screening questions as well as any surveys you may complete. You can then redeem your points for cash. After reaching 1,000 points or $10, you can cash out. While I don’t receive as many survey opportunities with American Consumer Opinion as I do with some of the other survey websites it is easy to earn enough points to reach the 1,000 point cash out mark.

5 Easy Ways to Make Some Quick Cash

  • Mysurvey– Mysurvey was one of the first survey websites I started using. They offer tons of surveys throughout the day. I receive an email every time a survey is available for me. You can find how many points each survey is worth along with how long it will take on the website prior to taking the survey. You can redeem your points for cash or tons of other items such as gift cards to all sorts of stores and restaurants.

 

Use Grocery Apps to receive rebates on grocery items: I discussed different grocery apps that you can use to earn cash back on your purchases in this post. In addition to ShopKick, Ibotta, Checkout51, and SavingStar that I mentioned in a previous post, I have started using MobiSave as well. It is a very user friendly app that you can simply save the offers you plan to use prior to your shopping trip then photograph your receipt to redeem cash that will be directly sent to your paypal account. It offers lots of brand name offers as well as several any brand items. Using these apps helps to put money back in my pocket when I’m buying products that I have to buy anyways.

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I hope you found my 5 easy ways to make some quick cash post helpful and that it helps to put a little extra money in your pocket. Let me know if you have other ways that you use to come up with some quick cash.

 

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