Amazing Lashes with Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes!

October 19, 2014 in reviews

My makeup routine is pretty simple. I throw on some moisturizer, powder, eyeliner and mascara. My lashes are pretty sparse, so I need to use something to give them a boost.

I’ve seen quite a few women with fake eyelashes that stick on with glue or lash extensions from the salon. They look amazing on them but I just can’t imagine the maintenance or the upkeep for something like that.

Younique 3D Lashes

I was sent the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique to try out and I’m a believer! I’ve heard about these fiber lashes but I was never brave enough to give them a try. They are very easy to apply and only take a few more minutes than my usual makeup routine. They can be applied everyday and you can also choose the intensity of coverage based on how many coats you apply.

The Kit includes two tubes. One is called Transplanting Gel and the other contains natural fibers. The fibers are 100% natural green tea fibers!

Here are the easy step by step instructions on how to apply:

  1. Apply a thin coat of your favorite regular mascara on both sets of lashes. Let dry.
  2. Apply an even coat of transplanting gel on lashes
  3. Immediately, before gel has time to dry, apply fibers onto lashes
  4. Lastly, seal the fibers with another coat of Transplanting Gel.

 

Here is the before and after  with only one coat of the 3D Fiber Lashes.

Here is the before and after with only one coat of the 3D Fiber Lashes.

Here are some helpful tips when applying the 3D Lashes:

  • Do one eye at a time
  • Use a lash comb to separate lashes and eliminate clumps
  • Apply 3D lashes as many times as you want but be sure to use the Transplanting Gel between applications to seal them.
  • If you apply too many fibers at one time, you will have fibers falling on your cheeks

I personally don’t use the fiber lashes everyday. I do love to use them when I’m going out with my husband or for a special occasion. I found that they stay on really well but I do check in the mirror periodically for a stray fiber on my cheek. It is very rare that it happens but I like to check just in case. In fact, they stay on so well that I found face wash alone will not take them off completely. I our a little olive oil or coconut oil in my hands and rub the oil into my closed eyes and lashes. Then, I use a wet paper towel and gently remove my eye makeup and the lashes.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for an independent distributor of Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes. All opinions are mine alone.

The New A+ Values Henkel Promotion! #shop #APlusValues #CollectiveBias

October 13, 2014 in collective bias, Shop

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias
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We moved into a new to us home at the beginning of the year. This will be the second home that we have owned and we rented in between these two homes.

Our first home had laminate countertops which were in pretty rough shape. We then upgraded to granite tile counters. They were pretty but I hated the grout lines! The second home we were in was a rental that had laminate counters. They were in good shape but not the best color. Since it was a rental, we couldn’t really do much about it. Now that we are homeowners again, we can change the counters but it’s so costly.

We currently have Corian countertops. I love that they are solid surface but they are white! If my boys spill anything on the breakfast bar that has dye in it, they stain. I tried a few different cleaning products to get the stains out and nothing worked. I was about to use some harsh abrasive powder until my mom told me that Corian will scratch with abrasive cleaners.

My mom recommended Soft Scrub Kitchen Cleaner by Henkel. The cleaner was gentle enough for my Corian Countertops and strong enough to get the food dye stains out of my countertops. My sink is also Corian and I love that the cleaner will not only clean my sink gently but kill those nasty germs!

The great thing about Henkel Products is that they work and they are trusted brands at an exceptional value. You can check out the Henkel Promotion for #APlusValues. With this promotion you can get back $10 in Coupon Savings*

  • *Coupon savings delivered electronically via opt-in-e-mail. While supplies last. $20 purchase requirement based on advertised retail price, before coupons.

Upload your A+Values receipts

  • Enter your e-mail address and upload your receipt here to enter the A+Values program. If your receipt is valid, you will receive your $10 coupon booklet via e-mail from Henkel and Coupons.com*

You may be surprised that some of the products you already purchase are part of the Henkel family. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Soft Scrub
  • Dial Liquid Hand Soap
  • Purex Liquid Detergent and Crystals
  • Renuzit Adjustables

New Fresca Bowls at Del Taco! #deltaco #frescabowls

October 13, 2014 in Eat

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I try and eat healthy but sometimes it’s difficult. Especially during sports season when my boys have practice or games everyday of the week. There are ways to eat healthy on the go and the new Fresca Bowls from Del Taco are a great option!

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The Fresca Bowls are offered in there different varieties and served on a bed of fresca lime rice and seasoned black beans.

  • Southwest Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowl – fresh grilled chicken with fire roasted veggies, red and green bell peppers, caramelized onions and poblano peppers.
  • Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl – marinated fresh grilled chicken, hand chopped pico de gallo salsa, onions and cilantro.
  • Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl – tangy green chile sauce, fresh pico de gallo salsa and roasted veggies.

Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl

I enjoyed the fire roasted veggie bowl and it was only 450 calories! Another huge bonus was the price. At only $4, the fresco bowls are not only waistline friendly but wallet friendly! I know you’re curious about the calorie count for the other bowls, the Southwest Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bowl is 530 calories and the Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl is only 500 calories.

Be sure to stay connected with Del Taco on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, be sure to play the game at Del Tacos website to win a free drink!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Del Taco. All opinions are my own.

Arizona Science Center – Earth Explorers Exhibit!

October 11, 2014 in Play

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The Arizona Science Center is constantly bringing in new exhibits. The newest exhibit is National Geographic Earth Explorers. This exhibit is only on display from September 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015. It may seem like plenty of time, but don’t put it off. You’re family will truly enjoy this one of a kind exhibit.

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The Science Center is open daily from 10am – 5pm. General admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children (3-17). There is so much to see and do with your general admission. A few exhibits war an additional charge. The Earth Explorers exhibit is an additional $7 for adults and $5 for children.

Science Center Shark

National Geographic Earth Explorers is is divided into five sections. The sections are polar, rain forests, oceans, mountains and caves and savanna. My sons favorite part of the whole exhibit was the ocean region. He is obsessed with sharks and of course, an 11 foot replica of a great white was on display.

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The Five Regions of the Exhibit:

  • Chill: Polar Regions
  • Trek: Rain Forest Regions
  • Dive: Ocean Regions
  • Climb: Mountains and Caves
  • Soar: Savanna Regions

I love how the exhibit is so interactive. My boys were inthralled with everything on display and yet they were afraid to touch anything. I had to explain to them that the more they played with and touched the displays, the more they could learn. Now, a few things were off limits but only very few items. At this age my boys have little sponges for brains. I want to take advantage of that as long as possible!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Arizona Science Center. All opinions are my own.

Easy Hamburger Pumpkin For Halloween

October 5, 2014 in crafts, holidays

I hate carving pumpkins. I am absolutely no good at it. My boys love digging their hands in the goo and making a mess. Well, a few years ago at work, we had a pumpkin carving contest. I wanted to enter but I wanted an easy shortcut. I came up with the idea of making a pumpkin look like a hamburger. It takes very little knife skills and just a little imagination.

Hamburger Pumpkin

Here are the easy steps:

  • Cut the pumpkin in half and take out a handful of the seeds.
  • Cut out a small section of the pumpkin, slice into long strips and use as french fries.
  • Place lettuce, tomato, cheese and hamburger patties on the bottom half of pumpkin.
  • Place the top half of the pumpkin on the filling and then glue your pumpkin seeds to the top. (Don’t they look like sesame seeds?

As you can see I got all of my extra props from Wendy’s but you can use the cup, wrapper and french fry from container from your favorite restaurant to personalize it a little bit.

If you’re wondering, we did get first place for this entry!

Get Pampered at the Dry Bar in Scottsdale Arizona!

October 1, 2014 in Play, reviews, Shop

Dry Bar

 

I am not a beauty blogger and I don’t claim to be. My morning routine is very simple. I can take a shower, get dressed, do my makeup and blow dry my hair in 30 minutes! I can accomplish this only because I wear very little makeup and I never style my hair. I just get it dry enough so that it is presentable. Although, I do dream of walking out the door everyday with beautiful curls or beach waves!

I found the perfect solution to this dream at the Dry Bar in Scottsdale! Whether you just need a pick me up pamper session, your hair perfectly coiffed for a wedding or you have a blind date and want to knock his socks off, the Dry Bar has a hairstyle for that.

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When you walk in you are immediately greeted and asked if you would like something to drink. I just asked for water and I was surprised to find out I could choose between cucumber or citrus water. I know pretty fancy,  right? Well, I went for the citrus water and it was delish! Everything is so clean and bright. I love all of the white with yellow accents. All of the styling tools are a nice bright yellow.

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How cute is this chandelier? I found it hanging in the private room that can be used for things such as a bridal party or a girls day out. There is just enough room to keep it cozy so that can some major girl talk can happen without disturbing the guests in the main part of the salon. That is only of you decide not to watch the chick flick that they have playing on the televisions.

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Next, I was brought back to get my hair shampooed. When I get my hair cut, I hate the sinks where they shampoo your hair. They dig into your neck and it is not an enjoyable experience in the least. At the Dry Bar, they have very advanced “technology” when it comes to shampoo sinks. The sink actually tips so that you can adjust how far you lean back and it reduces the pressure on your neck. A towel was also put around my neck so the with that combination, I was able to relax while my stylist Avery shampooed, conditioned and massaged my scalp.

Dry Bar Menu

When you get back to your super comfy chair, be sure to take a gander at the look book and the menu. All of the blowouts are $40 and they have something for everyone. You can add some extras like a cool braid to your blowout for $10 or Hair Shots (Nourishing hair treatment) for $20. I went with the Mai Tai. My hair is really straight and long so I was pretty excited to see if Avery could get some body and waves in my hair. The actual blow out took about 20 minutes. Like I said, my hair is pretty long and can take a while to get completely dry. When it was time for the curling iron Avery sprayed my hair with a little bit of hair spray. I was surprised that the smell was so good. It did not have an alcohol smell like so many products. All of the styling products can be purchased at the Dry Bar or you can also pick them up at Sephora!

Now, I did not get a before picture but believe me. My hair is super straight every day.

Here is the big reveal….

Dry Bar Blowout

Avery told me the curls should last a few days. I let her know that I wash my hair everyday, religiously! My scalp gets itchy if I don’t so I didn’t see my curls lasting to the next day. She told me to just use some dry shampoo on my roots and use my fingers to gently comb my hair. I was so skeptical but decided to give it a try. The next morning I hopped in the shower, protecting my hair in a shower cap and skipped the shampoo step. I followed Avery’s instructions and was so surprised that I still had some waves going on!

Here is my hair on day two:

Dry Bar Blowout Day 2

My hair was definitely not as curly as day one but I was pretty impressed with my day two waves. These waves lasted the rest of the day but I was not going to try for day three. Some women can go days without shampooing but I am not one of them. I wish I was because it would save me so much time!

Be sure to checkout the Dry Bar if you need your hair styled for a fun occasion or you just want a little “me time.” They have two locations in Arizona:

  1. Biltmore – 32nd street and Camelback
  2. Scottsdale Quarter – Scottsdale and Greenway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for the Dry Bar. All opinions are my own.

Mini Staycation at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak! #PhxMomCation #ad

September 26, 2014 in Eat, Stay

Squaw Peak Hilton

 

So, who doesn’t love to get away? Get away from the stress of life and just relax? I had a chance to have a mini get away with some awesome Arizona bloggers. The great part was that I didn’t have to travel very far. The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort was kind enough to host us for the night and True Foods Kitchen at the Biltmore hosted us for dinner.

When I arrived at the resort I was surprised to find out that we were staying in a villa. The villa was two stories and included a living room, dining room, mini kitchen, two bedrooms and 2 & 1/2 baths. Plenty of room us girls to hang out and be comfortable! I could only imagine the fun my boys would have running up and down the stairs and jumping on the beds…two queen beds and a king!

photo 3-11When we arrived at True Foods for dinner, I was excited to try their healthy menu items! The first of many decisions was what to drink! I decided on the Pomegranate Limeade, lime juice evaporated cane juice, pom juice and chia seed. The chia seeds were a little surprise every time I took a sip! My favorite app was the vegetable crudités. The color and freshness of the veggies was amazing! For my main course I chose the street tacos with grass fed steak and then the lemon tart for dessert! I definitely left stuffed and well fed.

We headed back to our villa and stayed up late chatting. We had plenty of room to gather in the living room and discuss blogging and give each other encouragement and advice. It was so awesome getting together with these ladies and realizing we all have so much in common. We deal with so many similar problems and struggles.

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The next morning we were on our way to breakfast and we had to take a group selfie! We called down to the front desk and they sent a golf cart to transport us to breakfast at Rico’s. I heard that they had a buffet and didn’t even bother looking at the menu. I love buffet’s and the variety that they offer. I got a little fruit, some pastries, bacon, eggs and juice. I’m not a big breakfast eater but everything was yummy! I paced myself so I could make a few trips!

It was great to get home and see my family. But, the time away was much needed and much appreciated. I think when mom is relaxed, the household just seems to run a little bit smoother.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak and True Foods. All opinions are my own.

Hurry and Earn D-backs Rewards at Fry’s Food Stores!

September 18, 2014 in Shop

Photo Credit: Fry's Food Stores Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Fry’s Food Stores Facebook Page

Have you heard of the D-backs rewards program at Fry’s Food Stores? There is still a little time to earn some points! Points can be earned until September 28, 2014 and must be redeemed by October 31, 2014. Just look for the red tags that say D-backs rewards. When you purchase those items with your Fry’s rewards card, you automatically earn points!

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Here are some of the items that qualify for the D-backs rewards:

  • Gatorade
  • Gatorade Prime Energy Chews
  • Shamrock Farms Dairy Products
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream

The prizes are going fast and are first come, first serve and limited to stock on hand. Here are some of the rewards available:

  • Hats
  • Jerseys
  • Baseballs
  • Bobbleheads
  • iPhone Cases

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Suns Rewards program that will be starting soon, as well! You can keep up with the latest promotions, stories and coupons by following Fry’s Food Store on Facebook!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Fry’s Food Stores.

Join Team No Kid Hungry Along With Denny’s!

September 14, 2014 in Eat, life

No Kid Hungry

I am so thankful that my kids have never known hunger. Now I know they tell me regularly that they are starving but they have never known true hunger. I try to instill this thankfulness into them but I don’t think that they truly understand that some children in America are lucky to eat once per day and they may even go days without a proper meal.

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In Arizona 30% of kids struggle with hunger. This affects so many aspects of their lives. When they go to school hungry, they have a difficult time focusing and paying attention in class. That is if they even make it to school. Arizona has 493,000 low income students that receive a free or reduced price lunch and only 46% of those students are getting school breakfast. I think this is a great start but I know we can do better!

No-Kid-Hungry

September is No Kid Hungry month and many restaurants are raising money to help feed children that are going hungry. Denny’s is one of those restaurants. You can head to your local Denny’s and donate $1. That $1 will provide up to 10 meals! If you donate $3 you will receive $9 in coupons for some Denny’s favorites like pancake puppies, pancakes and $5/$20. This campaign lasts until October 31, so you have plenty of time to donate. Because of generous donations, Denny’s has been able to give over 1.4 million dollars to this amazing initiative!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Denny’s and I am a Denny’s Diners Blogger Ambassador.

 

Rumbi: Bringing Island Flavor to the Mainland + A Giveaway!

September 11, 2014 in Eat, Giveaways, Reviews/Giveaways

Disclosure: I was given gift cards from Rumbi to keep and giveaway in exchange for this post.

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

Do you like to dine out, save money and eat healthy? Rumbi Island Grill is the perfect place for all three of those. My whole family enjoys dining at Rumbi and they have prices that are amazing including so many specials and the food is definitely something that I am proud to have my family eat.

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Rumbi Facebook Page

The Caribbean Chicken and Shrimp Tacos (pictured above) are my favorite! They are topped with pineapple salsa that adds just a touch of sweetness. With chips and rice on the side they are only $9.89!

Here are some of the ways to save at Rumbi:

  • Join Club Rumbi and receive email updates with coupons and specials! Within a few days of enrolling, I received a coupon for $5 off $15!
  • Rumbi Island Rice bowls start at only $7.99. That’s a whole lot of food for one person. I take the leftovers home and they are great for tomorrows lunch.
  • Daily specials, Monday – Friday!
  • Kid eat free, Monday & Tuesday after 4:00pm with the purchase of an adult entree!

Rumbi has quite a few locations to choose from as well:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Idaho
  • Utah

Giveaway Time! I have two $25 Rumbi gift cards to giveaway. I’ll randomly choose two lucky winners to each win one.
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