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WooHoo! My First Blog Award

Hey y’all!

Tia over at The Chic Stay at Home Mom awarded me with the Liebester Award, my first ever blog award! WooHoo! I was so excited when I found out, you would have thought I had won a Grammy…lol. The Liebester Award is awarded to up and coming bloggers (like myself) who have less than 200 followers. The word Liebester is German and means “sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, kind, valued, cute, endearing and welcoming.”

How the Liebester Award works:

  1. Each person must post 11 random things about themselves.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the tagger set for you.
  3. Choose 11 bloggers who you would like to give the Liebester Award.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you have tagged with the award to answer.

Sounds pretty simple to me. So here we go…

Eleven Random Things About Me

  1. I am afraid of spiders but I have one tattooed on my leg…don’t ask.
  2. I love to doodle smiley faces, flowers and the words “love” & “smile” on everything.
  3. I was extremely rebellious growing up…I got my first tattoo at 15 (my parents didn’t find out until I was 17); I cut my hair really short (myself) after my mom said no in the salon; and lots more stuff that I refuse to share on the grounds that it may incriminate me. lol
  4. My first job was at Burger King. I was 17 years old and I worked the drive-thru. Would you like fries with that
  5. As a kid my parents would have to hide my Halloween candy and ration it out to me. I have a sweet tooth, I would literally sit there and eat the whole bag if they would have let me.
  6. I love to cook and bake. And watching people enjoy my food makes me really happy, I get that from my Grandma.
  7. I have a thing for store-bought cupcakes/cakes, like the ones from Wal-Mart (especially Winn Dixie for my southerner’s out there) with the buttercream icing. Add some ice cream and yep, I’m having a party!
  8. As a kid my family had several pets (not all at once): dogs, cats, a bird, a turtle, mice and fish. The bird was mine, I got him from my uncle in New York and bought him back to Alabama by car one summer. And most of the cats (with an ‘s’) were mine too.
  9. I’m a Daddy’s girl but I talk to my mom on phone at least twice a day everyday.
  10. I get a rush when I score a great while shopping, like that “fist-pumping” happy dance kinda rush. Then I want to call everyone I know, like they care. lol
  11. I wish I could have a full make over done; hair, makeup, clothes, I mean the works. Who knows maybe I’ll be nominated for one of those shows one day.

Eleven Questions from Tia

1. What do you do for a living?
I’m a stay at home momma.
2. What is your favorite color?
I have two favorites…red and pink.
3. Who would you like to be play you in a movie about your life?
This may be a stretch but I love Julia Roberts, I would have to pick her.
4. What is your dream vacation?
I would love visit Belize.
5. Who is your favorite fashionista? Why?
Tracee Ellis Ross. I love everything about her style…it’s versitle and her hair is amazing.
6. If your house caught on fire what would you try to save?
Other than my children of course, I would have the hubs grab the computer (it has tons of  pics stored on it) and my photo albums.
7. What has been your biggest blessing?
Hmmm…I would have to say that my family is my biggest blessing. I never really imagined my life where it is right now but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
8. What is your favorite meal?
I love to eat so this is a hard one. But since I have to choose I would have to say soul food would have to be my fav. And if I had to pick a specific meal then it would have to be Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, turkey, ham, dressing, greens, sweet potatoes, fried corn, black-eyed peas and cranberry sauce. Oh, don’t forget dessert, sweet potato pie and (yes, and) red velvet cake. I’m hungry just thinking about it.
9. As a kid, what did you want to be when grew up?
When I was around 5 I wanted to be a teacher and then around age 13 I wanted to be a supermodel.
10. What’s your favorite movie?
I have two…The Color Purple and Shrek.
11. Tell me something that people wouldn’t guess by looking at you.
I have seven tattoos…people are always shocked to find that out.
 
 
I tag…
 
Here are the questions that I’m asking to the bloggers tagged above. And ladies don’t forget that you have to follow the rules and pass this award on to eleven others. Oh, there are NO tag backs!
1. What is your favorite color?
2. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
3. Who inspired you the most?
4. If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go and why?
5. What is your favorite food?
6. What was your favorite subject in school?
7. What is your dream job?
8. What is your favorite season and why?
9. Besides blogging, what is your favorite hobby?
10. If you were stranded on a desert island, what are three things that you would take with you?
11. What movie would you pick to describe your life and why?
 
Tia, thanks so much again for giving me this award…I had so much fun with it. And ladies, I can’t wait to read your responses.
 
Until next time…

There is Purpose

Hey y’all!

This post may be a bit wordy but I promise it is with good reason…About a month ago I was sitting at a dinner table with a few friends and a couple of strangers…and the question “What do you all do?” came up. Everyone went around the table stating their profession, some were teachers, engineers, bankers and even a veterinarian. Oh yeah and me, the stay at home mom. Can you say insignificant? Well at least that was how I was feeling at that moment. But I sucked it, held it together and tried my very best to brush off that feeling. A few weeks went by and I was good. Then I was having a conversation with someone about being a SAHM and they mentioned that their friend couldn’t handle that lifestyle because she felt like her life had no value. Really? I had no comeback for that one…again I just kept my cool and tried not to let that “small feeling” consume me. I was good. Or at least I thought I was. But of course if happened again.

I’m part of an amazing group on Facebook, BLMgirls. These ladies are awesome, inspiring and supportive…I love the group. Well, a few weeks later one of the BLMgirls, posed a question asking “what everyone did professionally?” And I was blown away with the responses…doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, I mean the list was pretty amazing. I posted that I was SAHM anyway, even though that same old record started playing in my head…

Needless to say I’ve been beating myself up lately. But despite that dreadful “you so lame” music that I keep hearing, there is a voice inside shouting even louder “YOU HAVE PURPOSE!!!” And boy am I glad that I’m reminded of that fact. See, even though I don’t have all the accolades, titles or positions professionally or publicy…I know that God has something great in store for my life (and for yours too). He created us all with purpose! And even though I have a really hard time seeing or understanding what God is doing sometimes, I have faith that it will all work for my good. It’s so easy to get caught up in comparisons and all the shoulda, woulda, couldas. But I recently read a quote by Theodore Roosevelt that sums it all up…”Comparison is the thief of joy.” And that couldn’t be more true…I was so busy comparing my career (or the lack there of) to others around me, that I was missing the blessings happening in my own life. I am in this position for a reason (probably several) and I am thankful. God doesn’t make mistakes. 

1 Corinthians 15:10

Free Beauty Events for August 2012

Hey y’all!

It’s August already! Whew, I swear that this year is flying by before you know it Christmas will be here! Anywho, it’s that time of the month again…Free Beauty Events for August. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love freebies and sharing them too. And there are some fun things happening this month that y’all will definitely want to check out. For those of y’all that might not know,  Free Beauty Events is where I go to find out about free makeovers, gifts with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events happening in my area. Just head over to Free Beauty Events enter you zip code and you too can search for various FREE events held at your local beauty retailers, spas and salons. Its super easy to do. Check out some of the events you may find:

  • Walgreens will be having their SaturDate with Beauty with Sally Hansen. Beauty Advisors will be showing customers how to apply Sally Hansen’s new Magnetic Nail Polish, I recently did on review here. This is the perfect time to go as the nail polish will be on sale and the beauty advisors will also be passing out great coupons.
  •  Ulta will be having their Yes To event, where demonstrators will be on hand giving info and letting customers try Yes to Cucumbers Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment, Yes to Tomatoes Pore Scrub, and Yes to Carrots Facial Moisturizer.

If you would like to find out more information about the events above and events like them check out  Free Beauty Events. And for those of you out there that host events similar to the ones above you have your event featured on the site as well…for FREE! Simply submit a form detailing the event and your event will be listed on the site! Easy peasy! And in addition to all of the info you can find, Free Beauty Events gives it’s readers a chance to win prizes each month. Check out what they are giving away this month…

For the month of August 2012, Free Beauty Events will be giving away 10 prizes. Each prize will consist of CoverGirl NatureLuxe Liquid Silk Foundation and Cheekers Blush, L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm (in Rose Elixir and Heavenly Berry), and as a bonus, a nail file, blush brush, and shower pouf. The contest runs from 8/1/2012 to 8/31/2012, winners will be chosen on 9/5/2012 and notified by 9/15/2012. Entering is simple, all you have to do is go to Free Beauty Events and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

So you have until the end of the month to enter but I encourage you to check out Free Beauty Events before then…you will want to check out the  Free Beauty Events
Blog
. There you will find product reviews on some of the latest, popular beauty products on the market plus a weekly contest with smaller prizes too. So I know you won’t be disappointed and it’s FREE! And don’t forget that you can connect with Free Beauty Events  on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pintrest.

Good luck!!!

The Many Uses of Ivory

Hey y’all!

I had a chance to revisit a product from my childhood, Ivory Bar Soap (included in the Influenster Mom Vox Box). It reminded me of the simple things I used to take for granted (lol). It’s funny how something as simple as soap and can bring back so many memories. I remember Ivory being the only soap that my parents purchased when I was a kid…it was a trusted brand and it was affordable. Well I had a chance to try Ivory again, this time around on my own family. And sure enough, I was quite satisfied with the results. Two of my boys have sensitive skin and I am very particular about what products I use on them…the Ivory Bar Soap worked great, no complaints from either about itchy skin.

Product Claims/Details: Ivory Bar Soap is free of dyes and heavy perfumes and provides a simple, yet effective clean for the entire family (without breaking the bank!). Ivory bar soap is 99.44% pure (it floats!).

Pricing/Availability: Ivory can be found almost anywhere. It is sold at all mass retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target, as well as  major grocery, dollar and drug stores.  A 10-pack of Ivory bar soap retails for around  $4.49 (bath bar size).

Recommended Usage:

  • Body Cleanser
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Clothes Stain Remover (food stains, ring around the collar, etc.)
  • Laundry Flakes/Homemade Laundry Detergent
  • Carving Projects
  • Homemade Hand Soap
  • Homemade Cleansing Spray

Final Verdict: Ivory Bar Soap is a must have! After discovering all of the many uses for this affordable soap, there is no way I continue to pass it up. No I see why my mom was a “die-hard” Ivory fan.

For more info about Ivory Bar Soap and additional product reviews check them out here.

Have you tried Ivory lately?

*Disclaimer: Although I received this product for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Free Beauty Events for July 2012

Hey y’all!

Guess what time it is??? Yep, it’s time for the Free Beauty Events. Now if you have been following my blog for a while then you know this is one of my fav post to do. I love knowing about the free makeovers, gifts with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events happening in my area. And you can find about events like those too…all you have to do is check out  Free Beauty Events! The site features FREE beauty events held across the US and all you have to do is simply enter you zip code to search for various FREE events held at your local beauty retailers, spas and salons. It’s really easy to do and so worth it (especially since its FREE!)

For example, this month Walgreens will be having their SaturDate with Beauty with Sally Hansen. Beauty Advisors will be showing customers how to apply Sally Hansen’s new Magnetic Nail Polish. This is the perfect time to go as the nail polish will be on sale and the beauty advisors will also be passing out great coupons. You can find more information about events like this and others by checking out Free Beauty Events. And if you host/demonstrate free beauty events at a local spa, salon or retailer you can have your event featured on this site too. All you have to do is submit a form and your event will be listed on the site for free. In addition to all that, Free Beauty Events gives it’s readers a chance to win prizes each month. Check out the details for this months contest…

For the month of July 2012, Free Beauty Events will be giving away 10 prizes…yep, you read it right 10 prizes! And each prize will consist of Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase Lift & Resculpt Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream, Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase Lift & Resculpt Serum XK, and Sally Hansen Moisturizing Foot Creme. The Contest runs from 7/1/2012 to 7/31/2012, winners will be chosen on 8/5/2012 and notified by 8/15/2012. To enter, all you have to do is, go to Free Beauty Events and enter your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

So make sure you check out Free Beauty Events soon….you don’t want to miss out on any freebies! And while you are there make sure check out the Free Beauty Events Blog. Not only is the blog filled with product reviews on some of the latest beauty products on the market, you will also find that Free Beauty Events host a weekly contest with smaller prizes too. And be sure to connect with Free Beauty Events  on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pintrest.

 Good luck!

July Thrifted Finds

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I know it’s been minute since I shared my thrifted finds with y’all. But I really haven’t been thrifting as much lately, I’ve been super busy with traveling and prepping the fam for a big move (I’ll share deets on that later.) However, I did get to have a little thrifting fun with my besties last week and I found some really great stuff. Check it out…

Have you thrifted any goodies lately?

Friends of Gold

Hey y’all!

You know those folks that you can call on anytime to be there for you? You know, the ones that have been there during the most pivotal moments of your life? They know some of your deepest darkest secrets (and won’t dare share them). Y’all share inside jokes and memories that few (if any) will understand. Y’all know the ones, right? Well this is what happens when you put those people together and give them a camera….

Three Amigos

Miss Mac

Neisha

BFF’s

Make new friends.

But keep the old.

One is silver

And the other’s gold.

Influenster Mom Vox Box 2012

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Influenster Mom Vox Box 2012

I recently received the Influenster Mom Vox Box! **WOOT! WOOT!** And of course I had to come on here and share what was inside. Check it out…

Check out the close up pictures of the Mom Vox Box goodies…

Stash Tea Superfruits Tea Sampler

Nektar Sweetener

Ivory Bar Soap

DenTek Comfort Clean & Fun Flossers

Quaker Soft Baked Cookie

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails

Coupons!!!

I can’t wait to try out these goodies…be on the look out for reviews. Don’t forget to check out and sign up for Influenster, if you haven’t already! AND subscribe to my YouTube channel, if you haven’t done that either!  Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

*Disclaimer: Although I received this product for free from Influenster all opinions stated in this review are my own and are based off of my personal experiences. Like always, please research any/all products before purchasing and using.

Costa Rica Pt. II

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Here are a few more pictures from my vacay to Costa Rica! Check ’em out…

Attempted horseback riding and ended up crying! SMH

QB and Sway horseback.

Because of my tears we ended up here…lol

Volcanic ash mud bath.

We all zip lined through the jungle…fun, fun, fun!

Sway went first…with no fear!

Then QB…

Woohoo here I go!

Then the hubby!!

Headed out on the last night.

QB was picked out of the crowd…lol

And then we saw MJ…what a treat.

And one last picture before we head home.

We had tons of fun and created plenty of good memories on this trip. I’m so glad that we had a chance to celebrate with QB & Sway, they are such an amazing couple. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

Costa Rica!!!

Hey Savvy Readers!

I know I’ve been “m.i.a” for a while but I’m back! I was off enjoying a much-needed vacation with the hubby. We visited Costa Rica with two of our close friends to help celebrate their anniversary! And we had a blast!!! Check it out…

About to take off…

We made it!!!

RIU

Sway loves it!

The view from the balcony.

Heading out on the ATV’s

QB & Sway

Taking it all in…

So sweet…Sway & QB!

So many beaches…

And mountains…

As you can see from above we had a blast!!! More pics to come, until then….

~Stay Savvy!