Monday, July 9, 2018

Fun kid activities and crafts you can do all summer! Links provided



I hope you're all doing well.
I've put together a few of my blog posts that include crafts and other ideas for a great summer I think you might enjoy doing this summer.
Each link will take you to that specific blog post. Enjoy and happy summer to all!

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” 
― Susan Polis Schutz

(Click any link below to view)
Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Anti-Breakage solution: Review on Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner/promo code included



I was contacted by moms meet to try and review Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner.
I'm always trying new hair products and seeing what works best for my hair. With all of the styling that I do with my hair I have noticed that I do have a little breakage and of course I was thrilled when I was chosen to try these products out. In this post I'll be reviewing this product and I'll also give my honest feedback as well. Happy reading!


*DisclaimerI was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.



About Desert Essence

Desert Essence was founded in 1978.
They use natural ingredients
With their products and practices they ensure it reflect the serious commitment they have made to the health of our beautiful planet. Isn't that truly amazing?
 Desert Essence is a leader in natural personal care.
 The body and skin care products work together with the body to nurture, restore, and soothe. 


Desert Essence Anti Breakage shampoo and conditioner


  • Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner are infused with an exclusive blend of Country Life Maxi-Hair and also contain Biotin. 
  • It also contains Keratin and Pro-Vitamin B5 which reduces breakage up to 61%. 
  • Ingredients such as, Jojoba, aloe, coconut oils, Jojoba, and saw palmetto  revitalize hair strands and smooth, fortify hair cuticles, and minimize breakage.
  • The radish seed extract and botanical oils provide your hair with an amazing shine that you will love!
  • The Desert Essence conditioner  has moisturizing shea butter and aloe which help condition hair as well as detangle.






My thoughts on the products

I'd like to start off with how I just loved how my package arrived and everything was put together so well.
My family and I already use other products made by Desert Essence and we just love them! One of my favorite products from them that I currently use is their Tea Tree oil and Neem toothpaste.

 I used each product for a week so that I could give it some time and actually see how it works. I liked how the scent for both shampoo and conditioner were not overwhelming.
The shampoo lathered evenly through my hair. You can use just a quarter-sized  amount of the products, but to be honest I needed just a little more since my hair is thick. 

With my hair being thick I really need a conditioner that helps with detangling and deep conditioning. The conditioner didn't seem to give me soft feel to my hair like I normally get with other products. I certainly noticed that it did help my hair with detangle. As far as smoothing out my hair it really didn't do much of that...
It wasn't until I used another product that was included in the package that they sent me. It was the Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Hair Mask.  This product actually helped with the deep condition. It was exactly what I needed!
I didn't leave the hair mask on for the recommended time they suggest which is 20-30 mins, but was still able to feel an incredible softness to my hair after using this product.  And I'm sure if I would have used the shower cap that would have provided even more softness to my hair.



After using the products I was able to style my hair like I normally do and go on with my day. I've noticed that after a week of using this product that it may have reduced some of the breakage I was experiencing. My hair remains soft and healthy. I really enjoyed trying out these natural hair products.
If you are in the market for more natural hair care products that are better for you and our planet, I'd definitely see about trying these products!

Where to purchase
 Desert Essence Anti breakage shampoo and conditioner are available to purchase at:

Natural Grocers
Luckys Market
MOM'S Organic Market
and many other local natural food stores.
You can find these products in the hair and body care aisle.

Be sure to visit: https://www.desertessence.com/store-locater


Use promo code DELovesMomsMeet to take 20% off of Anti-Breakage and Smoothing hair care products when you visit desertessence.com

Thursday, May 3, 2018

These days...



“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly" 
Growth is a process.” 

These days I am...

  • Reading- The sun and her flowers by, Rupi Kaur
  • Listening to You by, Petite Biscuit
  • Enjoying every moment with my children. - It's true that they grow so fast.
  • Growing some indoor plants
  • Focusing on ways to better myself
  • Taking photos of things that I love and enjoy. Pictures are so dear to me, but the people in the photos hold a special place in my heart ♡
  • Finding myself questioning why death happens. After the death of my father, I've really just questioned it over and over again.
  • Feeling the sun on my skin. 
  • Listening to my littlest one read. 
  • Watching my oldest build a tower out of blocks
  • Reminiscing  
  • Dating my husband all over again
  • Drinking my coffee black
  • Watching the birds take over our front yard. - They must like the seeds we recently put out
  • Adding to my garden. 
  • Watching the bees buzz by 
  • Eating more vegetables
  • Reminding myself to drink more water
  • Feeling inspired
  • Wanting to run through a field of flowers.
  • Reminding myself that there is still some good in this world
  • Enjoying the random rain showers
  • Enjoying kickboxing, cycling and step aerobics
“never feel guilty for starting again” 


♡♡♡

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review: Once Again Nut Butter Hazelnut Spread Amoré and Sweepstakes



Our family loves a great quality Hazelnut spread and so when I was contacted by Moms meet to try out this product I was pretty excited. I'll be reviewing this product and giving my honest feedback to all of you. Enjoy and happy reading!


*Disclaimer* I was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.


You can never go wrong with a great quality hazelnut spread. And to be perfectly honest with all of you I was so impressed when we first tried out this spread. It's definitely a winner and we'll be purchasing more very soon. My kids love to dip fruits in chocolate spread and add it on bagels as well. Honestly you can do so much with this amazing spread. This spread was smooth and had a delicious sweet taste to it. It was so easy to spread. We're just so happy about this product that we have decided that we will continue to use it in our home. It was definitely a hit!

 What I love about this spread:
It's organic
Low in calories 
No cholesterol 
No trans fat 
No refrigeration required.

Ingredients  

Organic roasted hazelnut paste, organic skimmed milk powder, Fairtrade organic cane sugar, organic roasted peeled almond paste, Fairtrade organic cocoa power and organic sunflower seed oil



My many uses for this product

-spread on fruit
-spread on bagels
-Add some to your favorite bowl of oatmeal
-Add to a smoothie and blend!
-Makes a great topping on ice cream
-Makes a great topping on grilled fruit
*My favorite use for this was taking a scoop and adding it into my latte. It was so delicious!*



**Sweepstakes**
See below for details.
Wouldn't it just be great to enter for a chance to win your very own case of product and an adorable toy raccoon? Well here is your chance! Once Again Nut butter is having a sweepstakes and they would love for all of you to enter. The sweepstakes is open on gvwy.io/7qqmmlc between April 24th through May 9th. The winners will be announced  during the Once Again Nut Butter Facebook live event on May 10th.  To all those who enter I wish you the best of luck!

Some helpful links
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Review: Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein smoothie.



I was excited when I was contacted by Moms meet to try out Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein smoothie. I'm always looking for new ways to get more protein. I love that it arrived in these convenient pouches you can just throw in your bag and be on your way. In this post I'll be reviewing this product and I'll give my honest feedback. Enjoy and happy reading!

*Disclaimer* I was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.


About Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein

  • It's made with 100% real fruit puree and also has quality whey protein isolate that is 99.8% lactose free.  
  • This product contains no added surgar, GMO's, fat, soy, nuts, and there is no gluten. 
  • It comes in convenient single-serve pouches with a built in straw that makes it easy to grab and take on the go.
  •  I love that these pouches do not need refrigeration, but they do taste great when they are chilled as well.  
  • Nine essential amino acids/in less than 125 calories. 
  •  A pack of Fuel for fire and protein smoothie typically retails for $2.99.



My thoughts on this product

What I really liked about this product was how convenient the pouches were. It really made it so simple to take on the go and enjoy while I was out.  I'm a busy mom and so anything that helps make life just a little easier and helps me continue making healthier choices at the same time is definitely a bonus! I've experienced with other proteins that do not mix very easily which leaves you with a gritty or grainy texture. Fuel for fire has a consistency of applesauce and has eliminated that problem. The amount of potassium in each pouch ranges from 203 mg to 406 mg. Just to put that into perspective a banana has 422 mg. I thought the flavors were great! I'd have to say my favorite was the Fuel For Fire coffee flavor. I'm already a coffee lover and to be honest when I saw that this was one of the flavors I was thrilled to give it a try. The flavors that I was able to try out were coffee, banana cocoa, sweet potato apple, strawberry banana and tropical. I really like that this product is 100% real fruit puree.

Other great uses for this product:
  • Feeling your best after exercising. Giving you a natural boost in energy!
  • To refuel and replenish. This will allow you to keep going stronger, longer.
  • This makes a great, healthy snack for the kiddos too!
  • Convenient  and easy to take while on the go. 

Where to purchase
You can purchase Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein smoothie by visiting their website at fuelforfire.com.
It is also available on Amazon and select retail stores. If you visit fuelforfire.com/apps/store-locator you'll be able to find a full list of locations in your area that carry this great product.

Try it out! Discount code below ↓
Are you ready to give it a try? Get 40% off and free shipping by entering the discount code SAVE40 when you visit fuelforfire.com This offer will expire July 31, 2018. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Seven.

Seven.

Earlier this month our oldest turned 7.
She's such a great big sister and we love her so very much.
You're truly amazing. We absolutely love watching you grow.
To be perfectly honest, you're teaching me so much as time goes on.
I'm so proud to be your mother.
My heart is full of love for both you and your sister.
I hope that you know how loved you are.
I love that you love math and want to be an astronaut when you're all grown up.
We love that you enjoy science and that your love for space is mentioned often.
You have such a big heart.
May you always believe in yourself.
May you always spread love where ever you go.
We love you.
Shine bright my little love.



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March and a few other things.


Hello all!
I hope that life is treating you well.
These days we're busy and now that it's Spring break we have been enjoying and exploring more.
During Spring break we like to attend a few library events and other events that they have around town. At the end of April we'll explore an Art museum.
The weather here has been nice for the most part. Tonight they're saying that we may get some rain and snow. Not much will accumulate, but it's nice to get some moisture. This winter was pretty dry for us, and now I'm hoping that since it's Spring that we'll get some rain showers.
How's the weather where you're at?
I haven't done much of gardening yet, but I'll work on that once the weather is a little more warmer. Our grass is greening up a bit though.
Lately we have been enjoying family art night. Usually if we aren't too busy we paint on Friday nights. I find us a painting tutorial on YouTube and we all paint together. So far I've painted Elsa, flowers,  a desert sunset, coffee cup, and a few others.  I'm really enjoying our art time.
How are you spending your days and nights?
Life is treating us well for the most part. I did have a health scare a few weeks back and finally got the courage to make myself an appointment. I did go through with my check up and everything seems to be okay, but I did need to make a trip back to the lab just to make sure everything is still okay.
Ah, the joys of aging- haha
We still take our trips to the library and tomorrow we'll actually check out a magic show. It should be a fun time.
Until next time,
Much love to you all!
I hope you all have a beautiful rest of your week.

-Stephanie ♡