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Suave Family Beauty Products

2 Jan

Recently, I received an Influenster Vox Box with 3 Suave Family Beauty products.  We received:

Suave Family Products from Influenster

Suave Moroccan Infusion Deep Conditioning Shine Mask for me
Suave Kids Apple Detangling Spray for my kids
Suave Men Active Sport body wash for my husband

I have naturally curly hair that tends to be really dry.  In addition to shampoos and conditioners, I usually do treatments to me hair to keep it shiny and healthy.  I hadn’t heard of the Suave Moroccan Infusion products until I received this box, so I was excited to try something new.  It’s very easy to use.  After shampooing hair, you put this conditioner on and leave it in for 3-5 minutes, then rinse it out.  This is done in place of your regular conditioner 1-2 times a week.  I really liked it for my hair, and this will be a great addition to my hair care routine in the future.

The detangling spray I have actually used for about 6 years on both my children.  They don’t have very curly hair like mine, but there is some curl and wave to it, especially when it’s wet.  We love this spray to help get the tangles out while combing their hair.  Plus, the apple scent makes their hair smell nice too, complimenting the Suave shampoo/conditioner products we also use in various scents.

The active sport body wash was perfect for my husband.  His occupation has him on the go quite a bit, plus on his time off, he spends a lot of time at the gym.  This has a nice “manly” scent, and helps keep him smelling nice.

These products can be found at many major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and CVS.

Disclaimer: I received a box with 3 Suave Family Beauty products complimentary from Influenster and Suave Beauty for testing purposes.  All opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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PVC Bike and Kid Wash

20 Nov

It’s been a while since I made this, but I wanted to make sure to still share it.  After making the PVC bike rack, which has been awesome to have in the garage to keep the bikes organized, I wanted to make something else.  A friend of mine had found this project, a Kid’s Car Wash Sprinkler, on the Lowe’s website.  After looking over the plans, I made a few changes to use a little less PVC pipe and to not make it quite as big for storage purposes.

bike wash plans

 

Now, from my original plans, I was not able to locate a grass skirt, so I improvised and used a folded and cut disposable tablecloth from the dollar store.  Here is a picture of how it turned out:

Completed Bike Wash

 

The kids really enjoyed it!  My water feature part wasn’t quite perfect.  I don’t think the front section got completely sealed off, so water was flowing throughout the entire system instead of just the section with the holes drilled in.  That made the water pressure a little low, but, it was still enough to get the kids wet!  The hose I got was just long enough to make it to my sidewalk, thankfully.  I only used PVC cement in the section for the water, so the rest can come apart and go back together for storage or transport.

Since it does come apart, now that it’s cooled off and too cold to get soaking wet, I made a slight modification for the current weather:

Bubble wash

 

I removed the water section, and just used the part with the tablecloth and sponges.  Then, I put our bubble machine in front to have bubbles in place of the water.  This way, we get use out of it more of the year, even in the more mild weather in AZ.

I overbought on PVC pipe on this last project, so I have some in my garage, just waiting for the next project.  Let’s see what I can make next!

Note: Prices of supplies may vary by where you decide to shop.  I provided the prices just as a rough estimate for the project cost.

Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles

3 Nov

Recently, I was chosen by Influenster to receive a pair of Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles.  These insoles are designed to reduce shock my 40%, and to help relieve and prevent pain from shin splints, runner’s knee and plantar fasciitis.  This is done through the 3 zones of protection at the ball of the foot, the arch, and the heel.  They are available in 4 sizes:

  • Men’s (sizes 7½-10)
  • Men’s (sizes 10½-13)
  • Women’s (sizes 5½-8)
  • Women’s (sizes 8½-11)

The pair I received was for women’s shoes between sizes 8 1/2 and 11.  I normally wear a size 10, but when getting a shoe for walking, I usually buy 1/2 size to 1 size bigger.  Otherwise, as I walk, I tend to get blisters and discomfort because size 10 fits just right.  I recently got a pair of shoes that my friend tried a couple of times, but were hurting her feet and legs.  I started wearing them and was experience the same pain, as I am on the go quite a bit during the day.  So, I decided to try these insoles in the shoes.  I removed the current insole in the shoe, lined up the Dr. Scholl’s insole with it to see if any adjustments or cuts were needed.  No adjustments were needed, so I put the shoe insole and the Dr. Scholl’s insole in, and started my day.

Dr. Scholl's Active Series Insoles

The pain in my feet and legs is gone now, and I can get through the day great with these insoles.  Between school drop off, pick up, various volunteering, errands, and household work, I can wear my shoes more comfortably now to get my work done.  If you would like to try these, there is a $4 coupon available through the Dr. Scholl’s product page, and they can be found at various retailers, like CVS, Target, or Walmart.

 

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles complimentary from Influenster and Dr. Scholl’s for testing purposes.  All opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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Our Hair Donation

17 Jul

Over the years, I have gone back and forth on hair styles.  Some were fairly long, some were short, some had bangs, some had color.  Having thick and curly hair makes it hard to do much with it; it’s hot and heavy in the summer, but too short and it gets a little hard to control.  So, I would let it grow out until I got tired of it, then cut it short again, let it grow, cut it short, etc.

Photos of my hair over the years

The last big cut was December 2011.  The picture in the bottom row, third from the right is from that Christmas.  It was fairly long, just past my shoulders.  Since I was home and could visit my go-to stylist, JoEtta Hill.  Most of my haircuts have been done by her since 1983, although I had a handful of visits to other salons when I couldn’t get in to see her.  She’s still the one cutting my hair, even through I’m in AZ now, during the visits I make back home. She’s also done both my girls first haircuts.

K's First Haircut July 2007

K’s First Haircut July 2007

Sophia's First Haircut June 2010

Sophia’s First Haircut June 2010

Anyway, back to my story.  The haircut at the end of December 2011, I went from a few inches past my shoulders to chin length hair.  New cut for the new year!  After I was done, JoEtta looked at the hair she had cut, and commented that I was really close to being able to donate my hair.  Shortly after my cut, a friend from college posted about her daughter, who had just cut and donated her hair.  At that point, I knew what I was going to do, grow my hair long enough to donate.  Later in the year, after learning of a very young girl with cancer in our town, Katie and I had a discussion about cancer, how the treatments cause people to lose their hair, and how there are programs to donate hair.  Katie has always had long hair, and she decided that she wanted to grow her hair to donate as well.  So, for all of 2012 and the first part of this year, we did just minimal trims as needed, and took good care of our hair.  I decided that we would donate through the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which has the following requirements:

  • Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches long
  • Hair must not be treated with dyes, bleaches, or chemicals
  • Hair must be no more than 5% gray

We both finally met the minimum length requirement this summer, so Katie and I made an appointment while we were visiting family (ok, actually one of us swiped my mom’s appointment, but she rescheduled for just after we left).  Here are some pictures of before, the ponytails of hair, and the after.

Katie's hair before

Katie’s hair before

Katie's ponytail of hair being cut

Katie’s ponytail of hair being cut

Katie just after the cut

Katie just after the cut

Katie's ponytail of hair

Katie’s ponytail of hair

My hair before

My hair before

My ponytail of hair being cut

My ponytail of hair being cut

JoEtta holding my ponytail of hair

JoEtta holding my ponytail of hair

My ponytail of hair

My ponytail of hair

Katie and I after our haircuts

Katie and I after our haircuts

It’s been quite a change to get used to for both of us!  This is the shortest that I’ve had my hair in quite a while, but I like it.  Katie and I are all set to see if we can grow it long again to donate!

JoEtta Hill is located at the new 125 Salon, 125 Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL.  Her phone number is 309-353-3316.  As I said earlier, she’s cut my hair for years, and I highly recommend her!

I Was a Senior Hottie!: Then and Now

18 May

I know this isn’t a normal subject for my blog, but a college sorority sister is hosting a blog link up called “I Was a Senior Hottie!”.  A few friends have been posting old photos from high school in the recent months, and with it being graduation time, I decided it would be fun to participate.  I’m getting it in just in time though, since I didn’t have any of my old photos with me.  Luckily, I’m visiting my parents right now for my little brother’s wedding, so I dug out some old photos.  And you are in for a real treat, I found a photo from each year of school.  Ah, memories!

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

 

Same hairstyle all throughout high school.  And, I guess things haven’t really changed:

Christmas 2011

I’ve put on some weight having 2 kids, and look older, but otherwise, I haven’t really changed all that much.  And, I’m ok with that.  🙂

I’m still here!

18 Mar

I’m still here, I just took a week off.  Between my parents in town visiting, 2 sick kids, and my sinuses out of control, I just decided to take a week off from writing.  But, I’ve got at least 3 things to share, Zaycon Foods ground beef, hot dogs, and sausage, Bountiful Baskets from 3/17, and a recipe for Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage that I made for St. Patrick’s Day.  Hopefully, I will get them up soon!

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

 

Happy New Year to everyone!  Thank you for reading and supporting my blog over the last few months!  I will be busy spending New Year’s Day making a Greek feast with my family for the last part of my visit, and there will be some things that I haven’t posted here yet!  On the menu, I have Spanakopita, Tiropita, Dolmathes, and Pastitsio.  I have some family that is eager to learn and others that love to help, so it will be a great day of cooking to bring in the new year!

Some Updates

9 Oct

First, I have gotten the domain http://mygemsofparenting.com!  I’m still new to blogging, but I figured that I might as well get the domain while it was still available, which might also motivate me to keep on posting.  The previous address of https://mygemsofparenting.wordpress.com will redirect to the new address, but you may want to update your bookmarks to avoid any delays from redirecting.

Second, I changed up the layout of the blog.  I’m still iffy on whether or not I like it, but so far I like it over the old theme.  If you have any input on it, let me know!

Here we go…

3 Sep

After much deliberating, I have decided to create a blog.  It’s something that I have been thinking about for a while and friends kept suggesting, so I figured it was finally time.  I hope you enjoy reading!

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