We Don’t Like Bugs

July 31, 2014 · 0 comments

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of K9 Advantix® II. The opinions and text are all mine.

We fostered rescue dogs for two years before we decided to take the plunge and adopt one. I wanted to make sure my kids could be gentle with an animal in the house and I wanted to slowly warm my husband up to the a life long friend.

When we got Jack it was completely on my husband’s terms. He had a specific “type” of dog in mind and I hunted one down that fit his checklist.

Small? Check.

Non shedding? Check.

Family friendly and smart? Check check!

Jack is a shih-tzu mix and was such an amazing fit for us that two years later we found him a girlfriend to match. As pack leader, I take on the duties of chasing the dogs down the street when they slip out the front door.

As assistant pack leader my husband takes care of everything else. He is hyper aware of excessive itching, allergies, and God forbid he see a flea on one of those animals…he starts attacking every freckle he finds on every human in our house.

We don’t like bugs on our animals. Ever.

And I don’t like chasing them home from the neighbors house, but I don’t think there is a solution for that yet. In the mean time, Bayer K9 Advantix® II is exactly what we need to keep my husband from attacking freckles on the rest of us. Once we protect our dogs with Bayer’s repellent he can rest assured there are no ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes around to be concerned with and we will all be happy!

The bond between you and your dog is a special one, and you’ll go to great lengths to keep your furry family member safe and healthy. K9 Advantix® II is a once-a-month topical application for dogs and puppies that REPELS and kills ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. Visit http://petparents.com/products to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of K9 Advantix® II. The opinions and text are all mine.

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When I started my YouTube channel I discovered that beauty vloggers were major power players over there. I was baffled at how these women had thousands (some millions) of subscribers simply by showing how they mastered a smoky eye or contoured their face to look 20 pounds lighter. I would watch their videos equally astounded at the amount of makeup they put on their face in addition to the quantity of products they were purchasing every month. But with so many hits on their videos, these girls had to be making bank!

I subscribed to, and watched these videos simply to come up with some playful fodder as I put together some of my own favorite looks, but something happened during my research process…THEY SUCKED ME IN! I tried a few products and slowly, one by one, they would convince me of other things I needed in my life. The horrible part came when I started using the products and realized they actually work!

I told my sisters I wish I had a thousand dollars so that I could put together my own Beauty Finds Swag Bag for them all and they were all, “go ahead and work on that…”

But you know…that’s a thousand dollars I could spend on anything else for myself so instead I have accumulated a list of basic beauty must haves that are repeatedly mentioned in the beauty guru videos I’ve watched like a loyal puppy:

1. EOS

A conditioning lip balm in a pretty package. It’s organic, smooth, natural…people are LOVING these, including my daughter, it’s the only lip balm she has stuck with for her super dry lips and I’m noticing a big improvement!

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2. Milani Lip Gloss

I’ve tried a few of these and they’re ALL pretty. I feel like anyone could wear them. Sweet Grapefruit and Luminous are my faves.

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3. Naked Palettes

The Naked palette is like the holy grail of eye shadow palettes in the land of beauty gurus. When a new one is released the internet is set on FIRE with women scurrying to secure one as soon as possible and of course get their video review up asap! I will admit I bought the Naked 2 palette (cool tones)…and also Naked 3 (warm tones)…and the only thing keeping me from purchasing the first one  is self shame. I’m a fan.

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4. Lorac Pro Palettes

These palettes are also hot on the street. People love them because they have a row of matte shades as well as a row of complimentary shimmer shades and they seem designed to work with all skin tones. This is the palette most recommended for newbies. I own the first one and it’s a definitely a fave. Self shame is keeping me from buying the second one.

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5. Mac Prolongwear

Everybody uses this for under eye concealer and blemish coverups. In fact, it’s been referenced so many times and I’m such a big fan that I won’t even bother experimenting with any others at this point.

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6. IT Cosmestics Brush

Many of us regular people use our fingers to apply concealer, but you won’t catch a beauty guru doing such a thing. They use brushes and/or beauty blenders and they spend a LOT of time tapping (NOT SWIPING FOR GOD SAKES) the concealer into place. They say applying the concealer this way makes for a very smooth and natural looking complexion. I spent some money on a recommended brush (the one pictured on the far left) and I have to say I think they’re right. Again.

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If I were to create the perfect basic beauty must haves swag bag for my sisters, those are the things I would include. Oh and not to mention a subscription to BoxyCharm.

8. BoxyCharm

makeup tequiilaThis is not a sponsored post (but this is a referral link*), I am genuinely in love with this service. Tons of vloggers share unboxings online and after watching every last one of them I noticed most people liked Boxycharm the best, so I signed up. It’s $21/month, you get 5 full sized items in each box and the worth of the box is well over the 21 bucks you spend on it. Pictured is last month’s box and I have used/loved every item. It’s just a really fun package to get in the mail, a fun way to try new things, pass the unwanted items along to your niece and you can cancel it any time. I LOVE it! Ipsy offers a similar service for $10/month and people seem to like that one as well. The only difference is the products are usually sample size (sometimes that’s plenty).

*If you subscribe through my referral code I get extra charms added to my account and I can spend those charms on any of the products they’ve featured in past boxes.

Now it’s your turn!

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Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1.) A song you loved when you were younger, but now listen to the words and…
2.) Create a list of your top beauty must haves!
3.) Something you once said to someone that you wish you could take back.
4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: surprise.
5.) Share a recipe you’re loving.



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3.) Tell us about your proposal.

My husband couldn’t have planned out my marriage proposal any better. When we went to Hawaii this summer we took our kids to Sweetheart Rock where he proposed and shared the story. Interesting side note, I could not bring myself to walk TO the actual cliff. My kids all wanted to run up there for a full view and I was too panicked about the height that I forbid everyone from moving another inch and then slowly crawled back toward the beach. Motherhood has turned me into a complete freak show:


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I’m featuring the video Courtney R. linked up last week because watching her and her husband compete with each other as they tested out games for their daughter’s birthday was adorable and funny! The first was a race to see who could eat a Fruit By The Foot the fastest and you’ll need to tune in to watch how that turned out!:


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Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Create a mini video compilation highlighting your July!
2.) Monthly Haul! Share your favorite things from July.
3.) Tell us about your proposal.
4.) Share a piece of your Summer wardrobe you’re enjoying most this year.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.



Get a jump start on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1.) Highlight a favorite activity in your community.
2.) Unboxing! I don’t know…unbox something. Everyone likes those.
3.) Back to school advice!
4.) Summer must haves.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

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Every week you’re invited to join me in a Vlogging Workshop focused on working together to create a community interested in video blogging!

  • To join, simply add a link to the Vlogging Workshop posted here every Wednesday that will direct viewers to your video (either on YouTube or your blog).
  • New vlogging prompts will also be posted on Wednesdays, so you will have a full week to create your video response!
  • I will feature a favorite video each week.
  • You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter if you’d like the video topics delivered early, along with a weekly vlogging tip.

To view more detailed instructions on how this weekly Vlogging Workshop meme works click here.

Here are the vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 08/06 Link up:

1.) Highlight a favorite activity in your community.
2.) Unboxing! I don’t know…unbox something. Everyone likes those.
3.) Back to school advice!
4.) Summer must haves.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

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Writing Prompts 7.29

July 28, 2014 · 1 comment

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Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

1.) A song you loved when you were younger, but now listen to the words and…
2.) Create a list of your top beauty must haves!
3.) Something you once said to someone that you wish you could take back.
4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: surprise.
5.) Share a recipe you’re loving.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Shortly after her six month check-up, I was referred to a neurologist who could only look and say yes, something was amiss.” -I’m Just That Way

“There’s growing pains…..And then there are growing pains.” -Buttered Toast Rocks

“Except she’s a disgrace to the cheese-loving profession. Jarlsberg?!!? Woman, please.” -Old Dog

“Writer’s Laziness means that you have ton of amazing ideas but you don’t care any of this while ” -The Lady Blogger

“After finally finding a spot that wasn’t on a hill, in the middle of a sea of stinging nettle, or, out of desperation, off the side of the road, we were finally camping.” -Stacey’s Mothering Moments

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