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August 27, 2015

How to Use blu e-Cigs

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It seems that lately a lot of friends and family members of mine are switching to e-cigs.   And if you don’t know what they are or how they work, it’s actually pretty simple.  Here is a tutorial I put together to show you how blu e-Cigs work. 
The blu Xpress Kit is very easy to use and comes with 2 Classic Tobacco blu Tanks which have 500+ puffs per tank.  It also comes with a rechargeable battery and a USB Charger.   The Rechargeable Kit comes with a wall charger, USB cord, 2 rechargeable batteries, a quick-charge capability in the pack for batteries, and 3 Classic Tobacco blu Tanks with more than twice the capacity of blu flavor cartridges.

Setting up and using your blu Xpress Kit is simple!  

1\\ Remove a storage tank from your kit and peel off the protective film.
2\\ Remove the silicone cap and the pull-tab.
3\\ Screw the tank onto the battery.
4\\ Your battery will have a partial charge but just screw on and plug it in to a USB port until the red light turns blue, letting you know it’s fully charged.
5\\ Screw the battery onto the tank and take a puff!  
Told you it was easy!

blu PLUS+ can be purchased here.  The blu website has several products with different strengths of nicotine and different flavors that are only found online.  Their website also features special discounts and sales that you can only get online.  And online orders include free shipping!  You can also take advantage of the Xpress Kit bundle offer that comes with a free pack of tanks.  It’s a $30 value for only $14.99 and is available while supplies last. 

I found the website so easy to use!  There’s a great selection of product and I love the amazing offers!
blu products include a 1-year warranty and the return process is handled through their website.   If you have a return it will get processed and shipped within 48 hours.  Talk about world-class customer service!   And did you know that blu e-cigs are based in Charlotte, NC?   Never be afraid to reach out and speak with their friendly helpful reps.  You can even chat live with customer service via the blu website!

There is even a blu Nation Rewards program where you can earn free stuff just by buying blu.  You can earn points without even purchasing anything as well just by reading articles and connecting your social media accounts.  And blu is very present on social media with giveaways and prizes.  Be sure to connect with them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest

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How I Take Care of Myself Lately

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Lately I've been in a great place with my fitness and beauty routines.   For beauty - I am loving the products I use from Pura D'or.

Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo - This product is great because it adds volume and strengthens my hair and is loaded with vitamins for hair growth. I need my hair to keep growing long and strong so it's very important I use a product that stimulates growth.

Healing Conditioner - My poor hair is always so dry. I love this conditioner because there are no sulfates, parabens, or harmful chemicals.  It really helps my frizzy hair and leaves it smooth, shiny, and detangles.  This conditioner has coconut and vegetable proteins inside to help hydrate and repair damaged hair like mine from the root to the tip.   And it doesn't leave a buildup behind which is great. 

Pure & Organic Argan Oil - Argan Oil helps minimize wrinkles, stimulate skin cells, and reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks.  It helps me get softer and smoother skin and is great for eczema, which I suffer from on a regular basis.   It restores the nutrient content to skin cells and when I use it on my dry scalp, it really moisturizes it and stops the itching.  Argan Oil can even be used to repair hair damage.   It's 100% pure and is imported from South Western Morocco.  There are no chemicals added so it's safe for all skin, hair, and nail types. I just use a small dab, rub it in my hands, and apply it to whatever area I'm using it on for 1 minute.

Also, we have a gym in our basement...well it's a nice big space to workout so I've been jumping rope to get some good cardio in. My favorite jump rope to use is my TKO Soft Grip Jump Rope.  TKO has a line of products from boxing gloves and punching towers all the way to body balls, yoga mats, and kettle bells.  They even developed a line of fitness apparel.  And they understand that these days people have more time constraints so a lot of us try to exercise at home.  Their products are great for a home gym and that's why this jump rope is perfect for me.  It has a soft rubber coated grip so I can easily grasp it and not worry about it flying out of my hands in the basement.  There is metal ball bearings and a 9 foot solid vinyl rope. 

Jumping rope has so many benefits. Not only is it good cardio, but it helps me destress after a long day. I can just reflect on my day as I mindlessly jump rope. 

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August 26, 2015

My Office & Closet Shelf Makeover

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Since I just moved into my house a couple months ago I'm trying to not make any drastic changes that I might not love forever.  That's why I decided to make an easy update to some shelves around my home, and if I ever want to change the appearance it's easy as can be!

For my bedroom closet, I have this nice little shelf system that is built into the wall.  The walls are white but I wanted to spice them up.  So I used Mineral Wrap from Smock! You can use this stuff as wrapping paper (and by the way it's double-sided with a different print on each side) or you can use it in a decorate way like I did. I thought of lining drawers with it but I really wanted to look at this beautiful grey design all the time. I used sticky tack to affix it to the back wall.   And if I ever want to remove it I can just pull it right off.

There is also in-wall storage in the office.  And I wanted a bit of a change with some more color.   So I used the Garden Path wrap from Smock.

I love the pretty aqua color and how it makes everything pop.  It was so easy to apply with sticky tack and I just love that it's still a nice shiny yet thick paper!

What would you do with wrapping paper?

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August 25, 2015

Decorating Around my Yard + A Giveaway

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I know I've shown you guys the inside of my house but the outside is pretty cute too.   There are a few things I did (and got rid of ) to decorate around the house to make it just as relaxing and peaceful as the inside.  First of all we had tons of weeds and shrubbery in the two raised garden beds out back so I ripped them out.

|1| Flower Pots
I actually painted these flower pots myself. There are some that I bought already painted but either way, it makes everything so pretty and adds some fun color.

|2| Garden Statues
Of course my main man Buddha has to make an appearance! I love him!  I think garden statues are a classy way to add a personal touch to the outside of your home.

|3| Lighting
I try to make the outside very serene so at night when we choose to hang around outside, I like there to be some lighting so I put solar lights in the back near the outside of the porch.

Windchimes are so relaxing to me and when you put several of them together it creates a beautiful song. I just love this Church Bell Windchime from P&J Home Décor.  They sound soooo relaxing when the wind blows through them.   I love the look of them too. I keep them in the porch because I love to lay on the loveseat when the weather is nice and listen to them.

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And one lucky winner will get a Serenity Prayer etched glass mirror in either 13" octagon or 10"x12"!


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August 24, 2015

What You Need to Know About Scalp & Hair Health

Recently, I gave my head a makeover with CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ which is a global hair care brand that focuses on nourishing the scalp for strong and beautiful hair.   In 2012 CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ launched in the United States and shifted the way women were caring for their hair.   Most of us focused on the ends of our hair but the funny thing about that is - the ends of your hair are already dead. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ encourages women to focus on the scalp which is where 99% of your hair's natural strength and beauty comes from!  The skin on your scalp is the same skin you have on your arms and legs and it has the same function and structure.  And if you wouldn't skip cleansing or moisturizing your skin, why would you do it for your scalp?   Caring for your scalp and hair with products designed to nourish and strengthen them is absolutely essential for a healthy, full bodied head of hair.  And with Fall right around the corner, you should make sure you start early so your scalp and hair are ready for the transition ahead.  Like skin, the weather can affect the scalp and as the seasons change, our skin cells and hair cycle change.  Actually, studies have shown that seasonal changing can cause shedding, especially in the Fall!

The CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ line of nourishing shampoos and conditioners are designed to address all kinds of hair and scalp needs.  They are very feminine products and they have a fabulous smell. 

Specifically, I would like to tell you about CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner.  It leaves your hair resilient to dryness for 24 hours so you can enjoy soft and hydrated hair.  It's infused with cactus extract which is known to deliver moisture and this specific product is clinically proven to help replenish the scalp with essential hydration if you use it regularly.   It can leave hair stronger from root to tip.  It's also formulated with Nutrium 10™ which is an advanced moisture complex of vitamins and nutrients including B5, C, E, sunflower, almond, soybean, coconut oils, glycerin, and aloe vera.

I am always trying to be mindful of what products I use on my hair and skin.   I give everything time to work.  Within a couple of weeks I saw a very noticeable change in my scalp and my hair.  It was shinier and much more hydrated.  In fact, it didn't get all frizzy when I was in humid air because it wasn't starving for moisture! My hair always freaks out when it gets in the humidity.  Plus, my scalp usually gets really itchy on a regular basis but ever since I began using
CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™  I don't seem to get itchy anymore. I haven't been worried about flakes either and my hair feels so soft and smooth! 

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ is available at and for $4.99-$5.99. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

August 21, 2015

Personal Touches Around Our New House + A Giveaway

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I've been a very busy bee around our new house lately and I wanted to share the personal touches I've made.

We will start with the kitchen...

I've really been stepping up my kitchen game, ensuring I have the right tools to get the job done.   I have a lovely supply of kitchen goodies from Dexas that are a MUST HAVE for any home.

This Over the Sink Contour GrippBoard is my favorite! It makes cutting fruits and veggies so much easier. I can just push them into the little basket and let them drain.  It's really made a difference when it comes to messes and having to clean up after myself.
I love my Strainer, Spoon Rest, Spoonula, and Spatula! As if the colorful silicone on the Spoonula and Spatula weren't  enough, the stainless steel handles and the ability to pull the tops off to clean them better make a huge difference for me.   The strainer is so nice because you can collapse it to store away so it takes up less space! The spoon rest is great when I'm trying to not make a mess while serving food to guests!
I am in love with these Collapsible Kitchen KlipScoops! They easily clip and hold bags together like my rice and pasta but it makes measuring super easy and there's one less step  have to make over to the drawer with the measuring cups since these are already on the bag. 
We all know how much I love Quesadillas so this Tortilla Warmer comes in SO HANDY!  Not only can I stack several tortillas in it to keep them warm but I can do it with pancakes too! I love this thing!

This Turbo Fan Collapsible Salad Spinner is so easy to store and barely takes up any room.  I have lots of space but I try to utilize it all in the best way possible.  This is so nice to have when guests come over. I just pull it out, pop it up, use the push touch to make it spin quickly, and then I can rinse it, collapse it back down and VOILA!

I also spruced up the walls....

Above the bed in the master bedroom is a set of square decals from Dali Decals.   This decal came with 192 different shaped squares. I thought up the pattern all by myself which was definitely time consuming but it was still fun.   The wall above the bed was too plain so this really helped to spruce it up.  I really loved a lot of the decals on Dali Decals.  Decals are a great way to spruce up your home without a lot of effort.

In the area of the kitchen leading down to the basement AND
in the kitchen along the cityscape wall I added these signs...

These Downtown and Brooklyn Subway Signs from StickerBrand give it a nice urban feel.   I love the clean design. They were SO easy to apply and the perfect size for the walls.   This is one of my favorite minor touches I've done lately!

And finally - the screened-in porch!   I added some decorative lighting in the form of little mini green paper lanterns from Hometown Evolution.

These give a little color to the porch during the daytime and at night they are so beautiful when lit up. There was a nice selection of lighting on the Hometown Evolution Website with even bigger lanterns and more colors. Adding some décor to a porch setting like this really improves the feel when you are entertaining guests!

And there's more....One lucky winner will get $25 to Dali Decals.

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