July 24, 2014

How I Make My Hair Color Last

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I'm always trying to stretch my dollar as far as it can go, especially when it comes to my beauty routine and haircare.  I get my hair colored and trimmed at the salon but it's still important for me to keep my color lasting as long as I can in between visits so that I don't end up with faded color sooner than my next appointment.  

In order to do that, I had to find a really good shampoo and conditioner and that's where eSalon helped me.  The amazing people at eSalon sent me a lovely little care package with two products in it, as well as an at home color kit for a coworker.  You'll see more about that in a later post.
So what is eSalon? eSalon is where you can get custom formulated hair color, made just for you and comes with personalized instructions for a simple at-home application.   That's right... salon quality results AT HOME!   There are actually expert colorists available to if you have a question or need guidance.  They will help you choose a hair color blended just for you.  The instructions are personalized and include step by step info based on your specific needs.   And of course you will get salon quality color since the finest ingredients are used at eSalon.  You can get long lasting gray coverage and vibrant rich tones.  Plus, each kit comes with free coloring accessories like a brush, 2 pairs of gloves, stain guard, stain remover, and shampoo and conditioner packets.  It's literally everything you'll need!  You can save time and money by getting salon color at home. 

 And of course there are some color-friendly products available on their site for in between your colorings.


So here's what I thought.  The Love Unconditionally Color Safe Conditioner is amazing and not only left my hair soft and silky but a little bet went a long way.   It really made a huge difference with my color, as I notice it always fades after the first month.  Not this time, instead the color stayed (and the compliments from coworkers) kept coming for an additional month after my salon trip.  And for the roots, the Heart Lock It Shampoo is PERFECT!

So check back in a couple of weeks when I tell you how amazing their at home color is.  I may not need to go to the salon ever again!

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10 Ways My Life is Better with Jabra Extreme2

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Last month at the iRetreat Conference, I got the chance to connect with Jabra, a brand that offers headset and speaker solutions around the globe.  Their products offer convenience, style, and comfort and after taking a look at what they have to offer I was extremely impressed.   Each attendee of the conference was gifted a Jabra Extreme2 Wireless Bluetooth Headset.  I am IN LOVE. 

1. I can actually hear the person on the other end of a call.// Yep, no more straining to hear and plugging my other ear up.  It's super clear when I listen to the person talking and the sound quality is impressive.

2. Voice Control makes everything safer.//  I can cross the street and drive a car without looking at my phone to make a call.   This not only is safer and legal but it's a huge convenience and it makes you feel pretty cool giving a voice command to a little device!

3. My ears don't get sore.// Finally, something that doesn't cut and press on the inside of my ear to the point where it throbs all day.  It fits perfectly and is so lightweight and comfortable. The Ultimate Comfort Eargels are available in different sizes too!

4. It's got an impressive battery life.// The Jabra Extreme2 has up to 5.5 hours of talk time and 10.5 days of standby time!  That's pretty amazing especially for people like me who are always on the go and can't be charging all their devices every 2 hours!

5. The size is perfect.// It's not too tiny or too large.  It isn't awkward when I wear my hair down or up.  And it doesn't make me look funny.  I was worried it would get in the way but the size of the Jabra Extreme2 is literally perfect.

6. I can access GPS capabailities.// Yep, that's right I can get GPS directions streamed through the Jabra Extreme2.  I used this the other day to find a business in the city

7. No Wires.// At all, seriously.  There are NO wires.

8. I can stream music and podcasts on the go.// How amazing is that?   I can be getting things done at home and in the yard and stream music from my iPhone.   It makes everyday tasks much more enjoyable.   

9. It works with my iPad.//  Yup, what a gem.  

10. It comes with a car charger. // One less thing I have to go out and buy now!

I highly recommend this little device to...well...everyone!   

Look for more posts about my experience with Jabra in the future as well!

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July 23, 2014

My Febreze Noseblind Test Movie Night

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze.  I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

The nose is an amazing thing especially when it's put to the test...without even knowing it!  That's right I held a Febreze Noseblind Test but masked it as a movie night for my family.

See the thing about the nose is that it's been used for centuries to detect danger, threats, and seek out necessities like food.  But your nose can be overloaded by distractions so it adapts by categorizing and identifying smells that are familiar so that it can focus on less familiar smells that actually require an action.   
Here is the sneaky little plug in that I used during my Noseblind Test.

So noseblindness is an actual condition where you become so accustomed to the odors around you over time that you really don't detect or react to them. 

Febreze steps in because it contains a molecule known as Cyclodextrin that traps and eliminates the bad odors and leaves behind a pleasant scent.  So even if you can't detect the smelly cat litter in the other room, your guests might... but if you use Febreze, it'll take care of it for you and your guests may not even notice!

Febreze has some amazing products like their Air Effects spray, candles, and fabric/room sprays. 

It's amazing how well the scent of dog and cat that my guests first picked up on.  Some said they smelled cat litter and the scent of dogs around the couch.  

It was really cool that everyone agreed that Febreze had made everything smell so much better and we also giggled that we were actually NOSEBLIND!!! 

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July 22, 2014

15 Places to Shop for Affordable Quality Clothing


When it comes to clothing, I like to purchase affordable items that still are great quality.  Over the years I've had some bad experiences when I tried to purchase cheap items and it ended up still not being worth the few dollars I invested in the item.  So here are 15 places to shop for GOOD quality clothing at fair prices.

1. eBay
Let me just tell you how much money I save with eBay.  If you know a brand that you love and you always fit the same size in it, look for it on eBay.  I buy used J Brand Jeans on eBay for a fraction of the cost ($30 usually).  Also, this works great for shoes!  Most people that list things on eBay want to get rid of them so you're more likely to find a good deal on something you have been searching high and low for.

2. High End Consignment Shops
You can find designer brand items at a fraction of the cost and who can argue with that? That's how I got my Louis Vuitton bag!  

3. Target
Target is great for basic items.   I've bought tshirts at bargain stores that end up falling apart in 2 washes but when I buy Mossimo brand underwear, socks, tees, and more at Target, everything seems to hold up really well. 

4. Oakleigh Rose
I love their selection of maxi dresses, and I have one of my own.  It's held up very well through all the different occassions that I've worn it.  A lot of times when I try to get Summer Dresses for cheap, they have holes and start coming apart at the seams right away but Oakleigh Rose has a great reputation for craftsmanship.

5. Yard Sales
Anytime you see a yard sale, take advantage of it. The items are priced to sell and you can see the condition of them and the brand.  It's a great way to get jackets, shoes, and bags!

6. Piace Boutique
I have purchased a lot of different outerwear items like faux leather jackets from Piace Boutique and the quality is worth their reasonable prices!

7.DSW shoes
I got a pair of Sperrys for $50 when they were on sale from DSW!   It's a great way to get name brands at lower costs year round!  And if you don't have a physical location near you, just shop online!

8. Esterlane
The jewelry at Esterlane is amazingly cheap but great quality.   You can find the trendiest styles and colors at a fraction of the cost at most department stores!

9. Kate Spade
Watch for sales, and take advantage of them.  I have no complains about the quality of any of the jewelry, clothing, or handbags I've purchased from Kate Spade!

10. Zara
I love love love Zara and while the prices can sometimes seem high, there are a lot of sales and that's when you need to go in and stock up.  The quality of Zara clothing is amazing and there's no such thing as too thin or too cheap when it comes to the material!

11. Tj Maxx
When it comes to workout clothes, I've never regretted any purchase from TJ Maxx.  The clothes hold up through many washes, they are breathable, and stylish!

12. Victoria's Secret
I know, you probably think it's insane, but I have yet to find a bra that I love better than the ones from Victoria's Secret.  And if you use a coupon or take advantage of a sale, you'll walk away with a quality investment.  And honestly, the bras last SOO long and hold up really well so it's totally worth the cost.  I know they normally go for $50-$60 but I can always find them on sale with coupons as well and I end up walking away with a $30 bra that lasts for years.

13. Express
If you want some quality camis, look no further.  You can get a buy one get one half off deal and the camis last FOREVER.  I literally have camis in every color from Express and they have lasted over ten years!!!!

14. Old Navy
I used to have issues with Old Navy clothing falling apart but when it comes to sweaters, cardigans, and skinny jeans, this is the place to go.  The prices are always fair and you can always use in store coupons.

15. Body Central
Cute tops are a must from Body Central. The prices are low, and although some question the quality, I've never had any issues!

Where do you get your best purchases from?

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Fitness Progress// Improving My Time + Healthy Snacks

So I've been running almost daily for the past few weeks and I'm very proud to say that there has been some major progress.  
I am really paying attention to what I wear and investing in quality running apparel and shoes so that I can kick some serious ass in my first ever 5K at the end of August. 
 I ran 2.51 miles in just 26 minutes and 7 seconds!
Yay go me! I make sure to pace myself and whenever I feel my lungs starting to really get winded, I walk for 2 houses (on my street) then continue to run again.  It's really helped me step up my time.

As for meal planning I've been doing great except I'm growing sick of chicken as my protein source for dinner so as of this week I'll be switching to fish! I'll have more on that next week. 

And fresh fruit is an amazing snack let me tell you!!

Next thing to work on... Late night snacking.

Any tips?

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3 Ways a Pedometer Makes My Running Easier

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Since I've been running on a very regular basis I realized before I finally got a pedometer how much I was off my game.   So I put together a quick list of 3 ways that having a pedometer now makes my life easier. 

The pedometer I use is the Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology. It's an amazing little device and I think every runner needs one!

1.  I know how far I run with a quick glance.

I wear this pedometer around my neck and then tuck it into the side of my sports bra.  It's comfortable that way and whenever I want to see how far I've run I just pull it out and get a quick glance.  It's so easy to see because LCD screen is bright and clear. The slim size is perfect for me.

2. It's easy to switch betwen total and today.

Sometimes all I want to say is the current day or hours progress and the basic button and the easy to follow instructions taught me real fast how I can check that.  The split, today, and total modes are definitely my favorite features.

3. Accuracy is on point.

I am very impressed with the accuracy of this little device.  It counts up to a million steps and even has a 7-day memory.  I love the built-in clock, calendar, and sports timer.   And the fact that it goes to sleep automatically is a miracle because I know I won't waste the battery. 

This Pedometer has made my life so much easier and I can prepare even better now for my 5K in August!

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