Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening: Review & Giveaway!

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Disclaimer: I was given a teeth whitening kit for the purpose of this review, however as always all thoughts and opinions remain my own. Hey Guys! Today's post will be a review along with a giveaway yay, of Smile Brilliant's professional teeth whitening kit. Smile Brilliant offers custom-fitted teeth whitening trays and whitening gel. This is the same professional teeth whitening process that you can pay top dollar for at the dentist, except you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home :) First you are sent the tray creation kit that includes the tray molds, the putty and the whitening and desensitizing gels. Also included are easy to follow along instructions. They even include a postage paid envelope for you to mail back your trays with the mold of your teeth. How awesome is that?!? It was fairly simple to do the mold of my teeth and after about 3-4 business of mailing the mold in I received the actual mold of my teeth along with my custom fit whitening … [Read more...]

Crochet Braids on Natural Hair: Protective Style

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Hey Guys! I am back with a new post. Today's post is about a new style I tried on Jordyn, crochet braids. My sis-n-law introduced them to me and I did a little youtube research and watched a ton of videos on them. I went to Wal Mart and purchased this latch hook for just under $2.00. I found it in the craft section where the yarn and crochet needles are. Next I went to my local beauty supply and purchased 2 packs of FreeTress Synthetic hair in Water Wave. I cut the hair in half and only ended up using about 1 1/2 packs.   I started the style on freshly washed and deep conditioned stretched hair. Here is the braid pattern I used I connected all the braids together so I would only have one braid left. I tucked this braid in between the cornrows. To better secure it you can use a little weave thread and secure it that way, it will be a better hold. I also would recommend making your cornrows smaller than mine. After I finished I realized that I should … [Read more...]

COVERGIRL’s #GirlsCan: Do Whatever You Put Your Mind To + $25 Wal Mart gift card GIVEAWAY!

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Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by CoverGirl, as always all thoughts and opinions remain my own.  Hey Girls! Being a mom of a tween girl means that I have someone looking up to me and I take that role very seriously. I want to show my daughter that she can achieve her goals and make her dreams come true. COVERGIRL knows that #GirlsCan reach their goals and live out their dreams and they want to make sure we look fabulous while doing so :)   For a limited time, look for specially marked products by COVERGIRL including their Flamed Out Mascara and their Professional All-In-One Mascara. You can find the #GirlsCan display at your local Wal Mart. This November, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress for Success®, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing  professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. My … [Read more...]

Braided Twisted Updo on Natural Hair

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Hey Guys! I'm back with another updo style. I started this style on stretched hair and I used the following products: Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie and I also used Creme of Nature's Argan Oil Perfect Edges for Jordyn's edges.   I started the style by making a middle part (horizontally) from ear to ear. I tied the top section off and started work on the bottom half of her head. I made a zig zag part going down the middle of her head and then made two cornrows going up toward the top of her head.   I criss crossed the two cornrows and added them to the top section of hair and created a bun For the front section I sectioned off just a small section of hair and made one big fluffy twist and brought it to one side of her hair and pinned it down underneath the bun The total time for styling was around 20 minutes and this style lasted us for a week. At night I tied her hair down with a satin … [Read more...]

Individual Braids with Extensions (Synthetic Hair)

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Hey Guys, Long time no hair talk, huh? Sorry about that but there is a reason for that. Well if you follow me on instagram (and if you don't, you totally should because I post cool pics) then you'll know that I put some individual braids into Jordyn's hair back at the end of June 2014. Prep: To prep the hair for braiding I pre-pooed her hair by saturating it with coconut oil overnight, next I washed her hair twice using Alba Botanica Shampoo Next I deep conditioned with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner for an hour. Then after rinsing I applied my Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Creme. I banded her hair and let it air dry overnight. While braiding I used my homemade Shea Butter mix to seal in all the moisture I put in. Hair Used for Braiding  I used the Batik hair which costs $9.99 a pack but it's the best synthetic hair that so close to human hair. It was well worth the price, and you should be able to find it at any local beauty supply store. I bought two packs but … [Read more...]

Castle Park: Southern California Family Fun! #CastleParkSummer #BuccaneerCoveFun

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Hey Guys! Summer is here, the kids are out of school and if they're anything like mine they are probably begging you to take them somewhere every weekend? No? That's just my kids? Ah well :) As parents we want to make our kiddos happy but we also want to keep our wallets happy too. Castle Park is just the place if you are local to Southeren California or plan on coming for a visit. This is a place for the whole family that is definitely budget friendly. They have sooo many different attraction to choose from such as thrilling rides Or mini golf and for summer time fun they even have a water park called Buccaneer Cove And because I love all my awesome readers if you use this code blog2014 here in the top right hand corner where it says "Promo Code" you can enjoy unlimited rides, mini-golf, and admission into Buccaneer Cove for only $12.99 per person, the normal price is $19.99. How cool is that?   Enjoy! … [Read more...]

So Cal Residents and Visitors: Enjoy a Priate’s Dinner Adventure Arrgghh!

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**Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by USFamilyGuide.com**   Ahoy there mates! Pirate's Dinner Adventure is the WORLD'S MOST UNIQUE & INTERACTIVE DINNER SHOW Two-hour live performance featuring an astonishing display of special-effects wizardry, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels. A four-course feast fit for a pirate king includes Preshow Appetizers, Vegetable Soup or Fresh Garden Salad, Roasted Half Chicken or BBQ Beef Kabobs, Buttery Mashed Potatoes or Caribbean Rice and Fudge Brownie a la mode. Vegetarian and kids meals are available. The meal also includes unlimited soft drinks and complimentary coffee. More than 150 guests have the chance to play an actual role in each show! Conveniently located off the 5 and 91 freeways in the heart of the Buena Park Entertainment Zone just 10 minutes away from the Disneyland Resort and 15 minutes from John Wayne Airport with domestic/international service. Complimentary on-site … [Read more...]

Experience How To Train Your Dragons 2 in IMAX 3D

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***Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by IMAX***     Hey Guys, Are you and your kiddos ready for How To Train Your Dragons 2? It soars into theaters everywhere this Friday June 13, 2014. The second chapter of DreamWorks Animation's beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless. Vocies include: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington. My family loved the first movie so we can't wait unitl this comes out! … [Read more...]

Flexi Rod Set on Natural Hair

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Hello beauties :) My mother-in-law recently gave me set of flexi rods and I decided to give them a whirl. I started on dry semi-stretched hair I sectioned my hair off into 5 sections and I only had 12 flexi rods to work with so I had to be creative and make it work honey! I used plain water from a spray bottle and a little Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream for moisture and some of my Wise Made pomade to seal in my moisture. This is the size I used, they are small but you can fit a good amount of hair on one rod surprisingly. Now can someone please tell me why I thought I could sleep comfortably in these things?!?! I was fooled by their soft foamy texture. Needles to say I didn't sleep well AT ALL. So now I know for next time I'll air dry all day or sit under my hooded dryer. Anyhoo the next day I used a little oil to separate and fluff and here are my results: I loved my curl definition! I received so many … [Read more...]

Knot Genie Detangling Brush: Review

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Disclaimer: **I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. As always all thoughts and opinions remain my own.**   Hey Guys, After yours truly (really it was just a snippet) was featured in the article about natural hair for Today.com I was contacted by Knot Genie to try out one of their detangling brushes on Jordyn's hair. Knot Genie was invented by a Denver mom of three daughters, Rikki Mor. The secret to how Knot Genie works is two-fold: 1) the bristles vary in length, so hair glides through it; and 2) there are no little balls at the end of each bristle, which pull and damage hair. I'll admit I was a little skeptical about trying it out and almost declined the offer. But I said to myself: "Self, be open-minded and give it a try." So I did just that. Knot Genie comes in a variety of sizes from regular to teeny to the supreme. I had the pleasure of trying out the supreme Knot Genie. The company listened to their customers … [Read more...]