Home Fries: Homemade for breakfast

Hey Guys!   Last night I was thinking of what I could make for breakfast and I realized that I had a bag of potatoes in my pantry that were being neglected. So I decided to make some home fries with them. The perfect addition to any breakfast. I started with three russet potatoes I rinsed and peeled them and then cut them into small cubes that look like this: While I was cutting my potatoes I had a pot of water boiling so it would be ready for my potatoes once I was done. I dropped all my cut potatoes into the pot of water and let them cook for 4 minutes. You don't want to cook the potatoes all the way through, you just want them to be half way cooked. While my potatoes were boiling I started a skillet with canola oil on medium to high heat. After the 4 minutes were up, I drained my potatoes and then dried them in a paper towel a bit just to soak up the excess water and so the potatoes wouldn't be soaking wet when I put them in the pain of oil. While the … [Read more...]

Knot Genie Magic Hair Band Review & Giveaway!!

Hey Guys! Disclaimer: I was sent this knot genie magic hair band for the purpose of this review, however as always all thoughts and opinions remain my own.   I was recently sent a Magic Hair Band from Knot Genie. The hair band is designed to fit your individual ponytail size. The band makes your ponytail fit nice and snug but not too tight like most hair bands tend to do. With the adjustable pull ties you are able to control how tight or how loose the hair band will fit. We have textured curly hair in my household and this hair band worked perfectly for us in securing ponytails and half up and half down styles. I personally wouldn't use it to do active or high intensity work outs as it doesn't seem to stay tight enough to me. The hair bands come in 7 different styles in various colors to choose from! These hair bands definitely add a little pizazz to your hair! Would you like to try out the Knot Genie Magic Hair Band for yourself or loved one! Then enter … [Read more...]

Two Buns: Hairstyle on Natural Hair

Hey Guys! I tried to get my creative juices flowing when I sat down to do Jordyn's hair. I wanted something quick and easy but also a style that would last for a few days. I came up with this! I started off by sectioning her hair in half horizontally from ear to ear. Next I started working on the back half of her head. I made three more horizontal parts and connected each of the ponytails together going upwards. When I got to the crown area of her head I split the hair from the last ponytail in half. Now it's time to work on the front section. I created a zig zag part going vertically to make two sections of hair. Then I made the two buns in front of her head with the two sections of hair. I also added the remaining hair from the back ponytail that I split in half. I just twisted each section and connected them to their respective buns. Here's another shot That's it, all done! Total Style Time: 20-30 minutes Products: Cantu Coconut Curl Cream and … [Read more...]

Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening: Review & Giveaway!

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

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!

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

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)

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

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!

**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...]