Jul 28, 2015

Summer Hair Problems Fixed with VO5 - Celebrating 60 Years of Beauty

We are halfway through summer and if you're like me, your hair has taken a beating over the past few months. Between the beach and numerous trips to the pool, our hair gets damaged over the summer. There is nothing worse than realizing your hair is completlty dried out from the sun.

Which is why I love using VO5 hot oil treatments during the summer. I almost forgot about VO5's hot oil treatments until I agreed to review them a few months ago. I fell in love again. I just love the way my hair looks better after one 5 minute treatment. Which is why I agreed to review some new products for VO5's 60th anniversary. I received sample product in exchange for this review and giveaway, all opinions are mine and no further compensation was provided.

It's easy to believe that VO5 has been around for 60 years since they have great products. To commemorate 60 years of innovation, VO5 announced it's petition to get the brand a star on Hollywood Boulevard. In order to get Alberto VO5 the much deserved star on Hollywood Boulevard, VO5 is calling fans to sign a virtual petition on their Facebook page. All signatures via the drive will be compiled throughout 2015 and will be presented to the Walk of Fame organizers. Check out this commercial from 1960. 

Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime shampoo & conditioner from VO5 is a familiar product in my house. My kids have used VO5 shampoo and conditioner since they were toddlers. They love picking out their own scent and Kiwi Lime is one of their favorites. I love the price, I can usually find it for a dollar. My kids aren't exactly known for using the correct amount of shampoo and conditioner so finding a great one at a great price point is essential for this mom. 

A product that was new to me was the Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil. I love this product! You can use it on wet or dry hair. I love using it at the pool. My girls are all about diving and flipping under the water when they swim which leaves their hair in a tangled mess. The Shine, Glow and Go Beauty Oil makes there hair nice and smooth after the pool.  

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Jul 20, 2015

Lazy Days of Summer

It's currently 3 in the afternoon and we are all still in our pjs. Well except my one child that has changed into 16 or so dress up outfits. We are being lazy bums watching TV and playing, and I'm loving every minute of it.

You see I planned on going to the gym this morning and then taking the kids to the pool. But then I didn't get much sleep last night and my kids were perfectly content to play quietly in their rooms this morning. All my plans went out the window.

We've had a pretty laid back summer but most days are fairly scheduled. For my sanity we don't have too many days at home. My kids have energy that needs to be burned and the pool is the perfect place for that. There have been many play dates at the pool this year.

But today we are being lazy bums.

I even used paper plates at lunch so I didn't have more dishes.

Normally my Type A self would go crazy over the idea of lounging in my pjs all day. I didn't even like doing this when I had infant twins. I'm more comfortable being dressed, I'm a little weird that way.

However today I'm enjoying every minute of it.

Sometimes we just need to have a lazy day at home.

Jul 14, 2015

Foil Packet Grilled Meatballs

We are having a hot and humid summer here, the first one since we've moved here. Normally I don't want to cook indoors in the summer but this year it's even worse. Last summer my husband and I did a 30 day grilling challenge and it was fun learning to adapt our recipes for the grill. With this hot summer it was time to try to adapt more recipes.

One of my favorite meals is throwing some frozen meatballs in the Crock Pot withe some BBQ sauce and serve it over rice. Easy and all my kids eat it which is why it's one of my favorite meals. But using the Crock Pot takes time I didn't have a few weeks ago so I decided to grill them.

These meatballs were really easy and were on the table in 30 minutes. You can eat them alone or over rice. I have a rice steamer that cooks the rice in 20 minutes without any effort from me so I always serve them over rice.

Grilled Meatballs 

20oz bag of Homestyle Meatballs
2 large squares of aluminum foil
BBQ sauce of your choice
2 cups cooked rice-optional

1. Preheat grill over medium/low heat. Tear off two large pieces of aluminum foil. Place half the meatballs on each piece of foil and top with BBQ sauce. I didn't measure, just eyeball it, then wrap into a pocket securely.

2. Grill the foil packets for 25 minutes, turning occasionally.

3. Remove from the grill and serve over rice.

I was feeling really lazy and didn't want to do dishes this night.

I made these with some grilled broccoli which is the best way to eat broccoli in my opinion. All you need to do is toss some olive oil and salt and pepper over the broccoli and grill for about 10 minutes. I like my broccoli crunchy so you might need to cook yours longer.

I hope you enjoy this easy dinner as much as we do!

Jul 9, 2015

Practical Parenting Advice You Won't Find in Parenting Books

A friend texted me today for some potty training advice. Now why on earth she chose to call me is beyond my comprehension as I am the world's worst potty trainer. No really I sucked at it and there is a PTSD from the time when my son smeared poop all over his room every single day at nap time. My advice was to stop buying wine by the bottle and go for the box stuff. I think it's good advice, anyone can help you with practical advice but I'm the kind of friend that will help you get through it.

So here is some practical advice on how to get through the tough parenting phases.

My baby won't sleep - Nope and nothing I say to you will convince you to try something new until you are truly desperate. Until then wake up Daddy occasionally so you can go to sleep.

My kid is a picky eater - Mine too, and nothing and I do, I mean nothing works on her. Not cooking with me, not helping me plan the meals, not growing the food, NOTHING! Let this battle go. My suggestion is to make one thing that your picky eater will eat and then the rest of dinner is a choice. They can chose to eat or they can chose to be hungry. We are finally seeing some progress with our picky eater on this path, maybe it will work for you too.

My kid insists on listening to pop music - Oh Taylor Swift, how I hate you these days. My kid finally succumbed to pop music peer pressure and my ears are bleeding from the noise. Buy headphones, you cannot win this battle. They play that crap music at school!

My kid won't clean his room - I feel you on this one. I am a meanie mom, I set a timer and whatever is not put away when the timer goes off goes in the attic for an unknown amount of time. Basically until I feel like they've earned it back. I've only had to put away toys once, they know I mean business now.

We are never messy!

My kid sucks his thumb - Mine too, all three of them. Embrace spending thousands of dollars on braces, the damage is already done. Short of cutting off their thumbs I don't think anything but time or permanent retainers will solve this problem.

My kids don't listen to me - Yeah no kids do all the time, just like adults darn humans. Get eye contact and have them repeat it back to you when it's important. Best way to get your kid's attention is to whisper or talk on the phone.

You probably won't find these sarcastic parenting advice gems in any other parenting book but I do swear by them. Now I did offer to bring my friend some wine tonight and hang out so I'm not a horrible friend. Just a mom who's been there and knows that potty training takes time, patience, and wine for when you're out of patience.

Jun 30, 2015

10 Things to Smile About #10Things

I can't believe June has come and gone. I was so looking forward to school ending and just like that June is over and summer is going by too fast. Here are some things that made me smile in June. 

1. Preschool water day. Molly was able to attend and when they decided to get into the big bubble together they instantly hugged. I love seeing their unique bond! 

2. Snif snif, Mark's preschool graduation. He was so stinkin cute!

3.The twin performed in their first dance recital. All three kids did great and we've watched the video about 20 times already.

4. Ahhhh sibling love. Is there anything better???

5. Pool days with friends. My kids pretty much live at the pool these days.

6. Father's Day dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant. Eating at Chuy's always makes me smile.

7. Regal's Dollar Movie days give me tons to smile about. Going with friends makes it even better.

8. Our oldest went to camp this weekend. She was very cute the day before she left wanting extra hugs. I snapped this picture when no one was looking. I can't help but think awww every time I look at this picture.

9. Speaking of camp here's our big girl when we dropped her off at camp. There were no tears, just big smiles and more excitement than I've seen in a long time.

10. Look at this face! Molly loved her Daddy's soup and charmed her way into eating half the bowl. This sweet girl has a daddy that really loves her, he rarely shares food with me.

What is making you smile this month? 

Jun 29, 2015

Sweet N' Low Truck Tour #DontHesitaste

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sweet’N Low. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Every summer since moving to North Carolina my family attends the Peak City Pig Fest. It's an awesome BBQ festival with tons of booths and fun activities for the kids. My kids love trying the award winning BBQ and playing in the kids area. What kid wouldn't love an area filled with bounce houses and games to play? We pretty much eat and play our way through the festival and have a great time. 

Last year the BBQ chicken pizza was the kid favorite. 

This year we stopped by the Sweet'N Low's national truck tour to check out their iced tea sweeten with Sweet'N Low. I warned the kids going in that mommy needed to work there and that we would be in that area a little longer than normal. What I didn't realize was that I would eventually have to drag them out of the truck area so other families could enjoy it. 

They had a blast!

There were a few activities for the kids to do at the truck. They took several pictures with the props and played corn hole for almost an hour. I should mention that the festival was on an extremely hot and humid day so going to a truck with tons of shade and iced tea was welcomed! 

Growing up my best friend's mom always had ice tea in the kitchen. We used Sweet'N Low to sweeten our tea back then and her tea was my favorite. After moving away from the South I stopped drinking iced tea since it wasn't served very often and when it was the tea was awful! There is no comparison to Southern Iced Tea, 

Trying a sample and enjoying the shade!

I forgot how much I love iced tea! After taking one sip of that tea it was like going back 25 years in time. I instantly remembered just how sweet Sweet'N Low makes the tea, but without all the calories! One pink packet of Sweet’N Low is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar.Talk about a win/win for this mom! If it's also been years since you've tried Sweet'N Low, you need to try it again. I bet you'll like it as much as I did.

Even more surprising was that my husband liked the ice tea. He normally hates ice tea but he liked it at the Sweet'N Low truck. He grew up with sweet flavored tea and never liked it. I'm shocked that I actually found some ice tea that he will drink but I'm not complaining. He needs an alternative to soda! Clearly a company that has been around for 56 years has stood the test of time for a reason. Check out the Sweet'N Low truck tour schedule to see when they will be in your area so you can try their sweetened beverages for yourself. While you're there, stay awhile to play and have some fun. You could win a gift just for stopping by their booth! 

While you're at the truck, be sure to take some pictures and enter their #DontHesitaste contest. Sweet’N Low’s “Don’t Hesita(s)te” represents that moment when you hesitate before tasting something, which means you could be missing out on something great! For me and my sweet tooth it usually means I skip dessert. Growing up I only used Sweet'N Low to sweeten my drinks but now they have recipes using their product for desserts as well. Now there is no excuse, #DontHesitaste anymore when it comes to treats. 

To enter the #DontHesitaste photo contest, upload a picture of your favorite Sweet’N Low-sweetened drink for a chance to win money, prizes and more! To be considered you must use the hashtags #DontHesitaste and #contestentry in your post.

My daughters liked the props and posed for many pictures for the contest. Of course mom had to get into at least one picture! 

Want to learn more about Sweet'N Low product or their #DontHesitaste contest? Visit Swett'N Low on their website and on Facebook for more information. And don't forget to check out their truck tour. Chances are they are coming to an event near you. 

Is the SweetN' Low truck coming to your area? What is your #DontHesitaste moment? 

Jun 26, 2015

Sleep Away Camp Confessions

I confess....
We go to the pool almost everyday.

I confess....
The pool is basically a sleeping pill for my kids. When we go to the pool they fall asleep instantly when we put them to bed at night.


I confess....
My daughter is going to camp on Sunday. She is jumping out of her skin excited. I hope that excitement continues, it will kill me if she doesn't want us to leave when we drop her off.

Camp Open House Event

I confess....
It will be interesting to see the change in dynamic next week with one kid gone. My twins give me a run for my money and really like to team up against their older sister.

I confess....
I'm hoping things will go smoother next week with one less kid but something tells me it will be harder. Isabella is the one who clues me in when they are misbehaving.

I confess....
I am looking forward to cooking next week with my picky eater at camp. I had a fantastic time planning all the meals she hates and complains about but everyone else loves.

I might not be a good person based on that last confession.

I confess....
I know I'm going to miss my girl but I also know she's going to have a fantastic time. I loved camp as a kid.

I wish I could go for a week.

Without my family.

I mean I would take my husband but someone has to watch the kids :)

What are you confessing this week?

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