04.21.16

DIY Hair Mask

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Hey y’all! Today I am going to show you my hair after using the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment. I will also be sharing a DIY hair mask tutorial. I like to use a hair mask once a week to keep my hair moisturized.

Everything you need for this hair mask can be found at your local grocery store. There are two versions. Choosing your mask will depend on your hair needs. If you have dry hair make it without baking soda, but if you have oily hair add baking soda. You’ll need avocado, coconut oil, honey, and baking soda (if your hair is oily).

Mash together:

Quarter of the avocado
2 TBSP Coconut oil
1 TSP honey

Add 1 TSP baking soda if your hair is oily

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 Rub it in your hair and let is sit for a few minutes. Rinse it out with shampoo a couple times so it doesn’t leave your hair greasy. And that’s it! Now you have an easy DIY hair mask you can make at home in 5 minutes. I hope this post is useful for you guys!  

04.19.16

Brighter Hair!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkYourColour #CollectiveBias

I used my Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment. This stuff is so easy to use! There are two parts to this product and they both come out and mix in your hand. I rubbed it all over my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can treat your hair more than once to get your desired outcome. If you are interested in this product check out your local Walmart. If you can’t find it in store you can find it online at walmart.com. The best part about it is it’s affordable!

I’ve never been willing to spend the time and money salon coloring my hair. For me it’s a big commitment and I’ve also seen the damage it can cause. Let’s not forgot the amount of time you need to carve out in order to sit in that salon chair for results. It’s not something that would fit my busy life. This means I either have to live with my hair being the same or find other ways to change my style. I do get bored of having long dark hair. I see all the “trendy” styles every year and I do wish I could partake. However, knowing myself I know I’ll get bored of it within a few months. My default hairstyle is waist length and dark brown. There is really only so much you can do with your hair if you aren’t willing to cut it shorter or color it. I love when my hair gets lightened by the sun. It happens so naturally and leaves the best golden shade. But in order to have that I have to spend time in the sun – and let’s face it, wrinkles are not your friend. Luckily the Brilliant Brunette® line is a realistic product that I can and will use. Its a great option for a low maintenance, busy girl like me.

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It’s been 2 weeks since I started using the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Subtle Lightening Conditioner. That in conjunction with the Visibly Brighter™ Treatment has definitely started to give me results. My hair has luster and dimension which is just what I was looking for. I wanted to “liven” up my very dark long locks and this has been helping. Click here to see my “before” post. I have started to notice a different in my hair. There are strands that are lighter and other parts that are still darker. It looks very natural. Almost as if the sun was doing the lightening naturally, which I love. I wanted a very natural looking brightening effect and I can see it happening. So far so good. I plan on using these products for a few more weeks until my hair is “summer ready”. For more information on the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo click here and click here for the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Conditioner.

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I strongly encourage you guys to head to Walmart or Walmart.com and give these products a try. You’ll be delighted that you can change your hair in the comfort of your home. The smell is amazing and the products are affordable. Give them a try!

12.08.15

Slim Jim Holiday Ornaments

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Need a creative idea to bring some masculine energy to your Christmas decorations? I created a fun DIY project for those special protein lovers in your life. My husband loves Slim Jims, especially with cheese. I wanted to come up with a cute idea that would fit in with the Holidays. I used the Slim Jim Gable 26 packs to create ornaments/stocking stuffers. I came up with 2 different ornament ideas. The first idea is a tree shaped ornament made from scrap cardboard around the house. All the online shoppers know what I’m talking about!

What You’ll Need
Ribbon or string
Glue Gun (low heat so it won’t melt the plastic wrapping)
Slim Jim Gable 26 Count
Pen

Cut a piece of cardboard into a circle. Use your glue gun to glue a ribbon onto the cardboard.

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Cover the circle with hot glue and start placing your Slim Jims onto it, meat side up. I was able to fit 8 Slim Jims on my circle, but this will depend on the size of circle you have. My circle was about 3 inches in diameter.

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Now turn it over and do the same to the other side.

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The final step is to cut 2 rectangles out of the cardboard. Make yours longer than I made mine. I was running out of cardboard at this point. Glue the cardboard stumps onto the circle leaving the brown cardboard side up. Then I used a black pen to draw the wood pattern on the tree.

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The next ornament I made was by using some left over plastic ornaments we had lying around. The perfect size is about 2 inches in diameter. Don’t use an ornament with glitter on it because your glue wont stick as well.

Start by bending your Slim Jims into “U’s” with your hands. Be gentle so you don’t break the packaging. Going from top to bottom draw a line with your glue gun. Then glue a pre-bent Slim Jim onto it.

Now glue more, working in quarters. Once you have 4 glued on, you can start filling in the blank spots.

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Once you have your ornament covered the top and bottom will look quite messy. Take your glue gun and start gluing down the loose ends. Be careful not to burn yourself! Now you have your Slim Jim ornament! These look so cute on my tree, and talk about a conversation piece. Unfortunately I also have a toddler who loves eating them and she’s already snatched some off the tree.

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Did you love them? I think we’ve already eaten a few of them haha! Everything I used was found at Wal-Mart. Why don’t you head there now and buy what you need to create your own Slim Jim ornaments. Click here to see more of what Slim Jim has to offer you!

10.21.15

DIY Fog Cooler!

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When you think of spooky Halloween fog you think of low, creeping smoke swirling through gravestones and mossy trees. Unfortunately this is not the effect you get with regular fog machines, unless you have a way to cool the fog. This fog cooler uses ice to cool the fog as it flows through the dryer hose from one end to the other. The longer the fog is allowed to cool, the longer it will stay low to the ground. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to control the wind and that will cause the fog to lift even when it’s chilled.

Fog machines are $30-$60 and you fill them with fog juice. You have to plug them in so the machine can heat up. These machines get very hot so you have to be careful where you keep it. Once it’s heated the machine blows out fog every couple of minutes. If you don’t have a way to cool the fog it will quickly rise and within seconds it will just be smoke. Fog coolers are easy and inexpensive to make. I made this one for under $100 including the fog machine.

Here is what you need

    • Plastic garbage can – about $9 at Wal-Mart
    • Waterproof Duct Tape – Wal-Mart
    • Fog Machine $34.97 – Wal-Mart
    • Fog Juice $8 – Wal-Mart
    • Small Box
    • Spray Paint – optional
    • Dryer Hose $9/piece (usually 8ft, buy 2) – Home Depot
    • Cutting tool, we used a jig saw
    • Marker
    • Ice – about 2-3 bags

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Start by tracing a circle on each side of the trash can. This is going to be the entry and exit of your dryer hose. Trace the circle about 2-3 inches from the bottom of the trash can.

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Now use a saw to cut the holes in the trash can. I started the hole with a razor blade, but it was pretty difficult so I highly suggest using a saw. We had a jig saw that we used and that was the perfect tool. It cut through the trash can quickly and easily. Now twirl the dryer hose into the trash can. You’ll have to connect the two hoses to make one long hose. Connect the two hoses and cover the seam with waterproof duct tape. Push each end of the hose out of the plastic trash can holes you cut.

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Take your box and cut a slit into it. On the opposite side cut a hole for the dryer hose to fit into. Now you can paint your box. I just used blue spray paint I had around the house. I sprayed a quick layer then connected the box to the dryer hose. Tape the top of the box closed. Now pour your ice into the garbage can around the hose. Set the fog machine at the open end of the hose and turn it on. When the fog machine is ready let it spray it into the hose. The fog will slowly make it through the dryer hose and out the box end.

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We are keeping the cooler on our porch so when trick or treaters come to the house they have to walk through the fog to get to the candy. I’m going to cover the trash bin with faux spider webs on Halloween. You can cover it with anything you want to hide the fact that it’s a garbage can. I also have some white gossamer that I could drape over the top. I can draw eyes on it and make it look like a ghost! I bought a plastic cauldron to keep on top of the box. This will be our pot of Hershey’s candy for our trick or treaters!
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I bought the Pumpkin Trunk or Treat Variety Bags from Wal-Mart. They are HUGE! I always run out of candy on Halloween, but this won’t be happening this year. One of these bags filled up my cauldron to the very top. I also bought the huge Kit Kat/Reese’s Miniatures Variety Bags. Tom and I love Reese’s so I am guessing we will be getting into this bag before Halloween. Click here to see the variety bags Hershey’s has to offer! If you haven’t stocked up on candy this year you better head to Wal-Mart! Also keep an eye out for the Halloween orange Reese’s with ‘Boo’ written on it.

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