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Friday

Product Review Weekend Link Up Party #ProductReviewParty #118

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Thursday

Smooth Legs for Days with Venus

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.


Hey Yall!  I had someone contact me awhile back wanting to know what kind of razors do I use and would recommend.  I told them during the time I use store brands because I'm a cheapskate, but wouldn't recommend it because my legs don't come out as smooth as it should, and when I step into the light, I can see the areas that I missed.





That's embarrassing walking around with stubble on my legs; I needed to do something about this problem, especially since it's summer time and my legs get a lot of exposure during the hot months.





Walmart has the new Gillette Venus Razor collection for 3 types of girls,  the Perfectionist (Venus Swirl), the Multitasker (Venus & Olay), and the On-the-Go Girl (Venus Sensitive).





I want my legs looking flawless, lasting for days.  I don't want to have to shave my legs every day; I don't have time for all of that!  You know me, I'm the girl that's always on the go, super busy, I can't waste time.





So, by now you know what razor I chose to use, Venus Sensitive for the girls that are On-the-Go.  Also, I got some Gillette Venus Vanilla Cashmere shaving cream for added moisture to get my skin even smoother.



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The Venus Sensitive razor with the three blades and moisture strips gently removed the hair with just one stroke; I didn't have to shave the same area of my leg over again.  No cuts, revealing baby soft legs that I can't keep my hands off of.  Also, my legs were touchably soft for days, no needing to shave each day.  YES!!!


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My legs will be getting sunkissed next week while I'm laying on the white sandy beaches sipping island drinks at the US Virgin Islands!  Yes, y'all!  This On-the-Go girl is going to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USVI!  Suprise!!!  I've been holding onto this news for two months now, and happy to finally reveal this trip to you all!  As you can see, I'm super excited!





I'll be making sure to have my new Venus razor packed along with my other beauty essentials on my trip.  Make sure to follow along and see what stuff the girls and I get into.





Check out the benefits from all three Venus razors and tell me which one fits your personality:

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  • The Venus Swirl is for the Perfectionist because it leaves your legs flawlessly smooth! It has five contour blades and Flexiball technology that contours to every curve for flawless skin.


  • The Venus & Olay razor is for the Multitasker because it moisturizes as you shave – no need for shave cream!  It has five blades and Olay Moisture Bars that release skin conditioners to help lock in skin’s moisture for less dryness.


  • The Venus Disposable is for the On-The-Go-Girl because it’s perfectly suited for the active lifestyle. Just shave, then toss it out – no need to find replacement razors! Venus Disposables give a close shave for sensitive skin and has three blades surrounded by soft, protective cushions.  The pivoting rounded head fits easily into hard-to-shave areas.


  • Walmart: Walmart has the best quality razors at everyday low prices.  Learn more and shop for Venus razors at Walmart


Wednesday

Gym Bag Essentials

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Going to the gym is an excellent thing for your body. Keeping fit and getting into shape is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. The only downside to the gym is not being able to drag all the things that are in your bathroom into the gym. Luckily, you can bring along some gym bag essentials to make getting ready for the gym much easier. 




Folding Hair Dryer
If you are a woman who likes for her hair to look good, you will need the necessary tools to dry your hair at the gym. Bringing along a folding hair dryer to the gym will not take up much space, but it will give your hair the silkiness and volume that you want. When you are done with the dryer, you can unplug and fold it up into a piece of equipment that is only a few inches wide.  




Thin Spa Robe
Though your gym may supply towels, you should bring along your own robe for when you hop out of the shower. Chances are that you will have to share the shower and dressing facilities, so you will need to walk from the shower to the dressing area. With a nice, thin robe, you may feel more comfortable getting dressed while at the gym. 




Water Bottle with Infuser
If you don't like the taste of the water at the gym, or if you have had issues drinking as much water as you need, an infuser will help. A water bottle with an infuser for fruits will help the water taste better and give you a reason to drink it. Put your favorite fruits inside of your water bottle before heading to the gym, then feel free to fill up your water bottle as often as you need. 




Spray Deodorant
One of your worst nightmares is dealing with deodorant crumbling and spilling over the items inside of your gym bag. To avoid this issue entirely, invest in a good spray deodorant. Not only will spray deodorant never cause a crumbling or spilling issue, it will also be easier to grab and spray on within seconds. There will be no dealing with white lines inside of your clothing either. 




Tinted moisturizer
Wearing a face full of makeup while you work out is not something that you should do, but you can still look your best. Before and after your workout, you can touch up your skin with a little tinted moisturizer. The tinted moisturizer is good for your skin and will also smooth out your complexion without being too heavy. 




Pain relievers
One of the worst parts of dealing with the gym is dealing with the sore muscles and pain that can come along with it. A small jar of pain relievers will be a big relief if you get a Charlie horse or otherwise feel some discomfort and soreness. Since cramps will likely happen, bring along some pain relief cream inside of your gym bag each day. A little pain reliever can go a long way in making sure you will be able to walk after leg day. 


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What do you keep inside of your gym bag at all times?

Tuesday

Beach Items Needed for Summer Vacation

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Planning a vacation to a beach destination often leads to additional items being required on your packing checklist. It is important to be prepared for time in the sun. Beach towels, sandals and eye protection should be priorities on your packing list. Add these items to your packing checklist so that you are ready for fun by the water. 

Monday

I Got Four Lipsticks Free from MAC!

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Lip Color: MAC Lustering

Hey Yall!  You know how much I love playing in makeup.  I'm no makeup guru, but I enjoy learning and using the latest beauty products.




Lately, I haven't been wearing as much makeup, and that's because it's summer and I don't want my face melting off, plus I'm digging a more natural look.





I told y'all last year that I gave up on MAC's Cosmetics foundations due to it breaking my skin out and being too heavy on my face, however, I didn't stop using their other products like their eyebrow pencil and lipsticks.



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Speaking of lipsticks, did you know I haven't paid a single dime for any lipsticks I have from MAC?  Yep, true!  And it's all thanks to their recycling program.  When you save six empty containers from MAC and return them to a MAC Cosmetic store, you can choose one certain lipstick for free.

 



So, I've been stocking up my empty MAC containers for over a year now and got to choose four new lipsticks.  So here's the math:





6 empty containers = 1 free lipstick



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I received four free lipsticks, so that means I turned in 24 empty makeup bottles.  Wow, that's a lot of makeup products I used, but it was mainly empty eyebrow pencils. 





I don't wear lipstick all the time since my lips are naturally colored, but when I do wear lipstick the colors I choose are more of a natural red or pink tones.  I'm not all about the drama on my lips with colors like blue, purple, and yellows.  I guess you can call me Plain Jane.





Check out the lippies I picked out.  I did swatches for you.  Do you think I did a good job choosing the colors?



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I will say this about MAC lipsticks; they have some of the most beautiful, vibrant, pigmented shades of colors.  Perfect for everyone's taste levels.  Some colors give the lips a shiny effect, and some of MAC's lipsticks are matte for all day lasting power.





I prefer the lipsticks that are not matte because matte has my lips dry, cracking, and peeling.  So not a good look.  The lipsticks that are creamy textured doesn't last all day, but the way it has my lips poppin' like lip gloss I don't mind reapplying.





Remember National Lipstick Day is July 29th!  Make sure to show off your cutest lippies! 






Do you base your lipstick colors on whatever season it is?

Friday

Thursday

Ice Age: Collision Course in Theaters Everywhere July 22nd

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The girls and I were invited as media to preview movie.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Hey Yall!  The other evening, the girls and I were invited to see Ice Age: Collision Course, hosted by Atlanta's local Hip Hop Station, V-103 at Atlantic Station.



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This is the 5th installment of the movie series, and I got to admit something, I haven't seen any of the previous ones.  I just wasn't interested, to be honest with you.  If it wasn't for getting invited to preview this movie, I more than likely wouldn't have seen this latest Ice Age either.





But you know what?  I'm glad I was given the opportunity to see it.  It was actually an alright movie.  It had me laughing here and there.  However, I will say that Ice Age: Collision Course needed to tone down on the jokes, it was way too much.  Like if they were trying too hard.





Other than that, I think it's a movie to gather up the family to see together.  I rate this movie a 7 out of 10.







 
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE

Animated Comedy

Release: July 22, 2016, in 3D

Director:  Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu

Producer: Lori Forte

Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Strahan, Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson & Lilly Singh






SYNOPSIS

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, opening in theaters everywhere July 22, 2016, stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez.  Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.







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Raising Teens: Six Costs You Should Be Prepared For

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When it comes to financial matters, it is always important to plan ahead before its time to pay the bills. Children might be one of the best investments out there, but it is important to be aware of the costs that will come with raising them. Here, you will find the six common costs all parents should be prepared for when raising a teenager.




Electronics

That brand new smartphone might seem like a necessity for your teen, but don’t let their pleas break the bank. In a generation that is busier and more connected than ever, having a means of communication is important, but that means doesn’t have to double as a tablet, compass and fingerprint scanner. Remember that simply buying the gadget isn’t enough as there will be monthly service charges and contracts associated with it. Also, with schools expecting every student to complete a significant amount of their homework on a computer, expect to invest in a personal laptop for your teen too. 




Car Costs

Every teen’s dream is to see that shiny, new car on their sixteenth birthday. New or not, having a personal form of transportation is becoming a necessity these days. Your teen’s high school schedule may or may not agree with public transportation. However, teen drivers will spike your insurance simply due to their inexperience, especially if they have their own cars. If your teen gets into an accident, then the premium may be raised even higher. That, coupled with the cost of accident repair, could make the damage a very costly ordeal. To save on expenses, go to a reputable auto body shop for repairs. Prices can vary drastically, and it’s important to choose places that can get the repairs needed a great price. Besides insurance and car repairs, don’t forget to consider the extra cost of gas. 




Clothing

Whether your teen wants the latest designer piece or prefers shopping at thrift stores, he or she will probably undergo several growth spurts. That pair of pants that seemed to fit just fine last season will no longer work the next. This will obviously require replacement of clothes and shoes much faster than expected and raise costs in the clothing department higher than expected.




Extracurricular Activities

High school students are continuing to be more involved in their communities as they fill out their resumes and pursue their passions. There are many costs associated with these clubs, sports teams and private music lessons. Consult your teen about his or her interests so you can plan for these expenses appropriately. 




School Trips

 

Parents often overlook these excursions. This lack of awareness may be fine for the local field trips, but the monumental senior trips towards the end of a teen’s high school career cannot be paid for last minute. Often lasting several days, these trips are usually paid for in installments. However, you can’t put a price on memories. Discuss with your teen what trips are most important to them. They should know that going on every trip may not be possible for the family budget. 




College Applications


Even before the hefty tuition bills start coming in, there are fees associated with the college application process. With competitive colleges expecting more than just SAT or ACT scores, the costs of standardized testing have risen to new levels. Application fees can also add up. Scholarship applications, however, are usually free and should be taken advantage of. This is another topic to discuss with your teen.




These costs may seem daunting now, but you will be prepared for them when the time comes. There are always ways to save by taking advantage of student discounts, buying used items or by simply compromising with your teen. Encourage your teen to find a part-time job that he or she enjoys. That way, they can take care of their small personal expenses without the need for an allowance. Save when you can and spend when you should.



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Wednesday

Where to Find the Best Back to School Deals

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School will be back in session before you know it, and buying school supplies is nobody’s favorite task.  You can find some great deals, though, if you know where (and when) to shop.  Knowing where (and how) to find the best deals is essential for any parent trying to stretch their back to school budget.


Using Smartphone Apps
Nearly every store has what seem to be great sales this time of year, but those great sales are known in the retail industry as “loss leaders”.  They’re meant to draw you into the store with the well-proven idea that once you’re there, you’ll just do all your shopping at once.  One of the best ways to find back to school deals is to shop these sales and only purchase the loss leader items.  Then, move on to the next store and buy their loss leaders, and so on until you have everything you need.  If that seems like too much trouble you can try using a smartphone app that helps you compare prices between various stores without having to drive to each one.  


Anticipating Clearance Sales
If you can, buy only an outfit or two at the beginning of the school year, and shop the summer clothes, as they’ll be marked down at that time.  Near the end of September and into October, you can start shopping for fall clothing, because it will be discounted to make room for the winter clothes.  Stores are on a slightly accelerated schedule when it comes to seasonal clothing, so if you can wait a bit, you can find some really great deals on some really nice clothes.


Matching Prices
Some stores have price matching programs that allow you to save using sales from other stores.  Many stores allow customers to search for lower prices on their smartphones, and honor those prices, even if they’re listed as online-only sales.  Find the stores with the best price matching guarantees (Staples offers a 110%), then make sure you’re always checking your local ads.


Scrimping and Saving
While it’s true that preparing for back to school can be an expensive endeavor, there are some really easy ways to save a lot on the essentials.  Knowing when and where to shop is as important as knowing how to shop for bargains.  With a bit of preparation and research, back to school shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. 

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How do you find the best back to school deals?

Tuesday

Swimsuit Styles and Trends for Moms

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Moms can look great at the poolside without drawing in too much unwanted attention. Every summer bathing suit trends change, but some remain timeless and are always trending. It is important to select a swimsuit style that suits your shape and is comfortable to wear at the same time. 



Monokini
Swimsuit designers are getting creative with cut-outs (monokini’s). Some use a diagonal cut-out approach leaving a majority of the mid-section exposed. Some designs are created with cutouts just along the side or down the middle of a swimsuit. If you are slightly self-conscious about a couple trouble areas, but love the design of a Monokini swimsuit, consider wearing a sheer wrap or bathing suit cover up dress. 



Mixed and Matched Tankini
This summer it is all about mixing and matching patterns and colors. Tankinis are in for moms. Consider an option with a plain colored bottom and fun, printed top. Two-piece tankinis are ideal for moms who are even a little on the thick side. 


You can wear a sheer swimsuit cover up dress or tunic over a tankini if you are receiving too many stares. It is ideal to choose a sheer color option that matches the main color in the tankini for consistency.



Lingerie Inspired
Lingerie-inspired swimsuits are popular this summer. Sheer fabric, lace patterns and cut-outs combine to make a sultry swimsuit design that flatters moms in the right ways. Moms can look slightly provocative without looking undesirable. 


If you don’t feel comfortable being out like this in public with the kids, feel free to put on a romper or a cover-up dress when the kids are around. 



High Waist Swimsuits
High waist swimsuits are hot on the trending list for this summer. It is a vintage/retro look that works well for young moms. Although many designers are going with a sailor inspired theme, it is possible to find one that just features basic colors.  


Options like this are great for moms that have a little extra skin around the hip areas. The textured design hides those trouble spots very well so that you are able to walk around the pool or along the beach with absolute confidence. 



Simple One-Piece
One-piece swimsuits really do not go out of style. One color swimsuits, however, are not so trendy. Choose multi-colored, designs or floral prints and steer clear of skirted one-piece swimsuits. Skirts do nothing for your body but hide your thighs, in which you are left with an uneven tan. It does not matter if you have thicker thighs than you wish for, let them get some exposure this summer. 



Have confidence in yourself and wear your bathing suit with pride. Everyone has at least one trouble spot on their body that they are unhappy with, but you don’t have to cover it up. Be tasteful and select your swimsuit carefully. If you are unhappy with the way it looks on you, it may leave a few unwelcomed and unpleasant comments in your mind. Have fun with your kids at the beach or pool, and stay trendy at the same time. 


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What swimsuit style have you been rocking this summer?


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