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Sun Safety Tips

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The sun can be very dangerous when you do not take the necessary safety precautions. Sun poisoning is a serious health condition that stems from spending too much time in the sun unprotected and not being properly hydrated. Sun-related illnesses can result in death, in the most extreme cases. Take these safety tips into consideration the next time you plan to spend some time out in the sun.

Wear Bright Colored Clothes

Bright colors help reflect light away from your body. Avoid black, blue, brown and other dark colors at all costs. This includes both shirts and pants. Dark colors absorb and keep heat from the sun in. While keeping colors bright, your clothes should also be slightly loose fitting to allow for airflow to help ventilate the body.

Take an Umbrella Along

An umbrella can help shield you from the sun. It is ideal to use when planning a day at the beach, in a park or at an all-day event. Avoid a sheer umbrella as it will not provide enough of a barrier between you and the sun. Selecting a large umbrella, like those for multiple people at once, is the best choice. 

Keep a Hat Handy

A hat that shades both your neck and face is ideal. Straw hats are popular, as are cowboy hats. Ball caps are okay for short periods of time but only protect your face. When wearing hats, it is a good idea to put on a thin layer of sunscreen to keep the exposed areas of your head and neck protected. 

Reapply Sunblock Often

Every two to three hours you should reapply sunblock. Some guarantee protection for a specific amount of time, but sweating or getting wet washes them off. Even waterproof options wash off naturally with prolonged sweating or water exposure. Apply only thin layers at a time. If you use a spray option, ensure that you are evenly coating each exposed skin surface. 

Drink More Water

Sun exposure leads to dehydration. It is ideal to double your normal water intake when spending time in the sun. As the body becomes dehydrated, you lose the ability to think clearly and function properly. Staying hydrated helps your skin repair itself from excessive sun exposure. 

Limit Time in the Sun

While vitamin D is required by the body, 15 minutes per day is all the sun you really need. Limit your time in the sun, even on days when temperatures are comfortable. It does not have to be hot for the sun to damage your skin. Consider 20 – 30 minute intervals, when possible, with a hydration break every 30 minutes. 

Taking the necessary precautions when planning to spend more time than usual in the sun prevents medical emergencies from occurring. Sun burns can be of third degree status, which requires hospitalization. Be responsible when enjoying time in the sun to prevent injury, dehydration and potential sun-related injury death. Children and elders should be especially careful in the sun as their bodies cannot handle as much exposure as teens and young adults. 

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What is your best sun safety tip?


Websites that Give Free Samples

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Being able to try a product before you buy it not only saves money but it lets you know what to expect from the product. Major companies often offer free samples of new products to gauge consumer opinion of the product. It is a good way for a business to market a brand new item to consumers. 


SampleSource does offer samples of household items, health and beauty products and pet products to name a few categories. You are able to track the delivery status of your order as well. Reviews are available from those that have already tried the product so that you can decide whether or not you will be able to use and/or like the product.

Woman Freebies

Freebies just for women, both moms and those without children, can be requested from Woman Freebies. Consumers can connect with Woman Freebies on multiple social media networks to be alerted of the newest samples. This website also shares deeply discounted item alerts, general female-oriented blog content and a fun atmosphere for consumers to participate in.

Sample a Day

When using Sample a Day, you will have access to a new or different sample every day. You can choose whether or not you want to try the item or not. The site was started by two gentlemen that wanted to offer free stuff with a bit of humor on the side to make the overall user experience more pleasurable. 

I Love Free Things

The samples tend to go quick that are posted via I Love Free Things, but their list is one of the most comprehensive available. Many of the freebies and samples shared are done so via Facebook and other social media platforms. Since some manufacturers do limit their number of samples on some products, it is ideal to request one posted by this website as quickly as possible to ensure availability.


FreeFlys has an organized category list with samples of all types from vitamins to beauty products. You can easily click on a sample and view its short description. While surveys are not required, some manufacturers may require a social media connection to have access to the form to request the sample. One of the benefits of Freeflys is that the variety of samples available is not limited to a specific category like health and beauty, household or children. Essentially, any manufacturer that offers samples, even for auto care products, is properly categorized there.


Walmart does offer a few samples on its website. For the most part, these are health and beauty or food item samples. It typically takes 6 weeks for samples from Walmart to arrive. In most cases, coupons for the product are also given. It is one of Walmart’s ways of marketing. 

Some websites, like Quality Health, offer samples but require survey completion or participation to receive the sample. Others may offer a free sample in exchange for a simple review. Those mentioned here do not require participation of any kind. You can request samples of items you are interested in without completing endless surveys.

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What is your go to website for free samples?


Picture Perfect Hair this Summer with OGX

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Hey Yall!  I shared about OGX Hair products recently, and how much I enjoy using their hair product collection.

Well, they hit me with even more goodies to keep my summer hair looking picture perfect.  How sweet of them to keep my hair stashed filled, and great timing too because I was running out of their hair styling products.

I've been using OGX on my hair as well as the girls' hair with great results, as long as we wear our hair in its natural texture.  Humidity no matter what I put in our hair makes our hair frizz up.  I'm looking forward to the cooler fall months so that I can wear my hair in the layered bob style and the girls will wear their hair in a blowout style every once in awhile.

This summer, I spent a lot of time having fun in the sun with my girls.  The sun can be very damaging to my tresses, leaving it dry, tangled, and lifeless, but I kept OGX essentials handy to keep my locks looking and feeling healthy.  They have been my go-to hair products this summer, especially their hair oils, my hair can't thrive without them.

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OGX Hair oils are what I needed to replenish most, and I'm so glad that OGX shipped me more to try out.  Check out the goodies OGX sent me:

1. Weightless Hydration + Coconut Water:  These dynamic duos take your hair from parched to silky, shiny perfection on your vacation with their travel sized shampoo and conditioner.

2. Moroccan Surf Paste:  Surf's Up Dude!  Argan oil, sea kelp and sea salt-infused surf paste help to create a super-fun beachy texture that looks effortless.

3. O2 Weightless Oil & Lifting Tonic: Don't step out into the heat and humidity without a light misting of this weightless formula blend that'll take your hair to new heights!

4. Argan Oil of Morocco Voluminous Mousse: Don't use hair products that's weighing your hair down in the heat.  Massage this lightweight whipped mousse for hair that bounces and shines.

5. Argan Oil of Morocco In-Shower Oil:  When vacationing, packing light is a must!  Take this multi-tasking oil that doubles as both a hair and body moisturizer.

OGX is always doing me so well by supplying me with their latest haircare products!  They must have been checking out my social media accounts seeing me having a fabulous summer break at the beach, pools, and amusement parks and know I need hair products to keep my hair looking good.

 I was provided these products free, all opinions are my own

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How has your hair been holding up this summer?


What's on My Pandora Workout List?

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Hey Yall!  How was your weekend?  Did you do anything fun and exciting?

For those of you who don't know, I'm on a self-care journey this year that I made part of my 2016 goals to achieve.  I can't give my all if I'm not taking care of myself, like my health.

When I was working at a public relations/public affairs firm for eight years, I wasn't taking good care of myself at all.  My job assignment was working at my desk from 9-6 Monday through Friday.  While working, I would eat unhealthy snacks and junk foods for lunch.  What didn't help was the temptations of bags of mixed candies my boss would have free for the employees.  I would rummage through those sweets every work day hands full of candy I would eat. 

I was packing on the pounds quickly since I wasn't moving very much throughout the day, just for bathroom breaks, and going to lunch to pick up fast foods.

I told myself when I left my job; I'm joining a gym to lose about 30 to 40lbs, start eating better, and take more time for myself.

So far, I've been doing well.  People have been noticing my weight loss, and wondering what I've been doing to shed the pounds.

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I spend three times a week at the gym for about 2 hours during those days.  I make sure to limit the sweets I eat, drink water and most importantly eat breakfast each day; breakfast was something I use to skip out all the time because I was rushing to get to work.  Breakfast is the fuel you need to get you going for the day.  When I don't eat breakfast, I overeat during lunch.  Also, when I eat now, I eat in smaller portions.

So far in my journey, I've lost 20lbs!  YEA ME! 

Today, I wanted to share with you the stations on Pandora I listen to on my phone when I'm working up a sweat at the gym.  Don't judge me, because some of the music genres are ratchet as hell.  But, that kind of music gets me pumping and my adrenaline running.  I listen to them more for the beat instead of the lyrics; it reminds me of my teenage years dancing in the clubs.   Yes, I was a clubber during my heyday!  LOL!

My Top 10 Pandora Workout List:

1. Today's Hip Hop and Pop Hits Radio

2. Fetty Wap Radio

3. T.I. Radio

4. Trap Rap Radio

5. Twerk Radio

6. Becky G Radio

7. Rap and Hip Hop Pre-Game Radio

8. Hip Hop Party Radio 

9. Britney Spears Radio

10. Lady Gaga Radio

Well hey, I got some pop music in the mix!

Do you listen to Pandora?  If so, what stations do you listen to? 



Shelf Life of Beauty Products

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One of the most frustrating things you will encounter is finally finding a makeup product you like and then hearing that they will be discontinuing it. You will have a strong desire to purchase several packages to make it last as long as possible. However, makeup can breed bacteria, which will cause skin issues to continue or worsen so it is important to know when it is best to face the situation and toss the product.

Everything Expires

Regardless of what type of makeup product you are looking at, it does have an expiration date. However, most products expiration dates will speed up after they have been used for the first time. Expiration works in two ways. The first thing you are looking at is the stability of the ingredients and the second is how quickly bacteria multiplies after it has been exposed to the air and bacteria on your skin. The initial expiration date is generally stamped onto the packaging, while the second type will depend on how you store the product.


Period after Opening Dates

Some products are stamped with some symbols that will help you determine how long the product should be kept after opening it. The symbol you are looking for is an M and then something that looks like an open jar. After this symbol, there will be a number. The M stands for months and the following number is the number of months the product can be used after opening it. Therefore, if you see a six after the jar, you should throw away your product within six months after first use.

Products Gone Bad

Sometimes products will go bad before the expiration date, so it is important to know how you can identify these before putting them on your face. The first method is by a strange smell when you open the product. However, a different consistency may be the easiest way to determine if the product is no longer good. You can also look for any signs of leakage or expansion, because this could mean that the product has gone bad even if you have not opened it.

Read Ingredients

Reading the ingredient list will help you get a good idea on the length of time it will be good after first use. Products that are water based will have the shortest shelf life, while powders will have a longer period after opening. In addition, if the products include fruit extracts, you will notice the shelf life is very short. Water offers a great environment for bacteria to grow, as does the sugar in fruit. Finally, if the product is free of preservatives, expect it to not last very long at all after you have opened it.

For the most part, mascara (and other liquid eye products) has the shortest life span and should be tossed within six months after first use. If it dries out, you will want to toss the product instead of adding water to revitalize it. Cream products have the next shortest life span at about a year. These include your foundations, concealers, highlighting pens, and so forth. Finally, your powder products and lipsticks will last up to two or three years after you have first used them. You can extend lipsticks by using a brush instead of applying the lipstick directly on your lips.


Wonder Water: 6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin

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While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage, you’re not alone. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If you’re new to infused water, it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit overnight in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.

1. Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful, glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.

2. Grapefruit Rosemary

Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious, but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.

3. Melon Mix

Cut up watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”

 4. Citrus Mint

Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne-fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds.

5. Cucumber Lavender

“The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is that it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.


6. Pineapple Coconut Water

This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerated overnight with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piƱa colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, Coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.” 

Clearly, there are benefits to keeping hydrated. Water does not have to be boring; it can be delicious. Drink up!


Arizona Jeans are #SoWorthIt at JCPenney

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Hey Yall!  I can't believe I now have a 4th and 5th grader!  Where has the time gone?  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking them both to their preschool class in tears, not wanting to let them go, nervous of the separation.  I would call throughout the day to the school checking in on them making sure they were okay during their first few days in Pre-K.

Now, elementary school for them will soon be ending, and they won't be little girls anymore.  They'll be rolling with the big dawgs in middle school.  I'm so not ready for this!

The girls went back to school already on August 8th.  Before our trip to St. Croix, I did back to school shopping but didn't fully finish.

With the girls getting older, it seems harder to shop for clothes for them.  Their taste is changing, and those cutesy clothes they use to wear is a no go now, they want a more grown up look, especially Lauren.  Every outfit I picked for her she hated, she would tell me the clothes looked more for babies.  Or, everyone is wearing the same thing as her, she wants to stand out having her own look.

My girls are tweens, and being on-trend is of importance to them.  They want to be stylin' with the latest clothes.  Now, this to me sounds expense!


But you know what?

JCPenney always has affordable deals.  I go there often for my clothes, hair salon, home goods, JCPenney is the perfect place to buy my girls their school clothes.  Why didn't I think of this before?  I guess it slipped my mind!  Someone at the mall which I was voicing my frustration too about not finding the so-called "cool clothes" told me to try out JCPenney, she shops there for her teen daughter.

This past weekend, I took Lauren to find clothes hoping she find something to satisfied her taste.  The store was jam packed with back to school shoppers due to the latest deals happening now.

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Great deals were going on with JCPenney's Arizona brands, so Lauren got several of the Arizona shirts and pants.

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I was shocked to see Lauren grab pairs of Arizona jeans because she doesn't like wearing jeans due to them not fitting her well.  She's a curvy girl, and other stores don't sell plus sizes unless you go online.  JCPenny had several sections of plus size Arizona jeans for girls which make me and her thankful.

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Lauren's look is so effortless.  I think her style is laid back chic.

And what make me even more ecstatic is the fact that JCPenney will donate $1 for each pair of Arizona Jeans sold to support the YMCA academic achievement programs and help all kids get ready for back to school.  This makes me proud to purchase Arizona jeans, knowing my purchase is making a difference in a child's life.

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Even the JCPenney associates will have the opportunity to connect with their local YMCA by supporting summer camp activities, helping with youth programs, doing community cleanup, and tutoring or mentoring.

YMCA holds dearly in my heart; it helps keeps kids off the streets by having children joining enrichment programs.  YMCA was the place to be when I was growing up, so many fun things to do there.  Too bad the YMCA is not that close to where I live now because the girls would be going there after school.

Make sure you join the cause when you go back to school shopping by purchasing Arizona jeans.  JCPenny has $13 Arizona kids jeans and $17 Arizona jeans deal of this week's Penney Saturday.

Also, the best time to shop at JCPenney is on Friday and Saturday because that's when they have the best deals.  Make sure to get your Penney Fridays and Saturdays deals this August 19th and 20th.  You're so worth it!

Do you play Pokemon Go?  If so, JCPenney has an additional 15% off coupon for you.  Show the associate your app of your favorite Pokemon character.

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I'm telling you; JCPenney will always be seeing me in their stores.  That's why I blog about them often.  They are my one-stop shop for the whole family.  Get our hair done, new outfits, and shoes, and we're stuntin'!  Once I buy a house, I'll be going to JCPenney to decorate my new home too.  I can't wait!

This post is in collaboration with JCPenney.  All thoughts and opinions are mine and Lauren's. 

Have you started your back to school shopping yet?


Summer Skin Rescue with Derma MD: $150 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/29

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Hey Yall!  So I have been lounging in the harsh summer sun, on the beach, as well as spending my days in air conditioning trying to stay cool during these hot summer months.

And guess what?  All of this has been damaging to my skin.  Got my skin feeling like snakeskin, yuck!  I want my youthful, vibrant skin back!

And you know what else?  It's my fault for not packing sunscreen with me on my summer trips, and now my poor unnourished skin is paying the price.

Since I got back from my trip to the Virgin Islands, I've been laying low at home, not wearing makeup, nurturing my skin back to health with Derma MD.

I've used Derma MD in the past, and their skincare products are great, they're a part of my go-to list of skincare repair!

For the past week, I've been doing a grueling routine twice a day using nothing but Derma MD Skincare products, and I'm happy to say that my skin is getting back to normal, started seeing improvements the first day.

Check out below what I used:

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Derma MD Skincare Sensitive Pearl Cleanser- Pearl creamy cleanser works to recover the aging & sensitivities of skin, leaving a more vibrant texture.  It improved the lost moisture in my skin and helped reduce redness.

Derma MD Charcoal 5 Purifying Mud Mask- Formulated with mud clay enriched with patented charcoal C17726 and natural blend of extracts to absorb excessive oil and impurities.  I noticed immediately after using this mask my skin was tighter and smoother since I lost elasticity.  The mask doesn't dry up white like chalk and doesn't leave you ashy after use.  But will need some moisturizer or serum after using it.

Derma MD Skincare Pink Silk Face Firming- Reduces appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, deep furrows, hydrates & increases collagen levels. And it leaves your skin feeling like silk.  Pink silk is one of my favorite serums!


Derma MD Skincare Mid-Lift 11 Sculpting-Lifting-Firming Neck & Throat Creme- Increases collagen production, tightens and re-contours sagging skin instantly pumping away deep wrinkles for vibrant, youthful skin.  My problem area has always been my chin and neck area; it's saggy!  I inherited it from my mom, and also I started gaining weight these past few years which made that area even looser.  Since now I'm back on track with my weight, and using the Mid-Lift, my chin and neck area has been tightening up.  I have to continue using it daily to make sure this problem area stays firm.

I have to renew my driver's license soon, so I'm making sure that my picture looks cute, not like some old lady with a bad tan and rubbery looking skin.  Plus, my birthday is coming up too, I'm working on another trip to celebrate my special day!

Now you see why I've been in hiding; I needed to get my skin back correct.


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