Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Hair Tutorial - Side Bun with Bling

Holiday Hair Tutorial - Side Bun with Bling

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Ready for that holiday party? If you are looking for a simple, yet elegant hairstyle, checkout this easy side bun with a bit of bling, compliments of our friends at Madison Reed. I am loving this sleek party look, and that it is a quick and easy style to achieve makes me love it even more!

Holiday Hair Tutorial

How to Create a Side Bun with Bling

1. Start with dry hair. Use a curling iron to add a little texture. We find that second day hair works really well, too.

2. Make a side part. Gather hair below the ear on the side opposite your part for a more dramatic effect.

3. Twist hair and pin into a bun.

4. Add a beautiful barrette right above the bun. Get creative with what you have! In this photo, we took a shiny necklace and pinned it above the bun. Use bobby pins to fasten securely for style that won’t stop.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Save on Beauteque Beauty Bags

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Turn It Up Tuesday #65

Welcome to the 65th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! 

We're so happy to have you here again this week - we had such amazing posts last week! We enjoyed reading them all!

Are you ready for Christmas?
I am NOT! But I will be.
I still have shopping, wrapping and planning to do, plus so much more.
Baking and making and crafting and creating.
I do so love this time of year!

Thank you for stopping on in.
Y'all have a great week now, ya hear?


Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

TUT Hosts 11.29.14
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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Ce Ce from Chic Pixels Design Studio | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for December!

TUT Dec 2014
(from the top - left to right)
Angie from God's Growing Garden | Stacy from Anastasia Vintage | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Tina from The Happy Creations | Laci from Sequins in the South | Rebeka from Homemade Momy | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting guest hosts for January and February.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Cathy chose Mint Chocolate Brownie Crumb Cake from Annie's Noms. "I love making bars! I am adding these to my sweet treats list for Christmas!"
Stacy chose Felted Acorn Ornaments from Making It In the Mountains. "I just love these Felted Acorn Ornaments by Making It In The Mountains. They're absolutely adorable, and don't seem too difficult to make."
Ce Ce chose Snowman Crafts from Sunshine & Hurricanes. "These are the cutest snowman crafts for all ages!"
Cindy chose Salted Caramel Pudding Parfait from Penney Lane. "The image caught my eye and I am addicted to all things salted caramel. I can't wait to try this out in the new year!"
Tina chose Ribbon Tree Ornaments & $50 Gift Card Giveaway from Typically Simple. "A cute and simple craft to make with the children. Great as a a cute embellishment on a gift. Thanks for sharing."
Mari chose It’s That Time Of Year Again from Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog. "Loved Vashti's use of those huge peppermint sticks! Great combo of mint and sweet."
Jillian chose The Face Of Depression from Afro-Chic Mompreneur. "I chose this post, because I, too, suffer with depression and love that Nancy is being so very open and honest. It will help others out there, tremendously!"
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Angie chose Ceiling hanging Christmas wreath from Our House Now a Home. "I just love this classy European look and can't wait to try making this with my fresh pine garland!"
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Tiffany chose Use Wrapping Paper Scraps for Storage from 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy. "LOVE this! i am always feeling so wasteful when I have to trash the scraps because I can’t figure a way to save them over for the next year. Who knew it could be so easy!?"
Jessica chose 10 Simple Chores My Kids Do Around the House (and So Can Yours) from Simple Holistic Girl. "What a great list for kids! They're simple and personally I think it's easy to do for each school-age child at home. Although my child is 3, I am already "training" him to do a couple on the list (clean room (pick up toys) and putting grocercies away). Right now he is very helpful in both areas and I hope when he gets older he "graduates" to the other areas of the list. Thanks for sharing!!"
Kelly chose Slow Cooker: Beef and Broccoli Recipe from Lou Lou Girls. "I love slow cooker recipes and this looks delicious!"
Rhonda chose My Christmas Home Tour 2014 from The Painted Hinge. "This post took me back to my grandparent's farmette. I loved seeing the display of antiques and vintage items mixed with the new. Housing the Christmas tree in the old wash tub was a fantastic idea."
Nancy chose 10 Ways to Make Your Husband Happy! from My Snippets of Inspiration. "My favorite post was 10 Ways to Make Your Husband Happy, because so close to the holiday season family is the focus. I loved that it was about making your spouse, best friend, and partner happy. It was a reminder for me to think about him more, and to appreciate him for all he does. Loved it!"
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Stacey chose Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Treat and Trick. "I am making my list and checking it twice of cookies to make during this holiday season and these look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!"
Tenns chose The Best Bad-For-You Fudge Ever from Little House Living. "I can never resist a good fudge recipe and this look delicious! I can't wait to try it out and possibly gift it during the holidays."
Natasha chose Blog Planner 2015 from My Joy-Filled Life. "I'm working on organizing my blog and increasing my focus in 2015, and I have been looking for tools to help me in this effort. This is a great tool - thanks for sharing!"
The post with the most clicks is 3 Reasons Bloggers Have Blogs that Aren't As Effective As They Could Be from Lady Blogger.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Dalvia L-Arginine Amino Acid Complex Powder Review #dalviaLarginine

Dalvia L-Arginine Amino Acid Complex Powder Review


Dalvia L-Arginine Amino Acid Complex Powder is a product of Dalvia Wellness Labs, a US-based company known for offering high-end quality health and wellness products.  It offers health products to people from all over the globe for the purpose of helping others find the road to better health and overall well being.

L-Arginine Amino Acid from Dalvia has been specifically formulated to help people have a healthier heart and body. It has an amino acid that blends along with L-Arginine and can help regulate blood pressure.  Dalvia's L-arginine has high energy levels with Vitamin B6 and B12 that also aids in weight loss and improved circulation.  It has a pleasant fruit punch flavored drink mix and this product is great for cardiovascular heart health and gives you that boost in any physical activity and is perfect for pre-work outs.

L-Arginine is beneficial for blood circulation, cardiac health and workout recovery.  Having the proper amino acids in our body can help us prevent angina, chest pains, blood clots, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia (for pregnant women), coronary heart diseases and other heart issues.  Aside from its heart benefits the product can actually help in other health aspects like maintaining balance in the body, wound healing, building muscle mass, growth regulation, boosting the immune system, resolving sexual dysfunctions and many other health benefits.

Definitely tastier on ice, Dalvia L-Arginine Amino Acid Complex Powder has a fruit punch like taste. I have been mixing a scoop of powder in with ice in my water bottle to drink in the morning. I do feel an increase in energy when I drink a glass, not as much as coffee, but I also don't feel that jittery feeling that coffee sometimes gives me. I can't really speak for the other benefits, like lowered blood pressure, as I don't monitor it on a regular basis, but I do enjoy the energy boost during my workout or just working around the house! I would recommend Dalvia Amino Acid Powder for the energy benefits alone.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Soft Christmas Cookies

Soft Christmas Cookies 

Christmas Sugar Cookies
Soft Christmas Cookies Photo by MDarling

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? Hot Cocoa and Cookies is just one of the great things the girls and I look forward to each and every holiday season. This is one of our favorite recipes, and best a little warm, (or maybe that is just because we are impatient) and although that beautiful picture depicts fantastically lovely decorated cookies, the ones we decorate, if we even get to the decorating, are not quite as pretty. To be honest, that is part of the fun! The kids and I decorating them with colored sugars or different colors of icing, and sharing them with family and friends. It makes cleaning up the mess and the inevitable spilling of one ingredient or many all worth it! 

Makes 4 Dozen


3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

4. When cookies are cool, decorate to your hearts desire! 

Shopping list:
Eggs [2]
Check - All-purpose flour [17 oz.]Baking powder [1 teaspoon]Salt [1/2 teaspoon],Margarine [8 oz.]White sugar [11 oz.]Vanilla extract [2 teaspoons]

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Killer Within Book Review #killerwithin

Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus Review


About Killer Within:

Arnie Milhouse is a murderer. A millionaire with dozens of kills in his past and no one the wiser. But when his name surfaces in connection with the death of a D.C. call girl, Arnie knows it’s only a matter of time before the FBI puts the pieces together. As he makes plans to disappear and leave his life in Annapolis behind forever, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman who takes an interest in him. The perfect final victim. He can’t believe his luck. 

Only luck has nothing to do with it. 

Allison McNeil has returned to Annapolis, a city that she promised herself she would never come back to, not while the cruel memories of her time at the United States Naval Academy still haunt her. But she’s willing to do just about anything to get close to Arnie, even if it means having to face down the demons of her past. Her plans work and soon she and Arnie find themselves locked in a dangerous dance of seduction and betrayal. But Arnie isn’t the only one who carries a secret and the dark truth about Allison McNeil makes a final confrontation between them inevitable. Neither of them know it, but they're on a collision course that only one of them will survive. 

The author, Jeff Gunhus, weaves a suspenseful story that kept me guessing from beginning to end. The characters were likable (even Arnie, whom I felt sorry for), identifiable and believable. Reading the story, I knew there was so much more, and even when alluding to the future, the store wasn't predictable, turning and twisting to places not even I could guess were coming. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Killer Within, and hope the author makes this book the first in a series of Allison McNeil books. Jeff Gunhus is a skilled storyteller, and although this is the first book that I have read by this author, it will certainly not be my last. As a matter of fact, I have already read the first in his YA series Jack Templar, Monster Hunter, and will be writing my review on that book shortly, plus I just bought another of his books, "Night Chill," on Amazon, and am looking forward to reading it very soon! 

I highly recommend checking out Killer Within. Something I read that intrigued me before I read the book, "Iserial killers, psychological suspense and a strong female protagonist is your cup of tea, then Killer Within might (WILL!!!) be a great fit!"  I totally agree. 

One other thing that I feel I have to mention... I read a lot of books. Some I review, some I do not, I get many for free and I also buy many of my own. I read a lot of ebooks mostly, and (don't get me wrong) I enjoy them, but there is just something to be said for having a real, physical copy of a book. A page turner. Not just words on an electric device. I have to thank the author for supplying me with physical copy of the book. I am not sure why it mattered to me so much, I would have liked Killer Within if I read it on my phone, tablet or computer, but there really is nothing like going old school sometimes. 

So, THANK YOU Mr. Gunhus, for sending me this remarkable book. I hope to read many more books your write in the future. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pintastic Pinteresting Party #43

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Here are this weeks features:

My favorite from last week:

8 DIY Christmas Ornaments #DIY #Christmas

Thank you to Joanne at Seasonal Family Fun for sharing DIY ornaments! One of my favorite  traditions this time of year is making ornaments with my girls. Looking back at the ornaments we make each year always puts a smile on my face. It is something we look forward to each and every year. Thank you Joanne for giving us some ideas for our ornaments! 

Thank you all for Sharing! 

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