Friday, May 23, 2014

Wash Your Hair With Mud?

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Cleopatra's Choice offers an amazing shampoo for all hair types, and it is made with...MUD.  Not your typical mud though. This is Dead Sea Mud and this shampoo smells amazing! Adovia's Dead Sea Mud Shampoo cares for all hair types.

I have fine but thick wavy hair.  I have been struggling with postpartum issues of hair loss, lack of volume, and oily roots.  The opportunity to turn these issues around drew me to this product and I have not been disappointed. My scalp itches much less from my hair loss and new regrowth and the volume I get even letting my hair air dry naturally is amazing. Literally, amazing.  I have been able to smooth a bit of leave-in conditioner through my hair, pull it back, and walk out my door with no hair worries. Even my curly haired daughter has used this with great results, although she is not as fond of the fragrance.

I do wish that Adovia offered a matching conditioner as my hair seems to always need it.  I have used other brands of conditioner with this in the shower or as a leave-in afterwards with good results though.  Perhaps an equally yummy conditioner would be an idea for their next product launch? I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The Vitamin C Serum You Need

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Valentia Even Glow Serum - Vitamin C 20% truly is a silky smooth liquid gold (literally) for your face and neck. I typically have dry, splotchy skin. Lovely red patches on my cheeks and perpetual dark circles. My skin tone is definitely uneven and cosmetics have been my best friend for years, covering up what even I do not want to see.
I had never used a serum before and was curious after reading great reviews of Valentia's Even Glow Serum on Amazon and various blogs around the web. After applying for Tomoson's review opportunity I was excited to receive my approval message. After the product arrived, I was so eager to try it that I washed my face immediately and applied it according to their instructions. It only takes a few drops, yes drops, and feels so silky!
I have been using this vitamin c serum at a minimum of once a day almost every single day. Admittedly, as mom of 3 young children I have had a couple nights where I was so tired I forgot. I typically wash my face with extra virgin olive oil per typical oil cleansing method recommendations and then apply the Valentia Even Glow Serum - Vitamin C 20% and let it dry. You can apply your normal moisturizer afterwards, but I have not as I do not need as much moisturizer in warmer weather. I feel like my skin tone is much more even now after a couple weeks and I have virtually no more red itchy splotches. I love how my skin feels and I have dared to venture out sans makeup! I know, I know: The horror! While my results are not miraculous thus far, I will continue using this serum daily as my skin adjusts. It has made enough improvement that I believe everyone should at least give it a try. And for the price you have little to lose! Here is my "after" picture as of this morning. What do you think?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My real life by Yvonne: A VERY HAPPY 23rd Anniversary!

My real life by Yvonne: A VERY HAPPY 23rd Anniversary!: Jon and I got married 23 years ago...we eloped and got married at the courthouse after knowing each other for only one month:)  We had sligh...

Monday, September 24, 2012

happy days: "mercy triumphs: week two snippets" or "the week t...

happy days: "mercy triumphs: week two snippets" or "the week t...: happy sunday, friends!  i trust this lord's day was a sweet time of worship and rest in the creator! i'm in  james: mercy tr...

Monday, August 27, 2012

High Needs

What a high needs child is.... from: 1. Intense: Intense babies become the intense toddlers, characterized by one word -- "driven." They seem in high gear all the time. Their drive to explore and experiment with everything in reach leaves no household item safe. 2. Hyperactive: This feature of high need babies, and its cousin hypertonic, are directly related to the quality of intensity. Hypertonic refers to muscles that are frequently tensed and ready to go, tight and waiting to explode into action. The muscles and mind of high need children are seldom relaxed or still. 3. Draining: High need babies extract every bit of energy from tired parents -- and then want more. Babies take the fuel they need from you without considering whether they leave anything behind in mother's gas tank. The seemingly constant holding, nursing, and comforting leave little energy left over for your needs. 4. Feeds Frequently: Not only do high need babies breastfeed more frequently, the need for breastfeeding lasts longer. These babies are notoriously slow to wean. They realize that they have a good thing going and it would be foolish to give it up quickly. It is not unusual for high need babies (unless forced to wean before their time) to breastfeed at least two years. 5. Demanding: Being demanding is the trait of high need children that is most likely to drive parents bananas, but it is also the trait that drives children to succeed and excel. A high need child with a corresponding demanding personality will, if nurtured and channeled appropriately during the formative years, exhaust teachers as she did her parents; yet she will also be able to extract from adult resources, such as teachers, the level of help and education she will need to thrive in academic and social endeavors. 6. Awakens Frequently: "Why do high need babies need more of everything but sleep?" groaned a tired mother. You would think that high need babies would need more sleep; certainly their tired parents do. 7. Unsatisfied: Not being able to satisfy a baby's needs is very frustrating for parents of high need babies. It seems like a direct attack on your abilities. After all, isn't a contented baby the hallmark of effective mothering? Wrong! There will be days when you nurse, rock, walk, drive, wear, and try every comforting technique known to man or woman, and nothing will work. 8. Unpredictable: Along with their unpredictability, these children show extremes of mood swings. When happy, they are a joy to be around; they are master charmers and people pleasers. When angry, they let everyone around them feel the heat. 9. Super-sensitve: This acute sensitivity to their environment can become a rewarding asset as a high need child grows. These children are "tuned in" to what is going on around them. They are not distant children. Their keen awareness stimulates their curiosity, which in turn stimulates learning. They become kids who care.

Friday, May 18, 2012

"EB"ing a Mommy: To my baby on your 3rd birthday,

"EB"ing a Mommy: To my baby on your 3rd birthday,: Help me to find the words to say to you today.   I'm so sad.   I know you wouldn't want me to be sad, baby, but I am.   I can't help ...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I'm not who I was

It is a blessing to live close to those who have known you forever. They know all your intricacies and the quirks that make you who you are. They know your past so there's no awkward conversations trying to explain why you are the way you are and how you got this way. Sometimes they don't know how to help you move forward. They remember who you were and see you that way always. They see who you were in those inconvenient growing stages like being a know what I mean! I don't know about you, but I'm not who I was then. I don't think the same way or like the same things or make the same choices. I have opinions about things now that I'd never heard of or experienced then. I am still me, but better, and still growing by the magnificent grace of God. As parents we don't want our children to be different than we were or are. We want to live vicariously through them. We want them to make choices different than ours. We want them to live our lives, only better. But our children are not ours. It's not up to us how they live their lives. God's will is infinitely better than what we could even imagine. We have to let go. Push our birdies out of the safe nest and out into whatever God's will holds for them. And we have to respect that we might not always agree with what God has chosen for them or what they feel God is leading them towards.
I wish you could see me now. I wish I could show you how I'm not who I was. Brandon Heath