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FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

*This post is sponsored by Shoe Carnival.  Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

I don’t know what your experience was like when you got your school shoes, but my experience wasn’t too different from my own kids! I remember the thrill and excitement of getting fitted for new shoes (and just praying my feet grew so I would HAVE to have a new pair). I then remember the joy of walking out in my brand new shoes on the way home, and those old, awful shoes thrown in a bag. Is there any better feeling than walking out with fresh, cushy shoes on your feet and all the promise they hold?  It was always one of my favorite days and a rite of passage into the next school year.

Today I’m partnering up with Shoe Carnival for the back-to-school season and to show off our FirstDay Kicks with you!  I don’t want to just tell you about it though, what fun would that be?  I’d love to share FOUR $50 gift cards so you can get your kids some stylish kicks to wear on their first day back!

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

My children wear uniforms to school so our shoe choices are a little more limited than when I was a kid. I do remember that my mom always pushed us towards practical (AKA BORING COLORS), but practical shoes that adhere to school guidelines are what we have to look for now.  Shoe Carnival has always been where I have taken them because of the plethora of choices we can get at one store that meet our requirements. They not only offer a handful of great options within our limited choices, they even carry brands like French Toast that are specifically for kids like mine who wear uniforms.

When you walk in, you can ask for an associate to help you with foot measuring! We did that and found out both of the kids had gone up at least one size (oh, their prayers were answered!).  Each kid picked one pair of athletic shoes and one pair of dress shoes for the school year, as is our annual tradition. Do you do that too?

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

For my son’s dress shoes, we found the Vans Atwood was a great shoe for a wider foot. I loved that the shoe trim was in black to prevent these shoes from looking worn out quickly (a problem all moms of boys face!). Anything I don’t have to maintain to keep bright for this kid is a win in my book.

My daughter found the French Toast Ashley was the perfect shoe to wear when she wants to doll up for school, with Velcro closures and a padded collar on the back for comfort. We love the price too (under $20) which helped keep our shopping excursion affordable.

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

We have always relied on Nike for our athletic shoes for comfort and durability! My son picked out a Nike Flex that he can’t wait to break in on his cross country runs. My daughter loved the Nike Revolution with the pink accents, Velcro closure, and cushy bottom for her gym class needs.

 

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

We are particularly thankful for our Shoe Perks Rewards that we get. Have you signed up yet?  You earn a point for every dollar you spend, receive a $10 Shoe Perks reward certificate for every 200 points earned, and get 50 points just for joining!

Those points add up fast, especially when your kids are growing in and out of shoes so quickly.  Just look at my son! Who is this man I am living with?  Shoe sizing has been changing every few months in our house!

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

For me, back-to-school is a lot different as an adult than it was when I was a kid.  Between dance lessons, cross country, piano lessons, guitar lessons, and volunteering in our community…it is a season that I really struggle with. Running these kids, running a household, and running a business…tough stuff!

Did my mom do this for us?

She was a saint.

Since I’m on my feet all day, I treat myself to a back-to-school reward too. For me, it’s all about maximum comfort and maximum style. I’m not 20 anymore (oh, the things I did to my poor feet!), so point me in the direction of the comfort aisle, please!

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

Let’s break down my three favorites for the mamas out there!

First, if there is a cuter shoe than the City Classified Taylor then I would be shocked! This has a comfort cushioning footbed, a beautiful herringbone oxford exterior, and a nice rubber tread on it.  I love a good throwback and these fit the bill perfectly.

If you want a pair of these, size up one size because they tend to run a little shorter than my other shoes.  Also note, this lady has a wide foot and these accommodate a wider foot.

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

Have you tried BOBS yet from Skechers? My girlfriend recommended I check these out and I am so glad I did.  It is like I am walking on a cloud, not kidding! These shoes could double for slippers! These are also filled with cushy memory foam and I love the company’s mission to donate new shoes to kids in need with every purchase. I’m all about companies that care for those in need. It makes me feel good about my purchases.

I chose a neutral tan to go with my whole wardrobe.  I recommend sizing down since these will stretch out over time. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. I had to resist the urge to get them in every color, especially since they are so comfortable!

FirstDay Kicks With Shoe Carnival (Giveaway!!)

We did a lot of walking in Italy this summer, and you may recall I purchased the Clarks Wendy Estate shoe as a treat to myself for Mother’s Day. My feet never hurt (not once), and after walking seven miles in Italy, we came back to our hotel room and I still didn’t take them off- they felt that good.

They are just the perfect shoe with supportive cushioning and Velcro adjustable straps. They come in a wide and medium width. I have worn them all summer long and love that this shoe looks great with dresses as well as shorts.

I am of the belief that if you love something that much, you should get it in all the colors.

Are you too?

So here she is in black.  It’s the perfect shoe.  I mean it.

Did you love our haul? Today I am giving away a $50 gift card to FOUR lucky mamas to treat your amazing family to some new FirstDay Kicks with Shoe Carnival.  Please follow the instructions below in our Rafflecopter widget to enter. I hope you have an incredible first day of school!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shoe Carnival.

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Amys’ Notebook 07.29.15: M Challenge Beauty Syllabus

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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As a wrap-up of each month’s M Challenge theme, we will be using the last Notebook of the month as a sort of “Cliffs Notes” edition of the challenge – a place where you can find a list of all the articles we’ve published for the challenge, as well as more inspiration and links from the web around the challenge theme. Our hope is that this will be something that you can refer to in the future as well as catch up on in case you’ve missed anything!

July M Challenge: Focus on Beauty

Other Links for Our Beauty Focus:

DIY Hair Care Tips

Source: Parent Pretty

 

DIY hair care tips you don’t want to miss.

Ways to save time on your beauty routine.

Effortless overnight beauty treatments.

Beauty products from your kitchen!

How to save money on hair care.

Beauty tips for hot weather.

22 beauty tips you should ignore!

10 Simple Beauty Tips

Source: All Day Chic

 

Simple beauty tips you can start doing today.

12 beauty hacks no one told you about.

Ways to get longer, thicker hair.

Fruits to eat for glowing skin- do you eat these?

How to care for your fingernails.

A list of the best cheap makeup.

Video: how to expertly use a nude eyeshadow palette.

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I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

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Teaching Daughters About Beauty

Monday, July 27th, 2015

From our marriage & parenting contributor, Mary Carver.

Teaching your children about beauty

In between the scores and commentary, the sports station played a few commercials. My husband was watching a little TV while the girls ate breakfast and I put on shoes. It was a typical busy morning and the television volume was turned down, so I didn’t think anything about what was playing until my seven-year-old walked into the living room and said, “I guess we can’t do that, huh?”

I looked up at the screen and saw an ad for a diet program. Confused and concerned by her comment, I said no and waited for her response. “I wish we could!” she said. When I asked why (although her dad and I are both overweight and could certainly benefit from someone restricting our food intake, thankyouverymuch), she said, “Because of my stomach! It sticks out!”

Because of her stomach. Because it sticks out. SIGH.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t hate my own body, and I’ve been trying to lose weight every day since I was a teenager. But because of my own issues, I’ve been diligent about how I speak about my own looks and my daughter’s looks. Careful as I’ve been, though, she’s still developing a little insecurity about her appearance. From crooked teeth to above-average height, my beautiful girl is beginning to notice the ways in which she’s different from others – and she’s already feeling like she doesn’t measure up.

It breaks my heart. And so this summer I’ve been working on how we talk about beauty and appearance and health, and I thought I’d share some of my strategies with you.

Teaching Kids About Beauty

Redefine beauty

The first way I’ve been attacking this issue is by reminding my daughter that “beauty” is more than straight hair or teeth. We talk about how our insides are just as important as our outsides, and I tell her over and over again that God made each one of us different (and how that’s a good thing).

And going forward, whenever she says someone is pretty or handsome, I plan to ask her why so we can have more conversation about what exactly beautiful is.

Focus on being strong and healthy

This summer is the first time I’ve heard my little girl talk about being thin. And while I wish with all my heart that I was thin, too, I don’t want her to focus on that as a goal for her own body. We talk a lot about making healthy choices and being strong and the amazing things our bodies can do.

We’ve also just started exercising together, and I talk about how it will make us strong (NOT that it will get rid of either of our tummies that stick out!). And thanks to a lesson late in the school year, we’ve also talked quite a bit recently about food groups and why some foods are healthier than others.

Find great role models

From the women’s U.S. soccer team or Olympic athletes to female inventors, politicians or philanthropists, it’s not hard to find female role models who are strong, smart, and compassionate – and beautiful in their own unique ways. And we’re not restricted to today’s women and girls, either. So many women in history have done amazing things – and what better way to re-enforce the beauty of being smart, creative and kind than studying those women’s lives?

Monitor media

Although I have reluctantly begun allowing my daughter to watch a few Disney shows about pre-teens and teens, her exposure to older kids in books, TV shows and movies is limited. My reasoning used to be that I didn’t want her picking up sarcastic or disrespectful attitudes a lot of those “entertaining” teens exhibit, but lately I’ve become more aware of their emphasis on appearance and fashion and [hold me] dating. And while those aren’t bad things, they’re also not what I want my still-little girl to focus on or see as most important.

Downplay sizes

Though I’ve started trying to teach my daughter the concepts of flattering and appropriate clothing (an endeavor that just might be the death of me!), I rarely mention to her what size she wears. And when we’re shopping and need a bigger size, I simply say we need a different size instead. Obviously she can read and knows the difference between one number and another, but as long as I can protect her from what often turns into an unhealthy emphasis on numbers, I will. Or, at the least, I will vow to never buy her a single piece of clothing labeled, “husky.” (WHY, Sears & Roebuck of the 80s, WHY? Why did you label clothes for big little girls with that word?!?)

Teaching kids about beauty

A few days ago my daughter asked if she could give me a makeover. Since I know what that means but we weren’t going anywhere that afternoon, I said yes. She got out my meager beauty supplies and started asking me what each item does, again. I reminded her that she could put foundation, powder, blush and eyeshadow on me – but mascara and eyeliner is off-limits.

As I sat on the couch getting my face painted (seriously. SO MUCH sparkly purple eyeshadow!), my one-year-old toddled around the living room and watched. As her big sister sneaked some blush onto her own cheeks and begged for “just a little more” pink lip gloss, she watched. Then she picked up a discarded Q-tip and started swiping it across her own eyelids.

“Ooooh, so pretty!” I said.

“Pitt-ee,” she echoed.

And I remembered how slippery the slope of beauty can be once again. So I followed it up with, “You’re a smart girl figuring out what to do!” in hopes that would balance out the time we’d just spent on the shiny and glittery.

“Smaht,” she said, and picked up a board book – and I decided we were doing okay.

How do you teach your kids about beauty?

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How to Dye Canvas Shoes

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

How to Dye Canvas Shoes from MomAdvice.com

*This post is sponsored by Walmart. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this site!

Many years ago I shared a post for how to dye a faded pair of jeans back to their original color with Rit dye and it remains one of our top ten articles STILL. I am such a fan of fabric dying and in honor of the back-to-school season, we wanted to show you a way that you can customize your style (or match your uniforms!) for your first day of school. This can also be a fun way to customize your gym shoes.

Not only can your child show off their own personal style, but it can also be a fantastic craft activity to do together before your kids head back to school.

This craft takes about an hour and requires parental supervision!

How to Dye Canvas Shoes from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed

Rit Liquid Dye (we used Royal Blue)

Faded Glory Canvas Shoes (only $5.87- what a steal!)

Band-Aid Waterproof Tape (over by the first aid supplies in the pharmacy section)

Rubber Gloves

Salt

Stainless Steel Pot & Tongs

How to Dye Canvas Shoes from MomAdvice.com

Directions

1. Begin by removing the laces from your shoes. You can dye these in the dye bath with the shoes if you prefer to have them the same color, or you can set them aside like we did until your shoes are dyed and dry. We loved the contrast of those white laces!

2. Cover the plastic edge on your shoe in your waterproof tape. Make sure that it is tight and secure to the edge of your shoe or it will come loose in your dye bath. This tape barrier will keep the edges of your shoe nice and bright just like those laces we set aside.

3.  Fill pot with enough hot water for fabric to move freely. We used a 1/2 bottle of Rit liquid dye and 3 gallons of hot water for our shoes. Stir to mix.

4. Wet your shoes in hot water well in your sink before placing them in the water bath with your tongs.

5. Bring dye bath to simmer. Stir constantly (back and forth, up and down). The length of time depends on how dark you want them. We were able to achieve this vibrant hue in just a short ten minutes. We didn’t want them a consistent color, but that pretty weathered look we love. If you want them to be an even color or are trying to achieve a dark color (like black), you can leave them in for 30 minutes up until an hour.

6. Rinse in warm water, then gradually cooler water until water runs clear.  Remove tape from the shoes to expose the edge. Wash item in warm water with mild detergent and rinse by hand or in the washing machine. I did an express wash and threw in an old towel with these. Clean washing machine using highest water level with hot water, detergent and 1 cup chlorine bleach using a complete wash cycle (I rewashed the old towel).  You can read more about dying in your washer (both HE and top-loading machines) here with detailed instructions from start to finish.

How to Dye Canvas Shoes from MomAdvice.com

7. Dry shoes in the sunshine and then lace your laces back in to finish. Struggling with tying? Try this super awesome tutorial for a new way to tie your shoes!  Wouldn’t these be a sweet treat to give your kiddo after they master it? My kids learned in about five minutes!

How to Dye Canvas Shoes from MomAdvice.com

We have uniforms so we have to keep it basic.  If you don’t- here are some other fun ideas for your kicks!

Want to really get creative? Check out these fun techniques for fabric dying!

Tie-Dye Your Shoes

Dip-Dyed Ikat Sneakers

Painted Faux Saddle Shoes

Dip-Dyed Shoes

Sharpie-Dyed Shoes

Have you ever customized a pair of canvas shoes? Let us know your experience and tips in the comments below!

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The Domestic Diva Shares: What’s in Your Makeup Bag?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Five Must-Haves for Your Makeup Bag

I’m so excited to have Heather joining us from The Domestic Diva today! We have worked together for many years on the Walmart Moms program and she is one of my go-to girls when it comes to beauty and make-up! I hope you enjoy these fantastic recommendations from her today! xo

Hi, my name is Heather and I blog at the beauty & lifestyle blog, The Domestic Diva. I love checking out the latest affordable products at the drugstore and believe that you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve flawless makeup results at home.

Whether I’m rocking the “no makeup” makeup look or full on glam there are a five must-have products and tools that I use in my makeup bag every time I apply my makeup:

1. Eyeshadow Palette

There are many different formulas of eye shadows from mattes to shimmers. I tend to stick to mostly matte shadows because they are the most forgiving. But when it comes to shopping for eyeshadows, the problem I have is not only do purchasing individual eye shadow colors add up quickly but it can also be a little difficult to find pigmented matte shadows at the drugstore. However, we are beginning to see more and more eyeshadow palettes at the drugstore so when looking for an eyeshadow palette try to find one that has a mix of both mattes and shimmers. An example of this would be the Maybelline The Nudes palette or the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette at the drugstore.

I think, however, the best part of having an eyeshadow palette in your makeup bag, instead of individual eye shadows, is that it is easy to create a variety of different eyeshadow looks based on which shadows you use from the palette. If you are one that likes to experiment with your look, I would recommend a larger palette. Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics, while only available online, both have large eye shadow palettes full of highly-pigmented shadows yet still remains budget-friendly. When choosing an eyeshadow palette choose one that is either completely matte or has a good mix of mattes and shimmering shades in colors that compliment your skin tone.

Eye shadow using primer and without

2. Eyeshadow Primer

I can not and will not apply eyeshadow to my eyes without first applying a primer. My personal favorite is the L’oreal De-crease Eye Shadow Base that can easily be found at just about any drugstore. An eyeshadow primer, also known as a base, gives your shadows something to stick and hold on to. You’ll notice when using an eyeshadow primer or base versus not using one that your eye shadows will look more vibrant and that they will last longer throughout the day.

Setting spray

3. Setting Spray

Living in a climate with very high humidity, one step outside and my makeup wants to just melt or sweat off of my face especially in the summer months. I’ve found that setting my finished makeup look with a setting spray helps my makeup last longer through my day. The great news is that a product that was once only sold in higher-end stores is now easily available at the drugstore. After applying your makeup, lightly mist your entire face with a setting spray, like the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, allow it to dry completely before you blink your eyes or move about to set your makeup in place.

Powder foundation

4. Powder Foundation

Every one has flaws. Whether it’s an unexpected blemish or a dark spot you want to conceal, trying to hide those imperfections can be a bit challenging. Using a cream based product to conceal can often end up looking cakey. I’ve found that I get better results when I use a powder foundation, like L’oreal True Match Mineral Foundation, to conceal. I apply my liquid foundation as normal and any imperfections that needs additional coverage, like a blemish, I will use a fluffy eyeshadow brush dipped in a powder foundation to buff over those areas before setting it with a translucent powder. The reason why this works is because powder foundations are typically formulated for medium-full coverage. The key, however, is to make sure that the powder foundation matches your skin tone so when you buff the powder foundation on the area you want to conceal, it will blend in seamlessly.

Makeup brushes

5. Makeup Brushes

Having a great set of makeup brushes can make a world of difference in the way that your makeup looks when applied to the skin. Let’s face it, the applicators that come with makeup products when purchased don’t really work all that great. I recommend two sets of brushes, one for your face and a separate set for those that like to play up their eyes. One can purchase brushes individually or as a set, which I prefer. Brushes can also be found in the drugstore, like Real Techniques or Ecotools, or online, at Coastal Scents or BH Cosmetics.

For the face you want to have at least a large powder brush, a blush brush, and perhaps a contour brush if you like to contour. For the eyes the brushes you want to look for is a large fluffy eyeshadow brush for applying shadow all over the entire lid, a blending brush for your crease, a smaller eyeshadow brush for packing shimmery shades just on the lid or for applying bolder more intense colors in a concentrated area, and a small smudge brush for smudging eyeliner or applying eyeshadow to your lower lash line.

For applying liquid foundation and liquid concealer, I recommend a dampened beauty blending sponge versus just using your fingers. The budget-friendly Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is said to be a great alternative to the other high-end makeup blending sponge currently on the market.

These are just a few of my favorite products or tools that I keep in my makeup bag. If you would like more makeup tips or would just like to hear my thoughts on the latest, budget-friendly makeup products then please take a minute to visit my blog at thedomesticdiva.org. Also, I would like to give Amy, a wonderful blogging friend whom I’ve admired for years, a big thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite topics with all of you!

 *This post contains affiliate links. We only recommend what we love!

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DIY At-Home Hair Coloring Savings & Tips

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

DIY Hair Coloring Savings and Tips

I have been coloring my hair at home for years now, but only in the last few years has it started to become more necessary. I will peek at my hair in the mirror or my hair will catch the light in the sun and I see those wiry gray hairs coming through. Ah, the signs of old age are upon me.

Hair color in the box has come a long way, though, and I have been able to experiment with different brands and products that have come out when I have a coupon to go with them. I have found that I rarely have to pay for the regular price on my hair color.

How to Save on DIY Hair Color

1. Hair color is always on sale. If you look in CVS or the Walgreens flier, you will find that on almost any given week, they are running a special on hair color. Walgreens & CVS often will either give you a rebate on these products or some type of register reward. Wait for the sales on your favorite brands and try to stock up in conjunction with these.

2. Hair color coupons abound. Make sure to check your Sunday coupon inserts for coupons and cut these out to apply towards your purchase. If you can combine those coupons with a rebate/Extra Care Buck reward, you can often get your hair color for less than $5 a box.

3. Sign up for mailing lists. Sign up for the mailing lists for coupons and tips on coloring your hair. Clairol, for example, offers the Color Source Club where they send an email newsletter out with coupon savings towards your purchases and updates on their new products. By visiting the Garnier website, you will find they offer a newsletter with updates on free samples and special offers. Likewise, Revlon offers a website where you can sign up for a similar type of program and be notified of savings and samples.

4. Look inside & outside the box for savings. Often on the directions page, there is a coupon to take off money on your next purchase. Make sure to scan all over the outside and inside of the box for coupons and use these on your next color purchase.

5. Don’t forget savings in unlikely places. One week my hair color was not on sale and I was not stocked on any extra boxes. Our local Bed Bath & Beyond though recently added a beauty section that is fully stocked on all of my drugstore needs. I walked in with a manufacturer coupon and combined that with the 20% off a purchase coupon and was still able to score my favorite hair color for about $5.00. I don’t know if all of the stores offer this, but this is another option for coupon savings.

6. Check eBay for coupons. Coupons abound for the products that you use and it is a great resource for savings on the things you use most. When my children were babies, I often used eBay to get coupons for savings off our baby food. Now that they are getting older, I am now looking for hair color coupons. My, how the circle of life continues!

Hair Coloring Tips

Perfect-10 hair color

I recently happened upon a product though that has had me shouting it’s praises from the mountain tops and I doubt I will use anything else since I have become so spoiled. It is the Clairol Perfect 10 Hair Color.

I had a coupon for this product and since I have used it, I can never picture using anything else ever again. There are two reasons why I love it.

  1. The applicator makes it a lot less messy. I am one of those people that is a constant disaster and I can’t tell you how many things I have ruined while trying to get hair color on my head. It almost became a joke because every time I would color my hair, we would have to buy a new shower curtain because I had slopped color on it.
  2. It is done in ten minutes. That is it. By the time I get it on, it is time to rinse it off. It colors my hair that quickly.

It is not the most frugal choice always, but regularly priced at $12.99, it is still a huge cost-savings over the $50-100 charge that is being charged at most salons. And if you can apply the cost-savings above, you can still get this hair color for the $5-8 price.

Too scared to color your hair at home?

Don’t be! It is really hard to fail at at-home hair coloring unless you are trying to color your hair drastically. If the look is drastic, go to the salon and have them do it, but for just covering a few grays, it can be easy to do at home.

color oops hair colo

But what if you fail or you get a bad color job at the salon? 

I have found the best product for you for that too! I once had a botched color job at the salon and I was desperate to tone down my bright hair. I found this great product that you can buy at Walgreens called Color Oops. Within five to ten minutes of putting this on your hair, it will tone down your color. If you leave it on too long though, it will strip your hair down to your baby hair. I would be very careful using a product like this, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures and this will work in a pinch.

Your best bet if you get a botched job at the salon? Going back to the salon and asking them to put a little toner on it. They should do this for free for you and guarantee their color services so make sure you ask this before getting your hair done somewhere how long their color-guarantee is.

After Coloring Tips

Don’t forget that no matter where you choose to color you hair, that the most important thing to do to maintain it is to use color-safe shampoos afterward.

The same tips for savings on hair color apply to those hair color shampoos too. It has been a long time since I have paid full price for any hair care items by taking advantage of coupons and savings at the drugstore.

If you are looking for an affordable brand option, Suave corners the market on inexpensive hair products. They have an arsenal of hair products that won’t put a dent in your wallet. For example, Nexxus shampoo costs more than $8 for 14.5 ounces. Suave makes a knock off of this same shampoo for $1.92-2.49 for 14.5 ounces. Combine that with a coupon, and you have practically free shampoo that will keep your hair looking great!

I hope these at-home hair color tips will help keep your lovely locks looking great for a lot less!

Do you color your hair at home? What products do you love? How do you maximize your color savings?

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Summer 2015 Fashion Capsule Wardrobe Project

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Summer 2015 Fashion Capsule Wardrobe Project from MomAdvice.com

Is it okay to admit that I fell off the fashion capsule wagon for a bit? After our trip to Italy this summer, I lacked the motivation and time to get my wardrobe planning back on track. I can honestly say that I have felt a little out of sorts without the structure. If I thought that this was just a silly routine to get myself to stop shopping, it was evident after an explosion from my closet every morning and the urge to spend again (when I had plenty) that helped me realize how much I benefit from it. Today I am revealing my summer fashion capsule and putting myself back on the wagon.

Since this month is all about beauty in our m challenge, I thought this was the perfect time to reveal my summer wardrobe.  I really do consider my capsule wardrobe a big part of my beauty routine. I have found that simplifying my wardrobe helps me feel beautiful and put together for my week. I can’t recommend this enough and in just a couple of short months, I will have implemented this in my life for an entire year! Who would have thunk it?

Let’s dig into this month’s capsule!

Summer 2015 Fashion Capsule Wardrobe Project from MomAdvice.com

This project was inspired by Project 333 & the Unfancy fashion capsule challenge, but I am making a few of my own rules for my own personal challenge.

33 Piece Wardrobe- The wardrobe can have 33 pieces  in it. This wardrobe does not include pajamas, workout gear, undergarments, or camisoles (something that is a necessity for me).  The capsule is made from items I already own, some purchased to be workhorses in my wardrobe (since I fail in this department greatly), and purchased second hand at thredUP or Twice. All of the items I am not wearing and still love are being tucked in storage for the next fashion capsule.  I have created a Fashion Capsule Pinterest Board to help inspire me with the pieces I am using.

Choose 3 More for Rotating- You may choose three additional items and put them aside in your closet. You may rotate these items in during the next three months, but three other items have to be rotated out. Consider donating those items.

No Shoe Shopping- I am not including my shoes for this challenge, but I am challenging myself to not buy any more shoes and use what I already have.

One Steal Per Month- Things and events come up and I am allowing myself one steal per month from items that I already own. I may find I don’t need this, but I think it might help with the shopping bug.

No Shopping For Clothing- I will wear the clothes I have selected and not shop for three months and only shop two weeks prior to the next capsule for items for the next season if needed. This is going to require a lot of discipline for me and I am planning to unsubscribe to shopping newsletters and avoid the shops as much as possible.

Below is my wardrobe for the month. I am at 32 pieces this month! Since the weather has been wonky in Indiana, I will save one piece for  another jacket (what the hay, Indiana?!). The items with an asterisk are new to this capsule (purchased for our Italy trip!)

Summer 2015 Fashion Capsule Wardrobe Project from MomAdvice.com

 

Row 1:

* White Anthro Summer Dress (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

* Matilada Jane Out & About Romper (purchase from Amanda Petit, Matilda Jane Independent Trunk Keeper)

Old Navy Vintage V-Neck T-Shirt in Dark Gray- (Old Navy)

Ann Taylor Loft Pink Print Bow Collared Shirt (gently used, purchased on Twice)

Floral & Lace Top (Golden Tote)

Row 2:

* J. Crew Denim Dress (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

Anthropologie Scarlet Swing Skirt

Neverending Romance Top (Flourish Boutique)

* J. Crew Gray Knit Sleeveless Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

J. Crew Polka-Dotted Silk Sleeveless Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

Row 3:

Kelly Green & Royal Blue Sleeveless Dress (Flourish Boutique)

Palm Tree Skirt (Anthropologie)-  (gently used, purchased from Twice)

White Eyelet Lace Top (Mossimo)- Target

* Free People Peasant Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

* Black & White Striped Short Sleeve Shirt (The Limited)

Black & White Long Sleeve Top (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

Denim Shirt (GAP)

Black Crocheted Cardigan (Flourish Boutique)

* Black & White Maxi Dress (Ann Taylor Loft)

*Black Swing Skirt (Ann Taylor Loft)

White Linen Blazer, Nordstrom (gently used, purchased from thredUP)

J. Crew Navy & White Striped Blazer-  (gently used, purchased from Twice)

Not Afraid of the Dark Denim Jacket (Flourish Boutique)

Summer 2015 Fashion Capsule Wardrobe Project from MomAdvice.com

Row 1:

Peach Shorts (TJ Maxx)

Floral Shorts (TJ Maxx)

* Yellow Shorts (The Limited)

Row 2:

* Green Bow Skirt (Ann Taylor Loft)

Black Lace Tuxedo Shorts (The Limited)

Denim Shorts (TJ Maxx)

Row 3:

Seven Skinny Jeans (Flourish Boutique)

Black Pants (Ann Taylor Loft)

Old Navy Vintage Gray T-Shirt (Old Navy)

Summer 2015 Fashion Capsule Wardrobe Project from MomAdvice.com

Banana Republic Red Halter A-Line Dress – (gently used, purchased from Twice)

Coupons That Might Help If You Are Making a Capsule Too

Current Coupons for Old Navy (I am a big fan of their jeans and basic t-shirts)

Current Coupons for Target (their wardrobe is on the smart minimalist side this season- yay!)

Current Coupons for Gap (blazers, chambray shirts, collared shirts, jeans- oh my!)

Get $10 for your first Twice purchase (this is one of my favorite online consignment resource)

Get $10 from thredUP (a new obsession for me AND my kids)

Golden Tote- a fun resource for budget-friendly shopping for your capsule

Use web code WEB25 for 25% off your purchase at Flourish Boutique (this is our site sponsor and where I get the majority of my clothing). You can also catch a sale daily on the Flourish Boutique Facebook Page)

Stitch Fix can be a fun resource for shopping for smart basic wardrobe pieces if a stylist might benefit you!

Don’t forget to clean out your closet! Here is a list of resources to help you make money while organizing this corner! Here are some tips for creating the perfect capsule wardrobe and feel free to browse my fallwinter , and spring capsule selections while you are gathering ideas for your own capsule! Follow me on IG for fresh outfit ideas each week! xo

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Summer Beauty Tips with Hollywood Housewife

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Summer Beauty Tips from Hollywood Housewife

I would like to extend a warm welcome to one of my dear blogging friends, Laura from Hollywood Housewife.  If you are looking for great advice for books and beauty, she is my go-to girl! Today Laura is sharing a few of her favorite summer beauty tips for our m challenge and I’m so incredibly honored to share her tips with you today! xo

I am so honored to be posting at Mom Advice today! I’ve long been a fan of what Amy makes of this space, it’s such a good combination of practical and interesting.

Today I want to share with you a little bit about summer beauty routines. On my blog Hollywood Housewife, we talk a lot about lazy beauty. I confess to a certain amount of vanity – I care about the way I look, who doesn’t? – but I don’t want to invest too much time or energy into it. So I focus on finding products that give you a lot of bang for your buck, or are multi-use. The goal is to look (and feel) your best, with the minimum amount of steps required.

In the summer especially, “lazy beauty” is paramount. I don’t want to spend one extra minute in front of a mirror, but it’s also the most social time of the year.

Here are my favorite beauty tips and products for easily looking your best during the warmer months:

Sunscreen & Moisturizer

We should all be wearing sunscreen year ‘round, but of course this is the time of year when your risk of sun damage increases exponentially. I look for SPF in my face products, but beware not to get it too close to your eyes. For daily, no-makeup days, I use Aveeno Positively Radiant daily moisturizer. It evens out my skin tone more than pricier versions, and it really protects your skin. The Positively Radiant moisturizer is available in both SPF 15 and SPF 30. I trekked through Sri Lanka and Haiti wearing only this lotion and was shocked at how well it held up through the hot days.

Summer beauty tips sunscreen moisturizer

For the face

If I’m going to wear a little makeup, I prefer tinted moisturizer in the summer instead of traditional foundation. It doesn’t do the heavy lifting that either a true moisturizer or foundation does, but it’s a great compromise between being bare-faced and being made up. It will give you a subtle glow, and hides imperfections. If I was going to splurge on one single product for my summer routine, it would be a good tinted moisturizer.

Summer beauty tips tinted moisturizers

My favorites are Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 and NARS Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer with SPF 30. The Laura Mercier has a bit of a sheen to it, while the NARS finishes on the matte side. The key is not to apply too much. You should use a much lighter hand than you would with regular moisturizer or foundation. I dot just a bit on both cheeks and the forehead, then use a brush to even it out. It’s fine to use your fingers if you’re on the go, or if you want just a little more coverage.

Eyes, Cheeks, & Lips

I don’t have the patience for an involved eye shadow routine in any season, but especially not in the summer. For the most natural look, I don’t use shadow at all, but just swipe a bit of concealer on the eyelids, because mine look slightly blue without it. If I want just a shimmer of something, I use my finger to apply a transparent shadow like Cover Girl Eye Enhancer in champagne or a cream like MAC’s longwear paint pot in chilled ice.

Summer beauty tips eye makeup

Typically when it’s hot, I forego blush altogether. It tends to melt in an unflattering way, and most of us have a pretty natural flush in the summer anyway. If you want to look more sun-kissed, apply a bronzer underneath the cheekbones, and just a touch down the middle of the face, lightly grazing the forehead, nose, and chin. Never apply bronzer all over like you would with regular face powder. Look for the places the sun naturally hits your face, and dust those areas.

Summer beauty tips lip gloss

I’m a big fan of lipstick (and contend that ANYONE can wear red lipstick, no matter their coloring or their personality), but it mostly bleeds when it’s too hot outside. Shiny lip gloss is more forgiving than colors with a lot of pigment, and can look surprisingly festive. For the added benefit of a protecting balm, I like the feel and gloss of Kiehl’s #1, and for a pop of color I like the Lancome Juicy Tubes.

Summer beauty tips mascara

Even if I apply nothing else, I never skip mascara. I look disturbingly like I’m about to fall asleep if I don’t highlight my lashes. I’ve experimented with expensive mascaras and drugstore brands, and I just keep coming back to L’Oreal Voluminous Original mascara. The waterproof version is too bulletproof for me (it’s really hard to get off!), but if that’s what you need near the water, then it does the job. Otherwise, mascara is the best and cheapest way to look instantly awake and polished.

Hair

Chasing my kids around the pool, the last thing I want to worry about is my hair. (Sensing a theme here?) I recently grew my bangs out (again), so I see a lot of messy ponytails in my future this summer. To keep from being really boring with your hair, try an embellished headband (like this one) or a colorful scarf (like this gauzy one). You can also add a sweet detail like a small braid near your hairline.

Summer beauty tips hair accessories

Or just embrace the beachy, messy look! My hair is fine and stringy, so when I’m not in the mood to fuss with a straightening iron, I spritz Bumble & Bumble Surf spray all over, and give my hair a little shake. Voila! Low maintenance is always the best policy.

I hope these few ideas help you find a no-fuss summer beauty routine. You can find all of my lazy beauty posts here. I’m always tweaking the products I use, so if you have any of your own suggestions about looking your best, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

Thanks for letting me share here today!

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How To Make Flying Economy Feel Like First Class

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

How to Make Flying Economy Feel Like First Class

Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could fly in first class all of the time? Unfortunately, for most of us, we often find ourselves in the back of the plane feeling a little bit jealous of those first class passengers. Lucky for you, with just a few thoughtful items tucked into your carry-on bag and a little planning before your flight, you can trick yourself into believing you are having a first class flying experience without the expensive price tag!

As a frequent flyer myself, I wanted to share with you a few quick ideas for making your economy experience feel like a first class one for your next flight!

How To Make Flying Economy Feel Like First Class

Make Flying Economy Feel Like First Class

 

Select Your Most Comfortable Flight

To begin your first class experience on your economy budget, begin by choosing the most comfortable flight you can within your budget. InsideTrip.com is a site that not only arranges your flights by price, but they also allow you to include the most important flight features for you, including the speed of the flight, the comfort level of your flight, and the ease of the flight. Using this site, you can plan the flight with the most legroom, the type of aircraft you prefer to fly on, and even arrange flights with the newest aircrafts for your next flight.

Select the Best Seat You Can 

You might not be able to afford a first class ticket for your flight, but you can certainly make the most of the economy seat you are in. Visit sites like SeatGuru.com or SeatExpert.com to select the best seat available for your trip. By using a site like one of these for selecting your seat you can avoid a seat with limited recline or reduced legroom on your next flight. With a little extra legroom and the best seat in the back of the house, you are just a little closer to that first class experience!

Make a First Class Tote 

Many of the amenities the other passengers are enjoying in first class can be enjoyed in economy with a little thoughtful planning. Inside your carry-on bag tuck in a few items that will help you feel comfortable when you are flying. I love to have an easy cardigan or wrap that can double as a blanket or to keep my arms warm when I fly, a warm pair of socks when the cold air is blowing on me, and a few delicious snacks that I can enjoy for free while I am in flight. A moist towelette for freshening up, dental floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste can also be wonderful to keep you feeling refreshed on longer flights.

Take a First Class Nap

While you might not be blessed with as much room as the first class passengers, it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t be comfortable. Purchase an eye mask that you can take along with you when you travel that can block out the light so you can take a really great nap and look for free white noise apps that you can download to your phone to block out the noise around you while you are flying. With the addition of your cardigan or sweater to snuggle up with, you have the makings for a perfect first class nap!

 

 

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5 Free iPhone Travel Apps That Save Time & Money

Monday, June 29th, 2015

5 free iPhone travel apps that will save you time and money

I have to admit that before I had a smart phone, I was hesitant to travel or venture anywhere without a good tour guide to help me navigate the unfamiliar terrain. Thankfully, my phone has not only helped me to be more adventurous when exploring new restaurants and sites, but in some ways, it truly helps me to feel like a local.

Of course, my favorite apps are the ones that can save me time and money, both of which are always on short supply when traveling. Today I wanted to share with you a few of the best apps that can save you both of those things when planning your next trip.

5 Free iPhone Travel Apps That Save Time & Money

Use Travel Apps to Save Time and Money

Gate Guru

Wandering around aimlessly at an airport searching for your gate, a good place to eat, or where to pick up a good book to enjoy on your layover is a thing of the past! Just as Yelp, CitySearch and foursquare are great for locating new and interesting options within a given city, GateGuru serves as the leading light to locate the best food, shopping and service options within any airport at the touch of a button. This free app covers the top 86 airports in the United States, the top 12 airports and Canada and London’s Heathrow Airport. Be sure to add this to your phone to help save you time on your next flight!

Wi-Fi Finder

There is nothing worse than arriving at a destination and discovering that there is a charge to use the Wi-Fi when you finally make it to your destination. Fortunately, with the Wi-Fi Finder, you can quickly and easily find free Wi-Fi when you need it most. This app simply uses the GPS function on your iPhone and the Wi-Fi finder will tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there. Although the app highlights both paid and free Wi-Fi spots, a simple filter allows you to easily filter only the free spots so you can save a few bucks on your next trip.

Take Me To My Car

Is there anything more painful than taking a red eye flight and parking your car…only to forget where it is? This application solves the problem and with only one tap saves your current position wherever you might be. The next time you start the app you’ll have walking directions to your car right in front of you. Unlike many apps that offer only turn-by-turn driving directions, you can use this app to find your way back to your car with walking directions and ditch the endless wandering around the airport parking after a long day of traveling.

Flight Tracker

Any app that makes a flight easier for me is an app that is worth downloading. With Flight Tracker you can track all of your flights with zoomable maps, get real-time departure info, or delays and gate numbers at a glance. The best part, of course is that they will update you on cancellations and help you find an alternate flight. With assistance like this, you are bound to save time not only locating your gates, but also avoid being stranded at the airport the next time your flight happens to be canceled!

Cheap Gas

For those travelers that are hitting the road, Cheap Gas! is a fantastic app to add to your iPhone. Simply by using the GPS, Cheap Gas! lets you know the prices of gas near you, and then automatically maps a route to the station of your choice All gas prices are provided by the Gas Buddy network of sites and includes time stamps to let you know how long ago the gas prices were updated. When gas prices rise, you will be armed with this money-saving tool to make the most of your travel budget.

 

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