Reason number one and I love this one.... are you ready? When you refer a friend and they use Groupon you earn $10 in free money per person to use at Groupon that could equal to free food, free trips, free eating out, free spa days, free local attractions and more.
Reason number two why you should use Groupon is it really can enhance your life by saving you money. Yes, saving to use towards the family budget is great, you can do that if you need to, but I have a bigger picture idea for you for. A bigger vacation you have always dreamed of some day. Where would you go? Why pay full price for something if you do not have to. Let's say you take the difference you save with Groupon each time you use them and put that money in an account and use it to invest in something to grow your money. You can literally grow your wealth by using Groupon. Then someday seriously take those dream vacations you have always wanted to take. It is possible if you set your mind to it!
Reason number three is they now have coupons. You do not even need to purchase a deal, join Groupon nor sign up for their email if you do not want to. You can use their coupons at your next trip to Wal-mart or Target for example online or offline in store.
I need to go visit family this summer and I will be going through Groupon to use coupons for Hotwire and Travelocity. Yes you can save money at those sites stand alone but why not save even more money by visiting them through Groupon using their coupons for those very sites! That is smart money. Smart savings.
Cate & Chloe was so super sweet to send me their VIP Subscription box to review.
It was neat getting this box at home. Subscription boxes are just down right fun to get in my opinion. You don't know what will be in the Cate & Chloe boxes but the style test you do ahead of time will help them decide what will go into the box.
With the VIP box you get a freebie goodie each month. Who doesn't like those!
The presentation of the box is cute and darling. I love how each piece comes in a draw string bag or a reusable ribbon box.
Now when I got my box I did not like the neck choker necklace I had received
( not pictured above). I had done the test ahead of time at the site but for some reason it messed up on that. I like conservative pieces. So I contacted them and they sent one more my style. It is this sweet v bar necklace. I love it. So if you get a piece you do not like simply let them know. They will send you a prepaid envelope to mail it back at no cost to you! I like a company who offers satisfaction to you without penalizing you.
These earrings are something different for me. But I like them I needed to switch things up a bit. I needed something more young & trendy in my life. I could see any age wearing these. In these shots I just had a plain black T-shirt but I know some other outfits with more personality these would look great with. I guess these are going to be able to pull double duty. Dress up or down.
The ring is simply gorgeous. I typically like sliver or rose gold but to have some stunning pieces like these in my collection is a must. They are to pretty not to like and I will use them this summer. This picture below for some reason makes me think of Ireland.
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So ladies. We do so much for those we love in our life. Treat yourself. You will really feel like a VIP with Cate & Chloe. I think they are a great company and recommend them. Hey, psst.... this would make a great gift for someone too! Remember they have a style test at Cate & Chloe so if you know what they would like you can't go wrong.
And ha the haha. I don't normally take pictures of myself but this time I did it with one of those silly ol' selfie sticks. It was kinda fun trying to navigate. It seemed the birds were really hanging around me singing up a storm as they watched me. They probably thought what is that silly human doing? We want that shiny bling bling for our nest so give it up lady. It ain't happening little birdies my Cate & Chole is all mine.
There is such beauty in the simple. Simple is beauty. They go hand in hand. I love leaning in my decor towards the simple and minimalist side of things.
I was recently shopping in a thrift store and found some imperfect yet lovely old tea cups. The idea sparked me. Simply plant some grass seed in them. We can go buy fake grass decor anywhere. But really why buy fake?
I love walking by my window and seeing the bright, fresh, very much alive, grass. We all know plants help filter the air we breath including grass. What's really great about this is you do not need a green thumb. You just throw the grass seed in some dirt. Water once in a while. I call it my pet grass. It is soft to reach out and simply touch. You can cut it with scissors once it is to tall for your taste and you can have fun watching it grow all over again. And best of all it is cheap. You can get a handful of seed from a friend or neighbor with out having to buy a big bag.
It is simple, easy & stunning to look at. The beauty of simple, it is indeed.
I love mineral and powder full coverage foundations. You can layer them as little or as much as you want. Your totally in control. But the price of our favorite powder or mineral foundations are just to much.
In order to preserve your makeup investment you can make it last longer. Or take some of your old compacts that have a little left and grow it to make that dollar go further.
What you will need:
I can not tell you how much corn starch or cacao powder to use in this because each persons blend will be different. I would start with what is left of your compact or all of it if it is full. Start maybe adding a full heaping table spoon of corn starch.
Actually add as much powder as you want to make the size batch you desire. Start adding the cacao as you think you will need last. Go light on it you can always slowly make it darker as needed and build it up to your skin shade or desired glow. Sample a little as you blend each shade until you get what you want. If your testing it as you go you will get it right! Do not worry. Just make sure your sampling a tiny bit thats been blended well.
As you see next the colors all stand out at first but you must grind and mix well until you see no other color run. Take a look at how dark the below picture is compared to the next one where the powders are all well blended. Do you see all the colors running? At first your mixture will be darker but do not fear it will lighten as you blend.
Now look at the finished product! It was my perfect shade. You should apply your makeup as you go along and test it until it is built up to your desired shade. You will be surprised even if fair skinned how much cocoa powder you will actually need. As you grind it together It will blend well and give you such a fantastic natural glow.
I have found that this blend helps with oily skin. It also does not dry out the face. I have combination skin so I was a great tester! This will be perfect for summer too. It is build-able on your face and as light or heavy as you wish. I have sensitive skin and this does not break me out. Just simply clean makeup.
I suggest storing it in a small glass bowl to keep it clean from plastics inevitable toxins.
This will transform that expensive compact to a much high volume longer use. Your in control and it feels great to make your own makeup and save so much money.
Be frugal and look good while doing it!
One day I had some time to myself. I wanted to explore and visit a place in my city I have not yet visited. Here is Raleigh resides the last 18th century water- powered grist mill in Wake county. This mill was established before the Revolutionary war. Yates Mill historic park is free to visit 7 days a week from 8 a.m - Sunset. Tours of inside the mill are available too during certain times. When I visited the mill was not open but that was ok because there was plenty of beauty to behold.
There is a museum at Yates Mill that shares the history of Yates Mill and how the mill works.
Yate Mill brings nature indoors and shows specimens upclose. At first it scared me when I opened the drawers but I got over it as I had always wanted to see these birds up close. I love bird watching!
With lots of history comes lots of artifacts. A lot of what is on display is items found around the mill from the past buried treasures for us to see later!
They have a kids play area with dress up items for period dress up from the Yate Mill opening era. They have toys for the little ones too. I love the cozy spot they provided with rocking chairs for adults to sit and relax as you watch the kids play.
I love the view from the large porch that looks out over the water at the mill. You can go and sit outside on the porch in the rocking chairs and relax for as long as you want. I took the time to just sit , crochet and talk to Jesus while there. I felt as if I was on a mini vacation away from the city.
The view of the old loved mill is stunning from the porch.
There is a trail going around the mill you can walk at it's 1.0 mile distance it is an easy trail to endure but so lovely & worth the stroll.
Here is the water source that powered & still does power the mill, called Millpond.
I loved peeking under the old mill. There was so much to see around the mill to take in. You must visit to see for yourself.
I absolutely love this view of the mill next to it's water source.
This trail is also a animal refuge. The view is simply stunning as you walk around the Millpond. So peaceful.
I love all the piers with free viewers you can look through and explore.
I sat on this pier and read a good book as I listened to nature.
When you finish the trail it brings you back to the back porch. I am so glad I got off my normal routine and took time to get out and explore because this retreat day was fabulous. What a diamond this park is and at the price of free it has it arms wide open to you, to warmly welcome our citizens of Wake to come home to the Mill and share. The mill was a place in the day even after it closed that families gathered around on weekend and shared meals & stories. The park has done a great job making this place cozy for people to come yet again & again to get rest from the city.
This park offers so many programs for the public. From organized groups to general public. They have events through out the year as well. Check them out!
For more information visit Yatesmill.org
I was recently invited to a VIP Party at Peachy Keen & Joint Venture Jewelry. I want to check them out so off I went to have a mom's night out. First thing I noticed was some cute clothing I just had to browse through out on the boardwalk.
I love learning about local businesses and why did they create their business. Peachy Keen & Joint Venture is a family owned business. The parents owned a vintage jewelry consignment store & now run that along side their children's business of the Peachy Keen Boutique. One half is the jewelry store the other half the clothing boutique. I thought it was simply charming & honorable they have their family history hanging on the wall proudly. So sweet!
I love family business! Every one is involved the mom, the daughters & even the dad!
What better way than to spend an evening having much needed mom time seeking out a new treasure or two for your wardrobe. Here are the highlights of my night.
If you are in the Raleigh/ Cary area be sure to check out their upcoming note worthy events around the city!
Joint Venture Jewelry’s 18th Anniversary Winesday Party
August 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Joint Venture Jewelry
Joint Venture Jewelry, offering the largest selection of vintage jewelry in the Triangle, is inviting Triangle residents to celebrate its 18th Anniversary in style! Mark your calendar for Wednesday August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. to come sip wine and sparkle! There will be a special wine tasting with Raleigh Wine Shop in addition to storewide sales and exclusive offers. Grab your friends to come mix and mingle with fellow jewelry lovers while shopping with an exclusive discount. Visit www.jointventurejewelry.com for more information. Joint Venture Jewelry is located at 250 Grande Heights in Cary.
Peachy Keen’s 4th Birthday Party
August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Peachy Keen
Peachy Keen, a contemporary women’s clothing and lifestyle boutique, is turning FOUR! Triangle residents are invited to come celebrate the milestone with fabulous sales, a tasty food truck and trendy trunk shows including Paige Denim! Make plans to come by Saturday, August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. Sangria and shopping? Yes, please! For more information, visit www.thepeachykeen.com. Peachy Keen is located at 250 Grande Heights in Cary.
Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show
September 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Peachy Keen
Shop for a cause at Peachy Keen, a contemporary women’s clothing and lifestyle boutique! Make plans to attend the Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show Thursday, September 29. Cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m. with live music, a braid bar, tasty food and Peachy Keen models showing off the hottest fall fashions. All benefits go toward Headbands of Hope and Duke Children’s Hospital. Peachy Keen is located at 250 Grande Heights in Cary.
Recently you saw I attended the Southern Women's Show. At the show I met a lot of fantastic vendors but there are a few that really stood out to me. They are the Mom -N-Pop vendors who really touched my heart as I got to know each one. I had promised a series of reviews displaying these vendors and their products of passion that makes them tick. I love made in the USA and love to support local business. It just thrills me to put my money back into my local community!
I am proud to introduce Horse O Peace Ranch. They make hand made soaps,balms,body butters etc. All natural to boot. The creator Elizabeth one day had the brilliant idea to use the extra raw goats milk at their family farm in something other than cheese. That is where the soap was born. It is all natural & organic goodness. I was given the chance to review a few product items in exchange for my honest review.
I would like to mention Elizabeth is the President of Horse O Peace Ranch and her husband who currently works in the IT filed is the VP. He hopes to someday soon retire from IT in hopes to continue in the family business with his beautiful hard working wife & four adorable kids. This really warms my heart. They are a true Mom- n- Pop business. The American dream is not dead yet!
This couple has a soap for nearly every type of skin issue. I was super impressed. I have been truly enjoying putting their products to the test. They have outstanding quality beyond many other homemade soaps I have seen.
I have not yet tried the Tea Tree Jojoba. I will be saving that for a review in a future shout out. Once all the Lavender is gone.
Unless another all natural soap company comes along that can out do Horse O Peace Ranch this soap company is now my favorite soap brand! I simply have to award the Homemaker-Mom Seal of approval! Keep up the great work Elizabeth & Nick I love your products!
Thank you for proving us with products of quality with no carcinogenics.
If you have been following me a while you know I am on the hunt always for natural & pure beauty products, skin care products and such. I was excited Valentia reached out to me to test this Royal Rose Hydrating Serum.
They claim it will:
- Deeply moisturize skin
- Provide antioxidant protection
- Soothe & nourish dry skin
- Smooth skin tone & texture
- Boost skin radiance
More about the product:
- Rose Damascena: One of the most nourishing and skin friendly natural oils, providing balance, moisture, and a variety of vitamins and minerals to the skin.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B): This potent vitamin has been clinically proven to fade away hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and acne..
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamins C & A, these essential fatty acids work quickly to lock in skin's moisture.
- Evening Primrose Oil: Provides light, non-oily moisture to the skin, never clogging or irritating the skin.
- Bearberry: Reduces melanin production, thereby lightening the skin, revealing a brighter complexion.
- Lavender: Heals the skin, treating pimples, wounds, and sores.
My take on this product:
I love Dollar Tree! You can get so creative for super cheap. But you can create amazing looking crafts for your home decor without breaking the bank. I am doing a Dollar Tree Spring crafting series. This beautiful little succulent garden is the first installment. I wanted a way to upscale last years succulent fake plants from Dollar Tree I had left over. But I have seen that this years fake succulent selection at Dollar Tree is super adorable. So if you do this project you will have plenty to look through.
What I used for this was:
I just love the white rocks and the look of the texture. It looks bright for Spring in the blue glazed bowl.
The succulents easily come out of the original pot by hand. You can if you like put some glue on the end to anchor it to the rocks once you slide it in the garden. I will be using mine indoors for now so I simply just placed mine in the rocks.
This is a nice upgrade I think from the original plain little pots. I think they look better together in a garden rather than alone. This only takes 2 dollars to do and takes less than five minutes. I love love no brainer easy crafts. Even something this simple gave me some much needed de-stressing satisfaction! This is so cute for Spring. This is also a great idea to give as a gift to anyone to make them smile! It truly looks so real.
I am so happy to review another natural product and share my verdict with you today. Today I will share with you the Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser by Oz Naturals.
The company says:
My findings on how well it works:
( keep in mind every ones skin is different)
No doubt this is made with great ingredients. I love that is made right here in our own country. But for me I will not be repurchasing this item. It does work well at removing makeup gently but I want something to help bring more balance to my skin and not leave patches of dryness,
I received this product to test for my opinions. All thoughts are my own!
I love getting freebies. Influenster rocks because they send you a box of pure goodness to try totally I mean totally free. If you have not yet joined please click HERE to join. It's free to join no catch! I loved their recent #JingleVoxBox which come after Christmas to keep the giving spirit alive & boy did they! This was a fun box to open and try the items. So enjoy peeking inside my box below and reading the captions for each item!
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I just love shopping at the North Hills area Target in my neighborhood here in Raleigh NC. It is a great place to grab things to start my new year off right. This Target is just so much fun. So I made my list and checked it twice. I simply can not go shopping without a list or I will grab things I do not need and will walk out without what I might of gone in for. Has that ever happen to you?
So with my list in hand I went to my favorite go to store, Target, ready to shop for somethings to start off the new year. I needed a storage container, a new brush, soap & some skin care items. This year I wanted to truly start the year off with the same mission I have had all of 2015 to find all natural beauty products with out carcinogenics due to me being BRCA2. In my goal I will continue to review beauty lines that will offer that. I learned so much the past year. But I have some great news for you. I am happy to announce this year as of January 2016 at Target Derma e has arrived!!! I am so excited about this because Derma e is a powerful safe alternative to the high end department store options. Some of which those are loaded with junk not good for any of us. I do think it is possible to achieve beauty goals or anti-aging without the cost of settling for junk for a high price like I have in the past.
Your skin is the largest organ you have. It will absorb what you put on it and send it right to your blood stream. Derma e is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free so it got my attention!
I am not getting any younger so I have been trying a few of the Derma e products. I am not upset growing older but I do want to look my best & as healthy as I can. I have been enjoying the following products.
My main focus was my eye area first. It is the first place that gives away age so I said to myself let's start there. Their video below tells more about it. As found on their site describing derma e Firming eye lift is: Visibly lift, firm and tighten the delicate eye area while smoothing crow’s feet with this doctor-developed, multi-action eye treatment crème that contains advanced, clinically proven natural ingredients. DMAE, a widely-acclaimed skin-firming nutrient, is clinically proven to boost collagen for firmer, more resilient skin. InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides add further firming, lifting and tightening antioxidant power. Advanced peptides Argireline® and Matrixyl® synthe'6® work together to soften facial muscles and synthesize new key components such as collagen, helping smooth wrinkles and discourage new lines from forming.
My exciting results using all the Derma e products :
I am so very happy & thrilled with the results I am getting so far using my Derma e from Target. I am so very happy I can just go down the street to my neigborhood Target to purchase it at great prices. I will be a repeat customer of Derma e. You should try this line as well, because it works & is all natural. Head out to your Target today to try some oh and don't forget your list! Wink wink!
#NOTICETHELOTUS at Target in 2016...Derma e has arrived!
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First here is what I got to review from SlimQuick Pure extra strength drink mixes.
As some of my readers might know I am BRCA 2 positive. You can read more of my story HERE. With that said I just had July 9th 2015 my surgery done to remove my ovaries & tubes to help prevent cancer. I have many other things I must do. But one very important thing is nutrition. I want products that are not filled with junk. I am excited that SlimQuick is a pure product. It contains natural ingredients such as Bio Pure green tea,vitamin D ( which you read in my recent post HERE how important that is), calcium, antioxidants & more. Another ingredient I saw they have in this product is turmeric! I love turmeric root. That is great for so many health issues including being proactive for cancer.
SlimQuick Pure claims to address 6 areas most women struggle in and I myself more so now due to my premature menopause. But this mix is great for women of any age. Those six areas are metabolism, appetite, stress, energy, water, hormones. These are 6 major factors that a lot of us struggle in.
I struggle with drinking enough water. I do not like plain water. But I also do not like many drink mixes. I tell you the truth, the SlimQuick drink mix was AMAZING! I loved it. It came in mixed berries flavor. So me not desiring plain water is solved! Now I can address those six areas we talked about while drinking a flavorful water. This is so exciting to me. SlimQuick Pure isolated the fat burning component in green tea to help speed up metabolism from here on out I am going to need that. I am also delighted to find out they offer free encouragement & guidance in community support on your weight loss journey. You can find that by clicking HERE.
I have noticed since I started this routine of drinking SlimQuick that I do have a bit more energy without the jidders. I also notice in just a week and a half I have lost 7 pounds just by drinking my water! I have not lost that much that fast in a long time. I am amazed. I am wondering what the results will be in a month?! I will surely be looking forward to a long lasting relationship with this product & brand.
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I have been enjoying researching natural health remedies and sharing it with you. Next I happily bring you information on apple cider vinegar. This is a miracle liquid! It tastes sour of course but there are things you can do to make it go down better. I have been taking for now 2 tbps a day in the evening or morning which ever. But I want to go to 2 in evening & 2 in morning every day at some point. For now I have been doing only 2 to see how my body does in experimenting. It has been amazing so far! Now listed below is a mixture of my own findings that this ACV has helped me, some are ways I have heard from others who use it and lastly some I have found in researching it. I am sure there is more to this apple cider vinegar but this is a great start! I look forward to writing about this again in the future as I learn even more about it.
Tip: Try to get apple cider vinegar that is organic and with the mother as shown for example in my picture above. That is the type I use and suggest. But if you can not find it where you live the type at Wal-mart will do some good too.
Last weekend me & my son went for a drive. We love to sometimes drive and explore the city we live in that we moved to over a year ago. I love random adventure. We came to a corner that had an extremely old building. They had an open house. We said let's go see! This house is the Crabtree Jones House that used to stand on the lot you see below where the new apartment complex is! Preservation North Carolina saved the house from it's doom of being demolished and moved it only feet away on it's own large lot.
The house is believed the be the oldest remaining residential house left in Raleigh. It is on the market for sale! You can purchase it and renovate it. This house is around 200 years old & is a listed historical site. This Federal style house was built in 1809 and started off as a one story but transformed over the years.I am so happy I got to go take a peek inside at how it looks now from the years of history before it is bought and renovated into a residential residence. So come along with me to peek at the past before it becomes modernized! Forgive the quality of my photos but all I had on hand on this random trip was my cell phone camera!
There was so much more to this house than I have showed in my pictures. I wanted to just give a glimpse & somewhat document this historical home in it's current state before it is renovated. I think the years & stories this old house could tell would be awesome. I think of all the past 200 years of people that lived in this house and how each family saw their own history in the making. If only houses could talk! Thank you for coming along with me to peek into the past.