Bloominous

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Introducing Bloominous!

What is Bloominous, you ask?

Bloominous is a company that offers a lovely collection of 5 different DIY flower kits. They do all the work for you…specifically they design, shop, prepare, and deliver for you!

The DIY flower kits are available in 5 lovely collections:

Party Pop, Vintage CottageBohemian Desert, Country Charm, & Eco Chic.

As well as centerpieces they offer crowns, bridal & bridesmaid bouquets, groom and groomsman boutonnieres, and they even offer favors for guests!

I was graciously offered to do a product review of Bloominous via Tomoson free of charge!  I choose Party Pop, however, that kit was unavailable at the time and I was sent the Bohemian Desert kit and I honestly could not be happier with the kit itself.  The flowers were so fresh and full of life-wrapped individually for protection and includes step-by-step instructions.

I received an e-mail on Friday saying they would deliver the next day and sure enough my package was delivered first thing on Saturday morning.

Below is what was included in my Bohemian Desert Centerpiece kit:

Protea, Roses {1 pink and 3 white), Safari Sunset, Liatris, Scabiosa Pods {2}, Delphinium {2}, Spray Roses {2-quantity of 4}, Aster, Statice, Assorted Greens, a vase, and one packet of flower food.

Enough to make one lovely centerpiece!

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Roses!

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Spray Roses, Safari Sunset, Liatris, & Aster.

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 Delphinium.

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Ready to arrange my centerpiece!

This was the easiest DIY project I’ve ever put together.  All I had to do was fill the vase with water and mix in the flower food packet and then unwrap all the flower bundles, cut the stems, remove any of the leaves below the water line and presto!  Done…in less than 20 minutes!

I give mad props to the designers who really do all the work for you!  The flowers come from the best floral farms in the world!  The Bloominous team takes out the guess work…everything is included…vases, pins, wires, ribbons!

Their kits are perfect for any event.  Parties,  Reunions, Weddings, Baby Showers, and they can even be used for home decor!

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If you have an event coming up I highly recommend Bloominous!  They have excellent customer service and I was beyond pleased with my kit.  I hope you will check them out!

You can see visit them on their website here, blog here, facebook page here, twitter here, pinterest here, and instagram here.

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This and That: Take 1

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Meet Arya (pronounced aa r -y uh)-the newest addition to our family!

Arya is an offspring of our precious Willow.

Willow had 4 kittens earlier this spring.  We were able to find forever homes for all her siblings, but we could not resist keeping this little one!

She’s quite a character!

I choose the name Arya mainly because Arya is my favorite character in Game of Thrones!  But looking into the name it is of Indian origin and means noble; great; excellent” and “truthful!  I think it is so lovely!

Arya is solid white and has grey accents outlining her ears, face, and legs.  Her tail is solid grey.

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This is my <3 and I at Pilot Mountain State Park!

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I made this delicious veggie filled pasta salad for a few picnics we’ve attended this month and it was a crowd favorite!  I used fresh veggies from the garden (cucumbers, zucchini, carrots), large pasta shells, shredded cheese, and some homemade Italian dressing!  Healthy and delicious!

Speaking of the garden…it’s keeping us very busy!

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Lots of veggies this summer!  We stay stocked up on squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green tomatoes and tommy toes (not pictured), and plenty of peppers!

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Our eggplant is slowly but surely producing!

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Plenty of afternoon storms have arrived this past week.  I’ve always been a fan of late afternoon thunderstorms.  I love the smell of fresh rain and the thunder has never bothered me at all.  
 
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We have also been enjoying some homemade chili recently!  I’m so lucky that my man loves to cook as much as I do!  His chili tops mine!

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I recently came across a company called Blogging For Books!  If you are a blogger and love to do book reviews this is a wonderful opportunity for you!  I signed up earlier this week and by Friday my first book was delivered!  I choose to review Jennifer McGruther’s new Farm-To-Table cookbook called The Nourished Kitchen.  I’ve been following Jennifer’s blog The Nourished Kitchen recently and I’ve been itching to get my hands on her cookbook!   I’m so excited to use some of her recipes and do a book review!  So stay tuned for that in the next few weeks!

I have also joined a new program for bloggers called Tomoson.  They offer a ton of companies that have products that are up for review and most of them offer giveaways for you to host on your blog!  I will have a few giveaways coming up soon as well.  I’ve really enjoyed participating with them and have already received several products that I’m testing out now.

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Pizza Pie!

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In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl
Here’s what they sing

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie, that’s amore
When the world seems to shine
Like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore

Our Saturday nights call for a big ole’ pizza pie and a movie or two!

It’s my favorite night of the week.

I’m constantly on the look-out for new recipes for pizza and/or flatbread.

I’ve been following Jamielyn’s blog I Heart Nap Time for awhile now and I came across this blog post written by Lauren over at Tastes Better From Scratch.  I knew that I had to test it out!

In the past I’ve always purchased pre-made pizza dough, but for now on I’ll be making this Perfect Pizza Crust dough from Lauren.  It’s so easy to make and it’s absolutely delicious!

I’ve always been intimidated by making my own bread/pizza dough.  I honestly don’t know why I’ve waited so long to try making it on my own.  Lauren’s recipe is so very simple to follow!  You will spend more time on waiting for the dough to rise than anything…so make sure you start the dough making process early enough so you can just assemble the toppings and bake!

pizza doughOnce the dough rises you will separate the dough into 3 equal parts and let rest for another 20 minutes.  When the 20 minutes are up, flatten the dough with a rolling pin, brush it with some olive oil, and place it in the oven for 6 minutes.

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Lauren’s recipe is for a Garlic-Ranch Chicken Pizza.  The homemade Garlic-Ranch sauce is to die for!  I love a white sauce on pizza and I seriously love how this one turned out!  I did not have any chicken on hand so I made my version a Potato Pizza Pie.  Sliced potatoes, bacon, tomatoes fresh out of my garden, fresh minced garlic and parsley, and a three cheese blend.

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Yum!

I made this earlier this week to test it out and I’ve been asked to make it again for tomorrow night!  Thanks Jamielyn and Lauren for sharing this amazing recipe with us!

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Summer Faves!

 Just a few of my favorite things for this summer:

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Coppertone’s Clearly Sheer sunscreen and spray, Hawaiian Tropic’s After Sun lotion, Sexy Hair’s Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment, Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, CoverGirl’s Outlast Nail Color in Smokey Taupe, and L’Oreal’s Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Blushing Harmony, and of course some tunes from Mr. Amos Lee!

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Here is L’Oreal’s Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in Blushing Harmony.  I love this color…it’s just right for my skin tone.  It glides on easy with a brush and it lasts throughout the day.

Below is a close-up.  I love the light hint of pink.

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I’m sporting L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Nail color in Because You’re Worth It these days.

I love the sparkly gold color.

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 Pedicure time!

I can’t get enough of Bath & Body Works brand True Blue Spa “Toe The Line” Foot Scrub!  I stocked up on it last time I shopped there!  It works wonders and Vaseline Cocoa Radiant lotion is so moisturizing and smells great, too!  I won the Julep nail colors from a giveaway I entered a few months back.

What are you favorite beauty must haves for summer?

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Fried Squash

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I seem to have an abundance of SQUASH {seriously 8 squash in 2 days!} this week so I made some fried squash today!  It was so good!  If you have never had fried squash…you are missing out!  It’s a very simple recipe. Anyone can make it!  I got the recipe from my Mom.  The garlic powder is something I added to the recipe to give it more flavor!

First you will need to gather all of your ingredients.  You will need squash {I used about 3 medium sized squash-sliced}, one egg {beaten}, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oil for cooking.

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Now as far as prepping the squash-I simply wash the squash thoroughly and then slice it.  My squash are all varieties of summer squash and the seeds are edible.

It’s time to prepare the wet and dry mixture.  You simply add the milk and the beaten egg into a bowl and mix well.  Set this bowl aside.  In a separate bowl you mix the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  That’s it!

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Take a few pieces of your squash and be prepared to get your hands dirty!  Place the squash into the wet mixture and coat both sides well then place the squash into the dry mixture and coat both sides as well.  Place prepared squash onto a platter until you are ready to cook them.

{You may need to make more of the wet and dry mixture if you are preparing for more of a crowd.}

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Place about 1 cup of oil into skillet and heat on medium.  Once it is warmed and ready, place squash into skillet.  Fry squash until golden brown.

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I love the little pieces of squash…they seem to get extra crispy!  YUM!  Also I didn’t slice mine very thin this go around, but I think they taste better when they are thin-just my opinion, of course.

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Coppertone’s ClearlySheer Sunscreen

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In this BzzAgent kit I received:

-ClearlySheer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotion (one 5 oz bottle and three 1 oz tubes)

-ClearlySheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen continuous spray  (two 1.6 oz cans)

-coupons for $2.00 of any 2 oz or larger ClearlySheer product

I was excited to try out this new product and it came just in time for the summer!

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This fair-skinned gal can’t go without her sunscreen!

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Pro’s:

  • Clinically tested on acne-prone skin, the ClearlySheer line does not clog your pores or give you nasty breakouts.   I have very sensitive skin and most products do contribute to some kind of skin issues for me.  I am pleased to say that I had no breakouts or rashes of any kind with this product!  Score!  
  • This product has a fresh & light scent and is not overpowering.  It’s a citrus blend with a hint of flowers.  Since I have sensitive skin and allergies, I’m very careful about selecting what products I put on my skin.  The light floral scent of this sunscreen was nice and refreshing, but not so overpowering that it takes your breath away.  
  • The broad spectrum protection helps decrease the risk of early skin aging .  Available in body lotion, face lotion, and spray in two categories: Sunny Days and Beach & Pool.  The Sunny Days lotion is available in SPF 15 or 30 and the Beach & Pool lotion is available in SPF 50.  The Sunny Days face lotion is available in SPF 30 and the Beach & Pool face lotion comes with SPF of 50.  The Sunny Days spray is available in SPF 30 and the Beach & Pool spray comes in SPF 30 or SPF 50.
  • All the products are water resistant for up to 80 minutes.  You must then re-apply them to continue the coverage.
  • Keeps your skin moisturized and feeling soft and smooth.

Con’s:

  • The body lotion is only available in a 5 oz bottle and runs about $8.99 and up in most retail stores.  With as much sunscreen as I use, this bottle did not last long at all.   I thought the price was a bit much for the amount you get.
  • You have to shake the bottle very well before applying and re-applying.  If you don’t shake prior to applying you will get a oil-like mixture that resembles cottage cheese and/or yogurt.  This is easily fixed by shaking the bottle prior to use, however, sometimes you are in a hurry and don’t remember to do this.
  • The bottle tells you that the products may stain or damage some fabrics or surfaces.

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All in all, I give this product a 7.5 out of 10 stars.  I really like that this product goes on smoothly and absorbs into your skin fast.  I love the smell-it’s not too strong but still has a light, refreshing scent. I also love that it doesn’t cause my skin to be oily or make my skin break out.

I’m a member of BzzAgent and I received Coppertone’s new ClearlySheer products for free to test out and review.  If you are interested in learning how to be a member of BzzAgent please message me.

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Summer Must Haves for thick, frizzy, and unruly hair

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1.  Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment 

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This soy renewal treatment is amazing!  It lasts forever, which is great considering it is about $22 a bottle.  Less is more with this product…you only need about a dime’s size of the product to apply to your hair.  I immediately put it on my hair after showering and it seems to lock in the moisture and keep my hair shiny and silky.  I simply brush my hair once out of the shower and then apply the treatment by scrunching it all into my hair from the roots to the tips.

It smells wonderful and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your hair.   It is made with Moroccan Argan Oil which is known for it’s moisturizing powers!  It also contains Sunflower Oil which is a lightweight oil that adds softness, smoothness and shine. It really helps control my frizzies and helps smoothes my hair, adds shine, and reduces the drying time…which are all important to me.

2.  Organix’s Smoothing Shea Butter Liquid Glass Serum

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A unique blend of shea butter, whipped yogurt proteins, avocado oils, and vitamins make this serum perfect for controlling frizz and smoothing your hair just as much as the soy renewal treatment above.  I use this serum every day and you can apply it to wet or dry hair.   Just like the soy renewal treatment you just need to apply a very small amount to your hair.

It also has a wonderful smell and actually gets mistaken quite often as a perfume!  People love the hints of coconut and vanilla.  It’s pretty cost effective as well…only about $7 per bottle at most retail or drug stores.

3.  Redken’s Control Addict 28 High Control Hairspray

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This is def a must have if you want your hair to stay put.   It literally keeps your hair perfectly still for a full day…no need to brush and apply more.  One time use and you are set for the day.  I’ve tested it out in windy, rainy conditions and it does not disappoint.  No nasty residue build-up is left on your hair either and it does not have an overpowering smell like most high-control hairsprays.

4.  Redken’s Shine Brilliance Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk

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Yes, but another anti-frizz polishing product.  When you have frizz problems and thick hair, you must invest in some great frizz products or else you might end up looking like a fuzz ball.  I have some experience with looking like a fuzz ball…trust me.  This polishing milk is a light cream styler that also contains shea butter to help with shine and smoothness.  You can apply this cream to wet or dry hair as well.  I keep this one in my purse so I can tame down frizzy fly-aways when I’m out and about.

5.  Redken’s Curvaceous Wind Up Reactivating Spray for Loose Waves and Spiral Curls

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This is by far my favorite Redken product!  I already have naturally curly hair, but this product makes my curly waves turn into more of a tight spiral curl.  I use this more often in the summer because I can just wash my hair, apply and scrunch this reactivating spray into my hair and I’m set to go.  I was absolutely amazed at how well it works.

6.  Dove’s New Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

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I received samples of this product and at first I was not convinced that I should use it mainly because it says it’s for fine and flat hair…which my hair is not.  I have very thick hair that has quite a bit of volume to it already.  I decided to give it a try because I love Dove’s hair products.

The Oxygen Moisture shampoo and conditioner are made with Oxyfusion Technology, a new generation of moisture.  Dove states that it is supposed to give more bounce and volume to fine, limp hair.   Once I applied the shampoo you could immediately feel it working.  It felt like I was in a spa getting a hair treatment.  My scalp felt refreshed and clean.  I loved the smell and feel of my hair after shampooing and conditioning my hair.  This product did give my hair more volume but it was not overpowering thank goodness-I feared that since I have thick hair it would make it unmanageable.

What are some of your must haves for hair products?  

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