Friday, September 12, 2014

What do you want to be?

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I love how this 13 year old boy, Logan LaPlante, puts the question "What do you want to be when you grow up" into perspective. He says, he wants to be healthy and happy. 

If you have 11 minutes, watch his TEDx Talk about the eight principals that are incorporated into his nontraditional schooling that will ensure he is able to grow up to be as happy and healthy as he is today. 

Who wouldn't want this for their kids (not necessarily the home-schooling aspect, but the attitude towards life, in general)? I think that these principals could be incorporated into my children's lives without pulling them from their traditional school setting. Activities on the weekends and in the summer, suggestions of activities for their teachers (we go to a REALLY small school), and just conversations that we have. Heck, as an adult learner, these are things that I need to incorporate into my life as well. We can all learn a little something from this 13 year old boy. 





Enjoy!
Meg

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meet Arthur Tweedie

Pin It Have you heard of Arthur Tweedie? He is a Water Critic and the spokesperson (I guess that is what you'd call him) for PUR Water. His videos are hilarious. This one is my favorite



What would I say to a glass of unfiltered water?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Surf's Up VoxBox

Pin It I received my latest Influenster VoxBox a little over a week ago and it contained products relating to the theme Surf's Up. Items included were: Sinful Colors Professional nail polish, Hawaiian Tropic After Sun moisturizer and soother, First Aid Shot Therapy: Pain Reliever, Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Shampoo and Conditioner, and a coupon for a free Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie Kit.

Now you all know that I love freebies just as much as the next girl. I love to try new products and share my thoughts. The Influenster program is a great way to do that. It entails applying to be a part of various themed programs (Surf's Up, Go, etc). Once qualified, Influenster sends me a box filled with about 5 products relating to the theme. It is then my "job" to sample and share (via social media and word of mouth) my thoughts on the products. I share them through a variety of challenges that each brand posts, such as taking pictures of the product on the shelf at the grocery store, etc. It's a great program and tons of fun! If you're interested in becoming an Influenster, let me know and I'll send you an invite. Now on to my review!

I was going for "gnarly"
First up, Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish. The color that I received is Aqua and reminds me of a mermaid (or at least what I imagine a mermaid to be in color, I have not actually ever seen a mermaid). Anyway.... The color wasn't something that I would choose, but I painted up my nails anyway and it turned out to be a pretty color. However, my review is not to focus on the color, but on how long this polish stayed put. I left it on all week and only had a few chips on the very tips of a couple of nails. This includes a week of dish washing (hand washing because my dishwasher is broken) and a weekend of camping. I cannot believe how long this polish lasts! Oh, and another thing - it's only $1.99 at Walgreens! Can't beat that. They have a ton of different colors to choose from and I plan to purchase my next polish from this brand - simply for its staying power.  


Next: First Aid Shot Therapy Pain Reliever. This was a product that I wasn't wild about sampling. I'm not big on pain killer, but as promised, I sampled it anyway. I had a headache after work a few days ago and decided to give it a try. First of all, it tasted TERRIBLE! I'm not going to lie, it was pretty hard to choke this stuff down. It did the trick and got rid of my headache, but I will probably not be purchasing this anytime soon.


Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Shampoo and Conditioner. My favorite hairstyle is the beachy wave look, especially if it can be achieved without much work. A shampoo and conditioner set that touts creating that look with only a single wash? That is my kind of product! This duo smelled amazing (think: coconut-y beach-type smell). I love the products, however I did not magically have beach waves with zero work. The first time I used them, I did not add any additional product and my hair simply looked like I didn't fix it at all (though it smelled great). The second time, I added additional product and got the beach look I was going for. I would probably buy these again, just for the smell! 



Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun lotion. I love love love this! MOstly because of the smell (papaya and coconut), but also because it truly is soothing. It has these ribbons of the two gels/creams (aloe and lotion) so that with each squeeze of product, you get a little of both. I am pretty careful in the sun and anal about sunscreen, so I don't typically burn. However, I do have sensitive skin and get razor burn from time to time in some delicate places. I used this hydrating and soothing lotion after shaving and it worked wonders! 



Jamba Juice At Home Smoothie Kit: We got Mango-a-go-go and Blue Fusion. Tonight we tried the Mango-a-go-go and it was delicious! It is a blend of mango, pineapple, passion fruit juice blend, and apple juice. You simply dump the package into the blender (we used the Magic Bullet) and then add 8oz of apple juice. Then you blend and enjoy only a minute and a half later! They are low in calories and have zero fat grams. I think you could add any additional fruits that you wanted (we added blueberries to one glass and it was delicious too). I accidentally forgot to use my coupon to get these free, so I will definitely be going back! 


Thursday, June 19, 2014

#MyLitterGenie

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If you have children, you have probably heard about the Diaper Genie. The Litter Genie is a very similar concept for cat litter and waste removal. You simply drop the waste into the top of the bin, close the lid, and then pull back the divider. When you open the lid, the waste is below the divider, thus minimizing the odor. It saves you from having to make a trip outside to the dumpster each day. In fact, on the website, it says that it can hold up to 14 days of waste! 

I have only had the Litter Genie for a week, so I have not attempted to use the included cutting tool to cut the bag for replacement. I did watch the how-to video on their website, so I think it will be easy enough. I have noticed less odor and the huge plus is that my kids love to clean out the litter box now! 

Ava personalized the Litter Genie with Phineas' name on it

Our happy cat



I received this Litter Genie complimentary from CrowdTap for sampling purposes.
All opinions are my own.