Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stamped Candles - A DIY Project for Fall

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I love the colors of Fall and they tend to be a great source of inspiration for me at times. I've been looking for new ways to decorate my home for the Fall season and an idea was born. I thought Stamped Candles would be such fun and quite festive for the season! They're actually quite easy to make and can be done rather quickly as well.

What you'll need:
  • Plain pillar candles - any size you like will do!
  • Stamps - Fall theme
  • Ink Pad - I used a dark brown
  • Raffia

Step 1: Gather 4 strands of Raffia and tie them around your candle. Cut off excess, leaving about an inch on either end, then fan the ends of each strand out a bit.

Step 2: Dip your stamp in ink. I recommend testing it out on paper first, so you get a feel for how that particular ink will react based on the pressure that you use. Then dip your stamp a second time, apply across the candle, from one edge of the stamp to the next, rolling the candle as you go. Repeat as many times as you like for the pattern that you're trying to create.

Step 3: Let dry. You want to be very careful not to touch the ink on the candle with anything at first! It will smudge very easy and depending on the ink that you use, might not dry properly. Therefore, these candles should probably not be handled after they are stamped. Set them up, out of the reach of children and just enjoy their beauty.

So there you have it, a lovely candle without the hefty price tag. I picked my candles up at Walmart for $3 a piece, but you could easily use candles from the dollar store to cut costs even more!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo Fun New App and iBook

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This feature was written in partnership with Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo. Though I was compensated, all opinions are of my own.

Many of you might be familiar with this adorable little Jack Russell Terrier named Jesse. Jesse the Jack is world famous and is quite the YouTube sensation. His YouTube channel has over 30 million views and I'm sure you'd be impressed if you took a little peek. I know I sure was and I wish my dogs could do half of what that cute little Jack Russel can do. I sure could use some help cleaning up around here!

Well Jesse the Jack has even more up his little puppy sleeve because he's now the star of ABC Zoo, an iBook and app for iOS that just launched today! ABC Zoo will help teach children ages 2-6 the alphabet in new and creative ways through its eye-catching animation. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with animals and colors to help make learning fun.

The iBook offers narration that can be turned on or off to aid kids in reading or pronunciation of a word. The app features two modes - story and play and also features sounds from real animals to help children identify the sound. You'll also find music, tricks from Jesse and so much more.
Jesse the Jack’s ABC Zoo illustrates the full alphabet, pairing letters with animals and colors to help children learn through association. The storyline follows Jesse’s adventure through the zoo, which he discovers while he’s asleep. The app has two modes: story and play. As parents and children follow Jesse in story mode, they are taken on an interactive journey with real-life animal sounds and facts. Soothing yet upbeat music produced by popular street performer Dub FX keeps children focused and entertained.

Jesse the Jack's ABC Zoo sounds like a wonderful app for small children and such a fun way to learn. You'll find Jesse the Jack's ABC Zoo for iOS via the iBook and app stores. With prices at $.99 and $1.99 respectively, it's light on the budget too. And don't you worry your little heads Android users, because there will be a version for you coming very soon!


Super Excited by the New Line of Character-Themed Kid-Safe Headphones From Sakar

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I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sure I love having my kids play outside and read books because I know those things are good for them and I know they love them but in today's technology driven world I also realize that tech gadgets will always be a part of their lives. With two girls playing on their iPad minis in the car at the same time the only way to keep my sanity is with headphones so I don't hear competing movies at the same time. By headphones I mean for the girls and not myself! Sakar’s collection of kids-safe headphones feature designs from today’s hottest licenses, including: Hello Kitty, Batman, Superman, Iron Man 3, Monster High and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles headphones. 

The reason these are special is because they allow kids to safely listen to and enjoy music. Large, full-range drivers give listeners a rich sound experience, with crisp highs and warm, clear bass tones. The ear cups are lightweight with thick, comfortable padding to provide noise isolation, while the headband bends easily for a comfortable fit. The kids-safe headphone series features a built-in volume limiter, protecting children's hearing by automatically limiting audio volume to approximately 80% of the original maximum volume. 

Kids-safe headphones are compatible with all portable devices that feature a 3.5mm stereo jack output, including iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, and portable gaming devices such as the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo DS series. These headphones are also compatible with laptops, PCs, CD players, and home audio systems. 

They seem to be very sturdy as they have been dropped several times already and still work great. They are adjustable to fit a variety of head sizes and according to my two test subjects they really like the looks and feel of them.

They are designed for ages 3-9 and they fit both my 3 and 6 years olds really well. I took a listen and I like that the music was not too loud but still audible to them. No damage to their delicate ear drums! Now your kids can join their favorite characters in new musical adventures as they enjoy their favorite tunes with Sakar’s line of character-themed kids-safe headphones!

Connect: You can connect with Sakar through @SakarIntl on Twitter.

Modere Hair Care Line

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I received samples for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

I am obsessed with hair care. I'm a bit of a hair coloring fiend, my current color is called "Runway Red" and it's a bright red, but suits me pretty well! The problem with red dye though, is that it fades pretty quickly and I need to re-color every four weeks. Which wreaks havoc on my hair and scalp, which in turns means I'm always looking for the best hair care products to keep my hair soft, shiny, ad healthy!

Modere has a line of personal care that range from skins/body care to hair care. I am in love with the hair line that uses quality ingredients with the latest technologies to create a line of invigorating products.
I use the Shampoo for All Hair Types on a daily basis. It's mild and washes away all oil, dust, and dirt that might accumulate during the day, especially this time of year of pumpkin patches, costume wearing, and full days at the park. (I can't be the only mom who ends up on the mulch with her child, right?) The shampoo has a faint pleasant scent and washes away clean while being extremely gentle. If you wash every day, it's perfect, without buildup due to emulsifying the oils and dirt that attach to the hair, instead of stripping away, which could be damaging. I'm not sure I can live without this shampoo!
The Conditioner for Dry/Color Treated hair is my new BFF. It's enriched with panthenol that leaves my color treated, usually dry hair moisturized, silky, soft, and rejuvenated. There's no weighing down of my fine hair and tames the frizz when I dry and straighten my usually curls, even in this southern humidity! Containing rich shea butter along with antioxidant rich properties, you'll find this to be the best everyday conditioner that gives your hair life!

To add a little extra help to tame fly aways, keep my hair soft and rich looking throughout the day, I use the Antioxidants Hair Serum. Before blow drying, I apply a dime sized amount into my hand, then work from ends to roots. It smells wonderful and applied easily, leaving no greasy feeling or weighing my hair down. Yet still nourishes and tames my hair from heat, humidity, and my own constant touching!
When a little extra TLC is needed, I turn to the Repairing Hair Mask. It's an intense treatment that hydrated, improves, and nourishes my beat upon hair. It protects my red hued hair from environmental factors song with my own personal attacks of hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. It removes knots, doesn't weigh down, and leaves my hair manageable and healthier in just fives minutes. Sometimes, I'll work it through my hair and leave it on overnight to wake up to luxurious hair!
The whole Hair Care Collection is amazing and I love how it all works together to promote healthy, manageable hair despite my use and abuse of hair color and hair tools. Unlike other lines, you won't have to empty your bank account to look like a million bucks.
You can connect with Modere on their website, Facebook and @ModereUS on Twitter