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Ricki and the Flash trailer: Meryl Streep rocks in this film

Written by Diablo Cody (Oscar winner for Juno) directed by Jonathan Demme (Oscar winner for “The Silence of the Lambs”). The film follows the rock star life of Ricki as she tries to get the family back together after she neglected them for many years when she became famous.

Ricki’s daughter is played by Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer and her bandmate is played by real-life rock star Rick Springfield.  In my opinion, it was absolutely genius to have them work together and have that real mother-daughter dynamic on screen.

The film is about Ricki’s daughter getting married so she returns home to reunite with her family and attempts to fix all the broken pieces.

Check out this movie this summer! The film will arrive at the movie theater nearest you on August 7.

How to give your dresser a new makeover

Author: April Blake Johnson

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I’m a big fan of bargains.  I’m also a big fan of being creative and resourceful.  Lucky for me, I have a house full of things that  needs a little updating on a little budget.  Since Pinterest has been introduced into my life, I’ve had a sudden surge of inspiration to give things a try. 

My hope is to give others helpful advice and ideas to take on their own project.  Take my word for it, even if the end product isn’t perfect, you will love it far more than anything you could ever buy.  Let me introduce you to a project that I recently did from a dresser that I used as a changing table.

Step 1: This dresser was given to me, and looked to be straight up out of the 80’s with ugly hardware and an orangey finish.  If you don’t have one available…..your local Goodwill has these constantly, and very cheap!

Step 2: I sanded this down and slapped on some black paint (I happen to have some on hand, so I did not need to purchase any)

Step 3: I took off the old hardware and added some modern looking brushed nickel pulls ($1.25 each at my local store).

Step 4: I took out the top 3 drawers and painted the inside black.

Finally: Found baskets to fit on the top for a fresh new look! ($14 each at my local craft store)

Let me know your thoughts.  I would love to hear your opinion.

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Mother’s Day gifts that Mom would never buy for herself

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As a mom I can honestly say that there are a lot of things that you would love to have but just never get because there are always other priorities to take care of before you make that purchase.  Now I am not saying that you have to put yourself to the side but I feel that between the kids and life, you  tend to put yourself in the back burner once in a while.  At the end of the day, we just want to plop on the couch and take a long relaxing bubble bath.

This is why I wanted to come up with a list of things that moms would love to get but would never purchase for themselves because it is just not on their list.  Why not splurge on your mom for that one day a year? Moms should really be splurged everyday of the year but I guess one day is better than nothing.

Here are my top picks:

 

How to Spring clean your Bedroom

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I love having my house to be organized but I absolutely hate spring cleaning.  It’s the only time that you really get to do a deep cleaning sort of speak.  My list can go on for pages but I have found that if I tackle one thing at a time that it can be done.  Don’t get overwhelmed by the size of the list, many of the jobs on the list can be really done within a few minutes.  It’s just a matter of taking the time to do them.

It really depends what kind of home you have so my list is based off living in an apartment.  It may not be as extensive as a house but it’s still work that has to get done.

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1. Tackle your dresser first by removing all items from your dresser.  Sift through your clothes and donate clothes that you no longer use.

2.  Clean out the drawer and even get sachets to make your drawer smell nice

3.  Move your bed a different position in your room.  I always like to move around my bed to make my room look different.  It’s like starting a new chapter for a new season

4.  Make sure you clean under your bed and take out any kind of storage that is under your bed

5.  Wash your curtains, if possible

6.  Reorganize your toiletries and toss out products that you don’t use anymore

Spring cleaning takes time and effort but it is all worth it at the end.  This is all stuff that everyone knows to do but sometimes you just need a little reminder or a little encouragement to just take the time to actually do it.  Let me know what else you do to get your bedroom organized.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


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There is so much rage going on right now about using essential oils for your home and in general.  One of my friends were using tea tree oil to make body scrubs and it really got my intention to start using them myself.  Lucky for me,  Apothecary Extracts provided me the opportunity to try out their tea tree oil and I was more than ecstatic. I must confess that I have never really looked at buying these oils because the prices are insane!

The fact of the matter is that pure quality essential oils are beneficial in so many ways.  These essential oils have been around in the market for quiet some time.  I just feel like it is now that people are becoming more interested on living a more “organic lifestyle” than all the chemicals that exist in the supermarkets.  That is why I was super excited about this opportunity because I am always looking for better ways to live a more “chemical free” home than of the norm.  It takes a lot of courage to start this process and it is not cheap either but I think it is the best choice for my family.

My tea tree oils arrived in a box that had a vintage look to it and I really liked it.  It includes information about the company and warnings as well.  I really like the fact that they have that information because there are so many essential oils out there that you have to search for the information. The best part is opening the box and smelling it and let me just warn you that it has a strong smell and you can tell that it is completely pure and not diluted.  At least I hope I can tell.

Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australia Tea Tree Oil is available exclusively on Amazon for $24.99.  I highly recommend this product if you love using essential oils.

I would love to hear your feedback so let me know your thoughts.

Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review


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The number one rule in a beauty regimen is to include a facial masking at least once to twice a week.  Masks are to the face what a conditioner is to your hair.  It keeps your skin looking clear, glowing and healthy.

I was sent a 16oz. white plastic jar of InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask to review.  There really is no wrong way of applying a mask but if you have a facial brush to apply the mask;  then use the brush instead of your fingers.  For many people, the smell is an issue but that’s the best part of this product.  There is no smell when applying this product.  The first time I used the mask it felt like I was applying pudding on my face.  It felt really smooth and I was a bit nervous because my skin is super sensitive but I was dying to try this on since I have heard of mud masks before.  The minute you apply it to your skin, I noticed my skin tightening up.  After fifteen minutes, I washed it off and noticed my skin felt smooth and not dry at all; that is a huge deal for me because my skin tends to dry out very easily.

I have combination skin so this mask worked really well for me because it helped me with blackheads and purifying my skin.  My recommendation is to use it once a week but if you feel like you want to do it more frequently then go ahead and do so.

Please keep in mind that this product does not have a lot of preservatives, and that is great news! But if you would like this product to last longer, then make sure to keep it in the refrigerator.  This way you do not have to worry about the product shelf life.  Plus when you do apply the mask, it will be refreshing at the same time.

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About the product:

Dead Sea Mud Mask is an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. More than a million visitors each year flock to this extraordinary body of water in the Mediterranean, which contains many minerals beneficial to the skin, such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium and calcium.

Once applied, this mud mask treatment starts working to absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin. It is great to expunge acne, pimples and blackheads. It also helps to restore an even skin tone for a smoother complexion. When used as a body treatment, the mud mask can soothe and relieve muscles aches and pains.

Whether used on the face or the body, our Dead Sea Mud Mask is a superb in-home spa treatment that will reveal more vibrant, refined, healthier skin.

Limited to USA residents only.

 

What is the best age to start your kid in a sport?

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As my kids are now getting older, I started thinking if I should sign them up to some sort of sport.  My son has so much energy and I would love for him to burn that energy off and at the same time make some friends along the way.  But still the question remains, is it too early to sign them up at the age of five?

After reading articles on the matter, I was more confused and mixed than ever! Other articles suggest to wait until they are 10 years old before you sign them up to play a sport because of injuries.  It goes even further to say that if you only sign them up in one sport then the kids will have even serious injuries.  There are so many different articles out there to talk about with different point of views.  I am no expert in the matter, but I do want my kids to have fun playing outside of the home.  It is so easy to just plop your kids in front of the television and that is not what I want them to do.  I want them to have a childhood that is filled with laughter and running around outside.  I grew up not having to be a part of a league because I was always playing outside with anything that my imagination allowed me.  But, nowadays we live in a scary world where anything bad can happen so you really have to be selective where they play and whom they play with and it really breaks my heart that it has come to this point.

I wish my kids would have experienced a world where you can run outside without a care in the world.  Where neighbors would look out for each other and the door could be left wide open.  Where everyone knew your family and you knew their family as well.  However, this is not my reality, I have to make the best with what I have with my kids.

At the end of the day, you do what you think is best for your family and kids.  For now, I will sign up my five year old to a sport I think will be great for him to have some fun.  If he decides to change a sport later or not do any sports, then I will deal with that matter when the problem arrives.  I just want to be the best parent that I can be for my kids.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Did you sign up your kids at an early age?

New year, new me all over again!

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It’s official that we are in 2015, but somewhere along the way I missed the whole “New Year, New Me”  phrase or should I say MeMe.  I thought that I was up to date with most things but apparently being a mom of two made me miss this trend that was all over twitter.  I wish I could keep up with all the trends that are out there but how in the world do you keep up with all the trends while just trying to keep up with your own kids?

I try not to be one of those that tells everyone their new year’s resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, if you love sharing with others then please go right ahead.  I just don’t like to disappoint myself when I don’t finish that to do list; that’s how I see it.  I don’t see it as resolutions, I see it as a to-do list of things that you have to accomplish before the end of the year.  I already have way too many things on my list so I definitely don’t need to add more.

My to-do list consists of blogging, editing, cleaning bathrooms, cooking, feeding kids and it goes on and on.  I just feel like it never ends.  At the end of the day, I always try to do too much in one day and I never finish so I just take one step at a time.

In the end, I think it should be about making improvements in our lives.  Whether it’s getting a better job, working out or traveling more it’s about making the best of what you have.  I think it makes a difference when you have faith that you will succeed than expecting to fail.  Don’t focus so much on the resolution, but on making the best of what you have and making it better.

 

#Makeupby1D Review


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What do you get when you add One Direction with makeup together…?  The result is a one of a kind One Direction makeup kit.  The kit comes in a collectible package and the most coveted colors that anyone could ask for.

This could be the perfect holiday or birthday gift for your friends and family. Are you an aunt or uncle that wants to look cool? It would be the perfect gift for your niece.

The mascara kit includes three different shades that are designed for eyes and hair.  They come in bold and vibrant colors; perfect for a concert or a girls night out.  When you apply the mascara, you will notice the texture to be creamy and cakey.  It is extremely pigmented that it looks great adding a little color to your hair or your eyes.  As for the eyes, you might want to try one first and test it out.  Below is a picture of the mascara on my skin.

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My favorite were the lipglosses because it is in my opinion that you can never have enough of them and especially finding the right hue.  The cool feature about these lipglosses is that it changes color under UV light.  It’s great if you are going to a concert and it will help you get noticed! Unfortunately, I do not have UV light to test these products but if you do please share your pictures here.  Below is a sample of how the lip gloss looks against my skin.

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About the Product
ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA; Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours.
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better! #lookscollection #markwins
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSSLiquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken – Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV lightROCK ME NAIL KITROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographicGlitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitterMakeup by One Direction will hit the follow stores November 15th!
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Dillards
Boscov’s
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & TaylorPlease visit them on their facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirectionDisclosure: I received the above mentioned products to conduct a review, no other compensation has been received.  Any opinions expressed are my own.  Powered by Brandbacker.

#ZZZQuil Scented Sleep Aid #Voxbox Review

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When I was young, I remember that I could sleep through anything.  It was a great feeling to be able to sleep without any interruptions.  After having my kids, that all went out the window. For several years, I have struggled with sleep.  I get interruptions every single night and I know that it is not going away any time soon.  It’s like I have a ticking clock that wakes me up every two hours.  By the time that 6am rolls around, both kids are up and I am exhausted.

I have taken sleeping pills and even cold medicine to make me fall asleep but it doesn’t really work on me for some reason.  At this point, I have given up on sleep and all I feel like doing is taking a nap all the time.  But the only problem with naps is that I don’t like them either.  This is why I was super excited to receive a  sleeping aide that would help me sleep better.  #ZZZQuil helps you create a relaxed environment so that you can sleep at ease.

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The lavender smell is not too strong but that is my own opinion.  If the smell bothers you then I suggest placing it within a close reach but not too close to you. For some people, smell can be a bit overwhelming.  You just have to find the right adjustment.

I have been using the sleep aid for a week and I have to say that it has helped me relax. And the best part of it is that I do not have to use a pill or drugs to assist me.  If you have issues with sleep, I highly recommend this product to help you.  Use #ZZZQuil to create that perfect relaxed environment to sleep.

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes.

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