November 24, 2014

review: Kiss Instawave

I have very fine hair. Fine as in I've gotten a salon perm (back when perms were in) that barely lasted a week. It's hard for me to style my hair and even harder for that style to hold. So, imagine my excitement when I saw the new Instawave styling tool from Kiss. A salon quality curling tool that practically does all the work for you!

I mean, check out this video!

Looks pretty cool, right!?

Brandbacker sent me one for testing; I practically ripped the box open and ran to the bathroom when the box arrived.

My fine hair prevailed. Oh well, this is a different kind of tool and I'm sure there's a learning curve.
By the end of the week, I'd given up. It was nearly impossible to get this thing to hold and twirl my hair let alone make a decent curl when it did succeed to do so. Maybe it just wasn't for us fine-haired gals.

I was thinking of skipping this review. This isn't the first time a universally loved hair product has given me zero results. I know I'm the minority. It sucks, but I'm still hoping a product that works for my hair type is on it's way.

But, while wandering through facebook, I happened upon another new instawave review. One from a girl who has no hair woes in common with mine. One that was equally frustrated with this tool. I tweeted her: "I thought it was only me."  

The reply was almost instant: "Oh you aren't at ALL..."

The instawave issues seem to be common amongst women of all hair types, and as an objective blogger it is my duty to always give honest opinions. In this case, the Instawave wasn't for me. And it appears that there is work to be done before it is for most of you. I have more success (and time saved) with a regular curling iron. I hate to be negative, but I hope Kiss sees the issues at hand and can channel them into developing an instawave that truly is a miracle product for women of all hair types.

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November 21, 2014

December Sponsorship Giveaway!

Apparently Thanksgiving is in a week and then November is pretty much over.Wow!

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November 14, 2014


This time last year, I was jobless. I lost a friend to leukemia. We were struggling to make ends meet and could only look forward to a free trip to the beach a friend had offered us. A free trip that we had to cancel the night before because an emergency dental procedure and Sean's engine stopping all in one week left us with thousands of dollars of new debt. We couldn't even afford the gas to get to the free beach trip. I was bitter and thankfulness was hard, to say the very least.

If you're new here, you're in for some crazy miracles.
If you've been following me for some time, thank you. I'm reminding myself as much as you that God is good. Here's the photo version of what's happened since. What I have to be thankful for this year:

1. For the temp job where I got back on my feet and met some incredible people.

2. For my current career where I get to use my skills to help save lives across the world...and enjoy a daily waterfront view!

3. For the house we were able to buy with support from said career

4. For the wonderful man I get to share the house with

5. For the long awaited puppy who tries our patience and makes us laugh

For the fact that this year was most certainly better than the last.

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November 10, 2014

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November 9, 2014

re·view: laundry with eco nuts

Last August, I saw some reviews floating around for an alternative to dryer sheets: balls made of wool. I was intrigued and then thrilled when I had the chance to try and review them. I kid you not when I say I have not used dryer sheets since.

The thing is, I was living in an apartment and doing laundry at my mother-in-law's house (she lived a mile down the street and our laundry center cost $3/load. yikes!). She, too, loved the balls. They were essentially shared for a year between five people.

Fast forward to this July when we bought our first house. I was thrilled to finally have our own washer and dryer. I was not so thrilled to realize things were coming out of the dryer with lots of static. (seriously, though, what a bargain! laundry for five for a year with one set of balls! definitely economical!) I knew it was time to buy a new set.

I'd noticed some alternative brands of wool balls pop up in the market since I received my first set of balls, one of them being eco nuts. I was curious and more than willing to see if they were comparable.


I won't tease you all any longer: the answer is YES!

I was pretty darn excited when the balls (a set of 4) came in. I ripped the package right open, and tossed them in the next load of laundry I did. I reached in, expecting the static I'd been dealing with...and realized there was none. Ahhh! Nothing like a new set of dryer balls.

Also in the package was a surprise: a 10-load trial of organic eco nuts laundry soap. Sign me up! I wasn't sure what to think when I opened up the package to find...well, a bag of nuts, but I left them in the washer for ten loads and didn't have to re-wash a single thing!

I love how well everything works, but come on...we all know I'm a crunchy girl. I especially love how economical these products are and the fact that they don't contain synthetic fragrances or other harmful ingredients. Eco nuts is definitely a winner in my book!

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