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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Awesome Brazilian Virgin HairTiips

Experts usually consider Brazilian hair as the best hair type in the world.

Truth be told, there are so many different reasons why it’s so popular. It has silky and lustrous texture that will sweep you of your feet. Brazilian hair is also very easy to maintain and wear unlike some other types of hair. In fact, if you properly take care of it, there is a good chance that your wig or hair extension will last for a year or so.

Virgin hair takes it up a notch; not only is it Brazilian but also from young donors ensuring the highest quality of product. Regardless of everything, it won’t last long if you mistreat it. This is why every woman has to keep these actionable tips in mind prior to purchasing a wig, hair bundle or hair extension.

Read on!

Everything starts from shampooing as one of the most common things you’ll do. Make sure to put enough shampoo on your scalp and take your time massaging it. Hair needs to be caressed in a downward motion from scalp to ends. If a woman shampoos her hair properly, this will ensure that dirt and dandruff are completely removed. It is the basis of hair care but most women neglect it. Also, try to use natural shampoos as they are much better for your skin as well as hair. No matter what you’re using, rinse it properly so there isn’t any produce remaining afterwards. Virgin hair needs to be shampooed at least once per week but its better if you do it twice or even thrice. This is especially true for people who are active or who exercise regularly. Keep in mind that the same rules apply for Brazilian hair as for your own; proper care if of utmost importance!

Another important thing to remember is proper conditioning. This is a process that goes after shampooing and it works well for hair’s volume. After putting it on your scalp, use a wide teeth comb. Like all other hair products, conditioner needs to be properly rinsed afterwards.

There are so many things you need to know about styling. First and foremost, make sure to use proper tools. Ideal brushes are those with wide teeth because they don’t cause so much friction and breakage. You should also have to be mindful of strong chemical products and heating tools. While women like to look trendy and try out different things, this isn’t always ideal for your hair and scalp. Be moderate with various styles if you want your virgin wig to last longer.

Other Important Tips
Need more tips and tricks? Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are 7 more!

*As previously mentioned, you have to wash virgin hair often. This reduces strain on follicles and reduces potential damage.

*While conditioner is an important part of the picture, you shouldn’t overdo it. Important thing about it is that it needs to be spread all over the hair. Make sure to avoid using fingers for this.

*Combs can be detrimental to your efforts. Wide tooth combs are the way to go.

*Be prepared to invest some time. Most women think that by simply purchasing a wig, their problems are over. But this is just the beginning. Wig requires lots of maintenance so it remains stylish for a longer time. Of course, you always have the option of buying a new wig each month.

*When it comes to particular products, you have limited options in regards of dyeing. Make sure to read product description beforehand so you know what you can and what you cannot do with it.

*Sulfate-free substances are great when used in shampoos. They reduce breakage so make sure to use these products often. Natural shampoos are also a good choice.

*Hair oiling can be a great thing. Make sure to use only premium products. Keep in mind that every hair needs to be oily (even though we often think that oil is bad as we try to get rid of it).

There you go!

With these simple tips your Brazilian virgin hair will last for a much longer period of time and it will be beautiful each and every day!

Monday, July 9, 2018

#MacysBFinJuly Giveaway

Monday, July 9th at 12:00 AM ET to Sunday, July 15th at 11:59 PM ET.
Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 gift card, twenty (20) winners will receive a $50 gift card, and twenty (20) winners will receive a $20 gift card from Macy's.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy's page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (7/16) via the email address they used to enter. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

4 Tips For Concealed Carry

You've purchased a gun. You've gotten your license. But what else do you need to know before you actually venture into the world with your firearm under your clothes? Here are just a few tips for concealed carry.

1. Buy the Right Supplies
The first thing that you'll need is a concealed carry holster. Then you'll want to look into concealment clothing. Depending on where you want to carry your gun, this might mean shopping for everything from loose t-shirts to pants with special elastic waistbands. Just make sure to explore all of your options before making your final decision.

2. Have a Trial Run
Practice your concealed carry around the house before you go into public. Not only will this help you get comfortable with the sensation of a gun shifting against your hip, thigh or ankle, but it will also teach you to be stealthy. You'll learn how to move in a way that doesn't draw attention to your weapon. You'll get over the habit of constantly touching it and reassuring yourself that it's there.

3. Practice Your Draw
Most people are interested in concealed carrying because they want to be prepared if they face an emergency situation in real life. If you haven't practiced your draw, however, you aren't really ready for disaster. You're going to fumble with your clothes as you whip out your gun for the first time. Go to the range and practice your draw with different concealed carry holsters until you're confident that you're prepared for anything.

4. Keep It a Secret
Don't go around bragging about your concealed weapon, and don't show your friends where you're carrying. This information should be kept to yourself. It only takes one questionable person learning these details to take advantage of you!

These are just a few things to consider before you take your gun into the world. There's more to being a responsible carrier than just getting your concealed carry license, so don't assume that your paperwork makes you prepared! You'll need to be smart and cautious about your decisions. Good luck!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My #MentalHealth

Well, as you can see, this blog has been pretty quiet. I have lots of great posts coming up. But they are posts that should have been up earlier. Much earlier. But I have been dealing with some stuff. Turns out I have Major Depressive Disorder. Which is a big label, but basically anxiety and depression. I have made the choice to finally see a psychologist, and I go next week. I know I have not dealt with a lot of things, including major things like the death of my son, and also the death of my father. Among other things as well. So, here's to the beginning of getting healthy, in mind, body, and spirit! Thanks for sticking with me! It means a lot!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Flag Day 2018

Top Gift Ideas For Guys

Not many people actually love the idea of shopping for someone. It can be difficult to try and find a gift that will please someone to the point you don't feel like you wasted any of your money. For some, it can be even more difficult to try and buy gifts for men. They seem to need very little and trying to be creative with buying their gifts seems pointless. However, all hope is not lost. Below are some great ideas for gifts that you can give just about any man in your life.

Themed Shirts
Most men hate having to go shopping for clothes. Because of this, it can be a great idea to buy them something they would enjoy wearing. Of course, however, this depends on whether or not you know their sizing. If you do, you are on the right track. One great site to shop from is They have great selections on shirts, jackets and hats for all men to enjoy. They also have a lot of MMA gear for those men in your life that are into that.

You can almost never go wrong picking out a nice watch for that special guy in your life. There are literally thousands of choices to pick from. If you are not fully aware of the type of style they would be into, a classic-looking watch might work perfectly for any occasion.

This may not seem like a great gift, but most men love food. A great idea for those that don't want to spend a lot of time shopping would be a gift card to a local restaurant. You can make it for any amount of money you can think of. Most people love getting free meals. There are even some gift cards from restaurant chains so that your recipient can choose which one to eat at.

As you can see, there are a lot of simple gift ideas for any man you need to buy a gift for. While they are hard to shop for if you don't know what they are into, you can find a lot of basic gift ideas to suit any event.

Friday, June 1, 2018

#SamsGrillAndChill Giveaway

Tuesday, May 29th at 12:00 AM ET to Friday, June 15th at 11:59 PM ET.
Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Sam's Plus Membership gift card from Sam's Club. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Sam's Club page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (6/18) via the email address they used to enter.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

#GetawayWithExpedia Giveaway

Tuesday, May 22nd at 12:00 AM ET to Monday, May 28th at 11:59 PM ET.
Five (5) winners will receive a $100 gift card from Expedia.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Expedia page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (5/29) via the email address they used to enter.

#BrightlySummerFun Giveaway

 Brightly and Melissa & Doug have teamed up to offer the chance to win the ultimate summer fun pack. The family fun prize pack includes 50 brand-new books and $1,000 worth of Melissa & Doug toys!

Giveaway starts on Monday, May 21st at 12:00 AM ET Giveaway ends on Friday, June 22nd at 11:59 PM ET.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What You Should Do If You Come Home to Signs of a Break-In

Break-ins are a terribly traumatic event. If you come home and find evidence of a break-in, you are likely in a heightened emotional state. This can make it difficult to process what has happened and take the necessary steps to report the incident. A break-in is something that nobody should have to experience, but an event that we should all prepare for. Here’s a step-by-step list of what you should do if you come home and find that your house was burglarized.

Contact Your Local Police Department

The first thing that you should do is call the police and file a report. This puts the break-in incident on record, which is crucial for both insurance claims and recovering stolen belongings. Do not touch anything in your home until the police arrive. When the authorities do arrive to your house, make a list of every item that was stolen and be sure to include a description and the price of each item. You will also want to make a copy of this list so that you can provide it to your insurance company. If you have not entered the home but you can tell that your home has been burglarized, do not enter the home. Keep your kids and yourself out of harm's way by staying out of the house and making the call to the police from a safe place.

Call Your Insurance Company

Make a call to your insurance company within 24 hours of the break-in, whether you have renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance. It is likely that your insurance company will send a claims adjuster to your home to assess the claim in person. If your insurance company plans to do this, you will want to make arrangements for your family to stay somewhere else, like with a family member, close friend or hotel close to work and your children's school, so that you do not disturb or accidentally clean up any valuable evidence.

Clean Up All Signs of the Incident

Once the authorities and your insurance company have all of the necessary information, you can start to pick up the pieces and clean up all signs of the break-in. The quicker you can get your back to normal, the sooner you will be able to move on from this traumatic event. Depending on the severity of the break-in and the amount of damage that occurred you may want to consider contacting a professional service to help clean up. And, for broken windows, doors, locks or other damage, a handyman may be required.

Safeguard Your Home

Most burglars break-in through the front or back doors. You can immediately increase the safety of your home by changing and upgrading your locks. Motion-sensor lights can also be installed as a criminal deterrent. However, the most effective way to safeguard your home is by installing a security camera system. Lorex, a DIY leader in home security, offers easy-to-install home security monitoring systems with unrivaled video performance. These home security systems offer high-definition picture and remote viewing so you can see what’s happening in or around your home, wherever you are.

Nobody should have to experience a break-in, but we should all take the steps to safeguard our homes and families.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#WinMalinAndGoetz Giveaway

MALIN+GOETZ creates Simple Skincare Solutions. The company makes skincare easy, starting with sensitive skin. Their treatments are meant to be gentle and effective, and every product is formulated with trusted natural ingredients and proven advanced technologies to perform without sacrificing luxury.

Wednesday, May 2nd at 12:00 AM ET to Tuesday, May 8th at 11:59 PM ET.
Five (5) winners will receive a $75 gift card to Malin + Goetz.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Malin + Goetz page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (5/9) via the email address they used to enter.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Great Books To Give Mom #MothersDay2018

A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils: Recipes and Practices for a Natural Lifestyle and Holistic Health by Hayley Hobson - Homeopathic medicine and alternative medicines are gaining in popularity daily. A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils by Hayley Hobson can become your first step to a healthier life - your first step to holistic health. Hayley is an internationally known author and inspirational speaker. She presents uplifting and educational programs in over 50 countries and promotes a holistic path to wellness by incorporating the use of essential oils with a regimen of exercise, healthy eating, and mental and emotional wellness practices. As a coach, she passionately empowers others to live their dreams and create lifestyle transformations by supporting them in becoming the best possible whole versions of themselves. In her book, you will find real life stories and natural lifestyle principles. You’ll discover why we get out of balance in the first place - and find out how to fix it. You'll learn about Hayley’s signature recipes and their specific purposes, helpful remedies, and daily changes, safe handling and usage, and much more. View this book on Amazon!
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson - Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes - sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future. View this book on Amazon!
Badass Women Give the Best Advice: Everything You Need to Know About Life and Love by Becca Anderson - Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from stand-up comedians to startup entrepreneurs, from feminists to Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex; and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is. Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary, and covers sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists, and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there's more - true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there's no shortage of sass, sarcasm, sizzle, and a few shocks along the way! View this book on Amazon!