9.29.2011

I'm a busy mom.... TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Not only am I the busy mom of three young kids, but I'm a former hair stylist that knows how damaging it can be to over shampoo your hair.  Over shampooing can weaken your hair and strip it of the natural oils it needs to maintain it's integrity.  But if you're like me, your hair can look a too oily by day two.  The first time I tried dry shampoo it was a salon product that had been recommended to me by a fellow stylist.  I love it and that it came in an aerosol can, but it didn't last long and it was quite pricey.  I decided to check my local drug store for another option and was thrilled to find TRESemme also offered an aerosol dry shampoo!  I've happily used other products by TRESemme so I was very willing to give this product a shot!



Recently TRESemme actually asked if I would be interested in trying out their TRESemm√© Fresh Start Dry Shampoo and tell you guys about my experience, funny thing was I had already been using the product for months! I'm thrilled to share the information with you guys because I know your busy moms too!  This product is my bad hair day life saver!

What is it?! 

Dry shampoo consists of a fine powder that attracts the oils in your hair then brushes out.  You spray the product on, allow it to soak the oils up for a minute or two, then brush it out (your not actually going to notice it brushing "out" but you will blend the powder so that you don't have a white head).  Being that the powder is white, it does blend better for blondes, but you can use this on any hair color.   Here are some tips from TRESemme on how to get the best results from their product...

How to get the best results from Dry Shampoos:

- Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
- Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots
- Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head
- Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)
- Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.
- Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly
- If clogging occurs, remove nozzle and rinse the nozzle under warm water, then reattach.
Or you can watch this video Top Hair Products for School  to see it in action! (this isn't me in the video, it's YouTube Celebrity Elle Fowler! She's cute and fun, check it out!)



I have been using the volumizing formula, but there are several formulas available-

The full line includes:
o Strengthening Dry Shampoo: The formula, with B12 vitamins and keratin, helps strengthen hair and leaves it full of healthy body.
o Volumizing Dry Shampoo: The formula, with mineral clay and citrus, removes oil while injecting hair with salon-gorgeous volume.
o Smoothing Dry Shampoo: The formula, with Vitamin H & Silk Proteins, refreshes your straight style by removing excess oil, impurities and odor to ensure your smooth look lasts.
o Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo: The formula, with Witch Hazel, Citrus, and Aloe Vera, refreshes your hair by removing excess oil, impurities and odor while moisturizing hair.
No matter what formula you prefer, your hair will smell fresh and look great!

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9.25.2011

Warm and Cozy

Hot chocolate in my mug, pumpkin coffee brewing, candied pecan candle burning.  A cozy blanket on the couch, kids napping, hubby watching football.... sounds like a perfect time for some blog "nesting".  Things are switching up a bit around here, I hope you enjoy.


9.21.2011

How to Recreate Three Popular Upcycling Themes with Rebecca from Home Seasons

 Rebecca from Home Seasons is guest posting here today with tips on upcycling!

 If you want unique and cheap furniture, upcycling used furnishings is your best bet. Upcycling has become quite a trend in the DIY and crafting world. People create remarkable and unusual items that cannot be found anywhere else. "What is upcycling?" you ask? Upcycling is the process of repurposing items (such as furniture, clothes, or anything that can be reused) and turning them into items that are worth a lot more than they would have been. Furniture serves as good upcycling pieces because there is a lot of potential to be achieved. Not to mention, there are large quantities of discarded furniture that could use a little revamping.



    Well-made furniture is hard to come by. You might not have noticed, but many conglomerate home furnishing companies have started to skimp on material. The large demand of cheap furniture has decreased the quality of furniture by considerable amount. A fiberboard table will never last as long as a solid wood carved table. To find inexpensive, hard-wearing furniture, we must find items that were made long ago to ensure quality and craftsmanship.  One way is to find second hand furniture. With a good, sturdy foundation, all it usually needs is a little TLC (a new paint job, a little sanding, new upholstery, etc). Here are a few tips to recreate three popular upcycling themes.


The Shabby Chic Look - This theme is most popular among girls (and a few boys!). Shabby chic is a look in which the furniture carries a slight bit of a weathered and whimsical appearance. The color schemes are usually light pastel colors with a slight bit of brown to emphasize wear. Buying this theme from the store is actually quite expensive. A mass produced, shabby chic dresser can run you up to $300. However, have no fear. This effect is not too difficult to reproduce. The tip is to paint coats of 2 different colors. Sand away the top layer to expose the under layer of color. Remember to use a matte top coat to enhance the look. Don't worry about it appearing ragged or old. Shabby chic is all about embracing the unkempt look!


The Disguised Look - You have reached a pivotal point of your upcycling career if you are able to successfully execute this theme. The goal is turn your item(s) into something completely different. Now, this doesn't mean converting a stool into a step ladder (we all know those two are almost one in the same). Something more along the lines of converting two chair frames into a bench (found this idea from www.dornob.com)! When you are able to extract the essence of an item and turn it into something that is very dissimilar, you can almost create anything! This theme requires a lot more experimentation and creativity, so take your time! Take some risks and you might end up with a unique, one of a kind piece!

There are many other themes and looks that you can apply to your upcycled furniture. These three are merely a few tips to help you get started on your projects. Once you come upon a style that you really like, do a little research on the internet. See how others have used certain materials to create their pieces. Don't be afraid to get inspired by others.

9.20.2011

True Value News

We are back from Junk Bonanza and exhausted! It was a great time and we will be back again next year.  We were so busy and tired that I didn't take a single picture!  Ugh, I guess you should have come to see it yourself :) 

I was excited to meet a fellow member of the True Value Blog Squad, Bungalow 23! It's always so fun to meet people in person and Josh is SO nice in person! Check out his blog for lots of step by step directions on home improvement projects.

In other True Value news, they have chosen the winners of the True Stories contest.  Stop by and see the videos from the three winners! You will be able to follow along with their project progress on the True Value facebook page. 

I also wanted to tell you about True Value's "Painting a Bright Future" campaign. For those of you with children in school (or teachers!) it's a really amazing project that True Value sponsors.  Here is some information-


As the economy struggles and education budgets shrink, children all over - many in our own neighborhoods - need our help more than ever to receive the education they deserve in well-maintained environments.
For a school in need, even something as simple as a new coat of paint can energize a dreary classroom, inspire teachers and motivate students.
That's why, in partnership with True Value retailers, the True Value Foundation provides grants for up to 40 gallons of paint through the Painting a Brighter Future program to more than 100 schools each year. Since 2009, we've covered more than 3 million square feet of classrooms with a fresh coat of assistance. 

 If you know of a school that could use a new coat of paint for a bright future, you can download the application here.

9.12.2011

MN or bust!




We are headed out!
 
It's been a little quiet around MJ&G.com lately!  We have been busy bees getting ready for the haul to MN and Junk Bonanza!  The trailer is loaded up, our bags are packed, and away we go!  If your lucky enough to be headed there too (to shop or sell) be sure to pop in and say hello to Galoshes and me!  We have a booth in the front (tent) room, left hand side when your coming from the entrance.  
 
Any e-mails sent during the time will not be responded to until we return home Sunday or Monday.  Have a fabulous week! 
 

9.09.2011

Heelys Shoes Review

Did you guys ever have Heely's as a kid?  My BFF growing up had an awesome pair she zipped around on for a very long time.  I was not brave enough myself (or all that coordinated) to get a pair myself.  A while back my husband mentioned he had joked with a guy at work that he needed to get "those shoes with the wheels in them" because he walks around so much at work.  We laughed at the visual of him zipping around the construction site in a pair of Heely's.  Heely's ears must have been burning, because shortly after I was asked if I wanted to try a pair out!  It was just to funny to pass up.  My kids are 4 and under so I decided I just HAD to get a pair for the husband (he can not actually wear them to work as they are not steel toe mind you, but funny none the less!).  The wheels are removable so I knew that after we had our laughs at him rolling around (and showing the kids what a hip dad he can be) he would be able to wear them as regular tennis shoes.

Heely's offers lots of different designs and colors for everyone in the family.  I chose a classic white with black accents.  I have a thing for whit shoes, minimalist, but decided the black trim offered some nice definition for my husband who does not share my love of all white sneakers!



See the little wheel popping out under there?  Here..... take a better look.


When the wheels are out there is a plate that pops into place, so you don't have a big hole in your shoe.  Out of the box they had a bit of red from the shoebox on the toe and heel.  It was easily removed with a bit of goo gone, not a huge deal, but if your giving these as a gift you will want to inspect them first for this issue.  We popped in the wheels and went out to the driveway for some entertainment!

My husband is pretty athletic, I did not give him any pointers before he attempted to wheel himself along.  At first he tried to walk and glide, that so does not work.  You need to go all in, running start, go for it!  They do offer a version of shoe that has two wheels for easier use, which I would get if I had gotten these for a child, but if you commit and go for it with the running start, you can quickly get the hang of these.

After the first test out we took out the wheels and he has been wearing them as shoes so that I could tell you all about them.  We have been testing them out for a few weeks now and can happily say they are just as comfy as a shoe as they are entertaining as a skate!    And really, a great deal!  When my kids get a bit older we will be ordering some for them as well! Check out the site, I think you will be surprised at how affordable they are. 

9.02.2011

Easy Canvas Prints

Check out these awesome canvases!


In the process of setting up my photography business I've been collecting display pieces to show off my work.  I'm beside myself excited to start showing off this canvas from Easy Canvas Prints!


The canvas is just the perfect way to show off my work and I LOVE this image!!!  It's my cousin's baby, Lily, isn't she stunning.  This was actually one of the first images I took when I decided to get serious about things. 

I chose to have a thick canvas frame (1.5 inch) so that I could stand it up as a display piece on a table.  You have a variety of choices for the edge of the canvas, but I really love the black option for a nice crisp edge.  The canvas is wrapped perfectly without any shift in the edge and the corners are so neat and pristine!


The back has a little hook for hanging.


Don't worry about the amount that overhangs on the back, the canvas is nice and thick so you can't see through the front at all.  The texture is also really nice, it almost looks like a painting.  

The ordering process is extremely user friendly!  Their is a preview that shows you exactly how your image will crop so that you don't accidentally chop things off.  To me that's extremely important because I'm a crop control freak LOL.  Something else that really surprised me that I LOVED about the website is the option to use one of THEIR images.  They have a huge selection of gorgeous photographs separated into categories to make them easy to search.  Your sure to find something to go with your decor, then you choose any size canvas you like and you have really inexpensive, custom art!  

I can't say enough good things about my canvas.  If your in the market for a way to display that great family photo, or looking for some fun art, check out Easy Canvas Prints


9.01.2011

Feedsack Headband (or belt!)

In preparation for Junk Bonanza, I've been sewing up some feed sack pillow and totes which means I have lots of scraps! One of the things I decided to make from the scraps are these cute ruffle headband/belts. 



For the headband I used some elastic that I hot glued into a loop.  I cut my feed sack scraps into circles, folded each circle into a pie piece and glued on in a fan motion to create the ruffle.  A couple feathers stuck in one end and voila! 


The belts can also be worn as headbands.... but they are on long ribbons rather than elastic.  Tie them around your head, around your waist, where ever you like.