My Favorite Hair Products

Earlier this month I posted about 5 Beauty Products That Have Stood The Test Of Time. I always seem to have those 5 products around because they never seem to fail me.
For this one, I'm going to go with a few hair products I use and love. 
Marc Anthony Repairing Macadamia Oil Treatment
It's called a treatment, but I use it more to help with styling. I use it post-shower to smooth my hair. One drop goes a very long way. I actually use it both Sophie's and Heidi's hair to soften and detangle. Its $7.49 @ Walgreens.

John Frieda

The Beach Blonde line from John Frieda is one of my faves. I was heartbroken when they discontinued it last time. I even went as far as sending them an email letting them know how much I would miss it. They brought it back and I stocked up on a few bottles.  With that being said, I will pretty much try any JF product

Suave Hairspray

Suave Touchable Finish Hairspray was fantastic. So inexpensive, easy to find and my favorite. Like many of the products I love, it doesn't exist anymore. I have been using the Flexible Control and it works good. I don't love it the same, but I would recommend it. 

Those are just a few of my faves. Thanks for stopping by!
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5 on Friday: April 22, 2016 Edition

Happy Friday! No reason to waste any time, here is the my Friday 5: 

About a month ago I bought a Lillebaby and this week I got an Ergo. I went from not having a carrier last month to having two. I kinda of love it. 
Don't worry. She was higher up than it appears. It was just the phone angle.

Overheard @ My House
Wednesday morning I was telling Sophie details about the day. The high of finding out it was taco night and low of finding out she had to shower made for a dramatic moment I wasn't expecting.

Climbing Toddler
A couple of week's ago Heidi began getting on and off the couch by herself. It was cute, but now she has moved onto bigger things. The kitchen chairs, computer desk chair, and the most worrisome, she puts one of her toddler chairs on top of other chairs.

Sophie had her 2nd mini 4-H meeting this week. They made the clovers out of their hand prints. At both meetings I have found myself remembering my time in 4-H and hoping that she has the same experience. 

I hope he found his afterworld and they are partying like it's 1999.       R.I.P. Prince

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
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$10 @ Target: Auto Edition

Sweet Turtle Soup
My favorite link-up today! Can have 10 separate $10 challenge post? I joke. Ryan would definitely not be happy. I decided to be purposeful this challenge and pick up items to go along with Spring Cleaning.  I zeroed in on the car. I was under budget and would have gotten something else had I known.

The visor was on clearance. It was marked down from 9.99 to 2.98. It's a small visor, but it leaves room on my visor for the 2 controls on the visor. The last time I cleaned the truck I only had one sponge thing-y for the seats.  Total: $8.72.  Overall, I did pretty good.

Rainforest Auto Sticks $3.99, Visor $2.98, Leather Care Towels $1.18

5 on Friday: April 15, 2016 Edition

So does anyone else feel like April 1 means it's time to start planning your kids summer vacations? Maybe it's the Type A in me, but I need a plan for those 10 weeks. Forty-six days isn't that far. 

This meme.

If you need something to watch, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is out today on Netflix.

Earlier this week I shared a birthday themed post. I just got this photo from Heidi's first birthday photos and I am planning Sophie's bowling party. 

I also shared six of our favorite children's books. The ages they are for vary, but they would be a good start to any kids library.

I went to my first stroller fitness class yesterday. It kind of kicked my butt, AND I need some help. This week I took Sophia to a kid's yoga class. She was so excited to go, but when we got there it wasn't exactly what we expected. I looked for other classes and didn't find anything local. Do any of you know of any kids yoga DVDs or YouTube videos that are good?

Have a great weekend! 

                                                                 I am linked up with: 
 Natasha and April for the Five on Friday,  Karli for oh hey Friday!Amanda for Friday Favorites Link Up, ErikaAndrea and Narci for Friday Favorites and Tif for High Five On Friday.

What's Happening Wednesday: Birthdays On My Mind

I know I have already shared birthday pics of Heidi, but I have one more. Some email issues kept me from getting the color version of this pic earlier and the photographer contacted me to see if I got it. I'm so glad she did. I love it.

Next month it will be time for Sophie's birthday pics and I want her clothes to be sort of similar in color to Heidi's so that the pics will look nice next to each other. I haven't started shopping for it yet, but I need to start looking. I have started planning her birthday party already. I haven't told her yet because she would drive me crazy talking about, but we are doing a bowling party. Anyone else have to wait until the last minute to tell your kids things?

There is so much good stuff on Etsy. I have been pinning decorating and birthday goody items like crazy. 
So that's what's been going on with my little family. 
Happy Wednesday!

Six Children's Books We Love

 The thing about children's books is that we have to read them and listen to them being read. Sometimes the same book many, many times. It's good to be sure you have a few books in your home or at your library you can grab that makes both the mama and kiddos happy. Here are a few of our favorites:
6 Children's Books We Love
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)--A classic. 
 Mooncake (Moonbear)--I love the Moonbear series and this is one of my favorites. 
Duckling Gets a Cookie (Pigeon)--If you haven't read a Mo Willems, you are missing out. Sophie's kindergarten teacher got her hooked on his books. We picked this one up at the bookfair last year.  
LMNO Peas (The Peas Series)-- "Pea"ple, what's not to love?
Ten Apples Up On Top!--This is one of Sophie's picks. According to her, this is a book you can sing.
The Day the Crayons Quit--Books with creative text are always winners!

Alot of these are classics and probably are already loved by many of you. I would love suggestions for new books or to hear your opinions on any of these!

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A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

5 On Friday: April 8th, 2016 Edition

I definitely had a favorite post this week: Christian Phrases To Avoid at Kelly's Korner. I feel like someone finally expressed how I feel. I have always disliked the phrase "everything happens for a reason" even though I occasionally use it. Sometimes things don't happen for a reason and sometimes saying that doesn't make other feel better. It's just a good read. It made me think about other phrases I use and ones that are commonly used in the Christian community that aren't based on anything in the Bible.

Last week I did a post a my 5 favorite cosmetic products. Check it out and let me know if you agree about any of these.

I also posted some carpet cleaning tips if you are working on your Spring Cleaning.

I have started planning Sophie's birthday. Of course, she has been planning since last year. We aren't doing a Cinderella party, but this meme makes me rethink that.

Yesterday we made a Target run. I got a Vanilla Bean Frap and Heidi got hooked. Don't worry, no caffeine. Every time I pulled it away she would do a squeal and hold her hands out.

That's it. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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 Natasha  and April for the Five on Friday,  Karli for oh hey Friday!Amanda for Friday Favorites Link Up, 
Erika, Andrea and Narci for Friday Favorites and Tif for High Five On Friday.

Getting The Most Out Of Cleaning Your Carpet

This past week I tackled the daunting task of shampooing the carpet. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love how clean the floor is and how nice it smells. I hate  having the floor soaked and the fact that my family walks on my carpet afterwards. Can't they just stay outside?  :) I joke. Kind of.

Here are a few tips to making it easier and the results better:
  • Vacuum. And vacuum again prior to shampooing. 
  • Considering taking an outdoor broom (one with stiffer bristles) to the areas near the outside door to help lift dirt up prior to vacuuming. 
  • Spot treat stains several minutes before shampooing. 
  • Mix a little vinegar into the cleaner solution mix. I think this just adds a little extra odor killing and stain removal power. Vinegar alone is also an option.
  • Take your time! Break it down into several days. Who wants to do this and realize when the floor dries that it didn't make much of a difference?
  • Go easy on applying the cleaner/water mix. A lot of water can come out and you don't want to over soak the floor. 
  • Put time into extraction! It's the most important part. Otherwise you have just will be left with dirty water in your carpet. 

The Bissell ProHeat Pet is the shampooer one I have. It's not particularly heavy, easy to use and extracts well for a home shampooer. They have new models now, but if they have improved on mine, I would recommend it. 

When I was looking for pic, I realized it is an exclusive to Walmart. It's also a little cheaper than when I got it. It's only $160.  I think that's a good price. 

I hoped this helps you get the most out of shampooing you carpets. 
Thanks for reading!

Weekend Recap 4/1-4/3/16

The girls and I ran some errands and hit up a few of our favorite places Saturday morning: Goodwill, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby, and grocery store. We finished by going to a Chinese buffet for lunch at Sophie's request. Let me tell ya, Heidi can put back some serious vegetable lo mien. 

When we were out we noticed it seemed to be getting colder and then I noticed snow. Yes, snow. Then came the wind and the rain and  the ice. We got home and I ran back into town once. But it was really a stay inside kind of day.

Sunday we stayed home. I shampooed the carpet in a couple rooms. I'm going to be glad when I'm done. Sophie made did a painting that I had pinned on Pinterest. She loved it!  

It was a nice, simple weekend. 
 I hope you had a good one too!

5 Cosmetics That Have Stood The Test of Time

5 Beauty Products That I Always Have

Cheek bronzer
Totally a drugstore cosmetic, but the color works for me (and the price too!)

Lengthening mascara's They're Real! Mascara is one of my favorites. I try others, but this one is always in my makeup bag. 

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ like to keep this around because it is such a great, simple moisturizer. Occasionally I need something heavier in the winter, but this is good to have around all the time. 

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup | Ulta Beauty People don't love this the way I do, but for me it has always balanced out the different areas of my skin. I get a little flaky in certain spots sometimes and this smooths it out.

For some reason it didn't include my fingernail polish. If I only had one color left in the world, Sinful Color's Boom Boom would be it. I know it's not a trendy, muted color, but that's just not how I roll. I love this pink on my toenails in the summer.  It's another inexpensive, drugstore find. 

So, those are my basics and I have used all of them at least 4 years. The Clinique products a lot longer. I actually started using them in high school. I won't tell you how long ago that was. :)

Thanks for reading!

5 On Friday: April 1 Edition

Last Friday I dragged my mom and the kids to Ikea. They were thrilled. I wasn't going for any big items this time. Just small storage for the bathroom and kitchen. I have been a little obsessed with getting the Fintorp line for my kitchen. It was 100% worth the long drive. 

Before we got to Ikea we went to Skyline Chili for lunch. It's one of those places you love, but suddenly crave more when you move away from them. I feel like every time I go home to visit I want Skyline.
If your in the Cincinnati area and haven't had it, you're crazy. If you are headed there, try it. My pics don't do it justice.

And just because I thought she was looking cute, here is Heidi hamming it up for the camera.

brace yourselves the purple is coming - Brace yourselves the kids are home on spring break

Spring break is next week and I kind of feel this way.  Anyone else?

And last, but not least, if you are heading to Ikea and are looking for inspiration like I did, follow my Ikea Inspiration board.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

         Linked up @ Natasha  and April for the Five on Friday,  
     Karli for oh hey Friday!Amanda for Friday Favorites Link Up,
       ErikaAndrea and Narci for Friday Favorites