Friday, October 17, 2014

Highway Hobbes: Sandhill Cranes

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Highway Hobbes recently took some photos of  Sandhill Cranes near Titusville, Cape Canaveral Florida. These cranes are the most common of all the world's cranes, and can give loud trumpeting calls. Mated pairs engage in "unison calling" and will unleash passionate duets. Imagine if we all went around trumpeting duets with our mates! :) 

If you would like to see more of Highway Hobbes' travels, you can find them here.
If you would like a Highway Hobbes of your own, you can find him here.

Want to create a Hobbes of your own? You can find the pattern here!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-In-1 Wash Review + Giveaway

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to begin using Vivant Skin Care's 
Mandelic 3-in-1 wash. I was eager to see how this would work for me, 
since I have been battling with acne after having our youngest boy.
Read ahead to learn more about Vivant Skin Care, see how this product worked for me, 
and enter for a chance to win a bottle for yourself!
This giveaway is open worldwide.

About Vivant Skin Care:

Vivant Skin Care is from the scientist who made skin look healthier...James E. Fulton M.D. PhD, the researcher, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who developed vitamin A acid, later known as Retin A.

About Mandelic 3-in-1 Wash:
The Benefits of Vivant Skin Care Mandelic 3-in-1 Wash:
This powerful yet gentle antioxidant wash has Mandelic derived from almonds, green tea extract, grape seed, kiwi fruit and honey extracts.  Mandelic is ideal for adult acne because of it's anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. On blotchy skin it "lifts" skin discolorations and dark spots, while also having the beneficial side effect of rejuvenating fine lines by helping to generate new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
A powerful yet gentler form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Mandelic is also ideal for treating sensitive Black, Hispanic, and Asian skin that becomes irritated by harsh benzoyl peroxide products.
Helps ingrown hairs and can also be used as a shampoo on scalp to control dandruff and acne.

My Review:
I like most teenagers suffered with acne. It was nice to grow out of that phase, though as most women know- having children can screw around with your body! After having our youngest boy, I feel as though I am in my teen years again. I am always on the lookout for something new to try that might help clear my breakouts, especially since my skin seems even more sensitive this time around. I was happy to give Vivant's Mandelic 3-in-1 wash a try, as they are an established company with great products and reviews.
I began using the Mandelic 3-in-1 wash at night time, introducing it to my nightly routine of skin care. I did start out every other night, as the directions state to start every other day. My skin is very sensitive, and dries out easily with products. It worked wonders with helping clear my current breakouts without drying out my skin. After using this cleanser a few times I quickly learned that a little goes a long way with creating a very silky feeling lather. The scent is very soft, nothing over powering - so no girly smells to worry about guys.  :)  I have used some cleansers in the past that would tingle or even feel slightly burning which would end up leaving my skin pink and scaly looking the next couple of days. That is the worst. I try not to wear makeup every day, but when I go out I want to cover up certain spots. Trying to wear makeup over dry scaly looking skin? Not possible.
I love that this cleanser can treat my current breakouts, prevent new ones, and on top of that it is helping to fade the dark spots that I have developed on my forehead and side of face! (Don't you just love being a woman with all these hormones?) This product can also be used as a shampoo to treat dandruff, as well as a shaving gel to treat/prevent ingrown hairs. I haven't tried either of these ways yet, since I don't suffer from these. My Hubby does however, so I am curious to see how well this product will work for him as well once he returns from deployment. 

I am very pleased with my growing results using the Mandelic 3-in-1 wash from Vicant's skin care line. I am on my second week of using it, and have increased to using it once a day. My pores look and feel tighter, as well as the dark spots on my face fading. I would most certainly recommend this to any one else who is suffering and battling from hormonal acne, or just acne in general.

Want to try out their Mandelic 3-in-1 wash?
Vivant Skin Care is offering a bottle to one lucky reader!
Enter for your chance to win by using the rafflecopter form below.
This giveaway is open worldwide!

All entries will be verified- Please use Rafflecopter to complete your entries, so they are documented! You will find the links for each entry when you click "Do it". Please enter the additional information for verification if needed. If you are selected and the information needed is not there, or can not be verified - YOU WILL NOT WIN, another person will be selected! It is not necessary to leave your email in the comments, Rafflecopter will keep track and give me the winners email for notification.

Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Thanks for participating!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Main Reason He's Happy Brother Goes to School

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bobee "You are my Sunshine" Wall Decal Review

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I recently started the process of giving my boys room a makeover. I have used wall decals previously
 and was excited to have the opportunity to review Bobee's wall decal, which is perfect for Devin's room!
Read ahead to learn more about Bobee and their wall decals, and see why I love mine!

About Bobee:

Bobee might be better known for their Award Winning Diaper and Wipe Dispenser (seen above). Bobee also offers cute decals in a variety of colors that help give a finishing touch in your child's bedroom.

You are my Sunshine Wall Decal
Do you sing lullabies to you baby?
You are My Sunshine is one of the most popular lullabies we sing to our children.
Bobee wall decals are fun way to decorate your baby's room.  They are made in USA, come on matte black vinyl that is easy to install and guaranteed to easily remove without residue for 2 years after installation.
If you live in an apartment or love changing your room decor, vinyl decals are a perfect decorating tool for you.
You are My Sunshine measures 23" wide and 7" tall. The words can be cut and arranged in different layouts.

My Review:

It's been a year since we moved in our current home. I was slow to start "nesting" here with the painting and decorating since our youngest was only a few months old at the time. Now that I have finished painting and decorating the downstairs, I have been in the process of giving the boy's room makeovers. I chose a light green color for Devin's room since it goes with his bedding. Knowing that I would be adding decals I used flat paint, which helps the decals stick and last longer.
I was so happy to receive the "You are my Sunshine" decal, since it is one of the songs that I sing to Devin when rocking him in his rocking chair. It arrived quickly in the mail, packaged nicely in a tube so it wouldn't get damaged. After waiting a few days to be sure the paint was set, I chose a location to put the decal. I chose above the dresser near the rocking chair since that is where I sing to him. 
I gave the decal a little rub along the edge of the dresser to help it stick to the transfer paper. Next I peeled off the backing paper. It is important to do this carefully and slowly, sometimes certain parts might still be stuck to the backing paper. If this happens I just push the papers back together at that spot and peel apart again which works.  :)   
I then placed the wording in the desired location on the wall. Even though the decals are sticky I added a couple of pieces of tape just to make sure that it wouldn't move during the next step. I know there are "tools" some use to transfer the decal to the wall, I have always used the plastic handles to my favorite scissors. They are long and flat, and work great! Be sure to rub over each letter, paying close attention to any skinny or thin area of the lettering. When finished, carefully start at one end and slowly pull away. (If you discover a spot that you missed and isn't sticking to the wall, lay the paper back down and rub again.) It's so easy to do and gives a beautiful touch!

I absolutely love this decal! It's something small and simple but gives such a big look. I love the contrast with the green walls. I think this would look beautiful on other colored walls- even white.  Bobee also offers other decals, including whales which I will be using in Steven's room this next week.  :)  Have you been wanting to add some fun to your little one's bedroom? Give wall decals a try, easy to use and easy to remove with such a beautiful look!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Forest Fires

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Work in Progress: Huggable Unicorn

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In between orders I have been working on some new designs, this being one of them. I still have a few things I want to change and add, one of them being wings. I also wanted to try creating 3d style hair, instead of the cut strips of fabric like this gal is wearing. I have a few small unicorns I'm trying out these ideas with (around a foot tall), once I'm happy with the results I'll create a little bit larger plush and have the pattern up for sale.

What do you think of this sample?

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