10 Chic Braided Hairstyles

With the heat of summer quickly approaching, many women opt for an easy up-do or ponytail. This season, braids are all the rage. You can see them popping up on the runway, magazine covers and the school pick up line. Looking for easy and gorgeous braids you can sport this summer? Here are 10 chic braids that will get heads turning! 1. Braids for Accents Not overly confident in your braiding skills? They start out small, with a few accents here and there or added to a sexy up-do for a little extra pizzazz! (Photo Credit: Julia & Company) 2. Twisted Braids A little more skilled in your braiding skills? Try adding this fishtail braid to a low sloppy bun for an instant pop of flair. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) 3. Elegant Braids for an Updo Add this small and tight french braid to … [Read more...]

7 Succulent Gardens You Can Create

Succulent gardens are perfect for those with-and without- green thumbs. They take less watering than the average garden, require far less maintenance, and are pretty forgiving when it comes to soil. Best of all? They come in a wide variety of colors and are sure to add amazing texture and interest to any garden. Upcycling and succulent gardening? An all-around win! This succulent pallet garden by Justina Blakeney is divine. Boxes full of succulents! Clever ideas like this just always make me happy. From Design Sponge's Teeny Tiny Gardening interview. Vertical garden of succulents by Flora Grubb Gardens, complete with a very thorough DIY tutorial.  Love the idea, and it could work in any type of decor, from modern to country and everything in between. Adorable tabletop bowl full … [Read more...]

Sweet and Savory Grilled Pork Ribs Recipe

The weather is already warm here in Florida. Now is the perfect time to light up the grill. WalMart is the ultimate source for your barbecue essentials and great pork deals on your grilling favorites like bratwursts, pork chops and ribs- Extra Meaty Back Ribs, St. Louis Style Spareribs and Spareribs. Look for these popular cuts when shopping the meat case. My husband has perfected his rib smoking capabilities over the years, and yesterday he grilled some pretty amazing ribs for us. His ingredient list is really short and his prep time is more simple than you would think. Once he puts them on the grill, the cook time is a cinch. Gone are the days of complicated ribs. No more boiling or broiling before grilling. Just rub them down with a couple of seasonings and a secret ingredient {well, … [Read more...]

I tried Nioxin Scalp Treatment for 30 days – A Review

I participated in this product review as part of a campaign with One2One Network. All opinions are my own.   Let’s just start off with this. I have fine hair. It’s not thin, it’s fine. Luckily scientists out there have decided no one HAS to live with fine hair anymore. Bonus? If your hair is thinning (it happens people) the scientists worked out something for you too. It’s NIOXIN. The name is very clinical, but the results? Let’s find out. I agreed to try NIOXIN for 30 days - with a kit tailor made to my hair and my needs – It’s not a one size fits all, so please be sure you pick up the right product. As easy on-line quiz determined I was a 3. The kit comes complete with Cleanser, Scalp Treatment (conditioner) and Scalp Treatment.   Here's a … [Read more...]

Finding Magic on a Leprechaun Hunt {an Outdoor Game for Kids}

One of my favorite parts of having a two year old is exploring the world through her eyes. Everything is new, oh-so exciting and I know that I am building in fun traditions with her. Those memories she will have forever! Every holiday has its charm, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception! This year, Izzy and I decided to head out into the woods to see if we couldn't find a leprechaun, or at least his treasure!  Having your own Leprechaun Adventure is easy, and an affordable alternative to throwing a party. You and the little's can get out, explore nature and by the time you're done with your aventure, a nap will be in order!  Exercise AND a tuckered out kiddo-sign me up! For our adventure, we chose a selection of green and gold coins and a fun pot. Since everyone knows that the pot of … [Read more...]

Anna Todd {Wattpad Author to Novelist}

I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own. Some days I think of how amazing it would be to write a book and, more than that, have it published. All of us have a story within us that is ready to be written. Whether its fiction or non-fiction, it would be dreamy for millions of people to read the words that we put to paper. Imagine if there were a place where you could digitally write a book. Wait for it...there is! Today, I'd like to introduce to you Anna Todd, her newest novel and the online writing source that enabled her to make it happen, Wattpad. Anna Todd is a twenty-five year-old first-time writer who lives in Texas with her high school sweetheart. Anna was a working Army wife who … [Read more...]