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Ebates: Earn Cash Back for Shopping Online - Fact or Fiction?

Over the past year, I've heard so many people on YouTube talk about Ebates and have seen several TV commercials recently for it as well.  While it sounds great to be able to "earn cash back just for shopping online", frankly, it sounded too good to be true.  

About 2 months ago, a friend from church that knows I love to shop online, asked me if I'd ever heard of Ebates.  She had joined and was quite pleased with it and thought I might find it very rewarding too.  So I joined to check it out firsthand and see what all the fuss was about....

What is Ebates and how does it work?

It's like an online "portal" that you use to access over 1500 merchants' websites (i.e., Sephora, Ulta, Target, Macy's, Nordstrom, Vitacost, Walmart, etc.).  By using the Ebates "portal", you earn cash back based on the amount of the purchase you make with a merchant. The cash back percentage varies by merchant (anywhere from 1.5% to 15%+). Ebates also tracks all of …

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes - Review

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One of the hot new products to hit the market over the past year is the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.

After seeing lots of posts on Facebook and watching several YouTube videos about this mascara, I decided to give it a try.  I've had several weeks to play around with it and apply it in various ways and now feel like I can give it a full review.

First of all, what is it?
It's a 2-part mascara system that includes natural fibers and transplanting gel. By applying the fibers and transplanting gel to your lashes, you get amazing volume and added length to your natural lashes.  Whether you have really short, sparse lashes or are someone like me that loves the look of false lashes but is terrible at applying them, this fiber lash system may very well become your best friend!  It's like false lashes in a tube :-)

Transplanting Gel is a black "glue" that helps the fibers adhere to your lashes.

Natural Fibers are 100% Natural Green Tea Fibers. They are black and are e…

Quick Tip Tuesday: DIY Sachet

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Problem:  
Musty, stale smelling clothes that have been stored away for the season.  Even though the clothes were clean when you put them away, you find you need to wash them again or hang them outside for several hours to get rid of the smell.

Solution: 
Make this simple sachet with Downy Unstoppables and a dryer sheet.  Place the sachet in with the clothes and store in a Space Bag and/or in a Rubbermaid container with a good-fitting lid.  When it's time to switch out your wardrobe for the next season, you will be pleasantly surprised at the fresh scent that greets you when you open the box/bag.

I just pulled out my winter clothes that had been stored for over 5 months and they smelled like they'd just come out of the wash.  Cheers to the easiest seasonal clothing switch ever!
DIY Sachet
Items Needed:
1- Dryer Sheet
1 Tablespoon (approx.) - Downy Unstoppables 
1 - twisty tie

Directions:
*Place Downy Unstoppables in the center of the dryer sheet
*Carefully gather the edges of the dryer…

New at the Grocery Store: Limited Edition Seasonal Goodies

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While I'm grocery shopping, I'm always on the lookout for new snacks and foods to try. I realize if you despise grocery shopping and make it your mission to get in and out of the store as soon as possible, there is no way you are going to slowly browse each aisle looking for new foods. So I thought it might be helpful for me to share the new things I've tried and a quick review so you'll know whether to add it to your list the next time you are making a mad dash to the grocery store. 
At this time of year, there always seems to be an inordinate amount of new items in special edition fall flavors and this year is no exception. Just look at all of these pumpkin and apple flavored items.... Thomas English Muffins - Limited Edition Flavors: *Pumpkin Spice - Absolutely delicious, especially when toasted with melted butter and cinnamon and sugar. Yum! *Apple Pie - These are ok....for me it wasn't a strong enough flavor.
Thomas Bagels - Pumpkin Spice *Really like these, especia…

Palette of the Week: Lorac PRO Palette 2 ~ Makeup Looks

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Part 2 - Makeup Looks
Here are a few of the makeup looks I created, using the Lorac PRO Palette 2.  If you don't have this palette, you can easily recreate these looks using similar colors you may already have in your makeup collection.  Or, get inspired with these application techniques and create your own unique look with completely different colors!
Look #1:  Silver Smoke

Buff ~ Brow Highlight
Lt. Brown ~ Transition Crease Color
Cool Gray ~ Inner 1/3 of Lid
Silver ~ Center of Lid  *Note:  To increase color vibrancy, first apply Maybelline 24Hr Tattoo Shadow in Silver Strike as a base in the center of the lid; then apply Silver eyeshadow over it. Charcoal ~ Outer 1/3 of Lid
Black ~ Darken the Outer "V" Rose ~ Using finger, layer over Silver in the Center of Lid
*Finish with NYC liquid black liner along top lashes; L'Oreal Black Kohl liner along inner rim and lower lash line
Look #2:  Jade with Envy

Buff ~ Brow Highlight
Lt. Brown ~ Transition Crease Color
Jade ~ All Over …

Palette of the Week: Lorac PRO Palette 2 ~ Review and Swatches

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Part 1 - Review and Swatches

Several months ago, Lorac released the second edition of the Lorac PRO Palette.  I absolutely loved the first edition so I was excited to get my hands on this baby.  As with the first palette, it contains 8 matte shadows and 8 shimmer shadows.  And, with the exception of the matte black shade, there are no other shadow colors repeated from the first Lorac Pro Palette.

The palette has a matte gray rubberized cardboard cover....

 Inside is a nice sized mirror and 16 shadows....


Where to Buy:Ulta, Beauty.com, Lorac Cosmetics
Cost:  $42 (includes a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer)

Favorite Colors:  Buff, Lt. Brown, Cool Gray, Rosè, Cocoa
What's To Love: *Buttery soft texture *Highly pigmented colors *Great color variety *Super slim packaging, which makes it super travel friendly

What's Not To Love: *Because the shadows are so soft, there can be some fallout when applying - just be sure to tap off the excess before applying to your eyes.

Summary:  Exception…

It's Been Over a Month....Where Have I Been?

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When Facebook sent me a message saying that it had been over a month since I'd posted anything on my page, I was shocked to realize that much time had passed!  So I thought I'd jump start my blogging with a brief little update on what's been going on in my world over the last month....

I think one word could encapsulate most of my busyness these last several weeks...."Piano"! 

As many of you know, I've started teaching piano again.  After a break for summer, lessons resumed and I've been a bit shocked at the continued growth of my student base.  A few days ago I added my 14th piano student!  Little did I know that 18 months ago when sweet Abby from church asked me to give her piano lessons that I would wind up with 14 students!  Because it had been more than 15 years since I'd taught piano, I was a little unsure of my teaching abilities.  But since I'd closed my jewelry business a few months prior, I was trying to determine what direction God was …

Face Brushes....Do They Really Work?

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Some of you may be wondering why on earth I would need a brush for my face?!  Before you jump to the conclusion that I have let my facial hair get WAY out of control, let me explain...

For quite some time, I've been contemplating the purchase of a Clarisonic Brush.  These highly acclaimed brushes are battery operated and receive rave reviews about their cleansing and exfoliating abilities.  While I'm sure they are really wonderful, I just was having a hard time with their $99-$199 price tag! 

Recently, I saw a YouTube video from GlowOfGrace and she was talking about a face brush she found online for under $10 and said the results were comparable to her Clarisonic.  That got my attention!  I started researching face brushes and lo and behold, I found one at Sephora for $7....now we're talkin'!
When I first felt this brush, it was so soft, I really didn't think it would do anything for my skin.  But I thought it was worth a try.  I followed the directions, lathering …

Recipe for Heavenly Whipped Cream

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Not long ago, I ran out of yogurt and needed something to add to the fresh strawberries I was fixing for my husband.  I happened to have some whipping cream and suddenly harkened back to my days as a coffee barista at Peaberry Coffee.  The whipped cream we made to top the coffee drinks was absolutely the BEST!  What was the secret?  Instead of adding sugar to the whipping cream, we added a mix of Irish Cream and Vanilla flavored syrups.  When combined, these flavors make what is commonly known as "French Vanilla".
Well, I just so happen to keep "French Vanilla" syrup on hand (it's one of my favorites to add to coffee or tea).  So I whipped up a batch of this heavenly whipped cream and it was SO delicious, my husband and I wanted to just skip the strawberries and go right to the bowl of whipped cream!  Several weeks later, my BFF came for a visit and I whipped up a batch for her to taste.  She thought it was absolutely delectable!  

Some of you may have never atte…

Fruit and Yogurt Burrito

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Some time ago, I was trying to figure out something new for dinner.  Since, my husband and I typically eat huge meals in the evenings, I knew it needed to be something light but filling.  I had a hankering for something with strawberries and all of the sudden the idea of a fruit burrito came to mind. 
As I pondered what all to put in the burrito, I decided Marscapone cheese should be in there (even though I'd never actually tried it before ;-).  I also thought Yogurt could be kind of like a "sauce" to help bring everything together.  Then I needed a fruit combination...my two favorite combos are strawberries, mandarin oranges and bananas; or strawberries, blueberries and bananas.  Finally, I decided a little "crunch" wouldn't hurt so I added some French Vanilla Granola and wrapped it all in a giant flour tortilla.  Not only is this delicious but it's very filling and satisfying too!
This is one of those meals that would be perfect any time of day, especi…

Quick Tip Tuesday: Expiration Dates

Problem:  
Opened jars of salsa or condiments, packages of lunch meat, and/or bottles of juice that you have NO idea how long they've been in the refrigerator and therefore don't know if they are still "good" or not.  

While it's true many products have expiration dates on the package, usually once the package/bottle is opened, there is a limited amount of time that you have to use it up before it goes bad (e.g., Bolthouse fruit and veggie juices must be used within 7 days of opening).

Solution: 
When you first open something that you know you won't use in it's entirety the first time, use a sharpie marker and write the date you opened it on the label or on the lid.  Then when you pull out that jar of salsa that got pushed to the back of the fridge or that half-eaten package of lunch meat, you'll know with certainty how long it's been in there and whether to eat or toss it.

Wondering how long food lasts in the fridge?  Here is a link to the FDA guidel…

Favorite NEW Products....Jan - June 2014

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There have been so many new products that I've tried and LOVED already this year that I couldn't wait until the end of the year to share them with you.  So, I decided to split the year in two and share with you my favorite new things during the first half of 2014.  Some of these were brand new products this year and some were just new to me.

As in my last Favorite NEW Products blog, you won't find a full review on each product but rather just a few bullet points about why I loved it.  If you'd like to see a more in-depth review on anything, please let me know!

Makeup Geek Gel Liner ~ ImmortalColor is the blackest black with no shimmer or glitter Formula is smooth and easy to applyDoesn't budge!  Requires eye makeup remover to get it off!  MAC Pigment ~ RoseGorgeous unique color that makes green and blue eyes pop! Works wet or dry; my favorite way to apply is with a dab of glitter glue...stays put all day! Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dust - Pink ChampagneHighly pigm…