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Upcycled DIY Nautical Headband Shows Off AcneFree Face

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Happy Monday everyone!  Today, I am pleased to hand over the reins of my blog to Mini Me.  She will be 13 next month (oh.em.gee, I have a teenager in my house…)  so independence is huge for her.  I’ve backed off from the morning nagging and she’s taken on a lot more responsibility in her self care.  Just like most teenagers, she’s going through that awkward acne stage where pimples and zits just keep coming at her.  Thankfully, we recently tried a great new 3-Step line from AcneFree  available now at Walmart that helps re-balance acne-prone skin!

Today, she is sharing her thoughts on AcneFree and its ability to improve her morning acne treatment routine, and even created a tutorial on a beautiful, easy DIY nautical headband that helps her show off her AcneFree face.

So take it away, Mini Me!

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5 alternatives to the dreaded white elephant exchange

It’s that time of year! The dreaded white elephant gift exchange mayhem is about to begin. Whether you are planning a corporate holiday party or a friendly shindig at your own abode, your guests will likely leave the soiree disappointed with the selected gift in hand.

So how do you avoid disappointing your guests, but still provide a fun gift exchange?  Try these five alternatives to the traditional white elephant exchange that will sure please everyone who leaves your party. (more…)

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this holiday: skip gifts, buy experiences

A few years ago, my husband and I stopped buying gifts for each other during the holidays.  We realized, that if there were items or products we wanted, we ended up buying it throughout the year.  So finding something our partner wanted under the tree became difficult, if not stressful.

Our solution?  We started buying experiences for each other instead of gifts. Now, we not only buy experiences for each other, we buy experiences for others on our list as well. (more…)

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The Search for an Appropriate Costume

No longer are the days when my daughter twirls around in a puffy princess costume or as a fairy.  It’s a shame.  It was so easy to pick out a costume off the rack, select the size and know it will fit.

We have now hit the “tween” stage. Mini Me now fits adult sized clothes.  And if you haven’t noticed, most adult halloween costumes for women show too much skin, too much leg, and are completely inappropriate for an 11-year-old.  It’s incredibly frustrating as a mom – I don’t want to send my daughter out on the streets looking like a street walker.

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How $1.50 Saved My Hair!

So this past month, my hair has become unrecognizable.  No, it wasn’t just the color.  The texture changed drastically on me.  It became dry, cracked, and looked like it would shrivel up and die on me.  I wish I was kidding, even just a tad, but it just kept getting worse.


Then the unthinkable happened – my shampoo stopped working.  I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it stopped lathering.  I would use it every other day, and then one day, it just stopped lathering up into bubbly bubbles.  Even it gave up on my hair. (more…)

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