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About Sheila Thomas

Hi, My name is Sheila and I am the Living Smart Girl. My goal is to bring everyone the latest and greatest tips and advice on fitness, healthy choices, recipes, shopping, beauty, home and garden, family and parenting, daily deals, travel, and so much more. I love fitness, but life is more than just exercise and when you visit Living Smart Girl you can connect the dots and live a well rounded life ~ the Living Smart way :)

I love working online and spend most of my day blogging, and researching new topics and tips to bring my readers.

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Non Tobacco Vaping with NJOY

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NJOY for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wow.. time sure flies by fast doesn’t it? It seems like spring just began, but now it’s September and that means fall is on it’s way. I just can’t believe how fast the years fly by and how it just doesn’t seem to slow down. I remember being in high school and wishing life would go faster but the older I get, the faster it goes and now all I want is to be in my 20’s again. (note, I didn’t say in high school). LOL! I am always wanting life to slow, but think I need to realize it just never does or will.

This September marks the 20th year of one of the best Birthday gifts I ever got. On September 9th 1994, just a few short months after meeting my now husband, he asked what I wanted for my Birthday and I said.. for you to stop smoking. Well, to my surprise he did just that. And, it has now been 20 years of him being smoking free. How he did it, just like that, cold turkey is beyond me. But, I am thankful every single day!

Now, I just wish some of my family members would either quit, or choose a better alternative like #NJOYVape and ditch those darn cigarettes. I love my sister and my mother in law and wish they would just.. smarten up so to say. Now, my sister has tried to quit several times and for every time, she has an excuse of one sort or another as to why she can’t quit. I know if she tried the NJOYVape she would be happier and enjoy it. As for my MIL, she is almost 70 and has tried Vaping, and likes it. But, she does both currently. Now, if hubby and I can just get her to just use the electronic alternative 100% it would be so much better.

NJOY is committed to bringing the best Vaping experience to it’s customers. They are passionate about understanding their customers’ needs and they are focused on technology to make their products the best available. Making sure their customers have satisfaction and pleasure with their products, and to eradicate tobacco related illness worldwide. 100% committed to setting the highest of standards with their product and company.

If you are a smoker and looking to ditch that bad habit, Check out NJOY and start to enjoy your life.

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Manicure Party for the Girls #MiracleMani

Disclosure ~ Compensation was provided by Sally Hansen® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of Living Smart Girl and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sally Hansen®.
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There are not many simple pleasures in life that rank higher than an afternoon with friends, laughter, food, drink and manicures.  I love to hang with my awesome friends and when you add all the right elements together it makes for a fun and memorable afternoon.   I was so excited to be a part of the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ campaign and I knew exactly what I was going to do to have fun with this fun new product.    I gathered a few of my closest friends and family and hosted a mini girls afternoon with some chips and dip, pumpkin cake and margarita’s.  Sounds like a strange mix, but all went together perfect and everyone was having a blast.  Was nice to chat, catch up, laugh and share girl stories.  I had my Aunt Tammy, cousin Chrissy, her friend Amy, my sister Suzy and one of my BFF’s,  Julie.  Perfect day, perfect party and perfect nails thanks to Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™.

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Everyone showed up at noon and we spent the afternoon sipping margarita’s, jamming to good tunes, snacking and visiting.  I loved to see what colors each gal picked.   My Aunt and Amy even did their toes.   And, my sister wasn’t going to do her nails, because honestly she has no nails. Well, she does, but she chews her nails so they are just stubs. But, we talked her into painting them and she fell in love with this product.  Maybe she will stop chewing her nails now!  LOL!!

If you have not heard of Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ yet you have just got to check it out.  This is the ONLY TRUE 2 STEP GEL MANICURE that needs no light needed to cure it.  You have over 45 shades that are all so pretty and will wow you and anyone who see’s your nails.   Sally Hansen® is leading the revolution in gel technology.   Simple to use as well ~  Step 1 – Apply 2 coats of the Miracle Gel™ Color.    Step 2- Apply 1 coat of the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat.   Then, let natural light do the rest as your nails transform into a work of art.  Ok, well maybe not a work of art, but you get my drift!  :)  And, it is easily removed with regular fingernail polish remover.  And you get up to 14 days of beautiful color and shine.   Wanna get some for yourself?   Enter the  Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Sweepstakes that is now LIVE!!!

I let each of my party goers pick out their favorite color and a top coat, to take home for their very own.  Aren’t they all so cute, with their big smiles and pretty nails.

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This is my cousin Chrissy (right)  and her friend Amy (left).

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This is my friend Julie (left) and sister Suzy (right)

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This is my nails after I painted them, and then my final pick for color.

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No matter what your color choice is, you will just love this as much as I do.  I love having pretty nails, but hate the fact I have to redo them every couple days.  I always have my hands in water and am not a careful, girly girl, with my daily activities and am so impressed at how long this lasts.   The first time I tried it, I actually had it on about 3 weeks, and only took it off to change the color, not because I had too.   Love it!!

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Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

Natural Inexpensive SunBurn Remedies

I know for me sunburn season is over, but for many who live down south, or are traveling, sunburn can still happen.

Hanging out at the pool with friends and family, playing at the park with the kids, or gardening in the back yard can all be a lot of fun.  However, if you
forget the sun screen they can all cause some pain.  Sunburns are no fun and when most people get a sun burn the first thing they think of is aloe.  Aloe is a
fantastic thing to use on sun burns but what if you don’t have any?  Check out these sunburn remedies and give one of them a try!

Tea –  This works best when done as soon as possible.  Brew black or green tea.  Allow the tea to cool for a hour or two. Take a soft clean washcloth and put it
in the cooled brewed tea.  Ring out the excess tea and use the washcloth like a cold compress to help alleviate the ache of the sunburn.

Cucumbers and potatoes – Both potatoes and cucumbers have cooling properties that can almost immediately soothe the irritated skin.  Just slice the potato or
cucumber and lightly and softly rub it on the sunburned skin.

Oatmeal – Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant powers that have been used by dermatologist and herbologists for a long time.  Just grind up a little
oatmeal and add it to cool bath water.

Vinegar – Vinegar can relieve the pain and irritation of sunburned skin just like the oatmeal.  All you need to do is add a few cups of apple cider vinegar to your
warm bath water.  Ease in slowly for instant relief.

Lettuce – Did you know that lettuce leaves have natural painkillers?  When your sore from a sunburn you definitely want anything to take away the pain.  Boil a few
leaves of lettuce in a pot of water.  You want to keep the water so carefully get the leaves out of the water.  Chill the water in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Finally soak a washcloth in the water and use it as a cool compress.

Milk – Have you heard of people taking milk baths?  They do this because it is a great moisturizer.  Well if you add a little powdered milk to some cool bath water
it will help take the “sting” out of the burn.  OR Take about a cup of milk out of the fridge and leave it for about 10 minutes.  Dip a washcloth into the cup and
place it on the burned area like a compress.

Baby Wipes – If you have baby wipes in the house they work well on sunburns.  They are very soothing on the skin and can give some relief to sunburns.

Aloe –  Aloe is the most popular thing to use on a sunburn.  You can get the gels and lotions at almost any store.  However the best thing to use is aloe from an
aloe vera plant.

Sunburns are no fun so be sure to take care of it and try to remember to put sun block on before going out. If you do forget the sun block then remember to try out
these sunburn remedies.

Are you suffering with sunburn from your recent vacation ?   I hope you enjoy these great remedies.   But, if you are not into home made remedies I highly recommend giving Block Island Organics a try.  A great company with perfectly organic and natural protection from the sun and help when you get to much sun.   You can take 20% off your order using the code  ” sheila ” at time of checkout.  Code expires 10/3/14.   You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Do you want to go on vacation ?  Check out our sister site ~ That Traveling Chick ~

Enhance Your Home Movie-viewing Experience: With A Home Cinema System

Enhance Your Home Movie-viewing Experience: With A Home Cinema System

Movie time in the home provides a good opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and have an exciting experience. Having a sophisticated home cinema system will greatly enhance your home movie-viewing experience as it helps recreate the cinema atmosphere in your own private place. Once you get your selection right, this system can take your movie-viewing experience to a whole new level with special sounds and effects that would have been missed when relying on just your TV to produce them.

Why Are These Systems Special for Movie-Viewing?

Without mincing words, the main thing that makes home cinema systems perfect for movie-viewing is their ability to produce cinema-quality surround sound. What is that? As you may have noticed, when watching a movie at a cinema, the associated sound is projected to you from different angles to give you the impression of being right in the mix of the action. This is what is referred to as surround sound. You can recreate this experience when watching TV and videos in your home when you have one of these systems.

Speaker Systems

There are different types of home cinema, namely: 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 speaker systems. These designations describe systems with two, five and seven speakers respectively with a subwoofer. The 5.1 system is the most common configuration since 2.1 and 7.1 systems produces effects that are either insufficient or excessive for many private spaces.

How to Setup

Information for setup often comes with a system when you buy one. The speakers are placed in strategic sections of your room, with the left and right speakers required to be placed at equal distance from your sitting area. The auto setup feature can be used to determine the appropriate positions for the speakers. A speaker is placed either above or below the TV to take care of most conversation coming from it. There is usually no restriction on where the subwoofer can be placed.

Getting a home cinema system could be the best decision you can make when you wish to take the cinema to your home. The system will create the feeling of seemingly being with the actors as you are able to pick out virtually all sounds and effects. You are missing out on awesome movie-viewing experience without one of these systems.

Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

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Turn Up Your Look for less with Tresemmé® and Dollar General

 

You don’t need to spend like a celebrity to look like one. Thanks to Tresemmé® and Dollar General, you can get all of the looks you want for less. Amp up your own unique style and beauty, while keeping within budget.  Look like a million bucks when you leave the house, knowing that you spent way less to look that good!   I love when others comment on my look when I am out for the evening, and they think I spent hours in front of a mirror or in a beauty chair.  Nope.. it’s simply me and my savvy way of saving money that makes me look and feel great!

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*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

Time to Straighten Things Out.. Like my Hair!

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received free products in exchange for a review thanks to She Speaks/Aveda.
All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

#AvedaNaturallyStraight  @SheSpeaksUp  @Aveda.

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When I was born I had black, stick straight hair.  Yup, it’s true.  Hard to believe looking at that picture, right?  In my early childhood my hair turned blonde and curly and as I got older it slowly started to straighten again but always had a tiny wave in it to the point that it wasn’t curly, but wasn’t straight.. it was.. frustrating!     Then, about 15 years ago I went in to get a spiral perm.  (remember those).  I sat in that chair for hours and hours as 2 gals rolled my hair and talked about how thick it was and how they had never done anyone’s hair in a spiral, like mine.   Well, for whatever reason, that perm never left my hair.   Now, 15 years later I still have a wave and I have a love/hate relationship with my hair.

I have talked to my stylist about having my hair straightened, but honestly can’t afford to have that done at this point.  I was so excited when I was given the chance to review the Aveda Naturally Straight line.  I figured it was worth a shot.   I generally will wash my hair and spend a ton of time fixing it to make it straight, but then the next day it is wavy again.  So, figured I had nothing to lose.

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This stuff is easy to use and I love the smell.   Here is info on how to use it ~

Step 1: Wash hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Shampoo and follow with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Conditioner.
Towel dry hair and comb through.
Step 2: Apply Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother to damp hair, by working it through from the mid-shaft through the ends of hair.
Step 3: Apply Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight. Depending on hair length and thickness, start by using approximately a small coin sized drop of Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight styling creme on towel-dried, still-damp hair, applying it one section at a time.
Step 4: Blow-dry hair straight using the brush of your choice. Flat iron if desired.

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Yes, that is a piece of gym equipment you see, as I am in my exercise room taking pics. LOL !!

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This product states that after 5  consecutive applications of naturally straight, hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes.   Since I have only washed my hair 3 times since getting the product I don’t know if it works that well or not, but can’t wait to find out.   And yes, I only wash my hair 3 times a week.  Why?  Because it’s thick, long, and a pain to blow dry no matter what product I use.  So, this product rocks because my hair stays straight in between washings and I don’t have to do anything but brush it in the morning.

I do like it, and will continue to use it, at least until I get sick of my mop and get it all cut off.

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About Aveda Naturally Straight
Go from naturally curly to naturally straight. Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight is a lightweight styling creme that progressively loosens curls every time you style.

As you straighten your hair, Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight’s naturally derived plant fibers invisibly attach to hair to loosen curl and help lock in straightness. The formula’s humidity barrier of organic cassava extract and maize defends against frizz. The more you use it, the easier it is to create straight, smooth styles, so you can spend less time with a blow dryer and flat iron every day. It is safe for relaxed and color treated hair. After five consecutive applications of Naturally Straight, hair will stay straight for up to three washes.

Aveda Naturally Straight retails for $26.00/5 oz., 150 ml and is available at Aveda stores and salons and online at aveda.com. To find a location near you, visit aveda.com.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

Controlling my Light Bladder Leakage with Poise When Traveling

Disclosure ~ Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this post and keeping me confident!

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Controlling my Light Bladder Leakage with Poise When Traveling

One of my biggest issues with making plans for things is my light bladder leakage and always worrying about when and where I might.. Um… tinkle a bit in my undies.  Yes, I admit it.. I do suffer from LBL!   I don’t like to make it a known fact, but alas…   I am only human and these things happen.   What is sad is that even though I am in my 40’s (43 to be exact), it isn’t a new thing for me to have LBL.   I have dealt with it since my teens.   What is different now is that I know I don’t have to be ashamed, or embarrassed by it and I can use Poise Microliners to help me feel confident and not embarrassed.

Poise pads are shockingly thin and surprisingly absorbent liners that feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to provide discreet Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) protection that helps keep me (and you) dry and comfortable all day long so managing life’s little leaks is now not an issue.
Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.  Wearing liners isn’t always what one wants to do, but I don’t even know I have these on and that is a huge plus for this thong wearing girl.  Yes, I said I wear a thong.. LOL!!    Ya know, that floss ;)

When we travel I am always worried about silly things like.. where is the closest bathroom, will I be hiking, running, climbing, jumping, laughing, lifting, etc.   Yes, all those things can make me have LBL!  It bites, but it is what it is and since I have lived with it for so long, I kinda expect it.   Like, when we go to our huge music fest that we go to every year, I wouldn’t be my happy fun self if I didn’t have my Poise Microliners with me.  Those are the first thing I pack and I make sure to never leave home without them.   When you are spending the day in the sun, sipping cold beverages and rocking out to amazing music, sometimes one just can’t help but tinkle a bit, uncontrollable and unexpected.   But, it’s all good, and I don’t have to worry about anyone knowing as long as I have my Poise Microliners.

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When we went to Florida last spring I was worried that at the amusement park I would have to be careful of what to drink all day because as anyone with LBL knows, those rides just take over all your body functions… LOL!   Well, I had my protection on and had so much fun riding the rides over and over.   Thank you Poise Microliners.

If you suffer with LBL, don’t let it control your life.  Did you know that 1 in 3 women experience light bladder leakage (LBL) during everyday activities like laughing, exercising, or sneezing? Many women use feminine care products to manage little leaks, not realizing that there are specific products designed to help you feel clean, confident, and protected all day long, without the feeling of wearing a pad.
Don’t stop living or being that happy and amazing woman you are!  There is a solution and that solution is Poise Microliners.

I have some great Light Bladder Leakage Tips that work for me.   When I travel and in in the car, I try to not drink or consume to much liquid.   I also stay away from caffeine as it happens to kinda tickle my bladder and make it more sensitive.  I also do bladder exercises daily to help and strengthen my bladder muscles.  And, I try to wear loose fitting pants because sometimes the pressure on my bladder is uncomfortable.
Most of all, I just try to remember that I am human and these are normal things and more people than just myself have LBL.
Poise offers Light Bladder Leakage Solutions for everyone.

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Cleansing without Fasting with Kaeng Raeng

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Cleansing without Fasting with Kaeng Raeng

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Kaeng Raeng is a cleanse product company located in California offering a 3- day meal replacement, all natural cleanse program made in California with locally sourced ingredients. The drinks’ ingredients are 100% vegan with no dairy, gluten, soy and nuts with no stimulants and nothing artificial. You drink 3 shakes per day for 3 to 6 days while enjoying as many raw fruits and veggies you want. That means no fasting! Each mix makes a 32fl oz smoothie filled with 12g of fiber, 15g of protein, 2 billion live probiotic cultures, and daily vitamins. They come in three flavors: “Joyful” – strawberry, raspberry, pineapple; “Into the Blue” – blueberry, banana; and “Daybreak” – Mango, Peach, Pineapple. Another plus, compared some fasting programs, is there now strict schedule or long term commitment.

I have tried a few different cleaning/body reset products and this in one that I couldn’t follow thru with.   But, my results are just that, mine.

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Z Supply Fall Fashions

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Z Supply Fall Fashions

Disclosure ~  I was sent product to facilitate a review.  All opinions about the products are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

Z Supply is a California-based clothing company that believes in mixing style with comfort. Their line of hoodies and t-shirts reflect a simply and stylish design. Using specialty dyes and treatments Z Supply creates basics for everyday wear in a wide range of colors.

I received a cute zip up hoodie and a couple t-shirts.  I love the hoodie!  It is soft, comfy, and fits me perfect.  The t-shirts fit great too, but since one is white and I hardly ever (like, ever) wear white that one will last me till I die!!  LOL!   And, I totally love the blackish one, but it has a strange discoloration right on my boob!  It looks like I spilled on myself so that one will be warn only at home, with my yoga pants.   But, I do love the feel and fit of the t-shirts.   See my hoodie.. isn’t is cute.

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You can find out where you buy their clothing or visit their (soon to be open) website at: http://www.zsupply.clothing 

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