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Tips for Hosting the Perfect Bridal Shower

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Hosting a bridal shower for a friend or family member is a wonderful way to show her how much you care about her and how much you want her to be happy in her married years. Of course, if you’ve never hosted a shower before or you aren’t sure about best bridal shower etiquette, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Keeping your thoughts and ideas organized is a great way to prevent getting overwhelmed, so use this list as a starting point for your bridal shower planning.

Two Months Before the Shower

Pick a date! Before you do anything else, you should work with the bride to pick a date for the shower. Usually, it’s better to host a bridal shower up to two months before the wedding, but definitely don’t host it any later than two weeks before the wedding. Earlier is usually better for keeping the bride from getting overwhelmed with events and planning, especially if she is planning a large or a destination wedding.

 

Rule of thumb: It’s important to include the bride at this stage of planning to make sure you are aware of all the needs and details about the guests. But after this stage, you should take over all of the planning. From this point on, it’s the bride’s job to relax and enjoy her party!  

 

Next, starting planning for the location and theme of the party. If it will be a destination wedding, you may want to pick a venue for the bridal shower that is close to many of the bride’s friends and families, especially if many of them won’t be able to make it to the wedding.

 

You don’t have to decide definitively on a theme or a color palette this far in advance, but it’s fun to have invitations that reflect the theme and palette, so this may be something you want to figure out before you choose or design invitations.

 

Next, work on a guest list. Make sure you are including the bride closely in this aspect of planning.

Rule of thumb: if it’s a large wedding, don’t invite anyone who hasn’t been invited to the wedding. If it is a smaller wedding or a destination wedding, it’s a good idea to invite people who are not invited to the wedding or who might not be able to make it to the wedding.

One Month Before the Shower

By this point, you should have a pretty good idea of who will be able to attend and where you are going to host the shower. Now it’s time to start organizing the particulars for the party.

 

Settle on a theme or on a color palette. You could choose spring decorations and colors if it’s a spring wedding. You don’t have to have a theme, but if the bride has a particular interest or the bride and groom are having a theme wedding or had a theme wedding announcement, it could be fun to reflect that theme in the shower. For example, if the bride and groom are both avid hikers and they met or got engaged on the trail, make it an outdoors or hiking themed party. Enlarge and frame lots of photos of the bride and groom on hikes to decorate the party. Go with a woodsy palette of dark greens and browns. Organize related activities. You could even host the party in a state or national park, or organize a short hike as part of the event.

 

Of course, you aren’t obligated to have a theme and you may be more comfortable with a more traditional party setup. If you decide to go this route, popular palettes to consider might include champagne, pinks, or cream whites. If the bride has already chosen a color palette for the wedding, consider reflecting that palette at the shower. You can also do some fun DIY projects like making a message board and have people attending write little notes for the bride.

 

Next, you should set a budget. As you are determining your budget, try to consider what percentage of your budget should go to decorations, gifts, and food.

 

Finally, consider what you will do for food and drinks at the event. Do you want to have the event catered? Will you hire a bartender to attend? If you are on a budget, can you have friends and family help you prepare the dishes?

 

At this stage, you should also designate roles for the other members of the bridal party and any other guests who will be helping you out. This might include the bride and groom’s mothers and other family members. Give them clear, concise roles and tell them on which days and with which exact tasks you need help. For example, you might ask a friend to prepare a cake for the day of the event and to come over the day before the event to help you decorate.

Two Weeks to Two Days Before the Shower

If you want to give the bride a gift, set yourself a budget of around $30 to $50. As the shower organizer, you shouldn’t feel like you have to also spend a lot on a gift. Choose something thoughtful and purchase it well in advance to be sure it will arrive on time.

 

Purchase all of your decorations or any materials you will need to make your decorations. Over the course of the next two weeks, do small preparation tasks everyday like straightening the house, preparing the centerpiece, wrapping the gift, etc. Things to remember:

  • Take care of any advance preparation early on. For example, if you need to order customized decorations like custom signs with the bride and groom’s names and pictures, order these well in advance to be sure they arrive on time.
  • Order flowers, fruit arrangements, or other centerpieces.
  • Prepare party favors. Cute ideas might include mini flower arrangements, small potted plants, small boxes of chocolates, or something particular to the bride and groom. For example, for the hiking couple, make a gift donation in each guest’s name of a small amount towards a nature preserve trust.

The Day Before and the Day Of

Hopefully, with enough planning in advance, you won’t have to do a lot of last minute preparations. Try to leave yourself only small things for the day before like vacuuming and preparing food items that can be made in advance. Now, have fun and focus on your guests and, of course, the bride-to-be!


Look Good in Your Clothing

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received an awesome CoCoon Perfect Sit Braless T-Shirt Shaper.
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Do you ever have those days, where you feel.. just.. blah?  You know, bloated, carrying some extra tummy fluff?  Man, I have those days and some months it seems I have more than less.   Dieting, exercising, sweating, going hungry, watching others not work as hard as you do, and looking awesome in their clothing.  What is their secret?   Well…  let me tell ya girls!!  Their secret is not skipping that piece of cake at their kids birthday party, or ordering water to drink when all their friends are having margarita’s.  Nope.. their secret is under their clothing.   It’s called a little extra tummy support.  So many people are using that little extra help now days.  Kinda like the women back in the good ol’ days. We all want to look good in our clothing, right ?    And as we all know, after a few kids things just never fit the same.  I can exercise till I die… but I am not giving up my occasional sweet treats.. so I just slip into my body shaper ;)

I love my new CoCoon Perfect Fit Braless Shaper.   I slip it on, then get dressed.   It perfectly tucks into my jeans and smoothes out any fluff I might have.   I can wear it under anything, even a tank top.   I like the CoCoon design because I can wear my bra, any bra, and it helps give me a lift as well.    Some key features ~  Underbust shaping tank, Bi-directional smooth fabric, double layer in the abdomen area, adjustable and removable straps.    Your results when wearing the CoCoon ~ Trims abdomen, whittles waist, slims hips and lifts your bust.   It is perfect!

I have tried other shapers, like the ones that cinch the waist, or squeeze the crap out of you.  So uncomfortable and honestly, not healthy at all!  Wearing something like that for to long, or for an extended period of time is just not healthy for your insides.  They are forcing your organs to be pushed into areas they should not be, just to make your waist look thinner after a certain period of “waist training”.  Seriously?  Waist Training.. who in the world thought of that.  We need our waist.. it is where we keep our vital organs.  Don’t be ashamed of your waist, ever!!  But, there is no reason we have to have our extra fluff hang over our pants if we don’t want it to.  That is why I love body slimmers.  They are safe, and used for the purpose of feeling confident in our clothing.   Do I wear it while at home?  Sometimes.  Some days I need that extra back support.  It is comfortable enough to wear every day, but because it isn’t “training” anything.. it’s not necessary.  So, time to stop fretting about how you look in your clothing.. just slip into a shaper and feel like a new woman.

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Young Living Essential Oils

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Have you heard ~  There’s and OIL for that!

I have been using essential oils for almost 2 years now.  I started out slow, learning every day about all the different oils, what they can do for me, what all the uses of each oil are, and just how amazing they are for me and my family.   There are times my hubby will say, can I have some of your “hippie” oil.  I love that, because it makes me feel like I am teaching him, as I learn things myself.

If you are on any kind of social media I am sure by now you have heard someone talking about essential oils. On Facebook, Twitter, blogs and even the news. Many people have been using essential oils for years, and many people are just starting to using them. Regardless  if essential oils are old to you, or new to you,  learning that they actually can help support a healthy lifestyle is key. I have been learning so much, and I use them in my diffuser to help clean the air and support our immune systems and I use them in homemade cleaning solutions to clean without harsh chemicals. I also use them to help alleviate muscle and joint aches, promote rest and relaxation and just to freshen the air naturally.  There isn’t a day that goes by, where I don’t use at least a few of my oils.  My day starts with my ice water and a few drops of lemon, grapefruit or wild orange.  And the last oil I use is my lavender at bedtime, in my diffuser.

Essential oils have been around for a very long time, but it’s hard to know exactly what to do with them, which is where Young Living comes in. When you purchase Young Living Essential Oils you not only can purchase Young Living Essential Oils wholesale through me, you get the support and information you need to make sure you understand the uses of each oil and the safest way to use them.  I stand behind my love for essential oils and will help you in any way I can to make sure you get the most out of them as well.

I believe in sharing the products I use and love with my audience and helping you make an informed decision you can trust. I also love helping you save money and getting Young Living Essential Oils at wholesale prices is a great money saver!

When it comes to purchasing essential oils there are a lot of options and I would by lying to you if I said that none of the others are any good. But Young Living does have some benefits the others just don’t have which is why I have personally chosen to purchase and sell for Young Living Essential Oils. If you are in the market for essential oils, I have a fantastic deal for you!

Sign up for a wholesale membership and you get a premium Young Living starter kit which is a $274 value for only $150! Wow!

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Join Young Living here!

When you order a premium starter kit you will get everything you need to get started with essential oils!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below:

  1. Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information.
  2. Be sure the “Member” option is checked so that you don’t end up paying retail prices.
  3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 1785301.
  4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can select “business” and get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.
  5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit.  The oils included in the Everyday Oils box (10 – 5 ml bottles) are the oils I use almost every single day!
  6. During the sign up process, please note that the Essential Rewards Program is optional.  The Young Living Essential Rewards (ER) program is great.  It allows you to save on shipping costs and earn credit for every ER purchase along with monthly bonuses.  ER is also mentioned below in relation to earning additional bonus oil on this purchase. You can always sign up for this voluntary program later.
  7. Go through the checkout process.
  8. Email me at sheilarae71@gmail.com and let me know you want to claim your bonus!

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

 

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Take Time for You with the OMG I Can Meditate App

Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post for www.omgmeditate.com and BlogMeetsBrand.
All opinions expressed are 100% that of Living Smart Girl. #meditation
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High school gym wasn’t my favorite class, but it gave me a break from the books. I was especially happy on the days we did what I know now is called progressive muscle relaxation. I didn’t know what it was called then, I was super happy for the time to relax though. We’d all pile into the wrestling room, pick out a spot on the soft mat, and stretch out. The gym teacher would hit the lights and turn on a recording. I don’t remember if it was a man or woman’s voice but they would guide us on how to relax first starting with our toes – tightening them, holding, then releasing and working our way through various body parts. It was incredibly relaxing and I looked forward to it. I’ve done some meditation as part of yoga since then, but never jumped head on into meditating partly because I didn’t think I could actually quiet this busy brain of mine and mostly because I just didn’t know how… until along came the OMG I Can Meditate app.

 

I was hesitant at first because when I say my mind is busy, I mean it. I’m physically always on the go and my brain is busier than that. I’m just a thinker. I think of to-do lists, recipes, blog post ideas, work, family, the past, the future. And when my brain doesn’t have anything specific to think of, it starts sorting through random thoughts like “why is a nose called a nose”? I’ve just always had a busy mind and meditation is meant to calm the busyness and focus on self reflection. There are a lot of benefits to meditation though including reducing stress, decreasing depression symptoms, and enhancing the quality of sleep among others. The OMG I Can Meditate app is meant to teach you how to meditate, but offers many features for seasoned meditators as well.

 

After downloading the meditation app – currently available on iOS – I briefly and easily set up an account and I was on my way. I was worried that I’d find the speaker’s voice annoying. It’s hard to relax if you do, but after choosing to start with the OMG Daily Meditations, I found Lynne Goldberg’s – the app’s personal meditation coach – voice gentle and soothing, but firm on instruction. The daily meditation program starts with the 7 Day Challenge where Lynne introduces herself and the program. She makes a point to remind people that they don’t need special skills to meditate but it does take practice. I was then able to choose how long I could devote to the first session, either 12, 14, or 16 minutes. You can do this with each daily meditation. I like that, some days I might have more or less time to devote to me. There are a full twelve weeks of the daily meditation program each with a different theme such as Are you Where your Body is, Meeting of the Mind, and Taming of the Mind. I haven’t made it through the entire course, but I can tell that it is definitely fantastic in exploring the various aspects of meditation. I particularly liked the reminders to bring myself back into the moment as my mind would tend to start being busy again and the reminders helped me focus on what I was doing. It’s great for mindfulness as well.

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Aside from the daily meditations, the OMG I Can Meditate app has so much more. There are missions such as taking a learning how to take a conscious breath with the goal to “take you out of thinking and into the present moment”. When you’re truly focusing on your breathing, it’s hard to think on anything else. This is powerful! When you master the mission you’re on, new missions are made available. The OMG I Can Meditate app includes specialty meditations such as relationship and family, health and wellness, stress and anxiety, life situations and more. There’s even a kids section in age brackets 6-9, 10-13, and 14-17 for those that want to learn how to meditate. The app also includes meditations to be first thing in the morning to start your day off with focus and intention or those that calm you down at night. I love that it offers a self-practice section where you can meditate on your own either to silence, music, or nature sounds. I’ve always found nature sounds to be incredibly relaxing and I can use the skills I’ve learned with the guided meditation to practice on my own. When I meditate I envision being in my most favorite places, like a warm beach near the ocean.

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The OMG I Can Meditate app can be downloaded on iOS, there is a free version that allows you to explore the program with limited content and a premium version which includes the full program. The upgrade is priced at $12.99 monthly with an auto-renew feature or customers can choose to pay annually at $7.50 per month or $5.00 per month if you pay for two years. I would recommend giving the OMG I Can Meditate app for anybody needing some “me” time or those wanting to learn to meditate. It’s also great for those that know how to meditate, but need some structure or reminders to take personal time.

 

Do you meditate?  If so, how, when and where?

How would you like to win a FREE 3 Months of the new OMG. I Can Meditate Premium membership?  This is a $45 value ;)

How to enter ~  Leave a comment telling me if you meditate.

Come back daily and tell me if you gave yourself time to meditate that day.

Tweet this and leave me a comment with the tweet url.

Ends ~ March 31st, at Midnight.  I will pick 10 winners.
Please leave your email address on your comments so I can email you the activation code for your 3 Month Premium membership.

 

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Smooth Legs thanks to Gillette Venus Swirl

Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Gillette Venus.
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Alright ladies ~  how many of you pretty much give up shaving in the winter?   Show of hands…  ME!!    I do for 2 reasons..   1. nobody sees my legs in the winter except me and my hubby and 2. shaving is a pain.    I am always getting nicks and dealing with crappy razors and the fact my bathroom is very ill lit and my shower is small, and basically.. I just don’t give myself enough time when I shower to shave all I need to shave.

I have owned many hair removal products and yet, haven’t found the “perfect” one.  But, this new Gillette Venus Swirl razor might be a girls new best friend.  See, girls legs have curves.  They are not straight, they have knees, ankles, bumps and grooves here and there.   At least mine do.   Gillette Venus Swirl is a fun new razor that helps me get a great shave because it moves with the flow of my legs (and other area’s) when I am shaving.  The Gillette Venus Swirl is the first and only razor with a flexiball and advanced blade technology to contour over curves to help get what other razors miss.  And let me tell you, it seriously does!!   It is a flawless shave with flawless skin to match.

Here are some great product notes ~

  • The new proprietary FlexiBall™ technology offers a totally unique movement like no other male or female razor on the market. Venus Swirl™ is the first and only razor with the FlexiBall™, moving in multiple directions to navigate all of the tricky areas of a woman’s body. It helps to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.
  • Pesky knee and ankle hairs and other tricky areas are no match for Venus Swirl’s new Microfine Comb and five Contour™ Blades. Combined with FlexiBall™ movement, Venus Swirl™ moves like no other razor for flawless skin.
  • Venus Swirl™ is the first Venus razor to feature Gillette’s most advanced blade technology, with five Contour™ blades that cut hair at lower cutting force and have thinner, finer edges — the thinnest in Gillette’s history. The Contour™ blades individually adjust to a woman’s every curve and contour.
  • A water activated MoistureGlide™ Serum surrounds the blades for incredible glide.
  • The beautiful new violet-hued translucent handle combines a swirled pattern and ergonomic gripping design for outstanding control and easy handling for optimal maneuverability over those tricky areas.
  • For a more enriching experience, try Venus™ with a touch of Olay® VioletSwirl™ shave gel with 5x more moisturizers*.
  • Gillette’s best razor and shave gel lineup.

You can find the whole line at your local Walmart.   So, while it might still be winter and cold in most parts of the US, don’t let your legs get so furry to the point of needing a weed wacker to remove the hair.    Check out the new Gillette Venus Swirl and Olay Violet Swirl Shave Gel.  Together they will have your legs looking and feeling amazing!

Wanna win a $20 Walmart Gift Card so you can buy yourself the Gillette Venus Swirl and Olay Violet Swirl Shave Gel?   Leave me a comment telling me your worst shaving nightmare.  Winner will be chosen March 30th.   Open to US only.   Please leave your email with your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Tweet for an extra entry.  Once you tweet, come back and leave a 2nd comment with your url to the tweet.

Happy Spring :)

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Tis the Season for Allergies so #PassThePuffs

Disclosure ~ I participated in the Pass The Puffs blog program as a member of One2One Network.
I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

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Do you ever feel like you shouldn’t leave your house in the winter because every where you go people are sick and spreading germs?  That is how I feel.  I would love to lock myself inside all winter!   But, I live in the here and now so don’t lock myself inside as I like to enjoy life.   With that, means I generally get a cold or two over the winter.  And, just when I think cold and flu season is past me, I am smacked in the face with allergies!  Darn, can a girl catch a break?

Usually when hubby and I travel I go in and out with my allergies.  Depending on what state, what time of year, what hotel, etc., you will find me with itchy watery eyes, sniffling, sneezing, and all the fun symptoms that come with those darn allergies.   I don’t know how I never had them when I was little, and the older I get the worse they get.  But, regardless of the why or how, at least I don’t look a mess when my eyes start watering or my nose starts running.   I grab my Puffs Facial Tissue and know that my skin won’t pay a high price and be chapped or dry due to the constant wiping of eyes or nose.

When hubby and I traveled to Florida in December it never dawned on me that in the middle of winter my allergies would surface. Well I was so wrong!   Not only on our trip to Florida did I suffer with allergies, but on the way home. I was fine when we were there.   All I can figure is there is stuff in different states that my body just isn’t fond of!  LOL!   I was so glad to have my Puffs Facial Tissue on hand for our whole trip.  Not only did I use it to keep my makeup from running down my face as my eyes watered with every state we drove thru, but also used it for my runny nose, to cover my mouth when I was coughing, and even shared it with my hubby when he too got a runny nose.

Puffs wants you to know that Puffs tissues is on a mission.  Yup… they want to help people look and feel their best during the cold and flu season. Puffs has just the right amount of softness to sooth that irritation caused by the sniffles, coughing and sneezing.  You can now tackle all your face has to face.

Puffs tissues is on a mission to help people look and feel their best this cold and flu season with just the right amount of softness to sooth irritation caused by sniffles, coughing and sneezing – helping them tackle tall that their face has to face.   Since winter is always hard on our face, Puffs has Puffs Plus Lotion which contains a touch of Shea Butter, Aloe and Vitamin E to provide comfort for the worst cold and flu symptoms life throws your way.  And, they are the only national brand that is dermatologist tested to be gentle on skin. So, put your best face forward no matter the weather or the season.  Puffs Plus Lotion is Puff’s most soothing tissue with Air-fluffed™ pillows for more cushiony thickness – why face winter any other way?  Check out Puffs on Facebook.

Norwex March Specials

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Have you wondered about Norwex?   Well wonder no more!!   If you have not looked at our products, or tried our products you are missing out.  Eliminate all the toxins in your home by using our cloths and water.  Yes, just a cloth and water.   No harsh cleaning products needed to get the job done, and done way better.   I absolutely love my kitchen cloth for all my kitchen cleaning needs.   My bathroom has never been so clean, and all done with no harsh chemicals.   And, my body.. soft, smooth and irritant free thanks to throwing out all the harsh body washes/soaps I was used to using.  Just my body cloth and water.   And shaving is so much easier.  I use my body cloth, and then I shave.  No soap, or shaving cream.. just the razor on my skin.   Save your skin, and save on razors.

I would love to talk to you about Norwex if you have questions.     Check out my site, join my newsletter list, or comment here with your questions.

And… MARCH is join free month.  You can join as a Norwex consultant for FREE ($10 shipping), get a kit and get started on your Fresh Start program to earn tons of goodies FREE.

 

Join Me and Drop Your Pants for #Underwareness with Depend

Disclosure ~  Thank you to Depend for sponsoring today’s post about the #dropyourpants for #underwareness movement.
All opinions are 100% that of mine.
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Sing with me ~  Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go Right Now.. OH OH… I just went a little!!!    Ok, that last part is not supposed to be part of the song, but for many, like me, it just happens to be.   Ever since I have been little, like 4 or 5 years old, my bladder has hated me.  I have been to doctors, been on med, changed my liquid intake allotment, done exercises to strengthen muscles, etc.  Nothing, and I mean NOTHING helps when you have a weak bladder.   For me, I was diagnosed with over active bladder, but with that I also experience bladder leakage.   Attractive huh?  NOT!!   While there are many things a person can deal with that are far more embarrassing, this ranks pretty high.   I am thrilled to join the Drop your pants for underwareness movement to let everyone know that, you are not alone if you experience bladder leakage.  I know that many times I have felt so alone.   Especially when I am out with friends and I have to keep running to the bathroom, or worry about what activities we might be doing and if I am going to have an accident doing them.   My husband and I lead a fairly active life, and are on the go a lot, and so for me I am always worried about things and just over obsessed sometimes to where I don’t enjoy things like I would like too.

Did you know that more people with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s. And the average age of someone with bladder leakage is only 52!  Crazy huh?  And more people with bladder leakage are 50 or younger than 60!  This shocks me, but also helps me realize that I am not alone in my struggle.   I might only be 43, but have been dealing since a very young age.   I remember many embarrassing moments thru my grade school, high school and early adult years.

It is refreshing to know that Depend provides a variety of discreet products that help people regain their freedom and get their lives back.  You can find a variety of products like Depend Real Fit for Men and Silhouette for Women briefs.   Get the look and fit like real underwear with a cloth-like fabric for a sleek, ultra smooth fit.   Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex protection features more Lycra strands for a smooth and comfortable close to the body fit.  It’s nice to know that I can be comfortable and protected and nobody will know that I have bladder leakage.

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Is it time for you to get a grip on your bladder leakage?  Get bladder leakage protection today! Claim your free samples today by visiting the Depend landing page and clicking on the “Get a Sample” button located at the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, select which sample you would like to receive and wait for them to arrive.  Then, stop worrying about your bladder leakage.

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What’s In My Travel Case

I just love love love to travel, but I hate having to pack to travel.  I just never know how many outfits, what kind of outfits, how many shoes, do I need jackets, etc. I always tend to take way way more than I ever need or use.  Last spring when hubby and I went to Florida, I packed for 6 months, but we were only gone 3 weeks.   Yes, I admit, I am an extreme over packer!

But, my toiletries bag is never over packed.  That is one area where what I bring is what I use, daily.  I wanted to share with you my travel case from my recent trip to Florida.  Hubby and I drove and this was all I needed for on the road, and while we were there.   There is no makeup in here, just my skin care and a couple must have’s for travel.

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What’s in my travel case?   Well as you can see I sorta like my Murad products.   I have a couple face wash products ~ Time Released Acne Cleaner and Skin Smoothing Polish.  Then I have my eye care ~ Renewing Eye Cream and my Intensive Age Diffusing Serum and the Acne & Wrinkle Reducer.  My step 3 is the Age Balancing Moisturizer.   I also bring along my Acne Spot Treatment for those pesky pimples that pop up while traveling.  My face doesn’t always like the change of water or diet when on vacation so having my Murad basics helps my face not hate me.

Of course I can’t forget my fingernail polish, deodorant, my eye rev-er upper, my Melatonin and my mouth guard.   With all these that fit perfectly into my travel case, I am ready for any vacation my hubby throws my way.

I love being a Murad Ambassador and love using and sharing my love for their products.  They have such a wide range of products that can work for anyone, no matter your skin concerns.

Advanced Hair Nutition by Aviva

I know I speak for a lot of women when I say that this is the time of year when we find ourselves doing whatever we can to baby our hair and coax it into a manageable “do.” It becomes a dry, lifeless mess and unless we go bankrupt while buying the dozens of different styling products there’s little we can do to keep it looking healthy and gleaming. I know this to be absolutely true because I’m one of the women whose hair is effected by the cold weather change. I recently cut it, in fact, to help avoid the battle I knew was coming; the breakage had begun and I watched daily for the life to be zapped from my hair.  I didn’t realize how bad my hair was until I went to a new stylist… Yikes!!  My previous stylist ruined my hair.  She left the bleach in my hair in the sections I had dyed black, to long and those sections are fried.  I was wondering why it was so hard to comb my hair after I washed it… well now I know.

Luckily though there are ways to manage this kind of hair care issue and it can be done without spraying or slathering on layers of harmful chemicals that, in the long run, can do more harm than good to your beloved tresses. Recently I was able to review such a product from Aviva Hair.

At Aviva Hair they believe that healthy hair is crucial to achieve personal wellness and strive to help customers like you and I bring the life back to our hair after suffering from everyday heat, sweat, sunlight and the harsh chemicals used in dyes, shampoos, etc. Aviva uses 18 essential nutrients such as Biotin, Vitamin B5, Iron, Zinc, and more to help nourish damaged hair. Their exclusive formula is 100% drug-free, certified GMO free, fish free and gluten free. The best part is that their hand picked botanical and nutraceutical  blend of ingredients work together with their exclusive duo of Tetraplex and Pentaplex  to to restore balance to the nature hair growth cycle to provide your hair with the nutrients it needs to be beautiful and healthy again!

With just two of their softgels a day you can boost length, increase shine, build texture, reduce shedding and improve texture. Now, doesn’t that sound like just the thing we ladies have been looking for?  I know I was excited to try it.  You can see my before picture, and my after (one with pink hair).  Honestly, the product didn’t do a thing for my hair, nails or anything.  The before was just as I started the product, and the after is when I was done and just had my hair styled before I left on vacation.   I don’t know if one needs to be on it for a longer time, but I thought 60 days would do me.   Oh well…  I know it didn’t hurt me either ;)

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