I’ve been hi-lighting my hair blonde since 8th grade, which was in 1982, so I guess you could say that I know a thing or two about hair color!  I am also a retired cosmetologist who has seen quite a few hair colors go wrong, and the worse being brassy blonde hair, which isn’t too pretty.  :-(   It can be really frustrating when your blonde frocks don’t turn out right, but thanks to a Paris hair care system called, DESSANGE, (California Blonde), there’s a quick, fix, solution to get rid of that brassy blonde hair color.  Check out my video review below!!         


(Just so you know…..I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, but all of the expressed opinions are my own)






I hope you enjoyed my video review, and below is a few pics of the same color treament on my daughter’s hair.  

As you can see it toned down the brassiness, illuminated her blonde coloring, and my daughter loved how soft, conditioned, and shiny her hair was.  :-)



If your interested in learning more about DESSANGE for yourself, click on any of the links below:  

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Attention, wedding belles and gorgeous guests — you’re cordially invited to explore ModCloth’s exquisite wedding collection! Fall in love with dreamy dresses and outfit finishers perfect for brides, bridesmaids, and attendees eager to express their unique perspective on style. And don’t forget — we want to see the fab ModCloth look you put together! Use #marriedinmodcloth to share your inspiring ensemble with the rest of the ModCloth community.  Here are some of my favorite, trendy, wedding style fashion picks below:


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Spanish Castle Majestic Dress


Spanish Castle Majestic Dress


Not everyone wants to wear a traditional white wedding dress, and I love the romantic, flowing, majestic details of this Spanish style masterpiece.  It’s available at a super price for only $130, and it would also make a flattering bridesmaids dress as well.


So Wrapped Up Sandal



So Wrapped Up Sandal



These sandals are a perfect paring to the Spanish style dress above.  I love how they wrap around the calves, and are flat for stability.  Only $24.99


Love You Ivory Day Dress



Love You Ivory Day Dress



There is several reasons why I picked this classic, satin, sassy dress above.  It is flattering on all shapes & sizes, (XS-4X) it has a full skirt which will cover the hips and thighs nicely, and has plenty of coverage and support in the chest area.  I love the short sleeves for all of those ladies who want their arms covered up a bit.  This vintage dress can stand alone on its own, or you could add some glam with a bright-colored ribbon or glittered belt.  Head over to Modcloth and see what other ladies looked like in this exact dress on their wedding day. $90.00


Wine and Divine Dress in Midnight



Wine and Divine Dress in Midnight



This dark navy, embroidered, lacey dress is perfect for the modern Mother of the Bride, or if you’re needing a dress to attend a wedding.  $180


Dream Evening Dress in Carnation



Dream Evening Dress in Carnation




I have been a bridesmaid in a wedding, and I know how difficult it is to find a dress that will look good on all the different shapes and sizes of the bridal party.  The above Dream dress comes in a beautiful carnation color, its romantic, and would be comfortable.  It comes in sizes XS-4X, with lots of coverage in all areas of the body, and is priced at only $125.  

Every bride wants to stand out on their wedding day, and that’s why I love the unique wedding styles that are available at Modcloth.  It’s almost like shopping at an exclusive boutique, that takes into consideration that ladies come in different sizes, shapes, and have different personality traits.  So, head over there now and get inspired!    

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Got Stinky Car Syndrome?


Road Trip 

How many of you remember taking a family road trip as a kid, and after a couple of hours the car reeked of stinky feet, smelly breath, and dare I say it, funky farts!  In fact, I really believe that my Dad would purposely build up his flatulence for an entire month so that he could release it slowly for my mom, sister, and I to enjoy on our ENTIRE trip.  :-)  Today, I would say that my two worst smelling situations is my teenage son’s stinky bedroom, and the staggering stale air that blasts through my heater when I turn my car on in the wintertime. Thank goodness, there’s a way to combat these stinky car syndromes, or in my case, my son’s bedroom with the odor fighting action of Febreze car vent clips.    


Just so you know…..the following post is sponsored by SheSpeaks/Febreeze, but all of the opinions are my own, and I was thrilled to get this road trip game board car with Febreze car vent clips to use and review.  Seriously, how cool is this!!       



Vent Game Car


First, I placed a Linen & Sky Febreze clip in my car, to help with the winter time staleness that blast out when I turn the heat on.  In fact, it will come in handy this week as my sister and I are going on a road trip to Nashville, TN this week!   I like how easy it is to attach to any vent in your car, because some people might want to place it in a more discreet place.   


Next, I gave a Midnight Storm Febreze vent clip to my niece, and she chose to place hers on the front dashboard, and as you can see, she gives her vent clip a big thumbs up!         


Febreeze Car Clip



And lastly,  I had to spend some time in my son’s bedroom, and I desperately needed some odor blasting protection, so I placed a Hawaiian Aloha vent clip on his ceiling vent.  It worked like a charm, and the best part is that my son didn’t even notice it.  But, mama sure did!!   Aloha…..stinky odors!!  :-)

Teen Room Vent



So….if you have some stinky car situations that needs to be eradicated,  I recommend that you head over to your local WalMart, and pick out your favorite Febreze vent clip.  These little guys come in single & double packs, and last up to 30 days depending upon which setting you pick, low, medium, or high when you have to take care of super smells.   Also, it’s the perfect time to get some additional savings with the BOGO coupon that’s available in the 3/1 P&G BrandSaver insert.  (I already got mine at Wal-Mart, but it’s available at all retailers).


Connect and get social with Febreze at the following places:  





Now it’s time for some fun!  Enter to win a $25 WalMart GC below and share the love! 



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 Comment below about the worst car smells that you or your family have dealt with!  :-)  


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When I first bought my home over 10 years ago, the last thing I thought about was putting a garden in the back yard.  In fact, the majority of my yard is a huge concrete patio, which at the time was great, because it meant less grass to cut!  :-)  But, over the years, the gardening bug had gotten a hold of me, and with the help of my hubby, I found some super DIY small space garden design ideas, that have brought a fully functional garden into my backyard.  Below is a timeline of my garden design ideas, which I hope will inspire some of you to also become a fellow green thumb and make “growing your own” a part of your lifestyle.  Gardening has helped my family and I afford fresh produce, which not only tastes the best, but is a great way to stay healthy for less.


Patio Backyard



My very first year of gardening, I bought some huge planters and grew some tomatoes, green peppers, and herbs.  Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier, but I wanted to grow more, so that I could can my garden goodies for the winter months.  So, the following year my hubby and I took advantage of some flat area space right behind my house, and we built three raised bed gardens.

Raised Garden Beds


We also added some wooden trellises to the ends of our raised garden beds, which allowed us to grow vertically and add more veggies such as beans, cucumbers, and squash.


Garden Beds

Below, are some ways that we found ways to grow veggies and herbs on our patio.  First up, is our pallet beds.

Pallet Beds

A friend of mine found this huge pallet box on the side of the road, and I converted it into another planter, it’s below my DIY herb planter.  Check out the swiss chard that grows like crazy in it.   :-)

Swiss Chard

And finally, I wanted a way to walk right outside by back door and add fresh oregano, basil, mint, cilantro, or dill to my daily meals.   So, we built a DIY Herb Planter.


Herb Planter Decor

DIY Herb Planter Shelf



I hope that you can see how much fun gardening can be, and if you would like to see what has come out of my garden click here

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This past weekend here in East Tennessee was sunny, bright, and in the 60’s!  So, I decided to head outside and see what needed to be done in my backyard garden.  This is what awaited me.   :-)


Winter Garden


Scary I know, but I can’t tell you how excited I am to put a little green thumb power into these raised bed gardens, add some seeds, and watch them come alive again this upcoming season!  By the way, I have to ask, “Have You Got Your Seeds Yet”?  If not, now is the time to buy and save some money by starting some of your seeds indoors.  If you need some help in which seeds to buy, I suggest that you click on over to a really cool place that specializes in Organic, Non-GMO seeds called


Not only does share in some savings with their .99 cents seed sample packs, but they are loaded with gardening tips, videos, and grow guides for all levels of gardening buffs, from beginners to advanced.   


Here are some other super variety seed packs that are already put together for you to grow below:

Green Variety Seed Pack

Here’s the perfect way to get some greens growing in your garden this season.  Again, these seeds are all organic & Non-GMO, so for only $14.99 it’s a super price.    
Herbal Medicine Bank Seed Kit
Many people are starting to grow their own herbal gardens and taking advantage of these plants healing powers, and if you want to learn more about herbs, please check out this book called:
Your Backyard Herb Garden  A Gardener s Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking  Crafts  Companion Planting and More 
Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More  
Garen In A Pail
And finally …if your limited on time & space or want to give the perfect gift to the gardener in your life, this Garden In a Pail tomato kit is just what you need.  It’s only $29.99 and ready to grow.  


Just so ya know, that some of the links above are my referral links, which means I may get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you of course.  Thank you for your support, and I hope you take the plunge and become a gardening green thumb!    :-)

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